What an ugly game last night. One thing became abundantly clear almost from the start. The right side of the offensive line is going to be an issue all year. Flozell Adams is going to have trouble with speed rushers, and apparently false starts. Trai Essex got manhandled on several occasions. So come 2011 that will definitely be an area that needs to be addressed. Willie Colon may be back, or may not if we can't workout a contract extension, but we will need some depth at Tackle and a long term starter at Right Guard.
1. Buffalo Bills – Jake Locker QB, Washington
2010 1st round Draft Pick: C.J. Spiller RB, Clemson
C.J. Spiller is an exceptional prospect but the Bills did almost nothing to address their two most glaring needs in the 2010 draft. None of Buffalo’s current stable of QB’s, which include Trent Edwards, Brian Brohm, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, could be considered quality, starting caliber NFL Quarterbacks. The Bills used two late round picks on OT’s, but with the 9th pick in 2010 that should have been priority number one. Ryan Mallett is a tall pocket passer with a rifle for an arm who is perfect to combat the elements that frequent Orchard Park but Locker is a lot more mobile and a better fit for Chan Gailey’s offense. As of right now if the Bills end up with the first overall pick cheapskate owner Ralph Wilson will have no choice but to finally bite the bullet and spend some money on a top QB pick as there is currently no Jake Long/Joe Thomas type OT at the top of the 2011 draft.
2. St. Louis Rams – A.J. Green WR, UGA
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
Now that the Rams have their QB for the foreseeable future in 2010 first overall pick Sam Bradford they really need to add weapons for him to succeed as well as adding pieces that take pressure off of workhorse back Steven Jackson. Green is an elite prospect whose game projects very favorably to Randy Moss. He’s tall and lanky, although he does have room to bulk up without losing his speed, with soft hands and none of the baggage that Moss carried with him for most of his career. If not Green then the only other options I can see the Rams going with are UNC DE Robert Quinn or Alabama DT/DE Marcell Dareus. They need a stable pass-rushing presence to play opposite of Chris Long as well as a replacement for disappointing former first round pick Adam Carriker. While both players are legitimate options Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo’s past success in New York with generating a great pass-rush with lesser talent will probably influence him to forego using such a high pick on the defensive line.
3. Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Peterson CB, LSU
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Eric Berry S, Tennessee
The Chiefs took Javier Arenas in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft but at 5’9” he’s never going to be able to be anything more than a solid nickel cornerback. Peterson is being hailed as the next Darrell Revis. The term “Shutdown” corner is used a lot, but with regards to Peterson it may be true. He has a great size/speed combo, and is equally superior against the pass (in man and zone) as well as against the run. If Matt Cassell has another bad year GM Scott Pioli may finally admit that he was a bad signing and this pick could turn into Andrew Luck if he declares for the 2011 draft. Given the rocky relationship between Coach Todd Haley and WR Dwayne Bowe it’s not impossible for the Chiefs to give a long look at Alabama’s Julio Jones, Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, and Pitt’s Jon Baldwin.
