2011 NFL Draft Results: Value Picks and Reaches from Each Round of the Draft

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IMay 5, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Results: Value Picks and Reaches from Each Round of the Draft

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    2011 NFL Draft: Value Picks and Reaches From All 7 Rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft.

    While it typically takes three years to officially grade out how a draft unfolded in the NFL, it's never too early to start identifying players who were value or reach picks. 

    And by looking at grades given to certain players before the draft, you can identify which picks were steals or reaches. 

    Let's take a look at the value and reach picks from each round of the 2011 NFL Draft.


Round 1 Values

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    DT Nick Fairley, Detroit Lions 

    If Fairley keeps his head on straight, we're going to look back on this pick and wonder how he fell to No. 13. Fairley and Ndamakong Suh make a scary inside combination defensively. 

    DE Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams 

    Patrick Peterson has to be the early favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year, but Quinn is my pick if Peterson falters. Quinn can be a dominant pass rusher early in his career.

    CB Prince Amukamara, New York Giants 

    It's still a shock that Akumamara fell all the way to No. 19. He might not be asked to do much early, but Amukamara will be the type of rookie that can handle anything the Giants throw at him.

    DE Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints 

    If you asked me before the draft, I would have said Jordan was a candidate to be a big riser on draft day. The Saints get a big addition to their defensive line at great value. 


Round 1 Reaches

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    QB Cameron Newton, Carolina Panthers 

    I don't disagree with the Panthers taking him No. 1, but there were better players overall at that spot. Position and potential trumped the grade on him. 

    QB Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings 

    Like the Panthers, I have no qualms with the Vikings taking a quarterback. They reached to do it, but Minnesota got a guy they can build the offense around. 

    OT James Carpenter, Seattle Seahawks 

    The Seahawks had to go offensive line with their first pick, but better options were available. 

    WR Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs 

    I like the pick schematically for the Chiefs, but I'm not sold on the value. Baldwin is a risk at No. 26. 


Round 2 Values

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    OLB Brooks Reed, Houston Texans 

    Reed could give the Texans 8-10 sacks in his rookie season even if he only plays on passing downs. 

    DE Da'Quan Bowers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

    The knee obviously dropped him, but the Bucs got tremendous value with Bowers at No. 51 overall. 

    DT Marvin Austin, New York Giants 

    He missed all of last year, but Austin can be a top 25 talent with a renewed dedication to the game.

    RB Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions 

    The Lions get a perfect complement back to Jahvid Best at the end of the second round.

    CB Brandon Harris, Houston Texans 

    The Texans needed defense, and Harris is a cornerback that can play in their secondary right away in 2011.


Round 2 Reaches

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    S Jaiquawn Jarrett, Philadelphia Eagles

    He's a local product from Temple, but Jarrett was tabbed as a fifth rounder by most draft prognosticators. 

    RB Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

    I like the pick, but not the value. Vereen will still succeed in New England's offense.

    OLB Jonas Mouton, San Diego Chargers

    Most everyone you talk to had Mouton in the fifth to sixth round. GM A.J. Smith obviously had other ideas. 


Round 3 Values

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    OLB Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs

    The failed drug test is a red flag, but Houston can be one of the best pass rushers from this class.

    LB Martez Wilson, New Orleans Saints

    I love Wilson's attacking style of play. He'll make an impact in Gregg Williams' defense. 

    QB Ryan Mallett, New England Patriots

    You just watch—the Patriots will turn Mallett into a first round pick in a later draft. 

    OLB Mason Foster, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Foster is an athletic and versatile linebacker who should start right away in Tampa Bay.

    DE Allen Bailey, Kansas City Chiefs

    Long and athletic, Bailey is a really good fit in Kansas City's defense. 

    CB Curtis Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Brown is the type of pick that keeps the Steelers drafting towards the end of rounds. 


Round 3 Reaches

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    RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

    Again, like the pick for New England but not the value. Ridley will be Kevin Faulk 2.0. 

    CB Chris Sullivan, San Francisco 49ers

    Too many good corners were still on the board when the 49ers reached for Sullivan.

    S Christopher Conte, Chicago Bears

    I think Conte fits what the Bears want to do, but he wasn't great value in the third round.


