2011 NFL Draft Grades: For Once, The Detroit Lions Are Winners

We saw 32 teams select 254 players in the 2011 NFL draft. Now it's time to grade those picks.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Losers Include Raiders, Seahawks

The 2011 NFL draft is now complete with 32 teams selecting 254 players. Not all of those picks, however, were good ones. SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has taken a look at every team's draft and compiled a list of the winners and losers. Here is the list of 2011 NFL draft winners.

And for the losers, two teams stand out to me -- Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.

The Raiders are...well, the Raiders. They draft based on speed. 

Not much needs to be said here. The Raiders drafted speed as usual in Demarcus Van Dyke, Chimdi Chekwa and Taiwan Jones. Oh, Al Davis. The other pieces they added are nothing to get excited about.

That's about right, though. 

Another team that will find themselves branded as losers in the 2011 NFL draft is the Seattle Seahawks. They had what I thought was a very solid 2010 draft so that's why this class is a little surprising.

If each of Seattle's first two picks - offensive tackle James Carpenter and guard John Moffitt - were taken a round later each, this would be a great draft. The Seahawks didn't take a lot of high potential players in this draft. Instead, they went with low-risk, low-impact players. It's not a bad strategy, but the picks didn't have value.

Interesting note: if Seattle hadn't won the division in Week 17 last year, they'd be drafting 7th.

Check out Mocking The Draft for the complete list of winners and losers. 

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Saints, Lions Among Big Winners

The 2011 NFL draft is finally over. We've seen all 32 teams select 254 players over the last three days. From the first round to the seventh round, the next round of NFL players is in.

So now, with the draft over only a few minutes old, it's time for some NFL draft grades. SB Nation's Mocking The Draft has a list of all the winners in the 2011 NFL draft. Hop on over there to check out the complete list but I wanted to highlight the teams I thought had the best wekeend.

First, the Detroit Lions. DT Nick Fairley fell to them at the 13th pick which allows them to have the best young defensive line in football along with all-world Ndamukong Suh. In the second round, they got the second best running back in the draft. 

The Lions only had five draft picks, but they really hit on their first three with DT Nick Fairley, WR Titus Young and RB Mikel Leshoure. Each should see considerable playing time as a rookie. Fairley is scary on their line next Ndamukong Suh. Leshoure could be the starting running back next season.

Second, the New Orleans Saints spent a lot in the draft but also got a lot of value in return. For a team that's ready to win another Super Bowl right now, I like the picks.

The Saints may have given up a lot in order to get back into the first round to get running back Mark Ingram, but it was a smart move. He should make a big impact on their offense. Cameron Jordan could do the same thing with the defense. Martez Wilson is a good developmental linebacker with a high ceiling thanks to his athleticism. Johnny Patrick should start as a fine nickel cornerback.

Hop on over to Mocking The Draft to see the full list of 2011 NFL draft winners

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