NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (botom row R) poses for a photo on stage with the members of the 2011 Draft class and the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame class during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

NFL Draft 2011, Round 1: Full Rundown Of Every Opening Night Pick

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Team Needs Heading Into Round 2

Round 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books. One theme of the first stanza of the annual selection meeting was teams making smart, need-centric picks; there wasn't a single selection last night that didn't make sense on some level for their team.

Every team out there still has holes, however. Here's the top area each team may be looking to address in the second and third rounds this evening.

Arizona Cardinals: OLB
CB Patrick Peterson was an excellent pick for the Cardinals in the first round, but their biggest glaring weakness is at rush linebacker, where youth is sorely lacking.

Atlanta Falcons: DE
The team's bold trade up to select WR Julio Jones has left the team without a second-round pick, so they may not have a chance to properly address their need for help across from John Abraham.

Baltimore Ravens: WR
The Ravens may have gotten the steal of the first round in CB Jimmy Smith, but they still desperately need youth and, more importantly, speed in their receiving corps.

Buffalo Bills: ILB
The Bills took the sensible route at No. 3 in DT Marcell Dareus, but he alone won't fix the league's worst run defense. Depth and talent is a major issue at inside linebacker.

Carolina Panthers: DT
We'd guessed for months that the team would take QB Cam Newton. Now that they've got their franchise quarterback, it's time they started giving Ron Rivera more talent defensively, starting inside.

Chicago Bears: WR
The Bears got their guy in OT Gabe Carimi - who they even tried to trade up for - but more help is needed for Jay Cutler in the form of better skill talent.

Cincinnati Bengals: QB
Cincinnati went value over need with WR A.J. Green, and now they must address their quarterback situation - perhaps with the apple of Jay Gruden's eye, Andy Dalton.

Cleveland Browns: DE
Dick Jauron has two mammoth DTs to build around in Ahtyba Rubin and now Phil Taylor, just as he did in Chicago. The pass rush must still be addressed for the Browns, who have two second-round picks to do it.

Dallas Cowboys: DB
OT Tyron Smith was a very sensible pick with great upside in the Top 10, but their most pressing issue has always been in the secondary. Corner or safety would help.

Denver Broncos: DT
John Elway and John Fox chose the pass rusher (OLB Von Miller) as better value than Dareus, but that doesn't fix the dearth of talent on the interior defensive line.

Detroit Lions: CB
Wow, did the Lions get terrific value in DT Nick Fairley. If this team can scrounge up a starting CB in Round 2, they've got the makings of an outstanding defense.

Green Bay Packers: OLB
OT Derek Sherrod is an excellent fit for the Packers as a long-term left tackle. They'd really be rolling if they found a rush complement for Clay Matthews at some point.

Houston Texans: OLB
DE J.J. Watt was solid value and a great fit for Wade Phillips' system, but more pass rushing prowess is needed - ideally from a stand-up rush linebacker.

Indianapolis Colts: DT
Bill Polian and Peyton Manning have to be thrilled at the addition of OT Anthony Castonzo. Their biggest remaining need, just as in the previous several years, is at defensive tackle.

Jacksonville Jaguars: DE
The Jags made a bold move to go get QB Blaine Gabbert, a very smart investment for that team. Their most pressing short-term issue remains at defensive end, where a pass rusher is coveted.

Kansas City Chiefs: OLB
I firmly believe that the Chiefs addressed their biggest need with WR Jon Baldwin. Nothing is overly pressing at this point, though pass rush help for Tamba Hali should be a priority.

Miami Dolphins: QB
Rather than reach on a quarterback, the Dolphins took the safe, sensible route with OG Mike Pouncey. They still have need for a long-term developmental QB; Colin Kaepernick is a front-runner.

Minnesota Vikings: OL
The Vikings may have reached a little on QB Christian Ponder, but they have their long-term QB nonetheless. Now they need to build him an offensive line.

New England Patriots: OLB
I really like the OT Nate Solder fit here, as he won't need to start immediately. It also addressed a need. Now, more pass rushing punch should be atop their wish list - and they get first dibs at the top of Round 2.

New Orleans Saints: LB
The Saints stole the show, landing DE Cameron Jordan and RB Mark Ingram in Round 1 to address two huge needs. They look like a Super Bowl contender again, with linebacker almost an afterthought need.

New York Giants: OT
CB Prince Amukamara was a smart, high-value pick in a pass-happy division. But the OT position was a mess last year for this team. OG would be a smart investment, as well.

New York Jets: OLB
Rex Ryan got a great value pick in DT Muhammad Wilkerson, who will be molded into the Trevor Pryce role. The Jets still need help at outside linebacker, however.

Oakland Raiders: OL
The only NFL team that has yet to acquire a new player this off-season, Oakland is expected to address their offensive line with their first pick, No. 48 overall.

Philadelphia Eagles: CB
OG Danny Watkins was a solid pick as a plug-and-play starter up front. Jimmy Smith got a lot of play here for good reason: the Eagles have a problem opposite Asante Samuel.

Pittsburgh Steelers: OL
The Steelers are known for constantly replenishing depth defensively, and they did it again with DE Cameron Heyward. That offensive line is still a major problem.

St. Louis Rams: WR
DE Robert Quinn was a terrific value selection and perfect complement to Chris Long, but Julio Jones had been their guy for quite some time. Sam Bradford needs more weapons.

San Diego Chargers: WR
DT Corey Liuget doesn't perfectly fill their need at defensive end, but he's a high-upside player that they'll work with. Now they need to add more speed to their receiving corps.

San Francisco 49ers: CB
DE Aldon Smith, an extremely talented sophomore out of Missouri, will move to rush linebacker for the 49ers. Cornerback is still by far their most pressing short-term need.

Seattle Seahawks: QB
The OG James Carpenter pick was probably the most anti-climactic selection of the evening, and their quarterback situation is still a mess.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT
After addressing DE with Adrian Clayborn, the Bucs don't have a lot of pressing needs at the top of their depth chart. Another DE would work, but finding a new RT may be more important.