4. Seattle Seahawks – Robert Quinn DE, UNC
2010 1st round Draft Picks: Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma State/ Earl Thomas FS, Texas
Seattle had one of the best drafts in 2010, although that’s not hard to do with two 1st rounds picks, securing a cornerstone LT and a shutdown FS. Unfortunately they still need a lot of building blocks to be able to crawl out of the perpetual state of rebuilding. Matt Hasselbeck is nearing the end of the line, and the recently acquired Charlie Whitehurst is nothing more than a career clip board holder. There’s a reason he could never beat out Billy Volek for the #2 QB job behind Phillip Rivers in San Diego. If Hasselbeck gets injured this upcoming season, which is likely given his history, then Whitehurst will be exposed as the weak link he is and this pick will definitely be for the best available QB. Jake Locker would be ideal but as he is already gone the next available QB who fits Coach Carroll’s scheme is Andrew Luck. Aside from the aforementioned problems at QB the Seahawks also have a serious lack of a pass-rush. Enter Robert Quinn, whom some people are calling a more athletic version of Julius Peppers. While I don’t know if he’ll be quite that good I will acknowledge that Quinn is the best pass-rushing D-lineman in the 2011 draft. And lucky for the Seahawks the 2011 draft is also loaded with top tier WR talent which is something they could also use. Coach Carroll signed Mike and Reggie Williams this offseason because he values size at the position, but neither of them is going to pan out. Current #1 T.J. Houshmandzadeh is already 31 years old entering the 2010 season. With A.J. Green already off of the board it’ll really come down to which ever player Carroll values more, either 6’3” Michael Floyd, 6’4” Julio Jones, or 6’5 Jonathan Baldwin. But given the wealth of WR’s in the 2011 draft they could easily wait until the second round and take LSU’s Terrance Toliver, OSU’s DeVier Posey, or Boise State’s Austin Pettis.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Andrew Luck QB, Stanford
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Tyson Alualu DT, Cal
After having a phenomenal draft in 2009 I’m not sure what Gene Smith was smoking in 2010, reaching for two DT’s in the 1st two rounds with so many other more pressing needs. I like Alualu but they could’ve taken him where they drafted in the 2nd round. In 2011 the Jags will have a few pressing needs. The first is for a FS because former 1st round pick Reggie Nelson is awful. The second is for a #1 receiver. They signed Kassim Osgood and Mike Sims-Walker is pretty good, but both of them and Troy Williamson will all be free agents in 2011. Even still, after a great 1st year David Garrard has been a disappointment since signing his fat contract extension. If the Jags are drafting in the top 10 again it will most likely mean the end of the Jack Del Rio era in Jacksonville. New regimes usually mean new QB’s, especially when the current starting one is struggling so much. Luck would be the top choice but given that he’s a Redshirt Sophomore he may not declare for the 2011 draft in which case Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett would go here. Mallett is a tall (6’7”) classic pocket-passer whose arm strength rivals that of Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler.
6. Arizona Cardinals – Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Dan Williams NT, Tennessee
The Cards suffered a lot of losses to free agency and retirement. Most notably is the retirement of Kurt Warner. With him they are a playoff caliber team, but without him they will struggle all season long with former first round disappointment Matt Leinart. They also signed Derek Anderson from Cleveland but so far in the preseason he’s been nothing but a disappointment as well. In the 2010 draft they did get Fordham QB John Skelton who many believe will develop into a quality starter but it will take a couple years of NFL experience before he’s ready. Amukamara’s talent level is a shade below Patrick Peterson’s but he would create a lockdown duo when teamed with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Another concern is the LT spot where Jeremy Bridges will get his chance to replace Mike Gandy but I have my doubts as to whether he’ll be able to adequately fill in.
7. Cleveland Browns – Michael Floyd WR, Notre Dame
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Joe Haden CB, Florida
While personally I think the Brownies would be better off drafting Ryan Mallett here, as the heir to the QB throne Colt McCoy has been anything but impressive so far in the preseason, Cleveland definitely needs a true number one receiver. Mohamed Massaquoi is a solid player but not a number one and Brian Robiskie has been underwhelming so far. Floyd would be a great weapon who could help cover the shortcomings of McCoy, Jake Delhomme, or whoever they put at QB. They could also use a pass-rushing OLB. The Browns traded for Chris Gocong but they don’t really have anything on the other side.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greg Romeus DE, Pittsburgh
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Gerald McCoy DT, Oklahoma
Tampa Bay certainly upgraded the interior of their defensive line with 2010 picks Gerald McCoy and Brian Price but they added nothing to the DE spot. Coming into the 2011 draft this is going to be a huge need for them. Fortunately there is a plethora of quality 4-3 DE’s in this draft to choose from. Romeus has gotten better every year so far at Pitt and with another solid season could easily solidify his status as a top 10 pick. The Bucs could also use a replacement of the ageless wonder Rhonde Barber and if Prince Amukamara or especially Patrick Peterson were available then this pick could easily change.
