2010 NFL Draft Coverage: The Picks

1. St Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

The Rams pick their signal-caller for at least the next half decade, no surprise. They NEED to put him behind a clip board, not under center for a year though.

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

He’ll fit in where Albert Haynesworth did in Tennessee. However, Suh has excellent character and work ethic, and is an intelligent student of the game.

3. Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

The Buccaneers get the closest thing to Warren Sapp that has existed since Sapp himself. I was unimpressed with McCoy on Jim Rome is Burning, but he’s got all the physical tools.

4. Washington Redskins: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Big mistake. Trent Williams is not as good as Russell Okung. He fits the ZBS better, but he’s got much less scheme-versatility.

5. Kansas City: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Eric Berry is a great pick here. I didn’t think it would go this way, and I’m extremely jealous. Mark him down as a Hall of Famer. Positional value isn’t great in the top 10, but Berry is special.

6. Seattle: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

Dream scenario, the only thing better than getting Eric Berry for Pete Carroll (I love Berry though). Okung is a perfect fit for the ZBS, and is much stronger than Trent Williams.

7. Cleveland: Joe Haden, CB, Florida

I think Haden is the best comparison to Marcus Trufant in this draft. With good safety play, Trufant is an excellent cornerback.

8. Oakland: Rolando McLain, LB, Alabama

A very good pick for Al Davis, been waiting  a few years to say that. This may be a little high for McLain, but he’s a safe pick and can step in and play tough with his size this season.

9. Buffalo: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Bad pick, but it means that Marshawn Lynch is gone. Spiller will be very good, and will give Trent Edwards another weapon.

10. Jacksonville: Tyson Alualu, DT/DE, Cal

Huge reach. Jags love big defensive ends, I didn’t have him in the first two rounds personally.

11: San Francisco 49ers (From Denver): Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

It’s a curious pick from Mike Singletary. Davis has work ethic concerns and has a lot of the bad qualities of Andre Smith. I guess Miami could have drafted Davis, but i doubt it.

12. San Diego (From Miami): Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

Mathews will be a solid NFL running back. I’m a proponent for drafting running backs later in the modern-day NFL. Ben Tate and Montario Hardesty would fill the same role and be available later.

13. Philadelphia (From Denver via San Francisco): Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Yuck. The Eagles love to draft on both lines, I think Graham is a reach here, and doesn’t address a top need. Some people are really high on Graham though. I don’t like him in a 4-3.

14. Seattle: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

I’m not in love with Thomas as much as other people are. I think he fits the modern safety paradigm though. He fills a serious need in Seattle and presents good value at No. 14.

15. New York Giants: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

Great value pick, and he puts another bullet in the gun for the Giants. He may make Osi Umenyiora expendable too, which could get the Giants a day two pick.

16. Tennessee: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

No brainer pick, Morgan is by far the best defensive end in this draft in my opinion. Tennessee’s defense is immediately improved, and Morgan can suit it up for a decade.

17. San Francisco: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho

Two straight offensive linemen. Look for Iupati to blow up holes for Frank Gore and Glen Coffee. I think they need very little on defense. These are luxury picks, but this team will continue to get better as they are young and talented.

18. Pittsburgh: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida

I don’t love centers in the first round. If Pouncey plays guard I love this pick, as the Steelers need a replacement for Alan Faneca and could use depth and replacements across the whole line.

19. Atlanta: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

Weatherspoon is a good pick, and one I had in my mock. He’ll cover both sidelines and be a productive linebacker under Mike Smith.

20. Houston: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

I’m actually higher on Jackson than Kyle Wilson, and I like this pick. Dunta Robinson is gone, and was under-productive when he was in Houston, Jackson steps in right away.

21. Cincinnati: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Yet another Big-12 guy. Gresham is the top tight end, and if it weren’t for his knee injury, he’d have been considered in the top 10. The Bengals finally get a viable tight end.

22. Denver (From New England): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

I’m not surprised this wasn’t Dez Bryant, as McDaniels seems tired of divas. And Thomas comes from the same goofy offense as Calvin Johnson. I just don’t think he’s first round material.

23. Green Bay: Brian Bulaga, OL, Iowa

Brian Bulaga can play all across the line, and he will in Green Bay. It’s a great value pick, as some considered Bulaga a top 10 talent. His free fall ends.

24. Dallas (From New England via Denver via Philadelphia): Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Bryant will fit well alongside Miles Austin and Roy Williams. The Cowboys give Tony Romo another target, and the Cowboys offense got more explosive. And the city is forgiving of character concerns. Good pick.

