Final 2010 NFL mock draft

For 363 days of the year, my mock drafts are based on who teams should select. This one is based more on who teams could pick.

After pouring over the news, needs and trends this week, after the jump is what I came up with. I think there are plenty of controversial choices. And most likely, some of these may change by morning. But my mock is due by 11:59 p.m. tonight for the Huddle Report mock contest, so we're calling it a year for me and mocking.

 

1. St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times
Sam Bradford | Quarterback | Oklahoma: In consecutive years, the Rams have passed on the likes of Mark Sanchez and Matt Ryan, players considered franchise quarterbacks. It may be somewhat unlikely the Rams will be contending for a playoff spot in the coming season. But taking a quarterback this year would allow him to ease into the starting spot. It will also give head coach Steve Spagnuolo another season to work over the team's defense while the team adds more talent.
2. Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit
Ndamukong Suh | Defensive tackle | Nebraska: Suh should be a fairly obvious choice, if he's available. He has the ability to transform a defense. He can penetrate and get sacks, collapse the pocket to make the quarterback get rid of the ball faster or take up double teams to help linebackers get after the run. Suh is the best defensive tackle to come out in some time and will be an immediate starter.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Buc 'Em
Gerald McCoy | Defensive tackle | Oklahoma: With a front four with no discernable stars, the Buccaneers would be foolish to go after a safety instead of McCoy. He can do just about everything Suh can and will help the league's worst run defense. The Buccaneers need several pieces on defense, but McCoy is about as good of a place to start.
4. Washington Redskins - Hogs Haven
Trent Williams | Offensive tackle | Oklahoma: The sentiment lately is that Redskins would prefer Williams over Russell Okung. To his credit, Williams may be a little more physical than Okung and would give Washington a nice replacement for Chris Samuels.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
Rolando McClain | Middle linebacker | Alabama: If the Chiefs are looking for a "safe" pick, there is no safer choice than McClain. He's a tackling machine and could become the face of the team's defense. It's not flashy, but smart.
6. Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls
Russell Okung | Offensive tackle | Oklahoma State: Seattle would love for Okung to fall this far. He'd start immediately and is a very good left tackle.
7. Cleveland Browns - Dawgs By Nature
Eric Berry | Safety | Tennessee: This would be the dream pick for Cleveland. Put him in the team's secondary and start him for a decade. Arguably the second-best player in the draft.
8. Oakland Raiders - Silver And Black Pride
Mike Iupati | Guard | Idaho: Every Raiders pick is such a toss-up. No one knows who they'll pick and anyone who thinks they do is lying. It could be Jason Pierre-Paul. It could be Kyle Wilson or Rolando McClain. Michael Smith of ESPN says it's Iupati and I believe him. For some reason.
9. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Bryan Bulaga | Offensive tackle | Iowa: As much as it might make sense for Buffalo to take Jimmy Clausen, he might not be a great fit in Buffalo. Bulaga, though, is a physical left tackle. With him, the Bills could be a true run-first offense.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Big Cat Country
Jimmy Clausen | Quarterback | Notre Dame: The tenuous Jaguars career of David Gerrard would come to an end with this pick. Clausen turns some off, but he's much better right now than Gerrard.
11. Denver Broncos - Mile High Report (from Chicago)
Earl Thomas | Safety | Texas: No one seems to think that Denver needs a safety. In reality, though, how good is Renaldo Hill? He's solid but not a playmaker like Thomas. He could be Denver's version of Ed Reed, and in a hurry.
12. Miami Dolphins - The Phinsider
NFL TEAM
Dan Williams | Defensive tackle | Tennessee: The need for a nose tackle in Miami has been widely discussed. Jason Ferguson has been mulling retirement, but even if he returns he probably won't play more than a year. Williams may not be as big as Terrence Cody, but he's emerged as a better player. He was an inconsistent before his senior year, but really turned it on in 2009.
13. San Francisco 49ers - Niners Nation
Joe Haden | Cornerback | Florida: Haden may fall some because of his less-than-stellar offseason. However, San Francisco would pull a real coup by taking him.
14. Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls (from Denver)
C.J. Spiller | Running back | Clemson: Remember what Pete Carroll did with Reggie Bush at Southern California? He could do the same and more with Spiller. Although he'll never be a workhorse back, Spiller would give the Seahawks perhaps the best playmaker in this year's draft.
15. New York Giants - Big Blue View
Derrick Morgan | Defensive end | Georgia Tech: New York's pass rush has waned in recent years. Add to that the possible trade of Osi Umenyiora and the Giants need a defensive end. Morgan is the best pure end in the draft and is physical in the run and pass game.
16/. Tennessee Titans - Music City Miracles
