2010 NFL Mock Draft 4/17/10
1. St Louis – Sam Bradford | QB | Oklahoma | 6’4” | 223 lbs
The rams need many fixes and while Suh may be the surest pick for them here I don’t see the Rams forking out the reported $8.5m he is due in 2010. I really think the Rams would like to trade out of this pick. There have been rumors this week that Cleveland called them to discuss the possibility of swapping picks.
2. Detroit – Ndamukong Suh | DT | Nebraska | 6’4” | 300 lbs
Bringing Sims in doesn’t make OT a must now. Suh reminds Swartz of Haynesworth (who was told not to report to OTA’s in Washington). Suh is as close to a sure thing as there is in this draft. He would anchor the defensive lines for years to come.
3. Tampa Bay – Gerald McCoy | DT | Oklahoma | 6’4” | 295 lbs
Tampa is going back to a Tampa 2 defense and McCoy will be the new Sapp. Tampa has many needs, but the defensive line is always a good place to start, and with arguably the best player in the draft available they will take him.
4. Washington – Russell Okung | OT | Oklahoma State | 6’5” | 300 lbs
Mike Shanahan is doing back flips with Okung still available. He loves athletic offensive linemen and Okung may be the most in this years draft. Samuels is done and the Redskins already needed offensive line help. Okung is smart enough to step in day one and start and his abilities fit Shanahan’s system.
5. Kansas City – Bryan Bulaga | OT | Iowa | 6’7” | 314 lbs
As with many of the top 10 teams KC could go many ways and could very easily take Berry here as well. But the fact that only 5 teams allowed more than the 45 sacks the Chiefs allowed means they must improve the offensive line. They made a very large investment in Matt Cassell and they need to give him some protection. Bulaga is a high character guy the Pioli will add to the Chiefs locker room.
6. Seattle – Eric Berry | S | Tennessee | 5’11” | 200 lbs
Carroll needs to find a replacement at LT for Walter Jones, but the talent of Berry sitting here is too much to pass up. He should be able to get his LT a few picks later with the #14 pick. Berry might be the best all around player in this draft and has been compared to Ed Reed. Carroll is a former DB and is defensive guy, Berry will be the QB of his defense.
7. Cleveland – Jimmy Clausen | QB | Notre Dame | 6’3” | 222 lbs
Holmgren needs a QB to run his team. Yes I know Mangini is the coach, but this is Holmgren’s team. If the Browns can’t trade up for Bradford I don’t feel they will pass on Clausen.
8. Oakland – Jason Pierre-Paul | DE | USF | 6’6” | 260 lbs
Yes Big All should go offensive line, but we know All loves workout warriors and Pierre-Paul is the top one in this draft class. JPP may have the most upside in the draft, and while his experience is limited he took full advantage of the time he had.
9. Buffalo – Trent Williams | OT | Oklahoma | 6’5” | 315 lbs
Buffalo needed to upgrade the offensive line already and the sudden retirement of Brad Butler makes taking a tackle a must in this spot. Buffalo is switching to a 3-4 and they very well could go after a rush linebacker as well, but in the end I think they go tackle.
10. Jacksonville – Joe Haden | CB | Florida | 5’11” | 191 lbs
Jacksonville has put this pick up for sale and there may be more than a few teams interested if the price is right. I could see New England jumping up here in front of Denver to grab Bryant in order to keep up with the Jones’s in the AFC East. If Jacksonville picks Joe Hadnen will be a local favorite that will be a great addition to a struggling defensive backfield.
11. Denver – Dez Bryant | WR | Oklahoma State | 6’3” | 220 lbs
Would Denver really give up one diva receiver just to draft another? Whether Bryant is a diva or not remains to be seen, but the bottom line is his talent is too much to pass up on.
12. Miami – Brandon Graham | DE/OLB | Michigan | 6’1” | 263 lbs
There’s new Marshall in Miami, so the Fins won’t be looking to bring a WR in early in the draft. I do not think Miami will pick in this spot and I believe whoever does draft here I believe will draft either Earl Thomas or Derrick Morgan. I feel Graham is tops on the Trifecta’s board. He has three years of production at a big school, and he really the only top DE/OLB they have spent zero time with which is pretty much the MO of this FO.
13. San Francisco – Mike Iupati | OL | Idaho | 6’5” | 325 lbs
San Fran would really like to improve the offensive line and Iupati may be the best lineman in the draft. Add Iupati along with Staley and the left side of the line is set for years to come.
14. Seattle – Charles Brown | OT | USC | 6’6” | 303 lbs
Carroll gets his replacement LT with his second pick in round 1. Carroll knows Brown better than anyone and he will reunite with him to be his LT for years. Brown has very good feet and may lack some in run blocking but he excels in pass blocking.
