The deadline for underclassmen to declare has passed, so we now know which prospects will be available during the 2010 draft. The Seahawks have made major changes since my last projection, with Pete Carroll taking over as Executive VP and Head Coach. One of the biggest questions that will dominate this and future mock drafts is whether or not St. Louis draft a quarterback. Ndamukong Suh is clearly the top prospect available, but the Rams have a clinical need at QB - Marc Bulger looks set to retire or get cut, whilst Keith Null won't be starting in 2010. Will they sign someone before the draft? If not, the prospect of spending the #1 pick on a quarterback will increase dramatically - something represented in this mock. The idea of these early projections are to look at all eventualities rather than make a completely accurate prediction months before the draft.
#1 St. Louis: Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)
The Rams' biggest need is quarterback. Until they find one, the franchise cannot move forward. If Bradford can prove he's healthy and work out before the draft, people will start talking about him again. Matt Stafford wasn't the best overall prospect available in 2009, but quarterback needs are usually filled.
#2 Detroit: Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
This is a no brainer if St. Louis goes quarterback. Jim Schwartz had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator in Tennessee thanks to an elite defensive tackle.
#3 Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
The Buccs will be just as happy if the Rams pass on Suh, because it means McCoy drops here. He'd fill a huge hole on Tampa Bay's defensive line.
#4 Washington: Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers)
The Redskins have two big needs - quarterback and offensive line. Davis has Ryan Clady type potential and Mike Shanahan drafted Clady in Denver.
#5 Kansas City: Rolando McClain (LB, Alabama)
The Chiefs are committed to creating a strong 3-4 defense but lack that presence at inside linebacker. McClain can be an impact player for Kansas City.
#6 Seattle: Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech)
Pete Carroll has already admitted the Seahawks must find a legitimate pass rusher at defensive end. Morgan fits the bill as a prototype 4-3 prospect.
#7 Cleveland: Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
Haden is a physical, athletic corner. The Browns are in rebuild mode, so finding a stand out prospect at a crucial position makes sense.
#8 Oakland: Bruce Campbell (OT, Maryland)
Campbell has unique size and and athleticism, something that will undoubtedly interest Al Davis. He's had injuries though, that's the potential red flag.
#9 Buffalo: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
If the Bills appoint Leslie Frasier as head coach, he could look to invest in the defensive line. Alongside quarterback and left tackle, it's amongst Buffalo's biggest needs. It'd be a surprise to some if they passed on Okung and Clausen, but not me.
#10 Jacksonville: Eric Berry (S, Tennessee)
I still believe Berry's best position could be cornerback in the NFL. The Jaguars will rebuild their secondary this off season.
#11 Denver: Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida)
Dunalp's size could mean a transition to five technique end in the Broncos 3-4. He has plenty of time to repair his stock.
#12 Miami: Dan Willims (DT, Tennessee)
The Dolphins priority appears to be finding a nose tackle for their 3-4 scheme. This is a reach, but one that fills a vital need.
#13 San Francisco: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
The 49ers don't have a huge need at running back, but Spiller is a threat to score every time he has the ball. Alongside Frank Gore, San Francisco would have a dangerous running attack.
#14 Seattle: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma State)
Bryant won't run a brilliant forty yard dash time and receivers are always susceptible to a slight fall. The Seahawks need to find playmakers on offense.
#15 New York Giants: Earl Thomas (S, Texas)
Questions remain about the future of Kenny Phillips. The Giants need a playmaker in the secondary and Thomas (eight interceptions in 2009) is a good fit.
#16 San Francisco: Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma)
Williams is strictly a right tackle in the NFL. With Joe Staley entrenched on the blind side, this makes sense.
#17 Tennessee: Everson Griffen (DE, USC)
The Titans are likely to invest in their defensive line this off season. Griffen has been inconsistent but work outs should aid his stock.
#18 Pittsburgh: Donovan Warren (CB, Michigan)
Warren's stock is likely to rise over the next few weeks during work outs. The Steelers could use an upgrade in the secondary.
#19 Atlanta: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, USF)
With Warren off the board, the Falcons address another need on the defensive line. JPP's rawness and lack of experience is a concern and he could drop into round two. Alternatively, his upside is high enough to justify this selection.
#20 Houston: Bryan Bulaga (OT, Iowa)
The Texans need to bolster their offensive line. Bulaga projects as a right tackle in the NFL.
#21 Cincinnati: Arrelious Benn (WR, Illinois)
Bad quarterback play and inconsistent hands has hurt Benn's stock, but this is still a guy touted as a top 15 pick at the start of the year. A tight end like Jermaine Gresham is also a possibility.
#24 New England: Jared Odrick (DT, Penn State)
The Patriots are in the process of major changes on their defensive line. Drafting the versatile Odrick gives New England some options long term.
#25 Green Bay: Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State)
Okung was beaten badly twice in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss, once leading to a severe hit on the quarterback. He would've been a late first round pick as an underclassmen, nothing this year has proved otherwise for me.
#26 Philadelphia: Brandon Spikes (LB, Florida)
Spikes' stock is difficult to project. He could go this early, or he could suffer a dramatic fall. The Eagles need to bolster their inside linebacker position.
#27 New York Jets: Damian Williams (WR, USC)
Williams and Sanchez know each other well from SoCal. Creating the perfect long term platform for the 'Sanchize' is essential and Williams' route running qualities mean he could have an instant impact.
#28 Baltimore: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
The Ravens would entertain the prospect of drafting a talented wide out. With most off the board, they'll look at an equally talented pass-catching tight end. Gresham has top 15 talent, but injuries and character questions see a fall.
#27 Arizona: Ricky Sapp (LB, Clemson)
Arizona are still piecing together their 3-4 scheme and Sapp could be a stand out OLB.
#28 Dallas: Mike Iupati (OG, Idaho)
Dallas like bigger lineman and at 330lbs and room for more, Iupati is as big as they come. An immediate starter in the interior, he could eventually kick out to tackle. He might be the most talented offensive lineman in the draft. Senior Bowl work outs could define his stock.
#29 Minnesota: Jimmy Clausen (QB, Notre Dame)
If Clausen falls this far, the chances are someone will trade up to get him. However, I still don't see a top ten pick when I watch the tape. That doesn't mean he won't be taken in that range, but for now I'm sticking to my guns. I addressed this issue earlier in the week (part 1, part 2).
#30 San Diego: Brandon LaFell (WR, LSU)
The Chargers are not at risk of losing Vincent Jackson - who's likely to be a restricted free agent. However, they need a compliment and LaFell is good value at this stage despite an average year statistically.
#31 New Orleans: Sergio Kindle (OLB, Texas)
The Saints could use Kindle creatively, as a linebacker most of the time but an edge rush on passing third downs.
#32 Indianapolis: Brandon Ghee (CB, Wake Forest)
Ghee could go earlier than this, such is the importance of the cornerback position. Indianapolis' biggest need on defense is at corner.