Scouts Inc and ESPN's Todd McShay today published his first 2010 mock draft. You'll need to be an ESPN Insider to see it in full, but for those of you who aren't I'll highlight some of the key talking points. McShay has Jake Locker going first overall to the St Louis Rams - certainly an eye catching start. Ndamukong Suh goes to the Buccs second overall with Eric Berry in third place to Cleveland. Without wishing to sound like a stuck record, I'll be positively stunned if Berry goes this early.
Seattle's first pick is at ninth overall and they take Andre Davis (OT, Rutgers). McShay: "Davis comes with a bit of baggage, but there isn't an offensive lineman in the 2010 class with a better combination of size and agility." The baggage he speaks of is the weight issues Davis has endured during his time with the Scarlet Knights. I wrote this report on Davis earlier in the year when Tim Ruskell was still the team's GM.
The second pick by the Seahawks is Jimmy Clausen (QB, Notre Dame) taken 26th overall. McShay: "Current starter Matt Hasselbeck is 34 years old and backup Seneca Wallace doesn't appear to be the long-term answer. There are concerns about Clausen's release and he doesn't have ideal arm strength, but his mobility and accuracy underneath would make him a good fit for a West Coast offense." Considering the Seahawks offensive struggles, particularly yesterday in Houston, I'm not entirely sure they'll be maintaining the current status quo on offense - so placing Clausen as an ideal fit with Seattle may be ill-advised right now.
But McShay's mock backs up my own personal instincts about Clausen expressed in my most recent mock draft. I had him falling out of round one - largely to prove a point that I think he's vastly over rated and not anywhere close to being the top 5-10 pick most mocks have him at right now. McShay cites the same kind of issues that I did - namely his side arm release. Essentially, if he falls to the #26 pick and Seattle didn't take him there - how does he stay in round one? Unless the Minnesota Vikings want a long term option at QB, McShay's mock is basically portraying the same possibility as mine.
So it's Clausen to Seattle - but perhaps more telling is the further evidence that opinion is starting to shift on Clausen and that perhaps he won't be the top draft choice most people are predicting.