As is the case in every draft, some teams are efficient, filling their needs, finding value, and selecting talent prospects.
The 2010 draft class has been described as the deepest in over a decade, but that didn't stop some teams from steering their franchise in the wrong direction.
Most teams will consider the 2010 draft a roaring success, the best of which will be profiled. Other teams will suffer the consequences of poor decision making and failure to realize and address the needs of their franchise.
For a team that lost three cornerstone members of their franchise, the 2010 draft was instrumental for the rebuilding of NFC West division champions.
1(26). Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee: With Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett, the Cardinals have the bookends for their 3-4 defense, however they were lacking an elite nose tackle to complete their defensive line.
In Dan Williams, the Cardinals drafted the best nose tackle on the board, and a player who was widely regarded as a top-ten pick.
2(47). Daryl Washington, LB, TCU: The Cardinals used one of their third-round selections to move up and select Washington.
With Karlos Dansby's departure, the Cardinals will need an athletic linebacker who will help against the run.
The ideal selection would have been Sean Weatherspoon, however, being selected 19th overall, Arizona did well in targeting Washington.
The Cardinals moved back seven spots in round three, acquiring an additional sixth round selection. They also exchanged a sixth-round selection for a fifth, while moving Darren McFadden to the Steelers.
3.(88) Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel
4.(130) O'Brien Schofield, LB, Wisconsin
5.(155)John Skelton, QB, Fordham
6.(201)Jorrick Calvin, CB, Troy
7.(233)Jim Dray, TE, Stanford
As the Super Bowl Champions, it's difficult to pick holes in their depth chart. For all intensive purposes, the Saints added significant depth for the 2010 season.
Some of their rookies will compete for starting roles, but most selections will become the future of their franchise.
1.(32) Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida St.: A tremendous athlete who is physically capable of playing man-coverage with any NFL receiver. He'll need to work on his instincts, but Robinson will benefit from the ball hawks currently in that secondary.
2.(64)Charles Brown, OT, USC: Drew Brees makes his linemen look good. He doesn't waste time in the pocket and he has a great release. That bodes well for Charles Brown, who was the best tackle in the Pac-10 for the majority of his career at USC.
3.(95)Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami: Graham will need some adjustment to the NFL game, but, in my opinion, he could develop into a Pro Bowl tight end, with the help of Drew Brees.
4.(123)Al Woods, DT, LSU: The Saints move up to select a future partner for Sedrick Ellis.
5.(158)Matt Tennant, C, Boston College: Tennant will be a developmental prospect, but in the sixth round, the Saints selected one of the top centers in this draft class.
7.(239)Sean Canfield, QB, Oregon St.: Canfield struggled at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, but he was very productive in his senior season at Corvallis.
Sean Payton has a history of molding quarterbacks, Canfield is a dark horse to become a starting pivot in the NFL.
The Saints failed to fill a need at linebacker, but considering the quality of the players they selected, it's tough to question their judgment.
Everyone's favorite punchline turned the tables in 2010. Everyone expected the Raiders to recklessly select Bruce Campbell at eight overall, they expected him to reach for other workout warriors, and they expected him to repeat the same mistakes he has made season after season.
Ironically, with seven rounds finished, it's hard to argue that any team made bigger strides than the Oakland Raiders. They added a franchise quarterback, a leader on defense, and all the athletes that Al Davis could ever dream of.
1.(8)Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama: Al Davis blamed their defensive deficiencies on veteran middle linebacker Kirk Morrison. In selecting McClain, the Raiders acquire a tremendous talent and the future leader of their defense.
2.(44)Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas: A running back in high school, Lamarr Houston is a freakish athlete for the defensive tackle position. He has the strength to clog up holes against the run, but the agility to shed blocks and get to the quarterback.
3.(69)Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
4.(106)Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
5.(108)Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
All three of these players are among the most athletic at their position, similarly to most of Al Davis' draft selections. Unlike most of Davis' previous picks, in 2010, Al managed to land players for positions of need and found them at the right time in the draft.
Both offensive linemen would be considered developmental prospects. This is important because of Tom Cable's background as an offensive line coach. With the right coaching, both players could develop into special linemen in the NFL.
5.(138) Walter McFadden, CB, Auburn
6.(190) Travis Goethel, LB, Arizona St.
7.(215) Jeremy Ware, CB, Michigan St.
