2010 NFL Mock Draft Final Version by: “The Better Looking Mel Kiper”

DISCLAIMER #1: The team needs are based on Scouts Inc. projections, which can be found on ESPN.com.  I would love to go through every team’s depth chart and determine their team needs on my own, but I actually have some productive things to do with my time.

DISCLAIMER #2: Contrary to what they may lead you to believe, these so-called “experts” actually usually only predict around 30% of first round selections correctly.  So, don’t rely completely on the bullshit that they feed you.

DISCLAIMER #3: These draft projections are based on trades, free agent signings, injury updates, and any other relevant information as of April 22, 2010.  So if anything happens in between now the start of the draft (which it inevitably will) that I did not account for, then I’m sad to say I have yet to refine my future predicting skills.

DISCLAIMER #4: As my man Kanye West once eloquently said, “It’s what you all been waitin’ for ain’t it?”

  1. 1. St. Louis Rams – (TEAM NEEDS: QB, CB, WR, DT)

This pick is pretty much a done deal but there are two things that I am skeptical about.  First, Sam Bradford was very reluctant to agree on a deal before the draft.  This tells me one of two things: either Bradford is attempting to be a complete asshole and squeeze every penny possible out of the lowly Rams or he is pulling an Eli Manning type move and will eventually refuse to play for St. Louis.  Either way I think that the new ownership of the Rams need to draft a franchise quarterback to put their faith behind and to give the fans at least something to root for.  With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select…

Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

  1. 2. Detroit Lions – (TEAM NEEDS: CB, DT, SS, OLB)

The lions could not have hoped for a better situation to occur.  Arguably their biggest need is a defensive tackle and Suh seems to be a can’t miss prospect.  There is a lot of speculation about the Lions attempting to grab Haynesworth from the Redskins, but I think that Detroit has too many needs to start giving up draft picks.  With the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select…

Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

  1. 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (TEAM NEEDS: WR, DT, DE, CB)

Tampa Bay and second year head coach Raheem Morris lucked out big time with the selection of Bradford first overall.  It looked like Tampa Bay might have missed out on one of the big guys had they possibly gone one and two, but at least in this mock draft, McCoy is falling to three.  The Bucs may give a good look at either Eric Berry or Dez Bryant with this picked because of their immense level of talent, but filling a need with a possible Warren Sapp type guy is that best decision.  With the third pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…

Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma

  1. 4. Washington Redskins – (TEAM NEEDS: LT, RB, RT, QB)

I think that dealing away Haynesworth is becoming more and more of a possibility for the Redskins.  An overlooked acquisition of Adam Carriker for the Rams helps them out in the 3-4 front with Carriker having the ability to play the end. Dealing Haynesworth would almost certainly land them another first round pick, where they could look to address a skill position, but for now protecting their new franchise quarterback is their biggest priority.  With the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select…

Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State

  1. 5. Kansas City Chiefs – (TEAM NEEDS: LT, NT, FS, OLB)

Trent Williams of Bryan Bulaga seem to be the two trendy picks here.  Now I know that Pioli is a Belichick guy and that they like to build through the trenches.  I know that Pioli very rarely if ever drafts a skill position player this high in the draft.  I know that Pioli will undoubtedly be looking to move down a couple of spots and grab an offensive tackle there.  But, I also know that Eric Berry is the best remaining player in the draft and his talent level in undeniable.  With the fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select…

Eric Berry, S Tennessee

  1. 6. Seattle Seahawks – (TEAM NEEDS: OT, DE, CB, WR)

The Seahawks are in a predicament at this first pick.  I know that Pete Carroll wants to draft Dez Bryant badly.  He loves playmakers and this is exactly what Seattle needs.  But, T.J. Houshmandzadeh is still around and that allows the Seahawks to look for a wide receiver in the early part of the second round.  Since Walter Jones recently announced his retirement the Seahawks are now very desperate for a left tackle.  Trent Williams is a great athlete and will be a good left tackle for many years to come.  With the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select…

Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

  1. 7. Cleveland Browns – (TEAM NEEDS: QB, WR, CB, S)

The toughest pick in the draft to predict is seven to Cleveland.  I’ve never had to deal with Mike Holmgren calling the shots like he is now.  I think Cleveland’s first priority will be to move down.  San Francisco is a team that strikes me that would look to jump up to seven and grab Clausen.  But, I’m not getting into making mock trades because then this draft will become a complete mess.  There are several players here that could go and all have about the same grade.  Earl Thomas, Jimmy Clausen, C.J. Spiller, and Dez Bryant are all possibilities.  With the seventh selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

Earl Thomas, S Texas

  1. 8. Oakland Raiders – (TEAM NEEDS: QB, OT, DT, WR)

Jimmy Clausen to the Oakland Raiders just doesn’t sound right in my mind.  I don’t think that ol’ Al Davis has given up on Jamarcus Russell yet (plus he still has a ton of money invested in him) and Al wasted a draft pick on a terrible wide receiver last season.  There are no defensive tackles left worthy of a top ten pick.  Therefore, I need to rely on some inside information (and the fastest 40 time at this players position) to make this official.  With the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders (screw it up again and) select…

Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland

  1. 9. Buffalo Bills – (TEAM NEEDS: QB, OT, NT, WR)

I think the NFL should give the Bills twenty minutes to make this pick, ten minutes to recover from the Raiders making such a terrible pick, and another ten to realize if they don’t take Jimmy Clausen then they are pretty damn stupid.  With Bulaga still around the Bills will certainly take an extra look at him.  Nose tackle is also a serious need, but you just can’t pass on a quarterback that played for three years in an NFL type system and has a cannon for an arm.  With the ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select…

Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame

  1. 10. Jacksonville Jaguars – (TEAM NEEDS: FS, C, QB, WR)

I simply have no idea what the Jaguars are going to do with this pick.  Their biggest need is at safety, but Eric Berry and Earl Thomas are off of the board.  Tim Tebow is always a possibility because he can sell tickets for a team that desperately needs it.  But, I think in order to capitalize on their high draft position as well as generate some excitement for their team, the Jaguars need to take a serious look at Dez Bryant.  Their only productive returning wide receiver is Mike Sims-Walker and I doubt he can replicate his production from 2009.  Bryant gives them a playmaker to take some pressure off of Maurice Jones-Drew.  With the tenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…

Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State

  1. 11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago) – (TEAM NEEDS: WR, ILB, G/C, QB)

The Jags taking Dez Bryant was a blessing in disguise for the Broncos.  In my opinion, there was no way Denver was selecting the Oklahoma State wide receiver.  They just dumped their best offensive weapon because of character issues, so why would they spend a first round pick on picking another wide receiver with more character issues.  Rolando McClain is the best inside linebacker in this draft by far, and his addition to an already young Broncos defense makes them a team to fear in the near future.

Rolando McClain, ILB Alabama

  1. 12. Miami Dolphins – (TEAM NEEDS: WR, FS, NT, OLB)

A lot of speculation here surrounds the Dolphins picking up Dez Bryant if he is still around, or even a rush linebacker like Derrick Morgan.  Bill Parcells taught Bill Belichick many things that he knows, and Parcells (along with Belichick) knows that strong offensive and defensive lines.  The Dolphins are currently without a nose tackle and, while attempting to run a 3-4, that is a serious problem.  With the twelfth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select…

Dan Williams, NT Tennessee

  1. 13. San Francisco 49ers – (TEAM NEEDS: OT, FS, OL, OLB)

Mike Singletary might drop his pants out of pure excitement if Bryan Bulaga falls to the 49ers at pick 13.  The 49ers had to pray that one of the three big offensive tackles (Okung, Williams, or Bulaga) fell to them or they might have to stretch for Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers.  With two first round selection, the 49ers can address a need on the defensive side of the ball at pick 17.  With the thirteenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select…

Bryan Bulaga, OT Iowa

  1. 14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) – (TEAM NEEDS: OT, DE, CB, WR)