Tennessee Titans: DL
QB Jake Locker was a mild reach at No. 8, but the Titans now have talent and direction at the game's most important position. Now, they must upgrade their defensive line, at either end or tackle.

Washington Redskins: QB
I liked the DE Ryan Kerrigan fit as a rush linebacker, but was somewhat surprised that Mike Shanahan didn't get his quarterback. That's still priority No. 1 for the Redskins.

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NFL Draft Results: Record 12 Defensive Linemen Taken In First Round

Linemen were the order of the day during the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft as teams scooped up players for the trenches on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. By the time Thursday's first round was over, a record 12 defensive linemen were taken, thanks to the impressive depth of the position in the 2011 NFL Draft class. As the end of the first round drew near, a sudden run of offensive linemen pushed the total to eight, the second most-drafted position on Thursday.

Even the quarterbacks got in on the action, though Ryan Mallett and Andy Dalton were left on the outside looking in after the mad dash for quarterbacks suddenly ended as the Minnesota Vikings took Christian Ponder at No. 12. All four signal-callers were drafted in the first 12 picks, but the action suddenly stopped as teams quickly shifted focus. It was a round of runs, for the most part, and led to some wild selections as teams were left scrambling.

Here is a breakdown of the picks by position.

Defensive linemen: 12, a new NFL Draft record for the first round. Surprisingly, none of the 12 taken were named Da'Quan Bowers. Concerns about Bowers' surgically-repaired knee had him in a free-fall as team-after-team passed while defensive linemen came flying off the board. As expected, Marcell Dareus was the first defensive lineman taken as he went to the Buffalo Bills at No. 3.

Quarterbacks: Four, but the order they were taken was surprising. Cam Newton was the No. 1 overall pick, as expected, but that was the only predictable results. The Tennessee Titans made Jake Locker the second quarterback taken, choosing him at No. 8 and bypassing Blaine Gabbert. After a flurry of trades, the Jacksonville Jaguars scooped up Gabbert at No. 10. The last quarterback taken in the first round was Christian Ponder, who leap-frogged Andy Dalton and Ryan Mallett.

Offensive linemen: Eight. USC offensive lineman Tyrod Smith was the first lineman taken and, after a run on quarterbacks, the offensive line became the position to snatch up in the late first round. Five of the final 10 picks of the round were offensive guards or tackles, capped by Derek Sherrod at No. 32.

Cornerbacks: Three, led by Patrick Peterson. This was one position that went according to plan as Peterson was off the board first, followed by Prince Amukamara and Jimmy Smith.

Running backs: One. Mark Ingram, in fact. Ingram was taken with the 28th pick after the New Orleans Saints gave up quite the haul to the New England Patriots.

Linebackers: One, but this comes with a caveat. Von Miller was the only listed linebacker taken in the first round, but there were plenty of tweeners chosen. With 3-4 defenses becoming more prevalent, undersized defensive ends, including Aldon Smith, Ryan Kerrigan and others, were taken. They'll play as converted linebackers, in all likelihood, after working with their hand in the ground at the college level.

Wide Receivers: Three. A.J. Green and Julio Jones were both expected to be top-10 picks and were, with the Atlanta Falcons trading into the the No. 6 spot to grab Jones. Jonathan Baldwin was the third, taken by the Kansas City Chiefs at No,. 26.

Kickers/Punters: None. Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders didn't have a first round pick this year.

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Complete NFL Draft 2011 First-Round Results: Jake Locker, Nick Fairley Among Biggest Surprises

The 2011 NFL Draft's confounding first round is in the books. It started off sensically enough, with Carolina, Denver, Buffalo and Cincinnati taking exactly who they'd been widely mocked -- Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus and A.J. Green respectively. The Cardinals picking up Patrick Peterson didn't likely blow too many minds either.

But then! The Atlanta Falcons traded a darn slew of picks to the Cleveland Browns for Julio Jones, and everything thus went completely off the rails. Aldon Smith went to San Francisco much earlier than expected, as did Jake Locker to Tennessee. The Jaguars followed with the second trade, dealing with Washington for Blaine Gabbert, continuing a QB run that concluded when Minnesota picked Christian Ponder.

Amid all the shuffle, one-time No. 1 pick projection Nick Fairley slid all the way to Detroit at No. 13, where he'll be paired with fellow monstrosity Ndamukong Suh. It was a record crop of defensive linemen overall, with 12 going in total -- and that excludes Da'Quan Bowers and Justin Houston, both of whom fell to round two. In all the ham, Baltimore even missed handing in a pick, causing a logjam.

Two other trades went down, with the Browns dealing with the Chiefs for Phil Taylor and the Pats picking up a haul from the Saints for Mark Ingram.

Round two picks up Friday at 6 pm ET. Here's the complete list of round one picks:

Team Pick
1 Carolina Panthers Cam Newton, Auburn QB
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller, Texas A&M LB
3 Buffalo Bills Marcell Dareus, Alabama DL
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green, Georgia WR
5 Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson, LSU CB
6 Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones, Alabama WR
7 San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith, Missouri DE
8 Tennessee Titans Jake Locker, Washington QB
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith, USC OT
10 Jacksonville Jaguars Blaine Gabbert, Missouri QB
11 Houston Texans J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DE
12 Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder, FSU QB
13 Detroit Lions Nick Fairley, Auburn DT
14 St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn, UNC DE
15 Miami Dolphins Mike Pouncey, Florida OL
16 Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue DE
17 New England Patriots Nate Solder, Colorado OL
18 San Diego Chargers Corey Liuget, Illinois DT
19 New York Giants Prince Amukamara, Nebraska CB
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DE
21 Cleveland Browns Phil Taylor, Baylor DT
22 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OT
23 Philadelphia Eagles Danny Watkins, Baylor OL
24 New Orleans Ssaints Cameron Jordan, Cal DE
25 Seattle Seahawks James Carpenter, Alabama OL
26 Kansas City Chiefs Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt WR
27 Baltimore Ravens Jimmy Smith, Colorado CB
28 New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram, Alabama RB
29 Chicago Bears Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin OT
30 New York Jets Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple DT
31 Pittsburgh Steelers Cam Heyward, Ohio State DL
32 Green Bay Packers Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State OT

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Derek Sherrod Picked By Green Bay Packers

With the 32nd pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers have selected OT Derek Sherrod. This is an interesting pick considering the Packers went with an offensive tackle in the first round last year with OT Bryan Bulaga

The Packers know their meal ticket goes through QB Aaron Rodgers so they might as well do all they can to protect him. The Packers had no glaring needs so Sherrod is a nice, safe pick with a low chance of busting.

