After months of long drawn out conversation, the 2010 NFL draft is nearly upon one and all.

This is it.

As any draft prognosticator inherently knows (but most unwillingly confess), the draft itself is as maddening as it is tantalizing.   Despite untold amount of hours studying film, doing the homework, and imagining what is perceived as every imaginable scenario; the process undeniably fashions itself differently than anyone could ever expect.

Scout Brent Sobleski mocks one final time with  a streamlined effort in attempts to conquer the unconquerable, all  in hopes of being as thorough and accurate as one could possibly expect.

As always…enjoy.   And discussion is open in TFY’s forums.

Round 1

# Team Selection Position/College
1 St. Louis Sam Bradford QB/Oklahoma
Analysis: For a franchise which has not selected a quarterback prospect in the first round since 1963, eventually the Rams need to take a leap of faith at said position.  While it is certainly easy to slot the likes of Suh or Gerald McCoy at this selection based on their immense talents, St.Louis has finished with a top three choice in the draft three years running.  The dominance of a defensive tackle simply cannot affect the win column as much as landing a franchise quarterback. Sam Bradford performed exceptionally well in his pro day workout, quelling recent health concerns.  Everything on the board sets up for this to be the number overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft.
2 Detroit Ndamukong Suh DT/Nebraska
Analysis: With the Rams likely going quarterback number one overall, the Lions have the luxury of selecting whichever of the top two prospects they prefer along the defensive line or even an offensive tackle.   Suh is the bigger and more physical of the two defensive tackles that can play more one technique to compliment the off season acquisitions of Corey Williams from Cleveland and Kyle Vanden Bosch at end.  Left tackle Russell Okung seems to have gained some steam for this pick, but the Lions should be happy with the draft’s number one overall prospect in Suh.
3 Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy DT/Oklahoma
Analysis: At least one source within the Buccaneers organization has stated the team actually prefers this McCoy over the highly decorated Suh.  The preference would be based merely on style and system.   If Tampa is going to once again rely on a heavy attacking Cover 2 scheme, which they reverted to late last season, McCoy is the disruptive type of three technique they desperately need to build around.
4 Washington Trent Williams OT/Oklahoma
Analysis: The acquisition of Donovan McNabb to lead Coach Shanahan’s offense squashes any previous thoughts of selecting a signal caller at this position.   Instead, the Redskins land arguably the draft’s most athletic left tackle to continue their overhaul of a porous offensive line.   Williams has seemingly leapfrogged the rest of his contemporaries among some team boards.   His overall movement skills translate very well into the Redskins new zone stretch blocking scheme.   With his potential upside and versatility, this drives him above the rest of his positional class in the ‘Skins’ eyes.
5 Kansas City Russell Okung OT/Oklahoma St.
Analysis: Conversation around KC has centered on potentially drafting the best available prospect in safety Eric Berry or upgrading along the offensive line.   In this case, it is starting to appear most beneficial for the team to land their potential rock at left tackle; thus completely solidifying an offensive line which was horrible a year ago.    Instead of waiting for Branden Albert to continue improving; landing an athletic talent such as Okung, sliding Albert inside or to right tackle,  while also adding Ryan Lilja in free agency will only help an offense which has plenty invested in the likes of Matt Cassell and now their running attack.
6 Seattle Bryan Bulaga OT/Iowa
Analysis: Adding a young promising veteran in Charlie Whitehurst into the equation takes a lot of pressure off this particular selection.  Now the ‘Hawks are not necessarily pigeonholed into looking for a quarterback very early in the process.  Instead the team could easily look to address their 30th ranked passing defense of a year ago.   Or they could hope to fill the gigantic void left by the titanic left tackle Walter Jones.   Bulaga is an ideal fit in Offensive Line Coach Alex Gibbs’ zone scheme and as steady a presence at the position as any other in the class.
7 Cleveland Eric Berry S/Tennessee
