2010 NFL Draft Grades, Round 1
Arizona -- A- : Speculation had Dan Williams as high as the top 10, but when all was said and done the Cardinals nabbed him at No. 26.
Atlanta -- B : Sean Weatherspoon should grow into being the leader of the Falcon defense, but the Falcons could have traded down and still gotten him.
Baltimore -- B+ : The Ravens didn't make a pick, but they did pick up the 43rd, 70th, and 114th pick for their No. 25 selection, incredible value for one of the best drafting teams in the league.
Buffalo -- D+ : C.J. Spiller is a talented back, but the Bills should have without question added a lineman in the top 10, and Fred Jackson is more than capable as a No. 1 back.
Carolina -- N/A : The Panthers stayed out of the first round, and the team is slated to pick 16th on Friday.
Chicago -- N/A : The Bears stayed out of the first round, and aren't scheduled to pick until midway through the third round.
Cincinnati -- B : Cincy absolutely needed to give Carson Palmer a playmaking tight end, and Gresham is the best TE prospect in the draft.
Cleveland -- C+ : Rumor had the Browns favoring Kyle Wilson, but they drafted Joe Haden instead, about six-to-10 spots higher than expected.
Dallas -- B+ : The Cowboys moved up a couple spots to nab Dez Bryant, a receiver with top-five overall ability who doubles as the quintessential boom-or-bust pick.
Denver -- A- : Denver moved all over the board and wound up with two talented players in Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow, while retaining three Day 2 picks.
Detroit -- A+ : Ndamukong Suh is generally regarded as the top talent in this draft and a player the Lions couldn't pass on, while Javhid Best will give the running game an immediate spark.
Green Bay -- B : Green Bay gets high marks for getting Bryan Bulaga -- someone that was thought to be a lock for the top 10 -- at No. 23, but there was a reason his stock really fell in the days leading up to the draft.
Houston -- B- : The Texans addressed a big position of need with one of the draft's big risers over the last few weeks in Kareem Jackson, but did they choose the right cornerback?
Indianapolis -- B+ : The Colts improved depth behind their bookend defensive ends with Jerry Hughes, and he fits the type of draft pick that has been successful in Indy for so long.
Jacksonville -- F : There were whispers that Tyson Alualu would sneak into the first round, but no one could have forecasted the Jaguars making him a top-10 pick.
Kansas City -- A : The Chiefs eschewed an offensive lineman to take a guy in Eric Berry that may be the second-best talent in the draft and a near lock to be a productive NFL player.
Miami -- A- : The Dolphins entered the draft without a second-rounder, but picked up the 40th overall pick and a fourth-rounder by trading down and taking Jared Odrick, an excellent five-technique defensive lineman.
Minnesota -- B+ : The Vikings picked up the 100th and 214th overall picks to move down four slots, and at the time of the move there wasn't a great fit on the board for the team.
New England -- B- : The Patriots did some moving around and settled in at No. 27 to take cornerback Devin McCourty, who should help them on special teams immediately.
New Orleans -- C+ : Defensive back Patrick Robinson was the last pick of the first round and allows New Orleans to move Malcom Jenkins to safety.
New York Giants -- C- : Depending on who you ask, Jason Pierre-Paul will be a stud or a dud, and it was curious to see the Giants pass on the safer Derrick Morgan.
New York Jets -- A- : With pre-draft buzz suggesting Kyle Wilson could be the first cornerback off the board and a top-10 selection, the Jets hit a home run getting him at No. 29.
Oakland -- A : Seriously, the Raiders get outstanding marks just for taking an honest-to-goodness great football player (linebacker Rolando McClain) over a workout warrior for the first time in years.
Philadelphia -- C- : The Eagles moved up in the draft but passed on some of their bigger needs to take the first defensive end of the draft, Brandon Graham, a guy that was thought by most to be the third-best at his position.
Pittsburgh -- A- : Interior linemen usually aren't selected in the top 20, and that should give you an idea of Maurkice Pouncey's talent.
San Diego -- B : The Chargers paid a big price to move up and get their guy in Ryan Mathews, and he fills an immediate need and should be a fantasy football force immediately.
San Francisco -- A : San Francisco moved up to get Anthony Davis and landed another lineman in Mike Iupati with its other pick, solidifying its offensive line in the span of an hour.
Seattle -- A+ : Standing pat with their two picks, the Seahawks added arguably the best tackle and second best defensive back in this draft in Russell Okung and Earl Thomas, respectively.
St. Louis -- A- : The Rams drafted a franchise quarterback by taking Sam Bradford with the first overall pick, but they still have plenty of work to do.
Tampa Bay -- A- : Gerald McCoy is the perfect fit for Tampa Bay's defense, and he has a shot to equal the career of Warren Sapp, a key player in Tampa Bay's last championship season.
Tennessee -- B : The Titans missed out on their guy in Jason Pierre-Paul but may have landed the best end in the draft by getting Derrick Morgan; sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
Washington -- B+ : The Redskins made the necessary move and gave new quarterback Donovan McNabb protection in the form of Trent Williams, who is a great fit for Mike Shanahan's system.