The Packers hit on a lot of their first round picks so my early prediction would be that Sherrod turns into a solid contributor.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Cameron Heyward Picked By Pittsburgh Steelers

Not surprisingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers went with defense in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, selecting Ohio State defensive tackle Cameron Heyward. On the surface, Heyward appears to be a solid fit for the Steelers' defensive scheme and should be able to operate at the end position. At 6-foot-5, 288 pounds, Heyward has the size to fill space, to some extent, but has the speed and agility to get up-field and into the backfield.

Heyward gives the Steelers' vaunted defense a shot in the arm and a bit of youth, a goal for Pittsburgh heading into the draft. Heyward was a steal for Pittsburgh in the late first round, and should have fans salivating at the thought. Scheme-wise and skill-wise, it's an all-around match and the fact he fell to Pittsburgh, even with the run on defensive linemen, was surprising.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Muhammad Wilkerson Bolsters New York Jets' Defensive Line


Muhammad Wilkerson

#9 / DT / Temple Owls

6-5

305

Junior

With the 30th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have taken Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, buttressing a defensive line that is trying to fight time with youth.

Wilkerson was a very productive defender in his collegiate career, getting 17 sacks in three years at Temple. He uses his size and some impressive quickness to generate pressure up the middle as a rush tackle, but likely needs some conditioning and some time to develop into a dominant NFL defender.

Wilkerson may not have played for a big school or in a competitive conference, but he should fit well with the Jets, who will need a replacement for Kris Jenkins sooner or later. If Jenkins can stay healthy for a little while, it'll help Wilkerson develop for a team that expects great play from its defense and might not get it immediately from the Temple product.

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NFL Draft Trade: Patriots, Saints Put Together Mark Ingram Swap

The New England Patriots are at it again, trading down and collecting future picks from a team looking to move up and grab a star. The New Orleans Patriots grabbed Alabama Crimson Tide RB Mark Ingram with the No. 28 pick, giving up their 2011 No. 56 pick and their 2012 first-rounder.

Hold on to something, because here's the list of picks the Pats are working with for tomorrow alone: Nos. 33, 56, 60, 74, and 94. The Saints have only four picks remaining for the entire draft -- with two of those in the seventh round -- but New England also has three for Saturday. And they've already drafted a potential starter in Nate Solder.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Gabe Carimi To Chicago Bears


Gabe Carimi

#68 / Offensive Linesman / Wisconsin Badgers

6-7

327

senior


With the 29th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears surprised no one by picking an offensive lineman. The newest Bear will be Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi.

Carimi is considered one of the safer picks in the 2011 NFL draft. He's a four-year starter from Wisconsin so NFL GMs has plenty of game tape on him. He played left tackle for the Badgers but could project to right tackle, or even guard, in the NFL. He says where he players in the NFL doesn't matter to him.

"I know I can play left tackle but it's wherever the team needs are and that's where I'm going to fit in and work my butt off," he said. "I can play four spots on the field and that's what I'm going to be working hard for."

He's seen as a hard-worker who may never go to a Pro Bowl but has a very high floor. He's one of those guys that won't get in trouble and should fit in with any team smoothly. Carimi looks ready to step onto the field and play immediately in the NFL, too.

For more on Carimi in Chicago, check out Windy City Gridiron.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Mark Ingram Picked By New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints gave up quite the haul, but got the man they were targeting: Alabama Heisman winner Mark Ingram. It took a trade, and the Saints gave up a second round pick and their 2012 first round pick, to snatch Ingram up in an effort to bolster their run game. Ingram was expected to go in the late first round and appeared to be in high-demand as the final picks of the first day approached.

But one has to wonder why New Orleans, which has Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory, went with another running back. The Saints backfield is already loaded, but the Ingram selection may point to the end of one of these players' time in New Orleans. It will be a storyline to keep an eye on in the coming weeks, whenever the NFL offseason truly begins.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Jimmy Smith Goes To Baltimore Ravens, Eventually


Jimmy Smith

#3 / CB / Colorado Buffaloes

6-2

210

Senior

With the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens have taken Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith. And the rich Ravens defense just got that much richer.

Smith is regarded as one of the better cover corners in this NFL Draft class. He wasn't much more than a standout on a bad team with Colorado, but he has good size for a cornerback to go with highly regarded coverage skills. And he could make an impact early on for a deep Baltimore defense if any of the older members of Baltimore's secondary are hampered by injury.

The Ravens likely would have grabbed Smith with their original pick, the 26th, had they gotten their selection in by the time limit. Alas, that didn't happen, giving the Chiefs a chance to snake Smith; they chose Jonathan Baldwin instead.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Jonathan Baldwin Goes To Kansas City Chiefs


Jon Baldwin

#82 / Wide Receiver / Pittsburgh Panthers

6-5

230

junior


The Baltimore Ravens had the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL draft but passed. Yes, they passed, which is indeed allowed. So the Kansas City Chiefs, who were drafting 27th via a trade with the Cleveland Browns, took the 26th pick and selected Pittsburgh WR Jonathan Baldwin.

Baldwin has incredible skills and at times a freak athletic ability. Physically, he's the total package. There are questions, though, of his work ethic and how good he wants to be. That's why this is a confusing pick for the Chiefs, who highly value character and work ethic.

