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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Forecasting the First Three Rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft

Brandon GalvinFeatured Columnist IIIDecember 2, 2016

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Forecasting the First Three Rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft

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    Now that the NFL season is over, the NFL offseason is officially underway. As mock drafts become all the rage from now until the draft late in April, Bleacher Report has the latest up-to-date mocks that you need to get your hands on.

    This time, I have a three-round mock draft ready for your eyes only.

    Will Nick Fairley, Da’Quan Bowers or A.J. Green go No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers?

    Which teams are drafting the missing pieces for their 2011 championship?

    Where will Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and the rest of the quarterbacks land in the first round?

    Will Ryan Mallett continue to fall out of the first round? Are any of the other solid quarterbacks creeping up into the early rounds?

    Check out the latest three-round forecast with player highlights.

     

     

    Also don’t forget to compare this mock to the last and post your opinions below!

1. Carolina Panthers: Nick Fairley, Auburn DT

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    The Panthers desperately need star power on the roster after an abysmal 2010 campaign.

    Nick Fairley may not be a sure thing, but he’s a lock to draw fan interest back to Carolina.

    Fairley has great intensity and a bit of a mean streak, which is exactly what these Panthers need up front.

2. Denver Broncos: Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson DE

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    With Elvis Dumervil healthy and heading back to the defensive line, the Broncos are close to securing a fantastic defensive front line.

    Bowers and Dumervil would be a deadly force for years to come.

3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson, LSU CB

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    The Bills yearn for playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.

    Although the offense came around big-time last year, the defense needs to catch up quickly if the Bills hope to continue competing with the big dawgs of the AFC.

    Peterson may just be the best athlete in the draft, so this is a fantastic pick for Buffalo.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, Georgia WR

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    The Bengals offense is falling apart.

    Carson Palmer wants out. Marvin Lewis is attacking Chad Johnson.

    Cedric Benson is… well, being Cedric Benson.

    The Bengals need another playmaker on offense and A.J. Green is the very best in this year’s draft class on the offensive side of the ball.

5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, Texas A&M LB

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    The Cardinals' defense is not far off from dominating the NFC West.

    With a great pass-rusher like Von Miller joining a unit with a secondary full of playmakers, this Arizona defense will be a force to be reckoned with in 2011.

    Watch the Cardinals' defense force a ton of turnovers next season.

6. Cleveland Browns: Marcell Dareus, Alabama DE/DT

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    The Cleveland Browns just cleaned house.

    Shaun Rogers was included in the pillage.

    Now the Browns need a versatile defensive lineman they can depend on.

    The defensive unit was solid throughout last season and Dareus will provide a much needed boost up front just like he did at Alabama.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska CB

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    The 49ers need a new shutdown corner for the next decade and the Prince is that man.

    Amukamara is the clear cut second-best cornerback in this year’s draft class.

    Expect him to start immediately for the 49ers in 2011.

8. Tennessee Titans: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri QB

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    The Titans are set on moving on from the Vince Young era.

    Enter Blaine Gabbert.

    Gabbert has good instincts, arm strength and footwork.

    He will be able to manage the game while having Tennessee winning again sooner rather than later.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Aldon Smith, Missouri DE

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    The Dallas Cowboys have a potential pass-rushing freak to go along with an established pass-rushing commodity already in DeMarcus Ware.

    The pressure these two will combine to bring should allow the secondary to make better plays on the ball to generate more turnovers.

10. Washington Redskins: Cam Newton, Auburn QB

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    Newton has elite physical gifts. He may be the most gifted player in the class. The Redskins desperately need to inject life into this franchise. Newton is the right man for the job after winning a Heisman trophy and BCS National Championship.

11. Houston Texans: Akeem Ayers, UCLA LB

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    Like the Cowboys, if the Texans can create pressure on opposing quarterbacks, the secondary won’t look as dreadful. Ayers is one of the top pass rushing linebackers in the class and will fit perfectly into Wade Phillips’ defense.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, Washington QB

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    The Vikings, when healthy, field a championship-caliber team overall.

    Despite an abundance of talent, they still need a quarterback who will manage the game and not take risks.

    Locker may be the smartest quarterback in the draft and won't wilt under pressure.

13. Detroit Lions: Robert Quinn, North Carolina DE

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    Quinn could be a potential top 10 pick, but he slips in this mock.

