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2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

Posted on: January 7, 2010 7:33 pm
The Journey to the draft is about to begin, and actually it already has begun for 20 NFL teams.  The playoffs begin Saturday Jan. 9th, and will go all the way to Sunday February 7th until we have a new Champion crowned.

That being said, we already know the top 20 draft order, except for some coin flips that will determine certain draft positions.

I will also unveil my formula of what I would do if I was the GM, and what I think the team will do.

Let's not waste anymore time and dive right into the Too Early 2010 NFL Mock Draft.

1. St. Louis Rams

What I would do-

Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame

I am not backing down on this pick yet.  Does Suh make since?  Of course he does, but the Rams need a face of the franchise, and they need to get Jackson some help.

What they will do-

Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

Can you blame them?  No, and if they make this pick I will not chastize them one bit.  I just think the need for a quarterback trumps them taking abother defensive lineman early.

2. Detroit Lions-

What I would do-

Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State

The Lions have $120 million reasons to make this pick.  It may not be popular or sexy, but Stafford is already struggling with injuries, and getting a potential franchise LT would be a nice start.

What they will do-

Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma

No Suh, no problem for Detroit.  I don't know why they like Jeff Backus and his eight sacks given up this year, but they do.  So apparently they will go with defense, and wait until Matt Stafford's arm falls off before they decide to protect him.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-

What would I do-

Ndamukong Suh

What a fit that would be.  Suh is one of the top 2 or 3 prospects in the draft, so why do I have him falling to three?  Because the other two teams having glaring needs that can be filled with excellent prospects.

What they will do-

Eric Berry, S Tennessee

Again, there is nothing wrong with this pick.  If he is there, they take him and then don't worry about the safety position for the next 5-6 years.  I can't really see any problems with this working out for them.

4. Washington Redskins-

What I would do-

Eric Berry

Was talking with a buddy of mine the other day, and he was more than disenchanted with the idea of a QB being taken at four.  I couldn't agree more, but hey I am a writer and not an NFL Exec.  Berry would be a great QB for the defense that, really is not that far away from being top 5 in the league.  Does he get them there, maybe but if he fell to them there is no way they should pass him up.

What will they do-

Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

New coach, new QB?  Seems to have worked for other teams around the league, and Bradford is the accurate, ball control passer that Mike Shannahan likes.

5. Kansas City Chiefs-

What I would do-

Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers

Davis is already climbing most boards, and while I am not a fan of the so called, board climbers, I do see the ability, especially with all the athleticism he possesses.

What they will do-

Russell Okung

I guess it will depend on the week with who is going here.  Okung is still the best OT prospect in my eyes, but he was off the board in my draft scenario, so Davis is the pick.

6. Seattle Seahawks

What would I do-

Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland

Campbell is a bruiser, but more than that, he is a good looking prospect at a need position for the often injured Seattle Seahawks offensive line.  On top of that, if they are not intrigues with any of the QB prospects, then they need to find someone to keep Matt Hasselbeck upright.

What will they do-

Anthony Davis

Just a better prospect in my eyes than Campbell.  Will fill the same need though.

7. Cleveland Browns

What would I do-

Sam Bradford

Mike Holmgren will surely shake things up, and that means getting a franchise player.  The rest of the AFC North have their franchise passers, and they are usually fighting for playoff position as the Browns sit watching.  A defensive player crossed my mind, but I think Bradford has the ability to be special.

What will they do-

Joe Haden, CB Florida

Nothing wrong with this pick here, just not one I would make.  They need help on the defensive side of the ball and Haden should be a shut down corner, I just think that a franchise QB is to much to pass up.

8. Oakland Raiders

What would I do-

Joe Haden

Haden would be a great addition to the Raiders secondary and give them two great CB's.

What they wil do-

Bruce Campbell

Well I don't think the Raiders are interested in any of the QB's on the board, and with Ryan Mallet not having declared yet I think they go OT, which is not a bad thing.  Campbell would bring toughness and add a nasty streak back to the silver and black.

9. Buffalo Bills

What would I do-

Gerald McCoy

Chances of him falling this far are low, but in my eyes, this could happen.  Of course that is why I am behind a computer and not in a luxury box watching the game every Sunday.  McCoy is the second best DT prospect and he would be a welcomed addition to the Bills defensive line.

