The 2011 NFL draft is wrapped up. Winners, losers, and well…forgotten.
1. Panthers: Cam Newton
Newton is a helluva athlete. The guy is both a threat with his arm and legs. Can he work on his accuracy and footwork to be a legit franchise QB?
2. Broncos: Von Miller
Miller was hands down the best pass rushing LB in the draft. Between him and a healthy Elvis Dumervil, the Broncos are coming after your QB.
3. Bills: Marcell Dareus
The Bills needed to draft a defense and this is a strong start–trying to stop the run.
4. Bengals: AJ Green
I think this is a great pick. Green is a tremendous athlete who was undoubtedly the best WR prospect in the draft. Great hands and speed.
5. Cardinals: Patrick Peterson
Peterson will be a good player in the NFL. He has size, strength, and speed. Just question why they would not get a QB here. Marc Bulger anyone?
6. Falcons (trade w/ Cleveland): Julio Jones
Considering how much ATL traded in order to get Jones the payoff is hopefully a Super Bowl. Did they forget that their secondary got burned for almost 500 passing yards in the NFC championship game?
7. 49ers: Aldon Smith
Solid pass rusher from Mizzou. When healthy, this guy is a beast. Again though…no QB?
8. Titans: Jake Locker
Locker in the end is the 2nd QB to go…would have been top 5 pick a year ago. I like Locker a lot but I question his accuracy.
9. Cowboys: Tyron Smith
When you lose your star QB to a separated shoulder your off season goals consist of repairing a offensive line. Smart pick.
10. Jaguars (trade w/ Washington): Blaine Gabbert
2nd Missouri Tiger taken in the top 10. Gabbert is intriguing. Huge arm, big body. Just not sure if he will ever be an elite QB.
11. Texans: JJ Watt
Anytime you watch Watt play–his motor is always on full go. Should be an impact player for HOU.
12. Vikings: Christian Ponder
Hate the pick. Rushed to pick a QB because of the “run” on the position. Ponder is no better than the developmental QB’s on the squad already.
13. Lions: Nick Fairley
No way Detroit thought Fairley would fall to them. A d-line anchored by Suh and Fairley…oh my.
14. Rams: Robert Quinn
Pass rusher who sat all of 2010 due to NCAA suspension. Elite athlete. Fits Spagnuolo’s defensive system … (think NY Giants superbowl)
15. Dolphins: Mike Pouncey
Solid pick here. Mike Pouncey is a solid guard/center. Will need to work on shotgun snaps.
16. Redskins: Ryan Kerrigan
Solid defensive end who will fit DC Jim Haslett’s system well. High energy player.
17. Patriots: Nate Solder
Former Tight end. Lacks the nastiness it takes to play on the line of scrimmage. But then again, its the Patriots. Great pick.
18. Chargers: Corey Liuget
Solid defensive tackle from Illinois. They guy is a playmaker, period.
19. Giants: Prince Amukamara
Great pick here. Amukamara should not have fallen to 19 but because of the run on QB’s he did.
20. Bucs: Adrian Clayborn
Webster Groves product. Big, fast, physical. Good pick.
21. Browns (trade w/ Kansas City): Phil Taylor
6’4 330lb defensive tackle with speed. Cleveland is going to sure up their defense.
22. Colts: Anthony Castonzo
The Colts understand what they needed as a team. The O-line was aging and was unable to move the line of scrimmage. Castonzo is a smart kid who will learn quickly.
23. Eagles: Danny Watkins
Not sure I like the pick. Granted, tough to say with Offensive lineman because they are not “sexy picks”. I think a Jimmy Smith would have looked good here.
24. Saints: Cameron Jordan
Aging defensive ends in New Orleans led to a necessity for a guy who can get to the QB. Meet your man, ‘Nola.
25. Seahawks: James Carpenter
Seattle continued their trend to rebuild their offensive line. Again, another NFC west team passing on a QB to fill other needs.
26. Chiefs: Jon Baldwin
Not the best draft for depth at the wideout position. Where does this leave Dwayne Bowe?
27. Ravens: Jimmy Smith
I like this pick a lot. Seems like for quite some time watching Baltimore they would be prone to give up a “big play”. Smith should sure up their secondary.
28. Saints: Mark Ingram
The former Heisman Trophy winner goes to New Orleans. Ingram is a big powerful back who can move the line of scrimmage. Elite? I don’t know. Goodbye Reggie Bush? Probably.
29. Bears: Greg Carimi
Bears had choices at 29 but chose Carimi. They are trying to give their offense a chance. Their offensive line struggled with pass protection a year ago.
30. Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson
With Kris Jenkins unable to stay healthy the Jets filled a hole in their interior defensive line. They need to be able to stop the rushing attack.
31. Steelers: Cameron Heyward
Pittsburgh has a pretty good clue of who will fit into their system on draft day. Why would this be any different?
32. Packers: Derek Sherrod
Another tackle taken in the first round. An aging offensive line that struggled some … although it helps to have the rushing attack of QB Aaron Rodgers…smart pick.