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Brooder
01-22-2011, 01:59 PM
Well it's that time of year again, mock draft time! Hope you guys like it and give me feedback as always.

1. Carolina Panthers - Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson
With Andrew Luck deciding to stay in college, the Panthers will have to decide between Bowers or Fairley for the #1 pick. In the end I feel they will choose Bowers because there are too many concerns with Fairley. They are ranging from being a one year wonder to character concerns. They will also take a long hard look at Blaine Gabbert but he is no Andrew Luck. At the end of the day the pick will be Bowers who can become their franchise DE they once had with Julius Peppers when they were so close to winning the Super Bowl.

2. Denver Broncos - Nick Fairley DT Auburn
With John Fox taking over as head coach he will go for the defensive side of the ball and will probably pick whoever the Panthers pass on. If Fairley is on the board he will be a perfect fit for Fox's 4-3 defensive front. Fairley can stuff the run and also rush the passer but needs to keep his head in the game at all times.

3. Buffalo Bills - Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
Ryan Fitzpatrick is just a stop gap and the Bills need a QB for the future. Not as popular among fans as Mallett or Locker, Gabbert quietly put up good numbers while at Missouri and has all the physical tools you look for in a franchise QB. The only knock is that he played in a spread offense in college and needs some time to learn the pro style offense.

4. Cincinnati Bengals - Patrick Peterson FS LSU
Many people picking AJ Green with this pick but I feel the Bengals will pass on him because even with Ocho Cinco, T.O. and plenty of other receivers/TEs how far did the Bengals go? The Bengals know that in their division, the Steelers have Polamalu and the Ravens have Reed. Peterson is a rare talent in the secondary that is too good to pass up, he has the speed and the athleticism to make plays anywhere on the field.

5. Arizona Cardinals - Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
Just to show you how much impact a QB change had to the Cardinals, they went from one play away(defense's fault) to winning the Super Bowl to finishing dead last in the worst division in football. Ryan Mallett has the strongest arm in this years draft and maybe even the NFL. Larry Fitzgerald is being wasted out there if nobody can get him the ball and if Mallett is able to read defenses like he did for the most part in the SEC, the Cardinals could have a dynamic offense once again.

6. Cleveland Browns - AJ Green WR Georgia
Mike Holmgren is an offensive minded guy and he knows that in order for the west coast offense to succeed a stud WR makes it easier for the whole offense to function. AJ Green has it all and can take some of the impact the loss of Edwards had. The Browns have their franchise RB in Hillis, now they add their franchise WR in Green.

7. San Francisco 49ers - Jake Locker QB Washington
Shocked, I for one will not be if Gabbert and Mallett are off the board because the coach Harbaugh a former QB himself knows the Alex Smith and Try Smith are both junk. Jake Locker was projected to be the #1 pick last year and Harbaugh should know all about Locker considering he's faced him in the Pac-10. Cam Newton will get looked at hard here but Harbaugh wants a more pro-style QB and at the end of the day Locker has great physical tools and just had crappy talent around him all 4 years and to even get to a bowl game and win it is an accomplishment in itself.

8. Tennessee Titans - Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
Ever since Haynesworth left the Titans defense hasn't been the same. Dareus can become a penetrating DT in Fisher's 4-3 scheme that he desperately needs to wreak havoc. A QB is also a possibility here as Young has already worn out his welcome but does Fisher really want to take on Newton's character concerns like with Young?

9. Dallas Cowboys - Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
The Cowboys desperately need a top flight CB since Newman is getting up there in age. Prince will instantly upgrade their pass defense which has horrible this past season. This should against the likes of Jackson from the Eagles.

10. Washington Redskins - Julio Jones WR Alabama
The Redskins would of wanted a QB with this pick and Shanahan will feel Newton is too much of a gamble to take with this pick. Whoever the QB will be the helm for the Redskins they need a WR they can rely on. Julio Jones isn't that much far away from AJ Green and at 6'4" 220 pounds is a physical specimen who will take the burden off any QB.

11. Houston Texans - Von Miller OLB Texas A&M
With Wade Phillips taking over the defense he will want to run a 3-4 defense. Von Miller at 6'3" 243 pounds is the perfect rush OLB in the 3-4 scheme and will compliment Brian Cushing on the other side. Both of them combined will drastically improve their pass rush.

12. Minnesota Vikings - Cam Newton QB Auburn
With Farve finally retiring for good the Vikings have a huge hole at QB. Jackson has proved to be a failure and Webb only had one good game and could be moved back to WR. Newton had probably the best season any college QB ever had including Tim Tebow. Newton can run but also possesses a very strong arm and can hand the ball off to AD until he learns the offense.

13. Detroit Lions - Robert Quinn DE UNC
Suh was a great pick and instantly improved the Lions defense but they are not finished. Quinn is a very talented player who can play DE in the Lions 4-3 scheme. If Quinn can play up to his potential, him and Suh will be unstoppable.

