OUR EDITORS 2010 NFL MOCK DRAFT

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1. Rams
team
Pick Breakdown…
Sam Bradford
QB from Oklahoma


Sam Bradford is the perfect example why any quarterback projected to be taken top-five overall should declare early. Stationed behind a poor offensive line, Bradford was 10-of-14 for 96 yards (6.9 YPA) and a score before suffering an injury that has knocked him out 2-4 weeks. Making matters worse, Bradford’s star tight end, Jermaine Gresham, is out for the year. Bradford is now in danger of being passed by Jevan Snead and Jimmy Clausen, though that obviously hasn’t happened yet.
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2. Lions
team
Pick Breakdown…
Ndamukong Suh
DT from Nebraska


A day after nfl.com’s Mike Mayock released the first mainstream mock draft that didn’t have Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh going No. 1 overall to St. Louis, espn.com’s Todd McShay filed another. McShay, who had Suh first in his initial mock draft, has switched to Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Suh then would go to the Detroit Lions at No. 2, as Mayock also predicted. (Warning: The link is to an ESPN Insider story, meaning you must be a subscriber.) Here’s what McShay wrote about the interior linemen: The Rams have a poor track record when it comes to drafting defensive linemen early, and now they have a tough choice to make between the stronger, more instinctive Ndamukong Suh and the quicker, more disruptive McCoy. Coach Steve Spagnuolo is looking for defensive linemen who can penetrate, which is why we think McCoy could be the top overall pick.
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3. Buccaneers
team
Pick Breakdown…
Gerald McCoy
DT from Oklahoma


Preseason Skinny: A building block to work a line around for a decade, he’s an anchor who’ll dominate in a 4-3.
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4. Redskins
team
Pick Breakdown…
Jimmy Clausen
QB from Notre Dame


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5. Chiefs
team
Pick Breakdown…
Eric Berry
SS / FS from Tennessee


Preseason Skinny: He might not be Taylor Mays as far as size and speed, but he makes more big plays.
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6. Seahawks
team
Pick Breakdown…
Russell Okung
OT from Oklahoma State


Preseason Skinny: With his quickness, strength, and attitude, he’ll end up going in the first half of the first round. Left tackles with his skills go early. 2008: First team All-Big 12. The anchor of the Cowboy offensive line at left tackle … Played especially well in big games … Battled Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo, the Big 12 defensive player of the year, to a draw … Helped lead OSU to its third straight Big 12 rushing title and top 10 national rankings in scoring and total offense as well as rushing … Led OSU with 71 knockdown blocks … Also topped the Cowboys with 27 “dominating” blocks … Was in for 874 snaps. 2007: Started at left tackle throughout the season … Helped lead the Cowboys to top 10 national rankings in rushing (eighth) and total offense (seventh) while finishing third in the country in sacks allowed (11 in 13 games) … OSU’s offensive line gave up just five sacks in eight Big 12 games to lead the league in that category … Named to the Rivals.com all-bowl team after holding Indiana’s Greg Middleton, the NCAA’s sack leader, without a tackle in the Insight Bowl victory. 2006: Moved into the starting lineup for the first time against Kansas and held the position of right tackle for the rest of the season (eight straight starts) … One of three freshmen who started at least one game on the offensive side … Helped OSU’s offense to its fourth highest scoring season ever … Graded out as OSU’s best offensive lineman against Nebraska and Texas Tech.
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7. Browns
team
Pick Breakdown…
Joe Haden
CB from Florida


Haden’s press skill is excellent and he can handle large receivers at the line. A picky defensive backs coach might want to work with Haden on his backpedal. He’s more of a side step, which gets him in trouble against shifty receivers. Once Haden is turned and running with the receiver, he stays right on them and uses his hands well here.
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8. Raiders
team
Pick Breakdown…
Bruce Campbell
OT from Maryland


