The draft is sneaking up on us all very quickly. Just one week from today we will be watching the 4th thorough 7th rounds play out, and politely not noticing the next Tom Brady/Terrell Davis steal that everyone will point to in a few years and ask "How did he fall so far?"
I've been much busier than usual this year and I have not been able to commit as much time to my mock draft. Add in the fact that this is probably the most convoluted draft in years, with more talent through the top 40 picks than any I've ever seen, and you can see how this draft is certainly going to play out unpredictably and with lots of trades.
But let's give it a whirl. Here are my top 10 selections for the 2010 NFL Draft after the jump.
#1. St Louis Rams, Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Rams sure could use a QB, but that's like saying a car that is on fire needs a new engine. They pretty much need everything. Sam Bradford is hands down the best quarterback in this class. That doesn't make him a sure thing and it certainly doesn't make him the best player. Unfortunately, the emphasis on quarterbacks in this league has reached a fever pitch and we will see the 8th player on my board go 1st overall.
#2. Detroit Lions, Ndamukung Suh, DT, Nebraska
Get used to spelling that one Lions fans because Suh is your answer to the Williams wall. Suh is the best DT to come into the league since Kevin Williams and possibly better than him. He is virtually flawless, playing the run and pass equally well. And, unlike some Albert Haynesworths I know, he plays with an absolute non-stop motor. Russell Okung is a possibility here as well but Schwartz is a defensive guy who saw first hand in 2008 what a great defensive tackle can do for a defense (he coached the Titans defense that year). And if he watches this, they should get their pick in pretty early.
#3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
McCoy isn't as big as Suh and hasn't been as consistent through his career (he really only came on in the last year or two) but he has the physical ability and the pass rushing skill to be one of the premier pass rushing tackles in the league. McCoy is the consensus pick here even if the Lions decide to go with Okung (which they won't). He is a prototypical "3 technique", which is a critical position in the Tampa 2 and something the Bucs haven't had since Warren Sapp.
#4. Washington Redskins, Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Man there are a lot of midwest picks coming out of the top of the draft. Russell Okung is probably the best tackle in this draft and certainly the best left tackle. With the acquisition of Donovan McNabb, and the recent retirement of long time left tackle Chris Samuels, this pick seems obvious. And it is.
#5. Kansas City Chiefs, Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Finally an SEC guy. Berry is considered by some to be the 2nd best player in this draft after Suh. He is one of those do everything safeties that it seems every great defense needs these days. Kansas City has a lot of holes on their defense but Berry is as good a piece as there is to start building around.
#6. Seattle Seahawks, Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Walter Jones is gone. The Seahawks haven't been the same since the loss of Steve Hutchinson signaled the decline of their offensive line. Time to start over and Trent Williams is a great corner stone to build from. Williams is the most athletic tackle in the draft and has been slowly climbing draft boards for months. He has now risen to the point where some have him on the same level as Okung, the consensus top tackle since November. Williams played RT in college but has the length and quickness to easily transition to the left. Jimmy Clausen is a sneaky pick here as Pete Carroll recruited him heavily at USC. But indications are that Calusen is sliding so it's increasingly unlikely.
#7. Cleveland Browns, Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Haden's stock almost dropped through the floor after his poor 40 time at the combine but a 4.4 at his Pro Day alleviated any concerns about his speed. Haden is the most versatile corner in this draft and will fit perfectly in any scheme. The Browns have other needs but Haden is the best player available at this point and fills a huge hole in the Browns secondary.
#8. Oakland Raiders, Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Anthony Davis is a popular pick here as well, and almost certainly a better player than the very raw Campbell. Davis makes sense if only because he fits a need and has character issues. But the Raiders have now become famous for valuing physical measurables over on the field success. Campbell is the most athletic linemen left on the board and the Raiders have a former offensive line coach calling the shots. Whether Davis falls in love with his numbers or Cable falls in love with what he could mold this athlete in to, I expect this to be the pick here. Certainly has the shock value, as at this point, many are dropping Campbell into the 2nd round.
#9. Buffalo Bills, Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Bills need a QB, but I don't think they are sold on Clausen. Certainly not enough to invest the money a 9th overall pick would receive. Bulaga is a safer pick, though there is some debate about his ability to play LT in the NFL. He is a strong blocker in the passing and running games, and will fill a hole left from the Jason Peters trade.
#10. Jacksonville Jaguars, Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama
Jack Del Rio was a LB and he certainly knows the value of a great one. The Jaguars defense has not been as dominant the last couple years (23rd in yards allowed last year) and Jack will be looking to change that. McClain is the top MLB in this class and should follow in the steps of Patrick Willis, Jon Beason and Jerod Mayo as an immediate impact rookie linebacker. Earl Thomas is also a strong possibility here as an impact safety. But one things for sure, the Jaguars need a playmaker on defense here.
Well that does it for my top 10. Keep checking back next week to see my 11-20 and 21-32 lists.
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