Denver Broncos: Josh McDaniels is a man who frequently confuses activity with accomplishment, and the 2010 offseason has been no exception. After trading away the last of his offensive playmakers, McDaniels patched up self-created needs by trading down and around like a hyperactive hamster. He wound up with two late first-round picks, spending the first on Georgia Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas(notes), a dynamic downfield receiver who brings a young Michael Irvin (on-field only) to mind. Then, he took the ultimate flyer, drafting Tim Tebow(notes) with the 25th overall pick. I'm higher on Tebow's NFL potential than a lot of people, and even I thought this was a graphic reach for a team whose defense collapsed like a soufflé last season. In fact, McDaniels did very little to address the defense in the draft - Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox(notes) could be a sleeper, but this was a very odd draft overall.
Kansas City Chiefs: Nobody could question the Chiefs' first-round pick. With the fifth overall selection, they took Tennessee safety Eric Berry(notes), who might be the second-best player in this draft class behind Ndamukong Suh(notes). Berry's on-field instincts are surreal, and he should show Pro Bowl potential from his first minicamp. Ole Miss RB/WR Dexter McCluster(notes), one of the most interesting collegians this season, was taken with KC's second-round pick. The Chiefs will move him to receiver and benefit from his speed in the return game - perhaps he can bring the Dante Hall(notes) memories back to life. They also added Alabama speedster Javier Arenas(notes) in the second round to add to the return game and provide depth at cornerback. The Chiefs proved that they are committed to the Branden Albert(notes) experiment at left tackle with the selection of C/G Jon Asamoah(notes), who was the third-best interior lineman on most boards behind Maurkice Pouncey(notes) and Mike Iupati(notes). If Kansas City had selected Berry alone, this draft would be a solid B - that's how good Berry will be.
Oakland Raiders: Folks, we have been transported to an alternate universe - one in which the Oakland Raiders make wise draft picks from top to bottom. No, really! Starting with Alabama Rolando McClain(notes), a natural fit for the 3-4 defense Oakland would seem to be moving to (Maybe? Yes? No?), the Raiders then got a great defensive tackle in Texas' Lamarr Houston(notes). The athletic super-reaches that used to go in the first round? Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell(notes) and Clemson speed receiver Jacoby Ford(notes) went in the fourth round, right about where they should have. On the offensive tackle front, watch out for Hillsdale's Jared Veldeer, a small-school stud who plays in the style of Tennessee's Michael Roos(notes) and New England's Sebastian Vollmer(notes). Add in the trade for quarterback Jason Campbell(notes), and the fact that all they had to give up was a fourth-round pick in 2012 for JaMarcus Russell's(notes) replacement, and this Oakland draft can only be seen as an epic win -- especially considering the source. Now, we are left to figure out how it actually happened.
San Diego Chargers: As great a personnel man as A.J. Smith has been over the last decade, he has developed a worrisome trend. He will (over)spend multiple draft picks to go after players he believes in, which has affected the team's depth in recent seasons. This year, Smith put together a deal to take Miami's 12th overall pick and selected Fresno State's Ryan Matthews, quite possibly the best overall running back in the 2010 class. In the third round, they picked up Washington linebacker Donald Butler(notes), who can cover in zones with near-safety speed. To cover their desperate need at nose tackle, Smith took North Carolina's Cam Thomas(notes) in the fifth round. Mathews should be worth the pick, but if he isn't, there isn't much else to go on here for a team trying to stay competitive.