14. St. Louis Rams - Stephen Paea DT Oregon State
The Rams were a pleasant surprise last year due in large part to Bradford and if either Green or Jones was still on the board they would definitely be the pick to give Bradford a #1 target. Instead they opt for the best player on the board also helps fill a need as Paea can become their stud DT in the 4-3 scheme they run since Robbins is already 33 years old. Paea might be this years warrior workout and he is very strong.

15. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Kerrigan DE/OLB Purdue
Kerrigan fits perfectly in Parcells 3-4 defense and is the kind of player Parcells covets the most. Kerrigan has a non-stop motor with high intangibles that just gets the job done. He should start right away.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
The Jags desperately need help at both DE spots. Clayborn is a talent they just cant pass on. He was once projected to be a top 10 pick but had a sub-par senior season.

17. New England Patriots - Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
The Patriots defense has improved but still need a couple pieces to get them back to the Super Bowl. Ayers at 6'4" 255 pounds is the perfect size OLB in Belichicks 3-4 defense. They passed on a Pac-10 kid in Clay Matthews two years ago and they wont make the same mistake twice.

18. San Diego Chargers - JJ Watt DE Wisconsin
The Chargers need some help up front the Watts is the perfect DE in the 3-4 scheme that they run. Ever since Igor left their rush defense hasn't been the same. They could opt for a rush OLB here but DE is a more glaring need.

19. New York Giants - Stefen Wisniewski C Penn State
O'Hara is getting up there in age and they need a replacement soon. Wisniewski is the best C in this years draft and is versatile enough to play some guard too. Another option with this pick could be CB Brandon Harris because they could use some more depth.

20. Tampa Bay Bucs - Aldon Smith DE Missouri
The Bucs need a stud speed rusher in their Tampa 2 defense and smith is just that. Smith is only a redshirt sophomore but has as much upside as anyone in the draft. At 6'5" 260 he has the frame to become a lethal rush DE.

21. Kansas City Chiefs - Jon Baldwin WR Pittsburgh
The Ravens showed the Chiefs they still have a long ways to go if they want to compete for a Super Bowl. The Ravens D just out-muscled and overpowered the finesse Chiefs offense. Enter Baldin into the picture at 6'5" 230 pounds and he should give Cassell a physical target to throw the ball to opposite Bowe.

22. Indianapolis Colts - Nate Solder OT Colorado
The Colts OL especially tackle positions were so ineffective last year that it even made Peyton Manning look like an ordinary QB. Nate Solder has a great frame as a pass blocker and will instantly help give Manning more time to throw the ball. He could start right away.

23. Philadelphia Eagles - Brandon Harris CB Miami(FL)
The Eagles pass defense was sub-par last year and this spot needs to be upgraded. While Harris might not be at the same level as Peterson or Prince, he is just one notch below those two. He can easily start at nickel and eventually become a starter.

24. New Orleans Saints - Corey Liuget DT Illinois
The Saints gave up 36 points to the lowly Seahawks in the playoffs and Lynch just smashing through the Saints pathetic defense just shows you how much of a need this area is. Liuget is just the kind of DT that can penetrate through and stuff running plays before they can get started. He also does a nice job of rushing the passer.

25. Seattle Seahawks - Cameron Jordan DE Cal
Pete Carroll is a defensive minded coach so he knows all too well how much the defensive line impacts the rest of the defense. Cameron Jordan went to Cal so Carroll knows all about this kid and how he can become a force in the Seahawks defense. Jordan is a solid player and while he isn't overly flashy, just gets the job done and then some.

26. Baltimore Ravens - Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
The Ravens need help at DE in their 3-4 defense. Heyward is your prototypical 3-4 DE that fits perfectly with the Ravens scheme. This should make Ngata, Suggs, Ray and company even that much better.

27. Atlanta Falcons- Allen Bailey DE Miami(FL)
The falcons absolutely got torched by Rodgers because they couldn't get a pass rush with their front four so they had to take chances and got hurt when they blitzed. Bailey has lots of upside and can become the pass rushing end the falcons desperately need. We could start right away due to need.

28. New England Patriots - Torrey Smith WR Maryland
With their first round pick the patriots addressed the defensive side of the ball. With their next pick they need help at WR where Branch and Welker are their only 2 WR threats and both of them are getting up there in age. Smith is a vertical home run threat who reportedly runs a 4.3 40 and will give the Patriots some offensive explosive that they need.

29. Green Bay Packers - Mark Ingram RB Alabama
Theres no doubt about it that the Packers need a RB to take some pressure off Rodgers and are ecstatic Ingram is still on the board. Ingram can also catch the ball out of the backfield and is another target for Rodgers. Ingram should instantly become their starter.

30. New York Jets - Muhammad Wilkerson DE Temple
The Jets could use a 3-4 DE since Shaun Ellis is getting old. Wilkerson decided to skip his senior season to enter the draft. He has the perfect size to play 3-4 DE and is extremely strong.

