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Mel Kiper's first 2010 Mock Draft
 

 
Underclassmen dominate first mock
21 non-seniors show up in the first round of Mel Kiper's initial mock
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Kiper By Mel Kiper
ESPN.com

Getty ImagesNdamukong Suh is Mel's choice for the first overall pick by the Rams.

Things certainly will change as the workout season commences, but it's time to get the ball rolling for the 2010 NFL draft. Remember that my Big Board and position group rankings (now adjusted so all declared players are grouped) are a good primer. That said, off we go.

Two things that stand out early in the first mock draft of the season are the degree to which the first round is dominated by underclassmen -- they make up 21 of the 32 picks -- and how we're seeing a truly deep class of defensive linemen. Even though many NFL teams now employ the 3-4, the options up front for either 4-3 or 3-4 defenses are pretty significant in this draft.


St. Louis Rams

Record: 1-15
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Nobody questions that the top need for the Rams is a quarterback. But unless St. Louis trades down -- an extremely difficult proposition on multiple levels -- it shouldn't take a quarterback with its first pick. Suh is maybe the most dominating defensive tackle I've seen in 32 years of doing this. He can be effective immediately for the Rams.

Detroit Lions

Record: 2-14
Gerald McCoy*, DT, Oklahoma

Getting McCoy both fills a big need for the Lions and is an extraordinarily good consolation prize for any team unable to get Suh. McCoy makes his living in opponents' backfields and is such a talent he could have landed in this position last year had he declared as a redshirt sophomore.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 3-13
Eric Berry*, S, Tennessee

This is very early for a safety to go off the board, but Berry is that kind of talent. A player compared often (not unfairly) to Ed Reed, Berry is a difference-making safety headed to a league that has seen those types (Reed, Troy Polamalu, Bob Sanders) become more and more notable in recent years.

Washington Redskins

Record: 4-12
Sam Bradford*, QB, Oklahoma

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins can get a quarterback here who might have been the top player taken had he opted to come out last year. The Redskins need to find their franchise quarterback, and when healthy, Bradford is an exceptionally accurate passer with an underrated arm. Shanahan also hit on his last QB selection, when he drafted Jay Cutler in Denver.

Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 4-12
Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

I think the Chiefs could use help at safety as well, but Berry likely won't fall this far, and they'd be reaching on either of the two other safeties with first-round grades. Okung could solve two problems, making him a good value. He also could step in at LT and allow the Chiefs to move Brandon Albert to the right side. A pick that can pay immediate dividends for the Chiefs.

Seattle Seahawks

Record: 5-11
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Many in Seattle will view the offensive line as a greater need, but Morgan fills another huge hole for a team that simply couldn't get to the quarterback in 2009. He represents great value because he can rush the passer, is productive against the run and can even drop back -- a versatile talent. Pete Carroll knows defense and should love what Morgan can offer.
Cleveland Browns

Record: 5-11
Joe Haden*, CB, Florida

I'm not convinced the Browns will be willing to draft a quarterback simply because the position is unsettled. In Haden, they can't go wrong with by far the top CB on the board, a player they can plug in from day one. A deft cover corner and great tackler, Haden is the complete package.
Oakland Raiders

Record: 5-11
Anthony Davis*, OT, Rutgers

Davis might not be the most complete tackle in the first round, but he is the most naturally gifted and should get better. Great feet, ideal size and he has the ability to maul defenders in the run game. After a whiff in the first round last year, the Raiders should address a big need here.
Buffalo Bills

Record: 6-10
Jimmy Clausen*, QB, Notre Dame

People will debate Clausen's merits long after he shakes the commissioner's hand, but he has continued to improve, has showed toughness, has an NFL arm and, perhaps most importantly, has experience under center in a pro-style offense. That was a key for Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez, and is a huge consideration for scouts.
Denver Broncos (from Chicago)

Record: 7-9
Dez Bryant*, WR, Oklahoma State

In all likelihood, Brandon Marshall is headed elsewhere, so the Broncos will attempt to fill the void with the best deep threat in the draft. Bryant has great size and was unstoppable in the Big 12. He represents an immediate weapon in the passing game.
Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 7-9
Jason Pierre-Paul*, DE, South Florida

This is no place to draft a guy like Tim Tebow just to sell tickets. Pierre-Paul is local enough and could be the Mario Williams of this draft class, a raw talent but one with remarkable athleticism and an incredible burst off the line. Could be a terror for QBs in the future.
Miami Dolphins

