Production of 2010 First Rounders

So here we are at the quarter-pole of the 2010 NFL season and we have four or five games to get an idea of how those coveted first round selections in the NFL Draft are starting their careers in the NFL.

The transition from college to pro football is a tough one for any young man, but it should be easier for the 32 players taken in the first round. First of all, the theory would be that they have more talent than the other rookies based on where they were selected. Two, they are paid more money and thus have more avenues to help them with life away from the facility, things like massage therapists, chiropractors and people to handle the little details of every-day life, even for a millionaire athlete.

This year’s draft class was considered one of the better groups of recent vintage. Just checking on their playing status and production after a month, early indications are that assessment was correct. Those taken at the top of the round should be starters, because they are joining teams that obvious had holes in their roster last season.

Among the top 16 picks only four are not part of their teams’ starting lineup. In Cleveland, CB Joe Haden is the nickel back. RB C.J. Spiller is getting plenty of touches in Buffalo, but he’s not a starter. With the New York Giants, DE Jason Pierre-Paul has played all five games, but is a backup. Before he went to the injured-reserve list with a knee injury that ended his season, Tennessee DE Derrick Morgan had not cracked the starting lineup.  

In the bottom half of the first round, seven of the 16 players have become starters for their team. The latest first-rounder who has moved into his team’s starting lineup is pick No. 30, RB Jahvid Best with the Lions.

Here’s where those first round picks stand at the very start of their NFL careers:


# Player Pos. Team G S Production
1. Sam Bradford QB St. Louis 5 5 The trials and tribulations of the rookie starting QB in the NFL is what Bradford is living with right now. He’s opened all five games and has thrown for 1,159 yards, while completing 56.6% of his passes, with 6 TDs and 8 INTs. His passer rating is a poor 66.5.
2. Ndamukong Suh DT Detroit 5 5 The Lions moved him into the starting lineup just after drafting him and Suh has not been a disappointment. In five games he has 18 total tackles, 3 sacks and 1 interception. Opponents have had trouble blocking him at times.
3. Gerald McCoy DT Tampa Bay 4 4 The big man out of Oklahoma began the season with 2 starts at RDE, before moving inside to start the last 2 games at DT. He has 13 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 5 QB pressures.
4. Trent Williams OT Washington 3 3 Opened the first two games at left tackle, but then missed the next two games due to a left knee injury. He returned last Sunday to play and start against Green Bay.
5. Eric Berry SS CHIEFS 4 4 Berry has been in the starting lineup since the first day of OTAs after he was drafted. There have been obvious ups and downs, but he’s second on the team with 25 tackles, but has not been part of any takeaway or sack.


# Player Pos. Team G S Production
6. Russell Okung OT Seattle 1 1 A high-ankle sprain has kept the Seahawks left tackle on the sidelines since the first week of the pre-season. He was inactive for the first three regular season games then started against St. Louis. But he re-aggravated the injury and missed the second half.
7. JoeHaden CB Cleveland 5 1 Haden started the season opener as the third CB against TB. He’s played all 5 games; he has 11 total tackles and 3 passes broken up. He also has 5 tackles on special teams.
8. Rolando McClain LB Oakland 5 5 McClain has been the starting MLB for the Raiders from his first day in the building. He’s opened all 5 games and has 31 total tackles and 2 tackles for loss.
9. C.J.Spiller RB Buffalo 5 1 Spiller was one of the last draft picks to sign, missing a great deal of training camp. He’s made a mark on special teams, averaging 26.3 yards on 24 kickoff returns with a TD. Spiller has 19 carries for 80 yards and 13 catches for 48 yards and a TD.
10. Tyson Alualu DT Jacksonville 5 5 He started the season as one of the starters inside at DT and in five games he’s had 27 total tackles, 1.5 sacs, 3 tackles for loss and 7 quarterback pressures.
11. Anthony Davis OT San Francisco 5 5 Davis came out of Rutgers as a junior and has stepped into the starting lineup at right tackle for all five games to date.
12. Ryan Mathews RB San Diego 4 2 Mathews was viewed by the Chargers as the man to replace LaDainian Tomlinson. He’s played in four games, missing a week with an ankle sprain. He’s run for 218 yards and a TD, a 5.1-yard average. He’s also caught five passes for 44 yards.
13. Brandon Graham DE Philadelphia 5 4 The Eagles traded up to get Graham and he rewarded their interest by moving into the starting lineup. He has 12 total tackles, 2 sacks, 8 QB hurries and a forced fumble. That came last Sunday on a sack and the fumble was returned for a TD.
14. Earl Thomas SS Seattle 4 4 Thomas became the starter at free safety in the pre-season and has been productive at the position, with 21 total tackles and 3 interceptions for the Seahawks.
15. Jason Pierre-Paul DE N.Y. Giants 5 0 He’s worked as the backup at LDE behind Justin Tuck and played in all five games. Totals: 2 tackles, 1 QB hit, 1 tackle for loss and 2 tackles on special teams.
16. Derrick Morgan DE Tennessee 4 0 Before a knee injury sent him the sidelines, Morgan had 10 tackles with 1.5 sacks and he was credited with defending one pass. Was placed on the injured-reserve list on Oct. 5 ending his season.


