2010 NFL Draft Results: Five Early Entries Who Should Have Stayed Put
Every draft there are always those players that make you scratch your head and say, "what were they thinking?"
With a record number of underclassmen in the 2010 draft, there was certainly a lot of head scratching going on.
Many players make these decisions because they are actually ready for the NFL; the others do it because they think they are ready.
This list contains five of the players I think could have used the extra year in college the most. Most had first-round potential, but none of these players lived up to their hype.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
Dwyer is a bruising running back with all the potential in the world. This former Yellow Jacket was a Top 100 recruit, and he was considered a star on the track.
However, coming out of his junior season Dwyer did not seem like either one of these.
At one point, Dwyer was considered a late first to mid second-round choice by most draft experts. Unfortunately, poor workouts, bad eating habits, and a lack of speed allowed Dwyer to fall all the way to the Steelers in the sixth round.
Dwyer could have greatly improved his draft stock by having a solid senior season and putting in the time to get in great shape for the NFL.
Now Dwyer will fight for playing time in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Tomlin should be able to get the most of this talented back still.
Dezmon Briscoe, WR, Kansas
Briscoe is another player with enormous talent but little work ethic.
Like Dwyer, Briscoe arrived at the combine very out of shape and put up very mediocre numbers in the measurable drills.
This lack of preparation combined with a suspect attitude had a lot of teams avoiding him on draft day.
Eventually Briscoe was taken in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Bengals. Now, Briscoe will have to battle through a deep depth chart at receiver, and he may never see the playing time that was expected.
Another standout year at Kansas would have allowed Briscoe to mature on and off the field, get in better shape, and possibly become one of the leading receivers for next year.
Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
OK, so general managers are not as dumb as Internet draft experts think.
Many mock drafts had Campbell going as high as No. 8 to the Oakland Raiders in the first round.
Well, same team; wrong round.
Campbell was able to fall to the Raiders in the fourth round for a couple of reasons.
The first is that Campbell had one of the worst film tapes imaginable. He often looked out of place blocking, his technique was awful, and he never showed any strength in run blocking.
Despite having the workout of his life at the combine, Campbell's talent was more realistically sixth or seventh-round material.
Another reason Campbell was not selected higher is because teams do not want to dedicate the money and time to such a high pick. Campbell is a huge project in the making, and his bust factor is huge.
Staying in college, Campbell would have learned better technique, footwork, and raised his football IQ. With another amazing workout and a better tape, Campbell could have definitely been a top pick in 2011.
Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Griffen is yet again another player with the "bad work ethic" bug.
A former top 10 recruit, Griffen often showed signs of brilliance on the football field, and his superb size, speed, and strength made him a certain lock for a top 15 pick.
Unfortunately, Griffen was taken in the fourth round by the Minnesota Vikings.
Again, many teams questioned his work ethic and ability to play every down in the NFL.
Everyone knows about the talent, but the lack of commitment from Griffen made him a very risky first or second round pick.
Another year at USC could have matured Griffen, and new coach Lane Kiffin would have gotten everything he could out of him.
Jevan Snead, QB, Mississippi
Snead has taken quite a fall since the beginning of the 2009/2010 college football season.
Many early projections had Snead as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2010 draft, and many even had him as the potential No. 1 overall selection.
However, after a very suspect junior season in which he threw as many interceptions as touchdowns, Snead was not even selected in the draft.
Snead could have stayed one more season at Ole Miss and improved on making better decisions. Many scouts still loved his good size and incredible arm strength, but Snead's leadership and decision making have always been in question.
Now Snead will look try to become a successful undrafted quarterback in the NFL. Tampa Bay has already talked about signing Snead, but this is certainly not what Snead had in mind coming into his junior season.
Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan—Undrafted
Darius Marshall, RB, Marshall—Undrafted
Reshad Jones, S, Georgia—Fifth Round
Joe McKnight, RB, USC—Fourth Round
Clifton Geathers, DE, South Carolina—Sixth Round