Taking a look at some of the players that were taken in the 2010 NFL Draft from colleges in the PAC-10 football conference and what they bring to the table.
Ron Gronkowski, Tight End, New England Patriots
Arguably the best tight end in the draft, Gronkowski displays outstanding athletic ability at the tight end position and should be able to produce some decent numbers right away for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Earl Mitchell, Defensive Tackle, Houston Texans
After spending the first half of his collegiate career as a fullback, Mitchell hopes to provide the Texans with a big body on the defensive line who can pull up some holes in the running game.
Shawn Lauvao, Guard, Cleveland Browns
An all around solid blocker, his awareness and quick reads at the snap will allow him to provide the Browns with some much needed offensive line help.
Dexter Davis, Outside Linebacker, Seattle Seahawks
Davis is a workout warrior who excels at making big hits and pushing around the opposing offensive line. However, his instincts and lack of recognition skills with hurt his ability to adapt to the NFL.
Jahvid Best, Running Back, Detriot Lions
A fluid, illusive runner, Best was considered one of the leading Heisman candidates last year before injuries hampered his production. Now healed, he looks to be a sparkplug for the Lions’ offense.
Tyson Alualu, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguars
Considered a huge reach at the 10th overall pick, the Jaguars put a lot of chips into a player that seems to be a boom-or-bust in the NFL. However, he has the potential to be great.
Ed Dickson, Tight End, Baltimore Ravens
Dickson is strickly a receiving tight end with very raw blocking skills. His speed allows him to stretch the field, but his marginal blocking ability makes him a concern. Should provide the Ravens with some help in the passing game.
T.J. Ward, Safety, Cleveland Browns
Plays all over the field and has great range in the secondary. Tackling has proven to be a small concern in the past, however. He should be able to make an immediate impact for a struggling Browns defense.
Sean Canfield, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints
Despite outstanding production in college, Canfield doesn’t have the prototypical arm to make it in the NFL. His size and good mechanics will help, but he may never be more than a third-string quarterback.
Toby Gerhart, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
A gifted power-back, Gerhart possess a rare combination of burst and power. Although he may struggle to turn the corner, he always falls forever and his legs keep churning until the whistle blows. Should be an outstanding backup to Adrian Peterson.
Jim Dray, Tight End, Arizona Cardinals
Although he lacks the receiving skills to be a major threat in the NFL, his blocking ability may proven valuable in the NFL and could give the Cardinals a boost in goalline and short distance situations.
Brian Price, Defensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Although he seems to be underrated, it is well-known that Price can be a dominating force on the defensive line. His production and attention with be hindered by the Bucs’ first-round choice, Gerald McCoy.
Alterraun Verner, Cornerback, Tennessee Titans
A very promising prospect at cornerback, Verner has the mental toughness and ball skills to be a nightmare for any offense. Needs to work on his recovery speed and hip movement in order to become a menacing corner.
Taylor Mays, Safety, San Francisco 49ers
Considered a top 10 pick in 2009, he opted to wait a year, which proved to be disasterous. Mays is surrounded by question marks, but if given the right opportunity and coaching, has all the potential you could want in a rookie.
Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle, New Orleans Saints
Has all of the tools to be an excellent offensive lineman in the NFL. Needs to have more of a mean streak, but is a great blocker in both the pass and the run. Will compete immediately.
Donald Butler, Inside Linebacker, San Diego Chargers
An underrated linebacker who has shown glimpses of brilliance. He is a proven playmaker who may eventually push for a starting spot on the Charger linebacking corp.
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
He is an outstanding athlete who fits well into the Eagles defensive philosophy. Although he was somewhat lacking in the production category, he could battle for a rotation position immediately.
Unfortunately, WSU did not have any players drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft.
So there are some of the key players from the PAC-10 that will be competing for their chance to prove they are NFL-worthy. Only time will tell if they are up to the challenge.