2010 mock draft, take three

1. Rams: Sam Bradford, quarterback, Oklahoma.
A Redskins trade up into the No. 1 spot is out of the question following the Donovan McNabb deal.  A perfect fit for St. Louis’ West Coast offense due to his incredible accuracy, underrated athleticism, and off-the-charts intelligence, Bradford is clearly Rams G.M. Billy Devaney’s top target.
2. Lions: Ndamukong Suh, defensive tackle, Nebraska.
With both Suh and Russell Okung bound to be available, draft-day debate is inevitable in Detroit’s green room.  Protecting 2008 No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford should be a priority in the early rounds, but Suh offers too much value for Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew to pass.  Monday’s acquisition of OG Rob Sims also decreases the likelihood that Okung would be Detroit’s pick.
3. Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle, Oklahoma.
The Bucs would likely prefer Suh’s superior run-stopping ability, but McCoy will suffice as a consensus top-three player in the draft.  He’d provide an immediate upgrade over incumbent three-technique tackle Ryan Sims, who managed one sack in 16 games last season.
4. Redskins: Russell Okung, offensive tackle, Oklahoma State.
The Redskins’ lone offensive line addition so far has been 31-year-old journeyman Artis Hicks, who is projected to play right guard.  Stephon Heyer would be Washington’s left tackle if the season began today, so Mike Shanahan would be smart to draft the best pass protector available.  He’ll need to keep McNabb upright for Sunday night’s trade to be worth it.
5. Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, offensive tackle, Iowa.
Coming from Kirk Ferentz’s pro-style system, Bulaga’s NFL-ready skill set will appeal to the Chiefs as Matt Cassel enters a make-or-break year.  He’s due a $7.5 million option bonus in 2011, and G.M. Scott Pioli owes Cassel a chance to succeed with the best supporting cast possible.
6. Seahawks: Anthony Davis, offensive tackle, Rutgers.
C.J. Spiller is also believed to be on Seattle’s radar at No. 6, but left tackle is easily Pete Carroll’s biggest need on either side of the ball, thanks to ex-G.M. Tim Ruskell’s misdoings.  Though Davis’ offseason has not been stellar, his game tape speaks for itself.
7. Browns: Eric Berry, safety, Tennessee.
Dez Bryant might have been a consideration for president Mike Holmgren’s club had he delivered a strong Pro Day.  Bryant didn’t, so the Browns can solidify their secondary with one of the surest prospects in this year’s draft class.
8. Raiders: Trent Williams, offensive tackle, Oklahoma.
Williams is a bit of a ‘tweener left/right tackle, but he’s ready to start on the strong side in year one, and owner Al Davis will love his measurables.  Possessing the athletic ability to excel on downfield blocks, Williams is also a sensible addition because the Raiders make heavy use of zone blocking.
9. Bills: Dan Williams, defensive tackle, Tennessee.
Buffalo’s installation of a 3-4 defense won’t work without a two-gapping nose tackle to clog the middle and keep offensive guards from taking Paul Posluszny and Andra Davis out of plays.  Williams has Vince Wilfork-type potential at 6’2/330 with plenty of quicks and power.
10. Jaguars: Derrick Morgan, defensive end, Georgia Tech.
The Jags’ arguably ill-advised signing of Aaron Kampman shouldn’t prevent them from taking another pass rusher early after finishing dead last in sack differential.  Kampman is recovering from a torn ACL and Jacksonville’s other end, Derrick Harvey, provides next to nothing as a pocket pusher.
11. Broncos: Rolando McClain, linebacker, Alabama.
The Broncos have used the offseason to upgrade a front seven that collapsed to embarrassing levels during last year’s second half, and should keep at it.  Mario Haggan is currently slated to start at “Ted” linebacker, but McClain is much better in coverage with more play-making ability.
12. Dolphins: Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Oklahoma State.
Earl Thomas and Jason Pierre-Paul should be on G.M. Jeff Ireland’s radar, but Bryant would fill a glaring need in addition to being the best player available.  Bryant would replace Ted Ginn Jr. at split end, with Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, and Greg Camarillo fighting for scraps at flanker and slot receiver.
13: 49ers: Joe Haden, cornerback, Florida.
Haden vaulted his stock back into the top-15 range with a forty time in the mid-4.4s at the Gators’ March 17 Pro Day.  He would be an immediate starter opposite Shawntae Spencer in San Francisco, allowing Nate Clements to convert to safety and Tarell Brown to stay at nickel back.
14. Seahawks: Kyle Wilson, cornerback, Boise State.
Perhaps the draft’s most NFL-ready corner as a four-year starter with the ability to play both zone and man coverage, Wilson won’t get out of the top-19 picks.  Currently, the Seahawks’ only surefire starter in the secondary is CB Marcus Trufant, who’s coming off an awful season.
15. Giants: Mike Iupati, offensive guard, Idaho.
The Giants have a better roster than any team that went .500 or worse in 2009, but their front five declined sharply.  Iupati’s addition would deservedly push left guard Rich Seubert to the bench with William Beatty taking over at left tackle and David Diehl replacing Kareem McKenzie on the right.
16. Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, defensive end, South Florida.
The consensus among evaluators at the Combine and Pierre-Paul’s Pro Day was that his best position is end in a 4-3.  He offers outrageous upside at 6’5/270 with 4.6 speed and a mammoth wingspan, and the Titans don’t have a viable in-house replacement for Kyle Vanden Bosch.
