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1st Round 2011 NFL Draft Recap

Cam Newton was selected 1st overall by the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft has come and gone but not without a few surprise picks. The draft comes at a time when players are starting to be let back into team facilities but the league year hasn’t started yet (Meaning no trades or free agent signings can occur). Despite not having the ability to trade players for picks, teams were still very active moving in and out of draft spots. Here is a quick recap of the notable picks and trades.

As expected the Carolina Panthers selected Heisman trophy winning Quarterback Cam Newton from Auburn with the 1st overall pick. With every passing day over it seemed more likely that the Panthers were going to select Newton but this was in no way a safe pick. Newton has all the natural ability in the world and has won national titles at the Junior college and Division 1 level. Still, some question his maturity and Football IQ. It remains to be seen how he adapts to a more pro style offense in Carolina.

Things were relatively predictable until we reached the Cleveland Browns pick at number 6. After watching Georgia Wide Receiver A.J. Green go number 4 to the Bengals, the Atlanta Falcons were willing to pay whatever it took to move up and get Alabama’s Wide Receiver Julio Jones. Pay is exactly what they did. Atlanta gave up a 1st, 2nd, and 4th round picks in this years draft along with a 1st and 4th round pick in next years. To their credit, Julio Jones is an amazing prospect and Atlanta looks to be just a few pieces away from a shot at a championship. The Falcons seem to have a lot of faith that Jones was that missing piece.

As usual, Quarterbacks were a major storyline of the 2011 NFL draft. A total of 4 QBs were taken in the first round with all of them coming in the first 12 picks. While that number isn’t abnormally high, it was the order in which the signal callers went that shocked many. Most draft boards had Blaine Gabbert going second after Cam Newton. Instead it was Jake Locker, who was selected 8th overall by Tennessee Titans. Gabbert didn’t have to wait long, Jacksonville traded up to the 10th pick to select the Quarterback from Missouri. The Minnesota Vikings snatched up Florida State QB Christian Ponder at number 12 leaving Ryan Mallet, Collin Kaepernick, and Andy Dalton still available for the second round.

The New Orleans Saints made two selections in the 1st round, University of California’s Cameron Jordan and former Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram from Alabama. The Saints traded up into the New England Patriots 28th spot, who again has moved back stock piling future picks. The Oakland Raiders were the only team not to make a selection in the 1st round.

The 2nd and 3rd round will start Friday at 3 p.m PT with the New England Patriots on the clock again.

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  1. April 29, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Excellent post. With regards to Julio, I understand that Atlanta really needs a playmaker to compliment Roddy White and that they are in win now mode. However, I’m still not sure that those reasons can justify giving up what they traded for a guy who isn’t even the #1 rated Wide Receiver in the draft. Julio Jones has a lot of issues with drops and his apparently doesn’t play to his speed. I just think they’re really stretching and giving up 4 additional draft picks is wasteful. They’re most likely going to regret this one. On the other hand, the Browns did pretty good for themselves. Also, you think you could take a glance at my blog cuz I really wanna hear what you think http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/wide-receiver-folly/

    • April 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

      Atlanta gave up an incredible amount to get Jones but they can probably afford it. I agree Cleveland made out pretty well for themselves with that trade. I subscribed to your blog and hope you do the same!

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