The 2011 first-round draft class became the first that was subject to the rules of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, creating an intriguing case study. With a true rookie wage scale, a mandatory three-year waiting period before new deals can be done, and a fifth-year team-held option, how many teams would reward the best players quickly — and how many would drag their feet?
The verdict is now in. All non-busts from the first round of the 2011 draft have gotten paid, with the exception of two: Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
Here’s a quick look at the pro football fates of the 2011 first-round picks.
1. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: Received a $103.8 million contract extension after four seasons.
2. Broncos linebacker Von Miller: Received the exclusive franchise tag after completing his five-year contract. Unsigned.
3. Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus: Received a $100 million contract extension after four seasons.
4. Bengals receiver A.J. Green: Received a four-year, $60 million extension after four seasons.
5. Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson: Received a five-year, $70 million extension after three seasons.
6. Falcons receiver Julio Jones: Received a five-year, $71.25 million extension after four seasons.
7. 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith: Was cut after multiple off-field incidents and currently is serving a one-year suspension.
8. Titans quarterback Jake Locker: Retired after the completion of his four-year contract.
9. Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith: Received a fluff-filled 10-year, $110 million contract after three seasons.
10. Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert: Was traded to the 49ers after busting in Jacksonville.
11. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt: Received a six-year, $100 million extension after three seasons.
12. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder: Left Minnesota after his four-year contract ended. He is currently out of football.
13. Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley: Left Detroit after his four-year contract ended. Spent a year with the Rams and signed earlier this year with the Saints.
14. Rams defensive end Robert Quinn: Received a six-year, $65.6 million contract extension after three seasons.
15. Dolphins center Mike Pouncey: Received a five-year, $52.15 million extension after four seasons.
16. Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan: Received a five-year, $57.5 million extension after four seasons.
17. Patriots tackle Nate Solder: Received a two-year, $20 million extension after four seasons.
18. Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget: Received a five-year, $50 million extension after four seasons.
19. Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara: Signed a contract with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent after his five-year deal expired.
20. Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn: Signed with the Falcons after his four-year contract expired. Clayborn re-signed a two-year deal in Atlanta in March.
21. Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor: Released by the Browns after four seasons, Taylor didn’t play in 2015. He signed with the Broncos in February.
22. Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo: Received a four-year, $43 million extension after four seasons.
23. Eagles guard Danny Watkins: Released after two seasons, Watkins spent one year with the Dolphins before exiting football.
24. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan: Received a five-year, $60 million extension after four seasons.
25. Seahawks guard James Carpenter: Left Seattle after four seasons, signing with the Jets.
26. Chiefs receiver Jonathan Baldwin: Traded to the 49ers after two seasons. Baldwin spent one year in San Francisco before being released.
27. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith: Received a four-year, $48 million extension after four seasons.
28. Saints running back Mark Ingram: Signed a four-year, $16 million contract after his four-year rookie deal expired.
29. Bears tackle Gabe Carimi: Traded to the Buccaneers after two seasons. Carimi was cut after one year. He spent 2014 with the Falcons.
30. Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson: Received the non-exclusive franchise tag after completing his five-year contract. Unsigned.
31. Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward: Received a six-year, $59.25 million contract after four seasons.
32. Packers tackle Derek Sherrod: Released by Packers during his fourth season. Signed by the Chiefs for the 2015 offseason. He was cut before the regular-season opener.
Four of the first-round picks (Peterson, Smith, Watt, Quinn) received new deals after three seasons. Twelve received extensions after four years. One, Mark Ingram, received a contract from the team that drafted him after his rookie contract expired.
Two, Miller and Wilkerson, have yet to get new contracts. If they don’t sign multi-year deals by July 15, they can sign only a one-year contract until the 2016 regular season ends.