17. 49ers: C.J. Spiller, running back, Clemson.
Spiller deserves to go earlier, but top-15 selections are rarely used on tailbacks, let alone those that don’t project to be every-down, 300-carry runners.  Spiller would upgrade San Francisco’s return units tremendously, and de facto G.M. Trent Baalke has publicly spoken of drafting him.
18. Steelers: Kareem Jackson, cornerback, Alabama.
Jackson was overshadowed by Javier Arenas in Nick Saban’s 3-4 defense, but started all three years and ran in the mid- to low-4.4s at the Scouting Combine.  Jackson is squarely on the first-round radar, and Pittsburgh’s biggest weakness is at cornerback.
19. Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, linebacker, Missouri.
The Falcons weren’t pleased with Stephen Nicholas’ play on the strong side last year, and weak-side ‘backer Mike Peterson turns 34 in a couple of months.  A tackle machine and proven play-maker, Weatherspoon would be an upgrade over either adjacent to Curtis Lofton.
20. Texans: Ryan Mathews, running back, Fresno State.
Mathews’ incredible combination of size, speed, balance, and power compares favorably to that of any running back in the draft.  With tons of experience running behind zone blocks for Bulldogs coach Pat Hill, Mathews would also have a smooth transition into Gary Kubiak’s scheme.
21. Bengals: Earl Thomas, safety, Texas.
The Bengals are high on Taylor Mays, but a safety of Thomas’ caliber wil
l be more difficult to pass
on if he falls out of the top 20.  Thomas is superior to Mays in terms of ball skills, range, hip fluidity, and man-to-man cover ability.
22. Patriots: Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver, Georgia Tech.
Not only do the Pats need receiver help this year, but Randy Moss is 33 years old, entering a contract season, and doesn’t expect to re-sign with New England.  Thomas, who averaged 25.1 yards per catch last year, is perhaps this draft’s most dangerous vertical threat.
23. Packers: Charles Brown, offensive tackle, USC.
G.M. Ted Thompson did well to re-sign Chad Clifton last month, but the longtime Packers left tackle turns 34 before the season and is highly unlikely to hold up for 16 games.  Brown fits the mold of a Green Bay lineman with long arms and ideal athleticism for zone blocking.
24. Eagles: Patrick Robinson, cornerback, Florida State.
Philadelphia was highly dissatisfied with its 2009 secondary play, so much so that they put both of their incumbent starting cornerbacks on the trade block.  With Sheldon Brown officially now in Cleveland, Robinson would push Ellis Hobbs for the Birds’ starting right corner job, allowing Macho Harris to focus on free safety.
25. Ravens: Jared Odrick, defensive tackle, Penn State.
New addition Cory Redding was initially billed as a likely starter in Baltimore, but the injury-prone underachiever would be better suited to coming off the bench.  Odrick, the 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, has a better chance to make an impact as a two-gapping, five-technique end with the ability to collapse the pocket.
26. Cardinals: Jermaine Gresham, tight end, Oklahoma.
The Cards figure to consider Sergio Kindle and Brandon Graham, but the former doesn’t display ideal initial burst, and the latter is on the squatty side for a 3-4 edge rusher.  With Arizona moving to a more run-oriented offense, a tight end like Gresham with in-line blocking experience and pro-ready pass-catching skills is needed.
27. Cowboys: Carlos Dunlap, defensive end, Florida.
The Cowboys assigned a mere original pick tender to restricted free agent Marcus Spears, confirming that they’re not especially thrilled with the middling former first-rounder’s performance.  Dunlap needs a kick in the rear from time to time, but projects as a far superior pass rusher.
28. Chargers: Terrence Cody, defensive tackle, Alabama.
San Diego’s most glaring need is at tailback, but G.M. A.J. Smith is unlikely to deem one worthy of this pick barring an unexpected slide by Spiller or Mathews.  Nose tackle is next up on the Bolts’ list of weaknesses, and Cody is a monster in the middle at 6-foot-4, 350.
29. Jets: Sergio Kindle, defensive lineman, Texas.
Kindle’s times in the ten-yard split (1.65, 1.70) leave something to be desired, but his versatility will particularly appeal to hybrid defensive teams like the Jets.  Kindle was productive throughout his career and has experience at defensive end, multiple linebacker positions, and on special teams.
30: Vikings: Jimmy Clausen, quarterback, Notre Dame.
We’re holding firm to our prediction that Clausen — deservedly, or undeservedly — is in for a draft-day slide.  Minnesota would be an ideal situation if he does last until the 30s, however, as a year on the bench behind Brett Favre would humble Clausen and set him up to take over in 2011.
31. Colts: Brandon Graham, defensive end, Michigan.
Unlike 3-4 teams, the Colts are bigger on production than measurables when it comes to pass rushers.  Graham’s short arms and sub-6’2″ height won’t turn off club president Bill Polian, who witnessed in the Super Bowl how thin his team is becoming at defensive end.
32: Saints: Everson Griffen, defensive end, USC.
Griffen is being criticized as a workout wonder after managing just eight sacks in 2009 before dominating drills at the Combine and his Pro Day.  However, Griffen did pace USC in the statistic, and last year’s 9-4 Trojans failed to generate as many pass-rushing opportunities as usual.

