The 2010 NFL Draft's Biggest Potential Busts
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5. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Combine Stats: 6'4", 236 pounds
I felt much more comfortable about Matt Stafford being the top pick last year than Bradford this year because everyone had picked apart Stafford's game. We knew his flaws, we saw his struggles, and his talent was still overwhelmingly apparent.
With Bradford, just when we got a glimpse of him in less-than-ideal situations, the tape stopped rolling.
Bradford played behind a great offensive line and was surrounded with NFL-caliber weapons when he won the Heisman in 2008. He hardly played with a pass rush in his face until the national championship game, where he continually threw off his back foot when pressured.
This season Bradford looked good against BYU, until his throwing shoulder was injured. He had a decent showing against Baylor, who went 1-7 in Big 12 play but once again struggled with a pass rush against Texas before he was re-injured.
I have to trust Dr. James Andrews and believe his shoulder will recover fine, but I don't have any reason to believe he will start stepping into his throws when pressured.
We've never seen a prolific Oklahoma quarterback come out of the spread and make it in the NFL. Bradford has the tools to be very good behind a very good line, but with limited talent around him he will likely struggle.
With so many questions surrounding Bradford, why aren't more of them being asked?
4. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Combine Stats: 6'6", 277 pounds, 4.71, 21 reps
To be fair, Dunlap does have some game tape to support being a first-round pick. He has been effective at multiple spots on the D-line and has made plays on college football's biggest stage.
There is also a lot of film to support that he is lazy and won't thrive in the physical NFL game.
Any on-field questions are only magnified by his in-season DUI, putting his character in question as well.
3. Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Combine Stats: 6'5", 323 pounds, 5.38, 21 reps
Some may think Bruce Campbell would be up here instead of Davis because Campbell was the one with the hyped combine performance, but it is the lack of performance I am worried about with Davis.
At times Davis looked like a starting left tackle in the NFL, and at times he looked like a gifted but lazy project.
Effort has been a major concern when grading Davis. He shows signs of a player who may get content with a big payday and forgo improving his game.
It was nice to see his explosive 33-inch vertical leap, but events that require sustained effort like the forty and bench were disappointments—or maybe he's just slow and weak.
2. Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Combine Stats: 6'1", 219 pounds, 4.48, 20 reps
There is nothing scarier than a first-round wide receiver. Too many times it has been time itself that determines who goes in Round One, not on-field production.
Benn does have some highlight grabs on tape; over the last three years he caught 159 passes for 2,221 yard and seven touchdowns. An alarmingly low number of scores is the first red flag; his 38 receptions this season is the next.
To compare, Darrius Heyward-Bey went for 138, 2,089, and 13 in three years at Maryland. Numbers Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin slapped in two years.
Benn does give you action in the return game and he's effective in rushing situations, but in a talented draft like this, I wouldn't take a player with this much risk in the top 32.
1. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
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