The 2010 NFL draft is over and die hard NFL fans like you and I can finally get some sleep after the busiest three days of the NFL season. There were a number of picks that really surprised me and got my attention those include: The Jaguars selecting Tyson Alualu in the top 10, the Raiders selecting Rolando McClain at number eight, and the Broncos selecting Tim Tebow in the first round.
As many fans are giving NFL teams draft grades, I am here to point out the most overrated draft grades/classes of the NFL draft.
A lot of people have the New England Patriots as one of the biggest winners in the 2010 NFL draft. I don't. The Patriots in my mind made a lot of questionable moves starting with drafting Devin McCourty in the first round.
McCourty is a corner and the Pats had some other bigger needs than corner, maybe at running back or even drafting Sergio Kindle would have been a better idea. The other big move the Pats made was drafting tight end Rob Gronkowski.
I thought it was a bad move. First of all Gronkowski didn't play a down in the 2009 season and injury is a big concern. What are the Patriots going to do if Wes Welker and Gronkowski are out with injuries?
The Indianapolis Colts did not have many needs at all going into this draft, but they drafted some good reserves and potential starters this year.
The first move the Colts made was drafting TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, who is a undersized defensive end standing 6'1" who compares to Colts' defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Hughes will be the man whenever Freeney goes down. The other underrated move the Colts made was taking Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer, a 6'0" tall tackle machine who reminds me of Redskins linebacker London Fletcher. Angerer could be a starter and could learn a lot from Gary Brackett.
Yes I know the Carolina Panthers probably got the biggest steal in this year's NFL draft by a long shot, but questions remain. Jimmy Clausen is his name and that is basically all the Panthers got in this draft. The Panthers didn't solve their big defensive end hole vacated by the defensive lineman of the decade Julius Peppers. Plus Clausen's character issues remain unanswered.
Tampa Bay highlighted their draft by selecting arguably the best player in the draft, Gerald McCoy. McCoy is a future All-Pro, but there are other good moves the Bucs made this draft.
In the second round a questionable move thought by most experts was drafting another defensive tackle in Brian Price. I liked the move because Price is one of the most under the radar guys in this draft. He will pair with Gerald McCoy to form one of the best defensive lines in the near future in the NFC.
Tampa Bay also drafted receiver Mike Williams in the fourth round who I thought was a steal.
The Dallas Cowboys drafted who many experts said was a top 10 palyer in Dez Bryant, but in my mind it was questionable.
I think Dez Bryant is Terrell Owens 2.0 having major character issues and not playing half a college football season in 2009.
First of all the Dallas Cowboys have plenty of receivers in Miles Austin, tight end Jason Witten, and Roy Williams. I don't like the Bryant pick at all. He is a good athlete, but beware.
The second choice Dallas made was drafting inside linebacker Sean Lee. The Cowboys already have two starters in Keith Brooking and Bradie James and a key inside linebacker reserve in Bobby Carpenter.
Even though the Green Bay Packers only made one good move in the draft in selecting Bryan Bulaga, I thought it was an outstanding choice. Bulaga, by most experts, was thought to be going fifth overall to the Chiefs, but he slipped his way down to the Packers.
Bulaga is a farm boy and the Packers are in farm country and I thought it was a perfect match. Bulaga will start right away at either left or right tackle.
In my mind the Pittsburgh Steelers made a great pick in Maurkice Pouncey, but what about quarterback? With Big Ben being out of the first six games of the 2010 NFL season I thought the Steelers could have made a move on a quarterback. The Steelers should have drafted Jimmy Clausen or even Colt McCoy in the first round or traded up in the second round.
The Jets didn't have many needs at all going into this draft, but they made some very good choices in my opinion.
It all started with Kyle Wilson, one of my favorite players in the draft. Even though the Jets have two starting corners, Wilson could be moved to safety.
The Jets drafted Vlad Ducasse in the second round, and they are so high on this guy they released nine-time Pro-Bowler Alan Faneca. And another moved I liked was drafting Joe McKnight in the fourth round, a first-round talent available in the fourth.
The Denver Broncos might have made the highlight of the draft by drafting Tim Tebow in the first round, but why would they draft him?
The Broncos already have two starting quarterbacks in Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn on their roster so there is almost no point in drafting Tebow unless they think he can start.
The other big move the Broncos made was drafting Demarrius Thomas in the first round as well. Thomas didn't even work out in the combine because of a broken foot.
