The countdown to the 2010 NFL Draft is now being measured in hours instead of days, and like always, there will be some picks that leave us scratching our heads.
So, which teams and players will be involved in the selections that leave us wondering why?
I've taken the liberty of choosing 10 potential first round picks that teams are sure to regret. Take a look.
Mathews would be a nice addition to the Texans’ poor running game, but with the loss of Dunta Robinson to the Falcons, the Texans biggest need is clearly in the secondary. If one of the elite cornerbacks is available at 20, namely Joe Haden or Kyle Wilson, the Texans would be foolish to pass.
In addition, the Texans will still have a number of attractive options to consider when they pick in the second round, 51st overall, including perhaps Cal’s Jahvid Best and Auburn’s Ben Tate. They won’t find a corner of that quality in the second round.
Bryant is unquestionably a top 10 talent. However, the character questions surrounding him make him a high risk pick for any team who pulls the trigger on the receiver.
The Browns are a team in flux, and the worse thing a team in flux can do is spend a high draft choice on a receiver with the reputation for being a diva.
Just ask the Lions. The Browns would be better off making a safe pick here, such as the Eric Berry or Joe Haden.
The Lions seem sold on taking Suh with the second pick, and it’s not that I don’t think he is going to be a great player, it’s that I think Gerald McCoy is going to be a superstar.
A few years down the road, the Lions will be happy to have Suh, but will cringe every time they see McCoy make a big play for the Bucs, knowing that they could have had him.
The Packers are in need of help in the secondary, and McCourty may be their pick, especially if Joe Haden and Kyle Wilson are off the board. The problem is that McCourty would be a reach at 23.
If the Packers decide to go the cornerback route, Alabama’s Kareem Jackson would be a better pick, assuming he is available.
Also, adding a solid offensive lineman, such as Idaho’s Mike Iupati, to keep Aaron Rodgers clean would be a great move.
The Chargers need someone to eventually replace Jamal Williams in the middle of their defensive line, and Cody certainly has the size and physicality to fill Williams’ shoes. The problem is that he is too much of a reach at the end of the first round.
If the Chargers pass on Cody, it is very likely that he will fall into the second round, where the Chargers could parlay their second round pick, 40th overall, and perhaps a later round pick to land Cody near the top of the second round.
Pierre-Paul could very well end up being an absolute beast rushing off the end, but he presents a huge risk as well. Questions about his mental makeup and experience are unanswered, making him a potential bust.
The Titans need help on their defensive line, and while Pierre-Paul could look like a steal in the long run, they’re better off drafting a surer thing, like Michigan’s Brandon Graham.
I think that Spiller is a great fit for the Seahawks anemic run attack. I just don’t think he is a great fit for them with the sixth overall spot, especially since I believe they have a solid chance to land him with the 14th overall pick.
The Seahawks would be better off using this pick to shore up either their offensive or defensive line, and to try to land Spiller at 14. If he is gone Jonathan Dwyer or Jahvid Best could be an option in the second round.
You’ve just traded your migraine-inducing diva wide receiver, so what do you do? You certainly don’t draft a replacement with a history of causing headaches of his own!
Perhaps the questions about Bryant’s character have been blown out of proportion, and the Broncos do have a huge hole at receiver, but the bottom line is Bryant could be another migraine waiting to happen. It’s a situation best avoided by the Broncos.
Some mock drafts still think that Tebow is a first rounder and project him to go as high as 10th to the Jaguars. Really? Tebow’s stock has improved as a result of his combine performance, but the chance he becomes a franchise quarterback is still slim.
He is a winner. He is a legend. He is the type of guy any team would like to have on their roster—as their back-up quarterback. Tebow belongs in the second round, and any team who takes him in the first is being foolish.
Oh, the Oakland Raiders. Many think the Raiders will draft Campbell with the eighth overall pick, even though he does not appear at all in either of Todd McShay or Mel Kiper’s latest first round mock. I guess it wouldn’t be a surprise.
I am not convinced that Jimmy Clausen is a future franchise quarterback, but with the current state of the quarterback situation in Oakland, anyone other than Clausen would be a huge mistake. Clausen has a chance to be great, which is a heck of a lot more than any of the Raiders’ current quarterbacks have going for them.