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LiveBall Sports Mock Draft #1

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I refuse to religiously post mock updates on LiveBall Sports.

So here’s the plan: this is going to be THE OFFICIAL LiveBall Sports 2010 NFL Mock Draft.  It will remain this way until there is hard evidence to suggest the mock is out of date.  If a team trades a pick, it’s out of date.  If I want to add a round to it, but I decide the first round is too inaccurate to just add to it, it’s out of date.  If a team declares who it is taking, and it is in conflict with what my mock projection says (this will not happen–the declaration that is, not the incorrect part), it is out of date.  As long as the mock is not dated, it remains the official LiveBall Sports mock draft.

That is all.

1.  St. Louis Rams:  Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

If this doesn’t happen, either the rest of the league is wrong on Bradford or the Rams are.  I don’t care how good Ndamakong Suh is, there is really no possibility that Bradford gets away from the Rams.

2. Detroit Lions:  Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

Sooners dominate the top end of the draft.  McCoy is a bit more of a penetrating type than Suh is, making him the ideal pick for the Lions who need a gamebreaker.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Bryant is such a rare talent that it would make hardly any sense for the Bucs to draft Josh Freeman and then not supply him with a No. 1 type receiver given the opportunity.  Even if, yes, Ndamakong Suh is still on the board.

4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

Most of the rest of the round will be dominated by players who didn’t play their college ball in the state of Oklahoma.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Ndamakong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Most of the rest of the round will be dominated by players who didn’t play their college ball in the Big 12.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Davis becomes the Walter Jones replacement in the Seahawks offense.

7. Cleveland Browns: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Pairs with former backfield-mate James Davis and fantasy playoff superstar Jerome Harrison in a backfield that surely will feature plenty of screens.

8. Oakland Raiders: Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Will resist the urge to do something like put Mike Iupati here.

9. Buffalo Bills: Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa

In a world where tackles are in this kind of demand, Bulaga is a steal here if his skill set can handle left tackle.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF

Pass rusher who might be valued ahead of Eric Berry in this draft.

11. Denver Broncos (pick from CHI): Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Maybe a slight reach for Clausen at this point, but his draft value aligns here a lot better than Bradford’s does at No. 1.

12. Miami Dolphins: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Team won’t complain.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

About that Oklahoma (state) thing…

14. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN): Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Would it shock anyone if Pete Carroll started with a left tackle and an edge rusher?

15. NY Giants: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

The Giants don’t have an obvious roster replacement for Antonio Pierce, which makes me think Michael Boley or Clint Sintim could be going to the interior LB position.  Projecting need picks this early usually leads to inaccuracies.

16. Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

ACC defensive player of year in an underrated defensive conference.

17. San Francisco 49ers (from CAR): Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

San Francisco’s intentions become clear after adding Trent Williams and Iupati in the first round.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

This pick loads Pittsburgh at the Wide Receiver position for a year, but Tate is a 21 year old rookie who effectively becomes Hines Ward’s successor after his rookie year.

19. Atlanta Falcons: Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State

One thing we know about Thomas Dimitroff is that he stays true to his evaluations.  With that said, I have no idea what his evaluations will look like.  I do kn0w he needs a corner.

20. Houston Texans: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

With Dunta Robinson on the way out, I expect the Texans to take a year to see if Jacques Reeves and Glover Quin and Fred Bennett can make a strong trio of corners.  Their need at the safety position for a player opposite Bernard Pollard is far clearer.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

How long can a team who is paying Carson Palmer what they are remain a power run team?

22. New England Patriots: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Expected to rise at combine.  Wait, how can someone be expected to do anything at the combine?

23. Green Bay Packers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

Team gets Al Harris back, but youth is abound everywhere but at corner.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Everson Griffen, DE, USC

Should be a premier force coming off that left side.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

Plenty of underrated receivers in this draft class to boost passing games.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

Drafted to compete with Matt Leinart, could play in year one if necessary.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

Team has to think they have all the parts for a super bowl run, but Flozell Adams is the question mark.

28. San Diego Chargers: Jonathon Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

Third Yellowjacket to go in round adds explosiveness to ground game, comes without injury risk of Jahvid Best.

29. New York Jets: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

Would not be shocked at all if the Jets dealt this pick for veteran help.  Their weakness is Sanchez, who needs to develop for them to take the next step.  I believe there is some fire to the Asomugha rumors, and this pick would almost certainly be involved.  Jets could be the first team to man-cover the Patriots receivers…and win.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Charles Brown, OT, USC

Phil Loadholt never fancied himself a left tackle, but that’s where he’s going when the team has had enough Bryant McKinnie.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona

I do have a feeling that the Colts are dissatisfied with their offense more than their defense.  Keep feeding the Manning-machine, I guess.

32. New Orleans Saints: Taylor Mays, S, USC

I’ve seen a Gregg Williams defense add a safety one too many times to not be all over this one.  I’m still predicting Darren Sharper to be the opening day starter, however.

  1. Mike J
    February 28, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Tampa would NOT pass up Suh for anyone. Take it to the bank.

  1. February 26, 2010 at 12:47 am

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