With not much to do until tomorrow when training camp starts, I figured I'd spend the morning doing my first mock draft of the year. Using my predictions from earlier in the month, I present to you my first mock draft for 2010.
1. Oakland Raiders-Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Laugh, mock, do all that you want to do just remember one key thing, Al Davis is still the owner and head decision maker for the Oakland Raiders and until he dies the decision making process will be all kinds of FUBAR.
2. St Louis Rams-Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
It will become evident this season that Marc Bulger can no longer operate as a NFL QB. I do believe he is now suffering from shell shock and the Rams need someone to replace him sooner rather than later.
3. Seattle Seahawks via Broncos –Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Seahawks can really set their defense up for dominance with this draft. They are already on their way, but with the third and sixth picks…if they don’t trade up with the Raiders to draft Bradford I see this being all D.
4. Detroit Lions –Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
The Lions start drafting like an actual NFL franchise again and pass on the number one WR, even though he is available. You need to protect Sanford, and Okung could easily be a 15 year game in game out starter for the franchise.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Though he plays DE at Florida, and may be better situated for a 3-4 DE, I could see the Buccs taking his athleticism and turning him into a very destructive DT as well.
6. Seattle Seahawks- Taylor Mays, S, USC
Grant and Russell are decent players, they’re solid and won’t lose you too many games, Mays may be the best safety from Safety U since Troy P…maybe since Ronnie Lott.
7. New York Jets-Damian Williams, WR, USC
I think the lack of breakout WRs in New York is going to be one of the downsides to this season. Benn from Illinois is likely the top WR, but Williams right behind him brings the Jets to a QB who already has a repertoire with the WR.
8. Cincinnati Bengals-Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
I’m not sure who the new head coach in Cincinnati will be, but I can easily see them getting the good sized, very quick Benn for Carson Palmer.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars –Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
Sadly Jack Del Rio is no longer in Jacksonville, and they decide to go another route with their QB situation as Garrard struggles for a second straight year.
10. Dallas Cowboys-Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Now this may be a bit farther down then some folks would expect Berry, but I can see opposing teams going away from Berry as much as possible. There may be no greater need for a safety then Dallas’.
11. San Francisco 49ers via Panthers- Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Running the 3-4 successfully requires a dominate nose tackle, something the Niners are currently missing. Suh is little known from Nebraska, but that will change once his is a Niner.
12. Miami Dolphins- Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
Lewis is a production beast at Oklahoma, and while maybe not the pass rush threat the Dolphins probably need more, you cannot argue with production that they hope will translate to a Patrick Willis type player.
13. Tennessee Titans-Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Since the high quality defensive linemen are already taken by 13, the Titans end up going the safe route and taking the number two tackle on the board.
14. Kansas City Chiefs-Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Tony Gonzales is in a different uniform this year, which is just going to feel all kinds of weird. Gresham has good hands, and a decent size to block as well and could be the pick, but I think Pioli is going to try to strike gold like he did with Mayo.
15. San Francisco 49ers-Kristofer O’Dowd, C, USC
SayHey may hate this pick, but he did say they need some offensive linemen. O’Dowd is the top Center available, and since signing Marvel Smith drafting a tackle doesn’t make too much sense here.
16. Indianapolis Colts-Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St
Perhaps this is the lesson we learn this year from the Colts, Peyton Manning needs three solid targets downfield, not just two. Bryant fits in beautifully in this offense.
17. Minnesota Vikings-Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Came on strong last year playing for the Gators, always seems to be in the receivers face for a pass. Vikings secondary is getting a bit long in the tooth.
18. Buffalo Bills-Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Dick Jauron finally gets the style of tight end he’s been wanting, a good sized kid with decent hands and can block at a very high level.
19. Denver Broncos via Bears-Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
Colt McCoy is the perfect style QB for Josh McDaniels’ style of offense. Exceedingly accurate and a great leader, McCoy may be what the Broncos were thinking when they traded Cutler to the Bears.
20. Philadelphia Eagles-Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
Brian Dawkins has left the city of brothery love to form a former NFC East All Star secondary in Denver. They will quickly realize that Sean Jones is not the answer, another Jones is.
21. Cleveland Browns- Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
Unless Wimbley can produce like he did in his rookie season, some kind of pass rush is needed in Cleveland. Kindle is the Mangini type of player, though Arthur Jones could land here as a 3-4 DE as well.
22. Atlanta Falcons- Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
They have Sam Baker on their left side, but their right is an undrafted Demon Deacon. This is the natural progression of a franchise going in the right direction.
23. Houston Texans-Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
The Texans have some questions in the secondary right now, especially with the Duante Robinson situation. Being able to snag the number two corner this far down would be a god send for the Texans.
24. Arizona Cardinals- Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan Greg
The Cardinals may struggle with a pass rush, and Graham has the speed to be a beast of a defensive end for them. Add his speed to that of Campbell and they could have the fastest DE combo in the NFL.
25. Baltimore Ravens-Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
I’m not sure what is going to happen to LaFell seeing that I believe the LSU QB position is a bit of a question mark this year. He seems to fit the Ravens’ style of WR though.
26. Washington Redskins-CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
Running backs seem to be taken later and later in drafts the past few years. Clinton Portis isn’t getting any younger and they really don’t have a very good answer behind him, Spiller makes the most sense here.
27. New York Giants-Sean Witherspoon, OLB, Missouri
When it comes to Witherspoon you’re reminded of the Oklahoma LB taken above him in the draft, production. Witherspoon has been nothing but productive since he emerged onto the scene at Missouri.
28. San Diego Chargers-Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
6’5” 360lbs…the size alone means you put him in the middle of the defense and hope he takes three offensive linemen with him.
29. New Orleans Saints-Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse
Though he may be better suited for a 3-4 defensive end, they are gonna need someone to go next to Sedrick Ellis on the interior of their defensive line.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers-Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
James Farrior isn’t getting any younger for the Steelers and his eventual replace needs to be found. McClain is a very productive inside linebacker, one who should fit in well with the Steelers.
31. New England Patriots-Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama
The Saban Belichek connection continues. Arenas may have been the best new secondary player in the SEC last year, but the best thing for the Patriots is he is a dynamic return specialist.
32. Green Bay Packers- Ciron Black, OT, LSU
When you seemingly have everything else that you need, take the best offensive lineman available, you can never have enough quality offensive linemen.