2010 NFL Mock Following McNabb Debacle
This will be my first mock draft of this year because I wanted to wait a few weeks closer to the draft to have a better idea of what teams are thinking.
Following the McNabb deal, the first round is obviously much different with the Skins picking at No. 4.
Let's take a look at what teams may be thinking come draft day.
1. St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford
Although I do not necessarily agree with the pick, the Rams are going to take Bradford first overall.
They desperately need a franchise QB, and with the release of Bulger, Bradford is their guy.
Don't get me wrong, I am a Bradford fan, but with the first pick overall I feel you should take the best player in the draft, and that is not Sam.
Luckily for him, he gets selected with the first pick and will be making millions of dollars for years to come.
2. Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh
I am not buying into the hype that the Lions are selecting Okung with their pick.
Yes, they need to protect their golden boy from getting hit so much, but Suh is the best talent in the draft, and it would be a travesty if two teams passed up on him this year.
Jim Schwartz I think knows that, making Suh their pick at No. 2.
3. Tampa Bay Bucs - Gerald McCoy
Many regard as Suh and McCoy being 1a and 1b.
I don't see it, but McCoy is still a great talent, and Raheem is ecstatic that he gets his man with the third overall pick.
4. Washington Redskins - Russell Okung
Now I can't predict trades, that is why I have the 'Skins taking Okung with the fourth pick.
That is easily the best option after they traded for a soon-to-be 34-year-old QB and are attempting to get rid of Jason Campbell.
I feel sorry for Jason, and if they don't find a way to protect McNabb, I see false hope with yet another big name player Dan Snyder acquired during the offseason.
However, I see this as a good spot to trade down, maybe to the Browns?
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Brian Bulaga
The Chiefs could go two ways with this pick: take the best player on the board (which I would do), or take a very good value at a position of desperate need.
They take Bulaga over Berry here to solidify their line.
6. Seattle Seahawks - Eric Berry
At No. 6, the 'Hawks could also go a few ways. But with the 14th pick in the draft as well, they can wait on an offensive tackle and take the best player which happens to also be a position of need.
Berry is going to be a beast in the NFL, and Pete Carroll makes the smart choice by selecting him as the leader of his defense for years to come.
7. Cleveland Browns - Jimmy Clausen
I know many are not going to agree, but is Holmgren honestly satisfied with Delhomme and Wallace running his offense going into the year?
At No. 7, they pick up their franchise QB. Other options here are Haden and C.J. Spiller, but ultimately I feel that Mike starts his tenure in Cleveland by selecting the leader of his offense.
8. Oakland Raiders - Trent Williams
The obvious choice here is Bruce Campbell. But I think it is TOO obvious, but then again it is very easy to be wrong with Al Davis running the show.
For some reason, I think they make the better decision here by taking Trent.
There may be no other prospect who has soared as high as Williams, and that means he becomes a Raider.
9. Buffalo Bills - CJ Spiller
The Bills were hoping for a few players to fall to them here, and all of them were drafted. They need an offensive tackle, but none of the remaining tackles are worth ninth overall.
They also could have used Clausen, but will have to take a QB in the later rounds. So here they go with the most dynamic offensive weapon in the draft.
It should be a good complement to the halfway disappointing career that Marshawn Lynch has had thus far.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Joe Haden
Let's get this out of the way. I am a Jags fan. And I know for a fact that they will NOT take Tebow with this selection.
Here they are going to do two things: trade down and recoup value for the 10th pick, or take the best available player.
GM Gene was hoping that Clausen would fall to 10 for trade bait, but since nobody wants to trade up, they take the top on their board.
Haden will grow to be an elite corner and help the Jags' pass defense.
11. Denver Broncos (via Chicago) - Rolando McClain
The Broncos take the best linebacker in this year's class. McClain will be the thumper in the middle of this Broncos defense.
He has great form tackling, decent speed, and will be the leader of this defense, or now they can wait and take a defensive tackle in the later rounds or in next year's draft due to the signing of Jamal Williams.
12. Miami Dolphins - Dez Bryant
The Dolphins get the best receiver by far in the draft.
Some may say he has a diva attitude, but he makes it happen on the football field.
Look for Chad Henne to emerge as a good QB with this addition to the offense.
13. San Francisco 49ers - Earl Thomas
Mike Singletary gets a stud for his defense. Earl Thomas can play either corner or safety, and instantly upgrade that defense.
14. Seattle Seahawks - Derrick Morgan
At No. 14, Seattle has the option of going with an offensive tackle or a defensive lineman. They need both desperately.
I do not think the athletic freak of Bruce Campbell is worthy enough over Derrick Morgan though. The 'Hawks add Berry and Morgan to their defense, which I would say is a solid start.