    The Lions continue to build a menacing defensive line, headlined by Ndamukong Suh.

    With Suh commanding so much attention from the offensive line, Quinn should have full range to roam as he pleases.

14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, Alabama WR

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    The Rams desperately need to give Sam Bradford a pass-catching playmaker other than running back Steven Jackson.

    Bradford was already fantastic last season as a rookie and if he was given a quality playmaker from the wide receiver position, I believe St. Louis could make the playoffs in 2011.

15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, Alabama RB

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    Ingram is a perfect fit for the Dolphins.

    I’ve had them taking him in most mocks and I standby my pick again.

    He is the workhorse back they need to carry the offense and he can also open things up for the passing game as he runs behind a bruising offensive line.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue DE

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    The Jaguars must beef up the defensive line to help apply pressure to divisional foes Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub.

    If the Jags can put pressure on these quarterbacks, they can find ways to win those bitter rivalry games.

    Kerrigan continues to rise up draft boards and is a safe pick for the Jags here.

17. New England Patriots (via Oakland Raiders): Justin Houston, Georgia LB

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    Justin Houston is one of the best pass-rushers in this year’s class from the linebacking position.

    With his versatility, Bill Belichick will be able to line him up all over the field and allow him to wreak havoc.

18. San Diego Chargers: Cameron Jordan, California DE

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    Jordan is rising up draft boards but is still stuck in the middle of the first round in my mocks.

    He has great talent and will provide an added boost to this solid Chargers defense.

    San Diego needs to keep the defense strong as the offense has frequently been bitten by the injury bug throughout recent seasons.

19. New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin OL

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    The Giants’ game is smash-mouth football.

    That means they need an offensive lineman to continue playing that style.

    Carimi is one of the best run-blocking offensive linemen in the draft.

    In addition to opening holes in the running game, he’ll also be able to protect Eli Manning.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DL

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    After suffering so many injuries late in the season, the Bucs need to add a defensive lineman to make an impact while bolstering depth.

    Clayborn is starting to slip on draft boards, but he remains a very good talent and would fit in well on the Bucs' line.

21. Kansas City Chiefs: Rahim Moore, UCLA S

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    The Chiefs go all in to create one of the best young secondary units in the NFL.

    Pairing Eric Berry with Rahim Moore will create a fearsome secondary, featuring elite talent throughout the entire defensive backfield.

22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, Colorado OT

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    The Colts must protect Peyton Manning at all costs.

    They also must run the ball better at all costs.

    With that in mind, it's obvious the Colts’ biggest need is an offensive lineman. 

    Solder is one of the better prospects in this year’s class who could step in and start immediately.

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, Colorado CB

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    Smith is my No. 3 overall cornerback in this class.

    He is a complete corner who is willing and able to make a tackle.

    The underrated Smith has very good instincts and should be warmly welcomed by Eagles' fans.

24. New Orleans Saints: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OL

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    The Saints need to make sure quarterback Drew Brees stays upright.

    New Orleans needs to continue bolstering its offensive line to make sure Sean Payton and Drew Bress can follow through with their diabolical offensive gameplans to dissect opposing defenses.

    It starts with adding a reliable tackle like Castonzo.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Mike Pouncey, Florida OL

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    Seattle needs versatility on the offensive line and Pouncey is the best man for the job.

    The Seahawks need to find a way to shore up the offensive line in order to run the ball more consistently and protect their quarterback in 2011.

    Matt Hasselbeck can't afford to take many more hits.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, Miami CB

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    The Ravens secondary is lacking compared to the other units on the defense, especially at cornerback.

    Baltimore is searching for corners in this year’s draft class, so they land the No. 4 cornerback on my draft board in Miami’s Brandon Harris.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St. OT

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    If the Falcons want to make it into the postseason again, they need to make sure the offensive investments remain on the field.

    Sherrod will continue to bolster a sturdy offensive line to give Matt Ryan and Michael Turner plenty of opportunities to work their magic.

28. New England Patriots: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DL

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    Bill Belichick continues bolstering his defense by adding much-needed pieces to the already young unit.

    Watt is all over the first round in many mocks and comes in at No. 28 with the Patriots getting a steal.

29. Chicago Bears: Tyron Smith, USC OT

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    The Bears need to make sure Jay Cutler stays upright if they hope to make another NFC Championship.

    Although they have a few other needs to address, the offensive line is clearly the biggest.

