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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: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:16 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft Loser

Christian Ponder was a panic pick and other teams can smell fear coming from the Vikings. A.P. is the most dangerous weapon the Vikings have and his window of opportunity may have been closed. The Vikings could have supplied A.P. with young muscle up front to win games the old fashioned way. Instead they panic and gamble on a bright rookie quarterback with back up quarterback talent.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:16 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Just because The saints drafted ingram, dont expect them to cut bush, it aint happening, He already said he wanted to stay and reconstruct his contract, plus they dont use him to run the ball, he is used as a motion back to create mismatches, and do u not remember the problems in the running game last year, Thomas was hurt, ivory was hurt, bush was hurt.  They will use them all, and Payton says bush aint going anywhere!!!!  So your adios Reggie Bush statement aint happening



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:15 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Sounds like he's be a perfect fit with Ray Lewis and the Baltomore Ravens.  Oops, excuse me, Lewis was never convicted.  My mistake.



Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:14 pm
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Since when did Christian Ponder become an NFL ready QB? I watched him in college and he wasn't even college ready.

Newton and Locker are sure busts




Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:48 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Fairley, Suh, and VandenBosch.  Enough said.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:44 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

@vb, couldn't agree more about Fairley. Looks like a complete joke. At least Alden Smith was smiling and didn't look like he just jumped off a Hostess truck.

Da'Quan Bowers, as if just playing in the NFL isn't incentive enough, now will have a giant chip on his shoulder. He is going to MURDER offensive players in this league.



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:42 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

There is way to much unknowns at this point to see who is a winner or a loser. With the lockout, many trades or free agent pickups will not occur which could answers so many questions as to why teams drafted the way they did. How do we know that the Bengals or 49ers dont have a deal in place for Kolb but cant pull the trigger due to labor negotiations? Two things are certain, the draft offers so much excitement and questioning, that as a fan, I absolutely love.   The second is being a huge Lions fan, Fairley was a steal at 13. Unless he turns out to be the next Albert Haynesworth and goes mental.  



Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:41 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I couldn't agree more with the Saints being in the winner column. In fact, I would put their pick at the top of the winners list.

Additionally, I would put Carolina at the top of the loser's list. Newton is going the way of Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell. Cerolina is going to be at the top of the loser's list for many a year with that pick. they're going to be the new Detroit.



Since: Jan 21, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:30 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Could someone please take the phone away from him.. OMG what a D I C K head ...Oversized Urkle.. get the pissy look of your face dude, u just became a freakn Millionare for Christs sake...I woulnt care if the 76 BUCS drafted me. Your playing FOOTBALL  for a living.if your not happy with that go flip burgers for 7.50 an hr u Giant A-hole.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:29 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

@CUTigerman...first off, the panthers traded their 2nd rounder last year, the Patriots have it now. Secondly, if the Panthers do manage to trade back in early in the round they would be idiots TO take Bowers if Marvin Austin is out there. Austin is a DT and a need pick if we can swing it, we are set at DE right now and Bowers knee is too iffy to risk when they are already risking so much on the Newton pick (which i hated BTW)


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