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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: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:01 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

I knew when it happened that it had to be the inept bears GM Angelo who screwed up the Ravens.  I still think the Ravens got who they wanted and my Bears got the 3rd best (maybe 2nd best) OT in the draft, addressing a much needed position.  I'm used to the Bears usually muffing their first round pick (McNown, Benson, C.Williams) but I think Gabe was an excellent choice.  If the would've picked Bowers I would have been happy too but OT is more of a priority.  
On a side note.  ESPN needs to stop showing players on the phone accepting the teams offer to play for them before the announcement is made.  It really kills the suspense. Hearing Berman and company act surprised when Detroit took Fairley when he already had the hat on and already got done talking to the team before the announcement was made was really bad acting on their part.  Unless their monitors at the draft somehow have a longer delay than my TV which is 900 miles away.  

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:51 am

First-round NFL Draft winners and losers

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