NFL Draft 2011: Trade Panic as Teams Rush for QBs, Mock Draft V. 2.0
In my second mock, I have played with a fantastic tool from www.drafttech.com, that allows you to play with trades, team needs and your personal picks.
It is built around a pre-set big board, and the program pick the players on the basis of a ranking of the teams' needs...but you can read more for yourselves.
As you can see, I have played with teams trading up and down...with the focus on the QB-needy teams.
There is a hidden trade as the Denver Broncos trade with the Tennessee Titans and get an extra pick in 2012. That pick is then traded with the New England Patriots for their 28th pick.
Kyle Orton is also traded to the Cincinnati Bengals for their third pick, which is why they wont draft a QB.
They players that I have locked with certain team are marked with a *
The first round then is going to look like this.
1. Carolina Panthers: *A.J. Green, WR
A.J. Green will instantly become one of the top 10 receivers in the NFL and if that's not worth the first pick. It will also instantly make Steve Smith 30 percent better and the Panthers running game 50 percent better. Jimmy Clausen will now have a legitimate shot at being the team's starting QB.
2. Tennessee Titans: *Blaine Gabbert, QB
The Titans need a QB, and Gabbert's leadership and work ethic are just what they need in Tennessee. The Titans have a good offense, and you could argue that all the Titans need to challenge for the division is a consistent, good QB.
3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson, CB
With the best player on the board available, the Bills can't resist the multi-talented Patrick Peterson. Is he the next Prime Time? I bet you he could play receiver.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: *Da'Quan Bowers, DE
The Bengals have traded their third-rounder for Kyle Orton, as Carson Palmer has left town. Bowers will give head coach Marvin Lewis a formidable pass rush to work with. Now they just need to re-sign some of those key free agents, and they are good to go.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, OLB
Von Miller fills a huge need and could even be a steal here. He seems like a lock in most mocks, but he could go earlier.
6. Minnesota Vikings: *Cameron Newton, QB
The Vikings need to be ahead of the 49ers and the Redskins to be sure to get one of the top two QBs here. Cam Newton is a good fit in Minnesota, as he goes to a team with a strong running game where he will have time to develop and where he won't be the star.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, OLB
Robert Quinn is going to enable the 49ers to show multiple pass-rush looks for an opposing QB. Harbaugh knows how to find great hidden talent in the second tier of QBs.
8. Denver Broncos: Nick Fairley, DT
Fairley's tangibles predict him as a monster inside DT in the 4-3. Fox is going to love it, as Fairley fills a huge void. I'm not sold on his intangibles, but what do I know?
9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB
The Cowboys need to get their act together in the secondary. Amukamara has it all to be a shut-down corner. The Cowboy Prince is going to rope in those interceptions.
10. Washington Redskins: *Jake Locker, QB.
Mike Shanahan loved Locker last year and will know how to fix the footwork and the accuracy issues. Locker is a leader and a winner. This is considered a reach, but Locker won't be there when the Redskins pick in the second round.
11. Houston Texans: Cameron Jordan, DE
The Texans are going to have a monster front 3 in the 3-4 with Cameron Jordan. This is a computer pick, because I think Marcell Dareus would be the pick here, but maybe Cameron Jordan is a bit more versatile in pass coverage.
12. Cleveland Browns: Marcell Dareus, DT
Marcell Dareus can play both 3-4 and 4-3. The Browns are getting a steal here and are going to love Dareus' speed on the inside.
13. Detroit Lions: Jimmy Smith, CB
The Lions are going to love big and physical Jimmy Smith. But they would probably also love to trade down for an offensive lineman.
14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR
There is hardly a mock where Julio Jones doesn't go to the Rams. However, Jones combine performance could put him in the top 10. But is there anything not to like about him?
15. Miami Dolphins: Aldon Smith, OLB
This is not a pick made by the owner in Miami, as there is no flash and glamour about Aldon Smith. But I think he could be a steal here and a huge upgrade to the Dolphins' pass rush.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: J.J. Watt, DE
In my book, this pick might as well be Ryan Kerrigan. But you can't argue that Watt offers great value here...even if he is projected as a 3-4 DE. Who wouldn't want to see him on the same line as Alualu?
17. New England Patriots: Anthony Castonzo, OT
The Patriots O-line could be in for a major overhaul this off-season. Costanzo is big and strong and seems to fit the mould of a Patriot. He could be the starting LT in 2011.
18. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Kerrigan, OLB
Kerrigan fits perfectly into the Chargers' 3-4 defense and is great value at 18.
19. NY Giants: Derek Sherrod, OT
The Giants need to get younger at the O-line. Sherrod is a Day One starter.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martez Wilson, ILB
Wilson is the best true inside linebacker in the draft and had a great combine. At No. 20, he seems like a reach by the computer, though, but he fills a big need in Tampa.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Mark Ingram, RB
The program wants the Chiefs to continue to have a strong running game, although you could argue that the O-line needed an upgrade. Mike Pouncey I think would be a nice pick here, but Ingram is probably the best player available...and that is always a strong argument.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT
The Colts needs to be able to stop the running game. Liuget offers great value at a position of need for the Colts.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Harris, CB
The Eagles need a good corner, But I think this could also be Aaron Williams.
24. New Orleans Saints: Tyron Smith, OT
Smith is going to help protect Brees, keep the line young and is a great value pick here.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT
Build the team from the inside out. The Seahawks need to get stronger and bigger on the inside.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith, WR
Torrey Smith also seems to be a lock in many mocks with the Ravens, And it's hard to argue against it.
27. Atlanta Falcons, Nate Solder, OT
The Falcons make a great value pick for the O-line and a future Pro Bowl tackle.
28. Denver Broncos: Quinton Carter, FS
The Denver Broncos traded a 2012 first-round pick to the New England Patriots. The program's pick of Carter at FS is really surprising. However, he is a hard-hitting, physical safety and the Broncos need youth in the secondary. Akeem Ayers or Cameron Heyward would also make sense.
29. Chicago Bears: Stefen Wisniewski, C
Although Mike Tice had the Bears' O-line performing way above expectations, Wisniewski seems just like the man to solidify the center of the Bears O-line, either at guard or center.
30. NY Jets: Justin Houston, OLB
The Jets also need a pass rush if Rex Ryan wants to win the Super Bowl, as he does every year. Houston is a player Ryan can mould to make the best of his versatility.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeAndre McDaniel, FS
It actually does make sense for the Steelers to upgrade their secondary. But why the program here goes for McDaniel is beyond me. If Mike Pouncey is still here, I guess we all want the twins to play on the same team and fill a huge need on the Steelers O-line.
32. Green Bay Packers: Gabe Carimi, OT
The Packers O-line still needs upgrading and depth. Carimi can also play guard and is a smart kid...nice pick for the Packers.
I think it is really fun to play with the program and it actually makes more sense when you look at how the program packages the picks for each team. There are some player gradings I don't agree with, but if you have patience, you can make your own big board.
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