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2010 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

1.    St. Louis Rams:  Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Lineman, Nebraska

The Rams could probably just as easily go quarterback here.  I have a fuzzy feeling they will trade for one of the Eagles' quarterbacks, whether it be Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb.  Vick makes more sense for a rebuilding project, and they can then go for a QB in the second, third, or next offseason.  Suh is a dominant defensive player who will start immediately and probably have a great impact.

2.  Detroit Lions:  Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Honestly, there is not much of a talent dropoff between Suh and McCoy, it's just that McCoy had his time in the spotlight last offseason when he decided not to declare as a RS Sophomore.  I think the Lions could just as easily go with an offensive tackle here, but it seems the offensive line quality in this draft is better at the top end than defensive line.  McCoy and Suh are both normally prospects that only come along once in a great while.

3.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee

The Bucs are in complete rebuilding mode, and Berry is another one of those "can't miss" players in this draft.  He would add a great piece to their secondary, which isn't bad as of now, but he has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowl performer at the position.  I can't see them passing on him.

4.  Washington Redskins:  Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State

You could pretty easily picture this pick being a quarterback like Bradford or Clausen, but I don't see it.  Jason Campbell would be a decent player if he had a good offensive line in front of him, and no rookie quarterback will be good without it either.  Shanahan will see that, and take advantage by drafting Okung, who is probably the best tackle prospect in this draft.

5.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Rolando McClain, Linebacker, Alabama

This is probably the earliest I can see McClain going, and it's not unlikely that he will.  Kansas City has just as much a need for a complimentary ILB as we do, and I can't see them passing on an elite talent like McClain here as of right now.  His stock will only rise as the offseason progresses, so we should plan on not getting him in the first round, and consider it a major blessing if he falls in our laps.

6.  Seattle Seahawks:  Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame

Pete Carroll certainly has had Clausen's number the last three years, and even despite that, I consider this pick to be an enormous reach, but what would a draft be without an enormous reach?  Clausen can be the franchise QB of the future for Seattle, and they really can't pass that up.  

7.  Cleveland Browns:  Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida

The Browns need to address their pass defense, whether it be defending the pass or getting some semblance of a pass rush.  Haden has the potential to be the next great NFL cornerback, and they would be wise to select him here.  He has all the tools you look for in a corner.

8.  Oakland Raiders:  Bruce Campbell, Offensive Tackle, Maryland

All joking aside, Campbell will probably end up being the fastest offensive tackle rated this high.  Why wouldn't Al Davis draft him?  Campbell has fine potential in the NFL, though this pick may be a bit of a reach.  This would actually be a good pick for the Raiders.

9.  Buffalo Bills:  Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma

I can see two options for the Bills at this point:  Offensive tackle or quarterback.  This pick could easily be Anthony Davis of Rutgers, but I think the Bills will look to Bradford to be the next great QB of their franchise, and he would certainly sell some tickets too.

10.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  C.J. Spiller, Running Back, Clemson

You want to sell tickets?  Draft the most electrifying offensive talent in the draft.  Tim Tebow is the sexy pick here, but I like Spiller in this slot as good entertainment, AND good value.

11.  Denver Broncos (from Chicago):  Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

I'm about as indifferent on this pick as anyone, but I could certainly see it.  I think if Marshall gets traded, this pick is more likely, but even if we retain Marshall, Bryant would be a great compliment on the other side.  He has bear claws for hands, and he is easily the best player available at this point.  If we lose Dumervil (please no) then this pick could be Derrick Morgan of Georgia Tech.

12.  Miami Dolphins:  Derrick Morgan, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Georgia Tech

Even though the Dolphins have some talent at this position, it's all old.  I could see Dan Williams here, but I am not going to buy him as a top 12 pick just yet.  Morgan fits what the Dolphins (mainly Nolan) like to do defensively as a pass rush specialist.

13.  San Francisco 49ers:  Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle, Rutgers

Big bruiser along the offensive line that can step in at left tackle right away for these guys.  I think he has the potential to also play guard at the next level, but he fits the 49ers offense pretty well here.

14.  Seattle Seahawks (from Denver):  Taylor Mays, Safety, USC

Seattle has a need at strong safety, and Pete Caroll is there head coach.  Is there a pick in the entire draft that makes more sense than this one?

15.    New York Giants:  Earl Thomas, Safety, Texas

The Giants have indicated that they would like the best defensive player available with their first pick, and that just happens to fill an area of need here with Thomas, who is quickly rising up draft boards.

16.  Tennessee Titans:  Everson Griffen, Defensive End, USC

Griffen has great potential for the next level as a complete defensive end, but his inconsistency pushes him out of the top ten, and here the top 15.  He is still a fine talent, and would fit well with the Titans.

17.  San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina):  Dan Williams, Defensive Lineman, Tennessee

I think Williams is a good fit for the 49ers' defense, though they could look for a pass rushing specialist here.  I think a versatile defensive lineman would be a better pick here as deep as the pass rush artists in this draft are.

18.    Pittsburgh Steelers:  Donovan Warren, Cornerback, Michigan

I think this pick is a reach, but Pittsburgh doesn't really care as long as they get their guy.  Chances are, Warren would be a good player in their system.

