The NFL draft 2010 is now halfway over. Of course, the 2010 NFL draft took longer to get there than usual, and will end a bit sooner. Usually, they fit in the first three rounds on Saturday, but in 2010, they got it done on Thursday and Friday. But once again, the last four rounds will be crammed in on one day, only on Saturday this time. As the final day begins, it seems all the big names have finally been taken, and not a moment too soon. Yesterday’s NFL draft 2010 day 2 finally brought the Jimmy Clausen/Colt McCoy drama to an end, albeit later than expected.
After Tim Tebow was taken over both Clausen and McCoy, their free falling status was the big storyline of Day 2. Clausen was the one to go first, at No. 48 to the Carolina Panthers. In spite of Clausen falling to the second round, he may have landed at an ideal destination, since the Panthers are starting over at quarterback after Jake Delhomme was released.
Delhomme is now with the Browns – and after the NFL draft 2010, he has new competition. McCoy landed in Cleveland with the No. 85 pick in the third round, as he will fight for the third string position. Since the Browns just got Delhomme, and Seneca Wallace as a backup, it may be a more uphill battle for McCoy. In any case, high profile college quarterbacks like Tim Couch and Brady Quinn don’t have a good history at Cleveland.
The 2010 NFL draft has now checked off all of the high profile players on the list. In addition to Clausen and McCoy, Heisman runner up Toby Gerhart went to the crowded Vikings backfield at No. 51. Ole Miss’s Dexter McCluster went to Kansas City at No. 36, while Clausen’s favorite Notre Dame target, Golden Tate, went to Seattle at No. 60.
In other NFL draft 2010 news, the Eagles used the No. 37 pick they got for Donovan McNabb to fill their depleted safety ranks, getting Nate Allen from South Florida. The Steelers started to restock their wide receiving core by getting SMU’s Emmanuel Sanders at No. 82, and former first round hope Terrance Cody landed at Baltimore with the No. 57 pick.
With the big names gone, there now seem to be obscure players left for the final day. But as many football fans know, fourth-to-seventh round players can make a far greater impact than first round picks. The NFL draft 2010 may be no different, even as pundits start grading teams early on – though they still have one big day of work left.
As Clausen, McCoy and others finally rejoice in being drafted, the NFL draft 2010 will fulfill even more dreams today, starting at 10 am est on ESPN.
USA TODAY- “Breaking down Round 2 and Round 3 of the 2010 NFL draft”
Bleacher Report- “NFL Draft 2010: What Could Day Three Bring?”