As I'm sure literally tens of you remember, we at PaP began our 'What You Should Do But Won't' mock draft over the weekend, unveiling our choices for the top 10 selections in the 2010 NFL draft, caveating those choices with what we think the teams will actually do. Today, we push on down the draft order with numbers 11 through 20.
Before we do that, however, a mammoth trade hit the NFL the other day which will drastically alter which players will be selected and, indeed, what we think teams should do. Washington's acquisition of Donovan McNabb made our initial top 10 obsolete within 24 hours (surely a new record), so we'll quickly revise that list before pushing onward. All clear? Wonderful.
What the top 10 should now do... And what they will actually do
1. St. Louis - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2. Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
3. Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
4. Redskins - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Now that they have a quarterback they trust, the 'Skins must address the left tackle position. Chris Samuels is gone, and Okung is the best offensive lineman in this draft. A physically gifted athlete, as well as a superb technician and nasty blocker, Okung starts instantly and protects the money invested in new QB Donovan McNabb.
5. Kansas City - Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
6. Seattle - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
7. Cleveland - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee Eric Berry, S, Tennesse e
Even with Clausen now available, the Browns should (and will) stick with Berry. The team is at least two years away from competing, and with a trio of quarterbacks already in the locker room, they should try and improve one of the NFL's worst defenses.
8. Oakland - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
9. Buffalo - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
The Bills' offensive line has been in disarray since the Jason Peters trade, and they should 100 percent be getting a tackle here. But new coach Chan Gailey and the ownership go with the sexier pick. The Bills have QB problems, no doubt, but Clausen's going to get ripped to shreds behind one of football's most porous lines.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
So, with that aside, here's the next 10 picks of our 'What You Should Do But Won't' mock draft:
With the eleventh overall pick, the Denver Broncos should select: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
With the eleventh overall pick, the Denver Broncos will select: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The Broncos acquired this pick from Chicago in the Cutler trade a year ago, and they should use it to fortify a defense which has been suspect the last few years, especially on the back end. Starting corners Champ Bailey and André Goodman are both 31, and in the NFL it's only a matter of time before age on the back end starts to show up, especially when you try to play man-to-man. Haden is the best corner in the draft by a fair way, and getting him at 11 would be a steal. But we think the Broncos will make a mistake by taking the talented but troubled Bryant. Huge questions surround his work ethic and off-field behaviour, but the Broncos will go on upside and hope he can resurface as a top wideout after his NCAA suspension last year. Plus it means they can try and trade Brandon Marshall, who they're clearly desperate to offload. However, we don't think the cure for an unmotivated WR is drafting another one.
With the twelfth overall pick, the Miami Dolphins should select: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
With the twelfth overall pick, the Miami Dolphins will select: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
Bill Parcells is a very savvy assessor of talent, and he also has a history of drafting physical outside 'backers. Whilst Dan Williams would make sense at nose tackle here, we think that the imposing Kindle makes a better pick. Having paid Karlos Dansby a hefty contract, getting some pass-rushers outside him is a smart play, especially given the age of Jason Taylor and the departure of serial trash-talker Joey Porter. Kindle has all the physical tools and a good football brain, both of which he'll need in the Dolphins' 3-4 defense.
With the thirteenth overall pick, the San Francisco 49ers should select: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
With the thirteenth overall pick, the San Francisco 49ers will select: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
If the Broncos pass on Haden as we expect, the 49ers will leap at the chance to get him. With a stout front seven lead by man/machine/monster Patrick Willis, the secondary has been a problem for San Fran for a while. In Haden they acquire a top-10 talent, a brilliant man-to-man cornerback who can start instantly at nickel, and take over opposite Nate Clements inside a year. A brilliant talent and one Mike Singletary will adore: he's physical, strong and a worker, just what the squad needs.
