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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: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:09 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Charlie Ward are you serious....LOL, not even the same skill set when is the last time you watched college football 15 years ago? At least make better comparisons if you dont like Cam.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:06 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Cam Newton=Charlie Ward x2.= complete bust.  Retract carolina and jacksonville.




Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 6:17 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

Polian's pick had better make up for last years non pick



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 6:09 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

AND U FORGOT ONE: THE CITY OF TENNESSEE? R U KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:20 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

The Panthers are a loser team drafting a loser player, so it all makes sense that they will be losing a lot of NFL games for a long, long time.  Fairly doesn't look very happy since he got the news that he would be playing in...oh my God...Detroit.  I wouldn't wish that upon Satan, and Suh, a mentor? Are you kidding me? If Fairly doesn't spend his whole rookie year holding out, Suh would just be like, "ok man, you just gotta hurt those offensive guys as much as you can.  It don't matter if they're holding the ball or not, and always, always grab the helmet and facemask first."  Jake Locker is the next Philip Rivers.  A glorious rejuvenation is in store for the city of Tennessee and their fine, fine football team!
The OSU fan base must be proud to have someone as intelligent as yourself posting on these boards.  LOL

The 'loser' player you speak of, in his last two years of college football -- He won a national championship in Junior College, then followed it up by leading Auburn to an undefeated season and a national championship.  Oh yeah -- he also won the Heisman Trophy too.  Yeah -- Newton definitely doesn't know how to win.

And with Fairley (at least spell his name right) -- I would be upset too, if I was projected as the #1 or #2 player to go off the board for the 1st couple months and I dropped to 13th.  I am sure he is really upset to be paired with the top young DL in the NFL -- I'm sure he was looking forward to getting double teamed every game and now with Suh next to him, he will have to get used to being blocked by only one OL.

The next comment might take the cake though -- Jake Locker is the next Philip Rivers???  Really??  They are comparable how?  Rivers has one of the strongest arms in the NFL.  He is also a pocket passer, who is extremely accurate.  Locker is a mobile QB, with questionable accuracy in the pocket, but very accurate when you roll him out.  Exactly how is Locker and Rivers comparable in any way, shape or form?



Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:05 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

As everyone will soon see, attaching the word 'loser' to Jake Locker is 'a reach.' Surely the writer could have come up with a better example. Watch him excel after the NFL people get their hands on him. He didn't suffer from accuracy problems at UW, he suffered from a lack of confidence associated with being on an offense with little talent and at times, the lack of a gameplan that compensated for that .... and still, they won a bowl game. Their defense consistantly sucked also, resulting in UW often plaing from behind or just getting outscored. Watch him fly.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 4:31 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I might be a bit biased, but I would call the Ravens winners to a certain degree for getting a top-15 talent at the 27th pick, though the Bears inability to get the trade put in cost them a fourth round pick with the same player taken a few spots later.
Also, the Giants are big winners for getting Prince Amukamara at 19. He was in the top ten on just about everyone's draft boards, but because of other needs near the top of the draft and a run on QBs he dropped down to the Giants.



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:53 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I was surprised to see the Niners select Aldon Smith a DE who they will try to convert into a 3-4 OLB which we all know is
 almost always difficult to make a change for a player, I hope Aldon Smith will be successful when he moves to OLB
because we passed up on alot of good players I hope the Niners dont end up regretting this pick?



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:23 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

It is really hard to think anyone has lost at this point, but the Vikings and Titans shocked the world with their picks.  Is there anyway either of these picks could be good moves?  Well, I thought about it a little and ask my female friend a question:  Ever heard of Locker?  She answered yes.  I then asked: Ever heard of Ponder?  She answered no.  That was enough for me.  Locker has a shot, but I think the Vikings blew it totally.  By the way, she never heard of Tyson Jackson, who honestly sucks



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:07 am
 

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

The Panthers are a loser team drafting a loser player, so it all makes sense that they will be losing a lot of NFL games for a long, long time.  Fairly doesn't look very happy since he got the news that he would be playing in...oh my God...Detroit.  I wouldn't wish that upon Satan, and Suh, a mentor? Are you kidding me? If Fairly doesn't spend his whole rookie year holding out, Suh would just be like, "ok man, you just gotta hurt those offensive guys as much as you can.  It don't matter if they're holding the ball or not, and always, always grab the helmet and facemask first."  Jake Locker is the next Philip Rivers.  A glorious rejuvenation is in store for the city of Tennessee and their fine, fine football team!


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