2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will the San Francisco 49ers Avoid QB Temptation?
Jim Harbaugh Finds Help Elsewhere in 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Kiper: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
McShay: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Banks: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Kirwan: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Rang: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
My take: Robert Quinn, DE, UNC
This is one of my biggest "bones to pick" with the expert mockers out there.
Many people say that Patrick Peterson from LSU is the best player and/or best athlete in this draft. Mel Kiper calls him "my No. 1 overall Big Board player." And this is one of the few times I think Pat Kirwan is right on point when he says "Patrick has Charles Woodson-like qualities as well as terrific return skills" and sees him going third overall.
Translation: I don't see any way Peterson falls to the seventh spot. And although Prince Amukamara is a great prospect, I just don't think San Fran is that desperate for a new corner. Shawntae Spencer is a good, and Nate Clements is much better than people seem to remember.
And while Gabbert does have size, athleticism, and an arm comparable to Andrew Luck, I think Harbaugh would rather try and wait for the real thing in April 2012 and hold out hope he can land Kevin Kolb for a year.
The 49ers defense might not be in shambles, but Quinn can make even better. Pairing him with a great player like Patrick Willis makes a scary combination.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Da'Quan Bowers, DE |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Nick Fairley, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Patrick Peterson, CB
|17. New England Patiriots: Mike Pouncey, OG|
18. San Diego Chagers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
19. New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Jordan,DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE
8. Tennessee Titans: Tyron Smith, OT
|21. Kansans City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: J.J. Watt, DE
24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Heyward, DE
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB |
10. Washington Redskins: Cam Newton, QB
11. Houston Texans: Von Miller, OLB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jimmy Smith, CB
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Stephen Paea, DT|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston, OLB
28. New England Patriots: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|13. Detroit Lions: Nate Solder, OT |
14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram Jr., RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB
|29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT|
30. New York Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Jabaal Sheard, DE
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