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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Texas - N. Martinez 2:35 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
Boston - B. Workman 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - G. Cole
Toronto - R. Dickey 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - S. Greene
Washington - G. Gonzalez 6:10 PM
Miami - B. Hand
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wada
Cleveland - D. Salazar 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Milwaukee - K. Lohse 7:15 PM
St. Louis - S. Miller
Arizona - V. Nuno 7:40 PM
Colorado - Y. Flande
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick 8:10 PM
San Diego - R. Erlin
Seattle - F. Hernandez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
Tampa Bay 7:25 PM
Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
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