NFL draft: 2010 re-do

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9.  Buffalo Bills

Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Actual pick: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Spiller didn’t start playing in a starting role until later in his career. It wouldn’t be a good option for the Bills to draft Spiller in a re-mock, especially with the players still available. Put Haden alongside young star in the making in Stephon Gilmore and there’s a nice cornerback tandem.

10.  Jacksonville Jaguars

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia

Actual pick: Tyson Alualu, DT, California

Much like Oakland, Jacksonville has lacked a consistent playmaker on offense. Maurice Jones-Drew was good, but teams can’t really run when they’re down the whole game. No more quarterbacks are even worth drafting here (please don’t fill my Twitter mentions with Tim Tebow nonsense). Demaryius Thomas is a true number one receiver and would greatly aid the Jaguars’ passing attack with, at the time, David Garrard.

11.  San Francisco 49ers

NaVorro Bowman, LB, Penn State

Actual pick: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Davis has been an integral part of the ‘Niners’ offensive line, but I’m not letting San Francisco pass on NaVorro Bowman. He’s too good of a linebacker. His injury is a concern now, but he should be able to come back this year at some point. He’s one of the best inside linebackers in the game along with Luke Kuechly and teammate Patrick Willis.

12.  San Diego Chargers

Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Actual pick: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

Now, the Matthews pick seems like it was worth it after Mike McCoy decided to run the ball for the last five or so games of 2013. After all, someone needed to replace Ladanian Tomlinson. But with the current best left tackle in the league on the board, there’s no way I’m passing on him. San Diego has had a bad pass-blocking offensive line which led to bad seasons for Philip Rivers in 2011 and 2012, but we saw what he can do with even an average line in 2013. Williams is an upgrade over any tackle in the league.

13.  Philadelphia Eagles

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Actual pick: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Suh finally gets off the board. When he isn’t stomping on people, he’s a really good player. Philly’s run defense has been so-so over the years, and Suh would draw double-teams on every play, freeing up guys like Trent Cole. Suh would also draw doubles on passing downs, improving the pass rush.

14.  Seattle Seahawks

Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech

Actual pick: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

With Earl Thomas long gone, Seattle needs at least one member of the LOB. Chancellor does actually remind me of Sean Taylor in the way he hits. He’s been a beast with Seattle, so I’ll take the original fifth-round pick here at 14th overall.

15.  New York Giants

Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale

Actual pick: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

JPP used to be a freak pass rusher – that was for maybe a few years after he was drafted. It seems like he’s disappeared now; injuries may have gotten the best of him over the last year or two. The Giants’ number one priority should’ve been to protect Eli Manning – he’s been knocked around too much in his career. Veldheer is a premier tackle who’ll provide some stability to an always-shuffling New York offensive line.

16.  Tennessee Titans

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma

Actual pick: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Again, there’s no quarterback worth taking, so might as well take an offensive playmaker. Bryant hasn’t gotten into any real trouble in his NFL tenure, and he’s the best receiver left.

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  • micah

    Isn’t julian edelman the patriots wide rciever? Not corner. Unless they had all there corners injured and had no one else to play.

    • Amar S.

      During the 2011 season (year they played NYG second time on the SB), Edelman was moved to CB due to injuries and the lack of CB on our depth chart. Pats defense was ranked 31 that year.

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      He played extensively at corner in 2011 due to the lack of CB depth and injuries.

  • Amar S.

    I disagree with Cleveland selecting Haden over Verner. Haden is actually comitted to Cleveland and said he’s devoted to making the Browns relevant, whereas Verner just left the Titans to Tampa. He would have left the Browns just like he did this offseason with the Titans.

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Thanks for the comment. I just thought Verner has been better as of late. It’s not that Verner was not committed to Tennessee — the Titans didn’t make a real effort to re-sign him. And Haden will hit free agency next offseason, so we’ll find out if he’d take the money elsewhere like Verner did. Perhaps if Verner went to Cleveland, the Browns would actually make an attempt to sign him — like they might with Haden — unlike Tennessee.

  • Willy

    I don’t understand the point of doing a re-draft? Teams chose who they chose for a reason and hoped each respective player would work out, just because some of them haven’t worked out doesn’t mean they can or would do anything differently, it’s a crap-shoot most of the time and you take that chance year after year that one, some, players will work out.

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Don’t read it then haha.