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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



WINNERS
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.

LOSERS:
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.
Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:00 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I think Bush will end up restructuring his contract. No one is going to pay him the kind of money he is making now, and the Saints want him and have the Offense to make his skill set shine. It wouldn't surprise me if he stays, with a smaller contract.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:59 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I had a dyslexic moment there - I'm talking about the Browns, not the Bwons...



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:57 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I would hope that in your spare time you have watched all the tape and broken down all the players in the draft, interviewed them, taken them to dinner and done all the due diligence required to make your above statement.  The fact is it appears this guy has the qualities to be a solid nfl qb, any qb taken that high has risks.  No one knows what he will end up being but they obviously saw a lot in him to take him that high and they need to get this qb issue squared away. I hope they got it right…it’s pointless to knock the pick this early.




Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:56 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I like the fact that the Bwons recived five picks from the Falcons.  We need depth, but just getting a bunch of picks doesn't guarantee that, especially with the Browns' draft record.  But I really can't understand why we moved back up to get a kid who looks like a prototypical 3-4 player.  I thought once we brought Dick Jauron on as the D-coordinator we were switching to a 4-3?  The dude was listed as a nosetackle.  Can someone clue me in here?



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:55 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

You were saying....



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:44 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers




Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:42 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers




Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:40 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Agreed DrPhantasy

I am a Bears fan.....so it didn't make me sad to see your Vikes reach like crazy on a guy who wasn't even good in college...but at the same time, You are correct....how the heck do some of these people still have JOBS?




Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:38 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Still no O-line.  Enough said.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:36 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

As a Vikings fan I cannot imagine a worse pick than Ponder.... I would have to imagine it could go down is the worst 1st round pick in the past decade.  How the people in the front office still have jobs today is beyond me.   I also love all the the "good" things the writers say about him... good football IQ, works hard, good team player  (but avg arm)... I mean these are all things you say to the fat kid who works hard but gets last in the relay race.   I can't wait to see who they take next....Ziggy, time to get a clue.



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