    Smith is one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the draft, which works well for Mike Martz in his all-or-nothing offense.

30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, Baylor DT

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    Another year goes by and Kris Jenkins is still MIA with an injury.

    Rex Ryan can do a ton of different things with his blitzing defense, if only he could find consistency from the nose tackle position.

    Phil Taylor has some question marks but Rex Ryan won’t care as long as he produces on the field.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Ijalana, Villanova OL

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    The Steelers miss out on a chance to draft Mike Pouncey, but they still land a very good interior offensive lineman to shore up a line that is constantly battling injuries.

    The Steelers were very close to securing a third Super Bowl in seven years, so Ijalana will help Ben Roethlisberger stay healthy and make another run at the Lombardi Trophy.

32. Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh WR

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    The Packers just won the Super Bowl and they need to make sure Aaron Rodgers has enough tools to continue powering the Packers' offense.

    James Jones could be leaving if the right money is placed in front of him and Donald Driver is getting older.

    That means Green Bay will be in need of someone else to step in. Baldwin has the talent to step in and play opposite Greg Jennings in his rookie season.

33. New England Patriots: Drake Nevis, LSU DT

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    Bill Belichick continues building his defensive line.

    In order to keep his young talent fresh and on the field, the Patriots select one of the best defensive tackles in the 2011 class.

    Nevis is another potential steal for New England.

    Previous Picks:

    Justin Houston, Georgia LB

    J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DE

34. Buffalo Bills: Martez Wilson, Illinois LB

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    The Bills continue building a stronger defense by selecting Wilson, one of the best inside linebackers in the draft class.

    Buffalo has now added two very good playmakers to an improving defense led by Paul Posluszny.

    Previous Pick:

    Patrick Peterson, LSU DB

35. Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Mallett, Arkansas QB

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    The Bengals continue their retooling on offense by selecting their quarterback of the future.

    Although I don’t think it’ll pan out in Cincinnati, since it usually never does, Mallett has the big arm the Bengals want.

    Previous Pick:

    A.J. Green, Georgia WR

36. Denver Broncos: Corey Liuget, Illinois DT

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    Now that Elvis Dumervil and Da’Quan Bowers will be controlling the ends of the line, the Broncos are just one piece away from securing arguably the most dominant young defensive line in the game.

    They quickly take advantage by drafting Corey Liuget, who could be the best defensive tackle in this draft after Nick Fairley when it’s all said and done.

    Previous Pick:

    Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson DE

37. Cleveland Browns: Leonard Hankerson, Miami

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    The Browns finally begin to address the offensive side of the ball.

    They have their young quarterback in place in Colt McCoy and a very good running back in Peyton Hillis.

    Now they add the wide receiver.

    Leonard Hankerson is a dependable wide receiver and should be a fine target for McCoy.

    Previous Pick:

    Marcell Dareus, Alabama DL

38. Arizona Cardinals: Stephen Paea, Oregon St. DT

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    After selecting arguably the best pass rusher in the draft, Ken Whisenhunt continues drafting on the defensive side of the ball.

    Stephen Paea has fallen in mocks due to injuries after once being tabbed as a first-round selection.

    Paea will greatly help the defensive line, playing alongside Darnell Dockett.

    Previous Pick:

    Von Miller, Texas A&M LB

39. Tennessee Titans: Torrey Smith, Maryland WR

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    The Titans continue to go offense in this spot.

    Tennessee looks to provide the quarterback of the future with one of the elite wide receiver options in the 2011 class.

    Torrey Smith is an explosive playmaker and will be a very good compliment to Kenny Britt for young Blaine Gabbert.

    Previous Pick:

    Blaine Gabbert, Missouri QB

40. Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Burton, Utah CB

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    It's time to give up on Terrence Newman.

    He’s done.

    With that in mind, the Cowboys need help in the secondary, and need it bad.

    Burton is my No. 5 overall cornerback in this class and will help the secondary unit immediately.

    Previous Pick:

    Aldon Smith, Missouri DL

41. Washington Redskins: Mikel LeShoure, Illinois RB

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    The Redskins draft their quarterback of the future and realize that LeShoure is too good to pass up here.

    Just like that, Mike Shanahan may now have arguably the best young quarterback-running back combo in the NFL.

    Previous Pick:

    Cam Newton, Auburn QB

42. Houston Texans: Aaron Williams, Texas CB

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    The Texans secondary was absolutely atrocious last season, so they desperately need a cornerback here.

