Final thoughts on the 2010 NFL draft
• So much was made of the lack of talent and overall depth of the quarterback class, but I really think we’ll end up seeing three starters come out of this group. Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Jimmy Clausen all should end up having very solid NFL careers.
• Looking back, I think we’ll wonder how RB C.J. Spiller was considered a top-10 draft pick while RB Jahvid Best was only thought of as a late first/early second-round guy. Both have similar skill sets, but I still think it’s Best who’s the more natural runner inside and will end up being the better pro.
• Do I think WR Dez Bryant is more talented than fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas? Absolutely. However, I honestly believe Thomas will end up being a much better fit for what the Broncos want to do -- not only on offense, but also from an organizational standpoint.
• If Syracuse wideout Mike Williams can ever get his mind where it needs to be, he could end up being the steal of the draft. Physically, the guy can make plays on all levels of the field, is a consistent jump-ball threat and could develop into a premier wide out in the league if he gets his act together. That’s a big if, but based on tape alone, I thought he and Bryant graded out similarly.
• Speed kills at the running back position on draft day. It was no coincidence that the top seven running backs to come off the board where all among the fastest at this year’s combine. But looking back, I think we’ll be scratching our heads asking why guys like Anthony Dixon and Jonathan Dwyer fell to the sixth round.
• What a special tight end group we saw this year, as nine tight ends came off the board in the first four rounds and 20 were selected overall. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if we end up seeing seven or eight from this class end up starting at some point in their careers.
• Another special position grouping was the interior offensive line, where I think we could end up seeing possibly four Pro Bowl-caliber players develop from this draft class: Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Iupati, John Jerry and Vladimir Ducasse.
• The theme of drafting high-motor defensive linemen early seems to be gaining momentum as prospects like Tyson Alualu and Koa Misi ended up going before more physically gifted prospects like Everson Griffen and Carlos Dunlap. I definitely think it will be Alualu and Misi who end up having much better NFL careers.
• Instincts and a nose for the football still seem to reign supreme at the linebacker position as “flawed” size/speed prospects like Pat Angerer, Brandon Spikes and Rennie Curran all still went before workout warriors like Jamar Chaney and Dekoda Watson.
• Finally, it’s a pass-first league and the safety spot is now all about finding guys who can play in space and cover man to man. Sure, prospects like Earl Thomas, Morgan Burnett, Major Wright and Nate Allen all missed their share of tackles during their college careers, but NFL teams are willing to look past this flaw if they can make plays on the ball in the secondary, which all four man can.
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