2010 NFL Draft Analysis
Round (17-32) |
2nd Round |
| 5th Round
| Top Free Agents
First Round (from New England)
Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State 6-2, 225 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 24 CFN Overall Ranking: 24
Hate the pick at ten, love the pick at 24. This is a very safe, very smart shoot for the stars trade with the Patriots as Jerry Jones attempt to atone for passing on Randy Moss when he had the chance. This doesn’t necessarily prove that Roy Williams sucks, but it certainly doesn’t hurt that a player of Bryant’s potential slid this far and could potentially be a superstar No. 1 target. Even if he doesn’t work out, at 24 it’s a perfect pick.
On sheer talent and raw ability he has all the tools to be the next NFL superstar receiver. He’s big, strong, fast, and productive with the want-to when it comes to fighting for the ball to go along with the desire to succeed. He’s tough, will beat up the weaker corners, and he’s just shifty enough to make big things happen in the open field. So what’s the problem? There are some huge, waving, bright red flags about his character, maturity, and ability to handle himself as a pro at the next level. When the coaches say something negative about a player, that should be a warning sign. OSU insiders have said that Bryant has about a five-second attention span, can’t focus on anything, and can’t be counted on to grasp the intricacies of the pro game. If he goes somewhere with a veteran, talented receiver and can be a protégé (sort of like Cris Carter was for Randy Moss), the talent could be tapped. If he goes somewhere and has to be the No. 1 target out of the box, there’s Charles Rogers bust potential.
CFN Projection: First Round
Second Round (from Philadelphia)
Sean Lee, LB Penn State 6-2, 236
Overall Pick No. 55 CFN Overall Ranking: 32
Lee would’ve gone about 20 picks earlier, if not more, if there weren’t any question marks about his knee. Jerry Jones is going after talented players and isn’t worrying about the baggage, and it might pay off getting Lee here after snagging Dez Bryant in the first round.
It’s all up to how his knee holds up. He was having a special career before suffering a torn ACL just before the 2008 season, and while he was good when he returned, he wasn’t quite the same all-around playmaker. While he’s a great tackler who always takes the right angles and rarely takes a wasted step, he’s not blazing fast and he’s not the biggest hitter; he’s not exactly intimidating. Smart enough and just good enough to play any linebacking spot, his versatility will make him a godsend for most coaching staffs. But can his knee last? Durability will always be a concern.
CFN Projection: Second Round
Fourth Round (from Miami from San Diego)
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB Indiana (PA) 6-0, 207
Overall Pick 126 CFN Overall Ranking: 108
Dallas got yet another great value pick taking one of the best all-around athletes in the draft. Had he gone to Ohio State instead of Indiana (PA), he’d be a top 50 selection. He’ll take some lumps, but the upside is limitless. Any player whose name means “Sunday Born” can play in the NFL.
The basics are there with great size, blazing speed, and the look of an NFL corner. He can explode out of his cuts and he’s a playmaker who does a little of everything well with good tackling skills and shut-down ability. He had no problems at the D-II level and has to prove he can play among the big boys while needing a ton of coaching to break down his technique to build it back up again. On the plus side, there’s a high ceiling on what could be one of the top X factors among the defensive backs.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Sixth Round (from Miami)
Sam Young, OT Notre Dame 6-8, 316
Overall Pick 179 CFN Overall Ranking: 129
Four years ago it wouldn’t have been a shocker if Young turned out to be a top five overall pick with his phenomenal size and upside. He never progressed to a higher level and struggled way too much in pass protection, but with his frame and length he’s a good sixth-round chance to take for the Cowboys.
If Jimmy Clausen was Charlie Weis’s No. 1 recruit, Young was No. 1A. A huge get for the program, literally, he was good, but wasn’t nearly as good as his hype and promise. Way too stiff, not enough of a killer for the running game, and not quick enough to handle the faster speed rushers, he’ll struggle at left tackle and is too tall to play guard. For all his problems, he wants to be a good player and will work to become better. With his experience and his size he should stick around the league for a while, but there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Jamar Wall, CB Texas Tech 5-10, 204
Overall Pick 196 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent
It fits. Wall is the type of aggressive defensive back with the hitting ability and aggressiveness the Cowboys love. Combining with the pick of Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Dallas has some DB prospects to develop.
Played well at a high Big 12 level. … A good hitter who intimidates. Great against the run. … Competitive. Rises up to the occasion and has good ball skills.
… Needs technique work. Isn’t a natural and doesn’t move well with top targets. … Gambles a bit much. Will try to make the big play a bit much. … Doesn’t sniff out moves. Bites on everything.
CFN Projection: Free Agent
Sean Lissemore, DT William & Mary 6-3, 297
Overall Pick 224 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent
Undersized, he might have to be more of a 3-4 end than a hulking inside presence. However, the Cowboys need him to be a tackle in their scheme and he has to show right away that he can be an interior pass rusher to have a shot to make the roster.
CFN Projection: Free Agent