Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2010 NFL Mock Draft

With the NFL draft set for this weekend in New York City, I wanted to give The Bay Area Sports Journal's Mock Draft. We'll only break down the first round, but we'll also provide a few names that may be available to the Niners and Raiders later on in the draft.

Mock NFL Draft Round 1:

1. St. Louis Rams: QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma: The Rams need a new young quarterback to build around after Marc Bulger's fading the last few seasons. Bradford is the best QB of the class, but that's not saying a whole heck of a lot. The Rams are hoping for Matt Ryan type success, but I think it's going to take Bradford a few years to get things going.

2. Detroit Lions: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska: Arguably the Most talented player in this years draft likely won't drop much further than Detroit at 2. The Lions seemingly always go offense with their first pick, but this guy is worth switching up for.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma: Another beast at DT, as this draft is very top heavy with both offensive and defensive tackles. McCoy could help get the Bucs defense back to it's early 2000's level.

4. Washington Redskins: LT Russel Okung, Oklahoma: The Skins' are going to want to beef up their O-Line in order to protect their new asset, Donovan McNabb and Okung is the top OT in this draft.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: S Eric Berry, Tennessee: The Chiefs were burned multiple times in '09, including a the memorable career day from Miles Austin (250+ receiving yards). Berry is the top DB in the draft and will provide some stability right away to KC's defensive backfield.

6. Seattle Seahawks: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma: The Sooners' other star OT should be gone in the top-10 as well, and I think the Seahawks, who will likely be without Walter Jones in 2010, are a perfect fit.

7. Cleveland Browns: OL Bryan Bulaga, Iowa: The Browns definitely need some help on their offensive line, and and Bulaga could be the top guy available at that spot.

8. Oakland Raiders: OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers: Al Davis loves those guys with huge upside and big time talent, and Davis has top-3 pick type talent.

9. Buffalo Bills: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame: Clausen really had his stock drop recently, and some have him falling to the Niners at 14 or 17, but I think the Bills won't let him pass by them.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Tim Tebow, Florida: Tebow should end up being good, or he could be really bad. I think the Jags gamble on him figuring it out at the next level.

11. Denver Broncos: WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma St.: The uber-talented wideout could very well end up being Brandon Marshall's following act in Denver.

12. Miami Dolphins: LB Rolando McClain, Alabama: The draft's top linebacker will be surprised to last this long, but I think he'll end up in Miami where they need defensive help.

13. San Francisco 49ers: CB Joe Haden, Florida: The best pure cornerback in this draft may not last this far, but if he does, the Niners will jump right on the opportunity to add him.

14. Seattle Seahawks: RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson: The talented Spiller will give new Seahawk coach Pete Carroll a back in the elk of Reggie Bush, but better at the pro level.

15. New York Giants: DT Brian Price, UCLA: Price would solidify the Giants front line and help them tremendously vs. the run.

16. Tennessee Titans: DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech: Morgan is the top D-End in the draft and could go higher, but he Titans need add to their defense, especially up front.

17. San Francisco 49ers: OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland: The Niners have made no secret their desire for a starting tackle, and Campbell could be the best available with that choice at 17.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: OL Mike Iupati, Idaho: He could help deepen the Steelers front line.

19. Atlanta Falcons: DE Brandon Graham, Michigan: The Falcons should look to their defensive front with this pick.

20. Houston Texans: CB Kyle Smith, Boise State: Would fit an area of need for a rising Houston team.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida: The Bengals haven't had an offensive threat at tight-end in years and Hernandez has top-10 talent.

22. New England Patriots: DT Dan Williams, Tennessee: The Pats need to build up their defense after not being able to hold teams off in 2009.

23. Green Bay Packers: C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida: The Pack are likely to go O-line with this pick, and Pouncey is a talent that will likely get drafter lower than he should.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: RB Jahvid Best, Cal: This could be a stretch, as most have Best going in the 2nd round, but the Eagles could see him as a Westbrook replacement in very much the same mold.

25. Baltimore Ravens: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida: After adding Anquan Boldin this offseason, they can focus on strengthening their defense.

26. Arizona Cardinals: DT Jared Odrick, Penn State: The Cards need help on their O-line.

27. Dallas Cowboys: OT Charles Brown, USC: A solid tackle could help Dallas right away.

28. San Diego Chargers: NT Terrance Cody, Alabama: What better fit for SD than a Jamal Williams clone.

29. New York Jets: WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech: They could use all the weapons for Sanchez that they can get their hands on.

30. Minnesota Vikings: S Taylor Mays, USC: The Vikes need help in their defensive backfield.

31. Indianapolis Colts: WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame: The super speedster could be a star in the Colts offense with Garcon and White.

32. New Orleans Saints: LB Sergio Kindle, Texas: The guy can get after the QB and would definitely help the reigning champs.


2nd Round: OT Jason Fox, Miami
3rd Round: QB Colt McCoy, Texas
4th Round: DT Nate Collins, Virginia


2nd Round: WR Brandon LaFell, LSU
3rd Round: S Chad Jones, LSU
4th Round: DT Cam Thomas, UNC

*This is not taking into account possible trades or anything like that, so obviously things can and will likely change on draft day.

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