2011 NFL Mock Draft: Who Will Go Where?

Keaton WolfeContributor IIIApril 11, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Who Will Go Where?

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide avoids a tackle by Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tid
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    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

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws the ball in the third quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendal
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    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

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Marcell Dareus #57 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers drops back to pass during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes  at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24.  (P
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    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

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers throws under pressure from Von Miller #40 of the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by C
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    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

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 13:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers runs back an interception against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty I
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    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

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Thaddeus Lewis #9 of the Duke Blue Devils is sacked by Robert Quinn #42 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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    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

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes for a touchdown during the Capitol One Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Im
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    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

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Prince Amukamara #21 of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers defends the play during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against University of Arizona Wildcats on December 30, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Co
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    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

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Defensive lineman J.J. Watt #99 of the Wisconsin Badgers rushes the TCU Horned Frogs in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    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

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    AUBURN - OCTOBER 16:  Defensive lineman Nick Fairley #90 of the Auburn Tigers takes a break on the field during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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    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

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans, flanked by Tyron Smith #70 and Ronald Johnson #83, runs off the field after the Trojans scored a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers
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    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

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    COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 7:  Aldon Smith #85 of the Missouri Tigers is congratulated by teammates during the game against the Baylor Bears at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    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

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    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

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies drops back to pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 4
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    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

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 29:Defensive lineman Cameron Jordan #97 of the North Team during  the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Under Armour)
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    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

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  Justin Houston #42 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after returning a fumble for a touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Ima
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    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

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 03:  Anthony Castonzo #74 of the Boston College Eagles congratulates teammate Montel Harris #2 after Harris scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles on October 3, 2009 at Alumni Stadium in Che
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    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

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    TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Defensive end Adrian Clayborn #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes in action during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-2
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    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

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    PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Akeem Ayers #10 of the UCLA Bruins attempts to break free from James Dockery #4 of the Oregon State Beavers at the Rose Bowl on November 6, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 04:  Brian Orakpo #98 of the Texas Longhorns rushes against Nate Solder #78 the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    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

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 08: Mike Pouncey #55 of the Florida Gators reacts after a play against the Oklahoma Sooners in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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    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

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    COLUMBUS - NOVEMBER 10: Martez Wilson #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini walks on the field during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium November 10, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.  Illinois defeated Ohio State 28-21.  (Photo by David Maxwell/
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    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

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Cody Green #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers slips past Jimmy Smith #3 of the Colorado Buffaloes during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Colorado 45-17 (Photo by Eric Fran
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    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

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    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

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 15:  J.C. Brignone #70 and Derek Sherrod #79of the Mississippi State Bulldogs get ready on the line of scrimmage during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 15, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Defensive end Brooks Reed #42 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after stopping the USC Trojans on the final play on December 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Arizona won 21-17.  (Photo by Ste
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    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

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  The Penn State Nittany Lions huddle up during the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi against the USC Trojans at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    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

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi #68 of the Wisconsin Badgers blocks against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    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)

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    DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 18:  Receiver Eron Riley #15 of the Duke Blue Devils pulls in this reception against Brandon Harris #1 of the Miami Hurricanes during the game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C.
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    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

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    KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball during the SEC game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    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.