2011 NFL Mock Draft: Post Heisman Trophy Edition

Ross ColemanAnalyst IDecember 12, 2010

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Post Heisman Trophy Edition

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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  Cam Newton, quarterback of the Auburn University Tigers, poses with the 2010 Heisman Memorial Trophy Award on December 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    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

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Defensive lineman Allen Bailey #57 and linebacker Colin McCarthy #44 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrate after scoring a safety against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort
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    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

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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Cornerback Aaron Williams #4 of the Texas Longhorns drops a pass intended for Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Ima
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    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

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 08: Mike Pouncey #55 of the Florida Gators reacts after a play against the Oklahoma Sooners in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 05:  Jonathan Baldwin #82 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers catches a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats on December 5, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Ge
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    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

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Janoris Jenkins #1 of the Florida Gators looks over the offense during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 04:  Brian Orakpo #98 of the Texas Longhorns rushes against Nate Solder #78 the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    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

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    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

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 03:  Anthony Castonzo #74 of the Boston College Eagles congratulates teammate Montel Harris #2 after Harris scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles on October 3, 2009 at Alumni Stadium in Che
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    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

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 15:  J.C. Brignone #70 and Derek Sherrod #79of the Mississippi State Bulldogs get ready on the line of scrimmage during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 15, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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    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

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 09:  Defensive tackle Stephen Paea #54 of the Oregon State Beavers during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Beavers defeated the Wildcats 29-27.  (Pho
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    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

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Defensive back Brandon Harris #1 of the Miami Hurricanes breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Kevin Cone #82 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Flo
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    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

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Safety Rahim Moore #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the game with the Houston Cougars at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA won 31-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 20:  Lavar Edward #89 and Drake Nevis #92 of the Louisiana State University Tigers intercept a pass broken up against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/G
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    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

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi #68 of the Wisconsin Badgers blocks against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    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

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    STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys warms up before the college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defe
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    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

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    IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 20:  Defensive end Adrian Clayborn #94 of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes takes the field for the Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA college football game at Kinnick Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Ohio State won 20-17 over
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    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

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Cameron Heyward #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes chases after quarterback Matt McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Linebacker Akeem Ayers #10 of the UCLA Bruins in the game with the Houston Cougars at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA won 31-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    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

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 13: Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes upfield against the Mississippi State Bulldogs November 13, 2010 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    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

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a long reception against the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Ryan Kerrigan #94 of the Purdue Boilermakers attempts to tackle Brandon Saine #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    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

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Prince Amukamara #21 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers misses a chance at an interception from Scotty McKnight #21 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Neb
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    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

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs fails to pull in this reception against Richard Samuel #22 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  Cam Newton, quarterback of the Auburn University Tigers, speaks after being awarded the 2010 Heisman Memorial Trophy Award on December 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    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

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 06:  Defensive tackle Nick Fairley #90 of the Auburn Tigers watches play against the Chattanooga Mocs November 6, 2010 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    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

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies passes against the Stanford Cardinal on October 30, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Robert Quinn #42 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after a sack with teammate Marvin Austin #9 against the East Carolina Pirates at Kenan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by St
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    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

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    COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 06:  Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    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

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Marcell Dareus #57 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 20:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers breaks up a pass intended for Korvic Neat #28 of the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Gett
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    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

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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.