2011 NFL Mock Draft – Take Six

Apr 1, 2011


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Here’s a sixth look at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. Click here for the most recent mock draft.
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1.  Carolina Panthers:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri:  I could see the Panthers going with Marcell Dareus with the pick, giving Jimmy Clausen one more chance. As my pal Walter Cherepinsky of  WalterFootball.com often points out, a new regime often means a new quarterback.  Gabbert is the best in show.
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:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  I’ve had Cam Newton here the past few mocks, but the more I think about it, the more trouble that could be. Cam Newton and Buffalo just don’t mesh. He wants a bigger stage.
Previous Pick:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn:  Well Cincinnati isn’t New York or L.A., but it will have to do for Mr. Newton. The Bengals can start an new era with Newton and trade Carson Palmer when a collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Previous Pick:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  Pairing Peterson with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would give the Cardinals one of the best cornerback duos in the league.
Previous Pick:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
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6.  Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina:  Passing on A.J. Green may be a mistake, but Cleveland needs to improve its pass rush. I think if they decide to go with a receiver that Julio Jones would be the pick as he better fits their offense.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska:  With Sam Bradford coming off an unbelievable rookie season the Niners will need to improve their secondary.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina
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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:  J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin:  The Cowboys wanted to nab one of the top two corners in the draft, but have to turn their attention elsewhere.
Previous Pick:   Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
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10.  Washington Redskins: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  I had the Skins going with Julio Jones, but A.J. Green was off the board in those scenarios. They could still end up with Jones if Dallas decides to move out of the ninth slot when Prince comes off the board.
Previous Pick:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
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11.  Houston Texans:  Akeem Ayers, DE/OLB, UCLA:  The Texans’ switch to a 3-4 defense creates a need for an rush linebacker. Ayers made up some ground lost during the NFL Combine at his Pro Day.
Previous Pick:  J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
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12.  Minnesota Vikings:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama:  The Vikings will most likely lose Sidney Rice. Adding burner Julio Jones to pair with Percy Harvin gives the Vikings offense a jump start. They’ll address their quarterback needs in the second round.
Previous Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
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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:  Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal
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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:  Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
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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. Locker had a nice Pro Day, which could have solidified a top 15 pick.
Previous Pick: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
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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:  Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
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18.  San Diego Chargers:  Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple:  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:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California
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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:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California:  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:  Akeem Ayers DE/OLB, UCLA
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21.  Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor:  While bolstering their offensive line is a priority, the Chiefs have to plug the middle of their defensive front.
Previous Pick:  Nate Solder, T, Colorado
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22.  Indianapolis Colts:  Nate Solder, T, Colorado:  I had Carimi going to the Colts in the last mock, but Solder wasn’t on the board. Either way it seems like offensive line help is the direction the Colts will go.
Previous Pick:  Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin
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23.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin:  The Eagles allowed far too many sacks last year. If they are serious about trading Kevin Kolb (when they are able to) they will need to protect Michael Vick better.
Previous Pick:  Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
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24.  New Orleans Saints:   Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia:  It appears the Saints are committed to Pierre Thomas. That means they should turn their attention to improving their pass rush.
Previous Pick:  Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
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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:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson:  The Falcons had 31 sacks last year and 28 the year before. They need help in this department. Bowers, who underwhelmed at his Pro Day is worth a look despite the knee concerns. He could be a home run at the end of the first round.
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 event that Matt Light doesn’t return.
Previous Pick:  Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State
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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:  Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
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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:  Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
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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:  Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
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32.  Green Bay Packers:  Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State:  Heyward gives the Packers another disruptive force playing alongside B.J. Raji.
Previous Pick:  Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
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2011 NFL Mock Draft Database

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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Bowers Doesn't Score Big at Pro Day; Julio Jones New Vikings Pick | NFL Touchdown
    April 1st, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    [...] I’m all over the place with the Vikings’ first round draft pick. I’m not sure their primary needs are good values when it’s there turn to pick. I’m also not sure that there will be a player on the board that teams just have to have, making trading down difficult. In my latest draft scenario the Vikings address a position of need with a top prospect. This is my look at the first round leading up to the Vikings’ selection. Click here to see the full first round mock. [...]

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