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johanns21
01-05-2011, 02:53 PM
1. Carolina Panthers: Nick Fairley DT Auburn
If a defensive tackle was ever going to be the #1 pick I would have thought it was going to be Ndamukong Suh. But in this case their might not be any other option if Andrew Luck doesn't come out. Sure they could take AJ Green, but even though Green is the best wide receiver prospect to come out since Calvin Johnson, there is a huge bust factor with drafting a receiver with the #1 overall pick. With Nick Fairley the Panthers get a dominant tackle that has done whatever he wanted in the SEC this past season. You can plug him in the middle of the Panthers defense and have him start from day one.

2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson CB LSU
Everybody knows that there will be a new head coach in Denver this year. What we donít know is who it will be. And what defense will that coach run. A 4-3 or a 3-4. Regardless of what defense they run it would be very hard to pass up the talent of Patrick Peterson. Peterson is a very good athlete that has every skill you would want out of a shut down corner. Add in that Champ Bailey will be a free agent and might not want to stick around while the Broncos rebuild. Peterson and Perrish Cox would be a great tandem for years to come.

3. Buffalo Bills: Cameron Newton QB Auburn
Ryan Fitzpatrickís performance this year has surpassed everybodyís expectations. However the Bills won't rely on him to be their future and will target somebody in the draft. If you remember last off season the Bills were rumored to be one of the teams that was really interested in Michael Vick. Chan Gailey likes to have quarterbacks that are mobile. Newton stock is extremely high and he is often compared to Vince Young. However Newton is a much better pro prospect than Young, but still should go high. The Bills will hope that Newton can bring his leadership and winning ways to a franchise that hasn't done much since the days of Jim Kelly.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: DaQuan Bowers DE Clemson
AJ Green would be a great pick here and could very well be their pick, but their young receivers have really played well the last two games and they could choose to give them a chance and look for an impact player for their defense. DaQuan Bowers had a great season this year leading the nation in sacks and tackles for loss. Bowers would give the Bengals another young end to pair with Carlos Dunlap who has come on strong at the end of the season.


5. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
When you look at the Cardinals you see a team that has some major issues at quarterback. They very well could go with one here, but I have a sneaking suspension that they will pass. The Cardinals are transitioning to a power running team and would like to have a quarterback that has a cannon for an arm and works well in the play action game. They are really high on John Skelton who has shown a lot of promise in his limited opportunities. I can see them signing a veteran quarterback to help bridge the gap. For this pick they could go cornerback with Peterson or Amukamara here or they could go with Quinn who would give them a pass rushing presence they haven't had in a while.

6. Cleveland Browns: AJ Green WR Georgia
With Eric Mangini officially out as the head coach of the Browns this makes the Browns draft plans a little fuzzy until they hire a new coach. Whoever the new head coach is (rumored favorite is Marty Mornhinweg) we know that they will run a West Coast Offense, but what about defense? Mike Holmgrenís teams have always ran a 4-3. Will his new head coach hire a defensive coordinator to run a 4-3 or stick with the 3-4 that they have been running? But no matter what they do on defense, I would find it very hard to believe they would pass up AJ Green in this situation. Green is arguably the best wide receiver prospect to come out since Calvin Johnson and would give the Browns a legitimate #1 caliber receiver to an offense that could use some weapons.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
The 49ers quarterback position is a mess. Both Alex Smith and Troy Smith have had chances to win the job and prove to be the starter and both have failed. No matter who the coach is next year they have to find somebody to be the future. Mallett has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback, but needs some time to develop.

8. Tennessee Titans: Marcel Dareus DT Alabama
The Titans love to get pressure by just using their front four. However despite some talented players they are thin and could use some help at defensive tackle. Dareus is a very talented tackle who has been playing in Alabamaís 3-4. However Dareus might actually be better suited for the 4-3 3 technique spot where he can use his speed and quickness to penetrate and disrupt the offenses backfield.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
It seems like a day can't go by without hearing about the Cowboys. We always hear about how they are so talented. I don't see it that way. I see a team with huge holes in the secondary, and along the lines. With this pick I could see them going either defensive line or cornerback. With the top 5 technique defensive tackles off the board that allows them to go after the top two cornerbacks in the draft. Prince Amukamara would fit well here. The Cowboys have a big hole at the cornerback spot where they arenít happy with Jenkins and Newmanís skills are diminishing.