60 responses to “2010 mock draft, take three

  1. I don’t dispute your point about WR when it comes to the Pats, but I have a VERY hard time believing they would pass on Brandon Graham AND Sergio Kindle when there are comparable WR’s in the second round and they have THREE picks there. Then to watch both guys go to their two biggest rivals. It’s all guesswork for everyone at this point, but I’d have to believe the Pats priority is going to be to address their anemic pass rush…

  2. There is no freaking way that 5 of the first 6 picks are linemen, or that there will be 17 linemen taken in the first round. No way in hell.

  3. the supposedly most pro-ready QB Jimmy Clausen down at #30 … didn’t see that coming :O

  4. While Suh is a logical choice at #2. We all know how the Lions can’t resist reaching for overrated WR’s…”With the scond pick the Lions select Arrelious Benn of Illinois”

  5. ya why is Jimmy so far down the list, other teams need a qb, redskins? raiders?seattle?, i can see the lions trading down to take okung, but i really want to pur-suh SHU

  6. Just did a search for Tebow and he wasn’t listed as a pick in the first round. What gives?

  7. I think the Packer’s take Pouncy from Florida, he’s a G/C and they have tried to run off Well’s for the last year but all he does is play well. Plus they have the “Rhe-Tard” Colledge at guard to replace.

