Sunday, April 11, 2010

My turn to make a mockery

-- Ok, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for a mock draft! If I'm honest, I'm not a huge fan of doing these even this close to the draft, as it only takes one player to catch a teams eye and thus move up a little in order to upset the whole thing. But I'm prepared to give it a whirl, especially in the absence of anything that would approach being a newsworthy story (The Cowboys old stadium gets demolished Sunday, 8am ET if you're interested). I'm going to do this not by picking who I think the teams should take (more on that later) but trying to guess who they actually will take. With that said, with number one overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams choose: 1. Sam Bradford, QB - It's inevitable. Like death and taxes, the Rams are certain to go with Bradford. They need a QB and they need to invigorate that franchise and it's fan base. 2. Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT - Jim Schwartz has scooped Kyle Vaden Bosch off the free agent market, but now he needs an interior anchorman to play the part that was filled by Albert Haynesworth in Tennessee. I think he takes Suh to be his guy. 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy, DT - McCoy is simply just a great fit for what Tampa wants to do defensively this season. They need a guy like McCoy to generate pressure up the middle. 4. Washington Redskins - Russell Okung, OT - The trade for McNabb leaves Washington free to take an OT like Okung at number 4. With a contract extension for McNabb on the horizon, they need someone to cover his backside. They take Okung to do it. 5. Kansas City Chiefs - Brian Bulaga, OT - Having invested in Matt Cassel, the Chiefs go looking for a LT to protect his backside. And they go looking in the direction of Brian Bulaga. 6. Seattle Seahawks - Eric Berry, S - The Seahawks badly need a defensive playmaker. Badly. Very badly. They generated just 13 INTs last year and this pick compliments their 2009 selection of LB Aaron Curry. 7. Cleveland Browns - Joe Haden, CB - Same reason as the Seahawks taking Berry. The Browns produced just 10 INTs last year and they need some help on defense. Haden adds a spark to that flagging D. 8. Oakland Raiders - Bruce Campbell, OL - Stop kidding yourselves Raiders fans, you know it's going to happen. 9. Buffalo Bills - Jimmy Clausen, QB - They need a QB and they can't wait on Tebow or McCoy. They have to pull the trigger now, and do so, taking Clausen to try and solidify the future of their franchise. 10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Derrick Morgan, DE - The Jaguars were outright appalling when it came to sacks last year. They were dead last and need a guy like Morgan to try and inspire a defensive comeback this year. 11. Denver Broncos - Rolando McClain, LB - Time to beef up the defense for Denver. They need assistance on this side of the ball and McClain brings both pressure and great tackling skills. 12. Miami Dolphins - Dez Bryant, WR - The Dolphins need a receiver and everyone still seems pretty hung up on Bryant. I think the Dolphins take a chance on him to provide a true weapon for Chad Henne to work with. 13. San Francisco 49ers - Kyle Wilson, CB - There'll be O-linemen still in the draft later when the '9ers pick again at 17, but for now they need someone to play opposite Nate Clements. Wilson is your guy. 14. Seattle Seahawks - Sergio Kindle, LB - I think the Seahawks go looking for a pass rusher they can mould to their needs, someone who will draw attention from Curry and try to establish an all dominating pairing at the LB position. Not a bad move. 15. New York Giants - Sean Weatherspoon, LB - With the loss of Antonio Pierce, the Giants need a new central figure at the LB spot. Weatherspoon, well noted for his communication skills, could be the guy. 16. Tennessee Titans - Jason Pierre Paul, DE - The Titans need to rediscover their pass rush. I think they blow it badly at this point by taking the over rated Pierre Paul. 17. San Francisco 49ers - Anthony Davis, OT - I think the 49ers fall out of their chairs that Davis is still on the board. Everyone starts looking at Coach Singletary and wondering if God likes him enough to also gift them a young and talented QB in the second round. Surely not another pick falling into their lap.... 18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Trent Williams, OT - The Steelers biggest problem last year was pass protection. Problem partly solved. 19. Atlanta Falcons - Carlos Dunlap, DE - Too good to miss for a Falcons team that needs to generate a little more pressure up front. They'll maybe regret not taking Earl Thomas. 20. Houston Texans - CJ Spiller, RB - When your per carry rushing tally is on a par with the Colts and the Norv Turner lead Chargers, you know things are going bad. That's why they go for a dynamic guy like Spiller. 21. Cincinnati Bengals - Earl Thomas, S - Add Thomas to the secondary pairing of Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph, and suddenly your defensive back end looks as mean as any in the league. 22. New England Patriots - Brandon Graham, DE - Pass rush was a big issue for the Patriots last year. Graham solves a big need that the Patriots still have going in to the draft. 23. Green Bay Packers - Mike Iupati, OL - They'll be surprised Iupati fell this far and given their pass protection issues from last year, they'll need him. A great fit. 24. Philadelphia Eagles - Taylor Mays, S - Mays can play safety or possibly convert to corner, but either way he adds much needed punch to the Eagles secondary. 25. Baltimore Ravens - Devin McCourtney, CB - The Ravens need to get better at defending the pass. McCourtney could be the answer. 26. Arizona Cardinals - Brandon Spikes, LB - In the space of one offseason, the Cardinals roster has practically fallen apart at the seams, losing key players all over the place. Spikes comes in and trys to reinvigorate their roster. 27. Dallas Cowboys - Charles Brown, OL - Steps in as the replacement, either this season or next, for Flozell Adams. 28. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Matthews, RB - The loss of Tomlinson and signing Sproles to just a one year tender leaves the Chargers short at RB. Matthews could be just the trick. 29. New York Jets - Arrelious Benn, WR - Sanchez needs weapons downfield and Braylon Edwards isn't the long term solution. Benn is highly rated and could be just what the doctor ordered to help the Jets offense take a big leap forward. 30. Minnesota Vikings - Kareem Jackson, CB - Will be brought in as the future replacement for Antoine Winfield. 31. Indianapolis Colts - Maurkice Pouncey, OL - A solid pick, as usual, from the Colts. Pouncey will join a good stable of O-linemen. 32. New Orleans Saints - Brandon Spikes, LB - If there is one thing the Saints need big time, it's a LB. Spikes is the best man left at that position by the time the Saints pick and should see plenty of action this season. Well, that's my 32. Again, it's always tough making mock drafts at this stage that will come anything close to the final deal, but it's fun to try I guess. But there is something that would be way more fun. And that's to jump into the GMs role and make my personal choices for each of the teams. Oh yeah, it's a picking free for all!!! Tomorrow maybe.... Have a great day everyone.

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