2011 NFL Draft: Live Draft AFC North Reaction
The first round has officially come to a close, and what a first round it was. The Cleveland Browns were part of one of the biggest draft day trades in the history of the NFL, the Ravens made headlines in their own way and the Bengals have officially begun their post-Ochocinco era.
In case you missed it, here is a run down of what occurred for you AFC North teams last night:
Cincinnati Bengals: As expected the Bengals went with their top guy in A.J. Green. There were rumblings that the Bengals could trade this pick, but instead Cleveland made a trade with WR hungry Atlanta. That should prove that Green was always the Bengals' top choice because Green could easily be a Falcon if the Bengals bit on the trade offer.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns traded the 6th overall selection in return for five Atlanta Falcons Draft Picks: in 2010 the 27th, 59th and 124 picks, in 2011 the Falcons' first and fourth round picks.
The Browns set themselves up nicely and moved down the draft. They then made a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to move up to the 21st overall pick. In order to do that the Browns had to agree to swap first round picks, while also sending Kansas City their third round selection.
That 21st overall pick was used to select Phil Taylor a defensive tackle from Baylor. Taylor is a big man best used to stop the run. Taylor should prove to be a force on the line, if he can stay healthy.
Baltimore Ravens: In one of the most confusing moments in NFL Draft History, the Ravens waited too long to make their pick at number 26, and were passed by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs chose Jonathan Baldwin with their pick, and the Ravens subsequently chose Jimmy Smith, a CB from Colorado.
The Ravens apparently were in talks to make a trade with the Bears, but Chicago never reported the trade to the NFL and thus led to the forfeiture of the Baltimore pick. The Ravens and Bears, allegedly, were swapping picks so that the Bears were guaranteed to draft Gabe Carimi and the Ravens could pick up a fourth round pick while still drafting Jimmy Smith.
It seems to have worked out alright for all parties involved, but the Ravens are appealing for the Bears fourth round pick. An appeal they are likely to lose.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers were one of the few teams not to make a flashy move in the first round this year. Despite entertaining offers to both trade up and trade down, the Steelers instead decided to be patient and wait their turn. When the time came to make their selection, the Steelers were pleasantly surprised to see Cameron Heyward still available.
Heyward is a 3-4 defensive end from Ohio St. with strong family ties to the Steel City. Heyward likely will go the route of fellow first round pick Ziggy Hood and not have an immediate impact. Instead, Heyward likely will learn the system in his first year before being called on to be a regular contributor.
What to look for in Round 2:
- Will the Bengals look for their future starting quarterback? Likely second round quarterbacks remaining include Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallet and Colin Kaepernick.
- How will the Browns use their excess picks? Will they look to fill holes or elect to go with the best player available and hope for a stud?
- The Ravens have addressed their need for a cornerback, leaving offensive tackle and defensive end as their major needs. The Ravens could instead look to add a skill position in the second round and select a speedy wide receiver to stretch the field. What position will it be? Some possibly WRs include: Greg Little, Randall Cobb and Tandon Doss.
- The Steelers are still hurting at the cornerback position, and every round that goes by without a cornerback drafted gives Ike Taylor more leverage in contract negotiations. Will the Steelers be able to find a viable corner in the end of the round? Will they have to trade up? Or will the team instead focus on the offensive line?
The second round is set to start at 6 pm EST. Grab a beverage, turn down the lights and lets get ready for some football...
What do we think AFC North fans? Who will the Bengals take first?
I personally see the A.J. Green pickup as a slap in the face to Chad Ochocinco, so wouldn't it be poetic if the Bengals took a red headed quarterback named Andy Dalton to replace their red bearded quarterback?
Whew! I should've gotten a speeding ticket but I made it home from work in time for the second round!
Only twenty minutes until the Patriots trade their pick... you don't honestly think they're keeping a pick that valuable do you?
We are ten hours from the start of the second round and draft boards are being adjusted.
My analysis will be coming later, but here is a quick AFC North summary:
The Bengals addressed their need for a Receiver with A.J. Green
The Browns make a great trade with the Falcons and are now set up with a bevy of picks for some time.
The Browns followed up that great trade by taking Phil Taylor, a player thought to b taken earlier than he should have and to the wrong system.
The Ravens try to make a trade, and even lose their pick! They still find a way to get the player on the top of their draft board, Jimmy Smith.
The Steelers once again take the best player available while sitting at the end of the draft by selecting Cameron Heyward, a DE from Ohio St.
We've almost come to the end here ladies and gentleman. One pick leftand it is the Super Bowl champions. Look for them to address the offensive line. They need to protect their QB.
This is a solid pick here for the Steelers. The defensive line is getting old so they get the best player available and fill a need. Win-Win.
The Steelers once again go best player available in the late first round. They know they can get a tackle later in the draft and have found a great pass rusher to bring in on passing downs.
The Jets go with Muhammad WIlkerson from Temple here. WIlkerson is a big tough guy that will work hard in the trenches. He is a great pick for the Jets as they get great value. He should fit in nicely with the Jets.
Carimi comes with some healthy concerns but he is a big mean guy. Gabe Carimi should fit in well as a tough nosed lineman to protect Jay Cutler.
The Patriots of course trade out of the first round and instead the Saints will select Mark Ingram here. The Saints add a very solid football player here, but Ingram doesn't seem to fit the fast, air attack of the Saints,
And the Ravens get what they always wanted and drafted Jimmy Smith. He is a great football player that could have been drafted much higher if not for the fact he comes with baggage. Smith should be a good fit for that locker room.
Hometown kid Jonathan Baldwin goes high to the Chiefs here. Baldwin certainly could become a star in the NFL, but its only if his head is int he game. Dwayne Bowe has his own baggage so this could be an interesting crew of receivers.
The Ravens may have just been passed in the daft, commissioner Goodell just called the 26th pick to the Chiefs. The Ravens originally were the 26th.
This is a pretty embarrassing move here for the NFL, whoever the Ravens were on the phones with must have really been negotiating hard there.
Nowe theyre saying tha Baltimore is making a selection and will be making their own pick here.
There is the trade we were talking about, the Ravens may have found a QB needy squad
The Ravens locker room should be strong enough to take a personality like Jimmy Smith, but the Ravens would also love to trade down here. They do seem to take their time on the clock here...
The Seahawks go against the grain in this year's draft. Instead of taking the best available, they draft their favorite player at the position they wanted to address first.
Browns, Bengals and Steelers are hoping the Seahwaks take Jimmy Smith to keep him from being a Raven.
The Seahawks are on the board, will they reach for a quarterback too? Probably not, but this looks like one of Ingram's last chances to be a first round pick.
Cameron Jordan is a very strong pass rushing defensive end. He fell much further down the draft board than some had expected so it is a great pick up for the Saints here. Jordan should have been in the top 15.
The Eagles go against the expected and add some protection for Mike Vick instead of adding some help in the secondary. Maybe they were too scared of Jimmy Smith's baggage to take him here. Interesting pick, but I'm not surprised by anything in this draft anymore.
The Colts have had a poor run drafting in the first round so far so they'll just try and find a way to protect their best weapon instead of taking a risk on a high reward guy.
Oh! Fail. The Browns have traded up instead. It looks like the Browns will pick up Taylor to replace Shuan Rogers at NT. Phil Taylor is a beast of a man, his feet have some injury concern but he could be very strong.
The Chiefs can go best available and will help them get back to the power running game the franchise is built on.
The Bucs continue to stack the defense by adding Clayborn here. I think this says more about Da'Quan Bowers than anything. Clayborn was a reach so Bowers should've been the top choice here. Clayborn is good though and Raheem Brock is a good coach as well.
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