Week 3 Picks for NFL Mock Draft 2011 So Far
After releasing an earlier mock before the season started, I thought it was about time to put out a second version.
1. Buffalo Bills - QB Andrew Luck, Stanford - Jake Locker had long been my highest ranked QB (and most others') until the season began. It is too early to tell, but Locker hasn't been hitting his stride yet this year. I am not huge on Luck, and think Mallet may be the better pick here. Until Locker redeems himself or Mallet truly becomes a better prospect (say winning vs. Alabama this week), Luck is the best QB.
2. Cleveland Browns - DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina - The Browns have many areas to fill in this off-season. They could look QB here while both Mallet and Locker are available. I think they will look pass-rusher here and potentially trade back into the 1st round to get Mallet. Or even wait until the 2nd Round if Christian Ponder is still available. Quinn will provide pass-rushing to the Browns and fill in one of the many Cleveland needs.
3. St. Louis Rams - WR A.J. Green, Georgia - After taking Sam Bradford last year, the Rams will look to add a true No.1 receiver for Bradford for many years to come. The Mark Clayton trade looks to have been a great one for St. Louis. If the Rams add Green they will have a solid receiving core (Green, Clayton, Avery, Gilyard).
4. Detroit Lions - CB Patrick Peterson, LSU - The Lions are showing potential for the first time in years. They have an extremely solid young core of players who, if coached right, could be a great team for many future years. One liability would be the defensive backfield. The Lions will have the option between Peterson and Nebraska's Prince Amukamara. At this point in the college football season Peterson looks like the better prospect.
5. Carolina Panthers - DT Marcell Dareus, 'Bama - It's evident the Panther's defense has lost its step now that Kris Jenkins and Julius Peppers are gone. Dareus will be chosen to replace these two Panthers greats. Another option would be a WR to be a No.2 and eventually take over for Steve Smith as the No.1. But if Carolina continues to struggle and A.J. Green is off the board, Jonathan Baldwin, Michael Floyd, or Julio Jones have emerged as top-5 talents. The Panthers look to add a much needed pass-rusher on the Defensive Line.
-6. Seattle Seahawks - DE Allen Bailey, The U - The Seahawks lost two key players to retirement last off-season in Patrick Kerney and Walter Jones. They drafted Russel Okung last year to replace Jones. This year they will draft Allen Bailey to replace Kearney.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Jake Locker, Washington - A replacement QB for David Garrard has been speculated for multiple years now. If its another losing season for the Jags and Jake Locker is available, I can't see Jacksonville passing on a QB. Garrard has faced consistency issues throughout his career. If the Jaguars ever want to be a playoff team they must look in another direction.
8. Arizona Cardinals - QB Ryan Mallet, Arkansas - The Cardinals clearly have a big issue at the QB position. David Anderson is no starter so the Cardinals have a few options. They could draft Mallet here, trade up for Locker, try to trade for Kevin Kolb, or try to build around either Max Hall or John Skelton. Arizona has some other needs such as CB opposite Rodgers-Cromartie, and OLB, but QB is the highest. The way Mallet has been playing he could be the future of Arizona.
9. New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders) - RB Mark Ingram, 'Bama - The Patriots have two 1st Rounders in this years draft, and have two positions to fill. These are a RB and a pass-rusher (either DE or OLB). It has been speculated that Bill Belichick will not draft a RB this high. But if Ingram is available he won't have a choice but to take him. Another option could be taking Texas A&M's Von Miller here as pass-rusher and using their pick to snag No.2 RB prospect Ryan Williams.
10. Kansas City Chiefs - OLB/DE Von Miller, Texas A&M - The Chiefs are showing progress in their rebuilding already. They have added key players to make them one of the most explosive teams in the league. Some question Matt Cassell's future in KC, but I think even if he has another unsuccessful season he will be kept around for at least one more year. The Chiefs in adding Miller will have a replacement for Mark Vrabel and to play across Tamba Hali.
11. Denver Broncos - CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska - The Broncos have had success in the backfield with Champ Bailey for many years. Bailey is 32. They are talking about moving him to safety. This move would leave a large emptiness at CB so Denver will draft the best Corner available who would be Amukamara.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa - The Bucs like the Chiefs are showing progress in their rebuilding plan. The Bucs could look receiver here, but Mike Williams looks like he could be a No.1. So Bucs will look to stack their D-Line. Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, and Clayborn could dominate the Line of Scrimmage for many years to come.
13. Philadelphia Eagles - OLB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma - The Eagles defense has a few holes. The CB and OLB position are the largest and Lewis is the best player available of these two positions. Philly added Ernie Sims but they still lack a quality starter across him. They could also look at Virginia's Ras-I Dowling, Texas' Aaron Williams, or Miami's Brandon Harris.
14. Chicago Bears - WR Jonathon Baldwin, Pitt - The Bears are looking very good under Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz. Jay Cutler and Matt Forte have shown signs of being elites of their respected positions. Adding Baldwin would give Cutler a tall receiver who could compliment speedy receivers Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. The Bears need someone who can go up and grab the ball who would be Baldwin.