Analysis: As one of the swing picks early in this process, the Cleveland Browns could land a multitude of differing prospects.  All of which have legitimate arguments as to why they could and/or should be the choice.  Jimmy Clausen, C.J. Spiller, Dan Williams, Jared Odrick, Joe Haden, etc. are all in the conversation.  Which way they decide to move could greatly affect the rest of the draft.   In the end, Eric Berry is the safest and most logical choice for this franchise.  He not only fills one of the Browns’ most glaring needs, but may be considered the last “elite” prospect still on the board.
8 Oakland Jason Pierre-Paul DE/South Florida
Analysis: While looking at the current state of the Raiders’ roster, the league wide joke has become their penchant for selecting athletes over football players.   Pierre-Paul may, once again, fit in this trend. The edge rusher clearly has top ten overall talent, yet the small sample size of his play can be off putting.  In this case, Oakland could continue to build an improving defensive line and have their top prospect learn from the likes of a potential Hall of Famer in Richard Seymour…before the veteran finally finds a way to leave Oaktown.
9 Buffalo Jimmy Clausen QB/Notre Dame
Analysis: Clearly, Jimmy Clausen is the most polarizing figure in this draft class (in regards to the top talents).    His skills would dictate a top ten selection.  Other concerns have continually crept into the conversation.   Buffalo has stated they likely would not choose this signal caller.   If they did not, they would be foolish going into the season with the collective at quarterback known as Edwards/Fitzpatrick/Brohm.   This team needs an overhaul at the position as badly as any other in the league.
10 Jacksonville Joe Haden CB/Florida
Analysis: At points last season, the Jaguars had their starting safety moved over to cover the hole they had at cornerback.  Reggie Nelson is not a full time cover man.  The emergence of rookie Derek Cox was a pleasant surprise.   But if this team ever plans on winning an AFC South division title, they need to find ways to cover the likes of Indianapolis’ and Houston’s wide receivers. After running well at his pro day, Haden is back in the top ten overall conversation. His addition would add athleticism and physicality to the Jaguars backline in hopes of stopping their rivals.
11 Denver (from Chicago) Dez Bryant WR/Oklahoma St.
Analysis: Some difficulties arose slotting Bryant at this juncture based off the previous issues this team recently struggled through with another wide receiver perceived as immature.   By most accounts, Bryant’s off the field issues have been overblown.  Often described as a good kid without much guidance.  Coach McDaniels will look to mold his immense talent in a system which direly requires the services of a receiver in his ilk.  If Bryant can play immediately at a high level, this offense and this team would not skip a beat.
12 Miami Dan Williams NT/Tennessee
Analysis: Nose tackle will continue to be a concern for the Dolphins until someone is selected to replace the soon to be 36 year old Jason Ferguson at the point of attack.   He is an aging zero technique that is also coming off a season ending injury and will now be suspended for the first half of the 2010 NFL season. Dan Williams is a squat and strong defender coming of a fantastic senior campaign while also being the best pure two gap nose tackle among his contemporaries.  A perfect marriage of value plus need.
13 San Francisco Earl Thomas S/Texas
Analysis: Defensively, the 49ers have some solid playmakers in the likes of Patrick Willis, even Justin Smith, and Nate Clements has always been steady at cornerback.   When Clements did finally succumb to injury in his ninth season as a professional, the lack of talent along San Francisco’s secondary became even more apparent.   Thomas has the ability to be a top flight centerfielder or even provide depth at corner.   His natural ballhawking ability would be a welcome addition among a unit which has had its struggles in recent years.
14 Seattle (from Denver) C.J. Spiller RB/Clemson
Analysis: Could this dynamic weapon be too tempting to pass on a second time?  Obviously, the answer is this particular case is…yes.   Coach Pete Carroll, at heart, is a run first coach.   He loves to have great athletes in his backfield who can affect multiple areas of the game.   One only has to look at his recent run with USC to realize Reggie Bush and Joe McKnight were two of his most prized recruits.  Spiller should be able to walk in immediately and help multiple different phases of the game, whether it be running or catching the football or even on special teams.
15 NY Giants Derrick Morgan DE/Georgia Tech
