Without further ado, here are complete grades for all 32 picks in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
No. 1: Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn – GRADE: B-
JaMarcus Russell or Peyton Manning, Panthers fans. That’s the disparity we are looking at here. This could define the Panthers for the next 5-10 years as a contender or an epic fail.
No. 2: Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M – GRADE: B
Emotional quick linebacker who will cause havoc for QBs.
No. 3: Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama – GRADE B+
No choice other than this big DT. Being 32nd against the run last year will do that.
No. 4: Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia – GRADE: B-
Pros: Big time receiver. Cons: Diva in training gets to play with Ochocinco.
No. 5: Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU – GRADE: A
Big, smooth CB who can play the position. Peterson Island anyone?
No. 6: Falcons: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama – GRADE: B
Falcons make a huge splash trading down with Cleveland. Jones is a B; the overall trade is more of a C-
No. 7: 49ers: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri – GRADE: C-
With needs at QB and CB, odd pick by the Niners.
No. 8: Titans: Jake Locker, QB, Washington – GRADE: B-
Some rate Locker as a franchise QB, others… not so much.
No. 9: Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC – GRADE: B+
Good offensive lineman for the Cowboys. This is a keeper.
No. 10: Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri – GRADE: B
Jacksonville meet your Franchise QB… hopefully.