Over-sized left tackle Bruce Campbell will leave Maryland with a year of college eligibility remaining to enter the NFL Draft. “I feel I can be something special and this is best for me,” Campbell said. “I have good size and I can protect the quarterbacks’ blind side. I played defensive line in high school so I can also think like a defensive player, which is an advantage.” Campbell certainly has the frame and athleticism to be something special at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds. What really held him back this year were multiple injuries, including turf toe and an issue with his medial collateral ligament. Campbell has also started only a year and a half for Maryland. Currently, Campbell projects as a mid-first-round talent, but his stock should rise in offseason workouts. ESPN’s Scouts Inc. rate Campbell as the 24th best player eligible for the draft. After all juniors declare by Jan. 15, the Mocking the Draft site rankings will be redone, and Campbell will have a much higher ranking. Here is a sneak peek at how the tackle prospects will be ranked:
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9. Bills
team
Pick Breakdown…
Bryan Bulaga
OT from Iowa


Bulaga has prototypical size to play either tackle position but it’s his intangibles that make him an elite prospect and not project. Playing in the lunch pail, grind it out style of the Big Ten he’s a heady, driven, full of piss and vinegar type of bookend that will keep his quarterbacks’ jersey clean for 10 years. A proven recipe for success is building from the inside-out which starts with the trenches. Quick, name an offensive skill player for the Iowa Hawkeyes this year. It’s difficult. Bulaga and his 2010 highly regarded OT prospect Hawkeye teammate and fellow Illinois native, Kyle Calloway, were the two primary reasons Iowa stayed under the radar this season.
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10. Jaguars
team
Pick Breakdown…
Derrick Morgan
DE from Georgia Tech


Heading into the 2009 season, nobody was quite sure what to expect from Derrick Morgan. He certainly has the look of an NFL defensive end at 6-4 and 272 pounds and his numbers in 2008 were pretty good. However, that was with a defensive line that included Michael Johnson, Darryl Richard and Vance Walker (all draftees in the 2009 NFL Draft). In that season, Morgan totaled 9.5 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks, but that was with the opposition worrying about everybody else on the line and Morgan went largely unnoticed. NFL scouts wanted to see what Morgan could do in 2009 when this was his defensive line; so far, he has not disappointed. Through nine games, Morgan has tallied 37 tackles and leads the team with 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks. He is not getting much help from the rest of the line as nobody else on the team has more than 1.5 sacks.
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11. Broncos
team
Pick Breakdown…
Dez Bryant
WR from Oklahoma State


The 2009 season started fine for Bryant. In three games he caught 17 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns. It looked like Bryant might keep up with his numbers from the 2008 campaign, but then trouble happened. Bryant lied to the NCAA over matters that were not illegal as far as his eligibility was concerned, but the NCAA suspended him for the entire season anyway. This is not the usual suspension concern that should make NFL teams shy away from Bryant. He certainly has some questions to answer to explain things to NFL teams, but it should not affect his draft status. That means Bryant may come out early, despite missing most of his junior season. If he does, he should still be a first round pick.
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12. Dolphins
team
Pick Breakdown…
Rolando McClain
ILB from Alabama


Instincts set him apart and give him the chance to be special. He plays well in space. Reacts well. Has good change of direction ability and closing speed. He also is a very good tackler. Athletic ability and instincts on defense give him plenty of upside. Is at his fastest coming off the edge, so a move to defensive end in college wouldn’t be out of the question given his size. But he has plenty of natural ability at linebacker, too.
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13. 49ers
team
Pick Breakdown…
C.J. Spiller
RB from Clemson


C.J. Spiller had to deal with splitting carries with James Davis for most of his career. Even without the entire workload, Spiller has put up some great numbers. As a freshman, Spiller tallied 938 yards on the ground and 12 total trips to the end zone. In 2007 Spiller rushed for 768 yards, but it was during that season he emerged as a great pass catcher out of the backfield. The 5-11 back caught 34 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns. In 2008 Spiller totaled 629 rushing yards, 436 receiving yards and ten total offensive touchdowns. The big question after Spiller opted to return to Clemson for his senior season was how well he could manage the workload on his own. After all, Spiller is a 5-11, 195 pound speed back. Through five games the results have been relatively mixed. Spiller is handling the carries and easily leads the team with 360 rushing yards, but his yards-per-carry numbers are down and he only has one rushing touchdown through five games.
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14. Seahawks
team
Pick Breakdown…
Anthony Davis
OT from Rutgers


