Via the request of a reader, I am going to be upping the frequency of my mock drafts. You might be asking yourself, what could have changed in the past week that would cause you to change much -if anything at all- from Mock Draft VIII? To that question I have three answers:
1. The draft order, which will likely be changing every week from now through week 17. Then it will likely change again after the Conference Championships.
2. I will take into account what has been suggested by the commenters in the last mock draft, both the ones that agreed and the ones that disagreed.
3. Now that I will be putting up a new mock draft (almost) weekly, I will play around with some different ideas and see what kinds of reactions I get. When I do this I will try to draw attention to them (as well as the picks influenced by the commenters) with a few comments at then end of the post.
I will again be determining my draft order based off of Bryan’s awesome, weekly post that shows exactly what the draft order would be if the season were to end today. To see how things have progressed with my 2010 mock drafts take a look back at I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII. Here is the ninth installment:
|2||St Louis||Eric Berry||FS||Tennessee|
|3||Tampa Bay||Gerald McCoy||DT||Oklahoma|
|4||Detroit||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma State|
|6||Kansas City||Taylor Mays||SS||USC|
|11||San Francisco||Trent Williams||OT||Oklahoma|
|14||**San Francisco||Mike Iupati||OG||Idaho|
|17||NY Jets||Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State|
|21||New England||tim tebow||Misc||florida|
|22||NY Giants||Jared Odrick||DT||Penn State|
|23||Green Bay||Jonathan Dwyer||RB||Georgia Tech|
|27||***Seattle||Jimmy Clausen||QB||Notre Dame|
|29||San Diego||Corey Wootton||DE||Northwestern|
|31||New Orleans||Marvin Austin||DT||North Carolina|
|* Chicago traded their first-round pick along with their 2009 first- and third-round selections, and quarterback Kyle Orton to Denver for quarterback Jay Cutler and a 2009 fifth-round selection.|
|** Carolina traded their first-round pick to San Francisco for San Francisco’s 2009 second-round selection (43rd overall, used to select Everette Brown) and their 2009 fourth-round selection (111th overall, used to select Mike Goodson).|
|*** Denver traded their first-round pick to Seattle for Seattle’s 2009 second-round selection (37th overall, used to select Alphonso Smith).|
Now for a few comments:
- I have the Brown taking Ndamukong Suh this time around because there were two comments last time about it. The first saying it’s who the Brown should take, and the second saying that it’s where Suh deserves to be drafted. The Browns already have Shaun Rogers, and I don’t think Suh is quite big enough to play a 3-4 nose tackle, so I have him being drafted as a defensive end. I want to point that out so people don’t think I’m crazy for not knowing he plays defensive tackle. I’m still not super convinced it’s the right pick, but around here we like to give the readers what they want.
- I have Eric Berry going second to the Rams for a few reasons. The first being because I think that he is THE best player in this year’s draft, and if you disagree then I’ll see you out back in five minutes where we can discuss the matter with our fists. I’m kidding, I won’t fight you… However I will get this Weller to do it for me instead. The second reason is (despite Bryan wanting the Rams to take a quarterback) because I think the Rams’ defensive secondary sucks. Granted, most all of their team sucks -barring Steven Jackson, Donnie Jones, Josh Brown, and a few others- but I think this would be a good move for the Rams.
- Michael was happy with the Redskins taking Russell Okung last time, so with him off the board I had Washington take Bryan Bulaga, who I believe is the second best offensive tackle for this draft. I’m curious to see with Okung gone if Michael still thinks that taking an OT is still the right move. I could be persuaded either way, because I’m on the fence right now anyhow.
- C.J. Spiller went to Seattle again, which Tim was happy with last time so I had them take him again.
- I wasn’t real sure what to do with Houston at 12 so I gave them LaFell. Him lining up across from Andre Johnson is a scary thought for this Colts fan.
- Yes, I have that patriots taking tebow at 21. I’m doing this for several reasons, the first of which is that I’ve seen it being done on at least two other mock drafts (here and here) and one of them was a site centered around the new england patriots draft. The next reason is because I hate tebow and I hate the patriots so it’s a match made in heaven. Other than that it’s really just because I think it’s funny.
- The Eagles are taking Sean Weatherspoon, which would make it two years in a row that they’ve taken a Missouri Tiger in the first round.
- With the Seahawks second pick in the first round, I still have them taking Jimmy Clausen. Tim mentioned in the comments that he didn’t like this pick but the alternate solution he gave was to draft Mike Iupati or another offensive lineman and Iupati was gone and Selvish Capers or Jon Asamoah I feel would be a big reach. Tim, feel free to comment on this pick again and let me know if you have any other suggestions.
- Finally, I have Mardy Gilyard going to my Colts. I want to first say that I don’t think this is the smartest selection nor do I think this is where the Colts will actually go with their first round pick but I saw this on another mock draft and I’d be lying if I said my mouth didn’t start to water. Yes, we may need some help at linebacker (Bruce Carter, Sergio Kindle, and Navorro Bowman were all still available) and yes, we definitely need some help at offensive tackle (Selvish Capers and Jon Asamoah were still on the board) but our defense has played quite well this year and the o-line has only allowed Peyton to be sacked ten times so far (the fewest in the league) and we desperately need a spark in the kick/punt return game and Gilyard can certainly provide that. And just think about all the different possible packages and combinations an offense could run with Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Pierre Garçon, Austin Collie, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, and now Mardy Gilyard and then maybe even Hank Baskett. I said it last year, that this team is built around Peyton Manning and I don’t think one defensive player is going to make as much of a difference as if you were to give Peyton another great weapon, and I don’t think he’s ever had a weapon that would be the kind of threat the Gilyard would be. Would this offense be unstoppable? Yes, I think so.
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