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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ourlads Annual Laddie Awards 2011


***Note. This Poll was taken before the 2011 Draft.

The LADDIES have become a regular part of our Draft coverage. We
enjoy them. It’s fun. Based on our discussion with subscribers, most
enjoy them as well. These awards are the subjective result of a poll among
‘our lads’ and are for your enjoyment. And the 2011 Awards go to:


Cream of the Crop: Blaine Gabbert (Missouri)

Arm Strength: Colin Kaepernick (Nevada)
Accuracy: Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin), Pat Devlin (Delaware)
Touch: Christian Ponder (Florida State)
Mobility: Cam Newton (Auburn), Jake Locker (Washington)
Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)
Underappreciated: Ricky Stanzi (Iowa)
Combine King: Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Christian Ponder (Florida State)
Free Agent Find: Mike Hartline (Kentucky)

Running Backs

Cream of the Crop:
Mark Ingram (Alabama)
Fastest: Da’Rel Scott (Maryland)
Hands: DeMarco Murray (Oklahoma)
Blocker: Patrick DiMarco (South Carolina)
Moves: Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State)
Power: Allen Bradford (Southern Cal)
Toughest: Mark Ingram (Alabama)
Underappreciated: Allen Bradford (Southern Cal)
Return Man: Derrick Locke (Kentucky)
Combine King: Roy Helu (Nebraska)
Best All-Star Performance: Delone Carter (Syracuse)
Free Agent Find: Chad Spann (Northern Illinois)
Johnny White (North Carolina)

Wide Receivers

Cream of the Crop: AJ Green (Georgia)
Hands: AJ Green (Georgia)
Fastest: Edmund Gates (Abilene Christian)
Routes: Greg Salas (Hawaii)
Blocker: Julio Jones (Alabama)
Run After Catch: Julio Jones (Alabama)
Return Man: Jeremy Kerley (TCU)
Jerrel Jernigan (Troy)
Leaper: Jon Baldwin (Pittsburgh)
Underappreciated: Greg Little (North Carolina)
Combine King: Julio Jones (Alabama)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Leonard Hankerson (Miami)
Free Agent Find: Kris Durham (Georgia)

Tight Ends

Cream of the Crop:
Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame)
Hands: DJ Williams (Arkansas)
Blocker: Lee Smith (Marshall)
Fastest: Rob Housler (Florida Atlantic)
Strongest: Luke Stocker (Tennessee)
Charlie Gantt (Michigan State)
Underappreciated: Colin Cochart (South Dakota State)
Combine King: Jordan Cameron (Southern Cal)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Julius Thomas (Portland State)
Free Agent Find: Colin Cochart (South Dakota State)

Offensive Line

Cream of the Crop: Mike Pouncey (Florida)
Feet: Tyron Smith (Southern Cal)
Pass Blocker: Nate Solder (Colorado), Tyron Smith (Southern Cal)
Run Blocker: Michael Pouncey (Florida)
Strongest: Ryan Bartholomew (Syracuse), Marcus Cannon (TCU)
Toughest: Danny Watkins (Baylor)
Underappreciated: Mike Person (Montana State)
Tim Barnes (Missouri)
Combine King: Nate Solder (Colorado)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Rodney Hudson (Florida State)
Free Agent Find: Dan Kilgore (Appalachian State)

Defensive Line

Cream of the Crop: Marcel Dareus (Alabama)
Run Stopper: Marcel Dareus (Alabama)
Pass Rusher: Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue)
Fastest: Robert Quinn (North Carolina)
Strongest: Stephen Paea (Oregon State)
Toughest: JJ Watt (Wisconsin), Adrian Clayborn (Iowa)
Marcel Dareus (Alabama), Nick Fairley (Auburn)
Underappreciated: Jeremy Beal (Oklahoma)
Combine King: JJ Watt (Wisconsin)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Martin Parker (Richmond)
Justin Trattou (Florida)
Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue)
Free Agent Find: John Graves (Virginia Tech)

Cream of the Crop: Von Miller (Texas A&M)
Run Defender: Greg Jones (Michigan State)
Pass Coverage: Mason Foster (Washington)
Pass Rusher: Von Miller (Texas A&M)
Fastest: Martez Wilson (Illinois)
Strongest: Justin Houston (Georgia)
Toughest: Mark Herzlich (Boston College)
Underappreciated: Casey Matthews (Oregon)
Bruce Miller (Central Florida)
Combine King: Von Miller (Texas A&M)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Von Miller (Texas A&M)
Free Agent Find: Eric Gordon (Michigan State)

Defensive Backs

Cream of the Crop: Patrick Peterson (LSU)
Coverage: Patrick Peterson (LSU)
Toughest: Quinton Carter (Oklahoma), Jermale Hines (Ohio State)
Fastest: DeMarcus Van Dyke (Miami), Patrick Peterson (LSU)
Playmaker: Patrick Peterson (LSU)
Return Man: Patrick Peterson (LSU)
Leaper: Curtis Brown (Texas)
Underappreciated: Ahmad Black (Florida)
Combine King: Patrick Peterson (LSU)
Best All-Star Bowl Performance: Kendric Burney (North Carolina)
Free Agent Find: Ryan Jones (NW Missouri State)
Josh Gatlin (North Dakota State)

Place Kickers
Cream of the Crop: Alex Henery (Nebraska)
Free Agent Find: Dan Bailey (Oklahoma State)

PuntersCream of the Crop: Aaron Bates (Michigan State)
Free Agent Find: Reid Forrest (Washington State)

Special Teams
Best Long Snapper: Zach Enyeart (Washington State)