The NFL’s version of Christmas (or maybe Hanukkah) is upon us. I am officially mocked out after five months of trying to predict the 2010 NFL draft and now it’s time to unleash my final 2010 NFL Mock Draft.
I didn’t trade any picks but I do have a few players falling or being reached for because I could see a team moving to get them. That being said I didn’t find a way to fit Tim Tebow into my mock but I feel very strongly that he will be picked in the first round.
Follow me on Twitter all draft @JohnLorge .
And now to the picks:
1. St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Since the NFL Combine Bradford has been viewed as the top pick and even though he may not be signed before the draft there is no significant evidence to move him from the top spot.
The Rams traded Adam Carriker this week but he wasn't a great fit for their scheme and wasn't even active in 2009. Suh would be my pick but the Rams need a QB of the future more than a DT.
2. Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Lions have been very active this offseason, but their biggest move will be the addition of Suh (unless they trade for Albert Haynesworth).
It was rumored that Jim Schwartz has tipped off the Lions plans to take Suh, but at the second overall pick they're not giving up much insider info.
3. Tampa Bay Bucs - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Tampa is in a position to take to take the tackle that the Lions don't. Moving into the offseason the Bucs biggest need was to bulk up the middle of their defense, starting with the line, and they've yet to make that move.
Eric Berry, Dez Bryant, or an OT would all, help but not as much as McCoy.
4. Washington Redskins - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
It's been no secret the Redskins are looking to draft a tackle, especially after acquiring a Pro Bowl QB, and until recently many have suspected it would be Russell Okung.
Oklahoma's Trent Williams has picked up a lot of steam recently because he is a better fit for Washington's system and is a more well-rounded prospect. Okung is great in pass pro but he doesn't have the physical tools or versatility of Williams.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
KC is looking to trade down out of the top 10 and I feel they are doing that in order to draft McClain. Even if they can't trade down I still believe they will take the stud linebacker, who would be the top prospect on their board at this point of the draft.
Scott Pioli has said he's not opposed to taking safety Eric Berry but he's looking for a high floor position.
Many think Pioli's connection to Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz means they will draft Bryan Bulaga but who's to say Frenentz has been leading his friend down that path behind closed doors? We saw Bulaga get beat by several of the end prospects in this draft and Pioli was very complementary of Branden Albert recently.
6. Seattle Seahawks - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Earlier in the draft process many thought the Bucs would take Berry because of the Lane Kiffin connection in Tampa. There is one team in the NFL with a stronger connection to Kiffin and that's Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.
At pick number six an elite safety isn't a reach and the Seahawks don't have a difference maker at that position. Between Carroll and Kiffin, two DB gurus, it's hard to see Berry slipping past Seattle.
7. Cleveland Browns - Joe Haden, CB, Florida
If Eric Berry is off the board at six I suspect the Browns will draft their next highest rated DB, Haden.
Mike Holmgren loves drafting DBs early and he was watching closely at Florida's pro day.
The Browns are prime candidates to move down, with Tennessee as their top potential trade partner right now.
8. Oakland Raiders - Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
After Bruce Campbell had such an amazing Combine he seemed like a lock for the Raiders. We know Oakland likes freak athletes but we also know they make the moves nobody predicts.
Iupati has some ties to the Raiders. Tom Cable used to coach at his alma mater and Iupati has reportedly been training with Raider coach Jackie Slater.
The top 10 is a reach for a guard but not if he's a potential Pro Bowler.
9. Buffalo Bills - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
It looks like the Bills are going to move back into the first round to draft Tim Tebow which would mean they don't need to take Jimmy Clausen at nine.
Buffalo does need a lot of offensive line help but it also needs a nose for its new 3-4 scheme and Williams can fill that role at an elite level for the next 10 years.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Jags are another team trying to move back according to the rumors. If they needed an OT now would be a great time but they drafted two last year.
Jax traded away Quentin Groves and could always use pass rush help but they need more fire power on offense.
Many would call this a luxury pick but Spiller will make the game easier for Maurice Jones-Drew and David Garrard, and he'll have a major impact in the return game.
11. Denver Broncos (From Chicago) - Earl Thomas, S, Texas
No team is trying harder to move down in the draft than Denver. It isn't clear who they are targeting—maybe Sean Weatherspoon—but don't be surprised if Philly, Dallas, or Green Bay move up to draft from the top of the big board.
If Denver can't move, and several of its top targets are gone, Earl Thomas has the ball skills the Broncos staff loves and the versatility to make an immediate impact.
12. Miami Dolphins - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Fins have said goodbye to Joey Porter and Jason Taylor, opening the door for Bill Parcells to draft his next great edge rusher. The candidates are Morgan, Sergio Kindle, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerry Hughes, and Brandon Graham.
If Morgan is still on the board I suspect he will be Miami's pick because he is ready to play right now and is the most complete end in the draft, tied with Graham in that respect.
13. San Francisco 49ers - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
There’s a rumor the Cowboys are looking to trade up here, if that's the case they would either be picking Okung or Bryant. Even if the Niners stay on the clock don't rule out them going for another talented receiver represented by Eugene Parker to build possibly the best young tandem ever.
14. Seattle Seahawks (From Denver) - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
After passing on Okung at six I doubt Seattle expects to see him again at 14, but crazier things have happened.
Okung gives the Hawks everything they need in a LT and he is a great value here. If Derrick Morgan is still on the board I would expect him to be the pick.
