|04.28.11 at 8:54 pm ET|
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.
|04.28.11 at 8:45 pm ET|
The 49ers selected Missouri defensive end/outside linebacker Aldon Smith seventh overall. Smith declared for the draft after his sophomore season.
Manny Lawson hasn’t been the monster people expected him to be when the 49ers grabbed in the first round back in 2006. There is a bit of risk involved with Smith given that he could be perceived as a one-year wonder, but they’ll hope he pays off.
Fun fact about Aldon Smith: In a conversation with WEEI.com, he said that he’d like to be an actor after his playing days are over. His favorite movie is Scarface.
|04.28.11 at 8:41 pm ET|
The Falcons made the first major splash of the draft Thursday, trading up from No. 27 to grab Cleveland’s pick and select Alabama receiver Julio Jones sixth overall.
The Falcons gave up secondhand fourth-round picks this year, as well as firsthand fourth-round picks in next year’s draft in order to get to No. 6.
This is a beyond-gutsy pick for the Falcons to make, but Matt Ryan has got to love it. Jones is an incredible athlete, and having him and Roddy White as receivers to go with an already-solid running could make this offense very scary. The Falcons still need help on the offensive line, and it will be a while before they can address it after this trade.
|04.28.11 at 8:33 pm ET|
The Cardinals selected LSU cornerback and Bednarik Award winner Patrick Peterson fifth overall, making him the third defensive player selected in the first five picks.
The Cardinals may have a potential need at quarterback, but they made the wise choice in selecting the best player in the draft (not the best player available, but the best player). Peterson is a physical specimen, and at 219 pounds, can handle anything that comes his way.
|04.28.11 at 8:29 pm ET|
The Bengals may have had a couple of big-name receivers on their roster a year ago, but they added some more youth to their group of receivers by selecting Georgia receiver A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick.
There’s always some risk associated with drafting a wide receiver this high, but Green is the best offensive player in a draft that has already seen an offensive player go first overall. Terrell Owens led the Bengals with 983 receiving yards last season, with Chad Ochocinco finishing with 831. Green and Jordan Shipley, as well as tight end Jermaine Gresham, should give whoever is throwing them the ball some nice options in the future.
|04.28.11 at 8:24 pm ET|
Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus is headed to Buffalo, as the Bills have chosen him third overall.
The Bills may have missed on a top 10 pick last year when they chose C.J. Spiller eighth overall, so getting the best defensive lineman in the entire draft is certainly a safer route that should pay bigger dividends. Dareus has tremendous versatility, as he can play at any spot in a three-man front. It should be noted that the Bills paln to incorporate both a 3-4 and 4-3.
|04.28.11 at 8:21 pm ET|
This is a solid pick for the Broncos. Miller isn’t the biggest guy in the world, but he can get after the quarterback like only few can. He ran in the low 4.4 range in the 40-yard dash, and the Butkus Award winner will hope the talent that gave him 28 sacks the last two years translates to the next level.