With the fourteenth overall pick, the Seattle Seahawks should select: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
With the fourteenth overall pick, the Seattle Seahawks will select: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Well, the player Seattle should select at No. 6 actually falls to them in this mock, how lucky. We are still adamant that Williams should absolutely be the pick at six since there are a lot of teams that need tackles from seven through 13, but here they get a left tackle to replace Walter Jones, protect Matt Hasselbeck/Charlie Whitehurst and pave the way for Spiller. If it goes like this, Seattle would be ecstatic.
With the fifteenth overall pick, the New York Giants should select: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
With the fifteenth overall pick, the New York Giants will select: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Whilst the agile, hostile, versatile Texas safety Earl Thomas will be a tempting pick here, the Giants need help at the linebacker spot too much to pass on the vocal Weatherspoon. A rock in Mizzou's defense, Weatherspoon is very capable at both outside and inside linebacker; he's quick and can cover as well as thump between the tackles. With the departure of Antonio Pierce there's an enormous hole in the centre of the G-men's defense. The Giants have drafted brilliantly the last few years, and Weatherspoon adds to this impressive list of picks.
With the sixteenth overall pick, the Tennessee Titans should select: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
With the sixteenth overall pick, the Tennessee Titans will select: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Tennessee has huge holes at both defensive end and outside linebacker, and Brandon Graham is capable of playing in both positions. A relentless pass-rusher and a strong tackler, Graham has a lot of starting experience and can plug a big hole for the Titans after the departures of Keith Bulluck, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Jevon Kearse. Jeff Fisher's a defensive guy, and will recognise both the holes in Tennessee's D and the talent of Graham to snap him up at 16.
With the seventeenth overall pick, the San Francisco 49ers should select: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
With the seventeenth overall pick, the San Francisco 49ers will select: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
With the selection of Haden, the 49ers can feel better about their defense. Singletary's a tough guy coach and will go with the powerful Iupati instead of the superior Davis. Whilst the Rutgers product has a few off-field problems, he's a fine tackle who could start opposite Joe Staley. Everyone's projecting Iupati as a possible tackle, but during the Senior Bowl he looked uncomfortable there, so they'll reach for him as a guard instead.
With the eighteenth overall pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers should select: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
With the eighteenth overall pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers will select: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Mike Tomlin has been a pretty good drafter since his arrival in the Steel City, and here he'll look for a solid, unspectacular pick. However, for once, it's not the right call. He'll believe that with Casey Hampton's weight problems and age, Williams is the heir apparent. But nose tackles play a long time in this league: look at Sam Adams, Kelly Gregg and Jamal Williams. Kyle Wilson is a superb corner who would shore up a secondary which has been far from Steeler-like in recent years. A gifted cover man with passion and drive (not to mention a badass tour bus ), Wilson has been touted as close to Haden in talent, so should be (though won't) be the pick.
With the nineteenth overall pick, the Atlanta Falcons should select: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
With the nineteenth overall pick, the Atlanta Falcons will select: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
If all of the top defensive ends have gone as we predict, then the Falcons will go with Thomas, the excellent former Longhorn (we think they should take Thomas even if a top DE is still on the board). He's got cover skills which enable you to stay in base defense more often, and has all the physical tools needed for an NFL safety. After acquiring Dunta Robinson, the cornerback position has been solidified, and now safety can be addressed. In a division with Drew Brees in it, you better be able to defend the pass.
With the twentieth overall pick, the Houston Texans should select: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
With the twentieth overall pick, the Houston Texans will select: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
The Texans lose Robinson in free agency to the Falcons (as mentioned above) and they desperately need to replace him. Wilson would be a great selection, but Gary Kubiak is an offensive guy and will choose the powerful running back out of Fresno State. Although he would be an excellent compliment to speedy Steve Slaton, RB is a secondary need compared to corner, and the pick absolutely should be Kyle Wilson. Unfortunately, it won't be and glamour will once again win out.
So that's us all the way down to No. 20, return to us in a few days for the final chapter of the 'What You Should Do But Won't' mock draft!
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