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2011 NFL Draft: Grading All 32 Teams' Drafts

Keaton WolfeContributor IIIMay 3, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: Grading All 32 Teams' Drafts

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    The 2011 NFL draft has been completed and after taking awhile to let all the draft selections set in, it is time to grade the 32 NFL teams' draft as a whole.

    There are winners and there are losers in the 2011 NFL draft. Now, teams want to get this season started and head to free agency after hoping they selected the right players that fit their team. 

Arizona Cardinals

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    1 (5). Patrick Peterson, DB, LSU

    2 (38). Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

    3 (69). Rob Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic

    4 (103). Arizona, Sam Acho, LB, Texas

    5 (136). Anthony Sherman, RB, Connecticut

    6 (171). Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina

    6 (184). David Carter, DT, UCLA

    7 (249). DeMarco Sampson, WR, San Diego State

    Don't like the Williams pick—he's had injuries. Other than that, solid. 

     

    B+

Atlanta Falcons

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    1 (6). Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

    3 (91). Akeem Dent, LB, Georgia

    5 (145). Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon

    6 (192). Matt Bosher, P, Miami

    7 (210). Andrew Jackson, G, Fresno State

    7 (230). Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina

    Gave up way too much for Julio so they better get to the Super Bowl. 

     

    B+

Baltimore Ravens

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    1 (27). Jimmy Smith, DB, Colorado

    2 (58). Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

    3 (85). Jah Reid, OT, Central Florida

    4 (123). Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

    5 (164). Chykie Brown, DB, Texas

    5 (165). Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State

    6 (180). Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

    7 (225). Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech

    Very good draft all around. 

     

    B+

Buffalo Bills

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    1 (3). Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama

    2 (34). Aaron Williams, DB, Texas

    3 (68). Kelvin Sheppard, LB, LSU

    4 (100). Da'Norris Searcy, DB, North Carolina

    4 (122). Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson

    5 (133). Johnny White, RB, North Carolina

    6 (169). Chris White, LB, Mississippi State

    7 (206). Justin Rogers, DB, Richmond

    7 (245). Michael Jasper, DT, Bethel (Tenn.)

    Got good value throughout the draft by addressing the defense. 

     

    B+

Carolina Panthers

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    1 (1). Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

    3 (65). Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida

    3 (97). Sione Fua, DT, Stanford

    4 (98). Brandon Hogan, QB, West Virginia

    5 (132). Kealoha Pilares, WR, Hawaii

    6 (166). Lawrence Wilson, LB, Connecticut

    6 (203). Zack Williams, C, Washington State

    7 (244). Lee Ziemba, OT, Auburn

    Selecting Newton No. 1 may just send this franchise even farther back. 

     

    B

Chicago Bears

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    1 (29). Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

    2 (53). Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

    3 (93). Chris Conte, DB, California

    5 (160). Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho

    6 (195). J.T. Thomas, LB, West Virginia

    Reached for Chris Conte and Nate Enderle. 

     

    B-

Cincinnati Bengals

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    1 (4). A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

    2 (35). Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

    3 (66). Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

    4 (101). Clint Boling, G, Georgia

    5 (134). Robert Sands, DB, West Virginia

    6 (167). Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford

    7 (207). Korey Lindsey, DB, Southern Illinois

    7 (246). Jay Finley, RB, Baylor

    Some applaud the Dalton pick but really, he will be nothing more than a second-string QB in the NFL—like Shaun Hill of the Lions. 

     

    B

Cleveland Browns

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    1 (21). Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

    2 (37). Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh

    2 (59). Greg Little, WR, North Carolina

    4 (102). Jordan Cameron, TE, Southern Cal

    4 (124). Owen Marecic, RB, Stanford

    5 (137). Buster Skrine, DB, Chattanooga

    5 (150). Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh

    7 (248). Eric Hagg, DB, Nebraska

    The Browns' draft was just alright for me. 

     

    B

Dallas Cowboys

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    1 (9). Tyron Smith, OT, Southern Cal

    2 (40). Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina

    3 (71). DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

    4 (110). David Arkin, G, Missouri State

    5 (143). Josh Thomas, DB, Buffalo

    6 (176). Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina

    7 (220). Shaun Chapas, RB, Georgia

    7 (252). Bill Nagy, C, Wisconsin 

    Very solid first three rounds but after that, really didn't get anybody except WR Dwayne Harris.

     

    B-

Denver Broncos

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    1 (2). Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

    2 (45). Rahim Moore, DB, UCLA

    2 (46). Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami

    3 (67). Nate Irving, LB, N.C. State

    4 (108). Quinton Carter, DB, Oklahoma

    4 (129). Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State

    6 (189). Mike Mohamed, LB, California

    7 (204). Virgil Green, TE, Nevada

    7 (247). Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma

    Brought in some good players with potential at TE. 

