2010 NFL Draft: Year of the Defense

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2010 NFL Draft: Year of the Defense
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It has been said it takes about three seasons to properly evaluate a draft class. So what will people say about the 2010 NFL Draft in 2013?

I can tell you right now what the headline will be: "Year Of The Defense."

Remember in 2008 when eight offensive tackles were taken in the first round? Expect a feeding frenzy on that level across the board defensively this year. There are two major reasons for this change.

On the offensive side of the ball, excluding OT, this is a thin year for playmakers at QB, RB, and WR.

Top QB Sam Bradford barely played in his last season at Oklahoma. C.J. Spiller of Clemson is not a true every down back in the NFL. Then you have OK State WR Dez Bryant who only played three games last season.

There are no locks in the top five in any of these positions. It says a lot about the quality of prospects at each position when there are such obvious red flags at the top of the positional rankings.

On defense? Well, things look a lot better.

There could easily be as many as 17 defensive lineman, 10 linebackers, and 15 defensive backs selected in the first two rounds.

But if there were 42 defensive players taken in the first 64 picks, this would be a substantial jump compared to previous years. There were 34 defensive players chosen in the first two rounds in 2009, 28 in 2008, 32 in 2007, and 33 in 2006. As you can see, the number of players on each side of the ball is rather consistent.

The difference here is the quality and quantity of the defensive players in this draft.

Not only does each defensive position have a great first tier, such as DT with Suh, McCoy, Oderik, Williams, and Price. But there is a substantial second tier at this same position where there is a large group of as many as eight defensive tackles who will be highly regarded and possible picks in the first few rounds.

So despite the fact that of the top 10 picks, there could be as many as six or seven offensive players taken, be prepared to see some great defenders fall off the board quickly in the remainder of the first two rounds and beyond.

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