College Football 2011: The First Ever BCS Draft Results

Brandon Cavanaugh@http://twitter.com/@eightlacesCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2011

College Football 2011: The First Ever BCS Draft Results

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    It’s an event that is analyzed years in advance.

    Film is watched ad nauseam as every little detail is scrutinized down to its core.

    Finally, the big day arrives and history is forever changed. Such is the NFL draft, but why do the pros get to have all of the fun?

    While players battle back and forth with the owners, and before the NFL holds their traditional affair, it seemed like a novel theory to suggest what would happen if FBS schools had the opportunity to make draft choices of their own.

    Using the Coaches’ Poll, as it’s included in the BCS, the order of selection is chosen much in the same fashion as the NFL’s poorest record to worst, but by using rankings in reverse.

    The No. 25 team picks first and so on.

    Every player on every FBS team is eligible. Once a player is picked, they cannot be picked again. If a player on your favorite team is not picked, have no fear because he’s safe and you will see him in your school’s colors next fall.

    Has your school recruited to prevent the potential collapse of a national championship run?

    How will last year’s final Top 25 benefit from the first ever BCS Draft?

    North Carolina State is on the clock.

No. 1: North Carolina State Selects QB Andrew Luck (Stanford)

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    Apparently, one way or another, Andrew Luck was going to be drafted No. 1 following the 2010 season.

    Luck’s a no-brainer for the Wolfpack.

    Tired of the antics of quarterback Russell Wilson, Luck steps in and provides immediately leadership, talent and is worth a shot at the ACC Championship at the very least.

    Who’s next?

No. 2: Maryland Selects RB LaMichael James (Oregon)

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    New Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall has to wave goodbye to running back Da'Rel Scott, but opens his arms wide for Heisman contender LaMichael James.

    The ACC again poaches from the Pac-12 and again gets an athlete likely to vie for college football’s most recognizable award.

    James blew up the Pac-10 last season with 1,731 yards and 21 TDs on the ground.

    That sort of talent in the hands of Edsall can be dangerous.

    His handiwork with former Connecticut Husky running back Jordon Todman is well-documented.

    Suddenly, the ACC is getting pretty thick on talent for 2011.

No. 3: Utah Selects C Michael Brewster (Ohio State)

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    The Utes lose guard Caleb Schlauderaff and center Zane Taylor, so why not bring in one of the best offensive linemen in the country to help ease the pain?

    Brewster is a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, so playing Pac-12 competition could make him look like a man among boys.

No. 4: South Carolina Selects RB Trent Richardson (Alabama)

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    A strategic pick for South Carolina, the Gamecocks select one of the best running backs in the country with Richardson.

    They’ve already got Marcus Lattimore in the stable, but he is eligible to be selected and there are plenty of teams still on the FBS draft’s board that need a star running back.

No. 5: Texas A&M Selects LB Lavonte David (Nebraska)

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    Lavonte David may not be Von Miller, but he’s pretty darn close.

    Close enough that the Aggies jump on David to replace their NFL-bound stud linebacker.

    The Cornhuskers are headed to the Big Ten, but David now has to stay behind.

No. 6: Central Florida Selects RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina)

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    Planning pays off for South Carolina as the scrappy Knights of Central Florida yank Lattimore to put in front of returning backs Ronnie Weaver and Latavius Murray.

    The duo ran for 1,527 yards and 22 TDs last year.

    Lattimore accounted for 1,197 yards and 17 TDs on his own.

    He’s also tipping the scales at 232 pounds these days.

    Good luck, Conference USA.

No. 7: Nebraska Selects LB Travis Lewis (Oklahoma)

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    Take Nebraska’s stud linebacker, will you, A&M?

    The Cornhuskers reach right back into the Big 12’s cookie jar and snag a recruit from years past in Oklahoma’s Travis Lewis.

    Lewis has the strength, speed and power that would do very well in Bo Pelini’s defensive schemes.

    That's not applying a band-aid over the wound that is Lavonte David's loss.

    That’s attaching a brand new arm.

No. 8: Missouri Selects QB Kellen Moore (Boise State)

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    Blaine who?

    With the loss of Gabbert to the NFL, Gary Pinkel needs someone to lead his team through its first round-robin Big 12 schedule.

    Enter Kellen Moore.

    Moore has proven that he’s the real deal as a quarterback time and time again.

    Now, he gets to silence all doubters with BCS conference-level talent.

No. 9: Mississippi State Selects OL Barrett Jones (Alabama)

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    Mississippi State may have lost All-SEC offensive lineman Derek Sherrod, but thanks to the FBS draft, they’ve got just the medicine.

    Barrett Jones has been a staple in the Crimson Tide’s line since 2009.

    With that kind of shot in the arm on the offensive line, Sherrod’s absence won’t be as heavily noticeable.

No. 10: Florida State Selects QB Denard Robinson (Michigan)

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    Well, this is certainly a different scenario for FSU than Christian Ponder.

    Ponder was nowhere near as much of a dual-threat quarterback as Robinson and would give FSU an immediate impact player, and Oklahoma something to fear.

    The Seminoles did lose guard Rodney Hudson and center Ryan McMahon, but second-year head coach Jimbo Fisher likely wouldn’t mind working with Dennard.

No. 11: Virginia Tech Selects QB Robert Griffin, III (Baylor)

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    Michael Vick, Marcus Vick, Tyrod Taylor…Robert Griffin III?

    Why not?

    Griffin III threw for 3,501 yards and 22 TDs in 2010 while amassing 635 yards and 8 TDs on the ground.

    He certainly sounds like a quarterback that Virginia Tech wouldn’t mind leading them back to the ACC Championship Game.

