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2011 NFL Mock Draft (v.3)
1. Carolina Panthers- DT Marcell Dareus (Bama)
Dareus’ stock is still as high as ever, but with Blaine Gabbert’s stock rising quickly, this could be a tough pick for the Panthers. However I don’t see them giving up on Jimmy Clausen just yet (how many rookies qb's would do well on this team?). They spent too much on Clausen and he deserves more opportunities to be successful, so I think Dareus is the pick here.
2. Denver Broncos- OLB Von Miller (Texas A&M)
This one’s still a bit of a mystery as to who the Broncos will take here but if they’re going BPA, it’s got to be Miller. Da’Quan Bowers’ (my former pick here) stock has dropped as of late, and Miller fills a need for a pass-rushing linebacker in John Fox’s new 4-3 system.
3. Buffalo Bills- QB Blaine Gabbert (Mizzou)
With an excellent pro day, Gabbert’s stock has really skyrocketed, with some mocks having him go 1st overall to Carolina. I don’t think the Panthers are going to go that route which leaves the Bills with the perfect opportunity to get their franchise QB who can sit a year behind current starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, and come in with a thorough knowledge of the offense in 2012. If the Broncos pass on Miller this pick could be more difficult for the Bills to select Gabbert though.
4. Cincinnati Bengals- WR A.J. Green (Georgia)
I’m going with the consensus pick here and for the same reasons as pretty well any other mock draft lists. Green’s a monster at 6’4, 211 pds who has extremely good hands and not bad speed. With T.O. gone and more than likely Chad Johnson/Ochocinco/Whatever also out and Carson Palmer unhappy in Cinci, the Bengals will try to persuade him to stay by bringing in a guy like Green.
5. Arizona Cardinals- CB Patrick Peterson (LSU)
The Cardinals could opt for a QB here but when a guy like Peterson comes along in a class of QB’s that have major questions, you take him. Arizona could take a veteran or take a guy like Christian Ponder or Ryan Mallett in the 2nd round but corners like Peterson don’t come along every year.
6. Cleveland Browns- DE Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson)
With so much defensive talent still available here I don’t see the Browns taking an offensive player like Julio Jones, but instead opting for Bowers, Prince Amukamara, or Nick Fairley. With the Browns swapping defensive schemes to a 4-3, Bowers would provide that Julius Peppers-like rushing end that the Browns desperately need.
7. San Francisco 49ers- CB Prince Amukamara (Nebraska)
Corner is arguably San Fran’s biggest need, so if Patrick Peterson is gone expect them to take Amukamara here. He’s the kind of physical corner they want and need, and more than likely an easy pick for new coach Jim Harbaugh.
8. Tennessee Titans- DT Nick Fairley (Auburn)
The Titans have needed a replacement for Albert Haynesworth since he left, and Fairley seems to be as close as you can get to him. Character issues have dropped his stock, but the talent is all there and he would instantly upgrade a revamped defensive line in Tennessee.
9. Dallas Cowboys- OT Tyron Smith (USC)
A bit high too for Smith for my taste but with Peterson and Amukamara gone, the Cowboys next biggest need is at OT, where a huge hole was left by the departing of Flozell Adams last season. Smith played RT at USC throughout his collegiate career, but scouts say he has the tools to play at the LT spot in the NFL.
10. Washington Redskins- DE/OLB Robert Quinn (UNC)
This is an interesting pick for the Skins with QB Cam Newton on the board, but I don’t think they take him and go for a backer that would greatly increase their pass rush and overall productivity on defense. There are questions about Quinn since he hasn’t played a down of football in a year, but he came into the combine in tremendous shape, and most of those questions have been laid to rest.
11. Houston Texans- DE/OLB Aldon Smith (Mizzou)
Some questions about this pick but I’m gonna stick with Smith being picked up here by the Texans. Other needs for the Texans are at corner and safety, but with no one on the board that’s really worthy of the 11th pick, I see the Texans adding a pass rushing backer to complement Brian Cushing and Domeco Ryans in the middle.
12. Minnesota Vikings- DE J.J. Watt (Wisconsin)
Watt’s work ethic has been well noted by scouts and along with his performance at the combine, his stock has risen steadily throughout the past month or so. The Vikings need a replacement for Ray Edwards and Watt would bring some much needed youth to an aging defensive line.
