Updated 2010 NFL Mock Draft
The main strength of the draft meets up in the trenches. Ndamukong Suh and Russell Okung are among the elite of the group. I project six down linemen to go in the first 10 picks of the 2010 NFL Draft. In this mock draft, under half of the 32 players selected in the first round are skilled position players. One thing that stands out in this mock draft is the number one overall pick, Jimmy Clausen going to St. Louis.
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Jimmy Clausen
Marc Bulger is aging (32), he has few weapons, and his stock has been spoiled due to injuries. The Rams quarterback situation has been nothing but a train wreck for a few years now. After signing left tackle Jason Smith in last year’s draft, it would be a great set up for a new franchise quarterback in Jimmy Clausen. Clausen has under-center experience and played an NFL system at Notre Dame. He displays good overall mental and physical toughness, while being a fiery competitor who his at his best in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.
2. Detroit Lions - S Eric Berry
Detroit Lions have quite the headache on defense. Detroit was dead last in pass defense in 2009. The Lions best option is to grab Eric Berry. He would step in right away and become one of the best safety combos in the NFL. Berry is a born leader on defense and coaches love to coach a player of his caliber. He has good size and strength with excellent speed.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DT Ndamukong Suh
Tampa Bay was last in the league last year against the run. Ndamukong Suh will be an immediate impact in the front four. They need an inside run-stuffer who can penetrate the offensive line. Ndamukong Suh is the play-maker they would be looking to get. They are now running the Tampa 2 penetrating defense and an upfront " disruptor" would be ideal. He will work down the line of scrimmage and make more plays than most defensive tackles, works hard to the end of the whistle.
4. Washington Redskins – OT Anthony Davis
The Redskins plan on keeping Jason Campbell. So how about get him extra help on the line. If the Redskins want to reach their potential, they need to address the offensive line. Anthony Davis’ transition to the NFL could be a breeze. The Redskins will be using a run first offense, which will give him more time to work on his pass protection. His pass protection is by far his best trait of expertise. He possesses a wide base and anchor to neutralize bull-rush attempts.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - OT Russell Okung
The Chiefs drafted left tackle Brandon Albert in last year’s draft. Drafting Russell Okung would help solidify the offensive line. Matt Cassel needs a solid offensive line to help him become a good quarterback in this league. Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe will make life a lot easier, but adding two solid tackles to grow with those players will help the defense get better as well. Okung more of a complete offensive tackle with a great mean streak, won’t stop until the whistle is blown.
6. Seattle Seahawks - QB Sam Bradford
With a new head coach in town, he would like a new quarterback. Matt Hasselbeck hasn’t picked his game up. Nothing but injuries to his resume have dropped his stock. Seattle has a few concerns they need to address, but they have another first round pick. With that in mind, drafting Sam Bradford would be a great pick towards rebuilding your offense. Sam Bradford doesn’t need to start right away. If Matt Hasselbeck gets injured or needs to be benched then Bradford will be that franchise quarterback. Bradford has top notch accuracy and could very well have gone ahead of Jimmy Clausen in this mock draft.
7. Cleveland Browns - CB Joe Haden
Joe Haden is the best corner in the draft and would make an instant impact. Haden is the total package, even if you catch the ball on Haden, he has great tackling ability. The Browns need a play-maker in the secondary. They need a guy with range and cover skills. With Haden’s presence, Eric Wright would be able to excel at the corner position. Haden is a competitor that consistently matches up with the opponent's top receiver and doesn't appear to dwell on mistakes.
8. Oakland Raiders - DT Gerald McCoy
The Oakland Raiders have bad luck selecting anything and everything on offense. The Raiders would be lucky with McCoy dropping to number eight in the draft. The Raiders defense has a lot of potential if they draft McCoy with the eighth pick. McCoy shows elite first step quickness and consistently penetrates as a one-gap pass rusher. He also shows great awareness to locate and diagnose the play.
9. Buffalo Bills - OT Trent Williams
This front five was a disaster and allowed a league-high 46 sacks in 2009. The Bills never replaced Pro Bowler Jason Peters at left tackle. Trading away Jason Peters doesn't look so good now does it? Buffalo’s quarterbacks will only be as good as the offensive line. Selecting Trent Williams with the 9th overall pick would be a great option in replacing Jason Peters. Trent Williams is probably the best run blocking left tackle going into the draft. He works hard to finish and isn't satisfied until he has planted his assigned defender in the turf.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Carlos Dunlap
Jacksonville needs an all around defensive end like Carlos Dunlap, not another pass rushing specialist. John Henderson might be getting older, but you would have two freakish players on the same line together for a few more years. He is quick enough to disrupt plays in the backfield and is an effective tackler in open space.
