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Posted: Sunday April 25, 2010 1:22PM; Updated: Sunday April 25, 2010 7:22PM
Ross Tucker

Chiefs, 'Hawks shine; debatable QB picks; more thoughts on draft hauls

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K.C. and Seattle made stellar draft moves that could help them immediately

The Rams (Sam Bradford) and Broncos (Tim Tebow) made questionable QB picks

The Eagles, Falcons and Packers were among teams that failed to address needs

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Jimmy Clausen, the most NFL-ready QB in the draft, will compete to be the Panthers starter in 2010.
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Breaking down the best and worst of each team's selections from the 2010 NFL draft. ...

Arizona Cardinals

What I liked: Almost everything the Cards did, but in particular the decision to move up and get one of the fastest linebackers in the draft in TCU's Darryl Washington. He's a run-and-hit 'backer that could fill the void left by Karlos Dansby's departure to Miami.

What I didn't: Drafting Fordham quarterback John Skelton in the 5th Round. Skelton has a big arm and potential but he has a long way to go and Arizona could have used that pick on somebody who could have helped them on special teams in 2010.

Moving Forward: Arizona's picks on defense give them a chance to help make up for the loss of Dansby and Antrel Rolle, but this season will still hinge on Matt Leinart's ability to live up to the hype he received coming out of USC.

Atlanta Falcons

What I liked: The selection of Sean Weatherspoon, ranked by some as the top linebacker in the draft, to immediately start at outside linebacker next to tackling machine Curtis Lofton.

What I didn't: The Falcons still don't have a legitimate pass-rusher opposite John Abraham, and even he isn't the player he used to be.

Moving forward: Signing Dunta Robinson in free agency and getting last year's first round pick, Peria Jerry, back from injury gives this defense enough juice to compete with the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South division title.

Baltimore Ravens

What I liked: Trading down out of the first round to recoup the picks they had sent to Arizona for Anquan Boldin yet still getting a first-round talent in outside linebacker Sergio Kindle.

What I didn't: Not getting a defensive end to try to add to the depth vacated by the free agent losses of Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards until the selection of the inconsistent Arthur Jones from Syracuse in the fifth round.

Moving forward: The Ravens picks and trade for Boldin make them the early frontrunner for the AFC North title.

Buffalo Bills

What I liked: Not bowing to public pressure and drafting a quarterback early just because the fans and media wanted them to. Levi Brown from Troy in the seventh round gives them a legitimate developmental prospect for 2011 if their current crop of signal callers can't get it done in 2010.

What I didn't: C.J. Spiller in the first round. He better end up being the playmaker that Buffalo craved because running back is one of the few positions of strength on this football team.

Moving forward: The Bills look at Brian Brohm as the quarterback prospect who can potentially play winning football at the game's most important position. He'll need to because Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick appear to be better suited for backup roles.

Carolina Panthers

What I liked: Staying patient and getting the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft in Jimmy Clausen at 48th overall, a tremendous value for a player that may end up being their starter.

What I didn't: Not getting a prospect with legitimate pass rushing potential until Eric Norwood in the fourth round. Back-to-back wide receivers in the third round was redundant.

Moving forward: Clausen will compete with Matt Moore to try and determine which one of them gets the honor of trying to save John Fox's job in Carolina.

Chicago Bears

What I liked: Drafting Corey Wootton from Northwestern in the fourth round. Wootton is a first-round talent if he can come all the way back from the knee injury suffered in the 2008 Alamo Bowl.

What I didn't: Not having a draft pick until the third round. The Bears could have really used the second-rounder that they had sent to Tampa last season.

Moving forward: It's a make-or-break year for the Bears brass and Lovie Smith and everyone else realizes it. Whether or not Jay Cutler thrives under Mike Martz will likely be the deciding factor.

Cincinnati Bengals

What I liked: The Bengals got the best player in the draft at their only real glaring position of need by taking Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham at No. 21. Can't argue with that.

What I didn't: Not much. The Bengals also found a way to get a pass-rushing candidate (Carlos Dunlap), slot receiver (Jordan Shipley), and cornerback (Brandon Ghee) with talent. Solid draft for this franchise.

Moving forward: If adding weapons like Antonio Bryant and Gresham can help Carson Palmer regain his Pro Bowl form, the Bengals could be in the mix for a second consecutive playoff berth, which hasn't happened in the Queen City in years.

Cleveland Browns

What I liked: Getting a potential starting quarterback for 2011 in the third round in Colt McCoy after resisting the temptation to take him earlier.

What I didn't: Both Joe Haden and T.J. Ward fill needs but the Browns likely could have traded down, picked up extra picks, and still gotten those players a little bit later if they were so inclined.

Moving forward: If Jake Delhomme can get back to his pre-2009 playoff meltdown form, the Browns have a chance to be a .500 team. If he can't, it will be Seneca Wallace time in the Dawg Pound.

Dallas Cowboys

What I liked: Getting Sean Lee in the second round and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah in the fourth round. Both players have the talent to become starters, and maybe sooner than anticipated.

What I didn't: The Cowboys as of this moment still don't have stellar options at their starting left tackle and free safety positions.

Moving forward: Dez Bryant could be a star if he stays focused and his presence will allow Dallas to either release Roy Williams or choose not to get into a bidding war for Miles Austin after the 2010 season.

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