  8. lol asante samuels is not up for trade. But I do agree that the eagles will go corner unless they feel that macho will make a decent corner. In that case I’m guessen they go safety.

  9. If Odrick slips to the Pats, they will take him. 3-4 ends are tough to find and Odrick has the body and skill for it.

  10. Did you just randomly pick these names out of a hat?
    You should be banned from making a mock.

  11. I’ve never understood people who post comments on mock drafts like “Did you just randomly pick these names out of a hat” followed by some comment mocking the pickers intelligence or some other negative comment. I’ve seen them all. The people who make mocks, by and large, aren’t scouts. Most of them are columnist who are only doing the mock drafts because that’s what their readers wanted them to do. And its the offseason and every little filler article helps, especially in April where most of what is coming out of a team’s lips is outright lies and misdirection. So don’t be an idiot.
    Just in case, however, this was “2 long, did not read”… Florio l33t. U sux.

  12. St.Louis Rams #1 pick…………….
    TIM TEBOW!?!?!?

  13. florio you idiot how could y….. oh wait it was silva, n/m, nice draft board

  14. macho harris won’t likely start at free safety for the Eagles. It’ll probably be Marlin Jackson or hopefully Nate Allen

  15. Carlos Dunlap? You must have eaten paint chips as a kid. Like the draft where Brady Quinn slid to the Cowboys, they will again trade down. If this situation happens of course.

  16. I will go absolutely ape SH*T if the Niners do not use at least one of their first rounders on offensive line…use them both if you want, but if they pick a CB and a RB, I will throw something at my TV!

  17. to top his arrival to Notre dame (stretch hummer limo, huge press conference), Clausen will arrive to the draft via space ship.

  18. Wrong. Cardinals pick Cody. TE is not a need. They have 4 on the roster already WTF would they pick one when the need is much greater on defense. after getting torched for 90 points in the playoffs. The Cardinals havnt got a real NT. Bryan Robinson is 34 and unsigned. Other outside LBs are berry – retired and Okefor – unsigned. Cody Brown was injured all last year and Clark Haggans and Jerry Porter are older than dog spit. No way Card go TE here its NT or OLB.

  19. How is the signing of Aaron Kampman ill advised? In a 4-3 he’s a top DE. He’ll be fully healed by week 8 and ready to be an impact player for years.

  20. there is NO WAY the Falcons were not pleased with Nicholas on the strong side. you’re flat-out making things up, because this site and all others have NO mentions of that. Plus, Weatherspoon cannot play strong side; look at game film of him, and he couldn’t shake a blocker if his life depended on it, and he’s a liability in coverage (problems diagnosing run-pass keys).
    wow, not reading another mock from this site again. you provide some interesting news, but intelligent mocks you don’t have. (P.S. if Davis goes in the top-10 picks, I’ll wear a PFT logo for the first year of my medical residency on my white coat. If he doesn’t, you owe me a Falcons replica jersey…you have enough confidence in your mock to make a bet?)

  21. You may know a lot about football (or not), but you don’t know jack about the Giants. No way, no chance in hell that they don’t go D 1st Round, be it MLB, DT or edge rusher. Mark it down clown!

  22. So 99% of all mock drafts have the Cowboys drafting someone to help with the O line, or the safety position. They then they cut a OT and a starting safety, and you have them drafting a D lineman? You must be one of those super genius I read about.
    Trust me friend, you should have at least stayed with it and gotten your GED.

  23. Why would Rob Sims mean they don’t draft Okung? One’s a guard, the other is a tackle.

  24. About time there’s a mock draft with the Raiders taking a OT other than Bruce Campbell. Word has it the Raiders have Trent Williams high on their list for pick #8.

  25. Don’t see the Patriots taking a chance on a long shot like Thomas in the first.

  26. About time there’s a mock draft with the Raiders taking a OT other than Bruce Campbell. Word has it the Raiders have Trent Williams high on their list for pick #8.

