My third and last NFL Mock Draft 2010 is finished – just hours before the 2010 NFL Draft will start in NYC.
I would love to get some comments on this one, of course also critical comments and what you honestly think about the picks. But pleeease, keep in mind that I am not a native born football fan and I am a second year Mock Draft Player, so be gentle and leave them with style and respect.
You will find a short change history below.
Have fun – Moose911
The following player entered the first round:
- Sergio Kindle, OLB
The following player dropped out of the first round:
- Damian Williams, WR
The biggest “Gainer” within the first round:
- Kyle Wilson, CB (from no.32 to no.20)
The biggest “Dropper” within the first round:
- Brian Price, DE (3-4) (from no.16 to no.27)
I went with “King Kong Suh” the last couple of Mock Drafts but cannot convince myself anymore that the Rams will really draft him.
The odds still against
The Rams would love to trade down and their “new” FO is doing a good job to keep everyone guessing what they are doing but I don`t see any other team - besides the Browns - being able to offer an adequate package aka Kings ransom to the Rams. If the Browns do offer a Kings ransom, the Rams will jump on the chance for more picks (e.g. #7 overall, a 2nd and two 3rd round picks in 2010 and maybe an additional 2nd round pick next year). Otherwise
The hell of a money could be the argument to take less in a trade down scenario or take a player like Suh, DT-McCoy, Okung or even
Previous: Ndamukong Suh, DT
Nothing new but a QB suddenly looks more realistic here. A QB means Sam Bradford and this depends on his shoulder and if he has a good pro day he will be a Ram. I also think that Gerald McCoy fits better into Spags penetrating D-line scheme and most of the experts like him as much as the like Suh. Despite this fact I stay with my Suh pick (at least now) because he has the most value around the NFL and
Rams fill one of their 1000 needs with this can`t miss pick. Tampa Bay would love to have its next version of Warren Sapp but will not trade up to ensure „King kong“ Suh`s services because there is another highly regarded DT available in Gerald McCoy. Rams try to bolster their D-line again with a high first round pick but instead of Carriker, Lewis, Kennedy; „King-Kong“ Suh will have immediate success rushing the passer and help stopping the run. He is also a good addition to help emerging young MLB J. Laurinaitis and to provide the Rams with a solid young D-line, consisting of
What a curious offseason where you can switch the top 5 picks every minute . The Lions are surprising me with their activeness and now they added an OG (No, No, not Dez Bryant or T.O.) and traded for a second good pass catching TE. If Suh is there Jim Schwartz will get and draft his young Albert Haynesworth to be the focal point of his D.
Previous Russell Okung, OT:
They are making big splashes in FA but - have you not wondered that there is no OT under the FA signings. Russell is still my pick because Matt Stafford’s draft (means committed money) and health status brings enough pressure to add some protection for him. Btw I have read somewhere that Backus also has the ability to play guard. So, the Lions can like him there, too .
Protect your last year investment is a must for the Lions future success and Russell Okung is a perfect fit at LT for them. Don`t buy into the Backus talk! They try to make the Bucs nervous, because they desperately need a DT, but you will not get anything for this pick Mr. GM. Backus will move to the right side if needed but Russell Okung is the pick here.
Wait a minute - Perhaps another WR bust … ?? Just kidding…
I wrote it already in this Mock Draft twice. Tampa Bay wants to have its next version of Warren Sapp but will not trade up to ensure them self with a DT`s services because they get one with the no.3 pick. McCoy is an elite prospect and T.B. has too much problem areas to trade up for Suh. The Bucs and
Some people think that the Skins are still in play for a QB but I don`t think this is the case anymore. They like
Previous: Sam Bradford, QB
Sam Bradford has clearly won the 2010 QB race but I will immediately switch back to Clausen or to a young LT like Bruce Campbell, if Bradford`s shoulder does not look healthy enough.
Previous: Jimmy Clausen, QB
Another hype for a Notre Dame QB since … since … Guess why I can`t remember this guy as a Rams fan. The Redskins hope Jimmy will make them better like #16 did it with the Whiners and he is no Brady Quinn. Snyder want publicity and no other position and name can bring this much excitement to the Nations capitol.
