Roger Goodell (Getty Images)'s Final 2010 NFL Mock Draft

Updated April 20
This Thursday, the best eligible players in NCAA football will be made available in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The St. Louis Rams will get things started with the first pick, while the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints have the honours of closing out the first round. (Photos: Getty Images)

1. St. Louis Rams

Photo: Getty ImagesSam Bradford, QB
6-4, 214

Notes: Bradford has said that the Rams haven't approached him about a contract, but at this point it would be a surprise to hear anyone else's name called first on Thursday night. The draft's top rated passer has impressed in his pre-draft workouts and seems to have all the tools to develop into a franchise quarterback. Joining the Rams will be a culture shock for Bradford who will be charged with helping to rebuild the league's 29th ranked offence, even with the presence of star running back Steven Jackson.

2. Detroit Lions

Getty ImagesNdamukong Suh, DT
6-4, 295

Notes: Detroit's front office claims that they have yet to reach a consensus on who they'll take in the second spot, which could mean they are still debating between Suh, Gerald McCoy or one of the drafts premiere offensive tackles. It would be tough to let Suh slide, but the Lions are in a win-win situation for the first time in a long time. Suh will be the centrepiece of Jim Schwartz' defence and the latest addition to a revamped D-line in Detroit, along with DE Kyle Vanden Bosch and DT Corey Williams.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Getty ImagesGerald McCoy, DT
6-3, 296

Notes: The debate continues as to who is the more dominant defensive lineman, Suh or McCoy. There really is no wrong choice and the Buccaneers will find that out when they select the Oklahoma product. McCoy will fill the void left on the Bucs' defensive line ever since Warren Sapp left the Bay. While playing for the Sooners, McCoy displayed an ability to penetrate the backfield and he will need to continue that in the pros to help Tampa's young defence improve.

4. Washington Redskins

Getty Images Russell Okung, OT
Oklahoma State
6-8, 299

Notes: It's still difficult to picture Donovan McNabb lining up behind centre in Washington, but new head coach Mike Shanahan pulled off the impossible acquiring the veteran starter from an NFC East foe. Now the Redskins can focus on rebuilding their offensive line, which has a massive hole with the retirement of Chris Samuels. Luckily for McNabb's health, this year's draft is stockpiled with O-lineman who are expected to make an impact at the pro level, and keep their QBs undisturbed in the pocket. The most coveted member of that group is Okung.

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Getty Images Trent Williams, OT
6-5, 306

Notes: Williams has snuck back into the conversion about the draft's best tackle, and while Okung is credited with having more potential, some believe Williams might be the safer pick due to his all-round ability. By locking down Williams, the Chiefs can move Branden Albert inside to strengthen their line as a whole. If offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is to succeed in his return to the NFL, he will need to reduce the amount of sacks the team allowed a year ago and Williams will provide immediate aid.

6. Seattle Seahawks

Getty Images Brian Bulaga, OT
6-6, 311

Notes: The Seahawks offence needs to start rebuilding from the line out. With the career of perennial pro-bowler Walter Jones nearing an end, the Seahawks focus on the offensive tackle position with the sixth pick. Bugala is a well-rounded blue chip prospect who has moved up draft charts over the last few months. After playing for Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, you can be sure that Bugala will be one of the most NFL-ready players in this class.

7. Cleveland Browns

Getty Images Eric Berry, S
5-11, 204

Notes: The Browns have needs across the board, but shoring up their defence is critical. Berry may be young but he has the potential to become a top flight safety in the NFL and he has the versatility to play any position in the Browns' secondary. He will give Cleveland a true playmaker in their defensive backfield much like their division rivals have with Ed Reed in Baltimore or Troy Polamalu in Pittsburgh.

8. Oakland Raiders

Getty Images Anthony Davis, OT
6-5, 328

Notes: The man who can predict what Al Davis and the Raiders have planned deserves fortune and fame. Sadly, we have yet to meet such a man. If the Raiders aren't still scared by their selection of offensive tackle Robert Gallery second overall in 2004, then they should cash in a solid crop of blockers. Davis looked solid at the combine and is an appealing choice for former offensive line coach and current Raiders head coach Tom Cable.

9. Buffalo Bills

Getty Images Jimmy Clausen, QB
Notre Dame
6-3, 217

Notes: Clausen could have gone as high as fourth, but the Redskins traded for McNabb instead. Now the Notre Dame signal caller tumbles down the Top 10 and into the arms of the quarterback-needy Buffalo Bills. Reports that Clausen lacks maturity and is a bit on the cocky side have followed him throughout the evaluation process, but Buffalo will happily try to groom him into the eventual leader of their team.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

Getty Images Rolando McClain, LB
6-3, 245

Notes: Head coach Jack Del Rio is a former linebacker himself, and still carries the mentality of a ballhawk with him on the sidelines. In McClain, he will add the middle linebacker from the NCAA champion Alabama Crimson Tide. McClain is a powerful presence and can contribute as a three-down backer - stopping the run, defending the pass, and rushing the quarterback.