# Player Pos. Team G S Production
17. MikeIupati G San Francisco 5 5 Out of Idaho, Iupati has started all five games at left guard, giving the Niners two rookies opening in that starting O-Line.
18. Maurkice Pouncey C Pittsburgh 4 4 The former Florida Gator moved right into the starting lineup for the Steelers and has provided generally good production as Pittsburgh got through its first four games with starting QB Ben Roethlisberger.
19. Sean Weatherspoon LB Atlanta 4 3 The former Mizzou standout has 32 total tackles and one sack in his four games. He was inactive for one game with an ankle injury and did not start last week against Cleveland.
20. Kareem Jackson CB Houston 5 5 When Dunta Robinson left in free agency, the Texans drafted Jackson and he’s been in the starting lineup all year. He grabbed his first INT last week. In five games he has 25 total tackles and 5 passes defended.
21. Jermaine Gresham TE Cincinnati 5 3 He’s got 22 catches for 158 yards and 2 TDs, ranking him third on the team behind only T.O. and Ochocinco.
22. Demaryius Thomas WR Denver 4 1 After being inactive for the opener, Thomas has played in 4 games. He has 13 catches for 161 yards and 1 TD. He’s returned 5 kickoffs for a 33-yard average, including a 65-yard return. He started for Brandon Lloyd last week against Baltimore.
23. BryanBulaga OT Green Bay 5 1 Started at RT against Washington last Sunday for injured Mark Tauscher. He’s also gotten snaps at left tackle when starter Chad Clifton has left the field in two different games.
24. DezBryant WR Dallas 4 1 The controversial WR has caught 17 passes for 180 yards and 0 TDs in four games. Bryant has returned eight punts for an 11.3-yard average, including a 62-yard touchdown return.
25. TimTebow QB Denver 1 0 In the season opener in Jacksonville, Tebow got on the field late in the game and had two running plays for a total of two yards. That’s his only play time.
26. DanWilliams DT Arizona 4 0 Williams has not seen much playing time with the Cardinals, as he’s run as the third NT. He has 3 tackles in his limited snaps.
27. Devin McCourty CB New England 4 4 He’s opened the first game at RCB and he’s tallied 21 total tackles, with 2 passes defended and two tackles in the kicking game.
28. JaredOdrick DT Miami 1 1 Odrick started the season opener at RDE, but suffered a leg injury that has kept him off the field since then. In that first game he had one tackle and it was for minus yardage.
29. KyleWilson CB N.Y. Jets 5 3 Wilson has started twice in nickel situations and once for the injured Darrelle Revis. He has 15 total tackles, 3 QB hits, 4 pass defended, 1 special teams tackle as well as 8 punt returns for a 7.5 average.
30. JahvidBest RB Detroit 5 5 Best has been a big addition to the Lions offense, especially with the injury to QB Matthew Stafford. He has 93 touches for 495 yards and 5 TDs, including a 75-yard scoring catch against the Eagles.
31. JerryHughes DE Indianapolis 2 0 Hughes has been unable to dent the Colts defensive rotation. He’s been inactive for three of the team’s five games. The two games he played were on special teams, where he had one tackle.
32. Patrick Robinson CB New Orleans 4 1 Made his first NFL start against Arizona last Sunday and finished with 8 tackles. He was inactive for one game, played in the other four with 12 total tackles and 1 tackle on special teams.

One Response to “Production of 2010 First Rounders”

  • October 16, 2010  - vincent says:

    It is a great analysis once again, Bob. It seems like draft classes are like wine, some are powerful while others are weaker than a Big Bang Theory weightlifitng competition.
    The draft class of 09 was much weaker than 10.

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