Friday, April 29, 2011

Round 1 Draft Grades: NFC Northo

Minnesota Vikings (12): Christian Ponder, QB Florida State Grade: D+
I think this is a double whammy in picking the wrong QB at the wrong time. Ponder is not a great athlete who lacks precision passing in big spots and the ability to throw the deep ball. The only defense for Ponder is that he can step in and start right away, and looking at Minnesota's depth chart at QB (Ponder, Tavaris Jackson, and Joe Webb), Ponder may actually be #1! The Vikings must have been trying to trade back, but failed, and were forced to draft the top QB on their board. I just question why Ponder was ahead of Andy Dalton.

Detroit Lions (13): Nick Fairley, DT Auburn Grade: A+
When you look at all the great teams in the NFL, the phrase "if they don't have the best ____, it's the next best." What that means is: Each great team is one of the best in the league at something. The Lions are taking the framework of the Minnesota Vikings defense and are building from the inside. Good luck running inside with Fairley and Suh occupying space. Not to mention Kyle Vanden Bosch coming around the outside. This defensive line is going to be scary. This is the first time in a long time where I wrote a paragraph about the Lions and failed to mention Calvin Johnson. Damn, almost made it.

Chicago Bears (29): Gabe Carimi, OT Wisconsin Grade: A
Carimi translates better as a right tackle instead of a left tackle, but is a perfect fit for Chicago. Carimi is a mauler and the Bears need help blocking both the run and the pass. Jay Cutler may actually survive the entire game with Carimi helping with protection.

Green Bay Packers (32): Derrick Sherrod, OT Miss State Grade: B-
Best available offensive tackle and, as I said last night, it's never a bad idea to protect Aaron Rodgers. It's not a sexy pick, but it will get the job done...kinda like the city of Green Bay...

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