25. Denver (From Baltimore): Tim Tebow, QB/TE/FB/H-Back, Florida

Ugliest pick of the first. Jacksonville taking a third rounder at 10 makes more sense than Denver taking Tebow at No. 25. Jacksonville taking him here wouldn’t make sense. Ugly pick, McDaniels is a bad evaluator of talent.

26. Arizona: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee

I like Williams a lot. I think he’s a great fit in Arizona. I don’t think this indicates some kind of crazy vote of confidence for Matt Leinart though. Williams is a solid selection here.

27. New England: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

I actually think that McCourty can play safety. However, he’ll probably start out at corner. Smart pick by the Patriots, though corner is typically a position they draft later.

28. Miami: Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State

This pick makes a lot of sense, and I think that Odrick is an underrated prospect. I think he was an average 4-3 DT prospect, but is Tyson Jackson-esque (in a good way) at 3-4 DE.

29. New York Jets: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

Darrelle Revis gets some help on the other side. The Jets will be tough to throw against, and both corners are very physical. Rex Ryan is building one hell of a defense.

30. Detroit Lions (From Minnesota): Jahvid Best, RB, California

I really don’t like this pick. I don’t think that Indianapolis, New Orleans or St. Louis would have drafted Best. If they picked him in the second round, it would make sense, but to trade up was stupid.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU

I like Hughes, he fits the Colts paradigm for ends who are undersided and can cover, it’s just uninspired. I love what Bill Polian does, but it rarely wows me on draft day. Raheem Brock is probably out of town. Good pick.

32. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

A solid pick. I think there was better value on the board though. The Saints have needed help in their secondary for a while. This doesn’t quite signal Darren Sharper’s departure.

ROUND 2

33. St. Louis: Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana

I don’t love Saffold, but they have an athletic lineman on the other side, Jason Smith, who really struggled last year, and Alex Barron sucks.

34. Minnesota: Chris Cook, DB, Virginia

It makes sense for a team that doesn’t have Tarvaris Jackson at QB. Cook fills multiple needs and is a talent, I just don’t understand there thinking at QB.

35. Tampa Bay: Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Didnt… They drafted McCoy in the first round. Price can eat up some blockers and allow McCoy to get into the backfield. I don’t like it though.

36. Kansas City: Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss

If the Patriots had made this pick it would be revered. I like McCluster, and he fits every draft, and every second round that Scott Pioli has ever been apart of seemingly. McCluster can do it all.

37. Philadephia: Nate Allen, S, South Florida

Very savvy pick. Allen is solid, and will improve the Eagles immediately. Never going to be a star, but will be a solid football player early in his career.

38. Cleveland: T.J. Ward, S, Oregon

I think that Ward is a poor man’s Taylor Mays. I have never liked how Holmgren drafted defense.

39. Tampa Bay: Arrellious Benn, WR, Illinois

Great pick. He’ll complement Michael Clayton well, as Benn is much more of a deep threat, but isn’t any less physical. Look for Benn to take over the No. 1 receiver spot in Tampa by 2011.

40. Miami: Koa Misi, LB, Utah

Looks to be built like James Harrison. Misi went to Utah, which typically produces hard workers.

41. Buffalo: Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida

Good combine guy, you have to question the level of competion. I don’t like this pick with who was on the board, and maybe because he’s a big-college guy, but I like Lamarr Houston more.

42. New England: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona

I like the pick, Gronkowski is a bigger version of John Carlson, and fits the Daniel Graham mold that the Patriots were so successful with.

43. Baltimore: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

Great value pick. Kindle fits in Baltimore well, and should be able to start day one.

44. Oakland: Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas

I love this pick, I think that Oakland has had a tremendous draft to this point. I don’t think Al Davis is making these picks. Houston can do a lot of things with his athleticism and size.

45. Denver: Zane Beadles, OT/OG/C, Utah

I don’t love the value, but I do trust Josh McDaniels’ evaluation of offensive lineman. The Patriots always did well drafting offensive linemen outside of the first round, so McDaniels gets the benefit of the doubt.

46. New York Giants: Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina

Great pick. Joseph is a versatile lineman who can play end on the goal line, will stuff the run on any down, and will fit the mold in Arizona well.

47. Arizona: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU

Versatile linebacker who I think can play a lot of downs in Arizona, but not every down. Good pick.

48. Carolina: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Best value of the draft. I think Clausen will be the best quarterback of the Bradford-Tebow-McCoy group.

49. San Francisco: Taylor Mays, S, USC

Beautiful pick. Leader on defense that won’t have to lead. He’ll be allowed to just go make plays, which he does best when he doesn’t have additional responsibilities. I had him to SF in the first, great pick.