He excelled at the Scouting Combine and he is not the next Vernon Gholston on Sundays. The Chiefs will use a high pick to protect its QB investment from last year and like last year they will surprise everybody with their no.1 pick. The other two possibilities would be Trent Williams or Bryan Bulaga.
Previous: Trade with Browns, Browns pick Sam Bradford, QB
Mangini wants his guy and gets his his QB of the future with this trade. Shawn Rogers will be traded to K.C. incl. third rounders 2010/2011 and B. Quinn will be the high priced fallen backup dude.
They gave up what for who??? Forget my previous Clausen pick. Wow!!!! I thought that I know a lot of NFL players but I never even heard, read or anything else from this QB prospect from the Chargers. Help me out, out there. Is he WORTHY???
Instead of a QB the Seahawks switch to the defensive side of the ball and add the best DB in the 2010 draft class.
Previous: Jimmy Clausen, QB
Matt Hasselbeck will do a wonderful job bringing the youngster along, but this will also be his last year with the team before Jimmy Clausen takes over. NFC West here is your new Notre Dame starting QB in 2011.
Previous: Bruce Campbell, OT
7. Cleveland Browns – Jimmy Clausen, QB
Had them trade up to no.5 to get Sam Bradford in my previous Mock Draft. He won`t be there at no.5 and to get Clausen at no.7 is a nice asset for the Browns after getting rid of any other QB prospect on their roster. They replaced them with backup quality or starter for a short period of time, so getting a young gun like Jimmy is perfect for them.
Previous: Trade with Chiefs, Chiefs pick Eric Berry, S
Ed Reed type of a safety!!! A safety cannot be an impact player???!!! COME`on… We all know better and I don`t see a better defensive back on this D roster. Additional 3rd rounders will help during rebuilding process and Big Shawn Rogers is a true NT.
8. Oakland Raiders – Taylor Mays, S
Al Davis is crying, losing his nerves in the draft room because he was not able to pull one off and draft the FASTEST OT in the draft. Good bye Taylor Mays you are going to Oakland. Very fearless prediction after ™`s showing in the Senior Bowl but you know what? No pain! No gain and he had a very good Combine. Enough for “Old AL” to pick him number 8 instead of 28+.
Btw. how many catches had their 2009 first round pick last season?
9. Buffalo Bills – Jason Pierre Paul, OLB (3-4)
What I have learned around the web is that AD has not looked very good in the workouts and in the Combine. He is also a reach talent wise at no.9, so the Bills have to reach for an OT regardless of his name. 3-4 personal is also not in “da house” in Buffalo so a NT or a pass rusher could be added. JPP is not a reach at no. 9 and Buffalo will pick him right here.
Previous: Anthony Davis, OT
Go for the BPA or with position need is a big question for the Bills. They drafted a CB in the first round in 2008, so no Joe Haden here, and traded away Pro bowler J. Peters last year. The will need the help up front and reach for Anthony Davis.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joe Haden, CB
BPA policy will succeed in a 1st round steal and a young complement and then successor for the aging but solid Rasheeeeeeed Mathis. Top player pick up for Jacksonville and no Tim Tebow here for the L.A. Jaguars. How you like the West Coast?
11. Denver Broncos – Dez Bryant, WR
Missed closely on the trade prediction below but at least Brandon Marshall got traded to another NFL team before the draft.
All signs point to the fact that Brandon Marshall will be traded. Have you seen his statement on NFL.com, HAH what a joke! They have to replace him and will select the best WR out of this class.
12. Miami Dolphins – Dan Williams, NT
Carlos Dansby was brought in to man the ILB for the Dolphins the next five years, so no need to draft an ILB here. Like mentioned in my previous Dolphin pick, OLB will be found in a later round but not an enforcer in the middle of a 3-4 like Dan Williams.
Previous: Rolando McClain, ILB
One spot after the first CB was taken Miami answers with the first LB and fills a hugh need by picking up a very good ILB. OLB could also be an option here, but Dolphins “Master Tuna” will pull one out in the 3rd or 4th round. Joey Porter will be gone this offseason, but J.T. will survive for another year at the other OLB spot and to mentor the young guns.
13. San Francisco 49ers – Earl Thomas, S
Another ball hawk for an aggressive D will make life miserable for Matt Leinhard or Derek Anderson, Keith Null or A.J Feeley and Matt “the elder statesman” Hasselbeck or “The GREAT Unknown”.
