2011 NFL Re-Draft

As of the 2015 season, the 2011 NFL features some of the best players in the league. JJ Watt, a 2x Defensive Player of the Year winner, has established himself as one of the NFL’s greats during his career. Cam Newton, the former first overall pick of this draft, has led the Panthers to  15-1 season and is a strong candidate for the NFL MVP. Julio Jones and AJ Green have been dominated throughout their careers since their rookie season. Outside linebackers Von Miller and Justin Houston have been some of the best edge rushers. Cornerback Patrick Peterson was a top 5 pick, but is currently battling Richard Sherman (5th round pick) and Chris Harris (Undrafted) as the league’s best cornerbacks. With so much talent from the actual top 10 and the rest of the draft, how would these picks be shaken up? Here’s how I see the first round turing out:

Pick  Team Original Pick New Pick
1. Carolina Panthers Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
2. Denver Broncos Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
3. Buffalo Bills Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
4. Cincinnati Bengals AJ Green, WR, Georgia Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
5. Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
6. Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones, WR, Alabama Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
7. San Francisco 49ers Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford
8. Tennessee Titans Jake Locker, QB, Washington Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
9. Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith, OT, USC Tyron Smith, OT, USC
10. Jacksonville Jaguars Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri AJ Green, WR, Georgia
11. Houston Texans JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
12. Minnesota Vikings Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State Tyrod Taylor, QB Virginia Tech
13. Detroit Lions Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn Robert Quinn, DE, UNC
14. St. Louis Rams Robert Quinn, DE, UNC Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
15. Miami Dolphins Mike Pouncey, C, Florida DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
16. Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
17. New England Patriots Nate Solder, OT, Colorado Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
18. San Diego Chargers Corey Liuget, DE, Illinois Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
19 New York Giants Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska Chris Harris, CB, Kansas
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri
21. Cleveland Browns Phillip Taylor, DT, Baylor Doug Baldwin, WR, Stanford
22. Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
23. Philadelphia Eagles Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor KJ Wright, OLB, Mississippi State
24. New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan, DE, California Cameron Jordan, DE, California
25. Seattle Seahawks James Carpenter, OT, Alabama Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
26. Kansas City Chiefs Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh Mike Pouncey, C, Florida
27. Baltimore Ravens Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
28. New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
29. Chicago Bears Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin Jason Kelce, C, Cincinnati
30. New York Jets Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
31. Pittsburgh Steelers Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami
32. Green Bay Packers Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State

 

Breakdown of the Top 10:

  1. Carolina Panthers

Original: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

New: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

 

Discussion: While many would argue JJ Watt here, you need a QB to win in the NFL. Cam has led the 15-1 Panthers to their best season ever, so Carolina makes this an easy choice.

 

  1. Denver Broncos

Original: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

New: JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin

 

Discussion: JJ Watt is the best defensive player in the NFL, and it might not be close. Von Miller has had a good career so far, but Watt is just too good to even consider someone else.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills

Original: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

New: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia

 

Discussion: While Dareus has had a great career for the Bills, Houston has had 56 career sacks in just 5 seasons. Houston would have been a perfect edge rusher to help put pressure on Brady in recent years.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals

Original: AJ Green, WR, Georgia

New: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

 

Discussion: AJ Green vs Julio Jones. Both receivers have had stellar careers, but Jones will get the nod here. Jones led the league in receptions this past season and has dominated defenders throughout his career.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals

Original: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

New: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

 

Discussion: Patrick Peterson is arguably the best CB in the NFL, but like the Panthers, a good quarterback is what wins football games. Dalton has been great since his rookie season, so this pick only makes sense. (Remember, Carson Palmer was an Oakland Raider during this draft.)

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons

Original: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

New: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

 

Discussion: With Jones off the board, the Falcons would solidify their interior defensive line by snagging Dareus. He has been one of the best DTs in the league that would only help the Falcon defense.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers

Original: Aldon Smith, OLB, MIssouri

New: Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford

 

Discussion: On the field, Aldon Smith is an amazing player. Off the field, he has issues. The 49ers would be able to avoid these problems by picking CB Richard Sherman. Sherman has been lockdown throughout his career and is one of the best defensive players in the NFL.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans

Original: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

New: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

 

Discussion: No doubt the Titans would pass on Jake Locker if this draft reocurred. By doing that, the Titans would pick up stud OLB Von Miller. Miller has gone over 10 sacks a season four times in his five year career.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys

Original: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

New: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

 

Discussion: The Dallas Cowboys absolutely would not change their pick on Tyron Smith out of USC. He has been one of the best tackles in the league and is the head of the NFL’s best offensive line.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Original: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

New: AJ Green, WR, Georgia

 

Discussion: Just as Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert has not had a good career in the NFL. Instead, the Jaguars pick WR AJ Green. Having 45 career touchdowns, Green is too good to let go.

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