Now that all 255 selections have been made in the 2010 NFL Draft, we can take a look back and dissect what positions were most popular or most-needed, what colleges and universities produced the most selections and which conferences provided the strongest class of draftees.
Going into this year’s draft, it was widely agreed upon that the defensive prospects ran deep at many positions, and that came through with flying colors; DB was by far the most popular draft pick with 52 selected. That means there was an average of at least 1 DB selected every 5 picks. The Vikings followed the popular selection by picking Chris Cook in the 2nd round (34th overall).
Another interesting side note to the popular selection of DB is that the position also produced the most underclassmen selected, with 11. Coming in 2nd place with the popular selection by position was LB, with 35 selected (5 of which were underclassmen).
The university that proved to have the most NFL-ready players was Florida with 9 selected. The Gators also had the most underclassmen selected with 5. When considering high-profile players selected, Oklahoma produced 3 of the top 4 picks in the draft while 4 Sooners were selected in the 1st round – Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams and Jermaine Gresham.
If you were to look at the 2009 college season and wonder which conference emulated the NFL to a certain degree, it would have to be the Southeastern Conference (SEC), with every team from the conference providing a draft selection – Florida: 9, Alabama: 7, LSU: 6, Tennessee: 6, Georgia: 5, Ole Miss: 4, Kentucky: 3, Auburn: 2, Mississippi State: 2, South Carolina: 2, Vanderbilt: 2 and Arkansas: 1. Also, 49 players were selected from the conference while 12 were underclassmen.
Looking at the Vikings selections, Cook was the only selection from Virginia and Joe Webb was the only selection from UAB. Many of the Vikings faithful believed that the Purple needed to address the defense as a primary concern and that was answered with 4 defensive selections – Cook, DE Everson Griffen, LB Nathan Triplett and LB Ryan D’Imperio.
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