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This is an Intersite 2010 NFL Mock Draft featuring many NFL Draft sites on the Web, including this one, DraftCountdown.com, DraftZoo.com and NFLDraftDog.com. Each writer had one selection in this 2010 NFL Mock Draft. Here are the results.
St. Louis is basically an expansion team at this point (6 wins in 3 years). The safe choice would be to select the widely regarded best player in the draft, Ndamukong Suh. The Nebraska defensive tackle would help the Rams run defense (opponents averaged 4.4 yards per carry and rushed for 2,201 yards last season) and provide a push up the middle.
However, this year's draft is exceptionally deep at defensive tackle. St. Louis will be able to find help at DT in the 2nd and 3rd round. No position can energize and turnaround a franchise faster than quarterback. The Rams were an absolute disaster on offense last year (a league low 175 points scored and only 16 offensive touchdowns). St. Louis is not going to win many games until they start scoring points and that begins with the right triggerman. Kyle Boller should be a backup and the Marc Bulger era is over. The Rams will make Sam Bradford the top pick in the draft and begin the resurrection of their offense. The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner's draft stock will climb when he demonstrates during March and April workouts that his surgically repaired throwing shoulder is 100% healthy.
The Lions draft room erupts with cheering after they hear that St. Louis has passed up the best player in the draft. This pick is a no-brainer for Detroit as Suh fills a huge need for the team. Detroit allowed 126.6 yards a game on the ground last season and having a guy like Suh anchoring their defensive line will certainly improve that number. To make matters worse, Detroit recorded only 26 sacks all season, which was 29th in the NFL. Head coach Jim Schwartz made a name for himself in Tennessee as a defensive coordinator with Albert Haynesworth, a premier defensive tackle who was consistently able to rush the passer and collapse the pocket. Suh will bring the same skill set to the table for the Lions with his disruptive play and ability to dominate an offensive line (see: Big-12 Championship against Texas).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
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Easiest pick in the Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are absolutely desperate for defensive line help and they are thrilled at the chance to draft Ndamukong Suh or McCoy. Towards the latter half of last season when head coach Raheem Morris took over play calling duties, Tampa went back
to their traditional Tampa-2 zone defense which requires a highly athletic three-technique to push the pocket, rush the quarterback, and disrupt
in the backfield. Gerald McCoy is the prototypical three-technique and the Bucs defense is in need of elite playmakers. Many say Dez Bryant should be the pick here to help Josh Freeman out offensively, but the bottom line is this is a very good receiver draft and you can find a talented player in the second round. This pick was simply a no-brainer.
The Redskins could look in two different directions with this selection. They could either select a franchise quarterback in either Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen, or they could try to shore up the offensive line by taking a tackle. With Bradford off the board, in my view, this pick becomes easy. At six-foot-five, Okung will prove to be a valuable piece to the puzzle in Washington's developing offense. Remember, even the best of quarterbacks can't perform when there is constant pressure. Eric Berry will also be an option here, but the offensive mastermind, Mike Shananhan, will put offense before defense. Where the Redskins find their franchise quarterback is a different story. The team stockpiled at the quarterback position, the Philadelphia Eagles, are in the Redskins division and probably unlikely to flip one of their quarterbacks to a rival.
Berry has the talent and hype to get the Kansas City Chiefs fans excited about the new direction of the 3-4 defense and the front office. (Scott Pioli, Todd Haley, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis). The Chiefs have several needs. There is no question the offensive line could use some upgrades. The group did allow Jamal Charles to rush for 968 yards in the final 8 games, but struggled to give Matt Cassel time to throw. The Chiefs have the money to over pay in free agency and have two 2nd round picks. They will be able to address the line without the 5th overall pick. With Berry the Chiefs have a playmaker that is capable of stuffing the run and creating turnovers. His versatility and ball skills are what separate him from a stacked safety class. His presence will help the Chiefs young corners, including Brandon Flowers, who is on the verge of becoming a Pro-Bowler. The Chiefs get a young playmaker that is intelligent enough to take control of the defense. With Berry the Chiefs would immediately have one of the best young secondary groups in the NFL.
The biggest reason for the Seahawks' downturn over the last two seasons is the deterioration of the offensive line. This will be the first piece of the puzzle for Pete Carroll to address. Anthony Davis brings the type of talent to Seattle that will help shore up the offensive line, and more importantly provide the quarterback with more time in the passing game. The offensive line issues must be addressed before the Hawks can return to the divisional championship discussion.
The Browns are in a tough position here: Eric Berry's already off the board, and likely target Joe Haden flummoxed everyone in Indy with a slow 40 time, making him a tough projection for this pick. They could go with Jimmy Clausen, but recent reports indicate the Browns are looking to trade for their new starting QB. And while Dez Bryant would make sense from a talent perspective, he may not meet the team's high character standards.
Instead, the Browns make a bit of a surprise pick and go with Rolando McClain, who would add size, smarts, and instincts to the middle of Cleveland's 3-4 defense. Though some may consider him a reach here, McClain is the type of intelligent, high character player Eric Mangini covets. And with D'Qwell Jackson making noise about his contract situation, the new front office may decide to let another team pay D'Qwell, bringing in McClain to man his spot instead.
Everyone knows the Al Davis M.O. Speed, athleticism, nice in tights, handy with a needle when the track suit catches a snag. And after the combine, there's no doubt that Campbell fits at least three of those requirements. A 4.85 at his size probably had Al running for a fresh girdle. But even if he reaches within a position, he usually does a nice job of addressing the Raiders' biggest needs. Again, Campbell is a fit. It's just hard to imagine this going down another way when someone has to block for Jamarcus Russell and an absolute freak is sitting there at eight. Maybe Campbell's the one holding onto Darrius Heyward Bey's mojo. Seems like something Maryland players pass down to each other come Combine time every year.
This couldn't have worked out better for Buffalo as they are able to land the quarterback that they so desperately need. In 2009 the Bills passing offense ranked 30th in the league and it became abundantly clear that they didn't have a long-term solution under center on their roster. In Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen the Bills are getting a polished signal caller with three years of starting experience in a pro-style offense who has been tutored by one of the best quarterback coaches in all of football. Buffalo would have just been spinning their wheels until they adequately addressed the quarterback situation but the addition of Clausen finally gives the franchise some legitimate hope for the future. Plan "B" for the Bills would have been a left tackle but with Clausen still on the board this was an easy decision.
More than anything, the Jaguars need a pass rush and Morgan is the best suited player in the 2010 class to provide it. His long arms, brute strength, wide array of pass rush moves, explosiveness off the snap, and heady play would give the Jags a bookend for 2008 first round pick Derrick Harvey, who should blossom now that the Jags have ended their dabbling in the 3-4 defense. Morgan is durable, intelligent, and a leader on and off the field - all things that make him a safe and worthy top 10 pick and first defensive end off the board in the 2010 draft.
I have to believe that the Broncos want to shore up this awful run defense, but with McClain off the board, there aren't many options. And I think this is too high for Dan Williams. And although everyone likes to stick Dez Bryant here, I don't see anyway Josh McDaniels trades one diva receiver for a guy some believe is the same type of person. I'm not as down on Bryant as some, but if there's even a hint of that attitude there, Denver will pass. That leaves Haden. No, the secondary doesn't need a new corner right this second, but Champ Bailey is getting up there and won't be around forever and Andre Goodman is, well, Andre Goodman. Haden's taking some heat because in one weekend of working out he didn't run 40 yards in a straight line fast enough. If he slips to 11, he's an absolute steal in my mind. He's still the top corner in this class and was pretty much a top 7 lock in most minds before people overreacted to his 40 time. Denver gets great value here and a definite starter for a long time.
Bill Parcells has spent six first-round selections on linebackers. Make it seven. Jason Pierre-Paul is a raw, one-year wonder with a high bust probability, but he also has a ridiculous upside. That, along with his impressive size (6-5, 270) and Combine workout (4.64 40) will coax Parcells into drafting the South Florida product. The bottom line is that the Dolphins need to improve their pass rush. Joey Porter was cut, while Jason Taylor turns 36 on Sept. 1. Someone besides Cameron Wake needs to get to the quarterback. With inside linebacker no longer a need in the wake of the Karlos Dansby signing, Parcells will be targeting Pierre-Paul at No. 12.
Entering the draft the biggest needs for the Niners are OT, ILB, and DB. With two first round picks, San Francisco must read the draft properly. The players San Francisco would target in this situation are OT Brian Bulaga, OT Trent Williams and S Earl Thomas. In a perfect world without trades San Francisco would draft Thomas and get their tackle at #17. However,if the Niners remember the last two drafts they will not pass on the offensive tackle at #13. The last two drafts several teams traded up into round 1 to take offensive tackles. San Francisco cannot leave this draft without an offensive tackle. You can find adequate linebacker and secondary help in free agency, but not offensive tackles.
Right tackle has been a trouble spot for several years in San Francisco. Luckily for them Joe Staley can play both tackle spots. Bulaga is a better fit at left tackle but can both sides. Trent Williams was a dominant right tackle through 2008, but after moving to the left side in 2009 he struggled. Staley is a better fit at right tackle and that is why they would take Bulaga in this situation.
The Seahawks replaced LT Walter Jones with the pick of Anthony Davis at #6, however, from a purely strategic perspective it might have made as much sense for the Seahawks to have taken QB Jimmy Clausen at that spot and addressed the OT need from a deep class at position #14. Obviously, the Seahawks are going to have wait until the later rounds this year, or next year, to find Matt Hasselbeck's ultimate replacement, however, Pete Carroll and company will still have some interesting options with the 14th pick. Along with OT Davis, enigmatic Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant might help take a year or two off Hasselebeck's football age, but for now the Seahawks appear to be the front runner to land enigmatic free agent WR Brandon Marshall from Denver. Carroll might also be tempted to take one of his guys from his USC days as both FS Taylor Mays and DE Everson Griffin would address major needs, although both also represent something of a reach at this point. Carroll, though, likes to run the ball with speed and Clemson RB C.J. Spiller would give the Seahawks offense an immediate big-play threat.
Fred Robbins just signed with the Rams and the New York defense struggled getting any interior pass rush last season. Price has an extremely quick first step and is a great fit as a three technique in the Giants system. The Giants have continually taken players early to bolster their front seven and 2010 is no different. They would have been incredibly tempted by Earl Thomas here had they not just made Antrel Rolle the highest paid safety in NFL history. Another player I considered here was Dan Williams,
the defensive tackle out of Tennessee. But in the end, Price fits the Giant's system much better and is the type of pass rusher that they covet.
The Titans are in rebuilding mode up front and will be looking to address the defensive end position in the draft. After losing Albert Haynesworth last year and Kyle Vanden Bosch this year, Tennessee's prominent defense of years past has diminished significantly. Dunlap is a multi-talented end who can be a consistent pass rusher in the NFL. He also possesses a great mix of size and speed, and will be a valuable asset used to stop the run outside the tackles. Tennessee's pass defense will get considerably better by adding a pass-rushing force like Dunlap up front. The Titans could also consider Dez Bryant with this pick, but Tennessee's identity in recent years has been tied to moving the chains on the ground and stopping the run. Vince Young will need help at receiver, but that can be addressed in later rounds. For now, Dunlap is the best value for a Titans team looking to rediscover its fearsome defensive identity.