It's the first three-day draft in NFL history—Round 1 this Thursday night, Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday night, and the final four rounds on Saturday—but that's not all that's different. Teams with the top picks are more tight-lipped about their plans than ever. Says NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt, the former Cowboys V.P. of player personnel, "This draft will have the most intrigue and the most 'I'm shocked' moments of any draft in the last 20 years."
This is an article from the April 26, 2010 issue
St. Louis needs a face of the franchise—and an accurate deep arm. Bradford offers the Rams both.
Coach Jim Schwartz had Albert Haynesworth in Tennessee. He thinks Suh's better.
Easiest pick in this year's draft. For Tampa Bay, McCoy's value is twice that of any player left on the board.
I have a hunch Mike Shanahan wants to deal down and pick a quarterback. Crazy, but that's Shanahan.
Sinking on most boards, but Kansas City G.M. Scott Pioli gets his meat-and-potatoes LT for the next decade.
Seattle rejoices that he's available. A month ago Okung was the top tackle on most boards.
If Williams or Okung is still around, this will be a very tough call for first-year G.M. Tom Heckert.
Athletic at 6'5" and 323, he's the chalk pick. But since when do the Raiders make the chalk pick?
Nine is a little too high, but he's the only premier nosetackle around, and Buffalo can use one.
I know—Maurice Jones-Drew's already there. But the Jags think Spiller could be Chris Johnson II.
Giants (FROM BRONCOS)
In dire need of a middle linebacker, New York makes a move up from No. 15 for McClain.
Eagles (FROM DOLPHINS)
Failing to land Aaron Kampman or Julius Peppers in free agency, Philly trades up to snag the next best thing.
Lucky night for San Francisco, getting the draft's best corner in the middle of the first round.
One of Seattle's four candidates for the sixth pick is still there at 14? No way the Hawks can pass him up.
BRONCOS (FROM GIANTS)
Denver would be happy with Kyle Wilson, Dez Bryant or Maurkice Pouncey here as well.
The task of replenishing the defensive line one pass rusher at a time starts with this Jevon Kearse clone.
I came close to putting Dez Bryant here. Imagine a Bryant--Michael Crabtree WR combo. Scary.
The Pouncey fan club has been growing steadily. Any of six teams could take him by the early 20s.
It would be manna from football heaven if Thomas drops this far. He could go seventh to Cleveland.
A physical force on the corner with good closing speed, Wilson is a steal this low in the first round.
Watching on tape the way the 6'5", 261-pound Gresham runs, you think you're looking at a wideout.
"Coach Belichick? Dez Bryant's babysitter on line two." I don't care. I love the pick.
New bookend for 2009 first-rounder Clay Matthews had 46 tackles for loss over the last two seasons.
Dolphins (FROM EAGLES)
Just a guess. Miami would have loved Dan Williams but settles for its back of the future.
Anquan Boldin, Donte' Stallworth and now Thomas. A playoff team rebuilds at its weakest point.
Arizona has to replace all the defense it lost in the off-season, and add a serious pass-rushing threat.
Dallas likes his speed, but I say the team will regret not picking up a franchise tackle here.
Ideal draft for San Diego would be Dan Williams in first, Stanford running back Toby Gerhart down the line.
Only makes sense if New York thinks Leon Washington and LaDainian Tomlinson are short-timers.
A hunch, nothing more. Brett Favre lasts another year (two at the outside) while Tebow learns.
Indianapolis nabs an athletic left tackle to fill a position at which the Colts have been weak for years.
Saints have two true positions of need—defensive line and corner. This begins to solve one.