The NFL Draft is the ultimate crap shoot. Will Sam Bradford stay healthy for the next ten years and be a leader? Will Dez Bryant prove his detractors wrong and become a 1000 yard a year wide receiver? It will take years to get answers to these questions, meanwhile NFL owners will be shelling out millions of dollars on unknown quantities.
Breaking down the best player at each position heading into the NFL Draft is easy. What every NFL General Manager wants to know is who will be in the NFL ten years after the draft. NFL General Managers worry about work ethics of high NFL Draft picks that get a taste of big money for the first time. There is no crystal ball for this aspect of the NFL Draft but there is a reason why 3rd and 4th round NFL Draft Picks succeed at a higher rate than their first round counter parts.
Most of the following players previewed below will be possible late second round to fifth round NFL Draft picks. They will have to fight their way onto an NFL roster and will cherish every second of their opportunity. These players will play with character and ,more respect for the game in their NFL career. This doesn’t mean that all players featured below will be late NFL Draft choices.
Best NFL quarterback 10 years after the draft.
The position of quarterback has been a topic of much discussion this season. A late second round or early third round pick in the NFL Draft may be Florida’s Tim Tebow or Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan. LeFevour played in a lesser league than the top quarterback prospects but could be a solid third quarterback for a few years while he learns the ins and outs of the NFL.
The key to taking LeFevour, knighting him as the best quarterback ten years after the NFL Draft, will be that he won’t see action his first three years. LeFevour will be holding a clip board until his fourth season and the more he learns the better he will be. Lefevour will be a top ten quarterback in the NFL in the year 2020.
Best NFL running back 10 years after the draft.
CJ Spiller of Clemson will be the first running back chosen in the NFL Draft. Will CJ Spiller be a top rated running back after 10 years in the NFL? Spiller has taken tremendous punishment over the years playing in the SEC.
The running back that has the best upside over the next ten years is actually Ryan Mathews of Fresno State. Playing in the WAC is a lot less punishing than playing stronger conferences and Mathews will be ready to make an impact as soon as lands on an NFL team. Mathews is expected to be drafted by the Houston Texans and he is one player that won’t be affected by a first round pick. Mathews will be a top five NFL running back in 2020.
Best NFL wide receiver 10 years after the draft.
Golden Tate of Notre Dame and Dez Bryant are the two best wide receivers entering the 2010 NFL Draft but there have been questions regarding Dez Bryant as the draft gets closer. One wide receiver that has seemingly slipped through the cracks is Mardy Gilyard of Cincinnati. Gilyard’s story is a remarkable one and when he does get drafted in the third or early fourth round he will reward the NFL team that takes a chance on him.
Gilyard is a game breaker with deceptive speed and playing in the Big East Conference, he hasn’t suffered the wear and tear a Dez Bryant has suffered. Gilyard is reminiscent of Heisman Trophy winner and Raider legend Tim Brown. Gilyard took over several games for Cincinnati last year to keep their undefeated regular season intact. Gilyard will still be relevant as a top 10 wide receiver in the NFL in 2020.
Best NFL tight end 10 years after the draft.
Jermaine Gresham of Oklahoma will most likely be the first tight end taken in the draft but the NFL tight end that will make the most impact over the next ten years will be Dennis Pitta of BYU. The tight end position is not just catching passes, it is just as much a blocking position. Tight ends need to know how to pass block and run block and Pitta can perform both tasks admirably.
Pitta will possibly get picked up mid second to early third round and he will make the NFL team that drafts him. Pitta will be a hard working player and a productive member of the NFL team that drafts him. Coming from his background at BYU, Pitta comes from the under rated Mountain West Conference and Pitta will know how play at a high level. Pitta will be an integral part of his new NFL team and will be playing in the NFL in the year 2020.