We’re just a quarter of the way through the regular NFL season and many analysts are already discussing who will be a bust from the 2015 Draft Class. While these conversations might be a bit premature, this week the DICK’S Sporting Goods Jersey Reportis checking in with the well-established 2010 NFL Draft Class to see how their jerseys are performing in regards to the spot they were drafted six years ago.
The below graphic highlights 10 key players from the 2010 NFL Draft and how their jerseys are performing against the rest of their peers.
Here is what the 2010 Jersey Report Draft Do Over would like:
· Number 1 & 2 Overall Picks Fall to Second Round: While Sam Bradford (Philadelphia Eagles – originally drafted #1 overall) and Ndamukong Suh (Miami Dolphins – originally drafted #2 overall) were drafted as the top two overall picks in 2010, the Jersey Report shows that they both would drop to the second round coming in at number 52 and 53 overall if the draft was done based off jersey sales.
· Cornerback Goes #1 Overall: For the first time ever, a cornerback would be the #1 overall pick. Joe Haden’s (Cleveland Browns – originally drafted #7 overall) jersey has been the most popular NFL jersey among fans for weeks and continues to lead jersey sales for all NFL players.
· Gronk Goes #5 Overall: Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots) dropped to the second round due to concerns with his back coming out of college, but in the Jersey Report Draft Do Over, Gronk would go #5 overall.
· Dez Bryant Improves First Round Grade: While Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) would still be a first round pick, his overall position would improve by 13 spots going #11 overall opposed to #24.
· Third Round Gems: The third round of the 2010 NFL Draft had some great pass catchers and all would improve their overall draft position if drafted based off the popularity of their jerseys:
o Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks) goes from the 95th overall pick to #50 in the Jersey Report Draft Do Over
o Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos) was drafted 82nd overall by the Steelers in 2010, but would go #46 overall based off his jersey sales.
o Erik Decker (New York Jets) was taken with the 87th pick, but would bump up four positions to # 83 overall based off jerseys popularity.
· Steals of the Draft: Everyone is always looking for the next “Tom Brady” who was drafted in the 6th round back in 2000. The 2010 draft not only had two amazing steals, but two potential hall of famers:
o Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) was drafted #195 all in 2010. Not only has he become one of the NFL’s elite receivers, but his jersey is the #10 most popular in the entire league.
o Kam Chancellor (Seattle Seahawks) was taken #133 overall in the draft. Through his ball-hawking, hard hitting play on the field, Kam has improved his Jersey Report Draft position by 19 spots bringing him in at 114 overall.
For a full list of rankings make sure to visit dicks.com/jerseyreport all season. The Jersey Report is the only interactive resource that tracks real time jersey sales to see how they rise, fall and stack up against the competition.