2011 GZL Draft, First Round – Three Seasons Later
2011 GZL Draft, First Round – Three Seasons Later
Around draft time, you’ll always hear the idea thrown around that you can’t judge a draft pick until X-number of years down the road. Arbitrarily, that number tends to be three … so we’ll roll with that for this article. Here is a breakdown, by position, of the first round of the GZL’s first rookie draft (2011). Key stats for each player, as well as the spot they were taken at in the draft.
This makes it a little easier to look at the big picture (of the first round, at least) of the value some GM’s have gotten out of their first-round investments thus far.
NOTE: All of this data is based off of LP, and the Draft Recap function. I had to try and figure out some of the picks by sifting through rosters, so I apologize if any of the picks are wrong.
NOTE #2: All of the stats are from the players’ first three seasons (doesn’t include this season’s stats to-date).
[1.01] Andrew Luck | Chiefs – 9,545yds, 54% Comp., 48TD / 49INT, 72.6 QB Rating
[1.10] Christian Ponder | Cardinals – 9,475yds, 57% Comp., 77TD / 35INT, 92.3 QB Rating
[1.22] Christopher Henderson | Chargers – 10,475yds, 56% Comp., 78TD / 42INT, 88.2 QB Rating
While Luck and Henderson have better skillsets on paper at the moment, Ponder has been the most efficient and effective QB of the three first-rounders from 2011, putting up a hardy 92.3 QB Rating over his first three seasons. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that all three will be just fine as the GZL moves forward.
[1.14] Mark Ingram | Raiders – 3,636yds, 4.75 YPC, 24TD, 4 Fumbles – 28rec. 450yds, 5TD
[1.17] Keith Payne | Rams – 3,379yds, 4.58 YPC, 19TD, 10 Fumbles – 35rec. 348yds, TD – 3,428 Return Yards
[1.28] Mario Fannin | Falcons – 3,173yds, 4.09 YPC, 22TD, 13 Fumbles – 44rec. 669yds, 4TD
After a major breakout season that netted him the 2013 GZL MVP award, Mark Ingram (2,143yds 17TD in 2013) has separated himself from the other two first-round backs from 2011. Payne was dealt to the New York Jets after his third season with St. Louis. And Fannin is a key component to a high-octane offense in the ATL.
[1.04] A.J. Green | Falcons – 303rec. 4,098yds (13.5 YPC), 19TD, 30 Drops
[1.16] Chris Matthews | Dolphins – 220rec. 3,215yds (14.61 YPC), 17TD, 27 Drops
Only two WR’s were taken the first round of 2011, but those two have both averaged over 1,000yds a season through their first three. A.J. Green has become of the premier WRs in the GZL, and netted 126 catches for nearly 1700 yards and 8 TDs in ’13.
[1.12] Nate Solder | Saints – 259 Pancakes, 18 Sacks Allowed
The only OT deemed worthy of a first-round selection has done a good job manning the RT position, and has not given up more than 7 sacks in a season.
[1.24] Joseph Hernandez | Ravens – 156 Pancakes, 12 Sacks Allowed
[1.27] Clinton Newton | Raiders – 141 Pancakes, 16 Sacks Allowed
[1.29] Lance Nguyen | Cowboys – 198 Pancakes, 5 Sacks Allowed
It’s tough to judge OL based on the stats provided by Madden, alone … but Lance Nguyen’s numbers look incredible, especially considering how much the Cowboys pass.
[1.25] Ryan Bartholomew | Patriots – 89 Pancakes, 6 Sacks Allowed
Again, tough to judge how an OL is doing off of these stats.
[1.06] Cameron Jordan | Browns – 136 Tackles (36TFL), 24 Sacks, 2 FF
[1.13] Justin Houston | Rams – 132 Tackles (31TFL), 28 Sacks, FF, 2FR
[1.15] Ryan Kerrigan | Cowboys – 120 Tackles (22TFL), 21 Sacks, FF, FR, INT
[1.19] Da’Quan Bowers | Ravens – 123 Tackles (35TFL), 23 Sacks, 4FF, 2FR
[1.23] Cameron Heyward | Eagles – 108 Tackles (22TFL), 15 Sacks, 5FF
DE’s tied with CB’s for the most taken in the first round in 2011, and all 5 have been productive. No DE has separated himself from the pack, yet. But Houston’s 28 sacks are impressive. Bowers and Heyward registering 4 and 5 FF’s, respectively, deserve mention.
[1.07] Marcell Dareus | Bills - 114 Tackles (20TFL), 19 Sacks, FF
[1.08] J.J. Watt | Panthers – 111 Tackles (18TFL), 18 Sacks, FF
[1.18] Marvin Austin | Broncos – 107 Tackles (18TFL), 9 Sacks, FF
[1.31] Phil Taylor | Bears – 92 Tackles (8TFL), 9 Sacks, 4FF, 3FR
It could be due to them moving around the DL in their schemes (no way for me to tell) … but Dareus and Watt have been extremely disruptive up the middle for their squads. Both are generating DE-like sack numbers from the interior, and that is worth a high draft pick everytime.
[1.20] Brooks Reed | Titans – 171 Tackles (33TFL), 7 Sacks, 2FF, 2FR, 2INT, 20 Deflections
Reed has been a solid contributor to a very good Titans team over his first three seasons. No eye-popping numbers, but solid nonetheless.
[1.03] Von Miller | Rams – 350 Tackles (51TFL), 3 Sacks, 5FF, 2FR, 6INT
It’s unusual to see an important position like MLB only have one player taken in the first round, but Miller has been a rock for the Rams. Averaging over 115 tackles and 2 INTs per season, he’s established himself.
[1.02] Patrick Peterson | Seahawks – 113 Tackles (3TFL), 2FF, FR, 5INT, 39 Deflections, 78 CTH Allowed – 68 Return Yards
[1.05] Chimdi Chekwa | Panthers – 216 Tkls (7TFL), Sk, 2FF, 2FR, 10INT, 70 Defl., 142 CTHA, TD – 868 Return Yards, TD
[1.09] Jimmy Smith | Lions – 250 Tackles (12TFL), FF, FR, 10INT, 90 Deflections, 140 CTH Allowed, 3TD
[1.11] Alan Morris | Redskins – 166 Tackles (6TFL), 2 Sacks, FF, FR, 7INT, 56 Defl., 108 CTH Allowed, TD
[1.21] DeMarcus Van Dyke | Chargers – 82 Tackles (3TFL), 8 Sacks, FF, 10 Defl., 40 CTH Allowed
The other of the two first-round-heavy position, the CB’s have been another solid group. Peterson missed one season due to injury ’m assuming), but has been very good in the two seasons that he has played. Chekwa has been a nice addition for the Panthers secondary, grabbing 10 INTs (TD), and also contributing in the return game. Jimmy Smith been the most productive of the CBs, grabbing 10 picks, breaking up another 90 passes, and running back 3 for TDs. Van Dyke was traded this past offseason to rival Kansas City, and will look for the opportunity to finally move into a starting role.
[1.26] Gerald Powell | Cowboys – 203 Tackles (3TFL), FR, 2 INT, 31 Deflections, 23 CTH Allowed
[1.30] Dana Garcia | Ravens – 102 Tackles (4TFL), 2INT, 18 Deflections, 11 CTH Allowed
[1.32] Patrick Murphy | Titans – 173 Tackles (6TFL), FF, FR, 7INT, 31 Defl., 14 CTH Allowed, TD
Patrick Murphy has been great in coverage over his first three seasons, and has separated himself a bit from the other two FS’s taken. He’s nabbed 7 INTs in three seasons, and returned one of those for a TD.
If I can figure out a way to somewhat-easily find the non-first-round picks that are overachieving, I will do an article on that as well, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, please discuss the players you think are having the best careers to this point, OR if you think any of these guys can be deemed a BUST yet.
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