9. Detroit Lions – Aaron Williams CB, Texas
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska/ Jahvid Best RB, Cal
While I think the Lions will make leaps and bounds more progress than in previous years they are still a year or two away from being truly competitive. Personally I still feel that the Lions should’ve taken Russell Okung, but I can’t really argue against a prospect like Ndamukong Suh. Detroit managed to pick a lot of solid players in the 2010 draft, filling a bunch of various needs, but it’s going to be another long season for Matt Stafford. They drafted Jason Fox in the 4th round, but you really can’t count on a late round pick to have much of an impact. I’m hoping the front office will finally lose faith with current LT Jeff Backus but until then this pick comes down to CB or a SS to pair with Louis Delmas. There are several players on the board at this point who may represent a greater talent but they don’t match up with the needs of the Lions. But that’s not a knock on Williams who in any other draft year would be the top CB on the board.
10. New England Patriots (via Oakland Raiders) – Mark Ingram RB, Alabama
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Devin McCourty CB, Rutgers
The Patriots have been lacking a long-term answer for their RB woes for a long time. At this point Ingram is clearly the best RB of the 2011 draft and is a perfect fit for Coach Belichick’s scheme as he can play every down, including catching passes on third down. WR may also be a big need for them as Randy Moss will be a 33 year old free agent in 2011 and Wes Welker is coming back from a serious knee injury this year. They drafted Taylor Price in 2010 but he will probably be a solid slot receiver at best. If they do go for a WR the Patriots will have a choice to make between Julio Jones and Jon Baldwin. Jones is a big time play maker who is similar to T.O., including a penchant for the occasional drop. The other option would be a 3-4 DE but with the signing of Damione Lewis and drafting of Kade Weston and Brandon Deaderick I think their need for a RB or WR will overcome their need on the defensive front. If Belichick were that concerned about the defensive front he would’ve taken Jared Odrick when he was available in the 1st round of the 2010 draft.
11. Carolina Panthers – Adrian Clayborn DE, Iowa
2010 1st Pick: Jimmy Clausen QB, Notre Dame
Without Julius Peppers the Panthers are going to have serious problems generating a pass-rush. Hopefully 2009 second round pick Everette Brown will fill that hole but if not Clayborn certainly will. Anyone who watched the 2010 Orange Bowl knows what a disruptive force he can be. They also need help along the interior of the defensive line as well so Marcell Dareus is an option too. Basically whoever has the better year may be the odds on favorite.
12. Chicago Bears – Joseph Barksdale OT, LSU
2010 1st Pick: Major Wright FS, Florida
The Bears have several holes to fill but the greatest has to be at the RT spot. Maybe QB Jay Cutler wouldn’t throw so many interceptions if he had more time to find a target. As of now I like Barksdale as the top OT in the 2011 draft. He’s big (6’5”, 315lbs.) but extremely athletic and the Bears would be lucky to get him this far back. There’s also a chance that they could take one of the available top tier WR’s, in this case it would be Julio Jones, but they seem to be happy with the solid group of number two’s they have now. On the defensive side they could certainly use some help in the secondary but the top 3 CB’s are already off the board and as of right now there isn’t a Safety worth a top 15 pick. That could change though with some great prospects in UNC’s Duenta Williams, UCLA’s Rahim Moore, and Clemson’s DeAndre McDaniel.