15. New York Giants - Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
If McClain is off the board expect the Giants to take their top rated end prospect unless a major run has already happened.
I have them taking Graham over Jason Pierre-Paul because they have a tendency to pick Senior Bowl prospects and there wasn't a better player in that game than Graham.
If the Giants are going to hold onto Osi Umenyiora then Jared Odrick or Sean Weatherspoon makes sense, and even Kyle Wilson is in play.
16. Tennessee Titans - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Titans would love if one of the top three ends come to them at 16 but they are also looking to move up to secure one. If the Titans make a deal with Cleveland they may choose Morgan over Pierre-Paul but either player address their biggest need.
17. San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina) - Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
SF would have drafted a tackle last year had Michael Crabtree not fell in its lap and it is still one of its biggest needs.
Although Bulaga would be drafted to start at RT which isn't typically drafted in the first, the Niners desperately need a quality starter at that position to build a playoff caliber OL.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
It's tough to find a lock in the middle of the first round but the Steelers are big fans of Pouncey and he addresses their biggest need, offensive line.
With the ability to play guard or tackle it will be hard to keep the Gator off the field as a rookie and he should help their disappointing rushing attack.
19. Atlanta Falcons - Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Many teams have shown interest in Weatherspoon but it's been tough to peg where teams truly have him valued.
The Falcons would be getting a young leader for their defense, and a player who can be used in a variety of roles.
Any of the defensive line prospects on the board are also in play.
20. Houston Texans - Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
After trading Dunta Robinson the Texans will need some help at CB this year but they haven't been publicly targeting many of the first round corner prospects.
The Texans also need to help their sorry rushing attack. Adding some new offensive linemen would help but there is no better way to improve your ground game than upgrading the rusher.
Many don't know just how good Mathews is but he is the real deal, and worth a top 20 pick.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Taylor Mays, S, Southern California
Last year the Bengals cleaned up on "overrated" prospects and it landed them at the top of the AFC North. This year I expect the team to go for another Trojan defender in Mays.
Mays is focused, talented, and a big-time hitter. He has been around elite football players and coaches his entire life and he has one goal, to become a great NFL safety.
22. New England Patriots - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Pats have had face time with more prospects than anyone in the draft, making it very hard to determine who they will select.
The team did retain Leigh Bodden, and they have some young corners rostered, but there were times during the season when they struggled to cover anybody.
I have the Pats passing on Kindle but you can read more on that below.
23. Green Bay Packers - Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
The Packers would like to trade up and get their hands on Graham but there is a small gap between he and Hughes when it comes to getting to the QB.
Over the past few seasons Hughes was one of the most dangerous ends in the game and production speaks louder than combine stats.
24. Philadelphia Eagles - Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
The Eagles are one of the teams looking to move up and I suspect Kindle is one of their major targets. It's not likely he will fall past NE at 24 but instead of guessing who will be the Eagles' trade partner I am giving them their player.
25. Baltimore Ravens - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Due to a foot injury we haven't seen much from Thomas during the draft but it hasn't stopped teams from falling in love with his size/speed combo.
The Ravens have gone WR a few times in the first round without much success, and although they traded for Anquan Boldin, they still need more you talent at the position.
Jared Odrick would be a great pick but I suspect they will get a DE/DT later in the draft.
26. Arizona Cardinals - Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
Jackson was a standout all season for the National Champs and he projects to be a very good corner in the NFL.
He had a visit with the Cards in April and corner is one of the team's many needs.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
I've hedged my bet with Dallas, giving them the potential to take Bryant at 13 and Odrick at 27 but it doesn't mean I have Jerry Jones cornered.
Odrick would be a great fit and has been on the team's radar since the Senior Bowl where they fell in love with him and Iupati.
The team could trade up for a tackle, draft one at 27, or even trade out of the first round to a team looking to draft a QB.
28. San Diego Chargers - Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
If the Chargers want to continue their dominance in the AFC West it will start by winning the run game. If Ryan Mathews was still on the board he would come into play but now I see them looking to fill the massive hole Jamal Williams left.
Some suspect Cam Thomas or Linval Joseph would be the pick here but Cody has a much better resume than either of those guys.
29. New York Jets - Everson Griffen, DE, Southern California
I like the Jets as one of the teams who should trade out of the first round for more picks but I'm not going to place Tebow or McCoy's names here as speculation.
Some are calling Griffen the next Vernon Gholston. He has the size, strength, and speed teams drool over but may be money hungry and some suspect he doesn't love the game.
If Odrick, K. Wilson, Iupati, or Cody is on the board I would like any of them. Daryl Washington and Patrick Robinson would also be strong selections.
30. Minnesota Vikings - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
If Clausen falls this far it will be hard for the Vikings not to set their franchise up for the future at the end of the first round.
Jahvid Best looks good but Percey Harvin can be used in the role that he would. Patrick Robinson is another player the Vikings really like but Lito Shepard might be coming to town.
31. Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The Colts are going to do what the Colts want to do. OL is one of their biggest needs and its hard to imagine a tackle higher on their board than Davis unless they want to make the local fans happy with Rodger Saffold—although the fans will be much happier with another trip to the Super Bowl.
32. New Orleans Saints - Brian Price, DT, UCLA
If teams are bluffing on Weatherspoon and he slips expect the Saints to make the obvious selection like they did last season with Malcolm Jenkins.
Price is a great fit for any 4-3 team looking to pressure the QB. Corners are always in play and Daryl Washington from TCU also has many fans around the league.
Follow me on Twitter @JohnLorge .