Most of OBOD’s (damn fine) coverage of the 2010 NFL Draft has centered around our beloved Green Bay Packers.
Of course, 31 other teams were hard at work, as well. Some of those teams did well for themselves Thursday through Saturday; others, well, did not.
I’m not smart enough to come up with grades for each of these teams, so I won’t. I’ll simply lump these teams into three categories: Like, dislike and unsure.
In part one, which you are reading, I’ll list the teams whom I feel had good drafts. Part two will feature the “dislike” and “unsure” teams and will run later today.
Should be simple enough, right? I hope so.
(And yes, I know you can’t fully evaluate this stuff until three years from now. But, I’m sorry – writing stuff like this is just too much damn fun for me.)
Atlanta – OLB Sean Weatherspoon, DT Corey Peters and CB Dominique Franks (an absolute steal in round five) will provide immediate boosts to a somewhat sagging defense. Guard Mike Johnson was also a nice pick.
Baltimore – On first blush, the Ravens appear to have had a grand-slam draft. DT Terrence Cody will team with Haloti Ngata and Kelly Gregg to give Baltimore the feel of a four-man front with just three players. OLB Sergio Kindle will be another pass-rushing terror and TEs Ed Dixon and Dennis Pitts give Joe Flacco two more solid weapons.
Chicago – The Bears made solid impact with limited picks. S Major Wright and CB Joshua Moore (another fifth round steal) should boost the secondary. DE Corey Wootton will help the line in a big way and QB Dan Lefevour is great value as a sixth-rounder. Crap.
Cincinnati – TE Jermaine Gresham, WR Jordan Shipley and WR Dez Briscoe (can’t believe he was still there in round six) will give Carson Palmer the added weaponry he needed. DE Carlos Dunlap is a character risk, but has great upside. CB Brandon Ghee will be a starter eventually.
Cleveland – Nice work, Mikey. Holmgren has now officially rebuilt his secondary with CB Joe Haden and Ss T.J. Ward and Larry Asante (the hardest hitter in this draft). RB Montario Hardesty will provide a change-of-pace and G Shawn Lauvao will help things inside. QB Colt McCoy will lead this team in 2011, if not sooner.
Detroit – DT Ndamukong Suh was the best player in this draft. CB Amari Spievey will likely start right away. RB Jahvid Best is an injury risk, but if he stays healthy, he’s a gamebreaker. LT Jason Fox will start by 2011. Crap.
Kansas City – Looks like Scott Pioli is finally figuring it out. S Eric Berry has “All Pro” written all over him and CB Javier Arenas will also sure up the pass defense in a major way. G Jon Asamoah is a beast inside and RB Dexter McCluster and TE Tony Moeaki give Matt Cassel two safety valves in the passing game.
Miami – A typical Parcells-type draft here (i.e., meat and potatoes-style). DT Jared Odrick and OLBs Koa Misi and A.J. Edds will give a much-needed shot in the arm to the Dolphins’ front seven. G John Jerry is an absolute monster.
New England – God know the Pats had enough picks in this draft (a whopping 12). TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez (nice value in round four) will give Tom Brady two more big targets who can move. CB Devin McCourty, DEs Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Deaderick and ILB Brandon Spikes are more promising pieces for The Hoodie’s young defense.
New Orleans – The defending champs focused more on depth and did a good job of it. LT Charles Brown and C Matt Tennant will both start eventually, as will CB Patrick Robinson. TE Jimmy Graham steps in when Jeremy Shockey has to call it a day.
New York Jets – CB Kyle Wilson will be the nickel back at first, but could end up a starter by season’s end. G Vladimir Ducasse has major potential. RB Joe McKnight will be the change-of-pace back if LaDainian Tomlinson can’t get it done.
Oakland – No, you are not reading that wrong. I like what the Raiders did. ILB Rolando McClain starts right away and isn’t likely to give up the job for the next decade. DT Lamarr Houston provides another hog up front. OTs Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell both need time to develop, but if they do, Oakland will have two massive bookends for quite some time. QB Jason Campbell will be a good fit for Oakland’s vertical passing game.
Philadelphia – The Eagles clearly felt they needed to perform an overhaul on their defense. The players they added should play a big part in that. DE/OLB Brandon Graham has short arms, but a good motor. DEs Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Ricky Sapp will also help bring pressure on the quarterback. S Nate Allen and CB Trevard Lindley will improve the back end.
Seattle – I was pretty sure John Schneider was a smart guy before the draft. Afterwards, I’m all but certain of it. LT Russell Okung was the best o-lineman in this draft. S Earl Thomas was a steal midway through round one. WR Golden Tate and TE Anthony McCoy (a steal in round six, failed drug test or not) and the trades for RBs LenDale White and Leon Washington instantly improved Seattle in terms of playmakers.
Tampa Bay – DTs Gerald McCoy and Brian Price will form a nice tandem inside for the next five years or so. CB Myron Lewis and OLB Dekoda Watson (not sure how he was still there in round seven) will also help the defense. WRs Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams (talent as big as his character concerns) will help the stagnant offense.
Tennessee – DE Derrick Morgan will fill Kyle Vanden Bosch’s void. WR Damian Williams has good size and hands. DB Alterraun Verner is a bit undersized, but is also a major playmaker.
Again, check back later today for part two.