Baldwin will step in alongside WR Dwayne Bowe, who had a breakout season in 2010. Bowe is also entering the final year of his contract so this gives the Chiefs some flexibility should he walk.

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NFL Draft: Ravens Miss No. 26 Pick, Jonathan Baldwin To Chiefs

The Baltimore Ravens are about the last franchise you'd expect to fail to get a NFL Draft pick in on time, considering how strong Ozzie Newsome's track record is. But with their No. 26 selection, they took too much time and were forced to pass, giving the Kansas City Chiefs the No. 26 pick and the chance to grab Pittsburgh Panthers WR Jonathan Baldwin.

That No. 27 pick has been through quite a few hands. It started out in the possession of the Atlanta Falcons, who traded it to the Cleveland Browns as a part of the Julio Jones deal. The Browns then sent it to KC.

Apparently Baltimore was working on a trade with the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but weren't able to get it done on time. The Ravens did eventually get a pick in, taking Colorado Buffaloes DB Jimmy Smith.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: James Carpenter Surprise Pick By Seattle Seahawks


James Carpenter

#77 / Offensive Linesman / Alabama Crimson Tide

6-5

300

junior


The Seattle Seahawks did their best to trade out of the 25th pick in the 2011 NFL draft but couldn't find a partner. So with the 25th pick the Seahawks select OT James Carpenter out of Alabama. 

My first reaction: who?

ESPN's Mel Kiper had him rated as a late second round pick so this counts as a surprise, especially when guys like OT Gabe Carimi and OT Derek Sherrod were still on the board. 

The Seahawks drafted OT Russell Okung last year for the left side and now they have their right tackle. It may have been a little early for Seattle -- thus the attempt to trade back -- but they have bookend tackles for the future.

For more on Carpenter and how he fits in Seattle, check out Field Gulls

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Cameron Jordan Picked By New Orleans Saints


Cameron Jordan

#97 / DE / California Golden Bears

6-4

282

Senior

With the 24th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints finally ended Cameron Jordan's wait. Jordan, a physical specimen at defensive end, was powerless to watch as team after team passed him over during Thursday's first round.

Cameron Jordan's chances of being a game-changing NFL defender depend on a lot of things, but his physical makeup gives him a good shot.

Jordan is tall and solidly built, and he's got the speed to be a troubling edge rusher. But while he's also been productive between the tackles in college, racking up 161 tackles over four years for Cal, the Cameron Jordan scouting report has question marks about his ability to make plays in space at the NFL level.

These highlights from a game against Colorado make Jordan look good, though.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Danny Watkins Picked By Philadelphia Eagles


Danny Watkins

#59 / OG / Baylor Bears

6-4

310

Senior

With the 23rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have taken Baylor guard Danny Watkins. And, presumably, they believe they have shored up a major weakness in 2010: their offensive line.

Watkins was on a pretty good line at Baylor — Phil Taylor was just selected 21st by the Cleveland Browns — but still played well for a team that surprised some by making a bowl in 2010. And Watkins has a great story, too: the 26-year-old was heading into a career as a firefighter before giving football a try at a junior college and eventually making his way to Baylor. That, juxtaposed with the NFL trotting out servicepeople just before Watkins' selection, made for great theater at Radio City Music Hall.

Watkins' age is both asset and drawback: he has the maturity and temperament to start immediately, but he doesn't have as high a ceiling or as long a career before him as the typical rookie, and if he needs to develop or transition from offensive tackle to guard, he doesn't have the built-in buffer most rookies do before their theoretical primes. If he can play immediately, he should help Michael Vick stay healthy in 2011.

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NFL Draft Trade: Browns, Chiefs Wrangle For Phil Taylor Pick

For the Cleveland Browns, Baylor Bears DT Phil Taylor was worth giving up their No. 27 and No. 70 picks to the Kansas City Chiefs, who were sitting at No. 21. How'd Cleveland get that No. 27 pick? By dealing with the Atlanta Falcons for Julio Jones earlier in the evening, of course. Busy busy!

The updated draft allotment for the Browns: they now have two second-rounders (No. 37, No. 59), no third, and two fourths (No. 102, No. 124). They also have a fifth, two sixths, and a seventh.

The Chiefs are all mixed up now as well, with a ton of picks on the way. They're still holding picks No. 27, 55, 70, 86, 118, 135, 140, 199, and 223. 

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Anthony Castonzo Picked By Indianapolis Colts

With the 22nd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo. Castonzo will slide-in at left tackle right away, where the Colts need immediately help. At 6-foot-7, 311 pounds, Castonzo has the prototypical left tackle side, and will be called upon to protect franchise quarterback Peyton Manning's blindside.

Castonzo should be a good fit for the Colts and has more strength as a pass-blocker than in the run game. He has the smarts to handle the Colts' system, which will be needed with Peyton Manning running the show at the line of scrimmage. And in the pass-happy offense, some of his deficiencies in the run game, however minor they are, can be masked.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Browns Trade With Chiefs, Select DT Phil Taylor


Phil Taylor

#98 / Defensive Tackle / Baylor Bears

6-4

340

senior


The Kansas City Chiefs held the 21st pick in the 2011 NFL draft but decided to trade it to the Cleveland Browns. With the pick, the Browns selected DT Phil Taylor. The Chiefs were long connected to Taylor so if the Browns wanted him they knew they probably had to move ahead of KC.

Taylor will enter Cleveland and become their nose tackle of the future. The Browns run a 3-4 defense and Taylor was one of the few potential nose tackles in the draft so this makes sense.

The Browns previously held the sixth overall pick but traded it to Atlanta for the 27th overall pick. So the Browns move up six spots, give up their 2011 third round pick to the Chiefs. KC now moves from No. 21 to No. 27 in the first round and picks up an extra third round pick.

The Browns have a number of needs they can address moving forward including pass rusher and receiver. 

Check out Dawgs By Nature to see what Browns fans are saying about their newest draft pick. 

