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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: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:33 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Am always amused at the speculation and downright statements as to who drafted the best, grades, etc.  I can guarantee you, as in years past, all the speculation will just drift away.  The can't misses will miss, the draft grade of an A today becomes a D tomorrow, th ridiculous picks will become brilliant, and so on.  I myself prefer to sit back and watch it unfold, watching the players react in what is probably the greatest moments of their lives.  All the experts, and I mean all of them, really have very little insight to offer.  In 2-4 years, we will know how the 2011 draft played out.  But it will not be as it seems.

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:41 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I wonder if Ozzie Newsome believes in karma, because he screwed the Vikes in 2003 just as the Bears screwed him last night.  Interestingly, Mike Tice was the Vikes coach then and is now the Bears OL coach.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:18 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

How are the Chicago Bears at fault for the Baltimore Ravens missing their first round pick?!?

For not confirming the trade...where have you been, they are literally taking the blame as they should.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:57 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Biggest winners: Saints, Falcons, and Lions.  Unless Fairley validates his fall out of the top 10 by becoming the next Haynesworth.  Then they join the Titans and Vikings as biggest losers for wasting yet another first round pick on a position they already addressed in the first round last year.
A note on the Falcons pick: Some people may hate giving up so many picks for one player, but the Falcons were unlikely to ever have a shot to finish with a high enough pick to land a guy with Jones' talent, and Jones may be the most athletic player in this year's draft at a highly athletic position.  Defensive Coordinators will absolutely have nightmares preparing to try and stop the Falcons passing attack!
Biggest losers: Titans and Vikings.  'Nuff said.
Biggest story lines to watch tonight in rounds 2-3: Where do Bowers and Dalton land?

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:49 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Grizz- some info on Taylor. With Rubin, they will create a brick wall!

Browns GM Tom Heckert is "100 percent confident" Phil Taylor does not have a character problem, and is adamant that the first-rounder's foot condition is "no issue whatsoever."
"He was so high on our board that we didn't want to take a chance," Heckert said of the trade back up to No. 21. The 337-pounder will line up on "either side" of Ahtyba Rubin, providing a mammoth defensive tackle tandem in Cleveland's new 4-3 defense. "He's a big man who can push the pocket," said Heckert. "If your guards or center are undersized, he's going to run right over the top of them. That's intriguing for us." Apr. 29 - 11:22 am et

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:41 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Last comment on Ponder…. I don’t think you need to watch hours of tape or have dinner with someone to comment on a draft pick.   I mean it is almost unanimous with all of the experts that Ponder was nowhere near a top 15 pick.  His stock has risen since he stopped playing competitive football (one can hardly say the senior bowl is truly competitive),  and he was a 3<sup>rd</sup> to 4<sup>th</sup> rounder after the college season.   I did watch the guy play a handful of times throughout his career and he stunk in every one of them.  His career numbers aren’t even that good.   When you take someone that early you expect them to be great…. And I would argue that since this guy hasn’t been great in 4 yrs of college… what are the chances he will be great in the pro?!.   My god, a Bears fan cheered for it.. doesn’t that tell you something!

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:38 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

It was a very odd draft the way some players fell and some moved up. The biggest surprise was the vikings taking ponder when most of the so-called experts didnt have ponder coming off the board till the second round. Depending on how u feel abouth the player and what team u root for is how u would consider "winners and Loser." Some people may feel there team drafted well while others will say it was a stupid pick. For example the Dallas Cowboys chose an offensive lineman when most thought there biggest needs where on defense. So depending on where u stand is what u think. Its all opinion

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:37 pm
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Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:28 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

The Ravens and Bears had an agreement for the Bears to trade up to the Ravens spot.  The Ravens would get the Bears 1st and 4th rd. picks.  The Ravens told the league in time, but the Bears didn't or "forgot to tell the league" thus the Ravens time ran out.  The Bears were afraid KC would pick Carimi (sp) they didn't and the Ravens and Bears both ended up with the players they wanted anyway.  Jerry Angelo, Bears GM, basically said it was his fault. 

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:13 pm

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

How are the Chicago Bears at fault for the Baltimore Ravens missing their first round pick?!?

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