Grading the 2010 NFL Draft

Mark Maske grades each team:

Team Comment Grade
Arizona Cardinals The Cardinals got help on defense early in the draft. DT Dan Williams was a great value at No. 26 overall, and 2nd-round LB Daryl Washington could help immediately. B
Atlanta Falcons The Falcons got LB Sean Weatherspoon about where he should have gone, at No. 19, and bolstered their defensive and offensive lines with their two third-rounders. C+
Baltimore Ravens Another sold draft for GM Ozzie Newsome and his staff with potential immediate contributors in DE-LB Sergio Kindle, DT Terrence Cody and TE Ed Dickson. The Ravens got Kindle, projected as a first-rounder by many, in the second round. A-
Buffalo Bills The Bills say they weren’t going to draft a QB just to draft a QB. But you have to try to get a franchise QB if you don’t have one, and the Bills passed on repeated opportunities to get Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy. C-
Carolina Panthers The Panthers told Clausen that they tried to trade up to get him. They didn’t need to, as Clausen fell to them at No. 48 overall. If he develops into the best QB in this draft, it proves that it’s better to be lucky than good in this process. B+
Chicago Bears There just wasn’t much going on here, without a pick before 75th overall. But getting QB Dan LeFevour in the sixth round is an attention-grabber. C
Cincinnati Bengals The Bengals had four of the top 96 picks and did fine with TE Jermaine Gresham, DE Carlos Dunlap, WR Jordan Shipley and CB Brandon Ghee. B
Cleveland Browns New team prez president Mike Holmgren got the top CB in the draft when he took Joe Haden (formerly of Friendly High) seventh overall. The Browns were fortunate when the QB they needed, Colt McCoy, fell to them in the third round at 85th. B+
Dallas Cowboys Teams were wary of WR Dez Bryant after he was ineligible for most of his final college season, but he was well worth the 24th pick. Still, the Cowboys probably needed to get a left tackle early in the draft, and didn’t. B-
Denver Broncos The Broncos have the most intriguing class after getting WR Demaryius Thomas and QB Tim Tebow. The Tebow pick will be most scrutinized, but many believe he’s at least several years away from being an NFL QB. WR Eric Decker was a good value C+
Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was the right pick at No. 2 overall and the Lions got another first-rounder by trading up for RB Jahvid Best, although that might have been a little bit too early to take him. B+
Green Bay Packers The Packers needed to get younger and better on the offensive line and did it by taking T Bryan Bulaga 23rd overall. B
Houston Texans The Texans surprised many observers by choosing Kareem JacksonÖ instead of Kyle Wilson at 20th as the second CB off the board. RB Ben TateÖ, a second-rounder, could help. B-
Indianapolis Colts The Colts bolstered their pass rush even further with first-round DE Jerry Hughes, and team president Bill Polian undoubtedly will get some use at some point out of his late-rounders and undrafted free agents. He always does. B+
Jacksonville Jaguars Perhaps the most surprising first-round pick was the Jaguars going with DE Tyson Alualu at 10th overall. Even if they liked him that much, they probably could have traded down and still gotten him. C-
Kansas City Chiefs The Chiefs needed plenty of help and they got it with five of the top 96 selections, beginning with S Eric Berry at fifth overall. He’s a game-changer, and RB Dexter McCluster and CB Javier Arenas add big-play ability. B+
Miami Dolphins The Dolphins focused on their offensive and defensive lines early and did okay, beginning with DT Jared Odrick at No. 28. C
Minnesotta Vikings The Vikings didn’t have a first-rounder but did pretty well in the second round with CB Chris Cook and RB Toby Gerhart, the Heisman runnerup who could be a useful and versatile player. B-
New England Patriots The Patriots stockpiled picks and did well with them. CB Devin McCourty, TE Rob Gronkowski and LB Brandon Spikes should contribute immediately. B+
New Orleans Saints The Super Bowl champs addressed an area of need by taking CB Patrick Robinson in the first round, and getting T Charles Brown late in the second round and TE Jimmy Graham late in the third were good moves. B
New York Giants The Giants didn’t get a middle LB until the fourth round, when they took Phillip Dillard, but it never hurts to add to the pass rush and they did that by getting DE Jason Pierre-Paul at 15th overall. C+
New York Jets Some had rated Kyle Wilson close to Joe Haden as the top CB and the Jets got Wilson 22 spots after Haden went to the Browns. Wilson joins Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie in three-CB alignment. B+
Oakland Raiders The Raiders did not make their usual baffling early picks. LB Rolando McClain was a mild surprise but made sense. DT Lamarr Houston was a good value, and T Bruce Campbell a superb fourth-rounder. The Raiders also traded for QB Jason Campbell. A-
Philadelphia Eagles The Eagles love to build their offensive and defensive lines in the draft, and they did well with first-round DE Brandon Graham. Second-round S Nate Allen also fills a need. B-
Pittsburgh Steelers The Steelers needed to bolster their offensive line and got an immediate starter in first-round C/G Maurkice Pouncey. B
St. Louis Rams The team with the first pick should do well and the Rams did with potential mainstays Sam Bradford at QB and Rodger Saffold. B+
San Diego Chargers The Chargers probably needed an every-down RB and potentially got one in first-rounder Ryan Mathews. Fifth-round DT Cam Thomas also could help after the offseason release of veteran Jamal Williams. B-
San Francisco 49ers The 49ers took major strides toward upgrading their offensive line with the additions of T Anthony Davis and G Mike Iupati, both in the first round, and S Taylor Mays was a good second-round value.. B+
Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll gets major help with Russell Okung, Earl Thomas and Golden Tate. The Seahawks were fortunate that Okung dropped to them at sixth overall and that Thomas slipped out of the top 10. Tate was well worth the 60th pick. A
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy was the right pick at third overall. The Buccaneers perhaps did not need to take another DT early in the second round, but Brian Price is a good player, and WR Arrelious Benn was a good pick at 39th overall. B
Tennessee Titans DE Derrick Morgan gives the Titans much-needed help after the departure of Kyle Vanden Bosch, and third-round WR Damian Williams could be a contributor. B-
Washington Redskins Going with a left tackle at fourth overall was the right move, although some will debate taking Trent Williams over Russell Okung. The Redskins, as usual, left themselves with too few picks, sitting out Friday’s rounds altogether. B

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