He is very light on his feet for a prospect of his size. He has an oustanding frame and a long wing-span. He can get to the second level and seal linebackers. He can handle speed or power rushers at the point of attack. Linemen who are equally adept at run and pass blocking are a rarity.
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15. Giants
team
Pick Breakdown…
Brian Price
DT from UCLA


I bring this up because today’s Draft Lab subject, UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price, could end up being on the precipice of that value point for many teams. He is one of those prospects who is graded quite high in some circles (No. 13 on Mel Kiper’s most recent Big Board) but who is perceived as having less value in others (No. 30 in Todd McShay’s initial mock draft).
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16. Titans
team
Pick Breakdown…
Jason Pierre-Paul
from South Florida


Jason Pierre-Paul did not exactly come out of nowhere, but it sure seems that way to many who do not follow the Big East closely. Pierre-Paul was a very highly touted recruit coming out of high school, but he ended up at the junior college level. He spent his freshman campaign at College of the Canyons and then transferred to Fort Scott Community College before eventually ending up at South Florida. Needless to say Pierre-Paul was a dominating player at the junior college level. However, the domination continued at the FBS level. With a superb pass rusher in George Selvie at the other defensive end spot, Pierre-Paul got a lot of opportunities during his first season with the Bulls. Through 11 games he leads the team with 5.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles-for-loss. Some of that production may be due to the opposition worrying too much about Selvie, but Pierre-Paul is a great pass rusher in his own right.
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17. 49ers
team
Pick Breakdown…
Trent Williams
OT from Oklahoma


All-Big 12 first team by the coaches and honorable mention by AP … started all 14 games, the first at left tackle and the remaining 13 at right tackle … registered 131 knockdowns … season-high 18 knockdowns in BCS title game against Florida … season-high grade of 91% in the 65-21 win over No. 2 Texas Tech … third on the offensive line with 943 plays. 2007: Saw action in all 14 games … had six starts at right tackle. 2006: Named to The Sporting News’ Freshman All-America second team … became the starter at right tackle just before the Missouri game after Branndon Braxton went down with a broken leg, then started the last six games … played 462 snaps … had 75 knockdowns … posted his best grade of the season, 85%, against Texas Tech.
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18. Steelers
team
Pick Breakdown…
Dan Williams
DT from Tennessee


One of the more experienced players in this year’s draft class, Williams looks ready to end his lengthy career at Tennessee and take his game to the next level. The defensive tackle redshirted in Knoxville in 2005 and has been close to a full-time starter ever since the beginning of his sophomore campaign in 2007. Although he is often overlooked on a defense led by star safety and potential No. 1 overall pick Eric Berry, Williams has arguably been the glue to the Volunteer defense for several years now. He recorded 40 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore and as a junior he was third on the team in tackles for loss and second in quarterback hurries, while making 48 total tackles. Ten games into his senior season, Williams was third on the team with 52 tackles and second with 6.5 tackles for loss. In addition to racking up his own stats, Williams wreaks havoc in the middle of the line to open things up for guys like Berry, linebacker Rico McCoy, and defensive end Chris Walker. “His numbers don’t necessarily show it as far as sacks, but he’s been a force in the middle,” said coach Lane Kiffin. Added McCoy: “I wouldn’t have as many tackles without playing behind Dan. Dan’s taking up a block or two every play, because he demands that attention.”
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19. Falcons
team
Pick Breakdown…
Sean Weatherspoon
OLB from Missouri


Lost in the explosive offense of Missouri is how well the defense has been playing. It all starts with linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon was pretty much a special teams player as a freshman in 2006. In 2007 he stepped into a starting role and then stepped into a leadership role almost immediately. On the year, Weatherspoon led the team with 130 tackles and always seemed to be around the ball. For a first-year starter and an underclassman, that was some amazing production. His numbers got better in 2008 when he tallied an incredible 155 tackles and three interceptions.
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20. Texans
team
Pick Breakdown…
Earl Thomas
/ SS from Texas


A hard hitter with a knack for interceptions, Thomas started all 27 games of his college career, finishing with 149 tackles, and 10 interceptions. His two interception returns for touchdowns this season also set a school record.
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21. Bengals
team
Pick Breakdown…
Arrelious Benn
WR from Illinois


