The NFL Draft has evolved into a big-ticket event in American sports culture, occupying the minds of football fans during the long offseason. But it's still an exercise in educated- or hunch-based guesswork for the scouts, executive and media analysts who devote countless hours -- and millions of dollars -- to the supposed "art" of selecting the right kind of players every spring. With that in mind, FOX Sports South offers a different take on this process -- a Hindsight do-over for Round 1 of the 2010 NFL Draft. For very-different personal reasons, Eric Berry, Greg Hardy and Aaron Hernandez were omitted from Round 1 consideration. (Photos: Andrew Weber/Ron Schwane/Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
St. Louis Rams -- DT Ndamukong Suh
DRAFT SLOT: 1 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: QB Sam Bradford ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Suh's presence might have transformed the Rams defense (back-to-back shutouts for Weeks 13-14) into one for all time, perhaps on the level of the 1970s-era Steelers, 1980s-era Bears or 2000 Ravens. 2) St. Louis would have also flourished with any of the Big Five playmakers -- receivers Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Brown and tight ends Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham. 3) Sam Bradford can still be a productive NFL starter, but the Rams offense hasn't progressed much in the last four seasons. 4) The Rams have more salary-cap flexibility than the Lions ... meaning they would have had a better chance of re-signing Suh (three-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowler) -- a free agent come March.
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Detroit Lions -- DT Gerald McCoy
DRAFT SLOT: 2 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: DT Ndamukong Suh ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) If memory serves, the 2010 Lions had Suh and McCoy (27 career sacks) ranked as 1 and 1a on their Big Board. 2) McCoy, an All-Pro pick for 2014 (second team), recently inked a $100 million extension with the Buccaneers. 3) The Oklahoma product would have been an easy plug-and-play replacement for Suh, while anchoring one of the NFL's best defenses. 4) Neither Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas nor Sam Bradford were realistic candidates for Detroit at #2, given the presence of receiver Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- DE Jason Pierre-Paul
DRAFT SLOT: 3 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: DT Gerald McCoy ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Our first fork in the road: The points-starved Buccaneers (29th in scoring this season) would have been content with Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown or Demaryius Thomas ... but ultimately, we're riding Pierre-Paul (one-time All Pro), who hasn't turned 25 yet. 2) When in doubt, you can never go wrong with building up the trenches (offensive/defensive line). 3) In this passing-heavy era, premium pass-rushers like Pierre-Paul (42 career sacks, 28 pass deflections, two INTs) are always in demand.
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Washington Redskins -- WR Dez Bryant
DRAFT SLOT: 4 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: OT Trent Williams ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Williams (two-time Pro Bowler) would have been a fine 'hindsight' pick, but the Redskins would also jump at the chance to pluck Bryant (41 TDs from 2012-14) from the hated Cowboys. 2) Within that rationale, Bryant has notched one 100-yard game and seven career TDs against the Redskins. 3) Bryant would have instantly upgraded a 2010 receiving corps that comprised Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong and tight end Chris Cooley (predating Pierre Garcon/DeSean Jackson).
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Kansas City Chiefs -- WR Demaryius Thomas
DRAFT SLOT: 5 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: S Eric Berry ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) For starters, a cancer-free Eric Berry would have been an easy 'hindsight' pick somewhere in this countdown. But given the recent diagnosis of lymphoma, it makes sense to omit him from Round 1 (for now). 2) Here's everything you need to know about the Chiefs' quirky offense: Kansas City suffered through the entire 2014 campaign without netting a single TD reception from a wide receiver. 3) With Thomas (111 catches/1,619 yards/11 TDs with Denver in 2014) in the Chiefs' fold, Dwayne Bowe would have been bumped to his natural role -- a No. 2 wideout. 4) With Peyton Manning as his QB, Thomas holds three-year averages of 99 catches, 1,494 yards and 12 TDs. BOOM!
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Seattle Seahawks -- OT Trent Williams
DRAFT SLOT: 6 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: OT Russell Okung ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Seattle nailed its 2010 draft class, landing Okung, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor and Anthony McCoy in the first six rounds. That aside, Williams (above -- two-time Pro Bowler) would have been an O-line upgrade over Okung. 2) If the Seahawks have any obvious holes, it's the lack of a dominant receiver or tight end. Either Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham would have been excellent Plan B options, as well.