The Arizona Cardinals selected defensive tackle Dan Williams in the bottom of the first round, and in my mind he was a top 15 pick.
The Cardinals will have an outstanding defensive line next year, having Dan Williams and Darnell Dockett next to each other. The Cardinals also drafted a pass rusher in O'brien Schofield in the fourth round.
I thought the New York Giants drafting Jason Pierre-Paul was a very odd move with the Giants already stocked with defensive ends Justin Tuck, Osi Umeniyora, and Mathis Kiwaunika.
The Giants had bigger needs—they should have drafted a running back or most defiantly a linebacker. Even though Jason Pierre-Paul is top 10 talent he has bust written all over him.
The San Diego Chargers made a very controversial move by trading up 16 spots and drafting running back Ryan Matthews, who wasn't as a bad choice as some think.
The Chargers didn't have many needs at all besides running back and they got their wish with Ryan Matthews. The Chargers also picked up second-round linebacker prospect Donald Butler in the third round.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, is talking about how good of a draft class the Cleveland Browns got just because they got Colt McCoy in the third round.
If you think about it, the Cleveland Browns only got probably one starter in the whole draft: first round pick Joe Haden.
I am not saying the other picks can't contribute, but they wont start, just like Colt McCoy won't start. Montario Hardesty won't start and Shawn Lauvao won't start. The Browns got good talent in the draft, but it won't immediately start contributing.
The Philadelphia Eagles had to have a good draft or else it would have some pretty unhappy fans in Philly. After the Eagles got rid of the franchises' best quarterback of all time some fans were sad some fans were ready for change in Philly.
The Eagles traded up and instead of drafting safety Earl Thomas they drafted the next Dwight Freeney in Brandon Graham. In the second round the Eagles selected safety Nate Allen, a very underrated player, who will look to fill the safety need left by Brian Dawkins.
Congratulations to the Oakland Raiders for not drafting a bust in the first round this year!
The Raiders got a heck of a linebacker in Rolando McClain, but that is all. The Raiders got a potential bust in Jared Veldheer in the third round playing for a school called Hillsdale.
The Raiders also got a potential bust who fell all the way in the fourth round named Bruce Campbell. They had two good picks in Lamar Houston and Rolando McClain, but that's all.
The Kansas City Chiefs had a great offseason and now a great draft. The Chiefs picked Troy Polamalu, oh sorry, I meant Eric Berry in the first round. Eric Berry is the next Troy Polamalu being the most high profile safety to enter the NFL draft since Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins.
The Chiefs also selected Dexter McCluster, a small player who's a big threat wherever he is lined up on the field. McCluster will play receiver with the Chiefs and will most likely be the punt and kick returner. The Chiefs also drafted Javier Arenas, who will likely be a nickel back in the second round, and drafted likely starting tight end Tony Moaeki from Iowa in the third round.
Yes I know the Detroit Lions selected the best defensive lineman prospect in years with the second overall pick, but did it help out Matthew Stafford at all?
I feel sorry for Stafford because the Tigers desperately need a franchise left tackle to help him out. I'm not criticizing the Lions at all, but Russell Okung would have been a more logical choice for them.
The Lions also got a pretty good running back in Jahvid Best from Cali, but will it save Stafford from getting demolished?
The Tennessee Titans are going to be good next year with the addition of Derrick Morgan, so look out. The Titans picked up probably the best defensive end in the draft in Morgan, but they also picked up some other good additions.
The Titans didn't have any second round picks, but they managed to draft a first round talent in Damian Williams from USC. Other good additions would include Robert Johnson, a projected second to third-round pick, in the fifth round and tackle machine Rennie Curran in the third round.
The St. Louis Rams really made a splash in drafting Sam Bradford, but I am worried he might be a bust in a few years.
Bradford and the Rams have relatively no offensive weapons outside of Steven Jackson on the team at all. I was very surprised that the Rams drafted offensive tackle Rodger Saffold in the second round they could have given Bradford at least a legit receiver like Arrelious Benn or even Golden Tate. The Rams did draft Mardy Gilyard in the fourth round, but that isn't enough.
The Bengals had a better draft than anyone else in the league and no one is talking about it. The Benglas drafted a Pro-Bowl caliber tight end in Jermaine Gresham and the list goes on from that.
Big names include: Jermaine Gresham, Carlos Dunlap, Jordan Shipley, Brandon Ghee, and Dezmone Briscoe. That is five big name players for you. You should really watch out for the Bengals this coming season following good back-to-back draft classes.