2010 NFL Draft: Big Board (1-10)
I wrote another big board earlier this year pre-combine, and wow has it changed!
Stocks have risen even more after strong performances from players like Sean Weatherspoon and Eric Berry at the NFL Combine.
However, Jermaine Gresham and Anthony Davis did not fare as well.
Here is the updated 2010 NFL Draft Big Board.
No. 1: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Suh was actually No. 2 on my list last time, but after reviewing more of Suh's tape and seeing his strong performance at the combine, I had to jump on the band wagon and put him at No. 1.
The greatest part of Suh's game is his balance on both run stopping and pass rushing. He works just as hard at both skills, and he really appears to love doing both.
Suh should be an absolute force in the NFL, and if the Lions are lucky enough to get him at No. 2, they should jump all over that opportunity.
No. 2: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Berry was previously my No. 1 rated player, and he only falls to No. 2 because of the realization of how good Suh is.
Berry combines excellent size—6'0", 211 lbs.—with great speed—4.47 40 time. He excels at stopping the run, along with being a ball hawking safety in pass coverage.
I would still be very surprised to see Berry fall out of the top five. He has shown his brilliance at every level thus far, and he will continue the trend in the NFL.
No. 3: Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State
Okung has shot up my list post-combine. I have been able to watch more tapes on the ex-Cowboy, along with his sensational performance at the combine.
Unlike Bruce Campbell, Okung is built like an offensive lineman. He has massive shoulders and an all-around thick body that looks impossible to move. He is just as strong in run blocking as he is pass blocking too.
Okung looks to be a franchise left tackle for the next 10 years. He looks to go somewhere in the top five, and he could potentially start his first game this year.
No. 4: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
McCoy is a great player, but I think he has gotten a little over-hyped by many scouts. I think many people want a McCoy versus Suh rivalry at the next level, and while McCoy is great, he is no Suh.
However, McCoy is still a terrific player. He is an excellent pass rushing defensive tackle who gets off the ball very quickly. He also plays at a very high intensity and seems to always be in the right place to make a play.
McCoy still looks to be a top five pick. Rumor has it that the Tampa Bay Bucs will do just about anything to get him. Even if that means trading up.
No. 5: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
When you can play, you can play, and Joe Haden can play. Despite having a poor combine performance, Haden still comes in at No. 5.
Haden proved to be by far the best corner in college football. He shut down just about every receiver he faced, and he hits like a safety in run support. Haden is not as slow as his combine made him seem. He clearly has great game speed and quickness, which is what really matters.
Haden was previously a lock as a top 10 pick, but some scouts think he may fall. If he does, he will become one of the best values in the draft. Still, I see Haden going in the top 10.
No. 6: Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa
Bulaga is another player shooting up most draft boards. Teams have realized that this 20-year-old can play with the best of them, despite his "small" arm length.
Bulaga excels at run blocking at this point of his career. The Iowa system was very run first, so he got a lot of experience at it. He is still a good pass blocker, but he will improve even more with the right training.
Look for Bulaga to go in the top 10 now. Previously, some mock drafts had him falling to the late teens, but not anymore. He is clearly top 10 material and potential.
No. 7: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
McClain's draft status is in question now. Previously, he was thought of as top 10 pick, but now, some scouts have McClain falling to the mid to late teens. However, he is still rated high on my board.
McClain uses his massive frame—6'4", 255 lbs—to tackle and cover. He is a very natural tackler, who still hits low and drives his opponent to the ground. McClain then excels at pass coverage because of his incredible athleticism and instincts.
Teams will be hard pressed to pass on McClain, knowing how well Patrick Willis and John Beason have turned out. I see him going in the late single digits or early tens.
No. 8: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The potential No. 1 overall pick falls to No. 8 for me because of the questions that still need to be answered. Is he healthy? How is his arm strength? Is he injury prone? These questions would make me very nervous as a GM.
Still, Bradford showed signs of brilliance at Oklahoma. He constantly made the right decisions, and he never seemed to get rattled. He also has ideal size and decent athleticism too.
From the looks of it, Bradford looks to be the No. 1 overall pick. He will have a chance to bring the Rams back to prominence, and with the help of Steven Jackson who knows where this could go.
No. 9: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
I am not sold on Dez Bryant, and I feel like he is getting too many free passes. This young man clearly has an ego problem that can ruin teams at the next level.
But, when on the field, Bryant can play. He has a great combination of size and speed, and he has some of the biggest hands ever for a wide receiver. Bryant's size, playing style, and (unfortunately) attitude reminds me of a young Terrell Owens.
Many mock drafts still have Bryant going in the top 10. I do not disagree; he has top 10 talent, but his attitude frightens me, which is why he is barely in my top 10.
No. 10: Brandon Graham, OLB/DE, Michigan
Graham has always been considered a top prospect to me—even when he was supposed to go in the third round. He continues to rise on many draft boards, but I still think he should go higher.
Graham has dominated at every level he has played at. He was a huge recruit coming out of high school, and he then dominated the Big 10 for four seasons. Graham then proved to all the skeptics how athletic and strong he is—4.72 40 time, 31 reps.
Look for a team to take a chance on Graham in the mid first round. He is a player a team may trade up to try and get, and they will not be disappointed in their investment.
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