The NFL Draft in New York went as scripted for the most part on the early draft picks as Sam Bradshaw, the standout quarterback prospect from Oklahoma went first overall, leading the way for five out of six Big 12 players in the top six.. Bradshaw was followed by the best overall player in the NFL Draft, Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska.
#1 NFL Draft pick Saint Louis-Sam Bradshaw quarterback Oklahoma.
Sam Bradford the quarterback out of Oklahoma has been torn apart and praised all winter as NFL Draft prognosticators gave opinions for and against Bradford being selected number one overall. The question mark about Sam Bradford is durability. Bradford has been beaten up in college now what will happen when he moves up to the faster more brutal NFL? Bradford may not be the starter on the Saint Louis Rams opening day roster but he will play in the 2010 NFL season.
#2 NFL Draft pick Detroit Lions-Ndamukong Suh defensive end Nebraska.
Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska was a man among boys playing defensive end. Suh solidified himself as the best available college player in the NFL Draft with his game against Texas in the Big 12 Championship. Another NFL Draft hopeful in that game, Colt McCoy was completely dominated by the big man Suh. As a defensive end, Suh will be playing in his first season in the NFL and it will not be a surprise if Ndamukong Suh makes an impact in his first NFL season.
#3 NFL Draft pick Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Gerald McCoy defensive tackle Oklahoma.
Gerald McCoy as a defensive tackle was a huge force on the Oklahoma defense and should be able to make an impact on the next level with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gerald McCoy has told the story numerous times that Warren Sapp was his favorite player of all time and that he was bitterly disappointed when Sapp did not recruit him for the Miami Hurricanes. Now McCoy will be able to follow in his hero’s footsteps at Tampa Bay.
#4 NFL Draft pick Washington Redskins-Trent Williams offensive tackle Oklahoma.
Trent Williams was a semi expected pick in this spot for Washington. There was talk that Washington was taking Russell Okung, also an offensive lineman. Williams pick made it four straight Big 12 players drafted to start the NFL Draft. Williams will be a possible starter mid way through his first NFL season and possible to start game one. One thing Mike Shanahan knows is offensive line and he has his man.
#5 NFL Draft pick Kansas City Chiefs-Eric Berry safety Tennessee.
Eric Berry is another immediate impact player. Berry was a primary reason why Lane Kiffin was not completely humiliated in Tennesee. Berry is a leader on defense and knows how to find the ball. As the cliche goes, “you can’t teach instincts.” Berry is an instinctive player that will adapt quickly to the NFL. The SEC may be the closest conference in college to the NFL.
#6 NFL Draft pick Seattle Seahawks-Russell Okung offensive tackle Oklahoma State.
Russell Okung as an offensive tackle out of Oklahoma State, was projected to be the first one taken but when Trent Williams went number four to Washington, Seattle jumped at the chance to grab Okung. Another Big 12 player, making it five out of six Big 12 players in the NFL Draft. Russell Okung will start for Seattle and be protecting the blind side for Matt Hasselback.
#7 NFL Draft pick Cleveland Browns-Joe Haden cornerback Florida.
Joe Haden of Florida was a nice pick up for Cleveland in the number seven spot. Oakland would have definitely scooped up Haden if Cleveland would have opted for a Jimmy Clausen in this spot. Now the question will be how far will Jimmy Clausen fall in the NFL Draft. Haden is a great corner with strong instincts and will start opposite former UNLV corner Eric Wright. Haden is the highest NFL Draft pick at the cornerback position.
#8 NFL Draft pick Oakland Raiders Rolando McLain inside linebacker Alabama
Rolando McLain was the best linebacker on the board and Oakland snatched him up.McLain is solid in the middle and that is what Oakland needs as they are beginning to age in the middle of the field on defense. McLain will be a starter for the Oakland Raiders in the first game of the 2010 NFL season.
#9 NFL Draft pick Buffalo Bills CJ Spiller Running Back Clemson.
CJ Spiller of Clemson was a great running back at Clemson in the SEC and ran circles around some of the best defenses in college football. Not only is Spiller a solid running back but Spiller also was a game changing special teams player, capable of taking it to the house on any return situation. Spiller will be in the starting line up for Buffalo on opening day 2010.
#10 NFL Draft pick Jacksonville Jaguars Tyson Alualu defensive tackle California
First huge surprise of the NFL Draft was Tyson Alualu. Alualu made great strides with his performance at the Senior Bowl impresses many coaches and scouts, including Jack Del Rio the head coach of the Jaguars. Alualu may be a starter in the first game of the 2010 NFL season.
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