By Rob Staton
We now know the complete draft order for 2010 and the scouting combine is a fortnight away. Finding an offensive playmaker will be difficult for the Seahawks in 2010. Free agency offers slim pickings, whilst trading for a walking soap opera like Brandon Marshall comes with it's own pitfalls - not to mention an expensive bounty. This isn't a draft filled with options either. If the Seahawks want to add a weapon on offense, they might have to bite the bullet early.
It's ambitious to believe Seattle's issues on offense will be solved by a rookie left tackle. That simply isn't the case. An upgrade would be desirable, but it won't stop a team stacking the box against the run or showing a heavy blitz on passing downs. Until the Seahawks offense demands respect, it won't receive any. The NFL has become a passing league - the two Super Bowl teams this year have shown what a top rated passing offense can bring. This mock draft looks at a scenario the new regime in Seattle might entertain. I've also included the first ten picks of the second round for the first time, to include Seattle's third pick in the top forty selections. I will expand to a full two-round mock after the combine.
#1 St. Louis: Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
Could the Rams select McCoy ahead of Ndamukong Suh? Absolutely. There's very little separating the two top prospects in this year's class. Suh has been considered a shoe in first overall, but don't count out McCoy or one of the quarterbacks.
#2 Detroit: Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
If the Rams select McCoy, the Lions will almost certainly draft Suh. Jim Schwartz had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator in Tennessee thanks to an elite defensive tackle.
#3 Tampa Bay: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, USF)
Pierre-Paul is an explosive, raw talent. He could light up the combine. Naturally gifted with limitless potential - don't be surprised if he starts appearing in the top five in a lot more mocks.
#4 Washington: Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)
If Bradford can work out and convince scouts about his durability, he's a candidate to go first overall. Washington could maintain Jason Campbell's place on the roster until Bradford is ready to start.
#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: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma)
Bryant needs to prove the year off hasn't had a negative effect on his physical condition. The Seahawks need a productive weapon on offense.
#7 Cleveland: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
In a draft with only a handful of pure offensive playmakers, Spiller's name could get called early. The Browns needs someone like this.
#8 Oakland: Bruce Campbell (OT, Maryland)
We know how Al Davis' drafts by now. Campbell will bench a ton and run a great forty time at the combine - he's been described by one coach as the offensive tackle version of Vernon Davis.
#9 Buffalo: Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers)
Call this a hunch, but I don't expect Chan Gailey to fall for Jimmy Clausen. Offensive tackle is a huge hole in Buffalo and Davis would certainly fill it.
#10 Jacksonville: Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
If the Jags really are sold on Tebow-for-tickets, they could trade down here dramatically. I can't see another team who would usurp them until round two - so why not aid that secondary rebuild with another Gator?
#11 Denver: Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida)
Dunalp's size makes him a perfect option at five technique end in the Broncos 3-4.
#12 Miami: Eric Berry (S, Tennessee)
The Dolphins invested two high picks in their secondary last year, but Berry would further compliment Miami's defense.
#13 San Francisco: Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee)
Williams has performed well in Mobile. Expect a run on the top defensive lineman early in round one - Williams is the best nose tackle prospect for 3-4 teams.
#14 Seattle: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
Pete Carroll might look for a dominant interior presence to draw attention away from the edge rush. The run on top defensive lineman continues with Price adding a nice compliment to Brandon Mebane.
#15 New York Giants: Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech)
Morgan has great potential, but amongst the cluster of 3-4 teams and alternative picks - he might suffer a slight fall on draft day. This would be a perfect fit for both prospect and team.
#16 San Francisco: Bryan Bulaga (OT, Iowa)
With Joe Staley entrenched at left tackle, the 49ers could use one of their first round picks on a bookend. Bulaga could be an All-pro on the right side.
#17 Tennessee: Lamarr Houston (DT, Texas)
Another team with a need on the defensive line who might take advantage of a deep class. Houston's stock is soaring - he was great in the BCS Championship - and he could be a first round pick.
#18 Pittsburgh: Taylor Mays (S, USC)
This is one of the few places Mays could go and have a real impact. Playing behind a good pass rushing defense, Mays and fellow Trojan Troy Polamalu could create the most intimidating secondary combo in the NFL.
#19 Atlanta: Kareem Jackson (CB, Alabama)
What price a trade with Jacksonville to take Joe Haden? Jackson's stock will rise after the combine and he could go higher than this.
#20 Houston: Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma)
The Texans' biggest need is improving their offensive line and Williams provides a nice right side option.
#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.
#22 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.
#23 Green Bay: Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State)
Kyle Rota's scouting report on Okung is an absolute must read and highlights some of the reasons why Okung might not be a top ten lock. He would've been a late first round pick as an underclassmen, nothing this year has proved otherwise in my opinion.
#24 Philadelphia: Everson Griffen (DE, USC)
The Eagles need a better pass rush, that was evident in their playoff defeat at Dallas. Griffen's stock is difficult to project, he could rise up the boards with an impressive combine.
#25 Baltimore: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
The Ravens always find value in the draft. Gresham, as a quality pass-catching tight end, offers greater value than the receivers on offer this late in round one.
#26 Arizona: Ricky Sapp (LB, Clemson)
Arizona are still piecing together their 3-4 scheme and Sapp could be a stand out OLB.
#27 Dallas: Earl Thomas (S, Texas)
The Cowboys can look at this scenario from a position of strength. Thomas is a local product that offers playmaking potential in the secondary.
#28 San Diego: Brandon Graham (DE, Michigan)
Graham is flexible enough to play in either the 4-3 or the 3-4. San Diego could use another pass rusher off the edge and Graham is par value here.
#29 New York Jets: Kyle Wilson (CB, Boise State)
The Jets own one of the standout cornerbacks in the NFL, but you can never have too much of a good thing. Alongside Rex Ryan's always competitive pass rush, the Jets would own a solid secondary.
#30 Minnesota: Jimmy Clausen (QB, Notre Dame)
Clausen polarises opinion more than anyone else in this draft. If Washington, Seattle and Buffalo aren't convinced - what stops this kind of fall? A trade? I've voiced my reasons why I think Clausen might drop this low.
#31 Indianapolis: Sean Weatherspoon (LB, Missouri)
Watching tape of Missouri, I was never blown away by Weatherspoon. He put in an eye catching display at the Senior Bowl, however, and some teams will appreciate his athleticism and ability to start as a rookie.
#32 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.
Second Round (Top ten)
#33 St. Louis - Damian Williams (WR, USC)
#34 Detroit - Jahvid Best (RB, California)
#35 Tampa Bay - Brandon LaFell (WR, LSU)
#36 Kansas City - Cam Thomas (DT, North Carolina)
#37 Washington - Mike Iupati (OG, Idaho)
#38 Cleveland - Eric Decker (WR, Minnesota)
#39 Oakland - Perrish Cox (CB, Oklahoma State)
#40 Seattle - Charles Brown (OT, USC)
#41 Buffalo - Rob Gronkowski (TE, Arizona)
#42 Tampa Bay - Aaron Hernandez (TE, Florida)