Mock This Mockery: Defense Dominates The 1st Round Of the 2011 NFL Draft

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Mock This Mockery: Defense Dominates The 1st Round Of the 2011 NFL Draft
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I originally thought the upcoming NFL draft would be dominated by quarterbacks, but after watching the quarterback play more closely of the probable first rounders, and as other new NFL quarterbacks have emerged as serviceable starters for transition years while bad teams fill in the gaps with more talent, it seems as though safer, defensive need-based picks are going to be the most common theme in 2011's first round.

Because so much money is guaranteed to top five picks, it makes the most sense for teams to go with the safer picks, as opposed to the high-risk, high-reward players, like Matt Stafford, Alex Smith, JaMarcus Russell, Charles Rogers, Ronnie Brown, Reggie Bush, Braylon Edwards etc. 

That's not to say that you won't find any quarterbacks or Wide Receivers taken in the top five, you just won't see it as often. 

Now, projecting the draft order this early is just about as difficult as projecting the actual draft picks. 

I'm projecting the order based on 1) ESPN's current NFL Power Rankings and 2) My own personal prognostication on how teams will end up.

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