2010 NFL Draft: The Best Value Picks by Position

John BreitenbachContributor IMay 19, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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QB - Jimmy Clausen, Carolina, 48 overall (2nd)

Clausen was a fantastic college QB. He played on a horrible team at Notre Dame with an awful offensive line, running game, and defense. Lucky for him he landed in Carolina who have arguably the best duo of RBs in the division and franchise OTs in Jordan Gross and Jeff Otah. He has a good arm, above average accuracy, and has performed well in a pro style system. He also came through in the clutch in numerous games throughout his career. His leadership and off-field issues are vastly overblown.

RB - Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh, 188 overall (6th)

I'm not quite sure how Dwyer fell all the way to the 6th round. He was never a 2nd round pick as some predicted and his combine workout was right to drop him a little, but his talent cannot be underrated. A physical guy who should produce in the Steelers new grinding offense.

WR - Andre Roberts, Arizona, 88th overall (3rd) 

Roberts is a small school guy (who went to the Citadel) who improved his stock tremendously after the season. He was the most consistent receiver at the Senior Bowl and quite possibly has the best hands in the entire draft. It's unfortunate he ended up at a team that is stacked at the position and lacks a QB (Leinart is not the guy) but he'll find a find a way to prove the doubters wrong if not now then in the future.

TE - Tony Moeki, Kansas City, 93rd overall (3rd)

The Chiefs really struggled with TE play in 2009 and looked to solve it via the draft. Moeki is a tough nosed TE who can help with both the run and pass game. He will provide a solid option for Matt Cassel and combine with McCluster to add some much needed playmaking potential to the Chief's offense.

OT - Bryan Bulaga, Green Bay, 23rd overall (1st)

Bulaga was another faller on draft day. I didn't think he was a top 10 pick because he doesn't have the upside of a Williams, Okung or Davis but the Packers must have been astounded when he fell into their lap. Even if he doesn't work out at LT he can shift to the right side where he certainly has the ability to provide much needed stability to GB's line. 

OG - Vlad Ducasse, NY Jets, 61st overall (2nd)

The Jets got a guy who perfectly fits their MO at the end of the 2nd round. Ducasse is a big grinding guy who will just mash in the Jets run-first scheme. Faneca has been declining for the past few years and it was time to go in another direction. Ducasse should step in and start from Day One.

C - Ted Larsen, New England, 205th overall (6th)

Larsen was solid at N.C State, converting from the defensive line to C in the 2008 season. The standout of North Carolina's line comes to a veteran offensive line with a lot of talent. He could have gone a couple of rounds higher.



DE - Jerry Hughes, Indianapolis, 31st overall (1st)

Hughes was a great pick for the Colts. The reason for their continued success is strong QB play and a great pass rush. With Freeney the wrong side of 30, Indy needed a contingency plan and they will have been ecstatic to get the talented Hughes at the end of round one. His pass rushing ability, I would argue, was the best in this draft class. Despite that he still needs considerable work against the run, this concern will be minimized in the Colt's aggressive scheme which asks their DE's to rush up field then play the run.

DT - Brian Price, Tampa Bay, 35th overall (2nd)

Suh was considered here despite being the number two overall pick, but in the end I went with Price. He seemingly dropped because of the fact he's from Compton, a renowned gang neighbourhood, but his talent was that of a first rounder. He'll be a perfect fit in Tampa with Gerald McCoy and Stylez G. White combining on the line.

OLB - Dekoda Watson, Tampa Bay, 217th overall (7th)

Another speedy LB which is a nice fit in TB but on hinges on Watson's health. If he remains clean he can become an integral part of the Buccaneers revamped defense. He is also a good blitzer and can line up at DE on passing downs.


DE - Jared Odrick, Miami, 28th overall (1st)

Odrick is a guy I loved coming into the draft. He has great versatility (there are even reports he's going to play some NT) improving the Dolphins already solid D-line which includes Kendall Langford, Randy Starks and Philip Merling. The plethora of DEs should help keep new signing Karlos Dansby clean. 

NT - Cam Thomas, San Diego, 146 overall (5th)

The Chargers needed to find a NT having released stud Jamaal Williams due to injuries and age. Needless to say they would have been delighted when Thomas feel all the way to them in the 5th. This class really lacked top end NTs though. Dan Williams didn't go until the end of the first and the Ravens snagged Cody at the end of the 2nd.

OLB - Koa Misi, Miami, 40th overall (2nd)

The Dolphins just keep getting good value to add to their 3-4 defense. With the departure of Jason Taylor and Joey Porter, a replacement was needed and Misi should provide just that. Teaming with the promising Cameron Wake, Miami hope they've found their pass rushing duo of the future. 

ILB - AJ Edds, Miami, 119th overall (4th)

Really? Did I just pick another Dolphin player? I don't even especially like them ...Anyway Edds is probably a better fit in a 4-3 at SLB but he was my favourite LB in the entire draft and think he could have gone as high as the 2nd round. Consistently stacks and sheds and the best coverage LB there was.

CB - Amari Spievey, Detroit, 66th overall (3rd)

Spievey was my favourite 2nd tier of CBs. After the group that went in the first round (I was very close to taking Kyle Wilson here) there was a slight drop off in talent but Spievey was the best of the bunch. He has solid height at 5-11', 195 and should see plenty of action with the Lions lack of CBs.

S - Myron Rolle, Tennessee, 207 overall (6th)

The Titans went with a pair of safeties to help their disappointing pass coverage. I could have taken either Johnson or Rolle here as both have great potential. Rolle fell because he wanted to better himself academically, but he's smart enough to know that football is the best way to earn money early in his life. As such watch him prove all the doubters wrong. He's not the fastest guy, but he'll be a very good in-the-box type safety.