NFL Combine 2011 Mock Draft: Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton out of the Top 10.
Post-combine 2011, and it's about time that I posted my first mock—quick and dirty.
1. WR - A.J. Green to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers defense held their own in 2010 and they tendered just about the whole defense. Clausen gets a chance to prove himself with some great weapons. A.J Green will immediately be a Top 10 receiver in the NFL when the 2011 season starts. With Steve Smith on the other side, and that good running game, we are going to see a whole new Panthers offense.
2. CB - Patrick Peterson to the Denver Broncos. Yes, the Broncos resigned Champ Bailey, but Peterson is a unique talent and one of the safest pick in the draft. Now, every team will have to think twice before throwing against the Broncos.
3. DT/DE Marcell Dareus to the Buffalo Bills. With Dareus, the Bills get the next Warren Sapp—and now they have a run defense. He has experience and is a consistent performer that the Bills can't afford to miss with the third pick.
4. DE - DaQuan Bowers to the Cincinatti Bengals. The Bengals struggled with the pass rush but now get the best 4-3 defensive end to play opposite Dunlap. Even if they need a quarterback, they don't gamble with the fourth pick.
5. OLB - Von Miller to the Arizona Cardinals. It's either Von Miller or Prince Amukamara. Either way, they can't go wrong, but Von Miller fits the biggest need and is, without question, the best 3-4 outside linebacker available.
6. DT - Nick Fairley to the Cleveland Browns. This could also be Robert Quinn, but the Browns can't resist getting that playmaker in the middle. They'll rework a 4-3 defense and build from the inside out.
7. CB - Prince Amukamara to the San Francisco 49ers. Yeah, Robert Quinn is also a nice bet here, but Amukamara is a shutdown corner that fills a big need.
8. WR - Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans. When the Titans didn't have a passing game, the offense fell apart. Julio Jones and Kenny Britt will make defenses think of something other than CJ2K.
9. DE / OLB - Robert Quinn to the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys get themselves a monster pass rusher—nothing to regret.
10. QB - Jake Locker to the Washington Redskins. Mike Shanahan has loved Locker for a long time. The Redskins need a leader on and off the field, and Locker demonstrated at the combine that accuracy is an issue he can deal with.
11. DE / OLB - Ryan Kerrigan to the Houston Texans. Ryan Kerrigan adds some versatility and pass rush to the Texans' leaky defense.
12. QB - Cam Newton to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have everything in place to plug in and play Cam Newton. And, if there is any off the field issues—there are plenty of veteran leaders around to keep Newton on the straight and narrow.
13. OT - Nate Solder to the Detroit Lions. They need to protect Matt Stafford, and Nate Solder is a future Pro Bowl tackle.
14. DE - Cameron Jordan to the St. Louis Rams. Solid D-line pick for the foundation the Rams are building.
15. QB - Blaine Gabbert to the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins can't resist Blaine Gabbert, who ends up in the perfect situation where a team is ready for a quarterback they can believe in. The owner will love the flash of Gabbert.
16. DE - Adrian Clayborn to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars will still be trying to find the right D-line formula. Adrian Clayborn offers great versatility along the line and will be a great partner to Tyson Alualu.
17. C / OG Mike Pouncey to the New England Patriots. Mike Pouncey fits perfectly in the Patriots' O-line and can be moved around on the inside. Further down the line, he will be ready to take over at center in 2012. Belichick has that Florida Gator connection.
18. OT Tyron Smith to the San Diego Chargers. Tyron Smith plugs in at right or left tackle, and Rivers will love him.
19. OT/OG Gabe Carimi to the New York Giants. Gabe Carimi has a lot of versatility that the Giants can make good use of in the running game and in pass protection.
20. OLB Akeem Ayers to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ayers can play any of the linebacker positions and rush the passer as well as play in pass protection. Ryan Morris is going to love him.
21. OLB / DE Aldon Smith to the Kansa City Chiefs. Aldon Smith to play opposite Tamba Hali, and the Chiefs' defense is set to dominate.
22. DT Corey Liuget to the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts can't give up that many rushing yards again. Liuget is a three down defensive tackle that can do it all.
23. OT / OG Derrick Sherrod to the Philadelphia Eagles. Derrick Sherrod has the potential to be a leader on the Eagles O-line for a decade. And they need to protect Vick to keep him healthy.
24. RB Mark Ingram to the New Orleans Saints. When Mark Ingram falls to the Saints, they can't resist having a potential top notch running game.
25. DT Muhammad Wilkerson to the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll builds the line with the Wilkerson monument.
26. WR Torrey Smith to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens need Torrey Smiths speed and playmaking ability opposite Anquan Boldin.
27. CB Jimmy Smith to the Atlanta Falcons. Big, fast, and physical press corner is just what the Falcons need in the secondary.
28. DE J.J. Watt to the New England Patriots. Great motor and strength to hold the line, and Belichick will love his intangibles.
29. OT Anthony Costanzo to the Chicago Bears. The Bears are going to love Anthony Costanzo he is tough and can play both tackle positions
30. DE Cameron Hayward to the New York Jets. Rex Ryan is going to love Hayward's versatility and his ability to drop back and cover—a perfect fit for Ryan's multi-look defenses.
31. OG Danny Watkins to the Pittsburg Steelers. Danny Watkins is bid and strong and a perfect partner to Pouncey on the inside, just what the Steelers O-line needs.
32. RB Mikel Leshoure to the Green Bay Packers. The lack of depth in the backfield almost cost the Packers a playoff spot. With Leshoure, the Packers buy themselves insurance at the running back position.
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