2010 Musket Fire NFL Mock Draft

Here is the Musket Fire NFL Mock Draft. I tried to think outside the box with some of these picks and “predict the unpredictable.” Go ahead and tell me how crazy I am, just keep in mind that I purposely went for possible surprise picks.

Pick Team Player Selected Player’s Position Player’s School Analysis
1. Sam Bradford Quarterback Oklahoma Bradford is widely considered to be a franchise QB in the making and he reinforced that thought with his Pro Day, where his only missed pass was a drop. The Rams may have finally found their replacement for Kurt Warner.
2. Ndomukong Suh
Defensive Tackle Nebraska

The Lions need a lot of help and have some play makers on offense. Suh provides the defense with some sure talent and will help them stop the run in a division that has some good running backs.

3. Gerald McCoy
Defensive Tackle Oklahoma The Bucs have been searching for the next Warren Sapp and may have found him in McCoy. It’s a toss-up as to whether he or Suh is a better prospect, and if McCoy goes to Detroit, then Suh will be the pick here. McCoy will help Tampa Bay solidify the trench on the defensive side of the ball.
4. Russell Okung
Offensive Tackle Oklahoma State Okung, or another offensive tackle, will be drafted here to protect the newest Redskin, Donovan McNabb. The Skins have a void at left tackle and they get the consensus best one on the board if they take Okung.

