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NFL Draft 2011: Cardinals Select Ryan Williams Of Virginia Tech; Tennessee Titans Pick UCLA's Akeem Ayers

The Arizona Cardinals selected the second RB off of the board, former Virginia Tech star Ryan Williams.

Arizona hasn't had an interesting running game since...has Arizona ever had an interesting running game? Just two years after using a first round pick on Beanie Wells, the Cardinals acquired some competition for him. Perhaps more balance will benefit an offense that is still in flux after the departure of hall of fame quarterback Kurt Warner.

The Tennessee Titans decided to focus on defense with the No. 39 overall pick, selecting OLB Akeem Ayers of UCLA. This is a huge pick for a Titans team that has grown accustomed to suffocating defense over the last few years. Ayers is widely regarded as a first round talent, but the OLB slipped into the second  round because of a disappointing combine. It is fitting that former Titans DE Javon Kearse read the selection for the Titans, as Tennessee fans are no doubt hoping he will add fire to a pass rush that already includes Jason Babin.

-Sam Wilmoth

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