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:
|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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