2010 NFL Draft Analysis
Round (17-32) |
2nd Round |
| 5th Round
| Top Free Agents
Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska 6-4, 307
Overall Pick No. 2 CFN Overall Ranking: 1
If it’s possible to get a good value at the second pick in the draft, Detroit just got it. The Lions are all about amassing the top talents possible and they don’t need a quarterback, so it’s almost like they got the No. 1 overall pick for a No. 2 price. Suh’s the best prospect in this draft and the type of dominant game-changer an entire defense can be built around. There are major questions and concerns about Sam Bradford at No. 1. There aren’t any with Suh at the two.
It’s almost as if everyone is thinking too hard about this. Suh is the near-perfect tackle prospect with the strength to work on the nose if needed, and the quickness and speed to be a 3-4 end or a one-gap playmaker. An all-timer of a stat-sheet filler for a college defensive tackle, he beat up blockers and blew past the slower ones. The 32 reps and the 4.98 40 at the Combine only tells half the story; he moved like a much smaller player. The only real knock is that it took a while for the light to go on and he could have issues with his weight if he’s not careful, but if he wants it, he’ll be a special anchor for the next decade. The only other question is if he can change up his game a little bit to adjust to the higher level; he’s not going to be stronger than everyone else like he was in college and he’ll have to be a bit sharper technique-wise.
CFN Projection: Top Five Overall
First Round (from a trade with Minnesota)
Jahvid Best, RB California 5-10, 199
Overall Pick No. 30 CFN Overall Ranking: 34
Buffalo spent the eighth overall pick on C.J. Spiller. The Lions were able to trade up a few spots to get a weapon every bit as explosive and every bit as dangerous as the Clemson star, and they were able to do it at the 30. This might be a wee bit early, for a team that’s looking to ramp up the offensive production he’s a terrific weapon to pick up.
It all depends on how he’s used. As a bolt of lightning with 4.36 speed, offensive coordinators drool over players this fast with his explosiveness and his nose for the goal line. A natural runner, he’s instinctive, always seems to see the hole a half step in advance, and can’t be stopped in open space. The down side is his size and his durability. There’s no way he’ll last for a full season and he has to be limited to just 15 touches a game, if that. Not strong in any way, he’s a pure space runner and won’t go through the inside at all without being erased. With his lack of strength and bulk, there’s no blocking ability whatsoever. He’s a top 15 talent who’ll end up going later and being a nice pick for someone who’ll be very, very happy and the possibilities.
CFN Projection: Second Round
92. Amari Spievey, CB Iowa 5-11, 195
Overall Pick 66 CFN Overall Ranking: 92
The Lions needed a corner, and while Jerome Murphy might have been a nicer prospect taken one pick earlier by St. Louis, Spievey is still a talent who should be able to step in and produce right away. He doesn’t need a lot of work, but he’s a limited prospect.
A baller, Spievey overcame health problems and other issues which led to academic troubles and an interruption in his Hawkeye career to become a good, sound defender. He’s a hard worker who does what he can to improve, but there might be a hard ceiling on what he can do. His positives are on the film and not in a workout (even though he had a decent Combine), and it’s going to take a coach and a scout to do their homework to realize what kind of a player he should be. There’s a chance he could grow into a whale of a safety where he can roam and hit rather than deal with the speedier receivers.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Fourth Round (from Miami)
Jason Fox, OT Miami 6-7, 303
Overall Pick 128 CFN Overall Ranking: 154
Upgrading the offensive line to protect the franchise, Matt Stafford, isn’t a bad thing. Fox isn’t going to dominate anyone, but he’s a good athlete who should be solid in pass protection. The Lions needed linemen, and while Fox might not be a sure-thing, he’s a safe flier late in the fourth.
A great athlete with the frame to get far bigger, he’s a high-character former tight end who moves well, is great on the move, and can play several spots on the line even though he’s not all that bulky. He needs to hit the weight room and he’s not going to flatten anyone, but he could be great in the right finesse scheme and he could be scratching the surface on his potential. It’s going to take a little while, but he has great upside for a few years down the road.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Seventh Round (from Seattle)
Willie Young, DE NC State 6-5, 251 (OLB)
Overall Pick 213 CFN Overall Ranking: 184
He should’ve been taken much earlier with the upside to grow into a true end and just enough athleticism to see time as an outside linebacker early on. He’s a fourth round talent the Lions got late.
Very tall with the frame to get bigger, he could be a far more interesting pro than a collegian if he’s able to fill out his frame. He can play in any scheme with good enough athleticism to work as an outside linebacker and just enough strength to be a decent end, but he doesn’t have an elite skill set and there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do. Old, he’ll be 25 at the start of the season and will have to bulk up in a hurry to maximize his potential. A pure pass rusher, he’ll have to add more to his game to be a three-down defender and to be involved against power running teams.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Timothy Toone, WR Weber State 5-10, 174
Overall Pick 255 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent
With the Mr. Irrelevant pick, he’s just a good enough route runner to get a shot as a short-to-midrange target who can work underneath. He’s not big, he’s not fast, and he’s not good enough to play in the NFL for a long period of time, but he’ll work hard and could be a tough cut if he catches everything that comes his way.
CFN Projection: Free Agent