It's Our Jim Sez 2010 NFL Mock Draft
IT'S OUR JIM SEZ 2010 NFL MOCK DRAFT
AND HERE'S HOW WE SEE THURSDAY'S FIRST ROUND
The National Football League Draft is spread out over three calendar days this year - but it's Round One on Thursday night that really packs a wallop.
There may not be any great surprise as to who will get tabbed with the #1 overall pick but there is major intrigue in where that numero uno selection eventually winds up plus in-the-know folks believe this could be a busy opening round in terms of trades too.
Folks, this figures to be four- or five-plus hours of real rock 'em, sock 'em draft action and we'll weigh in with our annual Jim Sez Mock Draft in just a moment.
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OUR JIM SEZ 2010 NFL MOCK DRAFT
Editor's Note: We will have NFL Draft post-Round I comments in the next edition of Jim Sez. Now, here's how we see the NFL Draft's First-Round and note some predicted trades are chucked into the mix. Note that all the picks below are subject to change if we hear anything solid in the next 24 hours:
1. ST. LOUIS - SAM BRADFORD, QB, OKLAHOMA: It's now a lead-pipe cinch that the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner will get snapped up with the top pick in this NFL Draft but we rate it a 1-in-3 chance that he still could get dealt to the Cleveland Browns. Here's the lowdown: Expect the Rams to tab Bradford and then wait to see just how sweet the package is that Mike Holmgren and the Brownies offer.
2. DETROIT - NDAMUKONG SUH, DT, NEBRASKA: The fact of the matter is the Lions can't go wrong by picking either an O-lineman or D-lineman here but this former 'Husker great is rated so high on the draft boards that this pick becomes a real no-brainer. Suh steps into a division starring Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson (and maybe QB Brett Favre) along with QBs Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) and Jay Cutler (Chicago) and it'll be interesting to see how he disrupts their respective games from the get-go.
3. TAMPA BAY - GERALD McCOY, DT, OKLAHOMA: There will be some suitors for this pick (namely Jacksonville and Denver) but look for the Buccaneers to hold firm here and land the third straight Big 12 player taken in this '10 draft. McCoy is rated a better athlete than Suh on many draft boards and should be an instant impact player on a defense that last year surrendered 25-or-more points in nine different games.
4. WASHINGTON - RUSSELL OKUNG, OT, OKLAHOMA STATE: No doubt the 'Skins need to protect new/old QB Donovan McNabb and there's no better pass blocker in this draft than this 6-foot-5, 300-plus pound behemoth. Expect there to be some real growing pains for Okung while going up against some serious NFC East off-the-edge pass rushers but this student of the game will get better on a weekly basis ...count on it.
5. KANSAS CITY - JOE HADEN, CB, FLORIDA: Most draft boards have the Chiefs nabbing Tennessee S Eric Berry but gotta believe this AFC West crew wants/needs a lock-down corner first in a division where there will be lots of aerial fireworks. Haden is your prototypical former Gators player who has mucho confidence and a real nasty on-field attitude to boot and he becomes the first "surprise pick" in this draft.
6. OAKLAND (trade with Seattle) - ERIC BERRY, S, TENNESSEE: Once the Raiders see that this former Volunteers star dropped out of KC's grasp than the silver-and-black will trade up while giving up the #8 overall pick plus a couple of down-the-line draft selections. The Raiders will utilize Berry on special teams too as a punt returner and so they'll gladly pay some future picks for a versatile stud player. P.S, the Browns up next would have gobbled up Berry immediately.
7. CLEVELAND - JIMMY CLAUSEN, QB, NOTRE DAME: Okay, so once the Browns were unable to pry Bradford away from St. Loo, they go out and grab the next-best slinger in this draft but not before turning down some real humdinger deals for this selection (see New York Giants). Clausen will be Cleveland's de facto starter right away only because Holmgren already has gotten rid of former Irish star Brady Quinn and one-time star Derek Anderson.
