2011 NFL Mock Draft: A 1st-Round Mock Draft for People with Common Sense

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: A 1st-Round Mock Draft for People with Common Sense
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Common sense isn't as common as many people believe it to be. Nowhere is this truer than in an NFL team's front office.

For many of these "professionals," watching tape and using common sense take a back seat to the NFL scouting combine, a player's private workout or colleges' pro days, awards, hype and recommendations that decision-makers get from college coaches or others close to a college program.

In my eyes, there are five things that are important when examining a potential draft pick.


Game-Day Performance

How has this guy played on the field? Does he give you the desired results? Does he take plays off?


Practice Habits

What does this guy bring to the team at practice? Does he put in extra work in the film room/weight room and is he on time and reliable? Do the other players enjoy being around him?



Has he been a durable player, and when hurt does he play through it? Are there any major red flags as to his physical health?


Compatibility and Coachability

Do his skills fit your scheme? How developed is he in his technique? Is he open to criticism? Can he handle the complexity of your playbook?



Does this guy think the world revolves around him? Is he respectful to everyone including opponents? Does he have his own little entourage? Does he constantly make excuses? What kinds of decisions does he make on and off the field? Is it about him or the team?


That is a common-sense approach to drafting an NFL player. I'll never be swayed if one guy runs a 4.42 40 and another runs it in 4.52 if the "slower player" dominated the competition in college. If you can get a release off the line, run crisp routes and have great hands, you're my guy.

We've all seen what happens when teams fall in love with the workout warriors...B-U-S-T.

I have included a few trades in my first round because they make sense for the teams involved.

Welcome to my world.

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