2010 NFL Mock Draft XIV (02/03)

I know it’s National Signing Day today, but I’m putting up a mock draft to give you a small side of NFL with your huge main course of NCAA football. Like I mentioned last time, I will be taking into account the input of the commenters for this one, and my next one will be more than just the first round. I know you’re excited. I will again be providing my reasoning and thoughts on some of the picks at the bottom after the actual mock itself. To see how things have progressed with my 2010 mock drafts take a look back at IIIIIIIVVVI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and XIII. Here is the fourteenth installment:

Rnd Pick Team Player Pos School
1 1 St Louis Eric Berry FS Tennessee
1 2 Detroit Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
1 3 Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
1 4 Washington Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State
1 5 Kansas City Rolando McClain ILB Alabama
1 6 Seattle Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame
1 7 Cleveland Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State
1 8 Oakland Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
1 9 Buffalo Trent Williams OT Oklahoma
1 10 Denver Joe Haden CB Florida
1 11 Jacksonville Taylor Mays SS USC
1 12 Miami C.J. Spiller RB Clemson
1 13 San Francisco Anthony Davis OT Rutgers
1 14 Seattle Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech
1 15 NY Giants Earl Thomas FS Texas
1 16 Tennessee Carlos Dunlap DE Florida
1 17 San Francisco Bryan Bulaga OG Iowa
1 18 Pittsburgh Dan Williams DT Tennessee
1 19 Atlanta Everson Griffen DE USC
1 20 Houston Patrick Robinson CB Florida State
1 21 Cincinnati Golden Tate WR Notre Dame
1 22 New England Brandon Graham OLB Michigan
1 23 Green Bay Bruce Campbell OT Maryland
1 24 Philadelphia Ricky Sapp DE Clemson
1 25 Baltimore Syd’Quan Thompson CB California
1 26 Arizona Sergio Kindle OLB Texas
1 27 Dallas Charles Brown OT USC
1 28 San Diego Corey Wootton DE Northwestern
1 29 NY Jets Mike Iupati OG Idaho
1 30 Minnesota Devin McCourty CB Rutgers
1 31 New Orleans Brian Price DT UCLA
1 32 Indianapolis Jared Odrick DT Penn State
* 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 my thoughts:

  • 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 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 the Redskins picking an offensive lineman again. This makes more sense to me, so the first quarterback taken is now by the Seahawks at six.
  • Speaking of the Seahawks, it was mentioned last time that they wouldn’t pass up on Derrick Morgan with their second pick in the first round. So what happens this time? The Seahawks take Derrick Morgan with their second pick of the first round. As I’ve said before, we like to keep our readers happy.
  • Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Last time we had a Browns fan get pretty upset with me. Well he’s going to be unhappy again, because he doesn’t think they should take a wide receiver with their first round pick. Well I disagree. In my opinion the Browns four biggest needs -in no particular order- are quarterback, wide receiver, running back and outside linebacker. In the past we had some Browns fans say that they don’t want a quarterback, so that’s ruled out. I don’t think any outside linebackers are good enough to be picked that high and so I gave them Dez Bryant again because CJ Spiller might be good enough to get drafted that high, but he’s not an every down back.
  • With CJ Spiller fresh in our mind, I’ll go ahead and point out that I don’t think he’s going to get drafted by the Dolphins, but I also don’t know who else they would select and they do need to address the fact that Ronnie Brown might not be 100% after this year’s season ending injury. I’m just not sure if that’s something you draft for with the 12th overall pick.
  • We have the Steelers grabbing Dan Williams out of Tennessee after a commenter mentioned last time that they thought that was a likely possibility.
  • The Bengals add Golden Tate to give Carson Palmer another weapon.
  • I went away from having the patriots take tim tebow. Not because I don’t think they’ll draft him, but because they will be able to wait until the second and maybe even the third round, especially after his abysmal performance at the Senior Bowl. On a side note about this, everyone who disagreed with me on the patriots being interested in timmy should read this.
  • Last week somebody pointed out that the Jets will most likely not take a running back. It was a good point so this time they grab a new offensive guard to boost their line.
  • And finally, my Colts grab defensive tackle, Jared Odrick. This year there were huge strides taken in the right direction to make the run defense better, but it still needs work.

