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2010 NFL Mock Draft: Gerald McCoy Slips Out Of Top 5?

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMarch 18, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before a game 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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Round One:

1. St. Louis Rams- Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma

At this point it looks as though the Rams are set on taking Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the draft. I love this move, and so should all Rams fans out there.

Sam Bradford has a great arm, undoubtedly. Unfortunately, he missed almost all of his junior season, causing his stock, at a time, to drop somewhat.

Nonetheless, the Rams are looking to start over fresh. What better way to do it than to select one of the best quarterbacks to come out in quite some time.



2. Detroit Lions- Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State

Although Ndamukong Suh is a better prospect, Detroit would be smarter to take Russell Okung with the second pick.

Acquiring Corey Williams will force the Lions into drafting a position of need in offensive tackle.

Russell Okung is easily the best offensive lineman in the draft. Matthew Stafford needs more time on his feet to throw to receivers. Picking Okung will allow Stafford to have a much easier time at the helm for the Lions.



3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska

Yes, Tampa Bay, you may jump for joy! A month ago it would have been foolish to say that Suh would fall to pick No. 3, but with everything that has occurred since then, it looks quite possible.

The Buccaneers defensive line is one of the worst in the league. They don't really have a strong pass-rusher on their roster currently.

Suh is a physical freak. He can not only get to the quarterback in a hurry, but can also stop the run in an instant.



4. Washington Redskins- Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame

With Okung going off the board, Washington will focus on drafting a potential quarterback of the future.

As the Broncos head coach, Mike Shanahan selected Jay Cutler despite having character and maturity issues.

Jimmy Clausen has been accused of being immature. As we all know, Cutler is a good quarterback when he's not throwing interceptions in the red-zone.

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5. Kansas City Chiefs- Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee

Don't be surprised if the Chiefs elect to draft offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga instead of Eric Berry with the fifth pick.

Berry is a force to be reckoned with in the secondary. Kansas City foolishly released Bernard Pollard last offseason.

Berry will be a big factor in a secondary that lacks a real ball-hawk like player.



6. Seattle Seahawks- Gerald McCoy, Defensive Lineman, Oklahoma

Defensive tackle isn't a huge need for the Seahawks by any means, but Gerald McCoy is better than anything they have on the defensive line right now.

Gerald McCoy is arguably the second best prospect in the draft. It would be a steal for the Hawks if he happens to not be drafted in the top Five.



7. Cleveland Browns- Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida

With Joe Haden running somewhere in the 4.4s at Florida's pro day, he is now back to being a top 10 prospect.

Cleveland's cornerbacks are pretty lackluster at this point. They haven't had a good corner since trading Leigh Bodden to the Lions.

Joe Haden isn't a great tackler, but he is one of the best cover-corners in this year's draft.



8. Oakland Raiders- Bruce Campbell, Offensive Tackle, Maryland

Knowing Al Davis, he will take a speedster like Bruce Campbell with the eighth pick in the draft.

Campbell at 6'6", 315 pounds ran a 4.85 in the 40 yard dash at the combine.

The Raiders are in need of an offensive tackle, so maybe this pick won't actually be foolish like most of Al Davis' picks are.



9. Buffalo Bills- Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

The Bills need to address their poor offensive line situation early in the draft. No better way to do it than take one of the best offensive tackles available.

In my opinion, Bryan Bulaga is one of the most underrated players in the entire draft. He's a hard-worker that doesn't get the credit he deserves.



10. New York Giants (From Jacksonville)- Rolando McClain, Middle Linebacker, Alabama

** New York trades their first-round pick (15th overall) and their second-round pick (46th overall) to the Jaguars for the 10th pick

With Antonio Pierce gone, New York needs a middle linebacker more than ever before.

Rolando McClain is a great talent who might not last to the Giants pick at 15. This leads me to believe the Giants will trade up to snag McClain.



11. Denver Broncos- Dan Williams, Nose Tackle, Tennessee

Although I believe the Broncos will trade down, I have them taking Dan Williams with their first pick.

Despite signing Jamal Williams, Denver will need a nose tackle of the future. Jamal Williams is 34 years old and injury-prone anyways.



12. Miami Dolphins- Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End, South Florida

With Jason Taylor gone, Miami will need a defensive end that can be the future of the defensive line.

Besides the unproven Cameron Wake, the Dolphins don't have a significant pass-rusher.

Jason Pierre-Paul really only had one good season at South Florida, but he has the potential to be great in the NFL.



13. San Francisco 49ers- C.J. Spiller, Running Back, Clemson

Despite Frank Gore being one of the best running backs in the league, San Francisco doesn't have a great No. 2 running back.

With the trend in the NFL being the 1-2 punch, the 49ers will look to add an explosive back like C.J. Spiller early in the draft.



14. Seattle Seahawks- Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

After failing to acquire Brandon Marhshall, the Seahawks are still in need of a receiver opposite of T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Dez Bryant has drawn comparisons to Andre Johnson. Do you need any other reason to draft this stud? Probably not.



15. Jacksonville Jaguars (from New York)- Earl Thomas, Defensive Back, Texas

In 2009, the Jaguars were one of the worst at defending the pass. They gave up 236 yards per game (27th in the league).

Despite playing safety in college, I see Earl Thomas converting to cornerback in the NFL.

