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2010 NFL Draft Analysis - Round One (17-32)
Denver Bronco QB Tim Tebow
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Posted Apr 22, 2010


Who went where and how good are each of the draft picks in the 1st round picks 17 through 32?

2010 NFL Draft

1st Round Picks (17 to 32)


2010 NFL Draft Analysis
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- CFN 2010 Draft Central

17. San Francisco
Mike Iupati, OG Idaho 6-5, 331 (OT)
Overall Pick No. 17 CFN Overall Ranking: 20

You think the Niners wanted to upgrade the O line? They moved up to get a tackle in Anthony Davis and then got a road grader in Iupati, who some are calling the top guard prospect to come along in a decade. There might be other needs at corner and linebacker, but now the Niner line has two tremendous prospects to go along with a young, rising tackle in Joe Staley to fortify the front line for several years.

Very big, he’s a people-mover who’s expected to be strong for the running game. His 27 reps at the Combine were fine, but hardly special for a player considered to be the sure-thing No. 1 guard in the draft. He’s extremely quick for his size, but he’s not necessarily a tackle, and he’s way too sloppy with his hands and could get called for holding any time an official wants to throw the flag. His upside might be limitless, but he’s not ready to destroy out of the box. In time, he has the potential to be special with the right coaching.
CFN Projection: First Round

18. Pittsburgh
Maurkice Pouncey, C Florida 6-4, 304
Overall Pick No. 18 CFN Overall Ranking: 10

It might seem a bit boring to take a center, but this is Pittsburgh and it never, ever goes wrong with taking top O line prospects. If you could be guaranteed a Pro Bowl player at the 18, you’d take it in a heartbeat. Pouncey will go to several Pro Bowls as either a center or a guard, but there might be some Steeler fans who might have liked Jimmy Clausen as a prospect to build around for the future.

With prototype size and good athleticism, he’s by far the best center prospect in the draft. However, he might end up being better served at guard where he can use his nasty run blocking ability and toughness to work well in the right scheme. Extremely quick, smart, and technically sound, he has it all. He’ll make a line his the second he hits the practice field and will be a leader and high-level producer for a decade.
CFN Projection: First Round

19. Atlanta
Sean Weatherspoon, OLB Missouri 6-1, 239 (ILB)
Overall Pick No. 19 CFN Overall Ranking: 21

Absolute need pick taken at the right time. Get ready to put the earmuffs on, because Atlanta hasn’t had a talker like this since Deion was high-stepping down the Georgia Dome sidelines. The Falcons needed to take a versatile linebacker, and while Weatherspoon might not be the pass rusher that Sergio Kindle is, he’s a playmaker who could instantly become the face of the defense.

A natural leader who’s very yappy, but is the type of player everyone wants to be around and follow, he had an ultra-productive career and proved at the Combine to be extremely strong with nice quickness. Always around the ball, he’s an active defender who holds up well against big blockers and he doesn’t miss a tackle when he gets there. He doesn’t have the best range and is a bit small, but his intensity and his tackling make up for it. But be warned; he’ll rub some people the wrong way, and if he’s not great and he keeps talking, he’ll tick off a lot of teammates.
CFN Projection: First Round

20. Houston
Kareem Jackson, CB Alabama 5-10, 196
Overall Pick No. 20 CFN Overall Ranking: 66

High on several draft boards despite being more of a hard-worker than a big-time talent, he’ll be a limited pro who’ll need to have other good players around him. He’ll always give a team an honest day’s work, and he’s not going to bust for the Texans, but he’s not a game-changer.

A solid all-around corner who doesn’t have special skills or elite talent, he’s a tail-busting worker who always rose to the big occasion. Ultra-reliable, he was an excellent cog in the system who always did the little things asked of him. However, he wasn’t a top high school prospect for a reason. He’s not the greatest of athletes, especially at an NFL corner level, and he gambles a bit too much. Surrounded by great players in a strong scheme, he flourished. Put him on an island in the NFL and it’s uh-oh time.
CFN Projection: Third Round

21. Cincinnati
Jermaine Gresham, TE Oklahoma 6-5, 261 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 13 CFN Overall Ranking: 21

An easy fit and a godsend for Carson Palmer. The Bengals needed more receiving weapons and finally gave its franchise quarterback a safety valve tight end to work with. The Bengals might need other things, like a safety and a defensive tackle, but Gresham is too good to be passed up at 21.

The most talented receiving tight end in the draft, Gresham runs and moves like a big wide receiver, is almost uncoverable by linebackers, and has tremendous hands with great route running ability. Not just an H-Back target, he can also block and isn’t afraid to get a little dirty for the running game. The only question mark was an injured knee that cost him the entire 2009 season, but those concerns are gone after looking great at the Combine. He benefitted from a hurry-up offense that was loaded with talent but he’s a tremendous talent with room to get even better.
CFN Projection: First Round

22. Denver (from a trade with New England)
Demaryius Thomas, WR Georgia Tech 6-3, 224
Overall Pick No. 22 CFN Overall Ranking: 80

He can run deep, but he doesn’t have the hands or the skills to instantly replace Brandon Marshall. The Broncos have been extremely active and are trying to make things happen, but they might forever been known as the team that passed on Dez Bryant. Thomas had better be really, really good.

It all depends on how quickly he can show he can run a full route tree. A one-trick pony, he was the only receiver who did anything for the Georgia Tech passing game over the last few seasons, and that one thing was to get deep and use his size and strength to make big plays. When he had to run the short routes or the consistent catch, forget about it. He drops way too many passes and seems to go out of his way to fight the ball, but his bigger problem could be dealing with a corner who isn’t lulled to sleep. He was fantastic when defenses were sucked in by the Tech running game, but he’ll have to prove he won’t be erased by NFL corners. Is he faster than his projected time? He broke his foot and is still recovering, but once he’s right, he’ll have all the raw physical skills. Now he’ll have to show he can be a receiver.
CFN Projection: Second Round

23. Green Bay
Bryan Bulaga, OT Iowa 6-5, 314 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 9 CFN Overall Ranking: 23

A total steal for a team that desperately needed someone to keep Aaron Rodgers clean, Bulaga might be the best tackle in the draft with the upside to be a big-time pro for the next decade. He has a bigger upside than Russell Okung and Trent Williams and should be a perfect fit.

One of the most technically sound blockers in the draft. He’s big, moves effortless, and is young with the upside to still grow into a better, stronger player. He doesn’t just block, he buries, and when a hard yard is needed he comes up with the hit. While he worked out well, on tape he had a few problems with the pure speed rushers. He looks the part and has all the basics, and he could be just scratching the surface. He’ll play somewhere for a long, long time and can move to guard if he struggles at all at left tackle.
CFN Projection: First Round

24. Dallas (from a trade with 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

25. Denver (from a trade with Baltimore)
Tim Tebow, QB Florida 6-3, 236
Overall Pick No. 25 CFN Overall Ranking: 67

A stupid pick by a stupid team. This is a franchise that thought it could do something with Maurice Clarett (granted, that was the Mike Shanahan era), gave away a proven franchise quarterback in Jay Cutler just as he was entering his prime, traded for Brady Quinn, passed on Dez Bryant for Demaryius Thomas, and then traded up to get a player WHO CAN’T THROW AT AN NFL LEVEL. He proved that in his pro day, and even if you think he can be a starting quarterback with a lot of work and a few years, this is a huge chance to take at the 25. Congratulations, Denver. You just spent the 25th pick in the draft on Jim Jensen.

Tebow could be the call of the draft as opinions fluctuate wildly on what he can and can’t do and what he can and can’t become. A peerless leader with all the intangibles, every coaching staff will love him. However, he’s not for everyone and his rah-rah, let’s-go! style, along with his open preaching and showing of faith, will wear thin immediately if he tries to be Joe College when surrounded by grown men at the highest level (this was an issue for some at the NFL Combine). What made him so great, besides the leadership, was his running ability, which doesn’t translate in any way, shape, or form for the NFL; he’s not going to run over any NFL linebackers. Of course, the biggest issue is his throwing motion that he has had to break down and create from scratch over a few short weeks. However, he never received enough credit for being one of the most accurate, efficient passers in recent college football history, and if you go back and watch the 2008 SEC Championship game against Alabama, he was throwing darts to covered receivers (unlike, for example, Sam Bradford, who almost always threw to a wide open target). He’ll never be Peyton Manning as a passer, but if he’s allowed to be Tim Tebow as a short-to-midrange thrower out of the shotgun, he can succeed and thrive. He might turn out to be the ideal backup.
CFN Projection: Second Round

26. Arizona
Dan Williams, DT Tennessee 6-2, 327
Overall Pick 26 CFN Overall Ranking: 11

A terrific value pick, Williams isn’t the best tackle in the draft, but he might be the best pure run stopper and is way too good to pass up at this spot. The Cardinals need a quarterback and didn’t want Jimmy Clausen and didn’t go after a linebacker, but there’s no faulting the value of a huge tackle with Williams’ upside.

