My NFL Mock Draft

April 17th, 2010 by Lee Eldridge

NFL logoThis is an exercise in futility only. My first time doing a mock draft. And if I’m correct on more than a dozen picks I’ll be shocked! This assumes no trades, though there’s been a lot of speculation that we could see more trades than normal this year.

St. Louis Rams (1 – QB Sam Bradford): I can’t imagine the Rams doing anything else. They’ve cut QB Marc Bulger, and all signs point to Bradford.

Detroit Lions (2 – OT Russell Okung): Most mock drafts have the Lions taking DT Ndamukong Suh. But this could shake up a few draft boards early. Lions need to protect their young QB and pick the best OT in the draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3 – DT Gerald McCoy): Bucs faced with a tough choice between Suh and McCoy, but choose McCoy as a better fit for their defense.

Washington Redskins (4 – OT Trent Williams): The Redskins are disappointed that Okung is off the board and take Williams. Shanahan needs to protect QB McNabb and must replace the retired LOT Chris Samuels.

Kansas City Chiefs (5 – DT Ndamukong Suh): Chiefs have no choice but to draft Suh, the top player on their board. They certainly won’t reach for the third best OT in the draft. And they won’t take safety Eric Berry over Suh. Here’s hoping that the Chiefs can trade down with both Suh and Clausen still on the board.

Seattle Seahawks (6 – S Eric Berry): Seahawks happy to see Berry fall to them. Berry will be an impact player.

Cleveland Browns (7 – Jimmy Clausen): Browns need to solve their problems at quarterback, and I can’t imagine they believe that Jake Delhomme is a long-term answer. Clausen would be a good fit in Cleveland.

Oakland Raiders (8 – OT Bryan Bulaga): Never to be deterred by potential character issues, Raiders draft the best OT on the board. That makes three OTs in the top 10.

Buffalo Bills (9 – NT Dan Williams): Bills had hoped for Clausen, but settle to fill a hole on their defensive line as they move to the 3-4 defense.

Jacksonville Jaguars (10 -DE Derrick Morgan): I could picture the Jags going in many directions here with the tenth pick. But at this point I don’t have a single pass rusher coming off the board yet. Morgan would help Jacksonville and their anemic pass rush.

Denver Broncos (11 – WR Dez Bryant): After trading WR Brandon Marshall, the Broncos have a hole to fill, and Bryant is still on the board.

Miami Dolphins (12 – DE/OLB Sergio Kindle): The Dolphins need to go defense, and improve their pass rush. They decide to choose Kindle over Pierre-Paul.

San Francisco 49ers (13 – CB Joe Haden): The 49ers are happy to see the best CB in the draft still on the board at number 13.

Seattle Seahawks (14 – RB C.J. Spiller): Having gone defense with their first pick, the Seahawks move to offense and take the dynamic Spiller.

New York Giants (15 – ILB Rolando McClain): The best inside LB in the draft and a fiery leader. A good fit with the Giants.

Tennessee Titans (16 – DE Jason Pierre-Paul): This could prove to be one of the steals of the draft. Fits in well with the Titans, and could become a sack machine.

San Francisco 49ers (17 – OT Anthony Davis): If Jimmy Clausen falls, I could picture the 49ers taking him here. But with Clausen off the board, 49ers add Davis to their offensive line.

Pittsburgh Steelers (18 – C/G Maukice Pouncey): Steelers need to improve their offensive line, and Pouncey just looks like a great fit here.

Atlanta Falcons (19 – OLB Sean Weatherspoon): I like Weatherspoon. He’s got a chance to be a real impact player in the NFL. Another option here would be DE/OLB Brandon Graham.

Houston Texans (20 – CB Kyle Wilson): Texans need to replace CB Dunta Robinson, and Wilson is a decent value here.

Cincinnati Bengals (21 – TE Jermaine Gresham): If WR Dez Bryant is still on the board, he’s the pick here. But instead the Bengals take the best TE in the draft. A good weapon in the passing game for Carson Palmer.

