This is the first article in a brand new series where we redraft some of the most recent NFL Drafts. This series will be releasing once a week every Friday for the next few weeks (wifi outages pushed this first one back a day).
The 2010 NFL Draft is interesting to look back on at this point, as almost all of the best players from it are going through a transition right now and the top three picks in this redraft are also some of the most headline worthy over the past year (Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Trent Williams, etc.). There is some phenomenal future Hall of Fame talent from this class, but it didn’t prove to be very deep.
I used the original team’s drafting position before the start of the draft. Meaning all draft day trades have been reversed. So lets get started with the first pick in this redraft, who didn’t even come from the first round, but actually the 6th round.
1) St. Louis Rams – Antonio Brown, WR, Central Michigan
(Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma)
Putting aside Brown’s recent problems, he is the best player to come out of this draft class and was on pace for the Hall of Fame. Bradford suffered too many injuries and there isn’t another QB in this class to even be considered at first overall.
2) Detroit Lions – Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
(Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska)
Gronkowski certainly will go into the Hall of Fame and you can argue he’s the best TE to ever play in the NFL. You can’t pass up that talent here. I’m excited to see how he does on a new team in Tampa Bay, with an old friend at QB.
3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
(Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma)
Gerald McCoy has had a great career, but Trent Williams has been one of the best left tackles in the NFL over the past decade. Now on the 49ers, Williams will continue his great career after a one-year hiatus.
4) Washington Redskins – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
(Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma)
Missing on Williams here in the redraft, the Redskins get the second best OT in this class. No, he isn’t on Williams’ level, but a good LT for a decade is worth quite a bit.
5) Kansas City Chiefs – Earl Thomas, S, Texas
(Eric Berry, S, Tennessee)
This class has a ton of great safeties, and the Chiefs got one the first time around in Eric Berry, but Thomas is the best of this bunch. We saw what Berry did for this defense and this team, Thomas would only make things better.
6) Seattle Seahawks – Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech
(Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State)
The Seahawks walk away from this redraft with one of their safeties from the original draft. It’s incredible that they drafted both Chancellor and Thomas in this original draft.
7) Cleveland Browns – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
(Joe Haden, CB, Florida)
Dez Bryant fell quickly out of the league, but during his prime he was one of the top receivers in the league. The Browns could’ve used a playmaker like Bryant throughout the 2010s.
8) Oakland Raiders – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
(Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama)
Another safety off the board early, Berry goes to his division rival in the Raiders. They needed a playmaker on defense, which they missed in the original draft with McClain.
9) Buffalo Bills – Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
(C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson)
Another great position group, the first DT goes off the board. Atkins has been a top 3 DT in the league in the past decade and the best out of this draft class. The Bills were missing a big man in the middle when they switched to a 3-4 defense this offseason.
10) Jacksonville Jaguars – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
(Tyson Alualu, DT, Cal)
McCoy is just a step below Atkins, which is why he’s drafted just one pick later. The Jags defensive line at the time was pretty poor, and McCoy would’ve been a big difference maker on Day One.
11) Denver Broncos – Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami
(Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers) (Via CHI – traded for Jay Cutler from DEN. Via DEN to SF for 13th overall and 4th rounder)
The Broncos needed offensive weapons at the time but traded back and wound up with Tim Tebow. This time, they get the best offensive skill player on the board. Graham was the best TE in the league for a stretch in the early 2010s.
12) Miami Dolphins – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
(Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State) (Via MIA to SD – traded this and 4th and 6th rounder for 28th overall and 2nd and 4th rounder)
The Dolphins get a little bit of a steal here by staying out this time around and grabbing Suh. He had a dominant last season at Nebraska, nearly winning the Heisman as a defensive tackle. The Dolphins could’ve used his size in the middle.
13) San Francisco 49ers – NaVorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
(Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan (Via SF to DEN to PHI – traded for 24th overall and two third rounders)
This isn’t the same spot the 49ers selected Bowman, but this pairing stays the same. Bowman and Patrick Willis firmed the best linebacker duo in the league for a few seasons, and I’m not going to break that up.
14) Seattle Seahawks – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
(Earl Thomas, S, Texas) (Via DEN – traded for 2009 second rounder)
JPP was a big part of the Giants successes towards the Super Bowl in the early part of the decade. Seattle still snagged Thomas at 6th overall, and now they get pass rush help here.
15) New York Giants – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
(Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida)
The Giants certainly would’ve liked to reselect JPP, but they’ll take Dunlap. He was a dominant player at the first part of his career, right in the Giants’ Super Bowl window.
