Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, a second-round selection out of Indiana, did an outstanding job protecting fellow Rams rookie Sam Bradford in the pocket. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty)
Round 2: No. 33 Overall
Rodger Saffold, a 6-5, 306-pounder out of Indiana, came in as a second rounder and immediately developed into the blind-side pass protector the Rams needed at left tackle after selecting quarterback Sam Bradford No. 1. Former first rounder Jason Smith, who had been the No. 2-overall selection just the year before, certainly has a future in St. Louis, but now it's going to be at right tackle.
Round 2: No. 42 Overall
Rob Gronkowski, a 6-6, 265-pounder out of Arizona, caught 42 passes for 546 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Patriots from his tight end spot, where he quickly turned into one of Tom Brady's favorite targets. Not only were his 10 TDs a rookie record in New England, but the lone rookie tight end in NFL history to find the end zone more often was Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (12) in 1961.
Round 3: No. 68 Overall
Jared Veldheer, a 6-9, 321-pounder out of Hillsdale, molded into a starter as a rookie for the Raiders at left tackle, where 2004 No. 2-overall choice Robert Gallery never learned to play -- that's why he's a bust. Veldheer may not be a long-term solution on the blind side, but even if he ends up at right tackle for the rest of his career, the small-school product was a quality find in the third round.
Round 3: No. 85 Overall
Colt McCoy, a 6-1, 215-pounder out of Texas, took over as the starting quarterback in Cleveland after veterans Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace couldn't get the job done, completing 135 of 222 passes (60.8 percent) for 1,576 yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions. While his passer rating of 74.5 left a lot to be desired, he had perhaps the worst receiving corps in the league at his disposal.
Round 3: No. 95 Overall
Jimmy Graham, a 6-6, 260-pounder out of Miami, played more basketball than football for the Hurricanes but showcased a ton of natural ability at the tight end position, reeling in 31 passes for 356 yards and five touchdowns. Expect much bigger numbers from Graham this coming season for the Saints, who didn't think twice about bringing back the overrated Jeremy Shockey.
Round 4: No. 101 Overall
Mike Williams, a 6-2, 212-pounder out of Syracuse, became the primary receiver for a budding Josh Freeman right away in Tampa Bay, recording 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. He more than doubled the production in each category of fellow rookie wideout Arrelious Benn, who the Buccaneers took off the board at No. 39 overall in Round 2.
Round 4: No. 108 Overall
Jacoby Ford, a 5-10, 185-pounder out of Clemson, earned a reputation as one of the best kickoff returners in the NFL right out of the gate, averaging 24.2 yards on his 53 attempts and tying for the league lead with three touchdowns. He eventually got his shot at receiver and became a big-play threat downfield, hauling in 25 passes for 470 yards (18.8 yards per reception) and two TDs.
Round 4: No. 113 Overall
Aaron Hernandez, a 6-1, 245-pounder out of Florida, is the third tight end to make the list and the second from New England, where he racked up 45 catches for 563 yards and six touchdowns as a first-year pro. While Gronkowski was more of a traditional hand-on-the-ground player for the Patriots, Hernandez proved to be a hybrid weapon capable of creating mismatches in the secondary.
Round 6: No. 198 Overall
David Gettis, a 6-3, 216-pounder out of Baylor, was one of the few bright spots for what ended up being an abysmal Carolina offense in 2010, catching 37 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns. And he put up those numbers having to share the huddle with Jimmy Clausen, Matt Moore, Brian St. Pierre and Tony Pike, so Gettis could be real dangerous one day if he ever gets a real quarterback.
Undrafted Free Agent
LeGarrette Blount, a 6-foot, 247-pounder out of Oregon, came into the draft with perhaps more character concerns than any other prospect, which is why the running back wasn't even one of the 255 selections. But in only 13 games for the Buccaneers, his talent did the talking with 201 carries for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns -- 2005 first rounder Carnell Williams became an afterthought.
|John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|