Rnd Pick Team Player Pos School
1 1 St Louis Eric Berry FS Tennessee
1 2 Detroit Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
1 3 Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
1 4 Washington Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State
1 5 Kansas City Rolando McClain ILB Alabama
1 6 Seattle Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame
1 7 Cleveland Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State
1 8 Oakland Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
1 9 Buffalo Trent Williams OT Oklahoma
1 10 Denver Joe Haden CB Florida
1 11 Jacksonville Taylor Mays SS USC
1 12 Miami C.J. Spiller RB Clemson
1 13 San Francisco Anthony Davis OT Rutgers
1 14 Seattle Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech
1 15 NY Giants Earl Thomas FS Texas
1 16 Tennessee Carlos Dunlap DE Florida
1 17 San Francisco Bryan Bulaga OG Iowa
1 18 Pittsburgh Dan Williams DT Tennessee
1 19 Atlanta Everson Griffen DE USC
1 20 Houston Patrick Robinson CB Florida State
1 21 Cincinnati Golden Tate WR Notre Dame
1 22 New England Brandon Graham OLB Michigan
1 23 Green Bay Bruce Campbell OT Maryland
1 24 Philadelphia Ricky Sapp DE Clemson
1 25 Baltimore Syd’Quan Thompson CB California
1 26 Arizona Sergio Kindle OLB Texas
1 27 Dallas Charles Brown OT USC
1 28 San Diego Corey Wootton DE Northwestern
1 29 NY Jets Mike Iupati OG Idaho
1 30 Minnesota Devin McCourty CB Rutgers
1 31 New Orleans Brian Price DT UCLA
1 32 Indianapolis Jared Odrick DT Penn State
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21 Responses

  1. As a Browns fan, let me just say….I LOVE IT!

    I am so sick of seeing these (other) mocks all going the same route, sticking us with Florida CB Joe Haden.

    SICK OF IT!

    There are tons of DBs available in this draft that can be had at value later (2nd or 3rd round), and we don’t have a dire need for a #1 guy, as Eric Wright is coming into his own. If Eric Berry isn’t available (99.9% likely IMO), then I couldn’t agree more that Dez Bryant is the way to go.

    We need WR so awfully bad that anything else is a crime. If we didn’t have James Davis waiting in the wings (along with Jerome Harrison busting out), I’d lean towards CJ Spiller for sure. But we need TALENT on offense, since losing Braylon and Winslow completely devoided us of any/all we had.

    Dez Bryant FTW!

    • I’m glad you enjoy it, man! Unfortunately you and Dan disagree completely and entirely. You two might have to debate it out to determine what I do next time around.

  2. I cant agree with you at all with the Berry pick. He is one of the top talents in this draft i wont disagree with you there. The problem with picking Berry first overall would come with the price tag that he would be stapled with. In a rookie salary “NFL” this pick could make sense but you cant pay a safety 80 million guaranteed over 5 years no safety in the league makes that kinda money let alone a rookie. You can’t argue that he would sign for considerably less either his agent wouldnt do that because that would throw off the salaries of every other pick in the first round. You would have to believe that Berry’s agent doesnt only have 1 client so he doesnt want to screw himself an other colleagues over on the gold mind which is the rookie guaranteed salaries.

    In a Rookie pay scale this pick makes sense but not in the NFL like it is today. I see the rams taking the player that puts fans in the seats and gives the Rams a player that the city can fall in love with an that’s a quarterback now its your pick which one you like better Bradford or Claussen.

    The world of pro sports is as much of team needs as it is who will attract fans to come see the games, buy merchandise and sell the product on the field in every way possible. This is why the Jaguars will draft Tebow i do not believe at number 11 but i could see them trading back into the first round or taking him in the second round. Look how many people came just to cheer for him at the senior bowl the Jags owner is in need of people to come watch the team an this is a player that can do it.

