2011 NFL Mock Draft: Updated 3-Round Mock Draft with Trades and Analysis
We are less than 48 hours away from the Carolina Panthers making the first pick of the 2011 NFL draft and so it's time for an updated mock draft of the first three rounds.
There are many intriguing teams and players to watch during this year's draft and, as always, the quarterback position should be the most interesting position to track.
Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are expected to be the first two quarterbacks taken but some are projecting as many as six quarterbacks going in the first round.
It is also unknown how the lockout will affect trades in this draft so that will be another intriguing item to keep an eye on.
Here are picks for the first three rounds complete with trades and player analysis.
1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina
I don't love this pick by any means but it sounds like Newton will likely be the selection at No. 1.
No matter who the Panthers pick this season they will likely end up with the worst record in the league once again and I would rather have A.J. Green and Andrew Luck than Cam Newton and Justin Blackmon, but that's just me.
Newton is the ultimate "boom or bust" quarterback and with just 280 pass attempts in college, and worse accuracy than his college numbers suggest, I believe the Panthers are going to make a big mistake.
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
The Broncos have to improve their atrocious run defense in this draft and they have a great opportunity to do so with this pick.
Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is one of the top players in this draft and his ability to clog the middle will be something that Denver covets.
The Broncos would reportedly like to move out of this spot but that seems unlikely so Dareus has to be the pick at No. 2 to help shore up Denver's shaky defense.
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
The Bills have a big decision to make with the third pick in the draft because they could take Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert or they could go with the best pass rusher in this draft, Von Miller.
I believe Miller will ultimately be the pick here, as the Bills decide to stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick for another season.
Miller would greatly improve the Bills pass rush and he also plays the run well—something Buffalo needs to do much better because it had the worst defense in the league against the run last season giving up an average of 169.6 yards per game.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
The Bengals could use some stability at receiver among other positions, and A.J. Green would definitely help to provide that.
Green is the top receiver in this draft and a potential Pro Bowler for years to come.
With this selection the Bengals could potentially move Chad Ochocinco and also give Carson Palmer a better situation to come back to, if he ever does come back.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Arizona
Many Cardinals fans do not believe they will take Gabbert with this pick, but Larry Fitzgerald obviously is not impressed with the team's current quarterbacks and they need to keep their franchise player happy.
Gabbert would be an immediate upgrade for Arizona and he would inspire some hope for the future in the NFL's weakest division.
Battles between Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and Gabbert would be entertaining to watch two times a season for the next decade.
6. Cleveland Browns: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
The Browns need a defensive end for their 4-3 defense and Robert Quinn could also be the pick here but I think the Browns need to upgrade their offense even more.
Jones is a potential game-changer at receiver and he would give quarterback Colt McCoy something to work with.
A trio of McCoy, Jones and running back Peyton Hillis would be a nice core on offense for many years to come.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
The Niners get their dream scenario here as corner Patrick Peterson falls to them all the way at No. 7.
Peterson is an impact player on defense with solid cover skills and very good ball skills. His addition would be huge for a 49ers secondary that was in the bottom half of the league in pass defense.
Peterson is also dangerous in the return game but it's hard to say if he would be used as such in the NFL and if so, how much he would be used.
Peterson could also be moved to safety later in his career because of his size and playmaking ability.
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Fairley is potentially the most disruptive defensive lineman in this draft, but like his former teammate drafted before him (Newton), he has his share of character questions.
The Titans have been looking for an Albert Haynesworth replacement ever since their man in the middle left Music City and Fairley could become a star if he continues to work hard at the next level.
Tennessee also needs a quarterback and I would not be totally shocked if Jake Locker was the pick here, but I think it will ultimately be Fairley as the Titans work to upgrade their defensive front.
9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
The Cowboys have to get some help in the trenches for quarterback Tony Romo and the team's running backs, and Tyron Smith should be just that.
Smith is the top-rated offensive lineman on many draft analysts' boards and he would provide some much-needed nastiness to the Dallas offensive line.
Smith spent the majority of his career at USC as a right tackle, but he could see a move to left tackle in the future if necessary because of his ability to protect the passer.
10. New England Patriots (from Washington): Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, UNC
Finally we have a trade as the Pats send the Redskins the 17th and 60th picks in this year's draft in exchange for the 'Skins' 10th pick here.
With plenty of ammo in this year's draft, the Patriots make their move, trading with the Redskins to get one of the premier defenders in this year's class.
Quinn could play outside linebacker in the Pats' 3-4 defense and he would give the team a potentially elite pass rusher off of the edge.
Quinn would be a bit of a risk here since he was ineligible at UNC last season but if any team can make the most out of its talent it's Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The Texans may try to upgrade their defensive front with this pick but in this scenario I think they have to improve their league-worst secondary with Prince Amukamara.
Amukamara was a star in the Blackshirt defense at Nebraska and he would instantly be the best player in the Texans secondary as soon as he steps foot on the field.
Amukamara is one of the best cover corners in this draft and while Houston has a lot of holes on its defense, its secondary has to be a priority.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
I think there is a better chance than most believe that Jake Locker could be the next quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, but I'm going with Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan with the thinking that they will pick up their quarterback in the next round.
Jordan is not an elite pass rusher at this point in his career, but he is very stout against the run and he would provide the Vikings with another good option on their defensive line.
