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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2010 Laddie Awards


The LADDIES have become a regular part of our Draft coverage. We enjoy them. It’s fun. Based on our discussion with subscribers, most enjoy them as well. Some years you will find them in the GUIDE and some years in the final NEWSLETTER. It all depends on space availability and thoughtful deliberations. These awards are the subjective result of a poll among ‘our lads’ and are for your enjoyment. And the 2010Awards go to:


Cream of the Crop: Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)
Arm Strength: Levi Brown (Troy)
Tim Tebow (Florida)
Accuracy: Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
Colt McCoy (Texas)
Touch: Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
Mobility: Armanti Edwards (Appalachian State)
Underappreciated: Max Hall (BYU)
Armanti Edwards (Appalachian State)
Combine King: Tim Tebow (Florida)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan)
Mike Kafka (Northwestern)
Free Agent Find: Mike Kafka (Northwestern)

Running Backs

Cream of the Crop: CJ Spiller (Clemson)
Fastest: CJ Spiller (Clemson)
Hands: CJ Spiller (Clemson)
Jahvid Best (California)
Blocker: John Conner (Kentucky)
Moves: CJ Spiller (Clemson)
Power: Toby Gerhart (Stanford)
Charles Scott (LSU)
Montario Hardesty (Tennessee)
Toughest: Toby Gerhart (Stanford)
Anthony Dixon (Mississippi State)
LeGarrette Blount (Oregon)
Underappreciated: Ben Tate (Auburn)
Return Man: CJ Spiller (Clemson)
Combine King: Ben Tate (Auburn)
Best All-Star Performance: LeGarrette Blount (Oregon)
Free Agent Find: Joique Bell (Wayne State, MI)

Wide Receivers
Cream of the Crop: Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State)
Hands: Jordan Shipley (Texas)
Eric Decker (Minnesota)
Fastest: Jacoby Ford (Clemson)
Routes: Jordan Shipley (Texas)
Eric Decker (Minnesota)
Blocker: Arrelious Benn (Illinois)
Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech)
Run After Catch: Golden Tate (Notre Dame)
Arrelious Benn (Illinois)
Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech)
Return Man: Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati)
Leaper: Scott Long (Louisville)
Underappreciated: Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green)
Combine King: Scott Long (Louisville)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati)
Free Agent Find: Glen Fox (South Dakota State)

Tight Ends
Cream of the Crop: Jermaine Gresham (Colorado)
Rob Gronkowski (Arizona)
Hands: Dennis Pitta (BYU)
Blocker: Rob Gronkowski (Arizona)
Brody Eldridge (Oklahoma)
Fastest: Dorin Dickerson (Pittsburgh)
Strongest: Clay Harbor (Missouri State)
Underappreciated: Tony Moeaki (Iowa)
Combine King: Dennis Pitta (BYU)
Jimmy Graham (Miami)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Andrew Quarless (Penn State)
Free Agent Find: Dennis Morris (Louisiana Tech)

Offensive Line
Cream of the Crop: Russell Okung (Oklahoma State)
Feet: Trent Williams (Oklahoma)
Pass Blocker: Russell Okung (Oklahoma State)
Run Blocker: Bryan Bulaga (Iowa)
Strongest: Mitch Petrus (Arkansas)
Toughest: Mike Iupati (Idaho)
Underappreciated: Rodger Saffold (Indiana)
Combine King: Bruce Campbell (Maryland)
Jared Veldheer (Hillsdale)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Mike Iupati (Idaho)
Free Agent Find: Sean Allen (East Carolina)

Defensive Line
Cream of the Crop: Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska)
Run Stopper: Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska)
Pass Rusher: Brandon Graham (Michigan)
Jerry Hughes (Texas Christian)
Fastest: Dexter Davis (Arizona State)
Strongest: Jeff Owens (Georgia)
Toughest: Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska)
Underappreciated: Linval Joseph (East Carolina)
Combine King: Dan Te’o’Nesheim (Washington)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Brandon Graham (Michigan)
Free Agent Find: Kade Weston (Georgia)

Cream of the Crop: Versatile – Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri)
Inside – Rolando McClain (Alabama)
Outside – Sergio Kindle (Texas)
Run Defender: Brandon Spikes (Florida)
Pass Coverage: Daryl Washington (Texas Christian)
Pass Rusher: Sergio Kindle (Texas)
Fastest: Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State)
Strongest: Donald Butler (Washington)
Toughest: Brandon Spikes (Florida)
Underappreciated: Stevenson Sylvester (Utah)
Combine King: Dekoda Watson (Florida State)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri)
Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State)
Free Agent Find: Josh Hull (Penn State)
Cody Grimm (Virginia Tech)

Defensive Backs
Cream of the Crop: Eric Berry (Tennessee)
Coverage: Joe Haden (Florida)
Toughest: Jerome Murphy (South Florida)
Fastest: Taylor Mays (Southern Cal)
Playmaker: Eric Berry (Tennessee)
Earl Thomas (Texas)
Return Man: Javier Arenas (Alabama)
Leaper: AJ Jefferson (Fresno State)
Underappreciated: Walter McFadden (Auburn)
Combine King: AJ Jefferson (Fresno State)
Taylor Mays (Southern Cal)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Kyle Wilson (Boise State)
Free Agent Find: Sam Shields (Miami)

Place Kickers
Cream of the Crop: Leigh Tiffin (Alabama)
Free Agent Find: Hunter Lawrence (Texas)

Cream of the Crop: Zoltan Mesko (Michigan)
Free Agent Find: Mike Brandtner (Iowa State)

Special Teams
Best Long Snapper: Clint Gresham (Texas Christian)