Monday, March 29, 2010

2010 First Round Mock Draft 3.0

The NFL Draft is less than a month away, so it's about time for an updated first-round mock draft.

This is my current first-round mock draft as it stands today, which has changed greatly since my previous version just 12 days ago.

Previous versions:

1. St. Louis Rams — QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

A trade for Donovan McNabb would drastically shake up the top of this year's draft, but as things stand, all indications are the Rams will take a franchise quarterback with the first overall pick.

2. Detroit Lions — DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

There is certainly a strong argument for Russell Okung given the need to protect last year's No. 1 pick, Matthew Stafford, but the Lions have a glaring hole at defensive line and Suh is simply too good to pass up.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma

The Buccaneers haven't have a real impact defensive tackle since the days of Warren Sapp and Booger McFarland, and Suh is the best overall player on the board.

4. Washington Redskins — OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State

The Redskins are sorely lacking at offensive tackle, and they would be best suited grabbing Okung here and looking quarterback a little later in the draft.

5. Kansas City Chiefs — OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa

Scott Pioli seems unlikely to take a safety like Eric Berry this high, but he should have no problems drafting an offensive tackle. Bulaga could allow Branden Albert to move to the right side.

6. Seattle Seahawks — S Eric Berry, Tennessee

There is little talent in the Seahawks' secondary, with Jordan Babineaux and Jamar Adams currently penciled in as the team's starting safeties. Berry would add a tremendous playmaker to the defensive backfield.

7. Cleveland Browns — CB Joe Haden, Florida

Questionable timed speed or not, Haden is this year's best cornerback prospect, and would go a long way to help the Browns' dismal secondary.

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

Reports are recently-acquired Kamerion Wimbley will play strong-side linebacker for the Raiders despite running a 4-3 scheme, making defensive end still a big need. "JPP" is the kind of physical freak Al Davis loves and fills a big hole in the team's pass rush.

9. Buffalo Bills — QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame

The quarterback of the future likely isn't on the roster at this point, meaning Chan Gailey will need his own guy to develop. Clausen is the best talent available before a huge drop-off, making him a reasonable choice for the Bills here.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars — DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech

The Jaguars are still in need of more pass rush despite using recent high picks on Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves. Morgan fills that need as the best all-around defensive end on the board.

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

I'm not buying reports of Bryant's plummeting draft stock, and I also don't see Brandon Marshall lasting much longer in Denver despite no trade coming yet. Bryant gives the Broncos the No. 1 receiver they'll need when they inevitably deal Marshall.

12. Miami Dolphins — DT Dan Williams, Tennessee

There are a lot of directions the team could go here, but nose tackle is one of the team's biggest needs, and Williams appears to be one of the safer picks available for the Dolphins at this spot.

13. San Francisco 49ers — RB C. J. Spiller, Clemson

While running back is not an immediate need for the Niners, Spiller would give their offense a dynamic complement to Frank Gore, as well as the impact returner they desperately need.

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) — OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma

Walter Jones may soon be heading for retirement, meaning they'll need a new franchise offensive tackle. Williams is one of the safest, most refined prospects at his position and would be a great pick here.

15. New York Giants — LB Rolando McClain, Alabama

The Giants don't have the talent on the roster to replace Antonio Pierce, and McClain would be the perfect thumper to put in the middle of their linebacker corps.

16. Tennessee Titans — DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida

More pass rush is needed after the departure of Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Dunlap is a high-upside prospect worthy of a pick at this point in the draft.

17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) — LB Sergio Kindle, Texas

The Niners have little pass-rushing talent outside of Manny Lawson, and Kindle would give them another skilled player to fill that role.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers — OG Mike Iupati, Idaho

Apparently uninterested in retaining free agent Darnell Stapleton, the Steelers could use Mike Iupati at either right guard, or maybe even right tackle down the line.

19. Atlanta Falcons — S Earl Thomas, Texas

Even after the acquisition of Dunta Robinson, the Falcons could use secondary help. Thomas is a play-maker that potentially projects at either cornerback or safety.

20. Houston Texans — RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State

The Texans don't have a legitimate long-term solution at running back on the roster, and Steve Slaton is better suited for splitting time in the backfield. Mathews is a talented runner with the ability to carry the bulk of the load in Houston.

21. Cincinnati Bengals — TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma

The Bengals haven't had a true receiving threat at tight end for some time, but they are in perfect position to take this year's best prospect in Gresham.

22. New England Patriots — LB Brandon Graham, Michigan

Although he isn't the ideal size for the 3-4 pass-rushing linebacker, Graham's skills are undeniable and would go a long way in upgrading the Patriots' linebacker corps.

23. Green Bay Packers — OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers

Keeping quarterback Aaron Rodgers upright was a big problem in 2009. Davis' talent says he should go higher than this, but he could very well fall to the last first round due to character concerns.

24. Philadelphia Eagles — LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri

The Eagles were clearly desperate for linebackers when they plucked Jeremiah Trotter off the garbage heap in 2009. Weatherspoon has the versatility to play anywhere in the Eagles' scheme and would be a tremendous addition of talent.

25. Baltimore Ravens — CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State

With wide receiver no longer as big a concern, the Ravens can no focus their attention elsewhere. Kyle Wilson's stock just keeps rising, and he'd be a great addition to the Ravens' lacking cornerback spot.

26. Arizona Cardinals — OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland

The Cardinals have just quality tackle prospect in Levi Brown, and could certainly use another as Brown has overall been a disappointment. Campbell is a bit of a project, but has the physical tools to be an elite player at his position.

27. Dallas Cowboys — WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois

Outside of Miles Austin, no Cowboys receiver had a position grade during the 2009 season. With Roy Williams a huge bust, Patrick Crayton merely average, and Kevin Ogletree still an unknown, the Cowboys could use a true big-time target for Tony Romo.

28. San Diego Chargers — DT Terrence Cody, Alabama

The Chargers lost Jamal Williams to the Broncos and his injury replacements during the 2009 season performed horrendously. Cody would give the Chargers their next long-term nose tackle.

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

Braylon Edwards is a year from being able to walk in free agency, and there is little talent beyond him in the Jets' receiving corps. Tate would provide a good weapon for a developing Mark Sanchez.

30. Minnesota Vikings — S Taylor Mays, Southern California

Mays' questionable big-play ability may cause him to drop, but he'd be an ideal project for a Vikings team that is strong in most areas but lacking at safety. Mays also has the physical tools to play outside linebacker in the Vikings' scheme if he flounders in the secondary.

31. Indianapolis Colts — DT Jared Odrick, Penn State

The Colts' defense has been sub-par for years now, and there is little upside among the team's current defensive linemen. Odrick would be a strong addition to the unit and could start for a long time.

32. New Orleans Saints — DE Everson Griffen, Southern California

The defending Super Bowl champions don't have many holes in their roster, but Will Smith is the only viable pass rusher on the roster as Bobby McCray has been a free-agent bust and Charles Grant has been released. Griffen has a lot of upside and would be a good addition to an obviously strong squad coming off a Super Bowl victory.


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