Breaking down the 2010 NFL draft

The 2010 NFL draft offered a few surprises.

I wasn't sure how teams would rank the top offensive tackles or quarterbacks in particular.

One anticipated theme did seem to pan out. The Chiefs drafted Tennessee safety Eric Berry, a move consistent with general manager Scott Pioli's draft history. That move was important for the NFC West and Seattle in particular because it left Russell Okung available for the Seahawks at No. 6 while leaving Earl Thomas as the highest-rated safety remaining.

A broader related trend also continued.

Pioli's Chiefs and his like-minded former team, the Patriots, combined to draft 10 players from the SEC. The other 30 teams combined to draft 39 players from the SEC, including five by the Eagles.

That was one of the trends I noticed right away when looking through the draft file I maintained this year. The file includes final draft order with player names, positions, colleges and college conferences. Additional sheets feature tables breaking down the data from multiple angles.

You can download the file here.

A few other notes specific to the NFC West:

  • The Rams drafted three players from the Big East, a league high, and three from the Big Ten, tied for the league high.

  • The Seahawks, led by former USC coach Pete Carroll, drafted a league-high three players from the Pac-10.

  • Seattle was one of seven teams to draft three defensive backs. No one drafted more.

  • The 49ers and Broncos were the only teams to draft two offensive linemen in the first three rounds. The 49ers were the only team to draft two in the first round or two in the first two rounds.

  • Five of the seven choices Arizona exercised changed hands first. Only the picks they made in the first and seventh rounds were with choices they owned.

  • Seven of the nine choices Seattle exercised changed hands first.

That is probably all from me Saturday night. Enjoy your evening and, while it lasts, the feeling that your favorite teams fixed all or most of their problems. Reality doesn't bite until September.

2010 NFL Draft: Division pick counts