2010 NFL Draft First-Round Grades

Ian O'BrienCorrespondent IApril 23, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Quarterback Sam Bradford from the Oklahoma Sooners holds up a St. Louis Rams jersey after the Rams selected Bradford numer 1 overall 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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The 2010 NFL Draft was filled with surprising picks, and first-round prospects like Jimmy Clausen, Taylor Mays, and Golden Tate weren't selected in the first round.


1. St. Louis Rams- Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

The Rams have found their franchise QB.

Grade: A


2. Detroit Lions- Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

The Lions passed on a franchise left tackle again, but Suh has dynamic talent, so the pick wasn't all bad.

Grade: B


3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

The Buccaneers didn't get Suh, but they got McCoy, and he's right up there with him and a perfect fit for the Buccaneers' defense.

Grade: A


4. Washington Redskins- Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma

Williams played right tackle for most of his Oklahoma career, so passing on Russell Okung doesn't make much sense.  Williams showed the athleticism at the Combine needed to play left tackle, but Okung is the best tackle.  The Redskins claim Williams is a better fit for their offense.  We'll see about that.

Grade: B-


5. Kansas City Chiefs- Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

I'm surprised that a safety was taken in the top five, even if it is Eric Berry.  Berry will be a dynamic playmaker that the defense needs, but the Chiefs had the opportunity to draft Okung, and a left tackle is a major need, but luckily for the Chiefs, Charles Brown and Rodger Saffold are still available.

Grade: B+


6. Seattle Seahawks- Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State

This was a brilliant pick, and it was also a steal.  Okung will make a great replacement for Walter Jones.

Grade: A+


7. Cleveland Browns- Joe Haden, CB, Florida

The Browns couldn't get Eric Berry, but they got the top cornerback in the draft.

Grade: A


8. Oakland Raiders- Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

Surprisingly, the Raiders didn't draft for speed and workout numbers.  They drafted a good football player.  They should have drafted a quarterback or a left tackle, but Kirk Morrison may be gone next year.  For Al Davis, this was a good pick.

Grade: C


9. Buffalo Bills- C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

The Raiders weren't the worst pick in the draft.  The Bills are in the running for that title.  They need a quarterback, a left tackle, and a nose tackle.  They already have Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson.  Picks like these show why the Bills are a losing team.

Grade: F


10. Jacksonville Jaguars- Tyson Alualu, DT, Cal

This was the worst pick of the draft.  They could have gotten Alualu in the second or third round.  What was Gene Smith thinking?

Grade: F-


11. San Francisco 49ers- Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers

Davis has a terrible work ethic, but if any coach can change that, it's Mike Singletary. Just ask him about Vernon Davis.  Davis has lots of talent and fills a need.

Grade: B


12. San Diego Chargers- Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

It probably wasn't necessary for the Chargers to trade up this high, but Mathews was the perfect pick for the Chargers.  He'll replace L.T. just fine.

Grade: A-


13. Philadelphia Eagles- Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Michigan

I don't understand why the Eagles traded up and didn't take Earl Thomas.  That would have made much more sense.  Graham is a great pass rusher, though.

Grade: C+


14. Seattle Seahawks- Earl Thomas, S, Texas

The Seahawks filled another one of their major needs when they selected Thomas. Pete Carroll has done a great job at drafting so far.

Grade: A


15. New York Giants- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

The Giants could have taken Derrick Morgan with this pick.  Pierre-Paul has upside, but he was a one-year wonder in college.

Grade: C


16. Tennessee Titans- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

The Titans are lucky that the Giants made the wrong pick.  Morgan is the best defensive end in the draft, and that was the Titans' biggest need.

Grade: A


17. San Francisco 49ers- Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

Iupati provides an upgrade at guard, so Alex Smith and Frank Gore should have an easier time making plays, but taking two offensive linemen in the first round is a questionable move when they could have taken a cornerback or safety.

Grade: C+


18. Pittsburgh Steelers- Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida

The Steelers filled a need at guard, and Pouncey can also play center, so versatility is another benefit.

Grade: B+


19. Atlanta Falcons- Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

Weatherspoon is the defensive leader and playmaker the Falcons needed, and outside linebacker fills a need.

Grade: A


20. Houston Texans- Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

The Texans filled a need at cornerback, and Jackson should do well, but Kyle Wilson is better, and he was available, so this isn't a perfect pick.

Grade: B


21. Cincinnati Bengals- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

The Bengals surprisingly made a wise draft pick.  Gresham provides a receiving threat up the middle for Carson Palmer.

Grade: A


22. Denver Broncos- Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

The Broncos filled a need at wide receiver, but Thomas is a guy who played in a run-first offense, so taking him over a much more promising talent in Dez Bryant doesn't make sense, but again, Josh McDaniels isn't the brightest bulb.

Grade: C


23. Green Bay Packers- Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa

The Packers got the best player available and filled their biggest need at the same time. 

Grade: A


24. Dallas Cowboys- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

The Cowboys got a steal in Bryant, and now their receiving tandem of Austin and Bryant will be threatening.

Grade: A


25. Denver Broncos- Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

Definitely the most controversial pick of the draft.  The Broncos didn't even need a QB, and they traded picks for Brady Quinn.  I personally think Tebow will prove his doubters wrong, but this was the wrong pick for the Broncos.

Grade: D


26. Arizona Cardinals- Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

The Cardinals got a steal in Williams.  He was considered a top 10 pick by some draft experts, and he'll make an instant impact.

Grade: A+


27. New England Patriots- Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Once again, the Patriots traded down, and it wasn't for their biggest need.  They could have taken Jerry Hughes or Sergio Kindle, but McCourty is talented.

Grade: C+


28. Miami Dolphins- Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State

This was strictly a best player available pick, and it filled no need.  They could have taken a free safety or an outside linebacker such as Taylor Mays or Hughes or Kindle.

Grade: D+


29. New York Jets- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

The Jets got a steal in Wilson, and he'll provide great insurance in case Antonio Cromartie slacks off.

Grade: A


30. Detroit Lions- Jahvid Best, RB, Cal

The Lions could have gotten a tackle such as Charles Brown, Bruce Campbell, or Rodger Saffold here, but they don't seem to care about Matt Stafford getting protection.

Grade: D


31. Indianapolis Colts- Jerry Hughes, DE/LB, TCU

Hughes is an elite pass rusher, and he should take some focus off Dwight Freeney.

Grade: A


32. New Orleans Saints- Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

The Saints spent a first-round pick on Malcolm Jenkins last year, and Tracy Porter sealed the Saints' Super Bowl win, so passing on a defensive lineman or outside linebacker doesn't make sense.

Grade: D