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Adrian Clayborn To Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Adrian Clayborn

#94 / DE / Iowa Hawkeyes

6-4

285

Senior

With the 20th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn. The young, rising Bucs got a good one in him, too.

Clayborn's major concern is an injury history and a nerve condition that prevents him from fully extending his right arm. That hasn't waylaid his football career so far: Clayborn made up for any minor deficiencies with quickness and persistence, starting 30 straight games for Iowa and producing plenty of tackles for loss and sacks.

He also fits well with the young Bucs: putting Gerald McCoy in the middle of a line with Clayborn on the end could give Tampa Bay a fierce defensive line.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Prince Amukamara Picked By New York Giants


Prince Amukamara

#21 / Cornerback / Nebraska Cornhuskers

6-1

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With the 19th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Giants went with the best available player, snatching up Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara.

Prince Amukamara has all the tools necessary to be a shutdown corner at the NFL level, from excellent instincts to raw, physical skills. Amukamara impressed in workouts ahead of the 2011 NFL Draft, clocking a 4.37-second 40-yard-dash and turning in measurables that alleviated some of the concerns about his ability to play cornerback in the NFL.

Our own Brian Galliford was impressed, and said this back in January.

Prince Amukamara is arguably the best pure cover corner in this draft class. He has the speed, ball skills, and fluid hips that make him a premier prospect at one of the league's most valuable positions.

Amukamara had slipped a bit ahead of the draft, but was still seen as a highly sought-after commodity. For his career, Amukamara made 155 tackles, grabbed five interceptions and forced three fumbles while working on an island. His reputation preceded him, in many ways, as teams threw away from him and generally avoided his presence.

For more on Amukamara's new home, head over to Big Blue View and SB Nation New York.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Corey Liuget Selected By San Diego Chargers


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With the 18th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected DT Corey Liuget. This is a solid pick for the Chargers because Liuget, who hails from Illinois, can potentially play nose tackle or defensive end in their 3-4 defense. 

The Chargers were connected to a number of players in the various mock drafts out there and most picks had them addressing the defensive front seven. Liuget was a popular mock draft pick for the St. Louis Rams at the 14th pick but they passed.

The Chargers decision to address the defensive line makes sense from this standpoint -- the Chiefs and Raiders, who are both in the AFC West with the Chargers, are the No. 1 and No. 2 rushing attacks in the NFL. They have to stop the run in their division and Liuget helps with that.

For more on Liuget with the Chargers, check out Bolts From The Blue

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Nate Solder Heads To New England Patriots


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The New England Patriots always seem to be stockpiling young plug-and-play talent in the NFL Draft. With Nate Solder, a tackle from Colorado selected with the 17th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Patriots have veered a bit more to the potential side.

That's because Solder is new to the tackle position, and has only played it since heading to Boulder. He has tremendous athleticism and great size for a tackle, but his frame will likely need some strengthening to stand up to NFL defenders. There's a lot to like about Solder, though, especially if he isn't required to start from Day 1 with the Patriots; he could be a very good lineman if given time to develop.

The Patriots also have enough picks in the 2011 NFL Draft to spend some taking chances. Solder certainly counts as taking a chance.

For more on Nate Solder and Patriots that selected him, visit Pats Pulpit, SB Nation's Team Name blog.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Ryan Kerrigan Picked By Washington Redskins

With the 16th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins traded down earlier in the draft, dumping the No. 10 pick on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected Blaine Gabbert, and picking up the 16th pick and a second round pick for it. Kerrigan is a physical specimen and performed well at the NFL Combine, turning in strong measurables that sold the Redskins on his abilities.

Kerrigan will likely play as a stand-up outside linebacker in the Redskins' 3-4 defense. Though he played out on the edge at Purdue, he's shown the ability to work as an outside linebacker and can get after the quarterback coming off the edge as a linebacker.

But it's an intriguing choice for the Redskins, who could have taken Cameron Jordan at No 16. Many 2011 NFL mock drafts had Kerrigan as a late first round pick, making Washington's choice a bit of a reach. He is a scheme-fit, however, which appears to have weighed heavily on Washington in this instance.

For more on Kerrigan's new home, check out Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Mike Pouncey Goes To Miami Dolphins


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The Miami Dolphins have the 15th pick in the 2011 NFL draft and they've decided on Florida G/C Mike Pouncey. The brother of Pittsburgh Steelers' Maurkice Pouncey, Mike hails from Florida and looks to play center or guard for the Dolphins.

Pouncey, along with Alabama RB Mark Ingram, were popular mock draft picks for the Dolphins. The Dolphins may have had a quarterback on their mind but the early run on quarterbacks may have ruined that choice for them.

Pouncey can step in and play immediately at center or guard for the Dolphins. This is a safe pick for the Dolphins that doesn't have a high chance of busting.

In the end, Mike Pouncey is a solid selection for the Dolphins. He's not the sexiest but he will bolster the offensive line for a team who makes their money in the running game. 

The Pounceys become the 12th set of brothers to be selected in the first round. 

Check out The Phinsider for the full run down on Pouncey in Miami. 

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NFL Draft Trade: Redskins, Jaguars Deal For Blaine Gabbert Pick

The Jacksonville Jaguars wanted a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft, and after a Jake Locker pick at No. 8 threw off everything, they needed to make a move to get Blaine Gabbert. The Jags sent their No. 16 and No. 49 2011 picks to the Washington Redskins to get the chance to select their future signal-caller.

David Garrard played well for Jacksonville in 2010, but apparently the Jags are thinking ahead. It's not like the Redskins to trade down and pick up more picks, but we'll see what Daniel Snyder has up his sleeve. Maybe the lockout done the Skins some good?

We'll find out in just a minute what they'll pick with that first-rounder that used to belong to Jacksonville.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Robert Quinn Taken By St. Louis Rams


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Robert Quinn falling to the St. Louis Rams at the 14th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft is good news for both the player and the team. Quinn's got the speed to be a menace for St. Louis, darting into the backfield for tackles for loss and sacks, and pairs well with Chris Long on the other end.

