March 29, 2010

NOPF's 2010 Mock Draft v1.0

Many of our long-time readers know the drill - this is the time of year to complain about the odious, fruitless and self-gratifying nature of mock drafts, then post one anyway because we can't resist.

This year, thanks to the Saints' triumph in Super Bowl XLIV, the task is worse than ever... all 32 picks. Not that we mind.

(1) St. Louis Rams - Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford
(2) Detroit Lions - Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
(3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
(4) Washington Redskins - USF DE Jason Pierre-Paul
(5) Kansas City Chiefs - Oklahoma State T Russell Okung
(6) Seattle Seahawks - Rutgers T Anthony Davis
(7) Cleveland Browns - Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan
(8) Oakland Raiders - Tennessee S Eric Berry
(9) Buffalo Bills - Florida CB Joe Haden
(10) Jacksonville Jaguars - Florida DE Carlos Dunlap
(11) Denver Broncos (from Chicago) - Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant
(12) Miami Dolphins - Tennessee DT Dan Williams
(13) San Francisco 49ers - Iowa T Bryan Bulaga
(14) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) - Michigan DE/LB Brandon Graham
(15) New York Giants - Texas S Earl Thomas
(16) Tennessee Titans - Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
(17) San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) - Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen
(18) Pittsburgh Steelers - Oklahoma T Trent Williams
(19) Atlanta Falcons - UCLA DT Brian Price
(20) Houston Texans - Clemson RB CJ Spiller
(21) Cincinnati Bengals - Florida OL Maurkice Pouncey
(22) New England Patriots - Alabama LB Rolando McClain
(23) Green Bay Packers - USC T Charles Brown
(24) Philadelphia Eagles - Texas LB Sergio Kindle
(25) Baltimore Ravens - Cal DT/DE Tyson Alualu
(26) Arizona Cardinals - Rutgers CB Devin McCourty
(27) Dallas Cowboys - Idaho G Mike Iupati
(28) San Diego Chargers - Penn State DT Jared Odrick
(29) New York Jets - USC DE Everson Griffen
(30) Minnesota Vikings - USF S Nate Allen
(31) Indianapolis Colts - Indiana T Rodger Saffold

(32) New Orleans Saints -TCU DE/LB Jerry Hughes
Here's the rationale for Hughes, the best pass rusher on the best defense in the NCAA last season: the Saints paid a defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams, and he manufactured a championship-quality defense for you with some limited tools and an unlimited number of schemes. He opened the Super Bowl in 3-4, he ran a 3-3-5, he clawed and scratched and took down three Hall of Fame QB's in the playoffs. Hughes, 6'1.5, 255, gives Williams a weapon on defense, a guy who can create himself. Like Reggie Bush is a weapon for the offense, Hughes can line up at rush end or weak-side linebacker and demand attention his way - blazing speed off the end and smart, instinctive play that found 19.5 TFLs, 15 sacks, 6 FF and 2 picks as a senior. At this point in the draft, Hughes would be good value. Pass rushers are in high demand in the first round, and the Saints will be happy to see him fall to 32.

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