10. Washington Redskins: Blaine Gabbart QB Missouri
Personally I think that Gabbart should have stayed for his senior year, but I also donít blame him for leaving early. Outside of Andrew Luck there really isnít a sure fire quarterback and some impressive pre draft workouts could propel him to the top spot behind Luck (if he comes out). After the McNabb debacle the Redskins need to get a future quarterback and Gabbarts size, mobility, and arm strength will make him really attractive to teams.

11. Houston Texans: Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak looks like he is going to keep his job and there are rumors out there that he could bring in Wade Phillips at the defensive coordinator spot. That means that the Texans could be moving to the 3-4. This would really affect the Texans draft plans. No matter what defense they run next year they need to get somebody that can rush the passer to take all the pressure off of Mario Williams. Ryan Kerrigan has gotten a lot of attention from the national media but that has more to do with Purdue being so bad. Kerrigan reminds me a lot of Brandan Graham. He is a better athlete than he looks and he has a motor that never ends. Kerrigan could play OLB in the 3-4 or DE in the 4-3.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker QB Washington
Iím not sold on Jake Locker as a top 15 pick, but with Minnesota desperately needing a future quarterback they very well could go with him here. Locker is still very raw, but despite some of his numbers he is getting better. The Vikings would be wise to sign a veteran quarterback (not named Farve) to start the season while Locker develops.

13. Detroit Lions: Nate Solder OT Colorado
Detroit is a much improved team this year and have an opportunistic to finish the season on a four game winning streak. However the Lions still have some holes, and primary at offensive line. This isn't a great tackle class, but Nate Solder is the best of the group. He has great size and has the quickness and footwork to play left tackle. Solder can help protect Matt Stafford's blind side and help open holes for Jahvid Best.

14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones WR Alabama
St. Louis really surprised a lot of people with their strong play, but if anybody watched their game against Seattle you can see that they need to get Sam Bradford some more weapons on offense. Luckily they will have the opportunity to get a very talented receiver with this pick. Julio Jones had another solid season for Alabama. He has great size and very good hands. He would give Bradford a true #1 receiver and allow their other receivers to slide into complementary roles.

15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram RB Alabama
Iíve had the Dolphins taking a running back here for months. I really looked at giving them another position, but it just makes too much sense for Ingram here. Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams' contracts coming up at the end of the season it looks like one of the two will be gone. Rumor has it that Brown will be the guy. But regardless of which one leaves the Dolphins need to upgrade their running game. Here they will have the opportunity to get the top running back in the draft. Mark Ingram has everything you would want out of a running back. He has good speed, runs hard, and has great balance.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
In an attempt to improve a pass rush the Jaguars brought in Aaron Kampman from Green Bay. However Kampman tore his ACL for a second straight season and questions now arise about whether he can come back. But even before the Kampman injury they were still struggling to get pressure. Clayborn would be a great value here. After a great junior season many had high hopes for Clayborn. But poor play and little help around him Clayborn struggled and his stock has taken a hit. However Clayborn is still a very good pass rusher who has some of the best hands in the draft. He has a strong punch that he uses to jolt back tackles in route to the quarterback and help him disengage in the run game.

17. New England Patriots (From Oakland): Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
What a bowl game showing for Heyward. He just flat out dominated the Sugar Bowl and made It very difficult for Ryan Mallett and the Arkansas offense. Heyward is going to be a very good fit in the 3-4 defense. There he can use his massive size and ability to use leverage to take on blockers but still make plays. His experience playing both tackle and end at Ohio State will come in handy.

18. San Diego Chargers: Cameron Jordan DE California
Outside of Louis Castillo there isn't much there at defensive end in the Chargers 3-4 defense. Cameron Jordan has quietly moved himself up to the top of the second tier 5 technique defensive ends. Jordan really benefits from playing defensive end in Cal's 3-4 defense. Jordan plays with good leverage and is able to get off blockers really well.