Everyone will focus on Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, and rightly so, but Williams isn’t as far behind prospect-wise as some might think. Very big and very tough, he’s a brick of granite who can sit in the middle of the line and swallow everything up. An ideal two-gap tackle, he’s quick for his size once he gets engaged. He could stand to get stronger after a mediocre 27 lifts at the Combine, and he was a bit of a one-year wonder who only blossomed after Monte Kiffin took over the defense, and he won’t get into the backfield, but he can be a top run stopper for a long time.
CFN Projection: First Round

27. New England (from a trade with Dallas)
Devin McCourty, CB Rutgers 5-11, 193
Overall Pick No. 27 CFN Overall Ranking: 47

New England gets several benefits of the doubt when it comes to picking late in the first round, and while some are going to wonder about why it passed over on Dez Bryant twice by trading with Denver and later Dallas, McCourty is a speedy corner who fits the Patriot mold.

Very athletic and very quick, he didn’t fly at the Combine, but he came up with a 4.48 and later ran a 4.42. He has the combination of skills and he looks the part, but despite his strength he’ll get pushed around a bit. He seems like he should be doing far, far more considering his talent; he wasn’t a difference maker. He’ll likely be a better pro than a collegian and will start for a long, long time and be rock solid. There’s almost no bust potential.
CFN Projection: Second Round

28. Miami (from a trade with San Diego)
Jared Odrick, DT Penn State 6-5, 304
Overall Pick No. 28 CFN Overall Ranking: 25

Bill Parcells loves his linemen, and while there are several good pass rushers on the board and there are several other splashy prospects still available, Odrick is a dominant tackle with no downside. He should be a great interior pass rusher and an active star for the inside of the line.

While there was an off-the-field incident and there are going to be some question marks about his character and his maturity, he’s fine. There’s no knucklehead factor here. He’s strong and athletic with the quickness to close a hole in a heartbeat. An anchor and a leader, he’s the type of lineman that other players work around. He’s a bit thin for his size and will likely get pushed around a wee bit at the next level, but he can be used just about anywhere on the line and he’ll produce.
CFN Projection: First Round

29. New York Jets
Kyle Wilson, CB Boise State 5-10, 194
Overall Pick No. 29 CFN Overall Ranking: 26

He might have a few problems with the deep ball and he might be a little small, but he also has the strength and the talent to be a killer of a No. 2 corner. If only the Jets had a No. 1 … oh yeah, that Derrelle Revis guy is pretty good. The defense is going to send the other nine guys after the quarterback on every play.

Extremely strong for his size, coming up with 25 reps on the bench at the Combine, he’s tough, fast, and very productive. He’s not quite the all-around athlete of some of the other corners, but he moves well and spent the last few years erasing opposing No. 1 receivers. He needs to be more of a pick-off artist and he gets blocked too easily, but he has outstanding skills and should be a good corner on an island as long as he doesn’t have to be the star of a secondary.
CFN Projection: Second Round

30. Detroit (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

31. Indianapolis
Jerry Hughes, OLB TCU 6-2, 255 (DE)
Overall Pick No. 31 CFN Overall Ranking: 22

The rich get richer. The Colts like high character guys who fit a mold, and Hughes is the next wave of hybrid pass rusher who can provide more help for Dwight Freeney and can make up for the loss of Raheem Brock. He’ll be used in a variety of ways and can be turned loose as a pass rusher from the moment he gets to camp.

A very pure, elite pass rusher who showed at the Combine that he could be a defensive end if he needs to be and could also be quick enough to work as an outside linebacker. The 26 lifts on the bench were fantastic and he flew around the short drills. With great work ethic, a high motor, and the ability to raise his game at the right time, he’s the type of player coaches rave about and love to have around. He’ll need to find the right fit and he can’t be asked to hold up against the run on a regular basis, but he’ll be deadly when turned loose.
CFN Projection: Second Round
 
32. New Orleans
Patrick Robinson, CB Florida State 5-11, 190
Overall Pick No. 32 CFN Overall Ranking: 30

The Saints like to blitz and they need as many good defensive backs as possible. After taking Malcolm Jenkins last year, the Saints boosted their secondary even more with a great all-around corner with good value considering the price paid for other top defensive backs like Joe Haden, Devin McCourty, and Kyle Wilson.

Very fast with good size and tremendous athleticism, he has the raw tools and the explosiveness to be a top-shelf shut-down corner. He’s a game-changing ball-hawk who knows how to hang around with receivers and not let them go, and he’s not afraid to make a stick and get in on a tough run stop. The problem is the same that many top college corners have; no one wanted to throw his way. Durability is a question mark and he can be beaten when he’s not focused. He can hit, but he only tackles when he wants to. On athleticism alone he should grow into a very nice, very safe pro, and if he wants it, he could be a perennial Pro Bowler.
CFN Projection: Second Round