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2011 NFL Draft Team Rankings

by DraftSite on May. 4, 2011

The 2011 NFL Draft is over and now it is time to evaluate how each team did. This year was a strong draft, and many teams tailored their picks to fulfill their needs, likely because they wouldn't know when they would be able to fill out their rosters with free agents. In order to comprise this ranking, we used 3 sets of evaluations: DraftSite rankings in comparison to where the player was picked, fulfillment of team needs, and overall efficiency of using their draft picks in regards to strength of players and positions. We put the picks we thought were gold in gold, the picks we thought were ok in green, and the picks we thought were cold in blue. Hence while a ranking may be an injustice to many of the teams in the 20s, here it is:

Rank # TeamPlayerPositionSchool
 
1 2 Denver Denver Von Miller OLB Texas A&M
45 Denver Denver  Trade from San Francisco Rahim Moore* S UCLA
46 Denver Denver  Trade from Miami Orlando Franklin OT Miami
67 Denver Denver Nate Irving OLB North Carolina State
108 Denver Denver  Trade from San Francisco Quinton Carter S Oklahoma
129 Denver Denver  Trade from Green Bay Julius Thomas TE Portland State
189 Denver Denver  Trade from New England, orig. from New Orleans Mike Mohamed ILB Cal
204 Denver Denver  Trade from Green Bay, orig. from Carolina Virgil Green TE Nevada
247
Compensatory
Denver Denver Jeremy Beal DE Oklahoma
Comments: Upgraded critical areas of defense with starters; Tight ends compliment their blockers; O-line depth
2 27 Baltimore Baltimore Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
58 Baltimore Baltimore Torrey Smith* WR Maryland
85 Baltimore Baltimore  Trade from Philadelphia Jah Reid OT Central Florida
123 Baltimore Baltimore Tandon Doss* WR Indiana
164
Compensatory
Baltimore Baltimore Chykie Brown CB Texas
165
Compensatory
Baltimore Baltimore Pernell McPhee DE Mississippi State
180 Baltimore Baltimore  Trade from St. Louis Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech
225 Baltimore Baltimore  Trade from Philadelphia Anthony Allen RB Georgia Tech
Comments: Explosiveness at receiver and special teams; Smith could have Reed-type impact; Valuable insurance depth
3 11 Houston Houston J.J. Watt* DE Wisconsin
42 Houston Houston Brooks Reed DE Arizona
60 Houston Houston  Trade from New England Brandon Harris* CB Miami
127 Houston Houston  Trade from Washington, orig. from Chicago Rashad Carmichael CB Virginia Tech
144 Houston Houston  Trade from Washington Shiloh Keo S Idaho
152 Houston Houston  Trade from Washington, orig. from Indianapolis T.J. Yates QB UNC
214 Houston Houston Derek Newton OT Arkansas State
254
Compensatory
Houston Houston Cheta Ozougwu DE Rice
Comments: Solidified secondary; Accelerated transition to 3-4 defense; Some extra practice players on offense
4 19 NY Giants NY Giants Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
52 NY Giants NY Giants Marvin Austin DT UNC
83 NY Giants NY Giants Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy
117 NY Giants NY Giants James Brewer OT Indiana
185 NY Giants NY Giants Greg Jones ILB Michigan State
198
Compensatory
NY Giants NY Giants Tyler Sash* S Iowa
202
Compensatory
NY Giants NY Giants Jacquain Williams OLB South Florida
221 NY Giants NY Giants Da'Rel Scott RB Maryland
Comments: Underrated talent in each spot; Jernigan and Sash will light up special teams; Austin could dominate
5 20 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
51 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Da'Quan Bowers* DE Clemson
84 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Mason Foster OLB Washington
104 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay  Trade from Philadelphia, orig. from Washington Luke Stocker TE Tennessee
151 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Ahmad Black S Florida
187 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay  Trade from Kansas City Allen Bradford RB USC
222 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Anthony Gaitor CB Florida International
238
Compensatory
Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Daniel Hardy WR Idaho
Comments: Solified D-line for future; Secondary help along with 10' Myron Lewis; Stocker and Foster great insurance
6 22 Indianapolis Indianapolis Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
49 Indianapolis Indianapolis  Trade from Washington, orig. from Jacksonville Benjamin Ijalana OT Villanova
87 Indianapolis Indianapolis Drake Nevis DT LSU
