The purpose and idea of this thread is so that we can keep the offseason mock drafts in one place. Now that we are officially in our offseason, there will be plenty of different topics to discuss but for organization purposes, we would like to keep them mocks in one place. So if you have a mock, or would like to submit one, please do not make a seperate FanPost to do so. Please post them in this thread that will be here for the entire offseason.
Below, smileyman and I have put together our 1.0 version mocks. As explained in the last official offseason thread, we will be doing 3 mocks total; 1 now (The 1.0), the 2nd after the Superbowl and the draft order is a little more clear (The 2.0), and finally, after the combine and the day before the draft once the order is in concrete (The 3.0).
JANUARY 7TH, 2010 1.0 VERSION MOCK DRAFT
1ST PICK 2010 DRAFT:
1. St. Louis Rams--Ndamukong Suh [DT] Nebraska
I beleive despite their needs at QB, the Rams cannot pass up a defensive lineman like Suh. He is a once in a decade type of player and will anchor that defensive line really well. With Little, Long, and Suh on the line, it will make it very difficult for opposing teams to run as well as give quarterbacks another thing to worry about. I feel solid with this pick here and my gut tells me the Rams will draft a QB in the 2nd. They may consider a guy like Vick in free agency also and if they don't do well again next year, there's always Jake Locker to persue. Steve Spagnuolo was a defensive coordinator so I am guessing he's going to want to build that defense first and foremost and let Jackson continue carrying the load on offense.
1. St. Louis Rams--Ndamukong Suh [DT] Nebraska
The Rams have two glaring needs this offseason. One is at the QB spot. One is on their defense. My guess is that they find a QB in the offseason to act as a stopgap while they fix their other problems, especially since their head coach is a former defensive cooridinator. In this draft there are two clear consenus picks for best overall players. The first is a boy named Suh, and the second is Eric Berry. No safety has ever been drafted in the top 5 of the draft, and this year will not be the year that it happens. The Rams have a fairly solid defensive line, and by adding Suh they will dramatically increase their ability to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks which will in turn help out their secondary immensely.
2ND PICK 2010 DRAFT:
2. Detroit Lions--Eric Berry [SS] Tennessee
The Lions need help anyway you chop it up primarily on defense. They rank 25th against the rush and 32nd against the pass. With Delmas already at FS, I beleive that the Lions by adding Berry instantly take the full burden off of Delmas' shoulders. Berry will also be able to help with the run and has had to do so quite a bit at Tennessee this season. He see's the field like a hawk and on run plays can stick his helmet in the thick of things when need be. After looking at all of the Lions rankings, this pick makes the most sense to me.
2. Detroit Lions--Gerald McCoy [DT] Oklahoma
The Lions have struggled mightily over the past decade, but I think they're starting to move in the right direction. Their offense has shown that it has the ability to put up big points, and I think that Stafford can become a big star in the league. The kid is tough and plays with grit, something that I think few of us thought he would do. Drafting McCoy will immediately improve their run defense as well as help out their secondary.
3RD PICK 2010 DRAFT:
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Russell Okung [OT] Oklahoma State
The Bucs will need to shore up that offensive line if they want to give Josh Freeman a chance to succeed in the NFL. Freeman showed alot of upside but in a bunch of different situations was forced to get rid of the ball before his receivers could finish running their route. Timing is everything in the NFL and I beleive Okung will make an instant impact on helping Freeman out in that department. The current LT (Donald Penn) was undrafted and also has played RT in the league before so the Bucs will be able to afford to spend the money on Okung as well as move Penn over to RT.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Derrick Morgan [DE] Georgia Tech
I originally had the Bucs picking Okung here because I thought they needed upgrades on their line. While they do need some upgrades there, they've actually got a fairly solid line with two young tackles who are improving. Football Outsiders actually ranks the Bucs offensive line better than ours for run blocking (we're ranked 32nd, they're ranked 29th), and much better at pass blocking (we're ranked 24th in pass blocking, they're ranked 11th.). Their pass defense is middle of the league but their run defense is horrid, giving up almost 160 yards per game on the ground. Derrick Morgan will be an instant upgrade for them and should provide a dramatic help in their run defense.
4TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
4. Washington Redskins--Jimmy Clausen [QB] Notre Dame
With all talks and rumors moving closer and closer in to Shanahan being named the next Head Coach for the Redskins, (and in fact, meetings have began this morning between Shanahan and Daniel Snyder), my gut tells me that Shanahan will want to have his very own hand picked QB to develop in the building of this franchise. Clausen will be the only quarterback coming out this year similar to Stafford and Sanchez that will be ready to go almost immediately. The talent is there for Clausen to rally around but the key for the Redskins to have any success will be for their RB's and WR's to stay healthy. But my intuition tells me that this makes the most sense for this franchise.
4. Washington Redskins--Jimmy Clausen [QB] Notre Dame
The Redskins have shown flashes of greatness but haven't been able to do anything consistently. They have a pretty good defense, but sorely need help on the offensive side of the ball. The entire coaching staff of the 'Skins was just fired, and I think Jason Campbell will feel the backwash of that and will be released this offseason. The Redskins desperately need a QB they can hang their hat on and Clausen is the best prospect.
5TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
5. Kansas City Chiefs--Dez Bryant [WR] Oklahoma State
With Todd Haley running the show and strong rumors that Charlie Weis will be the next Offensive Coordinator in KC, and them paying Matt Cassel all of that money, I think that Haley will want to bring a dynamite wide receiver like Bryant. My thoughts are that Haley will want to try and build what he had in Arizona and bringing in Bryant will be the first peice to accomplishing that. Bryant is the top prospect at this position and will live up to it if he gets enough targets.
5. Kansas City Chiefs--Russell Okung [OT] Oklahoma State
The Chiefs have also struggled mightily on run defense. They have a middle-of-the road pass defense but Football Outsiders ranks their run defense as the absolute worst in the league. Their offense isn't much better. Their run blocking is almost as bad as ours (31st in the league) and their pass blocking is ranked 26th. I think they upgrade the line here to protect their investment in Matt Cassel. Russel Okung is miraculously still on the board so they go grab him.
6TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
With all the injuries to the offensive line in Seattle this year and the lack of continuity there, I cannot imagine the Hawks not taking an offensive lineman with one of their two picks. Davis has really improved in all areas that were a concern at the start of the '09 season. He is a well rounded OT that has received a ton of attention after the bowl game he played in just recently. He will be start-ready and could make an immediate impact. Solid pick for a struggling Oline with this number 6.
6. Seattle Seahawks--Eric Berry [S] Tennessee
Like us the Seahawks have the luxury of two 1st round draft picks, and they're going to desperately need them. They have the 30th ranked passing defense. Their run defense is decent (ranked 13th according to FO), but the pass defense is killing them. They have issues on offense too. Hasselbeck is getting old and they don't have a replacement for him. Their line struggles as well (25th in running, 22nd passing). With this pick they have the luxury of getting the best remaing defensive player on their board and he'll provide an immediate upgrade for their pass defense.
7TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
7. Cleveland Browns--Gerald McCoy [DT] Oklahoma
I beleive that Holmgren will give Brady Quinn one more year to develop. If they pick a quarterback, it wont be until mid to later rounds. Quinn is still very young and Holmgren tends to give quarterbacks a fair shake at things. With McCoy slipping this far down, he will be a "cannot pass on" pick here. The Browns finished 29th against the run this year and will need someone solid like McCoy to get after quarterbacks and stuff up lanes for RB's to run through. In the last 4 games, there was signs of life. I think the players are excited that Holmgren is there and will play above their capabilities from here on out.
7. Cleveland Browns--Sam Bradford [QB] Oklahoma
The Brady Quinn experiment has also come to an end in Cleveland. Derek Anderson clearly isn't the answer for them either. They finished the season on a strong note behind the running of Jerome Harrison but defenses will soon learn to key up on that. They actually have a fairly solid offensive line (14th in run blocking, 15th in pass blocking). What they lack is a QB. With Holmgren coming to town I expect to see them developing a high octane offense. Clausen is gone, which leaves Bradford as the best QB left in the draft.
8TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
8. Oakland Raiders--Tony Pike [QB] Cincinnati
I was torn on this pick because the Raiders defense ranked 29th against the rush while they ranked 7th against the pass, so I was originally thinking Morgan for this pick since more than likely Seymour will leave Oakland. However, after seeing everything I have this year at the QB position for them, i cannot fathom them picking anything but QB with this pick. Pike is in my opinion the second best QB coming out this year and from what I have seen would be a good fit for the Raiders. Pike is big, fast, and has a better than average cannon to deliver it to his speedy WR's which Davis will eat up.
8. Oakland Raiders--Taylor Mays [S] USC
Lots of failed QB experiments in this draft. Jamarcus Russell's time in Oakland has come to an end. Gradowski played very good for them before he got hurt and I expect that they'll offer him the starting job next year and either draft a QB in the later rounds to be backup or give Charlie Frye that role. The biggest need for the Raiders (besides a new owner) is in their secondary. Taylor Mays is the perfect fit for them. He's hard hitting, exciting to watch and a big risk taker. If he has a great combine there's no way Al can pass up on him.
9TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
9. Buffalo Bills--Sam Bradford [QB] Oklahoma
While Fitzpatrick did pretty decent after coming on for Edwards, I beleive that the Bills need a quarterback pretty bad. Bradford took a pretty big hit twice this year and had to once again have surgery. That is why he falls this far in the draft. The Bills will probably be the most probable team to take a chance on Bradford and hope he heals up and can play like he did when he was at OU. Bradford has (or had depending on the outcome of his surgery) addequate arm strength but his accuracy is what makes him so valuable. Bradford may not start initially but should be ready by year end. Thus giving his shoulder even another season to get back to normal. The Bills have alot up in the air, but the one thing that has been commonly said is that they need a franchise QB.
9. Buffalo Bills--Bruce Campbell [OT] Maryland
This pick is iffy. This morning the new GM announced a complete firing of the entire coaching staff. This will mean a complete overhaul in both offensive and defensive strategy, which will in turn make for an interesting draft. I originally had them picking up Tony Pike here, but that's a big reach even if they need a new QB desperately. Their pass blocking is in the bottom three in the league, though their run blocking is decent enough. Both their offensive tackles have been dealing with injury issues and neither of them has played the whole season. Campbell will provide depth as well as being an upgrade. They'll go after a QB in FA or in the later rounds.
10TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
10. Jacksonville Jaguars--Earl Thomas [S] Texas
Jacksonville has one of the worst secondaries in the league ranked at 27th in the NFL. I beleive that this was one of, if not the biggest hinderance in why the Jags fell at the end of the season. Thomas has great coverage skills which is what the Jags need badly back there. Thomas is not the best in coming up to help with the run but the Jags were about average in that area. Because Thomas has received so much national attention, he will most likely be a very solid pick for the Jags here. Del Rio will be looking to add a few missing peices to this defense in the offseason.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars--Earl Thomas [S] Texas
Surprisingly Jackonsville has a top 10 offensive line, though their pass protection leaves much to be desired. The team ranks 9th in the league in rushing (hello MJD), but 19th in passing. Their defense is awful though, particularly against the pass. I originally had them taking Tim Tebow for the tickets he can sell (and they might still go that way), but I think they upgrade their defense here. Earl Thomas will provide some much needed help in the secondary.
11TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
With Nolan now running the show in Denver as far as defense is concerned, he will clamor for his version of Patrick Willis. While there will be nobody in this draft or possibly ever (TBD) as far as LB is concerned comparible to Willis, McClain will be the closest thing to it. McClain is solid in all facets of his game. He is fast, sees the field great, flies to the ball, and just basically has a built in magnet to go after the ball. Andra Davis is getting up there in age and there just won't be another guy like this in the draft in 2011. He is a can't miss for the Broncos with this pick.
