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Posted on: March 12, 2010 1:45 am
Edited on: March 12, 2010 1:48 am
 

Mock Drafts: Packers, Bucs, Steelers


BleacherReport.com
continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

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Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL going into the 2010 season. And going into the draft they will look to add to an already explosive offense by giving quarterback Aaron Rodgers a few more weapons to play with.

Their defense is strong since there has been a focus on drafting on that side of the ball for the past few seasons. The only pressing needs are in the secondary.

The following is the best-case, worst-case, and most likely scenario for the first four rounds of the draft, plus a shot-in-the-dark guess at the Packers fifth-round selection.

Full Mock


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the second year of their rebuilding process, and are sitting pretty at the top of the first round of the 2010 draft. But, if they don't choose wisely they could get burnt and take a step backwards.

In 2009, the Bucs found their franchise quarterback in Josh Freeman, but there are still plenty of roster holes that need to be filled come April.

Full Mock




Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have done a great job filling in some needs so far this offseason. Bringing back Ryan Clark was a huge decision, and he has proven himself to be a very good safety paired with Troy Polamalu.

The Steelers then went out and signed safety Will Allen and receivers Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle. These moves filled in some holes in the reserve positions, and will surely help the Steelers come April. They can now pick the best players available, and continue to build for the future.

Full Mock

Posted on: March 4, 2010 2:10 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2010 2:11 pm
 

Mock Drafts: Bengals, Jets, Pats


BleacherReport.com
continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

Take a look!


Cincinnati Bengals

The AFC North might not be the best division in the NFL but it’s certainly one of the toughest. Playing Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice a year is enough to make any team battle-hardened.

Marvin Lewis did an amazing job leading his team to a division title following a 10-6 season marred by tragedy with the deaths of receiver Chris Henry and Vikki Zimmer, wife of Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer. For his efforts, Lewis was named 2009 NFL AP Coach of the Year.

With a few upgrades at key positions, Cincinnati is primed to make a run at the AFC Championship in 2010.

Full Mock Draft


New York Jets

With a trio of rookies in key positions last year, the Jets exceeded most expectations. Unpredictable and charismatic, Rex Ryan was impressive in his coaching debut.

Mike Tannenbaum will need to make his early picks in the 2010 draft count because they traded their third, fourth, and fifth-round picks. However, they are set to receive one of the Philadelphia Eagles' two fifth-round picks from the “conditional picks” part of the Lito Sheppard deal.

As one of the final playoff teams to make a divisional round appearance, Tannenbaum will be somewhat handcuffed in the free agency market. 

Full Mock Draft

 


New England Patriots

I don't envy the Patriots' scouting crew's job — not at all.

If I learned just one thing writing this mock draft, it's that evaluating talent for the NFL draft is as tough a job as I've ever been faced with.

Even though it's been inappropriately labeled by many as a crapshoot, every team looks forward to the NFL draft.

Teams don't look forward to having the most amount of time to evaluate talent for the draft, though—every team wants to be the last to get started. The Patriots have had a bit more time than they'd like, but they have a lot of draft picks to look forward to in 2010, including three in the second round.

Likewise, they have a lot of holes to fill.

Full Mock Draft

 

Top: Taylor Mays. (US Presswire) -- Middle: Everson Griffen. (Getty Images) -- Bottom: Sergio Kindle. (US Presswire)

 
 
 
 
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