It's hard to spend more than 15 minutes on the Web these days without stumbling across a 2011 NFL mock draft. Each year around this time, football fans become "draftniks" and "experts," acting as draft prognosticators for their favorite teams.
In this mock draft, I'll look at which players will be picked by which teams and why. I'll also include game film of each prospect so you can get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses every team is evaluating.
While predicting exactly the first round of the NFL draft is more or less impossible, reading through various mocks can be helpful in understanding what holes teams have and which players should be available in certain spots to fill those holes.
So, on to the projections. If you think I've made an egregious error, make your case in the comment section. If you think I'm spot on, well, an advanced thanks.
On to the draft!
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson, CB
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
|17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE
18. San Diego Chargers: Aldon Smith, DE
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, OLB
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, OLB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Julio Jones, WR
7. San Francisco: Prince Amukamara, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Blaine Gabbert, QB
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Robert Quinn, DE |
10. Washington Redskins: Tyron Smith, OT
11. Houston Texans: Nick Fairley, DT
12. Minnesota Vikings: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB
26. Baltimore Ravens: Aaron Williams, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Akeem Ayers, OLB
28. New England Patriots: Derek Sherrod, OT
|13. Detroit Lions: Anthony Castonzo, OT |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: J.J. Watt, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Stephen Paea, DT
30. New York Jets: Justin Houston, DE
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Danny Watkins, OG
32. Green Bay Packers: Cameron Hayward, DE