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Here’s an updated look at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. Click here for the most recent mock.
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1.  Carolina Panthers:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn:  I’m starting to entertain the notion that Cam Newton will be the pick, but haven’t been fully convinced yet.
Previous Pick:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
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2.  Denver Broncos:   Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson:  Still think bolstering the pass rush is priority number one for the Broncos.
Previous Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
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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 Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  Green still seems to be the guy for Cincinnati. He should make Carson Palmer happy.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri:  As much as the Cardinals need to boost their pass rush, they need a QB. Gabbert is considered the best QB prospect in the draft.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina:  With Cam and Blaine jumping into the top five, Cleveland gets a steal with Quinn.
Previous Pick:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  Peterson slides a little, which works into San Francisco’s favor. He could be the top talent on the defensive side of the ball.
Previous Pick:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama: Once Cam and Gabbert are off the board, the Titans turn their attention to defense.
Previous Pick:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: Cowboy fans would be elated if Prince was still on the board when Dallas is on the clock.
Previous Pick:   Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
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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.
Previous Pick:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama continue reading »


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The Vikings have issues at quarterback. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or someone that bleeds purple to know that. That’s what happens when you put all of your eggs in Brett Favre’s tattered basket. The Tarvaris Jackson Experiment failed miserably, and despite his heroics efforts against the Eagles, Joe Webb is simply not prepared to lead an NFL franchise. That’s means the Vikings will have to retool.
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Unfortunately with a work stoppage looming, this quarterback void couldn’t have happened at a worse time. The NFL could cease all operations as early as March 4th. That means the Vikings would be unable to acquire any free agents, nor would they be able to complete a trade. The owners would lose some leverage if they paid any free agents between now and the possible lockout, that a prior deal would be a long shot.
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Say this is a lockout that isn’t settled until after the April 28-30 2011 NFL Draft. If that is the case, there would be no incentive for a team like the Eagles to deal away Kevin Kolb. Without a chance to improve their team for the upcoming season, why not hang onto Kolb in case Michael Vick gets hurt. The Eagles are definite playoff contenders and Vick is a running quarterback so it wouldn’t make sense to leave the cupboard bare. continue reading »

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2011 NFL Mock Draft

11 February 2011

Click here for my final 2011 NFL Mock Draft.

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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 continue reading »


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Here’s my first look at the top ten picks for the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft (assuming there is one). Click here for the most recent mock that includes the whole first round.
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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.
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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.
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3.  Buffalo Bills:  Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama:  As bad as the Bills were at stopping the run last year, adding reinforcements is a necessity.
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  The Bengals need an infusion of talent at the wide receiver position. Jerome Simpson was solid at the end of the year, but nobody is game planning for him. Green is practically a can’t miss prospect at WR. Cincy would be nuts to pass on him.
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Robert Quinn:  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.
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  The Browns would be on the fast track to shutting down Big Ben, Joe Flacco, and company with two young, elite talents at cornerback if they could unite Patrick Peterson with last year’s number one pick Joe Haden.
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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.
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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 calller and Gabbert, at least pre-combine, is the top rated QB available.
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa:  Despite Dallas’ struggles, it’s hard to predict what they will do in the draft. If both corners are off the board, they’ll likely move down. Clayborn would give them another solid pass rusher.
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10.  Washington Redskins:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn:  McNabb didn’t work out. Shanahan will almost certainly address the quarterback need early in the draft. Newton has great size and athletic ability, and as long as he does well leading up to the draft, he’s likely a top ten pick.


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Heisman Trophy winner and National Champion Cam Newton has declared for the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. He had an amazing season where he completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 2854 yards, 30 TDs, and just seven INTs. He also ran for 1473 yards and 20 touchdowns.
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At 6’6″, 250 pounds, Newton brings impressive size and speed to the table. He also has a big arm. He’ll likely go in the early to mid-first round, depending on how he does both mentally and physically leading up to the draft.
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I’m not sure he makes a big impact as a rookie, but he is certainly one to go after in dynasty leagues. Quarterbacks can be so hard to predict, but it appears Newton has the tools to be an elite quarterback.


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Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure has declared for the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. The 6’1″, 230 pound junior ran for 1697 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 196 yards and three more scores.
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He had 17 of his 20 touchdowns in his last seven games, including a five touchdown game (3 rushing, 2 receiving) against Michigan, a three touchdown game (2 rushing, 1 receiving) against Purdue, and three rushing touchdowns in the Texas Bowl against Baylor.
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Leshoure ripped Baylor for 184 yards to help Illinois win 38-14. He destroyed Northwestern for 330 yards.  He had an astonishing 917 rushing yards (1011 total) in is last five games at a 7.5 ypc clip.
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He figures to be the first or second running back off the board in the 2011 NFL draft, perhaps in the late first/early second round. Depending upon where he lands, he could be a solid addition to fantasy teams next year.


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Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green has declared for the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. The 6’4″, 212 pound receiver leaves after a 57 catch, 848 yard, nine touchdown junior season despite missing the first four games with a suspension. In three years with the Bulldogs, he caught 166 passes for 2619 yards, and 23 touchdowns.
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He will almost assuredly be the first receiver off the board, likely in the first five picks, and could even be the first overall pick thanks to Andrew Luck’s decision to return to school.
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He should be very much on the minds of dynasty owners, and should be taken in non-keeper leagues as well. His value will be determined by where he lands.

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Alabama running back Mark Ingram and wide receiver Julio Jones have declared for the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.
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Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner , ran for 875 yards on 158 carries (5.5 ypc) with 13 touchdowns. He finishes his career with 3261 yards on 572 carries 5.7 ypc) with 42 touchdowns.
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Jones caught 78 passes for 1133 yards and seven touchdowns. He added 135 yards and two rushing touchdowns on eight carries. He had 801 total yards and six touchdowns in his last six games.
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Both Ingram and Jones could go in the late first or early second round. Ingram should make an immediate impact while Jones will likely need a season or two of seasoning.


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Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has declared for the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. The 6’6″, 238 pound strong-armed quarterback followed up his 3627 yard, 30 touchdown, 7 interception sophomore season with 3869 yards, 32 TDs, and 12 INTs in his junior year.
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The decision makes sense considering he already lost a season when he transferred to Arkansas from Michigan. Not to mention he likely slid up a spot in quarterback rankings when Andrew Luck opted to return to Stanford.
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He’ll likely go in the first round unless he completely falls on his face at the combine. Depending on where he lands, he could see the playing field in 2011. From a fantasy perspective, he should only draw attention in dynasty leagues.

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