2011 NFL Mock Draft: An Early Sneak Peak
I am one of the senior editors of NFLdraftbible.com and one of the primary draft analysts.
The following is a pre-season mock draft based upon what I predict to be the order of finish for the 2010 season, future NFL team needs, and development arc of prospects who have a whole year to screw up.
In other words, it could all change!
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Mallett, QB, Junior, Arkansas*
Expect a completely new regime, hence a new franchise quarterback and David Garrard would be a good mentor.
3. Tampa Bay Bucs: Robert Quinn, DE, Junior, North Carolina*
If a medical procedure Quinn underwent in high school, which required brain surgery is not a concern, this Tar Heel is the elite edge rusher for the 2011 draft.
5. St. Louis Rams: Patrick Peterson, CB, Junior, LSU*
Peterson was better as a sophomore last year, than first-round pick Joe Haden was as a junior. A perfect fit for Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive scheme in a division that features Michael Crabtree and Larry Fitzgerald.
6. Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Luck, QB, Sophomore (RS), Stanford**
Matt Leinart and Ken Whisenhunt have never seen eye-to-eye schematically or personally. Whiz wants his own guy.
7. Carolina Panthers: Marvin Austin, DT, Senior, North Carolina
Carolina as a franchise is built on the line of scrimmage and the defensive line currently is small and weak. Austin’s homegrown dominance is the cure.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward, DE, Senior, Ohio State
Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton are aging, and Ziggy Hood can’t replace them both by himself.
9. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Floyd, WR, Junior, Notre Dame*
Dwayne Bowe has not lived up to expectations and Floyd should be especially pro-ready in Kansas City given the presence of Charlie Weis. Floyd has a limitless route tree.
10. Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Reynolds, OT, Junior, BYU*
A gigantic athletic offensive tackle, Reynolds is older than your average junior due to a two-year Mormon mission to Munich, Germany. Andy Reid will love everything about him.
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