By John Harris
May 15, 2014
Ahhhh, one of my favorite times of the year. It’s time to hand out some grades. Now, if you’ve been reading my work and following me for the past few years, you know that I absolutely abhor handing out grades days following a completed draft. Having been a teacher, I likened it to giving a grade to a student as he/she walked in the door on day one.
“Hey, you look smart. I’ll give you an A”. Yeah, that doesn’t work. So, back in 2011, I started grading the draft…four years after the fact.
(As luck would have it, I can’t find my 2009 re-grade, just so you know I’m not keeping it from you on purpose.)
Anyhow, it’s 2010’s turn - the Sam Bradford draft. When I first looked back at the teams’ drafts, I wasn’t blown away, for the most part. A few Pro Bowlers here, a few there, but nothing to write home about, no?
Well, no is right. The 2010 NFL Draft class produced 30 Pro Bowlers to this point, which is 10 more than the more ballyhooed 2011 NFL Draft class. Here is the Pro Bowler breakdown:
This class was more of a gem than I remembered. And, to the city of Seattle, the Seahawks class was THE foundation piece to winning a championship in 2013. You see that in full as you read further.
To give a basis of comparison, I found Bleacher Report’s overall grade for each team, and then I found a list that showed a consensus grade of some of the more popular draftniks in the country (Mel Kiper, Rick Gosselin, etc…). Here’s each team’s REAL grade…after the test, not before. Pro Bowlers are in bold.
1st Round - Tennessee DT Dan Williams
2nd Round - TCU LB Daryl Washington
3rd Round - The Citadel WR Andre Roberts
4th Round - Wisconsin DE O’Brien Schofield
5th Round - Fordham QB John Skelton
6th Round - Troy CB Jorrick Calvin
7th Round - Stanford TE Jim Dray
In the days leading up to the draft, former TCU product Washington got more and more attention. As a run-and-hit linebacker, there aren’t many better. The NFL players ranked him as one of the top 100 players in the league, while Williams carved out a starting spot in the Cardinals front seven. Roberts provided good value early in his career, whereas Schofield got cut, signed in Seattle and picked up a ring in the process. The team didn’t get much from QB Skelton at a time when the QB position was a wide open competition.
1st Round - Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon
3rd Round - Kentucky DT Corey Peters
3rd Round - Alabama G Mike Johnson
4th Round - UNLV G Joe Hawley
5th Round - Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks
5th Round - Kansas WR Kerry Meier
6th Round - Montana S Shann Schillinger
Weatherspoon played well in his first three seasons, but only played seven games in 2013. Peters is a backup and hasn’t made a huge impact. Hawley will fight for a starting spot and started 12 times in his first four years. But, all in all, there’s been little impact from this draft class.
2nd Round - Texas OLB Sergio Kindle
2nd Round - Alabama NT Terrence Cody
3rd Round - Oregon TE Ed Dickson
4th Round - BYU TE Dennis Pitta
5th Round - Utah WR David Reed
5th Round - Syracuse DT Arthur Jones
6th Round - Morehouse OT Ramon Harewood
Kindle didn’t even get out of the blocks after suffering a harrowing injury before training camp. Dickson started his career well, but Pitta became the star at TE. Jones was a key figure in the defensive line before signing a five year/$30M contract with the Colts. Cody is a backup and will more than likely remain a backup. With no first round selection and Kindle’s injury, the Ravens draft class was doomed from the start.
1st Round - Clemson RB C.J. Spiller
2nd Round - UCF DT Torell Troup
3rd Round - Arkansas State DE Alex Carrington
4th Round - U Conn WR Marcus Easley
5th Round - Virginia Tech OL Ed Wang
6th Round - James Madison DE Arthur Moats
6th Round - South Dakota State LB Bryce Drake
7th Round - Troy QB Levi Brown
7th Round - Iowa OT Kyle Calloway
If not for Spiller, this draft would’ve been a complete waste. Easley is the only other draft pick still on the roster and he’s caught two passes in four years. Yes, that’s correct two passes in four years. It’s hard to find anything positive in this draft other than Spiller who made the 2012 Pro Bowl. Moats played well for the Bills as a role player for the Bills but that’s where the production ends. Abruptly.
