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Posted: Thursday January 28, 2010 12:30PM; Updated: Friday January 29, 2010 3:06PM
Don Banks
Don Banks>INSIDE THE NFL
2010 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
There's nothing that feels quite so blind as the first mock draft of a new NFL scouting season, but with the Senior Bowl week underway in Mobile, Ala., it's time to take our opening educated guesses on how the new primetime televised first round will unfold April 22. If you like NFL drafts heavy on juniors, and defensive linemen, this is the draft for you.

 
1 DT Ndamukong Suh Nebraska Sr. 6-4 302
The Rams need help everywhere and must debate whether they believe a quarterback might hold No. 1 value. But a rock-solid consensus has formed around the dominating Cornhusker defensive tackle as the surest thing (Suh-est thing?) in this year's draft. We're not talking Steve Emtman here. This guy looks ready to make an impact from day one in the NFL.
2 DT Gerald McCoy Oklahoma Jr. 6-4 298
The Lions really can't lose, and when's the last time we were able to use those words to describe Detroit? Being in position to take either Suh or McCoy adds another major cog to the defense Jim Schwartz is rebuilding in Motown. McCoy is known for his ability to penetrate the backfield, while still holding up against the run.
3 S Eric Berry Tennessee Jr. 5-11 203
What's the over-under on how many comparisons to Ed Reed inspired by Berry this draft season? The correct answer would be 1,074. Berry is this draft's premier play-making safety, and if you don't know just how valuable they can be in today's NFL, then you didn't watch any Troy Polamalu-less Steelers games this season. He would bring a presence to the Bucs secondary that it has lacked since John Lynch was in his prime.
4 QB Sam Bradford Oklahoma Jr. 6-4 223
With Jason Campbell's long, national nightmare in D.C. likely coming to an end, the Redskins are finally in position to land the quarterback of their choosing. They are probably better off for not having gotten Jay Cutler, but they apparently did miss out on Mark Sanchez. In Bradford, they get an accurate, smart passer for Mike Shanahan to mold his offense around. Only questions regarding Bradford's shoulder surgery could scare off Washington.
5 OT Russell Okung Oklahoma State Sr. 6-6 305
If Berry should get this far, the Chiefs would be the benefactors, but Okung seems like the right fit in the right spot for Kansas City. The Chiefs have tons of needs, but in Okung they would be getting a franchise left tackle, allowing them to shift Branden Albert back to his more natural right tackle position. Certainly a lot of Oklahoma-based talent in this year's top five, wouldn't you say?
6 DE Carlos Dunlap Florida Jr. 6-6 290
This is where this year's first round starts to get interesting. The Seahawks desperately need an offensive tackle, but they just missed out on the draft's best in Okung in this scenario, and Rutgers' Anthony Davis or Oklahoma's Trent Williams may be slight reaches this high. We're giving them Dunlap over Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan, because of his rare blend of size and speed -- off-field issues notwithstanding.
7 CB Joe Haden Florida Jr. 5-11 190
We're assuming the Browns settle their quarterback issue by going with one of the two arms they have, and that may be be an assumption that falls apart. But for now, Haden looks like a no-brainer because he's the draft's best cover corner and Cleveland needs secondary help in a division that features Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer and Joe Flacco.
8 OT Anthony Davis Rutgers Jr. 6-6 325
After their recent misses on skill players in the first round, the Raiders would be wise to turn their attention to their needy lines. Davis has both strength and good footwork and he's especially adept in run blocking. Defensive ends like Derrick Morgan, Everson Griffen and Jason Pierre-Paul will also be there for Oakland to choose from, and by now we all know whichever one runs the fastest time at the combine might wind up being Al Davis' pick.
9 QB Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame Jr. 6-3 223
There's plenty of divided opinion on Clausen and some teams would never consider him for a top 10 draft slot. In reality, given that the tandem of new coach Chan Gailey and new GM Buddy Nix aren't building with a five-year plan in mind, the Bills will probably seek a veteran quarterback like Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb in the pre-draft months and eschew selecting a first-round QB. Buffalo is desperate for help at offensive tackle, but until it signals its intentions at quarterback, we'll give them Clausen without much enthusiasm.
10* WR Dez Bryant Oklahoma State Jr. 6-2 215
If the Broncos find a trade partner and deal Brandon Marshall as we expect, Bryant comes into focus as the logical replacement. He's the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in the draft, and would give Denver's passing game the needed vertical threat. Plus, you get the counsel of Deion Sanders as part of the package deal.
*Bears (who traded pick to Broncos) and Jaguars tied for this spot. A coin-flip will determine order.
 

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