13. Detroit Lions- OG Mike Pouncey (Florida)
There just doesn’t seem to be the guy for the Lions and I think I've counted 10 different guys I’ve seen them taking in different mocks. The Lions seem content with the developing Jason Fox, and so I’m not sure if they go for a guy like Gabe Carimi or Nate Solder here to be their future LT. There aren’t any corners that will be available (unless by complete grace Prince Amukamara falls here) who are worthy of the #13 pick and I think we’re past the Akeem Ayers talk so I think given our needs and talent available, Pouncey’s the guy. He’s a versatile player, able to play either center or guard, but I see him taking over at the right guard spot for Steven Peterman.
14. St. Louis Rams- WR Julio Jones (Bama)
This is kind of a reoccurring pick, and if Jones is available I really don’t see the Rams looking elsewhere. Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton are good weapons for Sam Bradford, but Jones could be a bonafide star. If Jones goes earlier, expect the Rams to opt for a DE like Cal’s Cameron Jordan here to replace the aging James Hall.
15. Miami Dolphins- QB Cam Newton (Auburn)
Not sure about this pick for the Phins from a fan’s perspective but I have a feeling if Newton falls here Miami will gladly take him. Chad Henne’s not the answer in Miami, and Newton could do well sitting behind him for a year and learning the ropes. The Phins could opt for a running back here also to replace the soon to be free agents Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue)
No matter how many changes I’ve made to my mock drafts, Kerrigan has always fallen to Jacksonville, and it’s no different here. They need a pass rushing defensive end, and Kerrigan’s the kind of work-horse DE that D coordinators love. With the addition of Kerrigan this face-lifted defense line could be very, very good.
17. New England Patriots- DE Cameron Jordan (Cal)
I really don’t see the Pats holding on to this pick, but let’s say they do. I see them picking up a pass-rushing DE like Jordan here. Jordan doesn’t really fit as an OLB at 6’4, 287 pds-but he could easily fill the vacant spot on the defensive line still there from the departure of Richard Seymour.
18. San Diego Chargers- DT Corey Luiget (Illinois)
The Chargers could go a number of different directions here but I see them going with a solid DT here, which is arguably their biggest need. I wouldn’t be surprised if San Diego went with one of the numerous OT’s available here though.
19. New York Giants- OLB Akeem Ayers (UCLA)
Ayers stock is dropping quickly so he needs a good pro day to solidify himself in the first round, but I don’t think that will matter with the Giants here. They need a replacement for an aging Keith Bullock on the outside backer spot, and there aren’t many solid 4-3 outside backers in this draft.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DE Adrian Clayborne (Iowa)
DE seems to be the consensus here for the Bucs and I gotta go with the trend on this one. With Gerald McCoy and Brian Pryce going into their 2nd year, the Bucs’ d-line is taking on a younger look but they still need a pass-rushing defensive end and Clayborne would fit nicely there.
21. Kansas City Chiefs- OG Danny Watkins (Baylor)
The Chiefs desperately need a fix on the inside of their line and with Mike Pouncey more than likely gone here, I see them taking a solid player in Danny Watkins. It’s not a flashy pick like a Dexter McCluster, but it fills a huge need regardless if it’s a slight reach.
22. Indianapolis Colts- OT Gabe Carimi (Wisconsin)
Carimi’s in the mix of mid first round caliber tackles along with Nate Solder and Anthony Castonzo, but I see him going first out of this group. He has great explosiveness and power, although has been ridiculed on being slow and flat-footed. Either way, he fills a huge hole on this Colts team that ranked near the bottom in the league in rushing offense.
23. Philadelphia Eagles- OT Anthony Castonzo (Boston College)
The Eagles have to do a better job at protecting QB Michael Vick, and they have to start with this pick. At #23, there should be a number of quality offensive tackles available and at this spot, Castozo’s the best tackle available. They could go corner here also.
24. New Orleans Saints- OLB Martez Wilson (Illinois)
The Saints are getting older at the outside linebacker position, with starting OLB’s Scott Shanle and Danny Clark combining for 19 years of NFL experience. Wilson’s a large, physical backer who could eventually develop into a very solid starter in the NFL.
25. Seattle Seahawks- CB Jimmy Smith (Colorado)
The Seahawks could go a number of different directions here but as this mock is going on I think Jimmy Smith would be a perfect pick for the Hawks. He would instantly improve their secondary, and unless Mike Pouncey or Danny Watkins is available here, Smith should be the guy picked here. There are concerns about some character issues with Smith, but honestly most of those have been overblown and shouldn’t shy away Pete Carroll.
