NFL Mock Draft v1.0
April 13, 2010 ~ By Brian E Murphy ~
We’re under 10 days until the start of the 2010 NFL Draft Marathon. The NFL, in an effort to squeeze all the possible advertising dollars they can, have altered the extremely popular format from a Saturday & Sunday deal, into a Thursday Night, Friday Night, and Saturday marathon. Now they will get two evenings of primetime commercials.
So if you’re a Packers fan, you get all fired up for Thursday night’s first round. You know picking at #23 means about a 3-hour wait until the Packers pick. Then what? Watch Ted Thompson trade down out of round one all together, and now your trip to the Atrium or your Packers home draft party is all done. Come back in 22 hours.
#1- St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
#2-Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
#3-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
#4- Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
#5- Kansas City Chiefs: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
#6- Seattle Seahawks: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
#7- Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
#8- Oakland Raiders: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
#9- Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
#10- Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
#11- Denver Broncos: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
#12- Miami Dolphins: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
#13- San Francisco 49ers: Earl Thomas, FS/CB, Texas
#14- Seattle Seahawks: Charles Brown, OT, USC
#15- New York Giants: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
#16- Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
#17- San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan
#18- Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
#19- Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
#20- Houston Texans: Taylor Mays, S, USC
#21- Cincinnati Bengals: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
#22- New England Patriots: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
#23- Green Bay Packers: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Packers are delighted, but torn, that C.J. Spiller and OLB Sergio Kindle are both on board at #23. Similar to last year at #9 when Raji and Crabtree were remarkably still available, the Packers are in good shape whichever way they go.
Last year, the Packers went with need and took the big nose tackle Raji to build an anchor for their new 3-4 defense.
This time, the Packers take the top-ranked RB, who was rated in the top-ten on their big board and wasn’t expected to reach this spot.
Pass Defense is this team’s weakness, but don’t forget how poor the special teams has been for years.
Spiller is a threat to take kicks back to the house every time he gets one. Runningback is not a weakness on this team as Ryan Grant is one of the most productive backs in the NFL, but Spiller is too good to pass up and immediately will bolster a team weakness as a return stud.
He’s not a good blocker as Brandon Jackson is out of the backfield, but he’s much more dangerous and electric as a receiver, something Jackson doesn’t provide much of. But again, special teams is the key here as CJ immediately makes that part of the team better. Down the road, Spiller has Marshal Faulk ability as a great all-purpose back.
I personally would take Kindle here to pair with Matthews as QB-hunters, or better yet, would try and trade down 5-12 picks and add an extra 2nd or 3rd round pick and target OLB Jerry Hughes with the first pick.
#24- Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Wilson, CB/PR, Boise State
#25- Baltimore Ravens: Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State
#26- Arizona Cardinals: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
#27- Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
#28- San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
#29- New York Jets: Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
#30- Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
#31- Indianapolis Colts: Jahvid Best, RB, California
#32- New Orleans Saints: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida