2011 NFL Draft:
Day One Winners and Losers
29 April 2011
Washington Redskins: The Skins traded picks with the Jags, moved down to #16 and picked up the Jaguars 49th pick. That gives the Skins two picks in the first round. Smart move, second-round picks are excellent because you can get quality starters that don't cost as much. Plus they got the player they wanted all along, DE Ryan Kerrigan (6' 4" 265 lbs), Kerrigan was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and recorded an amazing 26 tackles for loss (TFL) last season.
Detroit Lions: The morning after Auburn won the National Championship, DT Nick Fairley was the 2011 NFL Draft top rated player in the nation. He won the Lombardi Award as the nations top defensive player and at 6' 4" 290 pounds recorded 11.5 sacks. Fairley sliding down to 13 was stunning and now the Lions will be able to team him up with Ndamukong Suh, who was last years best defensive lineman.
Cleveland Browns: Wheeling and dealing, trading down, then back up, the Browns got an excellent nose tackle in Baylor's Phil Taylor, plus they got the Falcons second (59th) and fourth (124th) round picks this year, and the Falcons first and fourth round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Browns have a stud in the 6' 4" 340 pound Taylor and some draft ammunition to fix their team for the next couple of years.
NY Giants: Value-wise cornerback Prince Amukamara was rated as a top ten selecton, therefore the G-men got good value with this pick. I think the Giants had bigger needs but they couldn't pass on him due to his value.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Bills, Bengals, 49ers, Titans, and Redkins didn't like Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, but the Jaguars loved him. They (Jaguars) loved him enough to trade up with the Redskins to get him. It cost them a valuable second-round pick, but now they have an excellent prospect to take over after David Garrard steps down and with Gabbert on the roster that might be sooner than later.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said, "Our intention is to have David as our quarterback and have Blaine come in and push David," he said. "David is our quarterback." ... We have two good young men who are going to be battling. They're the right kind of guys. Very unselfish."
New Orlean Saints: Coach Sean Payton stole California defensive end Cameron Jordan at the 24th spot overall, then traded with the Patriots back into the first round to draft the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner RB Mark Ingram (28th overall). They got two excellent potential Pro-Bowl players, but they did get raped by the Patriots, they had to give New England their second round (56) pick in this years 2011 NFL Draft and their 1st round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
New England Patriots: They got a potential Pro-Bowl left tackle in Nate Solder and traded down with the Saints to get an extra 2nd round pick They now have the first pick in the 2nd round (#33) and then picks: 56, 60, 74, and 94. The Patriots also have two first round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.... again.
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings took FSU QB Christian Ponder at #12. What a bone-head move, they probably could have got him in the 2nd round or at least trade down in the 1st round. I would have liked to see them select Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett, I know Mallett is slipping, but I think three years from now he'll be a better QB than Ponder. Ponder doesn't have a strong arm and last year on 3rd down he only completed just 52.4% of his passes and against ranked opponents he completed only 45.5 % of his passes.
Carolina Panthers: They wanted to trade down but no teams wanted this pick. Last year the Rams paid Sam Bradford $50 million and with an unsettled labor agreement that's a scary proposition. Plus Cam Newton is no Sam Bradford and he probably wont be ready to start for a couple years. He's (Newton) is big, fast, strong, athletic and he has a powerful arm with a pretty quick delivery. Newton just doesn't see the entire field and isn't used to playing in a pro style offense. The Panthers should have worked with last years 2nd round pick (Jimmy Clausen) for another year and tried to fix their defense this year.
Seattle Seahawks: Drafting Alabama OT James Carpenter in the first round was a mistake with Gabe Carimi and Derek Sherrod still on the board. Carpenter is a big kid (6' 4" 320 lbs) and is well coached, but he doesn't slide real well and Alabama didn't pass that often so he isn't very experienced at pass protection.
Kansas City Chiefs: WR Jonathan Baldwin might end up being the steal of the draft when its all said and done, but he wasn't widely considered a good value in the first round. It seemed like a desperation pick, they needed a linebacker and UCLA Akeem Ayers or Arizona's Brooks Reed would have been a wise selections. If they were deadset on getting a receiver Miami's (Fl) Leonard Hankerson would have been a better pick. Like I said though, Baldwin could be a player, he is 6' 4" 230 pounds and ran a 4.50 fourty yard dash, those are pretty lofty numbers.