The 2010 NFL draft wound down to a close a few minutes ago, and I have to say, there were some real reaches in the 225th round. Peyton Manning's first-born male child? Sumo yokozuna Hakuh? Sh?? Russian big game hunter,
I kid, of course. The three-day format of the draft actually made the whole thing a lot easier to digest. Sure, you might have been cheated out of your annual Saturday draft party, but unless you're a fan of the Broncos, Bills or Bears, there was at least something to cheer about in this draft.
Obviously, there is plenty of fantasy impact coming out of this draft, not just from the rookie skill players, but the consequences of, say, some genius move like the 49ers taking two offensive linemen in the first round. Loved that. Let's take a look at all the consequences, and assign some random and semi-informed grades to suss out the perceived winners and losers of this draft.
Because it's always more fun to kick 'em when they're down, we'll go worst to best.
This was just insane.
What a horrible stroke of luck to give up a second-round pick for defensive end
The Bills did little to either fill their needs or improve their franchise. With huge needs at offensive tackle and quarterback, they took running back
It just doesn't make much sense for a team light on picks to draft three quarterbacks.
In addition to turning water into wine, Breesus is apparently now capable of turning raw prospects into starters at positions where the Saints are overloaded. New Orleans straight up drafted on potential, ignoring their needs at linebacker and pass rusher. Cornerback
The Jags upgraded their defensive front seven with DTs
Hooray for you, Kansas City! You drafted the guy many think is the best player in the draft, safety
Getting an offensive tackle,
The Dolphins draft was pretty boring all around. They improved their defensive front seven with DT
The Redskins aren't keen on building through the draft, so it's no surprise they were just okay in filling their holes. OT
WR position? Check. Immense football potential? Check. Maturity issues? Check. Wide receiver
The Bengals might as well be the Communist Party of Ohio, considering all the red flags with their draft picks. While tight end
While the offensive line probably should have been addressed earlier, you can't really fault the Colts for going heavy on defensive picks. OLB
Not a big surprise that the Titans went heavy on defense, but the pieces they got weren't really enough to turn them into a group you'd bother with on draft day. DE
The Bucs centered on the biggest holes on their roster, defensive line and WR, picking multiple players at those positions. DTs
Atlanta had the Saints offense in mind in this draft. The defensive front seven was upgraded with OLB
With the first-round pick of CB
The Steelers had a bunch of extra picks, and hit most of their needs.
Hard to find a ton of fault with Houston's picks. CB was a big need, and
The Cardinals wanted to shore up the defensive front seven, and they did a pretty good job of it. DT Dan Williams will soak up blockers, while OLB
The Giants needed to go heavy on defensive picks, and they did just that. They upgraded the defensive line with DE
This draft might not have filled all of San Francisco's needs, but I absolutely love them taking two badly needed offensive linemen in the first round,
As per usual, another good draft from
Yawn ... the Patriots had another great draft. The linebacker corps was upgraded, courtesy of
With this positive review of Detroit's draft, the
The Eagles had about 74 picks, so they couldn't help but fill nearly all of their needs. They went big on the pass rush, and got a gem in defensive end
It shouldn't come as a shock that in the year after Hell froze over and the Saints won the Super Bowl, the Raiders finally had a good draft. Expectations are diminished where Raiders draft picks are concerned, but they did an outstanding job by any measure. They traded Morrison and will replace him with first-round thumper
Count me among the