2011 NFL Mock Draft

Feb 11, 2011

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Here’s an expanded first look at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.
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1.  Carolina Panthers:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn:  This is a copycat league. The two most successful rookies last year were QB Sam Bradford and DT Ndamukong Suh. Since Luck isn’t in the mix, the Panthers will take the best DT in the draft.
Previous Pick:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
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2.  Denver Broncos:   Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson:  Elvis Dumervil’s return will improve the pass rush, but the John Fox will want to add some insurance. Assuming Bowers kills it at the combine, he’ll likely be a top two selection.
Previous Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
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3.  Buffalo Bills:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  I originally had the Bills taking Marcell Dareus out of Alabama, but Peterson is too talented to pass on. This is a passing league and having a corner that can lock horns with the most talented wide receivers is a must.
Previous Pick Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  Speaking of talented receivers, Green is basically a can’t miss prospect. The Bengals have a dire need at the position.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina:  There isn’t a quarterback in the draft that would put the memory of the Matt Leinart experiment behind the Cardinals. They need help pressuring the quarterback and Quinn is one of the premier options.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  The Browns had just 29 sacks last year so adding Miller, who dominated during the Senior Bowl, makes sense as they transition to a 4-3 defense.
Previous Pick:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska:  The best talent in this draft is on the defensive side of the ball. Amukamara is a shade behind Peterson, but is easily considered one of the best corners available.
Previous Pick:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri:  Vince Young had his moments for Tennessee, but ultimately it didn’t work out. The Titans need to a franchise signal caller and Gabbert, at least pre-combine, is the top rated QB available.
Previous Pick:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama: I originally had Adrian Clayborn in this slot, but with Von Miller jumping into the top ten, the Cowboys end up with Dareus to bolster their defensive front.
Previous Pick:  Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
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10.  Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama:  The Redskins need a new quarterback, but more importantly they need some weapons for that new quarterback to thrive, especially if Santana Moss bolts via free agency.
Previous Pick:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
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11.  Houston Texans:  Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
The  Texans are making the switch to a 3-4 defense with the hiring of Wade Phillips to run the defense. They will need outside pass rushers in their new scheme. Smith is the top outside linebacker on the board.
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12.  Minnesota Vikings: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
The Vikings need a quarterback in the worst way. Ryan Mallet seems to be shooting himself in the foot. Perhaps Jake Locker can give Newton some competition, but I think the Vikes will fall in love with Newton’s size, leadership, and athleticism.
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13.  Detroit Lions:  Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
The Lions have to protect Matthew Stafford if they ever want the former number one pick to survive a full season. Castonzo, the top tackle in the draft, will be the pick.
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14.  St. Louis Rams:  Cameron Jordan, DE, California
The Rams need to add talent at receiver, but if Green and Jones are off the board, the Rams would be reaching at 14. They have a need at defensive end and Jordan fits the bill.
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15.  Miami Dolphins:  Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
The Dolphins have left the cupboard go bare as Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both free agents. My guess is Ricky comes back and Ronnie departs. Ingram can come in and share the load with Ricky.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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19. New York Giants:  Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
The G-Men have a need at outside linebacker and Ayers is the best available. I wouldn’t be surprised if they bolster their defensive line like they always seem to, but OLB is a bigger concern.
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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.
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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.
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22.  Indianapolis Colts:  Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal
The Colts desperately need to improve their offensive line. Smith is the top tackle on the board.
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23.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State
The Eagles gave up 49 sacks despite having the most mobile quarterback in the league. Sherrod, the best tackle on the board can help bolster the line.
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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.
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25.  Seattle Seahawks:  Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
The Seahawks, along with Houston, were one of two teams that allowed 30+ passing touchdowns and and 250 passing yards per game, making cornerback a pressing issue.
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26.  Baltimore Ravens:  Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
The Ravens could use some help at cornerback and Jimmy Smith has good size and speed.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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32.  Green Bay Packers:  Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin
The Packers have few holes despite all of their injuries last year. One are they could improve is at offensive line. The 6’7″, 315 lb Carimi could be groomed to be Chad Clifton’s eventual successor.
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2011 NFL Mock Draft Database

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. MJK2311
    February 11th, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Why aren’t the chiefs projected to take the best tackle in the draft at 21, and the colts at 22 are? Especially since these are prognostications.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 11th, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I guess it’s a matter of option who the best tackle of the draft is.

  3. CCC
    February 12th, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    I like the Bills current CB’s
    maybe Newton ot even Green?
    if Cam is there at 10, my skins better grab him

  4. LestersLegends
    February 12th, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Maybe Green. Maybe trade down so they can get Dareus. I can see Cam going there too. I’m just not sure how he’s going to do at the next level.

  5. Brandon Berg
    February 13th, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    I’m not quite sure the Bengals are in dire need at wide reciever after the emergence of Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell at the end of the year, not to mention shipley did well last year and I think Mike Brown is going to bring back ochocinco one more year.

  6. LestersLegends
    February 13th, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Those guys were decent, but Green has the opportunity to be elite. I may have Green go to the Bills in the next mock though that would shake things up.

  7. Marty
    March 17th, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Good article – but check out the comparisons on the mock draft on http://www.StateoftheSport.com

    Interesting how much of the talent is the same – just mock drafted to different teams.

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