The NFL Draft is nearly impossible to predict, especially in March. Today is March 27, and if the 2010 NFL Draft were to happen today, than this is how I see the first round going. Obviously teams will trade and I cannot predict which trades will occur, so I'm assuming that there are no trades.
1. St. Louis Rams : Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
No surprise here. I think this is the consensus first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. Sam Bradford is not only the best quarterback in this draft but he is also one of the best players in this draft. The St. Louis Rams will be happy with their new franchise quarterback.
2. Detroit Lions : Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Detroit holds the key to the next 8 to 10 picks of the draft with this pick. They will have their choice between Okung, Suh and McCoy. Because they made free agency moves to address their defensive line and because their offensive line appears to be getting old; I have them taking a new franchise left tackle. If they take a defensive tackle instead, it will certainly shake things up a bit over the next 8 to 10 picks.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers : Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Tampa Bay would have been happy with either Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh. Ndamukong Suh is not only the best defensive tackle on the board, he is also the best player on the board. Tampa Bay will have a hard time passing up Suh if this draft scenario occurs.
4. Washington Redskins : Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
It is not a secret that the Redskins are looking for a quarterback, but Jimmy Clausen may not be their guy. The Redskins also have needs at the offensive tackle position. With Russell Okung off the board, they may look at Trent Williams or Bryan Bulaga.
5. Kansas City Chiefs : Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Brandon Albert was one of the worst starting left tackles in the league last year and the Chiefs definitely need an upgrade there. Bryan Bulaga is the best available in this draft scenario.
6. Seattle Seahawks : Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Gerald McCoy would be a nice upgrade for the Seahawks on the defensive line. McCoy is one of the top five players in this draft and it would be tough for Seattle to pass on him here. With the recent trade to get Charlie Whitehurst, the quarterback position isn’t as much of a need now. So I have them taking McCoy.
Eric Berry is one of the top rated players in this draft, but the safety position has less value to teams so Berry goes with the seventh pick.
8. Oakland Raiders : Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
It is really hard to say what the Oakland Raiders are going to do. My feeling is that they will take the best available offensive tackle.
9. Buffalo Bills : Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Buffalo needs a quarterback and Jimmy Clausen fall right to them. Jimmy Clausen had a great year last year and has solidified himself as a first round pick.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars : Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Jaguars pass rush has been suffering and there is no doubt that Jason Pierre Paul can help them in that area.
I look for Denver to replace Andra Davis with this pick. Rolando McClain was the best player on the best team in the country last year.
12. Miami Dolphins : Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Miami needs a number one wide receiver. Ted Guinn Jr. is a great athlete but he is not what I would consider a solid number one. Dez Bryant could immediately improve their offense.
13. San Francisco 49ers : Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Joe Haden is the top cornerback on the board and he has solidified himself in the top 15 with his sub 4.5- 40-time at his pro day. The 49ers could use some help at the cornerback position and who better than Haden?
C.J Spiller is the best running back in the draft. He has top-fifteen talent for sure. Everytime he touches the football, he is capable of taking it the distance. Seattle would love to add a playmaker like Spiller with this pick.
15. New York Giants : Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
New York doesn’t seem to have that many team needs. Maybe they will take an offensive tackle here to add some protection for Eli.
16. Tennessee Titans : Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
A replacement for Kyle Vanden Bosh who went to the Lions during free agency. Morgan has top-ten talent but he falls to Tennessee in this draft scenario.
The 49ers could use some help at right tackle but with Anthony Davis gone and Mike Iupati still available, this seems to be a no brainer. Some believe that Iupati can play tackle or guard.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers : Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
One spot where Pittsburgh could use an upgrade is offensive line. If you click on the Pittsburgh Steelers link above, you will see what I am talking about.
19. Atlanta Falcons : Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan
Atlanta seems to have a need at OLB. They could also use a pass rusher DE but there doesn’t seem to be any available worth this pick. Graham is a top-twenty on most scouts’ boards.
20. Houston Texans : Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Houston could definitely use some help in the secondary and Earl Thomas would be a perfect fit. Thomas, who many believe is a close second to Eric Berry, can cover a lot of ground for them.
21. Cincinnati Bengals : Taylor Mays, S, USC
One spot where Cincinnati could use an upgrade is safety. If you click on the Cincinnati Bengals link above, you will see what I am talking about.
22. New England Patriots : Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The Patriots are probably looking to replace Ben Watson and who better than Gresham. Gresham would probably be ranked a lot higher if it weren’t for his injury in college.
23. Green Bay Packers : Everson Griffen, DE, USC
I look for the Packers to replace Aaron Kampman with this pick.
24. Philadelphia Eagles : Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Sean Weatherspoon would fit nicely in the Eagles defense. I like Weatherspoon and was surprised to see him fall this far on my own mock draft.
25. Baltimore Ravens : Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Special teams coverage seems to be an area that the Baltimore Ravens could improve on. If you click on the Baltimore Ravens link above you will see what I am talking about.
26. Arizona Cardinals : Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
I look for the Arizona Cardinals to replace Karlos Dansby with the best available OLB.
27. Dallas Cowboys : Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State
Jared Odrick is a five-technique defensive end who would fit nicely in the Dallas Cowboy defense.
28. San Diego Chargers : Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
I look for the Chargers to find a replacement for Jamal Williams. Dan Williams adds great value here as some scouts have him in the top-twenty.
29. New York Jets : Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Tate worked himself back into the first round and with Braylon Edwards as inconsistent as he is, Tate could be the long term plans for the Jets.
30. Minnesota Vikings : Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Vikings have some question marks at corner and Kyle Wilson should be able to help them immediately.
31. Indianapolis Colts : Charles Brown, OT, USC
The Colts are in need of a left tackle and drafting this late the best available is either Charles Brown from USC or Rodger Saffold from Indiana.
32. New Orleans Saints : Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Dunlap would replace Charles Grant who was released to free agency. This would be a good time to say "Who Dat?" to all of you Saints fans. Congratulations on winning the Super Bowl.
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