2010 NFL Draft Results: The Winners, Losers and More From The Three Day Weekend

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 25, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Quarterback Sam Bradford from the Oklahoma Sooners holds up a St. Louis Rams jersey after the Rams selected Bradford numer 1 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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The 2010 NFL Draft is now officially in the books. This year's draft was one of the deepest in the last five years, and it truly made an impact around the league. So, who are the winners and losers from this years draft?

The Winners

Seattle Seahawks-A shift of power in the NFC West? The Seattle Seahawks are making a case after having the best draft of the weekend. Seattle traded for two veteran running backs in Leon Washington and Lendale White, who Pete Carroll hopes will bring back the combination of Reggie Bush and White that he had at Souther Cal.

Three picks highlighted the Seahawks draft, all at great value. Russell Okung was selected 6th overall to become the left tackle of the future. Earl Thomas was selected at pick 14, which was a major upgrade for their secondary.

Golden Tate was a late second round pick and filled the need of becoming a future number one target.

The Seahawks used this draft to fill so many needs on the offensive and defensive side, as they make a push to return to the playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens-Despite not having a first round pick, the Baltimore Ravens had arguably the best draft in this year's class. Following the formula of picking the best available, the Ravens selected Sergio Kindle with the second round selection they received from Denver. Baltimore also landed nose tackle Terrence Cody to clog up the holes available in the running game.

The front office then shifted to the offensive side, selecting tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta to supply Joe Flacco with more weapons.

This was a good strategy by the Ravens. The main focus was finding youth on the defense, while still upgrading the offense with underrated players.

Cincinnati Bengals-I was really impressed with the draft of the Cincinnati Bengals. Tight End Jermaine Gresham and receiver Jordan Shipley give Carson Palmer more weapons to work with.

The biggest risk for reward selection is Carlos Dunlap. He has the talent of a mid-first round pick, but off the field issues brought him down this far.

Cornerback Brandon Ghee was also a solid selection for the Bengals, as they added to a good secondary.

Honorable Mentions: Patriots, Jets, Lions

The Losers

Chicago Bears-Hurt by the Jay Cutler trade, I wasn't impressed with the Bears draft at all. The biggest goal going into the draft was overhauling the defensive side. The Corey Whooton selection does have the potential to turn out well for the Bears. But Major Wright? Despite splitting time with Will Hill, I never believed he was that impressive.

In the end, the Cutler trade does set them back. The Bears must address the offensive line, which they failed to do in this draft.

Buffalo Bills-Aside from the CJ Spiller selection, the Bills got the odd end of the stick here. They failed to select Clausen or McCoy as a franchise quarterback and failed to improve the offensive line.

Torell Troup was one of the bigger reaches on day two, especially with Terrence Cody on the board for Buffalo.

The Bills can expect another losing season, especially with an impoved AFC East.

Jacksonville Jaguars-A draft without Tim Tebow is a disappointment. But more questionable picks came out of Jacksonville. Tyson Alualu was the biggest stretch of the first round, especially with Derrick Morgan and Brandon Graham on the board.

In fact, most of their draft was filled with questionable picks. Five selections were either defensive lineman or linebackers, with no major upgrades in the secondary.

Expect a bigger decrease in attendance this year for the Jaguars.

Honorable Mentions: Giants, Dolphins

Other Notes

The biggest talk of the draft was the quarterbacks. The Denver Broncos did take a risk on Tim Tebow, while trading three picks in the process. However, both Clausen and McCoy were great value picks, and went to decent organizations.

Clausen will likely be the starter come his second year, and McCoy will be groomed this season for the Browns.

The first overall pick, Sam Bradford, is a different story. Bradford is in the worst situation possible of all the quarterbacks. He will be pressured to start now as the top overall selection and unfortunately it can hurt his development.

Bradford has a weak amount of weapons, struggling offensive line and a defense that was one of the NFL's worst.

Despite the NFL Draft being over, that doesn't mean I am finished covering it. Look for more articles this week on the top rookies.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. He will be writing about the NFL Draft for the next week, so look for more columns coming soon.

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