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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Full 7-Round Mock Draft

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterJanuary 8, 2017

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Full 7-Round Mock Draft

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    Why would anyone set out to write a seven-round mock draft in early March?

    This is a very good question.

    What started as a simple one-round mock draft turned into two rounds, then three. Before looking up, I had four rounds typed out. At this point, I figured we might as well finish the thing.

    And so here we are, six weeks before the NFL Draft with a full seven-round mock draft for your enjoyment.

    When writing this mock, we did not take into account the potential of free-agent signings, only looking at team needs in areas needing improvement and also replacing potential free agents if and when players are able to move around.

    Another thing to consider is that without a new collective bargaining agreement, NFL teams will not be able to sign undrafted free agents. This caused many teams in our mock draft to reach in filling needs in the fourth-through-seventh rounds.

1. Carolina Panthers

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    Blaine Gabbert, Quarterback, Missouri

    "And with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select..."

    How that sentence ends is on everyone's mind right now. The Panthers have tons of needs on both sides of the ball. New head coach Ron Rivera has said that 2010 second-round pick Jimmy Clausen is not guaranteed the starting spot at quarterback next fall, leaving open the possibility that the Panthers could draft a quarterback first overall.

    The team has definitive needs at almost every position, making this pick an educated guess at this point in the process. With so many needs, the Panthers can truly sit back and draft the player rated highest on their draft board.

    There is also a great chance the Panthers start shopping this pick if and when a new CBA is signed.

    In the end, we believe this pick will be Blaine Gabbert, whether the Panthers still hold the pick or not.

2. Denver Broncos

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    Marcell Dareus, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

    The Broncos are making a move back to the 4-3 defense under John Fox this year, leaving a big question mark at defensive tackle. The team moved last week to re-sign cornerback Champ Bailey, temporarily filling a need at cornerback.

    This leaves Denver in position to draft Dareus, who will play next to Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil in the four-man front. This gives Denver a viable defensive line to build around and also will help pressure the quarterback and shorten the amount of time their patchwork secondary has to cover the defensive backfield.

    Dareus is quickly shooting up draft boards and moving ahead of SEC rival Nick Fairley of Auburn. As the draft nears, it is becoming more likely that Dareus will be the first defensive tackle off the board.

3. Buffalo Bills

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    Nick Fairley, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

    The Bills could go so many directions here.

    They have needs at left tackle, cornerback, outside linebacker and potentially quarterback to address during this draft class.

    There are few sure things in this draft. The Bills know that quarterbacks and defensive ends have the highest "bust potential" of any position when drafting early in Round 1. The smart pick is to draft an interior defensive lineman who can anchor their defense for the next 10 years.

4. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Robert Quinn, Defensive End, North Carolina

    We have a feeling the Bengals will find a way to re-sign both Cedric Benson (RB) and Jonathan Joseph (CB) this offseason.

    Carlos Dunlap flashed his brilliance in 2010, but his potential was halted by injuries. Dunlap will be back in 2011, a fact that has many Bengals fans excited and optimistic. Opposite Dunlap, there is a need at end. A pass rusher with speed is a welcome addition to Cincinnati and could be the team's focus with the fourth overall pick.

    We previously believed the Bengals would draft Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers here, but questions about a serious knee injury have hurt his stock. Quinn, who sat out 2010, is a fine defensive end with the burst to make dangerous plays off the edge.

5. Arizona Cardinals

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    Von Miller, Outside Linebacker, Texas A&M

    The Cardinals have not recovered from the loss of Calvin Pace and Karlos Dansby last offseason. Look for their 2011 draft to focus on replacing lost stars on the Cardinals roster at positions like outside linebacker and quarterback.

    Miller's stock is rising as the draft nears. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he can not only rush the passer but set the edge and stuff the run when needed. In a pass-heavy NFC West, the Cardinals need a player of Miller's caliber to pressure the quarterback and lock down athletic tight ends.

    Miller's stock is soaring. There is a fine chance he will not be on the board when the Cardinals' pick comes up.

6. Cleveland Browns

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    A.J. Green, Wide Receiver, Georgia

    The Browns are facing an offseason in which they need to add targets for Colt McCoy and rebuild their defense while changing from a 3-4 to a 4-3 system. Oh, and they must replace Shaun Rogers after releasing him in a salary-cap move.

    As Colt McCoy matures and becomes the Browns' franchise quarterback, he will need receivers to grow with him. Cleveland could pull the trigger as early as Round 1 on a No. 1 receiver for McCoy.

    Should the Browns decide to go after a wide receiver in the first round, they will be lucky to find A.J. Green on the board. Green has a rare ability to attack the ball and make plays after the catch. He'll be a fan-favorite immediately in Cleveland.

    Some may say Alabama's Julio Jones is the better athlete, but Green is a more polished receiver and a bigger threat in the red zone.

    We could also see Cleveland trading this pick to a team hot on Cam Newton.

7. San Francisco 49ers

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    Patrick Peterson, Cornerback, LSU

    How is it that the draft's best player is still on the board with the seventh overall pick?

    Many teams above the 49ers have needs at cornerback, but no team has a dire need to add a player at the position. San Francisco will gladly take the speedy Peterson off their hands.

    The 49ers would love to see Blaine Gabbert here, but they also know a quarterback can be found in the second round.

8. Tennessee Titans

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    Cam Newton, Quarterback, Auburn

    The Titans franchise is in shambles. Gone are head coach Jeff Fisher and franchise quarterback Vince Young, with relative newbie Mike Munchak taking over as the top dog.

    Quarterback is the obvious need here, and word has it that the Titans brass is very enamored with the athletic freak known as Cam Newton.

    Newton comes from a spread offense that allowed him to make one read and then run if he didn't like what he saw, leaving many to wonder if he is ready to play in the NFL right away. In Tennessee, Newton would have the luxury of playing behind veteran Kerry Collins for at least one season.

9. Dallas Cowboys

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    Prince Amukamara, Cornerback, Nebraska

    Von Miller may be begging to play in Dallas, but there is no way he's still on the board when pick No. 9 comes around.