11. Denver Broncos - WR Dez Bryant
Denver Broncos need another wide receiver to accompany Brandon Marshall or replace him. Either way, they need to fix this problem by selecting Dez Bryant. Bryant's combination of speed, power, and size, along with his mental toughness, makes him a superstar in the making. Dez Bryant excels after the catch with unusual open running skills for his size. His ability to adjust while elevating and make the acrobatic catch is unique.
12. Miami Dolphins – DE/LB Jason Pierre Paul
Miami is giving Joey Porter the boot, Jason Taylor is getting older and Channing Crowder needs some extra help. Bill Parcells favorite players are the outside linebackers in the 3-4 schemes. Selecting the talented pass rusher will give the Dolphins some upside to their pass defense. He has many pass rushing moves, while being able to show a little bit of bull-rush ability here and there.
13. San Francisco 49ers – S Taylor Mays
San Francisco 49ers could change the draft a bit by selecting a freakish player in Taylor Mays. Bringing in Taylor Mays would make the defense pretty scary in 2010. When you upgrade an already good defense like the 49ers, you only help Alex Smith in resurrecting his NFL career. Having Mays in the defensive backfield would help Patrick Willis become the best inside linebacker in the game today. Taylor Mays could come out with some extra coaching and get the notoriety of an Ed Reed or a player like John Lynch.
14. Seattle Seahawks - DE Derrick Morgan
The lack of a pass rush really hurt the Seahawks last season, and with Kerney on the decline, Derrick Morgan provides an instant upgrade at the position. The talks of Patrick Kerney retiring have been halted. The Seahawks need to upgrade the pass rush that was ranked 30th overall. He plays with a non-stop motor. Not great at splitting double teams but will fight to get through it every time.
15. New York Giants - LB Rolando McClain
Rolando McClain has prototypical middle linebacker size and can light up running backs with the best of them. New York would be pretty lucky to have McClain fall in their lap. With Antonio Peirce gone, the Giants will be looking for a player to replace him. He could very well be the future quarterback of the Giants defense with his leadership and pure knowledge of the game.
16. Tennessee Titans – DT Brian Price
Tennessee Titans need to focus on their defense in this year’s draft. Jeff Fisher would love to draft another high caliber player, with the potential of Albert Haynesworth. They really fell off the league’s top defense after Albert’s departure. Brian Price is an excellent pass rusher with plenty of moves for his size. He is also a disruptive one-gap penetrator against the run.
17. San Francisco 49ers – OT Bryan Bulagu
San Francisco needs to establish their offensive tackle woes. Bringing in Bryan Bulagu to the line would be exceptionally well for quarterback Alex Smith. Bryan Bulagu has that chance to come in and make a big impact on the line, maybe even taking them to the playoffs. I personally feel that Bulagu is the best all around tackle coming out of college.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers - DT Dan Williams
Pittsburgh runs a 3-4 defense and you can’t count on Hampton much longer. Dan Williams being the number one nose tackle in the draft; it would only make sense for Pittsburgh to draft him. Casey Hampton will most likely be franchised this year. Rotating Williams and Hampton in the middle would be a massive destruction to any opposing offensive line.
19. Atlanta Falcons – CB Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson saw his stock rise during the Senior Bowl. He's excellent in coverage and an immediate help on special teams. Wilson had a quiet season, but great cornerbacks often do. He simply wasn't challenged enough. The Falcons need a true number one cornerback to compliment Chris Houston. His stock is now back on the rise.
20. Houston Texans – RB C.J. Spiller
The Houston Texans can’t pass up on a player like C.J. Spiller. Steve Slaton couldn’t handle the whole load last year, and they need to keep his talent and youth healthy. The two back system has become the new way of running the ball. Selecting Spiller would be a great change of pace and has more of an upside than Reggie Bush.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – TE Jermaine Gresham
The Bengals have been without a passing threat at the tight end position for some time now. Jermaine Gresham would be the receiving threat that could help Cincinnati over the hump and take charge of the playoffs. Gresham has the rare height and size to be an elite tight end in the game. His biggest strength he holds is his effective receiving skills.