    After passing on Jimmy Smith in the first round, they land my No. 6 overall cornerback, Aaron Williams.

    Previous Pick:

    Akeem Ayers, UCLA LB

43. Minnesota Vikings: Stefen Wisniewski, Penn St. OL

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    The Vikings show they are committed to their new franchise quarterback by securing one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the draft class.

    Wisniewski will help on the interior as a rookie and should be able to slide into a starting role shortly.

    Previous Pick:

    Jake Locker, Washington QB

44. Detroit Lions: Bruce Carter, North Carolina LB

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    After locking down one of the best defensive ends, the Lions go after one of the best outside linebackers in the draft.

    The North Carolina duo of Carter and Quinn will add intensity to a defense led by Ndamukong Suh, arguably the most vicious player in the league already.

    Previous Pick:  

    Robert Quinn, North Carolina DE

45. San Francisco 49ers: Cameron Heyward, Ohio St. DE/DT

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    The 49ers land a steal in the second round.

    Injuries and inconsistency cause Heyward to slip in my mock, but he will be good to go and determined to prove that everyone passing on him was a mistake

    San Francisco drafts another solid playmaker to put around Patrick Willis on defense.

    Previous Pick:

    Prince Amukamara, Nebraska CB

46. Denver Broncos (via Miami Dolphins): DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson S

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    McDaniel is quickly becoming my second-favorite safety in this draft class.

    He and Brian Dawkins will make an excellent hard-hitting duo at the safety position.

    The Broncos will boast a much-improved defense that could have them competing again in the AFC West sooner rather than later.

    Previous Picks:

    Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson DE

    Corey Liuget, Illinois DT

47. St. Louis Rams: Marvin Austin, North Carolina DT

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    The Rams need a destructive force up front and Marvin Austin is that man.

    Expect Austin to be an instant factor for St. Louis in 2011.

    Previous Pick:

    Julio Jones, Alabama WR

48. Oakland Raiders: Allen Bailey, Miami DE/DT

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    Switching up the pick from previous mocks, Allen Bailey falls to the Raiders in the second round.

    Bailey was a fringe first round selection in most mocks but has now fallen to the second round after an unimpressive Senior Bowl.

    Oakland bolsters their defensive line with this pick.

49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Shareece Wright, USC CB

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    The Jaguars need a tough corner to match up against the devastating quarterbacks of the AFC South.

    Wright is known for being a big hitter and will knock some of the top-notch receivers in the division around, including Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson.

    Previous Pick:

    Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue DL

50. San Diego Chargers: Greg Jones, Michigan St. LB

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    The Chargers need a replacement for Kevin Burnett.

    Jones is a perfect fit for this defense with his speed and pure tackling ability.

    He will fly around for the Chargers and should emerge as one of the better linebackers in this year’s draft class.

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    Cameron Jordan, California DE

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quinton Carter, Oklahoma S

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    I love what the Bucs are doing and they need to add a safety to continue building a strong core.

    With a solid defensive line in place, Quinton Carter will have free range to maneuver around the field.

    Previous Picks:

    Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DE

52. New York Giants: Christian Ballard, Iowa DT/DE

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    As usual, the Giants keep fresh talent coming in on the defensive line.

    Ballard could be a big boom pick for the Giants here and replace the oft-injured Mathias Kiwanuka.

    Previous Pick:

    Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin OL

53. Indianapolis Colts: Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple DL

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    The Colts need help inside on the defensive line to keep pressure off Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.

    Wilkerson is moving up draft boards quickly and should be a force on this defensive line in the pros.

    Previous Pick:

    Nate Solder, Colorado OL

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Rodney Hudson, Florida St. OG

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    An ideal pick for the Eagles to bolster the offensive line in order to make room for Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy.

    Hudson will step in and start immediately for the Eagles next season.

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    Jimmy Smith, Colorado CB

55. Kansas City Chiefs: Titus Young, Boise St. WR

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    The Chiefs need another wide receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe.

    Titus Young will push Dexter McCluster into the slot, where he can be very effective.

    Kansas City is building a great young team and will compete for years to come.

    Previous Pick:

    Rahim Moore, UCLA S

56. New Orleans Saints: Kelvin Sheppard, LSU LB

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    The Saints need another linebacker next to Jonathan Vilma.

