2010 has seen a lot of rookies make an impact for their team. From first rounders to undrafted free agents, we’ve seen guys make plays, accumulate yards and score in the clutch this season. This is why we’re so interested in the draft. We want to see the stars of tomorrow. Everyone has an opinion on how high a player should go, who’s a sleeper, and who was a reach. Then we can come back after the players’ rookie season and see who was right or wrong. Here, I’ll take a look at how the first round should’ve gone, based upon the outcomes of the rookie class of 2010. This was written by staff writer Jeremy Heneghan.
1. St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
– Right choice here. He was the main factor in turning around the franchise from 1-15 to 7-9 and almost clinching the division.
2. Detroit Lions – Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska
– There was no player who had a better senior season than Suh. He carried that over to his NFL career and played great, perhaps deserving of Defensive Rookie of the Year.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Williams WR, Syracuse
– There’s no doubt that Mike Williams was talented, but the fact he wasn’t on the team the whole year at Syracuse brought up tons of doubts about his character. Turns out, he would’ve been worth a first round pick.
4. Washington Redskins – LeGarrette Blount RB, Oregon
– If the Redskins had something in the running game, McNabb may have had a better season.
5. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Berry S, Tennessee
– Berry was one of the top 3 players in last year’s draft. He became the Chiefs starter and had a good season.
6. Seattle Seahawks – Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
– Okung had injury problems this season and offensive tackle was the right pick in hindsight.
7. Cleveland Browns – Devin McCourty CB, Rutgers
– McCourty may be playing his best because Belichick is getting it out of him, but he’s shown he’s the best corner of the 2010 class so far.
8. Oakland Raiders – Rolando McClain MLB, Alabama
– McClain has started this year for Oakland with the trade of Kirk Morrison. He’s been a solid force in the middle early in his career.
9. Buffalo Bills – Chris Ivory RB, Tiffin
– CJ Spiller has had trouble getting going at times during 2010 and it could’ve been a result of the line blocking for him, but Ivory showed that he is a very capable runner.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Earl Thomas S, Texas
– Thomas is part of a solid secondary in Seattle, but he would’ve been the star of the Jaguars’ secondary this season. Alualu has done well this season, but Thomas would have helped them way more in hindsight.
11. San Francisco 49ers – Roger Saffold OT, Indiana
– Anthony Davis was not a good pick. He didn’t play well this year in San Fransisco, but Saffold is the starting left tackle on the Rams. He would’ve been a great addition across of Joe Staley.
12. San Diego Chargers – Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma State
– As long as the holdout of Vincent Jackson went on, the Chargers really could’ve used Bryant.
13. Philadelphia Eagles - Sean Weatherspoon LB, Missouri
– Stewart Bradley got injured again this year and the Eagles just need a starter who would be able to make an impact, which Weatherspoon has done for Atlanta this season.
14. Seattle Seahawks – Maurkice Pouncey C, Florida
– The offensive line has really struggled in Seattle this season. Pouncey has stepped right in at Pittsburgh as the starter and has impressed.
15. New York Giants – Pat Angerer LB, Iowa
– Angerer has done a nice job coming in for the Colts at middle linebacker this season.