     

    A-

Detroit Lions

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    1 (13). Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

    2 (44). Titus Young, WR, Boise State

    2 (57). Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

    5 (157). Doug Hogue, LB, Syracuse

    7 (209). Johnny Culbreath, OT, South Carolina State

    To get Nick Fairley at No. 13 and Mikel Leshoure at No. 57—who I think is better than Ingram—is unreal. 

     

    A-

Green Bay Packers

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    1 (32). Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

    2 (64). Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

    3 (96). Alex Green, RB, Hawaii

    4 (131). Davon House, DB, New Mexico State

    5 (141). D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas

    6 (179). Caleb Schlauderaff, G, Utah

    6 (186). D.J. Smith, LB, Appalachian State

    6 (197). Ricky Elmore, LB, Arizona

    7 (218). Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina

    7 (233). Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State

    Got excellent value out of the majority of their selections. 

     

    B+

Houston Texans

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    1 (11). J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

    2 (42). Brooks Reed, LB, Arizona

    2 (60). Brandon Harris, DB, Miami

    4 (127). Rashad Carmichael, DB, Virginia Tech

    5 (144). Shiloh Keo, DB, Idaho

    5 (152). T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina

    7 (214). Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State

    7 (254). Cheta Ozougwu, LB, Rice

    Overall great draft through all seven rounds. 

     

    A-

Indianapolis Colts

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    1 (22). Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

    2 (49). Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova

    3 (87). Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

    4 (119). Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse

    6 (188). Chris Rucker, DB, Michigan State

    Great draft for the Colts, who shored up the offensive line and got a very underrated player in Nevis. 

     

    A-

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    1 (10). Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

    3 (76). Will Rackley, G, Lehigh

    4 (114). Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union

    4 (121). Chris Prosinski, DB, Wyoming

    5 (147). Rod Issac, DB, Middle Tennessee

    The Jags got a lot of unknowns with the exception of Gabbert. However, Rackley, Shorts and Prosinski will be good players in the league. 

     

    B

Kansas City Chiefs

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    1 (26). John Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

    2 (55). Rodney Hudson, C, Florida State

    3 (70). Justin Houston, LB, Georgia

    3 (86). Allen Bailey, DE, Miami

    4 (118). Jalil Brown, DB, Colorado

    5 (135). Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa

    5 (140). Gabe Miller, LB, Oregon State

    6 (199). Jerrell Powe, NT, Mississippi

    7 (223). Shane Bannon, RB, Yale

    Love the Hudson and Powe picks. 

     

    A-

Miami Dolphins

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    1 (15). Mike Pouncey, C, Florida

    2 (62). Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

    4 (111). Edmond Gates, WR, Abilene Christian

    6 (174). Charles Clay, RB, Tulsa

    7 (231). Frank Kearse, DT, Alabama A&M

    7 (235). Jimmy Wilson, DB, Montana

    Like the WR pick and that's about it. 

     

    B-

Minnesota Vikings

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    1 (12). Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

    2 (43). Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

    4 (106). Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa

    5 (139). Brandon Burton, DB, Utah

    6 (168). DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas

    6 (170). Mistral Raymond, DB, South Florida

    6 (172). Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock

    6 (200). Ross Homan, LB, Ohio State

    7 (215). D'Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona

    7 (236). Stephen Burton, WR, West Texas A&M

    Reached for Christian Ponder but he will be the best QB out of his class. 

     

    B+

New England Patriots

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    1 (17). Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

    2 (33). Ras-I Dowling, DB, Virginia

    2 (56). Shane Vereen, RB, California

    3 (73). Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU

    3 (74). Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

    5 (138). Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU

    5 (159). Lee Smith, TE, Marshall

    6 (194). Markell Carter, LB, Central Arkansas

    7 (219). Malcolm Williams, DB, TCU

    Reached for Solder and the two running backs. Mallett and Cannon may have saved it. 

     

    B-

New Orleans Saints

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    1 (24). Cameron Jordan, DE, California

    1 (28). Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

    3 (72). Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois

    3 (88). Johnny Patrick, DB, Louisville

    7 (226). Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh

    7 (243). Nate Bussey, LB, Illinois

    The Saints had the best draft—especially after getting Romeus in the seventh round. Steal of the draft possibly. 

     

    A

New York Giants

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    1 (19). Prince Amukamara, DB, Nebraska

    2 (52). Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina

    3 (83). Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

    4 (117). James Brewer, OT, Indiana

    6 (185). Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

    6 (198). Tyler Sash, DB, Iowa

    6 (202). Jacquian Williams, LB, South Florida

    7 (221). Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland

    The Giants had a very solid draft getting very good value each day. 

     

    A-

New York Jets

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    1 (30). Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

    3 (94). Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton

    4 (126). Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville

    5 (153). Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU

    7 (208). Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama

    7 (227). Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado

    McElroy may be smart but that doesn't mean he's a good backup quarterback. 

     

    B+

Oakland Raiders

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    2 (48). Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State

    3 (81). DeMarcus Van Dyke, DB, Miami

    3 (92). Joe Barksdale, OT, LSU

    4 (113). Chimdi Chekwa, DB, Ohio State

    4 (125). Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington

    5 (148). Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee

    6 (181). Richard Gordon, TE, Miami

    7 (241). David Ausberry, WR, Southern Cal

    Speed, speed and more speed. Al Davis wants some more. 

