1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma:
There's many ways that the Rams could go, but the clues the Rams are dumping out are pointing towards Bradford as the number overall pick. It is obvious that Marc Bulger is not the future in St. Louis. They passed on Matt Ryan in 2008 (Bad Move). They passed on Mark Sanchez in 2009 (Bad Move). They are not interested in trading for Donovan McNabb. Unless the Rams are playing us all, which could be possible, Sam Bradford is the pick.
2. Detroit Lions: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State:
Could easily see the Detroit Lions selecting one of the two star DTs, but on the other hand they do have 2009 #1 overall pick Matthew Stafford who is playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Neither Suh, or McCoy are going to protect Stafford from falling on his back, but the best offensive lineman in this deep draft class should be able to anchor the line, and keep Stafford up on his feet for a long time to come.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska:
This is a dream situation for the Bucs. There was a report earily in the offseason that the Rams and Bucs were looking to swap 1st rounders so the Bucs could take Suh, but that report was quickly dismissed. Still, the Bucs obviously would love to have either Suh, or McCoy. Since they are both still available, the Buccaneers are the lucky ones who get to decide which one gets drafted first. There's been rumors that they would prefer McCoy in order to maintain the Tampa 2, but Suh is clearly the more talented of the two, and the Tampa 2 has only produced 1 Super Bowl since it's formation. Time for the Bucs to take the best defensive lineman in the draft, and either build him into the next Warren Sapp, or ditch the Tampa 2 to better suit Suh's abilities.
4. Washington Redskins: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa:
It's possible that the Redskins could draft either McCoy, or Berry, two players ranked higher than Bulaga. However, surely the Redskins have drafted enough safeties in the top 10 the past seven years, and with Albert Haynesworth, DT is not a concern in the 1st round. More than anything, the Redskins need help along the offensive line. They were hoping that Russell Okung fell to them, but that did not happen, so the Redskins take the second best offensive lineman in the 2010 draft class.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee:
Personally, if I were GM I would take Eric Berry. However, Berry does not make sense, because he is not a Pioli pick. Yes, Berry would fit the "Right 53", but he would go against Pioli's thinking that "Safeties are not top 5 picks". As for McCoy, well Gerald McCoy does not fit the 3-4 defense. So that would leave Rolando McClain, or Dan Williams as the obvious two choices, and the choice is Dan Williams. The guy would fit Pioli's "Right 53", and give the Kansas City Chiefs' defense a NT to anchor the defensive line with Dorsey, Jackson, and Williams.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma:
The Seahawks are excited by their fortunes of drafting right after the Kansas City Chiefs for the second straight year. Last year resulted in Aaron Curry. In 2010, their luck results into Gerald McCoy. This pick is a BPA pick, and if McCoy fulfills his potential will be a dominant force on Seattle's defensive line, as Patrick Kearney comes closer the end of his career as the anchor of this defensive line.
7. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee:
Potentially the best player in 2010 NFL Draft falls right into the Cleveland Browns' lap. Mike Holmgren does not think twice about this move, as he gets his "Ed Reed" for Eric Mangini's 3-4 defense.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland:
This pick is a complete crap-shot, but the Raiders need a lot of help along the offensive line, and Campbell's combine showing on the "bench press" will knock him into the top 10, as the stongest player in this draft class joins the silver and black.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame:
The Bills' QB situation has been a mess ever since Jim Kelly left, and it shown in the last decade, as they have not made the playoffs since Marv Levy's teams were dismantled. If that is to change under Chan Gailey's guidance; Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm, and Ryan Fitzgerald are the answer. The Bills' need a franchsie QB, and Jimmy Clausen could be that missing link to build around in order to return the playoffs after a decade-long absense.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech:
Yes, the Jags just signed Aaron Kampman, and that was a great move on their part. However, they need more help in the pass rushing department, as Kampman is on the downside of his career, and Derrick Harvey is not coming around as planned. The Jaguars need to add more pass rushing help, and Derrick Morgan would fit that bill.
