One of my followers on Twitter wanted to get in on the mock draft madness, so I said by all means my guest. This quick top 4 comes Lion special guest blogger, Robert Persaud. Robert can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/gamengineer. Look for more contributions from Robert later this offseason in a new website I’ll be launching with Pyromaniac.com. More details about the new site coming soon!
NFL Draft Top 4 by Robert Persaud
The NFL Draft 2010 is upon us! Officials are hoping the new 3-day format will add more fun and excitement - and blog posts such as John Gustafson’s “A Mockery of the 2010 NFL Draft” (http://www.pyromaniac.com/daily_pills/a-mockery-of-the-2010-nfl-draft) is a testament to the fact that is has! In the spirit of fun, however, I’m going to take the unabashed approach of making a mockery of the mockery itself. So here’s my analysis of the top 4 picks in the draft, since it’s considered nearly impossible to trade out of.
1. St Louis Rams - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska - Houston Texans proved drafting a DL can be a good long term investment when they selected Mario Williams #1 overall. Suh will have more of an immediate impact playing for a defensive minded coach, as opposed to a rookie QB taking 3 years to become an NFL commodity. Besides, the centerpiece of that offense is still Steven Jackson, and he doesn’t have that time before his incredible playmaking abilities vanish. The Rams would do good to pursue Jason Campbell in FA, as the Redskins are willing to part with him for cheap. Unfortunately, lots of speculations suggest upper management are more concerned about their job security than winning football games, in which case we may see Bradford drafted #1 overall for the wrong reasons.
2. Detroit Lions - Russel Okung, T, Oklahoma St - Two names make this pick happen - Jared Allen, and Julius Peppers. The veteran LT Jeff Backus will be overwhelmed, but has enough trade value to move. It makes very good sense for a rebuilding franchise to draft players closer in age to each other so they are around for the next decade together. I can see Detroit trading Backus for Albert Haynesworth to make Lions viable playoff contenders. Fortunately for the Lions, they will also be hounded by teams such as Cleveland looking for their franchise QB, should the Rams decide against Bradford. This is really an ideal situation for the Lions to trade down and grab some extra picks - a win/win situation for the rebuilding franchise no matter how you look at it.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma - Everyone’s assessment makes sense here - good DL are proving to be solid building blocks. Either Suh or McCoy makes sense. There’s always Terrell Owens in the open market to provide a short term solution for Josh Freeman, and probably increase ticket sales for the circus that will ensue. Otherwise, I think this will be a rather unassuming, even boring pick either way.
4. Washington Redskins - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee - Everyone will say that the offensive line for the Redskin’s are the major concern - but they’re basing this on patchwork efficiency and organizational mayhem under then head coach Jim Zorn. New head coach Mike Shanahan, however, has a knack for getting the most out of any offensive line, and as such, has never really placed a premium on drafting linemen so early. This leaves us with a real area of concern for the 2010 Redskins - Free Safety. The Redskins don’t have anyone with the ability to both cover and install fear in the deep threats of that division such as Miles Austin and DeSean Jackson. Evident is the lack of turnovers that group has produced since the tragic loss of S Sean Taylor, so who better to correct this problem than all-around, all-consensus Safety Eric Berry? Just being compared to future-hall-of-famer Ed Reed alone makes this a sure-fire bet for the next decade. Even if Bradford or Suh are available here, the Redskins can be instant contenders with Berry at 4th. Teamed with the bulkier and fearsome hitter Laron Landry - the Redskins will have a ferocious tandem as their last line of defense against the pass happy offensive trends in the NFL.