My favorite weekend of the sports year is upon us. Going back to high school, I have always loved the NFL Draft. I can’t explain why, but long before it was the cool thing to do, I was watching the Bears pick John Thierry, Curtis Conway, Alonzo Spellman, the trade for Rick Mirer, Curtis Enis, David Terrell, and Marc Columbo. I was glued to the TV when the 49ers traded multiple picks for J.J. Stokes, drafted Jim Druckenmiller, Reggie McGrew, and Kwame Harris. Now that the draft is a 3-day event, you know where to find me April 22-24…..right in front of my television taking in all of the bad picks and unnecessary Tim Tebow love. As we get closer to the draft, I will be bringing in my buddies “The Blade” and “The Epper” to get their “expert” opinions and thoughts about the NFL’s annual selection meeting. Here, then, is my mock draft version 1.0…….No, the Bears don’t have a first round pick– it’s not an omission on my part. The omission belongs to Bears honcho, Jerry Angelo, who, stupidly, brought in “Wonder Boy” last April while mortgaging the team’s future. Just saying…….No pressure Jay….No pressure.
2010 NFL Mock Draft
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford QB- Oklahoma: The Rams recently cut Marc Bulger, which clears the way for the same old sorry ass Rams to take the best QB prospect in the draft. Having passed on Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez, the time is now to pounce on a franchise QB. Their are questions with Bradford. He never got hit his 1st three years at OU, but when he got hit last year, he got hurt. That has to give the Rams some pause.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh DT- Nebraska: I love the direction the Lions are going in. Suh is a dominant player (his performance vs Texas was phenomenal) and the Lions have to be thrilled he’s on the board at 2. The Lions are building a nice foundation going forward.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy DT- Oklahoma: Some have McCoy as a better prospect than Suh. McCoy is in the Warren Sapp mold, and the Bucs defense will be immediately better with the former Sooner in the fold.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung OT- Oklahoma State: The Redskins were thought to, possibly, be in the market for Jimmy Clausen at this pick, but with the trade of Donovan McNabb, the ‘Skins can get the best offensive tackle prospect in the draft. Okung is a 6’5” 307 pound beast. He will be drafted and plugged into the Redskins left tackle spot for 10 years. Mike Shanahan has the Redskins moving in the right direction. As a Daniel Snyder hater…..this pains me.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry S- Tennessee: My favorite player in the draft slips to 5, and my Chief fan friends, Poole and Fowler, dance around like Chiefs fans did when the team traded for Joe Montana in ’93. Berry can play corner, safety, linebacker,and can blitz off the edge. He is in the Ed Reed-Troy Polamalu mold. The Chiefs could go offensive tackle here, but Berry is too good to pass up.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams OT- Oklahoma: The Seahawks need an offensive tackle worse than Pete Carroll needed to bolt USC amid the prospect of sanctions coming against the program. Williams is the 2nd best offensive tackle prospect, and he fits a major need. The ‘Hawks can always go to a quarterback to groom behind the aging Matt Hasselbeck, but need will outweigh the thought of taking Clausen.
7. Cleveland Browns: LeBron James TE- Cavs: Just kidding, but you never know. I think the Browns will take Florida CB Joe Haden: Having signed veteran corner Sheldon Brown, the Browns can plug Haden next to Brown in a suddenly pass- happy division. I don’t care that Haden ran a slow 40 time at the combine. He’s the best corner in this draft…..By far.
It’s that time of the draft…….The Oakland Raiders are on the clock. This should be hilarious.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell OT- Maryland: This is such an Al Davis pick. Campbell is an athletic freak, but is considered a project–just the way the Raiders like them. This is the same pick that the Raiders took Darius Heyward-BAD last year. Once again…..Thank you Al Davis. Why would you want Michael Crabtree? I mean anytime you can draft a receiver with awful hands over a guy who scored 41 touchdowns in 2 years…..you have to do it.
Side Note: Raiders fans are throwing batteries at each other thinking about their teams draft day blunders since ’04.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen QB- Notre Dame: The Bills may actually look at Tim Tebow here. Sorry, Bills fans, I feel for you. Clausen played in a pro system at ND, and is worth the risk for the quarterback- starved Bills. I’m not sold on him as a pro prospect, but he will certainly be better than the rag arm from Florida.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Morgan DE- Georgia Tech: The Jags could look at Clausen if he’s on the board, but upgrading their anemic pass rush is a priority. Even with the signing of Aaron Kampman, Morgan gives them the best defensive end in the draft. This pick could also be traded down by the Jags if they want to take Tebow later. You know, to sell tickets.
11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant WR- Oklahoma State: Ah, the pick that would have belonged to the Bears belongs to Denver with the “Wonder Boy” trade. Not many people expect Brandon Marshall to be back in Denver, and Bryant is a Marshall clone. The Broncos want a 1st rounder for Marshall, but regardless, Bryant makes sense. He has some “Diva” in him, but he reminds me of Marshall and a young Terrell Owens.
Important Side Note: As The Blade pointed out, if Donovan McNabb gets traded for a 2nd round pick, how in the world does Jay Cutler go for a two 1′s, a 3, and starting NFL QB? It continues to boggle the mind. It also proves the Bears just said F-it, we need a QB, so here’s our future. Nice job Bears….That’s why you’ll once again be in 7-9 to 9-7 NFL purgatory.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams DT- Tennessee: Jason Ferguson is going to be suspended for 8 games on top of being 36 years old, so Williams fits perfectly. He could be the nose tackle in their 3-4 for years to come.
