2011 NFL Mock Draft – Take Four

Mar 14, 2011


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Here’s a fourth look at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.  Click here for the most recent mock.
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1.  Carolina Panthers:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri:  I’m more convinced that the Panthers will take a quarterback in the draft. Jimmy Clausen will likely have to go somewhere else to get a shot. Cam Newton is a popular pick, but I’ll stick with the best QB in the draft going number one.
Previous Pick:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
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2.  Denver Broncos:   Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama:  Dareus dramatically improved his stock at the NFL Combine and he fills a need at tackle for the Broncos.
Previous Pick:  Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabam
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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:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  Da’Quan Bowers knee is becoming a concern. The Bengals turn to Von Miller instead. Miller is a freakish athlete that could immediately improve their pass rush.
Previous Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina:  With Miller gone, the Cardinals turn to Robert Quinn, who could end up being the best DE in the draft anyway.
Previous Pick:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  What a turn of events for the Browns. Suddenly they find themselves with the opportunity to take a game-changing wide receiver. All of the sudden Colt McCoy has a chance.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  Peterson still makes sense for the 49ers. He could be the top talent on the defensive side of the ball.
Previous Pick:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: Finally the slide stops for Fairley. With Gabbert and Newton off the board, it only makes sense to improve on the defensive side of the ball.
Previous Pick:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: In this scenario Prince is both available and sensible for the Cowboys.
Previous Pick:   Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
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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. He burned up the track on a broken foot.
Previous Pick:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
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11.  Houston Texans:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson:  Bowers knee forces him out of the top ten, but Houston is there waiting with open arms.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina
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12.  Minnesota Vikings:  Jake Locker, QB, Washington:  The Vikings are not going to trade for Kevin Kolb or Kyle Orton. They aren’t going to find their answer at quarterback via free agency. They could try to trade down and take Locker later, but with so many teams in need of a quarterback, they may be best served taking Locker at 12.
Previous Pick:   Jake Locker, QB, Washington
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13.  Detroit Lions:  Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri:  I’m beginning to think the Lions may still need to improve their offensive line to protect Matthew Stafford, but I’m sticking with Aldon Smith to improve their pass rush.
Previous Pick:  Previous Pick:  Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
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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:  Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State:  The Dolphins need RB help, but running backs are much easier to find than franchise quarterbacks.  Ponder looked great in the Senior Bowl and at the combine.
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:   Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal:  Predicting what Bill Belichick will do is virtually impossible, but assuming he won’t trade out of this spot, Smith makes too much sense. By acquiring Smith, the Pats won’t have to bring back Matt Light for big bucks.
Previous Pick:  Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal
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18.  San Diego Chargers:  Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue:  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:  Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
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19. New York Giants:  Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College:  To keep the ground game humming and Eli off his back, the G-Men improve their offensive line.
Previous Pick:  Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
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20.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin:  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:  J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
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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:  Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin:  Carimi is the third different offensive lineman I’ve suggested in these mocks, but the constant has been the Colts improving their offensive line.
Previous Pick:  Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin
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23.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State:  Jimmy Smith’s character concerns force him to slide down the draft board. The Eagles need to protect Michael Vick
Previous Pick:  Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
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24.  New Orleans Saints:   Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA:  It appears the Saints are committed to Pierre Thomas. That means they should turn their attention to improving their pass rush.
Previous Pick:  Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
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25.  Seattle Seahawks:  Mike Pouncey, G, Florida: While they need to improve their secondary, they also need offensive line help. Pairing Russell Okung and Pouncey gives the Seahawks a strong foundation.
Previous Pick:  Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
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26.  Baltimore Ravens:  Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland: Anquan Boldin needs a burner to stretch the field to make him more effective.
Previous Pick:  Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
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27.  Atlanta Falcons:   Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia :  The Falcons had 31 sacks last year and 28 the year before. They need help in this department.
Previous Pick:  Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia
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28.  New England Patriots:  Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple:  The Pats have made improvements on defense, but there is still work to do. Namely, improving their pass rush from the defensive end position.
Previous Pick:  Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
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29.  Chicago Bears:  Benjamin Ijalana, G, Villanova: The Bears can’t let Jay Cutler take the beating he did in 2010 so improving the line play is a necessity.
Previous Pick:  Benjamin Ijalana, G, Villanova
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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: Marcus Cannon, TCU: Big Ben can’t continue to take the pounding he does every year. The Steelers need to upgrade at tackle. Cannon is a massive man (6’5″, 358 lbs) that should fit the bill.
Previous Pick:  Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State
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32.  Green Bay Packers:  Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State:  The Packers are loaded making an accurate prediction difficult. That said, they could use improvement at defensive end.
Previous Pick:  Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
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2011 NFL Mock Draft Database

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