The NFL Draft has come and gone with minimal fanfare. Overall, it can be agreed that the talent pool for this years class wasn’t as awe-invoking as in years past. Much of the debate came at the top of the Draft with the selection of Cam Newton who many felt would go (and eventually did) go #1 overall to the Carolina Panthers.
As the Draft progressed we saw a lot of movement via trade with multiple teams jockeying for picks and movement either up or down in rounds.
So who were the Big Winners and the Big Losers of the Draft? Let’s see.
1.) Detroit Lions:
The Lions were surprised that highly-regarded Defensive Tackle Nick Fairley fell to them at #13 and took advantage by selecting the defensive stud who seemed to have fell off other teams draft board due to some troubling interviews.
Lining up last years Rookie of the Year Suh with Nick Fairley and All-Pro Kyle Vandenbosh poses a tough task for other teams Offensive Lines. Good luck blocking that tandem.
2.) Cincinatti Bengals:
The Bengals got a stud Wide Receiver in Aj Green who the Atlanta Falcons tried desperately to trade up for. This indicates that the Bengals are ready to supplant Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens and rebuild with an infusion of “team guys”.
The Bengals continued to address many of their needs when they nabbed TCU Quarterback Andy Dalton in the 2nd Round. Preparing themselves for the imminent departure of Carson Palmer the future looks bright in Cincy.
The main factor is the drafting of “team players” who are proven workers shows the Bengals want a new culture in Cincy.
3.) Buffalo Bills:
Adding all defense almost the entire draft proved to be a very intelligent move from the front offense. Marcell Dareus will be a stud. No flashy picks. They added players with a lot of potential and plugged a lot of holes without having to rely on Free Agency.
Many may question the Running Back selection they made with Jimmy White in the 5th but with many teams reverting to a Running-Back-by-Commity system this proves to be smart. Now they aren’t necessarily tied to large contracts with Jackson and can part with him via trade.
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4.) Miami Dolphins:
The fact the Dolphins didn’t take any Quarterbacks in this draft speaks volumes. They took solid “need” players and I love the Pouncey pick at #15. For years the Dolphins have had issues with the Center position and this should help alleviate those issues.
The Dolphins continued their strong draft with the selection of Daniel Thomas in the 2nd round after trading up. Thomas is a big runner who can bring more power to the Dolphins run-first offense. With the departures of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams on the horizon it was key to get a featured back with some true meat & muscle to help bulldoze in Miami.
They also addressed the Deep Threat need at Wide Receiver with blazing runner Edmund Gates. Gates is a speed demon who has hit 40 times of 4.21 before. With some coaching he should develop nicely and add a viable threat to the Wide Receiver corps.
1.) Minnesota Vikings
Really Minny, let’s lay off the Quarterbacks. You obviously have no clue how to handle the Quarterback position. GM Rick Speilman has a track record of mishandling his quarterback decisions (see his track record in Miami). They reached extremely far for Christian Ponder who has had comparisons to Chad Pennington. While Pennington wasn’t a bad Pro, he had the inability to stretch the field at times.
With Ryan Mallet on the board they could have selected him or picked up more draft picks by trading out of the #12 spot. Wonder if they researched Andy Dalton at all?!?
2.) Washington Redskins
You have a glaring need at QB and obviously Free Agency and Trades have not worked out for you at all. You had a chance at Dalton, Mallet and Blaine Gabbert but failed to make the proper selection.
Only time will tell just bad this move may have been for the Redskins.
3.) Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are losers for the simple reason they gave up a ton to move up in the Top 6 to attempt to nab a stud Wide Receiver. The problem is that the stud receiver they traded up for (Aj Green) was already off the board.
So what they decided to do was continue to give up a fortune to move to the Top spots to nab a questionable Wide Receiver in Julio Jones. While Jones may be a solid receiver he has a lot of issues with his hands which as a Receiver is troubling. He has all the assets but is only projected to be a #2 receiver at best.
So they question here is …why give up that much for a receiver you didn’t have in mind and with as many question marks at Jones has.
That wraps up SportsRantz.com’s analysis of the 2011 NFL Draft. You can view our Pre-Draft Mock and this Draft Grading in the future to see just how well we did or didn’t fare in our projections and opinions.
Raiders’ Antonio Brown Settles Lawsuit
New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason, has struck a settlement with a man, Ophir Sternberg, that claimed that he nearly killed a toddle by throwing furniture off of a Miami apartment building balcony, according to TMZ.
In the lawsuit, Sternberg claims his 22-month-old son was walking around the pool at the high-end apartment complex back in April 2018 when suddenly “large objects started to fall from the building many floors above them.”
Sternberg claimed that Brown tossed everything from vases, an ottoman, and other pieces of furniture from the balcony and they landed within feet of the toddler.
Brown had denied throwing the items, claiming that it was another person who had access to his apartment on that day.
Police responded to the scene and reported that Brown was “very agitated” and yelling when they arrived, noting that people have been trying to calm Brown down.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).
Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.
According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.
Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.
Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.
Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.
“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.
The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”
Mike Tannenbaum Joins ESPN
Following his run as Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Miami Dolphins, and long-overdue dismissal following a disaster 2018 season, Mike Tannenbaum is joining ESPN, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.
Tannenbaum will end up being ESPN’s replacement for Bill Polian, who retired from broadcasting to become a co-founder of the Alliance of American Football, which officially ended all operations last week.
Tannenbaum will make appearances on SportsCenter, NFL Live, and other ESPN productions in the build up to the NFL Draft and will also be a part of ESPN’s draft coverage during the 2019 NFL Draft.
At the end of the 2018 season, Tannenbaum was “reassigned” within the Dolphins organization, although no details were provided at the time and no information regarding his re-assignment have been made public since.
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