NFL draft: first round

  • Updated: April 29, 2011 - 12:04 AM

Thursday's first-round selections:

1. CAROLINA CAM NEWTON

Quarterback, Auburn

• There is no questioning his athletic ability, but can he continue his meteoric college success in the NFL?

2. DENVER VON MILLER

Linebacker, Texas A&M

• With a unique blend of power and speed, he could make an immediate impact as a pass rusher for a team that needs one.

3. BUFFALO MARCELL DAREUS

Def. tackle, Alabama

• At 319 pounds, Dareus is big enough to plug the middle in the 3-4 defense but can rush the passer, too.

4. CINCINNATI A.J. GREEN

Wide receiver, Georgia

• Green fills a need for a team that likely needs to replace Ochocinco and T.O. Also, will this persuade Carson Palmer to return?

7. SAN FRANCISCO ALDON SMITH

Linebacker, Missouri

• The 49ers see Smith as a strong-side outside linebacker who'll join a unit led by All-Pro Patrick Willis.

9. DALLAS TYRON SMITH

Off. tackle, Southern Cal

• Cowboys want to better protect Tony Romo, and Smith is their answer. He'll have to switch from right to left tackle.

10. JACKSONVILLE

From Washington

BLAINE GABBERT

Quarteback, Missouri

• Certainly a move for the future, because the Jaguars have David Garrard at QB. Jags gave up a second-round pick to move up.

11. HOUSTON J.J. WATT

Defensive end, Wisconsin

• No one will question Watt's effort, and he joins a defense that ranked last against the pass and 30th overall last season.

12. VIKINGS

CHRISTIAN PONDER

Quarterback, Florida State

• The Vikings definitely drafted for need. Did Tennessee taking Jake Locker force their hands into this move?

13. DETROIT NICK FAIRLEY

Def. tackle, Auburn

• Some teams had character concerns, but Fairley and Ndamukong Suh give the Lions a formidable pair.

14. ST. LOUIS ROBERT QUINN

Defensive end, North Carolina

• Standout pass rusher's draft stock fell because of brain tumor in high school and an NCAA suspension in 2010.

5. ARIZONA PATRICK PETERSON

Cornerback, Louisiana State

• Considered the best corner in the draft and brings big-time return skills, too. Tackling may be a weakness.

16. WASHINGTON

FROM JACKSONVILLE Ryan Kerrigan

Defensive end, Purdue

• A consistent performer for the Boilermakers, he likely will be used as an outside linebacker.

17. NEW ENGLAND

From Oakland

NATE SOLDER

Off. tackle, Colorado

• With plenty of picks available, Patriots could afford to address their basic need up front.

18. SAN DIEGO COREY LIUGET

Def. tackle, Illinois

• Brings an inside pass-rushing presence and is versatile enough to play several positions along the line.

19. N.Y. GIANTS PRINCE

AMUKAMARA

Cornerback, Nebraska

• Was expected to go earlier, but should provide Giants with an immediate impact for depth in the secondary.

21. CLEVELAND

FROM KANSAS CITY Phil Taylor

Def. tackle, Baylor

• Browns traded up to get this 6-3, 334-pounder to plug the middle. His draft stock improved at the Senior Bowl.

22. INDIANAPOLIS ANTHONY CASTONZO

Off. tackle, Boston College

• With issues on the offensive line, Colts make a logical selection to protect Peyton Manning's blind side.

23. PHILADELPHIA DANNY WATKINS

Guard, Baylor

• The 26-year-old British Columbia native came to football late, but his Senior Bowl showing turned heads.

24. NEW ORLEANS CAMERON JORDAN

Defensive end, California

• The Saints can expect the son of ex-Vikings tight end Steve Jordan to mirror his college play: consistent.

26. KANSAS CITY

FROM ATL. THROUGH CLEV. Jon Baldwin

Wide receiver, Pittsburgh

• The clock ran out on Baltimore, so the Chiefs moved up to select the 6-6 Baldwin.

27. BALTIMORE

JIMMY SMITH

Cornerback, Colorado

• The strong cover corner slipped after reportedly having a positive marajuana test while at Colorado.

29. CHICAGO GABE CARIMI

Off. tackle, Wisconsin

• The Bears allowed a league-high 56 sacks last year. Adding a 6-7, 314-pound Outland Trophy winner should help.

30. N.Y. JETS MUHAMMAD WILKERSON

Def. tackle, Temple

• The Jets shied away from Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers and took the Temple pass rusher instead.

31. PITTSBURGH CAMERON HEYWARD

Def. tackle, Ohio State

• The Steelers address their aging defensive line by selecting the son of the late Craig "Ironhead'' Heyward.

32. GREEN BAY DEREK SHERROD

Off. tackle, Mississippi State

• The Packers picked what might be the long-term replacement for left tackle Chad Clifton.

25. SEATTLE JAMES CARPENTER

Off. tackle, Alabama

• At 6-4 and 321 pounds, Carpenter has an NFL frame. Seahawks might have reached with this pick.

8. TENNESSEE JAKE LOCKER

Quarterback, Washington

• The Titans certainly wanted a quarterback who'll produce less off-the-field drama than Vince Young, so Locker is their pick. Locker was considered a top-five talent had he entered the 2010 draft, but his college stats are a concern. He never completed 60 percent of his passes in a season, and all the Huskies had to show for his four years was one Holiday Bowl trip.

6. ATLANTA

From Cleveland

JULIO JONES

Wide receiver, Alabama

• At 220 pounds, Jones brings the power of a tight end to his sprinter's speed. He'll make a nice tandem with Falcons receiver Roddy White. However, Atlanta better hope Jones cuts down on dropped passes. The price to move up from No. 27 to No. 6 was high; the Falcons gave up their second- and fourth-round picks this year and their first and fourth in 2012.

15. MIAMI MIKE POUNCEY

Guard/Center,

Florida

• Twin brother of standout Steelers center Maurkice should anchor the middle for the Dolphins.

28. NEW ORLEANS FROM NEW ENGLAND Mark Ingram

Running back, Alabama

• The Saints traded a 2012 first-round pick and a 2011 second-rounder to New England for the chance to choose the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. The move addresses a major need for a team that ranked 28th in the league with an average of 94.9 yards rushing per game. Ingram will try to rebound from a 2010 season limited by a knee injury.

20. TAMPA BAY

ADRIAN CLAYBORN

Defensive end, Iowa

• Had a stellar junior season with 11 sacks, but his play tailed off as a senior, when his sack total fell to four.

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Cincinnati - A. Simon 1:20 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Samardzija
St. Louis - M. Wacha 6:05 PM
Washington - G. Gonzalez
Milwaukee - K. Lohse 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - C. Morton
Toronto - D. Hutchison 6:05 PM
Cleveland - J. Masterson
LA Angels - J. Weaver 6:08 PM
Detroit - D. Smyly
Atlanta - A. Harang 6:10 PM
NY Mets - J. Niese
Baltimore - C. Tillman 6:10 PM
Boston - J. Lackey
NY Yankees - H. Kuroda 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - E. Bedard
Seattle - C. Young 6:10 PM
Miami - N. Eovaldi
Chicago WSox - F. Paulino 7:05 PM
Texas - M. Perez
Minnesota - R. Nolasco 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Vargas
Philadelphia - J. Pettibone 7:40 PM
Colorado - T. Chatwood
Houston - J. Cosart 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
San Francisco - M. Cain 9:10 PM
San Diego - T. Ross
Arizona - W. Miley 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke
Montreal 6:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Detroit 6:30 PM
Boston
Dallas 9:00 PM
Anaheim
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