2nd Round - Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen
3rd Round - LSU WR Brandon LaFell
3rd Round - Appalachian State WR Armanti Edwards
4th Round - South Carolina OLB Eric Norwood
6th Round - Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy
6th Round - Baylor WR David Gettis
6th Round - Texas A&M CB Jordan Pugh
6th Round - Cincinnati QB Tony Pike
7th Round - Utah CB R.J Stanford
7th Round - U Conn CB Robert McClain
Just when it appeared I could give Carolina a passing grade for drafting Hardy in the sixth round, the former Ole Miss product was arrested for potential domestic assault and battery. On the field, he’s a rising star as he has 33 sacks and a Pro Bowl to his name. The rest of this class? Oy. Not one player remains in Carolina other than Hardy. Clausen started ten times in 2010, threw three times as many interceptions as touchdowns and was replaced by No. 1 pick in 2011 Cam Newton. As expected, he has never thrown another regular season pass. Just bad…the entire class.
3rd Round - Florida S Major Wright
4th Round - Northwestern DE Corey Wootton
5th Round - Kansas State CB Joshua Moore
6th Round - Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour
7th Round - West Texas A&M OT J’Marcus Webb
The Bears didn’t have picks in the first two rounds but Wright was a solid starter, drafted in the third round. He signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this off-season, following former Bears head coach Lovie Smith. Wootton was a role playing contributor and signed with Minnesota in the off-season. Webb was Jay Cutler’s whipping boy throughout his three years in Chicago. Quite frankly, the Bears have nothing to show, four years later, from this draft class.
1st Round - Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham
2nd Round - Florida DE Carlos Dunlap
3rd Round - Texas WR Jordan Shipley
3rd Round - Wake Forest CB Brandon Ghee
4th Round - Georgia DT Geno Atkins
4th Round - Texas OLB Roddrick Muckelroy
5th Round - Eastern Illinois G Otis Hudson
6th Round - Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe
7th Round - Iowa State G Reggie Stephens
Atkins is the true star in this class and kudos to the Bengals for finding him in the fourth round. Gresham is one of the rare two time Pro Bowlers in this draft class. Dunlap showed flashes of being a dominant end and will get more opportunities with Michael Johnson gone to Tampa. Quite frankly, this was one of the top three 2010 draft classes, even though the Bengals got very little from the last four picks in this class.
1st Round - Florida CB Joe Haden
2nd Round - Oregon S T.J. Ward
2nd Round - Tennessee RB Montario Hardesty
3rd Round - Texas QB Colt McCoy
3rd Round - Arizona State OT Shawn Lauvao
5th Round - Nebraska S Larry Asante
6th Round - USF WR Carlton Mitchell
6th Round - South Carolina DE Clifton Geathers
Haden ran a 4.6 at the Combine and the draft cognoscenti freaked out. As one of his most ardent supporters, I tried to stay strong, even though others were bailing. Glad I did. Haden just signed a new extension that’ll pay him on par with the best defensive players in the league. Second rounder Ward made last year’s Pro Bowl, then signed a massive deal with the Denver Broncos. The rest of the class? Ouch. Hardesty’s issue heading into the draft was health and it remained an issue. McCoy never got on track and got traded. The rest isn’t even worth mentioning, other than Lauvao who is still in the league.
1st Round - Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant
2nd Round - Penn State OLB Sean Lee
4th Round - Indiana (PA) CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
6th Round - Notre Dame OT Sam Young
6th Round - Texas Tech CB Jamar Wall
7th Round - William & Mary DT Sean Lissemore
When Jerry Jones selected Dez Bryant at No. 24 in the first round, it was a boom or bust selection. Luckily for “Jerrah”, he got that one right. It’s been a little rocky at times, but there’s no more athletic receiver in football than Bryant. If Lee could ever stay healthy, he’d end up in a Pro Bowl or three. 4th round on down? Disaster, but rolling the Dez Bryant dice, and winning, was a decision that will always be a feather in Jerry’s cap.
1st Round - Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas
1st Round - Florida QB Tim Tebow
2nd Round - Utah OL Zane Beadles
3rd Round - Baylor C J.D Walton
3rd Round - Minnesota WR Eric Decker
5th Round - Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox
6th Round - Notre Dame C Eric Olsen
7th Round - Cal CB Syd’Quan Thompson
7th Round - Indiana DE Jammie Kirlew
Without Peyton Manning, it’s hard to imagine Thomas as a Pro Bowler. But, Manning’s arrival helped maximize the value the Broncos got from Thomas, Beadles and Decker. Walton started early in his career but got injured and never got his job back. Then, there was the Tebow pick. It’s hard to truly quantify his impact. He’s out of football four years later, but he led a young team to a playoff win in 2011 over Pittsburgh. Even without Tebow, the three offensive stars were excellent value selections, although Beadles and Decker took big money to go elsewhere in 2014.
