NFL Draft Results: Top 25 Most Unforgivable FAILS of the 2011 NFL Draft
The NFL draft is finally over and, like every year, there were many fails that came along with it.
Likewise, there are also memorable great moments like Mark Ingram’s reaction to his father’s e-mail.
But whether they were tweets, bad picks, boos or puzzling landing spots, the 2011 NFL draft was full of fails.
The following are the worst of the worst. The top 25 biggest fails of the 2011 NFL draft.
25. Reggie Bush’s Tweets After the Ingram Pick
Reggie Bush was quick to respond by tweet to the New Orleans Saints' decision to draft Mark Ingram 28th overall.
“It’s been fun New Orleans,” Bush tweeted.
Bush’s status with the Saints is in question, but he may have answered this question on draft day. He will be in a new jersey in 2011.
The reason this is a fail is because it was stealing the moment from Ingram. It was not until a few hours later that Bush sent out a follow-up tweet congratulating the draftee.
24. The Eagles Draft a Kicker in the Fourth Round
Alex Henery was the only kicker taken in the 2011 NFL draft, and the Eagles wasted a fourth-round pick on him. Was that really worth it?
Since no other team drafted a kicker, there was obviously no real reason to “steal” Henery before other teams were given a chance.
Even if he was taken, the Eagles could have just as easily went with former Lou Groza Award winners Kai Forbath or Thomas Weber to fill their need at kicker.
23. The NY Jets Draft RB Bilal Powell in the Third Round
This pick doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
One of the Jets' strongest positions is running back. They have excellent depth with LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight.
Not only was this pick unnecessary, but Bilal Powell was not even the best running back available.
The Jets chose Powell over players like Jacquizz Rodgers, Dion Lewis and Johnny White.
This didn’t make much sense at all.
22. The Seahawks Draft
The Seahawks entered the draft needing impact offensive linemen, defensive linemen and desperately needing a quarterback
They walked away with none of the above.
Seattle drafted two offensive linemen, James Carpenter and John Moffitt, but both were drafted way earlier than projected and neither were real game-changers.
When it comes to quarterback, the Seahawks had a chance to draft Andy Dalton, but passed it up.
Not too sure what Pete Carroll and Seahawks were trying to do here.
21. The Quarterback Position
This has to be one of the worst drafts of all time, regarding the quarterback position.
When Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder are the top quarterbacks taken, it is pathetic. There might not be an instant starting quarterback in this entire group.
I am surprised all the players above were drafted in the first round.
In 2012, the class will be totally different. It features talented quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley and Landry Jones.
20. The Raiders Take Stefan Wisnieski 48th Overall
I hate this pick.
In the second round (the first pick for the Raiders), Oakland makes an early selection of center Stefen Wisniewski.
Wisniewski is a decent player, but normally would not be drafted higher than the third of fourth round. The reason the Raiders went with him is because his uncle, Steve Wisniewski is an offensive line coach with the team.
This reminds me of the little league coach that has his son bat third in the lineup even though he swings a bat like his little sister.
19. The Chargers Use a Second Round Pick on Jonas Mouton
The Chargers had a very good draft aside from this puzzling pick.
Jonas Mouton was expected to drop into the fourth or fifth round, but the Chargers apparently needed to have him.
When he was taken with the 61st overall pick, there were still plenty of talented linebackers available. Martez Wilson or Dontay Moch would have made a lot more sense at this spot.
They are more athletic and have a greater potential to be something special at the next level.
18. Patriots Draft Shane Vereen Before LeShoure, Thomas and Murray
As a Pac-12 fan, I like Shane Vereen a lot. However, I do not believe he is the third-best running back in this draft.
ESPN rated him as the ninth-best running back entering the draft. Given the Patriots had a chance to take Mikel LeShoure, Daniel Thomas, DeMarco Murray and many others, I am not sure why they settled for Vereen.
A similar argument can be made against New England’s selection of Stevan Ridley in the third round. He was a second-tier player compared to some of the other running backs available at the time.
17. The Inside Linebacker Position
A great inside linebacker is the backbone of the defense, but the 2011 draft didn’t provide us with many of those type of guys.
There was not a single inside linebacker taken until the third round this year. Mediocre players, Mason Foster and Nate Irving, were the first two taken at the position.
Like quarterback, the inside linebackers are much stronger in the class of 2012. It includes players like Vontaze Burfict, Mani Te’o and Donta Hightower.
16. Nick Fairley Drops to the 13th Spot
This fail is to the teams for letting someone like Nick Fairley drop to the 13th pick of the draft.
The Lions' selection of Fairley 13th overall was one of the steals of the draft.
The former Auburn defensive tackle was thought to be a contender for the first overall pick just weeks ago.
Fairley will join Ndamukong Suh and give the Lions one of the most promising defensive-tackle duos in the NFL. Both have potential to be superstars in this league.
Fairley was the icing on the cake for the Lions, who may have had the best draft in the league.
15. The Seahawks Draft James Carpenter 25th Overall
The Seahawks could definitely use an offensive guard like Carpenter, but are desperate for tackles.
I am not sure how Pete Carroll can justify drafting Carpenter when talented tackles like Derek Sherrod and Gabe Carimi are on the board. These two are vastly superior prospects to Carpenter.
Even though the Seahawks' draft is already mentioned earlier in this article, this pick deserved its own slide. It was one of the worst picks of their draft.
14. Mikel Leshoure Drops to 57th Overall
This is more of a judgment call. I personally feel that Mikel Leshoure was just about as good as Mark Ingram or at least the clear-cut second-best running back in the draft.
However, LeShoure was the fourth running back drafted (following Mark Ingram, Ryan Williams and Shane Vereen).
With the 57th overall pick, the Lions finally drafted the talented tailback.
