2011 NFL Mock Draft: Complete First Round Selections

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Complete First Round Selections
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The 2011 NFL Draft is just a week away.

It almost seems surreal to acknowledge that fact.  Since Aaron Rodgers hoisted the Lombardi trophy back in February, NFL fans have been inundated with inaction.  There haven't been any major contracts to discuss, nor any juicy trade rumors or marquee free agent signings.  There hasn't been much word from players, much to see from offseason workouts or, really, much to imagine in terms of your favorite team's 2011 roster.  The only action has been litigation, and the only soundbites have been from parties politicking on both sides of the collective bargaining agreement stalemate.

Thankfully, though, we have the draft.  A tangible topic we can actually debate and discuss and, much as we hate to admit it, set our alarms for (at least on Saturday.)  Something substantive, something that actually merits roster discussion and all that unfounded optimism we'll come to regret three years down the line when that seventh-round pick is struggling to find a spot in the Arena League.

Personally, I'm thrilled.  I can't wait to hunker down in front of the flat screen and brace myself for that telltale ring that announces the revelation of a draft pick.  The NFL Draft is one of my favorite events of the season.  It gets fans together and talking after a long offseason of attempting to forget their team's shortfalls in the year past.  It fuels arguments that can't possibly be won or lost until three or four years down the road, when a player is no longer a rookie.  It allows fans of even the NFL's worst teams to discover hope, to think to themselves hey, now maybe, just maybe, we've got a shot.

So, as I look forward to next week, here's a look at my first round mock draft, complete with video where appropriate.  Feel free to agree, disagree or just offer a random haiku in the comments section.  Entirely up to you.

First Round Picks (updated)

  1. Panthers - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
  2. Broncos - Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
  3. Bills - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
  4. Bengals - A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
  5. Cardinals - Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
  6. Browns - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
  7. 49ers - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
  8. Titans - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
  9. Cowboys - Tyron Smith, OT, USC
  10. Redskins - J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
  11. Texans - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
  12. Vikings - Nick Fairley - DT, Auburn
  13. Lions - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
  14. Rams - Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
  15. Dolphins - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
  16. Jaguars - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
  17. Patriots - Cameron Jordan, DE, California
  18. Chargers - Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
  19. Giants - Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
  20. Buccaneers - Justin Houston, DE, Georgia
  21. Chiefs - Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
  22. Colts - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
  23. Eagles - Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
  24. Saints - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
  25. Seahawks - Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
  26. Ravens - Aaron Williams, CB/S, Texas 
  27. Falcons - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
  28. Patriots - Randall Cobb, WR/KR/PR, Kentucky
  29. Bears - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado 
  30. Jets - Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
  31. Steelers - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami-FL
  32. Packers - Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
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