As the college football season is coming to a close, everyone starts to think ahead to April and the 2011 NFL Draft.
The draft is always full of surprises and usually brings some controversy. Sometimes the draft leads to boos from fans, and sometimes it leads to massive jersey sales.
As we near the NFL draft, here is a projection of all 32 first-round picks in the 2011 NFL Draft.
WalterFootball.com was referenced in this article.
Luck is a sophomore quarterback out of Stanford that is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. He is in a pro-style offense already and will transition well to the pro game.
He is a smart player and has had great numbers for the season. He has thrown 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns while only throwing eight interceptions on the year.
He is athletic and has great throwing mechanics, he will go No. 1 in this season's draft, if he declares.
Peterson is a lockdown corner in the college game and is the best one in the country. He has a ton of speed and is possibly the best cornerback to come out of college in a long time.
While playing for LSU this season, the junior has had 129 tackles and seven interceptions. He would be a great addition to the Broncos' struggling defense as Denver starts to rebuild everything.
Peterson will be a player that will play for a long time in the league and is a great investment.
Nick Fairley is a great defensive lineman out of Auburn. Fairley is a junior and if he decides to come out of college to enter the draft, he would be a great addition to what is an awful the Bills defensive front.
Fairley has had a breakout year in 2010, recording 11 sacks on the season.
He will be in the spotlight this coming Monday as he is playing in the National Championship against the Oregon Ducks.
Julio Jones really improved his draft stock after his performance against the Michigan State Spartans in the Capital One Bowl. The junior wide receiver from Alabama is a difference-maker and will be the perfect fit for the Cincinnati Bengals.
This season, Jones has caught 78 receptions for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6'4" Jones will be a perfect fit in Cincinnati Bengals because of the reports that Chad Ochocinco will not be back with the team next season.
Bottom line is, the Bengals need someone for Carson Palmer to throw to, and a big target like Jones would be a perfect option.
This may be a long shot, but what do the Cardinals have to lose after a dismal season. They need to find another quarterback that can actually win, and Cam Newton could be their guy.
Newton is not your typical running quarterback, he has great mechanics and his arm is as good as anyone's. Newton has passed for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns on the season, while running for 1,409 yards and 20 touchdowns.
He will be able to throw the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and will be a great player for the Cardinals in the future, plus we know that he knows how to play under the pressure of money.
Green is a great wide receiver for Georgia and has played extremely well this season.
He has caught 57 passes for 848 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. He is 6'4" and would give Colt McCoy someone to pass to.
Green will be a great pro receiver with his speed and his ability to catch everything that comes his way.
Quinn was declared ineligible this season, but that does not stop him from being a great NFL draft pick for the 49ers who are desperate on the defensive front.
In 2009, Quinn recorded 86 tackles including 11 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Quinn is a great player and should go to the 49ers this year, depending on how he performs at the Combine.
Paea is a huge man, and a great defensive tackle from Oregon State. Paea weighs 311 pounds and is a human wrecking ball.
He has recorded 45 tackles and six sacks on the season and is a great player.
Paea will be a great fit for the Titans and will make some serious noise right away as a rookie.
Prince has had a great career at Nebraska and is the second best cornerback in the draft this season. He will be an asset to any NFL team and would be a perfect fit for the Cowboys' struggling defense.
Amukamara had 155 tackles including three forced fumbles and five interceptions.
He can lock down receivers and has great speed and brains. Look for Amukamara to have a great career wherever he ends up.
Da'Quan Bowers had a phenomenal season where he dominated offensive lineman from all around the nation.
On the season, Bowers led the nation in sacks recording 16 on the year and 67 tackles.
Bowers is the type of defensive lineman you want on your NFL team, he is strong and fast, and he hits like a freight train.
The Redskins are in desperate need of a great defense player, and this is their best bet in the draft.
Dareus is a great defensive tackle for the Albama Crimson Tide. Dareus was suspended for two games this season, and still had great numbers.
The huge Dareus had 33 tackles and five sacks this season.
He would really help the Texans on the line and provide a great big body to stuff the running backs.
Jake Locker is a senior from Washington who could have went into the draft last season, but decided to stay in school. By doing that, his draft projection has dropped as he hasn't had as great of a season.
This season he has thrown 2,265 yards and 17 touchdowns while only throwing nine interceptions.
Locker will be a great quarterback if he can figure out how to win games, and get his head on straight. He could be the franchise quarterback the Vikings have been searching for.
It's going to be a toss up between Mallet and Locker for this draft pick.
Ryan Kerrigan was one of the best defensive players in the country this season, but widely overlooked because he played for the God-awful Purdue Boilermakers.
Kerrigan had 70 tackles and 13 sacks in his senior season with the Boilermakers.
He has Dwight Freeney-type speed around the corner. Getting Kerrigan and Suh on the same team would create a nightmare for offensive line coaches all over the league.
Blackmon is a 6'1" sophomore receiver out of Oklahoma State, and man, is he a player. Blackmon has been one of the best receivers in the country and didn't even play a full schedule.
Blackmon caught 111 passes for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns this season—now that is beast mode.
As he is going to go to the draft this season, it seems like the Rams would be a perfect fit for him, as they need someone to catch the passes from Bradford. The two would make an excellent duo through the years.
