Heading in to the 2010 NFL draft, the potential surprises at the top of the board are slowly dwindling down to a mind-numbingly predictable scenario. St. Louis has done little to fortify its horrid quality of play at the quarterback position. Detroit has bolstered its defensive line through free agency, and as of today, the Washington Redskins have virtually eliminated any potential chance of taking a franchise quarterback with the No. 4 pick.
The pre-draft movement, or lack thereof, near the top of the board shows the potential targets for teams on draft day. A month or two ago, the consensus selections looked to be locked in, with Suh and McCoy going 1-2, followed by a mixture of Berry, Bradford/Clausen, and Okung to fill out the top five.
While the names may be the same, the order may shift a bit based on the acquisitions made over the past few weeks. It appears the city of St. Louis would come unglued if Bradford is not taken the No. 1 overall pick. Detroit looks poised to select Okung to protect Matthew Stafford's blindside, and Washington is likely to select and an offensive lineman to protect its new investment in Donovan McNabb. Tampa Bay is likely to choose either Suh or McCoy to re-build its defensive tackle position.
So, the Chiefs look to have a decision to make: Do they take the consensus best player on the board (likely Suh or Berry will be available), or do they take the third offensive lineman off the board at No. 5. Or, does Scott Pioli completely veer off the trail and take Rolando McClain WAY too early?
I'm guessing the Chiefs select Bryan Bulaga if the Redskins don't. I think he can help fortify our offensive line, but I'm not thrilled with his value at No. 5. And as much as I like what Eric Berry can offer a defense, I'm not sure picking a free safety can be justified, with Jarrad Page and DaJuan Morgan on the roster.
On second thought, maybe all the McNabb deal has done is add another wrench in the machine. Sometimes having someone make your decisions for you is not such a bad thing.
Is April 22nd here yet?