19.  Atlanta Falcons:  Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End, Florida

Atlanta missed one the Jamaal Anderson pick, and they need something at the defensive end spot other than John Abraham.  Dunlap is probably too good to pass up here, and they could also use help in the defensive backfield.

20.  Houston Texans:  Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

I can't stop thinking about how awesome a receiving core of Tate and Andre Johnson would be.  The Texans should probably think about the possibilities as well, especially with Matt Schaub really emerging this season.  

21.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

As far as I'm concerned, the Bengals' pass protection isn't the greatest in the NFL, and Levi Jones was just replaced this season.  Cincinnati could use a number two receiver, but Williams is great value here.

22.   New England Patriots:  Sergio Kindle, Outside Linebacker, Texas

The Patriots always seem to get great value with their draft picks, and Kindle is certainly that.  He has a high motor and will be an excellent pass rusher at the next level.

23.  Green Bay Packers:  Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

Bulaga is probably one of the more underrated offensive linemen in this draft, and Green Bay is lucky this is such a deep draft for tackles.  Aaron Rodgers would be NFL MVP if he could get some protection.

24.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Ricky Sapp, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

Philadelphia is undoubtedly going to be looking to the linebacker position early on in this draft, and I think they will be intrigued by the size and athleticism of Sapp.

25.  Baltimore Ravens:  Damian Williams, Wide Receiver, USC

Assuming this pick isn't dealt in a trade for a wide receiver, which very well may happen, I think there is no way the Ravens can justify not taking a receiver with this pick.  Granted, they miss out on much of the top talent, but they can also go for a receiver in round two just in case they miss on this pick. 

26.  Arizona Cardinals:  Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle, USC

If they cannot get one of the premiere quarterbacks (laugh out loud) in this draft, the will probably upgrade their tackle spot or maybe the linebacker position on defense.

27.  Dallas Cowboys:  Mike Iupati, Guard, Idaho

The Cowboys love their linemen, and Iupati is everything Dallas looks for in a big man.  I think this pick makes sense if they can't get a better left tackle prospect.

28.  San Diego Chargers:  Jonathan Dwyer, Running Back, Georgia Tech

There were rumblings last season that San Diego would look to upgrade their power running game, and it's once again a clear area of need.  There are also rumors that LDT has played his last game as a Charger.

29.  New York Jets:  Brian Price, Defensive Lineman, UCLA

This is a good value pick for the Jets, and the best defense in the NFL gets richer with an underrated defensive line prospect.

30.  Minnesota Vikings:  Patrick Robinson, Cornerback, Florida State

If there's one area the Vikings really don't play well defensively, it's in the defensive backfield.  Robinson has great potential for the next level, and would benefit greatly behind Antoine Winfield.

31.  New Orleans Saints:  Navorro Bowman, Outside Linebacker, Penn State

The Saints need help at outside linebacker, and Bowman is a great value pick here.

32.  Indianapolis Colts:  Brandon Graham, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Michigan

Ferocious pass rushing prospect, and the Colts love their Big Ten players.  This would be a very solid pick for them.


Round Two

33.  St. Louis Rams:  Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Oklahoma

34.  Detroit Lions:  Jahvid Best, Running Back, California

35.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Jared Odrick, Defensive Tackle, Penn State

36.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Chad Jones, Safety, LSU

37.  Washington Redskins:  Ryan Matthews, Running Back, Fresno State

38.  Cleveland Browns:  Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU

39.  Oakland Raiders:  Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End, South Florida

40.  Seattle Seahawks:  Terrance Cody, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

41.  Buffalo Bills:  Greg Hardy, Defensive End, Ole Miss

42.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Brandon LaFell, Wide Receiver, LSU

43.  Miami Dolphins:  Brandon Spikes, Inside Linebacker, Florida

44.  New England Patriots:  Rob Gronkowski, Tight End, Arizona

45.  Denver Broncos:  Maurkice Pouncey, Center, Florida

46.  New York Giants:  Sean Weatherspoon, Linebacker, Missouri

47.  New England Patriots:  Arrelious Benn, Wide Receiver, Illinois

48.  Carolina Panthers:  Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Florida

49.  San Francisco 49ers:  Corey Wootton, Defensive Lineman, Northwestern

50.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Jon Asamoah, Guard, Illinois

51.  Houston Texans:  Morgan Burnett, Safety, Georgia Tech

52.  Pittsburgh Steelers:  Nate Allen, Safety, South Florida

53.  New England Patriots:  Jason Fox, Offensive Tackle, Miami

54.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Demaryius Thomas, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech

55.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Major Wright, Safety, Florida

56.  Green Bay Packers:  Perrish Cox, Cornerback, Oklahoma State

57.  Baltimore Ravens:  Mardy Gilyard, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati

58.  Arizona Cardinals:  Rod Muckelroy, Outside Linebacker, Texas

59.  Dallas Cowboys:  Reshad Jones, Safety, Georgia

60.  San Diego Chargers:  Selvish Capers, Offensive Tackle, West Virginia

61.  New York Jets:  Eric Norwood, Linebacker, South Carolina

62.  Minnesota Vikings:  Willie Young, Defensive End, North Carolina State

63.  New Orleans Saints:  Jason Worilds, Defensive End, Virginia Tech

64.  Indianapolis Colts:  Sean Lee, Inside Linebacker, Penn State