  27. Hold up, the Cowboys cut their starting LT and FS and you have them going DE? The DE in the 3-4 we play just takes on blockers and will sit in pass rushing nickel and dime packages. Jerry will not waste a first round pick on a 3-4 DE. Best OT or FS available.

  28. G MACK says:
    April 2, 2010 11:26 AM
    ya why is Jimmy so far down the list, other teams need a qb, redskins? raiders?seattle?, i can see the lions trading down to take okung, but i really want to pur-suh SHU
    Skins? I don’t know, you may have missed this or maybe I have it wrong, but didn’t the Redskins just trade for a QB? McNugget, McNulty, Mick Jagger, someone like that?

  29. First round not looking so pouncey anymore. What happened to Maurkice? This mock draft needs to be poop canned.

  30. Carlos Dunlap would need to add a few pounds to play DE in the 3-4, but I would not mind that pick for the Cowboys at all. We haven’t had a play-maker at DE since we started this 34 deal.

  31. I’m confused. I know everyone is just guessing here, but why mention the Hawks have Spiller on their radar at 6 and then have them pass on him at 14 too? At that point, he’s not really on their first round radar at all, is he?
    Anyway, I hope you and most mock drafts are right, that the Broncos grab McClain, but with McDaniels draft style, it’s impossible to tell. Based on his history of drafting players in positions which were also addressed with vetern free agents (Buckhalter/Moreno, Goodman/Smith, Dawkins/McBath), I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up taking Clausen or reaching for Odrick or Cody.

  32. If Clausen doesn’t go to the Bills at #9 or Jags at #10, I hope the Raiders trade back up into the first with the Cards at #26 if he lasts that long. The teams 11-25 don’t really need a first round QB.

  33. No way the Pats take Thomas in the 1st, the guy did not have to run routes at GT, just fly patterns. I’ll bet he’s around in the 2nd round if they really want him but the Pats need to address the defense above all else.

  34. didnt agree w/grabbing roscoe parish w/our only quality pick when he wasnt a need. I wasnt happy w/the drafting of losman or lynch. I was pretty p.o.’ed when they reached for donte whitner & john mccargo. I went ape $*i* last year when buffalo passed on orkapo (& cushing to a lesser extent), and then they both went to the PB, not cool.
    if buffalo doesnt trade for Gaither or pick OT @9 this year i swear i will throw my 50″ plasma out of my 3rd story window.

  35. didnt read all the posts but i agree with carp killer no possible way. teams have too many needs and most teams wont take a tackle until round 2.

  36. brownsalldayhomeboi says:
    April 3, 2010 10:54 PM
    St.Louis Rams #1 pick…………….
    TIM TEBOW!?!?!?
    Nice spelling. Another great example of Clevelands public schools. My god Browns fans are retarded.

  37. Love the Giants pick!
    Well done.
    Mike Iupati is the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. He made Sean Alexander look like Bo Jackson. I wonder what Iupati and Snee will do for Brandon Jacobs?

  38. Whatever happened to “Positional Value”???
    I agree with several here that all of these DT’s going in the first round???? I don’t see it happening…
    Aside from Suh, and his over-hype, I don’t even put Gerald McCoy in that same $ group……

  39. Gotta say I can’t see BB grabbing Thomas in round one! Not with Graham, Odrick and Kindle on the board?
    They will draft a wideout, in the second. With all the extra compensation picks there will be wr’s availble that can run and catch the ball.
    Trivia..Who was the last 1st round WR selected by the Patriots?????
    Tery Glenn and it made BP so mad, he left town!
    Funny, you’ve got him taking a WR too…..

  40. I cannot understand for the life of me why people constantly mock the Seapigeons with someone other than Clausen?!
    New regime new QB is the mantra which holds OFTEN! Whitehursts addition isn’t going to prevent the team from taking Clausen and does anyone TRULY believe that Pete Carroll is going to go with Hasselbeck?!
    I seriously hope that all the bandwagon haters of Clausen own up to their ineptitude when it becomes clear that he will have a FAR SUPERIOR career than Bradford.

