By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 6:44 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Hard to dispute the Lions pairing Auburn’s Nick Fairley with Ndamukong Suh at defensive tackle.
With Suh picking up most of the double teams, there is a real chance for Fairley to shine.
Do I get partial credit on defensive end Robert Quinn of North Carolina since I had them taking Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson), a defensive end?
Courtesy of beat writer Steve Corkran with regard to Miami’s selection of Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey: “It took a mid-first round pick, but the Dolphins finally found a replacement for Samson Satele.”
Yes, Pouncey will probably play guard, but it’s a good line so I’ll use it anyway.
The draft hits its halfway point with the Redskins taking Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. Most surprising player left out of first round is probably Nebraska corner Prince Amukamara.
Quarterbacks taken in first half of first round: Cam Newton (1-Carolina); Jake Locker (8-Tennessee); Blane Gabbert (10-Washington) and Christian Ponder (12-Minnesota).
Hoping for the next 16: Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Andy Dalton (TCU), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada).