I've compiled an updated mock draft to coincide with the confirmed draft order for picks 1-20. From a Seahawks perspective, we still don't know the identity of the team's new GM so projections at this stage remain complete guess work. I will publish a further updated mock draft after the deadline passes for underclassmen to declare on January 15th.
Picks 21-32 are subject to change following the playoffs. The rest of the draft order is now confirmed. The Seahawks will pick 6th, 14th and 40th overall. Don't forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments section or email email@example.com
#1 St. Louis: Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
There's no obvious quarterback candidate to go first overall, so St. Louis take the best player with the opening selection. Suh is a dominant force with elite potential.
#2 Detroit: Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
Jim Schwartz had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator in Tennessee thanks to an elite defensive tackle. McCoy is a close second if Suh is the best player in the draft.
#3 Tampa Bay: Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech)
The Buccs' biggest needs are on the defensive line and the offensive skill positions. Morgan solves one problem as a relentless edge rusher for the teams' 4-3 scheme.
#4 Washington: Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)
Mike Shanahan will be the Skins' new coach and expect him to target either a new quarterback or an offensive lineman.
#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: Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers)
Davis is raw but could have Ryan Clady type potential. He needs to improve his second level blocking, but has the most upside in a weaker tackle class than previous years.
#7 Cleveland: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma State)
Mike Holmgren inherits a great offensive line, but he needs some playmakers and direction at quarterback. With Bradford off the board, he takes Bryant.
#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: Ryan Mallett (QB, Arkansas)
The Bills are going to name an offensive minded head coach. With the top two offensive tackles gone, they could take Mallett - he remains the X-Factor of this draft.
#10 Jacksonville: Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
The Jaguars will rebuild their secondary in the off season. Haden is without doubt a top ten talent and would present great value here to fill a big need.
#11 Denver: Cameron Heyward (DE, Ohio State)
This fills the Broncos biggest need as a five technique 3-4 end. Don't be surprised if they target a receiver like Damian Williams if Brandon Marshall departs.
#12 Miami: Dan Williams (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: Eric Berry (S, Tennessee)
The 49ers could use an upgrade in the secondary. Berry could end up playing cornerback long term, but he's a playmaking safety that will interest Mike Singletary.
#14 Seattle: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
The Seahawks need a playmaker on offense. Nobody on the roster has Spiller's speed or ability to put points on the board - whether as a runner, receiver or return specialist.
#15 New York Giants: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
The additions to New York's defensive line last off season didn't have the desired effect. Price is a three technique with real potential.
#16 San Francisco: Bryan Bulaga (OT, Iowa)
Bulaga is a right tackle in the NFL. The 49ers would be able to plug him in from day one knowing both tackle positions are sorted for years.
#17 Tennessee: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, USF)
The Titans should invest in their defensive line this off season. Pierre-Paul has huge upside as a 4-3 defensive end.
#18 Pittsburgh: Earl Thomas (S, Texas)
Thomas could be the best all round safety in the draft. He has eight interceptions, but tackles much better than Eric Berry.
#19 Atlanta: Everson Griffen (DE, USC)
The Falcons have three primary needs - to improve their defensive line, linebacker group and secondary. If Bruce Carter (LB, North Carolina) declares, he could be the pick instead.
#20 Houston: Mike Iupati (OG, Idaho)
The Texans have some playmakers, but they need to keep improving their offensive line. Iupati could be a once-in-a-decade type interior lineman, with a unique size and speed combination that fits any scheme.
#21 New York Jets: Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma)
Damian Williams is an option if Braylon Edwards isn't retained. He worked well with Mark Sanchez at USC. If Edwards stays, New York could look to upgrade at right tackle with Williams.
#22 Baltimore: Damian Williams (WR, USC)
The Ravens will undoubtedly try to bring in a receiver during the off season. Williams has fantastic value here and could go much higher.
#23 Arizona: Ricky Sapp (LB, Clemson)
Arizona are still piecing together their 3-4 scheme and Sapp could be a stand out OLB.
#24 Green Bay: Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State)
I'm not sold on Okung as a top ten pick. He 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.
#25 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.
#26 New England: Jerry Hughes (OLB, TCU)
Hughes is a prototype 3-4 OLB. It's impossible to predict what the Patriots will do in a draft, but their biggest need is finding a pass rush specialist.
#27 Philadelphia: Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida)
Dunlap did well in his comeback against Cincinnati. He has plenty of time to repair his stock and could go much higher than this.
#28 Dallas: Taylor Mays (S, USC)
This seems like a good fit. If Mays makes it past Al Davis (and reports are already saying the Raiders love the USC defensive back) then he probably won't fall past Dallas and out of round one.
#29 Minnesota: Donovan Warren (CB, Michigan)
This could be a landing spot for Jimmy Clausen and if he falls this far, you have to anticipate teams trading up to get him. The Vikings haven't got many needs, but cornerback is arguably one of the highest.
#30 San Diego: Brandon LaFell (WR, LSU)
The Chargers are my AFC pick for the Superbowl, so I think they'll pick later than this. Receiver is somewhat of a need and LaFell deserves first round consideration.
#31 New Orleans: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
Jeremy Shockey hasn't had the hoped impact for the Saints. This isn't a big need, but Gresham is too talented to fall out of round one. This is for value and provides Drew Brees with another talented weapon.
#32 Indianapolis Colts: Charles Brown (OT, USC)
Brown has great potential, but he's playing at 290lbs. If he gets bigger before the combine and maintains his athleticism, he'll go earlier than this.
No Jimmy Clausen?
I still can't find a place for Clausen in my first round mock draft. I wrote about this in greater detail back in November, but I remain unconvinced he'll be a top pick in 2010.