2010 NFL Predictions and 2011 Mock Draft: Louisiana Letdown? I Don't Think So

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2010 NFL Predictions and 2011 Mock Draft: Louisiana Letdown? I Don't Think So

The kickoff to the 2010 regular season in the National Football League is upon us. Many questions will be answered over the next 17 weeks.

Will the Saints suffer from a Super Bowl hangover? Well, Drew Brees is not a one-man wolfpack. The Saints have some question marks, especially with Malcolm Jenkins beginning the year as the starting safety, but the hangover will not be nowhere as bad as the one we remember from the movie The Hangover.

Will Brett Favre lead the Vikings to the promised land? Well, the Vikings are swimming upstream in a longship known as "overrated." It would not catch me by surprise to see the Vikings miss the postseason. After all, the Williams duo at defensive tackle has to break down at some point, right?

2010 will be Favre's reality check, mark my words.

With plenty of old faces in new places, I expect to see some more new guys emerge as breakout stars.

While everyone is focusing on Donovan McNabb in D.C., I look up the Beltway at Baltimore and see a blooming star in Joe Flacco.

Speculators are rambling about whether or not Thomas Jones can continue to get it done, this time in Kansas City. Meanwhile, I look at Seattle and see plenty of potential in Justin Forsett.

All eyes will be on Julius Peppers in the Windy City. While I do think Peppers will fare well with his new club, a rookie pass rusher has the goods to emerge and take the game over in Philadelphia. His name is Brandon Graham.

With so much to talk about, I apologize for my absence from Bleacher Report. I have been ditty-bopping around blogs and what not, but here they are, my 2010 predictions for the NFL followed by a 2011 mock draft.

Read it and weep.

 

 





 

AFC East

AFC West

AFC North

AFC South

1

Miami Dolphins (11-5)

San Diego Chargers (13-3)

Baltimore Ravens (14-2)

Indianapolis Colts (13-3)

2

New England Patriots (10-6)

Oakland Raiders (9-7)

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)

Houston Texans (11-5)

3

New York  Jets (7-9)

Kansas City Chiefs (5-11)

Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

4

Buffalo Bills (2-14)

Denver Broncos (5-11)

Cleveland Browns (4-12)

Tennessee Titans (3-13)

 

NFC East

NFC West

NFC North

NFC South

1

Dallas Cowboys (12-4)

San Francisco 49ers (10-6)

Green Bay Packers (13-3)

New Orleans Saints (13-3)

2

New York Giants (9-7)

Seattle Seahawks (8-8)

Chicago Bears (11-5)

Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

3

Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)

Arizona Cardinals (7-9)

Minnesota Vikings (9-7)

Tampa Bay Bucs (4-12)

4

Washington Redskins (6-10)

St. Louis Rams (2-14)

Detroit Lions (4-12)

Carolina Panthers (3-13)

 

 

Playoffs

Wild Card Round

AFC: Indianapolis Colts def. New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins def. Houston Texans

NFC: Atlanta Falcons def. Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears def. San Francisco 49ers

Divisional Round

AFC: Baltimore Ravens def. Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers def. Indianapolis Colts

NFC: New Orleans Saints def. Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers def. Chicago Bears

Conference Championships

AFC: Baltimore Ravens def. San Diego Chargers

NFC: Green Bay Packers def. New Orleans Saints

Super Bowl XLV

Baltimore Ravens def. Green Bay Packers

I do think some things will be flipped upside down, but the Saints will not disappoint, although I see them losing in the NFC Championship Game. I have a strong feeling this is the year when Aaron Rodgers and Joe Flacco take the NFL by storm.

 

Anyways, here is the second half of this two-piece article: the 2011 NFL Mock Draft.

 

NFL Team

Player

School

1

Buffalo Bills

QB Ryan Mallett

Arkansas

2

St. Louis Rams

WR Julio Jones

Alabama

3

Tennessee Titans

DE Robert Quinn

North Carolina

4

Carolina Panthers

WR A.J. Green

Georgia

5

Tampa Bay Bucs

CB Patrick Peterson

LSU

6

Cleveland Browns

DT Marcell Dareus

Alabama

7

Detroit Lions

DE Allen Bailey

Miami Fl.

8

Denver Broncos

CB Aaron Williams

Texas

9

Kansas City Chiefs

DE Adrian Clayborn

Iowa

10

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Andrew Luck

Stanford

11

Washington Redskins

QB Jake Locker

Washington

12

Arizona Cardinals

OT Nate Potter

Boise State

13

New York Jets

OLB Von Miller

Texas A&M

14

Philadelphia Eagles

RB Mark Ingram

Alabama

15

Seattle Seahawks

OT Gabe Carimi

Wisconsin

16

Cincinnati Bengals

OT Joseph Barksdale

LSU

17

Minnesota Vikings

DT Jurrell Casey

USC

18

New England from OAK

WR Jonathan Baldwin

Pittsburgh

19

New York Giants

OLB Bruce Carter

North Carolina

20

Pittsburgh Steelers

CB Prince Amukamura

Nebraska

21

New England Patriots

OT Anthony Costanzo

Boston College

22

Atlanta Falcons

DE Greg Romeus

Pittsburgh

23

San Francisco 49ers

S DeAndre McDaniel

Clemson

24

Chicago Bears

WR DeAndre Brown

Southern Miss

25

Houston Texans

S Deunta Williams

North Carolina

26

Miami Dolphins

DE Cameron Heyward

Ohio State

27

Dallas Cowboys

S Rahim Moore

UCLA

28

Indianapolis Colts

OT Derek Sherrod

Mississippi State

29

New Orleans Saints

RB Ryan Williams

Virginia Tech

30

San Diego Chargers

NT Jerrell Powe

Ole Miss

31

Green Bay Packers

OLB Travis Lewis

Oklahoma

32

Baltimore Ravens

CB Brandon Harris

Miami Fl.

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