Record:7-9
Rolando McClain*, LB, Alabama

A potential home run for Miami, which needs an inside linebacker and could get the best one in the whole draft after the top 10. The Dolphins also could go after Bryant if he were to fall to them here.
San Francisco 49ers

Record: 8-8
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

I consider the right tackle position a big need for the 49ers, and getting Williams here should strengthen them immediately both in the run game and as they look to further develop a potentially dangerous passing game with Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis.
Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)

Record: 5-11
C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

He's not an offensive lineman, but Spiller could be a Reggie Bush-like option for the Seahawks. For a coach uniquely familiar with what Bush can do, Spiller is a missing home run threat in the run game, a good receiver and a valuable returner. He has elite speed.
New York Giants

Record: 8-8
Carlos Dunlap*, DE, Florida

This is a high-value pick for the Giants, whose defensive line depth I feel has been overstated. There are makeup questions surrounding Dunlap, but for much of this past season, he was considered the premier pass-rusher in the college game. He has the potential to be like Jevon Kearse.
San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina)

Record: 8-8
Earl Thomas*, S, Texas

The 49ers need help in pass coverage, and Thomas fits because he's a great value here, whereas reaching for a CB at No. 16 wouldn't represent good value at all. Thomas isn't a huge guy but can cover a tremendous amount of real estate.
Tennessee Titans

Record: 8-8
Everson Griffen*, DE, USC

Pierre-Paul likely won't fall this far, so the Titans get a gifted underclassman who looked like a pro coming out of high school and now is living up to his potential. He already has an NFL frame, and when Griffen is consistent, he's a strong pass-rusher.
Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 9-7
Bryan Bulaga*, OT, Iowa

Pittsburgh clearly needs help up front if it wants to return to power running and protecting the quarterback, and Bulaga is an emerging tackle with great feet from a pro-style system. The Steelers will improve immediately, and he wears the black and gold well already.
Atlanta Falcons

Record: 9-7
Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

The Falcons could use some help at OLB, and Kindle's continued improvement throughout the season is appealing. He's not quite in the class of Brian Orakpo, but he is a similar type of player and has proved to be very physical.
Houston Texans

Record: 9-7
Brian Price*, DT, UCLA

Price is hidden away a bit in such a deep class of defensive linemen, but he's a disruptive force who utilizes great leverage. He should add depth to an improving defense.
Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 10-6
Aaron Hernandez*, TE, Florida

They need to give Carson Palmer options in the passing game aside from who already is there, and Hernandez is the most athletic TE available, a guy with surprising run-after-catch ability. The favorite target of Tebow at Florida, he could offer immediate help in the passing game.
New England Patriots

Record: 10-6
Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson

The Patriots clearly need help when it comes to getting to opposing quarterbacks, and Sapp is an ideal fit on the edge in the 3-4. He's the kind of athlete who can adjust to being upright and flat-out knows how to get to the quarterback.
Green Bay Packers

Record: 11-5
Taylor Mays, S, USC

If you had told Green Bay in August that it could get Mays at No. 23 overall, the Packers would have been thrilled. An extraordinary athlete, Mays might have suffered against expectations, but the Pack hit a home run with Clay Matthews Jr. out of USC last year, and Mays both fills a need and has great potential.
Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 11-5
Navorro Bowman*, OLB, Penn State

The Eagles need an athletic OLB, and they get a lot of value by landing Bowman here. Bowman lacks size, but any parsing on measurables can't overcome his great play on film. Could end up as the best at his position in this class.
Baltimore Ravens

Record: 9-7
Jermaine Gresham*, TE, Oklahoma

Gresham is so good that while he sat out his junior year, I left him on the Big Board the whole time. Now healthy, he's a great find this late in the first round and a perfect target for Joe Flacco as an heir to Todd Heap. At a hair over 6-6 and 262 pounds, he's the total package at TE.
Arizona Cardinals

Record: 10-6
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

I see this position as the second-biggest need for the Cardinals, and Williams is a great value here. Tremendously strong in the lower body, he is a disruptive force against the run.
Dallas Cowboys

Record: 11-5
Bruce Campbell*, OT, Maryland

Jerry Jones knows he needs to address the tackle position after the debacle he witnessed against Minnesota in the divisional round of the playoffs, and Campbell, while still learning, is a tremendous talent at this position.
San Diego Chargers

Record: 13-3
Jonathan Dwyer*, RB, Georgia Tech

With the possible departure of LaDainian Tomlinson on the horizon, Dwyer represents the player who can handle 20-plus carries in an offense that already has a great speed back in Darren Sproles. Dwyer has ideal size and shows explosiveness.
New York Jets

