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.