2011 NFL Mock Draft – Take Seven

Apr 11, 2011


.
Here’s a seventh look at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. Click here for my final 2011 NFL Mock Draft.
.
1.  Carolina Panthers:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn:  All signs seem to be pointing towards Cam Newton as the number one pick. I’m not sure it’s the right decision, but the Panthers will have to live with it.
Previous Pick:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
.
2.  Denver Broncos:   Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama:  Dareus almost seems like a lock. 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, Alabama
.
3.  Buffalo Bills:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  Now that Cam Newton isn’t even a possibility Miller seems like an obvious choice for the Bills.
Previous Pick:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
.
4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri:  Closing a door on the Carson Palmer era, the Bengals take a shot at a new franchise quarterback.
Previous Pick:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
.
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:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
.
6.  Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  I’m going back to Green. He’s too big of a talent at a position of need for the Browns.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina
.
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:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
.
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
.
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:   J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
.
10.  Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama:  With A.J. Green off the board, I’m back to Jones going to Washington. They desperately need playmakers.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
.
11.  Houston Texans:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina:  The Texans’ switch to a 3-4 defense creates a need for an rush linebacker. Robert Quinn could help put Houston over the top.
Previous Pick:  Akeem Ayers DE/OLB, UCLA
.
12.  Minnesota Vikings:  Jake Locker, QB, Washington:  As much as I don’t think Locker necessarily provides better value than what they can get in the second round at quarterback, I think it’s enough of a priority for the Vikes to make Locker their quarterback of the future.
Previous Pick:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
.
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
.
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
.
15.  Miami Dolphins: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State: Chad Henne isn’t it. The Dolphins need to find a quarterback. They don’t have a second round pick so it’s either trade down or find a QB now.
Previous Pick: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
.
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
.
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
.
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:  Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
.
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
.
20.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson:  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. Bowers knee is a concern, but the Bucs have been willing to take some risks in recent years.
Previous Pick:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California
.
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:  Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
.
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:  Nate Solder, T, Colorado
.
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:  Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin
.
24.  New Orleans Saints:   Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple:  The Saints still have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the football.
Previous Pick:  Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia
.
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
.
26.  Baltimore Ravens:  Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State: While finding a burner to stretch the field makes sense, the Ravens have always been about defense. Heyward is a good fit here.
Previous Pick:  Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
.
27.  Atlanta Falcons:  Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland:  The Falcons could use a pass rusher, but adding a compliment to Roddy White makes sense as well.
Previous Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
.
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
.
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
.
30.  New York Jets:  Akeem Ayers, DE/OLB, UCLA:  The Jets could use another pass rusher to get after the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Previous Pick:  Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
.
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
.
32.  Green Bay Packers:  Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia:  Houston gives the Packers a pass rusher to play off of Clay Matthews.
Previous Pick:  Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State
.
.
2011 NFL Mock Draft Database

. .

2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Jake Locker the Vikings Pick in Latest Mock Draft | NFL Touchdown
    April 11th, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    [...] With so many teams in need of a quarterback, I think the Vikings may bite the bullet and take Jake Locker with the 12th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. It’s definitely a position of need, he is a good value considering he may have challenged Sam Bradford for the top pick last year, and he had a good showing at his pro day. Here are the first 12 picks of my most recent 2011 NFL mock draft. Click here to see the first round mock in its entirety. [...]

  2. NFL Fact or Fiction: Ryan Mallett Will Be a Pro Bowl NFL Quarterback | NFL Touchdown
    April 20th, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    [...] Click here to see my most recent 2011 NFL Mock Draft. [...]

Leave a Comment


Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties