2011 NFL Mock Draft: Post Heisman Trophy Edition
2011 NFL Mock Draft: Post Heisman Trophy Edition
Well Cam Newton is the Heisman winner, but how does that change the NFL Draft?
Plenty of teams could use someone with Newton's skill sets, but where will he end up?
Read on to find out how the draft is effected by Newton's award.
Let us know what you think.
32. New England Patriots – Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
Allen Bailey would be a great fit in New England's 3-4 scheme.
He can play either defensive end or defensive tackle.
For a team with a young defense in need of a few more pieces, Bailey would be a great fit.
31. Atlanta Falcons – Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Atlanta is a good up-and-coming team with a few places in need of depth. Secondary is the most glaring.
Aaron Williams is the latest in a long line of good Texas defensive players.
He will add immediate depth at corner.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
Offensive line is a glaring need for the Steelers.
Mike Pouncey's brother Maurkice was drafted by Pittsburgh last year and he has been a great addition to the line.
Look for the Steelers to reunite the Pouncey brothers to build their offensive line on.
29. New York Jets – Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
The Jets will have a need at wide receiver if they can't resign some of their marquee free agents.
Jon Baldwin is a huge body and a great big-play receiver that will help Mark Sanchez to mature.
28. Philadelphia Eagles – Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida
The Eagles need some help on defense. Corner is the biggest area of need.
Janoris Jenkins is a legitimate corner from a big-time football program. He can step in immediately and help.
27. Green Bay Packers – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The Packers biggest need is to protect their prized quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Nate Solder helps a lot.
Solder is an All-American that will help make the Packers offensive line better.
26. Kansas City Chiefs – Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
The Chiefs have proven that they are a team on the rise, but they do need some help on defense if they are going to take the next step.
Von Miller is one of the best outside linebackers in college football today.
He can rush the passer and stop the run, something the Chiefs need help with.
25. NY Giants – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
We have learned that the Giants are at their best when they can keep Eli Manning upright and away from too much pressure.
Anthony Castonzo would be a big addition to the Giants and he would go a long way towards helping keep Eli safe.
24. Chicago Bears – Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
Like the Giants, the Bears are at there best when their quarterback is upright, but it is even more of a problem with Jay Cutler.
Derek Sherrod is an elite offensive tackle that would do wonders for the Bears offensive line.
23. New Orleans Saints – Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
The Saints don't have any need to address the offensive side of the football, so defense is the place they will end up targeting.
Stephen Paea is the best available defensive player and he would be a great addition to the Saints defensive line.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
The Jags have run out to a lead in the AFC South division with a roster full of holes. Cornerback is one of the biggest areas of need.
Brandon Harris is one of the best corners available. He isn't the best one in the draft, but he is the best of the second tier.
21. Baltimore Ravens – Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
The Ravens are going to need to replace Ed Reed who is winding down a Hall of Fame career. Drafting Rahim Moore would provide the Ravens with the college version of Ed Reed.
Moore led the NCAA in interceptions last year. He needs to work on run support, but he is going to be a great NFL player.
20. Seattle Seahawks – Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
Seattle is another team that is leading its division using smoke and mirrors.
Pete Carroll built his USC defenses with strong defensive line play. Drake Nevis is the type of defensive linemen that can help the Seahawks now.
19. Indianapolis Colts – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Gabe Carimi won the Outland Trophy and the Colts are in desperate need of offensive line help.
Carimi would help protect Peyton Manning and he would also help open up running lanes for the Colts running backs that have had a hard time finding running lanes this year.
18. San Diego Chargers – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
This year Philip Rivers has put up MVP-like numbers with a ragtag group of receivers.
Adding Justin Blackmon would do wonders for the Chargers offense.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
The Bucs are putting together a nice little team in Tampa Bay. They have an elite quarterback, a go-to receiver and an emerging running back. Defense is really the only area where they could use some help.
Adrian Clayborn adds another playmaker to the defensive line that the Bucs have been trying to revamp.
16. Miami Dolphins – Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
Miami has its pass-rushing defensive end in Cameron Wake. Now the Dolphins just need someone who can stop the run.
Enter Cameron Heyward.
Heyward could end up playing defensive tackle, but defensive end is more likely for him.
15. Tennessee Titans – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
Tennessee has built its team on solid hard-hitting defenses. Akeem Ayers helps fill a void at outside linebacker.
Of the four games UCLA won, Ayers had moments where he seemingly won the game all by himself.
14. Washington Redskins – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
The Redskins have a glaring need for a running back. Mark Ingram is the only one worthy of a first-round pick.
Ingram would make the Redskins a much better team, so it would be interesting to see if Washington lets him slip away.
13. New England Patriots (Via Oakland) – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
The Patriots are in need of an offensive weapon that is taller that 5'9".
Julio Jones would fill a massive hole left by the departure of Randy Moss.
12. Houston Texans – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
The Houston Texans need help on the defensive side of the ball.
Ryan Kerrigan would be a great compliment to Mario Williams on the defensive line. One of the two of them will end up having a great season if they are teamed up.
11. St. Louis Rams – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The Rams made a great addition by drafting Sam Bradford last year. This year the Rams address the defensive side of the ball.
Prince Amukamara is one of the best defensive players in this draft.
10. Cleveland Browns – A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
The Cleveland Browns are starting to really amass some talent. A.J. Green is a legitimate No. 1 receiver.
Team him with Colt McCoy and the Browns could be a real surprise AFC team next year.
9. Minnesota Vikings – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Cam Newton has skyrocketed after his performance in the SEC championship. He now has a Heisman Trophy on his mantle.
Minnesota needs a quarterback this offseason. Newton would be a huge addition for the Vikes.
8. Dallas Cowboys – Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Nick Fairley is an elite defensive prospect.
The Cowboys have enough weapons on offense that I think they address the defensive side of the ball and select the best prospect available.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Jake Locker, QB, Washington
The 49ers are in desperate need of a quarterback. Jake Locker is the best available quarterback here.
He is a boom-or-bust prospect, but with the weapons in San Fran, I think he booms.
6. Denver Broncos – Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
This pick is a little hard to project because the Broncos don't really have a head coach.
I think they go towards defense, because their offensive side of the ball is already pretty good.
Quinn is a good defensive linemen. He can rush the passer and that's an area of concern for the Broncos.
5. Arizona Cardinals – Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Derek Anderson isn't the answer in Arizona. The Cardinals need to target a quarterback, and badly.
Ryan Mallett is a legitimate gun-slinger with a huge arm. He would fit in nicely in Arizona.
4. Buffalo Bills – Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama
Marcell Dareus is one of the best defensive prospects in recent memory. He can play defensive end or defensive tackle.
The Bills have a glaring need on the defensive side of the ball. Adding a playmaker like Dareus would help the Bills greatly.
3. Cincinnati Bengals – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
The Bengals need to target a quarterback to replace the aging Carson Palmer. Andrew Luck is as close to a starting NFL quarterback as there is in college football right now.
If he is available here, I think this is the easiest pick in the draft.
2. Detroit Lions – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Patrick Peterson is the Thorpe Award winner, he can play safety or corner, and he is the best returner in college football today.
The Lions have drafted well over recent years so I think they go after a great athlete in Peterson.
1. Carolina Panthers – Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Da'Quan Bowers is leading the NCAA in sacks this year with an astonishing 15.5.
I think the Panthers pick Bowers because they think that Jimmy Clausen is the answer at quarterback, so they won't draft Andrew Luck.
Bowers fills in for the departed Julius Peppers at defensive end.