The Football Expert: 2010 NFL Mock Draft by Gregory Cox - 3 Rounds

2010 NFL Mock Draft - 3 Rounds

by Gregory Cox
Senior Writer
April 22, 2010
Final Version
Jimmy Clausen
Jimmy Clausen
Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh
Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford
1. STL: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
I am certainly in the minority having always believed this pick would be a quarterback. While I disagree with their choice and personally prefer Clausen's odds of success, at least they are not pouring ridiculous money into a defensive lineman. Bradford might be high risk, but he looked terrific at his pro day and definitely has the target size.
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2. DET: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Lions traded for Corey Williams (Browns) and added free agent Kyle Vanden Bosch (Titans) to their defensive line. Some think this will allow them to point their attention towards left tackle Russell Okung (Oklahoma State) while shifting Backus to the right side. I still do not believe so. Adding those established players to a pathetic defensive front helps, and now it gives Suh an even better chance to succeed as a rookie. He can generate a pass rush and while this is not the 'Rock City Defense' just yet, they are improving.
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3. TB: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Cue the snoozes. The first few picks in the draft are shaping up to be fairly unexciting. The Bucs would be delighted with either defensive tackle. They need to take the best talent and it is a bonus for them to also scratch off a huge team need. This is the first step of getting back to the glory days of McFarland/Sapp. McCoy is already saying he will wear Sapp's #99.
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4. WAS: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
In the aftermath of the shocking McNabb trade I actually saw someone tweet it was the biggest lock in the draft that offensive tackle is the choice here. Some people just don't understand the draft - at all. Nothing is a lock. There is still a chance they draft Clausen and let him spend two years on the bench before taking over, which is the way quarterbacks should be groomed anyway. I don't believe they will because McNabb whined when the Eagles took Kolb, but it's possible. So is going after Berry to make their defense even more lights out. I'll stick with the boring and give them the tackle they sorely need. Williams is a slight upset over Okung because he is a better fit for their ZBS.
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5. KC: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
I would say the Chiefs are pretty upset about the McNabb trade. On the surface at least. They have Cassel at quarterback, and would have been thrilled to see two signal callers go in the 4 picks ahead of them. There are holes all over the boat, but supporting their ill-advised investment in Cassel helps them come to a decision one way or the other by the end of the 2010 season. Albert shifts back to guard where he operated in college at Virginia.
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6. SEA: Eric Berry, SS, Tennessee
Walter Jones has not been a factor on the Seahawks for a while now, and with his retirement drafting a left tackle is their first priority. However, I'm a little skeptical about Bulaga because of his short arms. Are teams worried to see him follow the path of another ex-Hawkeye Robert Gallery who went to right tackle and now plays guard? The ZBS lends itself to utilizing 'lesser' linemen who other teams might not covet. This allows the Seahawks to go BPA with these picks. First up is a difference maker at safety.
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7. CLE: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Holmgren picks the guy he wishes he liked more. I know given how awful their defense has been many people will be screaming for Tennessee safety Eric Berry, but you just don't pass on a potential franchise quarterback when all you have is a far past his prime Delhomme and emergency backup Wallace.
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8. OAK: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Solving the riddle of the Raiders is often a tricky proposition. I have gotten a headache trying to decide which way Al Davis will go. Mike Lombardi usually has a good guess and he suggest Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain. Having traded for yet another linebacker, Jacksonville's Quentin Groves, are they ready to trade away their man in the middle Kirk Morrison? Quite possibly, but ESPN's Michael Smith reports this could be their shocking pick. He might be able to protect against Gallery not returning healthy at guard in the short term and has left tackle potential down the road.
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9. BUF: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The Bills are yet another team switching to the 3-4 defense. Passing on a player capable of filling the nose tackle spot is risky business because there are just not many human beings on the planet capable of doing it. It could be the hardest position to fill other than quarterback if you think about it. However, Buffalo's offensive line was awful. This might be a head-scratcher since most people believe Iowa's Bulaga would be the higher ranked prospect, but Davis is the one they brought in for a visit. He also appears to have a higher ceiling.
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10. JAX: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Several players come to mind here, at various positions. This is probably why the Jags are wanting to trade down and reclaim their spot in round 2. Spiller, Thomas, Morgan and McClain are all possibilities. When I look at those players, pass rush is the biggest problem which is why I was thinking Morgan. Groves has been dealt to the Raiders after flaming out. They are scared to death of picking at #10 and honestly I'm frightened to make this projection. However, after much deliberation MJD needs a partner in crime. Their opinion is that Spiller is another Chris Johnson type. He would also give them someone to provide relief for Thomas in the return game so he can focus on receiver.
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11. DEN (from CHI): Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
Now that Brandon Marshall is officially out, just about everyone who didn't have Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant here already now does. Decoding the comments made by McDaniels, he does not feel as though Bryant's red flags are all that bad. However, with the pick they just acquired in the second round there will be quality options available so they might wait. Trying to figure out which player McDaniels might take is a bit like predicting which toy a spoiled child will want to play with. I think it was dumb for him to stand up for Bryant's character if he wants to pick him because it is never smart to declare love for a player prior to the draft. I'm not ruling him out, but now that we know McClain does not have Crohn's disease he is back up the board even if he plays a position prone to dramatic plunges.
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12. MIA: Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
Ferguson's future is murky for multiple reasons (age, injury problems, suspension) and Soliai is not good enough to replace him full time, so Tennessee's Dan Williams makes a lot of sense, but I'm uncertain of his value here. Gibril Wilson was a free agent bust and Thomas should be able to step right in. Spiller could be the wild card pick here.
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13. SF: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
After trading for Ginn it seems redundant to target Spiller because their backfield is not that desperate for him and now they have a return threat. If the draft unfolds this way they will be thrilled because Bulaga projects as a solid right tackle. If he finds his way to the left side all the better, but I see him on the right side.
Vote and Debate on who the 49ers will draft
14. SEA (from DEN): Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
First of all I think trading for Lynch is a strong possibility and that takes Spiller out of the equation. I know people are going to scream about them not going after an offensive tackle, but this is the zone blocking system and the draft does not end after the first round. After failing to land Brandon Marshall in a trade, they likely will be happy to see Denver not put another fly in their soup by taking Bryant off the board at #11. He is an immediate starter unless anyone really believes Mike or Reggie Williams actually has a future after being signed off the street. Carroll wants big receivers and is going to make over the position the way he wants it.
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15. NYG: Derrick Morgan, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
It would not totally stun me to see them seek out a successor for O'Hara by selecting Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, but they are all about value. The Giants also collect pass rushers and if the top guy is on the board midway through the first round it should be a fairly easy decision. This gives them a lot of flexibility going forward.
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16. TEN: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
This gets kind of sticky because I honestly believe they would take Florida cornerback Joe Haden here. However, I'm hedging my bet a little by putting him at #17 in case the 49ers take him at #13 for purposes of the competitive scoring system. That being said, after losing Vanden Bosch and knowing 'The Freak' is done, they go with a player who definitely has freakish athletic ability. It might be a cliche pick and those rarely seem to happen once the draft plays out, but they will be going pass rusher.
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