2011 NFL Mock Draft: Comparing Todd McShay's Mock with Others Around the Web

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Comparing Todd McShay's Mock with Others Around the Web
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The 2011 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and experts across the Internet have different opinions regarding which teams will select which players.  Few experts have more popular mock drafts than Todd McShay.

Some of the more reputable NFL Draft experts are Mel Kiper Jr., of ESPNTodd McShay, of ESPN; Don Banks, of SI; and Rob Rang of CBSSports. Below is a mock draft based on their predictions.

While there is rarely such thing as an accurate mock draft, these experts base their predictions on conversations with players, prospects, coaches and general managers.  They don't spread rumors so much as find facts and make educated guesses.  

Most NFL teams don't know who they are picking yet.  So much depends upon who the teams that pick before them choose.

This unpredictability makes the job of a draft expert difficult.  Even the best guys are wrong more than half the time.

Todd McShay is a relatively new NFL draft expert, arriving at ESPN in 2006.  In comparison, ESPN has relied on Mel Kiper Jr. to provide draft coverage since 1984.  

The two ESPN draft experts have very similar picks in their mock drafts.  Their top-fives are identical.  The two other mock drafts used in the below projections were slightly different.

The mock draft below takes the majority opinion of the four mock drafts mentioned above.  When experts disagreed, the pick that appeared highest overall on all boards was put below.  

Here's what the experts are saying:

1. Carolina Panthers:  Cam Newton, QB


2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT


3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, OLB


4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR

17. New England Patriots: J.J. Watt, DE

 

18. San Diego Chargers: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB

 

19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, OG

 

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT

5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB


6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn, DE


7. San Francisco: Patrick Peterson, QB


8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT

21. Kansas City Chiefs:  Akeem Ayers, LB


22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT


23. Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi, OT


24. New Orleans Saints: Justin Houston, LB/DE

9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT


10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR


11. Houston Texans: Muhammad Wilkerson, LB


12. Minnesota Vikings: Da'Quan Bowers, DE

25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB


26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB


27. Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE


28. New England Patriots: Danny Watkins, OG

13. Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara, CB


14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT


15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram Jr., RB


16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE

29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT


30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT


31. Pittsburgh Steelers Aaron Williams, CB


32. Green Bay Packers: Marvin Austin, DT

 

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