1st Round - Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
1st Round - Cal RB Jahvid Best
3rd Round - Iowa CB Amari Spievey
4th Round - Miami, FL OT Jason Fox
7th Round - NC State DE Willie Young
7th Round - Weber State WR Tim Toone
Suh was a no-brainer at No. 2 behind Sam Bradford and he’s made three Pro Bowls. Yet, controversy followed him throughout his career. That said, there aren’t many 3x Pro Bowlers in this class. Best had a concussion history prior to being drafted and retired after another concussion. That risk didn’t pay off. Spievey had four solid years in Detroit, racking up 142 tackles and five interceptions. Young was a backup pass rusher but vital in the “wide 9” scheme for a few years. Regardless, this class is defined by Suh’s aggression and production and Best’s retirement.
1st Round - Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga
2nd Round - Purdue DT Mike Neal
3rd Round - Georgia Tech S Morgan Burnett
5th Round - Penn State TE Andrew Quarless
5th Round - TCU OT Marshall Newhouse
6th Round - Buffalo RB James Starks
7th Round - East Carolina DE C.J Wilson
Solid. The five players that remain are solid, nothing better, nothing worse. Bulaga solidified the right side of the line at right tackle. Neal is in the DE rotation, while Burnett took over in 2013 as the starter at strong safety. Starks made significant contributions in the 2010 playoff run, but Eddie Lacy has become the bona fide No. 1 back in Green Bay. Quarless is the top tight end in Green Bay. No team has more players remaining on the roster from its draft class than the Packers (five of seven still remain).
1st Round - Alabama CB Kareem Jackson
2nd Round - Auburn RB Ben Tate
3rd Round - Arizona DT Earl Mitchell
4th Round - Miami FL LB Darryl Sharpton
4th Round - Wisconsin TE Garrett Graham
5th Round - Northwestern CB Sherrick McManis
6th Round - Colorado State G Shelley Smith
6th Round - LSU KR Trindon Holliday
7th Round - Pitt WR/TE Dorin Dickerson
I’m not sure I would’ve given this draft class an A just following the draft, but four years later, I’d give it a solid B. Jackson was brutal early in his career but he improved each and every year. Last year, he fell back into some bad habits but should thrive under a new direction in 2014. Graham re-signed with the Texans this off-season and should play a huge role in this new Texans offense. Tate was a solid backup to Arian Foster and Mitchell thrived as a starter in 2013; however, both players signed free agent contracts elsewhere in 2014. Holliday is one of the most dynamic returners in the game…for the Broncos. Many thought that Dickerson was THE major find in this draft in the seventh round, but he did nothing and was released before the 2011 season started.
1st Round - TCU OLB Jerry Hughes
2nd Round - Iowa LB Pat Angerer
3rd Round - USC CB Kevin Thomas
4th Round - Tennessee G Jacques McClendon
5th Round - Oklahoma TE Brody Eldridge
7th Round - Cincinnati DT Ricardo Mathews
7th Round - Clemson LB Kavell Conner
7th Round - Indiana CB Ray Fisher
I thought Hughes was destined to be a star in Indianapolis, once he got an opportunity. But, he didn’t really get that chance until 2012, did little with it, got traded to Buffalo and then racked up ten sacks. Angerer started for four years and racked up 327 tackles but he’s an unrestricted free agent and hasn’t re-signed with the Colts as of press date. The rest of the class? Meh.
1st Round - Cal DT Tyson Alualu
3rd Round - Louisiana Tech DT D’Anthony Smith
5th Round - Central Arkansas DE Larry Hart
5th Round - Murray State DE Austen Lane
6th Round - Southern Illinois RB Deji Karim
6th Round - James Madison KR Scotty McGee
This was the beginning of the end for former Jags GM Gene Smith. His heart was in the right place, seemingly, but Alualu was a major surprise at No. 10 and spent an inconsistent four years in Jacksonville. The rest of the draft is dreadful. Karim was still in the league last year but that’s about it. I won’t give it an F until Alualu is done…and that may be this year.