15. New York – Rolando McClain | ILB | Alabama | 6’4” | 258 lbs
Giants need improve their defense and especially against the run. McClain gives them the leader in the middle of the field that can fill the hole and be stout against the run. He will take over the reigns as the leader of the Giants defense.
16. Tennessee – Derrick Morgan | DE | Ga. Tech | 6’4” | 268 lbs
Tennessee’s defensive line will be a position of need this off-season. Vanden Bosch is gone and Tennessee must revamp the defensive line. Morgan is the best 4-3 DE in the draft. He is stout against the run and has a good burst to get to the passer.
17. San Francisco – CJ Spiller | RB | Clemson | 5’11 | 195 lbs
Spiller gives San Fran the lighting to Gore’s thunder. Spiller will be an instant help with his return abilities and playmaking abilities in space. He is the change of pace type of back that San Fran needs.
18. Pittsburgh – Markice Pouncey | OL | Florida | 6’5” | 304 lbs
The Steelers must improve the offensive line. Last year they were not able to run the ball and Big Ben was running for his life too often. Pouncey can start out as a guard and once Hartwig hangs them up in a few years he can slide inside to center.
19. Atlanta – Sean Weatherspoon | OLB | Missouri | 6’2” | 241 lbs
Atlanta must improve the defensive side of the ball. Weatherspoon may very well be the best OLB in the draft and is a vocal leader.
20. Houston – Earl Thomas | S | Texas | 5’10” | 197 lbs
The Texans could go a few different ways here, but Thomas could provide immediate help in a division that faces the Colts twice a year. Thomas is athletic enough to play safety and the nickel back in passing situations. I am not really sure Thomas is here at this point, but if he is I feel the Texans would snatch him up.
21. Cincinnati – Jermaine Gresham | TE | Oklahoma | 6’6” | 258 lbs
A pass catching TE is a glaring weakness for the Bengals. Gresham would give Palmer another weapon to help pull the linebackers away from the LOS in order to give more running lanes for Benson.
22. New England – Jared Odrick | DE | Penn State | 6’5” | 301 lbs
Odrick fills the void left from the Seymor trade last year. I think there is a very strong possibility that the Past could move up to get Bryant, but if they don’t it is rumored they love Odrick.
23. Green Bay – Devin McCourty | CB | Rutgers | 5’11” | 193 lbs
The Pack needs to improve the offensive line, but there doesn’t seem to be the value here. They would have loved Iupati but he is long gone. The Packers CBs are getting a little long in the tooth and McCourty could come in to play nickel and give solid special teams help until he wins a spot.
24. Philadelphia – Kyle Wilson | CB | Boise State | 5’10” | 202 Lbs
I think the eagles will find a trading partner to move up and get Haden, Thomas, or possibly Morgan, but for the purpose of this mock I don’t put in trades, so I will go with the next best CB in the draft. Wilson will fill a need on the other side of Samuels to give the Eagles a very good duo.
25. Baltimore – Demaryius Thomas | WR | Ga Tech | 6’3” | 229 lbs
Thomas is compared to a taller Anquan Boldin so who better to learn from than the man himself. Derrick Mason is 137 years old, and can’t have too many more seasons under his belt. Thomas can learn on the fly while getting many snaps in 3 and 4 receiver sets.
26. Arizona – Anthony Davis | OT | Rutgers | 6’5” | 328 lbs
The Cards must improve the offensive line. Lienart is taking over the reigns now and they must work on and upgrade in the line to be able to run the ball more consistently. Davis can take over for Gandy and start day one.
27. Dallas – Bruce Campbell | OT | Maryland | 6’7” | 310 lbs
Flozell the Hotel is gone, and Campbell fits the mold of a Cowboys offensive lineman. Campbell will be able to step in day one and anchor a very solid offensive line. There are rumors that the Cowboys would like to trade up to get one of the top tackles, but they may not have to.
28. San Diego – Ryan Mathews | RB | Fresno State | 5’11” | 220 lbs
With the departure of Tomlinson RB is a need position for San Diego. Best and Dwyer may be ranked higher on most boards but Best size and Dwyer’s lack of a pro-style offense makes Mathews a better fit for the Chargers at this point. They are very close and need an impact from the running back position right away.
29. New York – Dan Williams | DT | Tennessee | 6’3” | 327 lbs
Jets are a solid team, and they could go a couple of different ways, but Kris Jenkins will be 31 and he only played in 6 games in 2009. Williams is considered the top NT in the draft and would be able to give snaps and learn at the same time.
30. Minnesota – Colt McCoy | QB | Texas | 6’1” | 216 lbs
I am going back to this pick from my original mock. McCoy has had very good workouts and it seems the Brown and the Vikings like him the best. If the Vikings don’t take him here they won’t get him. Favre will only be back for one more year and now way does Childress rest his future on the arm of Jackson.