And now things get interesting…..This is the point of NFL draft where I start to sweat like I’m going into a Heavyweight title fight, my phone won’t stop blowing up, and The Blade is texting me saying the Niners will take some stiff (Adam Carriker). It’s always a nerve racking time when my boys are on the clock. Here we go…..
13. San Francisco 49ers: C.J. Spiller RB- Clemson: A home-run threat to compliment Frank Gore is just what the 49ers offense needs. The beauty of Spiller is he is also great in the return game– which the Niners are also looking to upgrade. Spiller has Chris Johnson type speed, and is too good to pass up.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Mays S- USC: Pete Carroll knows this guy pretty well, I would imagine. Mays is an athletic freak, but there are concerns about his ability to make plays. He recorded only 5 interceptions at USC.
15. New York Football Giants: Rolando McClain LB- Alabama: This is a steal for the Giants, at this spot. The Giants addressed their safety concerns with the Antrel Rolle signing in free agency. Now, they fill their linebacker needs with the best inside ‘backer in the draft.
16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul DE- South Florida: A boom or bust pick here. Jeff Fisher will love to work with a freak athlete like Pierre-Paul. The Titans have a huge need at defensive end, so this makes sense.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Bryan Bulaga OT- Iowa: The 49ers fill their need at right tackle with the Iowa product. At 6’5” 314 pounds, Bulaga will make a nice book-end pair with left tackle Joe Staley. The Niners are back.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati G- Idaho: Iupati is viewed as a versatile player who can be a stud guard from the get go or a future tackle. The Steelers need to protect the creep if he isn’t suspended, or whoever is taking snaps from center. Improving the line is a must for the 6-time SuperBowl Champs.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Everson Griffin DE- USC: The Falcons need to improve their pass rush and Griffin is a logical choice.
20. Houston Texans: Ryan Matthews RB- Fresno State: Steve Slaton is recovering from neck surgery, so adding another back is something the Texans must think about. Matthews is 6’0” 218 pounds and has star potential. Quick question….Are we finally done with the “This is the year the Texans make the playoffs” talk? They better make in 2010.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham TE- Oklahoma: Carson Palmer will be doing back flips with the thought of having an elite tight end to throw to. Gresham has had injuries, but he is head and shoulders above all of the other tight ends in this draft. Chad Ochocinco, coincidentally, will protest this pick on Twitter because it will mean less balls for him to drop.
22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham LB- Michigan: The Pats could always trade down from this pick, but Graham fits the Pats perfectly. He doesn’t have prototypical size, but all he does is get to the quarterback. He was the best, and only, player on Michigan’s sorry ass defense last year, and still produced big numbers.
23. Green Bay Packers: Anthony Davis OT- Rutgers: Davis has some character flaws, which may push him down the board, but at 6’5” 323 pounds, he is a potential beast. He needs to keep his weight in check, and if he isn’t a headcase, he can be a real good player for the Packers at a position of need.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Maurkice Pouncey C- Florida: New quarterback Kevin Kolb will need all of the protection he can. Pouncey is the top center in the draft.
Side Note: Eagles fans are something else. They can’t wait to get rid of a Hall of Fame quarterback who took the team to 5 NFC Championship Games, but will, no doubt, bitch and moan when the McNabb-led Redskins beat them next season. Eagles fans are like the miserable relative in your family who is only happy when they’re pissed off. Enjoy 6-10 Eagles fans……You deserve it.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Sergio Kindle LB- Texas: If Kindle is there at 25, the Ravens will likely pounce on the Brian Orakpo clone. They love linebackers, and Kindle is a beast.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Earl Thomas S- Texas: The Cardinals lost Antrel Rolle (among others) in free agency, and Thomas is a major playmaker. He may be off the board by this point, but he fills a need for Arizona.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Charles Brown OT- USC: The ‘Boys cut Flozell Adams and need a young tackle. Brown is moving up on some teams boards, so he may not be there for plastic face Jerry Jones and Co.
28. San Diego Chargers: Terrence Cody NT- Alabama: Jamal Williams is no longer on the team, so Cody fits a need. Unfortunately for Chargers fans, Norv Turner is still there. Chargers fans can now ram their heads through a wall.
29. New York Jets: Sean Weatherspoon OLB- Missouri: The Jets needs a pass rusher off the edge, with Calvin Pace providing minimal pressure. Weatherspoon is a versatile player who would add to the Jets number 1 defense.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Brian Price DT- UCLA: The Vikings need to find an eventual replacement for Pat Williams, and Price is a good value at number 30. I’m curious if there will be a lot of Brett Favre talk during the draft?
31. Indianapolis Colts: Golden Tate WR- Notre Dame: The Colts could look at offensive tackle Roger Saffold, but GM Bill Polian takes the best player on the board, regardless of need. Tate is one of the top players in this draft, and you know Peyton Manning will love him.
32. New Orleans Saints: Jerry Hughes DE-LB: TCU: The world champs could use an outside pass rusher, and Hughes can provide that. If one of the defensive tackles is still on the board, the Saints could go there, as well as defensive end. The Saints cut Charles Grant in the off-season.
There is my 2010 NFL Mock Draft. I will be updating it until the NFL Draft on April 22.
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