2011 NFL Draft: First Round Mock
Quarterback Sam Bradford was the first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft going to the woeful St. Louis Rams. The Rams once again will be the worst team in the NFL in 2010.
So, who will St. Louis pick with the first pick in 2011? Will it be a wide receiver giving Bradford another weapon, a offensive tackle to shore up his protection, or help for the defense.
1. St. Louis Rams, Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
The Rams choose to shore up their left tackle spot after watching their franchise quarterback Sam Bradford take a beating during the 2010 season.
Carimi is the latest in a long line of talented Wisconsin offensive lineman, at 6'7" 325 running a 4.97 forty, he has great size and athleticism for a left tackle.
Bradford and fans of the Rams will be elated with this pick.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mark Ingram RB Alabama
The Bucs have Cadillac Williams but he just hasn't been able to regain the form he showed during his rookie season after suffering a serious knee injury.
At 5'10" 215 pounds and running 4.48 in the forty, Ingram has the size and speed to excel in the NFL. Throughout his career at Alabama he has proved to be durable and ultra productive, winning the Heisman in 2009.
Ingram is a great pick for a Tampa team that looks to be headed in the right direction.
3. Detroit Lions, Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
In 2010, the Lions selected defensive tackle Ndamakong Suh, shoring up their defensive tackle position. In 2011 the Lions select Clayborn shoring up their defensive end position.
Clayborn has good size, 6'3", 282 pounds and speed, running 4.83 in the forty. He gives the Lions a stout run defender with great pass rush potential on the edge of their line.
4. Buffalo Bills, Jake Locker QB Washington
Locker has good size for an NFL quarterback at 6'3" 226 pounds and athletic ability running the forty in 4.57 seconds.
With a few years of experience Locker has the potential to develop into an Aaron Rodgers type of player, able to make the defense pay with his arm or his legs.
He's a great addition to a Bills team that has playmakers C.J. Spiller and Lee Evans on the roster, but no one to get them the ball.
5. Oakland Raiders, Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
The Raiders have Nnamdi Asamoah at cornerback but he won't be a Raider forever. They need to add some talent to their secondary.
Amukamara does just that. At 6'1", 200 pounds he has the size the Raiders like in their cornerbacks, running a respectable 4.52 second forty. Amukamara is an athletic playmaker with strong ball skills that could start alongside Asmoah from day one.
6. Kansas City Chiefs, CB LSU Patrick Peterson
The Chiefs got safety Eric Berry at No. 5 in 2010 to shore up their safety position for years to come. In 2011 they get Peterson at No. 6, an athletic corner who excelled in the SEC. Peterson is 6'1" and 211 pounds with decent speed at 4.52 in the forty who will shore up the cornerback position in Kansas City for years to come.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars, Bruce Carter LB North Carolina
The Jaguars got defensive tackle Tyson Alualu in 2010 and they focus on defense in the first round again in 2011.
This time tabbing Carter the 6'3", 225 pound linebacker to play on the weakside of their defense. Carter has excellent speed for a linebacker running the forty in 4.57. He will be all over the field for this up and coming Jaguars defense, a good fit for Jacksonville.
8. Cleveland Browns, Julio Jones WR Alabama
The Browns need help at receiver and Jones is the best one in the draft. The 6'4", 212-pound receiver has good speed 4.49 in the forty and should be as dangerous on short crossing routes over the middle as he is on deep sideline routes in the Browns west coast offense.
He will allow 2nd year quarterback Colt McCoy a little bit more room for error on his deep passes because of his ability to go up and get the ball.
9. Seattle Seahawks, Marvin Austin DT North Carolina
The Seahawks did very well in their first draft under Pete Carroll and John Schneider in 2010 getting OT Russell Okung and FS Earl Thomas in the first round.
In 2011, they continue the draft success when the DT Austin falls to them at number 9. At 6'3", 305 pound running 4.93 forty Austin has the size and athletic ability to be a disruptive force as a three technique.
He will become an integral part of the Seahawks defensive line rotation immediately.
10. Carolina Panthers James Wilson OG Florida
The Panthers have Jordan Gross at tackle but they could use an upgrade at guard. Wilson has great size 6-5 329 to go along with amazing athletic ability for such a large man running the forty in 4.98 seconds. Wilson will start at one of the guard positions for the Panthers as a rookie shoring up the protection in front of Matt Moore or 2nd year player Jimmy Clausen.
11. Chicago Bears, Terrance Toliver WR LSU
The Bears have several small quick receivers, Earl Bennett, Devin Aromashodou, Johhny Knox, and Devin Hester.
