April 29, 2011

Live Draft Grades 2011




1. Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 248 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: We all saw this coming. The question is if it was the right decision. We will see in due time.

Grade: B



2. Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 246 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: I love Von Miller, but this is not a scheme fit. However, Miller can still impact the game and the Broncos can get a defensive tackle in round two or three.

Grade: C



3. Marcell Dareus, DL, Alabama
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 319 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: Excellent pick for the Bills. They improve their pass rush and fill a need by taking an ideal 3-4 end in Marcell Dareus.

Grade: A



4. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 211 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: Could Carson Palmer actually come back now? Well, most likely not, but the Bengals have a number one receiver and one of the elite prospects in the draft.

Grade: A



5. Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 219 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: Quarterback may have made more sense, but the Cardinals get the best player in the draft hands down.

Grade: A



6. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: I like the fact that Atlanta moved up to give Matt Ryan another weapon and a number two receiver, but the Falcons gave up way too much for him.

Grade: C



7. Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 263 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: A bit of a reach, and they could have gotten Gabbert here, but Aldon Smith will be the pass rusher they need coming off the edge.

Grade: B



8. Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 227 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: They passed on Gabbert for Locker. Bold move, but at least they got a quarterback they are comfortable with.

Grade: C



9. Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 310 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: Tyron Smith has talent, but the Cowboys could have gotten a tackle in round two or three and taken a five technique or Prince Amukamara. However, this may turn out to be the right decision.

Grade: B



10. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 234 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: What are the Jaguars smoking? They could have stayed put, and taken Ryan Kerrigan to fill a need. Ok, they saw Gabbert slipping and capitalized, but once again the Jaguars stun everyone two years in a row.

Grade: C



11. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 290 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: I would have liked to see Amukamara or Robert Quinn here, but Watt is an ideal five technique who would help solidify their new 3-4 defense.

Grade: B



12. Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 229 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: As much as the Vikings need a quarterback, and as much as I like Christian Ponder, this was a huge reach. They could have traded back or gotten a stud defensive lineman.

Grade: D



13. Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 297 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley on the same defensive line? I love this pick, but the Lions failed to fill a need. Prince Amukamara and Anthony Castonzo would have been better choices.

Grade: C



14. Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 265 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: Great pick for the Rams. Defensive tackle is more of a need, but this is an elite pass rusher that should have been a top ten pick.

Grade: A



15. Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 303 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Interior offensive line needed to be addressed. Though it was a slight reach, Pouncey was the best player on the board and a safe pick.

Grade: B



16. Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 267 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Is this a scheme fit? Perhaps not, but the best player on their board could have been Kerrigan so I give the Redskins props.

Grade: B



17. Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 307 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Nate Solder is someone I thought New England would avoid. I was wrong. They could have went Cameron Jordan or at least taken the best tackle in the draft Anthony Castonzo.

Grade: C



18. Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 298 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: Another odd pick. Liuget is overrated, and will struggle in a 3-4 defense due to his size and skill set. Once again, why was Cameron Jordan not the pick?

Grade: C



19. Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 206 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Though corner was not a need, the Giants sticked to their method and took the best player available. Not to mention, the Cowboys and Redskins passed on him, and the Eagles could have been considering him as well.

Grade: A



20. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 281 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Adrian Clayborn is a great fit in Tampa. However, Cameron Jordan and Da'Quan Bowers were still on the board, so I question this pick a bit.

Grade: B



21. Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 334 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Ugh. A nose tackle, for a 4-3 defense? I like Phil Taylor, but come on Browns, what are you thinking?

Grade: C



22. Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 311 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: One of the steals of the night. Castonzo, the ebst tackle in the draft, will now protect Peyton Manning's blindside.

Grade: A



23. Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 310 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Ok Philly, what happened? Watkins would have been available in round two. You pass on Jimmy Smith and Gabe Carimi for a 27 year old rookie?

Grade: C



24. Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 286 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Steal of the night. I am disgusted that Jordan fell this far, when his stock was "supposed to be rising."

Grade: A



25. James Carpenter, OG/OT, Alabama
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 321 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Everyone in this organization must be on crack. I suggest they lay off or else they will continue to suck every year.

Grade: F



26. Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 228 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: Oh my! Come on Scott Pioli. Really? Baldwin could have fell into your lap in round two, and you had your pick between: Akeem Ayers, Gabe Carimi, Derek Sherrod, and Brooks Reed.

Grade: C



27. Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 211 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Great value for the Ravens, and at a position of need. They almost blew it by failing to pick a spot earlier.

Grade: A



28. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 215 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: The only reason this pick is a B, is because they gave up a 2012 first round pick. Other than that, nice pick.

Grade: B



29. Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 314 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Grade A, no question. Carimi is a massive tackle who can help keep Jay Cutler upright.

Grade: A



30. Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 315 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Wilkerson was another steal. The Jets needed an upgrade at the five technique and they got it.

Grade: A



31. Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 294 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Even though offensive line was the biggest need, no one other than Derek Sherrod deserved to be picked here. Still, they get a young 3-4 end in Cameron Heyward who can start sooner than later.

Grade: A



32. Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 312 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: Protect Aaron Rodgers by drafting the best tackle available. Nice. But I'm a bit skeptical of drafting an offensive tackle two years in a row in round one.

Grade: A