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||Carolina Panthers||Cam Newton, Auburn QB|
|2||Denver Broncos||Von Miller, Texas A&M LB|
|3||Buffalo Bills||Marcell Dareus, Alabama DL|
|4||Cincinnati Bengals||A.J. Green, Georgia WR|
|5||Arizona Cardinals||Patrick Peterson, LSU CB|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Julio Jones, Alabama WR|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Aldon Smith, Missouri DE|
|8||Tennessee Titans||Jake Locker, Washington QB|
|9||Dallas Cowboys||Tyron Smith, USC OT|
|10||Jacksonville Jaguars||Blaine Gabbert, Missouri QB|
|11||Houston Texans||J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DE|
|12||Minnesota Vikings||Christian Ponder, FSU QB|
|13||Detroit Lions||Nick Fairley, Auburn DT|
|14||St. Louis Rams||Robert Quinn, UNC DE|
|15||Miami Dolphins||Mike Pouncey, Florida OL|
|16||Washington Redskins||Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue DE|
|17||New England Patriots||Nate Solder, Colorado OL|
|18||San Diego Chargers||Corey Liuget, Illinois DT|
|19||New York Giants||Prince Amukamara, Nebraska CB|
|20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DE|
|21||Cleveland Browns||Phil Taylor, Baylor DT|
|22||Indianapolis Colts||Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OT|
|23||Philadelphia Eagles||Danny Watkins, Baylor OL|
|24||New Orleans Saints||Cameron Jordan, Cal DE|
|25||Seattle Seahawks||James Carpenter, Alabama OL|
|26||Kansas City Chiefs||Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt WR|
|27||Baltimore Ravens||Jimmy Smith, Colorado CB|
|28||New Orleans Saints||Mark Ingram, Alabama RB|
|29||Chicago Bears||Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin OT|
|30||New York Jets||Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple DT|
|31||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cam Heyward, Ohio State DL|
|32||Green Bay Packers||Derek Sherrod, 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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