119 Indianapolis Indianapolis Delone Carter RB Syracuse
188 Indianapolis Indianapolis Chris Rucker CB Michigan State
Comments: Instant credibility to O-line; Impact player on D-line; Hard-nosed, cold-weather back; Skillful CB in Rucker
7 24 New Orleans New Orleans Cameron Jordan DE Cal
28 New Orleans New Orleans  Trade from New England Mark Ingram* RB Alabama
72 New Orleans New Orleans  Trade from Washington Martez Wilson* ILB Illinois
88 New Orleans New Orleans Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
226 New Orleans New Orleans Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh
243
Compensatory
New Orleans New Orleans Nate Bussey ILB Illinois
Comments: Valuable youth and starters on Defense; Ingram perfect fit for New Orleans' running-style
8 4 Cincinnati Cincinnati A.J. Green* WR Georgia
35 Cincinnati Cincinnati Andy Dalton QB TCU
66 Cincinnati Cincinnati Dontay Moch DE Nevada
101 Cincinnati Cincinnati Clint Boling OG Georgia
134 Cincinnati Cincinnati Robert Sands* S West Virginia
167 Cincinnati Cincinnati Ryan Whalen WR Stanford
207 Cincinnati Cincinnati Korey Lindsey CB Southern Illinois
246
Compensatory
Cincinnati Cincinnati Jay Finley RB Baylor
Comments: Is Green & Dalton > Palmer, Ocho, TO? Moch + Dunlap=scary; Starting caliber guard and safety
9 13 Detroit Detroit Nick Fairley* DT Auburn
44 Detroit Detroit Titus Young WR Boise State
57 Detroit Detroit  Trade from Seattle Mikel Leshoure* RB Illinois
157 Detroit Detroit  Trade from Seattle, orig. from Baltimore Doug Hogue OLB Syracuse
209 Detroit Detroit  Trade from Seattle, orig. from Cleveland Johnny Culbreath OT South Carolina State
Comments: Dominant D-line for next decade; Young perfect complimen to Calvint; Leshoure was overkill
10 21 Cleveland Cleveland  Trade from Kansas City Phil Taylor DT Baylor
37 Cleveland Cleveland Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh
59 Cleveland Cleveland  Trade from Atlanta Greg Little WR UNC
102 Cleveland Cleveland Jordan Cameron TE USC
124 Cleveland Cleveland  Trade from Atlanta Owen Marecic FB Stanford
137 Cleveland Cleveland Buster Skrine CB Tennessee-Chattanooga
150 Cleveland Cleveland  Trade from Minnesota, orig. from NY Giants Jason Pinkston OT Pittsburgh
248
Compensatory
Cleveland Cleveland Eric Hagg S Nebraska
Comments: Not top tier at each position, but gained strength and instant impact at all positions; Marecic will win games
11 7 San Francisco San Francisco Aldon Smith** DE Missouri
36 San Francisco San Francisco  Trade from Denver Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada
80 San Francisco San Francisco  Trade from Jacksonville Chris Culliver CB South Carolina
115 San Francisco San Francisco  Trade from San Diego Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma State
163 San Francisco San Francisco  Trade from Green Bay Daniel Kilgore OG Appalachian State
182 San Francisco San Francisco  Trade from Jacksonville Ronald Johnson WR USC
190 San Francisco San Francisco  Trade from Seattle Colin Jones S TCU
211 San Francisco San Francisco Bruce Miller DE Central Florida
239
Compensatory
San Francisco San Francisco Mike Person OT Montana State
250
Compensatory
San Francisco San Francisco Curtis Holcomb CB Florida A&M
Comments: Valuable pass rush and secondary help; Offensive pieces may not see field often enough to see potential
12 3 Buffalo Buffalo Marcell Dareus* DT Alabama
34 Buffalo Buffalo Aaron Williams* CB Texas
68 Buffalo Buffalo Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
100 Buffalo Buffalo Da'Norris Searcy S UNC
122 Buffalo Buffalo  Trade from Seattle Chris Hairston OT Clemson
133 Buffalo Buffalo Johnny White RB UNC
169 Buffalo Buffalo Chris White ILB Mississippi State
206 Buffalo Buffalo Justin Rogers CB Richmond
245
Compensatory
Buffalo Buffalo Michael Jasper DT Bethel College, Tennessee
Comments: Dareus will help stop the run; Oversaturated already great secondary; Valuable linebacker leadership
13 16 Washington Washington  Trade from Jacksonville Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
41 Washington Washington Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson
79 Washington Washington  Trade from Miami Leonard Hankerson WR Miami
105 Washington Washington  Trade from Houston Roy Helu Jr. RB Nebraska
146 Washington Washington  Trade from Miami Dejon Gomes CB Nebraska
155 Washington Washington  Trade from New Orleans Niles Paul WR Nebraska
177 Washington Washington Evan Royster RB Penn State
178 Washington Washington  Trade from Houston Aldrick Robinson WR Southern Methodist
