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2010 NFL Draft - Top Free Agent Talents
BYU QB Max Hall
BYU QB Max Hall
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Posted Apr 20, 2010


Some of these players will be drafted, but most of them will likely be on the top of everyone's free agent lists once the 2010 NFL Draft is over.


2010 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Top Free Agent-Level Talents


By Pete Fiutak

2010 CFN Talent Rankings
- 1st Rounders
- 2nd Rounders
- 3rd Rounders
- 4th Rounders
- 5th Rounders
- 6th Rounders
- 7th Rounders 
- Top Free Agent Talents 

2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

- QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs
- Cs | OTs | OGs | DEs
- DTs | ILBs | OLBs
- Ss | CBs

2010 NFL Combine Quick Looks & Post-Combine Rankings

- QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs
- Cs | OTs | OGs | DEs
- DTs | ILBs | OLBs
- Ss | CBs

2010 NFL Combine Results
- QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs
- Cs | OTs | OGs | DEs
- DTs | ILBs | OLBs
- Ss | CBs 

2010 NFL Combine
- Offensive Winners  
- Offensive Losers 
- Defensive Winners 
- Defensive Losers
1. Ramon Harewood, OT Morehouse 6-6, 353
New to the game, he didn’t pick it up until late after being raised in Barbados. Even though he’s extremely raw and needs a ton of technique work, he’s very, very big, moves extremely well, and hits like a ton of bricks. He was simply bigger and stronger than everyone else at the lower level, but if he’s given a few years with the right coach, he could be a late-round find.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

2. Ed Wang, OT Virginia Tech 6-5, 314
Extremely productive, he also showed up well in workouts running a great 5.21 at the Combine to go along with 29 reps. He has the size and he knows how to use it with good drive as a run blocker and is versatile enough to see time at several spots. He needs to get a bit bigger, but he might have maxed out on his bulk without getting puffy. He’s inconsistent and he doesn’t destroy defenders, and he might need time to find the right position. He’s just good enough to play almost anywhere on the line, but he’s not great enough to start.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

3. Armanti Edwards, QB/KR Appalachian State 5-11, 187
What is he? A superstar at the lower level, Edwards has the mechanics, he has the 4.4 speed, and he has the experience having started for all four years at ASU playing at the highest of FCS levels with two national titles and the epic win over Michigan. One of the most dangerous quarterback options in the draft, he could be more than just a Wildcat specialist with the delivery and the awareness to lead a team for a stretch. However, the lefty is way too small to be an NFL quarterback, has a mediocre arm, and has major durability questions. Because of his size, his football smarts, and his quickness, he’ll make a team as a receiver and a No. 3 quarterback, but he’s not going to be a star at quarterback.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

4. Brandon Minor, RB Michigan 6-0, 214
When everything was right, he showed flashes of being a special back and a game-changer. Things weren’t always right, though, in his disappointing career. While he has good power and a nice burst, he’s not slippery at all and takes two days to make a cut. Almost never healthy, he can’t be counted on for more than a little bit of work. However, he could find a role as an occasional goal line and short yardage runner.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

5. Thomas Welch, OT Vanderbilt 6-6, 307
A very nice college player, he’s a tough, feisty blocker who fights well and is a smart player who doesn’t make mistakes. He’s not all that big and needs to fill out his frame, and he has a shaky ankle and durability issues. There’s a chance he could stick on a roster for a little while because he has the potential to grow into a solid backup tackle, but he needs work and needs to be in the right offense.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

6. Max Hall, BYU 6-1, 209
Incredibly feisty and a major competitor, Hall is a good leader and the type of player who could win at the next level if thrown into the mix in an emergency situation. He wants to be a player, he works at his job, and he has a good, accurate arm. However, he’s not big, has a knucklehead streak and melted down in a few key games. The arm isn’t good enough to be anything more than a No. 2 quarterback, at very best, and he’s not nearly mobile enough. Compounding his negatives are a personality that won’t be for everyone and the limited upside with a short window. He’ll be 25 this fall.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

7. Jeffrey Fitzgerald, DE Kansas State 6-4, 286
He was growing into a star at Virginia before getting booted for plagiarism, and while he showed flashes at Kansas State, he struggled. Slow, banged up, and not as productive as he was expected to be, there are a ton of warning flags to keep him from being drafted. However, he’s big with the potential to get bigger and stronger, and he could grow into a whale of a 4-3 tackle with a little time. He’ll bust his tail to get better, but there could be a hard ceiling on what he can do if he can’t find a niche right away.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

8. Van Eskridge, S East Carolina 6-0, 194 (FS)
A good leader on a high-quality Conference USA defense, he was moved around where needed throughout his career and he always produced. While he’s a bit lean and he’s not really built to be a high-powered safety, he’s a good tackler who made a ton of plays for ECU. He’s not going to blow anyone up and his raw skills are limited, but he produces whenever he gets a chance and will be a willing special teamer.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

