Pro Football Focus went through each team's results from the 2010 NFL Draft and rated them with the benefit of hindsight and it may not surprise you that their perspective on the Atlanta Falcons' 2010 haul was not overwhelmingly positive.
PFF rated center Joe Hawley, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as Atlanta's best draft pick in 2010. Hawley was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round, and he took over as the starting center for veteran Todd McClure after his retirement. Hawley had the versatility to play guard, too, and he performed very well at center for the Falcons. After fighting his way back from a torn ACL in 2014, Hawley competed with Mike Person and James Stone for the starting center role heading into the 2015 season. He was cut by the Falcons on September 7, and he signed with the Bucs a week later.
Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was the Falcons' first round pick in 2010, and while he was productive when healthy, injuries derailed his career in Atlanta. Looking through the rest of this draft class, nobody remains on the roster. Weatherspoon and third-round defensive tackle Corey Peters both signed with the Arizona Cardinals after hitting free agency this past offseason. Guard Mike Johnson, also a third round selection, had a career marred by injuries and is now out of the league altogether. Cornerback Dominique Franks, wide receiver Kerry Meier and safety Shann Schillinger all stuck around for a few years, but they're all out of the league now.
Pro Football Focus ranked Peters as the worst selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, and I sincerely question this assessment. Peters had a very solid career in Atlanta, and the fact that PFF's grades don't bear that out highlights their subjectivity. Peters had 11 sacks, seven pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble during his time in Atlanta.
Your thoughts on PFF's evaluation of the 2010 draft class?