15. New York Giants - Jason Pierre-Paul
The Giants get an athletic freak to add to their defensive end rotation.
He may be raw, but the sky is the limit for Jason.
This is a great scenario for him, not having to play all the time right away and allowing him to learn the game.
16. Tennessee Titans - Dan Williams
Over the past two years, the Titans have lost Haynesworth and Vanden Bosch.
This gives them a stud to anchor the middle of the line. He will be the replacement to Fat Albert that they needed since his departure.
17. San Francisco 49ers - Bruce Campbell
San Fran passed up on him at No. 13, but they won't do it again at No. 17. Campbell will play opposite of Staley.
Bruce is an athletic freak, but he needs time to grow and learn the game. He should be able to do this while stepping in at right tackle for the 49ers.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Taylor Mays
The Steelers struck gold with one USC safety, now they do it again. Polamalu and Mays will form the most feared defensive backfield in the NFL.
19. Atlanta Falcons - Sean Weatherspoon
Sean Weatherspoon is one of the underrated players in this draft. Great linebacker and a great leader.
He will be a nice replacement for the aging Mike Peterson.
20. Houston Texans - Carlos Dunlap
Dunlap's stock has fallen because of off-the-field issues. However, he will still be a monster on the field and I don't see him sliding by the Texans at No. 20.
The combo of Williams and Dunlap will be a force that can help handle Peyton Manning in the AFC South.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Jermaine Gresham
Gresham will be an over-the-middle target that Carson Palmer has not had during his tenure in Cincy.
He's big and athletic, with the only knock on him being his knee surgery. He will be a great addition to the aerial attack for the Bengals.
22. New England Patriots - Sergio Kindle
The Pats reload their defense with an excellent pass rusher in Kindle.
He will provide an edge rush that the Patriots have needed the past few years.
Their linebacking corps gets younger and better with Kindle on the outside.
23. Green Bay Packers - Anthony Davis
Davis has been all over mock drafts. Some have him top 10, some out of the first round.
At No. 23, I do not see him slipping past the Packers who need to protect Aaron Rodgers.
The Pack feel good on Day One having Davis fall to them.
24. Philadelphia Eagles - Mike Iupati
The Eagles released their former Pro Bowl lineman Shawn Andrews this offseason.
They could go with a corner here, as well as a defensive end, but I think they will go with this stud of a guard with the 24th pick.
25. Baltimore Ravens - Terrence Cody
Many will disagree with this pick. People say he's too fat, lazy, and poorly conditioned.
They also mentioned that Haloti Ngata will take off plays, and now he is one of the best defensive linemen in the game.
Put another 350 pounds of beef on that line, and the Ravens are en route to become a dangerous defense yet again.
26. Arizona Cardinals - Jerry Hughes
The Cardinals lost Dansby to the Dolphins, and Jerry Hughes can be their replacement.
He is great for a 3-4 defense, and the Cards shouldn't have to sweat about the fact that they lost one of their defensive leaders.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Brandon Graham
If the Boys make this pick, then the rest of the NFC should be looking out.
Put Graham opposite of Demarcus Ware, and opposing offenses have problems.
Wade comes away with a smile on his face because he knows his job is still safe in the big D.
28. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Matthews
The Chargers luck out and have their man fall into their laps. The Tomlinson era is over, Sproles signed his one-year tender, but I still don't feel like Darren can be the feature back for an NFL team.
Ryan could be the most complete back in this draft, and the Chargers pick him up at No. 28.
29. New York Jets - Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson has flown up draft boards due to an excellent Senior Bowl perfomance and a great combine.
If he falls to 29, sexy Rexy will be ecstatic. Teams last year were able to pick on whoever was opposite Revis Island, but now they may not have that choice.
Revis and Wilson could turn into the best cornerback tandem in the NFL.
30. Minnesota Vikings - Brian Price
The eventual replacement of Pat Williams will be Brian Price out of UCLA. He has great size and athleticism.
The Vikes were hoping Kyle Wilson would fall to them, so don't be surprised to see them trade up to ensure they get their man, but Price here would be a quality pick.
31. Indianapolis Colts - Jared Odrick
There has been little to no productivity out of the Colts interior line. Adding Odrick would be a solid addition.
He will be free to raise havoc, with offensive coordinators focusing in on stopping Freeney and Mathis on the outside.
32. New Orleans Saints - Devin McCourty
Reggie Bush may not be the Saints return man next year, Darren Sharper has left a hole in the safety void, and this all means Devin McCourty will be a good pick at No. 32.
Greg Williams can move Malcolm Jenkins to safety, and start McCourty at corner, who can also provide electricity as a return man.