Here is my second mock draft of the offseason. I will try to squeeze out one more right before the draft, but I wouldn’t expect too much to change by then, so who knows. If I do get one more in, it may include a full third round.
2010 NFL Mock Draft
(Post Free Agency/McNabb Trade, 4/7/10)
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma
While I think Jimmy Clausen is the best pro-ready prospect coming out of college this year, Bradford jumps to the #1 spot after good measurables and interviews at the Combine. Marc Bulger is gone, and Rams have not traded for Michael Vick yet, so this match makes too much sense not to happen.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska
Not only does this pick fill a need, but he is also the best overall player on the Lions board. However, I could see the Lions trading this pick if the right deal can along. Even with a trade, I think Suh will go in this slot.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma
There will be a struggle in the war room between McCoy and Eric Berry. Ultimately their need for a run stopper will be too much to overlook.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State
I am not so sure that Okung is the best OT prospect coming out of college this year, but I think the Skins won’t think twice about drafting him after a solid Combine - they need to protect Donovan McNabb.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry – S – Tennessee
As best safety in the draft, Berry will be a solid pick here. The Chiefs need help on both lines, so that will be considered, and Scott Pioli will try to trade down a few spots and take, but if he can’t find a trade partner Berry will be the pick.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Bryan Bugala – OT – Iowa
The choice here could be O-line, D-line, or safety, with Jimmy Clausen as a dark horse possible pick. I think in the end the Charlie Whitehurst trade will make the Hawks lean toward Bugala.
7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden – CB – Florida
The Browns need all kinds of talent, and Haden could be a shut down corner in the NFL. This pick could go a few different ways, but I see them taking Haden.
8. Oakland Raiders: Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida
Sorry Raiders’ fans. This guy had a fast and athletic Combine, but he only did 19 reps on the bench press. Strength does not factor into Al Davis’ draft strategy.
9. Buffalo Bills: Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
The Bills need an offensive tackle badly after the departure of Jason Peters last year. After Okung, there are a few tackles on the same level, but I say they go with Williams.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech
The Jaguars will jump at the chance to draft the best pass rusher in the draft; they need to get more pressure on the QB next year.
11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State
I think the Broncos will trade Brandon Marshall. If that happens, I think they will go with Bryant as the clear-cut best WR in the draft.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee
With Bryant already gone, the Dolphins will select the best NT prospect in the draft and not be too upset about it.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers
Mike Singletary wants to run the ball and San Fran needs help on the o-line. Great match here.
14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson
Taylor Mays will be a temptation here, but I say Pete Carroll takes the most dynamic RB in the draft.
15. New York Giants: Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama
Big, fast, but most importantly smart. Plus, the Giants like to hoard good defensive players.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Earl Thomas – DB – Texas
Having already grabbed a lineman with the 15th pick, Mike Singletary can bolster his pass defense by selecting Thomas to eventually replace Dre’ Bly as their number one corner.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho
The hype machine that is surrounding Iupati will finally spit him out to the Steelers. While everyone else waited until it was “the appropriate time” to take him, the Steelers gladly walk away with the best guard in the draft.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Everson Griffen – DE – USC
The Falcons need a pass rusher. Everson Griffen is the best one on the board. They will try to trade down, but if they can’t, it will be a DE or CB.
20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
With Dunta Robinson gone, the Texans will need to strengthen their defensive backfield. They are always trying to top the Colts, and this is the next step.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Taylor Mays – S – USC
The Bengals could go a bunch of different ways here. I had them taking a WR in my first mock, but I think they may address the secondary in the first round now. Mays would have been a top 10 pick if he would have declared for the 2009 draft, so the Bengals will gladly take Mays here.
22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham – DE/OLB – Michigan
After lighting up the Senior Bowl, Graham has been shooting up draft boards. This pick makes sense because the Pats need an edge rusher, and Bill Belichick knows how to effectively use “tweeners”.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown – OT – USC
Aaron Rodgers had very inconsistent pass protection this year, so the Packers have to improve the o-line in the draft. They wanted Bugala or Graham here, but since both are gone Brown will be the pick.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida
The Eagles could go a couple different ways with this pick, but Spikes is the best inside LB on the board. If he would have come out last year Spikes would have been a top-ten pick, so the Eagles will walk away happy.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Bruce Campbell – OT – USC
I think the pick here will be DT, OL, or safety. With Taylor Mays off the board and unable to tempt Jerry Jones, and after cutting Flozell Adams, I say they address the OL.
28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Matthews – RB – Fresno St.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Matthews is gone by this pick. However, if he is still there, the Chargers will scoop him up quickly.
29. New York Jets: Jerry Hughes – OLB – TCU
The Jets could stand to get some more help up with the pass rush, and that’s what Hughes will provide.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourtney – CB – Rutgers
It’s no secret that the Vikings need to improve the secondary, and if they still have this pick, I see them taking one of the CBs. I say they go McCourtney, but Jimmy Clausen could be the pick here.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Rodger Saffold – OT – Indiana
This guy has been getting a ton of hype lately. He played for 4 years at Indiana, and has all the right measurables to sneak into the first round. Also, since Bill Polian called out his line, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Colts take Saffold here.
32. New Orleans Saints: Sean Witherspoon – LB – Missouri
The Saints have enough fire power on offense to take a defensive player here. Witherspoon was a natural leader at the Senior Bowl and the best LB left.
33. Rams: Brian Price – DT – UCLA
34. Lions: Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama
35. Buccaneers: Jared Odrick – DL – Penn State
36. Chiefs: Sergio Kindle – LB – Texas
37. Eagles: Maurkice Pouncey – OL – Florida
38. Browns: Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame
39. Raiders: Jahvid Best – RB – California
40. Chargers: Terrance Cody – DT – Alabama
41. Bills: Colt McCoy – QB – Texas
42. Buccaneers: Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
43. Dolphins: Ricky Sapp – LB – Clemson
44. Patriots: Tyson Aluala – DL – California
45. Broncos: Chris Cook – CB – Virginia
46. Giants: Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma
47. Patriots: Tim Tebow – QB – Florida
48. Carolina Panthers: Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech
49. 49ers: Daryl Washington – LB – TCU
50. Chiefs: Cam Thomas – DT – North Carolina
51. Texans: Nate Allen – S – South Florida
52. Steelers: Lamarr Houston – DL – Texas
53. Patriots: Rob Gronkowski – TE – Arizona
54. Bengals: Jimmy Graham – TE – Miami (FL)
55. Eagles: Koa Misi – OLB – Utah
56. Packers: Arrelious Benn – WR – Illinois
57. Ravens: Mardy Gilyard – WR – Cincinnati
58. Cardinals: Donald Butler – LB – Washington
59. Cowboys: Dexter McCluster – WR – Ole Miss
60. Seahawks: Morgan Burnett – S – Georgia Tech
61. Jets: Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame
62. Vikings: Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Georgia Tech
63. Colts: Donovan Warren – CB – Michigan
64. Saints: Lamarr Houston – DT – Houston
Detroit Lions remaining selections (barring trades)
I think the Lions will be moving back up into the 4th or 5th round using a couple of the 7th round selections as ammunition. As it stands now, these are the selections I see them making if they stay put:
66. Vladimir Ducasse – OT – Massachusetts
100. Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas
213. John Connor – FB – Kentucky
214. Cody Grimm – SS – Virginia Tech
255. Jeff Byers – G – USC