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Cleveland Browns -- CB Joe Haden
DRAFT SLOT: 7 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: Haden ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) The 'hindsight' Browns could have approached their pick in numerous ways -- opting for offensive playmakers (Gronkowski, Graham, Antonio Brown) or stalwarts along the trenches (Geno Atkins, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Maurkice Pouncey). However, they also correctly tabbed Haden for NFL prominence. 2) Haden (back-to-back Pro Bowls) stands as a top-flight cornerback and vital cog in the Browns defense, which must combat QBs Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton six times per year (AFC North connection). 3) Haden's real-life and hindsight selection (No. 7 overall) doesn't have the same theatrical pizzazz of the Draft Day movie plot. And that's not a bad thing.
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Oakland Raiders -- WR Antonio Brown
DRAFT SLOT: 8 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: LB Rolando McClain ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Oh, to be a fly on the Raiders' War Room draft board, circa April 2010, when the club chose the problematic Rolando McClain over speedy playmakers like Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, C.J. Spiller and Antonio Brown (2014 numbers: 129 catches/1,698 yards/15 total TDs). 2) The late, great Al Davis (Raiders owner) craved speed ... and the dynamic Brown -- arguably the NFL's fastest wideout -- certainly fits that profile. 3) As a Plan B, Rob Gronkowski would have been the perfect Raiders -- a modern-day clone to Hall of Famer Dave Casper.
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Buffalo Bills -- TE Rob Gronkowski
DRAFT SLOT: 9 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: RB C.J. Spiller ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) If Gronkowski (308 catches/4,379 yards/55 total TDs) stopped playing right now, at the callow age of 25, he'd still be a viable consideration for the Hall of Fame. He's that dominant. 2) Here's another reason why the 'hindsight' Bills selected Gronk (four seasons of double-digit TDs) over Jimmy Graham: The acquistion subsequently made the rival Patriots weaker at tight end ... although the club also drafted Aaron Hernandez in 2010. 3) Tailback C.J. Spiller has a superb skill set; but through five seasons, he has only 20 total TDs and one 1,000-yard rushing campaign.
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Jacksonville Jaguars -- TE Jimmy Graham
DRAFT SLOT: 10 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: DT Tyson Alualu ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) The Jaguars took a lot of heat for their draft-day reach with Alualu, but we're not super-pessimistic about the pick. He would have been a good selection ... in Round 2 or 3. Jacksonville's major crime back then? Not getting value on the surplus of top-shelf playmakers, like Graham (355 catches, 46 TDs from 2011-14). 2) Tangential rant: If gems like Gronkowski and Graham fell outside Round 1, what possessed the Detroit Lions to pass on receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 10 overall last May ... in lieu of the eminently raw Eric Ebron? Ugh. The NFL should pass a rule, preventing clubs from taking tight ends in Round 1 ... "unless they're Graham or Gronk clones."
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San Francisco 49ers -- C Maurkice Pouncey
DRAFT SLOT: 11 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: OT Anthony Davis ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: The 2010 Niners targeted O-linemen with multiple first-rounders that year; and for the most part, they succeeded with Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati. But in this 'hindsight' world ... the selection of Pouncey (two-time All Pro, four-time Pro Bowler) represents a certifiable home run.
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San Diego Chargers -- S Earl Thomas
DRAFT SLOT: 12 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: RB Ryan Mathews ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) For various reasons through the years, the positions of running back and safety have become devalued at the top of the draft. So, it's only fitting to swap a tailback (Mathews) for the 'hindsight' selection of Thomas (three-time All Pro at safety). 2) With Thomas (16 INTs, 39 pass deflections) in the fold, the Seahawks have held the opposition to 325 or fewer total yards in 11 consecutive games. 3) The injury-embattled Mathews (5,171 total yards, 24 TDs), in turn, would have made a good selection in Round 2.
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Philadelphia Eagles -- DT Geno Atkins
DRAFT SLOT: 13 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: LB Brandon Graham ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Atkins was an absolute beast with the Bengals in 2011 and '12 -- predating a 2013 injury -- racking up 20 total sacks, two Pro Bowl berths and one All-Pro selection in that two-year span. 2) Atkins, who currently has more sacks than rush-end Brandon Graham, fits perfectly into the Eagles' organizational penchant for loading up the trenches -- at every possible turn. 3) As a rock-solid Plan B, the 'hindsight' Eagles would have explored grabbing O-guard Mike Iupati at #13.
