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2010 NFL Draft Grades, Round 1

Apr 23, 2010 – 12:30 AM
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Dan WilliamsThe first round of draft is over, which means it's time for some 2010 NFL Draft grades. As always, there were plenty of trades and plenty of surprises. Two quarterbacks came off the board, but they weren't the two most were expecting. The Patriots and Eagles stuck to the script of trading around in the first round, with the Broncos joining them in the fray. While the final grades for this draft won't be handed out for years, we're ready give you an initial look at how all 32 teams did on Thursday.

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.



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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.

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