Mock Draft: 2.0
With the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine starting Thursday, the National Football Post unveils its second mock draft of the season.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Rams need a franchise quarterback they can begin to build around, and Bradford looks to be the draft’s best option.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Expect Suh to wow everyone at this year’s combine as he further solidifies himself as the nation’s top prospect.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Bucs have needs across the board, so getting a talent like McCoy, who can instantly improve their defensive line, makes a lot of sense.
4. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Quarterbacks never last long on draft day, and Clausen has the pedigree to intrigue the Redskins’ new coaching staff.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
The Chiefs’ defense struggled as much as any unit in the NFL last season, so McClain gives them the type of player they can build around.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
With questions all over the offensive line and no quarterback worthy of the sixth overall pick, expect Seattle to opt for the draft’s most NFL-ready offensive tackle.
7. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Berry is one of the few “elite” prospects in this year’s draft and instantly improves the talent level in the Cleveland secondary.
8. Oakland Raiders: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Even with Nnamdi Asomugha and Chris Johnson manning the corners, we know Al Davis has a fetish for drafting talented defensive backs with rare physical attributes. Haden fits the bill.
9. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis gives the Bills a powerful left tackle prospect who can win in both the run and pass game.
10. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
With a ton of questions surrounding the Denver wide receiving corps, Bryant is the kind of talent who can step in and compete as a starter from day one.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Despite investing two high picks on the defensive end position in 2008, the Jaguars simply aren’t getting the production needed in the sack department to pass on a guy like Morgan.
12. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Graham has done nothing but impress every time he’s been given an opportunity, and I don’t expect anything less from him this week in Indy.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Iupati gives the 49ers some versatility along the offensive line, with the type of talent to mature into one of the NFL’s top guards in the future.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Seahawks have to find a way to improve their pass rush this offseason, and Pierre-Paul possesses the kind of upside to intrigue at No. 14.
15. New York Giants: Chad Jones, S, LSU
Chad Jones is someone I think can really make a big impression at this year’s combine. The Giants have plenty of question marks at safety; Jones has the ability to step in and fill the void early in his NFL career.
16. San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Wilson made a statement at this year’s Senior Bowl and now looks like one of the few prospects in the mix to be the second cornerback off the board.
17. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Titans defensive line coach Jim Washburn is one of the best in the business, and if anyone can get Dunlap to live up to his potential and blossom into an impact defensive lineman, it’s him.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Bulaga gives the Steelers the type of athlete they need to anchor the left side of their offensive line, plus he doubles as an impressive run blocker.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida
Center Todd McClure has been one of the cogs up front for the Falcons over the past decade. Pouncey, however, possesses the versatility to play either guard or center and has the skill set to develop into one of the league’s best.
20. Houston Texans: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
It’s scary to think how dynamic this offense could be with more consistent play from the running back position. I’ll admit this is more of a luxury pick for the Texans, but boy, would it make them even tougher to slow down.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
We’ve seen in the past that the Bengals aren’t afraid to overlook weight issues for talent, and Cody gives them the imposing presence they need inside on first and second downs.
22. New England Patriots: Jahvid Best, RB, California
Best is the one guy everyone seems to be forgetting about. However, he has the ability to be dynamic in the Patriots’ pass-first offense and should work out well at the combine.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, USC
Brown offers the Packers a major upgrade at the left tackle position and has the kind of footwork/athleticism needed to quickly mature into an NFL-capable pass blocker. Plus, he’s very natural on the move.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
With Brian Westbrook out in Philly and Leonard Weaver as the No. 2 back, don’t be surprised if the Eagles look long and hard at Dwyer at this point in the draft.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
The Ravens need to continue to add playmakers to their receiving corps, and although LaFell will put the ball on the ground, he has the ability to create on the outside at the next level.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Campbell possesses the quintessential skill set needed for the left tackle position in the NFL and has about as much upside as anyone in the draft.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Who knows how the Roy Williams situation turns out in Dallas? However, Benn would be an ideal complement underneath to Miles Austin in the Cowboys’ pass game.
28. San Diego Chargers: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams adds some much needed size and youth to the interior of the Chargers’ defense.
29. New York Jets: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
Finding a talented five-technique at the end of round one looks like a realistic possibility for the Jets on draft day.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
No matter how the Brett Favre saga plays out this offseason, the Vikings need to start thinking about their quarterback of the future. Tebow’s release has come a long way in only a couple weeks, and he’s simply a guy I wouldn’t bet against.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Not only does Price give the Colts a little more of a presence inside, he also has the ability to consistently fire off the ball and get up the field on passing downs.
32. New Orleans Saints: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
Tight end isn’t a real need for the Saints, but Hernandez is the type of versatile weapon who could create mismatches for coach Sean Payton in the Saints’ offense.
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