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Seattle Seahawks -- S Kam Chancellor
DRAFT SLOT: 14 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: S Earl Thomas ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) There's a 1 and 1a feel to Earl Thomas (three-time All Pro) and Chancellor (three-time Pro Bowler). As such, the 2010 Seahawks might have wasted little time in sending the 'Chancellor' index card to the podium on Draft Night. 2) Remember how Taylor Mays felt slighted by Pete Carroll -- his coach at USC -- in the 2010 draft? Well, Chancellor easily surpasses Mays in this 'hindsight' countdown. 3) With Chancellor in the mix in 2014, the vaunted Seattle defense allowed only 39 points in its final six regular-season games -- all victories.
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New York Giants -- OG Mike Iupati
DRAFT SLOT: 15 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: DE Jason Pierre-Paul ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) In the real world, the 2010 Giants lucked out with Pierre-Paul at No. 15 overall. The same holds true for the 'hindsight' Giants, who secure the services of Iupati -- a one-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler (2012-14). 2) As an intriguing Plan B, the Giants would have had their pick of three offensive tackles -- Russell Okung, Bryan Bulaga and Anthony Davis. But for this countdown ... the Iupati selection merits an A-plus grade.
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Tennessee Titans -- QB Sam Bradford
DRAFT SLOT: 16 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: LB/DE Derrick Morgan ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Here's where things get tricky: In a parallel universe, it's hard to imagine Bradford -- the No. 1 overall pick five years ago -- sustaining two season-ending injuries prior to his 27th birthday. As such, the 'hindsight' Titans would have ended up with a franchise quarterback, annually capable for 4,000 yards passing/27 TDs. 2) If memory serves, the Lions were initially torn on whom to select with the top pick in 2009 -- Bradford or Matthew Stafford. But the former rendered that apples-to-apples conflict moot ... by staying at Oklahoma for one more season.
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Green Bay Packers -- OT Anthony Davis
DRAFT SLOT: 17 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: OG Mike Iupati ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Davis may have the dimensions of a prototypical left tackle (6-foot-5, 323 pounds), but the slight career divergence to right tackle better suits his skill set. Before knee and hamstring issues surfaced in 2014, the Rutgers product had started every game in the NFL (2010-13). 2) As the next three picks might attest, the 49ers could have opted for tackles Bryan Bulaga or Russell Okung at this spot.
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Pittsburgh Steelers -- OT Bryan Bulaga
DRAFT SLOT: 18 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: OT Maurkice Pouncey ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: With real-life Steelers Antonio Brown (Raiders) and Maurkice Pouncey (49ers) off the 'hindsight' board, Pittsburgh opts for right-tackle stability with the Bulaga pick. The Iowa product has been a fixture with Green Bay's offensive line through the years. In fact, it's highly impressive that Bulaga started 15 games in 2014 ... despite incurring a Week 1 knee injury against Seattle.
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Atlanta Falcons -- OT Russell Okung
DRAFT SLOT: 19 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: LB Sean Weatherspoon ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) The real-life and 'hindsight' Falcons have sizable holes at three respective spots -- defensive pass-rusher, tailback and O-line. In that vain, Derrick Morgan, Carlos Dunlap, Jerry Hughes (defensive ends), RB C.J. Spiller or Okung would satisy the initial need. 2) On the plus side, Okung has started at tackle for everyone one of his active NFL games (60-plus times) -- including the Seahawks' Super Bowl-winning run last season. On the down side, the injury-embattled Okung has logged only 14 regular-season starts twice. 3) As a Plan B, the 'hindsight' Falcons could have had a dynamic 1-2 rushing punch for a few seasons -- featuring Spiller (1,703 total yards/8 TDs in 2012) and Michael Turner (61 TDs from 2008-12).
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Houston Texans -- CB/DB Devin McCourty
DRAFT SLOT: 20 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: CB Kareem Jackson ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Tough call here between Kareem Jackson (10 INTs, 50 pass deflections) and McCourty (above -- 17 INTs, 56 deflections). Both are supremely athletic players with tangible upsides -- even in their mid-to-late-20s. But McCourty (cornerback/safety) gets the slight nod, given his versatility in the secondary. 2) The 'hindsight' Texans could have also taken Emmanuel Sanders at this spot, as a means of getting a jump-start on offering help to Andre Johnson (five 100-catch seasons, 13,597 career yards) -- a Hall of Fame candidate at wide receiver.
