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