2011 NFL Draft Re-Do | First Round Do-Over
We recently entered the second half of the 2011 NFL season and the rookies from the 2011 NFL Draft are being evaluated more and more as the weeks progress.
We’re taking a look at some of those top notch rookies and doing an NFL Draft re-do, matching up players with the team that likely should have drafted them.
Here is the 2011 NFL Draft Do-Over:
Actual Pick: Cam Newton
Our Pick: Cam Newton
This is a no-brainer here. Cam Newton is the drafts’ version of the sexiest man alive. If that makes any sense. He has been playing like a veteran outside of the turnovers. He’s the real deal.
Actual Pick: Von Miller
Our Pick: Von Miller
Some would argue for a quarterback, but I still think that Denver’s defense is too poor for them to win football games consistently regardless of who is at quarterback.
Miller leads all rookies in sacks going into Week 11 with eight.
Actual Pick: Marcel Dareus
Our Pick: Marcel Dareus
Dareus is playing well, and the Bills still need a lot of help in taking up space on the defensive line, so taking him away would hurt even more.
Actual Pick: A.J. Green
Our Pick: A.J. Green
Green has been a stud for the Bengals in 2011 and will likely be a Top Five wide receiver by the end of his second or third year.
Actual Pick: Patrick Peterson
Our Pick: Andy Dalton
As great at Peterson is, the Cardinals can’t afford to go without a quarterback. Kevin Kolb isn’t getting it done and can’t stay healthy.
Some would argue that taking a tackle here would also be wise with how poorly Levi Brown has been in 2011.
Actual Pick: Julio Jones
Our Pick: Julio Jones
Hamstring injury to each leg aside, he’s been excellent down field for Matt Ryan, and is the Falcons leading receiver.
No change needed here, outside of avoiding hamstring injuries.
Actual Pick: Aldon Smith
Our Pick: Aldon Smith
Smith and the 49ers pass rush is a big reason as to why their mediocre secondary hasn’t been exposed as badly as it could have been this year.
He’s playing quite well, and not far off from Von Miller.
Actual Pick: Jake Locker
Our Pick: Patrick Peterson
The Titans run defense has been solid this year, but the secondary has been fading.
Peterson would start as a #2 cornerback opposite Cortland Finnegan, and likely switch places in the future.
Actual Pick: Tyron Smith
Our Pick: J.J. Watt
The Cowboys can’t seem to shut down the run, and replacing Kenyon Coleman is a must.
Watt has succeeded as a 3-4 DE this year with Houston, so we’ll send him elsewhere in Texas to play the same position effectively.
Actual Pick: Blaine Gabbert
Our Pick: Jake Locker
Gabbert isn’t playing terribly, but he doesn’t have the upside that Locker does.
Locker fits the Jaguars offensive system a bit better than Gabbert and is a better long term project.
Actual Pick: J.J. Watt
Our Pick: Corey Liuget
The Texans miss out on Watt, but reach a few picks for Liuget who also is a solid 3-4 DE.
Liuget is big and strong, and has played well with the Chargers in 2011.
Actual Pick: Christian Ponder
Our Pick: Christian Ponder
No change here as Ponder looks like he could be a solid quarterback if the Vikings can keep him upright and give him weapons.
Actual Pick: Nick Fairley
Our Pick: Tyron Smith
The Lions aren’t missing Fairley this year with Corey Williams playing well.
Getting Smith would replace Gosder Cherilus, and eventually Jeff Backus on the left side.
Actual Pick: Robert Quinn
Our Pick: Prince Amukamara
Robert Quinn is starting to warm up, but the Rams need cornerbacks. Amukamara has been injured, but he’d still be the most talented member of the secondary on the roster.
Actual Pick: Mike Pouncey
Our Pick: Mike Pouncey
Pouncey has been solid this year, and there’s no need for the change.
The Dolphins interior line has improved for the most part, and losing him would be a poor decision.
Actual Pick: Ryan Kerrigan
Our Pick: Blaine Gabbert
Kerrigan would likely stay in Washington, but it’s hard to pass on the talented Gabbert with pick 16.
While Kerrigan has been playing very well, you can’t be comfortable starting either John Beck or Rex Grossman going forward.