     

    B+

Philadelphia Eagles

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    1 (23). Danny Watkins, G, Baylor

    2 (54). Jaiquawn Jarrett, DB, Temple

    3 (90). Curtis Marsh, DB, Utah State

    4 (116). Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon

    4 (120). Alex Henery, K, Nebraska

    5 (149). Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh

    5 (161). Julian Vandervelde, G, Iowa

    6 (191). Jason Kelce, C, Cincinnati

    6 (193). Brian Rolle, LB, Ohio State

    7 (237). Greg Lloyd, LB, Connecticut

    7 (240). Stanley Havili, RB, Southern Cal

    Reached for Danny Watkins but after that, picked up very good players. 

     

    B

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    1 (31). Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State

    2 (63). Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida

    3 (95). Curtis Brown, DB, Texas

    4 (128). Cortez Allen, DB, The Citadel

    5 (162). Chris Carter, LB, Fresno State

    6 (196). Keith Williams, G, Nebraska

    7 (232). Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech

    Stayed where they were and got good players. 

     

    B+

St. Louis Rams

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    1 (14). Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

    2 (47). Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin

    3 (78). Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State

    4 (112). Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

    5 (158). Jermale Hines, DB, Ohio State

    7 (216). Mikail Baker, DB, Baylor

    7 (228). Jabara Williams, LB, Stephen F. Austin

    7 (229). Jonathan Nelson, DB, Oklahoma

    Draft fell apart at the end. 

     

    B-

San Diego Chargers

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    1 (18). Corey Liuget, DE, Illinois

    2 (50). Marcus Gilchrist, DB, Clemson

    2 (61). Jonas Mouton, LB, Michigan

    3 (82). Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State

    3 (89). Shareece Wright, DB, Southern Cal

    6 (183). Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut

    6 (201). Stephen Schilling, OT, Michigan

    7 (234). Andrew Gachkar, LB, Missouri

    Got the award for worst reach in the draft with Mouton, who might have went undrafted. 

     

    C+

San Francisco 49ers

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    1 (7). Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri

    2 (36). Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

    3 (80). Chris Culliver, DB, South Carolina

    4 (115). Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State

    5 (163). Daniel Kilgore, G, Appalachian State

    6 (182). Ronald Johnson, WR, Southern Cal

    6 (190). Colin Jones, DB, TCU

    7 (211). Bruce Miller, RB, Central Florida

    7 (239). Mike Person, G, Montana State

    7 (250). Curtis Holcomb, DB, Florida A&M

    Only pick I really like is Hunter.  

     

    C+

Seattle Seahawks

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    1 (25). James Carpenter, OT, Alabama

    3 (75). John Moffitt, G, Wisconsin

    4 (99). K.J. Wright, LB, Mississippi State

    4 (107). Kris Durham, WR, Georgia

    5 (154). Richard Sherman, DB, Stanford

    5 (156). Mark LeGree, DB, Appalachian State

    6 (173). Byron Maxwell, DB, Clemson

    7 (205). Lazarius Levingston, DE, LSU

    7 (242). Malcolm Smith, LB, Southern Cal

    Reaches everywhere and barely improved the team overall. D+

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    1 (20). Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

    2 (51). Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

    3 (84). Mason Foster, LB, Washington

    4 (104 Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee

    5 (151). Ahmad Black, DB, Florida

    6 (187). Allen Bradford, RB, Southern Cal

    7 (222). Anthony Gaitor, DB, Florida International

    7 (238). Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho

    Mason Foster should make a huge impact this year.  

     

    A-

Tennessee Titans

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    1 (8). Jake Locker, QB, Washington

    2 (39). Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

    3 (77). Jurrell Casey, DT, Southern Cal

    4 (109). Colin McCarthy, LB, Miami

    4 (130). Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson

    5 (142). Karl Klug, DT, Iowa

    6 (175). Byron Stingily, OT, Louisville

    7 (212). Zach Clayton, DT, Auburn

    7 (251). Tommie Campbell, DB, California (Pa.)

    The middle of the Titans' draft was good. Draft could be great if Locker lives up to expectations. 

     

    B

Washington Redskins

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    1 (16). Ryan Kerrigan, LB, Purdue

    2 (41). Jarvis Jenkins, DE, Clemson

    3 (79). Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

    4 (105). Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska

    5 (146). DeJon Gomes, DB, Nebraska

    5 (155). Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska

    6 (177). Evan Royster, RB, Penn State

    6 (178). Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU

    7 (213). Brandyn Thompson, DB, Boise State

    7 (217). Maurice Hurt, G, Florida

    7 (224). Markus White, LB, Florida State

    7 (253). Chris Neild, NT, West Virginia

    Kerrigan doesn't fit a 3-4 defense. Got a lot of players, but none of real quality. 

     

    C+

Winners

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    New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.

Losers

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    Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears.

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