NFL Draft 2010: Analyzing the Picks in the NFC Beast—Who Came Out on Top?
Day one of the 2010 NFL Draft is in the books, so lets take a look at which team came out on top by analyzing the players selected in the first round throughout the NFC Beast.
All four teams in the division had fantastic draft picks, adding players to true positions of need. Also, all four picks could become immediate starters for their new teams.
Who came out on top and who came out on bottom is going to be really tough to choose, but it must be done!
Washington Redskins: Fourth Overall—OT Trent Williams
The Washington Redskins were up first in the Beast with the fourth overall selection, and had a ton of talents staring them in the face, hoping to be a Top Five pick.
They knew in order to keep newly acquired Pro Bowl QB Donovan McNabb on his feet in 2010 they would have to get a top notch offensive lineman, and that is exactly what they did.
Did they draft the best offensive lineman in the draft? That is yet to be determined!
The Redskins selected Oklahoma standout OT Trent Williams, and while Williams is a fantastic specimen at the tackle position, you have to question why they chose him over Oklahoma State's Russell Okung or Rutgers' Anthony Davis.
Regardless, Williams is a very good pick and gives the Redskins a super athletic tackle to protect McNabb. He can man both tackle positions, and the center position, as he did during his college career. He's crafty with his ability to cut blockers off on the backside of a run play, and that is what made him the better fit for the Redskins.
Dubrow Grade: B
Philadelphia Eagles: 13th Overall—DE Brandon Graham
The Philadelphia Eagles originally sat at the 24th overall selection in the first round of this year's draft, but—as anticipated—they made a trade, moving up to No. 13, and sending their first and both third round picks to the Denver Broncos.
I'm sure that when commissioner Roger Goodell came out and called Brandon Grahams' name everyone's jaw initially dropped.
Like I said, initially your jaw might have hit the floor, but this is actually a very solid move, and I'm not just saying that because I'm an Eagles fan.
Brandon Graham was considered a top tier talent at the DE position coming into this draft. He is a short, thick framed player who has great athleticism and a motor that never stops.
He is a hybrid player, playing at DE and LB. He will most definitely be more of a defensive end in Philly, since the Eagles have their middle and weakside LB spots covered with Stewart Bradley and most likely Ernie Sims, to start. They also have a ton of talent to compete for the strongside job, like Omar Gaither, Joe Mays, Alex Hall, and Moise Fokou.
Ernie will have to earn the job, I'm not saying he is already penciled in, but he is without question levels above any other LB at weakside.
My point in all this is that Brandon Graham comes to Philadelphia as a premier talent at defensive end.
I'm giving my Eagles a B+ because I do have to question the void that remains at safety, but I think the Eagles will get a good enough talent in the second round, which DB coach Dick Jauron can turn into an elite player like Nate Allen.
Dubrow grade: B+
New York Giants: 15th Overall—DE Jason Pierre-Paul
The New York Giants selected a phenomenal talent at DE in Jason Pierre-Paul.
Quite possibly the best defensive end coming into the 2010 NFL Draft, "JPP" now allows the Giants to maybe trade disgruntled Osi Umenyora for an additional draft pick this year and even another one for next season—possibly!
I would compare him to a young Jevon Kearse, who is tall and lean, but still a great player with his speed.
Remember—I said a young Jevon Kearse Giants fans!
Pierre-Paul has the size and athleticism that is sought after in a 4-3 scheme. He has the frame to bulk up in size even though he is at 270 pounds as of now, displays fantastic speed and quickness as a pass rusher, and has long arms which help him in the run game.
Possibly his most note worthy strength is he comes without any durability concerns.
Because he is a taller, leaner DE he does have some areas of focus in training camp. He must work on his pad level, and his power at the point of attack must improve to consistently be able to hold up at the next level.
The Giants have themselves a fantastic player so I give them a solid A-
Dubrow grade: A-
Dallas Cowboys: 24th Overall—WR Dez Bryant
As much as this will pain me to say, I believe the Dallas Cowboys came out on top in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Not only did they acquire an absolutely phenomenal talent in WR Dez Bryant, they also filled a gaping hole that Roy Williams' lack of production has left.
Bryant was the best WR coming into the draft, the only reason the Denver Broncos did not select him was because of his off the field issues, and the fact that they had just traded Brandon Marshall away for that same mentality.
Nonetheless, Bryant is a standout at WR and is going to drastically improve the Cowboys' offense with WR Miles Austin, TE Jason Witten, and their stable of RB's. It is going to take a very talented defense to stop them in 2010.
Dez is a 6'2, 225 pound beast of a WR who has legitimate down field speed. He also has the body control needed for a receiver to adjust himself to off-target throws.
He did miss his final 10 games in 2009 for outright lying to an NCAA investigator, which is why he was the second WR drafted, and he has shown a poor attitude towards being asked to block on a play or on the back side of a play.
He also needs to be more precise with his route running and work on making sharp cuts rather than fading into them.
Even still, I grade the Cowboys with an A for the reasons mentioned earlier, so they take the cake in the first—but the draft isn't over!
Dubrow grade: A