No. 12: Michigan State Selects LB Tank Carder (TCU)

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    Michigan State loses both Greg Jones and Eric Gordon at the linebacker position, so they need to make this pick count.

    Why not select a player who did so much damage to fellow Big Ten conference member Wisconsin?

    TCU had the No. 1 scoring defense in the country in 2010.

    At one point, only three points were scored against them after playing Colorado State, Wyoming and Brigham Young combined.

    Carder was a big part of that and is a player that Sparty would love.

No. 13: Nevada Selects QB Darron Thomas (Oregon)

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    It takes a certain type of quarterback to run Nevada’s offense and Colin Kaepernick did it so well, that there are very few quarterbacks that could replicate his output.

    Derron Thomas is one of those quarterbacks.

    He showed his ability to read defenses extremely well last season. So well, in fact, that he threw for 2,881 yards and 30 TDs while running for 486 yards and five TDs.

    No, Western Athletic Conference, you can’t touch this.

No. 14: Arkansas Selects QB Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State)

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    With Ryan Mallett NFL-bound, the Razorbacks waste no time in snagging a quarterback that’s very familiar with throwing the ball.

    Weeden threw for 4,277 yards and 34 TDs and is extremely skilled at shredding defenses through the air, making him an excellent selection to replace Mallett.

No. 15: Alabama Selects WR Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys get de-fanged with back-to-back picks as Alabama snags the 2010 Biletnikoff Award Winner to replace Julio Jones.

    An easy choice, and just like that, the Big 12’s talent pool is starting to shrink quickly.

No. 16: Oklahoma State Selects WR Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma)

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    Well, this is going to be awkward come Bedlam.

    The Cowboys may have had their quarterback and the best receiver in the nation ripped out of their hands, but they don’t take it sitting down.

    Oklahoma States tears one of the other best receivers in the nation away from their hated rivals.

    That had to be a feel-good pick for T. Boone Pickens.

No. 17: Wisconsin Selects QB Landry Jones (Oklahoma)

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    Now Oklahoma feels the pain that their rivals did just moments before.

    Wisconsin needs to address several issues to remain competitive in 2011, especially with Nebraska coming to town for the first time as a Big Ten conference member.

    Why not greet them with a familiar face in Landry Jones?

    After all, the last time Jones saw the Cornhuskers, he was leading the Sooners to a victory over Nebraska in the 2010 (and possibly final) Big 12 Championship Game.

    Surely this idea will work…right?

No. 18: LSU Selects DB Mark Barron (Alabama)

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    Now this is an SEC-style pick.

    LSU loses Patrick Peterson to the NFL draft, so they pluck one of the best defensive backs away from one of the best teams in the country.

    Barron accounted for 75 tackles (54 solo), 3 TFL, 2 SCK, 3 INT, 6 PBU, 9 PD, 2 QBH and a FF.

    The Tigers will happily take him.

No. 19: Boise State Selects QB G.J. Kinne (Tulsa)

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    What do you do when you lose Kellen Moore to Missouri?

    Find another diamond in the rough that’s already been polished.

    G.J. Kinne is just that guy.

    After throwing 3,650 and 31 TDs in 2010, he’s just the guy to step in and help Boise State forget all about Moore.

No. 20: Oklahoma Selects QB Dan Persa (Northwestern)

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    Pouting isn’t going to get Big Game Bob anywhere.

    While the list of experienced quarterbacks to take over for the lost Landry Jones is shrinking, Northwestern’s Dan Persa is the heart and soul of the Wildcats’ team.

    Before an injury versus Iowa kept him sidelined for the remainder of the year, Persa threw for 2,581 yards and 15 TDs.

    Though Oklahoma lost Broyles earlier in the draft, the Sooners aren’t lacking in talented wide receivers for Persa to throw to.

No. 21: Ohio State Selects RB Knile Davis (Arkansas)

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    With five players sitting on the sidelines and potentially more problems coming down the pike, Ohio State needs to address the 2011 season quickly.

    While there aren’t any truly experienced quarterbacks left in the physical and athletic style of Terrelle Pryor, there is a running back that can help hold down the fort until Brandon Herron gets back.

    Arkansas’ Knile Davis last saw the Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl where he ran for 139 yards on OSU’s defense.

    With this selection, the Bucks can turn an immediate negative into a positive.

    That whole Jim Tressel thing isn’t going to be helped by the draft, though.

No. 22: Stanford Selects QB Matt Barkley (Southern Cal)

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    Trading down?

    Admittedly, yes, but Barkley did put up 2,791 yards and 26 TDs for USC last year.

    Let us not forget that he also went 28-for-45 for 390 yards, 3 TDs and no picks versus Stanford last year.

    The Cardinal faithful should be able to accept this pick even if they have to hold their nose while doing so.

No. 23: Oregon Selects RB Edwin Baker (Michigan State)

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    With no LaMichael James or Darron Thomas, Oregon has to rebuild their backfield immediately.

    Edwin Baker’s no James, but he did put up 1,201 yards and 13 TDs.

    Being used to a more smash mouth style may give the Ducks an advantage with Baker in the backfield.

    Now comes addressing the lack of Thomas.

No. 24: TCU Selects LB Manti Te'o (Notre Dame)

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    If Michigan State wants Tank, then TCU will gladly lift Te’o off of Notre Dame’s hands.

    Brian Kelly’s star linebacker should be able to do substantial damage in Tank’s place, especially given the level of competition.

No. 25: Auburn Selects DT Jared Crick (Nebraska)

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    Auburn lost so much following their national championship run, but where to start the rebuilding process?

    Offense wins games, but defense wins championships as they say.

    The future has to be now for the Cornhusker defense, because Auburn is going to ease the pain of losing Nick Fairley’s with the selection of another Pelini prodigy, Jared Crick.

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