The Sports Dish's NFL Draft Winners and Losers of Day One

Hamza AhsanCorrespondent IApril 23, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Ndamukong Suh from the Nebraska Cornhuskers holds up a Detroit Lions jersey after Suh was selected by the Lions number 2 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Looking back at the crazy and unpredictable first round of the 2010 NFL draft, there were a lot of very surprising trades and picks that many teams had. This was the craziest first round in recent draft history, with many projected second round picks being selected in the first round. We have also seen some of the best prospects in the draft drop out of the Top 15, and even out of the first round overall.

There is one thing that we can tell for sure and that is the teams with the best draft day overall in day one.With that being said, here are the winners and losers in day one of the 2010 NFL draft.


Seattle Seahawks The Seahawks are the most obvious winners of day one in this years draft. They landed a Top Five caliber player in Russel Okung with the No. 6 pick in the draft. Okung brings good speed and toughness to the Seahawks, and will help their offensive line from day one. The Seahawks also got the second best safety in the draft with Earl Thomas. Thomas is a smaller player with great instincts and is also very versatile in coverage. Both players should be competing for a starting spot on day one.

Detroit Lions The Lions finally had a good draft this year by selecting the best defensive tackle in Ndamukong Suh and a very good running back in Jahvid Best. Suh was an easy choice for the Lions and is one of the most dominant defensive tackles to come out of college in the past 10 years.

A surprising, but great move by the Lions was trading up and selecting Best from California. The Lions just traded their second round, fourth round, and seventh round picks in this years draft, while receiving the Vikings firsst and fourth round picks. Best is a guy with good quickness who will help complement Kevin Smith and create a dangerous backfield in Detroit.

Green Bay Packers The Packers might have just landed the biggest steal in the draft by selecting Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga. He is a tough guy who blocks well in both the pass and rush. Bulaga was considered by a lot to be a Top 10 pick, but with him falling to 23rd, it's no wonder why the Packers are winners. He can be a starter from day one and will help the banged up Packers' offensive line.


Jacksonville Jaguars The Jaguars had one of the biggest reaches by selecting Tyson Alualu. Although Alualu is an explosive defensive tackle, it was way to early to select him at No.10. Alualu is not a player the Jaguars should have taken with defensive tackles like Dan Hampton and Terrence Cody still on the board. If the Jaguars traded down into the late first round, and received some more picks instead of wasting it on a second round player like Alualu, then the selection would have made sense, but choosing him at No. 10 didn't.

Washington Redskins I know a lot of people are questioning why I placed the Redskins as losers in this draft, but it's very simple. The Redskins chose the wrong offensive tackle with their first selection in Trent Williams. Even though they addressed their needs by selecting an offensive tackle, going with Williams instead of Russell Okung puzzled me. Yes, Williams is a very gifted tackle who has unbelievable athleticism for an offensive tackle, but a lot of people have questioned his work ethic. If the Redskins did choose Russell Okung they would have selected a player who would have given more effort and would have fit in better in the Redskins' offensive line.

Denver Broncos Now, for the biggest losers in the first round of the NFL draft, the Denver Broncos. The Broncos had the most surprising pick when they selected Florida QB Tim Tebow with the 25th pick in the draft. Tebow was predicted by most to be a second to third round selection. Many people have doubted his ability to become an NFL quarterback because of footwork and his throwing motion. The Broncos also may face some heat for selecting Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas over Dez Bryant. Although there are a lot of issues with Bryant's off the field troubles in college, there is no doubting his overall talent. Look for the Broncos not too benefit too much with their picks this year.


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