2010 NFL Draft Do-Over: How We Would Re-Draft Based on NFL Rookie Seasons
2010 NFL Draft do-over is out and we're breaking down the entire first round and what each team should have done after a year of game tape in front of us.
There's plenty of room for discussion so hopefully we can get some good debate going on the merits of this draft. Some picks turned out to be better than we thought and some were total duds so it should make things interesting.
Any thoughts or comments, make sure to leave them below.
No. 1: St. Louis Rams, Sam Bradford
It's a mere formality at this point, but Sam Bradford is the Rookie of the Year.
He helped lead the St. Louis Rams from the worst team in football to one that finished 7-9 and one game shy of the playoffs. That's an impressive resume considering he had no one to throw to in the passing game and had to rely on Steven Jackson as his only source of offense.
The Rams would do this pick a thousand times over.
No. 2: Detroit Lions, Ndamukong Suh
Ndamukong Suh was the most dominant defensive player coming out of college and he didn't stop impressing once he made it to the pros.
Suh had a monster year for Detroit and was a big piece of the Lions team that came on strong at the end of the season and exercised a lot of demons from that franchise. The Lions nailed this pick and that's something that was rare for a franchise that whiffed on a lot of big name picks.
Look for him to dominate for years and years.
No. 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gerald McCoy
Sure, Tampa Bay's young defense had some growing pains this year, but Gerald McCoy is looking like the right choice for the Bucs.
He showed flashes of greatness and was better in the second half of the season than he was in the first and even though an injury ended his season a bit early, McCoy looks like he's going to be a beast for Tampa Bay next year.
Look for McCoy to continue to grow next year as Tampa Bay continues to enjoy the pick.
No. 4: Washington Redskins, Russell Okung
The Washington Redskins originally went with Trent Williams in this spot and while they're happy with Williams and what he's done this year, I'm a big fan of Russell Okung.
I think he's had a great year and every time I watch him, I'm impressed with his game. He's helped Seattle a lot on offense and he's helped bolster that offensive line that has had some greats play on it in the past. Williams is a good choice, but I think Okung is the better selection.
It's a healthy debate though.
No. 5: Kansas City Chiefs, Eric Berry
Sticking with the theme we've seen for most of the draft so far, I think the Chiefs would stick with Eric Berry if they had to do it over again.
Berry hasn't been a slam dunk this year, but he did show that he can play in this league and I think that he'll get better as time goes on, even if some fans are a little disappointed in how he's played this season. There aren't a lot of options to go elsewhere either, making the Berry selection easier.
Only time will tell if Berry ends up being a great, or just an average to above-average player.
No. 6: Seattle Seahawks, Rodger Saffold
This is another blow to Trent Williams' draft stock as we go with the rookie who was taken by the Rams in the second round.
He doesn't look like he has the size to be a top lineman but Rodger Saffold proved them all wrong as he proved to be a steal for the Rams this year as he helped protect Sam Bradford in the passing game.
He's someone who would shoot up the draft board if we did the draft again today.
No. 7: Cleveland Browns, Devin McCourty
Devin McCourty is a guy who wasn't even near the top of the draft board but now his stock couldn't be higher.
He's come into New England and totally bought into the system and dominated this year and always seemed to be around the ball. McCourty is one of the young cornerstones of that Patriots defense and is still getting better.
That's a scary thought for the rest of the league.
No. 8: Oakland Raiders, Colt McCoy
Laugh now, but would it really shock you?
The Oakland Raiders could really use a quarterback because Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski simply aren't cutting it. Colt McCoy beat the Saints and the Patriots this year and that's even more impressive when you realize he has no one to throw the ball to.
McCoy shocked a lot of people and he looks like he might be the guy for the Browns going forward.
No. 9: Buffalo Bills, LeGarrette Blount
While there were a lot of questions around LeGarrette Blount, he proved everyone wrong.
The Titans cut him in the preseason for some strange reason and he landed in Tampa Bay, where he dominated opposing defenses and did a number on the league, eliminating all doubt about his ability to play.
C.J. Spiller isn't working out for the Bills right now and Blount would be a great fit.
No. 10: Jacksonville Jaguars, Tyson Alualu
For a guy who had the Jaguars laughed out of the draft, he turned out pretty good.
