NFL Draft 2011: Full First Round Pick List And Recap

Mercifully, the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft came to a close on Monday night after a frantic four hours of action. It started inconspicuously enough: Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus and A.J. Green came off the board in the first four picks, as expected. But as the No. 6 pick rolled around, the dominoes began to fall and the draft turn a turn for the wild.

The Atlanta Falcons fired the first shot of the 2011 NFL Draft, swooping in and making a big trade to grab Julio Jones. At No. 8, the Tennessee Titans surprised everyone, brushing aside Blaine Gabbert to draft Washington quarterback Jake Locker. Jacksonville made the second trade of the day, swapping with the Washington Redskins to jump up to No. 10 and grab Gabbert as quarterbacks were suddenly at a premium.

Christian Ponder became the fourth quarterback taken in the top-12 as the Minnesota Vikings grabbed him at No. 12 as the heir-apparent to Brett Favre. With the quarterbacks out of the way, a game of reaches and runs took place as teams snapped up offensive and defensive linemen at an astounding rate. In total, 20 linemen were taken, including a record 12 on the defensive side of the ball.

Here is the full list of picks from Thursday's first round.

1 Carolina Cam Newton (QB) Auburn 
2 Denver Von Miller (OLB) Texas A&M 
3 Buffalo Marcell Dareus (DT) Alabama 
4 Cincinnati A.J. Green (WR) Georgia 
5 Arizona Patrick Peterson (CB) LSU 
6 Atlanta (T) Julio Jones (WR) Alabama 
7 San Francisco Aldon Smith (DE) Missouri 
8 Tennessee Jake Locker (QB) Washington 
9 Dallas Tyron Smith (OT) USC 
10 Jacksonville (T) Blaine Gabbert (QB) Missouri 
11 Houston J.J. Watt (DE) Wisconsin 
12 Minnesota Christian Ponder (QB) Florida St 
13 Detroit Nick Fairley (DT) Auburn 
14 St. Louis Robert Quinn (DE) UNC 
15 Miami Mike Pouncey (C) Florida
16 Washington (T Ryan Kerrigan (DE) Purdue 
17 New England Nate Solder (OT) Colorado 
18 San Diego Corey Liuget (DT) Illinois 
19 NY Giants Prince Amukamara (CB) Nebraska 
20 Tampa Bay Adrian Clayborn (DE) Iowa 
21 Cleveland (T) Phil Taylor (DT) Baylor 
22 Indianapolis Anthony Castonzo (OT) BC 
23 Philadelphia Danny Watkins (OG) Baylor 
24 New Orleans Cameron Jordan (DE) California 
25 Seattle James Carpenter (OG) Alabama 
26 Kansas City (T Jonathan Baldwin (WR) Pittsburgh
27 Baltimore Jimmy Smith (CB) Colorado
28 New Orleans (T) Mark Ingram (RB) Alabama 
29 Chicago Gabe Carimi (OT) Wisconsin
30 NY Jets Muhammad Wilkerson (DE) Temple
31 Pittsburgh Cameron Heyward (DE) Ohio St
32 Green Bay Derek Sherrod (OT) Miss St

 

We’ll be covering the latest news and rumors throughout the entire process in our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available. Check out our 2011 NFL mock draft StoryStream and our Jake Locker StoryStream for even more predictions and projections.

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