9. Pat Paschall, RB North Dakota State 6-0, 209
He was supposed to be a speedy-fast back who could become a game-changer, and while he's fast in games on the field, he only ran a 4.69 at the Combine. There are off-the-field, character issues, he’s not quick enough at an NFL level to provide more than an occasional good run here and there, and he’s not a receiver. However, he was ultra-productive and looks far, far better on film than he does in workouts. He’s worth a good, honest look in a camp as a potential No. 3 back.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

10. Charlie Tanner, C Texas 6-4, 305 (OG)
A phenomenal high school wrestler, he brings his mauling style to the football field with good run blocking ability and tremendous strength. He’s not going to fly around the field and he’s limited against quicker interior defenders (cough … Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy … cough), but his versatility with guard potential and his attitude could keep him around a camp for a while.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

11. Cody Grimm, S Virginia Tech 5-11, 203
The son of former star Washington Redskin lineman, Russ, Grimm is a hard-nosed player who has worked hard to get just big enough to play at a high collegiate level. As expected for a player from his family, he’s instinctive on the field and always is in the right position and seems to be thinking two steps ahead of anyone else. While he might be limited because of his size, he’s a good tackler and will do anything needed. The straight-line speed isn’t there, but he’s incredibly quick with the fastest cone time of any safety at the Combine. He’ll always get an honest look because of who his dad is, but he doesn’t have NFL skills to be anything more than a good special teamer.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

12. Nic Richmond, C TCU 6-7, 307
A tall blocker who did a nice job last year, he’s a late bloomer who’s all about upside. He slides well, has good athleticism, and has the mean streak needed to flatten defenders. He needs a ton of work, though, and he needs reps. He’s a practice squad player who needs a few years to develop.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

13. Jeff Byers, OG USC 6-3, 301 (C)
A very good college player, he never quite lived up to his prep hype when he was the 2003 Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school. He’s not all that big, but he moves extremely well and he came up with 33 reps at the Combine. Getting bigger is a must, but there’s little upside. Because of his versatility, and his fight, he should be able to hang around the league for a while.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

14. Jonathan Amaya, S Nevada 6-1, 203
A walk-on for the Wolf Pack, he was extremely productive as one of the only positives on a miserable secondary. With good speed for his size, he moves extremely well and he can move around where needed with the potential to play just about anywhere in any secondary; his value will be as a good reserve for a rotation. However, his eight reps on the bench are way too paltry and he seemed to lumber a bit through various drills at the Combine. He’s needs to get far stronger and he isn’t going to tackle anyone with any punch, but he’s a good runner with enough talent to make a team as a backup and special teamer.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

15. Chris DeGeare, OG Wake Forest 6-4, 325
Very big and very bulky, he moves well for his size and is a good power blocker. It’ll be hard to move him around; he’s a block of granite. However, he needs to get more muscular, and, stunningly considering he played at Wake Forest, he’s not all that quick at picking up assignments and makes too many mental mistakes. He won’t be able to handle anyone with any athleticism.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

16. Casey Knips, OT North Dakota State 6-7, 308
Tall with a lot of room to grow more into his frame. He has surprising quickness for his size and plays with nice balance; he’s smooth. However, he’s not a road grader and he’ll need the right type of zone scheme to be any sort of a factor right away. He needs work, but he’ll most likely be on a lot of short lists of top free agents to warrant a look.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

17. Deji Karim, RB Southern Illinois 5-9, 210
A smallish, quick runner who gets lost behind linemen and then bursts into the open. A nice one-cut back who doesn’t need much room to produce, he could thrive in a limited role on a team with a strong power runner who handles most of the work. He has no power whatsoever and doesn’t necessarily have the skills to be a regular third down back.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

18. Reggie Stephens, OG Iowa State 6-3, 322 (C)
Very big, he didn’t have to work to bulk up; the guy is simply large. He’s able to step in and play center at times if needed, but he’s better suited for guard. It would help if he got a bit leaner and if he could shed some fat to find some semblance of athleticism. He can’t move at all and can only work as a punishing run blocker in the right offense.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

19. Thaddeus Lewis, QB Duke 6-1, 215
Smart, experienced and with decent upside, Lewis thrived when David Cutcliffe took over as the head coach. While he’s not necessarily a runner, he moves around well and is good at buying time, and most importantly, he’s extremely careful with the ball and doesn’t take many unnecessary chances. He’s not all that big, doesn’t have any zip on the ball, and lacks the raw passing skills to be a starter, but he’ll be a great scout team quarterback and could stick on a team as a No. 3.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

20. Juamorris Stewart, Southern 6-1, 201
With a good combination of size and speed, he has good tools and decent upside. A tough fighter for the ball when it comes his way, he’s not afraid to be physical. However, he’s not quick enough, isn’t polished, and he isn’t known for being a workaholic. He’s a flier worth taking, especially as a free agent, but he’ll need to show something special right away to stay on a roster.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round