Yet another reason the Lions may have had the best draft of 2011.
13. The Ravens-Bears Trade Fiasco
The Ravens and the Bears reportedly agreed to a deal that would have sent Baltimore’s 26th overall pick to the Bears for their 29th overall pick and fourth-round selection.
However, the Bears “forgot” to call in and confirm the trade. So the trade never officially took place.
Both teams got the players they were hoping for and it all worked out in the end.
The Ravens felt they were somewhat swindled because they never did receive the fourth-round selection they desired, despite commissioner Rodger Goodell’s recommendation that the Bears still grant Baltimore with the pick.
12. The Cardinals Draft Ryan Williams 38th Overall
Being an Arizona resident, I was listening to a local radio broadcast when the Cardinals were making their second-round selection. Most people expected Arizona to take either an outside linebacker like Akeem Ayers or a tight end like Kyle Rudolph.
Then suddenly, they draft a running back.
Ryan Williams is a solid player and should get instant playing time in the desert, but he didn’t fill any overwhelming need for the Cardinals.
Arizona could have helped their team a lot more than they did with this pick.
11. The Lockout Is Back on
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Fans finally got to enjoy the glimmer of hope that was the NFL draft, but now it is over.
The sad truth is that the Lockout is back on and nothing exciting will happen regarding the league until it is finally over.
No offseason hold outs, rookie contract negotiations, training camps or free agency.
How will NFL fans survive?
10. Roger Goodell Booed at Every Pick
This might actually be a win. But if you're Goodell, this is a huge fail.
As Commissioner Goodell attempted to announce the first pick of the draft, his voice was nearly drowned out by boos from the fans.
The boo birds continued to follow him throughout the whole first round.
A win for the fans and the players, a fail for Mr. Goodell.
9. Prince Amukamara Drops to the 19th Spot
Like the previous slide on Nick Fairley, this fail is directed towards all of the teams that passed up on Amukamara.
This was the steal of the draft. Other than Patrick Peterson, Amukamara was easily the best cornerback in the draft.
He is extremely talented and has been compared to Green Bay’s Charles Woodson.
The Giants will be very happy with their selection of Amukamara 19th overall.
8. The 49ers Trade Up to Take Kaepernick in the Second Round
After passing up on a chance to draft Blaine Gabbert in the first round, the 49ers go out of their way to draft Colin Kaepernick 36th overall.
Kaepernick is a real gamble and will be a project for new coach Jim Harbaugh.
He came from a pistol formation in college and has the reputation of being more of a running quarterback.
If the Niners wanted to take a quarterback in the second round, they had better options than Kaepernick. They would have been better off trying to trade up for Dalton or taking a chance on Ryan Mallett.
7. Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper Jr., Chris Berman’s Hair
Lets play a game of would you rather?
Would you rather have Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper Jr. and Chris Berman’s hair?
I take Kiper. At least his combed-back hair might have been cool in the 50s.
6. Blaine Gabbert Drops to the 10th Pick
Six out of the first nine teams to draft had a need at the quarterback position. Apparently none of them thought that Blaine Gabbert was good enough to be their quarterback.
Once thought to be an option at the first overall pick, Gabbert was not drafted until the 10th overall pick when Jacksonville traded up to get him.
He could have provided an instant impact for most of the teams that passed him up. Jacksonville made a great pick at this spot.
5. Da’Quan Bowers Drops to Mid-Second Round
Months ago, Bowers was one of the players being considered as a first overall pick candidate.
Since that time, concerns about Bowers' knees dropped his draft stock significantly. He was not taken until the Buccaneers selected him 51st overall.
If Bowers can be healthy, it will make the rest of the league regret passing up the opportunity to take him.
Other than Von Miller, he might have been the most talented pass rusher in the draft.
4. Falcons Trade Everything to Take Julio Jones with the Sixth Pick
The Falcons traded a total of five draft picks to the Browns, including their 2011 and 2012 first-round selections, in order to draft wide receiver Julio Jones sixth overall.
Obviously, Atlanta is playing for right now. They drafted an offensive weapon that will help Matt Ryan succeed right away.
As of right now, this trade is a fail because the Falcons are trading away a lot of their future for a single player.
3. 49ers Draft Aldon Smith with the Seventh Pick
Aldon Smith is a fine player who should have a successful career, but does he really warrant a seventh overall pick?
Although the 49ers are in need of a pass rusher, they have many other holes that could have been filled with this pick.
Prince Amukamara could have been drafted to fill a need at cornerback and Blaine Gabbert could have been drafted to fill a huge need at quarterback.
The 49ers need to acquire Kevin Kolb or Carson Palmer this offseason, or else Alex Smith will more than likely start again in 2011. Gabbert seemed like the more favorable move here.
2. Minnesota Drafts Christian Ponder 12th Overall
There is no question that the Vikings are desperate for a quarterback, but this was just shocking.
The Vikings pulled off one of the most surprising moves in draft history by taking Christian Ponder 12th overall. This pick was as big of a reach as you will ever see.
Ponder was not a superstar in college, just a very good quarterback. He is injury prone, doesn’t have the greatest arm and is known to telegraph his throws.
However, other than this head-scratcher, Minnesota had a solid draft. Unfortunately, the Ponder pick will be the most memorable part of the 2011 draft for the Vikings.
1. Cam Newton as First Overall Pick
It is hard to remember a first overall pick that is as universally disliked as the Panthers decision to take Cam Newton first overall.
In college, Newton was an unstoppable force. He beat teams with his speed, power and ability to get yards using his legs. His arm was his second option.
In the NFL, Newton will be forced to run more of a standard pro-style offense.
Unless he become more accurate and learns how to think like a passer, he will not succeed in this league.
Much more reasonable first overall picks could have been Marcel Darius, Patrick Peterson or Von Miller.