The Football Expert: 2010 NFL Mock Draft by Gregory Cox - Picks 17-32

2010 NFL Mock Draft - Picks 17-32

by Gregory Cox
Senior Writer
April 22, 2010
Final Version
Picks 1-16 | 17-32 | Round 2 | Round 3
17. SF (from CAR): Joe Haden, CB, Florida
He is clearly the top cornerback on the board, but don't be too surprised if the 49ers are able to steal him this late. Positional value dictates going for their tackle first at #13 where most are projecting them to take Haden.
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18. PIT: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
Someone needs to blow open some holes on the interior or no one is going to take their running game seriously. Their history at the position is legendary. From the football season after JFK was assassinated through the 2006 season only four players handled the primary duties: Mansfield, Webster, Dawson and Hartings. Since then it has been a struggle finding someone to add to that legacy.
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19. ATL: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Going after Tony Gonzalez was one of those 'let's go for it!' type of moves. Coming off a playoff appearance the Falcons were feeling confident and might have been thinking a veteran piece on offense would help get them closer to the Super Bowl. Now it is back to a more realistic, long term approach. Gresham is a mismatch waiting to happen. He can grow with Matt Ryan for years to come.
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20. HOU: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Cornerback is a weak link in an otherwise strong, young defense which means McCourty could be the pick. They have an aversion to picking a running back early, but are in need of someone to compensate for Slaton's career possibly being in jeopardy.
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21. CIN: Taylor Mays, S, USC
With Gresham off the board this becomes a little easier. They love Trojans on defense and need someone to push Roy Williams out of the lineup.
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22. NE: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
It is no easy task placing 'conversion' players, but the Patriots are going to get their hands on someone to rush the passer in this draft. The problem is that it is highly unlikely they do it this early, or make this pick at all. They prefer to trade back and pay their rookie less money because unlike most teams they can evaluate talent. However, if Graham is still on the board they are going to turn the card in.
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23. GB: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
The Packers are dying for help at the tackle position. Their aging starters can grind out one last season, but beyond that this line could deteriorate in a hurry and get Rodgers beat up. The best player on their board at tackle could be added here in the form of USC's Charles Brown. However, they are faced with the possibility of pairing last year's first round gem Clay Matthews with another pass rushing threat on the outside. It is too enticing for them to pass up.
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24. PHI: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
After trading away Sheldon Brown the team quickly talked up Ellis Hobbs. Keep telling yourself he's a quality #2 opposite of Samuel. Someone might believe you. Meanwhile, after the McNabb trade their options open up significantly. Expect them to be active, as usual, moving up or down. This choice is with an eye on Samuel turning 30 next January making him an endangered species per their history.
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25. BAL: Jared Odrick, DT/DE, Penn State
The Ravens have solved their short term needs at wide receiver by retaining the guy who always leads their stat sheet (Mason) taking a shot at a reclamation project (Stallworth) and trading for a potential #1 (Boldin). They still need to help the depleted cornerback position, but Odrick represents a lot more value to solidify their defensive line where free agency and age have left them short handed.
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26. ARI: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
Well, I can't be sure why but I have this sinking feeling both TCU linebackers find their way into the first night. Washington fills a need at linebacker for the Cardinals in the wake of Dansby's departure. Kareem Jackson was the backup plan here. Both visited.
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27. DAL: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Do the Cowboys really need another corner? Probably not, but the value presents itself. Jerry Jones wants to go with Free at the left tackle spot and selecting a player in the first round would undermine his display of confidence.
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28. SD: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Word is the Chargers will seek out a replacement for LT in the middle rounds. Here they have to be thrilled to land a centerpiece for their 3-4 defensive line. Maybe this requires a trade up.
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29. NYJ: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
Cromartie is far from a sure thing opposite of Revis Island. The Jets want to bring in another potential star corner which is why they hosted 3 potential first rounders. McCourty and Wilson are off the board.
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30. MIN: Charles Brown, OT, USC
At the end of the first round there are going to be values. The Vikings brought in a couple of early second round types (Campbell, Ducasse) on the line in addition to Iupati. That tells me this area is at least on their radar early. If Brown is on the board I think they would grab him.
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31. IND: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
They surround Peyton Manning with talent, which is why he is rarely sacked and always has someone available to catch his passes. The combination of needing a potential left tackle and Polian liking Big Ten players had me thinking Indiana's Saffold. However, it seems too obvious so I'm taking a chance. Hughes was in for a visit and fits their mold at end opposite of Freeney.
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32. NO: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
With Scott Fujita gone to the Browns there is a hole at the linebacker position. While at Missouri 'Spoon racked up a ton of tackles on a defense that was not very good overall. In 2008 when the Big XII was pretty much Arena League Football he finished with over 150 tackles in 14 games. These numbers are notoriously inaccurate, but that's better than double digits per game. He also brings a boisterous personality which fits right in on Bourbon Street. I'm still happy with this projection if he is on the board.
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