    That’s where the athletic Sheppard steps in.

    Expect him to start immediately for the Saints in 2011 and excel at the next level.

    Previous Pick:

    Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OL

57. Seattle Seahawks: Curtis Brown, Texas CB

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    The Seahawks need to look towards the future with their secondary.

    The safeties are solid but the cornerback slot needs a major boost.

    Curtis Brown is one of the better corners in the 2011 class.

    Previous Pick:

    Mike Pouncey, Florida OL

58. Baltimore Ravens: Marcus Cannon, TCU OL

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    The Ravens need to prepare for the loss of Jared Gaither.

    Cannon is a fine lineman and will be able to start for the Ravens next season without being much of a liability.

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    Brandon Harris, Miami CB

59. Atlanta Falcons: Jerrel Jernigan, Troy WR

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    Jernigan is rising up draft boards and the Falcons really need another wide receiver opposite Roddy White.

    Matt Ryan needs another weapon to throw to in order to open the field for White and Tony Gonzalez as they look to make a championship run next season.

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    Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St. OL

60. New England Patriots: Danny Watkins, Baylor OG

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    Bill Belichick may hate to do it, but he needs to take a look at the offensive line and think about the future.

    Watkins will be able to step in next season should he have to.

    Previous Picks:

    Justin Houston, Georgia LB

    J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DL

    Drake Nevis, LSU DT

61. Chicago Bears: Mark Herzlich, Boston College LB

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    This is the type of gritty player that Chicago will love.

    Herzlich will fit right in alongside Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs and should become a fan favorite with Bears fans.

    Previous Pick:

    Tyron Smith, USC OL

62. San Diego Chargers (via New York Jets): Ahmad Black, Florida SS

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    Sticking with the defense theme, the Chargers fill another need by drafting the strong safety from Florida.

    Black is a good player with solid instincts and ball-hawking skills.

    Previous Picks:

    Cameron Jordan, California DL

    Greg Jones, Michigan St. LB

63. Pittsburgh Steelers: Johnny Patrick, Louisville CB

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    The Steelers need a cornerback after neglecting the position for a few years.

    Ike Taylor did well in the postseason for the most part, but the Steelers need depth here with Johnny Patrick.

     Previous Pick:

    Ben Ijalana, Villanova OL

64. Green Bay Packers: Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh OL

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    Oddly enough, the Super Bowl Champions take two players from Pittsburgh.

    The Packers need to keep the offensive line strong to protect Aaron Rodgers and tab Pinkston as the man.

     Previous Pick:

    Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh WR

65. Carolina Panthers: Colin Kaepernick, Nevada QB

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    The Panthers get their franchise defensive tackle and a potential franchise quarterback in Colin Kaepernick.

    At this point, he’s worth the risk and should definitely be a better option than Jimmy Clausen.

     Previous Picks:

    Nick Fairley, Auburn DT

66. Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech RB

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    Things are looking up in Cincinnati.

    In one draft, they have managed to completely revamp the offense for the future.

    They now have their star trio locked down with wide receiver A.J. Green, quarterback Ryan Mallett and running back Ryan Williams.

     Previous Picks:

    A.J. Green, Georgia WR

    Ryan Mallett, Arkansas QB

67. Denver Broncos: Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame TE

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    After getting defensive early, the Broncos finally take a look at the offensive side of the ball.

    They nab the top-rated tight end, Kyle Rudolph, which will be beneficial for either Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow, depending on who ends up playing quarterback.

     Previous Picks:

    Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson DE

    Corey Liuget, Illinois DT

    DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson S

68. Buffalo Bills: Robert Sands, West Virginia S

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    Donte Whitner’s time in Buffalo is drawing to a close.

    The Bills need a new safety to pair with young Jarius Byrd, and Sands is one of my favorite safeties in this draft.

    Buffalo's defense is sure looking up in a hurry…

     Previous Picks:

    Patrick Peterson, LSU CB

    Martez Wilson, Illinois LB

69. Arizona Cardinals: Christian Ponder, Florida St. QB

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    The Cardinals finally land their quarterback of the future.

    Ponder is one of the smartest quarterbacks in this draft and won’t force throws down the field.

    Move over Max Hall and John Skelton. This rookie has officially taken over.

     Previous Picks:

    Von Miller, Texas A&M LB

    Stephen Paea, Oregon St. DT

70. Cleveland Browns: Sam Acho, Texas OLB

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    After cleaning house, the Browns need an outside linebacker to attack opposing quarterbacks and stop opposing running backs.

