2011 NFL Mock Draft – Take Five

Mar 28, 2011


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Here’s a fifth 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:  There seems to be a lot of traction for Cam Newton for the top 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 showing good size and speed. Plus, he fills a need at defensive tackle for the Broncos. Fixing their defense, a priority for John Fox, starts on the defensive line.
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 boost financially. Newton should help solve both needs.
Previous Pick:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  Last time I mocked Miller to the Bengals. After further consideration I feel adding a top notch cornerback is tougher than adding a pass rusher. Peterson is too gifted to pass up.
Previous Pick: Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  Now that Miller is back in the mix, he finds his way to the Cardinals.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  The Browns land perhaps the top offensive talent in the draft. While they could use help on defense, Green is a playmaker that suddenly gives Colt McCoy a go-to-guy.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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7.  San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina :  The Niners could with Prince Amukamara, but the Niners could use another pass rusher to help Justin Smith.
Previous Pick:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: Fairley was once in the conversation for the number one pick. He did not have a strong showing at the Combine. He looked good at his Pro Day though, solidifying him as a top ten pick.
Previous Pick:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska:  Prince could be gone, making the Cowboys go a different direction. If he’s there, he’s the choice.
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:  J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin:  Bowers’ knee  concerns makes him continue to slide. Watt, on the other hand, is gaining steam.
Previous Pick: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
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12.  Minnesota Vikings:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson:  The Vikings need a quarterback, but Jake Locker may be a reach at 12. Bowers slides stops with the Vikings, where he could replace free agent Ray Edwards.
Previous Pick:   Jake Locker, QB, Washington
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13.  Detroit Lions:  Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal:  The Lions offensive line wasn’t terrible last year, but Jeff Backus will be 34. It’s time to look to the future to protect Matthew Stafford’s blind side.
Previous Pick:  Previous Pick:  Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
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14.  St. Louis Rams:  Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri:  They need to add a WR, but that can wait. Adding Aldon Smith to boost their pass rush makes sense.
Previous Pick:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California
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15.  Miami Dolphins:  Jake Locker, QB, Washington: I had the Dolphins taking Ponder in my last mock, but that was when Jake Locker was off the board.
Previous Pick:  Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
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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 sense as the Pats continue to rebuild their defense.
Previous Pick:  Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal
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18.  San Diego Chargers:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California:  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:  Akeem Ayers, DE/OLB, UCLA:  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:  Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado:  Jimmy Smith has character issues, but he’s a big time talent. He also fits a need for the Eagles.
Previous Pick:  Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State
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24.  New Orleans Saints:   Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State:  It appears the Saints are committed to Pierre Thomas. That means they should turn their attention to improving their pass rush. He also is good playing the run.
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: Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State:  The Pats addressed defense with the first pick. Now they look to protect Tom Brady in the even that Matt Light doesn’t return.
Previous Pick:  Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
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29.  Chicago Bears:  Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois: The Bears need to improve their offensive line, but that can wait for later rounds. Liuget can replace Tommie Harris and help free up Chicago’s playmakers on defense.
Previous Pick:  Benjamin Ijalana, G, Villanova
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30.  New York Jets:  Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State:  The Jets aren’t going to lose both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. They could possibly keep both. Baldwin no longer makes sense. Paea will help bolster their defensive line.
Previous Pick:  Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
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31.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas: Reaching for an offensive lineman doesn’t make sense here. The Steelers go with Aaron Williams to improve their secondary. Their primary competition (Patriots, Colts, Packers, Saints) all all strong passing teams.
Previous Pick:  Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU
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32.  Green Bay Packers:  Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple:  Wilkerson gives the Packers another disruptive force playing alongside B.J. Raji.
Previous Pick:  Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
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2011 NFL Mock Draft Database

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  1. Change of Plans: Cameron Jordan to the Vikings with the 12th Pick | NFL Touchdown
    March 28th, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    [...] 12.  Minnesota Vikings:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California:  The Vikings need a quarterback, but Jake Locker may be a reach at 12. Jordan can replace Ray Edwards if he departs via free agency. Jordan’s dad (Steve) played for the Vikings. Previous Pick:   Jake Locker, QB, Washington Click here to see the full first round mock. [...]

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    March 30th, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    [...] The Vikings have to hit at least a double with both of their first two picks (#12 overall and #43 overall) after trading a third round pick in the Randy Moss fiasco. Here’s a look at their 2011 NFL Draft picks and their possible targets. Click here to see a first round mock of the 2011 NFL Draft. [...]

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