1. St. Louis Rams Ndumakong Suh DT, Nebraska
This seems familiar, but it is very different from the last time the Rams selected a Husker defensive linemen. Suh is hands down the best prospect in the 2010 draft. The talk so far is that Suh will be the pick, but there’s still so much time between now and the draft. Suh will become a dominant force on the inside and doesn’t have any character issues…his only weakness is that he cares too much.
2. Detroit Lions Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma State
The Lions have a good start to their rebuilding, but they need to keep Stafford on his feet. He’s gotten injured three times now and he’s too important to their franchise to become injury prone. Okung is the best tackle in this year’s draft and he’ll be able to start from day one. Gerald McCoy is another direction they could go.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald McCoy DT, Oklahoma
The Bucs should be able to choose between safety Eric Berry and McCoy here. Either pick would help their struggling defense. McCoy isn’t too far behind Suh in terms of value. McCoy can play tackle in a 4-3 or move out to an end position for a team sporting the 3-4. He has a nonstop motor and plays just about every play.
4. Kansas City Chiefs Eric Berry S, Tennessee
I think Berry is the second best prospect this year, behind Suh. Bernard Pollard was a huge mistake to let go. So they make up for that mistake somewhat here. Berry could go higher, but safeties don’t have high positional value.
5. Washington Redskins Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
Jason Campbell has been playing pretty well this season, but is it enough to keep him in Washington? Looks like Zorn is as good as gone, so Campbell may be gone as well.
6. Cleveland Browns Rolando McClain LB, Alabama
If McClain comes out, he’ll be the best linebacker and was the leader of one of the top defenses in the country in 2009. There are so many different directions that the Browns could go with this pick. Defense is their greatest need, most desperately at everywhere except nose tackle.
7. Seattle Seahawks Jimmy Clausen QB, Notre Dame
Does this look right? I think it does. It certainly makes sense. Matt Hasselbeck isn’t getting any younger, so why not take the potential QB of your future? Clausen had 28 touchdowns compared to 4 interceptions this past season. Notre Dame haters say he sucks, but you can’t deny those numbers.
8. Oakland Raiders Taylor Mays S, USC
Taking the player with a fast 40 time instead of drafting based on a player’s other skills is just silly…Are you there Al? It’s Jeremy.
9. Buffalo Bills Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
The Bills need a lot. They’ll be searching for offensive and defensive linemen and a quarterback probably this coming offseason. After trading Jason Peters, the Bills were left pretty thin on their O-line. They were hit hard with injuries this year. The cure for that is to always have “jars on the shelf.” That means back-ups and practice squad linemen. Always keep enough. If you don’t, you end up with Richie Incognito.
10. Denver Broncos (from Bears) Carlos Dunlap DE, Florida
Judging where Dunlap will go is going to be difficult, especially as time goes on. Hopefully he’ll make things more clear after his combine and private workouts. Of course, he does have his baggage (DUI, questionable work ethic).
11. Tennessee Titans Brandon Spikes LB, Florida
Keith Bullock (plus David Thornton) was just lost for the season. Bullock has been a staple of the Titans defense since he was drafted in 2000, unfortunately time has passed and he’s started to decline. Spikes would be a great addition for the mustache-riding, Manning-jersey-wearing Jeff Fisher.
12. San Francisco 49ers Joe Haden CB, Florida
49ers need quite an upgrade in their secondary. 26th in pass defense won’t cut it. Dre Bly is getting older. Haden looks to be the top corner in 2010 by a long shot. 3 Gators in a row? Oh well.
13. Miami Dolphins Jared Odrick DT, Penn State
Jason Ferguson is getting too old to be the prime player at such an important position. The Dolphins should draft a good defensive tackle to take his place. Odrick has good height and weight for the position.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars Donovan Warren CB, Michigan
Reggie Neslon, another first round bust, has lost his starting gig, and perhaps could be let go in the offseason. He has had a horrendous season, that came to a head on their Thursday night game against the Colts. The dude just doesn’t tackle. NFL.com says that he has 70 tackles. That has to be a lie. They need help in their secondary and pass rush.
15. San Francisco 49ers (from Panthers) Anthony Davis OT, Rutgers
Davis just declared and he has added to a solid offensive tackle group of potential first rounders. Physically, he’s ready and may be able to start from day one. San Fran gets two big needs filled with two high first round picks. Imagine if they got their QB situation figured out.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers Greg Hardy DE, Ole Miss
Hardy has some injury issues and is out for the rest of this season. There are some positions in the defensive front seven that the Steelers are getting old at. It’s time to get younger at the key positions for their 3-4.