    Last note I do not think Tebow will translate to the pros well. If there wasnt a team like the Jags who need him dearly to keep the team in Jaxsonville he wouldnt be drafted till somewhere on day 3. He is just another great college qb that cant run a pro offense.

    • Tim, this is by far the best argument I’ve heard to persuade me from having Berry go first overall… Thanks for the comment. It might just be enough to convince me to change up the top pick for the next mock.

  3. Well, you keep flip flopping my Raiders with each mock you put out, but I hope they end up with Bradford. Actually I just hope they cut Jamarcus. I’d be happy with either a OG or a QB as long as it actually works out which I’m never confident of. My guess is they’ll pick a punter even though they already have a pro bowler…

    • Hahaha, Chappy, I love your comments… who would be your ideal pick for the Raiders in round one?

  4. For the record, this may be the worst Mock Draft I have looked at to date! Congratultions on sucking at life…

    • Coincidentally, this may be the worst comment I’ve received to date! But we do appreciate the constructive criticism…

      But seriously, if you’re gonna hate without providing any sort of intelligence to back your statements at least be clever and entertaining about it. I have no problems with people being insulting but at least be original or something.

  5. No way do I want the Browns to take Bryant. We spent two picks on WRs last year. The last thing we need is to waste yet another pick on a WR, especially one with baggage and is an average route runner. Haden’s the top rated corner in the draft. He and Wright will make a fantastic tandem. By the way, on offense, what we need is a QB. We didn’t average 90 yards a game passing the last five games due to not having Braylon Edwards or Winslow. And didn’t our offense suck even before we traded Edwards?

    • You guys don’t have a primary receiver. At all. Neither receiver you took last year is good enough to be a #1 target. Just my opinion, but I don’t think I’m alone on it.

    • Dan,
      1st off, technically, the downfall of our offense was the moment we lost Kellen Winslow. Yes we were awful leading up to the Braylon trade, but that was because he was ALL we had, and with defenses focusing on shutting him down, we had absolutely nothing else to work with (Massoquoi did come along later, but then it became the same thing with him).
      Secondly, there is no QB in the history of the NFL-past/present/future-that could work with the sorry lot we have at WR/TE. If we didn’t average 90 yds per game thru the air based on lacking Edwards/Winslow, then what was it? Do you think Sanchez, or anyone not named Peyton could have done much better? Do you remember 2007? Derek Anderson was a Pro-Bowl-caliber QB, with 2 studly weapons at his side. Would he have done the same this year? Doubtful.

      But I maintain that things wouldn’t have been NEARLY as bad if we’d have kept Winslow. Braylon, bah, I’m not too sore over losing him (anymore). In fact, if we were going with Quinn from the get go, the dumbest thing we coulda done was rid of Winslow, as he and Quinn woulda become best friends (see 2008 MNF game, KWII’s 11rec 2 TD game).

      I could go on for days, however, my point is that we need to add multiple +talents on the offense side, particularly in the passing game. I wish we could snag Grisham in the 2nd, but that’s unlikely. No matter how good/much better our D gets, without some true gamebreakers @ WR/TE, we will never have a realistic shot @ the playoffs. Personally, I’ve always found our D to be a bit underrated in the first place. Now, if we could be sure we could land Damian Williams, say, in the 2nd, then maybe I’d be ok with Haden. I also hope we manage to snag someone along the lines of an Eric Decker with one of our 3rd rounders.

      I’ll end this now before I start to ramble ;-)

    • Big Browns fan here. I have to agree with Dan, we need to go defense with the top pick. Eric Wright is a very good corner, the problem is we don’t have a number 2 corner behind him. If we take Haden, he can succeed because he won’t have the pressure and expectations to be a #1.

      If Haden isn’t there at our pick, take a defensive player, we need upgrades at every single defensive position except maybe NT.

