Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State
Sean Lee – ILB – Penn State
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – DB – Indiana (PA)
Sam Young – OT – Notre Dame
Jamar Wall – CB – Texas Tech
Sean Lissemore – DT – William & Mary
Jerry Jones is no stranger to taking chances on the personnel he brings in to compete, and the 2010 draft class proved that notion to be correct. He made aggressive moves for players that have enormous upside, but also bring risk to the table due to injury concerns and character issues. This is a group that is NFL ready across the board, and it could be a major factor in Dallas’ 2010 run.
Best Pick: Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State (#24 overall)
Scout’s Take: As a result of several character-related red flags, Bryant fell within striking distance of the star power-hungry Cowboys. The talent is undeniable as he can track the deep ball like Larry Fitzgerald and gain yards after the catch like Anquan Boldin. He is a complete package receiver that has had his personality issues overblown.
Worst Pick: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – DB – Indiana (PA) (#126 overall)
Scout’s Take: While this may present proper value for the small school sleeper, the Cowboys needed to add a more NFL ready player to their up and down secondary. It appears that the collegiate cornerback will enter Cowboys camp as a free safety. Therefore the Cowboys will be relying on a raw athlete at a new position making an enormous leap in competition to solve the weak point of their unit.
Sleeper Watch: Sean Lissemore – DE – William & Mary (#234 overall)
Brandon Graham – DE – Michigan
Nate Allen – S – South Florida
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim –DE – Washington
Trevard Lindley – CB – Kentucky
Keenan Clayton – LB – Oklahoma
Mike Kafka – QB – Northwestern
Clay Harbor – TE – Missouri State
Ricky Sapp – DE – Clemson
Riley Cooper – WR – Florida
Charles Scott – RB – LSU
Jamar Chaney – LB – Mississippi State
Jeff Owens – DT – Georgia
Kurt Coleman – S – Ohio State
While the Eagles made a couple of questionable picks early, they found more value in their middle and late round selections than any team in the NFL. They added a ton of quality bodies to both sides of the ball that fit their scheme and provide an even deeper rotation. They continue to reload in the trenches while adding reliable athletes to the skill positions.
Best Pick: Charles Scott – RB – LSU (#200 overall)
Scout’s Take: It will be hard to find better value in the 6th round of the 2010 draft class than what the Eagles got with Scott. His thick base and ability to shake off tacklers in space as well as in between the tackles will get this power back on the field right away. Because he battled a shoulder injury throughout the pre-draft process, he was unable to display his every down ability at the Senior Bowl. He will be a short yardage specialist that can evolve in to an every down bruiser within the next 2-3 years.
Worst Pick: Daniel Te’o-Nesheim – DE Washington (#86 overall)
Scout’s Take: The third round seems a bit high to take a player whose greatest trait is an endless motor. The lack of explosion off the edge and inconsistent use of technique will hold Te’o-Neisheim back from ever being an every down factor. There were players that fit their system available on both sides of the ball such as Navorro Bowman and Michael Johnson.
Sleeper Watch: Ricky Sapp – DE – Clemson
New York Giants
Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – New York Giants
Linval Joseph – DT – East Carolina
Chad Jones – S – LSU
Phillip Dillard – MLB – Nebraska
Mitch Petrus – G – Arkansas
Adrian Tracy – OLB – William & Mary
Matt Dodge – P – East Carolina
Jerry Reese went against the trends he set in his first few years as the top decision maker inside the Giants war room. He took exceptional athletes with a high risk/reward label while overlooking a lack of production at the college level. This draft class could produce top flight NFL starters on the defensive side of the ball, but it could also be a class where not one year-after-year starter is produced.
Best Pick: Chad Jones – S – LSU (#76 overall)
Scout’s Take: Potential wise, Chad Jones might bring the most balanced attack of every safety in the 2010 draft class. The middle of the Giants defense in 2009 was atrocious mainly because of poor tackling. Jones brings a hard hitting force that wraps up well and can be moved around. Now that his baseball career is out of the picture, Jones’ rate of progression will be greatly accelerated.
Worst Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida (#15 overall)
Scout’s Take: While there is some untapped potential in this freakish talent’s body, Pierre-Paul did not deserve to be a top fifteen pick. Taking a chance on a good athlete is not an issue, but with the first pick while Derrick Morgan is still available? Pierre-Paul played two years of junior college and just one season of average production at the division one level. This was an enormous risk that should have been avoided because of the list of players available and the gamble-worthy talents available later in the draft.
Sleeper Watch: Mitch Petrus – G – Arkansas
Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
Perry Riley – LB – LSU
Dennis Morris – TE – Louisiana Tech
Terrence Austin – WR – UCLA
Erik Cook – C – New Mexico
Selvish Capers – OT – West Virginia
In a division where strong play in the trenches is emphasized more so than what we see across the league, the Redskins made it point to bring in players that fit the zone blocking scheme. Half of the team’s selections were used on their new franchise quarterback’s body guards but the decision to ignore the defense with the exception of one pick was not the way to go.
Best Pick: Perry Riley – LB – LSU (#103 overall)
Scout’s Take: Riley was an overlooked force that was one of the more reliable and consistent defenders on the Tigers defense. He is a rangy, powerful player that will be able to take over in the middle when London Fletcher calls it quits. In the mean time, he can bring the versatility to the table that can get him on the field right away at any linebacker position.
Worst Pick: Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma (#4 overall)
Scout’s Take: Too often did I watch Trent Williams struggle against mediocre talent for me to end with confidence that he can hack it as a left tackle in the NFC East. He is a good enough athlete, but he plays soft at times and appears to be a slow thinker. With Russell Okung still on the board, Washington tried to get too cute with their scheme by passing on a superior pass blocker for a guy that does not move much better laterally in the ground game.
Sleeper Watch: Logan Paulsen – TE – UCLA (Undrafted)