Jason Pierre-Paul | Defensive end | South Florida: With the departure of veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch, the Titans need a starting-caliber end. Pierre-Paul is a bit of a project, but the Titans have one of the best defensive coaching staffs in the league. It's hard to pass up his athleticism.
17. San Francisco 49ers - Niners Nation
Anthony Davis | Offensive tackle | Rutgers: San Francisco seems content with Joe Staley at left tackle but really needs a right tackle to balance out its offensive line. Davis may need some motivating, but head coach Mike Singletary is the best in the business at that.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Behind the Steel Curtain
Maurkice Pouncey | Guard | Florida: Pouncey is the perfect fit for the Steelers. He's big and physical and could be a star interior lineman in their power scheme. He could start as a rookie as a right guard and be the eventual replacement for the aging Justin Hartwig at center.
19. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcoholic
Sean Weatherspoon | Outside linebacker | Missouri: Weatherspoon is a perfect scheme fit for the Falcons. He's fast-flowing and is a true three-down weak-side linebacker. His arrogance may scare some teams off, but he's the kind of playmaker Atlanata needs.
20. Houston Texans - Battle Red Blog
Kyle Wilson | Cornerback | Boise State: Even with Dunta Robinson the Texans needed a cornerback. Wilson has really risen up draft boards the past few weeks and would be a moderate steal at pick No. 20.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Cincy Jungle
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma: While the Bengals rarely utilize a tight end, it's clear their offense is transforming. Gresham is the draft's best tight end and a good all-around player. The Bengals are a team that has a lot of strengths and glaring needs. They're set at quarterback, running back, cornerback, center, offensive tackle and middle linebacker.
22. New England Patriots - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Jerry Hughes | Outside linebacker | TCU: Hughes is arguably the best pass rusher in this year's draft. He mostly played end in college, but is a terror coming around the edge. He's the kind of athlete the Patriots need to rush the passer.
23. Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company
Charles Brown | Offensive tackle | Southern California: This may be somewhat early for Brown to be taken but that's just how bad Green Bay's offensive line was in 2009. No team gave up more sacks than Green Bay last season and Brown could replace the injury-prone Chad Clifton. While cornerback may be just as big of a need, there is good depth at that position in this draft.
24. Philadelphia Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation
Devin McCourty | Cornerback | Rutgers: When the Eagles traded Sheldon Brown, a starting cornerback became a necessity. McCourty has a physical style that would fit perfectly in the Eagles' defense.
25. Baltimore Ravens - Baltimore Beatdown
Jared Odrick | Defensive end | Penn State: By the time the season begins, Trevor Pryce will be 35 and has a contract the team might want to drop. Corey Redding is average, so Odrick would be a good choice to line up opposite Haloti Ngata.
26. Arizona Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
NFL TEAM
Sergio Kindle | Outside linebacker | Texas: Kindle is a perfect fit for the Arizona defense. He can play linebacker or defensive end and will allow them to give opposing offenses several different looks.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
NFL TEAM
Dez Bryant | Wide receiver | Oklahoma State: Concerns about his work ethic could cause the talented Bryant to fall this far. If there's one thing Jerry Jones has shown over the years is that he doesn't mind risking character for talent.
28. San Diego Chargers - Bolts From The Blue
Ryan Mathews | Running back | Fresno State: LaDanian Tomlinson's days in San Diego are over and Darren Sproles probably can't handle an every down load for 16 games. Mathews would give San Diego a strong running back to pair with Sproles.
29. New York Jets - Gang Green Nation
Brandon Graham | Outside linebacker | Michigan: Jets head coach Rex Ryan loves cornerbacks and pass rushers. He got his second cornerback in Antonio Cromartie. Graham would give him his pass rusher. Although I don't think Graham has the range to play linebacker, many think he's the next LaMarr Woodley.
30. Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman
Kareem Jackson| Cornerback | Alabama: Antoine Winfield is very good. Cedric Griffin is solid. However, both have begun to have injury problems. In fact, Griffin may not be ready for the start of the season after tearing his ACL. Jackson isat worst a very good nickel cornerback for Minnesota and could nicely fill in for Griffin until he comes back.
31. Indianapolis Colts - Stampede Blue
Rodger Saffold | Offensive tackle | Indiana: In this scenario, needs supersede value. But for a team like Indianapolis, this is the kind of gamble the team can make.
32. New Orleans Saints - Canal Street Chronicles
Daryl Washington | Linebacker | TCU: Washington has the talent to line up at any of the linebacker positions. He would give New Orleans speed and athleticism, which the team currently lacks.
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