2010 NFL Draft Value Board

This is the debut of my Value Board for the 2010 NFL Draft.  Value boards are different than mock drafts and I’ve seen some people who confuse the two. Regardless of position, teams put together a value board, ranking players based on overall talent.  Many GM’s say they will stick to their boards, no matter what.  Sometimes though, they reach for players that they need. It just matters if they figure in their team’s specific needs into their board or not.

As for me, I’m a believer that GM’s should stick to their boards and draft the best available player.  Drafting for need is dangerous because you might pass over a prospect who could become something big. Because of some GM’s habit of reaching for players, I won’t just use my value board in my mock draft. I’ll take into account team needs for a lot teams.

As for now, I’m going to start my board off with a top 10.  As we get closer to the actual draft, I’ll add more prospects to it.  As usual, comments are welcomed.

1. Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska- Simply said about his senior year: Dominant.
2. Gerald McCoy DT, Oklahoma- High motor tackle, can play in either 3-4 or 4-3.
3. Eric Berry S, Tennessee- Drawing comparisons to Ed Reed, he’s tough and is productive.
4. Jimmy Clausen QB, Notre Dame- Out of pro-style offense, but a franchise QB?
5. Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma- Deadly accurate, but how will shoulder work out?
6. Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma State- Just about everything you look for in a franchise tackle.
7. Joe Haden CB, Florida- Top CB, has speed and can be left on an island, tough against run, too.
8. Rolando McClain LB, Alabama- Butkus Award winner, intelligent and vocal leader for a defense.
9. Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma State- Lost ’09 season, but won’t matter on draft day.
10. Derrick Morgan DE, Georgia Tech- Highly productive and athletic, good against run and pass.

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