213 Washington Washington Brandyn Thompson CB Boise State
217 Washington Washington  Trade from Miami Maurice Hurt OG Florida
224 Washington Washington  Trade from Indianapolis Markus White DE Florida State
253
Compensatory
Washington Washington Chris Neild DT West Virginia
Comments: Needed a lot of pieces; Offensive options to play wtih; Defensive help all around; Need another draft
14 32 Green Bay Green Bay Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State
64 Green Bay Green Bay Randall Cobb* WR Kentucky
96 Green Bay Green Bay Alex Green RB Hawaii
131
Compensatory
Green Bay Green Bay Devon House CB New Mexico State
141 Green Bay Green Bay  Trade from Denver, orig. from San Francisco D.J. Williams TE Arkansas
179 Green Bay Green Bay  Trade from Miami Caleb Schlauderaff OG Utah
186 Green Bay Green Bay  Trade from Denver, from Detroit, orig. from Philadelphia D.J. Smith OLB Appalachian State
197 Green Bay Green Bay Ricky Elmore DE Arizona
218 Green Bay Green Bay  Trade from Miami, orig. from Jacksonville Ryan Taylor TE UNC
233 Green Bay Green Bay Lawrence Guy* DT Arizona State
Comments: Offense now 2-deep everywhere; Great extra options on defense
15 26 Kansas City Kansas City  Trade from Cleveland, orig. from Atlanta Jonathan Baldwin* WR Pittsburgh
55 Kansas City Kansas City Rodney Hudson OG Florida State
70 Kansas City Kansas City  Trade from Cleveland Justin Houston* DE Georgia
86 Kansas City Kansas City Allen Bailey DE Miami
118 Kansas City Kansas City Jalil Brown CB Colorado
135 Kansas City Kansas City  Trade from Tampa Bay, orig. from Denver Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa
140 Kansas City Kansas City  Trade from Detroit Gabe Miller DE Oregon State
199
Compensatory
Kansas City Kansas City Jerrell Powe DT Mississippi
223 Kansas City Kansas City Shane Bannon FB Yale
Comments: Baldwin next Moss in attitude and skill?; Stanzi=Brodie Croyle; Defensive players will be given shot
16 30 NY Jets NY Jets Muhammed Wilkerson* DT Temple
94 NY Jets NY Jets Kendrick Ellis DT Hampton
126 NY Jets NY Jets Bilal Powell RB Louisville
153 NY Jets NY Jets  Trade from Philadelphia Jeremy Kerley WR TCU
208 NY Jets NY Jets  Trade from Arizona Greg McElroy QB Alabama
227 NY Jets NY Jets  Trade from Philadelphia, orig. from Seattle Scotty McKnight WR Colorado
Comments: Needed D-line help badly; Still need pass rushers; Improved special teams
17 14 St. Louis St. Louis Robert Quinn* DE UNC
47 St. Louis St. Louis Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin
78 St. Louis St. Louis Austin Pettis WR Boise State
112 St. Louis St. Louis Greg Salas WR Hawaii
158 St. Louis St. Louis  Trade from Atlanta Jermale Hines S Ohio State
216 St. Louis St. Louis Mikail Baker CB Baylor
228 St. Louis St. Louis  Trade from Baltimore Jabara Williams OLB Stephen F. Austin
229 St. Louis St. Louis  Trade from Atlanta Jonathan Nelson CB Oklahoma
Comments: Top 3 could have immediate impact; Middle two might help out; Last 3 will be fighting for roster
18 23 Philadelphia Philadelphia Danny Watkins OG Baylor
54 Philadelphia Philadelphia Jaiquawn Jarrett S Temple
90 Philadelphia Philadelphia  Trade from Baltimore Curtis Marsh CB Utah State
116 Philadelphia Philadelphia  Trade from Tampa Bay Casey Matthews ILB Oregon
120 Philadelphia Philadelphia Alex Henery K Nebraska
149 Philadelphia Philadelphia  Trade from San Diego Dion Lewis** RB Pittsburgh
161 Philadelphia Philadelphia  Trade from NY Jets Julian Vandervelde OG Iowa
191 Philadelphia Philadelphia  Trade from Baltimore Jason Kelce OC Cincinnati
193 Philadelphia Philadelphia  Trade from New England Brian Rolle OLB Ohio State
237
Compensatory
Philadelphia Philadelphia Greg Lloyd ILB Connecticut
240
Compensatory
Philadelphia Philadelphia Stanley Havili FB USC
Comments: Lot of depth for an already deep team; May have been better packaging and solidfing
19 29 Chicago Chicago Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
53 Chicago Chicago  Trade from Washington, orig. from Indianapolis Stephen Paea DT Oregon State
93 Chicago Chicago Chris Conte S Cal
160 Chicago Chicago Nathan Enderle QB Idaho
195 Chicago Chicago J.T. Thomas OLB West Virginia
Comments: Carimi and Paea should steady their respective lines; The rest should help practice
20 9 Dallas Dallas Tyron Smith* OT USC
40 Dallas Dallas Bruce Carter OLB UNC
71 Dallas Dallas DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma
110 Dallas Dallas David Arkin OT Missouri State
143 Dallas Dallas Josh Thomas CB Buffalo
176 Dallas Dallas Dwayne Harris WR East Carolina
