2010 NFL Mock Draft #7
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I slid Dez Bryant down due to character issues, but forgot to find him a home. Let’s try this again.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
I think the Rams are zeroed in on Bradford as their future signal caller.
2. Detroit Lions: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
I’m still leaning towards Okung for the Lions, though Suh is still a big possibility.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneeers: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Bucs find themselves in a great position. They have the choice of two elite players that play the same position. Suh has more upside.
4. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
I don’t want to pick Clausen this high, but after the success of Ryan & Flacco and Stafford and Sanchez the past two years, the Skins find themselves taking Clausen. They’ve had success at that position our of Notre Dame before.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Chiefs could go DT with McCoy or OT with Bulaga. Their offensive line is a bigger need.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Seattle needs help at QB and on their offensive line, but McCoy is too much of a value to pass up.
7. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Even though Joe Haden improved his stock with his 40 at his pro day, Berry is still the pick to try to bolster Cleveland’s putrid secondary.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Still locked in with Campbell.
9. Buffalo Bills: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Teams are built in the trenches. Williams becomes the fourth top ten offensive lineman taken.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
The Jags go the best player available route and take McClain to play in the middle of their 4-3 defense. The Jags are a likely team to trade down.
11. Denver Broncos: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
The best two players at this point for the Broncos are McClain, who I just had go off the board and Dez Bryant. They are still dealing with a petulant WR in Brandon Marshall so I don’t see them adding another one. They instead bolster their defensive front.
12. Miami Dolphins: Jason Paul-Pierre, DE/LB, South Florida
I’ve had Williams going to the Dolphins in most of my mocks so instead of addressing the need at NT, I opted to address a need at OLB with JPP. He’s raw, but oozes talent and athleticism.
13. San Franciso 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Niners need to improve at RT and CB. Haden won’t be there at 17, thanks in part to an improved 40 time, so they’ll take him now and grab their RT later.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
T.J. Houshmandzadeh can’t stretch defenses. He’s worked well with diva WRs in the past. The Seahawks could use help on the line, but that can be addressed later.
15. New York Giants: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Giants are a team I’ve struggled trying to pinpoint what they’ll do. Adding Price to bolster their defensive line makes sense to me.
16. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
One of Tennessee’s biggest need is putting pressure on the quarterback, namely Peyton Manning. Graham doesn’t have the prototypical size for the position, but is one of those guys who finds a way to get it done.
17. San Francisco 49ers: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Niners add the speedy home run threat Spiller to compliment Frank Gore. He’ll also immediately upgrade their return game.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Steelers struggled when Troy Polamalu went down. Adding a talent like Earl Thomas gives them depth and a security blanket if Polamalu suffers from a two-year Madden Curse.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Falcons desperately need to improve their pass rush. Morgan is one of the best in the draft. He fits better in Atlanta’s 4-3 system than the 3-4.
20. Houston Texans: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
The Texas messed around enough with inferior talent at the RB position. They add Matthews who can be their every down back.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal
Hard-hitting Mays fits a need and the attitude of the Bengals’ defense. Great fit.
22. New England Patriots: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
They flirt with the idea of adding Gresham, but in the end the Pats add to their defensive front with the versatile Odrick.
23. Green Bay Packers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
With Jared Allen, Julius Peppers, Kevin Williams, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and possibly Suh slated to get after Aaron Rodgers, the Pack need to strengthen their offensive line. Davis could be groomed into the eventual replacement for Chad Clifton.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
Kindle gives the Pack a great pass rush option opposite of Clay Matthews. They need to upgrade their offensive line, but that will come later.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
Ozzie Newsome knows what to look for in a tight end. The Ravens experimented wit L.J. Smith last year, but that didn’t work. Todd Heap doesn’t make many years left in him, so upgrading the position is a necessity.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
The Cards have a gaping hole in their defense following Karlos Dansby’s departure. Fortunately Weatherspoon is available to help plug that hole.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Golden Tate, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are pretty well-stocked at every position. They could use some help on their offensive line, but have not gone that direction in the first round under Jerry Jones’ watch. Roy Williams isn’t the answer for the Boys at WR. They add the speedy Golden Tate to compliment the physical Miles Austin.
28. San Diego Chargers: Everson Griffen, DE, Southern Cal
Griffen gets to stay in sunny, Southern California and gives the Chargers’ pass rush a boost.
29. New York Jets: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
The Jets add Hughes to help put pressure on Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, their two biggest obstacles to a long-awaited return to the Super Bowl.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Cedric Griffin’s knee injury made cornerback their most pressing need. How he does at his pro day later this week will determine if he’s first round material or not.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
The Colts use their first round pick to add a versatile offensive lineman to keep Peyton Manning off his back.
32. New Orleans Saints: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
The Saints could use another DE to put pressure on opposing QBs.