Too Early 2010 NFL Mock Draft: Top 14

Seth Cox@sethcoxtshqCorrespondent INovember 28, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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One week later and we are ready to continue on in the journey towards the NFL draft. This will definitely be rehashed from the last two articles, but there has been some movement on my big board and in the standings. 

So who is going where now and what has changed? We will soon find out. 

A couple of things to point out—this is what I am projecting now for the teams. As we near the draft I will begin to unveil a different feature which includes what I would do if I was the GM of that team and what the team WILL do. 

Also, these picks are as of the standings right now, not where I project they will finish at the end of the year.

Let's get started.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Well, the feel good stuff all went out the window rather quickly. After a complete whooping delivered at the hands of the Saints, there is no denying this team needs help all over the field.

I am a big proponent of starting your franchise on the offensive and defensive line, and with no sure fire things on the offensive line, I think the Bucs get back to their defensive minded approach and go defense.

With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

2. St. Louis Rams

The Marc Bulger era is over. They still have Steven Jackson but he needs immediate help. They have some nice weapons that they are developing on both sides of the ball, but need some more. 

They are several players away from being a playoff contender. So what is a team to do?

Add a player that can be the face of the franchise for years to come. This is a quarterback driven league, and in my eyes, this guy is the most polished, NFL ready QB in the draft.

With the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame

3. Cleveland Browns

I have no idea how to project this team. The offense looked like they were finally clicking and the defense gave up what seemed like 4 million points to the Lions.

Seriously, the Lions. So this week, we move the best player in the draft up to the number three slot. A game changer on defense who could be in the Bob Sanders, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu mold.

With the third pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Eric Berry, SS Tennessee

4. Detroit Lions

The investment into Matthew Stafford will most assuredly have an effect on this pick. How they do not draft someone to protect that investment would be a great question.

While I have been down on the OL prospects this year, one player has been consistent enough over the last couple of years, and has the POTENTIAL to be a corner stone on the left side of the OL for years to come.

With the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State

5. Oakland Raiders

A quarterback is becoming more and more of an option here. Would they really pull the plug on the former first overall pick JaMarcus Russell? Maybe not yet, but they also have so many needs all over the place that they will likely go best available here.

There are some franchise changers here, but I am not sure this franchise can be changed overnight. I have them taking the most physically impressive player in this draft.

With the fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Taylor Mays, FS USC

6. Washington Redskins

What to do with this team? So many busted draft picks are littering the field. The defense is solid, and I could see someone added there, but as we go forward I think the OL will need to be addressed.

As I have said two or three times already, this draft is not stocked with as much OL talent as there have been in the past drafts, but there is a local kid who looks to be climbing up the draft boards.

With the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland

7. Seattle Seahawks

Could this really be the scenario that plays out for the Seahawks? Could they really have to make a choice between the local kid and the need of a OL? 

I have no idea what they would do, but for this version of the Too Early draft I have them taking the local kid with all the talent in the world.

With the seventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Jake Locker, QB Washington

8. Kansas City Chiefs

Playing really well as of late they are getting close, at least to me, to being a team on the rise.

Of course when you say that you really never know what could happen.

I have no idea where they need to go, because as I watch them play I see weakness along the interior of the line, but do you really draft an interior lineman in the top 10?

Also, there is no nose guard worth taking. I am at a loss, so I am going on gut, that they are going to address the OL.

With the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Bryan Bulaga, OT Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills

I think the Trent Edwards era is over. I also don't know if they would take a QB with a bad shoulder, even if it is surgically repaired.

So they take a dominant force along the defensive line, and look to improve on their terrible run defense.

With the ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Gerald McCoy, OT Oklahoma

10. Tennessee Titans

The offense has come along nicely, and the need for another weapon for Vince Young is definitely there. 

But, there are no can't miss WR prospects this year, so I think they look to the defense and look to improve the defensive backfield.

With the tenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Joe Haden, CB Florida

11. San Francisco 49ers

The OL needs help. I am convinced that the need for an OL is the reason for both Alex Smith and Shaun Hill's poor play at times.

There is another OT that is worthy of being picked this high, and I think they pull the trigger on one that is slowly falling down the draft boards.

With the eleventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

12. New York Jets

Well they looked great early, but have struggled mightily of late. What can be done to help? First solution is to get Mark Sanchez some weapons. No RB or WR has been taken yet in my draft, but that ends here, with a speedy, deep threat added to the Jets repertoire.

Also, are they really going to bring back Braylon Edwards? They need a big time WR and I think that this guy is flying up into the top 15 of the draft. Of course, it is still early.

With the twelfth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Damian Williams, WR USC

13. Denver Broncos (From Chicago)

Looked great early as well, but have struggled as of late, and there is a guy that I think Josh McDaniels would love to work with here.

Of course all that matters is that he shows up and proves to still have the good arm strength and pinpoint accuracy that had many believing he was going to be the number one pick last year.

With the thirteenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

14. San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina)

So with their second pick in the first round, I truly believe the 49ers look to add a pass rusher to their defense.

They are improving greatly along the defensive side of the ball and a pass rusher is really all they lack to take the next step.

So who do they look for? I think they look for someone who can be a tweener pass rusher who may be injured, but he is still a first round lock.

With the fourteenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Greg Hardy, DE Ole Miss

Come back next week as we continue to preview the draft and delve a little deeper into the needs of each team as well.


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