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Re-drafting the 2010 NFL Draft

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One of the most fun thing’s I’ve gotten to do as a writer at Baltimore Beatdown is put together mock drafts, where I predict what I think NFL team’s will do in the draft. This time, however, I’m changing it up. Now, I’m going back in time to the 2010 NFL Draft, and giving every team do over with their first round pick with knowledge of how each player’s career will pan out through the 2016 season. Let’s see how the NFL landscape changes when hindsight comes into play.

St. Louis Rams

Original Pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

Re-draft Pick: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

In his NFL career, at best, Sam Bradford is an average quarterback. Instead of drafting a quarterback that was ultimately traded away for Nick Foles, the Rams take arguably the best tackle in the NFL to anchor its offensive line. Drafting Williams, not only would be huge for the offense, but it also prevents the Rams of ever making the mistake of drafting Greg Robinson from Auburn. Many times, Sam Bradford was injured on a hit from a pass rusher because his offensive line was unable to block. While the Rams still have a quarterback dilemma, they have less concerns about keeping whatever quarterback they use standing.

Detroit Lions

Original Pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Re-draft Pick: Suh

Despite character concerns, Suh is an absolutely dominant force on the defensive line. Even though the Lions know in this scenario that he will leave for Miami, Suh is still the easy pick for the Lions to make.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Original Pick: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

Re-draft Pick: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

This one was difficult as McCoy has been an excellent player for the Buccaneers. However, I’m choosing to give Tampa one of the best safeties in the NFL, Earl Thomas. Having an elite safety like Thomas would be a huge help to the Tampa defense that has to face Drew Brees and Matt Ryan twice a year.

Washington Redskins

Original Pick: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Re-draft Pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

The Redskins are really regretting not getting the chance to pick Trent Williams at the fourth overall pick. Instead, I’ve given them Sam Bradford. The Redskins signed an aging Donovan McNabb to be the team’s starting quarterback for the 2010 season, but a rookie Bradford would be an upgrade over the veteran. The biggest positive with this pick: the Redskins won’t give up a kings ransom of picks to the Rams for Robert Griffin III a few years later. Bradford is a better option than Griffin, and in the long run, it’s very possible that Kirk Cousins could still end up as the starter in Washington. The Redskins wouldn’t complain if they could still get Cousins, while not giving up all of those picks for Griffin.

Kansas City Chiefs

Original Pick: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Re-draft Pick: Berry

The Chiefs hit a home run with Eric Berry in 2010, and in this re-draft, they make the very same pick.

Seattle Seahawks

Original Pick: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

Re-draft Pick: Antonio Brown, WR, Central Michigan

Russell Okung has not been a bad player over the course of his career, but think about where the Seahawks could be with Antonio Brown. Despite how well the Seahawks have played over the past couple of seasons, they have never had an elite wide receiver. That all changes with Brown, who adds a whole new dynamic to the offense in Seattle.

Cleveland Browns

Original Pick: Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Re-draft Pick: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona

Haden was one of the Browns better draft picks in recent years, but Rob Gronkowski is a much better player. The Browns add not just the best tight end in the NFL, but one of the overall best pass catchers.

Oakland Raiders

Original Pick: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

Re-draft Pick: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

McCoy took a decent slip in this mock draft, but the Raiders will not let him slip by. McClain was a huge bust, thus McCoy is obviously a massive upgrade. The Raiders will sure be happy to turn McClain into a three time All-Pro.

Buffalo Bills

Original Pick: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Re-draft Pick: Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech

Spiller never lived up to the hype that comes with a top 10 pick. Instead, the Bills land Kam Chancellor, another one of the NFL’s best safeties. This is the third safety in to go in the top 10 of this draft, and all of them have been to the Pro Bowl multiple times, hard to go wrong with this class.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Original Pick: Tyson Alualu, DT, California

Re-draft Pick: Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia

The Jaguars made a huge mistake with Alualu. In this re-draft, they still get their defensive tackle, but instead they get one of the best at the position in the NFL, Geno Atkins. Atkins has been graded higher than 86 by Pro Football Focus in five of his seven seasons.

San Francisco 49ers

Original Pick: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Re-draft Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

Pierre-Paul continues to be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Adding a star edge rusher like Pierre-Paul will be huge when this team’s Super Bowl window opens under Jim Harbaugh.

San Diego Chargers

Original Pick: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

Re-draft Pick: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

One of the biggest issues the Chargers have had is keeping Philip Rivers upright. By adding Okung, the Chargers are able to solidify its shaky offensive line for years to come.

Philadelphia Eagles

Original Pick: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Re-draft Pick: Graham

Graham had a breakout season in 2016, earning a 93.3 grade from Pro Football Focus. The Eagles will be more than happy to take Graham again in this re-draft.

Seattle Seahawks

Original Pick: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

Re-draft Pick: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

The Seahawks miss out on Thomas, but instead take one of the NFL’s best centers. Like the Chargers, the Seahawks have also received criticism for a poor offensive line. Pouncey helps to alleviate that concern as he largely improves the interior offensive line.

New York Giants

Original Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

Re-draft Pick: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

The Giants miss out on Pierre-Paul, but instead take an elite wide receiver in Dez Bryant. The Giants picked up Victor Cruz as an undrafted free agent in the hours after the 2010 draft. However, instead of striking gold with Cruz, who will ultimately leave after a major injury, the Giants get a more talented and productive receiver in Bryant.

Tennessee Titans

Original Pick: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Re-draft Pick: Reshad Jones, S, Georgia

Quietly, Reshad Jones has been one of the better safeties in the NFL. Overall, the Titans defense needed help in the secondary and Jones will surely produce.

San Francisco 49ers

Original Pick: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

Re-draft Pick: Iupati

The 49ers nailed this pick. Iupati has been a great lineman in the NFL. San Francisco would undoubtedly take the four time Pro Bowler again.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Original Pick: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

Re-draft Pick: Sean Lee, LB, Penn State

The Steelers could use someone to pair with Lawrence Timmons over the middle, and Sean Lee does is perfect. Lee has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but when healthy, he is one of the best inside linebackers in the game.

Atlanta Falcons

Original Pick: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

Re-draft Pick: NaVorro Bowman, LB, Penn State

Bowman was Lee’s teammate at Penn State, and in this re-draft, the two Nittany Lions go in consecutive picks. Bowman has also been a very productive inside linebacker in the NFL, and would be an upgrade over Weatherspoon.

Houston Texans

Original Pick: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

Re-draft Pick: Devin McCourty, DB, Rutgers

The Texans missed on Kareem Jackson, and in this re-draft, they recover in a big way. McCourty was originally drafted as a cornerback, but was transition to safety. That move proved to be for the better, as McCourty has developed into a star in the Patriots secondary. Houston would be thrilled to get a player of McCourty’s caliber given the chance.

Cincinnati Bengals

Original Pick: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Re-draft Pick: Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami

The Bengals needed a tight end in 2010, and picked a decent one. However, let’s upgrade from a good tight end, to a star tight end. Swapping Jermaine Gresham for Jimmy Graham would be a huge improvement for the Bengals offense.

Denver Broncos

Original Pick: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

Re-draft Pick: Thomas

The Broncos nailed their pick of Demaryius Thomas in 2010. Thomas has become one of the NFL’s top receivers. Thomas had five straight 1,000 yard seasons, and has been selected to five Pro Bowls.

Green Bay Packers

Original Pick: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

Re-draft Pick: Bulaga

Bulaga has been an excellent offensive tackle for the Packers, and in this re-draft, Bulaga ends up back in Green Bay. Bulaga has three seasons of an above 85 grade on Pro Football Focus, and, in 2016, Bulaga was graded in the top 15 of NFL offensive tackles.

Dallas Cowboys

Original Pick: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Re-draft Pick: Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU

The Cowboys hit a home run with Dez Bryant, but he is already off the board in this draft. Instead, the Cowboys take Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders had three straight 1,000 yard seasons and emerged as one of the NFL’s best deep threats.

Denver Broncos

Original Pick: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

Re-draft Pick: T.J. Ward, S, Oregon

The Broncos did well when they selected Demaryius Thomas, but their second first round pick didn’t fare as well. Tim Tebow was an absolute bust, and with the Broncos second first round pick, T.J. Ward is the new selection. The Broncos would draft Ward in the later in this draft, but his play in the NFL warrants a move into the first round.

Arizona Cardinals

Original Pick: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Re-draft Pick: Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina

The Cardinals needed a defensive tackle in this draft, but chose the wrong one. Linval Joseph has been a really solid player in the NFL. In fact, Joseph was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016. Joseph is a big upgrade over Williams.

New England Patriots

Original Pick: Devin McCourty, DB, Rutgers

Re-draft Pick: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

The Patriots did well with the selection of McCourty, but he is no longer available. Instead, the Patriots draft a two-time Pro Bowler, Carlos Dunlap. In seven seasons, Dunlap has 57 sacks.

Miami Dolphins

Original Pick: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

Re-draft Pick: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

The 2009 Dolphins had a decent receiving corps, but adding Golden Tate would be a big addition. Down the road, the pairing of Golden Tate and Jarvis Landry could be one of the better wide receiver duos.

New York Jets

Original Pick: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

Re-draft Pick: Everson Griffen, DE, USC

Coming into the 2010 draft, the Jets didn’t have much in the pass rushing department. Adding Griffen changes that. Griffen has been one of the most underrated players at his position, but the Jets won’t miss the chance to make him their centerpiece up front.

Detroit Lions

Original Pick: Jahvid Best, RB, California

Re-draft Pick: LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon

Blount marks the biggest jump in draft position, moving from being undrafted into the first round. The promotion is well earned, as Blount has been very productive in his NFL career, especially with his 18 touchdown 2016 season. Blount solves a running back spot that has perennially been a weak spot for the Lions.

Indianapolis Colts

Original Pick: Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

Re-draft Pick: Hughes

Hughes didn’t play well in his time with the Colts, but emerged as a solid pass rusher once he became a Buffalo Bill. If the Colts can get the level of play the Hughes produced in Buffalo, then he makes sense to be the pick again for the Colts.

New Orleans Saints

Original Pick: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida

Re-draft Pick: Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech

The Super Bowl champion Saints didn’t know it at the time, but their defense would deteriorate over the years to become of the worst in the NFL. Even coming into this draft following their Super Bowl win, the defense wasn’t particularly dominant. Morgan Burnett has been a solid player on the back end for the Green Bay Packers. Burnett is an extremely reliable tackler, and had nine interceptions over his seven year career.

That’s how I see the first round of the 2010 NFL draft playing out if team’s had hindsight. How would you re-do the 2010 NFL draft?