Analysis: The G-Men need help along all three lines of their defensive unit.   Safety was the team’s first concern and was addressed with the signing of Antrel Rolle in free agency.   Attention will now turn to a pass rush which has not been the same since Coach Spagnuolo departed, Michael Strahan retired, and Osi Umenyiora decided to go AWOL.  Morgan is the most polished edge rusher in this class.
16 Tennessee Rolando McClain LB/Alabama
Analysis: A team in transition, the Titans have had major turnover among their stars in recent years.   No longer will the likes of Keith Bulluck, Kevin Mawae, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Albert Haynesworth, or Jevon Kearse be prowling sideline to sideline.  This is now Chris Johnson’s and Vince Young’s team.   But they still lack a defensive identity.    Rolando McClain is the type of cerebral leader who could step in as a rookie and make an instant impact among his contemporaries.  This type of presence will be sorely needed as this team enters a new phase of prosperity under Coach Fisher.
17 San Francisco (from Carolina) Mike Iupati OG/Idaho
Analysis: Outside of the consistent play of Joe Staley at left tackle, the Forty-Niners are looking to overhaul their offensive line.   Teaming their athletic left tackle with the powerful, mauling, and nimble former Vandal could arguably land San Francisco the most talented left side of an offensive line in all of football.   Iupati is one of the most physically gifted guards to enter the NFL in recent memory and could only enhance the power running attack the Niners looks to continually establish.
18 Pittsburgh Maurkice Pouncey C/Florida
Analysis: A great, albeit under the radar, NFL tradition is the lineage of Steeler centers.   Since Jeff Hartings left via free agency (and subsequently retired), the same standard at the pivot has not been seen in the Steel City.  Not only is Maurkice Pouncey clearly rated as the number one overall center prospect, but he could also potentially upgrade their right guard position if needed in his inaugural years at the professional level.   An acquisition of this caliber could help solidify a struggling unit.  While Pittsburgh has more than just issues along the offensive line, this has been its most glaring deficiency in recent years.
19 Atlanta Brandon Graham DE/Michigan
Analysis: A season ago, Atlanta finished in the bottom third of the league in total quarterback sacks.    Hoping to land one of the draft’s top pass rush talents, the Falcons would be quite pleased to see Mr. Graham still on the board.   While the former Wolverine is not an ideal 43 end; he is arguably the most dynamic edge rusher in this class and a load to handle for opposing offensive tackles.
20 Houston Kyle Wilson CB/Boise St.
Analysis: Offensively the Texans have very few issues.  Their defense could definitely use a major overhaul in their secondary.  Their best cover man, Dunta Robinson, left for a large free agent contract in Atlanta.  The rest of their secondary depth chart reads like a chex mix recipe.  With all the talent this team possesses along their front seven, a legitimate playmaker needs added to their backline.   Plus this former Boise Bronco has the added bonus of contributing as a return specialist as well.
21 Cincinnati Jermaine Gresham TE/Oklahoma
Analysis: Talent has never been in question with Gresham as a prospect, but the damage sustained to his knees certainly have.  As the tight end has worked out already this off season, he looks to be getting stronger quickly and should live up to his billing as a first round target.  Landing Gresham in Cincinnati instantly upgrade a below average group which saw the tandem of J.P. Foschi and Daniel Coats shoulder the starting duties. Underwhelming may be an understatement.
22 New England Jared Odrick DT/Penn St.
Analysis: Odrick is a bit of an enigma.  On talent alone, the defensive lineman would dictate going much higher.  But unfortunately for this prospect; his greatest potential lies in being a possible five technique in a 34 base front.  And the bulk of the teams which predominantly employ said defense can be found late in the first round.    Odrick is tailor made for a Bill Belilchick defense.  The interior defender is quick off the snap, technically sound, a hard worker, with good character.   His presence should help lessen the blow of no longer having Richard Seymour to rely.
23 Green Bay Anthony Davis OT/Rutgers
Analysis: Physically, Anthony Davis may be the most gifted offensive lineman in this draft class.  Unfortunately with underwhelming off season workout and questions being raised about his overall work ethic; he could just as easily slide.    The Packers would count their blessings based in their dire need to improve their offensive tackle position.  Although the team was able to re-sign both their veteran tackles this off season, Davis could easily be groomed inside for a year prior to moving out on the island.   The blocker made the same transition in college.
