5 Worst Picks of the 2010 NFL Draft
Some moments of this draft maybe want to jump out of my pajamas. Guys I had barely heard of were going in the top 10.
However, history has shown us that players who are can't miss prospects could be colossal busts (JaMarcus Russell, with his cannon arm and, at the time, record contract).
The gridiron in the falls to come will decide if these were wise picks, but here are the five most shocking moments of the 2010 NFL Draft.
CB Devin McCourty - Patriots (27)
Just to warn you, three of the five picks on this list were made by Bill Belichick or one of his disciples, including this one.
McCourty's biggest asset is his 4.3 speed which will help him stick with faster, more physical NFL receivers.
He was originally projected to go early in the second round to Cleveland, but the Browns jumped the gun and took Joe Haden in the top 10.
McCourty might not be a ball hawk (one interception for zero yards), but he's doesn't miss tackles (80 stops) and returned a kick off for a touchdown.
His breakaway ability on special teams could be the X Factor in Brady and Co. in returning to the Super Bowl, but the better cover corner Kyle Wilson was available.
Belichick likes projects, and this could be another diamond in the rough, or he could be a one-dimensional speedster like Dante Hall playing defense.
The NFL is so much faster than the Big East and McCourty never played in any major bowls at Rutgers (The International Bowl doesn't count!)
WR DeMaryius Thomas - Broncos (22)
Instead of taking more hyped and polished wideouts, Denver took a flyer on the lanky, tall receiver who had 25.1 yards per catch for the Yellow Jackets.
Like his future quarterback Tim Tebow, Thomas has played in the triple option the past few seasons and will need to get used to a pro system.
He ran a 4.4 40 at the combine, but he hasn't had to run many complex NFL routes and on film Thomas doesn't have the greatest burst off the snap.
However, his height will be a great safety valve for rookie quarterback Tebow, who will miss Hernandez in the pros.
Right now, this is a below average pick because Dez Bryant and Golden Tate were available, but if Thomas is coached up and gets stronger at pass blocking and adapts to a pro system, he might live up to his first-round status.
RB Ryan Matthews - Chargers (12)
Wanted by Houston at the 20 spot, Ryan Matthews wasn't projected to go in the first half of the first round.
Despite being picked higher than his stock, Matthews was a great collegiate runner, rushing for 1,808 yards last season.
Unlike some small- school backs who are usually raw speedsters or slower one-cut backs, Matthews excels at breaking tackles and was the second tailback in the draft after C.J. Spiller.
After the loss of LT, the Chargers need a starting running back, but they had other needs like safety and defensive end which they could have filled with higher ranked prospects like Earl Thomas and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Mathews could turn out to be another great WAC runner like Marshall Faulk, or he could be overshadowed by the players taken after him.
He was often injured in college, and we'll see if he toughens up in the pros or continues to get hurt.
QB Tim Tebow - Broncos (25)
Probably the most perused player in the draft, a whole section on the front page on Bleacher Report was dedicated to Tim Tebow articles.
The Heisman winner and national champion with 145 career touchdowns was projected in most mocks as going behind Sam Bradford (number 1 overall) and Jimmy Clausen (currently undrafted).
However, like his mentor Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels of the Broncos took a flier on a quarterback from the big name school (see Tom Brady).
Tebow has a strong arm and is a natural leader with charisma. However, he doesn't know how to check down to secondary receivers and is in the process of learning how to take snaps from center and retoooling his throwing motion.
The Broncs traded away his top receiver Brandon Marshall, and Tebow still has to win the job from incumbent Kyle Orton and new acquisition Brady Quinn. This pick could make or break the whole Denver franchise.
DT Tyson Alualu - Jaguars (10)
The Jaguars needed a defensive linemen so they reached for this physical specimen from Cal, passing over prospects like Dan Williams who some mock drafts had him going to the Raiders in the Top 10.
Alualu was a star for the Bears having 7.5 sacks this year from his nose tackle position and earning First Team All-Pac-10.
He wasn't as hyped as tackles from the SEC and Big 12 like Suh, McCoy, Williams, and Cody which took many people by surprise.
His strengths are his passion, physicality, and pass rushing. Most of the mocks had him as an early second rounder, so this was a bit of a reach.
The Jaguars could have theoretically picked him with their second-round pick.