2011 NFL Draft class fifth-year option tracker

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Tyron Smith is still just 23 years old. (USATSI)
Tyron Smith is one of many 2011 draft picks starring in the NFL now. (USATSI)

The deadline for picking up the fifth-year option on members of the 2011 NFL Draft class is rapidly approaching. May 3 is around the corner and teams have some pretty tough choices.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora already broke down what various teams might do and we highly recommend you read his piece on that subject.

Below we'll keep track of what's happening with every member of the 2011 NFL Draft class first round and their option.

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Pick No.TeamPlayerExercised?CostAnalysis
1Cam NewtonYes$14.666MTo the surprise of no one, the Panthers officially picked up the option in April 24.
2Von MillerYes$9.754MThe Broncos picked up Miller's option on Thursday. Not a huge surprise given his talent when healthy.
3Marcell DareusYes$8.06MBuffalo picked up Dareus' option for a fifth year league sources told CBSSports.com.
4A.J. GreenYes$10.176MThe Bengals picked up the option on Green, one of the best receivers in all of football. An extension is likely coming pretty soon for him.
5Patrick PetersonYes$10.081MEasy call for the Cardinals to use the option on Pat P, who has emerged as one of the game's top cornerbacks.
6Julio JonesYes$10.176MSimple choice for the Falcons to pick up Jones option. He's a stud.
7Aldon SmithNo$9.754MReports indicate the 49ers won't use the option on Smith, who was recently arrested for false report of a bomb in an airport.
8Jake LockerNo$14.666MDon't bank on Locker having his option picked up. The new Titans regime could move in a different direction at quarterback after 2014.
9Tyron SmithYes$10.039MSmith's an underrated player from this class. The Cowboys picked up his option on Thursday.
10Blaine GabbertNo$14.666MThe Jaguars traded Gabbert to San Francisco. Don't bank on the 49ers picking up his option.
11J.J. WattYes$6.969MWatt is one of the best players in the game. The Texans exercised his option and will eventually give him a massive extension.
12Christian PonderNo$9.686MWould be a massive upset if Ponder's option was picked up. $14 million for a guy who might be off the Vikings next year isn't happening.
13Nick FairleyNo$6.969MThe Lions say they won't pick up Fairley's 2015 option. It's a bit of a surprise given the low cost and his potential upside.
14Robert QuinnYes$6.969MThis one seemed like an easy call for the man who has 34.5 sacks in 31 career games.
15Mike PounceyYes$7.438MReally tricky call for the Dolphins. The 2013 season and Pouncey's involvement in their scandal makes this much more difficult.
16Ryan KerriganYes$7.038MThe Redskins picked up Kerrigan's deal on Friday league sources told CBSSports.com.
17Nate SolderYes$7.438MEasy choice for the Patriots for the left tackle who's started 44 of 47 games.
18Corey LiugetYes$6.969MThe Chargers picked up the option on Liuget. A smart move if he continues to develop.
19Prince AmukamaraYes$6.898MThe Giants young cornerback's improved and they need help in the secondary. They picked up his option.
20Adrian ClaybornNo$6.969MAccording to reports the Buccaneers won't pick up Clayborn's option.
21Phil TaylorNo$5.477MThe Browns acquired this pick by trading down. And the cost is too low not to pick it up, really.
22Anthony CastonzoYes$7.438MThe Colts need Castonzo protecting Andrew Luck and exercised his option Monday a league source told CBSSports.com.
23Danny WatkinsN/A$7.438Watkins was cut and isn't eligible to have the Eagles pick up his option.
24Cameron JordanYes$6.969The Saints will get a steal for a player who emerged as a potential star in Rob Ryan's defense last year.
25James CarpenterNo$7.438MSeahawks are better picking in the later rounds than the first, but a starting guard for a cheap cost works.
26Jonathan BaldwinNo$6.776MHighly unlikely this happens. Chiefs swapped disgruntled first-round wideouts by sending Baldwin to SF for A.J. Jenkins.
27Jimmy SmithYes$6.898MSmith's improving and had a nice 2013 for the Ravens. No surprise they picked up his option.
28Mark IngramNo$5.211Can't imagine the Saints will pay more than $5M a year for a running back given the current market.
29Gabe CarimiN/A$7.438MCarimi's moved on at this point and was cut by the Buccaneers so he's no longer eligible for the option.
30Muhammad WilkersonYes$6.969MAn absolute steal for the Jets given Wilkerson's development into a top defensive lineman.
31Cameron HeywardYes$6.969MStrong 2013 for Heyward made this a pretty easy choice for the Steelers.
32Derek SherrodNo$7.438MSherrod would need to show he's healthy for Packers to pick this up. Not enough time between now and May 3 for that.
 
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