The 2011 NFL Draft features a bevy of talented defensive lineman and Robert Quinn ranks right up there with the best of them. Quinn possesses an explosive first-step and can get into the backfield at the blink of an eye. Quinn's character took a hit, however, as he was suspended for the entire 2010 season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA. But with undeniable skills, it hasn't appeared to harm his draft stock too significantly.

Quinn does have a few concerns, including the character concern that came along with his year-long suspension. Additionally, a benign tumor in his leg has teams worried about his health, though that surgery came all the way back when Quinn was in high school. Since then, Quinn has racked up the accolades and compiled impressive statistics at North Carolina, showing he's fully recovered and able to compete with the best.

For more on Quinn and the St. Louis Rams, visit Turf Show Times, SB Nation's Rams blog.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Nick Fairley Picked By Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions struck gold in the 2011 NFL Draft, thanks in large part to the run on quarterbacks in the early first round. Because quarterbacks were in demand, Nick Fairley fell all the way to No. 13, where the Lions happily scooped him up. When he gets to Detroit, he'll step right in alongside Ndamukong Suh in the middle of the Lions' defensive line. The two form one of the more impressive young defensive tackle tandems.

Remember when Nick Fairley was the most dominant defensive player in the nation's toughest conference, even carrying the eventual national champions in games when their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback faltered? The NFL might not.

Fairley got nailed with a dreaded label in pre-draft evaluations: "character risk." Scouts worried about his dirty play at Auburn and his lack of maturity. That's all well and good, but that character didn't seem to impede Fairley at Auburn: he had 12 sacks as a junior in 2010, including three against LSU and two at Alabama. If his talent can outshine whatever dark side he might have, Fairley could be a force inside on the defensive line.

The highlights from that performance against LSU are definitely worth watching, too. Fairley cuts through a team with a lot of skilled, well-built linemen with ease.

For more on Fairley's new home, check out SB Nation's Pride of Detroit.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Christian Ponder Picked By Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings tried to trade out of the 12th pick in the 2011 NFL draft but were unable to do so. With the pick, they decided on their quarterback of the future selecting Florida State QB Christian Ponder. 

There are some out there who feel Ponder will actually be the best quarterback in this draft class. He has great size at 6'3" and 228 pounds coming from a large school where he faced top competition. He's a three-year starter so there's plenty of tape on him and he completed over 60 percent of his passes the last two seasons at Florida State.

SB Nation interviewed Ponder this week and he said that, while it would be difficult, he's prepared to step in and play immediately. In Minnesota, he immediately becomes the future. The Vikings are moving past the Brett Favre era and Ponder will be given every opportunity to start the season right away. 

For more on the Vikings latest draft pick, check out Daily Norseman

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2011 NFL Draft Results: J.J. Watt Drafted By Houston Texans

The Houston Texans went with defense with the 11th pick in the J.J. Watt, a defensive end out of Wisconsin. Watt is tenacious off the edge and has plenty of athleticism to boot. Watt is impressive in the pass-rush, and brings the effort every single snap. We hear "high motor" a lot during the draft, but in this case the term may be well-deserved

At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, he has the size to move around, and frequently moved inside and outside on the defensive line. He can line-up either over the guard or outside the tackle's shoulder, showing effectiveness in either situation. Whether he plays up to his athleticism at the NFL-level remains to be seen, but he should provide a quick boost to the Texans defensive line.

For more on Watt's new home, head over to SB Nation's Battle Red Blog.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Jaguars Trade With Redskins, Select QB Blaine Gabbert

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The Washington Redskins have traded the 10th overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. With the pick, the Jaguars have selected Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert. Jacksonville finally has their quarterback of the future in Gabbert and, with David Garrard in house, could even let Gabbert sit for a year. This is a solid move for the Jaguars, who only had to move up six spots.

Of the quarterbacks in the 2011 NFL Draft, Gabbert may be the safest pick. Gabbert checks in behind Cam Newton on many big boards, but possesses the physical tools to be successful in the NFL. He's not a freak athlete, but he has a strong arm and put up impressive stats in 31 games at Mizzou. Gabbert threw for 6,822 yards and 40 touchdowns at Missouri, ranking him among the top-five all-time in each category despite just two full years as the starter. And he did it all without the benefit of an outstanding supporting cast.

Gabbert is good at everything, but not necessarily great at anything. He's a solid all-around quarterback who can move within the pocket and make all the throws necessary. But, like many quarterbacks at the college-level, he will have to transition from a spread to a pro-style offense, learning to take snaps from under-center and make reads while dropping back. While his arm isn't at Ryan Mallett levels, he can spin it, and watching him throw leaves a lasting impression.

Here's video of Gabbert's second half against Nevada in 2010.

Check out Big Cat Country for more on Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville. 

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Tyron Smith Drafted By Dallas Cowboys

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Smith told our own Mocking The Draft that he thinks of himself as the 2011 draft's best offensive lineman, and that concerns about his injured knee shouldn't be an issue. You see, Smith has gained approximately 742 pounds since signing on at USC, having showed up scant and slim. At six-foot-five, he still has room to grow, but has to get stronger and better at run blocking.

The biggest concern with Smith, however? He's played right tackle. He's being drafted as a left tackle. That's a foreboding proposition

For more on Smith's new home, head over to Blogging the Boys.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Jake Locker Picked By Tennessee Titans

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The Tennessee Titans wasted no time making their selection in the 2011 NFL draft. With the eighth pick, the Titans have selected QB Jake Locker out of Washington. This is a bit of a surprise because Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert was still on the board and he's long been expected to be picked higher than Locker.

With Locker, you have all the intangibles. He's a smart guy who works hard. He's tough and there's a reason a lot of general managers across the league like him. Physically, he has the size you want at 6'3" and 228 pounds. He's also a senior with plenty of leadership skills.

