2010 NFL Mock Draft, Part II: Picks 11-20
11. Denver Broncos- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Most mock drafts have Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant in this spot, but we think they seem to be forgetting how little Josh McDaniels values receivers. He believes he can just plug anyone into his system and it will roll along. If Rolando McClain is still available, he could be the pick here, but with him off the board in our mock draft, Derrick Morgan is the selection and fills a need at DE for Denver.
12. Miami Dolphins- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The Dolphins will be thrilled if Dez Bryant falls to them. We love Bryant’s size, speed, and ability to track the ball. He will have to pass Cleveland, Buffalo, and Jacksonville on the way to this spot, but those teams have so many other pressing needs that there is a good possibility that it happens.
13. San Francisco 49ers- Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
In our mock, OT’s Bruce Campbell and Oklahoma’s Trent Williams are still on the board, so either could be the pick here. The Niners could also look for safety help, but the value is better with Campbell.
14. Seattle Seahawks- Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Having already selected Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, the Seahawks would be thrilled to get his college teammate in the 14th slot to protect their investment. Williams is a tremendous athlete for his size, reminiscent of Ravens’ tackle Michael Oher.
15. New York Giants- Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Giants just cut LB Antonio Pierce, but they may argue that the best way to protect an inexperienced linebacker is with a dominant defensive tackle. Brian Price declared early after an excellent junior campaign and could be the third defensive tackle selected.
16. Tennessee Titans- Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
The Titans could use a cornerback, but with no great value on the board at that position, they select Florida’s Carlos Dunlap. Dunlap has some character concerns, but Jeff Fisher has never hesitated to bring in high-risk players, i.e. Pacman Jones.
17. San Francisco 49ers- Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
The Niners would love if the draft goes as we have predicted, as they would get two solid players at positions of need. Clemson’s C.J. Spiller is a popular pick here, but the Niners would be better served selecting a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams is competing with UCLA’s Brian Price to be the third defensive tackle selected. He would come in and immediately compete with Casey Hampton, joining forces with last year’s first round selection Ziggy Hood.
19. Atlanta Falcons- Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Griffen could be a bit of a reach at pick #19, but Atlanta desperately needs a pass-rusher opposite John Abraham. Texas’ DE Sergio Kindle is also an option here.
20. Houston Texans- C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Texans would be ecstatic to see Spiller fall to them, as it would potentially be the best value of the draft thus far. Spiller isn’t a perfect fit with RB Steve Slaton, but the Texans seem fed up with Slaton’s injuries and ball security concerns.