NFL draft grades: Which teams aced 1st round?

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley poses for photographs with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the 13th overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the NFL football draft at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York. AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco analyzes each pick from Round 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections.

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No. 1: Panthers select: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn - GRADE: C

This is a pick that will define this franchise for the next 10 years. It could be feast or famine. Big risk.

No. 2: Broncos select: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M - GRADE: C

I think they are forcing getting a pass rusher with this pick. He is a little overrated. They should have taken Marcell Dareus.

No. 3: Bills select: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama - GRADE B+

The Bills were 32nd against the run last season. Dareus will fill a big need as they try and fix that.

No. 4: Bengals select: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia - GRADE: B+

I love this pick. They need a big-play receiver and Green will be a star. He plays faster than he runs. Now he has to hope Carson Palmer stays.

No. 5: Cardinals select: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU - GRADE: A

I love Peterson. He is smooth, big and can cover. The Cardinals can pair him with Cromartie to form a heck of a cover combination.

No. 6: Falcons select: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama - GRADE: C

Wow. This is a big price to pay to get a receiver. It's a big gamble. He better be Larry Fitzgerald. Thomas Dimitroff is a bold GM.

No. 7: 49ers select: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri - GRADE: D

I think this is a risky pick. He is a bit overrated. He is somewhat tentative with contact coming at him. Why not a quarterback?

No. 8: Titans select: Jake Locker, QB, Washington - GRADE: C

Wow. They needed a quarterback, so it makes sense. But why not Gabbert? I would have picked Ponder. But that's just me.

No. 9: Cowboys select: Tyron Smith, OT, USC - GRADE: B+

I love this pick. This kid will be a star left tackle. He is young, athletic and fills a need. He will start on the right side, but move to left. Love this pick.

No. 10: Jaguars select: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri - GRADE: B-

I like Christian Ponder more, but they had to get a quarterback. This is a bold move up. I like it. You can't win without a franchise passer.

No. 11: Texans select: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin - GRADE: B

This is a good pick. I think he fits in their 3-4. He will be like Aaron Smith in Pittsburgh. Wade Phillips gets some help.

No. 12: Vikings select: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State - GRADE: A

I love this pick. I think he will be the best in this class. Smart. Tough. Sees the field. Great move, Vikings.

No. 13: Lions select: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn - GRADE: A+

This is a steal. He was the top player on my board. Now he plays next to Suh. Good luck handling that tandem for years to come.

No. 14: Rams select: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina = GRADE: A

I love this pick. Steve Spagnuolo loves pass rushers and this is the best of the group.

No. 15: Dolphins select: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida - GRADE: B

The Dolphins badly need help in the middle of their line. Pouncey can address that right away. Nice solid pick.

No. 16: Redskins select: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue - GRADE: B+

This is one of my favorite players in this draft. He can rush the passer. He will be a 3-4 rush guy in Jim Haslett's defense.

No. 17: Patriots select: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado - GRADE: B

Matt Light is a free agent, so this kid steps in and starts. Along with Sebastian Vollmer, they will have a good pair of young tackles. One question: Why not defense?

No. 18: Chargers select: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois - GRADE: B

He fits a big need as a down 3-4 end. He will be a nice replacement for Jacques Cesaire.

No. 19: Giants select: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska - GRADE: A

This kid was fourth on my board. How did he fall this far? The Giants get a great value pick, a guy who can cover DeSean Jackson.

No. 20: Buccaneers select: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa - GRADE: B

They needed to get an end, and this kid will help a pass rush that needs it. He was a productive player in in a good conference.

No. 21: Browns select: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor - GRADE: C

This is a strange move for a team moving to a 4-3 scheme. He is more of a nose tackle. Strange pick.

No. 22: Colts select: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College - GRADE: B+

This is a great pick. Colts haven't picked a lineman in the first round since Tarik Glenn. They need somebody to take care of Manning's blindside. This is a good pick.

No. 23: Eagles select: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor - GRADE: B-

One thing about the Eagles, they love taking big people. This is an aggressive player who will fit right into the Eagles' style of play.

No. 24: Saints select: Cameron Jordan, DE, California - GRADE: B-

This is a need pick for a left end who will help their pass rush. He is a value pick who somehow slid down the board. Nice job by Mickey Loomis.

No. 25: Seahawks select: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama - GRADE: B

I like this kid a lot. He was on my Better-than team. He was a left tackle, but will move to right tackle. Along with Russell Okung, they now have a nice pair of tackles.

No. 26: Chiefs select: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh - GRADE: C

He is a big-time player, but there are questions about his attitude. Some teams hated him. But he does fill a need.

No. 27: Ravens select: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado - GRADE: C

He has top-10 ability. But they better make sure he stays away from trouble. That's where the locker room will be big. Smith will be a quality shutdown corner -- if he stays problem-free.

No. 28: Saints select: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama - GRADE: C-

I'm not sure about this pick for the Saints. Don't they have guys like this already? They had other more pressing needs. And they gave up a 2012 first-round pick?

No. 29: Bears select: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin - GRADE: B+

He fills a major need. He is a tough guy who will start right away. Mike Tice loves him. He's his kind of lineman.

No. 30: Jets select: Muhammad Wilkerson, OT, Temple - GRADE: B

They need help on their defensive line and this is a kid who can step in and provide help inside on the nose or at end.

No. 31: Steelers select: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State - GRADE: B+

They are getting old on the defensive line, so this makes sense. I think this kid will be a steal.

No. 32: Packers select: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State - GRADE: B+

They need a left tackle for the future and they get one here. He will be a good player in a year. The Packers can be patient.

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