The draft is nothing if not a huge gamble. There is simply no way to know for certain how a player will perform on the biggest stage in American sports.
Will they buckle under the pressure like Ryan Leaf, or will they show themselves to be an undiscovered gem, like Tom Brady?
Typically the players taken in the later rounds are not expected to produce right away. If they do, that is a bonus. That's why they are called upside picks.
Where the big money is spent is in the first round, so we are going to look at Round 1 of last year's draft and grade how players taken in the first 32 picks helped their team in 2010.
I am going to compare the performance of each player based on their position and where they were taken in the draft.
Obviously, I could not watch every game played, so if you are a fan of a particular team and have a differing opinion about my grades, please feel free to comment.
I didn't penalize a player for getting injured unless they missed significant time or had several injuries.
Let's see how they measure up.