2010 NFL Mock Draft #5: Jimmy Clausen Starts to Fall

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IMarch 12, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks the sideline 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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Still looking for that right formula.

1.  St. Louis Rams:  Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Is Bradford the best player in the draft? No. Does he make the most sense fiscally? Not really, but for the money they Rams have to land a franchise QB.

2.  Detroit Lions:  Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Should they take Suh or McCoy? Probably. However, they need to protect the guy that’s sitting on a pile of 2009 Detroit Lions cash.

3.  Tampa Bay Buccaneeers:   Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
McCoy or Suh? Suh or McCoy? After a coin flip, and realizing Suh is the better NFL prospect, the Bucs take Suh.

4.  Washington Redskins:  Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
I had them going Clausen in the last mock, but that pick doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The Skins have really aged at the line so I’m going back to a lineman. This time it’s Bulaga, who continues to climb.

5.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
McCoy is too big of a talent for the Chiefs to pass on. Scott Pioli knows the value of a good defensive line.

6.  Seattle Seahawks:  Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Unless the Seahawks work a trade for McNabb or Kolb, they are going to have to add talent at the position, especially after trading Seneca Wallace.

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7.  Cleveland Browns:  Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
I’ve been stuck on Haden the whole time, but with some urging have opened my eyes to Haden’s poor combine. He’s not fast enough to be a top 7 pick.

8.  Oakland Raiders:  Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
This one sticks. He’s huge. He’s fast. He has Al Davis written all over him.

9.  Buffalo Bills:  Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The Bills need help on their offensive line as much as any position, with the possible exception of quarterback.

10.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The Jags need to improve their pass rush. Aaron Kampman should help. They could add another one later, but here the pick is to go with hands down the top receiver prospect.

11.  Denver Broncos:  Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
To me this pick makes about as much sense as any in the first round. He just fits their system so perfectly. Plus, there’s an immediate need following the release of Andra Davis.

12.  Miami Dolphins:  Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Jason Ferguson is on his last legs and facing an 8-game suspension. They need to start thinking about the future.

13.  San Franciso 49ers:  Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis fills a need at Left Tackle. He and Joe Staley will give them a pair of bookends for years to come.

14.  Seattle Seahawks:  Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Seahawks need to improve their pass rush. They also need help on the offensive line, but that will wait.

15.  New York Giants:  Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Haden’s fall finally ends. The G-Men added Rolle at safety, but still need to upgrade their secondary. Haden is a steal.

16.  Tennessee Titans:  Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Titans could use Price to help fill the void that Albert Haynesworth left.

17. San Francisco 49ers:  C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
I’ve fought off Spiller going to the Niners in the mocks to date, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. He gives them a speed threat, can be used in the return game, and provides depth if Frank Gore goes down.

18.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
The Steelers’ fate hangs in the balance as Big Ben could be in hot water. Regardless of who is QB, they need to upgrade their line.

19.  Atlanta Falcons:  Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
The Rams add Graham to bolster their sagging pass rush.

20.  Houston Texans:  Earl Thomas, S, Texas
One of the top needs for Houston is at safety. He’ll help as they try to slow both Peyton Manning and Chris Johnson.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal
Now that the Bengals have signed Antonio Bryant, they can use their first round pick to upgrade the safety position. Mays will feel comfortable playing behind former USC teammate Rey Maualuga.

22. New England Patriots:  Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
The Pats add to the middle of their defensive front with the versatile Odrick.

23. Green Bay Packers:  Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
The Packers need help on the line, but they aren’t worth taking at this point. The Pack continue to bolster their 3-4 defense by adding a pass rusher to play opposite of Clay Matthews.

24.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Everson Griffen, DE, Southern Cal
The Eagles add Kindle to bolster their defensive end position. Getting to the QB is the trademark of Philly’s defense.

25.  Baltimore Ravens:  Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
Gresham gives the Ravens another weapon on offense and an heir to Todd Heap.

26.  Arizona Cardinals:  Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
After yielding 90 points in two playoff games, as well as losing Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle, defense is where the Cards need to go. Weatherspoon can help fill the hold Dansby left.

27.  Dallas Cowboys:  Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Roy Williams isn’t cutting it in Big D. Tate will give Miles Austin some help.

28.  San Diego Chargers:  Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
While the Chargers have been able to score with RBs in 4th (Darren Sproles) and 5th (Michael Turner) rounds, their window is now. They need an every down back, and Matthews fits the bill.

29. New York Jets:  Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU  
The Jets’ goal is to get by New England and Indianapolis. They added Antonio Cromartie to bolster their secondary. Now they add Hughes to get to Brady/Manning.

30.  Minnesota Vikings:  Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Cornerback is a huge need for the Vikes. Cedric Griffen will miss a good chunk of the season. Plus, Antoine Winfield has lost a step.

31.  Indianapolis Colts:  Markuis Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Pouncey gives the Colts a versatile lineman to keep Manning upright.

32.  New Orleans Saints:  Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
He’s a freak of an athlete. Gregg Williams will know just how to use him.

Originally published at LestersLegends.com .

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