New England Patriots (22 – DT Jason Odrick): Pats have a history of drafting defensive linemen in the first round, and they still need to replace Richard Seymour.

Green Bay Packers (23 – G Mike Iupati): Packers need to upgrade the offensive line, and Iupai is best lineman on the board.

Philadelphia Eagles (24 – S Earl Thomas): Eagles go with the best player still on the board. Thomas could go considerably higher. Some mock drafts have him in the top 10.

Baltimore Ravens (25 – WR Demaryius Thomas): A big, physical home run threat, Thomas will help the Ravens passing game.

Arizona Cardinals (26 – OT Charles Brown): The run on OTs continue as the Cards take the best offensive lineman on the board.

Dallas Cowboys (27 – S Taylor Mays): Disappointed that they’ve missed out on all of the top OTs, Cowboys grab the top safety on the board.

San Diego Chargers (28 – DT Terrence Cody): Cody will be a great fit in the middle of their defensive line. This pick just makes too much sense not to happen.

New York Jets (29 – DE Everson Griffen): Another defensive weapon for Rex Ryan, Griffen is a fantastic athlete. Or they could go with Brandon Graham here.

Minnesota Vikings (30 – CB Kareem Jackson): Many have Jackson going much higher in the draft. The Vikings will be happy to see him still on the board.

Indianapolis Colts (31 – OLB Brandon Graham): Colts take best player still on the board. Graham could go much higher than this.

New Orleans Saints (32 – OLB Jerry Hughes): The Saints need to get more pressure on the QB, and Hughes could be a playmaker.

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5 Responses to “My NFL Mock Draft”

  1. Lee Eldridge Says:

    KC Star has come out with their mock draft a day after mine. And their top 5 is the same as mine including the pick of Suh to KC:

    http://www.kansascity.com/2010/04/17/1883708/the-stars-projected-nfl-draft.html

    That’s funny :)

  2. Larry VanDeSande Says:

    This is the same thinking that led Chiefs to draft Glenn Dorsey, the last can’t miss DT prospect everyone drooled over. Chiefs passed on an offer to trade him for two No. 1 draft picks — one that year and one in the future. Look how that turned out. Suh was great in the Big 12 but this is pro ball where everyone is going to be as good as him.

  3. Lee Eldridge Says:

    Good morning Larry. I don’t disagree with you at all. ESPN.com had an article a while back about the number of first round busts along the defensive line from recent drafts. There’s been a lot, and not just by the Chiefs. Defensive linemen are not a “safe” pick in the first round. Matter of fact, I think they’re just as “unsafe” as QBs and WRs. Lots of first round busts at those positions as well.

    But keep in mind that Pioli can’t base his decisions off of failures made by the previous staff. All he can do is look at his roster, his needs, and the draft board, and make the best decisions possible.

    And I’m not entirely sure what they’d do with Suh if they drafted him. There’s been some talk of playing Dorsey inside at NT. Many consider him too small to play that position, but Dallas has had success playing smaller NTs in the 3-4. I’m not qualified to answer that question. Or the Chiefs could look to move Dorsey for a mid-round pick. Dorsey is not a bust in my opinion. Dorsey can play. He’s just not a star.

    The perfect scenario for the Chiefs is to trade down if the board plays out like this. But trading out of the top 5 is VERY tough to do.

    I’d feel good drafting Okung or Berry at #5. They’d make the Chiefs better almost instantly. But it doesn’t look likely that Okung will still be on the board.

  4. Bobby Says:

    Personally, I’d be great with Suh. He was the most dominating college player I watched this year. And it wasn’t like he had GREAT players around him on the line that made him look better than he was. He’s just that good. You can’t have too many high-quality defensive linemen. He’s almost 6’4″ and over 300 pounds. Add another 10-20 pounds of bulk and he’s big enough to play in the middle.

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