What will they do-

Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech

Morgan is a fringe top 10 prospect, I guess that makes sense why he would be at number nine then.  Morgan is an intriguing prospect b/c he has the size and speed teams love, but with the movement to a 3-4 he may fall a little.  The Bills though would love his ability to hold up against the run and rush the passer, so this may be where he ends up.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

What would I do-

Rolando McClain, LB Alabama

McClain is just a guy that gets the job done.  He possesses so much talent to go along with his tremendous leadership ability that I don't see how the Jags pass him up.

What they will do-

Tim Tebow, QB Florida

I have fallen into the trap of believing Tebow is going to Jacksonville.  I spent a couple of months trying to figure out how this makes sense, at all, and why the Jags would "waste" a pick on a project at QB.  Then the last two home games happened and I realized, they need to do whatever they can to keep that franchise there, even if it means making a reach at the tenth selection.

Tebow has a following like few others, and in Florida sports history he is one of the most revered ever.  So even though I don't agree with it and don't like it, I will begrudgingly put him there... for now.

My early thoughts of WHAT I WOULD DO with the 11-20 picks:

11. Denver Broncos: Terrence Cody, NT Alabama

12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams, NT Tennessee

13. San Francisco 49ers: C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson (I will note this one before I get killed by the 9ers fans.  If they are moving to a more spread formation to suit Alex Smith, then I say get him a back who fits that mold better.)

14. Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Morgan

15. New York Giants: Mike Iupati, OG Idaho

16. Tennessee Titans: Taylor Mays, S USC

17. San Francisco: Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB TCU

19. Atlanta Falcons: Donovan Warren, CB Michigan

20. Houston Texans: Earl Thomas, S Texas

A little more in depth look at 11-20 will come next week.

Thanks for the read.

Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2010 1:43 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

I would be pissed if Spiller went to any team in the NFC West or AFC East not named NE or Ari (who wouldn't take him anyways), or if he became a Steeler, Colt, or Charger. So yes, to put it lightly, theres a lot of teams I want him to avoid. With NE's RB situation I would LOVE to see them moving a couple of the picks they possess to move up and get him but they never do that and Im not surprised.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2010 11:10 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

Harst. He may not be as good as Gresham, but he's definitely better than the rest. He's a good blocker when he wants to be. Again, he's got the same skill set as Kellen Winslow. Hernandez is fast, nimble, and he LOVES physical play. He tries to run over people like a real tight end. If the Bucs didn't have Kellen already, he'd be my second round pick. 

And one thing that I look at that a lot of other people don't (I'm starting to write my draft stuff now) is that the NFL is adapting to the spread. Saints, Vikings, Colts, Patriots. All of these teams are running more spread like offenses rather than the pro-style, I-formation bread and butter.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2010 10:54 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

Tight ends I like better than Hernandez:

1. Gresham (OU)
2. Dickson (OREGON)
3. McCoy (USC)
4. Dickerson (PITT)

Might be more. Not sold on Hernandez as an NFL player, just because he's had the fortune of playing in the Tim Tebow, Urban Meyer offense. Haven't seem him much as a blocker, how is he pass blocker/ run blocker?

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2010 10:53 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

Hernandez I like and he is more fit for the pro game than college really.  Meaning he is not an elite blocker, so if he gets in an offense like the Colts, Pats, Chargers, etc. he would be a potential Pro Bowler.  Big time system guy but has the hands and athleticism to be special.

Berry, Suh > everyone else. ;P

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2010 10:44 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

I have a question regarding a player that's more in the 20-40 range. What are your thoughts on Florida's TE, Aaron Hernandez? I honestly think he's a Kellen Winslow clone. I mean, he's got the tattoos to match as well.

BTW, I think Florida is taking Berry as well, but it'll be more because of Kiffin putting a good word in.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2010 10:40 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

I can see that, but I am telling you that Davis and Campbell are on the rise, and don't be surprised if Baluga doesn't move up.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2010 7:57 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

I really don't see Trent Williams falling to 17. In my opinion, best o-lineman not named Okung.

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