19. New York Giants: Janoris Jenkins CB Florida
Terrell Thomas is developing into a very good corner and Aaron Ross is still performing at a high level. However behind them they don't have a whole lot. Jenkins is a very talented cover corner who should fit well with a team that likes to pressure the quarterback.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brandon Harris CB Miami
Not many people gave the Buccaneers much hope to anything this year. However their young players has really stepped up they are on the fringe of the playoffs. Their top goal is to get a pass rusher at defensive end. But with Kerrigan and Clayborn gone the only other defensive end that would be worth this pick is Allen Bailey and he isnít the ideal defensive end for the Tampa 2. Cornerback very well could be their option. Ronde Barber is nearing the end of a Hall of Fame career and the Bucs could use somebody opposite of Aqib Talib.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Mike Pouncey G Florida
Seattle is still searching for a replacement for Steve Hutchinson who left several years ago. With a talented player like Pouncey still available they could pull the trigger here. Pouncey played center this year and had a rough first game, but outside of that he has played very well. He could play either guard or center in the NFL but his best position is probably guard.

22. Kansas City Chiefs: Von Miller LB Texas A&M
The Chiefs have been a pleasant surprise this year and a lot of that has to deal with a successful draft last year. However for their defense to continue to get better they have to get pass rushers to help Tamba Hali. Von Miller had an unbelievable junior season leading the NCAA in sacks. Injuries set him back at the beginning of the season but he bounced back to have a respectable year. The Chiefs upgraded their defense by bringing in a lot of speed and that fits Miller off the edge. The negative of Miller is that his motor runs hot and cold, but Romel Crenell should be able to get him going to the level he should be at.

23. Indianapolis Colts: Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi
The Colts season is on a downward spiral and a lot of it has to do with all the injuries to their offense. Austin Collie, Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, and Dallas Clark are all injured. A player to watch here could be Stephen Paea who would do a lot to help out their run defense. But a big issue for the team is the play of their offensive line. In an effort to improve their running game the Colts got rid of their smaller lineman to get big power blockers. Guard is their biggest weakness so they could go Mike Pouncey or Stefen Wisniewski, but its going to be hard to pass up the value of Derek Sherrod. Sherrod can come in and challenge Charlie Johnson to play right away at left tackle.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Akeem Ayers LB UCLA
The Eagles could go many different routes with this pick. They could get a cornerback, offensive lineman, or linebacker. With Ayers available they would get a very good linebacker that should fit their scheme really well. At UCLA Ayers was asked to do about everything. In addition to playing linebacker he was lined up as a defensive end and was asked to blitz. The Eagles love to send pressure from their linebackers and that fits Ayers really well.

25. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech
Packer fans are going to kill me for this pick, but it makes a ton of success. Once Ryan Grant went down this year their run game disappeared. Brandon Jackson just couldnít do it and they need to find somebody to complement Grant or take over for him when he gets injured again. Now a lot of people are not high on Williams because they feel that he didnít do anything this year. Well they are sort of right. Williams didnít match his monster freshman year, but a hamstring injury really hampered him and donít forget that he had to share the backfield with Darren Evans and David Wilson who are both very good in their own right. Williams is talented back who runs hard, is tough to bring down and has better speed than many people think. Add in that he has shared carries in college and is only a redshirt sophomore and you are getting a running back without a lot of miles on his legs.

26. New Orleans Saints: Drake Nevis DT LSU
Look for the Saints to continue to invest draft picks into their defense. Tackle, end and linebacker is where theyíll focus. With this pick the Saints can get a local product in Nevis who has enjoyed a great season. Nevis does a great job using his quickness to penetrate into the opponentís backfield. He would also be a good complement to Sedric Ellis.

27. New York Jets: Allen Bailey DE Miami
There was talk last year that the Jets were looking to take Jared Odrick to be a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme. However he taken the pick before them by a Miami team that traded up. Bailey would be a good option for the Jets. Bailey has played some end and tackle for Miami and his ability to take on blockers and play two gaps will help him transition to the 3-4.

28. Baltimore Ravens: Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
This may be a surprise pick to some, but it makes a lot of sense. The Ravens donít have a lot of holes. They have an elite defense and have spent a lot of effort upgrading their offense to help Joe Flacco continue his development. They brought in Boldin, Housch, and Stallworth to help. Housch has done a good job in the slot, but Boldin and Stallworth havenít proven to be much of deep threats and Mason will probably be retiring. Blackmon is a very talented receiver who has dominated all season long despite finishing the season with a bum ankle. However some dumb decisions could really hurt him in the eyes of teams and could move him from a top 15 player to the end of the first round.