13. Denver Broncos – Marcell Dareus DE/DT, Alabama
2010 1st round Draft Picks: Demaryius Thomas WR, Georgia Tech/Tim Tebow QB, Florida
What can you say about the Broncos? How about “Josh McDaniels is crazy!” In consecutive years he’s traded the team’s top players, QB Jay Cutler and WR Brandon Marshall, and in return has ended up with Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow. Thomas may eventually become a solid NFL WR, he certainly has the size and speed, but playing in Georgia Tech’s Triple-option offense he never learned how to run routes. It’s going to take him a couple years before he makes an impact. The Tebow pick was a HUGE reach. Even if McDaniels wanted him he didn’t need to trade into the 1st round to get him. Anyhow, given McDaniels interesting drafting style this could be a hard pick to predict. On the defensive front the team has a lot of old rentals and they will be even older come 2011. This pick could easily be Ole’ Miss. NT Jerrell Powe as well, as the oldest player on the front is 34 year old Jamaal Williams. Marcell Dareus is the top 3-4 DE as well as the top 4-3 DT so he could easily go to any number of teams before the Bronco’s pick.
14. Washington Redskins – Julio Jones WR, Alabama
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
The Redskins addressed their absolute most dire need in the 2010 draft by taking OT Trent Williams. Now Donovan McNabb won’t have to run for his life like Jason Campbell did. Unfortunately McNabb doesn’t have a lot of options to throw to. Santana Moss is getting old, Malcolm Kelly looks to be a bust, and Devin Thomas is starting to show some promise but is still probably a number two WR at best. Julio Jones does have a propensity of the occasional drop be he’s still an elite talent with great size and speed. Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker have no tread left on the tires so if Mark Ingram is available Coach Shanahan may pull the trigger, although given his running game success in Denver he may feel as though he could throw anyone in the backfield and produce a 1,000 yard rusher.
15. Tennessee Titans – Travis Lewis OLB, Oklahoma
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Derrick Morgan DE, Georgia Tech
The Titans may have a bigger need for a CB to play opposite Courtland Finnegan, in which case a solid prospect like UVA’s Ras-I Dowling may come into play, or massive space-eating Albert Haynesworth-like DT like Jerrell Powe but they can’t just pass up a talent like Travis Lewis. He’s a supremely gifted athlete, even better than former fellow Sooners and current Falcons Linebacker Curtis Lofton, and would fill the leadership/talent void created by the departure of Keith Bullock.
16. Philadelphia Eagles – Ras-I Dowling CB, Virginia
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Brandon Graham DE, Michigan
With the exception of Trevard Lindley in the later rounds I thought the Eagles had a great 2010 draft. They filled a lot of needs and got plenty of quality players. However one of their bigger holes was a CB, especially after trading Sheldon Brown to Cleveland, and they failed to invest an early pick at the position. If Ras-I Dowling would have declared for the 2010 draft he would have been the second or third highest rated cornerback. I put Philly this low because in his first year as a starter I expect Kevin Kolb to struggle a little. Given current LT Jason Peters’ struggles and serious work-ethic issues it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Eagles draft an OT like Arkansas’ DeMarcus Love who would fit the mold of a bigger (6’5”, 315lbs.) lineman that Coach Reid prefers.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – DeAndre McDaniel S, Clemson
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Maurkice Pouncey OG/OC, Florida
As much as I’d like to give the Steelers the 32nd pick in the 2011 draft, which means they would’ve won the Super Bowl, with an aging defense, the O-line woes, and the Ben Roethlisberger suspension I just couldn’t put them any higher than this. Big Ben’s suspension will probably be reduced to 4 games and hopefully they can make it through that stretch with Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon with an even 2-2 record at least. Age and injury are the two things I think the Steelers may not be able to overcome as the team will have several veteran starters that are quite long in the tooth. From an injury stand point fans will always need to worry about having capable back-ups for Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu. As of right now, heading into the 2011 draft the top needs will be RG, CB, and FS. In all likelihood 2010 first round pick Maurkice Pouncey will win the OC job and leave Trai Essex or Ramon Foster at RG. Both are serviceable and versatile but better off as reserves. The top