NFL Draft First Round Draft Grades
by Robert Ferringo - 4/23/2010
Well, the 2010 NFL Draft is in the books… wait… what… there’s more?
Yeah, despite all of the bobbleheads going berserk on Friday recapping the “winners” and “losers” of the NFL Draft’s first round we still have six rounds to go. There is no way to fully evaluate each team’s draft because there are still so many significant picks to be made, which may or may not address specific team needs. I actually feel like Day 2 – the second and third rounds – are more important than the first round because that’s when teams have historically gotten the best value.
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Below are my snap judgments on what did happen Thursday night in the first round. I’ve given out grades based simply on the player each team got, the value with that player, the way they have set themselves up for the rest of the offseason, and how what they did fits in with the direction that I thought the club should go.
Here are Doc’s Sports 2010 NFL Draft first round grades:
New England (B-) – I like that they grabbed an extra third round pick and made a nice trade. But does Devin McCourty address their toughness issue?
New York Jets (B) – They got excellent value and didn’t reach for a defensive end. I only bump them down for passing on Jerry Hughes.
Miami (A-) – I was not as high on Jared Odrick, but the Fins picked up the second rounder they gave up for Brandon Marshall and they addressed a need. Since Bill Parcells has taken over I find myself loving just about every move this team makes.
Buffalo (C-) – The only reason this isn’t a D is because they didn’t take Jimmy Clausen. Kudos. But of all of the needs that the Bills have running back (C.J. Spiller) is low on the list.
Cincinnati (D) – You don’t draft a tight end in the first round. Especially one off his second knee surgery. Vintage Bungles move there.
Baltimore (C+) – Since I’m grading just the first round this is about as high of a grade as I can give a team that didn’t make a pick. They made a brilliant trade with Denver to get a 2nd, 3rd and 4th-round pick. Excellent.
Pittsburgh (A-) – It’s easy to kick the Steelers right now. But I liked their pick both symbolically (they’ want to get back to running) and value-wise (Maurkice Pouncey is a beast and is very versatile).
Cleveland (C-) – This team needs to do something – desperately – to upgrade the skill positions. And it didn’t last night.
Indianapolis (B+) – There was nothing not to like about them grabbing Jerry Hughes in this spot. But who am I to critique a team that aces the draft each year?
Houston (B+) – They needed a corner. They got a corner. Good job all around. Now they just need to hope they got the right one.
Tennessee (B-) – They did what they needed to and got a pass rusher. But I don’t think they got the one they wanted.
Jacksonville (F) – They didn’t get Tim Tebow. They didn’t get C.J. Spiller. They didn’t get one of the best pass rushers. And they reached for a second round talent. It’s as if they want to move to L.A.
San Diego (C) – They addressed a need with Ryan Matthews. But did they need to trade up to get him?
Denver (C+) – I like their maneuvering, stockpiling picks, and the fact that they stuck with their convictions over The Consensus with Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow. But they better be right. And they overpaid for Tebow.
Oakland (B+) – I can’t believe I’m writing that. And I can’t believe they didn’t screw it up. Now let’s just hope Rolando McClain plays to his potential.
Kansas City (A-) – I like the fact that they went with Eric Berry, whose upside was better than any of the offensive linemen. But they do still need linemen.
Dallas (A-) – Dez Bryant’s biggest “off-field issue”: Lying to NCAA investigators. So let’s not pretend he was some gang-banger. Exceptional value on a luxury pick.
Philadelphia (C-) – I don’t understand giving up anything for a guy (Brandon Graham) that could have fallen to them. There have been a lot of front seven busts from the Big Ten lately.
New York Giants (C-) – I had no idea what the G-Men intended to do. But I’m lukewarm about them getting yet another person to rush the passer. We get it: you like to blitz.
Washington (B) – I would have liked to see them trade down but the offers might not have been there. I trust Mike Shanahan that Trent Williams is the best fit in his zone-blocking scheme.
Minnesota (D) – They missed a shot to grab a future quarterback to groom. And they didn’t get much in return. They didn’t have a pick, so there isn’t anything to really like/dislike.
Green Bay (A+) – Awesome value and a position of desperate need. Things couldn’t have worked out better for the Packers. Big Ten offensive linemen drafted in Round 1 have been stellar over the last 15 years.
Chicago (F) – I’d like to point out that I was one of the few football analysts in the country that said that Chicago’s trade for Jay Cutler was a big mistake.
Detroit (B+) – Easiest call of the day and they didn’t screw it up. You can tell Matt Millen is gone. I don’t get trading up for Jahvid Best – who I do like – when you have needs on the offensive line and you could have gotten Bruce Campbell at the top of Round 2.
New Orleans (C) – Was there a bigger “who cares” pick in Round 1?
Atlanta (B+) – It took the Falcons about 10 seconds to make their pick. They must’ve loved Weatherspoon. For two seconds I thought they would have been brilliant to go with Dez Bryant.
Carolina (D) – We won’t know about this one until we see how Everette Brown’s career works out.
Tampa Bay (B) – I’m not too excited about McCoy. But it was really their only move.
Arizona (A-) – I thought they had some other needs they could have addressed. But getting what was considered the best defensive tackle in the draft at No. 26 was a gift.
San Francisco (A-) – I love what their draft says about this team’s philosophy: we’re going to pound people on both sides of the ball over and over and over and over again.
Seattle (A+) – The players might not work out but I thought the Seahawks had as good of a night as anyone. They got the two best players at their respective positions (tackle, safety) and they addressed two significant needs.
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St. Louis (D) – I’m not thrilled with Sam Bradford and I think they made a big mistake. Especially now that Colt McCoy and Clausen are still on the board. Will Bradford be that much better than either of those two?