NFL Draft Results: The 25 Wackiest Moments of the 2011 NFL Draft
NFL Draft Results: 25 Wackiest Moments
I've said it many times before and I'll say it again, the 2011 NFL Draft will go down in history as one of the wackiest drafts of all time.
With the lockout looming, crazy reaches, and players falling way below value the draft kept us guessing for all three days.
So what were the wackiest moments of the draft?
Here they are.
25. Raiders-Patriots Day 2 Trade
In what will surely go down as one of the strangest trades in draft history, the Oakland Raiders traded their second-round pick next season for the Patriots third and fourth-round picks this season.
So why is this so strange?
Well, it wasn't the trade as much as the timing.
When this trade was made official the Patriots were still more than 10 picks away from being on the clock, which means the Raiders had no player in mind when they made this trade.
Such is life with Al Davis as your GM.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Use First Two Picks on DE with Injury Issues
Coming into this draft you could argue that pass-rushers were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers biggest need.
They definitely filled it, or did they?
Without making a trade, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to pick up two pass-rushers with top 10 talent with their first two picks.
However, both of them fell due to injury issues, and there is a very good chance that neither ends up panning out.
This could go down as the best draft in Bucs history, or the worst, but either way it was definitely strange to see them pick two players with high injury concerns.
23. 49ers Trade Up for Colin Kaepernick, Yet Say They Want to Re-Sign Alex Smith
When the 49ers traded up in Round 2 to select Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, most people thought Alex Smith wouldn't have any more than one year left in San Francisco.
But, in a shocking development, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has stated that despite drafting Kaepernick he would still like to re-sign Alex Smith. You can read more about the report here.
Quarterback controversy, anyone?
22. New England Patriots Continue to Save Draft Picks for a Rainy Day
Some people say that Bill Belichick is a football genius. While I would have to agree with that statement I am beginning to become more and more critical of his draft strategy.
It seems just about every year now Belichick continues to trade his picks for more picks the next year, which he then proceeds to trade for more picks the following year.
Although it would be foolish to say he doesn't know what he's doing, the Pats had many holes on their team that needed filling, and Belichick failed to do that this year.
21. Green Bay Packers Draft Two More Tight Ends
Much like Belichick, I'll be the first to tell you that Ted Thompson is a draft genius, and for the most part I loved what he did this year.
But one thing that struck me as odd was the fact that for the second consecutive season he drafted two tight ends.
Green Bay will be returning one of the best tight ends in the league this season when JerMichael Finley, he will be followed on the depth chart by perfectly adequate back-ups Andrew Quarles and Tom Crabtree, who both had impacts on the Super Bowl winning Packers last season.
All three figure to make the team once again.
Which raises the question, with three tight ends under the age of 25 already on the roster, why draft two more?
I hope Mike McCarthy, who already carries three fullbacks, doesn't plan on carrying five tight ends.
20. New England Patriots Select Shane Vereen over Mikel Leshoure
As I said before, Bill Belichick is a genius, but what he did this year in the draft has me scratching my head.
When the Patriots were on the clock with the 56th overall pick, Mikel Leshoure, who was the second best running back on nearly every expert's draft board, was still there.
But instead of picking him the Pats went with a different running back, Shane Vereen.
As it stands right now that doesn't make much sense.
19. Philadelphia Eagles Pick Kicker in Fourth Round
Generally kickers don't go until the sixth or seventh round of the NFL Draft, if at all.
But apparently, nobody told that to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles went with a kicker in Round 4, which is a bold move, but if he turns out to be half as good as former Eagles kicker David Akers, I think it will be worth it.
Then again, the last time we saw a kicker go this high it was Mike Nugent, so it's certainly wacky to draft a kicker this early.
18. New England Patriots Don't Get a Pass-Rusher
You could make an argument that the biggest need for the New England Patriots going into this draft was a pass-rusher.
However, despite many chances to draft one the Patriots just kept passing on them.
They could have had a steal with Brooks Reed in Round 2 or Justin Houston in Round 3, but they decided not to.
We'll have to see how that works out.
17. Justin Houston Falls to Round 3
In most mock drafts Justin Houston was going in the late first round.
However, a failed drug test at the NFL combine scared teams away at the last minute and because of it he fell all the way to the third round.
Not good news for Houston, but he should have been smarter than that.
16. Cam Newton Goes First Overall
Sure, it was expected that Cam Newton would go first overall, but that doesn't make it any less wacky.
Although the sky is the limit for this kid he wasn't even a top 10 prospect on most expert's draft boards.
He could flop miserably in the NFL, but luckily for him he was first on the only draft board that mattered- the Carolina Panthers.
15. Kansas City Chiefs Rush First-Round Pick, Reach for Jonathan Baldwin
After making a trade the Kansas City Chiefs were supposed to be picking after the Baltimore Ravens.
However, when the Ravens exceeded the time limit and the Chiefs got a chance to make their pick before them they rushed and picked Pitt. receiver Jonathan Baldwin.
This was poor judgment on their part because it was clear Baldwin was never on the Ravens radar to begin with, so had KC taken their time they probably could have traded back and got Baldwin.
