Round 1 NFL Draft Thoughts (1-15)

Posted: April 23, 2010 in NFL
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(1)    St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

Sports Mole:  Has potential to be an above average quarterback in the league, but by no means the #1 overall pick talent wise in the draft.  He’ll never live up to the hype.

 (2)    Detroit Lions – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Sports Mole:  #1 on the Moles draft board.  Should be a force for years to come in the league, but needs to develop some pass rushing moves, bull rush won’t work in the NFL like it did at Nebraska.  Detroit has now built a formidable front line with the additions of Suh and Vanden Bosch.  Dark horse team in 2010/2011?

 (3)    Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

Sports Mole:  Great speed pass rusher, but clearly lacks the strength that Suh possesses.  Already being compared to a young Warren Sapp, which could spell trouble.  Don’t see him having the immediate impact in the league that others think he will.

 (4)    Washington Redskins – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Sports Mole:  Absolute head scratcher with Russell Okung still on the board.  Need to protect Donovan McNabb & scouts have always questioned his work ethic and willingness to get better.  This will come back to haunt Shanahan and the Skins moving forward.

 (5)    Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Sports Mole:  The most ready now and athletic player in the draft.  As close to a sure thing as there is in the draft.  Phenomenal tackler, great instincts and an absolute ball hawker.  He’ll have an immediate impact in the KC secondary and will be in contention with Suh for defensive rookie of the year.

 (6)    Seattle Seahawks – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

Sports Mole – Still a little rough around the edges, but brings a nastiness that is necessary to thrive in the NFL at the offensive tackle position.  Perhaps the second coming of Walter Jones?

 (7)    Cleveland Browns – Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Sports Mole:  An obvious pick with Eric Berry off the board.  Cleveland’s defense is pathetic and this kid should sure up at least one side of their depleted secondary.  Trashed for his bad 40-time in the Combine, but I wouldn’t be the first QB to challenge that speed.

(8)    Oakland Raiders – Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

Sports Mole: Wow!  No player that can toss a ball 70 yards from his knees?  This may be the best and safest pick the Raiders have made in the last 5-6 years.  Instant upgrade to a defense that was highly effective and drastically overlooked.  Begs the question was Al Davis out sick?

(9)    Buffalo Bills – C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Sports Mole:  Break away speed, versatile player who can play multiple positions on the field.  Would have been hard to pass on for the Bills, but now this is a sure sign that Marshawn Lynch is all but out of Buffalo.  However, can that suspect Bills O-line find Spiller holes big enough to get through?

(10)Jacksonville Jaguars – Tyson Alualu, DT, California

Sports Mole:  An under the radar player who could make an immediate impact on the Jaguars front-line.  Has great hands, terrific upper-body strength, but terrible speed.  Think the Jaguars could have done better at this spot!  At least they didn’t take Tebow, right?

(11) San Francisco 49ers – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Sports Mole:  Solid offensive tackle that can and should make an immediate impact on the 49ers line.  Plagued by character concerns through most of his college career, but if anyone can beat those out of him it’s Mike Singletary. 

(12) San Diego Chargers – Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

Sports Mole:  Had to trade up, but got the man they coveted.  This kid has break away speed, hes shifty and hes athletic.  With the departure of the aging LT, this was a no brainer and will help take pressure of the gun slinger, Phillip Rivers.

(13) Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan

Sports Mole:  Questionable pick for the Eagles.  Graham lacks the size and speed that a typical outside linebacker possesses in the NFL, but he does have a knack for getting to the QB.  I thought Texas safety, Earl Thomas was a lock for this draft spot since the Eagles were in desperate need to replace the departed Brian Dawkins.  The Mole had Graham as a late 1st or early 2nd round pick at best.

(14) Seattle Seahawks – Earl Thomas, S, Texas

Sports Mole:  Seattle stole this pick and after the Eagles passed on Thomas, Pete Carroll couldn’t have been more pleased.  This hard hitting safety is an instant upgrade to a Seattle defense that was picked apart last year by every quarterback  and some water boys.  Only knock on Thomas is his lack of size especially when you use the 14th overall pick on him.

(15)  New York Giants – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

Sports Mole: This pick is based on 100% peer potential alone.  This kid didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school.  Even while at South Florida his numbers were less than stellar for the 15th overall pick in the draft.  If this kid pans out the Giants look like geniuses, however I see Jason Pierre-Paul flopping in the NFL at the defensive end position.


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