11. Denver Broncos from Chicago Bears--Rolondo McClain [LB] Alabama
The Broncos are pretty set at offense. Kyle Orton won't end up in the Hall of Fame but he's a solid starter for them. Their offensive line is the best in the league, and any RB they draft will have great numbers behind it. They've got some great receivers as well. Where they really struggle is their defense, particularly their run defense. They run a 3-4 so I debated about giving them Terrence Cody, but Ronald Fields has been playing pretty good for them at NT. I think they improve their linebackers by picking up the best LB in the draft. McLain already plays 3-4 so won't have to adjust any and he's terrific against the run.
12TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
12. Miami Dolphins--C.J. Spiller [RB] Clemson
The Dolphins will be very happy to get Spiller with this pick. Spiller can do it all and between Henne, Pat White, Ronnie Brown, and C.J. Spiller, the Dolphins will be extremely hard to stop. Spiller can also line up at wide out and like brown, can throw the ball. If you have all these weapons, the sky is the limit and will be a very exciting team. As much as I would like to see Spiller fall to the Niners, I just cannot see the Dolphins passing up an opportunity like this in such a perfect fit like Spiller.
12. Miami Dolphins--Tim Tebow [QB] Florida
There's no denying that Tebow has talent. There's also no denying that he has issues with his mechanics, and that opinions on his ability as an NFL quarterback are sharply divided. Bill Parcells has said that he thinks Tebow is a top 10 talent. If he truly thinks that there's no way he passes him up at #12, especially not with the serious concussion that Pat White just took. Henne is a decent QB, but Tebow would be deadly with the wildcat. This will be a controversial pick should Parcells go this way.
13TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
13. San Francisco 49ers--Bruce Campbell [OT] Maryland
We all know that we have suffered the most on our offensive line. Campbell is everything that Snyder is not. He uses his hands very very well, he's big, strong, and very quick on his feet. He is an instant fix at the RT position and will give Alex Smith and Frank Gore a strong vote of confidence heading in to next year. There are a couple more possibilities at the OT position here but in my gut, I feel like Campbell would be the best fit on this Niners squad.
13. San Francisco 49ers--Anthony Davis [OT]
There's no denying that our biggest needs in the offseason a new OT, new OG, PR/KR, and a safety. With the luxury of two first round picks we can fix the most glaring needs first. Anthony Davis is the best tackle on the board. He's not a huge guy but he could step in at RT and immediately be an improvement over Adam "Turnstile" Snyder.
14TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
14. Seattle Seahawks from Denver Broncos--Colt McCoy [QB] Texas
With Hasselback going on 36 years old, I think that the Hawks will do much like what the Packers did with Favre and Aaron Rodgers. McCoy will be last of the projected first round quarterbacks to go in the 1st. McCoy is coming from an offense that hasn't always translated the best. McCoy however has great character and even greater work ethic. Hasselbeck will instantly take a liking to McCoy and take him under his wing to teach him everything he knows before handing over the reins. The Texas QB has a pretty good arm but has a long release. He will need to fine tune his mechanics and will only have a quick year or two to do that before taking over for Hasselbeck.
14. Seattle Seahawks from Denver Broncos--Brian Bulaga [OT] Iowa
Having picked a solution for their secondary the Seahawks move on to their next biggest area of need, offensive line. Bulaga is the best tacle on the board at this point and should provide an immediate upgrade.
15TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
15. New York Giants--Brandon Spikes [LB] Florida
Middle Linebacker has not been a strong point for the Giants defense. They finished in the middle of the pack both against the run and the pass. Chase Blackburn and Jonathan Goff have been less than stellar and Spikes will bring an energy and fight to the Giants defense which struggled and lost motivation at the end of the year. Spikes will make an immediate impact and help that defensive line out in getting to the QB.
15. New York Giants--Brandon Spikes [LB] Florida
How the mighty have fallen. The New York Giants won a Super Bowl mostly on the backs of their stellar defense (with a bit of help from an amazing catch by David Tyree). Now their defense is pedestrian at best and has let them get blown out by the Saints, the Eagles, the Broncos, the Panthers, and the Vikings to finish off the season. The offense can put up big points if they want to, but the defense isn't getting the job done at all. Spikes can come in and be an immediate upgrade at LB.
16TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
16. Tennessee Titans--Jerry Hughes [DE] TCU
With Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch slowly turning in to fossils, the Titans will need someone to step in and bring some energy. Hughes has great moves and can come in and bring some energy and fire to that defensive line that has slowly been smoldering. Haynesworths departure has hurt more than Fisher has lead on and I tihnk it showed early on in the season. Hughes will be a good fit and an excellent pick up at 16.
16. Tennessee Titans--Eric Norwood [OLB] South Carolina
Thanks to VY's resurgence QB is no longer a position of need for the Titans. They obviously don't need help at RB, not with Chris Johnson smashing records left and right. When the second and third leading tacklers on your team are defensive ends you know youv'e got issues at LB. Tulloch is a pretty good ILB, but the OLBs for the Titans are not very good at all. I'm thinking they upgrade their defense here by getting one of the best LBs left on the board.
17TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
17. San Francisco 49ers from Carolina Panthers--Taylor Mays [S] USC
Mays has received a bit of criticism in that he takes bad angles and doesn't wrap up. The good news is that those things can be taught at the NFL level and Mays is very quick to pick up technique. Mays fits Singletary's smash-mouth philosophy and Mays will receive more coaching and attention that was available to him and or taught in college. With Goldson and Mays lurking in the secondary, we will have one of the most feared secondaries in the league. If both Goldson and Mays can fine tune their ability in coverage, the blitz possiblities are endless. Manusky will love this pick up here and will take advantage of having such an athletic defensive secondary.
17. San Francisco 49ers from Carolina Panthers--Mike Iupati [G] Idaho
Ipuati is probably the best guard prospect to come along in years and quite possibly the best offensive linemen prospect in this year's draft. If he were an offensive tackle he'd be going in the top 5, but since he plays guard he moves down the boards a bit. He's got the heighth and weight to play LT, but whether or not he has the quickness is something that's yet to be determined. If he plays OT at the Senior Bowl and does well he might move up several slots
18TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
18. Pittsburgh Steelers--Derrick Morgan [DE] Georgia Tech
With Travis Kirschke having a horrible season, the Steelers will draft Morgan to come in and add an explosive element to that defensive line to help the linebackers out. Morgan is one of the top defensive linemen coming in to the NFL this year. Besides this obvious hole in the Steelers defense, It's hard to see them passing on Morgan here at number18.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers--Terrence Cody [NT] Alabama
Polamalu should be back next year, so a replacement for him isn't an immediate concern (although they will n eed to address that soon). However they're running very thin at NT. Casey Hampton has been playing for 9 years. His contract is up this year and he's a Free Agent. He may or may not be resigned, depending on what he wants. The backup Chris Hoke has also been in the league for 9 years (and is really only good enough to be a solid backup). If Hampton isn't resigned, Cody can start right away. If he is resigned Cody can learn the ropes and take over in a couple of years.
19TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
19. Atlanta Falcons--Joe Haden [CB] Florida
Atlanta's secondary finished 28th against the pass and really don't have a true number 1 cornerback per say. Haden is probably the best prospect at this position but still will need to work a bunch on his mechanics once he starts facing some of the more elite wide recievers in the NFL. Haden is very quick and could potentially help in the return game as well. The Falcons defense was fairly decent against the run but severely needs help against the pass. Haden will be a solid pick for the Falcons at this slot.
19. Atlanta Falcons--Joe Haden [CB] Florida
The Falcons have a wide open offense and are set at QB with Matt Ryan (who had a worse year statistically than did Alex Smtih). They have an elite TE and Roddy White had almost 1200 yards receiving on the year. Their pass defense is one of the worst in the league and they have no depth at all at CB. Haden will help out with that depth and should be a big upgrade for them.
20TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
20. Houston Texans--Jonathan Dwyer [RB] Georgia Tech
The Texans are still looking for the guy that can carry the load on offense to give them a balanced run/ pass attack. Right now they are currently 30th in rushing offense. They went through a plethra of RB's as the season went on and Dwyer has decent hands, can smash people and is a well-rounded perfect-fit back for this Houston offense. He has a similar skill-set as our own Frank Gore.
20. Houston Texans--C.J. Spiller [RB] Clemson
Surprisingly Houston passed for more yards this year than any other team (including Indy). Their rushing offense is not good. They're ranked 30th in rushing yards (though San Diego and Indy are worse). Their defense is solidly in the middle of the pack and they have no glaring holes in either run defense or pass defense. I think they look to upgrade their offense to become more two-dimensional. Spiller will be an immediate upgrade over Chris Brown and Ryan Moats.
21ST PICK 2010 DRAFT
21. New York Jets--Damian Williams [WR] USC
Braylon Edwards hasn't exactly been consistant in catching the ball...it's really feast or famine with him. Yes, he gives you a big play from time to time but they need someone consistant; they get that in Williams. Williams is fast and runs routes with precision. He will give young quarterback Mark Sanchez a bit more confidence than Edwards has. It will be a solid pick for Sanchez to grow up and develop with not to mention the already developed chemistry they had when they played together at USC.
21. New York Jets--Trent Williams [OT] Oklahoma
The New York Jets have a great defense. They're ranked #1 against the pass and have two of the best CBs in the league. They have a stout run defense as well that's been hampered with the injury to NT Kris Jenkins. He should be back next year and should be good for a couple more seasons so that's not a great need. They have two pretty solid RBs in Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene, and Mark Sanchez will be their QB for a long time to come. However they've got serious issues on their offensive line and they have no real go to guy other than Braylon Edwards. Decent WR's can be had in the later rounds so they go with the upgrade to their offensive line with Trent Williams. Williams started the year ranked as one of the best (if not the best) OT in college football but his stock has slipped some. However he's shown that he's got the versatility to play many positions, so he's still worth a first round pick.
22ND PICK 2010 DRAFT
22. Baltimore Ravens--Brandon LaFell [WR] LSU
I have a strong feeling that LaFell next year will be in the talks for the rookie of the year award. The Ravens will more than likely be losing Mason to free agency and have never really had a superstar at the WR position. LaFell could potentially be that for them and gives Flacco a potentially great, young target to throw it to as a true number one. This should help that offense out tremendously.
22. Baltimore Ravens--Dez Bryant [WR] Oklahoma State
It's surprising that Baltimore only has a 9-7 record. They're a top 5 rushing team with the powerful duo of McGahee and Rice. They're still a top 5 defense. They've got an incredible line with Gaither and Oher bookending it. Their TE is one of the better TEs in the league and their QB had breakout rookie year and an even better secondary year. However they only have one receiving threat and that's Derrick Mason who's been around for 13 seasons and is a FA in 2010. By drafting Bryant the Ravens could afford to give Mason a one or two year deal and then allow Bryan to take over the main receiving role.
23RD PICK 2010 DRAFT
23. Arizona Cardinals--Jermaine Gresham [TE] Oklahoma
The Cards may be looking to add a another dyanamic piece to an already potent offense. Gresham will be just one more weapon for Warner to target. Gresham also is a great blocking TE so this will open it up even more for them on offense. The defense has played pretty decent but they could shock alot of folks and go there also.
23. Arizona Cardinals--Jerry Hughes [DE] TCU
Arizona has always relied on it's high octane passing attack. They have a solid offensive line, great WRs and two promising RBs. They'll probably have to get another backup QB soon, since it looks like Leinart might not be the guy they want. They need help at OLB though, as Dansby is the only real playmaker they have. Both of their OLBs are getting old in the tooth and should be upgraded. Hughes will bring some much needed depth to the position as well as a set of fresh legs.
24TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
24. Cincinnati Bengals--Arrelios Benn [WR] Illinois
The Bengals are in need of another target for Palmer. Benn presents a big target and physical as well. He can block well on the run plays and wont get chucked around because of his size. Now with Larry Johnson and Cedric Benson and a balanced attack, it may be important to add a well-rounded larger sized WR. With Ochocinco as the number one, Benn as the number two, and Coles out of the slot, Palmer will be a happy camper and have alot more options than he has now on any given pass play.
