2010 NFL Mock Draft #3

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Here’s my third look at the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

1.  St. Louis Rams: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

While I think the Rams should take Suh or McCoy here, I think they’ll fall into the trap of taking a QB. I’m afraid the salary structure of the NFL draft, which desperately needs to be adjusted, plays a huge role in this decision.

2.   Detroit Lions:  Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

I had the Lions taking Russell Okung in my first two mocks, but with Suh coming available, the Lions can’t pass him up.

3.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

The Bucs could trade up with St. Louis to ensure they get McCoy, who’s a better fit for their system.

4.  Washington Redskins:  Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

Sam Bradford could be the choice, but I don’t trust his shoulder. Until he shows he’s fine, I can’t have him going in the top four. The Skins have gotten old on the line. Time to inject some youth with Okung.

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5 .  Kansas City Chiefs:  Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

They’d prefer Okung, but if he’s not there Davis is the pick. The Chiefs need help on the line big time.

6.  Seattle Seahawks:  Eric Berry, S, Tennessee 

I’m all over the place with the Seahawks. First, I had them taking Bradford. Then I had them taking Bruce Campbell. With Berry available, they go that direction instead.

7.  Cleveland Browns:  Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Another selection that has not changed since the initial mock .

8.  Oakland Raiders:  Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland 

With the adjustments I made, it brings the Raiders back to the massive Campbell.

9.  Buffalo Bils:  Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

I don’t believe in this QB crop, but the Bills will feel pressured to address the glory position.

10.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

The Jags need to get to the QB as badly as they need to put butts in their seats. They may address the latter with Tim Tebow in a later round, but Morgan is the perfect choice to do the former.

11.  Denver Broncos:  Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

I had them taking Dez Bryant in my previous two mocks, but that’s because McClain was gone already. If he’s there, he’s the choice.

12.  Miami Dolphins:  Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee 

Another pick that has survived three mocks now. Parcells loves LBs, but if McClain is gone, he’ll go another direction.

13.  San Francisco 49ers:  Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

For a third time I’m marrying the Niners and Bulaga. They’re a budding offense, and adding someone to help in the trenches makes perfect sense.

14. Seattle Seahawks:  Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma 

The Seahawks need to address their offensive line. They went with safety Eric Berry earlier, and grab a talented tackle here.

15.  New York Giants: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

Initially I went with Brian Price. In my second mock  I switched to Thomas because safety represents a bigger need for the G-Men. I’ll stick with that.

16.  Tennessee Titans:  Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

The Titans add Pierre-Paul, who has been terrific pre-draft, to help them get to the QB.

17.  San Francisco 49ers:  Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

This is the third switch for the Niners. All three of my choices have been on the defensive side of the ball.

18.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

The Steelers add a versatile offensive lineman to limit the times Big Ben is sent to the turf.

19.  Atlanta Falcons: Everson Griffen, DE, Southern Cal

The Falcons will need to put pressure on Drew Brees if they are going to compete in their division. 28 sacks last year just doesn’t cut it. Griffen should help.

20.  Houston Texans:  C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Some have Spiller going earlier, but the way the NFL is going right now, backs aren’t top priority. At #20, the Texans can’t pass on one though.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

The Bengals are suddenly not as stocked at WR anymore. Chad Johnson bounced back last year, but was exposed by Darrelle Revis. Without a complimentary WR, the Bengals were dead in the water.

22. New England Patriots: Brian Price, DT, UCLA

The Patriots could use a speed rusher, but Belichick rarely selects linebackers. 

23. Green Bay Packers:  Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas

Kindle gives the Packers a speed rusher as they solidify their 3-4 defense.

24.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan

The Eagles have addressed their offense early in recent drafts. This year they add to their defense, specifically by adding a speed rusher.

25.  Baltimore Ravens:  Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

Barring a trade, the Ravens are going with a WR here. 

26.  Arizona Cardinals:  Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

Karlos Dansby won’t be back, making their defense even more of a need. 

27.  Dallas Cowboys:  Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

The Cowboys are well-stocked everywhere, but could use another WR to help Miles Austin.

28.  San Diego Chargers:  Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

With LT given his release you would think they go with a RB here, but they have been effective taking backs in later rounds (Michael Turner,Darren Sproles).

29. New York Jets: Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern

The Jets know the road to the Super Bowl goes through Indy (Peyton Manning), New England (Tom Brady), San Diego (Philip Rivers), and Pittsburgh (Big Ben). They add to their defensive front in an effort to bolster and already spectacular defense.

30.  Minnesota Vikings:  Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

The Vikings are loaded at nearly every position. They need help at cornerback though, thanks to Cedric Griffin’s knee injury.

31.  Indianapolis Colts:  Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU

The Colts need speed rush depth, as evidenced by their ineffectiveness following Dwight Freeney’s injury.

32.  New Orleans Saints:  Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal

Darren Sharper may not return. Mays is a big-hitter that would be perfect in Gregg Williams’ system.

Originally published at LestersLegends.com .