2011 NFL Draft: Cameron Newton Tops Three Round Mock Update

Lee Johnson@FantasyFBSchemeSenior Analyst IApril 9, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates their 22-19 victory after defeating the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2011 NFL Mock Draft is less than three weeks away.

I usually get my mock draft expanded to three rounds earlier in the draft season, but this is the first  of the season for 2011.

It is apparent that free agency is not going to happen before the draft this season, pushing some teams to draft for needs early on more than they usually would. With so many teams in need of a Quarterback, they are put in an interesting situation. There are no guarantees that they land who they want in free agency, and some may be better with a rookie on the field than who they have on roster.


1. Carolina | Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Marcell Dareus would be the safe pick here, and would help fill a need for the Panthers.

I have previously had Blaine Gabbert going herethe one whom  many think is the safe pick at Quarterback.

My current thinking is that if the Panthers wanted to play it safe, they would go Dareus. If they want to take a risk on a QB, Newton is the guy to do it on. If he pans out, do you want to be the team that didn’t take him?

Not that it matters much, but Ron Rivera is calling him worthy of the first pick. This pick could come down to who will sign first.


2. Denver | Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

Denver is trying to make people believe they are interested in a QB with this selection.

With another QB class, maybe. They need help all over the defense as they switch back to a 4-3. Dareus can help them from day one and for years to come in the middle of the line.

Other defensive needs can be addressed in later rounds.


3. Buffalo | Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

I have had the Bills going with Cam Newton for a while, moving Von Miller here in the last update.

I’m just getting the feeling that defense is the way to go for the Bills, and maybe looking at a QB at the top of the second round if they really want to address it.

Von Miller makes an immediate impact as a pass rusher and the best true linebacker available.

4. Cincinnati | Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

5. Arizona | Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

6. Cleveland | A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

7. San Francisco | Robert Quinn, OLB, North Carolina

8. Tennessee | Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

9. Dallas | Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

10. Washington | Jake Locker, QB, Washington

11. Houston | J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

12. Minnesota |  Tyron Smith, OT, USC

13. Detroit | Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

14. St. Louis | Cory Liuget, DT, Illinois

15. Miami | Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

16. Jacksonville | Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

17. New England (From Oak) | Cameron Jordan, DE, California

18. San Diego | Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri

19. NY Giants | Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

20. Tampa Bay | Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

21. Kansas City | Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

22. Indianapolis | Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

23. Philadelphia | Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

24. New Orleans | Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

25. Seattle | Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi St.

26. Baltimore | Aaron Williams, CB/FS, Texas

27. Atlanta | Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

28. New England | Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

29. Chicago | Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

30. NY Jets | Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia

31. Pittsburgh | Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor

32. Green Bay | Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa


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