Raul's 2010 NFL Mock Draft
1. ST. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma*
There are rumors surrounding the Rams and the possible selection of Nebraska’s massive DT Ndamukong Suh. Don’t’ buy it. St. Louis is locked up on Bradford ever since his impressive pro day. He is the franchise quarterback the team has coveted since Kurt Warner was leading ‘The Greatest show on Turf”.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska
The Lions should consider hard the idea of protecting franchise QB Matt Stafford, so if the team decides to select an offensive lineman here no one will be shocked. But if they follow a goal-oriented plan, look for Detroit to pick up the draft’s best player. He is a difference maker who will give the Lions an instant upgrade on the defensive front.
3. Tampa Bay Bucs: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma*
Simply put it, the Bucs needs to get bigger and stronger up front. Teams took advantage of the D-line’s size and lack of depth much of last season. The former Sooner star has earned a reputation of a big time run stuffer, something the teams desperately needs. A Warren Sapp clone?
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State
The new Redskins QB, Donovan McNabb, will have some of the same problems former starter Jason Campbell experimented if the team do not improve its offensive front. Okung is by far the best offensive tackle available. A true anchor-type player with top notch intangibles.
5. Kansas City: Bryan Bulaga, OT Iowa*
GM Scott Pioli loves Tennessee’s Eric Berry, but he is a realist and knows the team will only go places with an improve offensive line. Bulaga’s stock had been rising ever since his Orange Bowl performance against highly regarded Georgia Tech End Derrick Morgan.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma
Despite craving for skill position players, it is the offensive tackle spot which tops Seattle’s wish list. Williams, who is probably more athletic than Bulaga, will give the club a sealer on the right side.
7. Cleveland: Eric Berry, S Tennessee*
GM Mike Holmgren knows a bargain when he sees one and this is the first true steal of the draft. Berry is arguable the second best player available. He should give the Browns much mélange secondary an immediate boost. His top notch cover skills and hard hitting prowess will made the defense a better unit from Day One of training camp.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland*
All bets are off regarding this team. If they draft accordingly to needs, finding a strong tackle should be priority number one. It does not matter who is under center, he will not be successful unless more beef is added up front. The 6-foot-6 Campbell had the bulk and the athletic ability to become a Pro Bowl player.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame
The desire for a fresh start outweighs the need for any other position, even one as critical as offensive tackle. There are concerns about Clausen’s ability to throw the deep ball, especially in windy conditions. Nevertheless, the Bills had no choice but to take a gamble on him. He does have more natural talent than Brady Quinn, the player he is compares to most frequently, but he has the same questions (arm strength and desire) the former Irish star had going in to the draft.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech*
The signing of pass rushing specialist Aaron Kampman did nothing to temp the team desire for a blue chip edge playmaker. Morgan’s stock has fluctuated in recent months, but he remains one of the most athletic players available. His non-stop motor and superior lateral agility are too good to pass up here.
11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State*
Bryant became a Bronco, unofficially, the moment the team traded Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins. He may not have the top end speed other WRs in this class have, but his size, leading prowess and uncanny ability to get separation are second to none. He has the talent to become a perennial pro bowler.
12. Miami Dolphins: Rolando McClain, ILB Alabama*
The addition of Marshall simplified GM Bill Parcells’ job. The ‘Fins defense is in need of a major overhaul. McClain’s run defense and better-than-expected agility will give the team a big time different maker in the front seven. Look for him to become a fixture at MLB early in his career.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB Florida*
The Niners gave off a ton of yarded to wide, slot receivers last season. With this in mind, the team will like to fix it by selecting shutdown corner with some pop. Once viewed as a top ten pick, Haden, who is clearly the draft’s best cornerback, fill that bill completely.
14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson
After taking care of their offensive line, Pete Carroll will look for a skill position player with difference making capability. Spiller is a true workhorse back with the speed and explosiveness to take it to the house every time he touches the football.
15. New York Giants: Dan Williams, DT Tennessee
Giant Nation wants a sexy pick here, but the team’s brass knows that revamping the defense, especially the front four, is their first priority. The club lacked depth and size along the defensive line last year. The selection of Williams will help on both ends.
