2010 NFL Mock Draft: Big 12 Dominates Top 10 Picks
With the 2010 NFL draft upon us, here is yet another mock draft but one that is different from what I have seen from the so-called experts.
So, here we go:
1. St. Louis Rams—Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
This is a no-brainer for Steve Spagnuolo and company. The Rams got rid of Marc Bulger over the offseason and Keith Null and A.J. Feeley are not starting quarterbacks.
2. Detroit Lions—Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Jim Schwartz's defensive makeover in the Motor City continues with Suh. Schwartz added Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams to the line in the offseason and by drafting Suh, the Lions have a very talented line to keep the defense on the field less in 2010.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Here is where I start to disagree with the experts. The Bucs have a more immediate need on the offensive line with a combined seven years experience in three tackles on the roster. Okung will be a huge step forward to give Josh Freeman some much needed protection.
4. Washington Redskins—Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The Big 12 domination continues with the Redskins picking up Williams to help protect the newly-acquired Donovan McNabb. The Redskins do not need to go after Gerald McCoy because they just threw out over $100 million to Albert Haynesworth. But who knows, the Redskins could surprise us all.
5. Kansas City Chiefs—Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Chiefs will add the final piece to their young and talented defensive line with getting McCoy at No. 5. Adding to Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson on the defensive line will do the same thing as Suh will to the Lions, complete a talented defensive line.
6. Seattle Seahawks—Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Pete Carroll's first draft pick with the Seahawks will be the top defensive back in this year's draft. While Jimmy Clausen might be a interesting choice here, Carroll seems like he likes Charlie Whitehurst a lot and remember Matt Hasselbeck, even if he is old, is still in Seattle for at least another season.
7. Cleveland Browns- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
In my first real surprise of my mock draft, Morgan goes to the Browns, who have traded for both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, which leads me to believe they will not go after Clausen and take the next best defensive player on the board in Morgan.
8. Oakland Raiders—Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Al Davis is completely unpredictable when it comes to his draft picks. No one expected Darrius Heyward-Bey to go the silver and black last year. Thomas kind of makes sense and would add to a already dominant secondary that features Nnamdi Asomugha, Tyvon Branch, and Stanford Routt.
9. Buffalo Bills—Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Clausen will not face the same fate that fellow Irish QB Brady Quinn endured. The Bills NEED a quarterback. Trent Edwards has been a bust and they need to get the city excited again about good football. Chan Gailey has taken the reins of the coaching position and Clausen will take reins of the offense in 2010.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars—Joe Haden, CB, Florida
After missing out on Clausen, the next crop of players are mostly defensive players with the exception of CJ Spiller. Since the Jags already have MoJo at the running back position, they will give Rashean Mathis a partner at corner.
11. Denver Broncos—Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
McClain adds depth to the Denver linebacking corps and can take some pressure of off the shoulders of D.J. Williams, a fellow first-round pick from 2004.
12. Miami Dolphins—Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
After taking care of their receiver needs last week by acquiring Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins will take a lineman who played in Monte Kiffin's defense last season. Kiffin system is the closest to a pro system in the college ranks and Williams benefitted from that landing him at No. 12.
13. San Francisco 49ers—Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Pierre-Paul gives the 49ers a speedy pass rusher of the end that they have not had with any of their other defensive ends. Adding Pierre-Paul will make the already scary defense of San Francisco scarier.
14. Seattle Seahawks—C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
With his second pick as Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll should take Spiller and be lucky that he drops this far. The running game in Seattle is bad and an all-around back like Spiller can fix that problem.
15. New York Giants—Everson Griffen, DE, USC
The Giants' defense was about as good as Seattle's running game last season. With Osi Umenyiora coming off injury, the Giants need a third young pass rusher to get better with Umenyiora being a wild-card coming off a knee injury.
16. Tennessee Titans—Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
The move makes loads of sense. Kevin Mawae is going to retire in the next year or two. Who better to mentor a good young center than Mawae?
17. San Francisco 49ers—Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The 49ers defense can't win all the games by itself and whoever ends up at quarterback needs a good lineman to protect him in the pocket.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers—Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
I would say that the Steelers could go after Dez Bryant here but being that they just unloaded a trouble wideout in Santonio Holmes, that is very unlikely. Iupati is a solid guard that can help the Steelers sure up the middle when Rashard Mendenhall looks to break loose this season.
19. Atlanta Falcons—Brandon Graham, OLB/DE, Michigan
Graham will most likely be asked to play linebacker and could be a good complement to the aging Mike Peterson in the middle.
20. Houston Texans—Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The loss of Dunta Robinson opens up a void at the cornerback position for the Texans and Wilson is there to fill that void.
21. Cincinnati Bengals—Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
Although Cedric Benson had a good season in 2009, the Bengals need a backup plan just in case Benson plays like he has for the rest of his career. Matthews is an underrated back that ran well for Pat Hill and Fresno State.
22. New England Patriots—Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis adds to the already solid line for Bill Belichick and gives the Pats a replacement for Matt Light at tackle, if the ten year veteran hits a wall in production this season. Light is right around the age where top lineman fall off the top and retire shortly afterwards.
23. Green Bay Packers—Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The fourth Sooner player, and second coming off surgery, taken in the 2010 draft will become Aaron Rodgers' newest weapon on offense. Gresham adds to the JerMichael Finley as two tight ends that can catch the ball. With so many weapons at each skill position, there is no excuse for Green Bay not to contend for the division title.
24. Philadelphia Eagles—Taylor Mays, S, USC
One of the most active teams over the offseason, Philadelphia has offloaded veterans Donovan McNabb and Sheldon Brown and are getting younger. Mays is a hard-hitting safety, which the Eagles lack in Quintin Mikell and Quintin Demps.
25. Baltimore Ravens—Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Bryant's fall down the draft board ends with the Ravens, who desperately need to get better offensively. With the addition of Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth over the offseason, the Ravens obviously do not have too many concerns with questionable character in a receiver, especially after signing Stallworth.
26. Arizona Cardinals—Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE, Texas
With Ken Whisenhunt adding another former Steeler, Joey Porter to replace Karlos Dansby in the middle, the Cardinals can improve on the outside with the speedy Kindle, who can also play defensive end if needed.
27. Dallas Cowboys—Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
The Cowboys really do not have a gaping hole at any position so adding Odrick to the 3-4 scheme and having a skilled backup for Jay Ratliff makes the most sense with this pick.
28. San Diego Chargers—Sean Witherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Witherspoon adds depth to the linebacking corps in San Diego. The 3-4 defense could always use a skilled linebacker to add to the talent of Shawne Merriman, Stephen Cooper, Brandon Siler, and Shaun Phillips.
29. New York Jets—Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
The Jets fans will have to wait until late Thursday night to boo this pick. But the Jets fans should not boo this at all with McCourty being an addition to the secondary that already boasts the dominant Darrelle Revis. But Revis needs a partner in crime on the other side of the field and McCourty will do just that.
30. Minnesota Vikings—Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
Like most of the teams at the end of the first round, not many holes are needed to be filled for Brad Childress' team but an insurance policy for Antoine Winfield is not a bad way to use this pick.
31. Indianapolis Colts—Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
Hughes will compete for a starting job on the outside of Gary Brackett and can also spell Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis at defensive end if need be.
32. New Orleans Saints—Jahvid Best, RB, Cal
Losing Mike Bell opens up a spot for the Saints to add Best to the three-headed rushing attack that already includes Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. Best can run up the middle better than the other two and is bit bigger than both as well.
There it is, the first 32 picks according to myself for Thursday Night's primetime draft.
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