They need a big target for quaterback Jay Cutler at 6'4", 206-pound Toliver fits the bill. And, with 4.52 speed and his height he can be more than a possession receiver for the Bears. He will excel at going up and getting the jump ball which should make him a dangerous weapon in the red zone.
12. Pittsburg, Rahim Moore S UCLA
The Steelers have all world safety Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark at safety but need to add some young talent to the position group. Moore, at 6'1" and 197 pounds with 4.50 speed, could push Clark for the starting job opposite Polamalu as a rookie. Or he will add quality depth as a rookie behind Clark and Polamalu while learning the Steelers rather complicated version of the now popular 3-4 defense.
13. Tennesee Titans, Deunta Williams S North Caroliana
The 6'2", 205 pound Williams should prove to be the perfect compliment to Michael Griffen at safety. He is a big hitter that is good in coverage running a 4.48 forty he has plenty of speed.
Williams has play making ability that the Titans are lacking on their defense. He will likely start from day one in Tennessee, solidifying their secondary, and is a good pick for the Titans.
14. New York Giants, Evan Royster RB Penn State
Brandon Jacobs is nearing the end of the line, as the big bruising back has taken quite a beating during his NFL career. The Giants get Royster to pair with with the smaller quicker Bradshaw. Royster has good size 6'1", 213 pounds and good speed with a 4.52 second forty.
With a year to develop under Jacobs and Bradshaw, Royster should be able to add a bit of muscle molding himself into the feature back of the future in New York.
15. Denver, DeAndre McDaniel S Clemson
Brian Dawkins is old, and could easily decide to retire prior to the 2011 season.
So, the Broncos will need to add some talent at the safety position. McDaniel is 6'1", 210 pounds with 4.45 speed which is great size and speed for a safety. He is a hard hitter shown here upending 2010 6th round pick Jonathan Dwyer.
And, he also has the ability to excel in pass coverage and is able to cover a lot of ground with his 4.4 speed.
McDaniel will be given a chance to compete for a starting job during his rookie season.
16. Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Poucncey C Florida
Pouncey's brother went in the first round in 2010 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike has great size for a center at 6'5", 320 pounds with decent speed for a man of his size.
Pouncey, like has brother, has the the ability to play anywhere along the interior line. He could find him self in the starting lineup in 2011, as he has all the tools necessary to succeed in the NFL.
17. Washington, Redskins A.J. Green WR Georgia
Green is a big physical receiver at 6'4" and 208 pounds, with decent speed running the forty in 4.52 seconds.
Expect the Redskins to sign quarterback Donovan McNabb to a contract extension prior to the draft. Green is a beast as you can see by the picture of the entire Florida Gators defense attempting to tackle him.
Green could challenge for a starting job as a rookie considering he is so talented and the Redskins aren't exactly loaded at receiver.
18. Miami Dolphins, Jerrell Powe DT Missippi
The Dolphins need another body at nose tackle and the 6'2", 340 pound Powe is the only player with the size to play the position worth taking in the first round. Powe will keep two lineman occupied on nearly ever play allowing the linebackers to flow to the football.
The Dolphins get a nose tackle with 5.16 speed and some pass rush ability which should allow him to collapse the pocket in passing situations. Powe will compete for the starting job at nose tackle as a rookie.
19. Houston Texans, DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma
The Texans were rumored to covet Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews in the first round of the 2010 draft.
But, San Diego jumped in front of them to select Matthews. In 2011 the Texans get their man, at 6' and 214 pounds with a 4.46 speed, a bit of an upright running style and coming out of Oklahoma, the similarities to Adrian Peterson are obvious.
Murray is a very talented back in his own right and will likely split time with Steve Slayton as a rookie. The two should prove to be a very solid one-two punch for the Texans.
20. San Fransisco, Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
In 2010, San Francisco addressed their offensive line in the first round taking both left tackle Anthony Davis and guard Mike Iuipati.
In 2011, they turn to the defensive line selecting the 6'5", 288 pound Heyward to play defensive end in their 3-4 defense.
He has prototypical size for the position to go along with good speed 4.96, and the potential to provide some pass rush either from his end spot or moving inside on passing downs, as he played defensive tackle at Ohio State.
21. Arizona Cardinals, Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
The Cardinals handed the reins over to quarterback Matt Leinert in 2010.
Now they get a left tackle to protect his blind side. Castonzo has a great frame at 6'7" and 295 pounds, he probably needs a year to get stronger but could easily add 20 pounds to his lean frame.
He has very good athletic ability, running the forty in just 4.94 seconds. Castonzo should develop into a solid starter for the Cards by 2012.
