|Mocking the Draft: Rounds 1 and 2||03.31.10 at 8:46 am ET|
WEEI.com isn’t batting an eye when it comes to the 2010 NFL Draft. From interviews with experts to original mock drafts to weekly looks at potential Patriots, this is the place to be leading up to draft weekend, April 22-24.
You know the draft is getting closer when seven whole days pass without me changing my top 10. Changes follow, however, beginning with the Broncos at No. 11. Furthermore, the eighth edition of WEEI.com’s mock draft now features a second round, meaning there are three more guys projected to the Patriots that you can read up on.
1. St. Louis (1-15) Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma Bradford finally threw for NFL personnel men the other day, and it appears Rams fans may be one step closer to customizing their No. 14 jerseys. Quarterback may not be the team’s biggest positional need, but more than any single player the Rams need direction, which is what they get by making Bradford the first overall pick.
2. Detroit (2-14) Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State This is the pick if the Lions stay at No. 2, which, if history is a lesson, is what they’ll do. Top 5 picks just aren’t traded on draft day (Michael Vick is the recent exception; the Chargers selected Eli Manning, so that pick wasn’t traded) so if the Lions stay put they need to make the pick that is best for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
3. Tampa Bay (3-13) Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma Trying to distinguish who is better between McCoy and Suh is near impossible considering McCoy is more disruptive while Suh shows up more on the stat sheet. However, a team that is as faceless as the Bucs would be wise to take the vocal and media-friendly McCoy to sell tickets.
4. Washington (4-12) Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska The lack of outrage over the notion that Suh could go fourth has been pleasantly surprising. After all, how often does the consensus top player in a draft actually go first overall? Either way, the value with this pick would be so tremendous that the Redskins would have no problem passing on Jimmy Clausen and playing Suh at end the 3-4.
5. Kansas City (4-12) Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa While many deem it wise to go with the stud tackle in the Top 5, it doesn’t always have its benefits. Bulaga has tremendous boom/bust potential, but luckily for the Chiefs, they seem to have a developing young offensive nucleus which could mean good things for Bulaga.
6. Seattle (5-11) Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma The Seahawks would love to go after Bulaga or Okung here, but if the offensive linemen fly off the board at the rate they did last year, they will have to settle for Williams. Clausen is all but out of the question following the trade for Charlie Whitehurst.
7. Cleveland (5-11) Eric Berry, S, Tennessee The biggest question at this point is whether anyone truly believes that Jake Delhomme wasn’t brought in as a potential tutor to Jimmy Clausen. Berry would essentially quarterback the Browns defense, so either way Mike Holmgren would be making a wise choice.
8. Oakland (5-11) Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers The Raiders need to start anew, and should they find a way to land Donovan McNabb, they would need to get him some decent protection. If they are willing to pay JaMarcus Russell to take a hike, Clausen could deserve considerable attention here.
9. Buffalo (6-10) Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame Bradford has wowed the scouts by throwing at his Pro Day, while anyone interested in Clausen will have to wait until April 9 to see the former top recruit throw. At this point, do the Bills really have a choice if Clausen is on the board? They have needs on both lines, but either position could be addressed in the second round.
11. Denver [from Chicago] (7-9) Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State Kyle Wilson’s rise may not be over, and he could eventually surpass Haden as the top cornerback in this class. Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger and Alphonso Smith doesn’t appear to be a future No. 1 corner.
12. Miami (7-9) Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee There are plenty of nose tackle prospects in this class and the Dolphins could likely find Jason Ferguson’s long-term replacement in the second round. But Williams is in a class of his own and would be a Top 10 pick in previous years. Receiver is also an option.
13. San Francisco (8-8) Earl Thomas, S, Texas The 49ers’ defensive backfield didn’t exactly improve as they had hoped it would when they gave Nate Clements $80 million, so landing the versatile Thomas should help to shore up either of the safety or cornerback spots.
14. Seattle [from Denver] (8-8) C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson Dabo Swinney, who coached Spiller at Clemson, has likened Spiller to Michael Jordan in that whichever teams pass on him will miss out on an all-world talent. Some might disagree, but no other back in this draft is anywhere near Spiller’s level.
15. New York Giants (8-8) Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama McClain doesn’t need to wow anyone at this point to know that he should be highly coveted by inside backer-needy teams like the Giants. McClain is the lone first-round talent at a position that is otherwise overflowing with late-second/third round talent.
17. San Francisco [from Carolina] (8-8) Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland The 49ers could either use this pick on a right tackle or a running back to split carries with Frank Gore. Though anything that results in Glenn Coffee taking a seat sounds like a good idea, Campbell’s insane combine performance will likely prove too intriguing for San Francisco to pass up.
