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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: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:16 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

it probably won't be 32 teams, kicking themselves for passing on bowers. Probably just 31. I mean, the team that takes him won't be kicking themselves for passing on him.



Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:06 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Panthers don't have the next pick... New England does.



Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:05 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

new england has there 2nd round pick



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:04 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

You really think this Carson Palmer is bluffing? And it relates to the draft pick how? Why waste a pick on a QB that can't be a franchise QB if you can get the same talent in the second round. Carson Palmer is not bluffing. He isn't a talker. If he says he is going to retire, you won't find one Benglas fan that won't believe that. Amazes me how some of you people have jobs. 



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:49 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

If the Carolina Panthers have any brains at all the will pick Bowers tonight with the first pick.  Then they will get two players worthy of #1 overall picks in the same draft.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:46 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I see two people in this draft who will make every team that passed on them in last night regret it.  Nick Fairley will make at least teams 4-12 regret not picking him and all 32 teams are going to wonder why in the hell they didn't pick Da'Quan Bowers when they had the chance.




Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:27 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Easy on the spelling smack, scooter.  Gratz to your undefeated extortionist Heisman-glomming criminal shakedown scumbag.  At least Reggie Bush didn't get caught before he even played in a championship game - much less getting a free pass to play after he tried to shake down two colleges for maximum $$$ (oh, wait, that was his "estranged" dad that lived in Cam's house - he knew nothing about it, my bad...)



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:19 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

As a Jets fan it pains me to say that I think the Giants were one of the winners of the 1st round.

I was for sure Prince was going to Dallas at 9 and never in a million years did I think he'd fall to 19.

Going into the draft I was really wanting the Jets to get Phil Taylor..and when that didnt happen I wanted Jimmy Smith (yeah another CB)....Wilkerson fills a need but he wasnt the player I wanted..IMO the best he could be is another Ellis and even though thats ok its nothing spectacular.

Eh well I still have a hope for either Brooks Reed or Casey Matthews in the future rounds.



Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:11 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

So Will Brimson

will you post a retraction when these winners and losers
end up to be the opposite of your predictions?



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:06 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

The reason Fairley fell was his attitude - they hit that nail on the head, look at how he reacted to being a first round draft pick!  You cannot choose where you go but put in the work and learn the game, when your contract comes up you can choose.  I think it is a great opportunity for him to learn at Detroit.


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