2010 NFL Mock Draft: Jimmy Clausen Continues Recent Falling Quarterback Trend

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IApril 16, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21: Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish avoids a sack by Twyon Martin #4 and Jesse Joseph #91 of the Univeristy of Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. Connecticut defeated Notre Dame 33-30 in double overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The latest trade that sends former Miami Dolphin Ted Ginn Jr. to the San Francisco 49ers is not the end of the wheelin' and dealin' in the pre-2010 NFL Draft.

This trade may not have the impact of change as either the Donovan McNabb or Santonio Holmes trade had in the first round, but the Ginn addition does change many mocks that had Clemson running back C.J. Spiller going to the 49ers in the first.

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

...Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

No change here even with the renewed rumors that the Cleveland Browns want to trade up to get Bradford. In order for the Browns to do that, they would have to literally trade away their entire draft this year for just a quarterback. Mike Holmgren knows better with a team that is rebuilding and has many holes to fill first.

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

Even though the Lions made many moves to beef up their defensive line, they cannot pass up on Suh, especially since they improved their offensive line by signed guard Rob Sims.

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

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The Bucs have many needs, but solidifying the middle of their defensive line is one of the most important needs to not only help stop the run, but to cause disruption to opposing quarterbacks too. 

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

With only this first round pick as the Reskins' only pick until the fourth round means they need to not take the "sexy" pick, and concentrate on protecting quarterback McNabb instead. 

No. 5 - Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

This pick keeps getting flip-flopped between Berry and Bryan Bulaga, and even though Bulaga is the safe pick, the Chiefs need playmakers, and there has not been a safety talked about this much since Sean Taylor. Therefore they cannot pass up on Berry who will be a force in their secondary for a long time. Previous: Bulaga

No. 6 - Seattle Sehawks - Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

With the 49ers now getting Ginn as their return man, the Seahawks don't have to worry about picking Spiller this early to grab him before they do since he is probably out of the question for the Niners now. Previous: Spiller

No. 7 - Cleveland Browns - Earl Thomas, S, Texas

Many think that Thomas is too small to play safety in the NFL, but he is practically the same size as Troy Polamalu and look how well he has done at the position. Perhaps the most instinctive player in this draft class, Thomas fill an empty starter spot at free safety in the Browns' secondary. Previous: Berry

No. 8 - Oakland Raiders - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

I am officially off the "Bruce Campbell to the Raiders" bandwagon because I believe owner Al Davis likes Williams just a bit more since he has proved himself to be a very athletic offensive lineman as well. Previous: Campbell

No. 9 Buffalo Bills - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

The Bills shock many by passing up quarterback Jimmy Clausen and instead they get help opposite of receiver Lee Evans in Bryant. I think the Bills make a play for Tim Tebow in the second. Previous: Clausen

No. 10 - Jacksonville Jaguars - Joe Haden, CB, Florida

The Jags have needs in every level of their defense and they are more than happy to grab the top rated cornerback in the entire draft to help rebuild their defensive unit. Previous: Thomas

No. 11 - Denver Broncos - Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

McClain steps into the vacancy left by former starting inside linebacker Andra Davis. 

No. 12 - Miami Dolphins - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

The Marshall trade allievates the need to pick anything other than a big man to be the centerpiece of their defensive unit.

No. 13 - San Francisco 49ers - Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho

Still a bit green, but Iupati has so much raw talent that he could play either offensive guard or tackle with the proper coaching and the addition of Ginn to return kicks means that the 49ers are not a lock to pick Spiller anymore. Previous: T. Williams

No. 14 - Seattle Seahawks - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Head Coach Pete Carroll gets his new explosive offensive weapon who will be an immediate impact both on offense and on special teams returning kicks. Previous: Bryant

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

Replacing Antonio Pierce is one of the Giants' top priorities.

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

The Titans' defensive line is in chaos after all the losses this offseason, but Morgan is a sign of a new beginning for the Titans' line.

No. 17 - San Francisco 49ers - Taylor Mays, S, USC

The 49ers need playmakers in their secondary, and Mays could be the second coming of Ronnie Lott. Previous: Haden

No. 18 - Pittsburgh Steelers - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

Wilson will start immediately for a Steelers secondary that really needs a good cover corner and Wilson will contribute in the return game as well. I do see the Steelers eyeing a second of third round receiver to help with depth at the position after the Holmes trade. Previous: Tate

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

Pierre-Paul is a raw talent, but the Falcons also need a pass rusher and at this spot in the first round cannot help themselves and take a chance on a player who has also been deemed the next DeMarcus Ware.

No. 20 - Houston Texans - Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

The Texans need secondary help, but since the big names are all off the board they will wait until the second round to fill those needs. Instead they jump on the chance to grab their new offensive weapon in running back Matthews. Previous: Wilson

No. 21 - Cincinnati Bengals - Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State

The Bengals take a pass on a tight end in the first, but that doesn't mean they may not grab one later. Odrick brings much needed help and depth to the Bengals' line. Previous: Gresham

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

The Pats need help at outside linebacker and Graham is their answer.

No. 23 - Green Bay Packers - Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

Campbell's fall stops here and the Packers are thrilled to add a player with as much potential as Campbell has to their offensive line. Previous: Iupati

No. 24 - Philadelphia Eagles - Nate Allen, S, South Florida

It is rumored that the Eagles are looking to trade up for one of the two top safeties and I think that their former general manager's new team the Browns may be their partner come draft day. Since I do not predict trades in my mocks, and the Eagles have said they want a safety, I have to give them Allen since the others are off the board. Previous: Jackson

No. 25 - Baltimore Ravens - Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

Previously I had DeMaryius Thomas as the Ravens' pick, but General Manger Ozzie Newsome is smarter than going with a highly-hyped player and chooses Benn instead. Been will be able to play along side of, and learn from fellow receiver Anquan Boldin.

No. 26 - Arizona Cardinals - Charles Brown, OT, USC

With Brown still available the Cards do the smart thing and pick him to help protect new starting quarterback Matt Leinart. Previous: Hughes

No. 27 - Dallas Cowboys, Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Protection of quarterback Tony Romo is very important and owner Jerry Jones picks Davis to help protect his franchise's face. Previous: Mays

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

Jamal Williams' replacement in the middle of the defensive line. Look for a running back in the second round.

No. 29 - New York Jets - Brian Price, DL, UCLA

Price will play end for teh Jets and his strength and quickness off the snap is something that Head Coach Rex Ryan will love. Previous: Odrick

No. 30 - Minnesota Vikings - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Clausen's fall stops since the Vikes cannot pass up on him and he couldn't have a better mentor in Brett Favre. Previous: McCourty

No. 31 - Indianapolis Colts - Maurkice Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

The rebuilding of Peyton Manning's offensive line starts with Pouncey. Previous: Brown

No. 32 - New Orleans Saints - Jerry Hughes, LB, TCU

With the loss of linebacker Scott Fujita, Hughes takes over. Previous: Kindle

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