2011 NFL Mock Draft: 10 Teams the Draft Won't Help
Every year NFL general managers get a chance to make their teams better by drafting players for their teams. Every year, teams screw up draft picks and the result is another year drafting early in the draft.
This year there is plenty of opportunity for success in the draft, but there is also opportunity for draft day failures.
Here are ten teams that will fail to capitalize on their first round draft picks.
What do you think? Who do you want your team to target?
First Round Pick: None
How They Screw It Up: The Raiders have had a questionable draft history in recent years. However, this year, the Raiders first round pick is in the hands of New England as part of the Richard Seymour trade.
For a team that is on the rise and could really use a first round pick to fill a hole, the Raiders have already screwed this first round up.
First Round Pick: Two Picks, likely teens and twenties
How They Screw It Up: New England has a very young defense and needs help building this unit for the future. Typically the Patriots use their picks as assets in trades. With so much talent on the defensive side of the ball in this draft, it would be a shame for the Pats to trade out of the first round and hope for pieces to fall to the second round.
The Patriots will end up trading out of the first round and it will end up hurting their draft a lot, all because the Pats like to save money.
First Round Pick: Teens
How They Screw It Up: Washington needs skill players on offense. Most notably a running back that can run in Shanahan's cutback system, and a big play receiver that Donovan McNabb can utilize.
However, the Redskins won't use a first round pick on a running back and they will likely miss on marquee receivers who will be taken fairly early,
Instead, I think the Redskins will use a pick on a young defensive lineman. Which is odd because they still have Albert Haynesworth on the roster. Instead of picking a player to prove a point to a player on their roster, Shanahan would be wise to suck up his pride, patch things up with Haynesworth and pick Mark Ingram, none of which will happen.
First Round Pick: Late teens to twenties
How They Screw It Up: The Seahawks have a great need for a quarterback, but Pete Carroll just doesn't realize that yet. Carroll first acquisition as the head man in Seattle was getting third string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst from San Diego. Matt Hasselbeck has been Carroll's starter when healthy but his best day's are behind him.
Throw in the fact that Carroll will likely take a few more chances on guys that he coached while at Southern Cal. The Seahawks have a chance to build a winner under Carroll but they need a better QB than Whitehurst for the future.
I wonder if Petey still has Matt Leinart's number.
First Round Pick: Top 10
How They Screw It Up: This same Cardinals team was really really really close to winning a Super Bowl just a few season ago, but when Kurt Warner retired, so did their playoff chances. I just don't know if they realize that yet.
If the Cards draft where I think they will be drafting they would be in prime position to bring in a marquee quarterback like Ryan Mallett out of Arkansas. However, I think Arizona thinks the combination of Derek Anderson and Max Hall are the answer at quarterback.
But hey at least Anderson puts his heart and soul into this every week. Right?
First Round Pick: Top 10
How They Screw It Up: Granted Josh McDaniels isn't making the decisions any more in Denver, but any team that picks Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas in two first round picks needs to be questioned.
Denver has some real problems on defense and in the running game so they have a lot of places that need to be addressed in the draft. Throw in the fact that there is a ton of talented defensive linemen in this draft that is seems like a no brainer for the Broncos.
But Denver is missing Elvis Dumervil this season so I could see Denver deciding not to go after defensive front players. Which would mean the Broncos would reach for any other position in their draft position.
First Round Pick: Outside Top 10
How They Screw It Up: It appears as if Jeff Fisher and Vince Young are headed towards a divorce, but is that really necessary? I don't think it is.
The reason Tennessee has struggled in the passing game under Vince Young is because the Titans have the worst receivers in the entire NFL. If the Titans took a guy like Julio Jones who will likely be available when the Titans are on the clock, it will help the entire offense as a whole.
Instead I think Fisher will target a quarterback to replace Young. Mistake.
First Round Pick: Top five
How They Screw It Up: Call me crazy, but the Bills don't need a quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick might not be the flashy name that Andrew Luck is, but he is an above average NFL quarterback who can win some games in Buffalo if he had a more sturdy team around him.
The rush defense is what is really keeping the Bills down. If they used their high first round pick on a quality defensive player it would help the team a lot more than going away from Fitzpatrick who has done some good things this year.
First Round Pick: Top five
How They Screw It Up: Is Carson Palmer still a quality NFL starter? NO!But the Bengals appear to be the last to know that.
Andrew Luck is going to be a quality NFL starter but I think the Bengals won't target a quarterback because they are still committed to the former Heisman winner.
The real shame is that the Bengals aren't as bad as they have looked this year, but Palmer has just killed them in key moments.
First Round Pick: Top five, likely No. 1
How They Screw It Up: Carolina, Jimmy Clausen is not the answer. And if he is, you are asking the wrong question.
Carolina screws up this pick if they think that Clausen is their quarterback of the future. Andrew Luck will be sitting there at one and if Sam Bradford has taught us anything it is how important the right QB is. Luck is a better fit than Clausen.