Here is my third and final mock draft of the offseason. Instead of adding a full third round like I thought I might, I just finished the draft for my Lions.
2010 NFL Mock Draft
(Post Free Agency/Marshall Trade, 4/21/10)
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 (but not necessarily the best long term pro), 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 Bulaga – 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 Bulaga.
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, and Morgan paired with Aaron Kampman would be scary for any offensive line.
11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State
Well, the Broncos have traded Brandon Marshall. They have the need for a big time WR, and I think they will go with Bryant as the clear-cut best WR in the draft.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee
With Marshall in the mix, the Dolphins will select the best NT prospect in the draft.
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 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. However, this could be a QB if the Steelers trade Ben Roethlisberger.
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: Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
The Bengals could go a bunch of different ways here. I had them taking a WR in my first mock and a safety in my second mock, but I think they may address a different part of the passing game. They need a TE, and Gresham is the best this year has to offer.
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 Bulaga 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.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame
Unless a team trades up to get Clausen, I see him falling pretty far once he gets past Seattle’s pick at 14. Arizona insists they are happy with Matt Leinart, but Clausen would be too much of a value pick here to pass.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Bruce Campbell – OT – USC
I think the pick here will be DT, OL, or safety. However, 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 McCourty – CB – Rutgers
With Clausen gone, I think this pick will be between Tim Tebow, Devin McCourty and Taylor Mays. Lito Sheppard was signed today, but I don’t think that will persuade the Vikings to pass on McCourty
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 Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri
The Saints have enough fire power on offense to take a defensive player here. Weatherspoon was a natural leader at the Senior Bowl and the best LB left.
33. Rams: Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama
34. Lions: Maurkice Pouncey – OL – Florida
35. Buccaneers: Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech
36. Chiefs: Sergio Kindle – LB – Texas
37. Eagles: Jared Odrick – DL – Penn State
38. Browns: Colt McCoy – QB – Texas
39. Raiders: Taylor Mays – S – USC
40. Chargers: Terrance Cody – DT – Alabama
41. Bills: Brian Price – DT – UCLA
42. Buccaneers: Patrick Robinson – CB – Florida State
43. Broncos: Daryl Washington – LB – TCU
44. Patriots: Tyson Aluala – DL – California
45. Broncos: Chris Cook – CB – Virginia
46. Giants: Jahvid Best – RB – California
47. Patriots: Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
48. Carolina Panthers: Arrelious Benn – WR – Illinois
49. 49ers: Nate Allen – S – South Florida
50. Chiefs: Cam Thomas – DT – North Carolina
51. Texans: Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Georgia Tech
52. Steelers: Lamarr Houston – DL – Texas
53. Patriots: Tim Tebow – QB – Florida
54. Bengals: Jimmy Graham – TE – Miami (FL)
55. Eagles: Koa Misi – OLB – Utah
56. Packers: Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma
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: Tony Pike – QB – Cincinnati
63. Colts: Ricky Sapp – LB – Clemson
64. Saints: Lamarr Houston – DT – Houston
Detroit Lions remaining selections (barring trades)
66. Vladimir Ducasse – OT – Massachusetts
100. Ben Tate – RB – Auburn
213. John Connor – FB – Kentucky
214. Cody Grimm – SS – Virginia Tech
220. A.J. Jefferson – CB – Fresno St.
255. Dexter Davis – OLB – Arizona St.
I think the Lions will be moving back up into the 5th or 6th round using a couple of the 7th round selections as ammunition. As it stands now, these are the selections I see them making.