8. SEATTLE (trade with Oakland) - TRENT WILLIAMS, OT, OKLAHOMA: The Seahawks gladly slide down two spots in this first round in order to stock up with extra draft picks and they still get "their man" as the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Williams gets grabbed here. Folks, this is the successor to long-time Pro Bowl stud Walter Jones and now the 'Hawks can only hope he's a 12-to-15-year star at the LT position.
9. NEW YORK GIANTS (trade with Buffalo) - C.J. SPILLER, RB, CLEMSON: Here's a real bombshell on a couple of fronts as the Giants swap first-round picks with the Bills (now drafting at #15) and trade away a high 2011 pick too in order to land this multi-talented runner who many draft boards have rated as the sixth- or seventh-best overall player in this draft. Note that the Jints sent up smoke signals all along regarding Alabama MLB Rolando McClain.
10. JACKSONVILLE - ROLANDO McCLAIN, ILB, ALABAMA: The Jags could go in a number of directions here (CB, S or O-line) but decide that landing the country's best inside 'backer is the way to go plus Jacksonville fears that trading down a couple of spots won't get 'em either McClain or Texas CB Earl Thomas and Jack Del Rio's club wants to make defense the top draft priority on Thursday night.
11. DENVER - BRYAN BULAGA, OG, IOWA: Don't look for the Broncos to go from the proverbial frying pan to the fire here with a selection of troubled Okie State WR Dez Bryant ...hasn't second-year head coach Josh McDaniels had enough personality conflicts already in the past 15 months? Bulaga is rock-solid guy who probably slid a couple of picks but he's better off here than in Buffalo.
12. MIAMI - JASON PIERRE-PAUL, DE, SOUTH FLORIDA: Doesn't it always happen this way? The Fish went out and traded for Denver WR Brandon Marshall and now, as it turns out, they could have instead selected Oklahoma State WR Bryant but Miami didn't think they could pull that off. Here, decision-maker Bill Parcells opts for a pass rusher with a great upside. Bye-bye (once and for all) Jason Taylor!
13. SAN FRANCISCO - DERRICK MORGAN, DE, GEORGIA TECH: The Niners likely will go until the waning seconds before opting for defense over an offensive lineman here with San Fran keeping fingers crossed that this 265-pound pass rusher won't get overwhelmed by monster-sized blockers (see Morgan's sub-par performance against Iowa in the Orange Bowl).
14. SEATTLE - EARL THOMAS, CB, TEXAS: The grand plan for the Seahawks was to land at least one defender with these two high picks and the cat-quick former Longhorns star rates as the best player on the board at this stage. Case closed!
15. BUFFALO (trade with New York Giants) - DEZ BRYANT, WR, OKLAHOMA STATE: The Bills waved bye-bye to WR Terrell Owens and so this becomes instant opening for a new pass-catcher and Buffalo can only hope he's not more trouble than he's worth ...stay tuned.
16. TENNESSEE - EVERSON GRIFFEN, DE, USC: Might be considered a "reach" by many draft gurus but Titans want/need a pass rusher and really had eyes for GT's Morgan but didn't have the goods to trade up a few spots for him.
17. SAN FRANCISCO - MAURKICE POUNCEY, C, Florida: The Niners' second selection in Round One is a real stud that would have been gobbled up by any of the next three or four teams drafting here and so SF passes up the opportunity to take a ball-hawking D-back in favor of a guy who could play 12 years on the NFL level.
18. PITTSBURGH - KYLE WILSON, CB, BOISE STATE: Wonder if the Steelers will be tempted to turn this draft on its head and take QB Tim Tebow with its first-round pick and send a real message to bad-boy QB Ben Roethlisberger? One thing Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin knows is that his DBs dropped a whole lot of INTs last year and that soon might change.
19. NEW YORK JETS (trade with Atlanta) - CARLOS DUNLAP, DE, FLORIDA: C'mon, now when do these here-and-now J-E-T-S ever sit still (see RB LaDainian Tomlinson, CB Antonio Cromartie and WR Santonio Holmes)? GM Mike Tannenbaum knows he must address pass-rush issues and so he swaps first-rounders (#29) with the Falcons and snags the best-available pass-rushing end here.
