2011 NFL Draft Results: Von Miller and Defensive Rookies to Make Biggest Impact
2011 NFL Draft Results Recap Which Rookies Will Make Biggest Impact on the Defensive Side of the Ball
The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft had a record number of defensive lineman selected in the first round, many of which should be able to make an immediate impact with their team.
Defensive players like Justin Houston and Da'Quan Bowers slipped down draft boards and neither went nearly as high as expected.
Which of these players will make the biggest impact with their new team this Fall?
1. Von Miller (LB, Denver Broncos)
There is no question that Von Miller was the best OLB in this draft, and one of the premier pass rushers. However, he is also solid in pass coverage and in run support.
Miller should instantly improve the Denver Broncos pass rush, which was one of the worst in the NFL last season.
2. Nick Fairley (DT, Detroit Lions)
Nick Fairley slid out of the top ten but landed in a perfect situation with the Detroit Lions. He will be lining up next to Suh, Vanden Bosch, and possibly Cliff Avril.
The Lions will have one of the most dominant defensive lines in the NFL next season, and Fairley will make their pass rush ferocious. Not only will he be able to rush the passer, but will open up lanes for Suh.
3. Patrick Peterson
The Arizona Cardinals needed some help at the CB position, and they drafted the best defensive player in the draft. He is an excellent cover corner and is very capable of making the big play.
The Cardinals could also use him as a punt return man, as he was absolutely lethal from that spot with LSU.
Patrick Peterson was one of the safest picks in this year's draft and was an easy selection for the Cardinals.
4. Marcell Dareus
The Buffalo Bills selected the best overall DT in this year's draft. He is a solid pass rusher, and does an excellent job in run support as well.
The Bills run defense struggled last season, and Dareus should help the defensive line to instantly improve. Dareus will also make the secondary look better, as he should improve their pass rush.
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