50. Kansas City: Javier Arenas, DB, Alabama

This pick isn’t awful, though I am not big on the value. Arenas can play, and has benefitted greatly from a few big plays in clutch moments of the season. So both his hater and fans will be right.

51. Minnesota: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford

I love Gerhart as a runningback, but I think that he gives as much indication that Favre isn’t coming back as the Vikings passing on Clausen indicates he’s coming back. Gerhard doesn’t complement Adrian Peterson, just supplements him.

52. Pittsburgh: Jason Worlds, OLB, Virginia Tech

Mike Mayock said he’s a “Classic Steelers pick,” and he’s right. I don’t love Jason Worlds, but I hate to talk down too much about him, because those words will likely be eaten soon.

53. New England: Jermaine Cunningham, OLB, Florida

The Patriots have hinted at switching to a 4-3. I love the pick then, where Cunningham will play end, and like it otherwise. It signals Adalius Thomas’ departure from New England and can step in and succeed immediately, in all likelihood.

54. Cincinnati: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

Dunlap is a troubled young man, who the Bengals have been unafraid to select (Andre Smith) and a tremendous athlete, who they have coveted over the years (Michael Johnson). Good landing place for Dunlap if he can keep his head on straight.

55. Dallas: Sean Lee, LB, Penn State

I don’t like the pick, Bruce Campbell and Charles Brown are still on the board. Terrence Cody is still on the board. Everson Griffen is still on the board. A reach, but Lee will start early.

56. Green Bay: Mike Neal, DE, Purdue

It looks like the Packers will rely on their front three to help in the pass rush, and if that is the case, they’ll be happy with Neal. He won’t eat up a ton of blockers though.

57. Baltimore: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama

I like the pick, I don’t think anybody has enough blockers to take up Cody and Ngata, the Ravens defense just got scarier. I wonder if Ngata moves to end?

58. Houston: Ben Tate, RB, Auburn

I love the pick. He’ll fit the Texans ZBS well, and complement Slaton well. The trade makes sense because he could have been drafted by either Philadelphia or Seattle.

59. Cleveland: Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee

I like this pick a lot. Hardesty shares a lot of characteristics of a young Shaun Alexander (before the work ethic and desire left) and will succeed in Cleveland. I don’t like the trade though, as I don’t think Seattle would target Hardesty, but they could be looking to move also.

60. Seattle: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

I don’t like Tate, but I think he could be an Eddie Royal type in Seattle. He’ll never be a No. 1, but he is strong enough to do a lot with the ball in his hands.

61. New York Jets: Vladimir Ducasse, OT, UMass

I like Ducasse, because he has made himself into a legit NFL prospect despite playing in Div. 1-AA, and I really like the Jets building their offensive line up, I just like Bruce Campbell more there.

62. New England: Brandon Spikes, MLB, Florida

Great pick. Dropped with questions of long-speed and character issues after the eye gouging incident. Spikes it tough, and is football fast, and can probably play inside and out in New England.

63. Indianapolis: Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa

Who am I to question Bill Polian? I hate Angerer to replace Gary Brackett, but he’s got one hell of a name, whatever that means. Angerer can function in the Colts defense, but I think that there is better value out there.

64. New Orleans: Charles Brown, OT, USC

Great value. The Saints got great value a few years ago in Carl Nicks, who I wanted in Seattle, and another great value in 2010. Brown may not step in right away, and I question how he fits the Saints style, but he’s got plenty of talent and physical ability.

ROUND 3

65. St. Louis: Jerome Murphy, DB, South Florida

An aggressive corner is not something we are used to seeing in St. Louis. Obviously, coach Steve Spagnuolo is trying to create a formidable defense in St. Louis, and he’s doing a good job.

66. Detroit: Amari Spievey, DB, Iowa

A run on physical corners. I think both guys are reaches, but they will fit their teams’ schemes well.

67. Tampa Bay: Myron Lewis, DB, Vanderbilt

If Lewis can play safety I like this pick. If he is drafted as a corner I’m not a huge fan. His physical tools give him a ton of upside, but despite taking a receiver in the second round, I think the Bucs owe Josh Freeman some weapons.

68. Kansas City: Jon Asamoah, OG, Illinois

The only reason I don’t like this pick is that it ensures that Branden Albert will remain at tackle. I think Albert is better at guard. However, this is the range that Scott Pioli likes linemen, and he’s built solid lines out of this range.

