Lets start off this mock draft by saying I'll do my best to pick players based on highest rated to most needed on a team. I'm not going to use any trade scenarios, just a pure and simple mock draft. Most of the reports currently have St Louis looking at Sam Bradford very favorably for the 1st over all pick. Lets hope for the sake of St Louis, that they work out terms in advance like the Detroit Lions were able to do last year with 1st overall pick Matthew Stafford. Now lets see what day 1 of the 2010 draft might look like..
With the first pick of the 2010 Draft, the St. Louis Rams Select Sam Bradford, the Quarter Back from Oklahoma. Sam is the obvious choice here, having proven in 2008 that he's capable of phenomenal accuracy and the personality of a leader. As long as the doctors check him out and his shoulder seems to be in working order and healthy, the Rams will take a future franchise QB and start building the pieces around him. They have built on the O and D lines the past 2 years and need to go for some skill positions.
Martin Mayhew is calling the shots now, and he's calling them right. Detroit has built a reputation of drafting poorly over the years, and have since realized that talent trumps everything. When you lose as much as Detroit, its pretty obvious that there is a lack of talent. And the worst Defense in the NFL for 3 years in a row can't pass up Ndamukong Suh. Jim Schwartz is watering at the mouth thinking of lining up a Defensive front for that includes Kyle Vanden Bosch, Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams and Jason Hunter.
Tampa can't pass up the chance to upgrade the defensive front 4 with McCoy. He's higher than Suh on some depth charts, and way better than the next best defensive tackle in the draft. McCoy brings a pass rush threat to Tampa that has been missed greatly since the days of Warren Sapp.
The Redskins realize that Jason Campbell is not the man for the job in the future. They also have a new head coach in the house, and he'll want to start fresh with a new QB. The Redskins pull the trigger on a QB who just had a great season by the numbers at Notre Dame.
Kansas City knows they have to do a better job of protecting the QB to have a shot at winning any games in 2010. The defense needs work too, but there is a lot of talent on Defense in Kansas City, they just need to get organized and execute a game plan that utilizes the talents of the defensive roster. I'm still not sold that KC would do better in the 3-4 in 2010, I think they regressed a bit there last year. Hopefully they can either switch back to the 4-3 or get proficient at running the 3-4 better in 2010. This pick though, adds talent where it's needed most in KC, protecting the QB.
Seattle needs to shore up the offensive line this off season. With the pending departure of Walter Jones, and the lack of protection the Sea Hawks endured last year, they can't afford to go for a QB just yet. Also after investing 10 Million into a 3rd string QB, they're a lot less likely to pull the trigger on a successor to Matt Hasselbeck in the first round this year. Trent Williams is rated as high or higher than Russel Okung on some boards, and he doesn't come with the personal attitude baggage of Anthony Davis.
Eric Berry goes in a shocker to Cleveland here in the first round. Reason being, they want CJ Spiller or maybe Dez Bryant but don't feel either are worth the value of a top 10 pick. The only options for top ten talent remaining are down to defensive players in 2010's draft class. Joe Haden is close, but the Browns Opt for Berry's play making abilities here.
Al Davis finally gives his blessing to take a top LT based on the teams stable of skill position players, and nobody to block for them. Then again, he could just pull a shocker and take Jacoby Ford because he lit up the combine. But I won't tease you poor Raider fans. Let's just cross our fingers and pray we don't hear "Dez Bryant" or something crazy with the 8th overall pick, but don't be too shocked if we do.
The Buffalo Bills select Baluga to be their new starting left tackle. Last year they passed on Oher in favor of Maybin, and he didn't prove out to be the first round talent they were looking for. The correct that mistake with a solid blocker in 2010.
Jacksonville looks to correct lack of defenders in the backfield in 2009 with their first selection in 2010. With the addition of Aaron Kampman, look for Pieree-Paul to line up opposite to chase after opposing quarter backs.
It's no secret that Denver has issues keeping Brandon Marshall happy. And more likely than not, Marshall will be playing for another team in 2010. Assuming this is going to happen, the Broncos need to add to their WR stable and pick some top rated receiving talent in this years draft.
It's no secret that the big Tuna likes to select OLB's high in the draft. Kindle has a lot of raw talent, and the ability to rush the passer from the outside. They stick with what works here and grab a great man that fits their system right off the bat.
The 49ers feel like they've got a steel with the 13th overall pick. Haden on their boards was easily top 10 talent, and yet he's still here for them at the 13th pick. They had planned to go for Clemson running back CJ Spiller thinking Haden would be off the board by the 13th pick. But having him there gives them one clear shot to solidify the secondary and invigorate the defense with some much needed youth and coverage ability.
