2011 NFL Draft: Picks 1-10

| by Alex Groberman

The 2011 NFL Draft, despite all of the labor issues that the league and players are currently involved in, remains a can’t-miss event for fans and critics alike. And while it’s difficult to truly anticipate a player’s impact in the professional ranks before they play a single game, that doesn’t mean that selections can’t be scrutinized, debated and ultimately ranked along the way.

Here are the top 10 picks of this year’s draft:

  1. Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton, QB
  2. Denver Broncos – Von Miller, LB
  3. Buffalo Bills - Marcell Dareus, DT
  4. Cincinnati Bengals – A.J Green, WR
  5. Arizona Cardinals – Patrick Peterson, CB
  6. Atlanta Falcons – Julio Jones, WR
  7. San Francisco 49ers – Aldon Smith, DE
  8. Tennessee Titans – Jake Locker, QB
  9. Dallas Cowboys – Tyron Smith, T
  10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Blaine Gabbert, QB