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2011 NFL Draft: Picks: Through First 24 Picks Of First Round, Plenty Of Surprises

Looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be trading up in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. When the Miami Dolphins selected Mike Pouncey with the 15th pick, any hope of a reunion of the Pouncey twins was eliminated. Nebraska corner Prince Amukamara was still available at No. 19, and a big part of me hoped the Steelers would pull the trigger to move up and draft the cornerback most people considered to be the second best corner in this year’s draft.

As it stands, it looks as if the Steelers will either select at No. 31 or trade out of the first round in an attempt to acquire additional picks in later rounds. While we wait to see what transpires, here’s the updated picks through No. 24.

1. Carolina PanthersCam Newton, QB, Auburn
2. Denver Broncos — Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
3. Buffalo Bills — Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
4. Cincinnati Bengals — AJ Green, WR, Georgia
5. Arizona Cardinals — Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
6. Atlanta Falcons (via Cleveland) — Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
7. San Francisco 49ers — Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
8. Tennessee Titans — Jake Locker, QB, Washington
9. Dallas Cowboys — Tyron Smith, OT, USC
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Washington) — Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
11. Houston Texans – J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
12. Minnesota Vikings – Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
13. Detroit Lions – Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
14. St. Louis Rams – Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
15. Miami Dolphins – Mike Pouncey, C, Florida
16. Washington Redskins – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
17. New England Patriots – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
18. San Diego Chargers – Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
19. New York Giants – Prince Amukamara, DB, Nebraska
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
21. Cleveland Browns — Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
22. Indianapolis Colts — Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
23. Philadelphia Eagles — Danny Watkings, OG, Baylor
24. New Orleans Saints — Cameron Jordan, DE, California

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.