Bob's 2011 NFL Mock Draft
This Round 1 mock draft is my best prediction. I have included some trades in this mock and a trade right out of the gates. The offensive tackle class this year is not the greatest, but the opposite is true about the defensive line which is deep.
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The Raiders would have to part with a few picks including their 2012 first-round pick to make this pick happen. Last year proved that the Raiders would not make draft picks like they had in previous years as they had one of the better drafts in 2010.
The Raiders are a good quarterback away from being an excellent team. Jason Campbell is not the long-term answer, but with Campbell in place, the Raiders could allow Newton to sit for a year before he would start.
If the Raiders don't trade with Carolina, another team just might, especially if there is a rookie pay scale in the new CBA.
Da'Quan Bowers is a popular pick in most mocks, but he does not make sense for Denver.
The Broncos already have Elvis Dumervil who was the 2009 NFL sack leader. They also had spent a first-round pick on Robert Ayers in 2009 who they could move to DE in the new 4-3 defense. Nick Fairley would give the Broncos a pass rush presence and dynamic player in the middle of their line.
With Champ Bailey possibly leaving, Patrick Peterson might also be an option, but if you have an excellent pass rush, it makes your cornerbacks look better.
The Bills recently released Marcus Stroud and will likely be looking for a DE/DT early in the draft. With Fairley gone, the Bills go after Marcell Dareus whom would play DE in the Bills 3-4 defense. Plus look at that stiff arm.
If Carson Palmer is back in a Bengal uniform in 2011, this pick will be A.J. Green. Green has the talent level to be an excellent wide receiver in the NFL.
The Cardinals need a young pass rusher at outside linebacker. Von Miller is a little small for a traditional outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, but his production and overall capability are hard to ignore.
If there is a rookie payscale and Patrick Peterson is available at this point, then I could see the Browns going with that pick. However, it's rare that a team in the NFL would pay two players at the same position alot of money.
The Browns need some talent in their 4-3 alignment, and Bowers falling this far would be a good pick up.
It's hard to see Peterson lasting this far in the draft. If he somehow makes it this far, this would be the 49ers pick.
I don't think the 49ers will draft a quarterback in the first round. If they really liked someone this early then Harbaugh wouldn't be courting Alex Smith.
Other possibilities are Prince Amukamara, Marcell Dareus, Von Miller and Robert Quinn.
If Gabbert falls to No. 8, then a team might try to move up to obtain him unless Tennesse likes him. The Vikings make sense as they are a good quarterback away from being competitive again in their division. Plus, I could see a team moving up to No. 8 before Washington picks at 10 because if he is there at 10, Washington would likely pick him up.
Gabbert has all the physical tools that the scouts love. If he interviews well at the Combine, he could even go as high as the Bills at No. 3.
The Cowboys might look for a young cornerback to replace Terence Newman. Amukamara is a top-10 talent and would be hard to pass up at this point.
With Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert off the board, the Redskins will have a hard choice. The Redskins lack a No. 1 receiver.
Julio lacks elite speed but is tough and is a playmaker similar to Michael Crabtree. Jones is a No. 1 receiver and would be hard to pass up at this point.
Their isn't a cornerback worth picking at this point of the draft with Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara gone.
The Texans are moving to a 3-4 scheme and will look to add some size and strength at defensive end. Jordan was impressive at the Senior Bowl and has improved his stock.
The Titans could look for another pass rusher opposite Derrick Morgan. There isn't a quarterback worth this pick at this point.
Quinn is a top-five talent who, because of his NCAA suspension, lost out on an opportunity to prove so. With Quinn across from Derrick Morgan, the Titans would once again have a great line.
It is imperative the Lions add some offensive line talent to keep Matt Stafford healthy.
Solder has the size and athleticism to play either right or left tackle.
Julio Jones is the obvious pick in this situation as the Rams need more offensive weapons for Sam Bradford. In this mock draft though, Julio Jones is gone. It's hard to see another receiver who would be worthy of this pick. Maybe Jonathan Baldwin from Pitt but his stock has fallen recently.
The Rams recently released O.J. Atogwe who might end up resigning with the Rams, but that is not a given. The Rams need to become younger in the secondary as they are solid on the defensive line. Harris has playmaking ability. Harris's skills could help in a division where each team has a big physical No. 1 receiver.
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are free agents. Ronnie Brown is often injured. The Dolphins are a running team, and Ingram would give them a reliable back.
Aaron Kampman is coming off his second ACL tear in two years. The Jaguars might look for a defensive lineman to eventually replace Kampman.
J.J. Watt is similar to Justin Smith of the 49ers. He is big and does not take a play off. He would be a welcomed addition to a older defensive line.
The Chargers are solid at every position except outside linebacker where Shawne Merriman was released and Larry English hasn't lived up to his potential.
The Giants have a solid offensive line but need to get younger. Smith would be an excellent pick because he wouldn't have to start from day one.
Smith has the athletic ability to play left tackle but will require some coaching.
Ronde Barber won't last forever. Smith is rising draft boards and could be gone by this pick. If that is the case then the Bucs could add a defensive end.
The Chiefs had better tackle play from Brandon Albert and Ryan O'Callaghan but need to add additional talent along the offensive line. Mike could play center or guard along the offensive line. He could eventually replace Casey Wiegmann who is 37 and could start right away as a guard.
Mike, the twin brother of Maurkice Pouncy, is the best interior lineman in this draft. He could also have a similar affect as his brother did with the Steelers.
The Colts run defense is horrible. They could also look at the offensive line. I'd expect the Colts to go for a defensive lineman in Round 1 and offensive upgrades in the next two.
The Eagles offensive line surrendered 52 sacks last year. The Eagles could use an upgrade along the offensive line.
At this point of the draft, Clayborn would be too good to pass up.
The Seahawks desperately need to upgrade their offensive line. Carimi could start at right tackle or left guard.
The Ravens need to add some speed and youth to their wide receiving corp. Smith could fill that role.
Williams is big and fast. He is also a good pick up at this point of the draft. He would also match up against bigger receivers and be a nice addition across from Dunta Robinson.
LeShoure is 6'1" and 230 lbs with excellent speed. With the Patriots having three picks in the top-33 picks of the draft, they can go after a running back here.
Jay Cutler needs a big, playmaking receiver like he had in Denver with Brandon Marshall. If Baldwin is here at this point, then the Bears could pick him. If not, they might look to add depth on the offensive line.
Kris Jenkins has only played in seven games the last two seasons. It's time to find his replacement.
Aaron Smith has had season-ending injuries the last two years. Ziggy Hood has stepped up. Although, Heyward at this point of the draft is too good to pass up.
It wouldn't hurt if the Packers added an offensive tackle who could be the eventual successor to Chad Clifton or take Bulaga's spot if Bulaga moved to left tackle.