He helped anchor the Jacksonville defensive line and was a big part of what that defense did up front so maybe Jack Del Rio and company know more than we do when it comes to finding prospects. Alualu wasn't even in the first round according to some but his stat line made the risk worth it.
Jacksonville laughed all the way to a surprisingly successful season.
No. 11: San Francisco 49ers, Trent Williams
Well this is a bit of a shock for a guy who went fourth overall to Washington and played well this year.
However, with the success of the lineman taken before him, I'm not stunned and neither are some people. Williams is a good pick here and played a big role for the Redskins this season, even if Washington struggled.
This is almost a steal at this selection if it weren't for the guys earlier.
No. 12: San Diego Chargers, Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant slipped in the draft last year, that wouldn't happen this time around.
The San Diego Chargers could desperately use a wideout to add to Philip Rivers' arsenal and Bryant would be the perfect guy for that and would settle in nicely as a return man as well. I don't see how it wouldn't be a total win for the Chargers to have him.
He'd be a total beast in that offense.
No. 13: Philadelphia Eagles, Earl Thomas
While the Eagles took Brandon Graham here, if you watched Philly this year, you'd take a good look at their secondary and realize it needed help.
Here's where Earl Thomas comes in. Thomas was a beast for Seattle this year, making Pete Carroll look like a genius for passing on his own guy in Taylor Mays for him. He's always around the ball and makes the plays that need to be made.
He'd be a great fit in Philly.
No. 14: Seattle Seahawks, TJ Ward
TJ Ward is a guy who moves into the first round after going in the second to Cleveland.
Ward is a guy who's not afraid to step up and make a play and will tackle with the best of them at his position. He has good instincts and proved that he deserved to be drafted higher than he was the first time around.
It would be a great pickup after losing out on Earl Thomas.
No. 15: New York Giants, Jason Pierre-Paul
While there could be some instinct to go elsewhere, I really like Jason Pierre-Paul.
He came on strong at the end of the year and played well despite not seeing a whole lot of playing time. I think he'll be a bigger part of the defense next year and keep growing into a terror for opposing offensive lines.
I think New York is good right where they are for this pick.
No. 16: Tennessee Titans, Joe Haden
The Tennessee Titans stink in pass defense. It's that simple.
While linebacker is also an issue for the Titans, the cornerback depth on the team stinks. Joe Haden would fill that role and even though he really slid in the draft, would be a really good pickup at this point for Tennessee.
The other holes will have to wait though.
No. 17: San Francisco 49ers, Maurkice Pouncey
While the Pittsburgh Steelers have had struggles on the offensive line, it's not because of Maurkice Pouncey.
He's been a bright spot for the Steelers and someone that Pittsburgh has relied on as he's proven to be a total steal in the draft. San Francisco could use a lineman here and he would certainly help fill a void for the 49ers.
It's not flashy, but it's a great pick.
No. 18: Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Iupati
One of the things the Pittsburgh Steelers are known for is the ground and pound and Mike Iupati fits perfectly into that scheme.
He would come in and be a physical presence on that line and create holes for Rashard Mendenhall in the running game. Pittsburgh really needs a lineman and he'd step in and be a guy that could anchor the unit for years.
He'd be a great consolation prize after losing out on Maurkice Pouncey.
No. 19: Atlanta Falcons, Rolando McClain
Originally, Atlanta went with Sean Witherspoon out of Missouri, but Rolando McClain falls all the way down into Atlanta's laps here.
McClain has not lived up to his billing in Oakland but he hasn't been terrible either but he's got some flaws that can be smoothed out by the coaching staff. He'd be a great addition though and better than what the Falcons had.
I think he could be a steal at this spot.
No. 20: Houston Texans, Kareem Jackson
I know you're thinking it might be weird to stick with a guy who was part of one of the worst pass defenses in the league, but it's true.
It's not just his fault that Houston was terrible in defending the pass this year. He's still part of a position of need and is a guy who can continue to learn the position in the future. Just because he was part of that unit doesn't mean you should write him off.
Let's have a little faith.
No. 21: Cincinnati Bengals, Aaron Hernandez
Another one of Bill Belichick's steals is off the board as Aaron Hernandez comes to Cincy.
He came in and was part of a New England offense that impressed a lot of people, especially after Randy Moss was shipped out to Minnesota and he's a guy that looks like he's going to be a force for years to come.
