@Dinner Arizona is basically the sweetheart of sports writers and the refs and they don't want to admit it. It's obvious to everyone watching football that they're not better than Carolina, let alone Minnesota or probably even Green Bay. But the media keeps up with this "best team in the NFC" silliness and the refs keep handing them calls they apparently think everyone is too blind to see. Fortunately Carson Palmer will predictably implode when playoff time comes around and either Honey Badger or Patrick Peterson will find a way to get injured again.
This is Matt McGuire's NFL Draft blog, where he'll talk about the NFL Draft, anything that has to do with football and whatever else is on his mind. Send Matt an e-mail here: email@example.com.
All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted April 22, 2010
2010 NFL Draft Class Predictions
2010 Draft Class Predictions
I wanted to get some of my thoughts down on paper (or on the computer screen). I have strong convictions about how I evaluate talent, and while I have my mistakes, I don't think
I'm making many errors with my following predictions for the 2010 Draft Class:
Jimmy Clausen will be the best quarterback out of the 2010 NFL Draft. Sam Bradford is going to St. Louis and will be forced to work as a rookie
whether he is prepared or not. I think Clausen will end up in Pittsburgh, Arizona or Minnesota. He could even fall to the second round, but I don't
care. Clausen is the best quarterback in this draft and I have very high expectations for him.
Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow will have minimal impacts in the NFL at quarterback. Tebow will eventually be converted to fullback after he
fails miserably as a quarterback. Colt McCoy's lack of arm strength, decision making and intermediate accuracy will be magnified at the next
level much like Brian Brohm. Both could be first-round picks, but I think both will be failures at the next level. However, if McCoy
ends up in Denver, he could be a successful player because that offense is so easy to execute.
Damian Williams will shock many people in the NFL. He got absolutely no hype, but Williams is an elite route runner with amazing
hands and ball skills. He is sneaky athletic and does damage after the catch. He knows how to get open and I think he can be a No. 1 receiver
at the next level. Everyone else is hyping up Demaryius Thomas, but Williams is my guy and I'm sticking to him. Some team is getting an absolute
gem in Rounds 2 or 3.
This running back class will be looked at in hindsight as relatively weak. Ryan Mathews can't make people miss or break tackles. C.J. Spiller
is a great No. 2 back, but he doesn't profile as a No. 1. Jahvid Best is a two-down back with durability concerns. Toby Gerhart's
running style is too high and he has marginal athleticism. Joe McKnight can run in the open field, but he has overrated vision, blocking and toughness.
I hate this running back class and I think it's overrated.
Brandon Graham will be a good player, but he's overrated. Players who have midget arms really struggle getting off blocks and around tackles
at the next level. When you combine this with a minimal burst and average athletic ability, I think you have an overachiever who will struggle early
in his career in the NFL.
Jerry Hughes will be better than Sergio Kindle. I love Hughes. He has a motor and he puts in a great second effort as a pass rusher. I love his burst
and explosion off the edge, and he has a plethora of pass rush moves. Kindle on the other hand had mediocre production as a senior and can't get
Eric Berry will be an All-Pro. I didn't say Berry would be a Pro Bowler. I didn't say he'd be a top 10 safety. I said Berry will be an ALL-PRO. Berry
defines what my five-star elite grade is all about. He is super-competitive and has outstanding physical tools and production. If he isn't one of the best
safeties in the NFL within three years barring injury, I'll be disappointed in myself as an evaluator.
Anthony Davis will be out of the league in six years. He doesn't care about football and he has serious problems staying in top condition. He will
be in his coaches' doghouse his entire career and ultimately will be known as one of the biggest busts in this draft class.
Andre Roberts is going to have a great rookie year. He has great hands and is a suberp route runner. He will find a way to make an impact early on.