29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
Chicagoís offensive line has somewhat stabilized itself in the second half of the season and as a result the offense picked up steam. Now that should not be any reason that they donít still address the unit. Look for the Bears to go hard after Logan Mankins and hopefully Carl Nicks to fill the guard spot. But the Bears still need to come away with a guard and a left tackle in this draft. Carimi would be a great fit for the Bears. He is a huge body (what the Bears like) and a road grader. He would help the line get back to running the ball successful. Something that they havenít been able to do lately. Carimi needs some work, but he has the natural ability to play left tackle in the NFL. But at a minimum, he could take over right away at the right tackle spot from J'Marcus Webb who is still very very raw. Best case scenario is that Carimi comes in and wins the left tackle spot, they sign Mankins to play guard and Webb develops into a reliable right tackle.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Anthony Castanzo OT Boston College
The offensive line in Pittsburgh has struggled for a while. They got a great player in Maurkice Pouncey last year who has started every game at center. Look for them to go after more lineman in this draft. They could draft Maurkiceís brother Mike to play guard next to him, but it would be wise for them to get a tackle. Castanzo was once thought to be the top tackle in the draft has struggled a little bit, but he is a good pass blocker and an improving run blocker. At worse he could take over at right tackle for Flozell Adams who shouldnít be starting in the NFL.

31. Atlanta Falcons: Jeremy Beal DE Oklahoma
Ryan Broyles would be a great pick here, but it looks like he will be returning to Oklahoma for his senior year. Jonathan Baldwin or Torrey Smith could be an option, but it could be too early for him. Another option could be Kyle Rudolph to be an eventual replacement for Tony Gonzalez. But the need for a defensive end could trump all of that. JJ Watt could be a possibility here, but he doesnít necessarily fit what the Falcons like out of their ends. Beal may be a little undersized but he is very quick off the ball and a very good pass rusher.

32. New England Patriots: Stefen Wisniewski G Penn State
Logan Mankins is going to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. There are going to be a lot of teams throwing a ton of money at him and there is a strong possibility that he could not return to New England. It would be wise for the Patiriots to go after one of the top guards in the draft. Pouncey would be the top option, but he is already gone. Wisniewski is a great second option who can play both guard or center.

GatorsBullsFan
01-05-2011, 02:57 PM
you should really add Andrew Luck to your Mock. Because there is so many reasons for Luck to come out and not much reasons for him to stay. Other than that Kampmann/Knighton/Alualu/Clayborn would be beastly

prock
01-05-2011, 03:01 PM
I woulc love Locker.

proshoota25
01-05-2011, 03:24 PM
not a sexy patriots mock, but would really improve the team at positions that are needed. i would really love to address OLB, but who knows with BB lol

thebow305
01-05-2011, 03:35 PM
I'd be pretty disappointed to miss out on all the QB's but Ingram would be a nice consolation price. I also wouldn't rule out Blackmon there for the Phins.

Bengals78
01-05-2011, 04:08 PM
I am disappoint.
Your explanation didnt even justify it. We have one, Michael Johnson. The more attention Dunlap got, the more pressures and sacks Johnson got. We dont need a first round DE.

AJ Green if he is there.

BaLLiN
01-05-2011, 04:33 PM
19. New York Giants: Janoris Jenkins CB Florida
Terrell Thomas is developing into a very good corner and Aaron Ross is still performing at a high level. However behind them they don't have a whole lot. Jenkins is a very talented cover corner who should fit well with a team that likes to pressure the quarterback.

you need to fix your explanation, because corey webster is infront of those two and pretty damn good

coordinator0
01-05-2011, 04:47 PM
Blackmon is even better than Baldwin, superb pick.

yo123
01-05-2011, 05:21 PM
Ugh, Locker is the one QB in this draft I would not be willing to take a chance on, even with our current quarterback situation. I don't get where I'm supposed to be impressed with him.

If all the other QB's are gone by our pick I'd probably look for an offensive lineman.

johanns21
01-05-2011, 05:21 PM
you need to fix your explanation, because corey webster is infront of those two and pretty damn good

I can't believe I forgot about him, but the position is still a need.

you should really add Andrew Luck to your Mock. Because there is so many reasons for Luck to come out and not much reasons for him to stay. Other than that Kampmann/Knighton/Alualu/Clayborn would be beastly

Yeah but the big thing is what he wants to do. Not because of bunch of people think he should. You do see a lot of credible media members stating that Luck will more than likely come back. I am always a fan of student athletes staying if they want to. Its kinda refreshing.

49erNation85
01-05-2011, 06:18 PM
Mallet < Locker IMO .