Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 First Round Mock Draft 1.0

The Senior Bowl has been played, and the 2010 NFL Draft is less than three months away!

Things are sure to change between now and then when it comes to team needs and the stock of all the draft prospects, but I like posting my ever-changing mock draft anyway.

Here is the first version of my 2010 first round mock draft:

1. St. Louis Rams — DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

The Rams certainly need a quarterback, but they need defensive line help too, and Suh is simply too rare a talent to pass up.

2. Detroit Lions — DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma

With their franchise quarterback already acquired in last year's draft, the Lions can focus on one of there many areas of need by taking the second-best prospect in the draft in McCoy.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State

A safety like Eric Berry makes sense here, but the Buccaneers need a serious upgrade over Donald Penn to protect young quarterback Josh Freeman's blind side.

4. Washington Redskins — QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

It's quite clear that Jason Campbell isn't the answer, so taking the best quarterback in the draft makes sense.

5. Kansas City Chiefs — S Eric Berry, Tennessee

The Chiefs need help all over, and this ball-hawking safety in the mold of Ed Reed could go a long way into shoring up that defense.

6. Seattle Seahawks — OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers

It's about time the Seahawks drafted Walter Jones' heir at left tackle, and the junior Davis probably has the most upside of anyone other than Okung.

7. Cleveland Browns — CB Joe Haden, Florida

The Browns can do a lot better than Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald as their starting corners, and drafting Haden would give them a legitimate talent in the secondary.

8. Oakland Raiders — DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida

Everyone knows Al Davis loves his workout warriors, so at least for now, I like the Raiders to take this pass-rushing physical freak from USF.

9. Buffalo Bills — QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame

Trent Edwards doesn't seem to be the answer, and Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't either, so Chan Gailey will need a young quarterback to develop. Or, at least a prospect for the coach that replaces Gailey when he's fired in 2011 to develop.

10. Denver Broncos (from Chicago) — Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State

It's widely assumed the Broncos will deal extreme diva wide receiver Brandon Marshall once the new league year begins in March, and if they do, they'll be in desperate need of a No. 1 receiver. Bryant has all the talent in the world to develop into that guy.

11. Jacksonville Jaguars — LB Sergio Kindle, Texas

Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves have both been disappointments, leaving Jacksonville still in need of a pass rusher. Kindle could certainly provide that, from both the defensive end and linebacker positions.

12. Miami Dolphins — LB Rolando McClain, Alabama

Perhaps no position was quite as unproductive as the Dolphins' inside linebackers in 2009, and the Dolphins will be thanking their lucky stars if McClain falls into their laps this April.

13. San Francisco 49ers — OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa

2007 first-round pick Joe Staley is probably better suited for the right side, but even if they keep him where he is now at left tackle, the 49ers still have an opening at the other tackle spot. Bulaga is a great talent from a big-time lineman-producing college, and would be a great pick here.

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) — S Taylor Mays, Southern California

Whether he plays safety or outside linebacker, the Pete Carroll and the Seahawks could use his former Southern Cal big-hitter.

15. Tennessee Titans — DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida

Kyle Vanden Bosch is coming off a disappointing season and probably won't be back as a free agent this offseason, making Dunlap a logical pick who could also play inside on certain downs.

16. New York Giants — DT Dan Williams, Tennessee

Rocky Bernard was a free agent bust, Chris Canty, struggled with injuries in his first season with the team, and Fred Robbins probably doesn't have many year of productivity left. Williams is the best defensive tackle remaining on the board, and would be a great fit for the G-Men up front.

17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) — RB C. J. Spiller, Clemson

It's not an immediate need for the Niners, but drafting Spiller would give them the return man they desperately need, a good complement back to Frank Gore, and some leverage in negotiations with Gore when his contact is up in two years.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers — S Earl Thomas, Texas

The Steelers need a replacement for impending free agent Ryan Clark , and Thomas would be a great guy to team with Troy Polamalu in the secondary.

19. Atlanta Falcons — DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech

Jamaal Anderson has been a first-round bust since being taken eighth overall three years ago, and local product Morgan would be a good pass rusher to team with John Abraham on the outside.

20. Houston Texans — DT Jared Odrick, Penn State

Amobi Okoye has been solid, but the Texans still need help up front on defense, and Odrick would be a fantastic addition to the Houston defensive line.

21. Cincinnati Bengals — TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma

The Bengals don't have many holes coming off a somewhat surprising AFC North title in 2009, but tight end was a complete non-factor in the receiving game. The Bengals can remedy that by taking Gresham here.

22. New England Patriots — LB Ricky Sapp, Clemson

The Patriots could go a lot of ways with this one, but a pass-rushing outside linebacker is certainly one of their biggest needs. Sapp has all the physical tools and would be a good addition to the Patriots' weak linebacker corps.

23. Green Bay Packers — OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland

The Packers provided little protection to quarterback Aaron Rodgers last season, and with both their starting offensive tackles heading for free agency, a long-term guy to protect Rodgers' blind side makes just too much sense.

24. Philadelphia Eagles — LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri

Any team that signed Jeremiah Trotter to serve a substantial role on defense needs linebacker help, and Weatherspoon is the best outside linebacker in this draft. He'd be a great fit and would be a fixture in Philly's defense for years to come.

25. Baltimore Ravens — WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois

The Ravens are known to be targeting a receiver in the draft with Derrick Mason soon heading for retirement and not much there to replace him. Benn was held back by lack of offensive talent around him at Illinois, but he'd be a great weapon for Joe Flacco in Baltimore.

26. Arizona Cardinals — OG Mike Iupati, Idaho

Arizona needs to upgrade a handful of offensive line spots, especially with Matt Leinart taking over at quarterback, and Iupati would be a great selection as someone that can feasibly play either guard spot or right tackle.

27. Dallas Cowboys — S Chad Jones, Louisiana State

The Cowboys could use safety help with Ken Hamlin likely getting the ax and not much talent at strong safety, so LSU safety/relief pitcher Chad Jones could be a good fit.

28. San Diego Chargers — CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State

Word is the Chargers are growing increasingly sour on Antonio Cromartie, while Quentin Jammer is sub-par and Antoine Cason is still developing. Wilson would be a great prospect to groom in the San Diego secondary.

29. New York Jets — WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame

Braylon Edwards is a year away from unrestricted free agency, while there is little to no depth behind Jerricho Cotchery. Tate is a good all-around receiver that could provide another reliable target for young quarterback Mark Sanchez.

30. Minnesota Vikings — OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma

Despite his Pro Bowl selection, Bryant McKinnie was awful in 2009, while rookie Phil Loadholt had a rough first season. There are some questions about whether Williams can play left tackle at the pro level, but there's no question he could at least help Minnesota somewhere.

31. Indianapolis Colts — LB Daryl Washington, Texas Christian

Gray Brackett will be an unrestricted free agent, and linebacker is one of the few positions the Colts could really use some more talent. Washington is a fast-rising prospect and would be a great fit in Indy's defensive scheme.

32. New Orleans Saints — CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State

Jabari Greer was New Orleans' only productive cornerback in 2009, while 2009 first-rounder Malcolm Jenkins may be headed for a career at safety. Robinson would give the Saints a top cornerback talent to develop.

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