The 2011 NFL draft is less than two days away, which means the excitement is reaching an almost fever pitch.
I can't help but feel as though there are already a few fans (and possibly Mel Kiper Jr.) camping out inside Radio City Music Hall in anticipation of Roger Goodell walking across the stage and saying, "With the first overall pick, the Carolina Panthers select..."
But who will be the name that gets announced first? Which of the 25 college athletes reportedly on board to take be at the draft this year will hear their names called in the first round and which ones will find themselves sobbing in the green room as they see their names (and potential salaries) slip slowly down the draft board?
While there's not much time left until the draft gets underway, we've got enough time to give a final, conclusive run through each team's best potential pick at each of the first round's 32 spots. We'll break down why the picks were made and even look a bit at potential alternates, should that player no longer be available.
So, pull on your Mel Kiper Jr. wig, grab your nicest suit (preferably something in a bright color, or with a really ugly tie) and let's get started, shall we?
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green
|17. New England Patriots: J.J. Watt
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aldon Smith
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert |
6. Cleveland Browns: Patrick Peterson
7. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Fairley
8. Tennessee Titans: Robert Quinn
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Carimi
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Anthony Castonzo
24. New Orleans Saints: Adrian Clayborn
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara
12. Minnesota Vikings: Da'Quan Bowers
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith
27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Heyward
28. New England Patriots: Akeem Ayers
|13. Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan
|29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod
30. New York Jets: Stephen Paea
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams
32. Green Bay Packers: Danny Watkins