NFL Draft Recap

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.

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