24. Cincinnati Bengals--Golden Tate [WR] Notre Dame
Cincinatti has done something this year that they've never done before, which is completely sweep their division (and in my opinion it's the toughest division in football). They've got a tough defense, a pretty impressive running back (two of them with LJ there), and a great WR in Ochocinco. Just one though, and that's the problem. The #2 guy is Laveranues Coles who has been around the league for too long. Tate played WR at a passing university in a pro-style offense. With Ochocinco also in his 9th year Tate provides some good youth movement for the Bengals.
25TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
25. New England Patriots--Mike Iupati [G] Idaho
With Stephen Neal getting pretty old, I am not sure if he will retire when the season is over but even if he doesn't, he will need to be replaced to protect the Pats number one prized asset in Brady. Iupati is bar none the best possible replacement that could come in for Stephen Neal. The Idaho guard will also be explosive in the run game and is the most well-rounded offensive lineman coming out this year.
25. New England Patriots--Sergio Kindle [OLB] Texas
Kindle currently plays DE for Texas but is the right size to make the switch to OLB in a 3-4. At right OLB the Patriots have Adalius Thomas who is still chugging along. At left OLB they have Pierre Woods and Tully Banta Cain, neither of whom are more than journeymen. Kindle should be an upgrade for the Patriots as well as providing much needed depth.
26TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
26. Green Bay Packers--Trent Williams [OT] Oklahoma
The Packers most glaring issue this year has been keeping the back of Aaron Rodgers jersey from getting grass stains on it. Williams is a verstile tackle and can play both Tackle positions at Right or Left. This should help out in protection tremendously in giving Rodgers even more time to find his receivers. Williams should start at the RT position initially and possibly transition over someday to LT similar to what Staley did for the Niners.
26. Green Bay Packers--Ciron Black [OT] LSU
The Packers have an incredibly solid team. They have two 1000 yard receivers, a running back who ran for 1200 yards, and a QB who's ranked among the top this year. They have two of the best safeties in the league and the best run defense in the league. The offensive line has struggled this year, partly due to injury and partly due to age. Tauscher started the year at LT but has since been replaced by Allen Barbre who is making his first starts. Tyson Lang is a 4th round rookie on the other side. Ciron Black is an imposing figure. He's started 52 straight games for LSU. Right now he plays RT, but he's also played LT and has the size to move back to that spot if needed. He'll provide some depth to the Packer's offensive line and compete immediately for starting spot.
27TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
27. Philadelphia Eagles--Morgan Burnett [SS] Georgia Tech
Both SS's for the Eagles have struggled and got burnt in coverage all year long. The Eagles will have to patch up this hole for next year or teams will continue to go over the top on them. Mikell and Demps just aren't the answer there for them at Strong Safety. I don't really think they need too much more help on offense as they have done just fine in the pass and the run. They have scored a ton of points in most games, so I am sure offense will be a mid tier concern.
27. Philadelphia Eagles--Dexter McCluster [RB] Ole Miss
The Eagles used to be known as a rushing team that threw it every once in awhile. This year they've gone almost exclusively to the passing game and are actually ranked 10th in the league right now. Where they're hurting is in the running game Westbrook suffered a series of concussions this year that knocked him out for most of the season. He might not be back. McCoy and Buckley aren't real stars at that position either. McCluster was originally projected to be a mid second to early 3rd round pick, but his performance at the Cotton Bowl has made his stock rise. He'll fill a real position of need with the Eagles.
28TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
Dallas Cowboys--Sean Weatherspoon [OLB/ILB] Missouri
Weatherspoon will be a great linebacker replacement for James who has struggled a bit this season. At this point in the draft, Jerry Jones will not be able to pass him up. With an already good defense, Weatherspoon is the missing link to have one of the best linebacking corps in the NFL. There will be options available in the 2nd round that will help them repair their secondary and it would be too high of a pick to go after anyone else as far as secondary is concerned.