OG’s in the 2011 draft are currently FSU’s Rodney Hudson and Florida’s Mike Pouncey. I have to admit it would be pretty sweet to draft Mike and have both Pouncey twins on the starting O-line. The added bonus would be that come contract time in the future both would most likely take a discount to continue playing together. Even after trading for the return of Bryant McFadden I’m still worried about the CB group. He’s a solid number two but in 2011 Ike Taylor will be a 31 year old free agent. So far the youngsters haven’t really shown that they are capable enough to jump into a starting role. Unfortunately at this point the value isn’t there for the team to take any of the available CB’s such as Texas’ Curtis Brown or Miami’s Brandon Harris. Fortunately though there is plenty of talent at both safety positions. The Steelers resigned Ryan Clark to a short, front-loaded contract so if the Steelers value someone enough in the 2011 draft they can release him without taking a big cap hit. In any event every Steelers fan knows how badly the team missed Troy Polamalu when he was injured and having a capable back-up for him is worth a first round pick. Someone like Clemson’s DeAndre McDaniel who is versatile enough to play both Safety positions would be an ideal target. If they prefer a pure FS prospect that is more in the quicker, ball-hawking mold then UCLA’s Rahim Moore would be more than suitable as he had 10 interceptions in 2009 alone. Other notable considerations would be NT Jerrell Powe to replace Casey Hampton or a DE prospect like OSU’s Cameron Heyward. Ziggy Hood will eventually supplant Aaron Smith but the team will still need someone to replace Brett Keisel in a couple of years and currently the team only has late round picks Sunny Harris and Doug Worthington.
18. New York Giants – Jurrell Casey DT, USC
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul OLB, USF
The G-men seem to collect D-linemen like a nerd collects comics so why not draft Superman’s father? All kidding aside, Casey is a great pass-rushing talent and would be an immediate upgrade over Chris Canty and any of the other DT’s the Giants currently have on their roster. On paper it seems like the Giants have a pretty well-stocked roster so picking a player for them is a little difficult. They could probably use an upgrade at RB where Brandon Jacobs is wearing down. They do have needs at Linebacker but with Travis Lewis already off of the board it would be a bit of a reach to take UNC’s Quan Sturdivant or MSU’s Greg Jones.
19. San Francisco 49ers – Ryan Mallett QB, Arkansas
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Anthony Davis OT, Rutgers/Mike Iupati OG, Idaho
Current QB Alex Smith is in the final year of his contract and needs to be replaced. The 49ers are lucky to have Mallett fall this far. If Andrew Luck does not declare for the 2011 draft then Mallett will most likely not make it this far. Current #1 CB Nate Clements is not nearly worth the huge contract he has as he is on a serious downswing so if available look for them to take one of the top tier CB’s. San Fran also has needs for rush linebackers so a serious option for them to consider is Texas A&M OLB Von Miller.
20. Cincinnati Bengals – Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jermaine Gresham TE, Oklahoma
Andre Smith is a fat load who’s been nothing but a disappointment since the scouting combine before the Bengals made him the 6th overall pick in the 2009 draft. If he can’t shed some weight and live up to his first round billing this coming year it will be time to find his replacement. Gabe Carimi is a massive yet athletic OT who could easily be a top 10 pick if he has a solid 2010. Much like the Giants, when looking over Cincy’s roster it’s a little hard to find many real holes to fill. Aside from OT their biggest need is on the back end of their secondary but unless DeAndre McDaniel is available the Bengals will find better value taking some who can protect the ever-fragile Carson Palmer.
21. New England Patriots – Nate Potter OT, Boise State
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Devin McCourty CB, Rutgers
The Patriots have had a hole at DE since the Richard Seymour trade to Oakland and didn’t address the need in the 2010 draft until the 7th round. With Cameron Heyward still on the board he’ll be pretty tempting but they may also have a need at OT. Current LT Might Light will be a 33 year old free agent. The Patriots may move Sebastian Vollmer to the left side but that would create a hole on the right side. Potter is very athletic and just the right fit for the type of O-lineman Coach Belichick prefers. Von Miller may also get some consideration but the general consensus is that Belichick doesn’t use early round picks on pass-rushers because of the high boom/bust rate of DE’s that convert to 3-4 OLB.
