Matt Vensel's 2010 NFL mock draft (v2.0)

March 03, 2010|by Matt Vensel | matt@bthesite.com | b free daily

The NFL's annual meat market, the scouting combine, wrapped up Tuesday. As always, these draft hopefuls' performances in spandex -- and sans shoulder pads -- will cause the stock of some to soar ( Taylor Mays and Jason Pierre-Paul) and others to decline (Joe Haden and Jonathan Dwyer).

That's why it's a good time to make market adjustments to my first mock draft from three weeks ago. The workouts in Indy did nothing to affect the first three picks. But things are all shook up after that in mock No. 2.

1. Rams: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. Speculation is growing that the Rams will take a quarterback first overall because it makes more sense financially. But how smart will St. Louis look if that QB is a bust? I hope this struggling franchise does the right thing and takes Suh.

2. Lions: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. I'll be stunned if the Lions don't take one of the big two defensive tackles at this spot. And I don't know who they would pick if the Rams passed on Suh.

3. Bucs: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, S. Florida. Pierre-Paul, at South Florida for only a year, didn't disappoint scouts at the combine who were eager for him to show off his freakish but untapped potential.

4. Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Okla. State. It appears Mike Shanahan is leaning toward giving QB Jason Campbell another chance, so look for the team to address its most glaring need.

5. Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. The Chiefs have a lot of holes, so they are in a good spot here. They'll get great value on a star player such as Berry who gets passed in the first few picks.

6. Seahawks: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. Pete Carroll won't be able to resist taking the Bradford if he's still on the board at No. 6. But don't be surprised if a team trades up ahead of Seattle to take a QB as the Jets did a year ago.

7. Browns: Dez Bryant, WR, Okla. State. The Browns drafted two wideouts in last year's second round (Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie), but they won't resist taking Bryant.

8. Raiders: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. Speed, athleticism and character issues make Dunlap a slam-dunk selection for Al Davis' Raiders.

9. Bills: Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE, Texas. The Bills are switching to a 3-4 defense, and Kindle is projected as one of the top hybrid ends this year.

10. Jaguars: Derrick Morgan, DE, Ga. Tech. The Jags need help on the pass rush right away, and the polished Morgan might be the most pro-ready of the draft's top defensive ends.

11. Broncos: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee. The Broncos can't go wrong drafting this stout run defender to play the nose in their 3-4 defense.

12. Dolphins: Earl Thomas, S, Texas. They wanted Bryant, but since he's off the board, they'll settle for this ball-hawking free safety.

13. 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida. A slow 40 time Tuesday dropped Haden out of the top 10. But he could climb back in with a good pro day.

14. Seahawks: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. A great pass protector with quick feet, Davis will protect Bradford's blind side for years to come.

15. Giants: Everson Griffen, DE, USC. The Giants would have loved to have landed Davis, a local product with upside, to refortify their offensive line. But it's OK. They need help on the defensive line, too, after last season's late collapse.

16. Titans: Brian Price, DT, UCLA. Whether it's an end or someone on the interior, the Titans must retool their defensive line. It wasn't the same last season without Albert Haynesworth.

17. 49ers: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. Right tackle is a top priority, and Williams can step in and play there right away.

18. Steelers: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama. The Ravens' AFC North enemies also had major secondary struggles in 2009, so count on the Steelers taking a cover corner early in the draft.

19. Falcons: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida. Wherever he plays, the intelligent, athletic Gator will improve Atlanta's line immediately.

20. Texans: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. Spiller will thrive in a zone-blocking scheme, making him the ideal pick for the back-needy Texans.

21. Bengals: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois. Baltimore fans will groan if Cincy drafts Benn, who has been rumored to be on the Ravens' radar.

22. Patriots: Jerry Hughes, OLB/DE, TCU. The aging Pats, still reeling from that playoff beatdown, are in the market for a pass-rushing 3-4 end. Hughes' high proverbial "motor" gives him an edge over Michigan's Brandon Graham.

23. Packers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. Something tells me a guy with that last name would be a hit in Wisconsin -- especially if he kept Aaron Rodgers' backside off the Lambeau Field turf.

24. Eagles: Taylor Mays, S, USC. Mays ran one of the combine's fastest 40s, but the tape from his senior season has given some teams pause.

25. Ravens: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. The Ravens would love to draft a receiver, but with Bryant and Benn gone (and some intriguing prospects up for grabs in Round 2), they take the best player on their board. Like always.

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