2010 NFL Draft: Ranking All 32 Franchises and Their Draft Performance
The first three rounds are officially in the books, and we've seen our fair share of excitement in terms of surprises and additions to teams that were in need of key positions.
For the most part every franchise has addressed their needs, but like every year there are one or two that have simply failed to live up to expectations. The draft packs excitement, but it can also pack worry for fans of teams that are skating on thin ice heading toward 2010.
Here's a look at all 32 teams and where they rank in terms of their draft performance. Is your team in the Top 10 or Bottom 20? It's time to find out.
32. Chicago Bears
Draft Picks: Round 3 - Major Wright, Full Safety Florida.
The Chicago Bears weren't expected to do much in the Draft. After having a highly successful free agency campaign, it was clear from the very beginning that head coach Lovie Smith would rather add experienced players to the Bears, rather than gamble on rookies.
With this said, Florida full safety Major Wright is known for his hard hitting ability, and he will provide Chicago with just that added bit of dominance on defense. Julius Peppers is set to make his debut in Chicago in 2010, but Major Wright is also a player to keep a strong eye on, as he hopes to have an outstanding rookie year.
31. Indianapolis Colts
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Jerry Hughes, Defensive End, TCU. Round 2 - Pat Angerer, Linebacker, Iowa. Round 3 - Kevin Thomas, Cornerback, Southern California.
A few people will argue with the Colts low ranking, and although it's obvious that they gained some exceptional talent in the Draft, it simply wasn't high enough to give the Colts a higher ranking.
With the 31st pick in all first three rounds, no one really expected Indianapolis to draft spectacular players. When Jerry Hughes' name was read out though, Colts fans jumped for joy as their pass rush finally looked to be just that little bit more stable.
Adding Pat Angerer and Kevin Thomas today helps Indianapolis' defense immensely, and no longer will they have to worry about pass savvy teams such as Baltimore or New England tearing apart their corners and safeties.
Jim Caldwell is a coach under pressure, but Colts fans should be proud of his efforts in the first three rounds.
30. Miami Dolphins
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Jared Odrick, Defensive Tackle, Penn State. Round 2 - Koa Misi, Defensive End, Utah. Round 3 - John Jerry, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi.
After acquiring Brandon Marshall only two weeks ago, the Miami Dolphins offense looks fairly well set for the future. An offensive tackle was needed to help out second year starter Chad Henne, and the Dolphins stood true to their promise.
Aside from John Jerry though, Jared Odrick is a force at the defensive tackle position and should keep Miami in contention in the AFC East this year. It was important for the Dolphins to draft exceptionally well this season to keep up with New York, New England and Buffalo and despite their low ranking on this list it doesn't take away from what a good draft the Dolphins really had.
Hopefully these picks work out for Miami, as of now they look extremely promising.
29. New Orleans Saints
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Patrick Robinson, Cornerback, Florida State. Round 2 - Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle, Southern Cal. Round 3 - Jimmy Graham, Tight End, Miami.
Personally I felt New Orleans wouldn't make much of an impact in the 2010 NFL Draft, and when Drew Brees announced the first pick it seemed that the Saints were fairly relaxed when it came to drafting some new talent.
In the first round the Saints proved that a defense can never feature enough cornerbacks, and given Darren Sharper's current absence from the team, New Orleans took the safe pick and drafted Patrick Robinson.
The Saints are a tough team to predict for 2010, as they are still waiting on Sharper to re-sign and Reggie Bush is still a question towards how consistent he can really be. For the most part they are still the same Super Bowl winning team, just with a few added young guns that hope to add some depth and seal some holes in key positions.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Tyson Alualu, Defensive End, California. Round 3 - D'Anthony Smith, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech.
When the Draft first began I expected big things from the Jaguars, but it turned out the only "big" thing Jacksonville gained was all 295 pounds of Tsyon Alualu.
Now don't get me wrong, Tyson is, of course, a great pick for Jacksonville who needed a playmaker on defense. But what about the other long list of needs?
Sure there are other rounds coming up, but to me the Jaguars lack of motivation last season plus lack of recruitment in the offseason leaves Jack Del Rio in an extremely bad position.
This is a franchise that lacks support and confidence, and a couple of defense men aren't going to change much. A lot is needed for this team, and although Tyson Alualu is an impressive pick, it simply isn't enough to earn them a great ranking in my book.
27. New York Jets
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Kyle Wilson, Cornerback, Boise State. Round 2 - Vlad Ducasse, Offensive Tackle, Massachusetts.
Overall I think most people were impressed with the Jets selecting Kyle Wilson. Another cornerback wasn't priority, but it is a luxury to have alongside Darrelle Revis.
The Jets have stabilized their team immensely outside of the Draft, and are of course among Super Bowl favorites for 2010. Questions still remain as to whether or not they can beat the bigger and better teams, but for the most part people are willing to put their money on New York.
Kyle Wilson has the ability to draw in receivers and make pick after pick given the opportunity. There's no need to keep a close eye on Wilson, as his dazzling play will draw you in anyway. He is an interesting pick that should work out well for New York.
26. Atlanta Falcons
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Sean Weatherspoon, Linebacker, Missouri. Round 3 - Corey Peters, Defensive Tackle, Kentucky. Round 3 - Mike Johnson, Offensive Guard, Alabama.
The Atlanta Falcons were more or less shifted out of the first place spot in the NFC South last season thanks to the Saints. Overall their offense was decent, but they did miss Michael Turner who was unfortunate enough to go down with a knee injury.
The focus therefore was on the defense in the draft, and it was obvious to most that a linebacker was needed. Sean Weatherspoon is perhaps a little underrated, but that suits the Atlanta Falcons roster just fine.
Analysts predicted Atlanta to take a linebacker, and the Falcons did just that. Luckily they were fortunate enough to gain one of the top prospects in the country, and add a speedy linebacker to their roster that can easily rush quarterbacks and rattle them for a good ten minutes.
The Falcons haven't had a huge draft, but they've selected a huge player.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Maurkice Pouncey, Center, Florida. Round 2 - Jason Worilds, Defensive End, Virginia Tech. Round 3 - Emmanuel Sanders, Wide Receiver, Southern Methodist.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were lacking a key wide receiver due to the departure of Santonio Holmes. Although Hines Ward is still going strong, he is in his later years with the Steelers and it was important for Mike Tomlin to gain a wide receiver to work with in the future.
The bigger story though is the Steelers selecting Maurkice Pouncey. A center wasn't a huge need for Pittsburgh, and it certainly didn't overshadow other position needs. Still, Pittsburgh went with their gut and drafted a player that could stop their offensive line problems.
Maurkice is one of the better centers in all of football and should fit in nicely with the Steelers dominating ways.
24. Tennessee Titans
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Derrick Morgan, Defensive End, Georgia Tech. Round 3 - Damian Williams, Wide Receiver, Southern California. Round 3 - Rennie Curran, Linebacker, Georgia.
Two Georgia boys are the newest addition to the Titans roster. Everyone knows Derrick Morgan's name, and when the Titans selected the Georgia Tech star defensive end most people knew Tennessee had become a team to watch for in 2010.
Vince Young is officially the starter, and with the Titans offense already booming, a wide receiver such as Rennie Curran should help Vince Young immensely and also take some of the pressure off of Chris Johnson.
As for Derrick Morgan, he is simply set to shine in 2010. He is fast, has great hands and is strong as well. All of which make Morgan a picture perfect fit for the new looking Titans.
23. Philadelphia Eagles
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Brandon Graham, Defensive End, Michigan. Round 2 - Nathaniel Allen, Full Safety, South Florida. Round 3 - Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Defensive End, Washington.
Philadelphia are a rather controversial team right now. Kevin Kolb is feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders, and the Eagles of old are now a distant memory.
Defense was priority for Andy Reid's men in the draft, and it's safe to say they answered their needs. Drafting Brandon Graham in the first round was a promising start after the Eagles had traded up from the 49ers through to the Broncos, and in the second and third rounds the Eagles didn't disappoint either.
Philadelphia have a young defense now, but one that can easily withstand the pressures in the NFC East. Brandon Graham, as you can tell from the photo, is a big guy, and that's exactly what the Eagles needed.
22. Carolina Panthers
Draft Picks: Round 2 - Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame. Round 3 - Brandon LaFell, Wide Receiver, LSU. Round 3 - Armanti Edwards, Quarterback, Appalachian State.
Yep, somebody finally drafted Jimmy Clausen. It took until the second round, but the Carolina Panthers have made themselves strong and ready at the quarterback position.
So far this offseason, the Panthers have had been quiet amongst the league. Julius Peppers is now long gone, and Carolina have questions written all over them.
Some criticize Jimmy's ability, while others praise him. In a Carolina Panthers uniform it is tough to say how he will go, but it is at least a positive step in the right direction.
21. San Diego Chargers
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Ryan Matthews, Running Back, Fresno State. Round 3 - Donald Butler, Linebacker, Washington.
Since the departure of LaDainian Tomlinson, the need for a running back in San Diego has been urgent. Fresno State prospect Ryan Matthews was on the scene, and San Diego made an extremely smart move to get him.
His speed and ball control will fit in well with the Chargers fast offense, and for all Charger fans out there, expect Ryan Matthews to start come Week 1.
Aside from Ryan Matthews, the Chargers haven't made much of an impact in the Draft, but I think Ryan Matthews selection speaks for itself. The Chargers are just as solid as they were last year, only minus LT and Antonio Cromartie.
Matthews has the ability to give them many great seasons.
20. Arizona Cardinals
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Dan Williams, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee. Round 2 - Daryl Washington, Linebacker, TCU. Round 3 - Andre Roberts, Wide Receiver, Citadel.
The 2010 NFL Draft had a lot in store for the Arizona Cardinals, and it didn't fail to deliver. The Cardinals first two picks were impressive, but perhaps their third round pick tells the most promising story.
There is no doubt in my mind that Matt Leinart will be the starter for the Cardinals next season, so it was absolutely vital for Arizona to pick up a wide receiver in the Draft to replace Anquan Boldin.
The likely scenario is that Steve Breaston and Larry Fitzgerald will be the solid starters, but as we all know Ken Whisenhunt likes to have three to four wide receivers going at once, so there's a good chance we see Andre Roberts now and again.
The defensive pickups are promising for the Cardinals, and Dan Williams is simply a disciplined Tennessee sacking machine. Great picks for the Cardinals, but the telling story is whether or not they put them to good use.
19. Houston Texans
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Kareem Jackson, Cornerback, Alabama. Round 2 - Ben Tate, Running Back, Auburn. Round 3 - Earl Mitchell, Defensive Tackle, Arizona.
For those that have deemed the Houston Texans a draft pick away from the Super Bowl, you'd be absolutely right in saying so. The Texans had a highly successful draft, especially after acquiring talented cornerback Kareem Jackson in the first round.
Like San Diego, the Texans also needed a run game to help out Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson in 2010, and Auburn's Ben Tate was a perfect selection. He's only 5'11, but he has a knack for finding holes and just plowing defenders over.
Tate is a hard-nosed runner, and looks to give Houston a real bite in 2010. Three great picks from Houston, mark them down as your sleeper team for this season.
18. Green Bay Packers
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle, Iowa. Round 2 - Mike Neal, Defensive Tackle, Purdue. Round 3 - Morgan Burnett, Strong Safety, Georgia Tech.
From one potential Super Bowl team to another, we focus on the Green Bay Packers performance. It was no secret in 2009 that star quarterback Aaron Rodgers tasted the turf on way too many occasions.
Bryan Bulaga was an absolute steal for Green Bay, as most people projected him to go much higher than the 23rd pick. Followed by Bulaga, Mike Neal was taken today, along with Morgan Burnett.
All three picks are outstanding for Green Bay, and although no cornerback has been taken, Packer fans have smiles from ear to ear at the very thought of Bulaga in green and yellow.
In case you missed Boomer say it "Bulaga just looks like an old school Green Bay Packer". That statement couldn't be more right, as Bulaga was seemingly Green Bay bound from the very beginning.
17. Dallas Cowboys
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State. Round 2 - Sean Lee, Linebacker, Penn State.
My initial reaction to seeing Dallas draft Dez was "Wow, Dez Bryant is still a Cowboy". Some Dallas fans have criticized the Cowboys decision to take a wide receiver, as the need for one wasn't a real priority.
Defensive positions were needed, but in typical Dallas form, the Cowboys shocked the NFL world by selecting Dez Bryant. Instead of analyzing this move and saying how bad it could be, it is important to realize how good it could be.
Motivation it the first thing that comes to mind, as Dez is a particularly well-spoken player that can fire Dallas' young offense up. The other factor is Roy Williams, who has been lacking as of late. Dez is hot on his trail and the Cowboys plan to start him come September.
A bad move? Maybe. But one that sets Dallas up for the future.
16. Minnesota Vikings
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Chris Cook, Cornerback, Virginia. Round 2 - Toby Gerhart, Running Back, Stanford.
The Vikings looked promising to take a quarterback in the Draft. With Brett Favre still unsure of his return to Minnesota, a young guy such as Colt McCoy or Tony Pike looked on the cards for the Minnesota Vikings.
To everyone's surprise though, Minnesota took Toby Gerhart in the second round. The Vikings already have a great running back in Adrian Peterson, but the addition of Gerhart could make things a little interesting on the run game for Brad Childress.
Personally I think we'll see a mix and match style run game similar to New Orleans a few years ago. Peterson will run in the midfield, while Gerhart's sure hands will come in handy on goal line situations.
Either way, a great pick up for the Purple People Eaters.
15. Washington Redskins
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma.
Some may argue with Washington being this high in the list given their only one selection coming in the first round. However, Trent Williams is a solid pick for the Redskins who have two highly talented quarterbacks on their roster.
Last season, the Redskins offensive line did struggle. Jason Campbell quite often felt under pressure, and the Skins entire offense struggled as a result. Questions can still be asked as to why Washington still have no number one wide receiver, but at least their passing game is secure thanks to big Trent Williams.
14. Denver Broncos
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Demaryius Thomas, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech. Round 1 - Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Florida. Round 2 - Zane Beadles, Offensive Tackle, Utah. Round 3 - J.D Walton, Center, Baylor. Round 3 - Eric Decker, Wide Receiver, Minnesota.
Denver arguably took the biggest surprise pick of the Draft. Tim Tebow to Denver was highly unexpected, but it could cost Denver in the long run. Three starting quarterbacks now occupy Denver's roster, and although all look promising, if all three fail it is a recipe for disaster for already criticized head coach Josh McDaniels.
Aside from what could happen though, Denver has had a fair amount of decent draft picks come their way in the Draft. Tim Tebow is set to make an impact, and the Broncos intelligently went about drafting him.
Things look promising, but they could go one way or another. So far only a quarter of this story has been told.
13. New England Patriots
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Devin McCourty, Cornerback, Rutgers. Round 2 - Rob Grankowski, Tight End, Arizona. Round 2 - Jermaine Cunningham, Defensive End, Florida. Round 2 - Brandon Spikes, Linebacker, Florida. Round 3 - Taylor Price, Wide Receiver, Ohio.
We all knew that New England had a fair share of draft picks in the draft. So far New England have stuck to their word and really stabilized their defense. Devin McCourty is a fantastic cornerback out of Rutgers and has tremendous speed and hands to adapt to New England's style of defense.
The other smart pick on the Patriots behalf was Rob Grankowski. A tight end was needed, and Tom Brady will be happy to know the Arizona standout is one of the few complete tight ends in this year's draft.
Smart picks by New England, but a veteran presence still lacks on defense. Free agency perhaps? We'll have to wait and see.
12. Cincinnati Bengals
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Oklahoma. Round 2 - Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End, Florida. Round 3 - Jordan Shipley, Wide Receiver, Texas. Round 3 - Brandon Ghee, Cornerback, Wake Forest.
Finally, Cincinnati have a fully stacked roster. They've cleaned up at the Draft, and as if the addition of Oklahoma Sooners tight end Jermaine Gresham wasn't enough, Jordan Shipley and Carlos Dunlap will also make things extremely interesting.
Carson Palmer is still a great quarterback, and since the Bengals haven't acquired Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley will be a great young wide receiver to mold over a few years, even if he doesn't start straight away.
In case you haven't heard the old saying "A tight end is a quarterback's best friend", then Jermaine Gresham is likely to be a great combination receiver for Carson Palmer to throw to.
Cincinnati and Marvin Lewis looked in trouble at the beginning of this offseason, but I must say I am highly impressed with their work ethic and motivation going forward.
11. New York Giants
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End, South Florida. Round 2 - Linval Joseph, Defensive Tackle, East Carolina. Round 3 - Chad Jones, Full Safety, LSU.
The Giants continue to add depth and motivation to their 2009 struggling defensive team, and have done so by adding one the best defensive ends in college football, Jason Pierre-Paul.
Jason arguably still has some issues to work out in his game, but he is a prospect that promises a strong future for the New York Giants. The rest of New York's picks aren't exactly all that noticeable, but they do have potential.
In case you missed Giants fans chanting in Radio City, it became obvious that Giants faithfuls obviously appreciate the Pierre-Paul pick. He some areas to focus on, but should provide some big plays next season.
10. Baltimore Ravens
Draft Picks: Round 2 - Sergio Kindle, Defensive End, Texas. Round 2 - Terrence Cody, Defensive Tackle, Alabama. Round 3 - Ed Dickson, Tight End, Oregon.
The Ravens weren't expected to make such as huge impact on the Draft, but once they stole Sergio Kindle from just about every other team, we all knew that the Ravens are a force to be reckoned with this season.
Following that, the giant Terrence Cody was selected, and although he has stamina issues, he is a pick that could really work wonders for Baltimore.
The Ravens do have other issues at defensive back and there are still some surrounding questions about whether or not Joe Flacco can truly pass the ball well.
Right now though, Sergio Kindle is a prospect I think every team would like to have. Fast, great hands, and has been taught by the best of the best over at Texas. Baltimore fans, consider yourselves lucky you got such a dominant prospect.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma. Round 2 - Brian Price, Defensive Tackle, UCLA. Round 2 - Arrelious Benn, Wide Receiver, Illinois. Round 3 - Myron Lewis, Cornerback, Vanderbilt.
In most peoples mock drafts, they had Gerald McCoy going to Tampa Bay. Fortunately that pick came true, and the defensive tackle position looks secure for the Bucs in the future.
Tampa Bay are a team on the rise, and given their draft success in the first three rounds, they are beginning to look very impressive in terms of their chances in 2010.
Josh Freeman is an up and coming star quarterback, and although Tampa Bay didn't acquire too many offensive players, young wide receiver Arrelious Benn is set to show his flashy skills next season.
Good picks for Tampa Bay, but a lot is still needed.
8. Cleveland Browns
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida. Round 2 - T.J Ward, Full Safety, Oregon. Round 2 - Montario Hardesty, Running Back, Tennessee. Round 3 - Colt McCoy, Quarterback, Texas. Round 3 - Shawn Lauvao, Offensive Tackle, Arizona State.
The Browns had possibly one of the most impressive Draft days in recent history. When Joe Haden originally went earlier than Earl Thomas in the first round, I was stunned. Most people though Earl Thomas' skill would earn him a much higher ranking than Florida's Joe Haden, but the Browns obviously thought differently.
Perhaps the most promising story is that the Browns put Colt McCoy out of his misery and drafted him in the third round. Whether or not Colt is happy about this is a different story, but surely McCoy's winning ways give him a good chance under Eric Mangini and Mike Holmgren.
The Browns are now more solid than ever and with big playmakers on their roster, there is no reason for them to not rack up at least 3-5 more wins next season. A good draft for Cleveland and Mangini, and a good chance in 2010.
7. San Francisco 49ers
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle, Rutgers. Round 1 - Mike Iupati, Offensive Guard, Idaho. Round 2 - Taylor Mays, Full Safety, USC. Round 3 - Navorro Bowman, Linebacker, Penn State.
If you ask the Green Bay Packers how they were feeling when the 49ers drafted both of their potential prospects early in the first round, I don't think you'd get a very kind answer.
However, the acquisition of Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati is outstanding for San Francisco and easily rattled quarterback Alex Smith will have two brute forces standing in front of him next season.
Following the two great first round picks, Taylor Mays also made 49ers fans smile. A hard hitting safety with obvious problems, is still welcome in San Francisco's book and will give San Francisco the "Fear Factor" on defense next season.
6. Buffalo Bills
Draft Picks: Round 1 - C.J Spiller, Running Back, Clemson. Round 2 - Torrell Troup, Defensive Tackle, Central Florida. Round 3 - Alex Carrington, Defensive End, Arkansas State.
