Archive for April, 2011

Photo: Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2011 NFL Draft

Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2011 Draft underway.

Bills declare their confidence in Fitzpatrick

As the second round unfolds and teams make their second picks of the draft, overall strategies become more transparent.

Patriots actually keep pick, take Dowling

The Patriots are always in search of draft value, which usually comes in the form of extra draft picks. So when the Patriots don’t trade a pick — as was the case with the first selection of the second round Friday — it becomes newsworthy.

Day 2 should feature Bowers, QBs, CBs

As we enter Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft, here are some topics we’re mulling as teams set their draft boards for Rounds two and 3. Teams change their boards after the first round, adjusting to what happened and re-assessing the players who are left.

Surprise QB picks push down quality prospects

The run on quarterbacks during the early portions of the 2011 NFL Draft — four went in the first 12 picks, including surprise selections of Jake Locker (eighth) and Christian Ponder (12th)had another subtle result.

Data Points: DL, OL, QB ahead of the draft curve

Defensive line saw the biggest move from the previous 10 drafts, with 12 guys getting plucked where an average of just under eight were taken in years prior.

Warner not convinced Newton was right pick

By virtue of taking Cam Newton with the first overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Panthers have put their stock in the Auburn QB developing into a franchise player. So Newton was the pick, but now the question is, was he the right pick?

Photo: Round 1 of the NFL Draft

Round 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books.

Gabbert in, so is Garrard out for Jags?

The Jaguars have taken their dissatisfaction with QB David Garrard to the next level.

Ravens get their man — but at No. 27

The Radio City Music Hall crowd groaned Thursday night when it was announced that the Ravens had passed on the No. 26 overall pick in the draft, putting the Chiefs on the clock.

Bowers slid … right out of the first round

It was a very telling point of the NFL draft when the Buccaneers, badly in need of a pass rusher at No. 20, selected Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn. Not that Clayborn was a reach, but that the Bucs chose him over Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers, who is sliding because of concerns over his surgically repaired knee.

Mayock: Solder has ‘tremendously high ceiling’

On the clock with the No. 17 overall pick in the draft, the Patriots saw the chance to take their left tackle of the future. They didn’t pass on it.

Lombardi: Miller will be third-down force

Von Miller, billed as of the cleanest prospects in the draft and the best pass rusher available, fills an immediate on the outside as the Broncos transition to a 4-3 defensive scheme.

Faulk: Trade down helped Redskins

The Redskins were the second team to orchestrate a trade down in the first round, dealing the 10th overall pick to the Jaguars to acquire the 16th selection and the No. 49 choice, in the second round.

Dareus fell into laps of lucky Bills

NEW YORK — The Bills have taken their share of criticism for poor drafting, which has done plenty to cause them to go 11 consecutive years without a playoff appearance. This year, they seem to have gotten their first pick right — and it didn’t even require a whole lot of effort on their part.

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