NFL Draft 2010 coverage begins today. The top NFL Draft question is whether it will be Sam Bradford or Ndamukong Suh picked No. 1 overall in the draft. It had been thought for a while that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford would be the easy choice at No. 1 by the St. Louis Rams, but with their inability to get him to sign a contract, rumors have them re-considering that choice. The Rams have never actually stated who they were officially going to take with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, but conventional wisdom stated it would be Sam Bradford when they started contract talks with him. In the NFL, teams can finalize a contract with the No. 1 overall choice before the draft actually takes place.
With Bradford seemingly becoming a risk of holding out for more than the Rams could afford, the consideration of Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh started to become even stronger. St. Louis could definitely use someone of his defensive prowess on the other side of the ball, and he would probably be a safer all-around pick in the No. 1 spot. If he slips to the No. 2 pick by the Detroit Lions, it will certainly give the Lions fans something to be ecstatic about. The other alternative though, is that if Suh is drafted No. 1 overall by the St. Louis Rams that then Detroit could trade away their No. 2 spot to fill a need right away and let someone else swoop in to take Sam Bradford at No. 2.
The drama that has been building could end up being nothing at all, and the Rams could take Bradford anyways, even knowing they might have to pay him even more if he decides to hold out. After those first two picks, things are still going to remain very interesting in the 2010 NFL Draft as well, because there are so many good players in the first round that have kept the experts guessing. For instance, quarterback Jimmy Clausen out of Notre Dame is said to be ready for the pros right now, but he isn’t projected to be taken until the middle picks of the first round. Will Buffalo take him at No. 9? Or will he slip even further if Buffalo decides they want to go for Tim Tebow later on in the second round of the draft.
The Seattle Seahawks are also a big question in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, simply because they need so many things and because they have two of the first 14 picks. They pick No. 6 overall with their own selection and then they get the Denver Broncos pick at No. 14 as part of a prior trade. They could end up with two really good defensive prospects or they could decide to get someone on both sides of the ball. With new coach Pete Carroll coming in from USC, he could also be looking to get some great impact players on to the field right away. That could definitely effect which way Seattle decides to go.
The first round of the 2010 NFL Draft kicks off at 4:30 p.m. PST on ESPN, on Thursday, April 22.