2010 NFL Mock Draft, Version 7.0

Thursday April 22nd, 2010

2010 NFL Mock Draft 7.0
The schedule's out, and so is Big Ben, at least for four to six games. Time at long last for the highly anticipated NFL Draft, in prime time and spread over three days for the first time, no less. I'm almost certain there will be some stunners in the first round, but it seems a given they'll only unfold after the opening three picks, which have been set in stone for weeks.

And now on to our seventh and final attempt to mock out tonight's first round:
(Send comments to siwriters@simail.com; click on prospects' names for complete profile.)

1QBSam BradfordOklahomaJr.6-4223
Sorry, but no 11th-hour intrigue has developed to infuse drama into the top spot. The Rams and Bradford have been a marriage waiting to happen for two months now.
2DTNdamukong SuhNebraskaSr.6-4302
The Lions get another major piece for a defense that began to acquire some quality building blocks in last year's draft. Head coach Jim Schwartz believes Suh could be his next Albert Haynesworth, and maybe better.
3DTGerald McCoyOklahomaJr.6-4298
The sooner the ex-Sooner gets to Tampa and starts doing his Warren Sapp impersonation, the better for the Bucs.
4OTTrent WilliamsOklahomaSr.6-5318
This is where the draft really begins Thursday night, and we're sticking with Williams over Oklahoma State's Russell Okung as the pick based on him being more athletic and thus better suited to the Redskins' zone-blocking schemes.
5OTRussell OkungOklahoma StateSr.6-6305
Nobody seems to have a great handle on which way Scott Pioli and the Chiefs will go, and that's exactly the way the Kansas City general manager likes it. Eric Berry makes sense, except that top-five money for a safety doesn't strike me as the Pioli way. We're going Okung over Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, maybe because we like the idea of the Big 12 sweeping the top five picks.
6OTBryan BulagaIowaJr.6-6312
I've been wanting to give Pete Carroll his big-play-maker in Clemson running back C.J. Spiller at No. 6 all week, but as I mock this baby out one more time, Spiller is there at No. 14 for Seattle. That makes me reluctantly pull the trigger for Bulaga, who has definitely experienced some pre-draft slippage on some teams' boards due to his less-than-impressive 2009 season.
7SEric BerryTennesseeJr.5-11203
The Browns could surprise us with anyone from Jimmy Clausen to Dez Bryant to Spiller, but my sense is they'll play it safe and take Berry, the ex-Vols safety who gives their defense its own version of Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed.
8DEJason Pierre-PaulSouth FloridaJr.6-6260
I went with the usually unpredictable Raiders taking Pierre-Paul in my 6.0 mock, and I feel even better about the pick after hearing that NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock in recent days has come around to the idea that he'll be Oakland's guy. Mayock has nailed the Raiders' pick three straight years and generally has a clue about the size-and-speed prospects that Oakland favors.
9NTDan WilliamsTennesseeSr.6-2329
I just can't talk myself into the Bills taking Clausen, because I don't see new head coach Chan Gailey and new general manager Buddy Nix having the time or patience to grow with a young quarterback. So it's Williams, given the need for a 3-4 nose tackle, slightly edging out Rutgers' Anthony Davis and the need at offensive tackle.
10LBRolando McClainAlabamaJr.6-4249
The Jaguars clearly want to trade out of this slot and acquire a second-round choice, which they currently don't have. I know they love Spiller and Pierre-Paul, but the latest word is they like McClain best if no trade materializes.

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