2011 NFL Draft Grades - Round 1 - Page 4
17. New England Patriots (from the Oakland Raiders) - Nate Solder, T, Colorado
The Patriots are notorious for never missing on a draft pick and they attempt to nail it again with a very solid choice in Solder. He may be possibly taking over for Matt Light if he doesn't sign as a free agent. Solder is a much needed boost to the Pats O-line.
18. San Diego Chargers - Corey Liuget, DL, Illinois
What do you do when you have the #1 offense and the #1 defense in the NFL and still miss the playoffs? This is the question that plagued the Chargers. Liuget is a good talent but San Diego will need to figure out how to use him. With a 3-4 in place, Liuget could be used to pursue quarterbacks or clog the middle and turn his OLBs loose.
19. New York Giants - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The Giants decided to go with player value over team need with their first round pick. Amukamara was a highly touted prospect and lucky for the Giants, he somehow slipped all the way to 19. Every team could use a CB with his talent especially a team that has to see Michael Vick and Tony Romo two times a year.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Clayborn is one of those draft day feel-good stories. He was born with Erb's Palsy, a nerve condition affecting his right shoulder and arm but never let it hold him back. He's a hard worker with an unstoppable drive and playing next to Gerald McCoy means problems for opponents.
21. Cleveland Browns (from the Kansas City Chiefs) - Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
I love the trade Cleveland made with Atlanta to rake in a boatload of draft picks but I don't understand this move. Taylor is a monster in the middle that can stop the run but so is Shaun Rodgers. The Browns have a lot of other needs that could've been filled like OL or WR.
22. Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
The Colts are nothing without Peyton Manning and they know it. They also know he doesn't have a whole lot of time left so they better start protecting him and that's just what they did with this pick. Castonzo should start right away.Continued on the next page