Winners and Losers of the NFL Draft's First Round

paul fergusonCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2010

The debut of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft in primetime wrapped up at 10pm CST last night, and and it was not without its fair share of surprises. Most notably, Tim Tebow was drafted at #25 by the Denver Broncos, and college stars like Jimmy Clausen, Sergio Kindle, and Taylor Mays all fell out of the first round. The Dallas Cowboys traded up to get Dez Bryant, and the Buffalo Bills took C.J. Spiller, despite already having two 1,000-yard rushers. The draft started off as expected, with Sam BradfordNdamukong Suh, and Gerald McCoy going one through three. Then as the night went on, the speculation began for picks 4-32. Now, with the second day set to get started any minute, here are some winners and losers of last night’s first round.


Dallas Cowboys – The Dallas Cowboys had the 27th pick in the 2010 Draft, and many thought they would select OT Mike Iupati or S Taylor Mays, but the Cowboys shocked the world by trading with the New England Patriots for the 24th pick so that they could select WR Dez Bryant. Perhaps Jerry Jones was still having nightmares from when he passed upRandy Moss, and decided there was no way he could pass up on Bryant and have that come back to bite him in the butt again.  All that being said, with this selection Jerry Jones admitted his mistake on trading for Roy Williams, and gives the Cowboys a solid #2 receiver and maybe even another #1 receiver. For all you Longhorn fans out there (Like myself), this just about kills any chance of the Cowboys selecting Jordan Shipley, but you should be ecstatic at the selection of Bryant.

Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks had to sit holding their breath for picks 4 and 5 to see if the offensive tackles they wanted to select would be gone.  After the Redskins took Trent Williams at number 5, which almost everyone expected, the ten minute waiting game began.  The Seahawks definitely wanted to select OT Russel Okung out of Oklahoma State, but the Chiefs had the next selection. What would they do? After 10 long minutes, The Chiefs ended up taking Safety Eric Berry, allowing the Seahawks to take Okung, which they jumped at the chance to do.  If that wasn’t enough for Pete Carroll, he had another selection at 14, in which he took Earl Thomas, the safety out of the University of Texas. This was just icing on the cake for Carroll, who got two picks with top-ten talent giving him arguably the best first day of any team. In doing this, he spurned Safety Taylor Mays, whom he coached for four years at USC. Ouch.

Al Davis - I put him on this list for not screwing up his first round choice. Maybe they locked him out of the room. I’m not sure which.


Jimmy Clausen, Taylor Mays, Sergio Kindle - At some point during this season, at least 75% of mock drafts had Jimmy Clausen going #1 overall, and Mays and Kindle somewhere in the first round. Yet, the first round is over, and all 3 players are still on the board. QB’s have had a history of falling in the first round–remember Aaron Rodgers orBen Rothlisberger–but neither one of those players fell out of the first round. Clausen fell so hard that Tim Tebow was selected at least seven spots before him! Who would have ever in a million years considered that was even in the realm of possibility? Sergio Kindle is a player I had going in the top 20 and thought there was no way he would drop out of the first round, but he did as well. Then there is Taylor Mays, the super-athletic freak-of-nature speed-demon. If he would have come out last year, he would have been a Top 10 pick, now he is waiting to be picked in the 2nd round, and was spurned by his college coach at pick 14, when Carroll took Safety Earl Thomas.

Denver Broncos/Tim Tebow – What were the Broncos thinking? They just traded for unproven Brady Quinn, and they have Kyle Orton, now they draft crap shoot Tim Tebow, making their QB competition even more strange. The Broncos now have no legitimate starter at QB and still no legitimate threat at WR. I could understand if someone who had a veteran QB drafted Tebow so that he could learn behind him for a few years, but now Tebow will be competing for a starting job in year one, and I just do not believe he is ready. He has as much character and heart as anyone, and he is being put in a situation where a lot will be expected of him. I am rooting for Tebow to prove everyone wrong though.