Seattle was hoping dearly that Dez Bryant would fall to then at pick 14.  Sorry Pete, it’s not going to happen.  But, luckily for the Seahawks, the second best playmaker falls into their laps, and he gets the opportunity to run behind their new big man Trent Williams.  With the fourteenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select…

C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson

  1. 15. New York Giants – (TEAM NEEDS: MLB, DT, LB, OL)

If Rolando McClain is already selected, than the Giants certainly look to move down.  Their biggest need is clearly at middle linebacker, so I think they look to move down later into the first round, select a defensive tackle, and then somehow maneuver their way into the top of the second round and take Brandon Spikes, ILB Florida.  But, as I said, no way am I going to start making mock trades.  So, the Giants have no other choice but to sure up their offensive line.  With the fifteenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select…

Mike Iupati, G Idaho

  1. 16. Tennessee Titans – (TEAM NEEDS: DE, CB, DT, LB)

Every pick it’s getting a bit tougher.  The Titans lost Kyle Vanden Bosch this offseason and that was a major blow to their defensive line.  I fully expect if Albert Haynesworth gets traded than he will end up in Tennessee, but that still doesn’t solve the problem at defensive end.  Derrick Morgan is another Georgia Tech defensive end full of athleticism and talent (remember Michael Johnson…yea me neither) but Morgan performed well in his workouts, and that usually warrants a first round selection.  With the sixteenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select…

Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech

  1. 17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) – (TEAM NEEDS: OT, FS, OL, OLB)

San Francisco is catching all kinds of breaks in this draft.  First, they get their hands on a top 10 talent at offensive tackle with the thirteenth pick, and now they end up with arguably the best pass rushing DE/OLB in the draft with Jason Pierre-Paul.  Pierre-Paul only played one year of division one college ball, but it was an amazingly productive year.  San Francisco gets that pass-rusher that they have been looking for to help their struggling secondary.  With the seventeenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select…

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB South Florida

  1. 18. Pittsburgh Steelers – (TEAM NEEDS: CB, C, G, DL)

If any team is willing to give up a top 10 pick for Ben Roethlisberger, that if I were the Pittsburgh Steelers I would jump all over that.  The Steelers have been most effective when punishing defenses with the run game and then utilizing the play action pass very effectively (aside from the last season or two).  Trading Roethlisberger and beefing up their offensive line would allow the Steelers to get back to that style of play.  But, as of now ol’ Ben is still in town and the Steelers need a corner.  With the eighteenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select…

Joe Haden, CB Florida

  1. 19. Atlanta Falcons – (TEAM NEEDS: DE, OLB, OL, CB)

The Jamaal Anderson experiment was a disaster (I told you he was a 3-4 end) and now the Falcons are right back where they were three drafts ago.  Many scouts project Graham as a better 3-4 rush linebacker than a defensive end.  But, I think his size (6’1”, 250 lbs) actually makes him a better prospect with his hand in the turf in a 4-3.  With the nineteenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…

Brandon Graham, DE/OLB Michigan

  1. 20. Houston Texans – (TEAM NEEDS: CB, RB, NT, FS)

My prediction is that the Texans work a deal with the Giants to move up to 15 and pick Joe Haden before anyone else has the chance to scoop him up.  But, Haden is already gone and the Texans are in desperate need of a corner.  Houston’s defense has already supplanted itself as one of the better defenses in the league, but I believe that with some secondary help the Texans will vault themselves to being considered one of the best defenses in football.  With the twentieth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select…

Kyle Wilson, CB Boise State

  1. 21. Cincinnati Bengals – (TEAM NEEDS: TE, FS, DE, WR)

I hate this pick I’m about to make because I feel like I am giving into the trendy pick, which I absolutely hate to do.  But, tight end is by far the Bengals’ most glaring need and Jermaine Gresham is one of the better tight end prospects to hit the draft in the last five seasons.  Taylor Mays gets a serious look with this pick, but Gresham is too good to pass up.  With the twenty-first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select…

