2010 NFL Mock Draft - v 5.0

Finally, a real mock draft! There probably won't be another one until free agency starts, because there won't be much movement until then. Enjoy.


Round 1

1. St. Louis Rams - DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska. The Rams seem to be contemplating between Suh and Gerald McCoy. It is actually a legit choice. I think they will roll with Suh due to the hype and the fact that the Rams need a playmaker on defense in the worst way. Suh has a chance to be more of a difference maker then McCoy, so they go that way.

2. Detroit Lions - DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma. The Lions can't go wrong drafting along either line. They end up going with McCoy over Okung here. Big Gerald is a good run stopper and will give the Lions something they have lacked since Shaun Rogers left town.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - S Eric Berry, Tennessee. The Buccaneers used to be all about playmakers on defense. But the days of Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber are long gone. The Bucs are now full of bland, average defenders, with the exception of Barrett Ruud. Eric Berry didn't quite have the season most people thought, but he'll still have great workouts and be a top five pick. Ed Reed's don't grow on trees.

4. Washington Redskins - QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma. The Redskins and Mike Shanahan seem to be leaning towards Bradford. I think it is a solid move. Jason Campbell has shown flashes but has worn out his welcome in DC. Bradford was once the likely first overall pick, and has worked his way back up to the top five.

5. Kansas City Chiefs - OT Russell Okung.
Brandan Albert is good, but the Chiefs line is still a mess. Okung is the best in an excellent group of offensive lineman in this draft.

6. Seattle Seahawks - QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame. The Seahawks have a lot of needs. Matt Hasselbeck still has a little in his tank, but I think it's time for the Hawks to find a replacement. I seem to be higher on Clausen then most, and once saw him as the top pick. He was a top recruit, has good size and played in a pro style offense. I think he will be successful.

7. Cleveland Browns - CB Joe Haden, Florida. Haden is the one sure first first round cornerback prospect. And cornerbacks are always taken a little higher then they deserve to go. The Browns have a good corner in Eazy E, but absolutely nothing to pair with him. If they miss out on Haden, it will be very difficult to add a difference maker at cornerback.

8. Oakland Raiders - MLB Rolando McClain, Alabama. Al Davis is obsessed with combine numbers. McClain will provide them, but luckily for Raiders fans he's more then a workout warrior. He's a huge linebacker with the speed and skills to be successful in either the 4-3 or 3-4.

9. Buffalo Bills - WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma St.
The Bills really need some star power on this team. Bryant could be just that. He reminds many of Terrell Owens.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars - DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech.
No one has a bigger need then the Jaguars and pass rushing. They were worst in the league in sacks, despite spending multiple high picks on busts at defensive end. The Jaguars have to keep trying though.

11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago Bears) - DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida. Dunlap is an athletic freak who can't seem to get his head on straight. He'll be a good fit for the 3-4, thanks to a 6'6, 290 pound frame that can add muscle. Could be another Richard Seymour if he gets his act together.

12. Miami Dolphins - DE/OLB Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida. A fast riser, Pierre-Paul flew past George Selvie to be star of the Bulls defense. He has great size, but enough speed to be a successful pass rusher from the outside in the 3-4. He'll matchup with Cameron Wake to replace two greats in Jason Taylor and Joey Porter.

13. San Francisco 49ers - OT Brian Baluga. The Niners have a few huge needs. Offensive line is right at the top of the list. Baluga could be a great right tackle, an instant need by the Niners.

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos) - RB CJ Spiller, Clemson. The Seahawks have bigger needs. They could draft Dan Williams, or Trent Williams, or Anthony Davis, or Earl Thomas. But they already drafted a quarterback, so why not go with the runner as well? Chris Johnson showed that smaller faster backs can dominate this game. Spiller is a potential game changer, something the Seahawks haven't had in the backfield since the days of Shaun Alexander.

15. New York Giants - S Earl Thomas, Texas. The unfortunate health problems of Kenny Phillips make secondary a huge need. It is unknown if or when he will play again. Thomas is more then just insurance though. He's a playmaker that the Giants could really use. He'll be a long time starter whether Phillips is there or not.

16. Tennessee Titans - DE Everson Griffin, USC. Kyle Vanden Bosch has fallen off and is reaching the end of his career. Other players are average or old. Griffin did not have an amazing USC career but is a former top high school prospect with great measurables. The Titans need to bring in some young pass rushers, or defensive tackles.

17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers) - DT Dan Williams, Tennessee. Williams has emerged as the premier nose tackle in this draft, over the fat tub of Cody. Aubrayo Franklin has been simply average, and the Niners line is still way too small for a 3-4 defense.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers. Mike Iupati, the guard, might fill a bigger need, but offensive tackles are simply more important to draft high. The Steelers have had average tackles for a while now, and might finally want to spend a high pick on the position.

