Quinn's 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Final: Updated 6 April 2011
By Quinn Fulton
1st Carolina: QB Blaine Gabbert*, Missouri. We are going throught the first time when people are all changing the number one pick. I have been expecting this. Who doesn’t remember every mock saying the Rams would draft Suh first? Nick Fairley is out and Gabbert is in. Gabbert plays more like Luck than Newton does.
2nd Denver: DT Marcel Dareus*, Alabama. He improved on a successful college career at the combine. He showed off good quickness and strength. He will jump Nick Fairly and be the selection here.
3rd Buffalo: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU. He is considered by some the best player in the draft. When you are battling Tom Brady 2 times a year its best to have a great corner.
4th.Cinncinati: WR A.J. Green*, Georgia. The Bengals are looking at Christian Ponder as their new franchise quarterback. With that in mind, they pick the best offensive player on the board.
5th Arizona: DE/OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M. He is the best 3-4 pass rusher. The cardinals really need help for their pathetic defense.
6th Cleveland: DT Nick Fairley* Auburn. He is a top talent and the Browns will be counting on him to help install their new 4-3 defense. He was a dominant pass rusher last year and the Browns hope they got the next Suh or McCoy.
7th San Francisco: CB Prince Amukamara*, Nebraska. He is not Patrick Robinson, but he’s not bad. Nate Clements is old and expensive and the 49ers have no other options at corner.
8th Tennessee: QB Ryan Mallet*, Arkansas. Bud Adams likes the fastest running back, the most athletic receiver, and now he picks the quarterback with the strongest arm. The new Tennessee coaching staff will have their new franchise quarterback. The new Tennessee offense will be run oriented so it will be a good learning environment.
9th Dallas: DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson. Jerry Jones likes physical freaks and he also will ignore character red flags in players he sees as, “special.”
10th Washington: QB Jake Locker, Washington. Shanahan likes Locker. He liked Jake Plummer, he liked Jay Cutler, he’ll pick Jake Locker. Jake is still a 1st round talent. He is the pick here. I think they swap picks with the Rams. The Rams want Julio Jones, and the Redskins can probably pick up more picks and still land Locker with the 14th pick.
11th Houston: DE/OLB Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue. He looked better standing up at the senior bowl practices. I think he will be a great 3-4 OLB for the Houston Texans.
12th Minnesota. DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin. He is a big strong beast. He has the size and tenacity of Jared Allen and I think the two of them will form a pass rushing tandem that will keep quarterbacks up at night.
13th Detroit: OT Tyron Smith, USC. He is still the best tackle at the moment and for right now he is the pick here. Mathew Stafford needs protection. Sam Bradford had Roger Saffold and he did very well.
14th. ST.LOUIS: WR Julio Jones, Alabama. All of the Rams receivers will be back healthy this year. But you can still add another playmaker just in case. Jones and Alexander would look great together. Im sure Bradford would like a receiver over 5’11. His fast time propelled him up draft boards, but foot surgery will bring him down.
15th Miami: QB Cam Newton*, Auburn. Cam is not good enough to go in the top ten. I am a Cam hater and I honestly think he will be a bust. But Miami picks him because they need a new quarterback.
16th Jacksonville: DE Robert Quinn, U.N.C. When at first you don’t succeed try try again. The Jaguars did land a good player last year with Tyson Alualu. Hopefully he can help all the former high draft picks reach their potential.
17th New England: DL Cameron Jordan, Californa. He has shown he is a dominant force on any defensive front. The Patriots need an upgrade in the front 7. He is a DT in a 3-4
18th San Diego: DE Aldon Smith** Mizzou. He has a lot of potential. He is really raw and will need a good positions coach to help him reach his potential.
19th NY Giants: OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College. William Beatty is not the answer at LT and the line needs improvement. Anthony can help shore up Eli’s pass protection.
20th Tampa Bay: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa. The Bucs got two new defensive tackles last year. This year they add on a quality DE that can pressure opposing quarterbacks.
21st Kansas: OLB Justin Houston, Georgia. Tamba Ali played well last year, and it is too early to declare Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson busts yet. NT Phil Taylor is an option, but Justin Houston will be the pick.
