|04.28.11 at 9:44 pm ET|
The Redskins selected Purdue pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan 16th overall Thursday. They had the 16th pick from their trade with the Jaguars.
We’re very high on Kerrigan around these parts. His motor may be talked about plenty, but for good reason. He loves getting after the quarterback, and it showed with his 15 sacks over the last two years.
|04.28.11 at 9:39 pm ET|
The Dolphins selected Florida center Mike Pouncey 15th overall Thursday night. He is the twin brother of Steelers’ 2010 first-round pick Maurkice Pouncey.
Pouncey is one of the safest pick in the entire draft, and at 15th is a fair enough value. Mark Ingram seemed to be a logical option, but there is plenty of risk in taking a first-round running back. The Dolphins learned that when they saw former second overall pick Ronnie Brown become a good but not great player.
|04.28.11 at 9:30 pm ET|
The Rams selected UNC defensive end Robert Quinn 14th overall Thursday night. Quinn was suspended last season, his junior campaign, for taking improper benefits from an agent.
This is a very intriguing pick. Quinn had 11 sacks as a sophomore, but sitting out last year meant his sample size was very small. Though he was suspended, Quinn is a very good story, as he overcame a brain tumor to be where he is today.
|04.28.11 at 9:25 pm ET|
The fall for Nick Fairley finally ended when the Lions chose the Auburn defensive tackle 13th overall Thursday.
This is a pick that could make the Lions’ defensive line as scary as any other in the league going forward. Fairley and Ndamukong Suh in the middle of that four-man front has to be worrisome for opposing quarterbacks. Great job by the Lions on this one.
|04.28.11 at 9:22 pm ET|
The Vikings selected Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder 12th overall Thursday, making him the fourth quarterback taken thus far.
Ponder was a guy I expected to consider a good value if he went in the middle of the second round, but 12th overall is a bit high. He isn’t as tall as a team would like, but he’s talented and has the athleticism (4.6 40 yard dash). As long as this means people won’t talk about Brett Favre anymore, how can you not love this pick?
|04.28.11 at 9:10 pm ET|
The Texans beefed up their definsive line in the first round, taking Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt 11th overall Thursday.
Watt is a great five-technique prospect, and this just goes to show you how much emphasis is placed on a good defensive line. The Texans have a major need at corner, so passing on Prince Amukamara must have been tough to do.
|04.28.11 at 9:06 pm ET|
The Jaguars were the second team to move up in the first round Thursday, trading up to the 10th overall pick to select Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert throw for 3,186 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a junior. Though he is the third quarterback selected thus far, he is probably the safest quarterback in this entire class. He has all the skill as a passer and can even move around a little bit. You’ve just go to wonder what this means for David Garrard.
This marks the first time that three quarterbacks have been selected in the first 10 picks since 1999.