14. Seattle Seahawks – Bryan Bulaga, OT
Brandon Marshall is a Phin. Now the Seahawks use this pick for the very solid LT Bryan Bulaga and like the Skins the Seahawks have a good chance to replace a future Hall of Famer (Walter Jones) with this quality pick up.
Previous: Trade with Broncos, Broncos pick Rolando McClain, ILB
The Broncos get this high first round pick from the Seahawks for their disgruntled star WR Brandon Marshall. They won`t get a better pick from anybody else, so they will finally agree to the 14th pick instead of the 6th pick. Brandon Marshall was already replaced with their first pick selecting WR Dez Bryant. They will upgrade their 3-4 with Rolando McClain and their D is in the process of becoming a dominant one.
Previous: C.J. Spiller, RB
They tried to gamble that the second best safety would fall into their hands, but the division rival took charge and took him at no. 13. C.J. Spiller is the best back in this years draft and could be a perfect fit for old Matt. This addition could help him to have one more successful year and he also has a brand new LT to help him up front.
15. New York Giants – Rolando McClain, ILB
The Giants lost their vocal leader in Antonio Pierce and they get the best LB in the whole draft. LB is a much bigger need for them than DE and now they have to decide if Rolando McClain has more value than an eventual USI replacement.
Previous: Derrick Morgan, DE
A steal and maybe the steal of the first round for the N.Y. Giants at no.15 because the teams in front of them decided to fill their positional needs instead of selecting an above average pass rusher and good DE against the run. Let`s see if the first DE will really go at no. 15. I have to admit, VERY, very unlikely, when you look at the value that an elite DE can bring to a team. The next step is a draft day trade of USI to the Rams.
16. Tennessee Titans – Derrick Morgan, DE
Read previous first. I will switch opinions because now they have to decide between a DT and Derrick Morgan. He is a better player than Griffen or Dunlap and this time the titans go with the game changing DE. Let`s see if the first DE will really go at no. 16. I have to admit, VERY, very unlikely, when you look at the value that an elite DE can bring to a team.
Previous: Brian Price, DT
I am almost sure Tennessee selects a D-liner with this pick but I am not so sure if it’s a DE or a DT. They had their best time with “Haynes” clocking the middle and I`ll decide to go with the DT Brian Price instead of the DE`s Everson Griffen or Carlos Dunlap.
17. San Francisco 49ers – C.J. Spiller, RB
Help Alex Smith and become a “two-headed-rushing-monster” like everywhere in the copy-cat league NFL is the reason the 49ers select the best RB of the 2010 draft class. And he is a good one who will push “AL“ Gore for playing time and he will get half of the carries by season end.
Previous: Jason Pierre Paul, OLB (3-4)
Here you go with another playmaker on D. JPP did not get the best grades at the Senior Bowl but he is the best pass rushing 3-4 OLB in this years class and like DE, this a position of need here. 49ers D will be a nasty unit next year with these two first round additions.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Trent Williams, OT
Bryan Bulaga is gone at this point, so I will change the pick back to Trent Williams. He could go and goes in the top 5 in a lot of Mock Drafts but I think he slips as far as to the Steelers.
Previous: Bryan Bulaga, OT
The better OT than Williams and he will help to bolster a bad O line. But how can they protect Ben from himself? `Maybe he is also gone like Vick some years ago. QB situation should be watched closely in Pittsburgh.
Previous: Trent Williams, OT
Some might argue that another Williams (Dan) could also fit the Steelers need, but he is gone at this point of the first round and I think Casey has one to three years left in his tank. Big Ben won`t have another century in his tank, if he gets hit like last season and so the Steelers will find someone to protect him.
19. Atlanta Falcons – Sean Weatherspoon, OLB (4-3)
The young version of a “Spoon” has made most of the offseason so far. Teams like him for his leadership skills, athleticism, football mind and character. He was a second round prospect in the beginning and now has top 20 potential.
Previous: Everson Griffen, DE
Me but maybe it is just me, thinks all over again about letting Kerney go some years ago… He had some good years in Seattle, but fact is, he is long gone. They will try again to find a replacement to get at least a little pass rush and Griffen is their man.