31. Chicago Bears - Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
The Bears really need to upgrade their tackle positions and Castonzo is too good to pass up at this point. Boston College has produced great NFL OLinemen and Castonzo is the next in line. He can instantly compete for a starting job.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
The Steelers have been able to overcome their OL problems this season but can't take the risk of having Big Ben injured. Carimi is a mammoth OT that might be able to move over to guard at the pro level. Nevertheless the Steelers need to address their OL situation this offseason.

fenikz
01-22-2011, 02:27 PM
Ryan Mallett is a Derek Anderson clone, i will slaughter innocent puppies of thats the pick, Amukamara please

JaxJag_1
01-22-2011, 02:45 PM
I'll jump off a bridge if Gene drafted Adrian Clayborn.

The guy sucks and GM Gene would never draft him anyway.

coordinator0
01-22-2011, 03:14 PM
The DE in our 3-4 sets really isn't what hurt the team this year, it was the DE that we used opposite of Suggs when we went to the four man line. Of course if you're counting the 3-man rushes that Mattison loved to use then I could see your point, but I think it would be hard for anybody we bring in to upgrade anything if used in that role.

With that said, Heyward wouldn't be a bad pick. I think we will want someone a little more well-rounded (aka somebody who can get to the QB) but we have yet to see what Pagano will want to do.

GB12
01-22-2011, 03:25 PM
Absolutely hate the Ingram pick.

We have Ryan Grant returning next year. All we need is a complimentary back, and that can be had in the 3rd or 4th round. We don't need to be wasting a first round pick on a RB. We don't have a ton of needs, but we do have positions more pressing than RB. An OLB, OT, or CB would be much better. I'd be alright going as high as the second only if it's for Leshoure or Williams, but no way in the first.

Better picks:

1. Justin Houston
2. Gabe Carimi
3. Anthony Castonzo

Matthew Jones
01-22-2011, 04:10 PM
Torrey Smith isn't a strong route running and doesn't have much polish to his game, so he's an unlikely pick there. New England usually plays it pretty safe in the first two rounds and then takes a couple of risks later on. Akeem Ayers works, but I think they'd draft Cameron Heyward, Cameron Jordan, or J.J. Watt over him, in roughly that order. The first few picks for the team should probably be along the offensive line (C, OG, RT) and in the front seven (DE, OLB.)

Xiomera
01-22-2011, 04:57 PM
Lions will not draft a player that has been out of football for over a year.

They learned from Mike Williams.

prock
01-22-2011, 05:06 PM
I can dig Newton.

txparkes49x
01-22-2011, 05:23 PM
Thank god its not Gabbert. Ill take Locker or Newton any day of the week over him. so great job.

Nalej
01-22-2011, 06:09 PM
Torrey Smith isn't a strong route running and doesn't have much polish to his game, so he's an unlikely pick there. New England usually plays it pretty safe in the first two rounds and then takes a couple of risks later on. Akeem Ayers works, but I think they'd draft Cameron Heyward, Cameron Jordan, or J.J. Watt over him, in roughly that order. The first few picks for the team should probably be along the offensive line (C, OG, RT) and in the front seven (DE, OLB.)

Well put. What he said.

ChicagoBearsVet23
01-22-2011, 06:34 PM
Carimi would be a better pick

akvikefan89
01-22-2011, 06:58 PM
Since he's the last QB of the Big 4, I am happy with Newton.

thebow305
01-22-2011, 07:41 PM
Parcells isn't even with the team anymore. And LB is not a first round need. We've stated over and over again the offense needs help and that's probably where we'll go with the 1st pick. Either by replacing Ricky and Ronnie with Mr. Heisman, Mark Ingram, or by adding another weapon to the receiving corps with Jon Baldwin.

Pat Sims 90
01-22-2011, 08:14 PM
AJ Green to the Bengals here is why

1.Ochocinco and TO done in Ciny
2. NO #1 WR on the roster
3. Marvin Lewis does not vaule Safety postion as other teams do.
4. Jonathan Joesph is going to get re-signed or Tagged
5. Traded for Reggie Nelson last and has played well at FS

SeanTaylorRIP
01-22-2011, 09:03 PM
Love the Skins pick depending who we would take round 2.

proshoota25
01-23-2011, 01:44 AM
Torrey Smith isn't a strong route running and doesn't have much polish to his game, so he's an unlikely pick there. New England usually plays it pretty safe in the first two rounds and then takes a couple of risks later on. Akeem Ayers works, but I think they'd draft Cameron Heyward, Cameron Jordan, or J.J. Watt over him, in roughly that order. The first few picks for the team should probably be along the offensive line (C, OG, RT) and in the front seven (DE, OLB.)

yeah I agree..... also Mark Ingram may be way too tempting to pass up there with our second first round pick... he may have too much value for us to pass simply put