2010 NFL Draft: First Round Grades

Benjamin C. KleinCorrespondent IApril 23, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  C.J. Spiller from the Clemson Tigers poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a Buffalo Bills jersey after Spiller was selected number 9 overall by the Bills during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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1. St. Louis Rams: Sam BradfordB

Rams finally got their franchise QB, but did they get one who can stay healthy?

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong SuhA

Finally, watching the Lions on Thanksgiving will begin to be fun.

3. Tampa Bay Bucs: Gerald McCoyB+

Perfect combination of fit, need, and talent; McCoy may not be Sapp, though.

4. Washington Redskins: Trent WilliamsC-

This pick is too cool for school. Shanahan ignored the tape on Okung for Williams.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric BerryA

Romeo Crennel and Eric Berry are a match made in heaven.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Russell OkungA

Incredible value and perfect replacement for Walter Jones.

7. Cleveland Browns: Joe HadenB

Perhaps a bit high, but a good sign that Holmgren and Mangini are on the same page.

8. Oakland Raiders: Rolando McClainB-

Too high and poor schematic fit, but adds character to a team lacking it.

9. Buffalo Bills: C.J. SpillerB

The Bills had greater needs, but Spiller’s draft positioning is correct.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyson AlualuF

Bad fit schematically and drafted too high. Total disaster.

11. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony DavisB+

Davis has the talent and Singletary has the motivational skills to tug it out.

12. San Diego Charger: Ryan MathewsD

Good fit and fills a huge need, but paid a fortune in trade and drafted too high.

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon GrahamB+

Will be a great pass-rusher, but he is not a full-time left end.

14. Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas A

Another huge need filled with a player who shouldn’t have been available this low.

15. New York Giants: Jason Pierre PaulB

Had other needs, but the Giants love pass rushers. Giants can bring him along slowly.

16. Tennessee Titans: Derrick MorganA

Perfect for a team hemorrhaging leadership and talent on the defensive side.

17. San Francisco 49ers: Mike IupatiB+

Had other needs, but too talented to pass up. It’s going to hurt playing the 49ers.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice PounceyA

A franchise that prides itself on Hall of Fame center play has gone too long without.

19. Atlanta Falcons: Sean WeatherspoonB

Great fit in their defense, but can he keep his mouth shut for at least his rookie year?

20. Houston: Kareem JacksonC+

Should start from Day One, but not talented enough to be a shutdown NFL cornerback.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine GreshamB-

Great fit and fills a need, but are his knees already shot?

22. Denver Broncos: Demaryious ThomasB+

Better fit than Dez Bryant considering the Brandon Marshall nightmare. Raw.

23. Green Bay Packers: Bryan BulagaA

Ted Thompson is on Operation Keep Aaron Rogers Alive.

24. Dallas Cowboys: Dez BryantA

Great value. Just hope he hangs out with Miles Austin and not Martellus Bennet.

25. Denver Broncos: Tim TebowC+

The anti-Cutler. Still, this is too high for a QB with the flaws he has.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Dan WilliamsA-

Great value, fit, and need; however, Williams might still bust due to work ethic.

27. New England Patriots: Devin McCourtyC+

Patriots a little too obsessed with beefing up their secondary the last few drafts.

28. Miami Dolphins: Jared OdrickB+

Meat and potatoes guy for meat and potatoes franchise.

29. New York Jets: Kyle WilsonA

Rex Ryan’s blitz schemes just got crazier.

30. Detroit Lions: Jahvid BestA-

Look out, here come the Lions! Only concern is concussions.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry HughesA

He was the perfect Colt before he ever put on the uniform.

32. New Orleans Saints: Patrick RobinsonB+

Gregg Williams loves to blitz. Might have Robert Meachem learning curve.