2011 NFL Mock Draft

2011 NFL Draft

Final Update: 27 April 2011
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Panthers 1. DT Marcel Dareus, Alabama (JR) Powerful, quick and excellent size (6' 3" 319 lbs). Ran an amazing 4.92 forty at the Combine.
The Panthers should not give up on QB Jimmy Clausen so soon. Carolina should draft Dareus who could help their team right now. Cam Newton isn't ready to start in the NFL, especially if the lockout reduces or eliminates training camp which is likely. Dareus is the safest pick and should dominate as a rookie.
Broncos 2. DT Nick Fairley, Auburn A beast, he has recorded 10.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss this year.
With QBs Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton on the roster the Broncos can focus on defense. At 6' 4" 281 pounds, Fairley could play any position along the defensive line. There are rumors that he is falling on some teams draft boards, but I'm not buying it. He just dominates games and if he can keep his emotions in check and stop the "roughing" penalties he could be a keeper.
Bills 3. (JR) QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (JR) Gabbert (6' 6" 235 lbs) is raw but has excellent NFL potential.
In 31 career games at Missouri, Gabbert threw for 6,822 yards and 40 TDs. His pass efficiency rating of 132.59 is the second-highest in Missouri history.
Bengals 4. QB Cam Newton, Auburn (JR) Carson Palmer has said he won't play for the Bengals again.
The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, Newton ran for 1,409 yards and 20 TDs and passed for an additional 2,589 yards and 28 TDs. I could see Newton slip some, he is extremely raw and will need a couple years to develop.
Cardinals 5. OLB/DE Von Miller, Texas A&M Miller recorded 14.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks in 2010. An excellent pass rushing outside linebacker.
At 6' 4" 240 pounds Miller could be a powerful force rushing the passer.
Browns 6. WR A.J. Green, Georgia (JR) Not blazing speed, only ran a 4.50 at the Combine, but he's still an elite prospect.
Tons of NFL potential and great size at 6' 4" 211 lbs. Green caught 57 passes for 848 yards and 9 TDs in 2010.
49ers 7. CB Patrick Peterson, LSU A steal here at #7, but if the Broncos don't take him he could slip based on need.
An amazing defensive back that could be a top 5 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Ran his 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds weighing in at 6' 1" 219 lbs. He might eventually get moved to safety. QB might also be an option here if the 9ers fall in love with Cam Newton or Gabbert falls.
Titans 8. DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina (JR) A great looking, young defensive end. Probably the best pure pass rusher in this draft.
They desperately need a QB, but this might be a little high for Jake Locker and Ryan Mallet. Quinn was suspended in 2010, but the 6' 4" 265 pounder finished 2009 with 19 TFLs and 11 sacks. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.
Cowboys 9. OT Tyron Smith, USC Slides very well and excels in pass protection; very versatile, can play on the right side.
This just makes sense, 4 of the 5 starters on the O-line are over 30. Right tackle (RT) Marc Columbo needs to be replaced and Smith played RT in college. C/OG Mike Pouncey might also get selected here. Smith weighed in at 6' 5" 307 lbs, has huge 11 inch hands and a long wingspan with 36 3/8" arms. Smith completed an impressive 29 reps in the bench at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Redskins 10. WR Julio Jones, Alabama (JR) Tore it up at the combine: Measured 6' 3" 220 lbs and ran his 40-yard dash 4.39 seconds!
Jones is very physical, an excellent blocker and difficult to tackle. He recorded 1,133 yards and 7 TDs this year. Jones has passed A.J. Green on my Draft Board due to his impressive NFL Scouting Combine numbers.
Texans 11. CB Prince Amukamara The Prince has excellent size (6' 0" 203) and ball skills.
The Texans need help all over; Prince might be the best available player here and can start as a rookie. The Cowboys might snatch up the Prince at the #9 spot though. At the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine he ran his first 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds and his second in 4.44 seconds.
Vikings 12. QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (JR) A giant (6'6" 238 lbs) quarterback with a powerful, accurate arm.
Don't believe the hype, this kid can really throw the ball, he won't slip out of the first round. He has the best arm of any QB in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Lions 13. DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson (JR) Last year, Bowers was #1 in the nation with 15.5 sacks and 26 TFL (Tackles for loss).
Bowers has seen his stock fall substantially because he didn't work out at the combine and he has injury concerns, but folks just go back and look at his game film from last year, healthy he is a top five pick and should be a Pro Bowl defensive lineman.
Rams 14. DT Corey Liuget, Illinois (JR) An impressive tackle, Liuget causes penetration and disruption in the backfield.
The Rams need a receiver, Torrey Smith or Leonard Hankerson could be options, but the 14 spot is too high for those players. At 6' 2" 300 pounds Liuget can slice thru the defense and get to the QB. He excels on the inside in the trenches and plays low with great leverage.
Dolphins 15. Mark Ingram, Alabama The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Ingram is quicker thatn fast, but he is strong and explosive.
Ingram doesn't have blazing speed (4.60), but he is shifty and hits the hole very hard. He does remind me a lot of Emmitt Smith. Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are free agents.
Jags 16. OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri (Soph) Smith can do a back flip and has an 84 inch wingspan. He is very athletic; has a huge upside.
With all the top QBs gone the Jags take the best player available. Smith (6' 4" 263 lbs) can play defensive end for the Jags and give them some much needed pas rush.
Patriots 17. DT/DE Cameron Jordan, California From Raiders: The Pats need a quality defensive end to make their 3-4 defense work.
Jordan's father, Steve played tight end for the Vikings for 13 years. Cameron had 12.5 tackles for loss (TFL) and 5.5 sacks in 2010. He (Jordan) has long 35" arms completed 25 reps in the bench at the Combine and ran his 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds.

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