1st Round - Tennessee S Eric Berry
2nd Round - Ole Miss RB Dexter McCluster
2nd Round - Alabama CB Javier Arenas
3rd Round - Illinois G Jon Asamoah
3rd Round - Iowa TE Tony Moeaki
5th Round - Ole Miss S Kendrick Lewis
5th Round - Troy DE Cameron Sheffield
Although Berry is often criticized for any failings of the Kansas City defense, he was the right pick early in the first round. Similar to Suh, he’s been to three Pro Bowls and is the leader of the Chiefs defense. McCluster’s career in Kansas City was a roller coaster, but he did make the Pro Bowl in 2013 as a returner. Asamoah started his career in good shape but signed a free agent contract elsewhere in 2014. Moeaki was on the verge of greatness but an injury shut his progress down, essentially on the spot. Had Arenas stayed in Kansas City under defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, there’s no telling what he could have done. He didn’t, unfortunately. Solid class, overall, in Kansas City.
1st Round - Penn State DT/DE Jared Odrick
2nd Round - Utah OLB Koa Misi
3rd Round - Ole Miss T/G John Jerry
4th Round - Iowa LB A.J Edds
5th Round - Maryland CB Nolan Carroll
5th Round - Georgia S Reshad Jones
7th Round - Middle Tennessee State LB Chris McCoy
The Dolphins didn’t have a Pro Bowler in this class, but did have four starters in the top six picks. The problem is that none of them had a significant impact on the team, other than Jerry, who was one of the alleged ring leaders in hazing former Dolphin Jonathan Martin and that wasn’t positive impact. Odrick never found the right position. Misi fell into the same trap, so to speak.
2nd Round - UVa CB Chris Cook
2nd Round - Stanford RB Toby Gerhart
4th Round - USC DE Everson Griffen
5th Round - Wake Forest OT Chris DeGeare
5th Round - Minnesota OLB Nathan Triplett
6th Round - UAB QB Joe Webb
7th Round - Penn State TE Mickey Shuler
7th Round - Rutgers LB Ryan D’Imperio
An A? Bleacher Report gave this group an A? How? Cook was a mess coming into the league and left Minnesota with no interceptions in four years. Gerhart didn’t really have a chance to impact the team with Adrian Peterson dominating the carries. Griffen has been the lone bright spot and the lone Viking to remain on the roster. Webb started a playoff game and that’s about all. Not a great weekend for the Vikings brass in 2010.
1st Round - Rutgers CB/S Devin McCourty
2nd Round - Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski
2nd Round - Florida DE Jermaine Cunningham
2nd Round - Florida LB Brandon Spikes
3rd Round - Ohio WR Taylor Price
4th Round - Florida TE Aaron Hernandez
5th Round - Michigan P Zoltan Mesko
6th Round - NC State C Ted Larsen
7th Round - Vanderbilt OT Thomas Welch
7th Round - Alabama DT Brandon Deaderick
7th Round - Georgia DT Kade Weston
7th Round - Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson
The Bleacher Report 2010 grade analysis included the following statement: Does there really need to be any analysis of these picks? Bill Belichick is a draft master. Period.
Well, that’s just foolhardy, to be honest. Belichick missed plenty of times over the years, but in 2010, he drafted 12 players, the most of any team, minus Philadelphia. He did draft three Pro Bowlers, but none of the three truly sustained that success. McCourty was a 2010 Pro Bowler as a rookie CB, but he floundered in 2011 and was moved to safety. Gronkowski was brilliant for the first two years, but the last two years have been marred by injury. Hernandez, well, is a murderer. Okay, okay, alleged murderer but he won’t be seen any time soon. Spikes underachieved and Cunningham did next to nothing in Foxboro. The only other player in that class that impact the roster at all was Mesko. Yes, the punter.
1st Round - Florida State CB Patrick Robinson
2nd Round - USC OT Charles Brown
3rd Round - Miami (FL) TE Jimmy Graham
4th Round - LSU DT Al Woods
5th Round - Boston College C Matt Tennant
7th Round - Oregon State QB Sean Canfield
If the Saints hadn’t taken a calculated risk with Jimmy Graham, there would’ve been nothing to show for this class at all. Sure, the Saints were selecting last in each round, but Robinson was a reach, in my opinion, at the time and that’s been proven to be true. Brown started occasionally, but wasn’t worth the second round pick. That said, Graham has been so much better than advertised that it bumps the grade from a D- or an F to a C.
