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March 30, 2011

Who will be the 1st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft?

Filed under: Uncategorized — florencemachine @ 2:14 am

Assuming there are no trades (and with a new CBA before the draft rather unlikely), the Carolina Panthers will make the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. There are several options without a clearcut 1 pick. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen failed to impress and the Panthers could go with Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton or Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert.

Both have their flaws.
Newton is extremely raw and has had no experience in a pro-style offence, especially with regards to footwork and making reads, both pre- and post snap.
Gabbert has also not shown any adeptness at reading the game, and his especially inaccurate long ball will not improve his chances of getting drafted by the Panthers, with Carolina likely to focus on a vertical passing attack.

If Carolina decide to give Clausen another year (and perhaps pin their hopes on Stanford superstar Andrew Luck) they could instead choose to go with one of the top non-QB prospects in the draft, such as WR A.J. Green, DTs Marcell Dareus or Nick Fairley or CB Patrick Peterson. However, with the importance of the QB position now realised, and with multiple teams in the top 20 looking for QBs (Cincinnati, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee, Washington, Minnesota and Miami), the Panthers may very well look to trade down, picking up extra 2nd or 3rd round draft picks and taking a dip from this very deep drafting pool, albeit one lacking true superstar talent.


  1. There’s a reason only three wide receivers have been picked with the #1 pick since 1965–it’s typically the deepest position on the board and the introduction of a single receiver will most likely result in no tide change for the team its next season. The quarterback slot is weak this year and the Panthers ought to invest in one of the top two guys–or if they are that uncomfortable with their options, either trade the pick or go with one of the top defensive players on the board.

    Comment by eadeutsch — March 30, 2011 @ 9:40 am | Reply

  2. I think if Carolina don’t take Green it will be more because of their WR depth; with Steve Smith and a couple of high round picks from last year, they’re well stocked in that department.
    I’d also argue RBs are a deeper position on the board, or perhaps more correctly, it’s a lot easier to find good RBs later in the draft, just look at James Stark as a prime example.
    Its definitely a weak QB class unfortunately for the Panthers (if only Luck had declared!)

    Comment by florencemachine — March 30, 2011 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

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