The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is now history. The second and third rounds will take place on Friday night, but let's take a look back at the picks from Thursday night before we start shifting our focus completely toward tonight. After the jump is a rundown of the first-round 2011 NFL Draft results.
|1||Cam Newton, Auburn QB|
|2||Von Miller, Texas A&M LB|
|3||Marcell Dareus, Alabama DL|
|4||A.J. Green, Georgia WR|
|5||Patrick Peterson, LSU CB|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Julio Jones, Alabama WR|
|7||Aldon Smith, Missouri DE|
|8||Jake Locker, Washington QB|
|9||, USC OT|
|10||Blaine Gabbert, Missouri QB|
|11||, Wisconsin DE|
|12||Christian Ponder, FSU QB|
|13||Nick Fairley, Auburn DT|
|14||, UNC DE|
|15||, Florida OL|
|16||, Purdue DE|
|17||, Colorado OL|
|18||, Illinois DT|
|19||, Nebraska CB|
|20||, Iowa DE|
|21||Cleveland Browns||, Baylor DT|
|22||, Boston College OT|
|23||, Baylor OL|
|24||New Orleans Saints||, Cal DE|
|25||, Alabama OL|
|26||Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt WR|
|27||, Colorado CB|
|28||, Alabama RB|
|29||, Wisconsin OT|
|30||, Temple DT|
|31||Cam Heyward, Ohio State DL|
|32||, Mississippi State OT|
Just based on the first round, I think I have to give the Saints the most impressive draft so far. Of course, that is mainly because they ended up with two first-round picks, but I really like the value they got with Cameron Jordan and Mark Ingram. This isn't a team lacking talent by any means, but they managed to go out and add two impressive players already.
Of course, I also like what the Detroit Lions did as well. Some have called getting Nick Fairley the steal of the first round, and considering he was viewed as a top five pick by some, I can't necessarily disagree with that mindset.
Aside from the Fairley pick, what was your favorite selection in the first round?
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