The second biggest shocker behind Tim Tebow, was the Buffalo Bills selecting C.J Spiller. A quarterback was needed in Buffalo along with other key positions, and given that the Bills already had Marshawn Lynch, this move really did make sense at first.
However, after a while it sunk in and the "spark" factor for the Bills on offense was obviously Ralph Wilson's thinking. Trade speculation has been silenced by the Bills in regards to placing Marshawn Lynch, and it seems we'll see a combination of the young and the old at the running back position.
C.J should like his new home in Buffalo, but without a quarterback things could get ugly. It isn't time to panic, but it's something to consider.
5. Oakland Raiders
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Rolando McClain, Linebacker, Alabama. Round 2 - Lamarr Houston, Defensive Tackle, Texas. Round 3 - Jared Veldheer, Offensive Tackle, Hillsdale.
When the news first broke that the Raiders had taken Rolando McClain instead of a quarterback, the fans went nuts. Once the drama died down though, Al Davis appeared to look intelligent for once as he drafted a key linebacker.
The Raiders struggles against the run made this pick sensible, and Rolando should give Oakland a much more dominant and physical looking defense. The Raiders needed a line backer and they got one, along with Lamarr Houston.
Finally the Raiders have drafted well, and despite other concerns they have some great playmakers I look forward to watching.
4. St. Louis Rams
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma. Round 2 - Rodger Saffold, Offensive Tackle, Indiana. Round 3 - Jerome Murphy, Cornerback, South Florida.
The Rams took the sensible option in drafting Sam Bradford, and although some have criticized the move it still makes total sense. Marc Bulger is gone, and the Rams just need a spark to reignite the smoldering fire that they call their offense.
Bradford hasn't played a game of football since mid last year, and that does raise some concerns. However, Bradford's ability is like no other in this years Draft, and he looks to give the Rams at least two more wins if anything, in 2010.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Eric Berry, Strong Safety, Tennessee. Round 2 - Dexter McCluster, Running Back Mississippi. Round 2 - Javier Arenas, Cornerback, Alabama. Round 3 - On Asomoah, Offensive Guard, Illinois. Round 3 - Tony Moeaki, Tight End, Iowa.
The Rams continue to build on their franchise, especially on defense. When Kansas City took Eric Berry early in the first round, I was instantly excited to see what Berry could do in a Chiefs outfit.
This single pick alone sets Kansas City above the rest, as Eric Berry is perhaps the most talented player in the entire Draft. Jon Gruden loves him, and his strength, conditioning and ability to create turnovers makes him such a great pick for Kansas City.
The Chiefs offense isn't too bad now, and neither is their defense, they could rally for an 8-8 season this year.
2. Detroit Lions
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska. Round 1 - Jahvid Best, Running Back, California. Round 3 - Amari Spievey, Cornerback, Iowa.
Just like there's no arguing with Eric Berry, there's no arguing with Ndamukong Suh either. The Lions targeted Suh from the very beginning, and came through for their more than loyal fanbase in round one.
Once Suh was confirmed pick, the Lions then set their sites on their next objective, the running back position. Jahvid Best was a great pick up for Detroit, and Matt Stafford should feel secure with Best rushing and blocking for him.
The Lions make two key picks to set them up for the future. Like it or don't like it, there simply is no arguing with Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best when it comes to talent.
1. Seattle Seahawks
Draft Picks: Round 1 - Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State. Round 1 - Earl Thomas, Strong Safety, Texas. Round 2 - Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame.
Three outstanding picks for Seattle, and it all started by drafting a trustworthy offensive lineman. The cream of the crop out of these picks to me is Earl Thomas, as Seattle has noticeably struggled on defense.
Earl Thomas is a great safety to have out of Texas, and his ability to stay close to receivers and their routes and still come up with pick after pick leaves Seattle with a current and future star.
Golden Tate was taken in the second round, but he will be a viable option for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to throw to. He can grab the ball from nearly anywhere on the field, and is also a fantastic runner on the reverse and on kick return.
Seattle got more than they could have hoped for in the Draft, and Pete Carroll has really made an impressive statement. The Seahawks may still finish below .500, but in 2-3 years time they will elite players that are experienced and ready to shine.