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Mock draft 1.0: Where's Tim Tebow? Not in this first round

The NFL officially released the names of the draft eligible underclassmen, and the landscape of the 2010 draft is starting to take shape.

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Teams are starting to identify which prospects potentially fill their most pressing needs, and are stacking their respective draft boards accordingly.

There is plenty of work to be done, as scouts still have college all-star games -- starting next week with Senior Bowl practices -- the combine and pro days to better evaluate the talent available. The result of those evaluations could cause the grades of the top prospects to rise or fall during the run up to the draft.

Regardless, it's never too early to look ahead to the draft, so here is my first mock draft of 2010 (*asterisk denotes underclassman):

First-round mock draft
Team
Player
Pos.
College
Comment
1. Rams
DT
Nebraska
Uncertainty at the quarterback position will force the Rams to consider Sam Bradford, but Suh is too talented to pass up.
2. Lions
OT
Oklahoma St.
The Lions desperately need a franchise-caliber offensive tackle to protect Matthew Stafford's blindside.
DT
Oklahoma
The Bucs haven't had a dominating interior player since Warren Sapp manned the middle.
OT
Oklahoma
Chris Samuels' injury makes acquiring a top tackle a priority, and Williams' ability to play on either side makes him an intriguing prospect.
5. Chiefs
DE/LB
Georgia Tech
A legitimate pass rusher on the edge would greatly improve a pass rush that ranked 31st in the league with just 22 sacks.
DE
Florida
Pete Carroll's defensive background will compel him to grab an explosive edge rusher to lead the Seahawks' resurgence.
7. Browns
OT
Rutgers
Mike Holmgren immediately looks to upgrade the team's offense by nabbing an athletic tackle to pair with Pro Bowler Joe Thomas.
8. Raiders
DE
South Fla.
Al Davis' infatuation with speed and athleticism makes Pierre-Paul the ideal choice for the Silver and Black.
9. Bills
OT
Maryland
The Bills are in desperate need of a franchise QB, but their offensive line woes would make it tough for any signal-caller to survive or thrive in the pocket.
10. Jaguars
Brian Price*
DT
UCLA
Jack Del Rio needs a bed rock in the middle to help his defense return to the ranks of the elite.
11. Broncos
Rolando McClain*
LB
Alabama
A rugged interior defender in the center of the Broncos' 3-4 would allow D.J. Williams to act as a playmaker.
12. Dolphins
Sergio Kindle
LB
Texas
Joey Porter and Jason Taylor are at the end of their careers, so finding an athletic edge rusher is paramount.
13. 49ers
S
Tennessee
The 49ers' emerging defense needs a ball hawk like Berry in the middle of the field to ascend to the next level.
14. Seahawks
OT
USC
A QB like Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford would be intriguing choices here, but Seattle's injuries along the O-line will makes Pete Carroll's former player a safe pick.
15. Giants
LB
Florida
The loss of Antonio Pierce robbed the Giants of a leader in the middle, and contributed to the defense's woeful finish.
16. 49ers
CB
Florida
Mike Singletary fortifies the defense by adding another playmaker to the secondary.
17. Titans
DE
USC
The Titans must replace aging pieces on the edge (Javon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch), and Griffen flashes the potential to be a double-digit sack artist.
18. Steelers
CB
Florida St.
The Steelers' suspect secondary repeatedly cost them down the stretch, so Mike Tomlin shores up one side of the field.
19. Falcons
Navorro Bowman*
LB
Penn St.
Mike Smith needs a playmaker at the weakside linebacker spot, and Bowman's athleticism fits the bill.
20. Texans
S
Texas
The former Longhorn would give the Texans' secondary a serious jolt with his speed and range in the middle.
21. Bengals
WR
Oklahoma St.
Marvin Lewis would love to add a talent like Bryant to his offense to alleviate the pressure on Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco.
22. Patriots
LB
Clemson
Sapp's presence should bolster a pass rush that was virtually non-existent this season.
23. Packers
RB
California
The best runner in the draft falls into Packers' lap, and his talent is too enticing for Mike McCarthy to bypass despite a pressing need at tackle.
24. Eagles
S
USC
Andy Reid underestimated the impact of losing Brian Dawkins in the back end, so he nabs Mays to become the new anchor of the secondary.
25. Ravens
WR
Illinois
The Ravens' passing game needs a playmaker to help Joe Flacco continue his development as the franchise quarterback.
26. Cardinals
QB
Oklahoma
Ken Whisenhunt opts for Bradford over Matt Leinart as Kurt Warner's eventual replacement.
27. Cowboys
OT
Iowa
Flozell Adams' declining skills make it necessary for Jerry Jones to find a replacement at left tackle.
28. Chargers
RB
Clemson
The Chargers officially announce the end of the L.T era with the arrival of the ultra-explosive Spiller.
29. Jets
WR
USC
Rex Ryan hopes that Williams quickly renews his chemistry with Mark Sanchez to give the Jets a lethal passing combination.
30. Vikings
DT
Alabama
The Vikings add Cody to their defensive line rotation as a possible replacement for 37-year-old Pat Williams.
31. Saints
OT
West Virginia
The Saints would love to upgrade their linebacker corps with a talented playmaker, but Capers fills a pressing need along the offensive line.
32. Colts
DT
Penn State
The hardworking Odrick is an ideal fit as an interior player in the Colts' scheme, and his presence will help shore up the team's woes against the run.


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