I love the Draft, it comes around my birthday, ESPN puts baseball back where it belongs, in segment 3, and it means the NFL year has started.
So lets go down the NFL Rosters and see how it went for each team.
I recently reposted my 2010 Draft Diary, for the first 3 rounds, so you can see how I did. I normally like to wait a bit before giving grades, just to kind of absorb what major changes have been made, and also to kind of combine what the team needs. Just because you need a QB, doesn’t mean you have to pick one in Round 1.
For Round 1 picks, I’m going to add in what I said during my Draft Diary.
1 26 Datone Jones DE UCLA
What I said :Like I said, outside the top 10. I think he also moves to LB, unless they pile some weight on him. My question is- does he help the RUN defense? I think he’s better vs the pass.
Now: In a group that battles injury at this position, they took a guy with foot problems. Genius! Just like the Trailblazers taking Centers coming off foot surgury. I still think he needs to gain weight, but could be very good in short spurts.
2 61 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama
Injury Risk, but I love the pick. If he can stay out of the trainers room, he does almost everything well, considering he stopped fumbling. I’m unsure of how well he’s going to do catching the ball at the NFL level- kidding, he’s been playing at the NFL level.
4 109 David Bakhtiari OT Colorado
Great Pick. He’s sub-300, so I think he moves to Guard, even though he played LT, but that might say a good bit about his conference, better vs the run than vs the pass, but has very good lower body strenth, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t learn pass protection quickly.
4 122 J. C. Tretter OT Cornell
Slight reach. Moved from QB to TE to RT. Great athlete, even though he’s 300 pounds. He’s got to get stronger, and get used to seeing guys that can’t get into the Ivy league. He’s gonna get stashed on the roster and see what happens next year.
4 125 Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA
Good pick, considering his production, but the problem is what does he do now? Is he big enough? No. So he catches the ball well? Nope, Can he slam the line or pick up a blitz? Not really. What does he have? An ability to pick the right hole and get there quickly, has a DAMN fast first step forward. My only problem is guys in the NFL are much better at slamming that hole shut quickly. So he might have a problem sticking, but he’s going to be #3 on the depth chart so its not like he’s Reggie Bush in TitleTown.
5 159 Micah Hyde CB Iowa
If you have a C-level WR, then you have a guy that can stop him 1 on 1. He’s gonna get moved to FS pretty soon, If not already. I just don’t think he has the speed and moves to play corner at the next level. He’s smart though, so I expect him to be in the NFL for a little bit.
5 167 Josh Boyd DT Mississippi State
Can get shoved around, inconsistent, but tends to make plays on occasion. Can eat some space. This is another reach pick, but a pick that could fit in the rotation fairly quickly and contribute.
6 193 Nate Palmer OLB Illinois State
Bit of a reach, but he might just stick. He’s got decent speed and he has a chance to make the rotation, if not during camp, than later in the season.
7 216 Charles Johnson WR Grand Valley State
7 224 Kevin Dorsey WR Maryland
I’m taking both these two together. The Pack needed wideouts, and I do love blowing late round picks on skill position players just to make sure we have camp bodies. 7th round picks are cheap, and basically make sure you don’t have to battle the cell phones of others to get them to camp.
7 232 Sam Barrington LB South Florida
Camp Fodder, but he’s 6’1-250, so he might make an impact in camp and stick.
Overall: Hard to see a starter out of this bunch, but you might have 8 or 9 guys that will have dirt on thier uniforms 16+ times a year. They carpet-bombed the skill positions and added talent to the front 7 on D. If this was a 5-11 team? I’d hate on this draft. On a 11-5 team? I do like the draft. The problem, of course, is Minny is closing the gap and QUICKLY, and this draft did not help them enlarge the gap. Solid, we-can-do-this-cause-we-have-Aaron draft.
1 20 Kyle Long OT Oregon
What I said: Son of HOWIE!
I don’t get the pick, I really don’t. He’s not a day 1 starter. I would think that he’s a pick for someone else, but I have to think there are better choices to help this team. He might be great in year 2, but hoe long does Cutler have? He never really stood out in Oregon to me.
Now: Still a reach. Tons of talent, and loves to hit, I do kind of wonder why he never tried to play DL with his tendency to try and drive people to the ground. Has a HUGE frame, really good speed for the position, and may even move to RT if a need arizes. I still think he went WAY too early, but he’s gonna start, and who knows how good he can be IF he gets his mind right. WAY too many question marks for me.
2 50 Jonathan Bostic LB Florida
Another reach, but he has major (unused) talent, not the best vs the run, but is going to help against the pass, I think he can cover larger TEs, but I’m just not a huge fan of the pick.
4 117 Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers
Love the pick, started out in the backfeild, just a great tackler, who doesn’t miss a ton when he gets close to you. His major drawback is he isn’t huge, and isn’t going to get any bigger. He’s only 236 pounds so he’s going to get hit by RBs just as big as he is, so when the Linemen are going his direction, he’s going to have problems getting around them, and he’s going to have MAJOR problems with all the NBA PFs running around at TE right now.
5 163 Jordan Mills OT Louisiana Tech
I am a Tech Alum, just to throw that out there. He kind of bounced around the line, playing each pretty easily, but does have a problem with speed rushers. I really do think he has some potential, as he does have good size and strenth.
6 188 Cornelius Washington DE Georgia
Little light for my tastes, but added 40 pounds during his time at UGA, so he might still be bulking up, does have a DUI on his record, he’s got some power though, and has a good burst. Could stick.
7 236 Marquess Wilson WR Washington State
TALL (6’3) but very light, has very good speed, needs to work on his hands, but for a straight line fade target? Might have a chance.
Overall: First two are reaches, then it settles in to good picks, and the latter 3 seen like really good picks that could stick, so the exact opposite that you want. I can see 4 starters here (1,4 5 and 7), but thats more due to the crud on the roster at those spots than anything else. Not a bad draft, but not a good one.
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