Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida
Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas
Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
Geno Atkins – DT – Georgia
Roddrick Muckelroy – LB – Texas
Otis Hudson – G – Eastern Illinois
Dezmon Briscoe – WR – Kansas
Reggie Stephens – G – Iowa State
The Bengals have showed no hesitation in taking a gamble on players early in their draft, and 2010 was no different. They are confident in their coaching staff in that they have brought in high ceiling players with the physical tools to succeed in the NFL. They have done a nice job of keeping a nice balance of old and young talent that balance each other out along the defensive front. Solid value across the board that fits their schemes well.
Best Pick: Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas (#84 overall)
Scout’s Take: Shipley is going to be one of the more reliable receivers in the league at a very early point in his career. He is a nice blend of Wes Welker and TJ Houshmandzadeh with his ability to work well underneath and consistently catch the football. This sure route runner will be a favorite of Carson Palmer right away.
Worst Pick: Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest (#96 overall)
Scout’s Take: Ghee was one of the most up and down cornerbacks in the 2010 draft class, but his lows stood out much more than his highs. He has the length and straight line speed to play in a man scheme, but he lack of hip agility and vision make him a major liability that needs a lot of help over the top. With Trevard Lindley and Walter Thurmond still on the board, Ghee should have been passed on.
Sleeper Watch: Dezmon Briscoe – WR – Kansas (#191 overall)
Sergio Kindle – OLB – Texas
Terrence Cody – NT – Alabama
Ed Dickson – TE – Oregon
Dennis Pitta – TE – BYU
David Reed – WR – Utah
Arthur Jones – DT – Syracuse
Ramon Harewood – OT – Morehouse
General Manager Ozzie Newsome added to the Baltimore Ravens identity with players that can play a vital role at a high level. They will continue to play with a physical presence on the defensive side of the ball while maintaining their move-the-chains offense with the players they brought in last weekend.
Best Pick: Sergio Kindle – OLB – (#43 overall)
Scout’s Take: Trading out of the first round and still grabbing a top notch edge rusher was a brilliant maneuver set forth by Newsome. Kindle is the ideal fit for the Ravens’ need opposite of Terrell Suggs, as he can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up. His high motor style will fit in perfect with the physical Ravens defense.
Worst Pick: Dennis Pitta – TE – BYU (#114 overall)
Scout’s Take: Pitta is a nice H-Back prospect but after the selection of Dickson, this did not match up well with what was still available on the board. Names like LB AJ Edds, DT Al Woods, and DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah could have added the needed depth and competition to the defensive side of the ball.
Sleeper Watch: Arthur Jones – DT – Syracuse
Maurkice Pouncey – C – Florida
Jason Worilds – OLB – Virginia Tech
Emmanuel Sanders – WR – SMU
Thaddeus Gibson – OLB – Ohio State
Chris Scott – OT – Tennessee
Crezdon Butler – CB – Clemson
Steven Sylvester – ILB – Utah
Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Georgia Tech
Antonio Brown – WR – Central Michigan
Doug Worthington – DE – Ohio State
The Steelers have slowly evolved in to a different identity throughout the Big Ben era, but they appear to be on the way back as they added plenty of beef up front and a set of stingy linebackers. With a promise to keep the ball on the ground more often in 2010, Pittsburgh added enough talent to return the squad to physical prominence.
Best Pick: Maurkice Pouncey – C – Florida (#18 overall)
Scout’s Take: The offensive line has digressed from their identity of being a powerful group since the departure of Alan Faneca. Pouncey will bring back that attitude, as he is one of the best and meanest finishers in the business. He also brings a ton of versatility, as he could play any of the interior spots or right tackle just as well if not better than what they currently have there.
Worst Pick: Thaddeus Gibson – OLB – Ohio State (#116 overall)
Scout’s Take: I simply do not see the value or need here. Gibson was not the best available talent left on the board and the Steelers already added a backup edge rusher with their second pick. Gibson does not play with the physical style we see in Pittsburgh’s linebacker core, as he is more of a sliding tackler that catches and grabs.
Sleeper Watch: Chris Scott – OT – Tennessee (#151 overall)
Joe Haden – CB – Florida
TJ Ward – S – Oregon
Montario Hardesty – RB – Tennessee
Colt McCoy – QB – Texas
Shawn Lauvao – G – Arizona State
Larry Asante – S – Nebraska
Carlton Mitchell – WR – South Florida
Clifton Geathers – DE – South Carolina
Mike Holmgren took control of the Cleveland War Room and attacked the shaky secondary after a free agency/trading period where he rebuilt the linebacker level of the unit. The organization seems to have their future franchise signal caller on the roster after the trade of Brady Quinn. They took some high ceiling athletes towards the end of the draft and they could make this class the turning point of the lowly Browns.
Best Pick: Colt McCoy – QB – Texas (#85 overall)
Scout’s Take: From the second round on, every time the Browns were on the clock I felt a McCoy selection coming. They passed on him a few times for questionable talents, but grabbing a franchise quarterback in the third round presents outstanding value. He does not enter the league with sky high expectations or an enormous contract, but McCoy is the kind of leader that can lead the resurgence once he gets the speed of the game down.
Worst Pick: TJ Ward – S – Oregon (#38 overall)
Scout’s Take: This was one of the more shocking selections from the entire draft according to my grading sheet. Ward carried a fourth-fifth round projection and I feel that this was a case of a team falling in love with a player and reaching for him, always a dangerous proposition. After the addition of Haden in round one, I felt the need was not in the defensive backfield considering the talent that was already on the roster. There were handfuls of players available that would have presented much higher value.
Sleeper Watch: Carlton Mitchell – WR – South Florida (#177 overall)