NFL Mock Draft 2011: Will the Carolina Panthers Resist Urge to Take QB?
Ron Rivera Opts For Defense In 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Kiper: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
McShay: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Banks: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Kirwan: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Rang: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
My take: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
There hasn't been this much suspense at the top pick in a long time. By this time the first pick is usually negotiating their first contract.
Still, there seems to be a consensus about a few players being at the top. But I just can't see Carolina making selecting a quarterback here: that would effectively negate the selection of Jimmy Clausen and leaves them open to a terribly huge blunder if Newton or Gabbert doesn't pan out.
That leaves either Dareus or Bowers in my opinion. It's a real toss up, but I see the Panthers being enticed by the pass rusher (Bowers) more rather than a run stuffer (Dareus). In a division with great passing attacks like Drew Brees New Orleans Saints and Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons--not to mention the Tampa Bay Buccaneers budding star in Josh Freeman--pressuring the quarterback will be paramount.
They are hoping to re-sign Charles Johnson, but even if they do, Bowers would be put to great use. Kiper (who had him going second overall to Denver) called him "scheme-versatile, very athletic for his size (which is back to 297 pounds as of yesterday) and a devastating penetrator at tackle; he helps immediately."
Now the issues about his knee (reportedly two failed physicals recently) could completely change this pick. But until his pro day, he's still tops on this mock.
|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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