69. Oakland: Jared Veldheer, DT, Hillsdale

I’m not going to pretend to know a ton about Veldheer. The Raiders like small school kids, and at 6-8, Veldheer has an impressive frame. I can’t believe that the Raiders have passed on Bruce Campbell three times, Al Davis cannot be running this draft.

70. Baltimore: Ed Dickson, TE, Baltimore

Dickson probably steps in for Todd Heap nearly immediately. His size and skills fit what the Ravens have traditionally tried to do with their tight ends.

71. Green Bay: Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech

I like Burnett, and I think he’s great insurance for either Atari Bigby or Charles Woodson.

72. Buffalo: Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State

Not an edge rusher like Aaron Maybin from last year, may be able to play inside on passing downs.

73. Miami: John Jerry, OT, Ole Miss

Has battled weight issues and has work ethic concerns. Brother of Peria Jerry. If Sparano can whip him into shape he’s a good value.

74. Jacksonville: D’Anthony Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech

Bad value, bad player, bad draft so far for the Jaguars.

75. Chicago: Major Wright, DB, Florida

Major Wright will be a good player in Chicago, but I think that wide receiver was a bigger need, and an argument can be made that LaFell and Williams are better players overall.

76. New York Giants: Chad Jones, S, LSU

I like Chad Jones, and I like what the Giants are doing. There is a lot of emphasis right now on doubling down on corners in the draft, but the Giants aren’t ignoring the safety position.

77. Tennessee: Damian Williams, WR, USC

Great pick. If the team is going forward with Vince Young at quarterback, Williams will do everything he can to make Young look good. Great complement to Kenny Britt and Jared Cook/Bo Scaife.

78. Carolina: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU

Great value. LaFell signals the end of Dwayne Jarrett’s career in Carolina, probably, and is a great target for Clausen/Moore.

79. San Diego: Donald Butler, LB, Washington

I love Butler only because he went to UW. Even on the inside, I think he will struggle in a 3-4.

80. Denver: J.D. Walton, C, Baylor

Probably means Beadles sticks at guard. Again, McDaniels gets the benefit of the doubt on linemen.

81. Houston: Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona

Mitchell’s size and athleticism will give the Texans a front-four that features four athletic guys over 290 lbs, hello previous Jags defense.

82. Pittsburgh: Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU

Sanders is a solid route runner who played under June Jones at SMU. Should be able to step in for Santonio Holmes in a year or so.

83. Atlanta: Corey Peters, DT, Kentucky

Can be successful next to Peria Jerry, but he’s a reach, and a project.

84. Cincinnati: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas

In man ways, Shipley will make up for the loss of T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Doesn’t have the size, but runs good routes.

85. Cleveland: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

I’m not a huge McCoy fan, but he’s accurate, and will work hard. Great Value pick by the Browns. McCoy is the anti-Quinn.

86. Philadelphia: Daniel Te’o-Neshaim, DE, Washington

I think Te’o-Neshaim is a better fit in a 3-4, personally, but he’ll be a surprise, no homerism even.

87. Denver: Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota

Meet the 2010 version of Ed McAffrey. Decker won’t do anything that wows anyone, but his size and natural feel for the game will play in Denver.

88. Arizona: Andre Roberts, WR, The Citadel

Roberts will receive a ton of unfair comparison to Anquan Boldin. He’s a different type of receiver that will create variety in Arizona.

89. Carolina: Armanti Edwards, WR, Appalachian State

Great gadget, former QB, will take some time to become a receiver.

90. New England: Taylor Price, WR, Ohio

Good measurables, will need some time to develop. Picked for depth with Wes Welker hurt.

91. San Francisco: Navarro Bowman, LB, Michigan

Will have to play inside in 3-4, in all likelihood, but he’s a great value at the bottom of round 3.

92. Cleveland: Shaun Lauvao, OG, Arizona State

Mike Holmgren picks contributors in the middle rounds on the offensive line, but don’t expect a star.

93. Kansas City: Tony Moeaki, TE, Iowa

Moeaki replaces another, more famous Tony. He’s a reach, but he can do a lot of things with his athleticism.

94. Indianapolis: Kevin Thomas, CB, USC

Thomas has good measurables, and will succeed with coaching, which he will receive in Indy.

95. New Orleans: Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami

Graham is a project, former basketball player, time will tell how he develops. High upside, but a potentially wasted pick.

96. Cincinnati: Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest

Great value, could have gone in early second round. Bengals can always use secondary depth.

97. Tennessee: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia

A poor value, especially with Everson Griffen on the board.

98. Atlanta: Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama

Good offensive line depth but poor value.