2011 NFL Mock Draft – Take Two

Feb 26, 2011


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1.  Carolina Panthers:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn:  I’m starting to entertain the notion that Cam Newton will be the pick, but haven’t been fully convinced yet.
Previous Pick:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
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2.  Denver Broncos:   Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson:  Still think bolstering the pass rush is priority number one for the Broncos.
Previous Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
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3.  Buffalo Bills:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn:  The Bills need a QB in the worst way. They also need a buzz. I know it’s not apples to apples, but if Blake Griffin can make the Clippers relevant, Newton can give the Bills hope.
Previous Pick Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  Green still seems to be the guy for Cincinnati. He should make Carson Palmer happy.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri:  As much as the Cardinals need to boost their pass rush, they need a QB. Gabbert is considered the best QB prospect in the draft.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina:  With Cam and Blaine jumping into the top five, Cleveland gets a steal with Quinn.
Previous Pick:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  Peterson slides a little, which works into San Francisco’s favor. He could be the top talent on the defensive side of the ball.
Previous Pick:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama: Once Cam and Gabbert are off the board, the Titans turn their attention to defense.
Previous Pick:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: Cowboy fans would be elated if Prince was still on the board when Dallas is on the clock.
Previous Pick:   Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
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10.  Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama:  The Redskins have a major shortage of skill position players so Jones is still the pick.
Previous Pick:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
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11.  Houston Texans:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  The Texans need to add an outsider pass rusher. Miller’s stock is rising.
Previous Pick:  Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
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12.  Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal:  The Vikings will have to address the quarterback position elsewhere. Whoever that person is, he will need better offensive line play.
Previous Pick:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
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13.  Detroit Lions:  Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri
The Lions have a better line that I originally figured. Smith should have no problem getting to the quarterback given all the attention Suh will receive.
Previous Pick:  Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
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14.  St. Louis Rams:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California
They need to add a WR, but that can wait. No change here. The Rams add Jordan to improve their pass rush.
Previous Pick:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California
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15.  Miami Dolphins:  Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Uncertainty at running back will lead the Fins to select the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Previous Pick:  Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
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16.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
The Jags have struggled to find the right mix at defensive end. They managed just 26 sacks last year, which was second to only Denver.
Previous Pick:  Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
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17.  New England Patriots:  Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
Predicting what Bill Belichick will do is virtually impossible, but assuming he won’t trade out of this spot, Kerrigan makes a lot of sense for a team that generated just 36 sacks last year.
Previous Pick:  Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
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18.  San Diego Chargers: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
The Chargers don’t have many holes, but adding a defensive end makes a lot of sense as Jacques Cesaire and Travis Johnson are free agents.
Previous Pick:  J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
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19. New York Giants:  Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
Ayers still makes perfect sense for the Giants.
Previous Pick:  Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
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20.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia
The Bucs have been filling their holes well in recent NFL Drafts. One area that needs to be addressed in this draft is an outside pass rush.
Previous Pick:  Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia
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21.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Nate Solder, T, Colorado
The Chiefs were a major surprise last year, but if they want to continue their resurgence they’ll need help in their offensive line.
Previous Pick:  Nate Solder, T, Colorado
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22.  Indianapolis Colts:  Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
Tryon Smith is off the board, but the Colts stay with offensive line help.
Previous Pick:  Tryon Smith, T, Southern Cal
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23.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin
The Eagles gave up 49 sacks despite having the most mobile quarterback in the league. Carimi, the best tackle on the board can help bolster the line.
Previous Pick:  Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State
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24.  New Orleans Saints:  Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
The Saints had all sorts of issues at running back last year. Unfortunately they cannot rely on Pierre Thomas. Leshoure is a big back (6’0″, 230) that can take some pressure off Drew Brees and the passing game.
Previous Pick:  Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
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25.  Seattle Seahawks:  Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
I originally had Brandon Harris, but secondary help remains a primary concern.
Previous Pick:  Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
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26.  Baltimore Ravens:  Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
Ray Lewis and Ed Reed would welcome him with open arms.
Previous Pick:  Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
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27.  Atlanta Falcons:  Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
The Falcons don’t need to look any further than Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers to know that having just one receiver threat won’t cut it. Smith is lightning quick and will be great opposite of Roddy White.
Previous Pick:  Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
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28.  New England Patriots:  Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
The Pats have made improvements on defense, but still have a long way to go. Heyward is coming off elbow surgery, but is a tenacious enough defender for Belichick to take.
Previous Pick:  Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
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29.  Chicago Bears:  Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
The Bears can’t let Jay Cutler take the beating he did in 2010 so improving the line play is a necessity.  Pouncey gives them stability guard.
Previous Pick:  Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
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30.  New York Jets:  Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
If Braylon Edwards bolts in free agency, Baldwin would be a nice replacement. He’d give the Jets a big target (6’5″, 230) to help Mark Sanchez continue his development.
Previous Pick:  Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
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31.  Pittsburgh Steelers:  Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
The Steelers were tormented by the Packers passing attack. If there is an area of need for Pittsburgh, it’s at cornerback.
Previous Pick:  Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
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32.  Green Bay Packers:  Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State
The Packers have few holes despite all of their injuries last year. One area they could improve is at offensive line. Sherrod is best available.
Previous Pick:  Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin
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2011 NFL Mock Draft Database

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