20. HOUSTON - ANTHONY DAVIS, OT, RUTGERS: The Texans have beefed up their defense with recent Round One selections but it's time to get a decade-plus long monster at left tackle and this 330-plus pounder is the goods (and he fell six or seven picks right into Houston's lap).
21. CINCINNATI - BRUCE CAMPBELL, OT, MARYLAND: Some mock drafts believe this towering Terrapin (6-foot-7, 315 pounds) might go inside the top 10 picks but we say not likely and so the Bengals look to get meaner/bulkier along the O-line where team was highly erratic en route to a playoff berth in 2009.
22. NEW ENGLAND - MIKE IUPATI, G, IDAHO: The Pats may be tempted to draft a WR or a RB here but instead make this 6-foot-5, 330-pounder their guy after great workouts and evidence of a mean streak too. You can smile now, coach Belichick!
23. GREEN BAY - BRANDON GRAHAM, OLB, MICHIGAN: The Packers' 3-4 look on defense means you never have enough linebackers and so NFC North crew sits tight and lands best available player at the position. Still, you just know offensive-minded head coach Mike McCarthy would have loved to make a blockbuster deal to trade up for Clemson's C.J. Spiller. No dice!
24. PHILADELPHIA - SERGIO KINDLE, OLB, TEXAS: The Eagles will have a whole new feel to 'em in 2010 without QB McNabb but this linebacker corps had to be addressed one way or another and it will come down to either Kindle or Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon.
25. BALTIMORE - GOLDEN TATE, WR, NOTRE DAME: This is a "sexy" pick for the Ravens but will it be the right one? No doubt that QB Joe Flacco could use another dependable downfield target but the defense is getting older and the temptation will be there to nab a DB or LB.
26. ARIZONA - SEAN WEATHERSPOON, OLB, MISSOURI: Two years removed from a Super Bowl berth, these Cardinals really do have lots of holes to plug and this active 240-pounder should be a major force from Day One. Just think Houston's Brian Cushing.
27. TAMPA BAY (trade with Dallas) - JERRY HUGHES, DE/OLB, TCU: We'll give the Bucs credit here if they can pull this one off and they deal away a couple of premium picks for 2011. The Cowboys can afford to slide out of Round One but T-Bay can't afford to ignore its D-line needs right now. A McCoy/Hughes roundup in Round One would have Buc fans dancing in the parking lots outside Raymond James Stadium.
28. SAN DIEGO - DAN WILLIAMS, DT, TENNESSEE: There are some mock drafts that have this former Vol inside the top dozen picks but look for 'em to slide a bit and then the Chargers will nab him over the likes of Alabama NT Terrence Cody and USC free safety Taylor Mays.
29. ATLANTA (trade with New York Jets) - DEMARYIUS THOMAS, WR. GEORGIA TECH: The Falcons traded down and still got a solid pass-catcher for QB Matt Ryan and, what the heck, the NFC South team didn't even have to send this kid travel money!
30. MINNESOTA - DEVIN McCOURTY, CB, RUTGERS: Okay, so the Vikings may have been a coin flip away from playing in last year's Super Bowl but there are still needs in the defensive backfield and the truth is Minny's likely to take cornerbacks and safeties in some type of order with its first two picks.
31. INDIANAPOLIS - TYSON ALUALU, DE, CALIFORNIA: The defending AFC champs may have a need for another blocker for QB Peyton Manning but GM Bill Polian is getting tired of all these injuries to DE Dwight Freeney and so serve up a high-quality pass-rusher here.
32. NEW ORLEANS - JARED ODRICK, DT/DE, PENN STATE: The Super Bowl champs snap up one of the top half-dozen defensive linemen here and this kid could be a strong pass-rusher or a fierce rush stopper ...or both. Head coach Sean Payton knows he has lots of offensive weapons but N'Orleans must counter the improvements made on offense by divisional rival Atlanta and so it's dee-fense at the end of Round I.
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