Team by Team Grades in the 2011 NFL Draft
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.
No. 11: Texans: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin – GRADE: B
Big DE who everyone compares to Aaron Smith in Pittsburgh. Houston will gladly sign up for that.
No. 12: Vikings: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State – GRADE: A-
Would you take a healthy Chad Pennington in his prime to be your QB? I would too. Good pick by the Vikings.
No. 13: Lions: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn – GRADE: A
Big man in the middle for Detroit. Will destroy offensive schemes. Are we talking about Suh or Fairley? Lions stole this pick.
No. 14: Rams: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina – GRADE: B+
Solid pass rusher. Quinn can make a difference quickly and that’s what the NFL is all about these days.
No. 15: Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida – GRADE: B-
Dolphins need someone in the middle to help. He’s not his brother, Miami, so be patient.
No. 16: Redskins: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue – GRADE: B
Strong attacking DE.
No. 17: Patriots: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado – GRADE: B
A big offensive lineman to help against Rex Ryan’s blitzes?
No. 18: Chargers: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois – GRADE: B
Big boy will help in the 3-4.
No. 19: Giants: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska – GRADE: B+
This electric CB must reside somewhere in NY that is fit for a Prince…. Queens!!
No. 20: Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa – GRADE: B
Good pass rusher on the end. Solid pick.
No. 21: Browns: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor – GRADE: B+
Rex Ryan may have broken something when this pick was made. Think healthy Kris Jenkins with Taylor
No. 22: Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College – GRADE: B
Mr. Castonzo; Peyton Manning would like to welcome you to Indy.
No. 23: Eagles: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor – GRADE: B+
Lunchpail kid who will work his butt off on every play. Perfect for the Philly faithful.
No. 24: Saints: Cameron Jordan, DE, California – GRADE: B
Saints had a need. Jordan filled it.
No. 25: Seahawks: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama – GRADE: C
Odd pick by the Hawks here. A lot of talent was still on the board. Smells like a reach.
No. 26: Chiefs: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh – GRADE: C
The word “attitude” followed Baldwin around. Doesn’t sound like a Pioli guy.
No. 27: Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado – GRADE: C
Let’s be nice and insert that word “attitude” for Smith. Drug possession, couple of arrests…. Uh-oh.
No. 28: Saints: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama – GRADE: C+
Saints gave up a 2012 first rounder to get Ingram so they better hope the Heisman winner can move the chains.
No. 29: Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin – GRADE: A
Mike Tice pick here. Carimi fills a huge need for Wisconsin.
No. 30: Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, OT, Temple – GRADE: B
If a man wants to be called Mu-hammad…. Jets needed a pass rusher and Wilkerson can be a nice replacement for Ellis.
No. 31: Steelers: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State – GRADE: B+
With free agency looming for DE Cullen Jenkins, Heyward will join a strong defense and contribute immediately.
No. 32: Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State – GRADE: B+
Another OT you don’t have to worry about for oh…a decade or so.