Thursday, April 22, 2010

And the first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft is...

Sorry for building up the suspense because Sam Bradford is pretty much locked in to the Rams with the top pick. It's also hard to fathom Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy getting by the Lions and Bucs.

This is when the draft gets at least a little interesting. The Redskins need offensive line help and it's between Russell Okung and Trent Williams at the 4th pick. The Chiefs have a plethora of needs all over the field, so why not take the best player on the board? Most think that's Tennessee safety Eric Berry. Seattle will take whichever offensive lineman Washington doesn't.

Now is where the real question marks begin: With the Browns at 7. Jimmy Clausen is a real possibility, but I think Cleveland is shooting for Colt McCoy early in round two. The experts like Derrick Morgan at this spot and I will agree, since they don't have the offensive line needs of other teams picking in the top 10.

For me to pretend I know what Oakland might do at 8 is blasphemy; the options include Jimmy Clausen, Anthony Davis, or a trade (maybe with Pittsburgh?). The Bills have the same draft board (comparing the Bills to the Raiders, a bad sign for Buffalo fans) but could also look at another Tennessee prospect, defensive tackle Dan Williams.

Enough about the top of the draft though; let's talk about New York teams and the big names everyone is wondering about. The Giants would love Rolando McClain to slip to them at 15, but I think Denver ruins that scenario by taking him 11th. Sean Witherspoon is a solid consolation prize for a team that needs desperate help at linebacker.

Everyone wants to know where Dez Bryant will land, and it really could be anywhere from Jacksonville at 10 to Cincinnati at 21. Either way he is the Randy Moss of this draft (Moss went 18th in 1998) and seems poised to make teams that passed him up regret it.

As for the Jets pick, I'm hearing rumblings that they are trying to trade out of the first round and recoup some of the picks they lost through trades. They traded essentially their whole draft last season for Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene and already moved two picks this year, so I think this would be a good move.

If the Jets stay at 29, I would love to see Taylor Mays fall into their lap. He surprised many with a 4.43 time in the 40-yard dash and an unofficial 4.24 reading, which would put him in Chris Johnson territory. I don't believe he has that kind of speed, but with his size (6-3, 230) and solid speed he would be a great pick in Kerry Rhodes' stead.

Another player I would like to fall is Boise State's Kyle Wilson, but he is highly coveted by numerous teams picking in the early 20s. The Jets could also take Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty or Alabama corner Kareem Jackson (if he falls). The signing of Jason Taylor shows me that the Jets will likely look to improve their secondary, since this team is clearly in win-now mode.

Now for the question on everybody's mind - where will Tim Tebow land? And my honest answer is, your guess is as good (or better) than mine. I've heard that Minnesota would consider him at 30, which I think is ridiculous for another win-now team with a quarterback of the present (Brett Favre) and, presumably, the future (Tarvaris Jackson).

I think Jacksonville would be a definite possibility early in round two, if they had a second-round pick. I really don't know where Tebow may fall, but surely it will be one of the more interesting storylines of the draft's first day.

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