April 25, 2010

The 2010 NFL Draft was one for the history books after the Detroit Lions made Weber State receiver TimToone the final selection of the event early Saturday evening. There were several surprises throughout the seven rounds as a number of talented prospects slipped through the cracks. Here's a list of the steal and reaches from this weekends draft:

Earl Thomas/Rd 1 No. 14/Seattle: Thomas lacks classic safety size yet possesses every other skill necessary to be a productive starting defensive back in the NFL. Thomas is likely to be an immediate starter for the Seahawks and was a terrific pick in the middle of round one.

Demaryius Thomas/Rd 1 No. 22/Denver: Thomas may well have been a top-twelve pick had he not broken his foot prior to the combine. We feel he'll eventually be the best receiver to come out of the 2010 draft.

Bryan Bulaga/Rd 1 No. 23/Green Bay: Bulaga plunged for a variety of reasons, but was terrific value in the second half of round one. The ability to start at a number of offensive line spots as a rookie makes this pick even more valuable.

Dez Bryant/Rd 1 No. 24/Dallas: For all his off-the-field issues, there's no denying Bryant's talent on the field. It was worth a roll of the dice by the Cowboys to trade up to select Bryant late in round one. If he matures as an individual Dallas will have another star on their hands.

Dan Williams/Rd 1 No. 26/Arizona: We may never find out why Williams fell into the bottom half of round one and the Cardinals don't care. He's a tremendous run-stuffing lineman who will improve the Arizona defense.

Kyle Wilson/Rd 1 No. 29/N.Y. Jets: The Jets did not think Wilson would be available late in round one and were prepared to select an offensive lineman. In Wilson, they selected a nickel back that could eventually develop into a starter and a player that can replace Leon Washington as the team's punt returner.

Linval Joseph/Rd 2 No. 46/N.Y. Giants: Joseph gained momentum the two months prior to the draft after a terrific combine workout. His size, athleticism and upside potential made him a steal outside the draft's initial forty selections.

Golden Tate/Rd 2 No. 60/Seattle: People pick apart Tate's game, complaining about his size, strength and inconsistent hands. When the smoke clears, he's still an electrifying player who breaks games open.

Jon Asamoah/Rd 3 No. 68/Kansas City: Asamoah was consistent throughout his college career and could quickly break into the Chiefs starting lineup as a rookie.

Alterraun Verner/Rd 4 No. 104/Tennessee: Verner was second-round talent, but fell after average forty times at the combine. He'll see plenty of action in nickel packages as a rookie and has the potential to develop into a starter.

Bruce Campbell/Rd 4 No. 106/Oakland: Some predicted the Raiders would draft Campbell with the eighth pick overall. They selected him with the eighth pick of Round 4. Despite his critics, any blocker that possesses the size and athleticism of Campbell is a bargain in the fourth frame.

Ricky Sapp/Rd 5 No. 134/Philadelphia: Sapp was mentioned in conversations as a potential top-45 pick by some teams. Injuries and marginal production in college pushed him down a number of boards. Sapp showed the ability to create constant pressure up the field in college and could be the steal of the draft.

Cam Thomas/Rd 5 No. 146/San Diego: The Chargers were in need of a starting defensive tackle and may have found one in the fifth round as injuries pushed Thomas much deeper into the draft than anyone expected.

Mitch Petrus/Rd 5 No. 147/N.Y. Giants: Petrus, a former fullback, is a terrific athlete still learning to play on the offensive line. His upside is enormous and he has the skills to develop into a starter.

Marshall Newhouse/Rd 5 No. 169/Green Bay: Newhouse is a tad short for the offensive tackle position but moves well and blocks with solid fundamentals. He is similar in style and substance to Chad Clifton, the Packers present starter at left tackle.

Jonathan Dwyer/Rd 6 No. 188/Pittsburgh: Dwyer's off-the-field exploits from the combine were well documented prior to the start of the draft. Transgressions aside, he's a terrific interior ball carrier who produces on the football field and was worth a roll of the dice in round six.

Joseph Webb/Rd 6 No. 199/Minnesota: Webb preformed well at the Senior Bowl as well as the combine after moving to receiver from his college position of quarterback. He fell through the cracks in a receiver-rich draft, but could be a dynamic player on a talented Vikings offense.

Jamar Cheney/Rd 6 No. 220/Philadelphia: The Mississippi State senior was rated as a third-rounder by a number of franchises, yet a severe ankle injury from 2008 sent up red flags. If he stays healthy, Cheney will be a terrific nickel linebacker that will help out on special teams.

Trent Williams/Rd 1 No. 4/Washington: Williams is a terrific athlete that will take to the Redskins zone blocking system like a duck to water. But he did nothing as a senior to prove he can handle the all-important left tackle spot and his rise up draft boards was primarily based on his combine workout.

Tim Tebow/Rd 1 No. 25/Denver: We remained level-headed when people bashed Tebow during Senior Bowl week, realizing he was better than he looked. We stayed calm when they sang his praises after Florida's pro day, understanding he still has a ways to go. But moving up in the draft to take a project at the quarterback position in round one just does not make sense.

Torrell Troup/Rd 2 No. 41/Buffalo: Troup is a solid player and built some momentum for himself after a solid showing at the East-West Game, yet most considered him a third-round choice at best.

Javier Arenas/Rd 2 No. 50/Kansas City: There were several better cornerbacks available when the Chiefs selected Arenas. He brings return skills with his game, but the Chiefs had already selected Dexter McCluster fourteen picks earlier.

Pat Angerer/Rd 2 No. 63/Indianapolis: Angerer is a smart, tough defender, but was not the best linebacker available when the Colts made this pick.

D'Anthony Smith/Rd 3 No. 74/Louisiana Tech: There were a lot of reasons to like Anthony Smith, but not until the fifth round. This pick was all the more surprising considering Jacksonville had already used the tenth pick of the draft on a defensive tackle.

Corey Peters/Rd 3 No. 83/Atlanta: When the Falcons grabbed Peters in round three, there were almost a half dozen higher rated defensive tackle prospects still on the board.

Daryl Sharpton/Rd 4 No. 102/Houston: Sharpton's game has been on a downward spiral since his sophomore season and his combine workout was only average. He was selected a round too early.

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