Draft Countdown: 11 days ’til ’11 Draft

It’s April in the NFL, which means it’s pretty quiet, except for the fact that one of the coolest weekends of the year, draft weekend, is just 11 days away.

The number 11 is sometimes cool, sometimes quirky, and oftentimes disappointing …

  • Fan bases never seemed to forgive famous 11s, Drew Bledsoe (first overall pick, Patriots, 1993) and Danny White (third round, Cowboys, 1974). Neither quarterback could win Super Bowls for their clubs, but both collected rings as backups to famous 12s — Tom Brady and Roger Staubach.
  • The Bills’ fan base is less than giddy over the 11th overall pick in 2009, defensive end Aaron Maybin.
  • The quirky: Eleven is the home of two former second-rounders: Roscoe Parrish (55th overall, Bills, 2005) and Mohamed Massaquoi (50th overall, Browns, 2009), two of the more unique names you’ll ever hear.
  • Quirky and disappointing: Roy Williams wears No. 11. An odd duck that clearly has a crush on Jon Kitna and can’t please Cowboys fans, it’s hard to believe he was once the seventh overall pick in the 2004 draft.
  • Larry Fitzgerald, who wears 11 for the Cardinals, was taken four slots ahead of Williams that year, third overall.
  • As accomplished as Fitzgerald is, the best 11 of all-time is Norm Van Brocklin, who won the NFL Championship in 1960 only to become head coach of the Vikings in 1961. Van Brocklin was selected by the Rams in the fourth round of the 1949 draft. He was recently voted as the 83rd best player of all-time.
  • To go from quarterback to head coach is pretty versatile, much like the NFL’s all-time Mr.Versatile, Jim Jensen of the Dolphins, taken in the 11th round in 1981, and also an 11.

With the 11th pick in the ’11 draft, perhaps the Texans could pick up a versatile defender for that suspect defense. We’ll see in 11 days.

— Elliot Harrison

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