NFL Draft 2011: Top 5 1st Round Steals and Busts

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NFL Draft 2011: Top 5 1st Round Steals and Busts
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The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is in the books. The smoke has settled and the initial reactions and grades are in. Now, we take an even deeper look at the prospects and their destination to see which teams landed steals in their slots and which players could turn into busts.

The top six selections are locks. They landed where they should be and will thrive in their destinations.

Cam Newton will sell tickets in Carolina.

Von Miller will rejuvenate the defense in Denver.

Marcell Dareus is the anchor for Buffalo.

A.J. Green is the next superstar in Cincinnati.

Patrick Peterson will solidify arguably the best secondary in the NFL.

Julio Jones completes Atlanta’s offense.

These six are set for long, top-notch careers with their elite abilities. Yet the rest of the wild first round allowed for potential steals and busts.

We’re going to leave James Carpenter and Jon Baldwin off today because Seattle and Kansas City reached. We’ll get to them another day. The rest of first round is fair game.

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