By Hayden Gonzalez –
Throughout the entire National Football League, viewers have been anticipating their favorite teams on the field. With a lot of speculation on when the football season will start, a lot of people have been awaiting the 2011 draft picks.
“There is a lot of potential that is being brought into the NFL this year, so it’s kind of hard to predict who will be a team changer from the beginning,” said Antonio Vega, a 14-year-old freshman from Penn Manor High School.
Cam Newton from Auburn University was the number one draft pick this year for the Carolina Panthers.
Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green and Patrick Peterson were drafted in the first round by either the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals or the Arizona Cardinals.
“All the players coming from the college level and going up to the national level are all very talented. It’s just a matter of time before each one of those draft picks fill in their role on their team, then they will be more established as a better player,” said Henry Kohler, an 18-year-old senior from Penn Manor High School.
The order of the draft picks this season goes the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, San Fransisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.
Cam Newton is valued at such a high pick because during the 2010 season he threw for 30 touchdowns, he ran for 20 touchdowns and he also passed for 2,854 for the Auburn Tigers.
“He is one of the best quarterbacks all around that I’ve seen,” said Vega.
Yet, Newton isn’t the only important draft pick.
A wide receiver from Alabama Crimson Tide named Julio Jones is also expected to be a big game changer, similar as to what Dez Bryant was considered as when he entered the Draft.
Jones, a member of the Atlanta Falcons is 6 feet 2 inches, weighs in at a staggering 220 lbs and he also runs a 4.39 seconds in the 40 yard dash.
“Jones is a beast,” said senior Matt Aston. “Probably the most underrated player that went in the first round.”
There are many people who agree with these draft picks but it won’t be proven false or true until the National Football League is under way.