Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 NFL Mock Draft

This year the NFL Draft starts on Thursday night April 22nd. Here is how I see the first round playing out. Of course there are no guarantees, but that's the fun of doing these things.

  1. St. Louis: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma - St. Louis has passed on other young quarterbacks in the past couple drafts and there is no way that they can pass on Bradford.
  2. Detroit: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska - Suh is possibly the best player in this draft. There is a possibility they take an Offensive Tackle like Okung or Trent Williams and move Jeff Backus to Guard.
  3. Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma - Tampa Bay was a good team in the late '90s and it started with the 1995 Draft when Tampa Bay drafted a DT named Warren Sapp. Tampa hopes that McCoy can be their new Sapp.
  4. Washington: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State - The Redskins no longer need a QB after trading for Donovan McNabb. So they will probably use this pick to help their Offensive Line and Okung is the best OL in this draft.
  5. Kansas City: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee - Kansas City gets a play-maker in the secondary which will make new Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel very happy.
  6. Seattle: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma - New Coach Pete Carroll has two 1st round picks and can go in many different directions. Williams will bring youth and athleticism to the O-Line.
  7. Cleveland: Earl Thomas, S/CB, Texas - The big question is "What will Holmgren do in this draft?" Thomas will fit a big need for the Browns. Others who can go right here include: Jimmy Clausen, C.J. Spiller, Joe Haden, Dan Williams or Dez Bryant.
  8. Oakland: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland - Oakland has a tendency to reach on early picks and Campbell is definitely a reach at #8.
  9. Buffalo: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame - The Bills may take an Offensive Tackle with this pick but they need a new "face of the franchise". Also Clausen, who went to Notre Dame, played in a Pro-Style Offense.
  10. Jacksonville: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida - Teamed up with newly acquired Aaron Kampman will definitely help Jacksonville's pass rush.
  11. Denver: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech - Denver may go after some Offensive fire-power, especially after trading away Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler but Morgan will help Denver's defense which had problems holding onto leads late in the season.
  12. Miami: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas - Kindle will step in for Joey Porter (who left for Arizona) and Jason Taylor (Free Agent) as a pass-rushing OLB in Miami's 3-4 Defense.
  13. San Francisco: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson - SF has 2 1st round picks and will use their first one to get a play-maker. Spiller can run, catch and be a return man.
  14. Seattle: Everson Griffen, DE, USC - Griffen can step in for Patrick Kerney who retired earlier this month. Also Coach Carroll is familiar with Griffen's style of play.
  15. New York Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama - The Giants will be ecstatic to pick up McClain with the 15th pick.
  16. Tennessee: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee - The Titans need help on the D-Line and they'll go after a in-state talent.
  17. San Francisco: Joe Haden, CB, Florida - Nate Clements is getting older and Joe Haden would be a great replacement once he's gone.
  18. Pittsburgh: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho - Pittsburgh needs some bulk in the interior and Iupati can be an instant starter.
  19. Atlanta: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan - Atlanta needs a pass-rusher and Graham had a good college career and did great at the Senior Bowl.
  20. Houston: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers - Houston has gotten to that point where they can draft the best player available instead of filling a specific need. What the Texans really need is for the players that they already have to take the next step.
  21. Cincinnati: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma - Gresham will supply the Bengals with a play-making TE.
  22. New England: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State - With the Dolphins getting Brandon Marshall and the Jets getting Santonio Holmes the Patriots will need some extra help in their secondary.
  23. Green Bay: Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa - Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are well into their 30's and the rest of the players at that position are weak.
  24. Philadelphia: Taylor Mays, S, USC - After losing Brian Dawkins before last season the Eagles need to get a safety and Mays will be their guy.
  25. Baltimore: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers - Cornerback is a big need position for the Ravens and McCourty can make a big impact.
  26. Arizona: Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU - Arizona's Defense needs a big face-lift. Hughes will help that cause.
  27. Dallas: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State - Bryant is a flashy wide-receiver who can help the Cowboys make it back to the Super Bowl.
  28. San Diego: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State - Darren Sproles can't carry the work-load by himself, and Mathews has great vision.
  29. New York Jets: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama - Cody is a proto-typical NT in a 3-4 Defense and Kris Jenkins has had some injury issues.
  30. Minnesota: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida - Pouncey will bring much needed youth to the Viking's O-Line.
  31. Indianapolis: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State - The Colts need an big defensive lineman to help Freeny and Mathis get to the QB.
  32. New Orleans: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri - Scott Fujita left to go to the Browns so Weatherspoon can fill in right away.

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