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Robert Quinn to Rams

04.28.11 at 9:30 pm ET
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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.

Lions get Nick Fairley 13th overall

04.28.11 at 9:25 pm ET
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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.

Christian Ponder to Vikings

04.28.11 at 9:22 pm ET
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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?

Texans select J.J. Watt

04.28.11 at 9:10 pm ET
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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.

Blaine Gabbert goes 10th overall to Jaguars

04.28.11 at 9:06 pm ET
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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.

Cowboys select Tyron Smith

04.28.11 at 8:58 pm ET
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The Cowboys went for a flashy pick in Dez Bryant last year, but this time around they’re going with an offensive lineman in USC tackle Tyron Smith with the ninth overall pick.

Smith was reliable at USC, but he definitely will need to grow into his talents at the next level. We were all waiting to see just which tackle would be selected first. Turns out it’s Smith, and this allows a team like the Lions to sit back and wait for a guy like Anthony Castonzo to fall to them.

Shocker: Titans go for Jake Locker

04.28.11 at 8:54 pm ET
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The Titans have filled their need at quarterback, selecting Washington senior Jake Locker eighth overall. Locker provides Tennessee with a potential franchise quarterback after the failed Vince Young experiment.

Locker could have gone much higher had he come out of the draft after his junior year, but he returned to Washington for a senior year and saw his stock fall. His accuracy is the biggest thing in question, as he had a 55.4 completion percentage as a senior.

Locker had been rumored to the Patriots by some, as he was one of the signal-callers worked out by the Pats.

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