5. Brian Bulaga
Offensive Tackle Iowa The Chiefs need to strengthen their trenches and protect the investment they made in Matt Cassel. Scott Pioli will have all the information he needs from friend Kirk Ferentz of Iowa to make Bulaga the selection here.
6. Trent Williams
Offensive Tackle Oklahoma The run on offensive tackles continues. Hasselbeck has been hit too many times and can’t stay on the field. Williams will help him stay upright until it’s Whitehurst time in Seattle.
7. C.J. Spiller
Running Back Clemson Cleveland’s offense was horrendous last season. A quarterback here will take time to develop, so Holmgren goes for the big-play threat in Spiller. Spiller can start Day One and take some pressure off of Jake Delhomme and whoever his eventual replacement is (Colt McCoy?)
8. Jason Pierre-Paul
Defensive End South Florida Al Davis certainly isn’t afraid to reach, and he loves athletic guys. Pierre-Paul’s back flips may have had Davis doing back flips (not really) and he comes in to work next to Richard Seymour and help the pass rush.
9. Jimmy Clausen
Quarterback Notre Dame The Bills have some young QB’s on the roster but no real starter. Clausen is pro-ready and hard to pass up at this spot.
10. Derrick Morgan Defensive End Georgia Tech The team with the worst pass rush in the NFL last season will now have two great pass rushing defensive ends- newly-signed Aaron Kampman and Morgan.
11. Tim Tebow
Quarterback Florida I know, I know. This is way too high for Tebow. However, Kyle Orton is certainly not the long-term answer at QB and Brady Quinn doesn’t inspire much confidence. Tebow could sit behind these two QB’s and learn from one of the best QB coaches in the NFL in Josh McDaniels. McDaniels’ moves have been a little questionable lately, and this one will raise the biggest question marks. However, if Tebow pans out, McDaniels will be considered a genius.
12. Eric Berry
Safety Tennessee The Tuna would dance the Macarena in the draft room if the best player in the draft falls this far. Berry suffers from the safety jinx but winds up on a team on the rise.
13. Joe Haden
Cornerback Florida Singletary takes the best corner in the draft to help his weakening secondary. Nate Clements is getting older and Haden comes in to pick up the slack.
14. (From Denver) Ryan Matthews
Running Back Fresno State The Seahawks missed out on Spiller but get a pretty nice consolation prize in Matthews. Matthews runs hard and has some speed (4.4 40) and he may be a more consistent, load-carrying back than Spiller.
15. Sean Weatherspoon
Linebacker Missouri The big debate here is whether the Giants grab Rolando McClain or Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon is a better cover-2 scheme fit with new DC Perry Fewell’s defense and thus gets the nod here. (special thanks to Musket Fire reader and Giants fan Kevros for help with this selection)
16. (From Carolina) Dan Williams
Defensive Tackle Tennessee Tennessee has lacked a strong interior defensive lineman since they lost Albert Haynesworth. Williams is third-best behind McCoy and Suh, and could go much higher. He can collapse the pocket and is a good run defender.
17. Anthony Davis
Offensive Tackle Rutgers Davis has tons of potential but needs motivation at times to perform. Are there many coaches better at motivating a player than Mike Singletary?
18. Rolando McClain
Inside Linebacker Alabama The Steelers signed Larry Foote but he is not a long-term answer at ILB. McClain is the best 3-4 linebacker in the draft and continues the Steeler tradition of great linebackers and gives the Steelers a strong youth base at the position, combined with Lawrence Timmons.
19. Brandon Graham
Outside Linebacker/Defensive End Michigan The Falcons need a pass rusher and Graham is one of the best in the draft. His ability to line up at defensive end or outside linebacker provides them with flexibility to use him as they see fit.
20.
Earl Thomas
Safety Texas The Texans need something in the secondary to stop Peyton Manning, and Thomas is a great safety and a local product. They could go corner with Kyle Wilson but Thomas provides some more flexibility because he is a sure tackler and can make plays in the passing game.
21.
Jermaine Gresham
Tight End Oklahoma The Bengals made some WR acquisitions this offseason which lowers the priority on that position, but not on the need for offensive play makers. Gresham has big play potential at tight end, a position that hasn’t been strong in Cinci.
22. Sergio Kindle
Outside Linebacker/Defensive End Texas Kindle provides the prototypical size the Pats look for at OLB (6’3″, 250) and will help boost the virtually nonexistent pass rush. He made plays behind the line of scrimmage throughout his college career and reminds some analysts of Mike Vrabel.
23. Kyle Wilson
Cornerback Boise State The Packers have two good corners, but they aren’t getting any younger. Wilson could start if Al Harris or Charles Woodson suffer injuries or have a drop-off in production.
24. Mike Iupati
Guard Idaho Iupati helps fortify the Eagles’ interior line and could possibly play tackle. He has been gaining some momentum as the draft nears so if he’s available here it would be a great value pick as well as a boost to the team’s offensive line.
25. Jared Odrick
Defensive Tackle/Defensive End Penn State Odrick projects to play DE in the 3-4 defense and could help soften the blow of the loss of Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards.
26. Kareem Jackson
Cornerback Alabama The Cards got torched in the playoffs in the secondary and Jackson likes to stay tight on his man and is a sure tackler at the position.
27. Dez Bryant
Wide Receiver Oklahoma State Jerry Jones can’t resist getting this free-falling, talented player to start opposite Miles Austin. Bryant would give the Cowboys’ offense a nice 1-2-3 punch in the passing game with Austin and Jason Witten.
28. Terrence Cody
Defensive Tackle Georgia Tech Cody is the best 3-4 nose tackle in the draft and after losing Jamal Williams, the Chargers have their replacement.
29. Everson Griffin
Defensive End/Outside Linebacker USC The Jets are looking to boost their already tops defensive unit, and Griffin provides some flexibility to play end or OLB. He provides a strong pass rush and could play more up to his potential with Rex Ryan’s coaching.
30. Patrick Robinson
Cornerback Florida State The Vikes need help in the secondary and Robinson has good cover skills. He’s very fluid in his movements and can also provide value returning kicks.
31. Maurkice Pouncey
Center/Guard Florida The offensive line in Indy needs to get a little tougher, and Pouncey is a great, safe pick that will help do that. Pouncey can start at guard for now and can either stay there or eventually take over for Jeff Saturday.
32. Brian Price
Defensive Tackle UCLA The Saint are pretty solid from top to bottom, which is good news if they hope to return to the Super Bowl. Price would provide solid depth along the defensive line. They could go end here but the signing of Alex Brown helps alleviate the need for that position.

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