2010 NFL Draft: Grading the First Round

Apr 23, 2010

A look back at the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Grade: A
The Rams couldn’t pass up their franchise QB.

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Grade: A
While protecting Stafford should have been a priority, talents like Suh don’t come along very often. This is a deep class for offensive lineman so Stafford will get his protection later.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Grade: A
McCoy could be the defensive rookie of the year. Great fit for their defense.

4. Washington Redskins: Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma
Grade: A
Whether it was Okung or Williams, the Skins did the right thing by adding in the trenches. Williams is a better athlete than Okung and fits Washington’s system better.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee
Grade: A
Berry also could be the defensive rookie of the year. He’s a special talent at safety, which has become one of the most important positions on defense in recent years.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State
Grade: A
Out with Walter Jones. In with Okung. I love this pick.

7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Grade: A-
The Browns needed to improve their secondary and Haden is a great choice. There was a clear drop-off after the sixth pick.

8. Oakland Raiders: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Grade: B+
Should they have gone with an offensive lineman? Perhaps. Inside LBs don’t typically go this high. That said, McClain has the goods. He too could challenge for the defensive rookie of the year. Cut Al some slack after this pick.

9. Buffalo Bills: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Grade: B-
Sure, he’s an amazing talent and the anti-Marshawn Lynch, but weren’t there other holes to fill? Fred Jackson was adequate and RBs have short shelf lives.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyson Alualu, DL, California
Grade: D
With the 10th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft Al Davis on behalf of the Jaguars selects Tyson Alualu.

11. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers
Grade: B
I love the pick, but I’m not sure they needed to trade up to get him.

12. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Grade: A-
I love the pick, but did they really have to jump up 16 spots? Maybe in order to keep him out of the Texans’ hands. The Chargers got the best every down RB in the draft.

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Grade: D
I don’t have a problem with the pick, but they gave up a king’s ransom to get him. If they had grabbed Earl Thomas I would have been more understanding.

14. Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Grade: A
I love what the Seahawks did in the first round. They already got their LT and they added a ball hawking safety a few spots later.

15. New York Giants: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Grade: C
I guess the G-Men didn’t pay attention to the Vernon Gholston fiasco. Just because you’re a gifted athlete doesn’t mean you can play at this level.

16. Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Grade: A
The Titans hit a HR with Morgan. They needed to bolster their pass rush and got one of the better talents without having to move up.

17. San Francisco 49ers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Grade: A
Like Seattle, I love what the Niners did in this draft. Adding two lineman to a unit that is already anchored by Joe Staley. The Niners are moving in the right direction.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
Grade: A
I love the pick. The Steelers need to protect their QB. Pouncey is a gifted athlete that can play center or guard.

19. Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Grade: A
The Falcons addressed a need at LB. They could have went for a DE, but I like the pick.

20. Houston Texans: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
Grade: A-
Perhaps they should have made a play to get Matthews or Thomas. They did land a talented CB without having to part with additional picks.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Grade: A
The Bengals filled a need by landing a talented TE that should help open things up for Chad Johnson and Antonio Bryant. They also kept him out of Baltimore’s hands.

22. Denver Broncos: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Grade: B
I don’t mind the pick, but why not take Dez Bryant? I know you had issues with Brandon Marshall, but Bryant’s seem to be overblown.

23. Green Bay Packers: Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa
Grade: A
Love this pick. He slid and the Packers snatched him up. Not only is he talented, but he’s a dire need. Aaron Rodgers can rest easier knowing the Pack got his back.

24. Dallas Cowboys: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Grade: A
The Cowboys were pretty well-stocked at every position other than WR. The Cowboys rectified that by taking the best WR prospect in the draft.

25. Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Grade: D
You have a functioning QB in place with Kyle Orton. You traded for Brady Quinn, who has never been given a chance with an actual team. Why add a QB that may or may not help you in two or three years.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Grade: A
The Cardinals needed to improve their defense that was shredded in the playoffs. Landing an anchor in the middle of their defensive line was a great start. Many projected him to go with the 12th pick to Miami so clearly there is value where Arizona got him.

27. New England Patriots: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Grade: B
I have a hard time criticizing the Patriots given their track record, but one would think adding to their defensive line would have been a priority.

28. Miami Dolphins: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
Grade: B+
The Dolphins’ biggest need is at NT. With Williams off the board, they went with a talented DE. Can’t complain too much.

29. New York Jets: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Grade: B+
I really like what Rex Ryan is doing for the Jets. Even though he has two talented CBs, he adds a third making it even harder for Peyton, Brady, and company to pass on them.

30. Detroit Lions (from Minnesota Vikings): Jahvid Best, RB, California
Grade: B+
I really like the pick, and what the Lions did in the first round. I just wonder if they really needed to trade up to get Best.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
Grade: B+
I like that they are addressing their defensive line after showing vulnerability when Dwight Freeney went down.

32. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
Grade: B+
I love that they focused on their defense. The teams to beat (Indy, NE, SD, MN) all have elite passing attacks. Adding another playmaker in their secondary is a smart move.

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