Thirty-two NFL draft picks 2010 are now set with new teams. The 2010 draft picks are now immortalized as first round choices, and as such, have all the expectations in the world upon them. Of course, some choices have higher hopes than others, and a select few now have an entire franchise on their backs. These rookies can’t save their new clubs by themselves, and more often than not, they fail miserably. In fact, those who aren’t top picks are sometimes the ones that usually rise to glory faster. But for the top draft picks, they hope to be the ones that defy that trend.
For Sam Bradford, he is just the latest high profile quarterback tasked with rebuilding a downtrodden club. Matthew Stafford got saddled with that last year, after the 0-16 Lions took him. But Stafford led the Lions to a few more wins, so Detroit still has a lot of confidence in him. They have even higher hopes now that Ndamukong Suh has joined the defense.
The draft picks 2010 projections had Suh at either No. 1 or No. 2. After he dominated the Big 12 championship game, he was placed at No. 1 in many mock drafts. Yet when Bradford put his injuries behind him, and when the quarterback starved Rams got the top choice, his selection was predictable. But although Suh slid to second, he could make an immediate impact first.
With all the attention around Bradford, Suh, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy, the other draft picks 2010 were more obscure by comparison. But Gerald McCoy was just behind Suh as the best defensive tackle available, and now the Buccaneers have him at No. 3. The Redskins solved their quarterback problem with Donovan McNabb, so they got protection by taking tackle Trent Williams. Meanwhile, Eric Berry is expected to be the next big safety with Kansas City.
Quarterbacks and linemen were the stars among the top draft picks 2010, with running backs and wide receivers having a down year. But Buffalo built up their running game with Clemson’s record-setting C.J. Spiller at No. 9, as he was the only offensive player in the top 10 besides Bradford. Dez Bryant wasn’t the top wide receiver picked, after Demaryius Thomas went to Denver. Yet since Bryant went 24th to Dallas, he may not complain that much.
At least one or two of the first draft picks are bound to be flops, while one or two may be the steal of the whole draft. Some may bomb quickly, like Ryan Leaf, while some may pay off right away, like Adrian Peterson.
But in reality, it takes several years to determine who was right and who was wrong to take someone. And for teams like the Rams and Lions, they know top picks don’t turn around franchises by themselves.
Although Bradford, Suh and Tim Tebow have all the opening headlines, the remaining rookies may steal them back in the years ahead. The journey of the less flashy draft picks 2010 begins tonight and tomorrow.
SI.com- “2010 Draft Tracker”