2010 NFL Draft: Top Five Drafts Through Rounds 1-3

TommyCorrespondent IIIApril 24, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roer Goodell speaks at the podium 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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This year's draft has been a wild one, folks. Whether it's been players such as Everson Griffen and Jimmy Clausen falling past the first round, and in Griffen's case, the third, or teams such as the Jaguars reaching for players most fans have never heard of, this year's draft has not failed to meet expectations.

I think it's safe to say that this season's draft was an incredibly deep and talented draft. Teams have just finished drafting through three rounds and there are still many, many talented players left such as Aaron Hernandez, Bruce Campbell, Everson Griffen. The list goes on and on.

Enough of the chit-chat. Time to get on with the article. Let's begin with the top five drafts so far.

5. Baltimore Ravens

After trading out of the first round, the Ravens were determined to show critics that they made the right move by drafting two great defensive players in the second round.

The Ravens' defense can be described in many ways. Hard-hitting, run stuffing, ball-hawks. Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody are two fantastic players who fit that Baltimore "swagger." Kindle is an incredibly athletic linebacker who can excel in the pass rush, very similar to Terrell Suggs. Terrence Cody is a monster at nose tackle and will help his fellow linemen such as Haloti Ngata get to the backfield.

In the third round, the Ravens selected Ed Dickson of Oregon. The Ravens are fully aware that Todd Heap's performance in recent season's have been plagued with issues and it's time to move on. They fix their solution, thus giving them the No. 5 draft so far.

4. Detroit Lions

Suh is the Best. See what I did there? A very lame attempt at a pun!

Much like the 2007 draft, the Lions ignore needs and draft the best player available, again at the No. 2 spot. Ndamukong Suh is the best prospect in this season's draft and by drafting him, they are able to help their defense immensely.

Causing pressure up front will be sure to help the defensive backs, such as their third round pick Amari Spievey.

At pick No. 30, I believe the Lions got a steal with Jahvid Best. Before his unfortunate injury, Best was in consideration for the Heisman Award and was easily one of the best runningbacks in the nation. His injury was serious, but should not impact his physical performance much.

By drafting a runningback in the first round, the Lions have completed their first round offense of Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, and Brandon Pettigrew.

3. San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers entered the draft with one thing on their minds. Fix their offensive line.

They successfully did that by drafting not only one, but two, offensive linemen with both their first round picks.

At pick No. 17, the 49ers were able to nab Mike Iupati, offensive guard from Idaho. I believe Iupati is the real deal and will be able to create holes for Frank Gore for years.

Anthony Davis, however, I'm not so high on him. Don't get me wrong, he's a great athlete, but personally, I thought he was the fifth best offensive tackle behind Okung, Williams, Bulaga and Campbell.

However, if you think about it, the selection makes a lot of sense. While I don't think Davis is the the best overall tackle, I think he's the best run blocking tackle. With Frank Gore in the backfield, your main focus should be run first.

The next two picks, the 49ers add to their aggressive defense by selecting safety Taylor Mays and linebacker Navorro Bowman.

I think Mays will perform very well with the 49ers. With his physicality, he should be able to adapt to Mike Singletary's defense easily. Bowman, however, I think was not such a great selection. San Francisco have very good linebackers and drafting another one is a foolish move, especially when they still have holes at cornerback.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It's been a while since the Buccaneers have dominated the league with their defense. While it's a guilty pleasure of mine to see them somewhat fail after crushing my beloved Raiders in 2002, it is also sad to see. I, for one, am happy to see that they plan on putting the phrase "Defense Wins Championships" back into use.

Tampa Bay shocked no one when they selected Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy with the third overall pick. It was a very touching moment to see the big guy tear up like that and I hope him the best in Tampa Bay.

Not intending on letting McCoy fail, the Buccaneers select UCLA's Brian Price, also defensive tackle. Together, they can progress and someday become a great duo, such as the Williams Wall in Minnesota and the former pair of John Henderson and Marcus Stroud.

After working on the defense front, the Buccaneers shifted their gameplan to help last year's first round pick Josh Freeman by selecting the third best receiver, Arrelious Benn.

The Bucs ended their night by selecting cornerback Myron Lewis of Vanderbilt. While I do not expect Lewis to come in and start immediately, I think it is an excellent selection. Lewis can come in and learn from Ronde Barber and former first round pick Aqib Talib.

1. Seattle Seahawks

This should not really be much of a surprise to anyone. With much luck, the Seattle Seahawks were able to land top players in the many needs they have.

After the departure of long time anchor Walter Jones, the Seahawks are prepared to draft an offensive lineman. Little did they know, Washington was planning on playing another below average season by not drafting the best lineman Russell Okung. With Kansas City unable to pass up on the ever so great Eric Berry, Seattle found Okung in their laps waiting to be selected.

With their second first round pick, Seattle looked to fill another need, the defensive backfield. With Eric Berry and Joe Haden already gone, the Seahawks have no other option to draft Earl Thomas, the versatile safety from Texas, but we really can't limit him to safety as he can play cornerback very well. I also have to applaud Pete Carroll for not caving in and drafting his safety from USC, Taylor Mays, with the No. 14 overall pick.

Seattle only went on to make only one more pick, but again, it was a great one as they selected Golden Tate from Notre Dame. The Seahawks have two good veteran receivers already in T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch, which works perfectly for Tate. If you watched his highlight reel, you can see that this guy is absolutely perfect for the slot role. He has good hands to catch short quick passes, but it's after the catch that makes him special. Many have called him to be a runningback after the catch, as he's able to make guys miss without difficulty.

Honorable Mentions

There were a few teams who deserved to be honorable mentions. The Browns were able to get Colt McCoy late in the second day of the draft, as well as a runningback and a safety no one knows of.

The Panthers were able to pick up both Clausen and Brandon LaFell of LSU.

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted the best defensive back to come out in years in Eric Berry, as well as nabbing players such as Dexter McCluster and Jon Asamoah.

Players to look for in rounds 4-7

As I said earlier, this draft is incredibly deep. There are many "glamour" and "un-glamour" players left in the draft.

Quarterbacks include Dan LeFevour, Tony Pike, John Skelton and Jevan Snead.

Tight ends still include Dorin Dickerson and Aaron Hernandez.

There are still linemen who were projected to be day one selections such as Bruce Campbell and Everson Griffen.

Let's hope these players all hear their names called on day three of the 2010 NFL Draft!


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