This year is full of firsts for the NFL Draft. Aside from the obvious 1st year players, the 2010 NFL Draft is going to be broken up into three days: Day 1 has the 1st round, Day 2 has rounds 2-3, and Day 3 has rounds 4-7. Not only is the 2010 NFL Draft broken up differently than it usually is, but this year the NFL Draft will be shown on primetime television.
We could talk for forever and a day about previous NFL Drafts, but that’s not what I’m here to do. I may mention some previous drafts for the sake of credibility, but more so, I’m here to give an analysis of the 2010 NFL Draft’s 1st round.
The NFL world has been alight today with news, which on the day of the draft is something you would expect. However, much of the attention has been focused on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. Just a few days ago, we learned about Roethlisberger’s punishment handed down from NFL Commissioner Goodell. Now, according to Yahoo! Sports, the Steelers are actively looking to ship the legally troubled quarterback before the draft (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/rumors/post/Steelers-still-considering-Roethlisberger-trade?urn=nfl,235604).
Depending on how the Roethlisberger trade situation turns out, then we could be in for some big splashes in the 2010 version of the NFL Draft. But until all that is cleared up, here are the 1st round winners, the losers, and the surprise picks.
NFL Draft 1st Round Winners
The Detroit Lions got a future Pro-Bowler in Ndamukong Suh at the 2nd overall pick. They then traded up and swapped picks with Minnesota in the 30th spot. In the 30th spot, the Lions grabbed RB Jahvid Best. Jahvid Best may be a bit of a gamble coming off of a gruesome concussion, but the Lions were desperate for some running game to help support Matthew Stafford.
NFL Draft 1st Round Losers
I thought the Jacksonville Jaguars made a questionable pick in selecting DT Jason Alualu, but now that I think about it, it could be a good pick. Along with Aaron Kampman, look for Alualu to do pretty decent. My main loser I’ve picked from the 1st round is the Buffalo Bills selecting RB C.J. Spiller. Spiller was lightning at Clemson, but he’ll be sharing carries with Marshawn Lynch. I just think there were better picks at the 9 spot than C.J. Spiller.
NFL Draft 1st Round Surprises
Wow, where to start? As we’ve come to learn with most NFL Drafts, you can be surprised, but just wow. Tim Tebow as the 25th overall pick to the Denver Broncos? Are we serious people? Tim Tebow is a college legend and probably one of the best people you’re likely to ever meet, but he was a projected 2nd or 3rd round pick not 25th overall.
Another surprise: QB Jimmy Clausen, who was 4th on Mel Kiper’s Big Board is still available after the first day. Personally, I don’t think he’ll make a great NFL quarterback, but he’s still missing out on first round money.
And finally (and no, this isn’t a “homer” pick), but the Cowboys may have made a tremendous selection in getting WR Dez Bryant in the 24th spot. A lot is going to hinge on his character but if he behaves, him and WR Miles Austin will make a lightning/thunder combo.
It’s hard to coin a “winner” or a “loser” in the 1st round because it’s a 7 round draft. We’ll have to wait to see how the rest of the draft pans out before we can coin a winner and a loser. However, these winners and losers I’ve listed are on either the right path or the wrong path. We can only wait to see what will happen in the following two days of the draft.
Refferenced earlier, Mel Kiper’s Big Board can be found at http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/melkiper/index?&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fespn%2fmelkiper%2findex