Jermaine Gresham, TE Oklahoma

  1. 22. New England Patriots – (TEAM NEEDS: WR, OLB, ILB, TE)

Sorry Scotty, but Dez Bryant is not even going to come close to falling to twenty-two.  I guess it’s time for plan B.  Brandon Graham is the guy that I would love see fall to the Pats.  I think he is a Patriot type of guy, first guy into the building in the morning and last guy out at night.  But, he too is gone.  I also don’t doubt Belichick’s desire to jump all around the draft board and with three second round picks, there is a serious possibility that New England could jump up to grab a player that they desire (maybe…Eric Berry?).  But, at twenty-two the most reasonable selection is Sergio Kindle.  With the twenty-second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select…

Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB Texas

  1. 23. Green Bay Packers – (TEAM NEEDS: CB, OLB, G/C, OT)

Kindle was the Packers’ guy if he ended up at twenty-three.  Now that he is gone, the Packers can look in a couple different directions.  They have a need at cornerback, not because of lack of talent with Al Harris and Charles Woodson there, but with health (Harris underwent knee surgery and may not be ready for the start of the season) and age (Charles Woodson will turn 34 this season and Al Harris will turn 36).  They also have a need at offensive tackle, not for a starter but for depth and the future.  But, with the loss of Aaron Kampman to the Jags, the Packers’ most glaring need may be at outside linebacker.  Putting the ever-dynamic Jerry Hughes opposite of Clay Matthews and besides Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk will give the Packers arguably the best linebacking corp. in the NFL.  With the twenty-third pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select…

Jerry Hughes, OLB TCU

  1. 24. Philadelphia Eagles – (TEAM NEEDS: FS, OLB, DE, T/G)

The Ernie Sims acquisition was an underrated move considering all they gave up was a fifth and seventh round pick.  Sims will help the Eagles’ desperate linebacking situation, but certainly won’t solve it.  But, I think that there is an outside chance that Sean Weatherspoon falls to Philly at 37 (pick received from Washington for McNabb) and if not they can grab Daryl Washington from TCU, who would fit great into the Eagles’ blitzing defensive scheme.  Selecting Taylor Mays at twenty-four not only fills a major need for the Eagles, but restores some of that defensive toughness that was lost when Brian Dawkins left town.  With the twenty-fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select…

Taylor Mays, S USC

  1. 25. Baltimore Ravens – (TEAM NEEDS: CB, TE, DE, FS)

I know that the Ravens could use a corner, because their corners are apparently unable to stay healthy.  But, I think at pick twenty-five, and with a veteran (and aging) defense, drafting for the future may be the way to go.  The more important position in a 3-4 defense is at nose tackle.  Kelly Gregg is nearing the end of his career and drafting Terrence Cody would give the Ravens an amazingly athletic (and huge) nose tackle that could use a couple of years of seasoning behind a veteran player.  With the twenty-fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select…

Terrence Cody, NT Alabama

  1. 26. Arizona Cardinals – (TEAM NEEDS: LT, OLB, QB, ILB)

The Cardinals are in desperate need of an outside linebacker, and it seems as though Everson Griffen has fallen right into their laps.  I question Griffen’s ability to drop back into coverage and I am concerned about the fluidity of his hips.  But, Everson Griffen can certainly rush the passer, and that’s something that the Cardinals need.  With the twenty-sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select…

Everson Griffen, DE/OLB USC

  1. 27. Dallas Cowboys – (TEAM NEEDS: S, LT, ILB, WR)

Bruce Campbell’s selection by the Raiders allowed for Anthony Davis to slide his way down to the bottom of the first round.  If Taylor Mays is still around then I think Jerry Jones will seriously consider him.  Also, Jerry Jones needs to consider Demaryius Thomas, WR Georgia Tech because wide receiver (with the depleted production of Roy Williams and the impending free agenct of Miles Austin) has become a need.  But, drafting an NFL ready offensive lineman is the smart choice here.  With the twenty-seventh selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select…

Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers

  1. 28. San Diego Chargers – (TEAM NEEDS: RB, NT, CB, RT)

I know Ladanian Tomlinson’s production diminished over the last couple of seasons, but his departure from San Diego leaves a huge hole in the Chargers’ offense.  Terrence Cody may be the selection here if still available, but if not than Ryan Mathews would be a great pickup at twenty-eight.  With the twenty-eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select…

Ryan Mathews, RB Fresno State

  1. 29. New York Jets – (TEAM NEEDS: S, DE, OLB, WR)

Again, if Taylor Mays is still around than he may be the selection.  But, Mays is gone so the Jets’ attention has to switch to their 3-4 defensive end position.  Jared Odrick may have found himself in the top 15 in a draft that wasn’t so littered with talented skill players, but he has slid all the way down to twenty-nine.  Odrick is a perfect 3-4 defensive end and if he gets into training camp on time he should push for playing time immediately.  With the twenty-ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select…

Jared Odrick, DT Penn State

  1. 30. Minnesota Vikings – (TEAM NEEDS: OL, QB, CB, NT)

When you get down this late in the first round teams begin to draft more of the best players available than to fill needs.  How Kareem Jackson fell down the board this far is beyond me, but the Vikings could certainly use an underrated young corner if they plan on beating the Saints any time soon.  With the thirtieth selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select…

Kareem Jackson, CB Alabama

  1. 31. Indianapolis Colts – (TEAM NEEDS: OT, NT, OL, CB)

Maurkice Pouncey has the talent to be at least a top twenty pick, if not higher.  But, his position rarely warrants a selection that high in the draft.  The Colts offensive line is aging and their production is diminishing.  Indianapolis could not run the ball at all last season (I know they have Peyton Manning, but you still have to run sometimes) and they could use to improve that aspect of their offense.  With the thirty-first selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select…

Maurkice Pouncey, G/C Florida

  1. 32. New Orleans Saints – (TEAM NEEDS: DT, OLB, DE, TE)

The Saints desperately need a defensive tackle to play alongside Sedrick Ellis.  Similar to the Jared Odrick situation, Brian Price has middle of the first round talent, but has fallen victim to an exceptionally deep draft.  Price has the ability to come in and compete for playing time immediately.  With the thirty-second selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select…

Brian Price, DT UCLA


1st Round (22nd Overall) – Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB Texas
2nd Round (44th Overall – JAX) – Tim Tebow, H-Back/TE/QB Florida
2nd Round (47th Overall – TEN) – Tyson Alualu, DE California
2nd Round (53rd Overall) – Montario Hardesty, RB Tennessee
4th Round (119th Overall) – Dorin Dickerson, TE Pittsburgh
6th Round – Danny Batten, ILB South Dakota State
6th Round (Comp – Jabar Gaffney) – Chris DeGeare, OG Wake Forest
7th Round (PHI – Greg Lewis) – Mike Williams, WR Syracuse
7th Round (DEN – Russ Hochstein) – Trindon Holliday, WR/KR LSU
7th Round (Comp – Heath Evans) – Mike Mclaughlin, ILB Boston College
7th Round (Comp – Lamont Jordan) – Sam Shields, CB Miami
7th Round (Comp – Lonnie Paxton) – Jeff Byers, C USC


3 Responses

  1. I think some team will take Tebow in the first round, not that it makes sense. Patriots would be wise to consider receiver Blair White in the 6th round. Has ability to be a Wes Welker clone


  2. Tebow is going in the first round.

    Dez Bryant is going to the Pats.

    This is a draft all about with defense with the likes of Suh, McClain, Berry, and Thomas.

    49ers are in position to improve the most out of all teams in the draft this year.

    Pats better not screw up this year.

  3. 2 things 1- i love how you have aluala at 47 which is right, and the jacksonille jaguars took him at ten!!! they really are trying to be the worst franchise in football… secondly if you guys get mike williams in the 7th round i will shit, i see him as a 2nd round talent but behavior might drop him between rnds 4-6

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