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2011 NFL Draft Results: Ryan Mallett, 49ers and the 9 Biggest Fails of Day 2

Adam HirshfieldFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Results: Ryan Mallett, 49ers and the 9 Biggest Fails of Day 2

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    The 2011 NFL Draft has given us a bit of everything through the first three rounds.

    We've seen great picks and completely confounding ones. It has featured some great suits and several major-league fashion offenses.

    And those of us paying attention to the draft coverage on television have heard wise analysis combined with plenty of meaningless blathering.

    There are plenty of articles written about the great picks, the steals and the teams who improved the most through the first three rounds.

    But this is not one of those articles.

    It's more fun to look at the utter fails.

    And in the coming slides, we'll look back on the nine biggest fails on Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft.

9. Franco Harris Announcing the Steelers' Second-Round Pick

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  Pro Football Hall of Fame member Franco Harris discusses the NFL Draft at the Bud Light 'Best Round Ever' Pre-Draft Party on April 27, 2011 in New York City. Bud Light, the new official beer of the NFL, offered fans $10 million i
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    Maybe he was mugging for the camera, but Franco Harris sounded like a nerdy 8-year-old in a spelling bee as he announced the Pittsburgh Steelers’ second-round pick, Marcus Gilbert from Florida.

    Funny and somewhat typical for good ol' Franco. But still…

    Public-speaking fail!

8. Raiders Selecting DeMarcus Van Dyke at No. 81

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    ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 18:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis speaks to reporters after introducing Hue Jackson as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders on January 18, 2011 in Alameda, California.  Hue Jackson was introduced as the new coach of the Oaklan
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    OK, full disclosure: Part of the reason to include this pick fail is so that I could include this image of the Crypt Keeper.

    But seriously, Oakland fans in the Bleacher Report office joked early in the second round that based on his love of speed (see Heyward-Bey, Darrius, 2009 NFL Draft) Al Davis and the Raiders would probably take cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke from Miami, simply because he ran the fastest 40 at the Combine (and apparently because the Raiders also like two-word surnames).

    Of course, a few hours later, and regardless of the fact that he was listed as maybe the 15th best corner in the draft, Van Dyke’s name was called by the Raiders.

    According to Yahoo, he "was benched as a senior and shies from contact as a tackler."

    Sounds like just the guy to select if you’re looking for a savior for your secondary.

    Forty-yard-dash fail!

7. Giants Selecting Marvin Austin with Pick No. 52

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 7:  Marvin Austin #9 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Everything I've heard suggests that he has a ton of athleticism, talent and ability.

    But it was reported on ESPN after his selection that, prior to the draft, three teams took Austin completely off their boards because of serious concerns about his character.

    Not a great sign from Austin that he turned teams off so completely while he should have been kissing butt and, in effect, interviewing for a job.

    Every coach or GM thinks they they can change the problem child. But how often does that really work out?

    Attitude fail!

6. Cowboys and Redskins Not Going After Defensive Backfield Help

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings stiff arms Philip Buchanon #31 the Washington Redskins at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty
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    The Washington Redskins had the second-worst pass defense in the league in 2010, allowing 261.7 yards per game through the air.

    The Dallas Cowboys were seventh worst at 243.2 yards per game.

    Both teams need serious help at corner and word is that both NFC East foes are planning to pursue free agent-to-be Nnamdi Asomugha when the lockout is lifted.

    So what do they do in Rounds 2 and 3 with names like Brandon Hogan of West Virginia and Shareece Wright of USC still available?

    They don’t draft corners.

    Secondary fail!

5. Adam Schefter's Pink-on-Pink Ensemble

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    Really, Adam?

    Not only pink on pink, but before Memorial Day to boot?

    Fashion fail!

4. Every Team That Passed on Da'Quan Bowers

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    There are obviously some serious injury concerns over Bowers, who underwent surgery on a torn meniscus early in January and toppled from top-five pick all the way to the second round.

    But this is a guy who led the nation in sacks as a junior at Clemson this past year. And, as Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik told USA Today, "At the end of the day, the guy is a dominating football player."

    If Bowers can get back to 100 percent, this pick (No. 51 overall) will be an absolute steal for Tampa Bay.

    Injury-slide fail!

3. Oh Yeah, the NFL Lockout

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    PITTSBURGH - APRIL 26:  A day after the NFL lockout was lifted, new defensive backs coach, Carnell Lake of the Pittsburgh Steelers reports to the South Side training facility on April 26, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of Draft Day, but the elephant in the Draft room at Radio City Music Hall on Friday was the fact that a federal appeals court in St. Louis put on hold a judge’s injunction order earlier in the week in Minnesota that had temporarily lifted the lockout.

    In effect, the players are locked out again. No free agents can sign. The season is off.

    For now.

    The decision is set to be reviewed again early next week and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. You don't care.

    But the point is that the re-lockout cast a bit of a pall on the proceedings during the second and third rounds.

    Draft buzz-kill fail!

2. Patriots Selecting Ryan Mallett with Pick No. 74

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    The Patriots had plenty of picks to make in the second and third rounds of the draft, and they had several holes on their depth chart that needed filling. 

    But none of those holes read "big, slow, goofy, poor-decision-making quarterback to sit behind Tom Brady for the next four seasons."

    Sure, Mallett put up big numbers in his two years at Arkansas, but with his attitude and history of problems, this is just a bad fit for Bill Belichick and the Pats.

    Brady-replacement fail!

1. 49ers Trading Up to Take Colin Kaepernick at No. 36

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 07:  Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke pose for a picture following a press conference where Harbaugh was introduced as the new San Francisco 49ers head coach at the Palace Hotel on January 7, 2011 in San Francisco,
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    "Holy WTF, Batman!" (And no, Modern Family fans. WTF does not stand for "Why the face?")

    Let me get this straight... the 49ers trade up nine spots in the second round—giving up extra draft picks in the fourth and fifth rounds—to pick a quarterback who would have been there nine spots later and who isn't anywhere near pro ready?

    Oh, and who has a "herky-jerky" throwing motion?

    Oh, and who hasn't run a pro-style offense in college?

    Oh, and who might piss off the incumbent quarterback and former No. 1 overall draft pick enough to make him probably not want to return?

    Congratulations, 49ers! I believe you've hit for the draft-fail cycle!

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