2010 NFL Draft: 10 Picks That Would Shock the League
With two weeks remaining until the big show comes to New York City, there's no doubt there will be the teams that defy the analysts "expert" opinions, and pick the prospects they want most.
While many mock draft boards are different, generally they follow the same pattern. However through team visits, interest at Pro Days, and purely ridiculous rumors, let's take a look at some moves that could shock the entire NFL.
10. Ndamukong Suh No. 1 to the Rams
While the Suh to St. Louis pick was the original mock draft consensus, almost every draft board in the country now has Sam Bradford as a lock for the No. 1 selection.
It's reported however that Colt McCoy's workout went over amazingly well in St. Louis, and the Rams may now grab the best prospect in the draft in Suh.
09. Russell Okung No. 3 to the Bucs
It's not to say that Okung would be a reach or unwelcome in Tampa Bay, but most mock drafters have a defensive tackle, namely Gerald McCoy, going to the Bucs.
Implying the Lions take a defensive tackle, the Bucs could look to give their franchise QB Josh Freeman some protection.
08. Sam Bradford No. 4 to the Redskins
After the arrival of Donovan McNabb in Washington, it's all but thought they will not draft a passer in the first round.
McNabb's contract expires at the end of the 2010-2011 season. With his age, drafting a franchise quarterback could be a consideration by Mike Shanahan to get his "own guy" in the lineup.
07. Kyle Wilson No. 29 to the Jets
This pick comes as a surprise more since everyone has mocked Wilson to the Texans in the first to replace Dunta Robinson. The Jets just added Antonio Cromartie, but he is coming off a very down season.
In this scenario, Wilson falls all the way down to No. 29, where the Jets take the best player available. The corner duo of Revis and Wilson terrorize the AFC for the next decade.
06. CJ Spiller No. 7 to the Browns
At No. 7, Mike Holmgren's boys select CJ Spiller, Cleveland Browns Stadium is picketed with protesters within the hour.
Secondary has been the widely known need the Browns have been coveting all offseason, but in this case Cleveland gets the No. 1 back in the draft.
With an unproven rookie James Davis, and Jerome Harrison not deciding to step up until the final four games, Holmgren decides Cleveland needs a feature back.
05. Taylor Mays No. 8 to the Raiders
All jokes aside, it's no secret that Al Davis covets speed and freak athletes, Taylor Mays happens to be both.
Before the combine, Mays had slipped into the second round, but with impressive combine numbers he has bounced back into the first round.
How early he's taken is anyone's guess, but don't be surprised if Davis pulls the trigger on Mays a bit early.
04. Golden Tate No. 22 to the Patriots
The Patriots are one of the rare teams that can purely draft best player available, regardless of needs.
Last season ended with Wes Welker on the injured reserve list, unknowing if he is the same after surgery, New England takes the man being billed as "the next Wes Welker," Golden Tate.
03. Jimmy Clausen No. 26 to the Cardinals
Hold on to your Domer hats, Jimmy Clausen takes a Brady Quinn-esque freefall toward the bottom portion of the round, taking the starting spot from former USC QB Matt Leinart and Brady Quinn's predecessor Derek Anderson.
Clausen falls simply because Mike Holmgren decides he isn't sold on Clausen, and the following teams' needs find a quarterback a low priority.
02. Colt McCoy No. 30 to the Vikings
The Rams notorious bad luck continues as their plans fall apart. The Vikings draft Colt McCoy to learn under Brett Favre in their West Coast offense, beating the Rams to the punch a mere three picks prior.
For a young quarterback, a stout offensive line like Minnesota's and all the receiving weapons, make for a dream combination for McCoy.
01. Tim Tebow No. 9 to the Bills
Deciding not to risk the Browns or Jaguars drafting Tebow in the second round, the Bills make the biggest reach of the draft thanks to amazing praise by head coach Chan Gailey and advisor Jim Kelly.
While Tebow's ceiling may be limitless, his mechanics are still an issue, but the team feels he will have a good career in the NFL.