Andrew's Huge, Must-Read 2010 NFL Mock Draft

Andrew NasonContributor IApril 21, 2010

I'm not joking.

I spent three days analyzing the first ten picks and some important ones too.

Are you ready?

Picture this:

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010.

Radio City Music Hall.

New York, New York.

Commissioner Goodell walks to the podium...

With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams pick...

1. Sam Bradford-Senior-QB-University of Oklahoma

Sam Bradford will be the pick here, but who will draft him? Will it be the Rams or the Browns? Cleveland is rumored to be interested in moving up for Bradford, but I'm not buying it.

Here's why:

First, a move like this would cost Cleveland most of their draft picks.

Second, Mike Holmgren just hates picking QB's in the first round.

This just doesen't make sense to me.

Bradford will be a Ram in 2010.

With the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select...

2. Russell Okung-Senior-OT-Oklahoma State University

I know how bold this is. What about Ndamukong Suh? Here's why:

1. To protect that $72 million investment

The Lions selected Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Whether this was the right move or not is irrelevant; Detroit is paying Stafford $72 million over six years.

Stafford was sacked 24 times in 10 starts last year, which translates to 38 sacks over a 16-game campaign.

If Stafford fails, the Lions will fail.

If Stafford succeeds, the Lions will, in all likelihood, eventually reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

He needs protection, and he will get that in Okung, no doubt.

2. Why do you need Suh when you have to deal with the other defenses??

Clay Matthews, Jared Allen, and Julius Peppers. These guys will be tearing the Lions apart for another year if they don't get Okung.

Julius Peppers, who just signed with the Bears this offseason, has notched double-digit sack totals in six of his eight NFL seasons.

Clay Matthews had a monstrous rookie campaign in 2009, collecting 10 sacks.

And Jared Allen is the No. 1 defensive end in pro football.

That's three division rivals.

That should be a huge hint.

The Lions need Okung.

3. Money

The Lions spent $72 million big ones on Stafford last year.

That's a lot of money. 

If Detroit takes Suh, the front office will be paying more money to its defensive tackles than any other team in the league except for the Washington Redskins.

I read a table that calculated the money spent on each NFL team's top 2 defensive tackles. Get this.

The Redskins spend $106.9 million on their top 2 defensive tackles.

The Lions will spend $100.3 million on Suh alone.

Wihout Suh, it's a lowly $40.1 million.

The Lions need Okung.

With the third pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select...

3. Ndamukong Suh-DL-Senior-University of Nebraska

This is a no-brainer.

The knee problems may be an issue, but Tampa Bay has loved Suh since day 1.

The Bucs haven't had a decent d-line in many years, and I believe Suh is a good foundation to build on.

With the fourth pick in the draft, the Washington Redskins select...

4. Trent Williams-OT-Junior-University of Oklahoma

Okay, first, there's no way Gerald McCoy is a Redskin.

The Skins have too much money riding on that d-line. (See Lions pick.)

Plus, now that Donovan McNabb is in Washington, he needs some protection.

Williams has so many strengths: he's athletic, instinctive, light on his feet, and so much more; it would be a grave mistake if the Redskins didn't take Williams.

Plus, there's some talk that Trent Williams is a better fit for Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.

That certinatly helps, huh?

It's obvious.

Williams is a Redskin.

With the fifth pick, the Kansas City Chiefs select...

5. Bryan Bulaga-OL-Senior-University of Iowa

This is if there isn't a trade involved.

I'm pretty darn sure that Buffalo, Miami, San Francisco, or Philadelphia would love this spot. Jimmy Clausen or Eric Berry could be drafted here.

However, if there is no trade, Kansas City needs to give Matt Cassel some time in the pocket.

Bulaga is being compared to Jake Long.

Pretty impressive.

Bulaga also fills a huge need.

Branden Albert improved over the season in the sacks allowed department, but those numbers were misleading because he still allowed a ton of pressures and committed lots of penalties.

He did get better.

But he's not a franchise left tackle.

Pioli invested $63 million into the Cassel.

He can't afford to have Cassel sacked 42 times again next year.

If Albert's finish was a fluke, he's putting his big investment in jeopardy.

At pick number six, the Seattle Seahawks select...

6. Eric Berry-S-Senior-University of Tennessee

Elite talent, physical, INT machine, why wouldn't Pete Carroll like him?

Berry is one of those few individuals where it just seems like this is what he was born to do.

He's also drawing comparisins from Ed Reed.

With Carroll's intellegence, Berry can be molded into a superstar in no time at all. 

No-brainer here.

At number seven, the Cleveland Browns select...

7. Joe Haden-CB-Junior-University of Florida

Mike Holmgren hates drafting QB's, so I would'nt get my hopes too high on Jimmy Clausen here.

Plus, Cleveland traded for Sheldon Brown, but he's 31 years old.

He doesn't have much time of high productivity remaining in this league, and could be moved to free safety this year.

Haden should go to Cleveland.

The Oakland Raiders, at number eight, pick...

8. Bruce Campbell-OT-Senior-University of Maryland

Al Davis has his sights set on Campbell and I will be shocked if he chooses somebody else.

Campbell offers Al Davis exactly what he wants. 

An athletic freak of a player who fills a position of need.

Campbell ran a 4.85 at the Combine at 6-6, 314.

He also posted 34 reps of 225 pounds despite having 36 1/4-inch arms.

There has been some talk that Jimmy Clausen could be an option here. 

No way.

If Al Davis drafts Clausen, he'll be publicly admitting that he made a the mistake of drafting JaMarcus Russell.

Al Davis dosen't like saying he's wrong.

If he did, JaMarcus Russell wouldn't be on the team anymore.

The Buffalo Bills select...

9. Jimmy Clausen-QB-Junior-University of Notre Dame

This is either going to look either really good or really bad by 2011.

Clausen has potential to be a franchise QB.

He also could be the next Ryan Leaf.

I think Buddy Nix is smart guy, however, and I think he's going to make the right decision.

He was part of a Chargers organization that obtained Philip Rivers in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Nix knows what he's doing.

He said he's looking for a strong-armed quarterback to combat the Orchard Park winds, so Clausen fits that description.

Clausen. Bills. No problem.

The tenth pick goes to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they select...

10. Derrick Morgan-DE-Georiga Tech

Didn't the Jaguars just sign Aaron Kampman?


Why take Morgan when you can get T-E-B-O-W?

Here's why.

Gene Smith's an intellegent general manager.

He has to be aware that a 30-year-old Kampman probably won't be 100 percent coming off a torn ACL.

If Kampman isn't completely effective, Jacksonville will once again struggle to get pressure on the quarterback.

And when you're trying to beat Peyton Manning, not being able to generate a monstrous pass-rush is a recipe for failure.

To me, and apparently Mel Kiper Jr., this pick only makes sense.


15. C.J. Spiller-New York Giants

22. Dez Bryant-New England Patriots

34. Jahvid Best-Detroit Lions

38. Colt McCoy-Cleveland Browns

62. Tim Tebow-Minnesota Vikings

Tebow needs a football role model. Brett Favre is that kind of person.


-Andrew Nason, Contributor to Bleacher Report


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