The Final 2010 NFL Mock Draft
The 2010 NFL Draft is just a day away, and this year boasts one of the most talented draft classes in a long time: It figures to have starting rookies all the way to Round Two. Here's my final 2010 mock draft, and my first-round draft grades will be posted Friday.
1. St. Louis Rams—Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
This pick is obvious. The Rams need a quarterback, and they praised Bradford's workout on his Pro Day.
2. Detroit Lions—Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Russell Okung should be the pick, but since Rob Sims was acquired in a trade, that's not likely. Suh is the best player available, but the offensive-line struggles will continue if Okung isn't selected and Stafford will continue to run scared.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Buccaneers need help badly on their defensive line, and McCoy will be a great fit for their defense. He's considered by some to be better than Suh.
4. Washington Redskins—Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State
If Okung falls to the Redskins, it's thanks to the Lions' stupidity. Donovan McNabb was landed in a trade, so the next order of business is to replace the retired Chris Samuels at left tackle, and Okung will be a Day One starter.
5. Kansas City Chiefs—Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma
Many football fans are expecting the Chiefs to draft Eric Berry, but safeties are virtually never drafted this early—and Scott Pioli drafts for positional value. Matt Cassel needs protection so that his $63 million contract doesn't get wasted.
6. Seattle Seahawks—Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa
How the Seahawks will draft is a mystery because they have new management. They will most likely draft a tackle because Walter Jones retired, and even with him, the offensive line was terrible.
7. Cleveland Browns—Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
The Browns made a good start in bolstering their pass defense by trading for Sheldon Brown, but they're not finished. Berry will be impossible for the Browns to pass on if he falls to them.
8. Oakland Raiders—Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland
Al Davis always drafts based on 40 times and workout numbers, and he will continue to do the same thing. The Raiders have offensive line problems, and Campbell ran a 4.88 and benched 34 reps of 225 lbs, so he will likely be the pick. There have been rumors of drafting Jimmy Clausen, but Davis still has faith in JaMarcus "Fat Boy" Russell, and he doesn't admit his mistakes.
9. Buffalo Bills—Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
The Redskins trade for Donovan McNabb will aid the Bills' hopes to land Jimmy Clausen because they were the only team likely to take him before the Bills are up. They're in need of a franchise quarterback, and if Clausen isn't selected, they will definitely continue picking in the first half of the draft.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars—Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Even though Aaron Kampman was signed, he isn't fully healthy, and Gene Smith still drafted two offensive tackles after signing Tra Thomas and Tony Pashos. Defensive end is a big need. Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves have proved to be busts.
11. Denver Broncos—Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Josh McDaniels proved last year at how terrible at drafting he is before proving how terrible of a head coach he is. Dez Bryant or Rolando McClain would make much more sense, but since they have no center, McDaniels will pounce on Pouncey.
12. Miami Dolphins—Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
The Dolphins' starting nose tackle Jason Ferguson is old, he was suspended for eight games, and even with him, the depth is thin. Williams would fit their defense perfectly.
13. San Francisco 49ers—Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The 49ers have a weak pass defense, and Haden was a big part of Florida's dominant defense. Mike Singletary wants winners, and Haden will likely be on the top of the 49ers' big board at No. 13.
14. Seattle Seahawks—Taylor Mays, S, USC
The Seahawks need a safety, and Pete Carroll is familiar with Mays. He has a lot of upside, so don't be surprised if Carroll selects him.
15. New York Giants—C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Giants need running back depth. Brandon Jacobs is injury-prone, and Ahmad Bradshaw is the only reliable running back behind him. Spiller has the explosive presence the Giants need.
16. Tennessee Titans—Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/LB, South Florida
The Titans have a pressing need at defensive end, and they love workout warriors. Michael Griffin, Chris Johnson, and Kenny Britt all ran fast 40 times, and so did Pierre-Paul.
17. San Francisco 49ers—Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers
The 49ers need a right tackle, and, even though Davis is really lazy, Singletary made something out of Vernon Davis after he was lazy. Plus, Davis has lots of talent.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers—Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Don't be surprised if McClain falls here. Inside linebackers often fall lower than expected, such as Rey Maualuga and James Laurinaitis. The Steelers will need a replacement for 35-year-old James Farrior. McClain doesn't fit in a 4-3 defense.
19. Atlanta Falcons—Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Michigan
Graham offers positional value, which is what Thomas Dimitroff goes for. Defensive end is a major need, and Graham can play in a 4-3 scheme.
20. Houston Texans—Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Texans need a free safety, and Thomas is high on their list, so he will likely be a Texan if he falls to them.
21. Cincinnati Bengals—Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The Bengals had injuries at tight end, and they need a receiving threat in the middle of the field, so Gresham will likely be the pick.
22. New England Patriots—Sergio Kindle, DE/LB, Texas
Adalius Thomas is old, and there's little depth at outside linebacker. Kindle draws comparisons to his Pro Bowl Defensive Rookie of the Year Texas predecessor Brian Orakpo.
23. Green Bay Packers—Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Ted Thompson goes with the best player available, and history suggests that he won't select a tackle in the first round. Cornerback is a need with Charles Woodson and Al Harris aging, and injuries were a problem last year, so depth is needed.
24. Philadelphia Eagles—Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Andy Reid values massive linemen, and a guard is needed since Shawn Andrews was released.
25. Baltimore Ravens—Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Bryant's draft stock has been falling because he allegedly has a diva attitude and showed up late to team meetings in college, but he has lots of upside, and the Ravens won't be able to pass on him. The more weapons the merrier for Joe Flacco.
26. Arizona Cardinals—Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Weatherspoon had an incredible Senior Bowl, and with his skills and leadership qualities, he would be a great replacement for Karlos Dansby.
27. Dallas Cowboys—Nate Allen, S, South Florida
The Cowboys released Ken Hamlin, so free safety is now a need. Allen is great in coverage, and he would be a great replacement for Hamlin.
28. San Diego Chargers—Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
The Chargers need a defensive tackle, and nose tackles are scarce, so they will likely take Cody with their first pick and then take a running back with their first second-round pick.
29. New York Jets—Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State
The Jets signed Jason Taylor to a two-year deal, so they won't likely draft an outside linebacker in the first round. Shaun Ellis and Marques Douglas are both in their 30s, and depth is needed.
30. Minnesota Vikings—Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Pat Williams will be 38 this season, and he'll likely retire, so the Vikings will want to keep their defensive line strong.
31. Indianapolis Colts—Charles Brown, T, USC
Bill Polian blamed the offensive line for the Colts' Super Bowl loss, and he's right. Charlie Johnson is an average tackle, and Tony Ugoh is sub-par, so a franchise left tackle is needed.
32. New Orleans Saints—Jerry Hughes, DE/LB,TCU
The Saints lost Scott Fujita and Charles Grant to free agency. Alex Brown was signed, so outside linebacker is the bigger need now. Hughes can play that and also defensive end, so selecting Hughes kills two birds with one stone.
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