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Cincinnati Bengals -- DE Carlos Dunlap
DRAFT SLOT: 21 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: TE Jermaine Gresham ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Gresham (24 career TDs) has been a moderately consistent asset for Cincinnati through the years. But the tight end's overall package warrants a Round 3 or 4 selection. 2) In this 'hindsight' exercise, Dunlap (Round 2 pick in 2010) still goes to Cincinnati ... but draws a bigger paycheck from his rookie contract. 3) Dunlap (35.5 career sacks) enjoyed a starring role on a 2014 Bengals defense that held the opposition to 17 or fewer points seven times. 4) The 'hindsight' Bengals could have gone with Emmanuel Sanders, Kareem Jackson or Reshad Jones ... but opted for the known quantity in the end.
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Denver Broncos -- WR Emmanuel Sanders
DRAFT SLOT: 22 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: WR Demaryius Thomas ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) This would be a perfect example of everything worked out in the end, now that Sanders (a Pittsburgh Steelers draftee) plays for the Broncos. 2) In his inaugural season with Denver (and QB Peyton Manning), Sanders notched career highs with receptions (101), receiving yards (1,404) and touchdowns (nine). 3) The 'hindsight' Broncos couldn't miss what they never had -- aka Demaryius Thomas (No. 5 overall with the Chiefs). And that hole in the lineup works to Sanders' advantage.
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Green Bay Packers -- CB Kareem Jackson
DRAFT SLOT: 23 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: OT Bryan Bulaga ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) This is the beauty of a 'hindsight' draft: The Packers, with their sterling reputation for drafting, developing and keeping players, are flush with options at #23. 2) In the end, though, GM Ted Thompson opts for the cover-corner skills of Jackson (10 INTs, 50 pass deflections), as a perpetual means of combatting Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler on a bi-annual basis. 3) Of equal importance, the 'hindsight' choice of Jackson doesn't discourage the Packers from investing a third-round pick on safety Morgan Burnett (career-high 94 tackles this season).
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Dallas Cowboys -- LB NaVorro Bowman
DRAFT SLOT: 24 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: WR Dez Bryant ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) The 'hindsight' reality of not landing Dez Bryant (No. 4 overall to the Redskins) is a crippling notion for the Cowboys offense. But Jerry Jones and Co. make the best of the situation by corralling Bowman -- a three-time All-Pro (2011-13) who should be fully recovered from injury next year. 2) If Bowman (five sacks, 120 tackles in 2013) hadn't suffered that injury in last year's NFC title game, he would have been a top-12 pick for this countdown. 3) For Weeks 4-17 of the 2013 campaign, spanning 13 games, the Bowman-led 49ers defense held the opposition to 20 or less points 12 times.
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Denver Broncos -- LB/DE Jerry Hughes
DRAFT SLOT: 25 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: QB Tim Tebow ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Five years ago, Josh McDaniels -- in his second season as the Broncos' head coach -- badly lost a game of draft-day chicken, by trading up to snag Tebow. Sure, everyone makes personnel mistakes in this league ... but that's one of the most egregious tactical errors in recent memory. (McDaniels is a 'hot' candidate for head-coaching vacancies in 2015.) Yes, Tebow has one postseason victory on his resume -- more than Matthew Stafford and Andy Dalton -- but his skill set was worthy of a late-round draft pick, at best. 2) The Broncos have never cowered over drafting undersized pass-rushers with tangible upsides ... and the TCU product (20 sacks for 2013-14) fits that bill perfectly. With Buffalo in 2014, Hughes posted three games of multiple sacks.
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Arizona Cardinals -- S Reshad Jones
DRAFT SLOT: 26 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: DT Dan Williams ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Interesting call here between the safety Jones (All-Pro pick in 2012 -- via Pro Football Focus) and suspended Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington, who tallied nine sacks and 108 tackles in 2012. But the latter's off-field problems cinch the pick in Jones' favor. 2) With Jones anchoring the secondary, the 2014 Dolphins were a stingy group, allowing only 343 total yards per game. 3) Dan Williams has been a disappointment with the Cards, racking up just two career sacks and starting only 40 of his 70 total games.
