2010 NFL Mock Draft: How Santonio Holmes to New York Jets Shakes Up the Draft

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IApril 12, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 03: Golden Tate #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs against the Washington Huskies on his way to a 67 yard touchdown on October 3, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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First Donovan McNabb, then Santonio Holmes.

Who will get traded next weekend?

Even though the Holmes trade did not dramatically change the first-round layout as much as the McNabb trade did, there will still be some changes to a handful of teams' picks due to the Steelers going in a new direction.

And with the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select...

...Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

Even with the reports of the Rams having a very strong interest in quarterback Colt McCoy, who could be available when the Rams pick with their first second-rounder, it's all just smoke.

There's no way that they pass on the best quarterback in the draft, unless another team wants to pay the large ransom to move into the No. 1 slot. But that's unlikely too. Previous: Bradford

No. 2 – Detroit Lions – Ndamukong Suh, DL, Nebraska

With the addition of some offensive line help recently in guard Rob Sims from Seattle, they will hold off on picking the top offensive tackle in the draft for the top defensive tackle in the draft to complete the rebuilding of their defensive line. Previous: Russell Okung

No. 3 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy, DL, Oklahoma

The Bucs get their big man who will make an immediate impact on day one. Previous: McCoy

No. 4 – Washington Redskins – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

With only one pick in the first four rounds of this draft, the Redskins have to choose wisely in the first round.

And even though they may be tempted to go with safety Eric Berry as their new defensive playmaker, they have to help protect their new investment in quarterback Donovan McNabb over all other things first.

Owner Daniel Snyder will try to employ his influence into this draft, but he does not succeed for the first time since becoming the owner. Previous: Eric Berry

No. 5 – Kansas City Chiefs – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

Bulaga has jumped up the draft charts, as most good offensive tackles do the few weeks leading up to the draft, and again even though Berry is tempting, General Manager Scott Pioli would rather protect his pricey franchise quarterback Matt Cassell over all else. Previous: Suh

No. 6 – Seattle Seahawks – C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Spiller is by far the top running back talent without any question marks on him in this draft and he has been steadily moving up the boards and into the top 10 recently.

Even though left tackle Walter Jones is rumored to be coming back and they need to replacement for Jones since he is not getting younger, the Seahawks and Head Coach Pete Carroll cannot afford to miss out on such an explosive player.

The Seahawks grab him first in hopes that they can still get an offensive lineman at No. 14 with their second-first round pick. Previous: Bulaga

No. 7 – Cleveland Browns – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Not Jason Pierre-Paul, not Jared Odrick, not Dez Bryant. These are a few of the names that some experts have been throwing around, but Berry falls right into the Browns' lap and they get the playmaker they wanted all along.

Berry fills a starting vacancy in the Browns' secondary immediately. Previous: Earl Thomas

No. 8 – Oakland Raiders – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

Even with Trent Williams on the board still, owner Al Davis wants his “physical specimen” player in Campbell. Some things never change. Previous: Campbell

No. 9 – Buffalo Bills – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

New coach and new management usually mean a new quarterback too. Clausen almost slips out of the top 10, but the Bills see a player they want to build around for the future. Previous: Clausen

No. 10 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Earl Thomas, S, Texas

The Jags could use any of the following players still available: Dez Bryant, Derrick Morgan, or Joe Haden. They go with Thomas since there is not as much depth at the safety position in this class as at other positions of need for the team. Previous: Bryant

No. 11 – Denver Broncos – Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

McClain is the perfect replacement for departing inside linebacker Andra Davis. Previous: McClain

No. 12 – Miami Dolphins – Dan Williams, DL, Tennessee

Williams is a much needed piece in the Dolphins' defensive scheme and he will control offensive lineman to free up newly acquired linebacker Karlos Dansby to get to the quarterback. Previous: Jason Pierre-Paul

No. 13 – San Francisco 49ers – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

The 49ers jump at the chance to get Williams, who falls out of the top 10, and they pick him quickly because if they do not, then the Seahawks will with the next pick. Previous: Joe Haden

No. 14 – Seattle Seahawks –Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Originally the idea was to pick Spiller early to guarantee him for the roster, and pick an offensive tackle at 14, but with Bryant slipping down the charts, Carroll cannot resist grabbing him.