1st Round - USF DE Jason Pierre-Paul
2nd Round - East Carolina DT Linval Joseph
3rd Round - LSU S Chad Jones
4th Round - Nebraska LB Phillip Dillard
5th Round - Arkansas G Mitch Petrus
6th Round - William & Mary LB Adrian Tracy
7th Round - East Carolina P Matt Dodge
The tragedy in this class was what happened to Jones. The former Tiger was involved in a car accident that kept him from ever seeing the field in New York. Pierre-Paul went to two Pro Bowls and has 28.5 sacks, but 2013 was clearly his worst year in the league. The rest of the class? Ugh.
1st Round - Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
2nd Round - UMass OT Vlad Ducasse
4th Round - USC RB Joe McKnight
5th Round - Kentucky FB John Conner
Beat it, 2010 draft class. Wilson has done…you know what, I’m not wasting a single, solitary second more on this class. It was awful.
1st Round - Alabama LB Rolando McClain
2nd Round - Texas DE Lamarr Houston
3rd Round - Hillsdale OT Jared Veldheer
4th Round - Maryland OT Bruce Campbell
4th Round - Clemson WR Jacoby Ford
5th Round - Auburn CB Walter McFadden
6th Round - Arizona State LB Travis Goethel
7th Round - Michigan State CB Jeremy Ware
7th Round - Michigan S Stevie Brown
The Raiders seemingly hit on their second and third round picks, but when it came time to re-sign both Houston and Veldheer after their four years of service in Oakland, the two stars went elsewhere. McClain’s off-the-field issues shut his career down before it even truly started. Ford’s impact early couldn’t overshadow the fact that he did nothing later in his career. All in all, two excellent picks on day two, yet nothing to show for it four years later.
1st Round - Michigan DE Brandon Graham
2nd Round - USF S Nate Allen
3rd Round - Washington DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
4th Round - Kentucky CB Trevard Lindley
4th Round - Oklahoma LB Keenan Clayton
4th Round - Northwestern QB Mike Kafka
4th Round - Missouri State TE Clay Harbor
5th Round - Clemson DE Ricky Sapp
5th Round - Florida WR Riley Cooper
6th Round - LSU RB Charles Scott
7th Round - Mississippi State LB Jamar Chaney
7th Round - Georgia DT Jeff Owens
7th Round - Ohio State S Kurt Coleman
The Eagles drafted more players in this draft than any other team in the league. Strength in numbers, right? Well, not really, in this case. The only true value draft pick in this group was Cooper. Various players were shoe-horned into starting spots, but it didn’t take. Coleman was an excellent find in the last round of the draft but he signed a free agent deal with Minnesota this off-season. Those two players saved the draft grade from being an F.
1st Round - Florida C Maurkice Pouncey
2nd Round - Virginia Tech DE Jason Worilds
3rd Round - SMU WR Emmanuel Sanders
4th Round - Ohio State DE Thaddeus Gibson
5th Round - Tennessee OT Chris Scott
5th Round - Clemson CB Crezdon Butler
5th Round - Utah LB Stevenson Sylvester
6th Round - Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer
6th Round - Central Michigan WR Antonio Brown
7th Round - Ohio State DT Doug Worthington
I liked this draft at the time and still like it today. Pouncey is one of the best centers in the league and Brown is one of the most dynamic players in the league. I thought the strength of the draft would be Worilds, Gibson and Sylvester, but only Worlids remains on the roster at this point. But, Sanders, combined with Brown to make a major impact over the past four years. Sanders caught 161 passes for 2,030 yards during his time in Pittsburgh, but signed with Denver in the off-season.
1st Round - Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews
3rd Round - Washington LB Donald Butler
4th Round - Kansas S Darrell Stuckey
5th Round - North Carolina DT Cam Thomas
5th Round - Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton
7th Round - Miami, FL TE Dedrick Epps
Had I done this exercise last year, I might have given the Chargers a D- as Mathews was a disappointment. Even though he went to the 2011 Pro Bowl, he slumped in 2012, only starting nine games and rushing for only 707 yards. But, last year, he showed the full gamut of skills, rushing for nearly 1,300 yards and six touchdowns. Butler has been a key starter on defense, while Stuckey has been a solid contributor in the secondary. Crompton? Ugh.
1st Round - Rutgers OT Anthony Davis
1st Round - Idaho G Mike Iupati
2nd Round - USC S Taylor Mays
3rd Round - Penn State LB NaVorro Bowman
6th Round - Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon
6th Round - Pitt TE Nate Byham
6th Round - Arizona State WR Kyle Williams
The only thing really, truly keeping this grade from being an A+ was the selection of Mays in the second round. The much ballyhooed high school recruit from the state of Washington rode a massive hype wave throughout his USC career, culminating in a second round selection. He didn’t even make it to the second season in San Francisco. Other than Mays and Byham, the 49ers got excellent value from everyone on this board.