    New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will implement an aggressive, pressure-based scheme that asks the cornerbacks to play on an island. While this results in productive cornerbacks, it also requires a special talent at the position. Many feel Terence Newman will have to move to safety, or another team.

    Amukamara was rated as the No. 1 player in the country before the 2010 season by many draft experts. His play in 2010 was shaky compared to 2009, but there is no doubt he has the talent to excel in the NFL.

    Dallas has few real needs, which puts them in a great position to draft the best available player here.

10. Washington Redskins

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    Jake Locker, Quarterback, Washington

    In perhaps the first real surprise in the draft, Washington decides to draft their replacement for Donovan McNabb early on. With few picks remaining due to trades, Washington must address their needs immediately.

    Locker fits well in coach Mike Shanahan's offense. He is mobile, has a strong arm, and will play well in a moving scheme. While Locker does need work on his footwork and accuracy, who better to teach him than Shanahan and son Kyle?

    We see it too, but you have to think Mike Shanahan sees a little bit of John Elway in Locker.

11. Houston Texans

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    Cameron Jordan, Defensive End, California

    The Texans would love to see Von Miller, Robert Quinn or Prince Amukamara on the board here. Unfortunately, at pick No. 11, they are just outside the reach of the top outside linebackers and cornerbacks.

    Barring a trade up, Houston will find themselves in a position to draft the best available player for their new 3-4 defense.

    Cam Jordan has worked out at defensive end, defensive tackle and even outside linebacker for NFL teams. He is a rare athlete at the position.

    Houston will love plugging him in opposite Mario Williams, and then moving both around to find the best matchup.

12. Minnesota Vikings

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    Ryan Mallett, Quarterback, Arkansas

    Our job in writing a mock draft is to predict what NFL teams will do this April, not project what we would do with the pick or try and predict a player's NFL success.

    We will go on record here to say that Ryan Mallett should not be drafted in Round 1 and probably not even Round 2. Rumors aside, Mallett has poor mobility and does not understand the concept of touch passes. When pressed, he completely falls apart.

    But Minnesota needs a quarterback, badly. The strong right arm and imposing size of Ryan Mallett will be too much for this franchise to resist.

    On a good note, Minnesota is one city where we believe Mallett can succeed. They have a dominant offensive line, a top running back and enough skill at wide receiver to win right now. If drafted by a less talented team, Mallett would struggle and potentially implode. In Minnesota, he has a chance to be the savior.

13. Detroit Lions

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    Tyron Smith, Offensive Tackle, USC

    Jeff Backus turns 34 this season. Matthew Stafford's two seasons in the NFL have ended with injuries. Offensive tackle is a need here.

    Lions fans will tell you they need to focus on defense in Round 1, but we disagree. They do need to add a cornerback and outside linebacker, but this can be done later on. Grabbing a franchise left tackle must take precedence in a draft loaded with talent in Rounds 2 and 3.

    Smith has rare athletic ability for the position, and in fact, reminds us a lot of Denver Broncos Pro Bowler Ryan Clady.

    The Lions may have gotten lucky here at No. 13.

14. St. Louis Rams

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    Julio Jones, Wide Receiver, Alabama

    The Rams did a lot this year with little talent at receiver. Donnie Avery will be healthy next year, and Danny Amendola is a nice slot receiver. The jury is out on Danario Alexander as a true No. 2 receiver, but he looks promising. With a young quarterback, the Rams could afford to add more talent at receiver.

    Should Jones fall to No. 14 overall, the Rams will have found an absolute steal for new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and franchise quarterback Sam Bradford to work with. Jones can be inconsistent at times, but he also has a rare ability to pressure a defense and make plays.

    Jones has the talent to go much higher in the draft, but another injury has sidelined him this offseason. Jones' ability to stay healthy, or lack thereof, is the only negative right now.

15. Miami Dolphins

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    Mark Ingram, Running Back, Alabama

    Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams will both enter free agency this offseason. The Dolphins are not expected to bring both back and could ultimately choose to start fresh at the position and let both leave. Whichever they decide, running back figures to be a key need for Miami in the draft.

    If you read our mock drafts each week, you may have noticed a back-and-forth here between Ingram and Illinois running back Mikel LeShoure. In the end, this will be a pick of preference by the Miami personnel department.

    Our preference is LeShoure, but Ingram's pedigree and ties to the Dolphins will be hard to overlook when the Dolphins are on the clock.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Da'Quan Bowers, Defensive End, Clemson

    Aaron Kampman can be a dominating pass rusher, but for the second straight year he tore an ACL and had to have surgery. His long-term value has to be in question.

    This makes adding a defensive end in the first round all the more important for Jacksonville.

    Bowers has been listed as high as No. 1 overall on many draft boards this offseason. The talent is definitely there, but a serious knee injury has Bowers' stock slipping as the draft nears. His April 1st workout will be key in determining his actual draft status.

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    J.J. Watt, Defensive End, Wisconsin

    We have previously slotted the Patriots to draft an offensive tackle here, with the belief that they will move to replace Matt Light with their first pick in the draft. It is also worth noting that we firmly believe the Patriots will consider trying to trade this pick.

    Should the Patriots hold on to pick No. 17, they will be faced with many options, chief of which is a chance to draft an outside linebacker who can rush the passer. As good as the Patriots defense is, they are weak on the edge and have not done an effective job rushing the passer as of late.

    Watt is the best of the many 3-4 defensive ends in this draft. He is recently receiving notice as a potential top-10 pick.

18. San Diego Chargers

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    Corey Liuget, Defensive End, Illinois

    There might be bigger-name defensive ends available right now, but the Chargers' 3-4 defense requires a special kind of player who can stop the run and push the offensive line back toward the quarterback. Corey Liuget has the speed to pressure and chase on the edge, but the size and strength to sit down against the run.

    San Diego has needs at many positions on defense, and they will spend many selections focusing on outside linebacker and inside linebacker later on in the top three rounds. The Chargers will also need to look at running back, wide receiver and right tackle at some point in this draft.

