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2011 first-round picks’ fifth-year options

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11: Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos sacks quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Here’s a look at the status of the fifth-year options for each of the first-round picks in the 2011 NFL draft:

1. Cam Newton, Panthers: Option picked up.

2. Von Miller, Broncos: Denver hasn’t made its decision yet. Miller is coming off a season that started with a six-game suspension and ended with a torn ACL, but the Broncos will likely decide that even with injury and off-field issues, Miller is simply too talented not to lock up for another year.

3. Marcell Dareus, Bills: Option picked up.

4. A.J. Green, Bengals: Option picked up.

5. Patrick Peterson, Cardinals: Option picked up.

6. Julio Jones, Falcons: There’s been no official word, but we can’t imagine that the option won’t be picked up.

7. Aldon Smith, 49ers: Based on his performance on the field, this would be an easy call. But off-field issues may make the 49ers decide they don’t see a future with Smith. It remains to be seen whether they’ll pick up his option or not.

8. Jake Locker, Titans: Even though Locker is their starter, the Titans probably won’t pick up his option. The reason is that fifth-year options are guaranteed for injury, and Locker has a track record of being injury-prone. The Titans don’t want to commit themselves to paying Locker in 2015 only to have him suffer a serious injury in 2014.

9. Tyron Smith, Cowboys: Although it hasn’t officially happened yet, the Cowboys have reportedly decided to pick up Smith’s option.

10. Blaine Gabbert, 49ers: It was surprising when the 49ers were willing to give up a sixth-round draft pick to acquire Gabbert from the Jaguars. It would be stunning if the 49ers were willing to pick up his fifth-year option, which is worth $13 million.

11. J.J. Watt, Texans: Option picked up.

12. Christian Ponder, Vikings: Minnesota appears ready to move on from Ponder and unlikely to pick up his option.

13. Nick Fairley, Lions: Detroit has already decided not to pick up Fairley’s option, on the theory that he’ll be more motivated knowing he’s playing for a new contract next year.

14. Robert Quinn, Rams: Option picked up.

15. Mike Pouncey, Dolphins: There’s nothing official yet, but Miami reportedly plans to pick up Pouncey’s option.

16. Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins: Expect the option to be picked up, although it hasn’t been announced yet.

17. Nate Solder, Patriots: Option picked up.

18. Corey Liuget, Chargers: Option picked up.

19. Prince Amukamara, Giants: Nothing official yet, but after a season in which Amukamara started all 16 games, it’s hard to believe his option won’t be picked up.

20. Adrian Clayborn, Buccaneers: The new regime has already decided not to use the option on Clayborn, whom they inherited from the previous regime.

21. Phil Taylor, Browns: Taylor is on the record as saying he hopes his option is picked up, but there’s no official word yet on whether it will be.

22. Anthony Castonzo, Colts: Option picked up.

23. Danny Watkins, formerly of the Eagles: Currently a free agent, Watkins has no contract and therefore no fifth-year option to pick up.

24. Cameron Jordan, Saints: Option picked up.

25. James Carpenter, Seahawks: Concerns about his injury history have the Seahawks leaning against picking up Carpenter’s option.

26. Jonathan Baldwin, 49ers: Acquired by the 49ers in a trade with the Chiefs, Baldwin hasn’t done enough in either Kansas City or San Francisco to merit picking up his option.

27. Jimmy Smith, Ravens: Option picked up.

28. Mark Ingram, Saints: There’s no word yet on whether the Saints plan to pick up the option or not.

29. Gabe Carimi, Falcons: Originally drafted by the Bears, then traded to the Bucs, then waived, Carimi is no longer on his rookie deal, which means his current team, the Falcons, has no option for him.

30. Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets: Option picked up.

31. Cameron Heyward, Steelers: Option picked up.

32. Derek Sherrod, Packers: Through three NFL seasons Sherrod still hasn’t started a single game, so it’s awfully unlikely that the Packers would pick up his option.