The Seahawks look to shore up the D-Line and add some pass rushing ability to the depth charts here in the first round. They had hoped Jimmy Clausen might fall to them here, but no such luck. So they take the safe option and build the defense.
Rolando McClain brings a skill set that is very much needed to the G-Men. He will start from day one in the middle, and lead the G-men back to a dominant defensive team.
Tennessee picks up a hometown favorite up front. This guy may be the best DT to play at Tennessee since Reggie White. Not to mention he is the hometown favorite to replace Albert Haynesworth.
The 49ers use the 17th overall selection that they got from Carolina to build the offense. Since know they have to improve the running game, and return to using it early and often to win games. They've been looking for a lightning fast back to use as a compliment to Frank Gores battering ram style of running. Spiller is their guy making a 1-2 combo that may begin to rival anything in the NFL.
The Steelers opt to shore up an offensive line that began to show wear and tear last year. Picking up Iupati is a great move for the Steelers. He's the best interior lineman in the draft, and he fits their schemes well. He even looks like he should be a Steeler.
Sean Weatherspoon is a tackling machine, and an inspiring and enthusiastic team mate. He'll fit in perfectly in the Atlanta Defense, and he's going to be both a physical tackling leader and a fired up motivator of the guys lined up with him in black and red.
The Texans know if they ever want to have a chance at winning a championship, they need to do better defending the pass, and the run. Thomas brings a skill set that has been needed in Huston since the Texans were expanded into the NFL. And he's a local hometown favorite all ready. He'll be a perfect fit in Huston.
Jermaine Gresham is a perfect fit with the Bengals giving Carson Palmer a great release valve dump off guy. Gresham is a big guy, so expect to see him get worked right into the regular rotation of receivers. Eventually he could be a more favored go-to target than Ocho-Cinco.
The Patriots grab Tate to shore up an aging and injured WR group. They've struck gold with receivers in deeper drafts, so this is a little out of the norm for New England, but in this case it makes sense and fills an important need. Plus Brady is entering into a contract year himself and he commands the organization to build the pieces around him, and that starts with targets to throw to. Tate is arguably the best pro WR prospect in the draft with very clean rout running skills. Good fit for the Pats.
The Packers look to improve the secondary in Green Bay with this pick. Wilson has impressed many at the combine and the Senior Bowl. The Packers are hoping this addition will keep opposing QB's like Cutler, Favre and Stafford looking the other way.
The Eagles hope to give the QB (Who ever he ends up being) more time in the pocket with this selection. Pouncy is a cable Center or Guard in the NFL. His versatility makes him a very valuable pick for the Eagles.
The Ravens make a typical Ravens decision and opt to add depth and a starting caliber talent at DT with Jared Oderick. The Ravens get a 1st round talent here late in the 1st round due to an arrest that has caused Oderick to slip in the draft.
Ducasse gives the Cardinals much needed help on the Offensive Line, a position they can't afford to overlook with an unproven QB at the helm in 2010. Ducasse is a great pick up being one of the higher rated LT's on board still being available here late in the 1st round.
Davis fits the mold of a Dallas Offensive Lineman being enormous and a great blocker. He's fallen a bit in the draft due to poor combine showing but the Cowboys aren't fooled, they know he can get the job done for them.
Matthews replaces the much beloved LT in the running game. Sproulls is just not big enough to be an every down back and he proved that last year as both he and LT fizzled. The Chargers look to bring in a local favorite from Fresno State.
Taylor Mays slips down here to the lower 1st round selection due to his questionable ability to cover NFL receivers. However he's a perfect fit in NYJ with two of the best cover corners in the league to back him up, so he won't be needed to cover 1st or 2nd receivers. He's got the physical talent to make due while the Jets teach him the techniques to be an all pro safety in the NFL.
The Vikings know they have to find a long term solution at QB. Jackson and Rosenfelds aren't the answer, and Favre, weather he comes back or not in 2010 won't last for long. Looking at Tebow as a great potential mobile QB in the NFL, they pull the trigger and break the hearts of Jacksonville fans (that were hoping he would make it to round 2) with one foul swoop. This call will be made because Percy Harvin helped convince Brad Chidress that Tebow has what it takes to QB in the NFL.
The Colts opt for help on the front defensive line unit. Grabbing Brian Price out of UCLA makes a great addition to a line that could use some additional size. He should be very effective against the run, and cause disruption allowing the DE he's situated next to chances to chase the QB. Perfect fit for a team that the offense leaves very little room to improve.
Grahm only slipped because of some higher rated talent, but the Saint's have kept an eye on him hoping that he would last till the end of the round, and he does! A week season by U of M last year has impacted his draft value a bit, but he's possibly the best DE of this years class, and a great value for the Satins.