2010 NFL Draft: First Round Recap and Analysis

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IApril 23, 2010

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After all the mock drafts and speculation, the first round of the NFL Draft is over and all the picks have been made.

There were plenty of surprises and a few picks that left people scratching their heads.

For NFL fans who do not watch much college football it must have looked like the Big-12/SEC draft.

The Big-12 had nine players taken in the first round, led by Oklahoma who had four players taken.

The SEC had seven players selected in round one with Florida leading the way with three players drafted. After the Big-12 and SEC, the rest of the BCS conferences found a little pub.

Of the other BCS conferences not named the Big-12 or SEC, the ACC led the way with four picks in the first round, led by Georgia Tech with two players selected.  

The Big East and the Big 10 both had three players taken in round one.

The Pac-10 had the least amount of players selected from a BCS conference and USC had no players taken in the first round.

There were four players taken from non-BCS schools and the WAC led the way with three players taken.

There were seven trades in the first round with the Denver Broncos moving all over the place but more on that later.

While we might not know how these players will turnout for at least the first three years, here are my thoughts on the first round picks.

1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma Sooners

This pick was no surprise and started the run on Oklahoma players.

Everyone thought the Rams wanted Bradford and they drafted him as their franchise quarterback.

There will be questions about how durable Bradford is after sending most of the 2009-10 college football season injured.

Look for Bradford to start early after being the no. one pick.

St. Louis might be forced to see how good he is early after picking him no. one and paying him a ton of money (which he will get.)

Bradford could be a great quarterback or a bust if injury prone.

Not the best quarterback in the draft in my mind but if healthy can be a solid NFL quarterback.

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska Cornhuskers 

The Lions have to be happy that the best player in this draft fell right in their hands. Suh was a man amongst boys last season in the Big-12.

If Mathew Stafford turns out to be a franchise quarterback and Suh lives up to his potential, the Lions could be in great shape for a turnaround, finally. The Lions look to be headed in the right direction.

No, do not expect a playoff run in 2010 but expect a run at a .500 record. This pick should give Detroit a Pro Bowl defensive lineman for years to come.

Great pick and a no brainer, Suh if he stays healthy could be a hall of famer.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma Sooners

This pick made sure that there were no surprises in the top three picks.

The Buccaneers want to rebuild their defense and McCoy could be the second coming of Warren Sapp.

Tampa Bay, much like Detroit, thinks they have their franchise quarterback in Josh Freeman and they also think they have a franchise player on the defensive side of the ball as well.

McCoy was not as dominate was Suh but was a great player.

If McCoy turns out to be equal to Sapp in his NFL career than this pick was well worth it. There is no question that he can be as good as Sapp and should be.

Solid pick here and should make a difference right off.

4. Washington Redskins: Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma Sooners

This was a surprise pick by the Redskins, who said they loved Russell Okung but did not draft him.

That is not to say that Williams was not first round talent.

Washington needed an offensive tackle after the retirement of Chris Samuels and adding Donovan McNabb. The question for the Redskins is did they get the right OT with this pick.

There were concerns about Williams’ work ethic and his play last season after Bradford was injured. Still, he will be the starter on day one and is very talented athletically.

Washington could have taken a better offensive tackle and Williams is a risk. For a new coach and general manager a safe pick might have been better here. Williams cannot afford to struggle.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee Volunteers

Kansas City needed a safety and they went out and got the best one in the draft. The Chiefs got a player maker, sound tackler and a decent cover guy.

Berry was in many minds one of the top four players in this draft, who is not scared to make a hit and plays the run well.

Kansas City hopes they got an Ed Reed or Sean Taylor type safety.

Good pick, could be a star but size could be a little bit of a problem.

Too much potential to pass up and should become a play-maker on a defense in need of play-makers.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State Cowboys 

The Seahawks needed offensive line help and hope that Okung will give it to them.

Most thought that Okung was one of the top three offensive tackles in this draft.

There are questions about his footwork and whether or not he is as athletically gifted as other OTs in the draft. What Okung does bring to the table is a nasty run blocker and good pass protector.

This was an average pick that could have been used on a better OT or a play-maker/quarterback.

Seattle needs wide receiver help and quarterback help and ex-NFL O-Linemen question picking Okung.