Record: 9-7
Golden Tate*, WR, Notre Dame

The Jets must give Mark Sanchez some weapons in the passing game, and while Tate has question marks on his ability to separate, he is more physical than many think and has always been a playmaker. In the mold of Laveranues Coles.
Minnesota Vikings

Record: 12-4
Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

Need meets value here. Robinson is the second-best corner in the draft, and Minnesota should be happy to grab him this late. Robinson has the chance to step in and contribute.
New Orleans Saints

Record: 13-3
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

Odrick is an ideal pick here for the Saints, who are looking to add stability to the rush defense. His presence helped standout LBs Bowman and Sean Lee run free, and the Saints will ask for the same.
Indianapolis Colts

Record: 14-2
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Graham was a one-man show for the Wolverines, leading the nation in tackles for loss. Always in the backfield, he's a guy who can learn under master pass-rushers in Indy and build on the tradition.

* -- Draft-eligible junior/redshirt sophomore
I know people were asking about it. Here you go

82 comments for "Mel Kiper's first 2010 Mock Draft"

 8 years ago '04        #2
Hustler_101 1 heat pts
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I'd gladly take Dwyer at that pick
 8 years ago '08        #3
Main Event 55 heat pts55
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Good lookin out



But damn we dont need a DT:angry12:
 8 years ago '05        #4
marvelous 2 heat pts
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ill take kindle but we need secondary help
 01-20-2010, 01:30 PM         #5
Bezerk 
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weren't they JUST talking on ESPN about how the Bills wouldn't take a QB?
 8 years ago '06        #6
Kjizzle03 38 heat pts38
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Trent Williams & Earl Thomas in the 1st round...I f**ks wit it




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 8 years ago '06        #7
rag621 
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Mays would be nice, but I rather have a Tackle or Linebacker. But if he's still there and there isn't a T or LB worth taking, I can expect it.
 8 years ago '06        #8
YERCELL 
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 rag621 said:
Mays would be nice, but I rather have a Tackle or Linebacker. But if he's still there and there isn't a T or LB worth taking, I can expect it.
Yeah pretty much. I saw his name there I was like :wow:... .
 8 years ago '04        #9
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 Kjizzle03 said:
Trent Williams & Earl Thomas in the 1st round...I f**ks wit it
Yea I can't complain with that either, I would rather have Earl over Mays right now.
 8 years ago '07        #10
Benny2k 1 heat pts
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really i dont think the giants need a nother de what is this guy smoking
 8 years ago '08        #11
d3athb4dishonor 5 heat pts
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Finally someone with some sense. I know Tebow is the s3xy pick for some Jacksonville fans, but let's keep it real. Taking a QB who can't make all the throws in the first round just to sell tickets is franchise suicide.

We need a pass rusher and fix our problems on the o-line and people would see Garrard do what he did two years ago before our o-line fell apart.
 8 years ago '09        #12
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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Bengals drafted a TE last year, I would like to see Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis shoot for Dez Byrant out of Oklahoma State, the best receiver coming into the draft this year
 8 years ago '06        #13
Kjizzle03 38 heat pts38
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 stevecham said:
Yea I can't complain with that either, I would rather have Earl over Mays right now.
yeah I can't really mess wit Mays, just not a fan I guess...I think Earl is just as good if not better than Berry to be honest




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 8 years ago '04        #14
NoLedge18720 8 heat pts
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dez bryant would be a beast but I still would like the Broncos to look defense first
 8 years ago '12        #15
DoMieD 5 heat pts
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Kiper forgetting that we drafted Chase Coffman last year
 8 years ago '06        #16
rag621 
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 Gattsau said:
Jets dnt need tate
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I heard Tate wants to be drafted by the Packers, just so he can do the Lambeau Leap. Folk gonna be disappointed when he see us pass him.
 8 years ago '06        #17
Rique 65 heat pts65
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Damn I hope my Giants get McClain
 8 years ago '09        #18
A2P89 2 heat pts
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Bradford?.. we about to do a lineman overhaul...
 8 years ago '07        #19
TH35 105 heat pts105
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 A2P89 said:
Bradford?.. we about to do a lineman overhaul...
For some reason I still see Bradford slipping to the Seahawks and Clausen going to the Skins but if Bradford does goes to the Skins... Yes, you will need some linemen because he won't be able to do s**t w/o any.
 01-20-2010, 03:05 PM         #20
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 A2P89 said:
Bradford?.. we about to do a lineman overhaul...
we could get a QB in the Later rounds i agree with you the OL is a serious issue and maybe someone to take over at FS.... hopefully javid best falls to the second round....
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