Draft Picks 2010: Analyzing Five Surprises from Round One
After the first round, the 2010 NFL Draft has already left us with numerous surprises that will be hot topics to discuss leading up to the weeks of training camp.
While the first few picks of the draft came as no surprise, the rest of the opening round provided us with plenty of surprise trades and picks...both the good and the bad.
Here is an analysis for five of the top surprises in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers Get Two Offensive Linemen
The San Francisco 49ers entered this year's draft knowing one of their top priorities was improving the offensive line.
Instead of getting one, they got two great prospects in Anthony Davis from Rutgers and Mike Iupati from Idaho.
While the Niners may be criticized for selecting Davis as high as they did with the 11th pick, these two standouts provide San Francisco with the potential of a dynamic duo at offensive line for years to come.
Many considered the 49ers a sleeper pick in the NFC West this season after finishing 8-8 last year. With the addition of Davis and Iupati, they appear to be making a strong case again.
Dallas Cowboys Land Dez Bryant At No. 24
If any member of the Dallas Cowboys should be worried about his job for the 2010 season, it's wide receiver Roy Williams.
Jerry Jones made a last-minute trade to move up to the 24th pick so the Cowboys could select Dez Bryant and avoid deja-vu from the 1998 season.
While the former Oklahoma State standout drew questions by many teams for his troubled past, Jones wanted to make sure he didn't miss a chance on Bryant like he did with Randy Moss 12 years ago.
Philadelphia Eagles Trade Up, Pass On Earl Thomas For Brandon Graham
When it was announced the Philadelphia Eagles had traded up for the 13th pick, fans and analysts across the country seemed to be convinced the move was made to acquire Earl Thomas—arguably the second-best safety in this year's class.
Last season was enough proof the Eagles are in desperate need of help at the safety position after they made the decision to part ways with Brian Dawkins...who is coming off his first Pro Bowl season with the Denver Broncos.
Thomas caught the eyes of many scouts during the weeks leading up to the draft and seemed to be the perfect candidate in Sean McDermott's defense.
Instead, Philadelphia decided to go with one of the top defensive prospects in Graham, who should make an immediate impact as an effective pass rusher during his rookie season.
It may not have been the move expected at the time, but the Eagles made a solid choice by selecting the Michigan standout.
Jimmy Clausen Remains Undrafted
By a show of readers, how many can honestly say in their Mock Drafts they had Tim Tebow being the second quarterback selected ahead of Jimmy Clausen?
Considering the few number of teams in desperate need of a quarterback, there was always that slight chance Clausen would slip to the second round if teams like Buffalo or Jacksonville passed on him early.
However, nobody could have predicted he would be the third quarterback drafted this year behind Bradford and Tebow. Now it's almost a sure-thing Clausen will be drafted in the second round; it's just a matter of which team decides to take him.
Denver Broncos Select Tim Tebow With 25th Pick
In one of the most unexpected events of the first round, the Denver Broncos swapped picks with the Baltimore Ravens at the last second to acquire Florida standout Tim Tebow.
There's no denying Tebow has the right work ethic and determination to one day become an elite quarterback in the NFL. However, that day still seems far, far away—which is why the Broncos face such criticism.
The main question coming out of Denver now is why would the Broncos spend a first-round pick on Tebow with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn already on the roster?