Adding both Spiller and Bryant gives the Seahawks big playmakers on offense, but they will still have to address the line later in the draft too. Previous: Spiller

No. 15 – New York Giants – Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

Weatherspoon may be too undersized to continue playing outside linebacker, but he will make the transition to inside with the Giants, filling in where Antonio Pierce left off. Previous: Weatherspoon

No. 16 – Tennessee Titans – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

The Titans have seen their defensive line get torn apart this offseason, and Morgan represents that first step in rebuilding it to make it better than before. Previous: Morgan

No. 17 – San Francisco 49ers – Joe Haden, CB, Florida

The 49ers are thrilled that Haden is still available! He is the top cornerback talent in the draft and he fills the need of finding more playmakers in the defensive secondary. Previous: T. Williams

No. 18 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

The Santonio Holmes trade proves one thing, that the Steelers will not put up with off-the-field issues, period. Now that Mike Wallace will be stepping into Holmes's spot, the Steelers will look at Tate to be Hines Ward's eventual replacement once he retires. Previous: D. Williams

No. 19 – Atlanta Falcons – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/LB, South Florida

More pass rush is needed and with JPP falling out of the top half of the first round, due to the high risk nature of picking him that high, the Falcons pick him since he is a far better value at 19. Previous: Griffen

No. 20 – Houston Texans – Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

Dunta Robinson's replacement. Previous: Wilson

No. 21 – Cincinnati Bengals – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Coach Marvin Lewis needs to get quarterback Carson Palmer using his talented arm once again in 2010, and with all the injuries to the tight end position in 2009, Gresham gives Palmer another outlet to throw downfield. Previous: Tate

No. 22 – New England Patriots – Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan

Graham will be getting pressure and quarterback sacks on day one and he is a great fit in the Pats' defensive scheme. Previous: Graham

No. 23 – Green Bay Packer – Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho

The Packers add Iupati to help protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers and add depth to a offensive line that had its fair share of injuries in 2009. Previous: Iupati

No. 24 – Philadelphia Eagles – Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

There are still some question surrounding Ellis Hobbs's health and durability, and in lieu of trading away Sheldon Brown to the Browns, the Eagles need to bring in another corner who can also start on day one if Hobbs isn't ready to play. Previous: Taylor Mays

No. 25 – Baltimore Ravens – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

With a tight end draft class that has some depth in the later rounds, General Manager Ozzie Newsome passes on a tight end in the first in order to give quarterback Joe Flacco a different kind of weapon.

A future No. 1 wide receiver with Thomas.

Yes, they acquired both Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth, but Thomas is the real future at the position and both he and Flacco can develop chemistry during 2010 for the future. Previous: Gresham

No. 26 – Arizona Cardinals – Jerry Hughes, LB, TCU

When the Cards lost both Karlos Dansby and Larry Foote, they knew linebacker was going to be a focus in the upcoming draft.

Yes, they signed Joey Porter, but he also got in some trouble and Hughes not only brings in some youth to the defense, he has no character concerns either. Previous: Hughes

No. 27 – Dallas Cowboys – Taylor Mays, S, USC

Owner Jerry Jones would like to add an offensive lineman, but the temptation of picking Mays is too great. Plus, Mays would be able to fill in for Ken Hamlin, who was recently released. Previous: A. Davis

No. 28 – San Diego Chargers – Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

The Chargers need to add another running back, but the talent pool at running backs is deeper this year than defensive tackle is.

With the departure of Jamal Williams, Cody steps in and he will be a mountain of a man for offensive lineman to block and opposing running backs to run through. Previous: Ryan Matthews

No. 29 – New York Jets – Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State

The addition of receiver Santonio Holmes helps reduce the need to draft a receiver this high in the draft and instead the Jets decide to infuse some youth into their defensive line. Previous: Jared Odrick

No. 30 – Minnesota Vikings – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

McCourty fills a big need at corner which may be the biggest need the Vikes need to fill. Previous: McCourty

No. 31 – Indianapolis Colts – Charles Brown, OT, USC

The Colts help protect quarterback Peyton Manning by drafting Brown which is the first step in rebuilding their offensive line. Previous: Pouncey

No. 32 – New Orleans Saints – Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas

The loss of Scott Fujita is quickly forgotten with the addition of Kindle at linebacker. Previous: Kindle

(Next Monday April 19, will be my final mock draft update.)


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