      We do need offensive playmakers. But I say get them in the 2nd round. Take a look at new GM Tom Heckerts 2nd round draft picks the last 3 years for the Eagles: LeSean McCoy (2009), DeSean Jackson (2008), Kevin Kolb (2007).

  6. I like the bold selection of 2 o-lineman by the Niners. It would almost guarantee a new starter from Day 1 and depth for years to come (something they sorely lack as evidenced by this year’s line play).

    Syd Thompson is in no way going in the 1st, not the 2nd for that matter. He was burnt like toast on a regular basis this year. He is a slow cover corner who will probally have to move to FS.

    One last thing, I could see E. Berry being the 1st selection. The Rams will probally be talking to Suh, Clausen, Bradford, Okung, & Berry. They can have a deal in place before the draft and not be at the mercy of slotting per se. BTW, how is it that Bulger is this horrible qb all of a sudden and they need a new one. To me it is o-line problems coupled with having garbage wide-outs not QB problems. Just my 2 cents as a Niner Fan.

    • I agree with you about the quarterback situation of the Rams… I don’t blame Bulger for their poor passing offense.

  7. That is one tough question! I guess if it were truly up to me, I’d pick a OL. Al needs to go back to his days of signing a vet QB that isn’t quite over the hill. Maybe we could talk that rebel/trouble maker jesus freak Kurt Warner out of retirement, haha, j/k j/k. Seriously though, we really need to keep whoever our QB is upright, and I’m not opposed to giving Gradkowski a shot, since he did win us a few games, so lets take a OL and see what happens.

  8. I am just excited to see Washington going with an OT. Hopefully he can play LT as I fear the days of Chris Samuels are done. Everyone says we need a new QB which is BS. We went through 11 different OL and Cooley was injured, which allowed defenses to key on Moss. How can the blame be on the QB? Towards the end of the season Davis and Thomas starting playing better and what happened, the offense got better. Zorn was also trying to use Campbell as a drop back 5 yard passer. Campbell has a strong arm and is mobile. Let him take some shots down field and some roll out plays. Also this crap about Portis being done and we need to pick Spiller is silly. Portis had his best seasons for Washington when he is running between the tackles with the occasional off-tackle play. Too many times sweep plays and not enough straight forward runs. I think Washington solidifies the line with their pick and next season starts to look brighter.

  9. If you accept the argument concerning salaries for the number one overall pick. Here’s some history in the draft…… Since 1990: QB – 11, OT – 3, DE – 2, DT – 3,
    RB – 1 and WR – 1.

    • Steve i think that St Louis is going to go a couple ways with this pick. I dont see them taking Suh because of there draft picks in the last couple of years have gone Dline. Adam Carriker and Chirs Long. This makes way for a few interesting possibilities.

      Plan A.
      Trade out of the first pick overall. This is harder to do then one would think because of the value of the pick that a team would have to give up and also the amount of money that the team that gets the pick would have to pay said player. The only way to trade this pick is to undervalue the trade an take less then you think you can receive. maybe only trading for a early first an 2nd round pick an maybe a 3-4 next year is the way to go here. A team that i could see them trading with is Tampa Bay who is really looking to grab Suh.

      Plan B.
      Take one of the 2 top rated Quarterbacks. Everyone has there idea of who the better QB will be between Claussen and Bradford in my opinion it will be Jimmy. With the team that St Louis has i believe they should an will take a QB in the first round there is not many starting caliber QB’s in this draft an a team like St Louis needs a new franchise QB an i believe Claussen or Bradford can be it. You can’t “wait till next year” when deciding about a QB. Look at last year everyone thought Detroit should wait a year for this great QB class of Tebow, McCoy, Snead, Bradford, Claussen, etc an what we found out was Detroit made a great pick an the sure fire first round talents people thought would be around this draft did not live up to expectations an many have fallen ten-fold.

      Plan C.
      Just take Suh,

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