2010 NFL Draft: Round 1 Recap
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I have just one complaint about the NFL’s streamline draft form: it makes it really hard to live blog. No question, they pack a ton of action into those three hours.
In a draft that was so deep at all levels, there were bound to be a bunch of draft winners. I’ll quickly go through and grade every team that picked on their first day haul. My process points system will be applied after the second day. The leaders in gross process points through two years:
- Seahawks 24
- Dolphins 22
- Packers 19
- Falcons 19
- Browns 18
- Jags 17
- Bills 17
- Chiefs 17
Anyway, I wanted to get caught up on some of the major storylines from day one before day two gets started. So, here that is:
Jacksonville and DT Tyson Alualu
What made the pick difficult to swallow is not the player: Jacksonville’s getting an excellent prospect who will almost certainly outperform the contract given to the 10th overall player (most do). What’s tough, in hindsight, is that each of the next three teams successfully traded down in the draft. Conclusion: Jacksonville enslaved themselves with the draft value chart, not wanting to be on the worse end of the trade, and then just got nothing in return for taking Alualu above draft value.
Understand, for the future, that there is nothing wrong with giving a huge discount to trade down. You’re not losing the trade, unless you don’t make it.
Teams with two first round picks
Seattle, Detroit, and San Francisco were all winners. San Francisco, in particular, doesn’t have two years to rebuild that line, they need to be in play for the NFC West right now. Seattle needed to rebuild while staying in play for the NFC West, which is even more difficult, and they arguably did better with Russell Okung and Earl Thomas, two big time value pick at positions that Seattle has been weakened at each of the last two years. The Lions, to their credit, picked Ndamukong Suh because he was the best player and the bet fit for their system. Then they came back later getting Jahvid Best, a rare talent at RB, in the first round intelligently before the board could reset.
However, the team that went to the well until it was done was the Fourty-Niners: between Joe Staley, Anthony Davis, and Mike Iupati, this is a premier offense that will discover once and for all if Alex Smith is the answer at QB. If he isn’t they are primed to take a QB next year, this system is ripe for a rookie to succeed.
Tebow, the Bronco
I really loved the Broncos mix of patience and aggression in this draft, and Josh McDaniels really is the right man to coach up quarterback Tim Tebow. I’m not quite as sold on Demaryius Thomas three picks before that, I think that might have a high probability of backfiring and not helping the Broncos achieve offensive greatness.
Tebow makes sense in Denver for plenty of reasons. First of all, McDaniels now has all the pieces in place a year after playing with half an offense. Secondly, Tebow is third on the depth chart going into this year, probably good for his development. They have nothing invested in Brady Quinn, and it’s clear Kyle Orton is not the future. Finally, it’s a good system fit, there are a lot of similarities in spread concepts between what Tebow has done at Florida, and what McDaniels likes to do. More differences than similarities, but Tebow not coming in with a knowledge deficiency will help his development.
Love the Broncos offseason this year. Just love it.
The Giants make a head-scratcher
Jason Pierre-Paul to the Giants is a really horrible pairing of not having a need, and making a draft reach. I get where they really like him, but it’s a largely non-sensical move. Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Mathias Kiwanuka are already there, and while the pass rush underachieved, it’s not like adding Pierre-Paul makes that problem go away.