Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
The 2010 NFL Draft was filled with franchise cornerstones and perennial pro bowlers. Like most drafts, the majority of these players came in the 1st round, with 14 of the 32 picks participating in at least one Pro Bowl to date. Instead of focusing on all the studs in the 1st Round lets dive into the Top 10 Value Picks from that draft. All players drafted in the 1st round are eliminated from contention for this list.
Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals is our #1 value pick from the 2010 Draft. Anytime you can get a perennial All-Pro in the 4th round of the draft you hit the jackpot. The New York Giants struck gold in the form of Wide Receiver Victor Cruz. Cruz wasn’t drafted, he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the small school football program of UMass. The San Francisco 49ers scored big with the selection of 2012 All-Pro first teamer Linebacker Navarro Bowman of Penn State in the 3rd Round.
Continuing down the list you’ll find it littered with playmaking Tight Ends. The Patriots came out smiling with the selection of Arizona’s Rob Gronkowski in the 2nd Round and Aaron Hernandez of Florida in the 4th. The Saints secured their own Pro Bowl tight end with the University of Miami’s hoopster Jimmy Graham. The Ravens picked up a key piece of their 2012 Super Bowl run when they chose Brigham Young’s Dennis Pitta in the 4th Round.
The Seahawks chose their second Pro Bowl Safety of this draft when they took Virginia Tech’s Kam Chancellor in the 5th Round. Chancellor pairs with Texas’ Earl Thomas as one of the top Safety duo’s in the NFL. The Steelers and Broncos both picked up pillars of their current offense with playmaking Wide Receivers. Pittsburgh snatched up Antonio Brown of Central Michigan in the 6th Round while Denver selected Minnesota’s Eric Decker in the middle of the 3rd.
The Cardinals picked up an absolute tackling machine in the form of TCU’s Linebacker Daryl Washington in the middle of the 2nd Round. Washington has been the key player on an underrated Arizona defense that seems to get better each year.
Both the Saints and Packers scored big on the Undrafted Free Agent market with two players who have been cogs in their recent playoff appearances. The Packers found Miami (FL) Cornerback Sam Shields who helped secure a 2010 Super Bowl Championship while the Saints picked up bulldozing Running Back Chris Ivory out of tiny Tiffin University. The Saints recently traded Ivory to the Jets for a 4th Round pick in the 2013 Draft. The Jets plan to use Ivory this season as their feature back.
At the end of the day it’s vital that you hit on your 1st Round picks in any draft. The teams that find elite players in the later rounds are what can put a team in position for a Super Bowl run. Most of the teams on this list have already reaped those benefits.