(Way early) 2010 NFL Mock Draft
Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford will be the apple of many a teams' eye
USC strong safety Taylor Mays will draw Ronnie Lott comparisons
Expect Daniel Snyder and the Redskins to fall in love with Tim Tebow
If Roger Goodell gets his wish, the draft will make its prime-time debut next year. The big question is, will there be limits on rookie pay? Here's an absurdly early look at how the 2010 first round could shape up (*denotes underclassmen):
1. St. Louis Rams (trade with Lions on draft day)
Lions will have the worst record, but can't afford another No. 1 overall. Teams will want to trade up for this QB, unlike the lack of interest in Matt Stafford. The only danger is critics will have a year to pick apart Bradford, who could have been No. 1 this year.
2. Oakland Raiders
Will the new Raiders coach be able to talk Al Davis out of workout wonder Taylor Mays? This is very high for a safety, but Berry is special.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay's defense will really need help after its first full Monte Kiffin-less season.
4. Detroit Lions (trade with Rams on draft day)
They'll do anything to protect their investment in Matthew Stafford.
5. San Francisco 49ers
Might as well cement all the comparisons to Ronnie Lott.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars
The disruptive Suh will help bring some bite back to this defense.
7. Cleveland Browns
Or perhaps Sergio Kindle, who is slotted at No. 14.
8. New York Jets (via draft day trade with Chiefs)
Assuming the Jets don't sign Plaxico Burress, new quarterback Mark Sanchez will need more help.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
How much longer can an unhappy Chad Johnson work in Cincy?
10. Green Bay Packers
The Packers need to make that big investment in Aaron Rodgers pay off.
11. Buffalo Bills
The Bills could also look at receiver if the Terrell Owens experiment doesn't work out.
12. Seattle Seahawks (via Broncos)
The Seahawks will need more help running after the Cardinals' receivers.
13. Washington Redskins
All it takes is for one team to fall in love with the chosen one. No owner develops crushes like Daniel Snyder, who will take Tebow 10 picks too early. Tebow doesn't necessarily fit the mold of a Jim Zorn quarterback, but there could be a new coach in Washington by draft day if the Redskins end up slotted at No. 13.
14. Kansas City Chiefs (via draft day trade with Jets)
Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if Scott Pioli traded down even more in this draft to take control of the second round, like he used to in New England. The Chiefs already have the Falcons' pick for the Tony Gonzalez trade.
15. Minnesota Vikings
He's 6-foot-6, 285 pounds and could go even higher if he dominates the 2009 season.
16. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons did draft Peria Jerry, but coach Mike Smith could add more size on that defensive line. Cody has battled weight problems but slimmed down in the offseason.
17. Miami Dolphins
The hard-hitting LB has Bill Parcells written all over him. (That's assuming Parcells is still with the 'Fins.)
18. Seattle Seahawks
If this seems too low a spot for a team that finished 4-12 last season, remember the Seahawks were decimated by injuries in 2008. Hardy's a big talent who has attitude issues to address.
19. New Orleans Saints
New Orleans failed to get a big back in this year's draft.
20. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore's leading receiver, Derrick Mason, is 35.
21. Denver Broncos (via Bears)
Denver will still be looking to shore up its defense.
22. Houston Texans
We've all heard this before, but this is the year the Texans break into the playoffs.
23. Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo fails to get his first playoff win, which would have moved the Cowboys further down in the first round.
24. Tennessee Titans
Or will Tennessee be looking for a quarterback here? We'll give Vince Young the benefit of the doubt.
25. San Francisco 49ers (via Panthers)
Depending on who you talk to, Snead could be the No. 1 overall pick next year or fall out of the first round. Keep an eye on one of this year's most interesting prospects.
26. Arizona Cardinals
Will the Cardinals be looking for a QB as well? We'll also give Matt Leinart the benefit of the doubt.
27. Indianapolis Colts
The small-school product could be the Colts' next sack specialist.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Not a lot of immediate needs I can see for Pittsburgh, so it can take the best available talent.
29. New York Giants
The Giants will likely need a burner at receiver, but McClain reportedly has looked scary during spring practice.
30. New England Patriots
If they don't trade out of the first round, they'll need a running back.
31. Philadelphia Eagles
Andy Reid gets back to his true passion next season, drafting offensive linemen.
32. San Diego Chargers
Chargers finally get over the hump in the playoffs.
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