7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, Corner Back, Florida Gators   

Cleveland was horrible in pass defense last season and needed help in the secondary.

Before the combine most thought Haden was the best corner in the draft.

The Browns hope that Haden turns into a great cover corner but he needs work in route recognition and footwork. 

What he lacks in knowledge can be made up in athletic ability.

This is a risky pick if Haden’s 40 time at the combine turns out to be how fast he is in reality. 

On film he plays faster then he ran at the combine but now has to show the film is right.

8. Oakland Raiders: Rolando McClain, Linebacker, Alabama Crimson Tide

After making two terrible draft choices in JaMarcus Russell and Darrius Heyward-Bey the last two years, Oakland made a good pick. 

The Raiders might have reached on this pick but got a solid football player.

McClain might not have been the eighth best player in the draft but he was the best linebacker in the draft.

Finally a pick from Oakland who can not only play but has good football instincts.

It might have been a little bit of stretch to take McClain this high but the guy can play.

He should turn out to be a solid pick and helped lead a great Tide defense to a title.

9. Buffalo Bills: C.J. Spiller, Running back, Clemson Tigers

The Bills have problems all over the field and a couple of other players at running back.

Buffalo defiantly got a play-maker and Spiller can score every time he touches the ball.

No question, Spiller was the best RB in this draft and a top 10 pick but the question arises, can his abilities work in Buffalo?

There is nothing wrong with drafting Spiller with this pick as a player, but the problem is, not using this pick to get offensive line help.

The Bills really could have picked up a RB later in this draft and filled a need with this pick.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyson Alualu, Defensive tackle, California Golden Bears

This was the strangest of the top 10 picks.

Jacksonville needed help on the defensive line and used this pick to fill a need.

The problem is that this pick could have been used on the best defensive tackle in the Pac-10, Brian Price out of UCLA, or Dan Williams out of Tennessee.

The Jaguars also could have taken a defensive end in Jason Pierre-Paul or Derrick Morgan.

Without question the worst pick in the first round.

Alualu was taken way to high and could turn out to be a bust in the terms of him being a top 10 pick.

11. San Francisco 49ers from Denver: Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle, Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The 49ers needed offensive line help and this pick got it for them.

Davis needs work and has off the field issues but could turn into a great pick.

Overall this was a very good pick by the 49ers.

12. San Diego Chargers from Miami: Ryan Mathews, Running Back, Fresno State Bulldogs

San Diego was horrible in the running game last year and they moved up to take the second best RB in the draft.

Mathews will allow the Chargers to run the ball in 2010.

A great pick by San Diego.

13. Philadelphia from Denver: Brandon Graham, Linebacker, Michigan Wolverines

The Eagles wanted and needed linebackers and they moved up to take one of the top LB in this draft.

Graham lacks some size but plays the run well and is a good pass rusher. He also could play some defensive end as well.

Overall a good pick by Philadelphia.

14. Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas, Safety, Texas Longhorns

Seattle wanted to get a help in the secondary and used this pick to do so.

The Seahawks got the second best safety in this draft. Thomas is a little undersized but should be a solid player.

Maybe taken a little high by Seattle but overall a good pick.

15. New York Giants: Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive end, South Florida Bulls

New York could have used help at linebacker but if the player they were wanting was gone, selecting Pierre-Paul, was not a bad pick.

Pierre-Paul has the potential to be the next Jevon Kearse. A freak at DE with a great upside, JPP could be a star in the NFL.

This is a high risk but could end up being a high reward pick for the Giants.

16. Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan, Defensive end, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The Titans needed defensive help after losing players the last two years in free agency.

Morgan is a good pick up here and can become a great player.

He is looked to run out of gas in the second half of games but is a good run stopper and pass rusher.

Tennessee made a good pick here.

17. San Francisco 49ers: Mike Iupati, Offensive guard, Idaho Vandals

The 49ers had two first round picks and while they were not the kind of sexy picks that generate a lot of buzz, they were solid picks.

Iupati was the best guard in this draft and give San Francisco two starters on the offensive line this season.

It is now boom or bust for Alex Smith in 2010.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey, Center, Florida Gators

Pittsburgh wanted offensive line help and they went out and got a player who can play guard and center.

This was a great pick by the Steelers.

