2010 NFL Draft’s Future Best Players, Part I: Offense
With the 2010 Draft approaching quickly, we know a lot of you cannot seem to acquire enough draft-related information and predictions. Today, we are detailing which prospects from this class will wind up being considered the best at their position once their careers are all said and done. In Part I, we take a look at those players on the offensive side of the ball.
QB: Tim Tebow (Florida)
Tebow seems to polarize analysts and fans like no player we’ve ever seen. Yes, his mechanics are off and he isn’t your “prototypical” NFL quarterback, but we know he is going to work as hard as he possibly can to succeed.
Sleeper: Jarrett Brown (West Virginia)
Brown may have the strongest arm in this draft. He has the skill set of Jamarcus Russell without the poor attitude.
RB: C.J. Spiller (Clemson)
People will argue that Spiller will never be an every-down back in the NFL, but who is anymore? He is lightning in a bottle, reminiscent of another C.J. who was drafted two years ago.
Sleeper: Lonyae Miller (Fresno State)
Never heard of Miller? He was Ryan Mathews backup at Fresno State. At 221 pounds, he ran a 4.43 and posted 26 reps at the Combine.
WR: Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State), Arrelious Benn (Illinois), Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech)
Notice all three wide receivers we listed have prototypical size and speed (perhaps with the exception of Bryant’s long speed). The dominant wide receivers over the last decade generally tend to be of this body-type. Our favorite: Demaryius Thomas.
Sleeper: Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati)
Briscoe is another huge pass-catcher, but Gilyard is undersized–a likely slot receiver at the next level. Both recorded poor forty times at the Combine, likely causing their stock to slip.
TE: Jimmy Graham (The U)
We aren’t nearly as thrilled about this tight end class as some other people. We are low on Jermaine Gresham, Aaron Hernandez, and Dorin Dickerson. Graham may just be more athletic than all three.
Sleeper: Tony Moeaki (Iowa)
Moeaki is a late-round prospect, but watch out for this guy. At his Pro Day, he recorded a 4.68 forty and a 36.5 inch vertical, all at 245 pounds.
OT: Russell Okung (Oklahoma State), Trent Williams (Oklahoma)
Due to the Cowboys’ likely interest in an offensive tackle, we have studied a lot of tape of the top prospects. Okung and Williams stand out as having the most consistent film of any we’ve seen.
Sleeper: Vladimir Ducasse (UMass)
We love Ducasse. His versatility to play possibly four (or even more) positions should vault him up draft boards. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him go in the early second round.
OG: Mike Iupati (Idaho), Jon Asamoah (Illinois)
Iupati will have to overcome a tendency to hold defenders, but he can also be dominant at times. Asamoah may actually be a more likely prospect for Dallas later in the draft, assuming Iupati doesn’t drop to the 27th selection.
Sleeper: Marshall Newhouse (TCU)
Newhouse has been rising up boards since the Senior Bowl. He has the sort of size (326 pounds) Dallas covets in their linemen.
C: Maurkice Pouncey (Florida)
Sleeper: Matt Tennant (Boston College)
Tennant doesn’t display the versatility of Pouncey, but he could be an option in the later rounds for the Cowboys.