    In Round 1, the Chargers are fortunate enough that they can aim in many directions, but no other available players are as ready to make an impact as Liuget.

19. New York Giants

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    Gabe Carimi, Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin

    Injuries decimated the Giants offensive line this year, but this also exposed weaknesses and areas of need. No position needs more attention than offensive tackle. Building depth at tackle is a need, but the Giants can also look for young players who can eventually start.

    Carimi is slightly underrated by NFL analysts and TV scouts, but having seen him firsthand numerous times, it is hard to not be impressed with Carimi's ability on the blind side. He is a dominant force in the run game and he has the tools to become an elite pass protector.

    A strong performance at the NFL scouting combine has many analysts moving Carimi up their draft boards.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Adrian Clayborn, Defensive End, Iowa

    At one point this year, we had Adrian Clayborn rated as our No. 1 overall player. That was until he decided to play poorly down the stretch and cause many to question his work ethic and character. A dominant end in 2009, Clayborn was average in 2010.

    When watching Clayborn on film you can walk away amazed or disappointed. We believe teams will look hard enough at his 2009 film to be thoroughly impressed. If you are running a 4-3 defense you have to consider Clayborn among the best defensive ends in the class.

    Clayborn has a chance to redeem himself with a strong pre-draft workout, causing teams with a need for an outside pass rush to take a look at him late in the first round.

21. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Ryan Kerrigan, Outside Linebacker, Purdue

    The Chiefs are desperate for help opposite Pro Bowler Tamba Hali, and their focus this offseason will be adding a talented young pass rusher at outside linebacker.

    Kerrigan's stock is hot and cold, depending on which person you talk to and when you ask them. In reality, Kerrigan is a dynamic pass rusher who may be too small to hold up as an every-down defensive end.

    There will be questions about his speed and ability to drop his hips and rush off the edge when looking at film, but in workouts, Kerrigan has looked fast and athletic.

    We are confident Kerrigan will be nothing short of impressive in team workouts and interviews, leading to his selection here by Kansas City.

22. Indianapolis Colts

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    Anthony Castonzo, Offensive Tackle, Boston College

    Peyton Manning had to feel a little human this season after being beaten into the turf by the Chargers and then the Cowboys. Even in the playoffs, Manning looked rushed, rattled and scared in the pocket. We can hardly blame him after looking at how terrible the Colts offensive line was this year.

    Castonzo is an elite athlete for a left tackle, a must in the Colts' zone-blocking scheme. He has long arms, a big frame and the footwork to get to the second level and pull on screens and stretch plays.

    Castonzo is rated by almost all draft experts as a late first-round pick. He is a solid tackle with good athleticism, great size and excellent length. He shows ability to play in the NFL as a rookie.

23. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Brandon Harris, Cornerback, Miami (FL)

    Ellis Hobbs, the team's number two corner, has retired due to injuries. The end of Round 1 would be a smart place to find a future starter at cornerback, leaving Round 2 for the need at guard or defensive tackle.

    Reid tends to like aggressive corners who attack the ball. Brandon Harris of Miami fits the Eagles' scheme very well.

    The Eagles like physical cornerbacks who can face the receiver and make plays on the ball. Harris not only fits this mold, he has the size to run with the NFL's biggest receivers.

    Harris' name is shooting up draft boards lately. He is a lock to hear his name called in Round 1.

24. New Orleans Saints

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    Aldon Smith, Defensive End, Missouri

    Smith is normally projected as an outside linebacker for a 3-4 scheme, but we love his ability as a pure pass rusher from a 4-3 defensive end position.

    Smith has experience with his hand in the dirt, not dropping back in to coverage. Given the task of attacking the quarterback every down, he could excel. Playing next to big tackles Shaun Rogers and Sedrick Ellis will not hurt either.

25. Seattle Seahawks

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    Nate Solder, Offensive Tackle, Colorado

    Russell Okung's rookie season has been up and down due to injury, but he looks like the long-term answer at left tackle. Right tackle is more of a question mark with Sean Locklear. Locklear will be a free agent and could leave for more money and a guaranteed starting job.

    Tackle may not be the Seahawks' primary need heading in to the offseason, but the team cannot pass on grabbing a franchise right tackle late in Round 1. Solder will team with Russell Okung to give the Seahawks a dynamic one-two punch at left and right tackle.

26. Baltimore Ravens

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    Torrey Smith, Wide receiver, Maryland

    Many will cite that Torrey Smith is all speed and no substance. We would argue that Smith is closer to a complete receiver than many will admit.

    Yes, his game is prominently about speed, but is that such a bad thing? Smith will bring a next level of speed to NFL offenses while he learns the intricacies of the position.

    The Ravens have one of the slowest receiving crews in the NFL and would jump at the chance to add a burner like Smith to line up opposite Anquan Boldin. A deep threat would open up more options in the Ravens offense and force safeties to respect the deep ball.

27. Atlanta Falcons

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    Cameron Heyward, Defensive End, Ohio State

    Why would Atlanta draft a defensive end here instead of a wide receiver or tight end?

    Need.

    John Abraham had a great season in 2010, but he is only going to last another year or two at a high level. Kroy Biermann has been good, but he is a situational player at best. Neither of the aforementioned ends offer help in stopping the run.

    Heyward is a complete defensive end. Turn on film of the Ohio State vs. Arkansas game and you will see why some had Heyward's name listed as the No. 1 overall player before the season began.

28. New England Patriots

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    Brooks Reed, Outside Linebacker, Arizona

    The NFL is a copycat league. It always has been.

    In the 2009 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected defensive lineman B.J. Raji and then picked up outside linebacker Clay Matthews later in Round 1. The two players eventually anchored a Packers defense that won the Super Bowl in 2010.

    The Patriots picked up the draft's best 3-4 defensive end (J.J. Watt) earlier in Round 1. Now is their chance to draft a Clay Matthews clone in Brooks Reed.

    Since we are talking about the New England Patriots, there is a great chance Bill Belichick will have traded this pick before they are able to use it. Should they hold on to the choice, New England will be in position to add a talented player at a position of immediate need.