24 Philadelphia Sergio Kindle LB/Texas
Analysis: Ravaged a year ago by injuries along their linebacking corps, the Eagles could benefit greatly by bringing in a talent like Sergio Kindle.   The hybrid has the ability to play end and provide a bookend to Trent Cole with his quickness off the edge, if needed.  He has linebacker experience to slide into the strongside position vacated in the trade of Chris Gocong.  Kindle is also bigger and more athletic than Gocong’s eventual replacement, Moise Fokou.
25 Baltimore DeMaryius Thomas WR/Georgia Tech
Analysis: As the season came to a close, the Ravens may have possessed one of the least intimidating wide receiving corps in all of professional football.   Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton are solid professionals and very reliable, but simply do not strike fear in the heart of opponents.   So, the Ravens went out and acquired one of the best receivers in the game, Anquan Boldin.   Now, they supplement said acquisition with a raw but very talented prospect in Thomas who can learn and grow among their great veteran leadership.  Meanwhile, this receiver’s strengths play right in line with his quarterback’s.  A once bland roster of receivers now is frightening to opposition.
26 Arizona Charles Brown OT/USC
Analysis: Left tackle Mike Gandy had been a solid veteran presence having started 44 straight games for the Cards before being injured and then departing this off season.   While Jeremy Bridges played adequately in his place, the position can certainly use a talent and athleticism upgrade.  As a former tight end, Charles Brown is still growing into the position but is very athletic and well coached coming out of the collegiate ranks.    Depending on a potential early run of offensive tackles, this prospect could hear his name called even sooner.
27 Dallas Taylor Mays S/USC
Analysis: Since Ken Hamlin’s great comeback season in 2007, Dallas has lacked the quality play along their backline which is required to become a legitimate contender.   As a result, Hamlin was released.   One can only imagine Owner Jerry Jones simply slobbering over the potential talent of a prospect such as Taylor Mays.  His size/speed ration is off the charts and would provide much more of a presence than anything seen in Dallas in recent years.
28 San Diego Ryan Mathews RB/Fresno St.
Analysis: With only the diminutive Darren Sproles currently filling the running back position for the Chargers, this is an indication of how desperate their situation is currently.   Mathews has the size, ability, and skill to step in immediately and take over the load for one of the better offenses in the NFL.
29 NY Jets Devin McCourty CB/Rutgers
Analysis: Even with the addition of Antonio Cromartie opposite Darrelle Revis, the Jets’ cornerback position is still very thin.   McCourty would help form one of the most dynamic secondaries in the league.   This will help facilitate Coach Rex Ryan’s penchant to blitz every down.   As well as being a potential nickel corner, McCourty will also have a tremendous effect on New York’s special teams.
30 Minnesota Kareem Jackson CB/Alabama
Analysis: After a fantastic 2009 campaign, the Minnesota Vikings are one of the more talented teams in the National Football League and lack any glaring weakness (as long as Favre returns).   Their depth in their secondary is suspect.   A talent such as Kareem Jackson, who would be afforded the opportunity to learn under a fantastic professional such as Antoine Winfield for a year or two,  has the potential to develop into an outstanding cover man in his own right.
31 Indianapolis Jerry Hughes DE/TCU
Analysis: It will have been four years since both starting defensive ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, have played in a full sixteen game schedule.   They have been injury prone while their defensive scheme is predicated on their ability to rush the passer.   Hughes is an absolutely perfect fit in their scheme as another speed demon rushing frantically off the edge.
32 New Orleans Everson Griffen DE/USC
Analysis: With the release of veteran end Charles Grant, the Saints are in a position to upgrade an area already of need prior to said departure.  Griffen physically is very talented.   He is quick and strong off the edge.   He can also play in space if asked when the mad defensive scientist Gregg Williams brings zone blitzes.   The problem with Griffen has always been consistency.

