2010 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

April 15, 2010 |

We’re now officially one week away from the beginning of the 2010 NFL Draft and the first time that the 1st round will be held on a Thursday night during prime time.

It’s been a rather unusual off season in the NFL due to labor issues amongst the NFLPA and the owners of NFL teams.  We’ve seen an increased number of off season trades and I’m almost positive that during this upcoming draft weekend we will see a record number of trades.  While I can’t predict the trades that will be made, I’ll do my best to figure out the 1st round draft picks as things currently sit.

And off we go….

  1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma-  In the near future I would suspect that the Rams and Bradord will begin negotiations on the contract.  The only way that Bradford isn’t a Ram would be if the two sides can’t come to terms.  Bottom line, the Rams need a QB and Bradford is this year’s cream of the crop.
  2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska-  Suh and Gerald McCoy will forever be linked together because no other position has two players so evenly ranked as currently they do with these two big guys.  I think Suh will be a better NFL player and so do the Lions, which is why they grab him over McCoy.
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma-  Which ever DT the Lions don’t take, the Bucs will gladly snatch up at #3.  The Bucs need help on the D-line and McCoy is a great start.  This Tampa team has lots of issues, but McCoy is a good fit for them, plus they have multiple 2nd round picks to fill their other gaps.
  4. Washington Redskins: Russelll Okung, OT, Oklahoma State-  After trading for Donovan McNabb the ‘skins need somebody to watch his blindside and Okung is clearly the most talented tackle in the draft.  I would be shocked if the Redskins went in any other direction….and so would Donny Mac.
  5. Kansas City Chiefs: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma-  The Chiefs need to improve their offensive line and they decide to take Williams over Bryan Bulaga because Williams ceiling is higher.  Iowa tackles like Bulaga tend to be very solid entering their rookie seasons, however they are usually “maxed out” and have little room to improve as a player in the future.
  6. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee-  The run on Big 12 guys stops here because Pete Carroll loves having playmaking safeties in his secondary.  While at USC he coached Troy Polamalu and Taylor Mays and with a big need for a safety in Seattle Berry would be a perfect fit.  Drafting an extreme talent like Berry is where Carroll will begin to show his influence on the Seahawks.
  7. Cleveland Browns: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame-  Mike Holmgren has never drafted a QB in the first round, but this year’s group of QB’s is the weakest I’ve seen in several years.  With Berry gone and no other QB’s worthy of waiting for, Clausen makes sense for the Browns to draft at #7.
  8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland-  The Raiders will take Campbell and I have no doubts about it.  History shows what Al Davis does in the draft and going by that logic, they’re going to take Campbell.
  9. Buffalo Bills: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa-  The Bills are desperate to improve their O-line and Bulaga is the perfect fit for them.  Bulaga will be a starter and contributor from day one.  While his ceiling might not be as high as some other tackles in the draft, Bulaga will be able to help his new team immediately and that’s exactly what the Bills need, because they can’t afford to wait on a tackle to develop.
  10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Haden, CB, Florida-  Playing against Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson four times a season, the Jags need an elite corner to have a chance.  Haden is the best corner in the draft and the Jags take the best player left on their draft board.
  11. Denver Broncos: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama-  You might think it should be Dez Bryant here and it very well could be, but I can’t see Josh McDaniels going down the same road he’s already traveled with freshly traded Brandon Marshall.  The Broncos use this pick to improve their defense and McClain will excel in the 3-4 defense the Broncos play.  This is a very solid and safe pick for Denver.
  12. Miami Dolphins: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, South Florida-  With Brandon Marshall now on board, the Dolphins take JPP and develop his insane athleticism.  JPP is an edge rusher and should be able to fill a major area of weakness they’ve had since Jason Taylor left the first time.
  13. San Francisco: Derrick Morgan, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech-  Morgan slips a little further than expected, but not past Mike Singletary.  There’s no particular reason why I have Morgan slipping other than I just don’t see a team needing him earlier than the ‘phins at #12.  I love Morgan’s talent, but with so many teams playing a 3-4 now, Morgan’s value takes a hit.
  14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson-  I just can’t see Seattle passing on Spiller with their second 1st round pick.  Seattle needs to improve their rushing attack and Spiller is as explosive as they come this year.  He’s no Chris Johnson, but he’s worthy of being picked here.
  15. New York Giants: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri-  Weatherspoon was incredible during the regular season, the Senior Bowl, and the Combine, his draft stock has been rising all winter.  The Giants need help at LB and Weatherspoon can play either inside or on the outside.
