The 2010 NFL Draft is in the books, and here at Bang the Book, we’re taking a look at the biggest winners and losers from the weekend that was, sponsored by Bookmaker Sportsbook!
Detroit Lions: Sure, when you have the #2 overall pick in the draft, you should have a good weekend. However, what really got Lions fans going was trading back into the end of the first round to take California RB Jahvid Best, who has the ability to explode for 60 yards every time he touches the football. Taking DT Ndamukong Suh at #2 was the right selection, as he can make a huge difference on that defensive front in Detroit.
Kansas City Chiefs: Taking SS Eric Berry at #5 was the right move for a Chiefs defense that badly needs some playmakers. We love the selections of DB Javier Arenas and RB Dexter McCluster in R2 as well. We could be looking at the second coming of Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson with McCluster, who is built in a very similar fashion and has a comparable game.
Oakland Raiders: What? We’re praising the Raiders? LB Rolando McClain was a great addition for the silver and black, but the key move of the weekend was trading a mid round pick two years down the line for the man that may be able to salvage their franchise in QB Jason Campbell. Oakland now has a lot of talent in place and suddenly may be able to compete in a weak AFC West.
Jacksonville Jaguars: What on earth were the Jags thinking when they drafted DE Tyson Alualu with the #10 pick overall? Many didn’t even have Alualu coming off the board until R2! On top of that, the Jags drafted four defensive linemen with their first four picks a couple years after spending two first rounders on DLs. Who knows what this franchise is doing and what direction it is going in, but all signs point to another miserable year in Jacksonville.
San Diego Chargers: It wasn’t much of a secret that the Chargers were targeting Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews in the first round, and had they gotten him in the back end of the first round, no one would’ve said a word about it. However, trading up to #12 to pick him was a big time reach and really crippled the rest of San Diego’s draft. If Mathews isn’t a stud, this draft was a super bust for the Super Chargers.
Denver Broncos: Really, Denver? You trade back into the first round to take QB Tim Tebow when you have about a million other needs? Sure, the Broncos needed WR Demaryius Thomas in a bad way, but Dez Bryant would’ve been the better selection. We understand why they didn’t want another diva to replace the departed diva Brandon Marshall, but this draft just didn’t go well for them. Denver had better be right that Tebow can play at this level, or the draft would be a terrible, terrible bust for a team that has a lot of work to get back to the level of Super Bowl contention.