7.(251) Stevie Brown, CB, Michigan
More important than any of their draft selections, on Saturday, the Raiders landed the future of their franchise. At the cost of a fourth-round selection in 2012, the Raiders acquired Jason Campbell from Washington.
Campbell ran out of racetrack in Washington. He lacked consistency in his play and consistency in his coaching. In the right situation, Jason Campbell could be a very good starting quarterback in this league.
The Buccaneers are a rebuilding franchise, they need to create a foundation, and build around it in the coming years.
Bill Belichick has a strategy of building teams from the center of the field, then adding pieces to compleiment those players.
In the 2010 draft, the Buccaneers took the advice of one of the best in the business.
1.(3) Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma: This pick was a no-brainer for the Bucs. McCoy will be a game changer from the defensive line and will have an impact on every down.
2.(35) Brian Price, DT, UCLA: The one negative thought surrounding Gerald McCoy is his run defense. With Brian Price, Tampa Bay get a great compliment to their pass rusher. Someone who will clog up the middle and has the strength to get into running lanes.
2.(27) Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois: The luster of Arrelious Benn was lost in a sub-standard 2009 season. His talent didn't diminish, but his production suffered. If the Buccaneers believe he can regain his sophomore form, they could have drafted their future No. 1 receiver and a playmaker for Josh Freeman.
3.(67) Myron Lewis, SS, Vanderbilt: Having already addressed two major areas of concern, the natural progression was to the secondary. Myron Lewis was the best safety available, and could potentially start as a rookie.
4.(101) Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse: Major character concerns led to Williams falling into the fourth round.
Williams has gone on record proclaiming himself as the best wide receiver in this draft, and he could be right. If the Buccaneers can keep him focused and motivated, Mike Williams can be a dangerous playmaker.
6.(172) Brent Bowden, P, Va. Tech
7.(210) Cody Grimm, LB, Va. Tech: Undersized and underrated, Cody Grimm will have an immediate impact on special teams and could eventually surprise everyone and become a starter at linebacker or safety.
7.(217) Dekoda Watson, LB, Florida St.: A freakish athlete, who will be a developmental prospect.
7.(253) Erik Lorig, DE, Stanford
This wasn't a horrible draft and the Broncos could have selected some very good players, but Josh McDaniels is continuously putting his neck on the line for players that fit his 'system'.
He wants players that are good in the locker room. Unfortunately for him, in selecting players who are good for the locker room, he's allowing tremendously talented players to pass him by.
On day one, Josh McDaniels moved a lot of draft picks, and was putting himself in a situation to select numerous players with very high draft ratings.
What he did with the picks he compiled will either make or break his coaching career.
1.(22) Demaryius Thomas: I don't have a single problem with selecting Demaryius Thomas at 22nd overall. That is unless Dez Bryant is still available. Sure he might not have the suposed character to live up to McDaniels standards, but if you need a wide receiver, Dez Bryant could be the best player at the position in nealy a decade.
1.(25) Tim Tebow: Sure he meets all the criteria for character, but didn't the Broncos just acquire Brady Quinn this offseason?
What are their plans for Quinn? How about Kyle Orton?
Sure Tebow could be a great player, but did McDaniels not have the foresight to realize that he was going to select Tebow in the draft?
2.(45) Zane Beadles, OG, Utah: Zane Beadles was absolutely dominated at the Senior Bowl. An undersized Brandon Graham abused him on every single down. The reason why McDaniels would go for Beadles over Jon Asamoah is beyond me. Further, most teams had a third round grade on Beadles, so selecting him at the top of the second round was probably poor judgement on Denver's behalf.
3.(80) J.D. Walton
I don't have a problem in selecting either of these guys. However I do have a problem with selecting both of them, and Zane Beadles. Guard and center were of great need to the Broncos, but selecting three players from a weak draft class is a little bit excessive.
Apart from that, I don't have a problem with his selections. I particularly like Sud'Quan Thompson.
3.(87) Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota
5.(137) Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma St.
7.(225) Syd'Quan Thompson, CB, California
7.(232) Jamie Kirlew, DE, Indiana
The Broncos didn't have a horrible draft, but their future sits firmly on the shoulders of Josh McDaniels and his 'team's character'.
I wish all Bronco fans good luck, but I would be a little bit concerned with more than one of the decisions made by their 34-year-old visionary.
