2010 NFL Draft: Mock Draft Update Post Santonio Holmes Trade
The NFL Draft is just over a week away, and the trade talk has just begun with Santonio Holmes being the latest play to change teams.
What impact does this latest move have on the draft?
1. St. Louis Rams: QB Sam Bradford , Oklahoma
While Billy Devaney is trying to put up a neutral front, all signs point to the Rams taking Bradford with the No. 1 pick.
Signability may be the only thing that changes the Rams' mind at this point. You can debate the merit of spending the No. 1 money on a QB out of a spread offense coming off shoulder surgery.
Taking a the risk on a QB is likely the best move for the Rams at this point.
2. Detroit Lions: DT Ndamukong Suh , Nebraska
Expect to see the Russell Okung talk continue to rise leading up to the draft, but in the end, it will be very difficult for a defensive coach of the league's 32nd-ranked defense passing on a talent such as Suh.
Defensive tackles are risky, but Suh is the best one to enter the draft in quite some time.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Gerald McCoy , Oklahoma
McCoy is an ideal fit for the Tampa 2, and defensive tackle is arguably the team's top need, making this one of the easiest picks in the draft.
He is an interior penetrator who will cause havoc in the backfield and draw double teams.
The only question for Tampa is what they will do if Suh and McCoy are on the board. Suh is the better player, but McCoy may be the better scheme fit.
4. Washington Redskins: OT Russell Okung , Oklahoma State
There are rumors the Redskins could be considering Trent Williams. but passing on Okung would be a big mistake. Okung is clearly the top offensive tackle in the draft and should fit well in Shanahan's zone blocking scheme.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: S Eric Berry , Tennessee
Bryan Bulaga, Dez Bryant, or Eric Berry.
Berry is the highest rated of the three. While it goes against Scott Pioli's philosophy to take a safety, the Chiefs have too many needs to pass on the best player available.
Berry has as much upside as any safety in recent memory and should be able to make an immediate impact on a porous defense.
I also think Bryant is the type of talent Todd Haley's passing attack needs, but don't see the Chiefs pulling the trigger unless they trade down.
6. Seattle Seahawks: OT Bryan Bulaga , Iowa
With an expected run on offensive tackles with Oakland, Buffalo, and San Francisco all picking before 14, the Seahawks need to pull the trigger on their left tackle here rather than wait.
If they want CJ Spiller, they may need to take him here.
7. Cleveland Browns: CB Joe Haden , Florida
Eric Berry is likely their preferred selection, but if he is off the board, they can go in a variety of directions.
While Jimmy Clausen makes sense from a talent perspective, Mike Holmgren appears to have another player in mind.
Considerations are D. Bryant, S. Kindle, J. Pierre-Paul, and D. Williams, but the Browns ultimately decide to take a corner with upside to be a No. 1 corner.
8. Oakland Raiders: OT Trent Williams , Oklahoma
Bruce Campbell has been the popular pick, but Williams is rising in recent weeks, has similar athleticism, and is graded much higher on most draft boards.
9. Buffalo Bills: QB Jimmy Clausen , Notre Dame
The Bills' top need is at offensive tackle, but Clausen has the potential to be the franchise quarterback they have lacked since Jim Kelly left.
He has the strong arm required for the winter winds, and with the three safest tackles off the board, the decision is even easier. If Clausen does not go here, he could slide.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: S Earl Thomas , Texas
The Jaguars will most likely go defense, but will it be between DE D. Morgan, MLB R. McClain, and S E. Thomas.
Thomas' tremendous range and coverage awareness will make him extremely valuable in a division with the pass-happy Colts and Texans.
11. Denver Broncos: ILB Rolando McClain , Alabama
Dez Bryant is would be a great scheme fit and great selection, but it is hard to picture Josh McDaniels trading one diva receiver for one with the potential to be one.
Rolando McClain is known for his leadership skills and could be potential quarterback of the defense. The departure of Andra Davis opened a spot for him as well.
12. Miami Dolphins: DT Dan Williams , Tennessee
Nose tackle and rush linebacker are the two most likely options for a Dolphins defense looking to take a step forward.
Williams is the clear-cut top nose tackle, while the depth at rush linebacker will likely allow one to fall to the Dolphins in round two.
Two curve balls to consider are CJ Spiller, who seems ideally suited for the Wildcat offense, and Dez Bryant whose name is getting mentioned despite Parcells' aversion to top receivers.
13. San Francisco 49ers: RB CJ Spiller , Clemson -
With many of their top targets off the board including Trent Williams, Earl Thomas, and Joe Haden, the 49ers audible to Spiller, who cures their returner problem and provides a playmaker who can slide between running back and wide receiver.
Don't forget Frank Gore's bad knees and penchant for injuries could lead to a short shelf life.
14. Seattle Seahawks: DE Derrick Morgan , Georgia Tech
If CJ Spiller is off the board, the Seahawks will decide between Dez Bryant and defensive ends Derrick Morgan and Jason Pierre-Paul.
If they wanted a wideout, one would think they would swing the deal for the more established Brandon Marshall. Morgan is an all-around defensive who should be able to upgrade the pass rush right away.
He is also a above average run defender who can play the right or left side.
15. New York Giants: OLB Sean Weatherspoon , Missouri
With Rolando McClain off the board, the Giants reach a little to fill a major need at inside linebacker with Weatherspoon. Most project him to play outside but he has the skill set and leadership skills to play in the middle.
Other options are taking DT B. Price, DE J. Pierre-Paul or G M. Iupati.
