2010 NFL Mock Draft: The Day Before The Draft
Here is my final 2010 NFL mock draft. I don't predict trades but I will mention some possibilities.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
It appears the Rams like Bradford if they keep the top pick of the draft. The Marc Bulger era is over and they need to find a new franchise quarterback. They also have not ruled out trading down.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
As badly as they need Okung to protect their investment in Matt Stafford, Suh is arguably the best player in the draft. Jim Schwartz built a great defense in Tennessee which was lead by a dominant defensive line. Suh helps him build that line again.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Tampa desperately needs help on their defensive line. McCoy might be the best gap penetrator since Warren Sapp. If they want to rebuild their once great defense they will need McCoy on the line.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
The 'Skins offensive line was terrible last year. The loss of Chris Samuels makes them even worse. Okung makes the most sense in this spot.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Berry is the best player available and he fills a need. He is a safety in a corner's body. There is nothing he can't do as a defensive back.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Seattle absolutely needs to replace Walter Jones. For whatever reason, Trent Williams is racing up draft boards. I don't think he is worth this pick (I don't think he will play left tackle) but Pete Carroll and company might think differently.
7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Browns need help throughout their defense. Haden has the potential to be a shut down corner at the next level. They've shown plenty of interest in him and he makes sense with this pick.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
As much as I hate to conform with popular picks, Campbell to Oakland makes too much sense. Al Davis loves height, weight, and athleticism. Campbell fills all of Davis' needs as well as the biggest team need. Davis would also love to reach on Carlos Dunlap but trading for Quentin Groves will keep him from doing so.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
New regimes mean new quarterbacks. Clausen is the most NFL ready quarterback in this draft. The Bills will attempt to build a new team around him.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
A lot of people expect a pass rusher here but I don't think they are ready to give up on Derrick Harvey after two years plus they added Aaron Kampman. However, McClain gives them an instant upgrade at middle linebacker. McClain can call and lead their defense for years to come.
11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The loss of Brandon Marshall puts a huge dent in Denver's offense. While Bryant is no boy scout, he is much less trouble than Marshall. He will step in as their new number one receiver.
12. Miami Dolphins: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Miami really needs a safety and Earl Thomas is the best available. With Thomas, Vonte Davis and Sean Smith, the Dolphins will have a great young secondary.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The 49ers might have the worst secondary in the league. Kyle Wilson will be an immediate upgrade over everyone on their roster. They have a nice run defense but their pass defense is horrible. Kyle Wilson is the best pick here.
14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
With their second first round pick, Seattle picks the best offensive playmaker available. They need help in their backfield and Spiller is just the guy to provide a spark to the offense.
15. New York Giants: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
The Giants need a replacement for Antonio Pierce. Sean Weatherspoon is a hard working, play making, vocal leader that can slide inside and fill his spot.
16. Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Morgan slides to 16 and he is still the first defensive end taken. This is a steal for the Titans as they get top-10 talent at a position of need.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
As I said earlier, the 49ers pass defense is horrible. With an upgrade in the secondary already picked, San Francisco takes a pass rusher in Kindle. Since he had success with both his hand on the ground and standing up at Texas, his transition to 3-4 outside linebacker will be easy and he can produce right away.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
It's time Pittsburgh upgrades their corner position. Ike Taylor and William Gay make a terrible corner duo, even in Dick LeBeau's scheme.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Jamaal Anderson is not getting the job done and John Abraham is on the wrong side of 30. Graham provides positional value as well as being one of the best players available.
20. Houston Texans: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
With the loss of Dunta Robinson, Houston finds themselves in desperate need of a corner. McCourty is the best corner available so he will be the pick.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermain Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Gresham becomes the third Sooner taken in the first round. The Bengals add a great pass catching tight end to make their offense even more dangerous. Carson Palmer will be thrilled to have him in the red zone.
22. New England Patriots: Damian Williams, WR, USC
Surprise! Yes the Patriots take Damian Williams in the first round. They could trade down and still get him like they did with Jarod Mayo but I won't try to predict that. The Patriots spent a lot of time with Williams at the combine, brought him in for a visit and visited him. They are very interested in him so he is the pick here.
23. Green Bay Packers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Green Bay could not keep Aaron Rodgers on his feet last year so they will need to look for offensive line help. Bulaga provides great value at a position of need here.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Calm down. I don't think Philly will pick Mays. However, the Eagles have made it known that they want one of the top safeties and they are willing to trade up for one. The Eagles will trade up to get Earl Thomas or maybe even Eric Berry if he falls. Like I said, I'm not predicting trades because that's nearly impossible to do so I'm just giving them the third best safety on my board.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama
As the prototypical 3-4 nose tackle, Cody should go higher than this. However, in this mock I have the Ravens picking him. With the loss of Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannan, Baltimore is in need of defensive tackle help. With Cody and Haloti Ngata up front, Ray Lewis and company will run freely to the football.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
With Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin out, Arizona will need support from their running game. Iupati provides great value if he falls here and will help clear holes for Chris Wells and Tim Hightower.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Dallas needs to replace Flozell Adams. Davis is very athletic and has the potential to be among the NFL's elite offensive tackles. If he can put his weight problems behind him then the Cowboys will have an absolute steal here.
28. San Diego Chargers: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
San Diego MUST pick a nose tackle. They lost Jamal Williams and they have no one else to play the position. Not only does Dan Williams make sense at this pick but they pretty much have to take him. Their defense will fail without him.
29. New York Jets: Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State
Jared Odrick probably fits best as a 3-4 5-technique. The Jets only big need is a 5-tech so this pick makes sense.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Assuming Brett Favre comes back, Minnesota has no glaring needs. They could use an upgrade at defensive end opposite Jared Allen. Griffen can help upgrade their pass rush as they make another run at the Super Bowl.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Maurkice Pouncey, G/C, Florida
Pouncey can play guard and then move to center when Jeff Saturday retires. Seeing that he is 34 it could be pretty soon.
32. New Orleans Saints: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Super Bowl champs have no glaring needs so here they can pick the ultra athletic defensive end from South Florida. Pierre-Paul can contribute to their pass rush, hindering teams from keeping up with the Saints unstoppable offense.
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