220 Dallas Dallas  Trade from San Diego Shaun Chapas FB Georgia
252
Compensatory
Dallas Dallas Bill Nagy OG Wisconsin
Comments: Helped offensive line in 3 areas; Linebacker for future with Lee; Another running back battle
21 5 Arizona Arizona Patrick Peterson* CB LSU
38 Arizona Arizona Ryan Williams** RB Virginia Tech
69 Arizona Arizona Rob Housler TE Florida Atlantic
103 Arizona Arizona Sam Acho DE Texas
136 Arizona Arizona Anthony Sherman FB Connecticut
171 Arizona Arizona Quan Sturdivant ILB UNC
184 Arizona Arizona  Trade from Philadelphia, orig. from Tampa Bay David Carter DT UCLA
249
Compensatory
Arizona Arizona DeMarco Sampson WR San Diego State
Comments: Best player in draft; Trade for QB?; The next DeAngelo Williams; TE should help; Middle 4 on D improved
22 31 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
63 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Marcus Gilbert OT Florida
95 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Curtis Brown CB Texas
128 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Cortez Allen CB Citadel
162 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Chris Carter OLB Fresno State
196 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Keith Williams OG Nebraska
232 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Baron Batch RB Texas Tech
Comments: Beefed up both lines; Built strong cornerback rotation
23 1 Carolina Carolina Cameron Newton* QB Auburn
65 Carolina Carolina Terrell McClain DT South Florida
97
Compensatory
Carolina Carolina Sione Fua DT Stanford
98 Carolina Carolina Brandon Hogan CB West Virginia
132 Carolina Carolina Kealoha Pilares WR Hawaii
166 Carolina Carolina Lawrence Wilson OLB Connecticut
203
Compensatory
Carolina Carolina Zach Williams OC Washington State
244
Compensatory
Carolina Carolina Lee Ziemba OT Auburn
Comments: Newton will win a few games; Got his security blanket in Ziemba; Overcompensated with Defensive tackles
24 15 Miami Miami Mike Pouncey OG Florida
62 Miami Miami  Trade from Washington, orig. from Chicago Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State
111 Miami Miami Edmund Gates WR Abilene Christian
174 Miami Miami  Trade from Green Bay, orig. from San Francisco Charles Clay FB Tulsa
231 Miami Miami  Trade from Green Bay, from San Francisco, from Detroit, orig. from NY Jets Frank Kearse DT Alabama A&M
235
Compensatory
Miami Miami James Wilson CB Montana
Comments: Pouncey won't be Maurkice; Daniel Thomas was what they ordered; Gates helps; Other impact not found
25 17 New England New England  Trade from Oakland Nate Solder OT Colorado
33 New England New England  Trade from Carolina Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia
56 New England New England  Trade from New Orleans Shane Vereen* RB Cal
73 New England New England  Trade from Houston Stevan Ridley* RB LSU
74 New England New England  Trade from Minnesota Ryan Mallett* QB Arkansas
138 New England New England  Trade from Houston Marcus Cannon OT TCU
159 New England New England Lee Smith TE Marshall
194 New England New England  Trade from Philadelphia, orig. from NY Jets Markell Carter DE Central Arkansas
219 New England New England  Trade from Oakland Malcolm WIlliams CB TCU
Comments: Could have built more with picks; Saturated draft; O-line saved; RB's will have some life
26 6 Atlanta Atlanta  Trade from Cleveland Julio Jones* WR Alabama
91 Atlanta Atlanta Akeem Dent ILB Georgia
145 Atlanta Atlanta  Trade from St. Louis Jacquizz Rodgers* RB Oregon State
192 Atlanta Atlanta Matt Bosher K Miami
210 Atlanta Atlanta  Trade from Detroit Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State
230 Atlanta Atlanta  Trade from New England Cliff Matthews DE South Carolina
Comments: Won the NFC last year, and took a shot in the draft with not much to lose; Draft picks will have impact
27 12 Minnesota Minnesota Christian Ponder QB Florida State
43 Minnesota Minnesota Kyle Rudolph* TE Notre Dame
106 Minnesota Minnesota Christian Ballard DT Iowa
139 Minnesota Minnesota Brandon Burton* CB Utah
168 Minnesota Minnesota  Trade from Cleveland, orig. from Denver Demarcus Love OT Arkansas
170 Minnesota Minnesota  Trade from Cleveland Mistral Raymond S South Florida
172 Minnesota Minnesota Brandon Fusco OC Slippery Rock
200
Compensatory
Minnesota Minnesota Ross Homan OLB Ohio State
215 Minnesota Minnesota D'Aundre Reed DE Arizona
236
Compensatory
Minnesota Minnesota Stephen Burton WR West Texas A&M
Comments: Strategy was there, just not the right draft; Ponder could be Schaub or Alex Smith; Where will Ballard play?