22. Houston Texans – Rahim Moore FS, UCLA
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Kareem Jackson CB, Alabama
If the Texans ever hope to take control of the AFC South they are going to need to stop Peyton Manning and his areal assault. That means spending another 1st round pick on a DB. Moore is a ballhawk that would replace the oft-injured Eugene Wilson. Another strong option would be WR Jonathan Baldwin. Kevin Walter is better suited for the slot and drafting a playmaker like Baldwin would be a huge upgrade over Jacoby Jones and really take the pressure off of perennial All-Pro Andre Johnson.
23. Atlanta Falcons - Jonathan Baldwin WR, Pittsburgh
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Sean Weatherspoon OLB, Missouri
Right now the Falcons biggest need is for a pass-rushing DE as Jamaal Anderson has been a complete bust and needs to be replaced, and John Abraham will be 32 years old. Unfortunately all of the top pass-rushers are gone at this point. Atlanta could also use a solid #2 WR as an upgrade over Michael Jenkins. So Houston’s loss is Atlanta’s gain as Baldwin is a force to be reckoned with at 6’5”, 225lbs.
24. Miami Dolphins – Ryan Williams RB, Virginia Tech
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Jared Odrick DT/DE, PSU
In the 2011 offseason Ricky Williams will be a 33 year old free agent and Ronnie Brown will be a free agent with a history of injury issues. Ryan Williams will only be a redshirt sophomore so the Dolphins will be getting him without a lot of wear and tear. They could also use an upgrade over Randy Starks and Paul Soliai so Jerrell Powe will also be a very likely option. If Ryan Williams doesn’t declare and Jerrell Powe isn’t available there is also a great option at Safety to replace the marginal Yeremiah Bell in UNC’s Duenta Williams.
25. Dallas Cowboys – Duenta Williams FS, UNC
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys have a pretty stacked roster but do have a few slight concerns. The first being the OT position as they released Flozell “Hotel” Adams and are currently hoping that Doug Free can handle the duties. I have my concerns about that but they did get a late round gem in 2010 in Notre Dame’s Sam Young. They also drafted Akwasi Owusu-Ansah in the late rounds as well to possibly play FS and replace Ken Hamlin but you really can’t count on late round picks to start or make an immediate impact. So this pick will come down to Williams, Arkansas OT DeMarcus Love, or the best available prospect that Jerry Jones happens to fall in love with. They could also possibly use an upgrade over Anthony Spencer as well.
26. Baltimore Ravens – Mike Pouncey OC/OG, Florida
2010 1st Draft Pick: Sergio Kindle DE/OLB, Texas
Everyone knows the Ravens biggest weakness is in the secondary. They have a lot of short-term solutions for a long-term problem. Chris Carr, Fabian Washington, Domonique Foxworth, and Lardarius Webb are all currently suffering from either injuries, lack of talent, or both with Webb being the only quality one of the bunch in my opinion. However we also know the Ravens don’t reach in the draft and without any other first round talents available at the position they will have to look elsewhere or trade back which is something they’ve also been know to do. Current starting OC Matt Birk will be 35 years old at the time of the 2011 draft and Pouncey has the versatility to also play OG which could come in handy as Marshall Yanda has had serious knee injuries. Plus how epic would it be for the Pouncey twins to be on opposite sides of the biggest rivalry in the NFL. This offseason Ed Reed gave some serious consideration to retirement as his mounting injury history is taking a toll on his body and as such 2010 may be his last season. Because of this I would expect the Ravens to target Duenta Williams or Rahim Moore if either of them is within reach.
27. Green Bay Packers – Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
I’m a huge fan of Von Miller. I think he’s a more athletic version of Elvis Dumervil. Unfortunately do to his undersized frame and the always unpredictability of hybrid prospects he’s slipped to the end of the first round. The Packers defense is already one of the leagues best but with a talent like Miller’s to play opposite 2009 rookie phenom Clay Matthews Jr. it’ll be even better. They also need a replacement for the gracefully aging Charles Woodson but Miller is too valuable to pass up at this point.
