With the 18th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, The Pittsburgh Steelers select.... Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee!
EnglisSteeler says- "With the way this draft fell, with the top DB prospects being already taken, we decide to opt for a successor for big snack, who, despite signing a new contract earlier this offseason is aging. We need to groom our next big snack, which is exactly what Williams projects as.
The way we run the 3-4 the NT rotates quite a lot with the DE's but they do not need to do that because Williams can provide a superior interior rush than Hamp.
This allows us to cut ties with the aging Chris Hoke and have Williams as the backup/swing NT.
Fairly safe pick as there are no huge needs on our roster currently (assuming one of the 2nd year CB's can step up) ."
With the 19th pick in the NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Sean Weatherspoon OLB Missouri
Durst says- "As a one year stopgap, the 33 yo Mike Peterson was an average-to-below average starter. Weatherspoon should pair with MLB Curtis Lofton and OLB Stephen Nicholas to form one of the best 4-3LB crews in the NFL. Weatherspoon is an excellent cover guy with sideline to sideline speed (4.68 in the 40 at the combine) and the size (6'1" 239lbs) to play any LB spot. In 3 years starting at Missouri Weatherspoon totaled 393 tackles, 42.5 for a loss, 12.5 sacks, 17 passes broken up and 4 INTs. Weatherspoon is very good against the run and has good instincts to find the ball carrier, but also recognizes routes very well and has a very deep drop and can cover a lot of space quickly. He has the speed to cover running backs or tight ends over the middle. He has greet hand/eye coordination and has the hands to break up passes or intercept the ball. As a pass rusher, he is very explosive and can get off blocks in a hurry. He is a vocal leader with a contagious work-ethic and should become one of the leaders on defense even as a rookie."
With the 20th Pick in the NFL Draft, The Houston Texans select... Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State!
"Quite simply, the Texans could use a CB. They have needed one ever since Dunta Robinson went down with a major leg injury in 2007. With the need for a starter, this pushes Houston to grab the best available corner to ensure a starter from day one."
With the 21st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, The Cincinnati Bengals
select..... Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho
Write-up coming soon!
WITH THE 22ND PICK IN THE FIRST ROUND, THE NEW ENGLAND
PATRIOTSSELECT… JARED ODRICK, DT/DE, PENN STATE
R_Adragna says- "In any mock draft, I would’ve been torn between taking Sergio Kindle and Jared Odrick, as both players fill the Patriots’ position needs. With Kindle already off the board, the decision was easy to make. Even so, I’ve been leaning more towards Odrick in recent weeks due to the following reasons:
a) With exception to Jerod Mayo, the Patriots have never selected a linebacker in the first round in Bill Belichick’s tenure, especially outside linebackers. It is strongly believed that Belichick regards OLBs as having a higher bust rate than anyone at any other position. Which leads to…
b) The questioning of Sergio Kindle’s physicality. No doubt Kindle is a very explosive linebacker and can be a force. The problem is that he’s regarded as a finesse rusher and tries to run around the point of contact. The Pats prefer players who can get physical. Not to mention…
c) There is a lot of depth in tweener DE/OLBs and strictly OLBs in this year’s NFL Draft. Patriots fans such as myself are very high on guys like Ricky Sapp of Clemson, Eric Norwood of South Carolina, and Koa Misi of Utah, and feel one of them can be gotten by the Patriots with one of their second round picks.
Therefore, the Patriots picking Jared Odrick is perfect for the team. Odrick is at an ideal size for a DE, standing at 6’5”/308. He can also get very physical with opposing offenses. How physical, you ask? He’ll take on double-teaming offensive linemen, maybe even triple teams, without hesitation. He’s also been lauded for blowing right by them and attacking the ball carrier. This strong ability to penetrate would make Odrick ideal for the Patriots’ pass rush, which has either been mediocre or just plain nonexistent throughout 2009. Plus, Belichick loves defensive players who can explode and penetrate, so it’s fitting the Patriots grab Odrick."
MTD Mock Draft:
1- Rams- Kong Suh, DT, Nebraska
2- Lions- Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
3- Bucs- Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
4- Redskins- Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
5- Chiefs- Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
6- Seahawks- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
7- Browns- Eric Berry, FS, Texas
8- Raiders- Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
9- Bills- Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
10- Joe Haden, CB, Florida
11- Broncos- Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
12- Dolphins- Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
13- 49ers- Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
14- Seahawks- Charles Brown, OT, USC
15- Giants- CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
16- Titans- Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
17- 49ers- Devin McCourty, CB, Rugters
18- Steelers- Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
19- Falcons- Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
20- Texans- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
21- Bengals- Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho
22- Patriots- Jared Ordrick, DT/DE, Penn State