1.) Cleveland Browns: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
If the Browns finish with the worst record in the NFL, it's safe to project that both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson struggled. Seeing as how they have no running game, unproven/unreliable receivers and a horrific defense, that's definitely a possibility.
There were rumors that Eric Mangini wanted to draft Mark Sanchez. If the Browns finish with a poor record, Mangini may attribute it to the fact that he didn't have "his guy" at quarterback.
2.) Kansas City Chiefs: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
With Tony Gonzalez gone, Matt Cassel doesn't have much to work with outside of Dwayne Bowe. I've always liked Bobby Engram, but he's 36. Mark Bradley, Devard Darling? Meh.
Arrelious Benn is the only option here for now. Well, logical option. Knowing Scott Pioli, he'd probably go after a second-round prospect at this selection.[/b]
3.) Detroit Lions: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
In addition to exposing Matt Stafford to horrific pass protection, a major problem with passing up on a left tackle at Pick Nos. 20 and 33 is that Detroit will have to address that position here. If they took Michael Oher or William Beatty in 2009, this selection could be the top defensive player available, like Carlos Dunlap or Gerald McCoy. Passing up on the second-most important position in the NFL set the Lions back yet another year.
4.) St. Louis Rams: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
One of the things the Rams will need to do is find a potent defensive end to play across from Chris Long. Carlos Dunlap, a 285-pound beast who had 13.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks as a sophomore, would be a huge upgrade on St. Louis' defensive front. Leonard Little and James Hall will be 35 and 33, respectively, by the 2010 NFL Draft.
5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
With Josh Freeman positioned to be the quarterback of the future, Tampa Bay's greatest need is now defensive tackle. Coincidentally, Gerald McCoy happens to be the best player on the board.
6.) Oakland Raiders: Taylor Mays, S, USC
This is pretty much a no-brainer because if Taylor Mays came out early, Al Davis would have targeted him at No. 7 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Mays is an athletic freak who plays a position that the Raiders currently have a need for. Plus, Undead Al has a penchant for selecting defensive backs in the first round. Check out Al Davis' Oakland Raiders NFL Draft History.
7.) Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
I loved Seattle's draft, especially with the possibility of selecting in the top 10 in 2010, but Tim Ruskell couldn't get around to addressing the safety position. Looks like Brian Russell won't be deported after all. With that in mind, why not select one of the top safety prospects in recent memory? As a sophomore, Berry had 72 tackles, 8.5 TFL, three sacks, seven picks (two for TDs) and six passes broken up.
8.) Buffalo Bills: Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
If the Bills are drafting in the top 10 of the 2010 NFL Draft, I'm willing to bet that Dick Jauron and his staff are no longer with the organization.
9.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Jack Del Rio and Gene Smith have made it known that they want to win the battle in the trenches. John Henderson may not be around much longer, but even he will be, the Jaguars have proven that they're willing to take high-rated prospects despite being deep at the position.
10.) San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Walt Harris, 35 in August, will be playing in the final year of his contract in 2009. The 49ers already need someone across from Nate Clements. Joe Haden would be a great addition to San Francisco's secondary.
11.) Dallas Cowboys: Reshad Jones, FS, Georgia
I've received a few e-mails from disgruntled Cowboy fans who were puzzled as to why Jerry Jones passed up on Rashad Johnson in the 2009 NFL Draft. Quite frankly, I didn't understand it either, but maybe another SEC free safety can make them forgive and forget.
12.) New York Jets: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Unless the Jets trade for Anquan Boldin or Braylon Edwards, they'll be targeting a receiver early in the 2010 NFL Draft. Mark Sanchez needs someone to throw to besides Jerricho Cotchery. David Clowney has shown some promise, but obviously neither wideout is a true No. 1.
13.) Green Bay Packers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Chad Clifton, coming off knee surgery, is entering his contract year. The Packers will need a new blind-side protector for Aaron Rodgers, and Bryan Bulaga is a great fit for their zone-blocking scheme.
14.) Washington Redskins: Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Knowing Daniel Snyder, he's going to want to make a huge splash with a big-name player here. Brandon Spikes would be that guy. London Fletcher turns 35 a few months before the 2010 NFL season, so Snyder could be looking for a replacement a year from now.