22. Atlanta Falcons, Greg Jones LB Michigan State
Atlanta gets a slightly undersized, 6'1", 224 pounds but fast 4.59 forty middle linebacker.
Jones will have to add some weight and get stronger but he has the athletic ability to be a playmaker in the middle of the Falcons defense. Jones could compete for a starting job as a rookie in 2011, and without a doubt he will be a major contributor to the Falcon's special teams units.
23. Cincinatti Bengals, Allen Bailey DE Miami
Bailey could probably play outside linebacker in the Dolphins 3-4 he is that athletic.
Although at 6'4" and 288 pounds, he might be better suited for defensive end. His 4.79 speed and pass rushing ability would allow him to be a dangerous rusher form the inside as a defensive tackle in nickel and dime situations.
The Dolphins might end up lining him up all over the field as he has enough ability to play linebacker, defensive end or defensive tackle.
24. New England Patriots, Nate Solder OT Colorado
The only knock on Solder is his height, at 6'9" and 305 pounds, some scouts question whether he'll be able to play with enough knee bend to handle smaller quicker pass rushers.
But, his athletic ability and .4.89 speed should allow him to get the job done at either tackle position. The Patriots need an influx of young talent in front of aging franchise quarterback, Tom Brady.
25. Dallas Cowboys, Will Hill S Florida
The Cowboys drafted Owusu Ansah in 2010 and he likely will be one of their starting safeties in 2011. Hill, a 6'1" 202 pound safety with 4.52 speed and good coverage skills, could be line up next to him. Hill has the potential to be a integral member of the Dallas secondary as a rookie, either as a starter or a the top backup at both free and strong safety.
26. Baltimore Ravens Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia
Dowling is a hard hitting cornerback that will fit in well as a member of Baltimore's Ray Lewis led defense. At 6-2 200 and running a 4.54 forty Dowling is in the same mold as longtime Ravens starter Chris McCalister. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome would be pleased if Dowling has the same type of career as McCalister did after being selected in the first round..
27. New York Jets, John Moffitt OG Wisconsin
The Jets recently released veteran guard Allen Faneca and they will struggle replacing him in 2010. So, they spend their 2011 1st round pick on Moffitt, a 6'5" 320 pound guard out of Wisconsin.
Moffitt has good athletic ability running a 5.18 forty and has the potential to play tackle as well as guard in the NFL.
Moffitt could move into the starting lineup during his rookie season and will certainly be given every opportunity to do so.
28. New Orleans Saints, Von Miller LB Texas A&M
Miller has decent size for a linebacker in the Saints system, 6'2", 240 pounds and his 4.56 speed should allow him to play any of the three linebacker spots. Though his skill set would probably be best suited on the weakside. He has decent pass rush ability and could start from day one somewhere amongst the linebacking core.
29. Indianapolis Colts, Quan Sturdivant LB North Carolina
Sturdivant is on the small side for a middle linebacker on most teams in the league but the Colts place more value on speed and quickness than size. At 6'2" and 232 pounds, he is by no means a small man, and running 4.56 he has great speed for a middle linebacker.
He will spend a year or two developing behind Gary Brackett while contributing on special teams, before he replaces Brackett. He has sideline to sideline ability and should eventually be a leader on the Colts defense.
30. Green Bay Packers, Stanley Havili FB USC
The only position Green Bay is lacking a weapon at is full back. Now Aaron Rodgers has a weapon at every position. Havili will be extremely valuable to the Packers offense catching short passes out of the backfield.
At 6'1", 230 pounds and running the forty in 4.59 seconds, Havili has the size, speed, and soft hands that could revolutionize the position. The Packers will likely even use him on deep routes out of the backfield, something he did very successfully at USC.
31. San Diego Chargers, Luke Stocker TE Tennessee
Antonio Gates isn't getting any younger although he remains an all word caliber tight end. San Diego grabs Stocker to backup Gates while learning the ins and outs of the position from a future Hall of Famer. Stocker has great size at 6'6" and 240 pounds, and good speed running the forty in 4.75 seconds.
He should help the Chargers in their two tight end sets as a rookie while providing good depth.
32. Minnesota Vikings, Christian Ponder QB Florida State
With Brett Favre no longer under contract, the Vikings look to the future at the quarterback position. Ponder has good size at 6'3", 218 pounds and speed 4.64 in the forty. He is exactly the type of quarterback coach Brad Childress has developed in the past passing a strong arm and above average athletic ability for his position.
He will have a year or two to sit behind Travarius Jackson and Sage Rosenfels while he learns the NFL game.