31. Indianapolis – Brian Price | DT | UCLA | 6’0” | 300 lbs
Colts could go any level on the defense, but they still struggle in the middle. Price would give them a player that can fill the hole against the run, but is able to get penetration and play on the offensive side of the LOS.
32. New Orleans – Sergio Kindle | DE/OLB | Texas | 6’4” | 255 lbs
Fresh off the Super Bowl win the Saints may be the most complete team in the NFL. With that being said they could stand to improve the defensive line. Kindle can play both OLB and DE so he could give a lot of versatility to the Saints defense.
33. St Louis – Golden Tate | WR | Notre Dame
34. Detroit – Roger Saffold | OT | Indiana
35. Tampa Bay – Patrick Robinson | CB | FSU
36. Kansas City – Nate Allen | S | USF
37. Philadelphia – Jahvid Best | RB | California
38. Cleveland – Everson Griffen | DE/OLB | USC
39. Oakland – Taylor Mayes | S | USC
40. San Diego – Terrence Cody | DT | Alabama
41. Buffalo – Jerry Huges | DE/OLB | TCU
42. Tampa Bay – Carlos Dunlap | DE | Florida
43. Denver – Corey Wooton | DE | Northwestern
44. New England – Ricky Sapp | DE/OLB | Clemson
45. Denver – Jason Worlds | DE/OLB | Va Tech
46. Giants – Daryl Washington | OLB | TCU
47. New England – Arrelious Benn | WR | Illinois
48. Carolina – Linval Joseph | DL | ECU
49. San Francisco – Kareem Jackson | CB | Alabama
50. Kansas City – Rob Gronkowski | TE | Arizona
51. Houston – Montario Hardesty | RB | Tennessee
52. Pittsburgh – Damian Wiiliams | WR | USC
53. New England – Tim Tebow | QB | Florida
54. Cincinnati – Reshad Jones | S | Georgia
55. Philadelphia – Navarro Bowman | OLB | Penn State
56. Green Bay – Vladimir Ducasse | OL | U Mass
57. Baltimore – Chris Cook | DB | Virginia
58. Arizona – Morgan Burnett | FS | Ga Tech
59. Dallas – Jared Veldheer | OT | Hillsdale
60. Seattle – Dexter McCluster | WR | Mississippi
61. Jets – Jon Asamoah | G | Illinois
62. Minnesota – Chad Jones | S | LSU
63. Indianapolis – Akwasi Owusu-Ansah | CB | Indiana (PA)
64. New Orleans – Tyson Alualu | DL | California
65. St. Louis – Brandon LaFell | WR | LSU
66. Detroit – Alex Carrington | DE | Arkansas State
67. Tampa Bay – Carlton Mitchell | WR | USF
68. Kansas City – Cam Thomas | DT | North Carolina
69. Oakland – John Skelton | QB | Fordham
70. Philadelphia – Toby Gerhart | RB | Stanford
71. Cleveland – Thaddeus Gibson | DE/OLB | Ohio State
72. Buffalo – Dan LeFevour | QB | Central Michigan
73. Miami – Major Wright | FS | Florida
74. Jacksonville – Eric Norwood | LB | South Carolina
75. Chicago – Eric Decker | WR | Minnesota
76. Giants – John Jerry | OL | Mississippi
77. Tennessee – Mardy Gilyard | WR | Cincinnati
78. Carolina – Jacoby Ford | WR | Clemson
79. San Francisco – Koa Misi | DE/OLB | Utah
80. Denver – Terrell Troup | DT | UCF
81. Houston – Brandon Ghee | CB | Wake Forest
82. Pittsburgh – Selvish Capers | OT | West Virginia
83. Atlanta – Austen Lane | DE | Murray State
84. Cincinnati – Taylor Price | WR | Ohio
85. Cleveland – Jonathan Dwyer | RB | Ga Tech
86. Green Bay – Mike Johnson | G | Alabama
87. Philadelphia – Mitch Petrus | G | Arkansas
88. Arizona – Donald Butler | ILB | Washington
89. Arizona – Anthony McCoy | TE | USC
90. Dallas – Dominique Franks | CB | Oklahoma
91. San Diego – Perrish Cox | CB | Oklahoma State
92. Cleveland – Dorin Dickerson | TE | Oregon
93. Minnesota – Lamarr Houston | DT | Texas
94. Indianapolis – Matt Tennant | C | Boston College
95. New Orleans – Greg Hardy | DE | Mississippi
96. Cincinnati – Tony Pike | QB | Cincinnati
97. Tennessee – Sean Lee | ILB | Penn State
98. Atlanta – Jordan Shipley | WR | Texas