16. Tennessee Titans: DE Jason Pierre-Paul , South Florida
The Titans look to fill their need for a pass rusher with Pierre-Paul. He is a high risk/high reward type but his "freak"-ish abilities will be too tempting for Jeff Fisher and Co. to pass up.
17. San Francisco 49ers: OT Anthony Davis , Rutgers
The 49ers will come out of the first round with an offensive tackle, be it at 13 or 17.
Davis has slid due to work ethic concerns, but he has the potential to be the top tackle to come out of this year's draft. His skill set translates best to left tackle, but either he or Joe Staley will make the conversion to the right side.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: G Mike Iupati , Idaho
Iupati is not the left tackle the Steelers need, but he gives them a player with Pro Bowl potential who should be able to play right away. He is also a much-needed grinder in the ground game.
The trade of Santonio Holmes makes Dez Bryant or Golden Tate a possibility, but the emergence of Mike Wallace should allow the Steelers to focus on the offensive line in round one.
19. Atlanta Falcons: DE Brandon Graham , Michigan
Graham is an intense competitor, and despite his lack of ideal size, he is a good all-around defensive end who will not only get to the quarterback but disrupt plays in the backfield. His motor can be infectious.
20. Houston Texans: CB Kyle Wilson , Boise State
With Earl Thomas off the board, the Texans look to fill the hole at cornerback left by the departure of CB Dunta Robinson.
While some would say Wilson is a reach he is the second-rated corner in the draft. Has tremendous coverage awareness and is solid in man and zone coverage.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Dez Bryant , Oklahoma State
Bryant's stock has been hard to peg, but it is doubtful that a top-five talent will slide past the Bengals. He is a complete wide receiver, and the Bengals have a history of taking chances on character risks.
They also like to take players with the same last name as it saves them money on lettering.
22. New England Patriots: WR Demaryius Thomas , Georgia Tech
Sergio Kindle is difficult to pass on, but the depth at the position likely means a quality rush linebacker will be available in round two.
Thomas is an ideal fit for the Patriots scheme and would provide the big receiver to stretch defenses opposite Randy Moss and ultimately replace him down the road.
Thomas has been a Patriots' pick in previous mocks in round two, but his rare size/speed combination for the position has his stock soaring. If they want him, they will need to take him here.
23. Green Bay Packers: OT Bruce Campbell , Maryland
Left tackle is a major need for the Packers, and they need to fill it in round one even if they have to reach.
Campbell is a tremendously athletic but raw left tackle prospect who needs time to develop. Landing in Green Bay would be good situation as he can play behind Chad Clifton for a while, before eventually staking a claim to the starting job.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Kareem Jackson , Alabama
With the top-three defensive ends and Sean Weatherspoon off the board, the Eagles shift gears to cornerback and select Kareem Jackson. He is a tough, physical corner with excellent instincts who would be a good fit for the Eagles pressure defense.
25. Baltimore Ravens: DT Jared Odrick , Penn State
The Ravens defensive line is old, and Odrick has the skill set to be a quality five technique. He also has the a great motor and is a better pass rusher than he is given credit for.
26. Arizona Cardinals: OT Charles Brown , USC
The Cardinals need to choose between taking a left tackle and rush linebacker. Considering the depth at rush linebacker, opt to take one of the last left tackles on the board in Brown.
Brown is graded as a second-rounder, but the drop-off will be steep if they wait until round two to fill this need. TE Jermaine Gresham is also a consideration.
27. Dallas Cowboys: S Taylor Mays , USC
With Charles Brown off the board the Cowboys are forced to reach for G/T Rodger Saffold or take high risk/high reward athlete/S Taylor Mays. Mays' coverage skills are suspect but he is the type of athlete Jerry Jones likes.
Safety is also now a top need after the departure of Ken Hamlin.
28. San Diego Chargers: RB Ryan Mathews , Fresno State
The choice is between Mathews and Terrence Cody.
Of the two, Cody has the better chance to be available early in round two. Mathews is arguably the top all-around back in this year's draft and would appear to be a good fit for Norv Turner's offense.
29. New York Jets: OLB Sergio Kindle , Texas
With Odrick off the board, and after acquiring Santonio Holmes in a trade rush, linebacker becomes the focus.
Despite character issues, Kindle is among the best rush linebacker prospects in the draft. His experience at both defensive end and linebacker should ease his transition to the rush linebacker spot.
30. Minnesota Vikings: DT Brian Price , UCLA
Cornerback Devin McCourty and G/C M.Pouncey are considered, but Price would be a tremendous value at the end of round one for a team needing a young defensive tackle to groom behind Pat Williams.
Price is a different type of player than the Williams Wall, but his penetrating skills would be a good change of pace and scheme fit.
31. Indianapolis Colts: C Maurkice Pouncey , Florida
The Colts offensive line has been springing leaks in recent years, and while they would prefer to find a left tackle, Pouncey provides them with an upgrade on the interior who can be groomed to eventually replace Jeff Saturday at center.
32. New Orleans Saints: DE Carlos Dunlap , Florida
Even after signing Alex Brown in free agency, the Saints are looking to add pass rushers to their aggressive scheme.
Dunlap slides due to character and work ethic concerns, but has a high ceiling and would be able to rotate with Will Smith and Alex Brown initially, before taking over a starting job in year two.
Chris Maier is Senior Editor for NFL Draft 101 . He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: nfldraft101 . Also, be sure to join NFLDraft101.com for live coverage of the 2010 NFL Draft April 22-24.
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