2010 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

March 24, 2010 |

I know that I may have jumped the gun earlier with my previous mock drafts (especially the one I did in January) however with the draft now officially in sight and less than a month away the picture has become slighly clearer regarding the true “1st round talents”.

Bowl games, the NFL Scouting Combine, and nearly all Pro Days are in the rear view mirror, this next month is when teams will be inviting the prospects in for some personal evaluations. 

Take a look and leave a comment on my 2010 NFL Mock Draft 4.0:

  1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma-  I’ve gone back and forth on this pick so many times.  In my first mock I had them taking Jimmy Claussen, but then switched to Ndamukong Suh, however as we get closer to April 22nd I really think the pick is Bradford.  Even with questions about his surgically repaired shoulder, Bradford has done a lot to help raise his stock, primarily bulking up to 236 lbs.  I believe the Rams don’t pass up drafting what they hope will be a franchise quarterback.
  2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska-  Rumors are swirling that the Lions really like Russell Okung, but I believe the Lions will take Suh and hope that he becomes a cornerstone of their rebuilding efforts on defense.  Okung would make sense, especially considering they need somebody to protect last year’s #1 pick Matt Stafford, but the Lions will still have some solid O-line options later on in the draft to find Stafford some protection.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma-  Some say that McCoy is the best prospect in the entire 2010 class and the Bucs will be estatic when he falls to them.  The Bucs need to improve their D-line and will gladly sprint up to the podium to turn in their selection to Rodger Goodell if Suh or McCoy is available.
  4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State-  I think a lot will become clearer for the ‘skins fans following their first round selection.  If they draft Jimmy Claussen here it’s obvious that Daniel Snyder is still running this franchise, however I believe that Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen are both smart enough to realize that they need to improve their O-line before they do anything else, but will Snyder give them the chance to do so?  I suspect that since Bradford will be gone by this pick, the Redskins will take the best tackle in this year’s draft.
  5. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa-  #5 seems a little high for Bulaga, but the Chiefs really need to improve their O-line.  Okung is the guy their hoping falls to them, but regardless the Chiefs have serious needs upfront.  With Matt Cassel at QB, Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles at RB, and Dwayne Bowe at WR, Bulaga would instantly help them offensively.  Bulaga would allow the Chiefs to move former 1st round pick Branden Albert to his natural position of left guard and give them some substance on the line.
  6. Seattle Seahawks: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State-  The Seahawks were the first team to show interest in Brandon Marshall so we know that they’re looking to improve their receivers.  Bryant is head and shoulders above the next WR in the draft and should become the big play complement to T.J. Houshmanzadeh’s possession receiver skills.  The ‘hawks just put a lot of faith in QB Charlie Whitehurst and if he’s going to succeed, he’s going to need another big target like Bryant.
  7. Cleveland Browns: Jimmy Claussen, QB, Notre Dame-  The Browns have nothing at QB and that’s being nice.  Jake Delhomme is garbage and Senaca Wallace is a good backup (he’s Troy Smith).  Mike Holmgren snatches Claussen with this pick and hopes that Delhomme can get them through this season before Claussen takes over the gig.
  8.  Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland-  Campbell fits the mold of what Al Davis looks for in his first round picks.  Campbell wowed scouts at the Combine with his athleticism and that was basically the nail in the coffin for Campbell to follow fellow Terp Darius Hayword-Bey to Oak-town in back to back years.  Sorry fellas.
  9. Buffalo Bills: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma-  The Bills could have five picks in the first round and still not fill all of their holes, but we all know that it starts upfront.  To put it mildly the Bills O-line sucks and they need immediate help, Williams is a step in the right direction.
  10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee-  Berry slips a little farther than most anticipated but after injuring himself during his Pro Day and playing what some call a “luxury position”, Berry takes a slide.  The Jags need to add some youth to their defense and Berry is a natural playmaker.  Drafting Berry amongst the top 5 is probably to early for a safety, but at #10 he’d be a steal.
  11. Denver Broncos: Ronaldo McClain, LB, Alabama-  McClain projects as a much better 3-4 inside linebacker more so than a 4-3 ILB and the Broncos take advantage by drafting one of the draft’s best prospects. 
  12. Miami Dolphins: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech-  Bill Parcells is a master drafter and with Morgan falling to them here, Parcells job becomes easy.  Morgan is a monster pass rusher and now with Karlos Dansby at MLB, the ‘phins can grab a sack producer.
  13. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers-  With two picks in the first round the 49ers have options here, but with Okung, Bulaga, Campbell, and Williams off the board already they can’t afford to wait until their next pick (#17) to grab a tackle.
  14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson-  The Seahawks already snatched Dez Bryant with the 6th pick, so taking Spiller here would give Pete Carroll some fun options offensively.  Seattle still needs a ton of help defensively, but passing on a big play back like Spiller would be a huge mistake.  That is unless you think Julius Jones is the answer?
  15. New York Giants: Joe Haden, CB, Florida-  The Giants have a chance to assemble quite the defensive secondary for next season.  They already traded for Antrel Rolle to play safety and with young stud Kenny Phillips coming back from injury to play the other safety position, drafting Haden would be a wise move if he slides this far to play corner.  Once considered the closest thing to Darrelle Revis in the draft, Haden’s poor Combine crushed his hopes of becoming a top 5 pick.