29. Chicago Bears

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    Derek Sherrod, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

    The Bears shocked everyone by making a run to the NFC Championship Game this past season. Had Jay Cutler not gone down to injury, the Bears had a chance to surprise people by appearing in the Super Bowl.

    What does Chicago need to do to have a legitimate chance to play for the 2011 NFL championship? Adding a left tackle to protect Cutler and wide receivers who can get open are key to this offseason.

    Sherrod is a left tackle by trade but has the strength to play on the right side in a zone-blocking system or West Coast offense. He is an underrated run blocker, and in pass protection he is NFL-ready.

30. New York Jets

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    Muhammad Wilkerson, Defensive End, Temple

    The Temple Owls do not put many players in the first round of the NFL draft. Muhammad Wilkerson is a rare talent.

    The Jets have needs across the board at wide receiver, right tackle, defensive end, outside linebacker and cornerback. Many needs can be addressed if they are able to re-sign key players in free agency.

    Depending on how long teams must wait to begin signing players, the Jets will be faced with a situation where they must draft the top player on their draft board at these key positions.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Mike Pouncey, Offensive Guard, Florida

    The Steelers were so close to another Super Bowl ring—and we believe they have the talent to be back in the big game next season. The team is loaded at wide receiver, running back and on defense. They also have a top-five quarterback and a young coach who are excellent leaders.

    Where Pittsburgh is obviously lacking is in the offensive line and the secondary. With pick No. 31, the Steelers are in a great position to draft the best available cornerback or offensive lineman.

    In this case, the best available player happens to be the younger brother of 2010 rookie and Pro Bowl selection Maurkice Pouncey.

    Putting the two Pounceys side-by-side will be an automatic improvement to the Steelers' pass protection.

32. Green Bay Packers

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    Justin Houston, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

    The Packers have a few needs on the roster coming off their Super Bowl win. One such need is at outside linebacker opposite stud Clay Matthews.

    Houston played defensive end at Georgia but has the speed and agility to make the move to outside linebacker without issue.

    Green Bay could also look at offensive guard and defensive end here.

33. New England Patriots from Carolina Panthers

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    Mikel LeShoure, Running Back, Illinois

    The Patriots know the value of the first pick on day two of the draft and will likely trade this selection for a 2012 first-rounder.

    If the Patriots hold the pick they can draft a major upgrade to the running back position.

    Bill Belichick has not historically drafted running backs high, especially after missing on Laurence Maroney. Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis did a fine job, but depth is a concern with the aging Fred Taylor as the best option behind them.

    None of the players on the Patriots roster today have the same skills or impact ability that LeShoure will bring from day one. For the Patriots to become more versatile and more attacking, this pick is a need.

34. Buffalo Bills

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    Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver, Kentucky

    The Bills need to find out if Ryan Fitzpatrick is their long-term answer at quarterback. To do this, they must give Fitzpatrick the targets and talent to excel.

    Cobb is a dynamic receiver with outstanding ability to make plays with the ball. He will also give Buffalo an upgrade as a punt returner.

35. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Christian Ponder, Quarterback, Florida State

    In 1992, franchise quarterback Boomer Esiason asked Bengals owner Mike Brown to trade him. Brown declined and instead drafted David (not Mike) Klinger in the first round of the '93 NFL draft to replace Esiason, who was then traded to the New York Jets one full year after requesting a trade.

    Why is this relevant? This offseason franchise quarterback Carson Palmer requested a trade, which Brown denied. See a pattern?

    Before the 2010 season began, many saw Ponder as a potential No. 1 overall pick. Injuries and inconsistent play hurt his stock, but Ponder is enjoying a comeback during pre-draft workouts. First, he was MVP of the Senior Bowl, followed by a very strong performance during quarterback sessions during the scouting combine.

36. Denver Broncos

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    Jimmy Smith, Cornerback, Colorado

    Denver was able re-sign future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey before the lockout began. While this move brings good PR at a time when NFL news has not been optimistic, it is but a band-aid on the roster needs of the Broncos.

    Bailey will turn 33 this summer and has regressed in recent years. He is still a good cornerback, but he is far from his days as an elite "shutdown" cornerback.

    Smith will not be able to fill the hole left when Bailey does eventually retire, but he is a promising cornerback with great size and very good natural instincts. He would have a strong chance to start as a rookie.

37. Cleveland Browns

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    Jabaal Sheard, Defensive End, Pittsburgh

    As much as they need a defensive end to open up the outside pass rush, the Browns need someone who can actually rush the passer from outside. This has been a need for Cleveland since moving to a 3-4 defense and will be an even bigger need now that they are transitioning back to a 4-3. They must make adding a speed rusher a priority in the 2011 draft.

    Sheard is making a quick move up draft boards with a strong performance this offseason. We previously had him rated as a mid second-round pick but have moved him up in our latest rankings.

38. Arizona Cardinals

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    Colin Kaepernick, Quarterback, Nevada

    It is hard to imagine any team having a worse quarterback situation than the Arizona Cardinals during the 2010 NFL season. The Cards will look long and hard at all available quarterbacks in the NFL draft and free agency this offseason.

    One player enjoying a late rise up draft boards is Nevada's dual-threat star Colin Kaepernick. A raw passer with great running ability, Kaepernick has the athleticism and intelligence to grow in to a solid starting quarterback early in his NFL career with the right coaching.

39. Tennessee Titans

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    Martez Wilson, Inside Linebacker, Illinois

    The Titans have done a good job of patching up holes in the defense. This is a testament to the job Jeff Fisher has done there. The need at middle linebacker is becoming more obvious, though, and it is starting to hurt the overall defense.

    Wilson has had an awesome rise up draft boards with a jaw-dropping performance at the NFL combine. Strong work in private workouts could move him in to Round 1.

40. Dallas Cowboys

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    Marcus Cannon, Right Tackle, TCU

    A guard during his career for the in-state Horned Frogs, Cannon has looked more and more like a right tackle this offseason with strong workouts and practices at the Senior Bowl.

    Dallas' offensive line was patched together several seasons ago and never had the look of a unit. As evidence of that, Marc Colombo remains one of the worst starting offensive linemen in the NFC.