The Bengals would be lucky to have him and could have used him.
No. 22: Denver Broncos, Lamarr Houston
I can't believe I'm saying this, but the Oakland Raiders found a steal in Lamarr Houston.
The Raiders snagged him in the second round and he was a consistent performer for Oakland and really stepped up for a defense that really started to come into its own this year. He'd be a great fit in Denver, a place that really could use some line depth.
The Broncos desperately need bodies on that line and Houston would fill in nicely.
No. 23: Green Bay Packers, Jahvid Best
The Green Bay Packers know all too well what Jahvid Best can do.
The rookie running back burst out of the gate and looked like he was on his way to a monster season until injuries slowed him down. The Packers could use a running back after Ryan Grant went down and there isn't much depth behind that.
It's not awful, but Best would be a monster upgrade.
No. 24: Dallas Cowboys, Nate Allen
The Dallas Cowboys' secondary is a mess and Nate Allen would be an instant upgrade here.
Allen played fairly well for the Eagles this year and even though he struggled at times, he looks like someone who will be a good pro prospect. I think Dallas would take him here and try and turn him into the safety its been missing for a while now.
It's no Dez Bryant-type pick, but it's a good pick.
No. 25: Denver Broncos, Jacoby Ford
Well Tim Tebow isn't a first round pick, we figured that out.
However, Jacoby Ford is and he would be a great addition to the Broncos. This year, Ford made a ton of crazy plays and was a beast in the return game. He looks like a great young player and someone who will be a force down the line.
Denver would get a great player here.
No. 26: Arizona Cardinals, Anthony Davis
While Anthony Davis slipped in this draft, he'd still be a great pick for Arizona.
The Cardinals would love to have gotten a quarterback here, but Tim Tebow isn't a first rounder and there are no better prospects on the board. Arizona could use some help on the offensive line and Davis fills that hole.
He's a guy the Cardinals could whip into shape like San Francisco is doing.
No. 27: New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski
This is a guy the Patriots got in the second round in what turned out to be an amazing draft, but his stock is much higher this time around.
The first time around, New England got Aaron Hernandez, but with him off the board, it's time to grab Rob Gronkowski and he's a guy who made a big impact for the Patriots this year and has been a great pick for New England.
I honestly don't know how Bill Belichick does it.
No. 28: Miami Dolphins, Chris Ivory
The Miami Dolphins' running game was highly disappointing this year and Chris Ivory would step in and be a big improvement.
Ivory stepped in for the New Orleans Saints and helped carry the load with Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush out with injuries. He was one of the best rookie backs in the league and someone who could help transition away from Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
He's a guy who would be highly sought after around this juncture in the draft.
No. 29: New York Jets, Alterraun Verner
Alterraun Verner is a guy who came out of nowhere for the Tennessee Titans and had a great season for a unit that had a bit of a down year.
He came in and cracked the starting lineup and made plays and got better as the year went on. He'd be an upgrade over Kyle Wilson, who had a disappointing season after a lot of hope and hype entering the year, only to fizzle out.
Verner would be great in that New York offense.
No. 30: Detroit Lions, Bryan Bulaga
While Detroit won't get the playmaker they got in Jahvid Best, they are getting a solid piece in Bryan Bulaga.
He's been a guy who's played very well for the Green Bay Packers and has found himself getting consistent playing time. The Lions would start to build on the offensive line and protect Matthew Stafford and open holes in the running game.
It's a smart pick if you're Detroit.
No. 31: Indianapolis Colts, Jared Veldheer
Man, the Raiders whiffed on their first pick, but after that, they got some steals.
Jared Veldheer stepped right in for Oakand and he has locked down that left tackle spot and the Indianapolis Colts could really use a guy to be a stabilizing force on the offensive line and keep Peyton Manning upright.
It's a smart pick here.
No. 32: New Orleans Saints, Brandon Graham
Brandon Graham takes a bit of a tumble in this draft but he ends up with a team that is coming off of a Super Bowl win, so it could be worse.
Graham had a decent year with the Eagles before getting hurt and missing the rest of the season and the Saints could really use a pass rusher. With Derrick Morgan showing us nothing after getting hurt early in the season, Graham is the obvious choice here.
Sometimes you just have to go with the best option, even if you're not blown away.