28. San Diego Chargers – Jerrell “Boom Boom” Powe NT, Ole’ Miss
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Ryan Matthews RB, Fresno State
First off, if the Chargers do not come to terms on a long-term deal with LT Marcus McNeill then that would be the highest priority come draft day. In that event I can see another draft day move upward like in the 2010 draft to target Joseph Barksdale or Gabe Carimi. They will also have to come to terms with losing Vincent Jackson as it is extremely unlikely they will workout a new contract. And if that weren’t bad enough Malcolm Floyd will also be a free agent in 2011. The Chargers love big, tall WR’s and there are plenty in this draft to be had and I’m sure that Jon Baldwin will be at the top of their list. Unfortunately he’s not available so the third biggest need will have to come into play which is for a stout NT to replace the departed Jamaal Williams. They got a great 2010 late round steal in Cam Thomas but as I’ve already said before, you can’t rely on late round picks to make an immediate impact, if they make an impact at all. The knock on Powe is that like his 2010 counterpart Terrence “Mount” Cody he has issues keeping his weight down. While it’s true that he showed up to the Ole’ Miss. Campus at around 370lbs. he’s steadily improved on that and now hovers at about 340lbs. And unlike Cody, Powe doesn’t take plays off and there is no questioning his work ethic.
29. Minnesota Vikings – Pat Devlin QB, Delaware
2010 1st Draft Pick: Chris Cook CB, Virginia
Will Brett Favre come back in 2011? He’s recently stated that 2010 will definitely be his last year but how many times have we heard that from him already? In addition to Favre’s retirement it will also probably be the last year for Pat Williams as well. He’ll be a 38 year old free agent in 2011 and it’s time for the Vikings to look for replacements for the Williams’ wall as Kevin Williams will be 31 years old. Add to that Ray Edwards will also be a free agent and the Vikings stout D-line could look very different at the start of the 2011 season. Throw into the mix Sidney Rice’s hip injury and 2011 free agent status as well as Percy Harvin’s migraine issues and the Vikings, with a seemingly loaded roster, will potentially have a lot of holes/issues to address. This pick will depend on whether the Vikings plan to try and stay in the contention hunt in which case they will be looking for an NFL ready QB or admit that they will need to start a rebuilding mode in which case a D-lineman would make the most sense. Some like Chris Ponder over Pat Devlin but I think Devlin has a much higher upside. He has a very strong arm and many compare him to Joe Flacco. Given the probable needs for the D-line this pick could be UNC’s Marvin Austin, Miami’s Allen Bailey, or PSU’s Jack Crawford.
30. New York Jets – Cameron Heyward DT/DE, OSU
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Even with the headache that is the Darrell Revis saga the Jets biggest need in 2011 will be on the D-line, particularly at DE. NT Kris Jenkins will be 32 years old and has injury issues. DE Shaun Ellis will be a 34 year old free agent. Heyward doesn’t have the pass-rushing abilities of Adrian Clayborn or Marcell Dareus but he’s much stouter against the run. Aside from the D-line woes they also have a need for pass-rushing OLB’s. They signed 36 year old Jason Taylor who’s in the twilight of his career and in 2011 the Jets will probably finally be fed up with first round bust Vernon Gholston. With Von Miller already off the board the next logical choice would be Jack Crawford.
31. Indianapolis Colts – Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Jerry Hughes OLB, TCU
Charles Johnson, Tony Ugoh, and Adam Terry will all be free agents in 2011. Add to that Jeff Saturday will be 36 years old and his body has already started to break down. The Colts are in desperate need of an offensive line overhaul. Castonzo is the type of athletic offensive tackle that could be a cornerstone for the rest of Manning’s career. They could also target OG Rodney Hudson or PSU OC Stefen Wisniewski. Aside from the O-line they could also use an upgrade at DT. They have plenty of average talent but someone like OSU’s Stephen Paea or Marvin Austin would be an upgrade.