Pouncey could be a starter on this team for years to come.

19. Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, Linebacker, Missouri Tigers  

Again this was a team picking up a player based on need.

The Falcons wanted a pass rusher and with Weatherspoon, they should fill that need.

A good pick overall.

20. Houston Texans: Kareem Jackson, Cornerback, Alabama Crimson Tide

After losing CB Dunta Robinson to the Falcons and Ryan Mathews to San Diego, Houston got the best player left.

Jackson should be able to step in and play right way for the Texans.

Great pick by Houston after the teams ahead of them made their picks.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Oklahoma Sooners

This is the player the Bengals wanted.

A great pick if Gresham can stay healthy after two knee injuries.

Gresham needs work at run block but a great pass catching tight end for Carson Palmer.

Durability and time will tell if this was a good pick.  

22. Denver Broncos from New England: Demaryius Thomas, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 

The only surprise here was the player selected.

Denver needed a wide receiver after trading away Brandon Marshall.

Thomas is a good WR from a run first team, so pass routes need improvement.

Great size and speed as a WR, the question is will Thomas be as good as or better than Dez Bryant.

Overall this pick could turn out to a solid selection by the Broncos.

23. Green Bay Packers: Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle, Iowa Hawkeyes

  Bulaga is a steal for the Packers at this pick.

Green Bay wanted more protection for Aaron Rodgers and they got it.

Bulaga was thought to be one of the top two tackles in this draft and getting him this low makes this a great pick for the packers.

24. Dallas Cowboys from New England: Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State Cowboys

With needs at the offensive line and other holes to fill, it is strange that the Cowboys would take Bryant with this pick.

Bryant was the no. one WR in this draft but did Dallas need him?

If he is the replacement for Roy Williams, it would mean Williams cost this team several picks and a ton of money.

This pick was bad based on the team but not the player.

25. Denver Broncos from Baltimore: Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Florida Gators

The second biggest stretch of the first round was made by Denver.

No question Tebow is a good guy but can he play quarterback in the NFL?

Also what does Denver want to do about Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn?

This could end badly for the Broncos and cost Josh McDaniels his job.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Dan Williams, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee Volunteers

Williams should be a major upgrade at nose tackle in the Cardinals 3-4 defense.

Arizona wanted defensive line help and they got it.

Williams was the only nose most figured as a first round talent.

Good pick here by Arizona.

27. New England Patriots: Devin McCourty, Corner-back, Rutgers Scarlet Knights

New England might have spent a first round pick on a special teams player. It will depend of if McCourty can get on the field and help out on defense.

A bad pick if McCourty cannot find away on the field other than special teams.

28. Miami Dolphins: Jared Odrick, Defensive tackle, Penn State Nittany Lions

Odrick is the kind of player that Dolphins GM Bill Parcells loves.

That could be why this pick was made.

It could be a stretch in the first round and it all depends if Odrick can find a role.

It is too soon to tell if this pick was good or bad.

29. New York Jets: Kyle Wilson, Corner-back, Boise State Broncos

A great cover corner and a tough player; Wilson gives the Jets another good CB to use this season.

Along with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, it should be tough to pass on the Jets.

Wilson can also help out on special teams as a return man.

This is a very good pick for Rex Ryan.

30. Detroit Lions from Minnesota: Jahvid Best, Running back, California Golden Bears

Detroit traded back up into the first round to take a running back who could be an electric player.

The biggest questions about Best are the injuries that he suffered in college.

If Best can stay healthy, this pick is a more than good, but if Best cannot stay healthy it is a waste.

Think of Best like Gresham, who was a Bengals pick.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Hughes, Defensive end, TCU Horned Frogs

Once again a solid pick by the Colts.

Hughes is a guy with a non-stop motor and a relentless pass rusher.

A smaller Dwight Freeney, Hughes will start his career as a pass rush specialist but could become an every down player.

32. New Orleans Saints:  Patrick Robinson, Corner-back, Florida State Seminoles

This is not a bad pick by the Saints but Robinson might not be able to play right away.

New Orleans could have used this pick on a player like Sergio Kindle who could have helped right away.

If Robinson can become a cover corner it will be a good pick, otherwise the Saints could have done much better.

See you after the second round and the rest of the draft. Enjoy the remaining rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft.  


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