22. New England Patriots – DE/LB Brandon Graham
New England needs an athletic up-field guy, who can rush the quarterback. Brandon Graham is the perfect hard-nosed 3-4 outside linebacker going in the NFL. The Patriots defense last year was pretty weak; something the NFL wasn’t used to seeing. Graham is an excellent value at this spot and would be a significant upgrade.
23. Green Bay Packers - OT Bruce Campbell
The Green Bay Packers were horrible in pass protecting, yes some were injured but it needs to be addressed right away. Bruce Campbell is the last of the potential starting offensive tackles in the draft. He very well could go earlier, but the Packers need to replace injury prone Chad Clifton. Campbell can help immediately, and he has room to grow. Campbell could be the number one talk of the draft if it wasn’t for his injuries.
24. Philadelphia Eagles – DE/LB Everson Griffen
The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking for a physical specimen on defense. Lining Everson Griffen opposite of Trent Cole would be a similar duo of the Colts line. Griffen has the athletic ability to play standing up or hand in the grass for the Eagles. He has top-notch straight line speed for size, but at this point he will probably fit best in Philadelphia’s 4-3 scheme.
25. Baltimore Ravens - WR Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius Thomas would be the explosive wide receiving threat the Ravens have been looking for since the franchise emerged. Joe Flacco has the arm to stretch the field, but nobody to throw it to. The leading receiver for the Ravens was running back Ray Rice. Selecting Thomas would give the Ravens the dynamic down field ability that would get them over the hump. He is a big, strong runner after catch. Does a nice job with the stiff arm and will break attempted arm tackles. He plays similar to Anquan Boldin after the catch but Thomas has the extra speed.
26. Arizona Cardinals – DE/LB Jerry Hughes
Jerry Hughes could be the best pure pass rushing hybrid to enter the draft. The Cardinals pass rushing defense was good but is very old. Bertrand Berry has retired and Okeafor might not come back. Jerry Hughes would be great lining up on the other side of sophomore outside linebacker Cody Brown.
27. Dallas Cowboys - OG Mike Iupati
The main concern with the Dallas Cowboys is the offensive line lacking depth. The left side needs some reconstruction soon, leaving the Cowboys to draft the best guard in the draft Mike Iupati. Kyle Kosier is a good offensive guard but he doesn’t have a mean streak to deal with those big nose/defensive tackles. Iupati could be the anchor for the Cowboys from day one.
28. San Diego Chargers - NT Terrence Cody
San Diego needs to select a nose tackle as soon as possible. Jamaal Williams is only going to get older and continue to have injury issues with his age and large size. He might only be a two down nose tackle, but when he plays he’s a beast that you don’t want in front of you. Terrence Cody will need to be disciplined by San Diego so he doesn’t eat himself out of the league.
29. New York Jets –DE/LB Sergio Kindle
Vernon Gholston hasn’t been what the Jets wanted. Sergio Kindle is an explosive outside linebacker who can play both ends sides of the field. With Kindle in the mix, he automatically gives Calvin Pace the extra boost New York Jets fans have been looking for.
30. Minnesota Vikings - S Earl Thomas
The Minnesota Vikings gave up too many big plays during the season last year. By selecting safety Earl Thomas they will have the ball hawking safety that they thought were getting when they picked up Madieu Williams. Minnesota is pretty stacked throughout the whole team; the secondary would be the weakest link.
31. Indianapolis Colts - DT Jared Odrick
Indianapolis is pretty weak in the middle of the defensive line, something they have been lacking to take care of since signing McFarland and Simon. Bringing Jared Odrick in would help beef up the defensive line, while offensive lines will be shaking their knees trying to mess with this line. Odrick shows good strength at the point of attack and extremely competitive and works hard to fight through blocks.
32. New Orleans Saints - LB Sean Weatherspoon
Sean Weatherspoon is the most complete outside linebacker in the draft. Weatherspoon would be a great compliment to inside linebacker Jonathon Vilma. He also can play inside linebacker, so adding versatility is also a good value proposition. He is big and has adequate overall strength. He does not shy away from contact and he is not afraid to enter the phone booth with bigger blockers.
Now obviously the draft could turn out completely different. Who does St. Louis take with the number one pick, or do they trade out. There are talks of the first four teams wanting to trade out, if that was to happen this whole first round would take a major turn. The NFL will have a few more players getting released before the 5th and a lot of trades from here on out. Enjoy the offseason and feel free to send me any feedback on my mock draft.
Here is my link to my second round mock draft