The first round of the 2010 NFL Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this April 22, 2010 according to NFL.com. With all the speculation and big names, like Ben Roethlisberger being tossed around in the hours leading up to the draft, the first day was relatively tame. Draft Tracker from NFL.com gave few surprises with the St. Louis Rams selecting quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick. The Detroit Lions then selected Ndamukong Suh, the massive defensive tackle from Nebraska. Two other Oklahoma players rounded out the top four with Gerald McCoy going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Trent Williams being selected in the number four position by the Washington Redskins. Rounding out the top five was the Kansas City Chiefs selecting safety Eric Berry.
While much and hoopla surrounded this particular NFL Draft and the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it was another quarterback who was making headlines via trade. The Denver Broncos traded three draft picks to the Baltimore Ravens to select Florida quarterback Tim Tebow with the 25th overall selection according to Yahoo! Sports, while NFL.com clarifies that Baltimore also sent a fourth round pick to Denver as well. The trade was by far the most aggressive move in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Of course, there were several other deals like the Dallas Cowboys trading up to select wide receiver Dez Bryant with the 24th pick in the first round.
Still at the end of the first round one notable name still on the board was Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen. While many expected Clausen to be the second quarterback selected, the skilled quarterback finds himself hoping to hear his name in the second round. Other than that, the news was not who was selected but who was not being traded. The Steelers dispelled any rumors they were going to trade Ben Roethlisberger by not making a deal to move the superstar. All things considered it was a great first round with the Tebow deal as the icing on the cake. Whether or not that reveals itself to be a great trade will take some time to sort out, because the Broncos are stocked at quarterback with Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton, and now Tim Tebow.
All things considered many teams addressed their immediate needs, such as the Buffalo Bills picking Clemson running back C.J. Spiller and the Pittsburgh Steelers using their first round draft pick to grab center Maurkice Pouncey. This sets up a great looking next couple of days, and one has to wonder if more deals are in the works.