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Here’s a eighth and final look at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.
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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:  Cam Newton, QB Auburn
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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
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3.  Buffalo Bills:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  Cam Newton would breathe life into the franchise, but with him out of the picture the Bills turn to the athletic Miller.
Previous Pick:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  I had Gabbert going to the Bengals, but they seem to stubborn to to consider Carson Palmer’s threats legitimate. I think they’ll try to mend fences by cutting ties with T.O. and giving Palmer a shiny, new toy.
Previous Pick:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
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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. Even though Gabbert is available, I think they go with the more “can’t miss” prospect.
Previous Pick:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina:  With A.J. Green off the board, the Browns will address their pass rush need.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska:  With Gabbert in the picture, he will get strong consideration, but I think his slide continues one more pick
Previous Pick:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: I still like Fairley for the Titans, but they are floating downstream without a paddle at quarterback. Gabbert could easily go number one in this draft. It would be hard to imagine the Titans passing on him.
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:   J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
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10.  Washington Redskins: Jake Locker, QB, Washington:  The Redskins need playmakers, but they must address the quarterback position first.
Previous Pick:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
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11.  Houston Texans:  Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri:  The Texans’ switch to a 3-4 defense creates a need for an rush linebacker. Smith is the top choice available.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina
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12.  Minnesota Vikings:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn:  With Locker out of the picture, a quarterback doesn’t make sense here. Julio Jones is a possibility, but Leslie Frasier is a defensive-minded coach. Pat Williams may not return to Minnesota so pairing Fairley with Kevin Williams makes sense.
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:  Tyron Smith, T, Southern Cal
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14.  St. Louis Rams:  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama:  Suddenly Sam Bradford has an explosive weapon.
Previous Pick:  Aldon Smith, LB, Missouri
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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: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
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16.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue:  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 continue reading »


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Here’s a seventh look at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. Click here for my final 2011 NFL Mock Draft.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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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
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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:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
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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:   J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
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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 continue reading »


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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 continue reading »


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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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First Round, 12th Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
With the risk of losing Ray Edwards to free agency, the Vikings will need to find another pass rushing end. Fortunately for the Vikings, there are plenty of good options in this draft. Bowers is an injury risk, but he has major upside. I know quarterback is a primary concern for the Purple, but Jake Locker is too big of a reach at 12. Trading out of the 12 slot is a possibility.
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Second Round, 11th pick:  Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
Kaepernick is a great athlete that has the physical tools to be a dynamic player in the NFL. It will take some time to groom him. Going with Kaepernick means you will likely give Joe Webb a shot or bring in a stopgap. Christian Ponder will likely be gone. Ryan Mallett has too many red flags. Andy Dalton is a possibility, but his upside is minimal. If they want an extra base hit out of this slot they’ll roll the dice on Kaepernick.
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Fourth round, 9th pick:  Stephen Schilling, OG, Michigan
The Vikings have major holes in their offensive line, most notably at guard. Schilling is a four-year starter that could start right away for the Vikings.
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Fifth round, 8th pick:  Joe Lefeged, SS, Rutgers
Lefeged has decent size (6’0″, 210 lbs) and good speed (4.42 forty). He gives the Vikings depth at a position of need and can be an immediate contributor on special teams.
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Fifth round, 19th pick (from NY Giants):  Chykie Brown, CB, Texas
Brown has decent size (5’11″, 190) and decent speed (4.49 forty). He can cut his teeth in nickel and dime situations as well as on special teams. Cornerback depth was a serious deficiency for the Vikings last year. It’s important to address that in the draft.
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Sixth round, 7th pick:  Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson
Bryant McKinnie and Phil Loadholt could use a little competition to be more motivated. Hairston is a big dude (6’6″, 326) that could at least push the starters while providing good depth.
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Sixth round, 35th pick:  Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina
Wide receiver was another position that had depth issues last year. Gurley is a big kid (6’4″, 216 lbs) with 4.53 speed.
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Seventh round, 13th pick:  Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia
The Vikings could use some depth at defensive tackle, especially if Pat Williams walks. Neild at 6’2″, 319 could help fill that massive void.
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Seventh round, 35th pick:  Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley State
Lockette and his 4.34 forty speed are worth a flier at this late stage in the draft.
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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 continue reading »


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Here’s a fourth 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:  I’m more convinced that the Panthers will take a quarterback in the draft. Jimmy Clausen will likely have to go somewhere else to get a shot. Cam Newton is a popular 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 and he fills a need at tackle for the Broncos.
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 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:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  Da’Quan Bowers knee is becoming a concern. The Bengals turn to Von Miller instead. Miller is a freakish athlete that could immediately improve their pass rush.
Previous Pick:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina:  With Miller gone, the Cardinals turn to Robert Quinn, who could end up being the best DE in the draft anyway.
Previous Pick:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  What a turn of events for the Browns. Suddenly they find themselves with the opportunity to take a game-changing wide receiver. All of the sudden Colt McCoy has a chance.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  Peterson still makes sense for the 49ers. He could be the top talent on the defensive side of the ball.
Previous Pick:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: Finally the slide stops for Fairley. With Gabbert and Newton off the board, it only makes sense to improve on the defensive side of the ball.
Previous Pick:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: In this scenario Prince is both available and sensible for the Cowboys.
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 continue reading »


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Here’s a third 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:  Nick Fairley and Da’Quan Bowers have too many question marks to become the first pick in the draft. Cam Newton is still a possibility, but the Panthers would be better suited taking the top quarterback prospect in the draft.
Previous Pick:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
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2.  Denver Broncos:   Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama:  Dareus dramatically improved his stock at the NFL Combine.
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:  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
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4.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson:  A.J. Green may prove be too talented to pass up, but the Bengals had just 27 sacks last year.
Previous Pick:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
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5.  Arizona Cardinals:  Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A & M:  Miller is a freakish athlete that could immediately improve Arizona’s pass rush.
Previous Pick:  Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
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6.  Cleveland Browns:  A.J. Green, WR, Georgia:  What a turn of events for the Browns. Suddenly they find themselves with the opportunity to take a game-changing wide receiver. All of the sudden Colt McCoy has a chance.
Previous Pick:  Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
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7.  San Francisco 49ers:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU:  Peterson still makes sense for the 49ers. He could be the top talent on the defensive side of the ball.
Previous Pick:  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
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8.  Tennessee Titans:  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: Finally the slide stops for Fairley. With Gabbert and Newton off the board, it only makes sense to improve on the defensive side of the ball.
Previous Pick:  Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
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9.  Dallas Cowboys:  Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: In this scenario Prince is both available and sensible for the Cowboys.
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 continue reading »


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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 »

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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