  16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Paul-Pierre, DE, USF-  Is JPP the second coming of “the freak” in Tennessee?  It worked out well for them with Javon Kearse and the Titans stick with what they’re good at.  JPP has sick athleticism and could become a force to stop on the edge, but with limited scouting on JPP the word “bust” is always thrown in the mix.
  17. San Francisco 49ers:  Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri-  Mike Singletary would be jumping up and clicking his heels if he could have Weatherspoon flanking Patrick Willis on the Niners defense.  I love Weatherspoon and think that he’s going to be one of the best players to come out this draft.  If the scouts needed confirmation on Weatherspoon’s ridiculous stats, all they’ll need to do is watch film on him from the Senior Bowl and Combine to see how stellar this kid really is.
  18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho-  The Steelers need help on both lines, however I think crafty veteran defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau can scheme around some deficiencies on his side of the ball.  Iupati is stud guard at worst, possibly a starting left tackle, but a big body blocker is exactly what they need most, well that and a quarterback that can keep himself away from the college girls.
  19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan-  The Falcons need help defensively and I’d be surprised if they didn’t draft a pass rusher whether it’s Carlos Dunlap or Graham.  I think Graham has a whole lot of Dwight Freeney in him and slips this low because of his size (6’1″).
  20. Houston Texans: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State-  Clearly Steve Slaton fumbled away his chances of becoming the franchises star running back last season and Matthews is the real deal.  With so much of the Texans emphasis on offense the Texans need a running game to complement the passing attack of Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Kevin Walters, and Owen Daniels.  Mathews is a three down running back, but with Slaton in the mix the Texans offense becomes deadly.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee-  The Bengals defense made a name for themselves this past season, but need to improve their D-line to take it to the next level.  Williams is a huge force inside and should be a big upgrade from Tank Johnson.
  22. New England Patriots: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma-  The Pats need a tight end after the departures of Ben Watson and Chris Baker their need is even more pressing.  They did sign Alge Crumpler, but obviously he’s not going to cut it alone.  Gresham has insane talent and paired with Tom Brady he could become a touch down machine…fantasy players pay attention!
  23. Green Bay Packers: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State-  The Packers will hope that one of the top tackles falls this far, but I don’t think they’ll be that lucky.  Last year they drafted B.J. Raji to play NT on Dom Capers 3-4 defense and Odrick is the perfect high motor 3-4 DE to play the edge next to him.  Remember that Aaron Kapman is no longer a Packer and they’ll need to fill his pass rushing void. 
  24. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State-  The Eagles need to add youth to their DB corp and Wilson is a perfect fit in Philly.  Wilson is tough as nails and can do it all on the outside.  With Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown getting on in age (and salary) the Eagles whom typically are amongst my favorite teams to follow during the draft hit a home run withWilson this late in the first round.
  25. Baltimore Ravens: Earl Thomas, S, Texas-  There are several teams before the Ravens that would love to draft Thomas, but with so many of them having glaring needs ahead of safety I think Thomas slips a little.  If so, Ozzie Newsome does what Ozzie does best and nails another late round gem.  The Ravens are steadily filling all of their roster needs via free agency to allow them to stick to the Ravens philosophy of taking the best player available.  The biggest areas of need for the team are tight end, defensive line, and in the secondary.  Thomas would give them a great playmaker to groom behind Ed Reed, because we all know that #20’s playing days are limited.
  26. Arizona Cardinals: Charles Brown, OL, USC-  Matt Leinart is going to need some protection if he’s going to have a chance to be a successful quarterback in the NFL and Brown is at least a fellow Trojan.  If it’s not an offensive lineman it will certainly be a defensive player, especially with the departures of Rolle and Dansby.
  27. Dallas Cowboys: Taylor Mays, S, USC-  Jerry Jones isn’t shy to make a splash and Mays is definitely a big name player that would sell jerseys, not to mention make some bone crushing hits in his new stadium.  Remember this is the same team that drafted Roy “the original Cowboy” Williams and Mays plays a very similar game.  I know Jones was at the Combine and it would have been hard for him to leave Indy without being impressed by Taylor Mays.
  28. San Diego Chargers: Brian Price, DT, UCLA-  The Chargers are heart broken by Ryan Matthews not being around this late and will have to settle for finding their NT of the future.  Jahvid Best could be an option for the Chargers, but Price is a big time disruptor at the point of attack and fits the Chargers defensive scheme.
  29. New York Jets: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida-  We all know that Rex Ryan is a no nonsense coach and won’t take a highly paid 1st round pick under perfroming on his team.  For Dunlap, Ryan is exactly the type of coach that will motivate him and get him to play at a high level.  Pairing Dunlap with Ryan should scare quarterback’s around the league for years to come.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourtney, CB, Rutgers-  The Vikings are a pretty stacked team (assuming #4 comes back), but they could use some depth in the secondary.  McCourtney dazzled scouts at the Combine with his chiseled physique and excellent showing during the drills.
  31. Indianapolis Colts: Maurice Pouncey, OL, Florida-  The Colts need some youth on their O-line and Pouncey is the best of this year’s interior lineman.  With Jeff Saturday wearing down, Pouncey could become Peyton’s new best friend on the line.
  32. New Orleans Saints: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas-  The Saints are set on offense so I fully expect them to draft defense with this pick.  Kindle would play on the outside next to Jonathan Vilma and be able to bring some heat off the edge.  Kindle really impressed me at the Combine and he’ll be another piece of the puzzle for the Saints improving defense.