By Rob Staton
I'll be updating my own mock draft tomorrow. Free agency is in full swing and the first wave of prospects are signing contracts and potentially shaping the 2010 draft. In the meantime, here's a few of the other mocks worth checking out:
Pete Prisco compiles his first mock draft of the year. There are things I agree with in Prisco's projection (Rolando McClain to Kansas City). There are things I disagree with (Seattle taking two offensive lineman in round one, including Bruce Campbell 6th overall). I firmly believe that is not the direction the Seahawks will go with their first pick in the draft.
Clark Judge also makes his first projection for the 2010 draft. Judge's mocks have been amongst the most accurate in recent years. The Seahawks take Bryan Bulaga and C.J. Spiller in round one. I'll be surprised if Vladimir Ducasse goes in the first round - incredibly raw and I'm not sold on his ability to play tackle in the NFL.
Pat Kirwan at NFL.com updates his mock draft from last week. Kirwan is close to Pete Carroll, so he might have a good idea as to how Seattle will spend those two first round picks. He continues to project the Seahawks will take Jimmy Clausen 6th overall and C.J. Spiller at #14.
Walter Cherepinksy updates his mock draft and uses a theme you're likely to see copied in a lot of online projections in the upcoming days. Russell Okung goes second overall to the Detroit Lions - something that I don't expect to happen, but Cherepinsky does make a valid justification for his decision. It means the Seahawks get lucky with Gerald McCoy falling to pick #6, with Anthony Davis added at #14.
Matt McGuire was the original proponent of Okung going second overall. His mock also has McCoy and Davis falling to the Seahawks. A lot of fans would salivate at that prospect. If both quarterbacks are off the board before the 6th overall pick, I can't envisage a better scenario for the new regime in Seattle.
Chris Steuber adds a third mock that sees the Lions going with the offensive tackle from Oklahoma State. I do think Okung is vastly over rated and remains unlikely to go this high. Again the Seahawks pocket Gerald McCoy with the 6th overall pick and they add C.J. Spiller at #14. One thing is clear, the Seahawks are well placed to make two very good additions to their roster - whatever happens before they're on the clock on April 22nd. As good as Brandon Marshall is in proven talent and production, I'm not sure you surrender the chance to select twice in the top fifteen this year.
FF Jungle go in a different direction and introduce us to the term 'pet cat alert'. I kind of like that, I might run an article listing my own 'pet cats' at some point before the draft. The Seahawks select C.J. Spiller with their first pick, ironic given he played for the Clemson Tigers (Tigers, cats etc).
TA Draft get my weekly award for the best logos used for each team. The Seahawks select Jimmy Clausen and Everson Griffen in the first round. Interestingly, every mock I've listed in this article so far has Sam Bradford going first overall to the St. Louis Rams. It wasn't so long ago that Ndamukong Suh and Clausen were the two appearing at the top of everybody's projections.
The Draft Kid reverts back to the 'Okung @ #2' philosophy. Again, it leads to Gerald McCoy falling to #6. I'll say it again, but if this were to happen - and I'm completely dubious - that would be a great pick for Seattle with both quarterbacks off the board. Charles Brown is added at #14 with Jahvid Best taken in round two.
Pro Draft Party offer something a little bit different - a video mock: