2010 NFL Draft - 10 Biggest Reaches
Washington Redskin OT Trent Williams
Washington Redskin OT Trent Williams
Posted Apr 25, 2010

Who were ten of the most overdrafted players and biggest reaches in the 2010 NFL Draft?

2010 NFL Draft

10 Biggest Reaches

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Reaching for a prospect doesn't necessarily mean that player is going to be bad. It could mean that a team didn't get a good value and overdrafted the player. Some teams (like Philadelphia and New England) don't tend to care and will take the guys they want when they want to. Even so, they might end up paying more money when they didn't have to. With that in mind, here are ten of the biggest reaches in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma
Washington, First Round, 4th Pick Overall

There's no question that Williams is a fantastic talent and he's one of the most athletic linemen in the draft, but Mike Shanahan is taking a big chance at the four on a player with so many question marks and concerns. Oklahoma State's Russell Okung was the safest tackle on the board, Iowa's Bryan Bulaga (who slid) has the biggest upside, and Rutgers' Anthony Davis is more talented (but more inconsistent and more of a risk, especially at the four). There were other tackles on the board if the Skins wanted to move down, and if Williams isn't the best of the lot, this was a miss. Even if he does turn into a Pro Bowl performer, he might forever be known as the guy who was taken one pick ahead of Tennessee safety Eric Berry.

Tyson Alualu, DT California
Jacksonville, First Round, 10th Pick Overall

The only problem is when the Jaguars took Alualu. The Cal defensive tackle is just the type of explosive interior presence the team desperately needed after finishing last in the NFL in sacks last season, but he could've been had around the mid-20s if not at the end of the first round. If the real goal was to find more of a pass rush, then why not grab Michigan DE Brandon Graham (who went three picks later) or take a flier on USF DE Jason Pierre-Paul (who went at the 15)?

Demaryius Thomas, WR Georgia Tech
Denver, First Round, 22nd Pick Overall

In 1998, Tennessee selected Kevin Dyson out of Utah with the 16th pick in the draft. Meanwhile, Randy Moss was passed over by team after team because of character concerns. Josh McDaniels is looking to clean house and is going after high-character players, and Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant didn't appear to fit the profile while Demaryius Thomas did. Thomas has tremendous speed and size, and he's a nice prospect, but he's also unproven as anything more than a deep threat. Dallas was all too happy to trade up to grab Bryant two picks later, and if Thomas isn't the better of the two, this will go down as a major misfire.

Tim Tebow, QB Florida
Denver, First Round, 25th Pick Overall

Was all the talk about Tebow going in the first round just a big smoke-screen and a bunch of hot air to get someone to sucker in? Value-wise, this actually wasn't a bad pick considering all the rumors and all the talk about several teams being interested in the Gator legend. However, when all is said and done, would you rather have Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall or Tebow, Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton, and Demaryius Thomas? If you say the latter, you're just plain wrong. Thomas might be a great player. Marshall, baggage and all, is a great player, and it's asking for lightning to strike twice to get a receiver of his caliber. Worse yet, Tebow might be a quarterback. Not a contributor, not a tight end, but a quarterback. For a team that needs to patch holes, waiting two years (at a bare minimum) to see if Tebow can even throw at a pro level is a huge chance to take with the 25th overall pick, and it's an even bigger risk considering how many quarterbacks who can actually throw ended up sliding deep.

T.J. Ward, S Oregon
Cleveland, Second Round, 38th Pick Overall

This wasn't a safety-rich draft, so the pickings got slim in a big hurry, but Cleveland still took a big flier in the top 40 when there was still a ton of talent on the board. Instead of trying to improve the passing game with receiver Arrelious Benn of Illinois (who went next to Tampa Bay), or take a shot at greatness with USC safety Taylor Mays (who fell to 49 to San Francisco), the Browns took a good college player who doesn't have the elite skills to be a top NFL safety, and worse yet, has injury issues. Ward will work his tail off and he's not going to be bad if he's 100%, but he almost certainly could've been had later.

Torrell Troup, DT UCF
Buffalo, Second Round, 41st Pick Overall

The Bills took a very, very good prospect in Troup, who might turn out to be one of the best pure nose tackles in the draft, but that's not a given by any means. Not only was he likely to have slid to the third round, if not far further, the Bills passed on Lamarr Houston of Texas and Linval Joseph of East Carolina, two other great tackle prospects to get him. They also passed on a superior pass rushing prospect in Sergio Kindle of Texas and blew off Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen. Again, this wasn't a bad pick, but it wasn't a great value.

Zane Beadles, OT Utah
Jacksonville, Second Round, 45th Pick Overall

The Broncos kept reaching for players with a certain type of personality over prospects with far more talent. Beadles got destroyed as a tackle at the Senior Bowl, with one scout wondering aloud why the Utah star was even invited. While Beadles was a tremendous college player, he doesn't have the athleticism or the talent to be an NFL tackle and will have to be moved inside. The 45th pick in the draft is a high price to pay for a player who might be able to become a guard.

Daniel Teo'Nesheim, DE Washington
Philadelphia, Third Round, 85th Pick Overall

Over and over again the Eagles went for misfit prospects who were ultra-disruptive in college. "Te'o," the nickname from head coach Andy Reid, was a phenomenal collegiate pass rusher, but he's not a great athlete and is more of a late fourth, early fifth round talent. However, he fits a type of player Philly was going for and Reid always gets production out of his high-energy defenders. It was still a bit early for the former Dawg.

Armanti Edwards, QB/WR Appalachian State
Carolina, Third Round, 89th Pick Overall

What is he? He's not an NFL quarterback in any way and he'll have to play receiver, but the Panthers passed on a true wideout in Ohio's Taylor Price (who went with the next pick to New England), who would've added some much-needed speed and more size on the other side of Steve Smith, for a project. Considering the Panthers had already invested in Brandon LaFell earlier in the third round, and with Penn State LB Navorro Bowman still on the board, the spotlight will be on Edwards to shine immediately.

Trevard Lindley, CB Kentucky
Philadelphia, Fourth Round, 105th Pick Overall

Value, value, value. Philly overpaid for a banged up backup nickel back. When healthy, Lindley was a whale of a college cornerback with the talent and ability to play at a high level in the SEC. However, he's extremely thin, isn't durable, isn't fast, and isn't big enough to be physical against the run. Other than that, everything is fine. There would've been a chance he could've slid well into the sixth round, if not later, had the Eagles not selected him in the fourth.