Posts Tagged ‘2011 NFL Draft’

Now that the picks are in, trying to understand who got the better end of the Julio Jones trade…

One of the great unknowns in the NFL comes when teams make draft-day trades. One team is positive they are getting the better end, trading up to select the guy they want. The other team absolutely knows it made a smart move by trading back and loading up on picks. As Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this weekend, “Each one is kind of its own independent decision.” So, it’s tough to compare trades in a vacuum. But we’d still like to know who got the better of each deal. With that said, let’s look back at the biggest deal of the 2011 NFL Draft, since the loose ends were tied up this weekend. The Falcons traded up 21 spots, sending […]

N ‘if’ L: What if Luck was in 2011 draft?’s Dave Dameshek explores the alternate universe had Stanford QB Andrew Luck decided on entering the 2011 NFL Draft. And yes, it somehow involves a new gig for Tim Tebow.

Forecasting top-five picks’ NFL careers

The new CBA, including its rookie wage scale, has definitely decreased the price tag for top-five picks, but the repercussions for missing are still huge. Before you have even played a down, before you have even had your first jersey stitched, draft analysts and fans are asking whether you are a star or a bust.

Photo: Mr. Irrelevant

Relive the 2011 NFL Draft by viewing the photos.

Herzlich already living the dream

Here’s a look back at the incredible journey of Boston College LB Mark Herzlich, who went from projected first-round draft pick following his 2008 junior season to cancer survivor.

Shannon Sharpe (finally) gets stage time

It’s not easy keeping Shannon Sharpe quiet for too long, but the loquacious new member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was kept off the Radio City Music Hall stage — at least temporarily — when the 49ers traded up to take QB Colin Kaepernick with the fourth pick in the second round.

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.

Photo: Round 1 of the NFL Draft

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

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.

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.

Miller has one job in Denver: Get the quarterback

NEW YORK — John Fox kept it fairly simple for his first draft as coach of the Broncos. He is a defensive-minded coach who has always believed that success begins with a strong pass rush.

Mocking the seventh round

Fine. I’ll do a mock draft. Seems like everyone else has done it. Then revised it. Then revised it again. Amateurs, all of ‘em. Anyone could list off the top 32 prospects and assign them the NFL team that’d make the most sense. That’s what I call child’s play. If I’m gonna do a mock draft, I’m going deep. So here it is – my mock draft for the seventh round.

Photo: Cam Newton is first overall

Cam Newton is selected first overall at the 2011 NFL Draft.

Billick: Newton not a franchise QB

We are less than 24 hours away from having our most pressing question of the 2011 NFL Draft answered: Will the Panthers take Auburn QB Cam Newton with the top overall selection?

The bigger question, however, is if Newton has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback.

Lombardi: Mallett dedicated to football

The personal life of Ryan Mallett has been dissected and discussed in the days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, but our Micheal Lombardi believes that the talented quarterback will end up going in the first round. Possibly to the Dolphins.

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