Benn is a big, physical receiver who is a match up nightmare for cornerbacks and safeties. He has strong hands and the ability to adjust to the football in the air. He’ll be a red zone threat right away in college and is physically ready for the next level. Benn has deceptive speed and has a nice second gear coming out of cuts and he gets his head around quickly. His strength allows him to outmuscle defenders for the football and makes it tough to get a bump on him off the line of scrimmage. Benn can go across the middle and is willing to absorb hits to make the catch. Has a high yards-after-contact rate because of his size and elusiveness. Ben could play an H-Back role in college with the right team creating mismatches off the line of scrimmage or out of the backfield. Benn is an excellent blocker off the line and downfield. He needs to work on his route running. Benn is a terrific athlete who could be a dominator on defense as well as a safety or linebacker.
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22. Patriots
team
Pick Breakdown…
Jermaine Gresham
TE from Oklahoma


Perhaps Jermaine Gresham should have gone to the NFL a year early. He ended up missing his senior season with the Sooners after undergoing knee surgery prior to the beginning of the 2009 college season, but Gresham is still a great tight end if he can prove that he is healthy by April. Gresham burst onto the scene as a sophomore during the 2007 campaign. On a team that sported Malcolm Kelly and Juaquin Iglesias, Gresham — a 6-6 tight end — led the squad with 11 touchdown receptions. In 2008 he ranked second on the team with 66 receptions for 950 yards and led the squad with 14 touchdown passes.
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23. Packers
team
Pick Breakdown…
Charles Brown
OT from USC


Has good height, long arms and athleticism. Shows the quickness to slide outside and cut-off speed rushers. When maintaining good balance and leverage in pass protection, slides well side-to-side to neutralize secondary pass-rush moves. Works well with guard to neutralize line stunts. Flashes ability to lockup on head-up defensive linemen on in-line run blocks. Reaches the second level to seal linebackers.
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24. Eagles
team
Pick Breakdown…
Carlos Dunlap
DE from Florida


Dunlap has the size of a run-stuffing left defensive end and the pass-rush skills to play on the right side, and that size/athleticism combo accounts for the widespread comparisons to Texans All-Pro Mario Williams. What remains to be seen is whether or not Dunlap will follow in Williams’s footsteps as a number-one-overall draft pick. However, one thing almost certainly not up for debate is Dunlap’s once-in-a-decade physical package.
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25. Ravens
team
Pick Breakdown…
Damian Williams
WR from USC


Damian Williams, WR, Southern Cal: Williams’ tough choice got tougher with his 12 catch, 189-yard effort in the Trojans’ 24-13 Emerald Bowl win over Boston College. Once again he proved his ability to elude defenders after the catch at 6-1, 190 pounds, along with his willingness go get the ball in traffic. Whether he decides to leave L.A. a season early or stick around with a young team likely to improve in 2010 with freshman QB Matt Barkley at the helm, Williams is an elite college receiver with first round talent
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26. Cardinals
team
Pick Breakdown…
Brandon Graham
DE from Michigan


All-America honorable mention … voted by his teammates as the Bo Schembechler Team MVP … All-Big Ten second team selection by coaches and media … second nationally in tackles for loss and tied for seventh in sacks … one of only seven Wolverines to earn 10 or more sacks in one season … posted three sacks, forced two fumbles and tallied six stops vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27) … named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against the Badgers. 2007: 13 GP; 5 GS; 13 Sol-25 TT, 9.5 TFL, 8.5 SK, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 3 FF; Charged with disorderly conduct in July 2008 for playing music too loud, failed to show up for trail. Charges eventually dismissed, bench warrant terminated. A Ted Hendricks Trophy candidate … led team in sacks (8.5) and was second in forced fumbles (three) … tied for seventh in the Big Ten and tied for 34th nationally in sacks. 2006: 11 GP; 0 GS; 1 Sol-3 TT, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 1 FF; Played defensive end and defensive tackle as a true freshman.
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27. Cowboys
team
Pick Breakdown…
Mike Iupati
OG from Idaho


