NFL Draft Free Picks: NFC Team Needs & Mock Draft
Cappers Info's 2010 NFL Draft coverage continues with our analysis of the NFC teams and what position each team needs to address and what they might do with their first pick in the draft this year.
St. Louis Rams: The Rams still have to decide if they want to go with a defensive tackle or Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford with the #1 pick in the draft. Bradford is the far more logical option in spite of the fact that the team just traded former first round DT Adam Carricker. Look for the Oklahoma signal caller to be the man under center in St. Louis for the next decade.
Detroit Lions: There doesn't seem to be much doubt about the fact that the Lions are going with a defensive tackle in Round 1 of the draft. Even though most prefer the man that Tampa Bay is going to be looking at, expect yet another Sooner DT Gerald McCoy to be the selection. Left tackle is also a huge team need to protect last year's #1 overall pick QB Matthew Stafford.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: If the Lions really take McCoy, you'll see someone in pewter running up to the podium with the name "Ndamukong Suh" on a card. Many feel as though the Nebraska DT is the best player on the board in this draft, and the Bucs would love to have him. Tampa Bay will address needs at wide receiver and defensive back (specifically safety) as well in this draft.
Washington Redskins: QB Jimmy Clausen could be the pick for the Skins, as Donovan McNabb is most likely only a short term answer. However, knowing owner Daniel Snyder, he'll want Washington to take an immediate impact player. There's almost no doubt that one of the offensive linemen behemoths is going to be the pick here, so we'll look for Washington to go with Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung.
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have a pair of first round picks to work with this year, and if they're feeling frisky, they may try to package them to move up in the draft. However, landing any of the offensive tackles in the top end of the round should suit Seattle, and Oklahoma OT Trent Williams is a legitimate choice.
San Francisco 49ers: If Clausen slips this far, San Francisco is going to be thrilled to have him at #13. Regardless, the Niners are going to be looking for a playmaker, and if Clemson RB CJ Spiller isn't still on the board, Florida's DB Joe Haden makes a lot of sense as well. This is probably going to be a "best player available" type of situation. San Fran also picks at #17 as well.
New York Giants: Ideally, the Giants would land LB Rolando McClain from Alabama, but if he is already off of the board, they're probably going to have to go with a best player available feeling as well. Many are tabbing Rutgers OT Anthony Davis as the man here, but DE Jason Pierre Paul out of South Florida may be a possibility as well.
Atlanta Falcons: The cornerback problem for the Falcons was solved when DB Dunta Robinson was acquired via free agency. Atlanta would love to see either Pierre-Paul or Georgia Tech's DE Derrick Morgan fall to it as well, but if that doesn't happen, Michigan DE Brandon Graham seems to be the next best choice to be the bookend for John Abraham.
Green Bay Packers: It's going to be all about the defense for the Packers this year. They'd love to grab one of those in between type of LB/DEs, and TCU's Jerry Hughes fits that mold perfectly. He's the most logical selection at Pick #23.
Philadelphia Eagles: Whether it is a safety or a corner, it seems that defensive back is the biggest concern for HC Andy Reid and the Eagles. Texas S Earl Thomas makes sense, but Boise State DB Kyle Wilson is a solid athlete that will fit in well with a very physically gifted Philly squad.
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals are a bit of a mess after a tumultuous offseason. They're going to need to address several defensive positions, but the offense isn't exactly solid as well. If Florida State's Patrick Robinson is still sitting there, Arizona may grab him as a big corner to go up against some of the strong passing games in the NFC West.
Dallas Cowboys: Glitz and glamour. That's what the Cowboys have always been about. Don't be overly shocked if this is where QB Tim Tebow comes off the board, but more logically speaking, safety is a big need. Jerry Jones would be happy to see USC's S Taylor Mays still sitting there for him at #27.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings may elect to draft a quarterback for the future here in Texas QB Colt McCoy or Tebow, but we think that defensive tackle is going to be the better option for a team that is starting to get really old at that position. Alabama's Terrance Cody would be a "huge" acquisition for Minnesota at #30.
New Orleans Saints: Though a safety would be nice to replace Darren Sharper, outside linebacker is also a prime concern for the defending champs. Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon is a freakish athlete that can fly around the field, and he's just the type of player that HC Sean Payton's defense needs to invest in.
Chicago Bears: The Bears don't have a first round draft pick courtesy of the deal that brought QB Jay Cutler to town. Expect to see Chicago go after either an offensive linemen or possibly one of the several playmaking wide receivers to compliment Devin Hester.
Carolina Panthers: Carolina could really use a quarterback right now to replace QB Jake Delhomme. Though the Panthers don't have a first round pick, they may be in a position at #48 to snare Tim Tebow if he falls that far. If not, Colt McCoy could also be an option. A speed rusher to replace the departed DE Julius Peppers may also be in line.