SAN FRANCISCO -- Years from now, football fans might look back on the 2011 NFL draft as the greatest in history. It's hard to argue with the guys at the top. Super Bowl 50 will be the first ever to pit the players drafted first and second against one another: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton and Denver linebacker Von Miller who went 1-2 that night.
"It wasn't just Von," Newton said during his press session on Tuesday. "When I go back and look at the 2011 draft class, it was a lot of special guys there, man. I'm just happy to be drafted so high when you look at J.J. Watt, Von Miller, Julio Jones, A.J. Green. Sheesh. It's crazy. We are all impacting this game in some way, shape or form. and making it a better game."
Newton forgot to mention the third player selected in that '11 draft, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. Patrick Peterson went fifth to the Cardinals, Aldon Smith seventh to the Niners. The top seven picks in that draft have all been selected to the Pro Bowl. Watt was the 11th overall pick in 2011.
Not a bad haul, you must admit.