11. Denver Broncos: Jared Ordick, DE, Penn State:
This would definitely be a reach, and some might be wondering why do this when Rolando McClain is still available. Well the answer will sound familiar to any Belichick disciple: "Right 53". As Scott Pioli drafted Tyson Jackson, and Dan Williams. As Bill Belichick drafted Brandon Meriweather, Laurence Maroney, Ben Watson, Patrick Chung, Jerod Mayo, so on. As Josh McDaniels drafted Knowshon Moreno, and Robert Ayers. They all are a part of their team's "Right 53". No matter how much of a reach it may seem, if the player is a perfect fit the team's system, he will get drafted, and that is what Jared Ordick is.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State:
In this pass-happy league, everybody needs a #1 receiver, even the most successful running team in 2009 has one in Braylon Edwards. As for the Miami Dolphins. Who do they have? Davone Bess is a #2 receiver, and Ted Ginn has not pinned out like Cam Cameron invisioned. However, Dez has all the goods.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida:
The 49ers' starting CB tandem last year consisted of two underachieving free agents in Nate Clements, and Dre Bly. That tandem will not do in 2010; long alone for the long term. Joe Haden is the best player available, and fits a huge need for the San Francisco 49ers. Joe Haden is the complete package, and the 49ers desperately need a cornerback with Haden's talent. So Haden will be leaving the sunny area on the east coast for the sunny area on the west coast.
14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson:
I really want reunite Pete Carroll, and one of his college players from USC in Taylor Mays, or Everson Griffen, but Carroll wants what is best for the Seattle Seahawks, and that is not Mays, or Griffen. The Seahawks running has struggled ever since Shaun Alexander's MVP season in 2005. Now they go to the best runningback in the 2010 draft class to restart their running game after four miserable years of the running the football. If everything goes as Pete Carroll plans, look for the tandem of Charlie Whitehurst, and C.J. Spiller to spell concern into their opponent's faces in the near future.
15. New York Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama:
The Giants need someone to replace recently let go Antonio Pierce, and look for the New York Giants to find their man in the best linebacker in the 2010 NFL draft.
16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida:
The Titans lost Kyle Vanden Bosch in free agency to the Detroit Lions, which is alright because he was on the downside of his career anyways, but the Titans don't have anyone to replace him. At first, I thought they would have Jason Jones take over his spot, but than it was brought to my attention by a Titans' fan that Jones is a DT. If Jevon Kearse can somehow stay healthy in 2010, he can be a good stop-gap starter until Jason Pierre-Paul, who is arguably the best defensive end in this draft class, is ready to take over full time.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma:
The 49ers are set at right tackle with Joe Staley, but still need a left tackle for the future. Well that future will include possibly the second or third best offensive lineman in this draft, taking adventage of the Raiders' love for power/speed for the second straight year.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho:
This pick is questionable, because the Steelers have needed help on the offensive line for all of Mike Tomlin's tender as head coach of the Steelers, but still have yet to draft an offensive lineman in the first round. Well this year, the picks comes down to the best guard in the draft, or their love of drafting linebackers. As the Atlanta Falcons await to take the one that falls to them. For whatever reason, there is a feeling in my gut that says that this is the year the Steelers finally get some protection for Big Ben.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas:
If it were not for the signing of hometown son Dunta Robinson, Kyle Wilson would be the obvious choice here, with this year's cornerback draft class being supposedly one of the weakest in a long time of the NFL Draft. However, with the signing of Dunta Robinson, the Falcons can look elsewhere in the first round. So the Atlanta Falcons go with Sergio Kindle, who will be undoubtably the next great pass rushing linebacker. The 1980s belonged to Lawrence Taylor, the 1990s belonged to Derrick Thomas, the 2000s belonged to Demarcus Ware, and the 2010s will belong to Sergio Kindle.
20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State:
The Texans look to replace former first round draft pick Dunta Robinson with current first round draft pick Kyle Wilson. Wilson probably benefitted from a weak cornerback draft class, but he should turn out to be a solid starting cornerback in this league.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Earl Thomas, S, Texas:
Thought about having Jermaine Gresham come to Cincinnati, Ohio. However, the Bengals are no longer a pass happy team who could not put together a great defense on the field, or in the courtroom. They have transformed into a power running, defensive team, and in a division that will have defenses consisting of Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, and Eric Berry, the Bengals might be wised to join the club, as the Bengals look to have a tandem of Leon Hall, Jonathan Joseph, Roy Williams, and Earl Thomas.
22. New England Patriots: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida:
Let's face it, the dynasty is on life support, and the cause of the Patriots' illness is a defense that has been depleted by trades, free agency, and age. Sooner, or later the cord is going to be unplugged, and if the Patriots want to live to see another day; they are going to have to improve that defense. With departure of Richard Seymour before the start of the 2009 season, and Jarvis Green after the end of the 2009 season; DE is all of a sudden a huge need for the New England Patriots, and Carlos Dunlap fits the bill as the perfect 3-4 DE in Bill Belichick's "Right 53".
