Recapping Day One of the 2010 NFL Draft

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Jahvid Best (R) from the California Golden Bears poses with NFL Commissioner ROger Goodell as they hold up a Detroit Lions jersey after the Lions selected Best number 30 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Day one and round one of the 2010 NFL Draft are in the books.  Because the draft moved to primetime for the first two nights this year, we have to wait around before the action gets started again tonight, but that provides an opportunity to reflect on what went down the first night.  Rather than break down each and every pick, I'm just going to go down a bullet list of my thoughts on the first round.

  • The top of the draft didn't present a ton of surprises.  Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, and Gerald McCoy all went to the teams predicted to take them.  Trent Williams going over Russell Okung to Washington was a very small surprise in my book, but then there were more picks that had been predicted for the last few months.  Things really started to get interesting when the Raiders selected Rolando McClain and were quickly followed by Buffalo picking C.J. Spiller and Jacksonville opting for Tyson Alualu.
  • I made a comment in one of the open threads that I was surprised there hadn't been any trades.  Can you say jinx?  Right after that comment the first deal of the day happened with San Francisco moving up to pick Anthony Davis, and suddenly there was just trade after trade after trade.  I'm sure there will be just as much moving around tonight, especially since teams have so much time to work out deals.
  • The biggest storyline from the first round is that Tim Tebow was drafted by the Broncos with the 25th pick and Jimmy Clausen is still waiting to find out who is going to pick him.  The top of the second round will be very interesting to watch in that regard, because if a team wants Clausen, chances are they will make a deal with St. Louis or Minnesota to move up.  I will be very interested in what the Rams decide to do with their pick, because it certainly seems like they have a perfect opportunity to make a deal to get extra selections.  Unless there is a player they really, really want at #33, I can't see them standing pat.
  • For the Lions, obviously the big story was trading up for Jahvid Best.  After having time to look back on the move, I am pretty happy with it.  Yeah, the Lions had to give up a seventh-round pick and move down quite a ways in the fourth round, but that's the price you pay to ensure that you don't miss out on a player you want.  I still personally think Best would have made it to the second round, but then the Lions would have had to deal with the possibility of St. Louis moving out of their spot to a team that wants Best.  The last thing they probably wanted to do is get in a bidding war, so I don't have a problem with the trade.
  • I will have more on the draft and the Lions' first two picks later today and throughout the weekend.  In the mean time I am going to be busy moving back home from college this afternoon, so I will see everybody back here tonight at 6 p.m. for day two of the 2010 NFL Draft.  See you all then.
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