  41. Keep a copy of this Mock Draft so you can laught at how accurate it is on draft day. Laughable really

  42. Right… Kareem Jackson a first round pick… just stop right there, that was all I needed to have proof that you have no idea what you’re doing.
    Bring back that idiot, Florio!

  43. “C.J. Spiller is also believed to be on Seattle’s radar at No. 6” and they pass on him at #14… are you retarded? If he was on their radar at #6, they’d be doing backflips if he were still there at #14. Obviously, you don’t put much trust in the intel you’re getting… and if that is the case, why even include it? Come on Florio… You’re supposed to be a journalist now. This is crap.

  44. Your picks start going awry at #10 and completely collapse by the 20’s
    First the Jags wont pass on Haden at 10. Therefore the Dolphins will go with Morgan or Pierre-Paul, with the Giants picking the other one. The Titans will then be locked into a Kindle-Dunlap choice.
    Then Steelers will then choose between Iupati and Earl Thomas, probably Iupati.
    The Pats will not take a WR not named Dez Bryant, thats just stupid. They may end up with a WR early but not in the 1st rd.
    Finally, no way in hell Clausen goes to 30, thats just terrible prognosticating.
    Someone will for sure trade up if hes still around past #20.

  45. The Cardinals won’t take a TE in the first. Everyone always picks them to do so when there’s a good TE (Vernon Davis) available, but i believe they’ll choose a LB. I think it will probably be Jerry Hughes, but Kindle, Graham, and Weatherspoon are possible as well.

  46. I know that this is laziness on PFTs part, because Jacksonville will NOT draft Morgen, as they do BAP(Best available player) not by need, and Clausen would be BAP in that situation. Stop being lazy PFT and use your brain.

  47. As far as the draft goes I think this is the first time in 20 years the Bengals are not looking for 2-3 starters in this draft. In a perfect world I would like to see Earl Thomas fall to the Bengals at 21. That being unlikly I think you could make a strong case for about 5 or 6 guys at that 21st pick. Pass rushers even with baggage are always valuable so Dunlap is a possibility and i suppose a D tackle is a solid choice as well. Greshem the TE from Oklahoma would be a great weapon but it might be too soon to give up on Chase Coffman. Taylor Mays is a freak and I think he should add 20 pounds and move to linebacker but thats just me. I think I am only kidding but not sure yet.
    Regardless they should be able to get good value with both of their selections in rounds 1 and 2. If there is a player they really like I hope they use their 2 thirds and 2 fourths and go get the player they think fits because with so many players returning from last year I dont think any more than 4 or 5 rookies make the team.
    WHO DEY!!!

  48. mr otter:
    unfortunately, ever team message board i visit where the team drafts in the second half of the first round (including my steelers) has lupati going to them and paving the way for a 1500 yard back.

  49. If Jermaine Gresham is available when it’s their turn, the Patriots will snap him up. Belichik loves to draft TEs. He has taken Dan Graham, and Ben Watson in the first round. He took Dave Thomas in the 2nd round, and unfortunately let him go to the Saints. He took Garrett Mills in the 3rd round and tried to get him back from the Vikes when they snatched him off the practice squad when the Pats were trying to do a fancy roster stash move with him.
    All they have on the roster right now is Alge Crumpler. Mark my words, Gresham to the Pats in the first round.

  50. raiders take an OT in first round……. no chance, especially if there are explosive play makers on the board… if bradford is gone by then (which is almost certain) watch out clausen

  51. Wow. I haven’t seen any other mock draft with the Giants taking the Guard in the 1st. I’m not sure its going to happen but I like the thought. I would be fairly surprised to see the Giants take anything other than a DE or DT in the 1st round.

  52. Re: Giants
    Wakey! Wakey!
    Giants defense allowed 427 points and in 5 games they allowed 40 or OVER.
    AND Pierce the MLB has been cut!
    They are drafting defense either MLB or the defensive line.
    If and I too think McClain won’t get to #15, if he has been drafted, they will take Weatherspoon or a defensive tackle and if a DT in Round 1 then the next best MLB available in Round 2.

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