2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: Second team All-WAC…Had off-season shoulder surgery … returned to the lineup against Western Michigan … went on to start eight of the 10 games in which he played…2007: Cemented a starting role last spring and became in impact player on the line for the Vandals … started all 12 games at left guard…2006: Saw action in a backup role…2005: Focused on academics as a non-qualifier as English was not his native language.
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28. Chargers
team
Pick Breakdown…
Terrence Cody
DT from Alabama


2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; 7 Sol-24 TT, 4.5 TFL, 0.5 SK, 2 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF; Consensus first-team All-American while consistently taking up two or three blockers inside … a Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalist … a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and league coaches … anchored the No. 2 rush defense (74.1 ypg) and the No. 3 total defense (263.5 ypg) in the country … missed the Tennessee and Arkansas State games with a sprained right MCL … Manhandled the interior of Clemson’s offensive front and was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts; registered four tackles with two solo stops and one tackle for loss … sprained his right MCL early in the second half against Ole Miss … played his first snap of the season on the offensive side of the football, serving as a blocking back on Mark Ingram’s two-yard touchdown runs. JC: A Scout.Com four-star recruit … earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com and was listed as the No. 47 junior college player in the country … the No. 45 junior college player in the nation according to SuperPrep Magazine … starred at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and recorded 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks in helping lead his team to an 11-0 regular season record.
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29. Jets
team
Pick Breakdown…
Jared Odrick
DT from Penn State


2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 11 GS; 19 Sol-41 TT, 9.5 TFL, 4.5 SK, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; First team All-Big Ten. 2007: 8 GP; 7 GS; 8 Sol-16 TT, 4 TFL, 2 SK, 1 PBU, 1 BLK; Started seven of the first eight games before suffering back-to-back injuries that ended his season. Odrick sustained two broken bones in his left hand in the 38-7 victory over Wisconsin and returned the following week to start at Indiana. But, in the first quarter against the Hoosiers, he suffered a dislocated right ankle, ending his season. Odrick had surgery in late October, then participated in spring drills. Saw action on 366 snaps prior to his injury, led by 59 each against Buffalo and Illinois. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-4 TT, 1 TFL, 1 SK; Played in 12 games and was on the field for 125 snaps, led by 14 at Minnesota and 13 in the shutout of Temple.
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30. Vikings
team
Pick Breakdown…
Donovan Warren
CB from Michigan


Donovan Warren came to Michigan with a lot of hype, and has finally started playing up to his ability. He was a solid performer during his first two seasons with the Wolverines, tallying 104 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 9 passes broken up, and 2 forced fumbles in 24 games. Those are good stats for most players, but Warren stepped his game up to the next level as a junior, registering 66 tackles, 11 passes broken up in coverage, and 4 interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown). Warren isn’t going to be the fastest corner at the combine, but he has solid speed for the position. What’s going to impress scouts is when Warren takes place in position drills. He has very fluid hips, and breaks well on the ball while it’s in the air. Warren has a similar skill set to a young Darelle Revi and like Revis is great in press coverage. Warren has become a feared college defender, a guy who can take half the field away from an opposing quarterback. If Donovan Warren decides to declare for the draft in 2010, he is likely to be a first round pick .
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31. Colts
team
Pick Breakdown…
Everson Griffen
DE from USC


Is very quick off the edge and is one of the elite athletes playing with their hands down. Uses his speed to get past offensive lineman but needs to work on his technique and moves to go against quicker, more polished linemen.
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32. Saints
team
Pick Breakdown…
Corey Wootton
DE from Northwestern


Big bodied, Richard-Seymour-type 3-4 DE that 3-4 teams will undoubtedly covet. Gets pressure in situations where smaller/shorter guys won’t. Uses his long arms to distract the QB or to bat the pass. Good bull rusher for a long DE. Really coils low and then explodes upwards well. Not as big and strong as Seymour yet, and may never be. Not an elite turn-the-corner rusher at this stage. Not exceptionally quick. CAn be stalemated when he doesn’t pay attention or when he loses technique on a given play. Upside guy who is nowhere near the type of player he should be given his gifts. May not work hard enough to ever be a star.

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