On the field, there's some left to be desired. He has just a 55 percent completion percentage which isn't usually where you see a top 10 pick. The accuracy issue, especially for a quarterback, is hard to get over. The Titans and new head coach Mike Munchak think they can develop him into a top quarterback.

In his career, Locker has thrown for over 7,600 yards and 53 touchdowns.

For more on Locker and the Titans, check out Music City Miracles. 

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2011 NFL Draft Trade: Falcons, Browns Swap Six Picks In Blockbuster

The first blockbuster trade of the 2011 NFL Draft has happened: the Cleveland Browns traded sixth pick to the Atlanta Falcons so the Falcons could select Julio Jones.

But the Falcons paid a premium to move up and grab the talented Alabama product.

Atlanta had the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft first round; that's now Cleveland's. But the Browns also received 2011 second round and fourth round picks and 2012 first and fourth round picks to clear the way for Atlanta to snag Jones, and if that sounds like a lot to pay for the right to take one player, it probably is.

With the trade, Atlanta is mortgaging a fair share of depth in its near future for a player who must now be a blue-chip, lest this deal be a boondoggle. Jones should pair well with Roddy White at wide receiver, but he's not going to be five players, not without some bending of the laws of matter.

Cleveland, on the other hand, is swapping a possible blue-chip player for all that depth. And with a young team being assembled around Colt McCoy, Peyton Hillis, and Joe Haden, that makes a ton of sense.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Aldon Smith Picked By San Francisco 49ers

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Aldon Smith is one of a crop of many very good defensive linemen in the 2011 NFL Draft. He may not have the biggest name of this year's draft class, but his game might make up for that in coming years.

Smith collected 17 sacks in 2009 and 2010 — 11 in his great 2009 campaign — despite playing for a Missouri team that had a lot more offensive talent than defensive depth and the Big 12, a conference devoted to spread passing and keeping those quarterbacks upright. Smith was disruptive whether coming around end or being stunted into the middle, and though he faced more substantial blocking after dominating in Missouri's 2010 opener against Illinois (10 tackles, two sacks), he anchored the Tigers' defensive line.

Smith is in that Jason Pierre-Paul mold that the New York Giants have turned into an archetype in recent years. And that combination of size and quickness makes for a really nice highlight reel.

For more on Smith's new home, head over to Niners Nation.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Falcons Trade With Browns, Select WR Julio Jones

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The Cleveland Browns have traded the sixth pick in the 2011 NFL draft to the Atlanta Falcons. With the pick, the Falcons selected Alabama WR Julio Jones. 

The Falcons gave up their first, second and fourth round picks this year. They also gave up their 2012 first and fourth round picks. 

Jones was one of the nation's most celebrated recruits in high school, then performed at high level for most of his three years at Alabama. It's nice when things work out like that.

A combination of many elite skills makes a Julio Jones scouting report sound like a love letter: his tall frame and surprising quickness to get position against defenders, his sure hands take care of most catches, and his speed isn't shabby, either. Oh, and he can block. He racked up 179 catches in three years with the Crimson Tide, averaged almost 15 yards per reception, and hauled in 15 touchdowns. (He had two rushing touchdowns in 2010, too.)

The highlights from Jones' career make the case that he'll be a productive NFL wide receiver pretty easy. (Just don't have the sound up.)

Check out Dawgs By Nature for more on Jones and how he fits with the Browns

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Patrick Peterson Picked By Arizona Cardinals

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No matter where Peterson plays with Arizona, he has the ability to be explosive. As a cornerback, his ability is off the charts, but he may make an immediate impact on special teams, as well. Peterson is prolific in the return game, and his all-around skills were too enticing for Arizona to pass-up.

Patrick Peterson was a fantastic cover corner for LSU during his three years in Baton Rouge, but his greatest asset might have been his skill as a playmaker. Peterson snagged seven interceptions for the Tigers and changes games as a junior with his punt and kick returns, averaging nearly 10 yards per punt return and scoring two touchdowns and racking up nearly 30 yards per kickoff runback. That's the foundation for why many believe Peterson is the best player in the 2011 NFL Draft class.

Peterson also has great size for a cornerback, especially one with his quickness and speed, which is why And The Valley Shook loves his pro potential. And he's an easy guy to like, too: an interview with Colts blog Stampede Blue demonstrates more than a little of the brightness that makes him an interesting player when in front of a microphone.

There are more than a few Patrick Peterson highlight reels on YouTube, and there's a really good Sport Science clip on his reaction speed, if you can get past the Sport Scienceness of it, but there's none with better production values than this compilation of Peterson's exploits.

For more on Peterson's new team, head on over to Revenge of the Birds.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: A.J. Green Picked No. 4 By Cincinnati Bengals

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With the fourth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals have taken Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. And it's a good fit for the massive Bulldogs wideout.

No matter what happens to Cincinnati's offense, which has been in flux since 2010 with concerns about Carson Palmer and the likely departure of Terrell Owens, Green gives the Bengals a go-to target. Green was regarded as the best wide receiver in this NFL Draft class, but also one of the best in some years, and he should be productive as long as he avoids injury. If Chad Johnson's still got something left in the tank, Cincy could be downright loaded wide receiver.

Green had an undeniably outstanding college career at UGA, but did feel like an unrealized dream at times. He was suspended four games in what should've been his national spotlight-stealing junior season and missed three games in 2009 due to injury. But when he was on the field, he was almost always the best player in sight. As Mocking The Draft puts it, his performance is just too good for anybody to worry about a few missed games.

Totaling 2,724 yards from scrimmage in three seasons, Green impacted his entire offense like few players in the country could. The Dawgs went 1-4 against FBS opponents without Green in the lineup, if that tells you anything.

There are plenty of Green highlight videos out there, but here's a clip of probably the best catch I've ever seen. It came in Green's first game back from suspension when he was covered by Jalil Brown, who might be picked as early as Friday:

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Marcell Dareus Picked By Buffalo Bills

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The Buffalo Bills have made Alabama DT Marcell Dareus the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Dareus is a favorite of NFL Network's Mike Mayock because he can play all three positions on their 3-4 defensive line. Dareus can play immediately in Buffalo and the Bills defense can use all the help they can get. 