16) Tennessee Titans – Joe Haden, CB, Florida
(Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech)
The Titans get a steal here with one of the best cornerbacks in the league for a few seasons. They needed a defensive end at the time, but with none of great value still on the board, they end up with a great cornerback.
17) San Francisco 49ers – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
(Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho) (Via CAR to SF – traded 2009 2nd and 4th rounder)
The 49ers still get an offensive lineman, but this time an offensive tackle in Bulaga that turned out better than the guard in Mike Iupati. Bulaga turned out to be a pretty good and reliable right tackle for more than a decade.
18) Pittsburgh Steelers – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
(Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida)
Unfortunately, the Steelers don’t get to select Antonio Brown in the sixth round of this redraft, but Thomas was a top receiver in the league for a stretch during the past decade. The Steelers probably wouldn’t have been the same without a dynamic receiver during this past decade.
19) Atlanta Falcons – Everson Griffin, DE, USC
(Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri)
Weatherspoon has a good career with the Falcons, but he never lived up to his draft position. Meanwhile, Griffin has been one of the better and more consistent defensive ends in the league since this draft.
20) Houston Texans – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
(Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama)
The Texans get a little upgrade over Jackson here with McCourty. Jackson has a higher peak, but McCourty’s play is still steady to this day.
21) Cincinnati Bengals – Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU
(Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma)
Gresham certainly didn’t live up to his draft stock, but Sanders has exceeded his. While Sanders has never been a top tier receiver, he’s been one of the best WR 2 options over the last decade. He’s currently trying to be the first player in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl with four different franchises.
22) New England Patriots – Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
(Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech) (Via NE to DEN – traded 24th overall and 4th rounder)
In another draft day trade, the Broncos grabbed Demaryius Thomas. But in this redraft, the Patriots get one of the better defensive ends over the past decade. At the time, the Patriots really lacked defensive line talent; Graham could’ve changed that.
23) Green Bay Packers – Sean Lee, LB, Penn State
(Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa)
With Bulaga off the board, the Packers could’ve paired 2009’s first round draft pick in linebacker Clay Matthews, with another great linebacker. Matthews and Lee would’ve been a dominant force for 10 years.
24) Philadelphia Eagles – Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
(Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State) (Via PHI to DEN to NE to DAL – this pick and a 4th rounder for 27th overall and a 3rd rounder)
This draft pick changed hands many times, and ultimately landed the Cowboys their best offensive weapon for the next 8 years. But in this redraft, the Eagles hold onto the pick and land Maurkice Pouncey. The Eagles ended up drafting Jason Kelce in 2011, which ended up working out for them very well, but Pouncey here is the clear choice.
25) Baltimore Ravens – Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
(Tim Tebow, QB, Florida) (Via BAL to DEN- traded for a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounder)
The Ravens had a ton of issues with their cornerbacks at the time of this draft. Placing Jackson onto this roster would’ve given them an extra boost through the decade.
26) Arizona Cardinals – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
(Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee)
Bradford’s career was cut short due to a myriad of injuries. I’m hoping a change of scenery might end up with better results. Bradford played well in his limited time on the field.
27) Dallas Cowboys – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
(Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers) (Via DAL to NE for 24th)
The Cowboys don’t get Dez Bryant in this redraft, but they can still end up with Golden Tate. This offense needed a playmaker, and Tate could’ve filled that role for just as long as Bryant.
28) San Diego Chargers – Linval Joseph, DT, ECU
(Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State) (Via SD for 12th)
The Chargers needed help on the interior of their defensive line, so the position stays the same while the player changes. Odrick played well, but Linval Joseph had a more impactful run to start his career.
29) New York Jets – Sam Shields, CB, Miami
(Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State)
Once again, same position but different player. Wilson didn’t have much of a career, while Shields turned into one of the best UDFAs from this draft class.
30) Minnesota Vikings – Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
(Jahvid Best, RB, Cal) (Via MIN – traded this and a 4th rounder for 2nd, 4th, and 7th rounder)
Mike Iupati goes a little later, but he was one of the best interior offensive lineman in the league for a few seasons. The Vikings were lacking on their offensive line and would’ve had a much better run of things with Iupati in the roster.
31) Indianapolis Colts – Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
(Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU)
Jerry Hughes has carved out a nice career and there is no need to change this selection. The Colts ended up trading him to Buffalo three years later, but maybe things would turn out differently this time around.
32) New Orleans Saints – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
(Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State)
The Saints had a big need for a defensive end after their Super Bowl win. Morgan continues the trend of great defensive ends to come out of this draft class.