Friday, April 29, 2011
49ers have most picks left, and more notes
By Mike Sando
A few notes on the 2011 NFL draft's first round, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
- Twelve defensive linemen were drafted in the first round. That’s the most ever in the common draft era (since 1967).
- The SEC had 10 players selected, including five of the first six overall choices. This was the second time in the common draft era that one conference accounted for five of the first six picks. It happened last year with the Big 12. Alabama had four first-rounders this year, a first for the Crimson Tide in the common draft era.
- Mark Ingram was the only running back selected. He went 28th, lower than the first running back has been selected in the common draft era. Only once before, in 1984, had fewer than two running backs been selected in the first round. But as Don Banks noted before the draft, 1984 was also the year three running backs were first-round selections in the USFL dispersal draft. Banks: "In 1984, just one running back (Greg Bell of Notre Dame) was taken in the first round of the NFL's regular draft, but three other runners (Mike Rozier, Kevin Mack and Buford Jordan) were selected in the ensuing first round of the 84-player USFL dispersal draft."
- The San Francisco 49ers have a league-high 11 picks remaining in this draft. No other team has more than nine. But the New England Patriots have the most second-day value with three second-round choices.
- There were four trades in the first round, down from eight last year. Teams could not trade veteran players this year.
- This was the first year since 1999 that no tight ends went in the first round.
St. Louis and Seattle both passed on Ingram at points in the draft when some had seen the running back as a sleeper candidate for them. The picks the Rams and Seahawks made in the first round made more sense from a need standpoint.