First Round Quick Analysis

April 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm Leave a comment

Quick thoughts and analysis on all 32 picks. After the Draft I will publish 
my draft grades, although we know grading shouldn't be done for a few years.

1. Carolina Panthers (2-14): Cam Newton 

  • Carolina gets their franchise QB but at a very high price (50 mill guaranteed) and with risk. Cam Newton is going to a better than average team whose strong running game could really with lethal with his skill set.

2. Denver Broncos (4-12): Von Miller

  • Denver wisely diversifies on defense adding Miller to go along with Dumervil and Bailey.  Miller is an every down player who is a fierce pass-rusher.

3. Buffalo Bills (4-12): Marcel Dareus

  • Buffalo needs help up front on both sides of the ball and Dareus fits the 3-4.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12): AJ Green

  • Bengals draft the explosive WR from UGA. Now who stays?

5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Patrick Peterson

  • Peterson and DRC form a lethal young tandem at CB. Improves much maligned defense.

6. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Julio Jones

  • Jones will free up White and run game.  Huge move for ATL who had to give up their 1st, 2nd, 4th, and next year’s 1st & 4th.  Offense in need of more explosive plays.  Gonzalez took a step back last season.

7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10): Aldon Smith

  • Could end up being a lethal edge rusher but not a finished product yet.

8. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Jake Locker

  • Titans weren’t shy about getting their man, and they get a true gamer in Locker.

9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10): Tyron Smith

  • Somehow Jerry swallowed his ego and filled a major need.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8): Blaine Gabbert

  • As predicted went QB. Good value.

11. Houston Texans (6-10): JJ Watt

  • Necessary building-block to new 3-4 defense.

12. Minnesota Vikings (6-10): Christian Ponder

  • Had to get a QB, may have reached a little similar to Brandon Graham last year.

13. Detroit Lions (6-10): Nick Fairley

  • Unbelievable that other teams let this happen. The New Williams Wall.

14. St. Louis Rams (7-9): Robert Quinn

  • Best pass rushing DE falls to up and coming Rams who now have great front 7.

15. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Mike Pouncey

  • Fills major need in the interior of the OL, stays in FL.

16. Washington Redskins (6-10): Ryan Kerrigan

  • Love him, not at OLB. Typical Redskins.

17. New England Patriots (from OAK 8-8): Nate Solder

  • Developmental LT who Belichick should turn into long-term starter.

18. San Diego Chargers (9-7): Corey Liuget

  • 3-4 DE who is needed to strengthen pass rush

19. New York Giants (10-6): Prince Amukamara

  • Drafted with the idea to slow down Maclin and Jackson

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6): Adrian Clayborn

  • Fills major need at DE. Plays run and pass well.

21.Cleveland Browns (4-12): Phil Taylor

  • Browns add the anchor that Shaun Rodgers couldn’t be.

22. Indianapolis Colts (10-6): Anthony Castonzo

  • Colts need to protect Peyton who is 36 this season.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Danny Watkins

  • Solid not spectacular pick by the Eagles. Starts from day one, sign through prime, and nasty mug who is a Philly guy.

24. New Orleans Saints (11-5): Cameron Jordan

  • First of two “steals” for the Saints.  Jordan’s ability to play in different positions should match up well with Sedrick Ellis

25. Seattle Seahawks (7-9): James Carpenter

  • Carpenter never missed a game which is welcome news for Seahawks fans. Should help run game.

26. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6): Jonathan Baldwin

  • KC gets their WR to start opposite of Bowe.  Haley is great at developing WRs.

27. Baltimore Ravens (12-4): Jimmy Smith

  • They get their big corner and can monitor him.

28. New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram

  • Remarkable he went 28th because he is a top 15 talent and should be a monster running inside behind those huge all-pro guards.

29. Chicago Bears (11-5): Gabe Carimi

  • Tice’s son played with Carimi at Wisconsin, lucky he fell in their lap.

30. New York Jets (11-5): Muhammad Wilkerson

  • Jets get a versatile DE who will help their pass rush.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): Cameron Heyward

  • Typical Steelers to quietly draft one of the most solid players in the draft.

32. Green Bay Packers (10-6): Derek Sherrod

  • Huge LT who moves his feet well and should protect Aaron Rodgers for years to come at LT.

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