    The selection of Cannon all but guarantees Colombo will be cut before the season begins.

41. Washington Redskins

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    Aaron Williams, Cornerback/Safety, Texas

    With their quarterback of the future found in Round 1, the Redskins can focus on improving a defense with many holes and weaknesses.

    Some will tell you Washington is "fine" at cornerback. These are the same people who foolishly voted DeAngelo Hall in to the Pro Bowl.

    Washington had the 31st-worst rated passing defense in 2010, in some part due to bad pass rushing but also due to big plays given up by cornerbacks.

    Washington could reach for an outside linebacker here, but drafting a potential shutdown corner is the smarter pick.

42. Houston Texans

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    Akeem Ayers, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

    This might be a slight reach in terms of Ayers' value, but the Texans need an outside linebacker too bad to think twice about it.

    Ayers did not test well at the NFL scouting combine and will need a big performance in private workouts to convince teams like Houston to make him a high pick in the second round.

43. Minnesota Vikings

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    Bruce Carter, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina

    Had it not been for a torn ACL late in the 2010 season, Bruce Carter would have been a candidate for the Vikings in Round 1.

    A rare athlete with excellent speed and vision, Carter will fill the hole left by Ben Leber in free agency and pair with Chad Greenway to give the Vikings a formidable linebacking crew.

44. Detroit Lions

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    Ras-I Dowling, Cornerback, Virginia

    Unlike other teams picking in the middle of the first round, Detroit has many identifiable needs they must address. Near the top of that list is the cornerback position.

    Dowling has the talent of a first-rounder, but injuries have pushed him down in this mock draft. He will bring an aggressive style of play and physicality that is missing from the Lions secondary.

45. San Francisco 49ers

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    Andy Dalton, Quarterback, TCU

    The 49ers added a key to the defense in Round 1, but now, they must focus on finding the perfect quarterback for Jim Harbaugh's West Coast offense.

    Dalton is not a perfect quarterback, and for many systems, he would be a bad selection. However, in San Francisco, Harbaugh will be running a system based on timing and accuracy, Dalton's two biggest assets.

    It is worth noting that new head coach Jim Harbaugh did not attend Cam Newton or Ryan Mallett's pro day workouts but did travel to see Dalton work out in person.

46. Denver Broncos from Miami Dolphins

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    Kyle Rudolph, Tight End, Notre Dame

    Using the pick they received in exchange for wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the Broncos find a great threat for quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.

    Rudolph could be drafted in the first round based on pure talent, but two seasons of injuries could push him into the middle of Round 2. Wherever he is drafted, it is all but certain that Rudolph will be an impact player if healthy.

47. St. Louis Rams

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    Phil Taylor, Defensive Tackle, Baylor

    The Rams got lucky when wide receiver Julio Jones fell to them in Round 1. Here, luck strikes again with pick No. 47.

    Taylor has first-round talent but will fall due to concerns about his off-field character. A perfect fit as a zero-technique tackle in the Rams' scheme, Taylor will be a major improvement to the defensive line.

48. Oakland Raiders

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    Orlando Franklin, Offensive Tackle, Miami (FL)

    The Raiders surprised everyone with a very good 2010 draft class. In 2011, they are off to a strong start with their first pick.

    Franklin has played guard at Miami but projects well at tackle in the NFL. With Bruce Campbell expected to take over one starting spot, Franklin could easily move in at left guard or right tackle during his rookie season.

49. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Rahim Moore, Free Safety, UCLA

    At some point in this draft, the Jaguars will need to add a young quarterback and at least one defensive end, but first they must address the weak link on their roster: the secondary.

    In Round 1, Jacksonville added a cover man who can lock down NFL receivers. Here, they find a center fielder to patrol the deep-thirds and create turnovers.

    Moore was one of the better playmaking safeties in college football this past year.

50. San Diego Chargers

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    Sam Acho, Outside Linebacker, Texas

    The Chargers are not happy with the duo of Larry English and Shaun Phillips' production. Adding a third outside linebacker will not only push the incumbents to play better but also shield the Chargers against English leaving in free agency in the coming years.

    Acho, a defensive end at Texas, has the athletic ability to shine as an outside linebacker. His ability to stop the run from a stand-up position will be much welcomed in San Diego.

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Danny Watkins, Right Tackle, Baylor

    Tampa Bay's rotation of Jeremy Trueblood and James Lee was terrible in 2010 and something the team must improve if they want to push themselves over the hump and in to the playoffs next fall.

    The Bucs could go a few directions here, but finding Watkins on the board is a great surprise to them.

    Watkins has played guard at Baylor but has the size and strength to become an elite right tackle with some coaching.

52. New York Giants

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    Stephen Paea, Defensive Tackle, Oregon State

    Paea is a beast at the defensive tackle position. At only 300 lbs, he set the NFL combine record for bench press reps...with a damaged shoulder.

    He'll sit out a few weeks while recovering from surgery, which could cause him to miss offseason workouts with teams before the draft. Paea's stock may suffer because of this, but teams will wisely scoop him up if he starts to fall in Round 2.

    New York will gladly add this powerhouse to the middle of the defensive line.

53. Indianapolis Colts

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    Rodney Hudson, Offensive Guard/Center, Florida State

    The Colts found a left tackle for the future with their first pick in the draft. With pick No. 2, they add a left guard to play right next to him.

    Hudson is, in our estimation, the best pure blocker at offensive guard in this draft class. He lacks the size and pedigree of Mike Pouncey, but Hudson is a stone wall when it comes to blocking. The Colts have a steal here.

54. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Marvin Austin, Defensive Tackle, North Carolina

    The Eagles would love to add an offensive tackle here, but none of value are available with this spot. Instead, the Eagles look to replace free-agent defensive tackle Mike Patterson.

    Austin was a preseason candidate to be the No. 1 overall player on many draft boards before his season was lost after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA.

55. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Titus Young, Wide Receiver, Boise State

    Kansas City looks set at receiver with Dwayne Bowe playing well this year. Depth is a concern here, as is finding a legitimate receiver to take pressure off Bowe. Kansas City could also benefit from adding a slot receiver to open up the downfield passing game.

    Young had an amazing week at the Senior Bowl, drawing comparisons to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. He would be a great addition to the already fast Chiefs offense.

56. New Orleans Saints

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    Ryan Williams, Running Back, Virginia Tech

    Pierre Thomas recently signed a four-year contract to stay in New Orleans, but it seems more and more likely that Reggie Bush will not be back in 2011. This leaves the team with only Chris Ivory on the roster to pair with Thomas.

    Williams' ability to break long runs and make defenders miss will be too much to pass up here at No. 56.

    Getting better on defense is also a priority for Sean Payton and co., but this is a position of need that should be bolstered.

57. Seattle Seahawks

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    Curtis Brown, Cornerback, Texas

    The Seahawks allowed opposing quarterbacks to rack up an average rating of 89.7 against them. Changes must be made at cornerback.

    Curtis Brown is not the athletic freak that teammate Aaron Williams is, but he is the better cover corner. Seattle struck gold with a fellow Longhorn with Earl Thomas in 2010. They are hoping to find another 10-year starter in Brown.

58. Baltimore Ravens

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    Christian Ballard, Defensive Tackle, Iowa

    The Ravens do a great job of filling holes before they even open. Christian Ballard is drafted with that in mind.

    The team wants to add quality young players to their rotation at the position and allow Haloti Ngata to spend more time inside.

    Ballard will team will with Paul Kruger and Arthur Jones to give the Ravens a potent rotation at the position for years to come.

59. Atlanta Falcons

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    Leonard Hankerson, Wide Receiver, Miami (FL)

    Roddy White emerged as one of the NFL's best receivers during the 2010 season. What is more surprising is that White is doing so well without a legitimate threat opposite him.

    Michael Jenkins has been average and inconsistent at times. We do like Harry Douglas in the slot, but Atlanta could look to upgrade over Jenkins in Rounds 1 or 2.

    Hankerson is wildly talented, but he is also an inconsistent player who will drop easy passes and run sloppy routes. He'll need work, but he has the skills to be a very good NFL player.

60. New England Patriots

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    Jon Baldwin, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh

    With their fourth pick in the first two rounds, the Patriots look to replace the deep threat they lost when trading Randy Moss to the Vikings.

    Baldwin has impressive talent, but his production has been so-so, and there are concerns about his attitude. When placed in the Patriots locker room, he will become an immediate weapon for quarterback Tom Brady.

61. San Diego Chargers from New York Jets

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    Quan Sturdivant, Inside Linebacker, North Carolina

    The Chargers are serious about getting better on defense in the 2011 NFL draft. By adding a defensive end and outside linebacker before this, they are set to pick up an inside linebacker.

    The team has many free agents at the position with Kevin Burnett, Stephen Cooper, Brandon Moore and Brandon Siler slated to hit the market.

    We do like Donald Butler here, but the team needs to draft one linebacker and re-sign another.

62. Chicago Bears

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    Greg Little, Wide Receiver, North Carolina

    The Bears' defense and running game are good enough to win a Super Bowl, but they had no passing attack in 2010 due in large part to the inability of their receivers to get open and to secure easy catches.

    Little will come in and immediately challenge incumbents Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett for the No. 1 receiver position.

63. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Brandon Burton, Cornerback, Utah

    After addressing their need at right guard in the first round, the Steelers can focus now on drafting improvements at cornerback. With Ike Taylor set to hit free agency Pittsburgh needs to make drafting a cornerback a high priority in this draft.

    Burton is a lanky cover man with very good range. He is an underrated talent who can start from day one in the NFL.

64. Green Bay Packers

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    Allen Bailey, Defensive End, Miami (FL)

    The Packers enter an offseason where both Cullen Jenkins and Johnny Jolly are free agents. Mike Neal was drafted last year to replace one of them and will be ready to step in to the starting lineup in 2011.

    Bailey is an often forgotten player in this class, but he should not be. A great athlete for his size, Bailey is ideal for a 3-4 scheme that asks the defensive ends to make plays in the backfield.

Round 3, Picks 65-75

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    65. Carolina Panthers
    Drake Nevis, Defensive Tackle, LSU

    66. Cincinnati Bengals
    DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Oklahoma

    67. Denver Broncos
    James Carpenter, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

    68. Buffalo Bills
    Benjamin Ijalana, Offensive Tackle, Villanova

    69. Arizona Cardinals
    Stefen Wisniewski, Offensive Guard, Penn State

    70. Cleveland Browns
    Kenrick Ellis, Defensive Tackle, Hampton

    71. Dallas Cowboys
    Quinton Carter, Free Safety, Oklahoma

    72. New Orleans Saints from Washington
    Dontay Moch, Outside Linebacker, Nevada

    73. Houston Texans
    Davon House, Cornerback, New Mexico State

    74. New England Patriots from Minnesota
    Clint Boling, Offensive Guard, Georgia

    75. Detroit Lions
    Chris Carter, Outside Linebacker, Fresno State

Round 3, Picks 76-86

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    76. San Francisco 49ers
    Mason Foster, Outside Linebacker, Washington

    77. Tennessee Titans
    Will Rackley, Offensive Guard, Lehigh

    78. St. Louis Rams
    Pierre Allen, Defensive End, Nebraska

    79. Miami Dolphins
    Luke Stocker, Tight End, Tennessee

    80. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Shareece Wright, Cornerback, Southern California

    81. Oakland Raiders
    Chimdi Chekwa, Cornerback, Ohio State

    82. San Diego Chargers
    Jerrel Jernigan, Wide Receiver, Troy

    83. New York Giants
    Kendall Hunter, Running Back, Oklahoma State

    84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Greg Jones, Inside Linebacker, Michigan State

    85. Philadelphia Eagles
    Jason Pinkston, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

    86. Kansas City Chiefs
    James Brewer, Offensive Tackle, Indiana

Round 3, Picks 87-96

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    87. Indianapolis Colts
    Jurrell Casey, Defensive Tackle, Southern California