11. Denver Broncos (from Bears)

Getty Images Dez Bryant, WR
Oklahoma State
6-2, 217

Notes: This pick is based purely on logic. Gone is All-Pro receiver Brandon Marshall. Gone is pass catching tight end Tony Scheffler. WR Eddie Royal didn't really find his stride in his first year under Josh McDaniels' offence. So unless Denver plans on running the wildcat this season, they'll need to find someone to catch the ball. Bryant is elusive despite his 6'2", 220-pound frame and could emerge as a top wideout down the road if he can bring it all together as a pro.

12. Miami Dolphins

Getty Images Earl Thomas, S
5-11, 198

Notes: The Dolphins already upgraded at receiver with the acquisition of Brandon Marshall. Now their focus can shift to defence where they decide to take University of Texas star safety Earl Thomas. The Dolphins made a run at free agent safety Antrel Rolle, but came up short. Thomas can help give the Dolphins a consistent presence at the safety position, taking some of the pressure off the their two young corners. The former Longhorn can also matchup with interior receivers and tight ends when need be.

13. San Francisco 49ers

Getty Images C.J. Spiller, RB
5-11, 196

Notes: Spiller is an X-factor in this draft, who could break into the Top 10 if Seattle or Buffalo go out on a limb or who could take an Aaron Rodgers style fall into the second half of the round. The Clemson product would provide the Niners with a homerun threat to go along with RB Frank Gore's powerful style, something that will help the development of QB Alex Smith as he tries to establish himself as a legitimate signal caller. Spiller's blazing speed will add a new dimension to the 49ers' attack, which will open up the field for the rest of the team's playmakers (Gore, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree).

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Broncos)

Getty ImagesJason Pierre-Paul, DE
South Florida
6-5, 263

Notes: With their second pick in the Top 15, the Seahawks acquire one of the drafts best athletes to fill their need for an outside pass rush. Pierre-Paul is ripe with potential but will need time to become a threat off the edge for Seattle's defence. The knock against the South Florida defender is that he has only one season of Division I experience, but he has all the tools required of a dangerous defensive end, including a quick burst off the line and long arms to fend off blockers.

15. New York Giants

Getty Images Joe Haden, CB
5-11, 191

Notes: Haden has seen his name slip out of the top tier of the draft after questions arose about his speed. While he isn't expected to reach the Hall of Fame, Haden has plenty of talent and should develop into a solid number one cover man. The former Gator also comes from a winning program, something that will be coveted at the next level.

16. Tennessee Titans

Getty Images Dan Williams, DT
6-2, 329

Notes: Remember the Titans when they had Albert Haynesworth dominating from the middle of their defensive line? His presence helped buy time for the team's secondary and thus made their defence better in every facet. Williams may not be the pass rusher that Haynesworth is, but he can give the Titans a big body in their front four who can draw attention while stuffing opponents' rushing attacks.

17. San Francisco 49ers (from Panthers)

Getty Images Taylor Mays, S
6-3, 231

Notes: While he may look and hit like a linebacker, Mays will play strong safety in the NFL. Based on that description alone you can understand why Niners head coach Mike Singletary will fall for the USC star as the newest tackler on his defensive unit. Despite his size, Mays also clocked in as one of the fastest players at the combine at any position and will bring those physical attributes to the field in San Francisco. He doesn't deserve to be compared to the great Ronnie Lott, but his aggressive style will make him a fan favourite.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

Getty Images Mike Iupati, OG/OT
6-5, 325

Notes: At 6'6", 330 pounds some scouts envision a move to tackle in the future for Iupati which gives him a chance to move even higher in the first round. The University of Idaho product possesses everything a team looks for in an offensive lineman and would be a welcome addition to the Steelers. No matter where he lines up, Iupati's toughness and versatility would be a shot in the arm for the Steelers' rushing attack, something the team slowly got away from last season.

19. Atlanta Falcons

Getty Images Derrick Morgan, DE
Georgia Tech
6-4, 268

Notes: Atlanta has the weapons on offence to compete with anyone, but their defence would be fortunate to find a pass rusher like Morgan with the 19th pick. Unlike Pierre-Paul, Morgan doesn't have an unlimited upside, but he is a steady player who will fit in nicely to Atlanta's scheme and begin hunting quarterbacks right from his first snap.

20. Houston Texans

Getty Images Ryan Matthews, RB
Fresno State
5-11, 223

Notes: The Texans continue to watch the playoffs from fringe, waiting for their chance to breakthrough. Steve Slaton looked like he was ready to play the part of a star rusher in 2008, but after a drop off last season the Texans are looking for help elsewhere. Matthews is the best power back available and could be paired with Slaton to make a dynamic duo. The selection could propel Houston over the hump and turn their offence into one of the most dangerous in the NFL.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Getty Images Jermaine Gresham, TE
6-6, 262

Notes: Gresham returned to Oklahoma with Sam Bradford last year hoping to win a National Championship, however both players suffered injuries that ended up sidelining them for the season. Gresham has the explosive speed to beat defenders downfield and could provide a safety blanket for Carson Palmer in the passing game. Even with great hands and the ability to exploit seams in the defence, Gresham will need to show at his pro day that his knee is fully recovered.