15.) Cincinnati Bengals: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Bengals don't have too many needs, so they can draft for value and upside here. C.J. Spiller would provide their offense with a big-play threat, an element they currently lack. If Spiller runs in the 4.3s, he'll be coveted by a several teams in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
16.) Miami Dolphins: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
Jason Ferguson turns 35 in November and he's entering his contract year. If Terrence Cody is available, I can't see Bill Parcells passing up on him.
17.) Minnesota Vikings: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Tim Tebow has his fair share of haters. In fact, he has so many, one would wonder why he even bothers to play football in the first place. But not included in that pantheon are Jon Gruden and Bill Parcells. Gruden opined that Tebow would revolutionize the game, while Parcells said of the Florida quarterback, "He's not a top-five pick, but he's a top-10 pick."
18.) New Orleans Saints: Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College
The Saints had only four selections going into the 2009 NFL Draft, so they didn't have the chance to upgrade their linebacking corps until the fourth round. They'll need to do that come 2010.
19.) Arizona Cardinals: Ciron Black, OT, LSU
It wouldn't hurt if the Cardinals found a bookend tackle across from Levi Brown. Mike Gandy, who just entered his 30s, surrendered 6.5 sacks in 2008. He'll be a free agent after the 2009 NFL season anyway.
20.) Seattle Seahawks: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
The Seahawks didn't address the running back position in the 2009 NFL Draft, so it appears as though they're willing to give Julius Jones another shot. That doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Running back will be a big need a year from now.
21.) San Francisco 49ers: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
Without a potent pass-rushing option across from Parys Haralson, I doubt the 49ers are going to generate too many sacks in 2009. That'll need to change. Sergio Kindle had 10.5 sacks and 21 TFL as a junior. At 6-4, 254, Kindle could run a low 4.5 40, making him the top rush linebacker available in the 2010 NFL Draft.
22.) Houston Texans: Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
With Malcolm Jenkins gone, the Texans weren't in position to take a top-tier safety in the 2009 NFL Draft. With that in mind, they may look for one in the 2010 NFL Draft, where there could be four safeties chosen in the first round (Eric Berry, Taylor Mays, Reshad Jones, Earl Thomas).
23.) Tennessee Titans: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch both have expiring contracts after the 2009 season. The Titans will be looking for defensive end help.
24.) Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Thomas Dimitroff just had another great draft, but one area he failed to address was the linebacking corps. That could be taken care of here.
25.) Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
Andy Reid addressed his offense in the 2009 NFL Draft, so he'll likely go back to the defensive side of the ball in 2010. Reid loves drafting defensive tackles early and knows that you can never have too much depth up front.
26.) Denver Broncos: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
Colt McCoy shouldn't be a first-round pick, but something tells me that Josh McDaniels is going to envision him as "his guy." After all, McDaniels' flawless offensive system requires quarterbacks to make really short passes and play out of the shotgun.
27.) Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Receiver is the bigger need here, but Ozzie Newsome knows how to draft and won't let a talented prospect like Jermaine Gresham pass him by. Todd Heap has suffered too many injuries in his career; L.J. Smith was signed to a mere 1-year deal; Davon Drew was just a fifth-round pick; while Quinn "Miracle Man" Sypniewski couldn't even play on a torn ACL last year. How disappointing.
28.) Indianapolis Colts: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
Gary Brackett's contract expires after the 2009 NFL season and Rolando McClain appears to be one of the top players left on the board.
29.) San Diego Chargers: Arthur Jones, DE/DT, Syracuse
Igor Olshansky really struggled in 2008 and was subsequently let go. The Chargers never found a replacement for him, so they could be looking for one here.
30.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Kris O'Dowd, C, USC
The Steelers couldn't get Alex Mack or Eric Wood, so unless A.Q. Shipley really impresses Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh could be looking for a replacement for Justin Hartwig a year from now.
31.) New York Giants: Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
Jerry Reese will laugh once again as Trevard Lindley falls to him. The Giants could use some help at corner if they decide to move Terrell Thomas to safety.
32.) New England Patriots: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma