The 2010 NFL Draft is going to be one of the most interesting that I can remember. For one, it starts on a Thursday night, in prime time and extending it to three days.
Here, I have mocked the first three rounds to the best of my ability, based on team needs, situations, and previous drafts. I did not include any trades, but feel free to tell me what you think, whether you agree or hate it!
After years of top-ten draft selections, the dismal St. Louis Rams find their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford out of Oklahoma.
Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the consensus No. 1 pick no more than a month ago, however, after an impressive pro day, Bradford will be the first to shake Roger Goodell's hand on Thursday night.
Ndamukong Suh will be HIGHLY considered by Detroit, but the Lions will invest in a solid left tackle to protect their $70+ million commodity, QB Matthew Stafford.
The Lions acquired former Titans defensive lineman, Kyle Van Den Boesch, adding veteran influence to the line, allowing the Lions to address it in later rounds.
Ndamukong slips further, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select a defensive tackle to take on linemen at a level they haven't seen since Warren Sapp. McCoy is a perfect fit for their defensive scheme, and I don't see them selecting Suh, or Berry, as some claim.
With the retirement of veteran left tackle, Chris Samuels, new quarterback, Donovan McNabb is now protected by the Oklahoma standout, who is an excellent fit for Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme. Williams has excellent footwork and huge upside.
The Chiefs select the best prospect in the draft, Ndamukong Suh, as he surprisingly falls to No.5. Kansas City had one of the worst rush defenses in the NFL last year, and Suh would be a great addition to the line with Tyson Jackson, blocking linemen, and allowing Tamba Hali to free-blitz the quarterback all day.
The Chiefs will highly consider safety Eric Berry here, but there is no way you can pass on a player like Suh.
The Seahawks are getting very old, especially their left tackle Walter Jones. Jimmy Clausen and Eric Berry will be considered, but Bryan Bulaga has quickly moved up draft boards, due to his all-around ability, despite his "short" arms. Most say he is best fit for right tackle, however, I believe he can make the transition.
The Browns instantly improve their secondary by adding the ball-hawk Volunteer, Eric Berry. While some believe Cleveland may take the quarterback route, take note that Mike Holmgren has never used a first-round selection on a quarterback, yet has used many on defensive backs. Eric Berry is a defensive back like no other, and will be an asset to the Browns from Day one.
Al Davis may suffer heart failure when he has to decide between two athletic freaks of nature in Maryland's Bruce Campbell, and South Florida's Jason Pierre-Paul, but somehow he will decide to draft another high-profile quarterback, who most likely isn't going to be any good.
Jimmy got punched in the face after losing at Notre Dame...imagine the Raider Nation. Good Luck, Buddy!
This is one of the most important draft's in history for the Buffalo Bills, as they have missed the playoffs for the past ten consecutive seasons. With more holes than a slice of swiss cheese, they will debate over Jimmy Clausen, a Left Tackle, a Wide Receiver, a linebacker, you name it, they need it.
But with the new 3-4 defense they especially need a Nose Tackle, a position neither Marcus Stroud or Kyle Williams are fit to play. The Bills take the second Volunteer off the board, and address other needs later, with fear Alabama's Terrence Cody will be gone at No.41.
The Jaguars recently signed Aaron Kampman to line up with the young and talented prospects on the Jaguars' defensive front seven. They have a Pro Bowl running back in Maurice Jones-Drew, a Pro Bowl quarterback in David Garrard, and an up and coming wide receiver in Mike Sims-Walker.
Now, the Jags fill out their secondary with arguably the best cornerback in the draft, despite his low 40-time at the combine.
The Broncos get rid of one prima donna to make way for Dez Bryant, out of Oklahoma State. Bryant is big and psychical, with great hands. He has all the tools to be an elite receiver in the NFL...if he can keep his act together.
Josh McDaniels stated that Bryant was on their draft board. They will strongly consider Alabama ILB Rolando McClain, after the departure of Andra Davis, but without Brandon Marshall, the Broncos need a go-to guy.
With Jason Ferguson suspended the first eight games of the season, the Dolphins will really consider a Nose Tackle, but Bill Parcells is a smart guy, and won't make a reach just to fill a need.
