I usually get out the first NFL mock draft of the year by mid-January. So this has been a long time coming, but I feel more educated about this mock than most. After all, the NFL’s annual prospect analysis event (the combine) is over and free agency already has tipped the hands of a few teams.
No more words, just mock draft time. Feel free to scrutinize in the comments.
11. The Denver Broncos (From Chicago) select … Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama.
Not only was McClain a great player for the Crimson Tide, he also was a great leader on that National Championship defense. Should bring leadership, talent and youth to an ever-evolving Denver team.
12. The Miami Dolphins select … Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan.
The Bill Parcells re-building project is in full swing after the Brandon Marshall get. Graham could step right into a starting stop with Joey Porter out of the picture.
13. The San Francisco 49ers select … Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers.
49ers needed help desperately on the offensive line in 2009. Always a good idea to restock the big guys up front in the NFL Draft, which always seems to have a wealth of talent on the O-line.
14. The Seattle Seahawks (From Denver) select … Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma.
Another team that desperately needs to re-tool the offensive line. Seahawks could opt to trade for an offensive lineman (Jamaal Brown of the Saints?) or pick one here in the middle of the first round.
15. The New York Giants select … Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech.
You can never have enough good pass-rushing defensive ends. Case in point, the 2009 New York Giants. Once the strong suit of that defense, injuries decimated the unit.
16. The Tennessee Titans select … Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida.
And now for a run on defensive ends. Titans defense could use some new blood on the edge of the defensive line after Kyle Vanden Bosch left in free agency for Detroit.
17. The San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina) select … Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State.
Another area of need for the 49ers addressed here in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Not a bad haul for a team more than capable of winning the NFC West this season.
18. The Pittsburgh Steelers select … Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho.
Have to get some protection for Big Ben, no pun intended. The offensive line has been a problem for several seasons now and this generally is an area where Pittsburgh excels. Need some new blood.
19. The Atlanta Falcons select … Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida.
Red flags with Dunlap, but when you play in a division with Drew Brees you have to be able to rush the quarterback. The Falcons clearly need to improve the defense and Dunlap could have an instant impact.
20. The Houston Texans select … Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers.
Playing in the same division as Peyton Manning has always seemed to drive the Texans’ offseason agenda. No difference here.