16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE South Florida*
The team never recuperated its pass rushing edge following the departure of Albert Heynesworth two years ago. Pierre-Paul has the necessary pass rushing skills to give the team a constant presence on the outside.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers*
After CB, the next big need in San Fran is finding a right tackle. Davis’ unspectacular Combine numbers pushed his stock much lower than anticipated. If the team finds him here, they will be hard press to ignore him. When motivated, he is a superior run blocker with a huge pro ceiling.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, G Idaho
QB Ben Roethlisberger has put on impressive numbers ever since arriving at Pittsburgh. But imagine what he could have done if he had some big time blockers in front of him instead of having to run for his life every other play. Iupati is one the better guard prospects in years. He should solidify the inside of a pedestrian offensive line.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
The Falcons could look at Notre Dame’s WR Golden Tate, but he maybe too much of a gamble at this point. Aside wide receiver, Atlanta needs an edge rusher with athleticism. Graham, the MVP of the Senior Bowl, can provide the club with that and more. Thanks to his superior agility and balance, he would be able to line up or down, rushing the passer from the front or back end of the defense front seven.
20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson, CB Boise State
Forget about grabbing a RB here, the Texans need big time help in the secondary more than they need another back. Some in the organization wants to take Texas’ safety Earl Thomas here, but Wilson is the choice primarily because of his projected ability to replace the team best CB, Dunta Robinson.
21. Cincinnati: Earl Thomas, S Texas*
The team will waste little time to hand over their draft card if the athletic Thomas is still on the board. Aside Berry, Thomas is the only safety prospect capable of covering, man-to-man, the other team’s best receiver on a consistent basis.
22. New England: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB TCU
Hughes’ 26 sacks in the last two years are tough to ignore. As is the fact that he was the top defender on one of the nation’s top defensive units. One of the most intriguing prospects around, Hughes will be paring with all everything ILB Jerod Mayo to give the Patriots one of the best, young linebacker corps in the league.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT USC
As with the Steelers, the Packers are wasting QB Aaron Rodgers considerable skills behind a mediocre offensive line. Despite the recent re-signing of LT Chad Clifton (33 years old) this team needs an upgrade at the position. Brown’s talent is sublime, but appreciable. He is a very good pass blocker and an underrated run sealer. With time and effort, he can develop into a solid starter.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Weatherspoon, LB Missouri
The Eagle’s linebacker unit suffered from an injury ravage 2009. The same cannot happen this season if the team expects to compete for a Super Bowl title. Weatherspoon is viewed by Philadelphia’s defensive coaches as a ‘Mike’ linebacker. A player who can roam the line sideline-to-sideline looking for the football.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Jared Odrick, DT Penn State
With the acquisition of WR Anquan Boldin the Ravens took care of their primary offensive need. Now they will shift their attention to an aging defense. Odrick’s versatility, he is viewed as DT/DE/OLB-type of player, who will prowl the outside.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Sergio Kindle, DE Texas
The departure of Boldin will not force the Cardinals into reaching for his replacement here. Instead, the team will look to add another up field rusher with covering skills. If there were for some nagging injuries, Kindle would have been rated higher. Fast and explosive, the former Longhorn should find a home on the right side of Arizona front seven.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Taylor Mays, S USC
Jerry Jones will like to find a staring caliber offensive tackle here, but if the ultra talented Mays are still available, he will put that desire aside, for at least a round, to take one of the draft’s most intriguing players. His speed (reportedly ran a 4.29 at Indianapolis), size and explosiveness are freakish.
28. San Diego Charges: Ryan Mathews, RB Fresno State*
Another team that will waste little time in making its selection. Running back is the Chargers number one priority with the release of LaDainian Tomlinson. Mathews’ ability to run outside the numbers had never been question, but what impressed scouts was his intense inside running during the second part of the season. A workhorse back with breakaway speed.
29. New York Jets: Everson Griffen, DE USC*
After trading for Santonio Holmes, WR is no longer the Jets top priority. Finding a consistent pass rusher is. The team has unofficially given up on former 1st round pick Vernon Gholston, thus the need for a DE is that much higher. Griffen’s ability to play the run and rush the passer with explosiveness (ran a 4.59) separates him from Brian Price, the other rusher the team has been scouting.
30. Minnesota: Kareem Jackson, CB Alabama*
They could use another guard, but the concerns regarding CB Cedric Griffin make finding a corner a ‘must’. Jackson is one of the late risers in this draft thanks to his combination of size and agility. Two traits the Vikings sorely need in an injury-riddle secondary.
31. Indianapolis: Maurkice Pouncey, C Florida*
Payton Manning will love this pick. With staring center, Jeff Saturday getting up in age, a replacement is more than need it. Although Pouncey is viewed as more of a guard than a true center, his versatility will allow him to slide in the middle without much effort. He has all the characteristics of an anchor.
32. New Orleans: Brian Price, DT UCLA*
Despite their Super Bowl title, the Saints know they need more beef upfront. The defensive line looked lethargic most of the second half of the season. Enter Price, an active player with some explosiveness and pop. Could be a sleeper.