The first round of the 2010 NFL draft begins at 7:30. Here’s how we think the first round shakes out. We’ll be lucky to his seven of these. Why is Pete Carroll featured? We think he’ll have a good night with excellent picks at 6 and 14. How it was compiled: reading what specifically the teams need, attempting to sift through the many smokescreens, and and lots of guesswork. We’ll have one more post with probably 30 or more links to final mock drafts from media members.
1. St. Louis – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Enjoy a few years of mediocrity, Sam.
2. Detroit – Ndamukong Suh, DL, Nebraska
Could win 5-6 games this year with an eye toward the playoffs in 2011.
3. Tampa Bay – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The next Warren Sapp? We would have gone with Eric Berry, regardless of what they say about paying safeties.
4. Washington – Trent Williams, OL, Oklahoma
We flipped a coin three times and Williams had tails twice, Okung heads once.
5. Kansas City – Russell Okung, OL, Oklahoma State
The defense needs help, but Matt Cassel needs protection (sacked 42 times).
6. Seattle – Eric Berry, Tennessee
Draft likely turns with this pick. Carroll surprise everyone with Bryant? Spiller?
7. Cleveland – Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
Trade up … or down? Two months ago Joe Haden was the consensus. Now? None.
8. Oakland – Anthony Davis, OL, Rutgers
Everyone’s in play. Lotta chatter from the draft pundits about Davis this week, though.
9. Buffalo – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Perfect fit for their new-look 3-4 defense.
10. Jacksonville – Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Aaron Kampman signing should eliminate need for a DE, and the guess here is they beef up the secondary in a division with three good QBs.
11. Denver – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Will regret passing on Dez Bryant, assuming he’s still on the board.
12. Miami – Sergio Kindle, LB/DE, Texas
You could pick a front seven defender out of a hat here.
13. San Francisco – Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Promises Singletary he won’t be like the other Texas safety whose career is tanking after a strong start.
14. Seattle – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Carroll secures two of the draft’s players with the highest upside.
15. New York Giants – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Is he the next Osi or Gholston?
16. Tennessee – Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Second-to-last in the NFL against the pass last year.
17. San Francisco – CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
Can’t pass on this playmaker twice.
18. Pittsburgh – Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida
Maybe he can protect Ben off the field, too?
19. Atlanta -Brandon Graham, LB/DE Michigan
He’ll probably be gone, but regardless, the Falcons need a pass-rusher.
20. Houston – Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno St
And this Jet fan cries. Hopefully, we’re wrong – take a CB! You need one!
21. Cincinnati – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
This seems to be the only sure thing in the 20s. Which means it won’t happen.
22. New England – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Patriots are never conventional. Probably will end up trading it for more picks.
23. Green Bay – Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho
Lots of speculation he’s off the board here, but the move should be OL to protect the franchise.
24. Philadelphia – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Or Kareem Jackson from Alabama, if he’s around.
25. Baltimore – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
This is Joe Flacco’s SOS.
26. Arizona – Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
The new Karlos Dansby?
27. Dallas – Brian Bulaga, OL, Iowa
He’s our guess as the “big slider” of the first day. But this pick won’t be sexy enough for Jerry Jones.
28. San Diego – Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Could they pass on the local RB Jahvid Best? After the line got carved up by Shonn Greene last year in the playoffs, defense should be the priority.
29. New York Jets – Patrick Robinson, CB, FSU
Purely a speed guy. Frankly, if Mathews is off the board, the hope here is they trade to the 2nd round to get Golden Tate.
30. Minnesota – Taylor Mays, S, USC
Vikings secondary needs work, and he’s probably the best-on-board.
31. Indianapolis – Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
Always seem to do something random, and there’s a need for OL help, but seemingly no value picks here. So there’s no way this is right.
32. New Orleans – Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Super Bowl champs. Still find that odd to say out loud.