    Sam Acho is a fine talent and a potential second-round pick.

    The Browns' defense could be among the better units in the entire NFL next season.

     Previous Picks:

    Marcell Dareus, Alabama DL

    Leonard Hankerson, Miami WR

71. Dallas Cowboys: Deunta Williams, North Carolina S

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    The Cowboys secondary still needs help.  Lots and lots of help.

    Deunta Williams will provide a spark along with Aaron Williams and Brandon Burton on defense.

     Previous Picks:

    Aldon Smith, Missouri DE

    Brandon Burton, Utah CB

72. New Orleans Saints (from Washington Redskins): Jurrell Casey, USC DT

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    The Saints need more pressure up front for their linebackers to demolish opposing running backs.

    Jurrell Casey is an underrated player heading into the draft and will be a fine addition.

     Previous Picks:

    Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OL

    Kelvin Sheppard, LSU LB

73. Houston Texans: Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple S

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    The Texans need so much help in the secondary, it's not even funny. They add depth to the safety position with Jaiquawn Jarrett.

     

    Previous Picks:

    Akeem Ayers, UCLA LB

    Aaron Williams, Texas CB

74. New England Patriots (from Minnesota Vikings): Randall Cobb, Kentucky WR

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    Belichick adores do-it-all type players who have great speed.

    This is a perfect fit for Randall Cobb, who will be utilized to his maximum potential.

     Previous Picks:

    Justin Houston, Georgia LB

    J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DL

    Drake Nevis, LSU DT

    Danny Watkins, Baylor OG

75. Detroit Lions: Ras-I Dowling, Virginia DB

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    The Lions desperately need another corner.

    After neglecting one in the first two rounds, they land Ras-I Dowling.

    After an injury during his final season at Virginia, the talented Ras-I-Dowling could still very well be a second round pick.

     Previous Picks:

    Robert Quinn, North Carolina DE

    Bruce Carter, North Carolina LB

76. San Francisco 49ers: Orlando Franklin, Miami OG

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    Whoever the quarterback is for San Francisco will need to be protected.

    The 49ers need to establish a dominant offensive line if they want to take down the NFC West and Franklin will help them along that path.

     Previous Picks:

    Prince Amukamara, Nebraska CB

    Cameron Heyward, Ohio St. DL

77. Tennessee Titans: Kristofer O’Dowd, USC C

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    The Titans are currently thin at center.

    Chris Johnson suffered because of that last season after getting little help from his offensive line.

    O’Dowd will help immediately.

     Previous Picks:

    Blaine Gabbert, Missouri QB

    Torrey Smith, Maryland WR

78. St. Louis Rams: Mason Foster, Washington LB

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    The Rams need another linebacker to assist James Laurinaitis.

    Mason Foster is a solid outside linebacker and should work well with the wrestler’s son.

     Previous Picks:

    Julio Jones, Alabama WR

    Marvin Austin, North Carolina DT

79. Miami Dolphins: Stephen Schilling, Michigan OG

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    The Dolphins bread and butter is its offensive line and running game.

    After drafting Mark Ingram, the Dolphins need to make sure the offensive line keeps pace. Schilling will help inside.

     Previous Pick:

    Mark Ingram, Alabama RB

80. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joseph Barksdale, LSU OT

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    The Jaguars are another team that focused on running the football and effectively protecting the quarterback.

    Jacksonville needs to bolster its offensive line and Joseph Barksdale will help.

     Previous Picks:

    Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue DL

    Shareece Wright, USC CB

81. Oakland Raiders: DeMarcus Love, Arkansas OL

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    The Raiders still grab a fine offensive lineman despite passing on a few in the second round. Oakland is making great strides but needs to shore up the offensive line with DeMarcus Love to keep Darren McFadden trucking.

     Previous Picks:

    Allen Bailey, Miami DE/DT

82. San Diego Chargers: Tandon Doss, Indiana WR

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    The San Diego Chargers need to draft wide receivers to account for the lack of offensive threats at the position.

    If nothing else, Doss will at least add depth.

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    Cameron Jordan, California DL

    Greg Jones, Michigan St. LB

    Ahmad Black, Florida SS

83. New York Giants: Dontay Moch, Nevada OLB

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    The Giants need to draft linebackers if they want their defense to be among the best.

    The secondary and defensive line is there but the linebackers need to step their game up. Moch will add much needed depth and could even step in to start.

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    Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin OL

    Christian Ballard, Iowa DL

84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma RB

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    The Bucs have a great young offense but could certainly use more depth.

    LeGarrette Blount proved that he can be a workhorse back during his rookie season.

    But if the Bucs want to win the NFC South, they need another piece to the puzzle.

    DeMarco Murray may just be the best third-down back in this draft. He will greatly assist the Bucs offense in 2011.

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    Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DE

    Quinton Carter, Oklahoma S

85. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyler Sash, Iowa SS

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    Sash is a very underrated player heading into this draft.

    He’s a spark plug on defense, showcasing great speed and ball-hawking skills.

    He should be an excellent playmaker for the Eagles defense and also can help on special teams.

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    Jimmy Smith, Colorado CB

    Rodney Hudson, Florida St. OG

86. Kansas City Chiefs: Casey Matthews, Oregon LB

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    The Chiefs continue to build a strong young defense. In my opinion, they get a steal in the third round with Clay Matthews’ brother, Casey. He has the same non-stop motor as his brother Clay, which will be invaluable for the Chiefs’ young defense.

     

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    Rahim Moore, UCLA S

    Titus Young, Boise St. WR

87. Indianapolis Colts: Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina LB

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    The Colts need to get younger at the linebacker position because Gary Brackett will not last much longer.

    Quan Sturdivant is a fine third-round selection.

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    Nate Solder, Colorado OT

    Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple DL

88. New Orleans Saints: Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh DE

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    The Saints focused on defense early in the draft.

    They continue to build their defensive line as they mount a comeback to the top of the NFC South.

    Look for Jabaal Sheard to slip to the Saints.

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    Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OL

    Kelvin Sheppard, LSU LB

    Jurrell Casey, USC DT

89. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle Seahawks): Nick Claytor, Georgia Tech OT

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    The Chargers need to make sure the No. 1 player they cannot afford to lose, Philip Rivers, stays healthy.

    Physical lineman Nick Claytor will provide much-needed depth.

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    Cameron Jordan, California DL

    Greg Jones, Michigan St. LB

    Ahmad Black, Florida SS

    Tandon Doss, Indiana WR

90. Baltimore Ravens: Terrance Toliver, LSU WR

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    Terrance Toliver injects much needed youth into the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver corps.

    The Ravens desperately need another wide receiver opposite Anquan Boldin as Derrick Mason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh continue to age.

     Previous Picks:

    Brandon Harris, Miami CB

    Marcus Cannon, TCU OL

91. Atlanta Falcons: Pernell McPhee, Mississippi St. DE

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    The Falcons need to continue bolstering the defensive line to compete with the rising offenses of the NFC South.

    Pernell McPhee is a potential steal here late in the third round.

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    Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St. OL

    Jerrel Jernigan, Troy WR

92. New England Patriots: Daniel Thomas, Kansas St. RB

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    BenJarvus Green-Ellis is no lock to return, so the Patriots could insert Daniel Thomas into the rotation immediately while still utilizing Danny Woodhead as the third-down back.

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    Justin Houston, Georgia LB

    J.J. Watt, Wisconsin DL

    Drake Nevis, LSU DT

    Danny Watkins, Baylor OG

    Randall Cobb, Kentucky WR

93. Chicago Bears: James Carpenter, Alabama OT

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    The Bears must bolster the offensive line throughout the draft and free agency. This is a void that needs to be filled before Chicago can win.

    James Carpenter adds much needed depth.

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    Tyron Smith, USC OT

    Mark Herzlich, Boston College LB

94. New York Jets: Brooks Reed, Arizona LB

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    The Jets need to account for aging linebackers at some point.

    Reed is a solid player who could flourish in Rex Ryan's scheme.

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    Phil Taylor, Baylor DT

95. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson DE/DT

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    The Steelers love employing players with versatility.  Jarvis Jenkins is just another one of the bunch.

     Previous Picks:

    Ben Ijalana, Villanova OL

    Johnny Patrick, Louisville CB

96. Green Bay Packers: Chris Hairston, Clemson OL

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    The Packers once again go offensive line with Hariston to make sure they have the depth to account for any injuries during their championship-repeat attempt. 

     Previous Picks:

    Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh WR

    Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh OL

     


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