Round 4 Values

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    G Clint Boling, Cincinnati Bengals

    This is one of the most underrated picks in the draft. Boling was a steal in the fourth round.

    DE Sam Acho, Arizona Cardinals

    Acho's combination of production and football character should have made him a much higher pick. The Cardinals got great value by taking him this late.

    DT Christian Ballard, Minnesota Vikings

    Ballard was another pick I really liked. If he keeps the off the field stuff at bay, he can be a good football player for the Vikings. 

    WR Tandon Doss, Balitmore Ravens

    Doss is big and versatile, and I'd say there's a chance he pans out better than second round pick Torrey Smith.


Round 4 Reaches

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    WR Kris Durham, Seattle Seahawks

    Durham should have been a late-round pick, and the Seahawks reached considerably on him in the fourth.

    K Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles

    Kickers in the fourth round rarely make sense value-wise.

    S Christopher Prosinski, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Most sites had Prosinki rated in the 30-to-40 range for safeties in this class.


Round 5 Values

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    RB Johnny White, Buffalo Bills

    Even in a crowded backfield, White can see some touches next year in Buffalo.

    QB Ricky Stanzi, Kansas City Chiefs

    Stanzi won't help them next season, but he's a solid pick for developmental purposes.

    CB Brandon Burton, Minnesota Vikings

    Burton could end up being the steal of the fifth round, and the Vikings need him in their secondary.

    TE D.J. Williams, Green Bay Packers

    QB Aaron Rodgers is going to love having this guy in the Packers passing offense. 

    CB Josh Thomas, Dallas Cowboys

    He might not contribute in 2011, but I'd be surprised if Thomas isn't a starting cornerback in Dallas down the road.

    OLB Chris Carter, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Another great pick for the Steelers. Carter is a big time potential and production player.


Round 5 Reaches

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    S Dejon Gomes, Washington Redskins

    Played for a good defense in Nebraska, but he could struggle to cover the back end of an NFL secondary.

    CB Roderick Issac, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Small school prospect that didn't impress many scouts during the process. 

    CB Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

    Another big reach for Seattle—a common trend in their draft class.

    G Daniel Kilgore, San Francisco 49ers

    I think the 49ers could have gotten better value at guard than Kilgore.

Round 6 Values

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    LB Quan Sturdivant, Arizona Cardinals

    One of my favorite picks in the draft. Sturdivant has a lot of talent and is a tremendous value in the sixth round.

    WR Dwayne Harris, Dallas Cowboys

    The Cowboys have plenty of good receivers, but Harris is a guy who could surprise people as early as next year. 

    S Tyler Sash, New York Giants

    Sash is the type of football player you want on your roster. He's tough and has a nose for the ball.

Round 6 Reaches

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    S Mistral Raymond, Minnesota Vikings

    Raymond is another low-ranked safety in an already weak class.

    TE Richard Gordon, Oakland Raiders

    Gordon had just 10 catches and 62 yards over his college career.

    S Colin Jones, San Francisco 49ers

    He's going to struggle to stick with NFL receivers and tight ends.


Round 7 Values

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    TE Virgil Green, Denver Broncos

    Green has the ability to stretch the field for the Broncos passing offense.

    DE Greg Romeus, New Orleans Saints

    Injury concerns hurt him, but Romeus can rush the quarterback.

    DE Cliff Matthews, Atlanta Falcons

    Played a ton of games at South Carolina and could be a situational pass rusher for Atlanta.

    DE Lawrence Guy, Green Bay Packers

    He's a solid fit at defensive end in the Packers' 3-4 defense.

    OT Lee Ziemba, Carolina Panthers

    A supplemental pick who needs time but could be a starting tackle down the road.

    DE Jeremy Beal, Denver Broncos

    The 40-times at the combine killed his stock, but Beal was a productive player at Oklahoma.


Round 7 Reaches

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    DB Mikail Baker, St. Louis Rams

    The Rams could have gotten better value in the defensive secondary.

    TE Ryan Taylor, Green Bay Packers

    Taylor will likely spend his career on special teams.

    FB Shane Bannon, Kansas City Chiefs

    Bannon went before a handful of fullbacks who have a better chance at contributing in the NFL.