Top five coming into focus

On Sunday, it appeared that the first five picks in the 2010 draft could unfold in several different ways.

Now, with the draft little more than two days away, it’s getting clearer.

Here are the first four names we think we’ll hear on Thursday night:  (1) Sam Bradford; (2) Ndamukong Suh; (3) Gerald McCoy; (4) Trent Williams.

At No. 5, it’s unclear what will happen.  The Chiefs, who have a left tackle in Branden Albert, could take Russell Okung and move one of them to the right side.  Or they could take safety Eric Berry, at whom we’re told they’re taking a “hard look.”  (Some think that the Chiefs wouldn’t use a top-five pick on a safety, no matter how good he may be.) 

The other option is to dangle the pick to a team that may want to jump up and draft Okung or someone else.

47 responses to “Top five coming into focus

  1. you sure seem to enjoy spending all your time projecting where some 21 year old kid is going to wind up playing. do you not see what a loser you are?

  2. This whole notion that a safety isn’t worth a top 5 pick is ludicrous. Its a passers league now and teams need backs that can cover AND hit.

  3. They say that Russell Okung is a more complete LT than Williams, which is the Skins bigger need. It’ll be a toss up between the two.

  4. What you have to remember is that these top five are going to the top five SUCKING teams and they will still suck for years to come
    So who cares what the top five picks are.

  5. In 2006 Shanahan gave absolutely no indication before the draft that he liked Cutler.
    All signs point to the Skins selecting Jimmy Clausen at #4…..they have thrown a very good smokescreen up….with all the talk about moving up to take Bradford, trading back to get more picks, or staying put and taking a LT.
    Cluasen is more NFL ready than Bradford…I feel sorry for the team that spends a high draft pick on a guy that can’t even take a college hit (2x) and wasn’t even able to get through a college season which is only 8-10 games.

  6. Just like the Chiefs ‘reached’ on Tyson Jackson for their 3-4 scheme last year, I think you might see them do the same with Dan Williams for the NT spot. Pioli is going to build the franchise similar to how the Pats ‘reached’ for Seymour 6th overall then filled in the rest of the line with Wilfork and Warren in 2 of the next 3 years in the first round.
    Jackson, Williams and Dorsey would be quite the front 3, and possibly become an elite defensive line.
    Just how I see the 5 spot going down!!

  7. A lot of people have Trent Williams ranked 3rd @ OT behind R. Okung and B. Bulaga. Not that it really matters who the Redskins take they need a lot more than 1 OT to make a dent in there needs on the O-line.

  8. Since when is it a foregone conclusion that the Redskins would take Williams over Okung if they were to take a tackle?
    Seriously, did I miss something? Every single mock I have read so far have the Skins taking Okung if they were to go LT.

  9. Robert says:
    When did Trent Williams jump over Okung??
    I think Florio’s going with the assumption that Williams will be a better fit for the Redskin’s blocking scheme. There’s been a lot of comment about that with people saying Williams is better.
    I just wish writers would tell us who these mysterious ‘people’ are…

  10. I don’t care who the top 5 players taken are… as long as Eric Berry makes it to #7.
    Go Browns!

  11. Hey Profanity in ALL CAPS…
    Did you forget to wear your helmet on the short bus this morning?
    You must have…because MILLIONS of people are predicting where “some 21 year old” will be playing…or have you missed the endless coverage on ESPN, the mock drafts by every freakin newspaper, hours and hours of radio programs concerning the draft…etc.
    pull your head out of your ass bro.

  12. So basically when you posted Sug sliding to 5th that was just to get a reaction? Cause we all knew you were wrong.

  13. A lot of people have redskins taking trent williams on top of Okung because he fits the scheme better for the the shannahan system

  14. Yah Sean Taylor was picked at by the redskins at #5 The difference is Sean Taylor was not just an elite player but an athletic freak at 6’2 230 who ran sub 4.5 yet still had great cover skills and could lay the wood.
    Eric berry is 5’10 195-200 pounds? And while not missing games has had alot of nagging injury problems in college. Sean didn’t have those problems at all and it’s safe to say berry as a smaller safety could take a beating in the NFL. Berry is a bit overrated IMO but he is still a great safety. I just think he has been overhyped into some claiming he’s one of the best safety prospects ever. He’s great but a bit overhyped especially for his size.

  15. If Russ Okung makes it to 6, I hope San Fran makes a move up to snag him with their second rounder and pick 13. Holy crap, that would be amazing.

  16. # Profanity in ALL CAPS says: April 20, 2010 9:40 AM
    you sure seem to enjoy spending all your time projecting where some 21 year old kid is going to wind up playing. do you not see what a loser you are?
    ———-
    huh ? what else is a blog on the NFL supposed to do during draft week ? post more Big Ben or Favre or Redskins stories ?

  17. Chiefs pick Clausen. They’ll have him sit behind Cassel for three years then trade Cassel bc he’ll still have some value before his contract expires. Clausen will have a stellar pro career. It appears as if his leadership has been called into question. I think that he’ll develop those skills with maturity. I think sitting behind a veteran QB for a few years will bode him well, and Im sure good ole Charlie wouldn’t mind keeping him around.