22nd Indiana: OT Nate Solder, Colorado. He may be a little weak but he can handle speed rushers easily/. He will defend Peyton for the rest of his career.
23rd Philadelphia: CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado. He falls because of character but he can start for an improving Eagle’s secondary. Andy Reid knows how to handle problem players and turn them into productive components of championship defenses.
24th New Orleans: OLB Akeem Ayers*, UCLA. He is an athletic linebacker who will start right away at a position of weakness for New Orleans. Scott Fujita is gone and they have not found a replacement yet.
25th Seattle: OL Mike Pouncey*, Florida. The Seahawks picked a LT with last years first round draft pick and they picked OL Max Unger the year before that. With Mike Pouncey the Seahawks will have a strong versatile line.
26th Baltimore: CB Brandon Harris, Miami. He has been described as a, “baller” by some and is always around the ball. The Ravens do not want the biggest players. They want the scrappiest, and Harris fit’s the bill.
27th Atlanta. DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State. He was a sure fire top ten pick last year but decided to wait. The Falcons will pick him up with the hopes that he can take over for John Abraham as the pass rushing DE.
28th Patriots: DE/DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple. He has emerged onto the scene this year as a good 4-3 tackle. Can he translate it over to the 3-4 defense? The patriots sure hope so.
29th Chicago: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin. Gabe comes from a school that builds good mean run blocking lineman. With Jay Cutler being smashed into the turf 3 times a week, the Bears will hopefully shore up their line with Carimi.
30th NY Jets: NT Phil Taylor, Baylor. The Jets are without Kris Jenkins now so Phil Taylor’s big bulk fills a big need. He is flying up draft boards.
31st Pittsburgh: OT Derrek Sherrod, Mississippi state. He fit’s the Steeler’s blocking scheme and can protect the blindside of Big Ben. He will fit right in.
32nd Green Bay: OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona State. Brooks’ stock has been going up and up all off season. He squeezes into the first round partially because of his talent and partially because of team need. The packers need another pass rusher opposite Clay Mathews.
1st New England. OT Ben Ijalana, Villanova. He started every single game at Villanova. He is durable, and with the Patriot’s problems with their aging line that is a much needed strength.
2nd . Buffalo: QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada. He has the height, the speed, the arm strength, the leg strength. This guy could very well end up being the most successful player of this years Quarterback crop. The Bills get a QB they can develop behind Fitzpatrick for a year or 2.
4th Cincinnati: QB Christian Ponder, Florida State. An athletic west coast passer, Ponder is a great fit for new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden’s offense. Palmer will be gone and A.J. Green will need someone to throw too.
4th Denver Broncos: FS Rahim Moore, UCLA. The Broncos need a safety. Here’s the best safety, and look at that, Brain Dawkins can teach him.
5th Cleveland. WR Jonathan Baldwin*, Pittsburgh. The Browns are very lucky. Colt McCoy now has a big bodied athletic freak to throw too. Jonathan will be the #1 in Cleveland as soon as he steps on the field.
6th Arizona: TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame. Kyle falls because lack of need for a tight end. The Cardinals steal the top TE in the draft and hope he becomes the favorite target of some new QB.
7th Tennessee Titans: DT Corey Liuget*, Illinois. He was a first round talent but with a class so tick with defensive line prospects he falls. He now has too fill Fat Albert’s fat shoes.
8th. Dallas Cowboys. C/G Stefan W. The Cowboys are going to need an upgrade in their offensive front and Stefan is the second best guard prospect. Alex Barron isn’t doing terribly so the Cowboys can afford this pick.
9th Washington. WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami. He is the most talented senior wide out and will hopefully play better than the last few WRs the red skins have drafted.
10th. Houston: S Duenta Williams, U.N.C. The Houston defensive backfield is terrible. The Texans fill a hole that Gibril Wilson dug and has not been filled.
11th Minnesota. QB Andy Dalton, TCU. While he may not have the cannon arm Coach Frazier may have been looking for, Andy Dalton can be a decent starter in this league. For a team that’s ready to win now rather than later, Andy is a smart pick.