32. New Orleans Saints – Bruce Carter OLB, UNC
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Patrick Robinson CB, Florida State
It’s a pretty safe bet that the Saints will draft defense here as their offense is as potent as any in the league. Their biggest needs are at OLB and for a DE to play opposite of Will Smith. So with that I’m expecting either Bruce Carter or someone like Texas’ Sam Acho. Acho compares favorably to Jerry Hughes who the Saints were very high on in the 2010 draft. The Saints have a much bigger hole at weakside linebacker and Carter would certainly fill that.
34. St. Louis Rams –Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame
The Rams have no talent at TE. Rudolph is currently the top rated TE prospect for 2011 and would be another great weapon for the young Sam Bradford.
36. Seattle Seahawks –Allen Bailey DT/DE, Miami
Seattle continues the overhaul of the D-line. Bailey is a freak who can play inside or outside but may need to bulk up a little to play DT.
37. Jacksonville Jaguars –DeVier Posey WR, OSU
A new QB needs weapons around him to succeed.
39. Cleveland Browns –Jared Crick DT/DE, Nebraska
This is a value pick. Cleveland needs some youth on the D-line with Shaun Rogers, Robaire Smith, and Kenyan Coleman all 33, 32, and 31 years old respectively entering the 2010 season.
41. Detroit Lions –Greg Jones ILB, MSU
The Lions get a local boy who would be a great fit/addition to a rebuilt defense.
42. Oakland Raiders –Sam Acho DE, Texas
Richard Seymour will be a 31 year old free agent in 2011. Even if they choose to franchise him again they could still use someone on the other side.
44. Chicago Bears –Marvin Austin DT, UNC
Tommy Harris is a great DT, the trouble is that he’s never healthy. Marvin Austin is an athletic freak, one of many from UNC in this draft.
47. Tennessee Titans –Curtis Brown CB, Texas
Curtis Brown is talented playmaker who falls due to the quality depth at his position. The Titans need a solid player opposite of Courtland Finnegan.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers –Clint Boling OT, UGA
Boling is a personal favorite of mine. He’s athletic, technically sound, plays with a nasty streak, and is extremely versatile having played both right and left guard as well as LT. His versatility is something Coach Tomlin will love and would be an ideal fit for the RG spot which has been the weak link in the O-line for some time. If the Steelers choose not to resign Willie Colon in 2011 they can move Boling there without skipping a beat.
50. New York Giants –Evan Royster RB, PSU
Brandon Jacobs appears to be on his last leg and Ahmad Bradshaw will be a free agent in 2011.
53. New England Patriots –Derek Wolfe DT/DE, Cincinnati
He’s a very athletic prospect to replace Damione Lewis who’ll be a 33 year old free agent.
54. Houston Texans –Austin Pettis WR, Boise State
Pettis would be a great compliment to Andre Johnson.
57. Dallas Cowboys –John Moffitt OG, Wisconsin
Both Kyle Kosier and Leonard Davis will be 32 years old in 2011, with Kosier being a free agent.
58. Baltimore Ravens –Blake Gideon FS, Texas
A replacement for Ed Reed who will probably retire at the end of the 2010 season.
59. Green Bay Packers –Rashad Carmichael CB, VT
He’s an eventual replacement for Charles Woodson.
60. San Diego Chargers –Terrance Toliver WR, LSU
Both Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd will be free agents in 2011 and Toliver fits the mold of a taller WR that the Chargers prefer.
61. Minnesota Vikings –Da’Quan Bowers DE, Clemson
Bowers is an athletic freak that’s never quite lived up to the recruiting hype but will replace Ray Edwards whose contract demands will probably be too much for Minnesota.
63. Indianapolis Colts –Stephen Paea DT, Oregon State
He’s a quick, powerful, but undersized DT prospect that is a perfect fit for Indy’s defensive scheme.
64. New Orleans Saints –Jeremy Beal DE, Oklahoma
He’s just the sort of explosive, pass-rushing DE the Saints are looking for.