26. Baltimore Ravens- CB Brandon Harris (The U)
The Ravens can’t seem to rely on Dominique Foxworth to stay healthy and even so they need a solid corner opposite of him at the other corner spot. Harris would fix this problem instantly, and would develop nicely in this mature and extremely talented defense.
27. Atlanta Falcons- DE Cameron Hayward (Ohio State)
The Falcons need an upgrade at defensive end opposite of John Abraham and with a draft class rich in DE’s, they should be able to get their guy. Hayward doesn’t have great speed for a defensive end, but has an explosive first step and can both pass-rush and stop the run effectively.
28. New England Patriots- RB Mark Ingram (Bama)
The Pats struggled to produce much offense in their loss to the Jets in the playoffs last year, and part of the problem was the true lack of a solid running game to relieve some pressure of Tom Brady and that passing attack. Benjarvis Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead just don’t cut it if this team wants a dangerous rushing attack.
29. Chicago Bears- OT Nate Solder (Colorado)
Arguably the biggest need for the Bears is the offensive line. They have to do a better job of protecting Jay Cutler next season and Solder could fill that need with this pick. I’m not thrilled with Solder starting right away (which he will if he’s picked by the Bears) because of him being so raw, but he would excel in an offense that doesn’t require bruising physicality from their offensive line.
30. New York Jets- DT Muhammad Wilkerson (Temple)
The Jets defensive line definitely has some holes, with Kris Jenkins becoming a free agent and Shaun Ellis entering into his 12th NFL season. Wilkerson could come in right away and make a much needed impact on a front 7 in need of an upgrade.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers- OT Derrick Sherrod (Mississippi State)
The Steelers would be very fortunate if one of the “1st round tackles” (Carimi, Sherrod, Castanzo, Smith, Solder) fell to them here at #31, but if a guy like Sherrod does, expect them to take him without much hesitation. Offensive line is pretty well noted the weakest link to the Steelers team, and Sherrod is developed enough to start right away.
32. Green Bay Packers- OLB Justin Houston (Georgia)
The Pack really don’t have many holes, but could use another pass-rushing outside backer to compliment an already talented linebacking corp. Houston fits their 3-4 scheme perfectly and could be too good to pass up for Mike McCarthy.
33. New England Patriots- OLB Brooks Reid (Arizona)
34. Buffalo Bills- DT Phil Taylor (Baylor)
35. Cincinnati Bengals- QB Jake Locker (Washington)
36. Denver Broncos- CB Aaron Williams (Texas)
37. Cleveland Browns- WR Leonard Hankerson (The U)
38. Arizona Cardinals- QB Christian Ponder (Florida State)
39. Tennessee Titans- DE Jabaal Sheard (Pitt)
40. Dallas Cowboys- CB Curtis Brown (Texas)
41. Washington Redskins- RB Mikel LeShoure (Illinois)
42. Houston Texans- S Rahim Moore (UCLA)
43. Minnesota Vikings- QB Ryan Mallet (Arkansas)
44. Detroit Lions- OLB Bruce Carter (UNC)
45. San Francisco 49ers- DE Christian Ballard (Iowa)
46. Denver Broncos- DT Stephen Paea (Oregon State)
47. St. Louis Rams- DT Marvin Austin (UNC)
48. Oakland Raiders- QB Andy Dalton (TCU)
49. Jacksonville Jaguars- OT Orlando Franklin (The U)
50. San Diego Chargers- OT Marcus Cannon (TCU)
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- WR Torrey Smith (Maryland)
52. New York Giants- TE Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame)
53. Indianapolis Colts- DT Drake Nevis (LSU)
54. Philadelphia Eagles- CB Davon House (New Mexico State)
55. Kansas City Chiefs- OLB Sam Acho (Texas)
56. New Orleans Saints- S Quinton Carter (Oklahoma)
57. Seattle Seahawks- QB Colin Kaepernick (Nevada)
58. Baltimore Ravens- WR Randall Cobb (Kentucky)
59. Atlanta Falcons- WR Titus Young (Boise State)
60. New England Patriots- WR Jon Baldwin (Pitt)
61. San Diego Chargers- ILB Quan Sturdivant (UNC)
62. Chicago Bears- G/C Steve Wisniewski (Penn State)
63. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Benjamin Ijalana (Villanova)
64. Green Bay Packers- RB Ryan Williams (Va Tech)