20. Houston Texans – Kyle Wilson, CB,
In this version of my Mock Draft I finally accept that they won`t draft a WR in the first round and I will even switch to the defensive side of the ball. They replace the departed and now overpaid Dunta
Robinson with probably the best CB in this draft class in Kyle Wilson. Maybe he can slow Payton down a little bit. No…
Previous: Damian Williams, WR
The reason they go with a wideout? Because they won`t be able get a defensive player, that will help them to stop Payton Manning. This automatic QB from the Colts is the reason they never advanced to the playoffs despite having a good team the last couple of years. Imagine having another weapon next to one of the best WR in the NFL. Matt Schaub will explode next season.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Everson Griffen, DE
No WR is needed here anymore after the Bengals opted for Antonio Bryant instead of T.O. to become their new no.2 WR. I have to admit that I had so much fun disliking T.O. that shortly before his career ends (next season) I would have hoped he gets another title shot. Btw. He is a lot better than A. Bryant because he will be no upgrade to L. Coles. Everson Griffin is a good pass rusher and he helps the Bengals in an area of need.
Previous: Arrelious Benn, WR
They lost Housh and Henry last season. Chad was not able to do anything in the playoffs and L. Coles was just so-so and is not getting younger. Arrelious fits into their “questionable character” politics and has a huge upside. But, maybe T.O. is moving again to another city. Imagine a TD celebration after Chad threw a pass to T.O. I can see them driving Ochos truck onto the field.
22. New England Patriots – Jared Odrick, DE (3-4)
Some guys out there have a TE here, but I don`t think “I spy” Bill is going for a TE in the first round. He still has enough “Edelmans” to complete passes and his D needs help. He solidified his line with the resigning of Vince Wilfork und upgrades it with young potential in the form of a 3-4 DE.
Previous: Dan Williams, NT
Surprise, surprise? Not at all, if you take a closer look at the philosophy up there in “Kraft-contry” and after that kind of a statement by Vince Wilfork. Ask Ashante Samuel, who did a heck of a job and did not get the bucks form N.E. They WILL slap “Big Wil” with the FRANCHISE tag in his face and then he will get traded on draft day for less than a first rounder, but N.E. will get their share of draft picks.
23. Green Bay Packers – Anthony Davis, OT
I still believe they will select a OT despite the fact that Williams and Bulaga are gone. The Packers will settle with the talented but underachieving A. Davis. In Green Bay he will reach his potential for sure.
Previous: Trent Williams, OT
I only changed the player and not the position because Bryan Bulaga is now clearly the better prospect and he is now gone to PIT to protect somebody. With both old school Tackles Tauscher und Clifton resigned he gets the future and two good mentors to learn the game.
Previous: Bryan Bulaga, OT
Aaron Rodgers was sacked a lot in the first half of the season and I am not sure Mark Tauscher can help out on demand for another year. B.B. is not a LT but at no. 23 he is a valuable addition for a Packer team that needs desperate help on the both OT spots.
24. Philadelphia Eagles – Mike Iupati, G
The Eagles would have loved to get Sean Weatherspoon with this pick but instead they steal the big guard from their arch rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. Iupati will immediately replace the released Shawn Andrews and will have significant impact blocking for them. Very impressive player like the young former Pro Bowl Guard Shawn Andrews
Previous: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB
Andy Reid knows talent, loves passion and he will add a second spoon to his dishes. I think the old Spoon will be gone until September 10 or could serve as a valuable backup for all three LB spots.
25. Baltimore Ravens – Jermaine Gresham, TE
Looking at the AFC North teams the Ravens did the better WR deal. Sorry Bengals fans, the Ravens will be the better team in 2k10. A. Boldin is still a very good WR and he brings a Ray Lewis like attitude to the offense. Now they use this pick to replace the old and dependable Todd Heap with a young TE with huge upside.
Previous: Golden Tate, WR
Will the Ravens ever, ever have another good WR besides Desmond Mason? He will come back for another good year, no doubt about it, but the Ravens have to find a young version of him. 80% of D.M. would be better than any other WR on this roster. Golden Tate has this potential but will he come through at the pro level?
26. Arizona Cardinals – Carlos Dunlap, DE
No pressure on Drew Brees. That was the key why Arizona had to leave the playoffs. They switch their D a lot between the 4-3 and the 3-4, but I think they are a better suited to play a 4-3. Carlos Dunlap is a true 4-3 end with a little character concern, but after Lord Kurt is gone that should`t be much of a problem.
