By Quinton Johnson, Sports Editor

Despite the NFL lockout, the National Football League held their draft this year. The 2011 NFL Draft was held in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 28-30. There were many speculations that many of the first round prospects wouldn’t attend the NFL Draft because of the lockout, but the majority of them attended as emotions filled the room when teams made their draft picks. These were the NFL top ten picks of the 2011NFL Draft and players who were drafted with South Carolina ties:


1. Cam Newton





2. Von Miller OLB Broncos
3. Marcell Dareus DT Bills
4. A.J. Green WR Bengals
5. Patrick Peterson DB Cardinals
6. Julio Jones WR Falcons
7. Alson Smith DE 49ers
8. Jake Locker QB Titans
9. Tyron Smith OT Cowboys
10. Blaine Gabbert QB Jaguars
      41. Jarvis Jenkins DT Redskins (Clemson)
      50. Marcus Gilchrist FS Chargers (Clemson)
      51. Da’Quan Bowers DE Buccaneers (Clemson)
      80. Chris Culliver CB 49ers (USC)
      122. Chris Hairston OT Bills (Clemson)
      128. Cortez Allen CB Steelers (Citadel)
      130. Jamie Harper RB Titans (Clemson)
      173. Byron Maxwell CB Seahawks (Clemson)
      209. Johnny Culbreath OT Lions (SCSU)
      230. Cliff Matthews DE Falcons (USC)