23. Green Bay Packers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers:
The Green Bay Packers have become the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFC (Without the Super Bowl rings that is.). A great offense, and 3-4 defense that is being held back by a poor offensive line. Granted, the Arizona game in the playoffs showed that the Packers are not yet up to the standard of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but before they can fix that problem they need to protect their most valuable player in Aaron Rodgers. Anthony Davis, and Maurkice Pouncey are the only two offensive lineman left worth a first round draft pick. However, Davis is a tackle, while Pouncey plays on the inside. Anthony Davis fits the bill better than Pouncey, so Anthony Davis is the choice.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma:
The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the best all around teams in the NFL, and very few holes. However, TE is one of them, and the best TE in this draft class is sitting right there for them. While the question of rather the Eagles should give Donovan McNabb one last chance to win the Super Bowl, or start the Kerry Kolb era begins, the Eagles can at least know that they are set at RB, FB, WR, OL, and TE.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Sean Weatherspoon, ILB, Missouri:
Ray Lewis is still at the top of his game even at his advance age, but how much longer can he keep on going. The Ravens need to find someone to groom to take Lewis' place as the leader of this elite defense, and Weatherspoon would fit the bill perfectly. Some might question this pick, because Sean Weatherspoon is considered better suited as a 4-3 OLB, but if the scouting reports are correct he can as easily convert to be a 3-4 ILB.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Terence Cody, NT, Alabama:
The Arizona Cardinals' defense has been surprisingly solid during Ken Whisenhunt's first few years as head of the Arizona Cardinals, but if the Cardinals are to become a true, elite 3-4 defense, they need someone to anchor the defensive line for the longterm. Mount Cody came to combine overweight, but has since shaved a lot of that of as shown at his Pro Day down in Alabama. Cody's stock is rising, and the Cardinals may not get in other chance in the draft to pick up a potential franchise NT. So the Arizona Cardinals take Terence Cody, as they make the final moves to complete their tranformation into a 3-4 defense.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois:
Jerry Jones is going to have a hard time with this pick, because he does not want to give up on Roy Williams, since he gave up so much for this player, but as Stephen Jones takes more of a role in the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry is going to be forced to take care of his mistakes, as seen with Stephen's involvement in getting the Cowboys to part ways with Terrell Owens last offseason. This time, he will expose the truth about Roy Williams to his father, and a new WR to compliment Miles Austin in the future will be found in the big framed Arrelious Benn.
28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State:
A.J. Smith, and the Chargers will be thrilled to see Ryan Mathews waiting here just for them. With the release of Ladainian Tomlinson, and resigning of Darren Sproles, the Chargers needed a new powerback to carry the load as the starting runningback of the Chargers. Well now the Chargers have their replacement for LT in RM, the hometown kid Ryan Mathews.
29. New York Jets: Taylor Mays, S, Southern California:
Safety became a need for the New York Jets when they traded Kerry Rhodes to the Arizona Cardinals. Yes, they did get Brodney Pool from the Cleveland Browns, but is he really the answer? With Taylor Mays sitting here for the New York Jets, and Mark Sanchez lobbying for him, Rex "Big-mouth" Ryan will take Taylor Mays in the first round. Now off to HBO "Hard Knocks".
30. Minnesota Vikings: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida:
All the signs seem to point towards Brett Favre coming back for 2010. So why draft a QB in the first round, especially one who will be a huge project? Good question. The answer will be explained in three different sentences. First, the Minnesota Vikings have fallen in love with big names players during the Brad Childress era, and there is no bigger name in college football than Tim Tebow. Two, which is probably the most simplest is that the Vikings need a franchise QB of the future. Finally, Brett Favre's backups have a history of becoming stars in the NFL (Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks, Aaron Rodgers). The Minnesota Vikings do not any major holes, so the Vikings pull the trigger as they try to transition the "greatest college player of all time" into the "franchise quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings".
31. Indianapolis Colts: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama:
Thought about picking Maurkice Pouncey here, but after the flop of Tony Ugoh think Bill Polian will wait a little while before drafting another offensive lineman this early in the draft. With the lost of Marlin Jackson, Tim Jennings, and potentially T.J. Rushing, the Colts could use a cornerback, and Jackson has the most important element that requires a player to play for the Indianapolis Colts, and that is great NFL speed, quickness.
32. New Orleans Saints: Jerry Hughes, OLB, Texas Christian:
Really do not want to leave Maurkice Pouncey out of the first round, but the New Orleans Saints do not have any holes along the offensive line, so Pouncey will be taken with 33rd overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the opening minutes of Day 2. The Saints just lost Scott Fujita in free agency to the Clevelan Browns, and the Saints will end up better for it as they get potentially the better OLB in Jerry Hughes, who probably fell further than he should had.
Feel free to comment. Am open to other's opinions, and admit that some of the picks may seem questionable, but what NFL Draft has not had questionable picks?