But apparently their top priority was getting their pick in before the Ravens so they couldn't do that.
14. Nick Fairley Falls to Lions at 13th Overall
Nick Fairley was a top five prospect on nearly everybody's board.
But due to character issues he shockingly fell all the way to the Lions at 13th overall.
Most people thought he wouldn't get past the Titans at eight, if he even got that far.
13. New England Patriots Pick Nate Solder at 17th Overall
When the Patriot got on the clock at 17 most people thought it was a foregone conclusion that Cameron Jordan would be the pick .
Instead, New England decided to go with an offensive lineman, which would have been fine had they not picked Nate Solder.
When the Patriots picked higher rated tackles such as Anthony Castonzo and Gabe Carimi still remained on the board, yet the Pats went with Solder.
12. Tennessee Titans Pick Jake Locker 8th Overall
When it was the Tennesse Titans turn to pick eighth overall most people thought the pick would be either Blaine Gabbert or Nick Fairley.
It was neither, instead it was Jake Locker.
Locker was ranked anywhere from third to fifth among quarterbacks on most expert's boards, and most people expected him to be a late first round or early second-round pick.
But the Titans reached for him, and we'll have to wait and see how it works out.
11. Minnesota Vikings Pick Christian Ponder 12th Overall
If you were shocked by the Titans pick of Locker at eight, then surely you were even more stunned when the Minnesota Vikings picked Christian Ponder four picks later.
Ponder was considered a player who would be extremely lucky to go at the end of Round 1, and was most likely a mid-second round pick.
However, the Vikings panicked after they saw three QBs go in the top 10 and they passed on guys like Prince Amukamara and Nick Fairley in favor of Ponder.
10. Atlanta Falcons Mortgage Two Drafts for Julio Jones
When I found out the Atlanta Falcons had traded five draft picks, including two first-rounders for Julio Jones I couldn't believe my eyes.
Although I think Jones will be a great receiver, I think this was a crazy trade from Atlanta's point of view.
Jones is not the player that will put them in the Super Bowl, they need impact defenders, how else do they expect to get by high-powered NFC offenses like the Saints, Eagles and Packers?
9. The Entire Seattle Seahawks Draft
The team who by far had the worst draft last week was the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle did not once get a value pick and they reached nearly every single time they made a pick.
Especially in the first round when they passed on Andy Dalton for James Carpenter who many had as a late second-round, early-third round prospect.
Not a good draft for Seattle at all.
8. Prince Amukamara Falls to the New York Giants at 19th Overall
Most people considered Prince Amukamara a top 10 prospect, he was a guy that nobody ever expected to fall past 13.
However, after a few surprising picks changed things up a little bit the Giants got one of the best steals of the draft.
Amukamara is a stud and it was completely ridiculous that he fell all the way to 19.
7. Ryan Mallett Falls All the Way to Round 3
Even with his character issues, if I would have told you that Ryan Mallett would fall all the way to Round 3 in the draft you wouldn't have believed me.
With his size and arm-strength he was a guy that a lot of people though would be a late-first round pick like similar players Joe Flacco and Josh Freeman.
However, some overblown character concerns dropped him to Round 3.
6. New England Patriots-Philadelphia Eagles Trade Streak
The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles had made a draft-day trade every year since 2000, so as the draft was nearing it's end they decided they would get a trade done at any cost.
In order to do this the Patriots and Eagles swapped sixth-round picks, resulting in the Eagles moving up one pick for free.
C'mon Belichick, you can't let this kind of stuff change your draft.
5. Roger Goodell Getting Upset over Chants
As Roger Goodell approached the podium in Radio City Music Hall to announce that the draft was about to get under way, he seemed surprised when he was disrespected by the crowd.
Due to the lockout chants of 'WE WANT FOOTBALL' exploded throughout the building, and Goodell seemed upset and surprised about them at the same time.
Once again, really, Roger?
4. Baltimore Ravens Pass on Their First-Round Picks
One of the most shocking moments of the draft was seeing the Baltimore Ravens exceed the time limit and pass on their Round 1 pick.
However, this became an even more shocking story when we found out that...
3. The Chicago Bears Broke the Draft Trade Honors System
We were all shocked enough when we found out that the Baltimore Ravens had passed on their first-round pick.
However, we became even more shocked when we found out why.
As it turned out, the Ravens and Bears had agreed to a trade, the Ravens thought it was a done deal when Chicago told them that they had reported the trade.
However, they never did, and because of it the Ravens had to move back a pick.
2. Da'Quan Bowers Falls to the Buccaneers at 51 Overall
Coming into the draft everybody knew that Da'Quan Bowers draft stock was falling, but most people assumed that meant he would go some time towards the end of Round 1.
He ended up to the end of Round 2.
This was the number one overall pick a month ago, and you're telling me that a knee injury is this much of a concern that he falls all the way to the end of Round 2?
This was a wacky moment, it was also a bad sign for Da'Quan Bowers.
1. NFL Lockout Ends, Then Comes Back
In what was by far the most ridiculous moment of the draft, it was declared during the draft that the NFL Lockout had been put back in effect after being lifted for a short period.
Mr. Goodell, WE WANT FOOTBALL!