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Minnesota Vikings: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Minnesota Vikings: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Quarterback Christian Ponder was a reach for the Minnesota Vikings. Ponder was not thought to be selected until mid-to-late second round. The Florida quarterback has an injury history and does not possess a strong arm. Quarterback was a need position for the Vikings, but Minnesota should have traded down later in the draft and stockpiled picks and gotten him later in the draft. The Vikings addressed their needs at defensive tackle and defensive line with five other picks later in the draft, but they had weaknesses and holes to fill on the defense, that should have been addressed in the early rounds. They took Ponder ahead of defensive tackle Nick Fairley and defensive end Robert Quinn who went to the Lions and the Rams. Down the road, this draft will be graded by how Ponder develops. Right now, it was the wrong selection at the wrong time.

 

Miami Dolphins: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Miami Dolphins: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Guard-Center Mike Pouncey out of Florida filled one of the Miami Dolphins' most pressing need along offensive line, and running back Daniel Thomas filled another. Chose Pouncey over Mark Ingram and th...

Kansas City Chiefs: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Kansas City Chiefs: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picksThe Kansas City Chiefs addressed needs and got value in first three rounds. Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin may have been a reach in the first round, but he fills a need giving the Chiefs a second wide...

Jacksonville Jaguars: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Jacksonville Jaguars: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

The Jacksonville Jaguars got their quarterback of the future in Blaine Gabbert, who was not taken by either Arizona, Tennessee and Minnesota. The question is will coach Jack Del Rio be around to see G...

Indianapolis Colts: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Indianapolis Colts: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

The Indianapolis Colts addressed the most pressing need of upgrading the offensive line and protecting Peyton Manning, and did so with first round pick Anthony Castonzo of Boston College and second ro...

Houston Texans: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Houston Texans: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

The Houston Texans took defensive end J.J. Watt in first round, passing on Prince Amukamara. Were able to address the team’s secondary and Houston’s most glaring need with cornerback Brandon Harris fr...

Green Bay Packers: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Green Bay Packers: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

The Green Bay Packers improved their offensive line with Derek Sherrod, who fell to them in the first round. More importantly, they got offensive weapons in the second and third round with wide receiv...

Detroit Lions: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Detroit Lions: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Nick Fairley fell to the Detroit Lions with 13th pick. He and Ndamukong Suh will combine for the best defensive tackle combo in NFL. Second round picks Mikel Leshoure will help running game and wide r...

Denver Broncos: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

Denver Broncos: Grade for 2011 NFL Draft picks

The Denver Broncos got the draft’s elite linebacker in Von Miller. Got the best safety in Rahim Moore. Drafted three linebackers and two safeties to fix back seven on defense. However, in passing on M...

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