28 8 Tennessee Tennessee Jake Locker QB Washington
39 Tennessee Tennessee Akeem Ayers* OLB UCLA
77 Tennessee Tennessee Jurrell Casey* DT USC
109 Tennessee Tennessee Colin McCarthy ILB Miami
130
Compensatory
Tennessee Tennessee Jamie Harper* RB Clemson
142 Tennessee Tennessee Karl Klug DT Iowa
175 Tennessee Tennessee Bryon Stingily OT Louisville
212 Tennessee Tennessee Zach Clayton DT Auburn
251
Compensatory
Tennessee Tennessee Tommie Campbell S California (PA)
Comments: Hoping for Locker to be Vince without the problems; Solid defensive help; Wasteful at the bottom
29 48 Oakland Oakland Stefen Wisniewski OC Penn State
81 Oakland Oakland Demarcus Van Dyke CB Miami
92 Oakland Oakland  Trade from New England Joseph Barksdale OT LSU
113 Oakland Oakland Chimdi Chekwa CB Ohio State
125 Oakland Oakland  Trade from New England Taiwan Jones* RB Eastern Washington
148 Oakland Oakland Denarius Moore WR Tennessee
181 Oakland Oakland Richard Gordon TE Miami
241
Compensatory
Oakland Oakland David Ausberry TE USC
Comments: Typical Oakland draft, taking the fastest players; Thought they learned last year; O-line pretty solid
30 10 Jacksonville Jacksonville  Trade from Washington Blaine Gabbert* QB Missouri
76 Jacksonville Jacksonville  Trade from San Francisco Will Rackley OT Lehigh
114 Jacksonville Jacksonville Cecil Shorts III WR Mount Union College
121 Jacksonville Jacksonville  Trade from New Orleans Chris Prosinski S Wyoming
147 Jacksonville Jacksonville Rod Issac CB Middle Tennessee State
Comments: Will have to decide on Gabbert once again next year; Rackley and Shorts will help offense
31 18 San Diego San Diego Corey Liuget* DT Illinois
50 San Diego San Diego Marcus Gilchrist CB Clemson
61 San Diego San Diego  Trade from NY Jets Jonas Mouton OLB Michigan
82 San Diego San Diego Vincent Brown WR San Diego State
89 San Diego San Diego  Trade from Seattle Shareece Wright CB USC
183 San Diego San Diego Jordan Todman* RB Connecticut
201
Compensatory
San Diego San Diego Steve Schilling OG Michigan
234
Compensatory
San Diego San Diego Andrew Gachkar ILB Missouri
Comments: Liuget is great, others on Defense will be questionable; Added a lot of pieces in areas they did not need
32 25 Seattle Seattle James Carpenter OT Alabama
75 Seattle Seattle  Trade from Detroit John Moffitt OG Wisconsin
99 Seattle Seattle  Trade from New England, orig. from Denver K.J. Wright OLB Mississippi State
107 Seattle Seattle  Trade from Detroit Kris Durham WR Georgia
154 Seattle Seattle  Trade from Detroit, orig. from Kansas City Richard Sherman CB Stanford
156 Seattle Seattle Mark LeGree S Appalachian State
173 Seattle Seattle  Trade from Detroit Byron Maxwell CB Clemson
205 Seattle Seattle  Trade from Detroit, orig. from Denver Lazarius Levingston DT LSU
242
Compensatory
Seattle Seattle Malcolm Smith OLB USC
Comments: Good players, poor execution; Carpenter not only to blame