The Fish will take the Peyton Manning of defense, and move recently signed Karlos Dansby outside, giving the Dolphins a scary linebacking corps of Cameron Wake, Channing Crowder, Karlos Dansby, and McClain.
A one-and-done from South Florida, Jason Pierre-Paul is a huge and explosive rusher that Mike Singletary will gush over. Put him next to Aubrey Franklin with Patrick Willis behind them, and the 49ers have a solid defense.
C.J Spiller is the best running back in the draft, and with fresh legs on the offensive line, C.J. Spiller is in position to be named starting running back the minute Roger Goodell announces his name.
At Clemson, Spiller was a versatile threat, being one of the only players in NCAA history to pass, receive, and rush for a touchdown in a single game. He has game changing ability and is often compared to Chris Johnson.
With Osi Omenyiori reportedly on the trading block, the Giants replace him with Derrick Morgan, one of the few true defensive ends that play the 4-3 or Tampa 2 defensive scheme utilized by Defensive Coordinator, Perry Fewell.
With the loss of Albert Haynesworth last year, and veteran defensive end Kyle Van Den Boesch this season, the Titans add the Trojan who recorded 88 tackles and 16 sacks in three years at USC.
Once regarded as a sure-fire top-ten pick, Anthony Davis has slid down many draft boards, due to issues with work ethic and production on tape. However, that wont stop the 49ers from adding a tackle to protect Alex Smith, who is looking good, and is with the same system for more than a season.
The Steelers are looking to go back to a smash-mouth, run-first offense this season, and Mike Iupati out of Idaho is just the guard to make it happen. He is relentless in his blocks, and has superior agility and ability to create holes and prevent penetration.
The Falcons eliminated their need for a cornerback, when they signed Dunta Robinson at the beginning of the offseason. The next position that needed to be revamped was linebacker. Mike Peterson is 34, and Brandon Graham is great in coverage and stuffing the run. The Wolverine is considered one of the most complete linebackers in the 2010 draft.
Ryan Matthews is a beast out of the backfield, and a major offensive threat. The Texans find the piece to the puzzle that will get them over the hump. Matthews ran for over 3,000 yards and scored 39 touchdowns at Fresno State.
The Bengals will consider Jermaine Gresham with this pick, but they will add a young, imposing defensive tackle out of UCLA, to take over for aging Tank Johnson.
Jared Odrick just fits the description of a New England Patriot to me. He is big, relentless, physical, and always being part of the play. He will be a stud defensive end in the Pat's 3-4 system.
With all of the publicized offensive tackles of the likes of Russell Okung and Trent Williams, Southern Cal product Charles Brown is a huge sleeper. Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, yet he is on his back almost as much as he is on his feet. Charles Brown brings protection to Rodgers, which is just....scary.
This one might contribute to another explative-laden outburst from Jerry Jones, but the Eagles aging secondary can use the Longhorn who was a major factor in their National Championship run this season.
Although Jermaine Gresham was injured for the entire season, he is still the highest rated tight end on the board. With current Tight End, Todd Heap aging, Gresham brings Joe Flacco yet another weapon in the passing game.
Bruce Campbell, as we all know is a physical freak. With Mike Gandy getting older, and a new quarterback taking the reigns, the Cards need a left tackle like Campbell, with huge upside, to help them stay atop the NFC West.
Jerry Jones loves superstars, and Taylor Mays is just that. A huge, imposing presence in the secondary is just what the 'Boys need for their defense to compete in the NFC East, with Donovan McNabb, Eli Manning, and kevin Kolb facing you six times per year.
While the Chargers have a need at the Nose Tackle position, the loss of Antonio Cromartie requires another cornerback to take over. Wilson was an elite talent at Boise State, and has the strength to cover big time receivers.
Yet another playmaking Longhorn taken off the board. Sergio Kindle is a little rough around the edges, yet has the potential to be a top linebacker. Add him to the Gang Green, and he'll be making highlights weekly.
Devin McCourty is super fast and versatile, playing corner and special teams. Adding him with play makers like Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice, and Adrian Peterson is a recipe for success.
Maurkice Pouncey is being compared to Jeff Saturday. Enough said. He is one of only two people who touch the ball on every down, and he does a damn good job. With Saturday as his mentor, his limits are endless.