Can you name the Jags two starting cornerbacks? Unless you're a Jaguars fan, I doubt it.



16. Tennessee Titans- Derrick Morgan, Defensive End, Georgia Tech

With Kyle Vanden Bosch signing with Detroit, the Titans are in desperate need of a defensive end.

Derrick Morgan was a top 10 pick a month ago, but his stock has taken a sudden slip to the middle of the first.

Luckily, the Titans need him more than anybody else in the draft.



17. San Francisco 49ers- Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

The 49ers lost offensive tackle Tony Pashos this offseason, leaving them with a hole on the offensive line.

Trent Williams could go as early as the ninth pick to the Bills, but if he doesn't, he won't make it past the 49ers at pick 17.



18. Pittsburgh Steelers- Mike Iupati, Guard, Idaho

Guards usually aren't taken this early in the draft, but the Steelers are desperate for offensive line help.

If Ben Roethlisberger wants to remain healthy, Pittsburgh will have to improve their offensive line quickly.



19. Atlanta Falcons- Brandon Graham, Hybrid Linebacker, Michigan

It's safe to say that Jamaal Anderson is a bust. He has done practically nothing in his three years of service in the league.

Brandon Graham is a very talented player that could play either defensive end or outside linebacker with the Falcons.



20. Houston Texans- Kyle Wilson, Cornerback, Boise State

The Texans will benefit from taking Kyle Wilson in two ways. No. 1: They will have a new starting cornerback in 2010. No. 2: He is a tremendous kick returner.

Like I said, Kyle Wilson is a great kick returner, and a great cornerback to boot. Houston will be ecstatic to get such a talented player in the first round.



21. Cincinnati Bengals- Taylor Mays, Safety, USC

Marvin Lewis is known for drafting USC players (Carson Palmer, Rey Maualuga, Keith Rivers); I don't see him shying away from that this year.

Taylor Mays performed tremendously well at the combine, cementing his status in the first round.

The Bengals should have a very formidable defense with Mays, Maualuga, and Rivers, three USC talents, anchoring it.



22. New England Patriots- Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Oklahoma

Bill Belichick has spent two first-rounders on tight ends (Daniel Graham and Ben Watson) since becoming the head coach of the Patriots.

Recently, Watson signed with the Cleveland Browns. This leaves the Patriots with basically nothing at the tight end position.



23. Green Bay Packers- Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle, Rutgers

Ted Thompson is a GM known for taking the best player available. This year, he will do the same thing as most years.

Anthony Davis' stock has slipped since he had a poor showing at the combine. Nonetheless, he's a sure-fire first-round pick.



24. Philadelphia Eagles- Everson Griffen, Defensive End, USC

Andy Reid is obsessed with taking both offensive and defensive linemen early in the draft. This trend will continue on through the 2010 draft.

Victor Abiamiri is not going to cut it at defensive end for the Eagles in 2010. They need to try and find somebody to replace him for next season.



25. Baltimore Ravens- Jared Odrick, Defensive Lineman, Penn State

The Ravens lost both Justin Bannan (Broncos) and Dwan Edwards (Bills) this offseason.

Baltimore would be smart to boost up their defensive line early in the draft. Jared Odrick is a tremendous fit for their stellar defense.



26. Arizona Cardinals- Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle, USC

If Matt Leinart wants to have a successful season with the Cards, he will have to be able to stay on his feet.

The Cardinals lack true studs at both offensive tackle spots. Charles Brown might not be the best fit for their O-line, but he's the best lineman available.



27. New England Patriots (From Dallas)- Sergio Kindle, Hybrid Linebacker, Texas

** New England trades their 44th and 53rd overall picks to the Cowboys for their first-round pick**

Bill Belichick doesn't often trade up in the draft, but it isn't often that a team has three second-round picks.

The Patriots lack a strong pass-rushing linebacker. Sergio Kindle is arguably the best at doing so, besides Brandon Graham.



28. San Diego Chargers- Ryan Matthews, Running Back, Fresno State

Ryan Matthews had one of the best overall combines of all running backs that participated.

With LaDainian Tomlinson signing with the Jets, San Diego is in desperate need for a running back in 2010. Ryan Matthews definitely fits the bill.



29. New York Jets- Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

The Jets reportedly are very interested in trading for Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

This means the Jets have very little confidence in Jerricho Cotchery as the No. 2 receiver.

I wouldn't be surprised if he is either released or traded in the next couple weeks to make room for Tate.



30. Minnesota Vikings- Devin McCourty, Cornerback, Rutgers

Cedric Griffin claims he will be ready for the start of the 2010 season, but there is no proving whether or not that will come true.

Devin McCourty is quickly rising up most draft boards. Minnesota could use a No. 3 cornerback until Antoine Winfield retires.

31. Indianapolis Colts- Brian Price, Defensive Tackle, UCLA

Although the Colts usually take offensive players in the draft, the defense is what they need to focus on this time around.

Brian Price could easily go top 15, but I see him taking a slip to the last couple picks of the second round.

32. New Orleans Saints- Sean Weatherspoon, Outside Linebacker, Missouri

When I saw that both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. had Weatherspoon slipping to the Saints, I was baffled.

Come to find out, it actually makes sense. The Saints need an outside linebacker fairly bad. Weatherspoon will be tremendous on an already talented defense.


With Dallas not having many pressing needs, they will trade down in the draft

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