19. Atlanta Falcons - CB Patrick Robinson, Florida St. Robinson is a reach here, but if any team needs to reach for a defensive player, it is the Falcons. They are far away from contending for the Super Bowl because they seriously lack talent on the defensive side of the ball. They need to take the best available defensive end, outside linebacker or cornerback.

20. Houston Texans - OG Mike Iupati, Idaho. The Texans finally have a solid set of bookend lineman, but the interior is just as bad as ever. Iupati dominated his competition at Idaho, and should add toughness to the inside in Houston. Running back is also a huge need, since Steve Slaton showed what we all knew, he's simply a 3rd down back.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - S Taylor Mays, USC. I think this pick comes down to Taylor Mays and Jermaine Gresham. Mays is more athlete then football player right now, but his potential is off the roof at this point in the draft. The Bengals had a very solid defense but could still use a playmaking safety in a division full of them.

22. New England Patriots - DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas. The Patriots whole defense is being rendered useless without a pass rushing outside linebacker. They have generated no pass rush whatsoever. Kindle is a strong outside 'backer with the strength to get to the quarterback.

23. Green Bay Packers - OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma. No quarterback was on his ass more then Aaron Rodgers. Even though the line improved as the year went on, Tauscher and Clifton are both nearing the end of thier careers. A replacement is needed.

24. Philadelphia Eagles - MLB Brandon Spikes, Florida. This may be a bit high for Spikes, but the team can't keep bringing back Jeremiah Trotter forever, can they?

25. Baltimore Ravens - TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma.
I picked the tight end over the receiver because I think the Ravens are going to go after a veteran option at that position. Todd Heap has been finished for a few years, and the Ravens offense has always worked better with a threat at that position.

26. Arizona Cardinals - DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU. The Cardinals have been mostly all offense. They need that real pass rushing outside linebacker to add to a 3-4 defense that is still in transition.

27. Dallas Cowboys - OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland. Wouldn't it be awesome if Ash from Evil Dead fame played in the NFL? Hell yes! But this version is a project right now, which is okay for the Cowboys, because he can learn for a year before taking over for Flozell Adams in 2011.

28. San Diego Chargers - RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech. Running back is easily the biggest need in San Diego. LT is finally done, and Darren Sproles is not worth the money it will take to resign him. Dwyer had an average year with Georgia Tech, but has the size and strength to be an every down back right away.

29. New York Jets - DT Terrence Cody, Alabama. Cody is a talented, potentially lethal nose tackle. But at 6'5, 365, he is too big right now. If he can keep himself from eating himself out of the league, he could be a good one.

30. Minnesota Vikings - DT Brian Price, UCLA. A replacement for Brett Favre is needed, but this is a very bad draft for QB's after the big two. So they go with Price, who could be gone by this point, as a replacement for Pat Williams.

31. Indianapolis Colts - OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn St. Bowman is the type of undersized linebacker the Colts love. Indianapolis always seems to be rotating players in and out of the position, and this year seems to be no exception.

32. New Orleans Saints - OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri. Weatherspoon was a productive linebacker in college who doesn't jump out at you in workouts. But the Saints seem to always need help at outside linebacker.

Round 2

33. St. Louis Rams - WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
34. Detroit Lions - RB Jahvid Best, California
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DT Jared Odrick, Penn St.
36. Kansas City Chiefs - TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
37. Washington Redskins - RB Ryan Matthews, Fresno St.
38. Cleveland Browns - DE/OLB Ricky Sapp, Clemson
39. Oakland Raiders - DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse
40. Seattle Seahawks - DE Greg Hardy, Ole' Miss
41. Buffalo Bills - QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati
42. New England Patriots (from Jacksonville Jaguars) - RB Joe McKnight, USC
43. Miami Dolphins - WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech
44. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago Bears) - OT Charles Brown, USC
45. Denver Broncos - C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
46. New York Giants - DT Geno Atkins, Georgia
47. Carolina Panthers - QB Colt McCoy, Texas
48. New England Patriots (from Tennessee Titans) - OG Mike Johnson, Alabama
49. San Francisco 49ers - DE/OLB Brandon Lang, Troy
50. Kansas City Chiefs (from Atlanta Falcons) - DT Cam Thomas, North Carolina
51. Houston Texans - CB Kyle Wilson, Boise St.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers - CB Donovan Warren, Michigan
53. New England Patriots - CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama
54. Cincinnati Bengals - CB Amari Spievey, Iowa
55. Philadelphia Eagles - S Nate Allen, South Florida
56. Green Bay Packers - CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma St.
57. Baltimore Ravens - CB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest
58. Arizona Cardinals - OT Selvish Capers, West Virginia
59. Dallas Cowboys - DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas St.
60. San Diego Chargers - DT Vince Oghobaase, Duke
61. New York Jets - S Chad Jones, LSU
62. Minnesota Vikings - QB Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
63. Indianapolis Colts - OG Mitch Pretus, Arkansas
64. New Orleans Saints - DT Tyson Aluala, California

Jonathan Carrano

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