  18. WOW!
    The Skins are going to take the third best OT in the draft at #4. The guy that is probably better suited to play RT than LT.
    YOU DON’T DRAFT A RT AT #4!!!
    I would love to say UR out to lunch, but UR probably right. Unless they trade down to take Williams, this is a RRREEEEACHHHH at #4.

  19. @myeaglescantwin
    Most NFL GMs understand how caps lock and spell check work.
    However, your point is well taken. When you look at the Mike Bells and Olandis Garys of the world, the only reason they ever got paid was because of Mike Shanahan. Portis was the only reasonably talented runner Denver has had since TD, and even he’s been a disappointment since leaving.

  20. Williams is rated higher for the Skins because of his ability in the zone blocking scheme….more mobility than Okung!! Williams has moved above Okung in most “Mock” drafts because of this.

  21. Top 4 maybe coming into focus, but even being a Chiefs fan I still have no clue which direction the Chiefs will go. A trade down seems the most logical.

  22. If the Redskins take Clausen they will regret it. His brother did nothing and so will he…If ya didn’t win s&^% in college, you’re NOT “NFL Ready”, I don’t care who your coach was. you already overpaid for one QB this offseason, don’t do it again!!

  23. Cluasen is more NFL ready than Bradford…I feel sorry for the team that spends a high draft pick on a guy that can’t even take a college hit (2x) and wasn’t even able to get through a college season which is only 8-10 games
    wow…really???????? most colleges play 11 or 12 games and as far as taking hits? he got hurt on the first game, by falling on his throwing shoulder then came back too soon…. this was after he threw 50 tds the year before… as far as whatever point u were trying to get across, you have lost all validity to that point because u have no clue what u are talking about…….. one injury is not considered injury prone… sorry to say. and even he acknowledged that he came back to early

  24. Bradford, Okung, McCoy , Suh, Williams. Rams trade Bradford to skins for Suh, Mcnabb and haynesworth

  25. @ Profanity in ALL CAPS:
    Which is lower? The dung (your argument being Florio) on the soil….or the fly (you for having posted your opinion of Florio) who feasts upon it?

  26. Idiots! Trent Williams was the best tackl in college football two years ago if he would have come out last year he would have been picked higher than Jason smith, eugene monroe and the rest of them that came out. He had a subpar year last year mainly because people see that bradford got hurt and alot of people went pro on oklahomas line. When you lose loadholt and duke robinson your gonna have a bad year playing with freshman and sophmores. he can’t block everyone. I personally have never heard of Okung until this mock drafting season. Russell Okung will be a bust! Trent Williams is an atheletic tackle that will be perfect for shanahan.

  27. Actually, Florio seems to have hit it dead on this time….. Unless there’s any trades, this is about what is expected

  28. if chiefs pass on berry than pioli is no better than vermeil, king carl, herm, and of course DICK CURL.

  29. @ DanSnyder
    similar in size to Ed Reed isn’t he?
    @ CapsLockKey
    if the Chiefs are looking to trade down I’m sure the Browns would be a potential partner, word is they really like Berry

  30. wow…really???????? most colleges play 11 or 12 games and as far as taking hits? he got hurt on the first game, by falling on his throwing shoulder then came back too soon…. this was after he threw 50 tds the year before… as far as whatever point u were trying to get across, you have lost all validity to that point because u have no clue what u are talking about…….. one injury is not considered injury prone… sorry to say. and even he acknowledged that he came back to early
    Wow…Really??? Your screen name speaks to your validity…BillsFan!!
    So he fell on his throwing shoulder and had to sit out!!! (Poor little Tink Tink!!!)That actually makes my point valid!! He soft!! Here’s one more point!! Name me one QB that ran a spread offense in college that has won anything in the NFL???
    P

  31. WE WILL FIND OUT THURSDAY. Projections mean nothing, why do you even bother? Why did I click on this page to tell you this? Now you’re going to count my page view and think that you should keep posting projections. Dammit.

  32. Profanity in ALL CAPS says:
    April 20, 2010 9:40 AM
    you sure seem to enjoy spending all your time projecting where some 21 year old kid is going to wind up playing. do you not see what a loser you are?
    ———————————————————
    Says the guy who took the time to create an account, log in, and comment on an article obviously written about the NFL Draft on a site called PROFOOTBALLTALK…

  33. To say anyone will be AMAZING or an ELITE player is a stretch since none have even played a down yet in the nfl.
    These are all projections that are 50% at best.
    This is why they are called mock drafts.
    I just thought I would clear that up for a few of you.
    Have a nice day .

  34. Dice14 says:
    April 20, 2010 10:42 AM
    Chiefs pick Clausen. It appears as if his leadership has been called into question. I think that he’ll develop those skills with maturity.
    ——————————
    Agree on the leadership front. Aaron Rodgers was immature when he came out, but these kids are well, kids. Too much has been made of Clausen’s immaturity, unless you need him to step in right now, he’ll grow up.

  35. All this idiotic talk about Bradford being injury prone. He had 1 major injury his whole football life. The shoulder joint against BYU. He re-aggravated the same injury against Texas. He had a concussion in 07 against Texas Tech & missed the rest of that game & played in the next game. That’s it. Guess who was the winning Superbowl QB last year. Drew Brees, who had the same injury, the same operation, the same surgeon, & the same doubters.

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