After losing OLB Scott Fujita to the Cleveland Browns, the Saints add this dominating linebacker who can play inside in a 3-4 and weakside in a 3-4. Solid player with good instincts.
No. 33 St. Louis Rams- WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech
No. 34 Detroit Lions- RB Jahvid Best, California
No. 35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
No. 36 Kansas City Chiefs- S Nate Allen, South Florida
No. 37 Philadelphia Eagles- G John Asamoah, Illinois
No. 38 Cleveland Browns- QB Colt McCoy, Texas
No. 39 Oakland Raiders- NT Terrance Cody, Alabama
No. 40 San Diego Chargers- NT Cam Thomas, North Carolina
No. 41 Buffalo Bills- OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana
No. 42 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- OLB Jerry Hughes, Texas Christian
No. 43 Denver Broncos- S Major Wright, Florida
No. 44 New England Patriots- Trade pick
No. 45 Denver Broncos- Arrelious Benn, Illinois
No. 46 New York Giants- DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
No. 47 New England Patriots- TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
No. 48 Carolina Panthers- WR Eric Decker, Minnesota
No. 49 San Francisco 49ers- WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
No. 50 Kansas City Chiefs- OL Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale
No. 51 Houston Texans- CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State
No. 52 Pittsburgh Steelers- Brandon LaFell, Louisiana State
No. 53- New England Patriots, Linval Joseph, East Carolina
No. 54 Cincinnati bengals, C JD Walton, Baylor
No. 55 Philadelphia Eagles- DE/OLB Koa Misi, Utah
No. 56 Green Bay Packers- CB Chad Cook, Virginia
No. 57 Baltimore Ravens- S Chad Jones, Louisiana State
No. 58 Arizona Cardinals- G/T Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts
No. 59 Dallas Cowboys- CB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest
No. 60 Seattle Seahawks- OLB Daryl Washington, Texas Christian
No. 61 New York Jets- RB Ben Tate, Auburn
No. 62 Minnesota Vikings- DT Torrell Troup, Central Florida
No. 63 Indianapolis Colts- DE Worey Wooten, Northwestern
No. 64 New Orleans Saints- DE Jermaine Cunningham, Florida
No. 65 St. Louis Rams- LB Sean Lee, Penn State
No. 66 Detroit Lions- LB Navorro Bowman, Penn State
No. 67 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jordan Shipley, Texas
No. 68 Kansas City Chiefs- LB Donald Butler, Washington
No. 69 Oakland Raiders- S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
No. 70 Philadelphia Eagles- G John Jerry, Ole Miss
No. 71 Cleveland browns- WR Damian Williams, Southern California
No. 72 Buffalo Bills- OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina
No. 73 Miami Dolphins- RB/WR Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss
No. 74 Jacksonville Jaguars- OLB Ricky Sapp, Clemson
No. 75 Chicago Bears- CB A.J Jefferson, Fresno State
No. 76 New York Giants- ILB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State
No. 77 Tennessee Titans CB/S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana
No. 78 Carolina Panthers- DT Lamaarr Houston, Texas
No. 79 San Francisco 49ers-CB Dominique Franks, Oklahoma
No. 80 Denver Broncos- TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida
No. 81 Houston Texans- CB Terrance Johnson, California
No. 82 Pittsburgh Steelers- DT Earl Mitchell, Arizona
No. 83 Atlanta Falcons- OLB Dekoda Watson, Florida State
No. 84 Cincinnati Bengals- TE Ed Dickson, Oregon
No. 85 Cleveland Browns- DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas State
No. 86 Green Bay Packers- G Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
No. 87 Philadelphia Eagles- CB/KR Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
No. 88 Arizona Cardinals- TE Anthony McCoy, Southern California
No. 89 Arizona Cardinals- Trade Pick
No. 90 Dallas Cowboys- DE/OLB Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
No. 91 San Diego Chargers- RB Jonathon Dwyer, Georgia Tech
No. 92 Cleveland Browns- WR Mike Williams, Syracuse
No. 93 Minnesota Vikings- CB Jerome Murphy, South Florida
No. 94 Indianapolis Colts- S Reshad Jones, Georgia
No. 95 New Orleans Saints- TE Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
These are my guesses on the selections of the first three rounds in Thursday's draft. Feel free to pick it apart as much as you like and add any additional comments!!!