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New England Patriots -- DE/LB Derrick Morgan
DRAFT SLOT: 27 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: CB Devin McCourty ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) The 'hindsight' Patriots could easily be happy with defensive linemen like Linval Joseph or Everson Griffen. But this hunch pick favors Morgan, who has accounted for six-plus sacks in each of the last three years. 2) Good news/bad news proposition: Morgan has proven to be reliable and durable over the last four campaigns; but he's never logged an interception in the pros. Which brings us to this: How does Morgan drop the ball in this photo? 3) Using hindsight, New England would have been excluded from drafting its first two real-life picks in 2010 -- defensive back Devin McCourty and tight end Rob Gronkowski.
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Miami Dolphins -- DT Linval Joseph
DRAFT SLOT: 28 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: DT Jared Odrick ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Odrick (16.5 sacks, 11 pass deflections) would have been a rock-solid 'hindsight' pick at #28, matching his real-life self. But Joseph represents a slight upgrade for this countdown. 2) Joseph, now with the Vikings, resides comfortably in that second wave of NFL defensive tackles -- who warrant annual consideration for the Pro Bowl. 3) As a Plan C, Golden Tate would have boosted a Dolphins offense that ranked in the bottom-third of NFL scoring from 2010-13.
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New York Jets -- WR Golden Tate
DRAFT SLOT: 29 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: CB Kyle Wilson ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) This 'hindsight' pick makes too much sense: Tate, who amassed 93 catches, 1,496 yards and 15 TDs in his final season at Notre Dame (2009), would have provided balance to a Jets roster that needed more offensive weapons. Within that rationale, C.J. Spiller would have been a worthy complement to the Jets' rushing duo of LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. 2) With Tate (99 catches, 1,331 yards, 4 TDs with Detroit this season) in the mix, the 'hindsight' Jets likely never part with QB Mark Sanchez, who -- it bears mentioning -- led New York to back-to-back berths in the AFC title game for 2009/10 ... and then notched 32 total TDs in 2011.
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Detroit Lions -- LB Sean Lee
DRAFT SLOT: 30 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: RB Jahvid Best ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) The Lions certainly had their hearts in the right place with Jahvid Best, trading back into Round 1 to land the home-run back from Cal. But in this concussion-weary era, it made no sense to invest so highly on an explosive asset who suffered a scary head/neck injury in college. 2) As a consolation, the 'hindsight' Lions adroitly steal Lee fron the Cowboys, even with his recent rash of injuries. In just 11 games last season, Lee tallied four INTs. 3) Given the pass-rushing prowess of Detroit's mammoth defensive line (anchored by Gerald McCoy -- not Suh), Lee's run-stopping instincts are valued slightly higher than Jason Worilds' skill set at #30.
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Indianapolis Colts -- LB Jason Worilds
DRAFT SLOT: 31 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: LB/DE Jerry Hughes ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) Worilds represents an ideal 'hindsight' replacment for Jerry Hughes. Of his last two seasons with Pittsburgh, the Virginia Tech product accounted for three pass deflections, 84 tackles and 15.5 sacks. 2) It's worth noting: Four original Steelers were chosen in Round 1 here -- Antonio Brown, Maurkice Pouncey, Worilds and Emmanuel Sanders (now with the Broncos). 3) Other attractive options: Safety T.J. Ward, O-tackle Jared Veldheer, defensive tackle Everson Griffen and linebacker Perry Riley would have been systematic fits with the development-conscious Colts.
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New Orleans Saints -- CB Alterraun Verner
DRAFT SLOT: 32 ... ACTUAL DRAFT PICK: CB Patrick Robinson ... HINDSIGHT LOGIC: 1) In hindsight, the defending champion Saints (circa 2010) would have paid any reasonable price to prevent the Jaguars from snagging Jimmy Graham at No. 10 overall. With Graham not wreaking havoc in the Superdome, QB Drew Brees never becomes the first 5,000-yard passer in three consecutive seasons (2011-13). 2) Spinning things forward, the 'hindsight' Saints are flush with quality options -- starting with Verner (right -- 13 career interceptions), Redskins tackling machine Perry Riley (left), O-tackle Rodger Saffold or cornerback Patrick Robinson (the actual pick). 3) With Graham and Gronkowski off the 'hindsight' board, perhaps the Saints reach for Aaron Hernandez in Round 2 or 3. But that's a character-issue debate for another day.