Defensive Tackle - Gerald McCoy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall pick.
The 2010 NFL Draft was the 75th annual meeting. Unlike previous years, the 2010 draft took place over three days, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, with the first round on Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 7:30 pm EDT. The second and third rounds took place on Friday, April 23 starting at 6:00 pm EDT, while the final four rounds were held on Saturday, April 24, starting at 10:00 am EDT. Television coverage was provided by both NFL Network and ESPN.
The St. Louis Rams, as the team with the worst record during the 2009 season, selected quarterback Sam Bradford with the first pick. Three of the top four picks were members of the Oklahoma Sooners football team, and five of the top six were from the Big 12 Conference. The prime time broadcast of the first round was watched by 7.29 million viewers making it the most viewed first round ever and making ESPN the second most watched network of the night.
Of the 255 players drafted 216 (or 84%) were among the 327 players who participated in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. This matches the average percentage of combine participants among draftees over the past ten years. An additional 39 players who did not attend the combine were selected.
There was wide speculation that the 2010 NFL Draft would have a very large number of early entrants because of a possible rookie pay scale to be imposed starting with the 2011 NFL Draft. Eligible underclassmen projected as top NFL prospects risked losing millions of contractually-guaranteed dollars if they did not declare for the draft the year before a new CBA could be reached. The early entry deadline was January 15. After the early entry deadline had passed, it was confirmed that the 2010 NFL Draft would have fifty-three non-seniors, tying a draft record for the most non-seniors ever.
The draft's first round, in which teams were allowed ten minutes to make each selection, consumed three hours and 28 minutes. The second round (with a maximum of seven minutes per selection) lasted two hours and 25 minutes. After the second round, teams were allotted five minutes per pick. The third round took one hour and 41 minutes. Rounds 4 through 7 each lasted less than two hours. For the second time in draft history, the first two players selected were named Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.
At the 2009 annual owners meeting, NFL owners unanimously approved changes to the order for assigning draft picks, starting with the 2010 draft.
The new format took into account the seeding of playoff teams. The two major changes from previous years were:
Teams that make the playoffs pick after teams that do not.
Teams that advance further in the playoffs pick later.
In 2008, the Chargers, who went 8–8 in the regular season, defeated the 12–4 Indianapolis Colts in an AFC Wild Card game. Nevertheless, the Chargers received the 16th pick while the Colts picked 27th, and the Patriots, who missed the playoffs, picked 23rd according to the rules then in effect, which prioritized regular season record for all teams except those in the Super Bowl. The new order assigns picks for each round as indicated in the table below. With the exception of the changes noted above, the order will generally follow that used in previous years (i.e., within a given status, teams with worse regular-season records will pick earlier in the first round, and picks will cycle from round to round among teams that are tied).
Three coin tosses were necessary to establish the final selection order: Jacksonville, Tennessee, and Atlanta won their flips over Denver, Carolina, and Houston, respectively.
The Buccaneerss traded 2nd round (42 overall) and 5th round (153 overall) picks to the Oakland Raiders for a 2nd round pick (39 overall). They traded two 7th round picks (225 and 232 overall) to the Denver Broncos for a 2011 5th round pick. The additional 2nd round pick came from Chicago Bears in the Gaines Adams' trade. The Buccaneers original 5th round pick went to Cleveland Browns to complete the Kellen Winslow trade. The additional 5th round pick came from New England Patriots for Tight end Alex Smith. The additional 7th round pick came from Jacksonville Jaguars for Quarterback Luke McCown. The Buccaneers recieved one compensatory 7th round pick for losing free agents.
Click Any Year Here To Review The Entire NFL Draft & Notable Undrafted Players
|C||Center||CB||Cornerback||DB||Defensive back||DE||Defensive end|
|DL||Defensive lineman||DT||Defensive tackle||FB||Fullback||FS||Free safety|
|LB||Linebacker||LS||Long snapper||OT||Offensive Tackle||OL||Offensive lineman|
|NT||Nose tackle||P||Punter||PR||Punt returner||QB||Quarterback|
|RB||Running back||S||Safety||SS||Strong safety||TB||Tailback|
|TE||Tight end||WR||Wide receiver|
Notable Undrafted Players
|Original NFL team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|Atlanta Falcons||Rafael Bush||S||South Carolina State||MEAC||Played Broncos & Saints|
|Baltimore Ravens||Morgan Cox||LS||Tennessee||SEC|
|Minnesota Vikings||Marcus Sherels||KR||Minnesota||Big Ten|
|Buffalo Bills||Joique Bell||RB||Wayne State||GLIAC|
|Dallas Cowboys||Barry Church||S||Toledo||MAC||Starter for the Cowboys|
|Dallas Cowboys||Danny McCray||S||LSU||SEC||Special teams Cowboys|
|Dallas Cowboys||Andrew Sendejo||S||Rice||C-USA||Starter for the Vikings|
|Green Bay Packers||Sam Shields||CB||Miami (FL)||ACC|
|New Orleans Saints||Junior Galette||LB||Stillman||SIAC||31.5 career sacks|
|New Orleans Saints||Chris Ivory||RB||Tiffin||GLIAC||Pro Bowl|
|New York Giants||Victor Cruz||WR||UMass||CAA||Pro Bowl|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Austin Howard||T||Northern Iowa||MVFC||Starter Jets & Raiders|
|San Francisco 49ers||Tramaine Brock||CB||Belhaven||MSC||Finished 5th in NFL|
|St. Louis Rams||Darian Stewart||S||South Carolina||SEC||Starter for the Broncos|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||George Johnson||DE||Rutgers||Big East||BUCS, Vikings|
|Washington Redskins||Logan Paulsen||TE||UCLA||Pac-10||Starting TE|
|Tennessee Titans||LeGarrette Blount||RB||Oregon||Pac-10||Starter for Patriots|
Hall of Famers
- No player selected in this draft has yet been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. (If we've missed someone please advise)