2011 NFL Mock Draft Post-Combine Edition
Follow me on Twitter @JohnLorge
1. Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton, QB, Auburn—Too hard not to take a game-changing QB No. 1. I would still go Peterson.
2. Denver Broncos, Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama—Although he didn't produce like Fairley it appears he has a higher floor and Denver said they're happy with their ends.
3. Buffalo Bills, Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri—Need a franchise QB to build around. Doesn't have to start from Day 1.
4. Cincinnati Bengals, Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn—Red flags mean nothing to Bengals.
5. Arizona Cardinals, Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M—Side-by-side with Peterson as Draft's top prospect. Cards need his talents outside.
6. Cleveland Browns, A.J. Green, WR, Georgia—Tough to choose between Peterson & Green. Team might trade-down but if not I think they help their QB.
7. San Francisco 49ers, Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU—Thirty-one teams would be making a serious mistake to let Peterson fall this far. You won't find better value at seven.
8. Tennessee Titans, Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska—Not Peterson but not too far off. Titans D needs talent at every level.
9. Dallas Cowboys, Cameron Jordan, DE, California—Cowboys have a need at DE, watched Jordan closely all week in Mobile where he was the most impressive prospect.
10. Washington Redskins, Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina—Some draft experts think Quinn is potentially the top pick. Didn't put up Mario Williams numbers and hasn't played for a year but a great project for Skins.
11. Houston Texans, Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado—Some teams have crossed Smith off their list because of character but the Texans are still looking for their shutdown corner.
12. Minnesota Vikings, Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas—We haven't seen a QB like Mallett slide before. Minnesota wants to build with youth and OC Bill Musgrave is the perfect guy to develop him.
13. Detroit Lions, Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson—Huge slide but Bowers is coming into the NFL injured and this is a very competitive DL class.
14. St. Louis Rams, Julio Jones, WR, Alabama—Perfect situation and a very realistic one. Jones is closer to Green than many want to credit him. Very competitive.
15. Miami Dolphins, Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida—Fifteen is too rich for Ingram to me, at the combine we saw he doesn't have the speed to finish plays. Miami's interior OL needs help and Pouncey as quickly become a respected name in the NFL.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars, Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue—The draft guys at CBS have brought up many great points about this pick going down. Kerrigan looked amazing at the combine and has motor for days.
17. New England Patriots, Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College—Very well-rounded tackle prospect who will protect Tom Brady through the end of his career.
18. San Diego Chargers, Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh—Just looks like a Chargers receiver. Can play too. Reduces the need for injured Malcom Floyd and even V-Jax some. Love his leaping ability.
19. New York Giants, Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois—The Giants need linebackers and they love big, versatile prospects on defense. Wilson may have been the combine's biggest gainer.
20. Tampa Bay Bucs, J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin—Mike Mayock and minions are trying to pigeon-hole Watt as a 3-4 five-tech but I love him holding the edge in the 4-3. Might be tough to get him at 20 but reviews are very mixed.
21. Kansas City Chiefs, Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa—If Kirk Ferentz gives Scott Pioli a ringing endorsement on Clayborn it will be a done deal. Justin Houston, Aldon Smith, Mark Ingram and others still in play.
22. Indianapolis Colts, Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State—Everyone thinks Indy will go OT here, and I agree its a good move, but that makes it all the more likely they will go defense. Paea's injury is a concern but I love him as a disruptive DT in the Colts scheme.
23. Philadelphia Eagles, Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin—Wouldn't be surprised to see Philly trade-down but 23 has been a great value pick in the last five years and Carimi would be a plug-and-play for them at RT.
24. New Orleans Saints, Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama—Not sure NO is willing to go RB here with fillable needs in the front-seven but would be a great pick for the franchise. Ingram will thrive in a committee.
25. Seattle Seahawks, Tyron Smith, OT, USC—Not running (did adding 20 pounds hurt his athleticism?) is the first thing that stunted Smith's draft stock since the season ended. Pete Carroll knows what type of player he is and gives the team young bookends.
26. Baltimore Ravens, Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State—Baltimore needs to figure out what they need to do at tackle and adding Sherrod could be the answer. Another team who seems like a strong contender to trade-down.
27. Atlanta Falcons, Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri—Atlanta wants to add some more pass rushers to the roster and scouts have been impressed with Smith's upside. He does have major bust potential though and a safer end pick with rush ability might be Justin Houston.
28. New England Patriots, Stefen Wisniewski, G/C, Penn State—Another offensive lineman for the Pats, this is the draft that could get them back to the Super Bowl in the next few years.
29. Chicago Bears, Nate Solder, OT, Colorado—Tons of upside but not the most NFL ready prospect. Mike Tice can help make Solder elite and keep Jay Cutler upright.
30. New York Jets, Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor—Kris Jenkins is gone, there are other nose tackles in the draft like Kenrick Ellis but a late first on Taylor is a good pick for a team looking to stuff the run first.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers, Aaron Williams, CB, Texas—Not breaking the 4.5 mark hurt Williams' stock some and he is being labeled a corner/safety tweener now. I think he can play either, very good build and ball skills.
32. Green Bay Packers, Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA—Ayers can give the Packers a dual-edge attack and has the versatility to play inside too.
Follow me on Twitter @JohnLorge