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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: May 5, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 10:00 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

The Cowboys would love to see Da'Quan Bowers fall to them in the 2nd round! We need a DE...

<h1 style="margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 0px; color: #ffffff; font-size: 26px; padding: 0px;">Da'Quan Bowers

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:53 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Cam Newton - save your money!

Could Nick Fairley have looked any more disgusted?

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:42 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

im hoping the Cowboys draft Kenrick Ellis. if they take ellis with their second or even the 3rd pick. they could move Jay Ratliff back to his natural DE position. but you and I both know how smart jerry jones is. so congrats to the Jets for getting the player i know the cowboys need to improve their defense.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:38 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Biggest first round winner are the Detroit Lions. NFL offensive coordinators are now trying to figure out how to double team two players with only five offensive linemen. I like this pick. The pairing of Kevin and Pat Williams comes to mind. But Suh and Fairley are younger and ahead of the learning curve by a few years. Frailey didn't look too excited about being a Lion but when he realizes the prospect of never knowing what a double team feels like in the NFL, sacking qbs with ease, stuffing running backs with no effort and making a lot of money just to play in Detroit he will be more receptive. Playing along a stand up guy like Suh will greatly improve his disposition.

Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:27 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Totally unsure on my that they got the guy they wanted....but Cam Heyward looked like the better pick.  Also, was hoping they might trade down with one of the teams still looking for Dalton and see if they could get a front line guy anyway. Not having a 2nd round pick is brutal.  Now I have to wait and hope Kenrick Ellis slips all the way to end of 3rd round....yeesh

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:22 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Steep price for Atlanta, but I wouldn't say that they completely overpaid. I mean, Atlanta has a good team, so I don't see them getting a good draft pick anytime soon. Washington got a 1 and a 2 for dropping 6 spots. Cleveland gave up a top 6 pick, so it would have to come at a premium. So let's just say they gave up 2 #27's, 1 #54, and #98. That's not terrible, as you are getting an elite talent for helpful, but not elite picks.

Look at KC who hadda reach for Baldwin with his injuries and character concerns cuz all the WRs were taken. Cleveland however, is doing their best New England impression. Trading their picks every year. The difference is that NE can do that because they already have a good team. This is the second time in the last few years where Cleveland has traded away their top 10 pick. Without Payton Hillis, this team is still a bottom feeder. If they would have added a couple of players to the calibur of Joe Haden who they took last year, they would get better much quicker.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:12 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

It's pathetic that the Bears can't manage there draft better than that. How do you screw up on a draft pick like that. I'd be embarrassed for looking like a friggin rookie.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:10 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

The Browns' Heckert ought to be in jail now for such audacious highway robbery!!! WOW!!!  FIVE (5) picks for Julio Jones!??
No doubt Jones will be good and, even if he turns into the second coming of Randy Moss, no way is a WR worth that much. I repeat, FIVE (5) Picks!!!

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:53 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Chicago : Just for causing the to miss their pick. For shame, Jerry Angelo.
Stuff happens.  Angelo apologized and both teams get the players they wanted.  Bears do not lose their 4th rd. pick thankfully, though I think the Ravens are going to be pissy enough to try to extort something out of the Bears.  However, according to NFL rules, there was no deal and there is no compensation for the Ravens to try to claim.  It's best to just move on.

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:32 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Cam Newton= Jamarcus Russell. Is that a better comparison? Auburn's defense made Cam look better. Now in 4 years we will hear "AND WITH THE FIRST PICK IN THE 2015 NFL DRAFT, the CAROLINA PANTHERS SELECT another QB

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