18. Pittsburgh (9-7) Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers The Steelers would have loved to have Wilson fall into their lap here, but instead will have to settle on McCourty. Though up to four corners could go in the first round, McCourty, Haden, and Wilson should qualify as the three top level corners, with a slight dropoff beginning with Patrick Robinson.
19. Atlanta (9-7) Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan Cornerback and running back deserve attention at this pick, but Graham would be a leader on the defense despite being a bit undersized for staying on the line in the 4-3.
20. Houston (9-7) Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State Not only would this pick mean the Texans would be replacing a Robinson (Dunta) with a Robinson, but they would be filling their biggest need. The Kevin Walter signing aside, nobody’s laughing at the Texans anymore, as they boasted the league’s top passing offense and may be a year away from having a Top 10 defense.
21. Cincinnati (10-6) Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech Morgan is very well-rounded, but don’t be surprised to see him fall this far. Pierre-Paul has better size and more upside so teams in need of a 4-3 end or bigger 3-4 outside backer could very well pass on Morgan, making him a potential steal.
24. Philadelphia (11-5) Sergio Kindle, DE, Texas Ricky Sapp was projected to go with this pick in last week’s mock draft, but things could change. He could stand to put on a few pounds in order to stay on the line, but his speed and motor should act as a down payment while Kindle bulks up.
25. Baltimore (9-7) Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma The Ravens’ offseason has seen plenty off offensive additions, but they likely won’t end in the first two rounds of the draft. Gresham can take over for Todd Heap and they can explore finding Derrick Mason’s eventual replacement in the second round.
26. Arizona (10-6) Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma The Cardinals would be wise to add an impact player on defense, but Bryant becomes nearly impossible to pass up on this late in the first round. This is an important draft for the Cardinals, but if Bryant is available here, picking for need can wait until the second round.
27. Dallas (11-5) Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho The Eagles would likely jump at Iupati three picks earlier were it not for both Kindle and Sapp being available. With Philadelphia passing, Dallas will gladly take Iupati and groom him for a season as he prepares to take over for free-agent-to-be Kyle Rosier.
28. San Diego (13-3) Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech Dwyer hits the hole harder than any of the other upper-echelon back in this draft. If the Chargers are looking for someone to pair with the speedy Darren Sproles, Dyer would be the perfect fit.
29. New York Jets (9-7) Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson Sapp is set to visit with the Jets and Cardinals. With the Cardinals and Eagles also interested, the time for considering Sapp to be a second-or-third rounder may be a thing of the past. Time will tell, but the prospect of the Jets adding an elite pass-rusher could put an exclamation point on an offseason that has already seen the addition of Antonio Cromartie.
30. Minnesota (12-4) Cam Thomas, DT, UNC For a team that performed as well as the Vikings did last year, this pick could go in several different directions. They could go defensive tackle, running back, or maybe even reach for a quarterback. At this point, however, filling the eventual gigantic hole to be left by Pat Williams should be the priority.
31. Indianapolis (14-2) Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida Offensive line? Cornerback? For the Colts,the strategy should be to simply go with the best player available, which Pouncey figures to be this late in the first round.
32. New Orleans (13-3) Everson Griffen, DE/OLB, USC He may not be a go-getter, but Griffen is big enough to stay on the line and has the speed to be an effective pass-rushing defensive end in the Saints’ 4-3.
33. St. Louis (1-15) Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
34. Detroit (2-14) Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
35. Tampa Bay (3-15) Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
36. Kansas City (4-12) Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
37. Washington (4-12) Charles Brown, OT, USC
38. Cleveland (5-11) Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
39. Oakland (5-11) Jahvid Best, RB, California
40. San Diego [from Seattle (5-11)] Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
41. Buffalo (6-10) Brian Price, DT, UCLA
42. Tampa Bay [from Chicago (7-9)] Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
43. Miami (7-9) Damian Williams, WR, USC
44. New England [from Jacksonville (7-9)] Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
45. Denver (8-8) Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
46. New York Giants (8-8) Taylor Mays, S, USC
47. New England [from Tennessee (8-8)] Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
48. Carolina (8-8) Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
49. San Francisco (8-8) Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida
50. Kansas City [from Atlanta (9-7)] Sean Lee, ILB, Penn State
51. Houston (9-7) Chad Jones, S, LSU
52. Pittsburgh (9-7) Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
53. New England (10-6) Daryl Washington, ILB, TCU
54. Cincinnati (10-6) Navorro Bowman, OLB, Penn State
55. Philadelphia (11-5) Vladimir Ducasse, OL, Massachusetts
56. Green Bay (11-5) Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
57. Baltimore (9-7) Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
58. Arizona (10-6) Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
59. Dallas (11-5) Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
60. Seattle [from San Diego (13-3)] Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse
61. New York Jets (9-7) Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
62. Minnesota (12-4) Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
63. Indianapolis (14-2) Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss
64. New Orleans (13-3) Nate Allen, S, South Florida
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