The Carolina Panthers selected quarterback Cam Newton first overall in the 2011 draft. One pick later, the Denver Broncos drafted linebacker Von Miller. Newton and Miller will be the first 1-2 duo from the same draft class to face each other in the Super Bowl next Sunday.
In hindsight, the 2011 draft class was stacked with talent. Houston Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt is arguably the league’s top player. The depth of the draft was remarkable as well. Linebacker Justin Houston and running back DeMarco Murray, who were third round picks, have both made huge impacts in the NFL.
|QB Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers||1|
|DE/OLB Von Miller||Denver Broncos||1|
|DL Marcell Dareus||Buffalo Bills||1|
|WR AJ Green||Cincinnati Bengals||1|
|CB Patrick Peterson||Arizona Cardinals||1|
|WR Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons||1|
|DL JJ Watt||Houston Texans||1|
|DE Cameron Jordan||New Orleans Saints||1|
|DL Muhammad Wilkerson||New York Jets||1|
|QB Andy Dalton||Cincinnati Bengals||2|
|QB Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers||2|
|TE Kyle Rudolph||Minnesota Vikings||2|
|WR Randall Cobb||Green Bay Packers||2|
|DE Justin Houston||Kansas City Chiefs||3|
|RB DeMarco Murray||Philadelphia Eagles (Drafted by Dallas)||3|
|DT Jurrell Casey||Tennessee Titans||3|
|TE Julius Thomas||Jacksonville Jaguars (Drafted by Denver)||4|
|CB Richard Sherman||Seattle Seahawks||5|
|QB Tyrod Taylor||Buffalo Bills (Drafted by Baltimore)||6|
|C Jason Kelce||Philadelphia Eagles||6|
|TE Virgil Green||Denver Broncos||7|
The meeting between Miller and Newton reveals both the early success that the 2011 draft class has attained, and its potential to possibly emerge as one of the best draft classes in league history.