In 2009, Mark Ingram had an incredible season, winning the Heisman Trophy and winning a national title. What more could a player ask for?
In 2010, Ingram's numbers dropped off as he faced a few injuries, and he shared time with Trent Richardson. Ingram had 875 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2010, in what was a disappointing season for the Tide.
The Dolphins running game is not great and is featuring some over-the-hill backs. Ingram would be a great fit for Miami.
Jenkins would do a lot for the struggling Jaguars. The Jaguars are in a division with two of the best quarterbacks in the league, and the secondary is very important to them.
In his junior season at Florida, Jenkins had three interceptions and 43 tackles.
He has the ability to cover anyone, which is important in a division that depends so much on the pass.
Jordan is a big defensive lineman that would fit the New England Patriots scheme extremely well, and help them defend the run.
This season, Jordan had 51 tackles including six sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss.
He has been playing great and is very versatile when it comes to playing any position on the line. He would be a great fit for the Patriots.
Von Miller will be that guy that will replace Shawne Merriman as he is now long gone and out of the organization. Although Miller played end in college he would be a great hybrid outside linebacker for the San Diego defense.
Miller is a hard-nosed player and had 10 sacks this season, but had 17 the year before. He is a beast and will be great for the Chargers.
This guy screams San Diego, as he is that type of player.
Man, this draft has been loaded with defensive talent and Lewis is no different. Lewis who comes out of Oklahoma will be a perfect fit for the aging New York Giants defense.
They need someone to step up and play linebacker and Lewis could be that guy. Lewis has had a very solid career at Oklahoma and wants to continue that.
If he decides to come out this season, he will be a great addition for New York.
Ayers is linebacker right now, but could easily step down and play some defensive end. The Bucs are a very young team and will look to add to their defense.
Ayers will be a great guy to compliment their strong inside rush and will be a great player on the outside of their defensive line.
The Bucs are in a tough division, and need all the help they can get on defense to stop the high-powered offenses.
Ryan Mallet is a great quarterback out of Arkansas. He has shown the ability to make big throws and will be a great professional quarterback.
Mallet has thrown for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns on the season, while only throwing 11 interceptions.
If he decides to leave, it would be a great move to draft Mallet as their future QB. He isn't ready to start yet in the NFL, but a year behind Hasslebeck could do him wonders.
Baldwin is a great receiver that plays for Pittsburgh. He is tall and big, which creates a huge advantage when you throw in his speed.
The Chiefs are lacking that big-name receiver that they need.
Baldwin had a decent year catching 52 passes for 810 yards and five touchdowns.
All of the experts are expecting the Colts to get Peyton Manning some protection in this draft. To this, they must turn to Derek Sherrod of Mississippi State.
Sherrod is a great protector and would be the perfect left guard for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
After a season of all kinds of pressure being put on Manning, it's time for a new blindside man.
Yet another offensive lineman will be drafted in the first round, this time being Mike Pouncy. Pouncy is a big man out of Florida.
Pouncy will provide the Eagles with the ground game that is needed to protect Michael Vick.
Vick will need more protection as he gets older, and this will provide more of that for him, as well as getting the team a better chance at running the ball.
Clayborn is a big defensive end out of Iowa. He didn't have a great season, but will do well in the pros if he gets his head on straight.
This season, Clayborn had only four sacks after having 11 last year.
His work ethic is being questioned, but it's worth taking a chance on such a great talent.
Watt is a huge defensive tackle out of Wisconsin. He has had a great few season with the Badgers and will do well in the NFL.
As a tackle, Watt had six sacks on the season and was constantly causing ruckus in the backfield for runners.
Watt will be a great fit for the New Orleans Saints.
The Jets will likely move up, but if they stay at this spot they should take Nevis. Nevis will give them a bigger presence on their already great defense.
Nevis is a great tackle that has had six sacks on the season.
Nevis would do well in the Ryan defense and will be a great player if they decide to take him in the draft.
The Ravens are a great team and are known for their defense, so why not try to make that aging defense into a young one again.
Houston would be a great defensive end and has had an incredible junior season recording 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
Houston is a dominant underrated player, he will be a steal at this point.
The Bears have something going finally and it all starts with Jay Cutler and Mike Martz. To be successful, however, the Bears need to protect Cutler.
Anthony Costonzo could be that franchise blindside guard that could give Cutler more time.
After being knocked around all season, it's time for a big move on Cutler's protection.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Ben Roethlisberger, and they need to continue to protect him.
Anyone who has watched the Wisconsin Badgers this season, they have a wonderful offensive line and it is led by Carimi.
Carimi is a big man and can really block. He will be great this season starting as rookie if he is needed.
Kendricks is a great tight end and Tony Gonzalez is getting old. He would be a great fit for the Falcons and would provide a huge target for Matt Ryan.
Kendricks caught 43 receptions for 663 yards and five touchdowns for the Badgers this season.
He can also block, which is a big plus for the Falcons. Kendricks is the perfect fit for the Falcons.
Jordan Todman is a great running back out of Connecticut. He has declared he will be forgoing his senior season to pursue the draft.
The Patriots need a full-sized runner and Todman would be that.
Todman rushed for 1,695 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. He is a great pick, and if he is available don't be surprised if the Patriots take him.