Editor’s Note: Doug Kyed, our intrepid staff writer, will be doing some extra work for the final twenty days before the 2011 NFL Draft, taking a look at the last twenty NFL Drafts.
Today he looks at the 2010 NFL Draft Class.
We’ve reached the end with last year’s draft. This class has all the makings of some of the great draft classes we looked at earlier: a top tier QB, an already top tier defensive lineman, some impressive offensive linemen, balance throughout the draft and a lot of solid late round/undrafted players. It’s been talked about before, but it’s interesting how much better Chris Ivory, LaGarrette Blount and James Starks looked than C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Jahvid Best last year.
My Top Ten for the 2010 NFL Draft Class:
Sam Bradford: Rd. 1 Pick 1 – St. Louis Rams
Ndamukong Suh: Rd. 1 Pick 2 – Detroit Lions
Eric Berry: Rd. 1 Pick 5 – Kansas City Chiefs
Maurkice Pouncey: Rd. 1 Pick 18 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Devin McCourty: Rd. 1 Pick 27 – New England Patriots
Rodger Saffold: Rd. 2 Pick 33 – St. Louis Rams
Rob Gronkowski: Rd. 2 Pick 42 – New England Patriots
Carlos Dunlap: Rd. 2 Pick 54 – Cincinnati Bengals
Chris Ivory: Undrafted – New Orleans Saints
LaGarrette Blount: Undrafted – Tennessee Titans
Other Significant Players – Gerald McCoy, Russell Okung, Joe Haden, Rolando McClain, Earl Thomas, Mike Iupati, Dez Bryant, Nate Allen, T.J. Ward, Brandon Spikes, Pat Angerer, Colt McCoy, Tony Moeaki , Jimmy Graham, Mike Williams, Jacoby Ford, Aaron Hernandez, James Starks Ted Larsen. Marc Mariani, Sam Shields
My Top Player: Ndamukong Suh
Consensus Top Player: Ndamukong Suh
No Hall of Famers
Possible Future HOF: Too early to tell, but the 2010 rookies who were already top tier players at their positions according to footballoutsiders.com were Suh, Pouncey, McCourty, Gronkowski and Ivory.
Best Value: So far, either Ivory, Blount or Shields
Biggest Bust: It’s way too early, but Trent Williams was one of the worst starting tackles of 2010 and CJ Spiller couldn’t get anything going his rookie year.
Best Patriots Pick: Based on value, Hernandez, based on production, McCourty.
Worst Patriots Pick: Once again, it’s way too early to tell, but until Taylor Price comes around taking him eleven picks before Mike Williams (TB) doesn’t look great. The worst decision might be releasing Ted Larsen, who did a nice job starting for the Bucs.
Best Team Class: Patriots (McCourty, Gronkowski, Jermaine Cunningham, Spikes, Hernandez, Zoltan Mesko, Ted Larsen, Brandon Deaderick, Dane Fletcher), Rams (Bradford, Saffold, Danario Alexander), Browns (Haden, Ward, McCoy) and Packers (Bulaga, Starks, Shields) all had nice drafts so far. Patriots are definitely the big winners.
Overall Grade: It’s too early to place a grade on it, but it has all the makings of a really nice draft so far.