    88. New Orleans Saints
    Joseph Barksdale, Offensive Tackle, LSU

    89. San Diego Chargers from Seattle
    Robert Sands, Free Safety, West Virginia

    90. Baltimore Ravens
    Marcus Gilchrist, Cornerback, Clemson

    91. Atlanta Falcons
    D.J. Williams, Tight End,  Arkansas

    92. New England Patriots
    Johnny Patrick, Cornerback, Louisville

    93. Chicago Bears
    Jarvis Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

    94. New York Jets
    K.J. Wright, Outside Linebacker, Mississippi State

    95. Pittsburgh Steelers
    DeAndre McDaniel, Strong Safety, Clemson

    96. Green Bay Packers
    Jordan Todman, Running Back, Connecticut

Round 4, Picks 97-107

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    97. Carolina Panthers
    Edmond Gates, Wide Receiver, Abilene Christian

    98. Seattle Seahawks from New England via Denver
    Tyler Sash, Strong Safety, Iowa

    99. Buffalo Bills
    Rob Housler, Tight End, Florida Atlantic

    100. Cincinnati Bengals
    Niles Paul, Wide Receiver, Nebraska

    101. Cleveland Browns
    Lawrence Wilson, Outside Linebacker, Connecticut

    102. Arizona Cardinals
    Marcus Gilbert, Offensive Tackle, Florida

    103. Philadelphia  Eagles from Washington
    Stephen Schilling, Offensive Guard, Michigan

    104. Houston Texans
    Curtis Marsh, Cornerback, Utah State

    105. Minnesota Vikings
    Buster Skrine, Cornerback, Chattanooga

    106. Detroit Lions
    Kristofer O'Dowd, Center, Southern California

    107. San Francisco 49ers
    Lawrence Guy, Defensive End, Arizona State

Round 4, Picks 108-118

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    108. Tennessee Titans
    Pernell McPhee, Defensive End, Mississippi State

    109. Dallas Cowboys
    John Moffitt, Offensive Guard, Wisconsin

    110. Miami Dolphins
    Jaiquawn Jarrett, Free Safety, Temple

    111. St. Louis Rams
    Virgil Green, Tight End, Nevada

    112. Oakland Raiders
    Ross Homan, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

    113. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Pat Devlin, Quarterback, Delaware

    114. San Francisco 49ers from San Diego
    Shane Vereen, Running Back, California

    115. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Lee Ziemba, Offensive Tackle, Auburn

    116. New York Giants
    Tim Barnes, Center, Missouri

    117. Kansas City Chiefs
    Jerrell Powe, Nose Tackle, Mississippi

    118. Indianapolis Colts
    Daniel Thomas, Running Back, Kansas State

Round 4, Picks 119-128

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    119. Philadelphia Eagles
    Joe Lefeged, Strong Safety, Rutgers

    120. Jacksonville Jaguars from New Orleans
    Tandon Doss, Wide Receiver, Indiana

    121. Buffalo Bills from Seattle
    Ricky Stanzi, Quarterback, Iowa

    122. Baltimore Ravens
    Kelvin Sheppard, Inside Linebacker, LSU

    123. Atlanta Falcons
    DeMarcus Love, Offensive Guard, Arkansas

    124. New England Patriots
    Ricky Elmore, Outside Linebacker, Arizona

    125. New York Jets
    Terrence Toliver, Wide Receiver, LSU

    126. Chicago Bears
    Jamie Harper, Running Back, Clemson

    127. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Ian Williams, Nose Tackle, Notre Dame

    128. Green Bay Packers
    Zach Hurd, Offensive Guard, Connecticut

Round 5, Picks 129-139

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    129. Carolina Panthers
    Ugo Chinasa, Defensive End, Oklahoma State

    130. Buffalo Bills
    Colin McCarthy, Inside Linebacker, Miami (Fla.)

    131. Cincinnati Bengals
    Casey Matthews, Inside Linebacker, Oregon

    132. Tampa Bay Buccaneers from Denver
    Mark Herzlich, Outside Linebacker, Boston College

    133. Arizona Cardinals
    Jalil Brown, Cornerback, Colorado

    134. Cleveland Browns
    Derek Newton, Offensive Tackle, Arkansas State

    135. Houston Texans
    Chris Conte, Free Safety, California

    136. Minnesota Vikings
    Greg Romeus, Defensive End, Pittsburgh

    137. Kansas City Chiefs from Detroit
    Brandon Fusco, Center, Slippery Rock

    138. San Francisco 49ers
    Austin Pettis, Wide Receiver, Boise State

    139. Tennessee Titans
    Jordan Cameron, Tight End, Southern California

Round 5, Picks 140-150

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    140. Dallas Cowboys
    Ahmad Black, Strong Safety, Florida

    141. Washington Redskins
    Ronald Johnson, Wide Receiver, Southern California

    142. St. Louis Rams
    Chris Culliver, Free Safety, South Carolina

    143. Miami Dolphins
    Denarius Moore, Wide Receiver, Tennessee

    144. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Da'Norris Searcy, Strong Safety, North Carolina

    145. Oakland Raiders
    Greg McElroy, Quarterback, Alabama

    146. Philadelphia Eagles from San Diego
    Brian Rolle, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

    147. Minnesota Vikings from New York Giants
    David Arkin, Offensive Guard, Missouri State

    148. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Da'Rel Scott, Running Back, Maryland

    149. Indianapolis Colts
    Jeron Johnson, Strong Safety, Boise State

    150. Philadelphia Eagles
    Nate Irving, Inside Linebacker, North Carolina State

Round 5, Picks 151-160

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    151. Detroit Lions (exchange with Kansas City)
    Delone Carter, Running Back, Syracuse

    152. Washington Redskins from New Orleans
    Sione Fua, Defensive Tackle, Stanford

    153. Seattle Seahawks
    Jeremy Kerley, Wide Receiver, TCU

    154. Baltimore Ravens
    Chris Hairston, Offensive Tackle, Clemson

    155. Atlanta Falcons
    Shiloh Keo, Strong Safety, Idaho

    156. New England Patriots
    Derek Hall, Offensive Tackle, Stanford

    157. Chicago Bears
    Charles Clay, Fullback, Tulsa

    158. New York Jets
    Rashad Carmichael, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

    159. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Willie Smith, Offensive Tackle, East Carolina

