2010 NFL Mock Draft: AFC East Edition
New England needs to address the outside linebacker position instead of relying on old players and get bigger, faster, and stronger.
The Miami Dolphins should look to draft their biggest need by replacing the aging Jason Ferguson.
The Buffalo Bills are a complete mess, trying to create a 3-4 defense out of undersized players.
They are in a complete rebuilding phase, so selecting a franchise left tackle would be ideal.
9. Buffalo Bills – OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
Season Record 6-10
The Buffalo Bills front five was a disaster and allowed a league-high 46 sacks in 2009. The Bills never replaced Pro Bowler Jason Peters at left tackle. Trading away Jason Peters doesn't look so good now does it?
The Bills are in no position to start a rookie quarterback behind their existing offensive line.
Selecting Bruce Campbell with the ninth overall pick would be a great option in replacing three time Pro Bowler Jason Peters.
Bruce Campbell keeps his head up and on a swivel before and after the snap. He makes sound pre-snap reads and recognizes pressure coming off the edge, and does a good job of passing off stunting defensive linemen.
Campbell was the workout warrior at this year's combine; height-weight-speed and Campbell's physical tools are off the charts.
Their positional priorities continue to be quarterback, left tackle, and a nose tackle for their new 3-4 defense; however, the Bills need to keep whoever is throwing the ball upright.
The Bills have made some strides to aid their 3-4 defense with the signings of inside linebacker Andre Davis and defensive end Dwan Edwards, but still lack the overall size to even come close to the prototypical 3-4 defensive scheme.
Other Possibilities: QB Jimmy Clausen, OT Anthony Davis, ILB Rolando McClain
12. Miami Dolphins – NT Dan Williams, Tennessee
Season Record 7-9
The Dolphins are quite thin up front, and also dealing with the suspension of current nose tackle Jason Ferguson.
Jason Ferguson is 35 years old and coming off a season ending injury and facing an eight-game suspension.
Miami would be wise to get help at nose tackle through the draft, and Dan Williams is the premier two-gap player on the board.
Williams plays with good leverage and rarely gives up ground. He wins most one-on-one battles and does a good job of disengaging and redirecting to fall back into plays.
Signing Karlos Dansby in free agency frees the Dolphins to take Williams, who will in turn help a young and improved linebacking corps.
Chances are Miami will even look to let go a different route with outside linebacker Jason Taylor.
They also let go starting safety Gibril Wilson, who to me, is one of the top safeties in the game, makes me wonder if he is a locker room issue.
Overall, I think the Miami Dolphins have a lot of holes to fill while still being able to be a decent team each year.
Other Possibilities: OLB Brandon Graham, OLB Sergio Kindle, OLB Jason Pierre Paul, WR Dez Bryant
22. New England Patriots – OLB Brandon Graham, Michigan
Season Record 10-6
New England needs help at outside linebacker; Brandon Graham could shine like former Michigan football star, LaMarr Woodley in the 3-4 schemes.
Graham is highly disciplined and generally does a nice job of staying home when the plays goes to the opposite side. He keeps his head up and locates the ball quickly.
The Patriots will be looking for someone that can be disruptive in the backfield and can redirect plays back to the inside.
Brandon Graham is that exact player, while being the NCAA leader in tackles for a loss. Let’s face it, he is a terror for opposing quarterbacks.
New England's biggest priority this year will be filling some holes with draft picks and somewhat in free agency.
Offensively they could find a receiver in the second round and continue their surge to solidify the defense with the rest of the draft.
Damione Lewis was signed by the Patriots and has a normal position at defensive tackle, but lacks the size to play nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. This makes me wonder, does he move to end to play the run?
Bill Belichick brought back last year's sacks leader, Tully Banta-Cain, but Adalius Thomas' future is in doubt.
This gives the idea of signing Jason Taylor to be a quick fix, but would only be short lived.
Other Possibilities: OLB Sergio Kindle, DE Jared Odrick
29. New York Jets – DE Jared Odrick, Penn State
Season Record 9-7
The New York Jets continue to age at defensive end, a position that needs to be addressed before Marques Douglas and Shaun Ellis hit a downfall in their career.
Selecting Jared Odrick would be a tremendous key to next year’s fearless defense.
Odrick fires off the ball and shows strong initial surge with heavy hands that stack blockers up in one on one battles, with his relentless style Odrick has "Rex Ryan" written all over him.
Odrick is a player versatile enough to be a disruptive, pass-rushing threat and a strong anchor in the Jets 3-4 defense, look for him to transition to a five technique defensive end.
Trading for cornerback, Antonio Cromartie and signing running back, LaDainian Tomlinson have been big improvements.
They have lost safety, Kerry Rhodes and does Tomlinson bring back his old swagger now that he’s with a great rushing line?
Jason Taylor is even closer to a potential deal with the Jets than any other team as far as rumors go.
Bringing in a player of his caliber would basically push former first rounder Vernon Gholston, who has yet to put a quarterback on his back with zero sacks in his two year campaign, out the door.
The Jets should be in the running for a Super Bowl contender, but how will being on the HBO television series “Hard Knocks” affect their upcoming season?
Other Possibilities: OLB Jerry Hughes, best safety available