26. Dallas Cowboys--Reshad Jones [FS] Georgia
Dallas has probably played the best football since Tony Romo became the starter. They've played lights out in December and are a juggernaut on offense with a powerful run game and a potent passing attack. They have a strong run defense but where they struggle is with the pass. They've got solid CBs, but their safeties aren't all that great. Jones should be an upgrade for them. At 6'2, 212 lbs he's got great size. He's had a tremondous year with 61 tackles, 1 FF, 4 INTs, and 6 passes defended.
29TH PICK 2010 DRAFT
29. Minnesota Vikings--Brian Bulaga [OT] Iowa
Bulaga should come in and help out at the RT position which has been average. Average will not cut it next season. Especially if Favre doesn't come back. If it was just a one year wonder type of thing for the Vikes with Favre, the ball will go back in to Adrian Peterson's hands.
29. Minnesota Vikings--Sean Weatherspoon [OLB] Missouri
The Vikings are another team with a great offense, solid run defense and mediocre pass defense. The pass defense is kind of an odd thing since they have two great CBs in Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield. They could also use some serious help with their LBs as well--none of them have recorded 100 tackles this year. Weatherspoon has played great ball since stepping into the starting role in 2007. He can play run support, he can rush the passer, and he can drop back into coverage. Holding him back from being a much higher pick are his size and speed (mostly his speed). He should still be an upgrade for Minnesota's linebacker group.
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30. San Diego Chargers--Sergio Kindle [OLB] Texas
With Merriman probably on his way out, the Chargers will look to replace him. Kindle is fast off the edge and will present a presence both in rushing the QB and stopping the run. KIndle will be an absolute steal at this slot in the draft.
30. San Diego Chargers--Ricky Sapp [DE/OLB] Clemson
It's a good thing that San Diego has such a high scoring offense. Otherwise they wouldn't have anywhere near the kind of record that they do now. Their rushing offense is ranked 31st in the league (even with LT and Sproles). Their pass defense is ranked 11th, and their run defense is 20th. They've got a really bad situation coming up (depending on what happens with the CBA). McNeil, Sproles, Jackson and Merriman are all potential UFA's this year. It's tough to say what they'll do until their status is resolved but right now I'm going with Ricky Sapp as the choice. He'll provide some much needed depth, as well as providing a potential replacement for Merriman should he decide not to stick around.
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31. New Orleans Saints--Terrence Cody [DT] Alabama
Neither DT for the Saints has really been stand-out but have been servicable. Cody will add an element of both size and chaos for opposing teams whether against the run or the pass. Cody will present a Williams brothers-like feel to the interior of that Dline. Strong, Big, and Menacing are the three words I find the best to describe Cody.
31. New Orleans Saints--DeAndre McDaniel [S] Clemson
Darren Sharper isn't getting any younger and might not be around next year. Roman Harper is also going to be a FA. If either one of them leave there will be huge holes in the New Orleans secondary. McDaniels has all the tools needed to fill those. He actually started his collegiate career out at LB before moving to safety. He's exploded on to the scene in 2009, recording 98 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF, and 8 INTs, 1 of which he ran back for a TD. It might be wise for him to go back for another year, because if he does he'll be sure to see his draft stock rise. If he doesn't he'll fit right in with the Saints.
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32. Indianapolis Colts--Golden Tate [WR] Notre Dame
With no where else to go really, it seems like the Colts are always stacking WR's for Manning to throw to. Tate could be a major problem out of the slot and eventually taking over as the number two next to Reggie Wayne. It wont be too many more years before Wayne starts the decent downhill and age grabs a hold of him. With Wayne, Gonzales (next year), Garcon, Collie, and Tate that will be the fullest set of 5 WR's a team could ask for.
32. Indianapolis Colts--Jared Odrick [DT] Penn State
Odrick has had a great year for Penn State, recording 43 tackles and 7 sacks. Indy is still looking the help they need in their run defense. Neither of Indy's starting DTs have played all that well and both of them have been injured often. Odrick coudl be the answer the're looking for. At 6'5" and 305 lbs he already has the size to play in the NFL and even has the room to put on a few more pounds.