2010 NFL Mock Draft #4
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The free agent signings and trades have changed the complexion of the 2010 NFL draft. Here’s my fourth look at the first round of the draft.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
It appears as if Bradford’s decision to stay in school won’t cost him the #1 overall pick after all. He bulked up for the combine, and as long as his shoulder checks out, he’ll be the #1 pick.
2. Detroit Lions: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
The Lions have added DT Corey Williams and DE Kyle Vanden Bosch making the likelihood of adding another piece to their defensive front slim. They will instead provide protection for Matthew Stafford. Okung had a terrific combine, showing his strength by finishing second with 38 bench press reps.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneeers: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Tampa Bay gets the luxury of deciding between Suh and Gerald McCoy. They both had strong showings at the combine, but Suh threw up nine more bench press reps and had a five inch edge in vertical.
4. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
While I’m not enamored with either QB, I think they will both go in the top four. Every team feels the pressure to add a franchise QB, and the money allotted to the fourth slot makes it hard to pass on one.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Bulaga has been rising up the rankings like wildfire. The Chiefs need help on their line and Bulaga is a good fit. They’ll need him to protect Matt Cassel and open holes for Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
McCoy could go #2 to the Lions or he could slide down the Seahawks. While they need help on the line, I believe they’ll address that with their second first round pick. McCoy is too good of a value to pass on here.
7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Browns will be tempted to select Eric Berry, but in the end will stick with Joe Haden, who fills a bigger need.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Bruce Campbell’s 4.85 forty time virtually solidified that Al Davis will take the mammoth tackle.
9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
While the Bills need help elsewhere, Berry comes at too good of a value to pass on.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The Jags need a pass rush, but they addressed that by signing Aaron Kampman. They instead turn their attention to the offensive side of the ball. The Torry Holt experiment failed miserably. The Jags will turn to the talented Dez Bryant to play opposite of Mike Sims-Walker.
11. Denver Broncos: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
The Broncos beefed up their defensive line by adding Jamal Williams and Jarvis Green. They’ll continue to build on defense with ILB Rolando McClain to play opposite of D.J. Williams. However, if Bryant is there, he’ll likely be the pick.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams is four for four landing with the Dolphins in my mock drafts. Williams is a great fit and fills a need for the Fins’ defense.
13. San Franciso 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis didn’t do himself any favors at the combine, but he didn’t drop out of the top 15 either. He fills a need for the Niners.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
After surprisingly have McCoy fall in their laps, they add his teammate Trent Williams to solidify their offensive line.
15. New York Giants: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Now that safety isn’t as big of a need following the acquisition of Antrel Rolle, they can turn their attention to bolstering their defensive front. Morgan, who slid down thanks the to the aforementioned Kampman signing, lands with the G-men.
16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Pierre-Paul did not disappoint at the combine, leading the Titans to grab him at the midway point of the first round. They Titans need to improve their pass rush in a big way.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal
Mays had a strong showing at the combine, and fills a need for the Niners. He’s a hard hitter, which will endear him to Mike Singletary.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Assuming Big Ben is playing in the league rather than behind bars or suspended, the Steelers will need to protect him. Iupati is a versatile player that can play in a couple of spots on the line.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
The Falcons need help getting to the QB big time. Getting Graham is a step in the right direction.
20. Houston Texans: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Texans have little to offer at RB so when Spiller falls in their lap, they trip over themselves to grab him. He gives them a home run threat.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
The Bengals are going to put a Band-Aid on the WR position with T.O. or Antonio Bryant. They need to infuse some youthful talent as well. Tate delivered during the combine, and would make a great addition for the Bengals.
22. New England Patriots: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Patriots still have plenty of work to do on defense. They could use a pass rusher, but they’re more likely to invest in the trenches.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, Southern Cal
The Packers have to protect their franchise quarterback. He’s not Brett Favre. Eventually he’ll go down if he keeps getting abused like he was last year.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Everson Griffen, DE, Southern Cal
He’s been making sexy picks recently with DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, and Jeremy Maclin. This year Andy Reid goes back to his roots and bolsters their defensive front.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
Just because the Ravens added Anquan Bolding, it doesn’t mean they stopped adding weapons for Joe Flacco. The tight end position has gotten old for Baltimore. Gresham will take the torch from Todd Heap.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
The Cardinals can’t let Karlos Dansby walk away without addressing the void he left, especially when a talented player like Weatherspoon is available.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Markuis Pouncey, C/G, Florida
The Cowboys don’t have a lot of needs, but could stand to improve at guard. Pouncey fits the bill while providing insurance at center.
28. San Diego Chargers: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
The Chargers need to restock the middle following Jamal Williams’ departure. I know they need an RB, but they’re confident they can find good value later.
29. New York Jets: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
The Jets added another outstanding cornerback in Antonio Cromartie. They continue to build their impressive defense by adding Kindle.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Wilson had an impressive combine, and help fill the void of Cedric Griffin, who could miss the bulk of the season with a knee injury.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
Dwight Freeney’s injury made it clear how vulnerable they are if he goes down again. The Colts address this need by adding Hughes, who should help put pressure on opposing QBs.
32. New Orleans Saints: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
With Darren Sharper’s status up in the air, the Saints address the position by adding Thomas. Even if Sharper returns, Thomas can be groomed as his eventual successor.