Freak Show: The Top 10 Players on Paper in the 2010 NFL Draft

David DanielsSenior Writer IMarch 3, 2010

Freak Show: The Top 10 Players on Paper in the 2010 NFL Draft

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    What are the most important attributes a football player can bring to the table?

    Speed, strength, and size. Those are the attributes that actually matter. Well, not really, but those measurables are what these players bring to the table.

    These ten athletes are the fastest, strongest, largest, or a combination of the three in this years draft. They may not be the best players on the gridiron, but they stand out on paper.

    Anyone of these players has the chance to be the next "freak". Jevon Kearse and Matt Jones were both known as "The Freak" coming out of college. Randy Moss's breakout rookie year performance earned him the nickname "Super Freak."

    Just by studying Moss and Jones, you can see that these types of players' careers can lead down different paths. Randy Moss will go down as the most explosive receiver in league history. Matt Jones will only be remembered for his trouble with the law.

    Almost every player on this list are high potential, high bust-rate type players. It will be up to them to decide how they will be remembered. They will either go down in history as an amazing player who had it all, or just another bust.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the 2010 Oakland Raiders Big Board...

Sergio Kindle, Outside Linebacker, Texas

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    Sergio Kindle probably has the highest ceiling of any 3-4 rush linebacker in this year's draft.

    3-4 outside linebackers always receive more publicity than 4-3 in the NFL because of sack totals. If Kindle lives up to the hype, we may be hearing his name mentioned as a top linebacker for a long time.
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    Height: 6' 2 7/8"
    Weight: 250 lbs
    Arm Length: 33 1/4"
    Hand Size: 10"
    40 Time: 4.71 sec
    Bench Press: 25 reps
    Verticle: 36.5"
    Broad Jump: 9'10"

Jimmy Graham, Tight End, The U

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    Jimmy Graham may be the next star basketball player to tight end convert. He is pretty much the definition of a raw prospect.

    He has the height, he has the size, and he definitely knows how to go up and get the ball. He is eighth on the Miami Hurricanes basketball team's all-time block list. I don't know if that translates well to catching the football, but it can't hurt.
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    Height: 6'6"
    Weight: 260 lbs
    Arm Length: 35"
    Hand Size: 10 5/8"
    40 Time: 4.56 sec
    Bench Press: 20 reps
    Verticle: 38.5"
    Broad Jump: 10'
    3-Cone: 6.9 sec
    60-Yard Shuttle: 11.76 sec

Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Florida

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    Surprised? Don't be.

    Tim Tebow didn't earn the nickname "Superman" for nothing.

    His vertical at the combine was a record for quarterbacks and was higher than all but six receivers. He out-leaped big name wide outs Arrelious Benn and Damian Williams.

    Tebow had a faster 3-cone time than every running back including burner Jahvid Best. His twenty and sixty yard shuttle also beat out the vast majority of running backs and receivers.
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    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 236 lbs
    Arm Length: 31 3/4"
    Hand Size: 10 1/8"
    40 Time: 4.72 sec
    Verticle: 38.5"
    Broad Jump: 9'7"
    3-Cone: 6.66 sec
    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.17 sec
    60-Yard Shuttle: 11.27 sec

Dorin Dickerson, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh

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    Dorin Dickeron is currently listed as a tight end. With his height and weight, he has no buisness being in the same sentence as some of the other players in this article.

    When Dickerson posted a 4.4 at the combine, he all of a sudden put himself in the conversation for top freak as a wide receiver.

    As a wide out, he would of had the second fastest forty time, the best bench by four reps, and the highest vertical by three inches. Instead of a very small tight end, he has the potential to be a monster receiver.
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    Height: 6' 1"
    Weight: 226 lbs
    Arm Length: 34"
    Hand Size: 9 3/4"
    40 Time: 4.40 sec
    Bench Press: 24 reps
    Verticle: 43.5"
    Broad Jump: 10' 5"
    3-Cone: 6.96 sec
    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.3 sec

Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska

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    No, he's not on this list just because he's number one on the majority of draft analyst's big boards. He's on the list of top freaks because he's a downright tank.

    Suh gave nightmares to Big 12 interior lineman all season and could be keeping awake NFC West lineman at night soon enough.
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    Height: 6' 4"
    Weight: 307 lbs
    Arm Length: 33 1/2"
    Hand Size: 10 1/4"
    40 Time: 4.98 sec
    Bench Press: 32 reps
    Vertical: 35 1/2"
    Broad Jump: 8'9"

Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End, Florida

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    Carlos Dunlap is the first of the three consecutive defensive ends on this list.

    Dunlap is gifted with the size and speed that has drawn comparison to fellow Florida Gator alumni, "The Freak", Jevon Kearse.

    As long as Dunlap stays in the weight room and away from the club (see DUI, bowl game suspension), he could have a great career.
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    Height: 6' 5 6/8'
    Weight: 277 lbs
    Arm Length: 34 5/8"
    Hand Size: 10"
    40 Time: 4.71 sec
    Bench Press: 21 reps
    Verticle: 31.5"
    Broad Jump: 9'3"

Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End, USF

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    Most readers will probably think Jason Pierre-Paul should be higher on this list. There was no way I could force myself to move JPP higher after he benched thirteen reps less than the final end on this list.

    Anyone can see Pierre-Paul's upside with his combination of amazing athletic ability and huge frame.

    He has the highest potential of all defensive ends in the draft, but that couldn't help him get into the top three freaks in 2010.
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    Height: 6' 5"
    Weight: 270 lbs
    Arm Length: 34 3/4"
    Hand Size: 10 3/8"
    40 Time: 4.64 sec
    Bench Press: 19 reps
    Broad Jump: 9'7"

Everson Griffen, Defensive End, USC

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    The final of the DE trio is Everson Griffen.

    The difference between him, Dunlap, and JPP was the bench press.

    Griffen may not be the all-around athlete that the other two are, but his strength makes up for it on this list.

    All three ends were predicted to headline the combine. It's very hard to meet the expectations when the bar is set so high, but they did it.
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    Height: 6' 3 3/8"
    Weight: 273 lbs
    Arm Length: 32 5/8"
    Hand Size: 10"
    40 Time: 4.66 sec
    Bench Press: 32 reps

Bruce Campbell, Offensive Tackle, Maryland

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    This player may actually be number one on the Oakland Raiders big board.

    Bruce Campbell placed in the top ten offensive linemen in every event except the broad jump. That success included his first place time in the forty yard dash.

    Some analysts actually believe that Campbell's forty at his weight is even more impressive than the player ahead of him on this list...
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    Height: 6' 6"
    Weight: 314 lbs
    Arm Length: 36 1/4"
    Hand Size: 10 1/2"
    40 Time: 4.85 sec
    Bench Press: 34 reps
    Verticle: 32"
    Broad Jump: 8' 5"
    3-Cone: 7.58 sec
    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.69

Taylor Mays, Saftey, USC

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    Taylor Mays is the freak of freaks. He is faster than everyone on the opponents offense. He is stronger than everyone on the opponent's offense (except for maybe a few lineman).

    If Mays is drafted by a team that knows how to use his talents, he could very easily be the most feared defender in the league for the next decade.

    Don't like the selection? Tell me...can your pick for the number one freak do this?

    He KO'd two players in one hit. Beat that Mike Tyson!
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    Height: 6'3"
    Weight: 230 lbs
    Arm Length: 34"
    Hand Size: 10 1/4"
    40 Time: 4.43 sec
    Bench Press: 24 reps
    Verticle: 41"
    Broad Jump: 10'5"