Daily Draft: 2011 NFL Top Ten Picks
What were the top ten picks in the 2011 NFL Draft? You want a killer run of talent surrounded by some historic misfires? Check out an epic 2011 when Cam Newton went No. 1, and the hits just kept on coming.
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1. QB Cam Newton, Auburn: Drafted by Carolina
There might be a few too many interceptions, and there might be too many hits because of his style, and … there might not be a brighter superstar in the NFL over the next few years. He’s been a special franchise quarterback from Day One, with his ascension made even more special by the utter disaster at quarterback throughout the rest of the 2011 NFL Draft.
2. DE Von Miller, Texas A&M: Drafted by Denver
60 sacks in five years, three Pro Bowls, two First Team All-Pro selections, and one Tom Brady being worn as a hat in the 2016 AFC championship – Miller was a special pick at the two.
3. DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama: Drafted by Buffalo
While he might not be as flashy or as celebrated as some of the other key first round picks, he’s a two-time Pro Bowl performer and a rock-steady starter and interior pass rusher for the Bill D.
4. WR A.J. Green, Georgia: Drafted by Cincinnati
He doesn’t talk a lot, he’s not a prima donna, and he might not be considered at quite the same level as some of the other elite receivers, but with 415 catches for 6,171 yards and 45 touchdowns, he’s a true No. 1 target.
5. CB Patrick Peterson, LSU: Drafted by Arizona
The four-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro performer is one of the game’s elite corners and a fantastic punt returner. He’s been one of the game’s superstar defensive performers from the start.
6. WR Julio Jones, Alabama: Drafted by Atlanta
The only problem has been health, missing most of 2013 and not seeing time in 16 career games – a full regular season. But when he’s right, he’s an unstoppable force with 414 career catches for 6,201 yards and 34 scores, highlighted by a 136-grab, 1,871-yard 2015 season on the way to his first All-Pro season.
7. DE Aldon Smith, Missouri: Drafted by San Francisco
The off-the-field problems and suspension derailed an otherwise amazing career. He started out with a ridiculous 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons, but he only lasted in San Francisco for four years.
8. QB Jake Locker, Washington: Drafted by Tennessee
A colossal disaster considering all the superstars taken around him, Locker was just never any good and quit the sport after just four awful seasons. This miss not only set the franchise back several years, but it forced the pick of Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 overall selection in 2015.
9. OT Tyron Smith, USC: Drafted by Dallas
If he’s not the best tackle in the game, he’s in the team photo. Just 21 when he came to the Cowboys, he’s improved to the highest of levels as a perennial Pro Bowl talent and a 2014 All-Pro.
10. QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: Drafted by Jacksonville
To be fair, it’s not like he had a ton of talent around him in Jacksonville. Like the Tennessee whiff on Jake Locker, the Jaguars were set back years and had to take Blake Bortles because of this awful pick. Bounced after three lousy seasons, he resuscitated his career with a not-that-bad fill-in 2015 campaign with San Francisco. However, considering Jacksonville is seemingly always looking for a top pass rusher, it really, really stings that the next pick was …
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11. DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin: Houston
12. QB Christian Ponder, Florida State: Minnesota
13. DT Nick Fairley, Auburn: Detroit
14. DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina: St. Louis
15. OG Mike Pouncey, Florida: Miami