15. Minnesota VIkings - DT Jurrell Casey, USC - The Williams duo have aged fast. Pat Williams is turning 38 in October and won't be playing for many more seasons. Two great DTs have been key for the Vikings defensive success. Casey can be inserted in for Pat Williams for the future. A QB will be the highest need. With Luck, Locker, and Mallet off the board, the Vikings best option would be FSU's Christian Ponder who doesn't look like a 1st Rounder at this point.
16. New York Giants - OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina - The weakness in the Giants' defense would be their linebackers. I was surprised when they passed up on Sean Weatherspoon last April. I don't think they will do the same again. I think they will take Carter's Tar Heel teammate Quan Sturdivent at ILB position in the 2nd Round to build a young core at the LB positions.
17. Tennessee Titans - DE/DT Cameron Heyward, Ohio State - The Titans' defense has not been the same since the departure of Albert Haynesworth. There has been some speculation of a trade for Albert. If not, the Titans look to draft someone who can fill in. Jurrell Casey would be great for them if he is still on the board, but Heyward would be a solid selection.
18. Cincinnati Bengals - S DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson - The Bengals do not have many holes in their depth chart. Roy Williams is on his last legs and McDaniel will be drafted to step in for him. McDaniel is a hard-hitter that can shake-up the NFL as Roy Williams once did. The addition to McDaniel could give the Bengals the best Backfield with Johnathan Joseph, Leon Hall, and even Adam Jones has shown he is a solid No.3 Corner.
19. New York Jets - DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina - The Jets lost Kris Jenkins for the season. When they lost him last year, the opposing team's RBs ran better against the Jets. The Jets will need to draft a DT who can take over for Jenkins and help stuff the run.
20. Miami Dolphins - RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech - Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams will be Free Agents next Spring. It has been speculated that neither will be brought back. In the event that this happens, Miami will need to look for a replacement as the No.1 back in the 1st Round. Williams is the best available at the 20th overall pick.
21. San Francisco 49ers - CB Aaron Williams, Texas - Alex Smith has shown life and the 49ers may not need to draft a QB in the 1st Round. The largest need would be a CB and the best Corner available is Williams. Williams would be a good fit. Nate Clements is aging and there will be a need for a No.1 across Shawtae Spencer.
22. Atlanta Falcons - WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame - The Falcons when healthy are one of the most underrated teams. Roddy White is a top-10 receiver. Michael Jenkins isn't a great No.2. Adding Floyd Matt Ryan would have a great group of receivers to pass to.
23. San Diego Chargers - DT Jared Crick, Nebraska - Moments ago Marcus McNeill signed his tender so the need to draft his replacement is gone. The Chargers need to replace NT Jamal Williams and Crick is the best DT available.
24. New England Patriots - DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue - As mentioned earlier, the Pats will need to add a RB and a pass-rusher in the 1st round. Ingram fills one need, and will bring in Kerrigan to fill the other. The best DE available, Kerrigan can make an immediate impact.
25. Dallas Cowboys - OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin - The Cowboys biggest need is clearly on the Offensive Line. Tony Romo has taken a beating in the first two games. Doug Free, and Alex Barron have not protected well enough. If the Cowboys want to win the Super Bowl, they must upgrade the Offensive Line.
26. Washington Redskins - WR Julio Jones, 'Bama - Jones is the 2nd best receiver prospect to many. Based on consistency (and luckly for the Redskins) I have him ranked 4th. Jones can make an immediate impact for Donovan McNabb. Santana Moss has been playing well, but it is unknown how long he will keep up. Jones could be a great steal in the late 1st Round.
27. Pittsburgh Steelers - CB Brandon Harris, The U - The Steelers D looks top-noch again. They have dominated in Weeks 1&2 including forcing seven turnovers against the Titans. One liability is man-coverage. Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden are solid, but a true shut-down Corner would make Pittsburgh's defense the Leagues best.
28. Houston Texans - CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia - The Texans have never had a great Cornerback. The departure of the team's best, Dunta Robinson, last Spring only hurt the backfield that much more. Glover Quinn is showing potential. They drafted Kareem Jackson int he 1st Round last year. But for a team poised on stopping Peyton Manning, they will need all the talent at the CB position they can get.
29. New Orleans Saints - DE Greg Romeus, Pitt - The Saints pass-rushing has been solid and Will Smith is very good at the DE position. Alex Brown is average and aging. The Saints need to address the CB position opposite Smith this draft.
30. Indianapolis Colts - G Mike Pouncey, Florida - The Colts offensive Line is average. When protecting the NFL's best QB, you need to have a better than average O-Line. As Peyton ages, the Colts will likely try to establish more of a run-game. Pouncey will help the rebuilding of the Line.
31. Baltimore Ravens - CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida - The Ravens defense has always been elite. Injury to the backfield could jeopardize this year's chances at the Super Bowl. Janoris Jenkis is a great value at 31st overall, The Ravens will be getting a steal is he is still available this late.
32. Green Bay Packers - RB Daniel Thomas, K-State - As a fan of Ryan Grant, I do not really approve of this selection. But the Packers selecting a RB in the 1st Round makes sense because of injuries to Grant. This pick is similar to the Lions taking Jahvid Best in the 1st Round after Kevin Smith had another injury.
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