2011 NFL Mock Draft: Who Will Go Where?
The 2011 NFL Draft is about to be here and this is when and where teams build their teams for the future in hopes of reaching the ultimate goal. Winning the Super Bowl and that Lombardi Trophy.
The first overall pick is still up for grabs and no one really knows for sure who the Carolina Panthers will take whether that be quarterbacks Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert or guys like A.J. Green, Patrick Peterson, and Marcell Dareus.
It's even harder to know what teams are going to pick who because there hasn't been a free agency period yet so teams still have many needs.
Here is my 2011 NFL Mock Draft.
1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton QB, Auburn
The Panthers after much debate select Newton as the #1 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. They pass on a Marcell Dareus at a position they really need and hopes Newton learns the offensive system quick because Jimmy Clausen is not the answer in Carolina.
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus DT, Alabama
With Denver now running the 4-3 defense with John Fox as head coach. They need defensive tackles. The Broncos select Dareus in hopes that he comes close to the production that Ndamakong Suh had for the Lions last year.
3. Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri
Von Miller is an option here but it seems like the last time the Bills were relevant was when they had Doug Flutie at Quarterback. Fitzpatrick is alright but he will never lead a team to a championship. In comes Gabbert who appearently has a very good knowledge and understanding of the game.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green WR, Georgia
With T.O. gone and possibly Ochocinco as well. The Bengals really should draft a WR and hope QB's Ryan Mallett or Christian Ponder are there in the 2nd Round because I think Carson Palmer will retire if he is not traded. Green has the potential to be an elite receiver in the NFL.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M
Von Miller makes sense for the Cardinals here. Joey Porter didn't do much of anything last year as a pass rushing linebacker and is getting old. The Cards desperately need a quarterback but I think they'll get a proven veteran rather than drafting a quarterback even if Newton or Gabbert are here. They pick Miller.
6. Cleveland Browns: Patrick Peterson CB, LSU
The Browns select CB Patrick Peterson to start opposite Joe Haden. Peterson is probably the best prospect in the draft. Julio Jones or Robert Quinn may also be considered.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn DE/OLB, North Carolina
Quinn comes in to San Francisco and provides a pass rush upgrade. He's a very good athlete who didn't play last year and also has a lot of room to get better.
8. Tennessee Titans: Julio Jones WR, Alabama
The Randy Moss experiment failed in Titan land as well and they still need a receiver to start across upcoming WR Kenny Britt. Whoever is going to be the Titans QB next year is going to need a lot of help and Jones would be a very nice weapon in the offense.
9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska
Tyron Smith may be the one who gets picked here, but Amukamara is the better player who will actually cover and tackle somebody unlike Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins.
10. Washington Redskins: J.J. Watt DE, Wisconsin
With Julio Jones off the board, the Redskins take a very promising prospect in J.J. Watt who just gives an all out effort every play unlike some guy named Albert Hayneworth.
11. Houston Texans: Nick Fairley DT/DE, Auburn
Surprised Fairley falls this far, the Texans pick up Fairley who has questions about his work ethic and hope he works out as a 3-4 DE.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith OT, USC
The Vikings get a franchise left tackle in a bulked up Tyron Smith instead of taking a chance on QB Jake Locker.
13. Detroit Lions: Aldon Smith DE, Missouri
The Lions take DE Aldon Smith who is a very raw talent and can only make the Lions defensive line even scarier and also allowing Jeff Backus to keep being the LT after a solid year and hoping Gosder recovers from knee surgery. Pray for Stafford.
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget DT, Illinois
Liuget has been rising up the draft boards after surprisingly entering the draft. Liuget fits a need that the Rams have although they would love if Julio Jones fell to them.
15. Miami Dolphins: Jake Locker QB, Washington
Yes the Dolphins need a running back but I see a lot of running backs in the 2nd through the 5th Rounds that could be very capable starters in the NFL. Henne is a solid 2nd string QB but not a starter in the NFL.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Da'Quan Bowers DE, Clemson
Bowers stock has fallen but he's just too good of a talent to go past here. Bowers will give the Jags a much needed pass rush once he's fully healthy. Derrick Harvey has not produced at all really and Aaron Kampman has torn his ACL 2 years in a row now.
17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan DE, California
The Patriots get a very good 3-4 DE in Jordan who will be solid for them for years to come.
18. San Diego Chargers: Justin Houston OLB, Georgia
I think Houston will be a beast of a 3-4 OLB and Larry English should not get another shot. The Chargers may take a OT or someone like Cameron Heyward but Justin Houston has much more potential.
19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College
The Giants take Castonzo to upgrade their o-line who once was considered the best OT of this class.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn DE, Iowa
Clayborn had a slumping last year at Iowa but the Bucs still take him at No. 20 overall giving them a much needed upgrade at DE.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers OLB, UCLA
Kansas City needs a guy to plug up the middle but Baylor NT Phil Taylor is too much of a risk there and Akeem Ayers should be able to provide play making ability rushing the passer and is a good enough athlete to be put in coverage.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder OT, Colorado
Nate Solder provides an instant upgrade at OT for the Colts and helps Peyton Manning keep his starting streak alive. Solder still has a lot of work to do to become a complete left tackle but definately has the potential.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Pouncey OG, Florida
Pouncey would be the best available offensive lineman at this point who is versatile and plays with a mean streak that head coach Andy Reid likes.
24. New Orleans Saints: Martez Wilson ILB, Illinois
The Saints don't really put much stock into linebackers but by drafting Wilson they would upgrade their linebacker core. Martez didn't have a great pro day but he has a high ceiling of potential and is a gifted athlete.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado
Seattle's secondary was not good last year and Jimmy Smith has his character concerns but I think Seattle head coach Pete Carroll takes a shot on the CB to shut down opposing receivers.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Muhammad Wilkerson DE, Temple
Wilkerson provides a defensive presense at DE for the Ravens. They may also take a right tackle like Derek Sherrod or Gabe Carimi.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi State
The Falcons take who I believe is the most underrated OT in this years draft in Derek Sherrod moving Sam Baker to the right side.
28. New England Patriots: Brooks Reed OLB, Arizona
The Patriots pass on RB Mark Ingram again and take DE/OLB Brooks Reeds to gain a better pass rush and improve their defense even more.
29. Chicago Bears: Stefen Wisniewski OG/C, Penn State
The Bears may not be able to resign aging center Olin Kreutz, plus the Bears guards need an upgrade and Wisniewski is a versatile offensive lineman who is just plain nasty and Cutler will take any help across the o-line.
30. New York Jets: Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin
The J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets take a right tackle to replace Damien Woody who got hurt at the end of the season and eventually got cut. Phil Taylor and Cameron Heyward are also possibilities.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris CB, Miami (Fla)
The Steelers have avoided drafting a solid CB for too long now and it showed in the Super Bowl. Harris would be a much needed upgrade at one CB spot and he's a baller.
32. Green Bay Packers: Mark Ingram RB, Alabama
Ingram finally falls into the Packers' laps and now the Pack has a very good run game to go along with Aaron Rodgers' passing attack.