It's difficult to put together an impressive draft without the benefit of a first round pick. Luckily for the Panthers, when they selected at 48th overall, there were a handful of talented players available.
2.(48)Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame: Despite being passed over by numerous teams desperate to select a quarterback, the Carolina Panthers went out on a limb and selected Jimmy Clausen.
Of course, selecting a projected top-15 pick at 48th overall is great value, but it has to be concerning that no other team was willing to take a chance on Clausen.
In my opinion, if a player's most redeeming feature, is the fact that they played out of a pro-style offense, it's best to look elsewhere.
3.(78) Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU: This was a solid pick, a big physical wide receiver, who has decent hands and above average speed.
3.(89) Armanti Edwards, QB, Appalachian St.: Selecting another quarterback would have been an inexplicable selection in the third round, so it's expected that Edwards will make the move to wide receiver. The problem with this pick is the fact that they needed a second-round selection in 2011 to make it.
Even worse, most teams would consider this to be a reach. Mortgaging the future is an over-used term, but it's definitely applicable in this situation.
4.(124) Eric Norwood, LB, South Carolina: In the midst of some puzzling selections, this is a very good pick. Although he won't be a three-down player, Norwood will be an above average situational pass rusher.
6.(175) Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss: An oft-injured pass rusher, who's star has fallen dramatically in recent seasons. Hardy has most certainly lost a step, and will struggle for playing time in the NFL.
6.(198) David Gettis, WR, Baylor
6.(202) Jordan Pugh, CB, Texas A&M
6.(204) Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati: Wait a minute. Didn't the Panthers already select two quarterbacks in this draft?
Of course the Panthers aren't deep at the position, but having already selected Clausen, aren't there other positions with more pressing needs?
7.(233) RJ Sanford, CB, Utah
7.(249) Robert McClain, CB, UConn
So let me get this straight, with their ten selections, the Panthers addressed needs at four positions.
They drafted three quarterbacks, two wide receivers, three cornerbacks, and two situational pass rushers. Not to mention, in doing so, traded away a second-round pick in 2011.
The Minnesota Vikings are living for the now.
It seems as though they want to win a Super Bowl with Brett Favre, and they'll worry about everything else afterwards.
If the Vikings do believe that Favre will return, they should have dealt one of their current backups in an effort to retain some of their value.
By next off season, it's likely that the interest level in Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson will be nil.
Further, their offensive and defensive lines, while very talented, are aging. If I'm the Vikings, my primary concern in this draft is to focus on the future of my offensive and defensive lines.
2.(33) Chris Cook, CB, Virginia. As the 30th overall selection is approaching, there are three very talented cornerbacks remaining on the board. Kyle Wilson, Patrick Robinson and Devin McCourty.
If I'm in the market for a cornerback, I would most certainly consider trading up in an effort to land one of those guys.
Instead, the Vikings traded down, forfeiting their opportunity to land one of the first-round quality corners. They then proceed to leave numerous highly talented offensive and defensive tackles on the board and select Chris Cook.
Chris Cook isn't a bad player, but he is a considerable step down from Wilson, McCourty and Robinson.
Bad planning and poor draft board management from the Vikings with their top selection in 2010.
2.(51) Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford: No problems with picking Gerhart here. With a little work on his pass catching ability, he'll be a natural replacement for Chester Taylor.
4.(100) Everson Griffen, DE, USC. While most of us spectators were surprised by the dramatic fall of Everson Griffen, the people who scout talent for a living had no problem passing him by numerous times.
Everson Griffen's tape is unbelievable, but it's obvious there are some serious concerns about his off-field behavior and work ethic.
Drafting a second-round talent in the fourth round is great value, but other teams who were desperately in need of pass rush help passed Griffen by, for some unknown, but obviously serious issues.
5.(161) Chris Degeare, OG, Wake Forest: I imagine this pick took a lot of teams by surprise. I wouldn't be shocked if some teams hadn't even heard of him.
Chris Degeare could be a great player, but drafting him in the fifth round was unnecessary.
The rest of their draft consists of developmental prospects, but it's unlikely any of them will develop into full-time starters.
5.(167) Nathan Triplett, LB, Minnesota
6.(199) Joe Webb, WR, UAB
7.(214) Mickey Shuler, TE, Penn St.
7.(237) Ryan D'Imporio, LB, Rutgers