22. New England Patriots

Getty Images Jared Odrick, DT
Penn State
6-5, 301

Notes: The Patriots are trying to prevent the franchise from hitting an iceberg, and if anyone can steer them clear of disaster, it's Bill Belichick. After losing several veterans on their defence over the last few years, the Pats begin to restock with Odrick who has the strength and the build to play any position along the defensive line. With Vince Wilfork already controlling the line of scrimmage during most of New England's defensive snaps, Odrick would have free reign to make plays.

23. Green Bay Packers

Getty Images Sergio Kindle, LB
6-4, 236

Notes: The Packers defence played well under Dom Capers. In year two under the crafty defensive coordinator, the team will try to stock the shelves with an outside linebacker who can rush the passer, Sergio Kindle. The former Texas Longhorn will try to replicate the success of his college teammate Brian Orakpo, who had a fantastic debut season with 11 sacks for the Redskins. Kindle plays a similar style to Orakpo and while a double-digit sack total in his first year may be great expectations, he should have a very positive impact on the Packers.

24. Philadelphia Eagles

Getty Images Everson Griffen, DE
6-3, 272

Notes: The later stages of the draft will be filled with quality rushers off the edge, and Griffen will be right in the mix. The Eagles are in the process of transitioning to the Kevin Kolb era, but with an already loaded offence, Andy Reid and company will go defensive and take a player they hope will turn into a sack artist down the road. Either way, an organization like Philadelphia's has the luxury of adding USC's Griffen to their roster and giving him time to come into his own.

25. Baltimore Ravens

Getty Images Demaryius Thomas, WR
Georgia Tech
6-3, 229

Notes: In an off-season that began with a trade for Anquan Boldin, the Ravens now have an opportunity to add yet another player to what could be their best offence ever. With Derrick Mason near the end of his career, Thomas could step into to an ideal situation with a young quarterback and a talented nucleus around him. While he is still very raw, in the right environment the talented Georgia Tech wideout could be the steal of this year's draft.

26. Arizona Cardinals

Getty Images Bruce Campbell, OT
6-6, 312

Notes: It has been a mass exodus out of Arizona this off-season, so fans will be relieved to see some players joining the club finally, even if it is through the draft. The Cardinals offence may have lost Kurt Warner, but they want to make the shift more towards a power running game anyways, and to do so they need to beef up their O-line. Campbell has the size and raw ability needed to excel at the pro level.

27. Dallas Cowboys

Getty Images Golden Tate, WR
Notre Dame
5-11, 194

Notes: Miles Austin appears to be the real deal, but Roy Williams has struggled since heading deep into the heart of Texas. Tate will provide them with the exact opposite of Williams, a sure-handed pass catcher who can use his elusiveness to take advantage of teams in the open field.

28. San Diego Chargers

Getty Images Jahvid Best - RB
5-10, 198

Notes: When you take away a Hall of Fame rusher (LaDainian Tomlinson) and talk persists that you're willing to trade his backup (Darren Sproles), you must have someone else in mind to carry the load for your club. The Chargers will make Best their new back and he could be in line for a significant workload in his rookie season. Sproles remains under contract, but whether he is in the rotation or not, the Chargers will move forward with Best.

29. New York Jets

Getty Images Brian Price, DT
6-2, 303

Notes: The Jets, who were one win away from the Super Bowl, will be looking for the player who can push them into the big game. UCLA's Price has the ability to create havoc on opposing offensive lines and could learn under the tutelage of current starter Kris Jenkins. Price would give the Jets more depth and make an already intimidating defence even stronger.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Getty Images Sean Weatherspoon, LB
6-1, 241

Notes: At this point in the draft teams are already locked and loaded for Super Bowl runs. In Minnesota's case, they were a play or two away from the big game, so Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon represents an opportunity for them to take the best player available. Brett Favre doesn't need anymore toys to play with, so Minny decides to give the defence a young ballhawk to make plays behind their impressive front four.

31. Indianapolis Colts

Getty Images Maurkice Pouncey, C
6-4, 304

Notes: With 12 years of NFL experience under his belt, Colts' centre Jeff Saturday will be ready to pass the torch soon and Pouncey would represent the perfect fit. Not only is Pouncey the best centre prospect in this draft, he is one of the best centres to be available in the last few years. Only the best fo Peyton Manning.

32. New Orleans Saints

Getty Images Brandon Graham, LB
6-1, 263

Notes: Assuming the Saints front office has pulled themselves away from the post-Super Bowl celebrations, they will use the last pick in the first round to bolster their defence. It would be hard for New Orleans to justify making the rich even richer on the offensive side of the ball, and Graham would be a steal at the end of round one. Coming out of Michigan, Graham may be a little small by NFL standards but the Saints will embrace the underdog and put him to work on the edge.


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