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First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:23 am
Edited on: April 29, 2011 3:17 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton: Not like it was a surprise to see him go No. 1 overall or anything, but now he gets his wish, and gets to become an entertainer and an icon in a city that needs reviving.

Von Miller: Everyone knew he could go high, but it was still surprising seeing him at No. 2. It's a great deal for both sides and he could be really dangerous in John Fox's scheme. He's produced a few good linebackers in his day.

Cleveland Browns: Holy freaking haul, Batman. The Browns could have really used a field-stretching wide receiver like Julio Jones (and Colt McCoy wanted one), but maybe Atlanta knew that, and it's why they gave up FIVE picks for the rights to grab Jones.

Nick Fairley: He fell, as everyone predicted. But as almost no one predicted (except Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News) he fell to the Lions. Which means unless he's traded, he'll never see a double team in his life playing next to Ndamukong Suh.

New Orleans Saints: Like the aggressiveness to come back and get Mark Ingram. Adios, Reggie Bush.

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Detroit Lions: See above. They needed a cornerback, but my goodness their defensive line is going to be absolutely ridiculous. Jim Schwartz can coach Fairley up and Suh can mentor him.

Indianapolis Colts: Bill Polian didn't have to do any magic. All he had to do was sit back and wait and let the tackle he needs to protect Peyton Manning's final years fall on down.

Houston Texans: I can definitely see why they like JJ Watt. He's quite good. But Prince Amakamura was on the board and the Texans secondary makes swiss cheese look opaque. How they decided to pass on him is beyond me.

Carolina Panthers: Newton's either a home run or a total bust. There's no in-between with him. And that makes the pick difficult.

Atlanta Falcons: They gave up way too much in order to jump up and get Julio Jones. He's not a quarterback who changes every play with his presence, even though he'll help.

Minnesota Vikings: They drafted Christian Ponder ... because he helps them now? And they did it at the 12-spot?

Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker was a reach. Plain and simple.

Carson Palmer: Bluff. Called. (For now at least -- Andy Dalton in the second could change that.)

San Francisco 49ers: Unless they are actually trading for Kevin Kolb, anyway.

Da'Quan Bowers: Unless he magically got drafted and I missed that.

Chicago Bears: Just for causing the Ravens to miss their pick. For shame, Jerry Angelo.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:47 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:43 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Wow soo much hate on Ponder going to Vikings, I love the pick. Too many bandwagoners, I'll take a talented SMART QB any day.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:39 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

racist much?

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:30 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

After years and years of suffering watching dumb black Qb's(Spergon Wynn, Culpepper,Webb,Moon, Cunningham,) ruin the Vikings chances of going to the Super Bowl, they finally got it right and drafted a SMART WHITE QB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah at 12 it was too early, but with teams not willing to trade and the Vikes not picking until 44 in the 2nd rd, all the top QB's in this draft would've been gone. If Ponder fails and the Vikes suck, then they get the #1 next year and draft Luck. I would rather have Ponder than Newton. It could be worse Viking fans, we could've had the #1 pick and got stuck with a deer in headlights AGAIN. Good luck Carolina!!! Bring on McNabb or Vince Young and let the suffering continue.

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:27 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

If you watched last years draft Suh had the same look and didn't smile for a second and how did that turn out?

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:13 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Jim Schwartz can coach Fairley up and Suh can mentor him.

Suh has been in the league for 1 season and he is already to mentor somebody? You should add your name onto the losers list.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:02 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Kaepernick is better than Dalton and should be picked first, but they are BOTH better than Locker or Ponder.  They are BOTH more accurate and have a better record of winning.  The BCS boys got drafted first, but are future Rick Mirers.....Congrats just drafted JeMarcus Russell 2.0...good luck with that!

Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:52 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

This will go down as one of the worst quarterback drafts ever...Minnesota,Tennessee,Carolina just buried themselves for the next 6 years. I hope the new coaches don't plan on buying new homes any time soon.

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:48 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

It is not as smple as calling it a win or a loss when the Dolphins took Mike Pouncey at # 15. Clearly Ireland saw how far over the QBs head while at center in his senior year at Florida. This pick is not where the Dolphins failed that happened when they gave Ireland an extension and kept Tony as head coach.  I see the Dolphins once again missing the playoffs and being barely a 8-8 team if they finish strong. None of this how ever is a shot at Pouncey who might make a decent guard but the need is QB, RB and WR the best O line with no one to block for is worthless. Congrats to Mike on getting drafted I hope you have a great career and Ireland and Sporano catch the same train out of town soon!

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:47 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

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