Mark Dominik had Gerald McCoy over Ndamukong Suh, Joe Haden over Eric Berry

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

You don't often get to see a general manager's draft board, but Mark Dominik showed us a small part of his 2010 draft board.

Here's an interesting note from Mark Dominik: the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager had Gerald McCoy, Ndamukong Suh, Joe Haden and Eric Berry at the top of his draft board back in 2010. In that order. 

The fact that he had Gerald McCoy as the best player on the board seems like a very good call now, despite his first two injury-riddled seasons. McCoy has since developed into arguably the league's best three-technique (some would say Geno Atkins is better) and a disruptive force against both the pass and the run. And while Ndamukong Suh is certainly a good player, he's just a tier below McCoy on the field -- and not close to him as a locker room leader and off-field presence. 

More interesting is the fact that they had Joe Haden as the third-best player, and Eric Berry as the fourth-best player. There's no Sam Bradford there, but that may not be all that significant: they had drafted Josh Freeman the year before, and hence would have had no interest in Bradford anyway. More interesting is the fact that the Bucs had Eric Berry and Joe Haden both ahead of the top two tackles in that class in Trent Williams and Russell Okung, and that they had Haden ahead of Berry. 

All of those players have gone to Pro Bowls, although Okung has had issues staying healthy. But having Haden ahead of Berry maybe says something about the Bucs' approach to the secondary at the time. If you recall, they were starting Sabby Piscitelli, Tanard Jackson, Cody Grimm and Sean Jones at safety in those days. Jackson was talented, but that's not a very good group outside of him -- and Jackson wasn't exactly available to play much. 

Not that that evaluation of Haden and Berry was wrong, necessarily. Berry has been a very good player, but he hasn't quite had the impact you'd expect out of a fifth overall pick. Haden has played closer to his potential, and just saw his status affirmed with the richest contract for a cornerback in the NFL (depending on how you want to measure that, Richard Sherman may have that distinction instead. 

None of this is particularly significant right now. But I did think it was interesting. 

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