27. Dallas Cowboys – Brian Price, DE (3-4)
Flozell “The Hotel” Adams was released in the meantime and Anthony Davis is gone. Nobody else wants this late first round pick under the new draft circumstances (The second round is drafted the following day). Jerry Jones never selected an O-liner his whole career in the first round but this time he really would have selected one, if he had the chance to grab one of the two mentioned below. Now he switches to the D side of the ball and selects the 4-3 DT/3-4 DE Brian Price as an upgrade over Marcus Spears.
Previous Anthony Davis, OT
Flozell “The Hotel” Adams is not getting younger and now that Iupati is an Eagle the Cowboys select the raw and Combine-out-of-shape OT. He missed also his Pro day and that’s the reason A. Davis is still available at no. 27 for the Cowboys. Could be better suited at RT but lets see.
Previous: Mike Iupati, G
Dallas was always in love with heavy o-lineman and already have monster Pro Bowl Guard Leonhard Davis on one side. They will add this rare but very raw talent but have the coaches and the veteran presence to help him out and turn him into a future star within the stars.
Off topic: I still hate the “star of the stars” quote from NBA commissioner David Stern while honoring Michael Jordan the “All Star Game MVP” nearly 20 years ago.
28. San Diego Chargers – Jahvid Best, RB
At least one of my predictions (not a very bold one to be honest) became reality and LT2 is now a J.E.T. Stay with my pick.
It depends on FA. If they loose both WR to free agency a WR could be an option here. Maybe also a RB if LT2 doesn`t take a pay cut. I think the second option is likelier and have you seen this kid from CAL. They already have “Mighty Mouse” as a change of pace and 3rd down back to give the rookie some time to take a breath.
29. New York Jets – Brandon Graham, OLB (3-4)
It is time to get rid off another Eric Mangini experiment in form of Vernon Gholston. The Jets need to get outside pressure out f their 3-4 D and the speedy 6’1 OLB will bring it on. Brandon Graham had a nice outing in the Senior Bowl and established himself as a late first to early second rounder
30. Minnesota Vikings – Devin McCourty, CB
I still think they take a CB with their first pick the same reasons I had them picking one in my first Mock Draft. Donovan Warren had a slow 40 time with 4.59 and did not help himself with his Pro Day performance. Devin McCourty is now the “hotter” prospect and will be the Vikings pick.
Previous: Donovan Warren, CB:
It is early, so the Vikings face the wait and see game. Will the “Williams wall” become a William wall and will BrINT become Grandpa Simpson or go for another year? They have enough QB`s in place so drafting a QB is not an option here. Regardless of that, not one of the remaining QB`s is worth of consideration at this draft spot. The injury to Cedric Griffin will help them with their decision and so CB Donovan Warren is their pick. It also makes sense because “the Mad Scientist” is now coaching the Bears O and THE Pack is also offering a lot in the passing game. Even the Lions…
31. Indianapolis Colts – Maurkice Pouncey, C
There is no question about who is the Colts and NFL MVP and to get him some protection makes sense for your QB of the past, present and future. Peyton is the best QB in the league, maybe of all time and soon the richest ever. Protect him, give him somebody to throw too and everything else will be “Playoffs-BABYYY”. A future C who helps the Colts at the moment at guard makes a lot of sense because Jeff Saturday cannot play forever the C position.
Previous: Jared Odrick, DE (3-4)
Dwight Freeney is not getting younger and the backups are not useable for a longer period of time. Seen the second half of the SB… The B’D-liner’A is a DT, but Jared Odrick is a heck of a pass rusher and fits the need for the Colts with this skill set. He is definitely worth the pick and better than any 4-3 DE left on the draft board.
32. New Orleans Saints – Sergio Kindle, OLB
Kyle Wilson is gone, the offense is absolutely gorgeous at any skill position, so the Saints have the luxury of a defending SB champion to select the BDPA. Sergio Kindle is that guy and he will upgrade the Saints LB from the first minute.
Previous: Kyle Wilson, CB
“Corner, Corner, Cornerback“. To be honest: I never heard of him before the Senior Bowl, but now I am sure he is Mr. Relevant for the Saints. His “Shutdown Senior Bowl week” and the weak Saints CB group, will make him the last pick of the first round.