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Posted on: January 7, 2010 7:33 pm
 

2010 NFL Mock Draft Pre Playoff Edition Top 20

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.
Posted on: November 10, 2009 4:21 pm
 

2010 NFL Mock Draft- Top 10

I know it is early, but we can already see what teams will be fighting for playoff spots, and which teams will be looking for help to get there next year.

The first round will only go the top 10 picks, maybe a couple of more, but these projections are based off of the standings right now.

Things will obviously change, as team needs change throughout the season, but this is what I have thus far.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sure they won, finally, but they are still have earned the number one pick with their play.  Where to start with their needs?  Actually let's talk about what they will not be looking for:
     1. Quarterback- They will not be taking a quarterback early in this draft.
     2.  Running Back- They may not have a great running back, but they have three good ones who they have paid.  Add in that there is no clear cut Adrian Peterson type back this year and that means this will not be the pick.

Other than that, they need it all.  You could say DB is still a strength, but no one knows when Aqib Talib will punch someone else.  That being said you don't draft a DB with the #1 pick, so I say:

With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

This would be a great step in recovering what was once a dominant Tampa Bay D.

2. St. Louis Rams:  Man this team needs help.  What made this team great?  A quarterback.  So with early draft picks at RB, OL, DL, WR and LB littering the field, they need someone that can lead.

I am not a huge fan of this guy, but I can't deny his fabulous talents.  He would look good moving over from South Bend:

With the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame 

3. Kansas City Chiefs:  The Chiefs have not had nearly the success they had hoped with the Todd Haley hire and the bringing in of Matt Cassel.  That being said, they still have talent, but they need help along the offensive line and at running back.

As I said, there is no running back that jumps out at you as being #3 overall pick worthy, so I think they look to bolster the OL:

With the third pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State

Okung has not had the year he wanted too, but he still is the best o-line prospect for this draft.

4.  Detroit Lions:  The Lions would love to be able to grab Okung, but with him off the board at this point, they will look to the other side of the line.  The defensive line has looked, well not good this season.  So adding a potential star would be a huge boost"

With the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma

McCoy came into the season as one of the top DL, and he has not let that position slip at all.

5. Cleveland Browns:  Well, I would say quarterback is a need, but I am not even sure Eric Mangini knows that yet.  So what does a team that looks horrible on offense do in a relatively weak offensive draft?  Probably reach for a player here, but I would like to see them go with one of the better defensive players in the draft:

With the fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Taylor Mays, FS USC

6. Washington Redskins:  Would they look to replace Jason Campbell, or would they look to continue to bulk up their defense?  Could they draft an offensive linemen?  I don't know what is going to happen with this team, and to an extent, I am not sure who the pick here would be.  For now, I give them the hottest QB prospect in the draft:

With the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Jake Locker, QB Washington

I know that would not be a popular pick right now, but with the way Steve Sarkisian is turning him into a credible top 10 pick, I don't know if the Redskins can pass him up.

7.  Tennessee Titans:  What a rough start to the year for the Titans.  With the insertion of Vince Young into the starting lineup, the need for a QB has lessened.  They still need help along the defensive line and defensive backfield.  That is why I think they stay local:

With the seventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Eric Berry, SS Tennessee

Adding a playmaking safety to a struggling defense can be the shot in the arm that the team really needs.

8. Oakland Raiders:  I don't know what to say.  I have no idea who they will pick, so I have no idea how to diagnose their issues.  I could see them taking a WR or maybe even a QB.  Here, I give them what they need, in my mind:

With the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

I thought they should have taken Eugene Monroe last year, so I will give them a solid, potential Pro Bowl offensive linemen this year.

9. Seattle Seahawks:  I am sure the Seahawks would love to draft an OT or local boy Jake Locker, but both of those players are off the board.  They need a running back as well as an offensive linemen, but I don't see another linemen worth taking this high, so they go with the who was supposed to be the best running back in the nation this year.

With the ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Jahvid Best, RB California

They could also go with CJ Spiller out of Clemson, but I really think they would love Trent Williams or maybe even Russell Okung to fall here.

10.  San Francisco 49ers:  Another team in desperate need of an offensive lineman.  I am not sure what they would do here with the reinsertion of Alex Smith into the starting role.

What I would do is look to improve on the porous pass rush defense, and look for an impact DE.  That is why:

With the tenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE Texas

Would fit perfectly in the 3-4 scheme the 49ers are running and would really help the pass rush.  Could also see Carlos Dunlap being picked here, but he is more of a prototypical 4-3 end, and Kindle should excel in the 3-4 stand up role.

That is it for the first 10 picks of the 2010 NFL draft.  This was using the NFL.com league wide standings and that is how I chose the Seahawks and 49ers as the 9th and 10th selections.


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