It’s been just over a week since my last mock draft so I figure it’s that time again. Unlike the last few however, I will not be taking into account the input from the commenters on the last mock. Instead I will start over fresh with this one, and I will start taking the comments into account again with the next mock draft. The draft order is essentially set now except for who will pick 31st and who will pick 32nd. There are a few other things that need to be sorted out, but this covers it. To see how things have progressed with my 2010 mock drafts take a look back at I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, and XII. Here is the thirteenth installment:
|1||1||St Louis||Eric Berry||FS||Tennessee|
|1||3||Tampa Bay||Gerald McCoy||DT||Oklahoma|
|1||4||Washington||Jimmy Clausen||QB||Notre Dame|
|1||5||Kansas City||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma State|
|1||7||Cleveland||Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State|
|1||13||San Francisco||Bryan Bulaga||OT||Iowa|
|1||15||NY Giants||Earl Thomas||FS||Texas|
|1||16||Tennessee||Derrick Morgan||DE||Georgia Tech|
|1||17||San Francisco***||Dan Williams||DT||Tennessee|
|1||20||Houston||Patrick Robinson||CB||Florida State|
|1||21||Cincinnati||Golden Tate||WR||Notre Dame|
|1||22||New England||Tim Tebow||Misc||Florida|
|1||23||Green Bay||Bruce Campbell||OT||Maryland|
|1||28||San Diego||Corey Wootton||DE||Northwestern|
|1||29||NY Jets||Jonathan Dwyer||RB||Georgia Tech|
|1||31||New Orleans||Brian Price||DT||UCLA|
|* 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.|
|** Denver traded their first-round pick to Seattle for Seattle’s 2009 second-round selection (37th overall, used to select Alphonso Smith).|
|*** 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).|
Now for some comments:
- I’m still sticking with Berry as the top pick. As I said before I think that’s where he deserves to be drafted and I think he is more of a momentum-shifting, game-changing player than Suh. I actually do think the Rams should take Eric Berry (actually what I really think is that Eric Berry should come back for his senior year… I can dream, right?) because the Rams are second to last in the NFL in terms of opponents passer ratings, they’re 28th in yards per passing attempt allowed and have the fewest interceptions in the league… the only reason they aren’t worse in total passing yards and passing TDs allowed is because opponents get a big enough lead in the first quarter and just run the rest of the game. Only 463 pass attempts against them this year and 468 runs, which -don’t quote me on it but- is one of the worst ratios in the league (it’s at least in the bottom five)… and that’s despite the fact that they’ve played pass-happy teams (Colts, Saints, Texans, Cardinals, and I guess you could throw the Packers and Lions in there as well) so I truly think a guy like Eric Berry would be most beneficial for the Rams.
- I have Washington and Seattle taking quarterbacks again. I don’t know if I truly think this is what’s going to happen, but it’s a pretty common selection for those teams, so this gives us a look at how things might play out if that does end up happening. Plus it gives people more stuff to comment on.
- Cleveland grabs a wide receiver with the assumption that they will be giving Brady Quinn more of a chance and want to give him adequate weapons so he at least has a shot at succeeding, though I don’t care who they draft because they aren’t going to have a shot at success next year.
- I’m really not so sure about Oakland going o-line with their first pick, primarily because Al Davis is crazy and only wants to draft fast people, but if they’re smart Trent Williams would be a solid pick. If we have any Raiders fans reading this, I encourage to share your thoughts on this.
- Taylor Mays falls back out of the top ten again and is snatched up by the Jaguars. If that happens, he may very well end up back in L.A. again before he knows it.
- Golden Tate finds his way into my first round this time, with the Bengals at 21. I don’t know if I really think this is the route that Cincinnati will go, but it might be, and I don’t know who else I would have had them pick here.
- And yes, I went back to having the patriots taking tim tebow. As I said before, I am doing this for several reasons, the first of which is that I’ve seen it 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 other reason is because I would absolutely love to see this actually happen. (NB: the first link no longer has the pats taking tebow, but they did at one point which is good enough for me)
- At last, I have my Colts grabbing Sergio Kindle out of Texas. He fits into a position of need and isn’t bad value either.
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