Round 2

# Team Selection Position/College
33 St. Louis Brian Price DT/UCLA
34 Detroit Jahvid Best RB/California
35 Tampa Bay Golden Tate WR/Notre Dame
36 Kansas City Nate Allen S/South Florida
37 Philadelphia (from Washington) Patrick Robinson CB/Florida St.
38 Cleveland Colt McCoy QB/Texas
39 Oakland Bruce Campbell OT/Maryland
40 San Diego (from Seattle) Terrence Cody NT/Alabama
41 Buffalo Rodger Saffold OT/Indiana
42 Tampa Bay (from Chicago) Sean Weatherspoon LB/Missouri
43 Denver (from Miami) Matt Tennant C/Boston College
44 New England (from Jacksonville) Carlos Dunlap DE/Florida
45 Denver Cam Thomas DT/North Carolina
46 NY Giants Navorro Bowman LB/Penn St.
47 New England (from Tennessee) Tim Tebow QB/Florida
48 Carolina Damian Williams WR/USC
49 San Francisco Brandon LaFell WR/LSU
50 Kansas City (from Atlanta) Corey Wootton DE/Northwestern
51 Houston Chad Jones S/LSU
52 Pittsburgh Chris Cook CB/Virginia
53 New England Brandon Ghee CB/Wake Forest
54 Cincinnati Daryl Washington LB/TCU
55 Philadelphia Arrelious Benn WR/Illinois
56 Green Bay Morgan Burnett S/Georgia Tech
57 Baltimore Tyson Alualu DE/California
58 Arizona Koa Misi LB/Utah
59 Dallas Sean Lee LB/Penn St.
60 Seattle (from San Diego) Vladimir Ducasse OT/Massachusetts
61 NY Jets Alex Carrington DE/Arkansas St.
62 Minnesota Dexter McCluster RB/Mississippi
63 Indianapolis Aaron Hernandez TE/Florida
64 New Orleans Jonathan Dwyer RB/Georgia Tech

Round 3

# Team Selection Position/College
65 St. Louis Carlton Mitchell WR/South Florida
66 Detroit Dominique Franks CB/Oklahoma
67 Tampa Bay Major Wright S/Florida
Washington *pick forfeited* via supplemental draft
68 Kansas City Torrell Troup DT/Central Florida
69 Oakland Lamarr Houston DT/Texas
70 Philadelphia (from Seattle) Toby Gerhart RB/Stanford
71 Cleveland Taylor Price WR/Ohio
72 Buffalo Jordan Shipley WR/Texas
73 Miami Ricky Sapp DE/Clemson
74 Jacksonville Montario Hardesty RB/Tennessee
75 Chicago Jon Asamoah OG/Illinois
76 New York Giants Arthur Jones DT/Syracuse
77 Tennessee Jason Worilds DE/Virginia Tech
78 Carolina Rob Gronkowski TE/Arizona
79 San Francisco Brandon Spikes LB/Florida
80 Denver T.J. Ward S/Oregon
81 Houston Ben Tate RB/Auburn
82 Pittsburgh Scott Long WR/Louisville
83 Atlanta Reshad Jones S/Georgia
84 Cincinnati Tony Pike QB/Cincinnati
85 Cleveland (from Oakland via New England) Kevin Thomas CB/USC
86 Green Bay Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB/Indiana(PA)
87 Philadelphia Geno Atkins DT/Georgia
88 Arizona (from Baltimore) Jacoby Ford WR/Clemson
89 Arizona Dennis Pitta TE/BYU
90 Dallas Jason Fox OT/Miami
91 San Diego Jared Veldheer OT/Hillsdale
92 Cleveland (from New York Jets) Zane Beadles OT/Utah
93 Minnesota Eric Norwood LB/South Carolina
94 Indianapolis A.J. Edds LB/Iowa
95 New Orleans Dorin Dickerson TE/Pittsburgh
96 Cincinnati* Marshawn Gilyard WR/Cincinnati
97 Tennessee* Amari Spievey CB/Iowa
98 Atlanta* J.D. Walton C/Baylor