Let’s fast forward for a moment to next February; the NFL season has commenced and the draft season is upon us. The 2009 season was a memorable one in the National Football League; two players who were lost during the ’08 campaign due to injury stormed back and delivered for their franchises. New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora bounced back and helped the Giants get back to the Super Bowl, while Tom Brady won the league MVP and led the New England Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl championship this decade.
Not only did the veterans have an outstanding year, but the 2009 draft class also proved themselves worthy. The ’09 class made up one of the most promising rookie classes in recent memory with Rookie of the Year award winners Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) and Aaron Curry (Seattle Seahawks) leading the way. With the focus now on the offseason, we look towards the 2010 draft class; a class that, at first glance, will remind you of the ’09 class.
The most interesting development is that the Big 12 and the SEC make up 21 of the 32 picks selected in the first round; the SEC has 11, while the Big 12 has 10. The Big 12 dominates the opening portion of the round with seven of the top-12 selected representing the conference; four of the players coming from Oklahoma. The SEC kicks into gear mid way through the round and has a strong showing the rest of the way. Florida also has four players being selected in the first round.
The draft order is based on Vegas odds, schedule strength and my own predictions for the upcoming season. With that said, the Oakland Raiders are now on the clock…
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