2011 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Cam Newton Slides, DaQuan Bowers in Free Fall
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. Neither Clausen nor Gabbert has the trust of the Panthers coaching staff according to CBSS.com, and I think we will see a veteran stop gap QB in Carolina. For this reason, the Panthers will turn their attention to the offense and A. J. Green, whom Charley Casserley described as the safest pick in the draft. 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. DT/DE—Marcell Dareus to the Denver Broncos: The Broncos have a gaping hole at DT and Marcell Dareus is the perfect player to plug this hole. Dareus' versatility will give the Broncos a lot of options showing offenses different looks and creating pass rush from multiple positions. The pick has changed from Patrick Peterson and the Broncos could still elect to go with this unique player and look to cover the DT spot in the second round where there will be a lot of depth.
3. DE—Cameron Jordan to the Buffalo Bills: Although Patrick Peterson would be a strong suitor for this spot—the Bills reach to get the best 3-4 DE in the draft—they need to stop the run and Cameron Jordan has the abilities and the pedigree to be a cornerstone on the Bills defensive line for years.
4. QB—Blaine Gabbert to the Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer is done in Cincinnati and the Bengals pick Blaine Gabbert, around whom they will build their west coast offense. He will have some young receivers to grow with and an experienced offense to support him. Bowers, with injuries, and Fairley, with intangibles, just have too many question marks with Gabbert on the board.
5. OLB—Von Miller to the Arizona Cardinals: It's either Von Miller or Patrick Peterson. Either way, they can't go wrong. Miller fits the biggest need, and is, without question, the best 3-4 outside linebacker available.
6. DE—Robert Quinn to the Cleveland Browns: This pick could also be Patrick Peterson, but the Browns really need a pass rushing DE up front and the secondary is in good shape, if they decide they can coach up Eric Wright. Robert Quinn is the best 4-3 DE in the draft after Bowers knee put him in free fall on the big board.
7. CB/S/KR—Patrick Peterson to the San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson falls to the 49ers and they can't believe their luck. Teams will now think twice before the throw agains the 49ers.
8. DT—Nick Fairley to the Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairleys HC in college is now the DC in Tennessee—he knows how to get the best out of Fairley and the Titans they have picked Haynesworth 2.0.
9. CB—Prince Amukamara to the Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys need to do something about their secondary and Amukamara isn't far behind Patrick Peterson in cover skills. This pick could also be OT Tyron Smith.
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 and his pro day that accuracy is an issue he can deal with. The Redskins re-sign Grossman and Locker will be the starter by the end of the season.
11. DE—J.J. Watt to the Houston Texans: J.J. Watt is the perfect fit for the Texans change to the 3-4 defense. They would probably have loved a 3-4 OLB or a top CB. However, with Watt, they can't go wrong.
12. WR—Julio Jones to the Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings need a QB, but Cam Newton isn't a safe pick. Sidney Rice is probably on his way out and the Vikings replace him with Jones, who is a perfect match for the Vikings run heavy offense because of his great blocking skills. Whomever is throwing the ball is going to love the big target to throw the ball up too.
13. OT—Tyron Smith to the Detroit Lions: The Lions need to protect Matt Stafford. Tyron Smith could start at either tackle position and Stafford is going to love a much improved offensive line.
14. DT—Corey Liuget to the St. Louis Rams: The Rams solidifies the the defensive line with Liuget, who is a great three down player with a high motor. The Rams would have loved one of the top two receivers, but McDaniels offensive scheme and Bradfords great arm doesn't need big time go to receivers to be productive.
15. QB—Cam Newton to the Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins will love the flashy pick of Cam Newton and they are in desperate need of a new star franchise QB. Cam Newton will not have to play straight away, but can develop his skills in a pro style offense as Henne gets a chance to show he can be a legitimate starter elsewhere.
16. DE / OLB—Ryan Kerrigan to the Jacksonville Jaguars: With Ryan Kerrigan, the Jaguars are getting themselves a player in the mold as Tyson Alualu: smart, hard worker and great playmaker. Del Rio is going to love this pick and the Jaguars lack of a pass rush could be over.
17. OG / C—Mike Pouncey to the New England Patriots: The Patriots need to add talent to the o-line and Pouncey can start at guard and take over at center in a year or two. Bill Belichick still has the Urban Meyer connection and he knows exactly what he is getting.
18. OLB/DE—Aldon Smith to the San Diego Chargers: The Chargers need a pass rush opposite Shaun Phillips. Aldon Smith had a great combine and has tons of undeveloped talent.
19. OT—Anthony Costanzo to the New York Giants: Anthony Costanzo can play both tackle and guard, but will end up manning one of the tackle positions for years in New York.
20. RB—Mark Ingram to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers would undoubtedly have loved a top DE with this pick. But with Cadillac Williams probably on his way out of Tampa, the Bucs need a can do it all back like Ingram to complement sledge hammer Blount. Marshall Faulk thinks he is the next Emmit Smith, thats a good enough endorsement for me.
21. OG/C—Stefen Wisniewski to the Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs need to find a younger solution at center. Wisniewski can play both guard and center, and has a great pedigree.
22. DT—Muhammad Wilkerson to the Indianapolis Colts: The Colts can't give up that many rushing yards again. Wilkerson is a three-down defensive tackle that can do it all.
23. CB—Brandon Harris to the Philadelphia Eagles" Brandon Harris is a "can-do-it-all" CB and he fills one of the Eagles biggest offseason needs at RCB.
24. DE—DaQuan Bowers to the New Orleans Saints: When Bowers falls to the Saints, they think they are getting a steal. If Bowers lives up to his potential and his knee holds up—they are. They need to be patient and not play Bowers before he is top fit and his knee is 100 percent ready.
25. QB—Christian Ponder to the Seattle Seahawks: With Matt Hasselbeck on his way out of Seattle, Pete Carroll brings Christian Ponder in to be the future franchise QB in Seattle. Ponder has the skills and intelligence to push Whitehurst in 2011, and will take over in 2012. Ponder is a perfect fit for the WCO and I won't be surprised if Ponder ends up as the most successful QB of the class of 2011.
26. CB—Jimmy Smith to the Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens need to get younger in the secondary, and Jimmy Smith is a tough press corner who will learn to be humble under the tutelage of Ed Reed.
27. OT—Dereck Sherrod to the Atlanta Falcons: Versatile o-lineman that can start at RT and has the potential to be the future LT of the Falcons.
28. OT—Gabe Carimi to the New England Patriots: Three-year starter at LT and team captain, allowing only five sacks. Carimi has tons of potential that Belichick will know to develop. He can start right away.
29. OT—Nate Solder to the Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler and Mike Tice are going to love Nate Solder's big wingspan and athleticism at LT. Mike Tice will know how to get the most out of Nate Solder's great physique.
30. DE—Akeem Ayers to the New York Jets: Rex Ryan is going to love Ayer's versatility and his ability to both rush the passer and drop back and cover—a perfect fit for Ryan's multi-look defenses.
31. OG—Jason Pinkston to the Pittsburgh Steelers: Jason Pinkston played LT but is probably better suited at guard. The Steelers will know how to develop this kid to the best of his abilities. I think CB could be looked at and Aaron Williams could be a nice fit at CB/S.
32. OLB/DE—Justin Houston to the Green Bay Packers: Justin Houston is a physical freak to deploy opposite Clay Matthews. If he pans out, the Packers will have a monster pass rush in 2011 and onward.
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