1st Round - Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung
1st Round - Texas S Earl Thomas
2nd Round - Notre Dame WR Golden Tate
4th Round - Oregon CB Walter Thurmond
4th Round - North Carolina DE E.J Wilson
5th Round - Virginia Tech S Kam Chancellor
6th Round - USC TE Anthony McCoy
7th Round - Arizona State LB Dexter Davis
7th Round - Kent State FB Jameson Konz
This class was even better than the A grade that was given back in 2010. Three Pro Bowlers. Five quality players. Linchpins in the 2013 Super Bowl roster. What more is there to say about this class? Just brilliant work by John Schneider and Pete Carroll.
1st Round - Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford
2nd Round - Indiana OT Rodger Saffold
3rd Round - USF CB Jerome Murphy
4th Round - Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard
5th Round - Illinois TE Michael Hoomanawanui
5th Round - ULL DE Hall Davis
6th Round - Houston TE Fendi Onobun
6th Round - West Texas A&M DE Eugene Sims
7th Round - Alabama CB Marquis Johnson
7th Round - USF DE George Selvie
7th Round - Penn State LB Josh Hull
The Rams are still waiting on Bradford to live up to the No. 1 pick in the draft status. His health has failed him throughout his career as he’s only started 16 games twice in four years. Fittingly, the Rams won seven games in each of those seasons, but won eight combined in the two years he didn’t make it all the way through. The rest of the class was a disaster but Bradford and Saffold showed just enough to keep it from being an F.
1st Round - Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
2nd Round - UCLA DT Brian Price
2nd Round - Illinois WR Arrelious Benn
3rd Round - Vanderbilt CB Myron Lewis
4th Round - Syracuse WR Mike Williams
6th Round - Virginia Tech P Brent Bowden
7th Round - Virginia Tech S Cody Grimm
7th Round - Florida State LB Dekoda Watson
7th Round - Stanford DE Erik Lorig
McCoy was, is and will continue to be a bona fide stud. Williams was brilliant early in his career but off-season foibles masked his on-field excellence. He was traded to Buffalo this off-season. The rest of the class was nothing to write home about, including Price who is now with the LA Kiss in the Arena League. No, I’m not kidding.
1st Round - Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan
3rd Round - USC WR Damian Williams
3rd Round - Georgia LB Rennie Curran
4th Round - UCLA CB Alterraun Verner
5th Round - Utah S Robert Johnson
6th Round - Florida Atlantic QB Rusty Smith
6th Round - Florida State S Myron Rolle
7th Round - Montana WR Marc Mariani
7th Round - Brown DT David Howard
This was my favorite draft of any team in the NFL in 2010. Why? Howard, a Brown graduate. But, in reality, the value in this draft came from the day three selections. Verner turned into one of the best CBs in the AFC and Mariani made the Pro Bowl as a special teams demon. Yet, Morgan’s first four years were no better than ordinary and the rest of the class stunk. However, the value in finding two Pro Bowlers in rounds four and seven, respectively, accounts for the B- in this class.
1st Round - Oklahoma OT Trent Williams
3rd Round - supplemental pick for Kentucky DT Jeremy Jarmon
4th Round - LSU LB Perry Riley
6th Round - Louisiana Tech TE Dennis Morris
7th Round - UCLA WR Terrence Austin
7th Round - New Mexico C Erik Cook
7th Round - West Virginia OT Selvish Capers
The Redskins hit a home run with Williams in the first round. The former Oklahoma star was voted to two consecutive Pro Bowls and is one of the top left tackles in the league. Riley will be a mainstay for the Redskins at inside linebacker.
The remaining draft picks? Definitely two hop ground outs to shortstop. The one that stings most was, more than likely, Jarmon. He was a third round 2009 supplemental pick and did nothing in two years. He finished with half of a sack and was retired by the age of 24. By sacrificing their third round selection in the 2010 draft to snap up Jarmon, the Redskins passed on two Pro Bowlers and a handful of capable stars at positions that they addressed later in the draft. Robert Griffin III to Jimmy Graham anyone? What…could’ve been. Instead, the Redskins waited until the sixth round to draft Morris who didn’t make it to September 2010 with the Redskins.