In two seasons as a starter, Dareus compiled 66 tackles, 11 sacks and a pick-six in the 2009 BCS National Championship. Even after being suspended two games for accepting improper benefits, he's been considered the likely No. 2 pick for a while now. Despite being bested in the NFL Combine's 40-yard dash by Nick Fairley, Dareus dazzled in just about every other drill.

Mocking The Draft sees him as an instant starting end in a 3-4 system, backing up their assessment with play-by-play breakdowns from the Capitol One Bowl (not for the faint of heart).

Here are some highlights of Dareus leaving carnage all across the Southeast, and here's video of Dareus putting some terrifying religion into ESPN's SportScience:

Read more on Dareus at Buffalo Rumblings.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Von Miller Picked By Denver Broncos

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With the second pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller. It's an intriguing pick as Miller was thought to be a prototypical 3-4 linebacker, but was seen as a poor fit for a 4-3 scheme. At Texas A&M, he primarily came off the edge and rushed the passer, but in Denver, he'll be asked to drop into coverage, support the run and rush the passer. How he transitions will be a storyline to watch.

Von Miller may be one of the most athletic prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft and put up off-the-charts measurements throughout the workout circuit leading up to Thursday's first round. At 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, Miller ran a 4.42 40-yard-dash and recorded a 37-inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine while wowing scouts with his agility and athleticism. Miller was a tweener at Texas A&M, working as a linebacker/defensive end hybrid while primarily rushing the passer. His 10.5 sacks led the Big 12 in 2010, and earned him the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker.

While Miller landed near the top of every draft expert's big board, concerns about how he'd fit an NFL scheme have persisted. Miller is a pass-rushing linebacker first, but has shown the ability to drop in the coverage at times, including at the 2011 Senior Bow. He's best suited for a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker and it remains to be seen if he's durable enough to hold-up against the run.


For more on Miller's new home, head over to SB Nation's Mile High Report.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Cam Newton To Carolina Panthers Is Official

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With the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers have chosen Auburn QB Cam Newton. "It's just like a shock sent through my body," Newton said shortly after becoming the 11th quarterback in the last 14 years to be drafted first overall.

What's his first move? "I have no clue," he said. "But it's time to get to work."

The Heisman Trophy winner has been the odds-on No. 1-pick favorite since a couple weeks after his shaky NFL Combine, when his pro day evidently soothed worries about his throwing. His top status was due to his unlimited potential and college stats like none we’ve ever seen before, but he's also considered perhaps the riskiest prospect in this year's field. His infamous ESPN powwow with Jon Gruden led many to feel he isn't up to the task of being a NFL quarterback, and others think he doesn't have the character to lead a team.

Despite his concerning past, it's hard to imagine what Auburn would've done (or will do) without him -- just ask Nick Saban. If he's willing to put in the work to adapt to a pro-style offense, this could be the best draft pick we've seen in years. 

Here's a video on Newton's ... well, entire collegiate career, including highlights from both last year's national title run at Auburn and the one preceding it at Blinn College. And a shot of Cam standing around next to Urban Meyer.

Check out more on Newton at Cat Scratch Reader

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Watch The 2011 NFL Draft Online At NFL.com

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is nearly here. 

If you can't watch the first round on TV with ESPN or NFL Network  -- don't worry. There are options. NFL.com will carry a live stream of the draft so you can get your fill of Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock. Here is the NFL draft TV schedule for the weekend and here's the complete 2011 NFL draft order

If you're like me, then you'll have two screens set-up to monitor the action. I'll have ESPN on the TV and the NFL.com live stream going so I can check out each outlet's coverage. ESPN and NFL Network will have cameras in various draft prospects homes and we'll see the second they get the call that they're being drafted. It's pretty cool stuff. 

Of course I'll also be keeping by SBNation.com tab open as our crew adds updates on all things NFL draft throughout the night. (Yes, I will be "working" past midnight. Feel sorry for me.)

One reason to watch the first round of the draft will be to see the reaction NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gets from the fans. With the NFL lockout, many people expect Goodell to get booed at the top of the draft. 

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NFL Draft 2011, Round 1: Time, TV Schedule, Draft Order

The 2011 NFL draft is so close I can feel it. 

Officially, things kick off at 8:04 p.m. (ET). That's when the Carolina Panthers are officially on the clock although there's draft coverage all day at places like SB Nation, ESPN and NFL Network. The draft will be televised on ESPN and NFL Network with NFL.com running a live stream.

The first round will start on Thursday evening with the Panthers and there will be a maximum of 10 minutes between each pick. At that rate, you can expect the draft to end after midnight. It'll be a late night.

Trades involving players will NOT be allowed even though the NFL lockout has (sort of) been lifted. Check here for any NFL lockout news that may affect the draft. 

 

SB Nation's draft coverage will keep you clued into everything you need to know, most notably who each team picks in the first round. Check out all our our pre-draft coverage here. 

As a refresher, here's the first round draft order: 

1 (1) Carolina
2 (2) Denver
3 (3) Buffalo
4 (4) Cincinnati
5 (5) Arizona
6 (6) Cleveland
7 (7) San Francisco
8 (8) Tennessee
9 (9) Dallas
10 (10) Washington
11 (11) Houston
12 (12) Minnesota
13 (13) Detroit
14 (14) St. Louis
15 (15) Miami
16 (16) Jacksonville
17 (17) New England from Oakland
18 (18) San Diego
19 (19) New York Giants
20 (20) Tampa Bay
21 (21) Kansas City
22 (22) Indianapolis
23 (23) Philadelphia
24 (24) New Orleans
25 (25) Seattle
26 (26) Baltimore
27 (27) Atlanta
28 (28) New England
29 (29) Chicago
30 (30) New York Jets
31 (31) Pittsburgh
32 (32) Green Bay    

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