2011 NFL Draft Grades
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UPDATE: Click HERE to listen to Jordan Schultz break down the 2011 NFL Draft results on Sports Talk 610 with host Nick Wright.
The NFL Draft has come and gone, which can only mean one thing: It's time to give out grades! Of course, with the NFL -- more than any other sport -- drafts take years to fully comprehend and evaluate. It's a long and trying process ... so why wouldn't we try after just one weekend to give some initial grades now?
A couple odd, yet entertaining facts before we begin: With the backdrop of a potential work stoppage, Thursday night's first round drew 1.3 million less viewers than in 2010. Fans booed NFL commissioner Roger Goddell and chanted "we want football," causing him to have to repeatedly say: "I hear ya, I hear ya."
By drafting Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers became just the fourth team since 1967 to take a quarterback in the top 50 two consecutive years.
We knew going in that defensive line was very top heavy this year, but the 12 d-linemen drafted in the first round is a new record.
Lastly, and this is by far my favorite: Players born in California, Georgia, Florida and Texas accounted for 127 picks in the seven round draft, or exactly half of all draft picks.