2011 NFL Draft Results: Ryan Mallett, Da'Quan Bowers and the Best Value Picks
2011 NFL Draft Results Recap The Best Value Picks of the NFL Draft
The 2011 NFL Draft is just about complete and teams are doing their final evaluations of their draft choices. Fans will begin dissecting their teams draft and will be looking forward to seeing their new stars on the football field next year.
Here are some players that fell down draft boards and represented excellent value at thier draft position:
1. Ryan Mallett (QB, New England Patriots)
Ryan Mallett was the most talked about player coming into this draft, and that carried over into much of Day Two. The Patriots eventually traded up and ended Ryan Mallett's free-fall.
In the third round, Mallett provides first round talent, but does come with some character concerns. However, at No. 74 overall, Mallett was an excellent selection. Mallett instantly becomes the heir-apparent to Tom Brady, as he gets to develop behind one of the best QBs of all-time.
2. Da'Quan Bowers (DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Bowers slide was well noted as he slid out of the first round and all the way to No. 51. Bowers will be the biggest steal of the draft if his knee is able to hold up, as he was once projected to go No. 1 overall.
Bowers is an all-around DE that can both rush the passer and provide excellent run support. He will fit in well on a very young defensive line for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that could become one of the best lines in the NFL.
3. Leonard Hankerson (WR, Washington Redskins)
The Washington Redskins selected Leonard Hankerson with the 79th overall selection in this year's draft. The Redskins desperately needed to add a potential No. 1 WR and somehow found that in the third round.
Hankerson is a physical WR with excellent hands and will likely have no problem fitting in as Santana Moss's replacement with the Redskins.
4. Marcus Cannon (OT, New England Patriots)
The New England Patriots selected a first to second round talent in the fifth round of the draft. There are medical concerns associated with selecting Cannon, however, the value he represents in the fifth round goes unmatched.
If he eventually checks out, he will be an absolute steal that has the ability to play both tackle and guard.
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