    160. Green Bay Packers
    Vincent Brown, Wide Receiver, San Diego State

Round 6, Picks 161-171

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    161. Carolina Panthers
    Lance Kendricks, Tight End, Wisconsin

    162. Cincinnati Bengals
    Keith Williams, Offensive Guard, Nebraska

    163. Cleveland Browns from Denver
    Kendric Burney, Cornerback, North Carolina

    164. Buffalo Bills
    Eddie Jones, Outside Linebacker, Texas

    165. Cleveland Browns
    Justin Boren, Offensive Guard, Ohio State

    166. Arizona Cardinals
    Deunta Williams, Free Safety, North Carolina

    167. Minnesota Vikings
    Greg Salas, Wide Receiver, Hawaii

    168. Seattle Seahawks fom Detroit
    Tyrod Taylor, Quarterback, Virginia Tech

    169. San Francisco 49ers
    Owen Marecic, Fullback, Stanford

    170. Tennessee Titans
    Jake Kirkpatrick, Center, TCU

    171. Dallas Cowboys
    David Carter, Defensive End, UCLA

Round 6, Picks 172-182

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    172. Washington Redskins
    Jarriel King , Offensive Tackle, South Carolina

    173. Houston Texans
    Nate Williams, Strong Safety,  Washington

    174. Miami Dolphins
    Brandon Hogan, Cornerback, West Virginia

    175. St. Louis Rams
    Bilal Powell, Running Back, Louisville

    176. Oakland Raiders
    Cecil Shorts III, Wide Receiver, Mount Union

    177. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Jonas Mouton, Outside Linebacker, Michigan

    178. San Diego Chargers
    Stevan Ridley, Running Back, LSU

    179. Detroit Lions from Philadelphia via Tampa Bay
    Doug Hogue, Outside Linebacker, Syracuse

    180. New York Giants
    Jeremy Beal, Outside Linebacker, Oklahoma

    181. Philadelphia Eagles
    Jacquizz Rodgers, Running Back, Oregon State

    182. Kansas City Chiefs
    Mike Mohamed, Inside Linebacker, California

Round 6, Picks 183-192

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    183. Indianapolis Colts
    Ryan Whalen, Wide Receiver, Stanford

    184. New England Patriots from New Orleans
    Cortez Allen, Cornerback, Citadel

    185. San Francisco 49ers from Seattle
    Jermale Hines, Free Safety, Ohio State

    186. Baltimore Ravens
    Alex Linnenkohl, C/OG, Oregon State

    187. Atlanta Falcons
    Scott Lutrus, Outside Linebacker, Connecticut

    188. Denver Broncos from New England
    Cliff Matthews, Defensive End, South Carolina

    189. New York Jets
    Darvin Adams, Wide Receiver, Auburn

    190. Chicago Bears
    Brandon Bair, Defensive End, Oregon

    191. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Dwayne Harris, Wide Receiver, East Carolina

    192. Green Bay Packers
    Chykie Brown, Cornerback, Texas

Round 7

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    193. Green Bay Packers from Carolina
    D.J. Young, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State

    194. Denver Broncos
    Taiwan Jones, Running Back, Eastern Washington

    195. Buffalo Bills
    Chris L. Rucker, Cornerback, Michigan State

    196. Cincinnati Bengals
    Alex Henery , Kicker, Nebraska

    197. New York Jets from Arizona
    Thomas Keiser, Outside Linebacker, Stanford

    198. Seattle Seahawks from Cleveland
    Markus White, Defensive End, Florida State

    199. San Francisco 49ers from Detroit
    Jason Kelce, Center, Cincinnati

    200. San Francisco 49ers
    Josh Bynes, Inside Linebacker, Auburn

    201. Tennessee Titans
    Martin Parker, Defensive Tackle, Richmond

    202. Dallas Cowboys
    Tori Gurley, Wide Receiver, South Carolina

    203. Washington Redskins
    Ryan Winterswyk, Outside Linebacker, Boise State

    204. Houston Texans
    Chris Neild, Nose Tackle,  West Virginia

    205. Minnesota Vikings
    Terrell McClain, Defensive Tackle, South Florida

    206. St. Louis Rams
    J.T. Thomas, Outside Linebacker, West Virginia

    207. Miami Dolphins
    Taylor Potts, Quarterback, Texas Tech

    208. Miami Dolphins from Jacksonville
    Ryan Hill, Cornerback, Miami (Fla.)

    209. Oakland Raiders
    Julius Thomas, Tight End, Portland State

    210. Dallas Cowboys from San Diego
    Korey Lindsey, Cornerback, Southern Illinois

    211. New York Giants
    Jerrard Tarrant, Free Safety, Georgia Tech

    212. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Anthony Gaitor, Cornerback, Florida International

    213. Kansas City Chiefs
    Stanley Havili, Fullback, Southern California

    214. Indianapolis Colts
    Cedric Thornton, Defensive Tackle, Southern Arkansas

    215. Baltimore Ravens from Philadelphia
    Andre Smith, Tight End, Virginia Tech

    216. New Orleans Saints
    Justin Rogers, Cornerback, Richmond

    217. Seattle Seahawks
    Henry Hynoski, Fullback, Pittsburgh

    218. Baltimore Ravens
    Dane Sanzenbacher, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

    219. Atlanta Falcons
    Byron Maxwell, Cornerback, Clemson

    220. Atlanta Falcons from New England
    Ricardo Lockette, Wide Receiver, Fort Valley State

    221. Chicago Bears
    Stephen Burton, Wide Receiver, West Texas A&M

    222. Detroit Lions from New York Jets
    Pick forfeited

    223. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Richard Sherman, Cornerback, Stanford

    224. Green Bay Packers
    Derrick Locke, Running Back, Kentucky

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