  16. Tennessee Titans: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee-  With Williams playing within the state lines, the Titans have been able to keep a close eye on the local talent.  Albert Haynesworth once made that defense click, but with his absence the Titans need to find a replacement for Big Al. 
  17. San Francisco: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers-  The 49ers are going to improve their line with one of their two 1st round picks and with Derrick Morgan falling to them at #13, Davis is the best of what’s left amongst the tackles.
  18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State-  Another problematic player in Pittsburgh?  With Santonio Holmes now in New York the Steelers must get better at WR.  I expect Mike Tomlin to lay down the law this summer with his team and Bryant will have the entire franchise keeping him in check.  If it’s not Dez, it will be an offensive lineman.
  19. Atlanta Falcons: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas-  The Falcons need to get help on the outside and Kindle is a rare combo of size, speed, and explosiveness.  With Dunta Robinson now in the secondary, the biggest need in Atlanta is a speed rusher to compliment John Abraham.
  20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State-  With Dunta Robinson now in Atlanta the Texans biggest need is in the secondary.  Wilson is an amazing talent and should be ranked higher on the Texans board than S Earl Thomas or RB Ryan Matthews.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Maurkice Pouncey, G/C, Florida-  The Bengals made everybody pay attention after the 2009 season, but in addition to having a top notch defense, the key to winning in the AFC North is to have a bruising O-line.  The Bengals know this, which is why they drafted Andre Smith last year and why they’ll take Pouncey here.
  22. New England Patriots: Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho-  The Patriot O-line was getting pretty beat up by the end of the season and that’s one area that the Pats can’t neglect with pretty boy Tom Brady sitting back there.  If Iupati was to slip this far, I can’t imagine the Pats could pass on a potential HOF’er left guard.
  23. Green Bay Packers: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State-  The Packers would love to add Odrick and his high motor to play end on their 3-4 defense.  Pairing Odrick with last year’s pick of B. J. Raji will be a great start to refining Dom Capers defense.  They already have top corners in the secondary, but need help getting after the QB.
  24. Philadelphia Eagles: Earl Thomas, S, Texas-  The Eagles have plenty of picks in this year’s draft and take the best player available here.  Thomas is an incredible talent and should improve the Eagles secondary that’s getting old fast.
  25. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan-  I’ve flip flopped all over this pick for Baltimore simply because there are several players that the Ravens could select.  Ozzie Newsome tends to stick to his draft board and take the best player available.  Graham fits a glaring need of edge rusher that the Ravens lacked in 2010 so if he’s left this pick would make sense.  Other players that could be selected here include: Earl Thomas, Jared Odrick, Kyle Wilson, Jermaine Gresham, or Kareem Jackson.  Personally, I’d move back and gain as many 2nd and 3rd picks possible in this extremely deep draft.
  26. Arizona Cardinals: Jermain Gresham, TE, Oklahoma-  The Cards never have been much of a tight end team, but that was when they has Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgeral.  With Boldin in Baltimore, the Cards still have plenty of depth at WR, but Matt Leinart is no Kurt Warner and having a huge target like Gresham would help Leinart’s growth as the team’s starter.
  27. Dallas Cowboys: Charles Davis, OT, USC-  With Flozell Adams out of Dallas, the Cowboys could use some extra protection for Tony Romo.  I expect the Cowboys to be active during the draft as I think that Jerry Jones thinks his team is close enough to make a run at the Super Bowl and would love to add enough talent to get his Cowboys to the big game in his big new stadium.
  28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State-  LT is gone in San Diego andthe Chargersneed to find his replacement.  Matthews is the best pure back in the draft and should be a nice inside complement to Darren Sproleson the outside.  If Matthews is available at #28 the Chargers run to the podium and get the pick in immediately.
  29. New York Jets: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida-  Wow, the Jets have had some off season!  After adding Santonio Holmes to the Jets, the team could go in any direction they wanted with this late1st round pick.  I would assume that with Rex Ryan, the pick will be on the defensive side of the ball.  Dunlap has off the field issues, but that won’t scare away Ryan and the Jets.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Taylor Mays, S, USC-  Mays would be perfect for the Vikes.  He’s to limited to play for most team’s in the NFL, but with a stacked Vikings squad, Taylor’s abilities can shine.
  31. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Price, DT, UCLA-  The Colts have plenty of speed on the outside, but could use some bulk up the middle.  Price has the strength to eat up the run and the speed to get after the QB.  The Colts know they can take offensive players later in the draft because Peyton Manning makes them look like Pro Bowlers, so going defense here makes perfect sense.
  32. New Orleans Saints: Everson Griffen, DE, USC-  Griffen would be an ideal player for the Saints.  He can get after the QB, but has a high enough football IQ to make plays all over the field.  Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if they took Demaryious Thomas here and added another big time playmaking target for Drew Brees.