Actual Pick: Nate Solder
Our Pick: Ryan Kerrigan
The Patriots defense has been quite mediocre in 2011.
While they could use Solder, adding Kerrigan would be huge to their pass rush, and help their secondary immensely.
Actual Pick: Corey Liuget
Our Pick: Brooks Reed
Shaun Phillips being injured has hurt the Chargers pass rush, and it’s clear that they need more depth.
No offense to Travis LaBoy, but he’s just not an every down outside linebacker.
Reed has five sacks going into Week 11, and has been playing the 3-4 OLB role quite well filling in for injured Mario Williams in Houston.
Actual Pick: Prince Amukamara
Our Pick: Nick Fairley
The Giants would grab the talented Fairley and not have to waste a second round pick on Marvin Austin.
Actual Pick: Adrian Clayborn
Our Pick: Adrian Clayborn
No change here as Clayborn has been quite effective for the Buccaneers.
He’s showing pass rush ability like he did at Iowa.
Actual Pick: Phil Taylor
Our Pick: Phil Taylor
Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin are the heart and soul of the Browns defense.
They will only get better together, and the pick stays the same with the Browns working to shut down the opposing run game.
Actual Pick: Anthony Castonzo
Our Pick: Nate Solder
Solder is a bit more ready than Castonzo, and has higher upside.
Castonzo is solid, but isn’t as good overall as Solder.
Actual Pick: Danny Watkins
Our Pick: Akeem Ayers
Watkins has been great for the Eagles, but the ineffectiveness of the Eagles’ linebacker corps has been frustrating.
Ayers would play the strong side, likely being an immediate upgrade in shutting down the run.
Actual Pick: Cameron Jordan
Our Pick: DeMarco Murray
The Saints elect to go with Murray who can do it all.
Murray can run between the tackles and catch the ball out of the backfield, while fitting in better than Mark Ingram.
Actual Pick: James Carpenter
Our Pick: Gabe Carimi
While Carpenter has been ok, I still maintain that he is a right guard permanently in the NFL.
Carimi would give the Seahawks a true RT who could do it all, and even play a bit of guard if needed.
Actual Pick: Jonathan Baldwin
Our Pick: Cameron Jordan
Glenn Dorsey isn’t playing poorly at all, but he could still be upgraded.
Dorsey is a better fit for a 4-3 DT role, rather than a 3-4 DE, and Jordan is too versatile not to grab here.
Actual Pick: Jimmy Smith
Our Pick: Jimmy Smith
Smith showed excellent cover skills when he was healthy.
He should become a top notch corner in the NFL when he’s 100%.
Actual Pick: Mark Ingram
Our Pick: Stefen Wisniewski
The Saints got their running back in DeMarco Murray with pick 24, and elect to trade up to Stefen Wisniewski.
The former Penn State leader has grasped the game big time and has made a great impact for the Raiders.
Actual Pick: Gabe Carimi
Our Pick: Danny Watkins
The Bears need help all over the offensive line, and Watkins could occupy either guard spot and give Forte room to run.
Actual Pick: Muhammad Wilkerson
Our Pick: Muhammad Wilkerson
Wilkerson is still the right pick here as he is versatile, and very talented against the run, while having some pass rushing ability.
Wilkerson will be a very good 3-4 DE.
Actual Pick: Cameron Heyward
Our Pick: Jabaal Sheard
The Steelers have had injuries to James Harrison and Lamar Woodley in 2011, and could have used Sheard’s pass rushing ability, even if it was only situational.
Sheard has started to become a solid 4-3 DE for the Browns, but would fit a 3-4 OLB role with ease.
Actual Pick: Derek Sherrod
Our Pick: Anthony Castonzo
Sherrod was drafted more to be groomed, and Castonzo could be groomed as well.
Castonzo would serve as Chad Clifton’s replacment in the future, or move to the right side if Bulaga switched to the left side.
Moving out of the first: Derek Sherrod (32), Cameron Heyward (31), Jonathan Baldwin (26), James Carpenter (25), Robert Quinn (14), Mark Ingram (28)
Sliding into the first: Andy Dalton, Jabaal Sheard, Stefen Wisniewski, DeMarco Murray, Akeem Ayers, Brooks Reed