I was more or less successful in my evaluation of the 2010 rookie playmakers, and here is a quick recap:
10. Aaron Hernandez—major playmaker for the Patriots in 2010.
9. Arrelious Benn—overshadowed by Mike Williams and injured, but they still love him in Tampa.
8. Mike Lupati—Best O-lineman for the 49ers. The guy is a beast.
7. Jordan Shipley—best slot receiver of the class of 2010. He put up great numbers that would have been even better if it hadn't been for a certain WR duo.
6. Ryan Matthews—flashed his potential, but was hampered by injuries. The Chargers have high expectations for him in 2011.
5. Kyle Wilson—this was the sad story of my 2010 rookie playmakers. The Jets hope that he will show his true worth in 2011.
4. Gerald McCoy—was constantly doubled-teamed as the Bucs had no pressure on the edges, and then he was injured. McCoy has looked great during this preseason though, and is the centerpiece of the Bucs D-line.
3. Dexter McCluster—started out the 2010 season by returning a kick for a TD. A true playmaker, the Chiefs still need to find out how to make the most of him.
2. Eric Berry—stepped in early as the leader of the Chiefs' secondary, but didn't quite show great playmaking ability, even though his talent is obvious.
1. Sean Weatherspoon—showed great potential until his injury. The Falcons still have high hopes for him in 2011.
In retrospect, only Aaron Hernandez and Dexter McCluster showed up as true playmakers, with Eric Berry, Ryan Matthews and Gerald McCoy showing great potential.