The late picks in the first round of the NFL Draft are teams that either made the NFL Playoffs last year or just missed. When these teams make the draft choices there is usually a lot of behind the scenes wheeling and dealing. It didn’t take long for some of the better teams to make moves up in the NFL Draft order and in New England’s case moving down.
#21 NFL Draft pick Cincinnati Bengals Jermaine Gresham tight end Oklahoma.
Jermaine Gresham underlines a glaring need at the tight end position that Cincinnati has been trying to fill for a few years now. Whenever Cincinnati drafts a tight end the get injured. Gresham is a big tight end that will be able to help pass block and be a decoy in block and release situations.
#22 NFL Draft pick Denver Broncos Demaryius Thomas wide receiver Maryland.
Demaryius Thomas is the best wide receiver, talent wise in the NFL Draft. Thomas had a rough upbringing but by all accounts now he has been a model citizen while playing at Maryland. Denver was expected to take Dez Bryant at the number 11 pick but they traded out of that position to the 22nd spot and still opted to take Thomas.
#23 NFL Draft pick Green Bay Packers Bryan Buluga offensive tackle Iowa.
Bryan Buluga of Iowa, was being slotted in the number five position in NFL mock drafts, including my own. Bulaga may have dropped in the draft because of his short arms. At the NFL Draft Combine, many scouts mentioned Bulaga’s lack of arm reach and he was downgraded. Buluga will be a starter in his first NFL game with Green Bay and be on the team for ten plus years barring any injuries.
#24 NFL Draft pick Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant wide receiver Oklahoma State.
Michael Irvin, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver and personal confidant of Jerry Jones said on the NFL Draft Special on the NFL Channel, “Jerry Jones is still kicking himself for passing up on Randy Moss, he won’t let Dez Bryant slip through his fingers.” Jones and the Cowboys did move up in the NFL Draft and snag Dez Bryant. The word on Bryant is that he may be undisciplined and have some rough edges. Time will tell how good Bryant will be.
#25 NFL Draft pick Denver Broncos Tim Tebow quarterback Florida.
The most shocking pick in the NFL Draft’s first round was Denver trading away three picks to move up in the draft and take Tim Tebow. The squeaky clean quarterback out of Florida may not even play much in the 2010 NFL season but head coach Josh McDaniel was obviously enamored with the big fella.
#26 NFL Draft pick Arizona Cardinals Dan Williams defensive tackle Tennessee.
Dan Williams of Arizona addressed an immediate need for Arizona as their defense was getting long in the tooth towards the end of the 2009 NFL season. Williams will add much needed youth to the Arizona front line.
#27 NFL Draft pick New England Patriots Devin McCourty Rutgers.
Devin McCourty’s twin brother is already a success with the Tennessee Titans and once again New England moves down on the NFL Draft board and gets their man.
#28 NFL Draft pick Miami Dolphins Jared Odrick offensive tackle Penn State.
Jared Odrick can move mountains and finding a big lineman this late in the draft was a pick that Miami couldn’t pass up. Odrick will start immediately and make an impact.
#29 NFL Draft pick New York Jets Kyle Wilson cornerback Boise State.
It was interesting watching Kyle Wilson drop all the way to the New York Jets with the 29th overall pick . He could have went before Earl Thomas with the Seattle Seahawks. New York now could have a great corner opposite the best shut down corner in the NFL, Derrelle Revis.
#30 NFL Draft pick Detroit Lions Jahvid Best running back California.
Detroit may have had the best NFL Draft in round one in their existence if Jahvid Best can perform at the level he was before his debilitating concussion. With Ndamukong Suh on defense, a solid quarterback in Matt Stafford and a possible 1500 yard rusher in Best, Detroit may be loaded for bear (or the Bears) by the 2011 NFL season.
#31 NFL Draft pick Indianapolis Colts Jerry Hughes defensive end/linebacker TCU.
Jerry Hughes was a force on the TCU Horned Frogs during their undefeated regular season in 2010. Hughes is capable of pass rushing and dropping back into pass coverage as well. Hughes versatility will be a huge help to an Indianapolis defense that is also aging at a rapid pace. Hughes may not start but he will be a solid addition off the bench for the Colts.
#32 NFL Draft pick New Orleans Patrick Robinson cornerback Florida State.
Patrick Robinson is an unusual choice for New Orleans in this spot. Although Robinson is a solid cover man, New Orleans may have been better off gambling on the pick and taking a defensive end like Carlos Dunlop. They may still have their eyes on Dunlop, who was once a top ten NFL Draft prospect.
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