12th Lions: OLB Greg Jones, Michigan. He is a solid linebacker who can fill in a hole that’s been horribly obvious in the Lion’s defense. He will replace Peterson. So this is a smart pick.
13th Denver: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama. Yes I have Mark Ingram falling this far in the draft because there is not much need for a running back. No team is desperate enough to grab him early. He is not a shocker like Chris Johnson. He is an all around good back and all around good backs do not get drafted in the first round. He would fall farther but John Fox likes tandem running back teams.
14th: San Fran: ILB Martez Wilson. Takeo Spikes is getting old and Martez Wilson is a phenomenal prospect. The 49ers pounce on him and have Takeo teach him the tools of the trade.
15th . St. Louis Rams. S Robert Sands, West Virginia. I’m putting 2 and 2 together. So the GM says he is drooling over a DB prospect, then only interviews Robert Sands. HMMMMM. Robert Sands is an incredible safety who could worry about coverage while Craig Dahl bashes heads with running backs.
16th Oakland: CB Buster Skrine, UT-Chattanooga. He ran a 4.29 at the combine. He has a 37 vertical leap. While benching 225 20 times. He is a workout warrior. Al Davis will love him. He is going to be the pick. Unless Davis falls into one of his spells of sanity.
17th Jacksonville: RB Mikel Leshoure, Illinois. MJD is a beast who is one of the 3 backs to carry the entire load of their team. If the Jaguars want to win the south they must keep the offenses of the Colts, Titans, and Texans off the field. A grinding run game would do that for them.
18th Cleveland: DE Allen Bailey, Miami. He can play both an end or a tackle in a 4-3. This versatility will be important as the Brown’s new DC tries to find who will play what in their new defense.
19th Tampa: OLB Bruce Carter, U.N.C. Bruce Carter is the best 4-3 outside linebacker in the draft. The Bucs have an unsure situation at LB and Bruce can help stabilize it.
20th New York G: CB Aaron Williams, Texas. The Giant’s secondary is not particularly strong, and Aaron can play Safety or Corner.
21st Indianapolis Colts. DT Stephan Paea, Oregon. He is a quick ball of energy. He is short but makes up for it with his motor. He set the bench record with 49 reps at 225lbs. He should hopefully anchor the Colts rush defense.
22nd Philadelphia: OT Marcus Cannon, TCU. A mean run blocking right tackle, Marcus will have the unfamiliar place of protecting Vick’s blindside at RT.
23rd .Kansas City Chiefs. WR Torrey Smith, Maryland. Smith can stretch the field and take some of the pressure off Dwayne Bowe. Who has had to face double coverage all season.
24th New Orleans: RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas St. The Saint’s have resigned Pierre Thomas but another running back is needed. Daniel Thomas can bring a physical presence that the running backs currently wearing black and gold do not have.
25th Seattle. DT Marvin Austin, U.N.C. He is a big DT the Seahawks can use on their team to bolster their young defense. He was suspended for the 2010 season, but Pete Carrol won’t care. He’s a top notch player.
26thBaltimore: TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee. He is a smaller pass catching tight end. He will need to bulk up in order to be a good run blocker, but he can be a good new receiving option.
27th Atlanta. RB Ryan Williams*, Virginia Tech. He is a quick shifty runner who can complement Michael Turner’s grinding stile. Turner can’t carry the rock 340 times a season.
28th Patriots. WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky. He is an all purpose weapon who can hopefully complement Wes Welker and stretch the field.
29th San Diego. WR Tandon Doss, Indiana. He is a decent receiver who can hopefully add something to the Charger offense. Vincent Jackson will be gone soon and the rest of the receivers go through hot and cold streaks.
30th Chicago. DT Drake Nevis, LSU. We’ve seen how LSU defensive lineman play in a 3-4. Hopefully they do better in a 4-3. With Tommie Harris out of town Drake will fill a need.
31st Pittsburgh. CB Brandon Burton, Utah. He is a decent corner who can add depth to the Steelers weak defensive back field.
32nd Green Bay: OG John Moffit, Wisconsin. The Packers are getting a little old on the offensive line. Chad Clifton was playing well last year, and Bryan Bulaga can man the left tackle when he’s gone.