2010 NFL Draft Recap: My Reflections

NC NighthawkAnalyst IApril 25, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Quarterback Sam Bradford (R) from the Oklahoma Sooners poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold 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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For me, the 2010 NFL Draft went very well – it was quickly paced, smooth, and one of the best I have witnessed.

I like the fact that the NFL draft’s first three rounds were held in prime time, making it feel more like an event that is noteworthy, not a marathon.  Rounds one and two were fun to watch.

I found it so interesting that the extended time between rounds one and two allowed more time for teams to make phone calls and attempt to make deals to move up or to move down with more picks.

While I still tuned out during rounds four to seven, I still randomly checked on the NFL Network coverage (switching to ESPN during commercials), and checking online via my PC or iPhone for updates and to review a team’s selections.

My Carolina Panthers did not have a round one pick, but in my humble opinion they stole a first round talent in QB Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame). 

Clausen won’t be the savior that Mel Kiper, Jr., worships, but he has solid talent and played in a pro style offense under Coach Charlie Wise at Notre Dame.  Panthers Coach John Fox is a good friend of Weiss.

Obviously, Matt Moore is not viewed by the Panthers' coaches as a sure thing, and my take is that competition for the QB position is a very positive thing. Having quality backs at QB is essential in a league in which injuries happen regularly.

The other Panthers’ picks are up for debate and for me, another article, since their greatest needs were WR and defensive line.   Besides, Carolina will benefit by playing the 26th toughest schedule in the 2010 season.

I was surprised by the smart choices that the Oakland Raiders made this draft.  They also obtained QB Jason Campbell in a trade with the Washington Redskins.

The Seattle Seahawks also drafted well but I thought that getting RBs Lendale White and Leon Washington were their most significant moves.

While the St. Louis Rams upgrade some positions with their picks, they still have a long way to go to compete for the NFC West title.

Did the Detroit Lions draft well enough to work out of their way in the NFC North cellar?  Probably not.

Good luck to both QBs – Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy – with their new teams, the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. 

While I think that drafting Tebow in round one is a reach, he does have all the intangibles.  If McCoy learns to run the west coast offense well by making correct reads and accurate passes, he will have a long NFL career.

These are just a few of my initial thoughts and reflections about the NFL draft.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of articles on the World Wide Web, reporting and analyzing the 2010 NFL draft.  Many of these articles determine the “winners” and “losers” of the draft.

For me, I compare this analysis with the NCAA football signing day of high school recruits.  While their past and their potential can be given an opinionated grade or evaluation, we just don’t know how well a player performs until a year, two years, or three years later.

This process is complex because the most talented drafted players are not always the best fit or match for a particular team and coaching staff. 

Football is a team sport and we all know that the most talented quarterback needs quality talent on the field with him, along with solid defense, fundamental special teams performances, and a competent coaching staff to succeed in the National Football League.

The teams that assimilate their rookies into the chemistry of their teams in a manner that translates a player making the plays needed to help his team win games, especially in the post season and ultimately the Super Bowl, maximize their draft results.


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