2011 NFL mock drafts are not long for this world.
Alas, it seems almost sad once you realize it, but the actual NFL draft is now just two weeks away. That means we have a mere 14 days of speculation left before our parade gets rained on by the real deal.
Well, until that day arrives, I guess we have only one option: Keep mocking the draft.
As per usual, the one thing on my mind is defense. This year's draft class is teeming with talented defensive players, chief among them being defensive linemen like Marcell Dareus, Robert Quinn and Nick Fairley.
Of course, there is also Da'Quan Bowers to consider. The former Clemson defensive end was once viewed as a potential No. 1 overall pick, but his stock has slipped thanks to concerns over his right knee. He could very well end up out of the top 10.
One player who likely won't be out of the top 10 is Cam Newton. I can remember back when he wasn't even considered to be a first-round talent, and now he could be the one who goes first overall. How the mighty have risen, I suppose one might say.
In any case, I have thoughts on how all 32 picks in the first round might pan out. If you're at all curious, all you have to do is keep it here, and I'll keep the picks and the knowledge coming.
1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB
|17. New England Patriots: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
18. San Diego Chargers: Anthony Castonzo, OT
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, OG
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: J.J. Watt, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB
6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn, DE
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR
11. Houston Texans: Aldon Smith, OLB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB
26. Baltimore Ravens: Nate Solder, OT
27. Atlanta Falcons: Torrey Smith, WR
28. New England Patriots: Mikel Leshoure, RB
|13. Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara, CB
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Jordan, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Brooks Reed, OLB