17. New York Jets Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma State
Sanchez needs a big play, favorite target. Bryant’s stock won’t be too affected by his suspension from this season. I don’t think people will even remember it come April. Bryant is the best WR as of now for the 2010 draft. Let’s hope Rex Ryan doesn’t forget he has a chance at drafting a player in the first round.
18. New York Giants Mike Iupati OG, Idaho
The Giants appear to not need anything and taking a great inside offensive lineman in Iupati would be wise. I think Iupati could have very good workouts after the season, thus improving his draft status even more. Enough to be taken at number 20? Maybe.
19. Houston Texans CJ Spiller RB, Clemson
I don’t see Spiller falling this far in April, especially if Iupati is picked. I think he is top 15 material, no doubt. The kid is just a playmaker. The Texans can work on their defense in later rounds, their running game needs a guy like Spiller.
20. Seattle Seahawks (from Broncos) Ryan Mathews RB, Fresno State
Seattle needs a new RB and perhaps an heir to Matt Hasselbeck. Mathews was one of the best running backs in college this year, so he’ll definitely get a look in the first round, assuming all goes well in postseason workouts.
21. Baltimore Ravens Damian Williams WR, USC
Williams is the WR that Joe Flacco has been praying for in Baltimore. He really needs a number one receiver, especially since Derrick Mason won’t be back next year. I think Ozzie Newsome is one of the best GMs, if not the best GM in the NFL right now. Just look at his first round picks.
22. Atlanta Falcons Sean Weatherspoon LB, Missouri
The Falcons spent 6 of their 7 draft picks last year on defense. It hasn’t helped this season, but I’m sure down the road they’ll improve. There’s still work to be done on their defense however. Sean Weatherspoon isn’t spectacular, but he is very consistent and will be a solid pick.
23. New England Patriots Dan Williams DT, Tennessee
The Patriots will be looking to get young on their defense and try to get back to the level they’re used to. This team has regressed and it’s because they haven’t had a productive draft class since 2005.
24. Green Bay Packers Bryan Bulaga OT, Iowa
Ted Thompson will take the best available player and it will fill a need here. It’s amazing what the Pack’s defense has done this year, considering this is their first year in the 3-4. Their real problem is on the line. Their tackles are getting older and it’s time to inject some youth.
25. Dallas Cowboys Bruce Campbell OT, Maryland
Dallas needs a new LT. Flozell Adams should be gone and Campbell would be able to come in and maybe start in his rookie season. Solidifying their offensive line could help their December woes, although they did beat the Saints, which is quite impressive. Maybe they’ve turned a corner.
26. Cincinnati Bengals Brandon LaFell WR, LSU
Unfortunately, the Bengals now need a WR. Just as Chris Henry was turning it around, he was taken away. Please pray for his family and friends.
27. Arizona Cardinals Charles Brown OT, USC
Arizona’s offensive line has been horrendous this year. If they want to be an annual playoff contender, they’ll need a better O-line. Their defense front could also use some youth.
28. Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Graham DE, Michigan
Many linebackers on the Eagles are headed for free agency, but Abiamiri may leave to get a big contract. I don’t think the Eagles would try to retain him too hard. The Eagles look to be a continuing force in the league, even as they lose players.
29. Minnesota Vikings Colt McCoy QB, Texas
Will Favre get another ring? There are a lot of questions, including that one, for the Vikings after this season. So for now, I’m having them take McCoy, assuming Favre retires. They could use a defensive end opposite of Jared Allen, maybe some help on the offensive line as well. If Favre doesn’t get his act together, he’s going to lose out on another chance of a title.
30. New Orleans Saints Sergio Kindle LB, Texas
Defense would seem to be the only need of the Saints looking forward to this offseason. A linebacker or two, secondary perhaps since Darren Sharper is getting older. There are a number of linebackers that could be taken at this pick, Jerry Hughes, great pass rusher from TCU, among others.
31. Indianapolis Colts Trevard Lindley CB, Kentucky
The Colts need defense. David Garrard passed all over them and they couldn’t keep Sanchez and the Jets from scoring again. The Jaguars have an improved WR corp, but it embarrassed the Colts’ defense. All positions except for DE is an immediate need for the younger Polian in his first year for taking over for Bill.
32. San Diego Chargers Jahvid Best RB, Cal
You just have to wonder how much longer LT is going to last, or at least be effective. What if LT sits out in another playoff game? Will trade rumors start again? All are possibilities so the Chargers could go after a new RB. Best hopefully will make a full comeback from that terrible looking crash he took into the endzone a few months back.
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