2011 NFL Draft - 1st Round
No. 21-25 Picks & Analysis
2011 NFL Draft Analysis
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Cleveland Browns (from Kansas City)
DT Phil Taylor, Baylor 6-3, 334
Overall Pick No. 21 CFN Overall Ranking: 80
A bit of a reach, Taylor is a pure block of a nose tackle for the Dick Jauron defense. He’s not going to get into the backfield on a regular basis, but with the trade to move up, the Browns apparently thought Taylor was worth the move to find an anchor and a run stuffer to work the entire defense around. There might not be more pressure on any defensive player in the first round because of what he’ll be asked to do.
CFN Analysis: Forget about the quick interior pass rushers scattered about in the 2011 draft; Taylor is a massive rock who’ll sit there in the middle of the line and won’t be moved for until January. The Penn State transfer has the dream size for an NFL nose tackle with the strength to push people around to make things happen. While he has the bulk, he has to work on staying under 340 and he has to work even harder to keep the motor running. He might only be a two-down defender who’ll need to be a part of a rotation, and he’ll be maddening at times when the light isn’t on, but he’s the textbook definition of an anchor.
CFN Projection: Second Round
OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College 6-7, 311
Overall Pick No. 22 CFN Overall Ranking: 20
There are few more obvious picks in the draft. Indianapolis needed to upgrade the offensive line in a big way, and while Castonzo won’t necessarily beat anyone up in the running game, he’ll help prolong a 35-year-old Peyton Manning’s career. The Colts got a ten-year starter with a great value, and going forward, New England’s pick of Nate Solder will always be compared to Indy’s offensive tackle pick five spots later.
Extremely smart and with impeccable character, he’s the type of player you want to be the leader of your line. With prototype size and great sliding skills as a pass protector, he’s a left tackle who should be more than fine right away, and he has the bulldozing skills to pound away for the ground game. However, he’s not a killer of a run blocker and he’s not going to throw anyone into the third row. While he’s never going to be a superstar, he should be a very good, very solid starter for a long time. There’s no bust potential.
CFN Projection: First Round
OG Danny Watkins, Baylor (OT), 6-4, 310
Overall Pick No. 23 CFN Overall Ranking: 64
Get him on the field now, Philly; he has about ten minutes of his career left. Way too old to build around for the next decade, he needs to start RIGHT NOW or this pick isn’t going to work. He’s ultra-strong and can move, but if he takes a year to develop, especially considering he has to move from the outside in, it’ll be a questionable pick. Even so, the fickle Eagle fans will love him from the word go.
CFN Analysis: Ollllllllllld. He’s one of the most versatile linemen in the draft, he’s insanely strong, and he has an ultra-nasty mean streak and work ethic that every coach dreams of. If he was turning 22, he might be a top 50 overall pick – and he still might be – but about to turn 27, he has about five years of shelf life and will lose several draft slots because of it. The problem, also, is that he’s not a finished product and needs a year of NFL coaching, but because of his age and because of where he’ll be drafted, or overdrafted, he might get stuck inside and let him start hitting someone right away.
CFN Projection: Second Round
New Orleans Saints
DE Cameron Jordan, California 6-4, 287
Overall Pick No. 24 CFN Overall Ranking: 27
The right pick at the right time, he was among the hottest players coming off of Senior Bowl workouts, and for a Saint defense that loves to get to the quarterbacks, and needs more pure pass rushers to be disruptive forces, Jordan can step in right away and produce. There was some talk that about him sneaking into the top 15, and now he gets to be a possible final piece of the puzzle. However, if Da’Quan Bowers turns out to be the top five talent he was expected to be a few months ago, or if Mark Ingram becomes a star, there will be plenty of second guessing.
CFN Analysis: Everyone’s darling of the post-season workout circuit, Jordan was awesome in Senior Bowl practices showing off his tremendous size, good athleticism, and high motor. Very, very long, he has a big frame that carries his weight extremely well. The problem is that he wasn’t always a killer in Pac 10 play, even though he was consistent and productive. He’ll be asked to become a dominant pass rusher in a 3-4, but he’s a better athlete than a polished sack artist and will disappear for long stretches. With his versatility and with his drive he’ll be an excellent pro for a long time. However, don’t be shocked if he’s a slight disappointment compared to other top ends in the draft.
CFN Projection: First Round
OG James Carpenter, Alabama (OT) 6-4, 321
Overall Pick No. 25 CFN Overall Ranking: 62
A bit of a reach for a guard – no, he’s not going to be a steady NFL tackle – it still should be a terrific pick if, and only if, Seattle is planning on using him next to Russell Okung as a guard. If there’s any plans on putting him at right tackle, then there will be plenty of second guessing about not taking Gabe Carimi. Yes, line help was a must, but Carpenter could’ve been had at least 20 picks later.
CFN Analysis: A top blocker at the highest of levels, he has nice size, good athleticism, and the versatility to play anywhere on an NFL line except center. With a fantastic Senior Bowl week, he showed more talent and more skills than many scouts thought, and his stock went up in a big hurry. While he’s athletic enough to work at tackle, he’s a far better option as a light-footed guard. He’s not going to destroy anyone in the running game, but he’s more than good enough to get by and he’ll be drafted much higher than most with his skills because of his versatility.
CFN Projection: Third Round