There has been a lot of speculation that the Vikings are high on both Jordan and Locker so this should be one of the most intriguing picks of the draft.
13. San Diego Chargers (from Detroit): J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
The Chargers trade the 18th and 61st picks in the draft to the Lions for the 13th pick and they select Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt.
Watt would bring some energy to the Chargers defense and be an instant upgrade on the team's defensive line.
Watt has a great motor that seemingly never stops running and he would be an excellent selection at this point in the draft for the Chargers.
14. St. Louis Rams: Aldon Smith, DE, MIssouri
The Rams stay in state with their first-round pick and add a pass rusher in Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith.
Smith is very good against the run and with more seasoning he should become a very good player in St. Louis.
The Missouri native would not fill the Rams' biggest need of receiver but he would give the team good value with this pick.
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
The Dolphins are another team that could go in many directions but I think they will ultimately select the draft's top running back, Mark Ingram.
Ingram is not going to run by many NFL defenders with his 4.62 40-time, but he is the toughest runner in this class and he should step in nicely to replace free-agent Ricky Williams.
Ingram could be one of the readiest rookies to start in Week 1 so the Dolphins would definitely be getting an impact player with this selection.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
Jacksonville could use some defensive help, and particularly someone who can get to the opposing passer which is why Kerrigan should be the pick here.
Kerrigan would be a much safer pick than Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who is also a possibility.
Kerrigan is one of the many talented defensive ends in this draft who plays with a high motor and has excellent character.
17. Washington Redskins (from New England): Jake Locker, QB, Washington
The Redskins get more ammo in this draft by moving down and they still get their potential franchise quarterback in Jake Locker.
Locker has few concerns from an ability and character standpoint, the problem is he does have one big concern and that is his accuracy.
I think Locker will continue improving his accuracy and eventually become the best quarterback from this draft class as the 'Skins get a steal at No. 17.
18. Detroit Lions (from San Diego): Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
The Lions will also benefit from moving down in the draft and picking up extra picks while still landing an impact player in offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo.
Castonzo could help protect quarterback Matthew Stafford's blind side for years to come at the left tackle position.
Detroit made major progress as a franchise last season and many are expecting the Lions to continue that progression this season; Castonzo should keep them moving in the right direction.
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
The Giants could use some improvement and added depth along their offensive line, which is why Pouncey would be an excellent addition with the 19th pick.
Pouncey could play either guard or center for the Giants, and he would immediately upgrade the offensive line for Eli Manning and Co.
If Mike is anywhere near as good as his Pro Bowl brother Maurkice was for the Steelers last season then the Giants should have a very good player.
20. Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay): Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
The Bears trade the 29th, 93rd and 160th picks in this year's draft to the Bucs in exchange for Tampa Bay's first-round selection here.
With the 20th pick the Bears make a major improvement on their offensive line with the addition of Carimi, an offensive tackle who is very strong in the running game.
Carimi needs to get better at pass protection in the future, but I think he has the potential to be a Pro Bowler in the coming years, and the Bears will definitely be happy to have him.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
With the top offensive tackles off the board, the Chiefs turn their attention to their defense and one of the best defensive playmakers in this year's draft—Akeem Ayers.
Ayers would be an immediate contributor in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense at the outside linebacker position opposite of Tamba Hali.
Ayers ran poorly at the combine (4.84), which caused many to project a draft slide for the former UCLA star, but the Chiefs will be more than happy to take the 21-year-old here.
Ayers is very versatile with the ability to play the run and rush the passer, while also being a solid contributor in pass coverage.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
Peyton Manning will like this pick as the Colts upgrade their offensive line with the addition of offensive tackle Nate Solder.
Solder is a very raw talent, having moved from tight end to offensive tackle during his time at Colorado, but he is also very athletic, and in time he could become one of the top players from this draft.
Solder needs to keep sharpening his blocking skills, and with more playing time on the O-line, he should become a very good player.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Asante Samuel was one of the top corners in the league last season for the Eagles, but he didn't have a whole lot of help on the other side so Philly will address that here.
Colorado corner Jimmy Smith is one of the most talented corners in this draft, but there are plenty of character concerns associated with him.
Smith failed numerous drug tests during his time at Colorado, and there are other concerns that scouts are investigating as well.
The Eagles will look past these concerns and take one of the draft's most talented players in hopes of landing a steal with the 23rd pick.
24. New Orleans Saints: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
The Saints could use a defensive end and Da'Quan Bowers is still on the board here, but instead they will go with another top-15 talent in defensive tackle Corey Liuget.
Liuget has far fewer concerns surrounding him than Bowers and the Saints will be happy to upgrade their D-line with a player of Liuget's caliber with this pick.
Liuget is very strong and powerful in the middle, and he would be a potential disruptive force in the Saints defensive front, particularly against the run.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
The Seahawks could really use some more help in their secondary, but with Smith off of the board, they will instead turn to their offensive line and select offensive tackle Derek Sherrod.
Sherrod would be an instant upgrade to the Seattle offensive line and would give the 'Hawks potential franchise bookends when paired with last year's first-rounder Russell Okung.
I'm not buying the Jake Locker talk with this pick, even if he does turn out to be available.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (From Baltimore): Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
The Bengals trade the 35th pick and their third-rounder in next year's draft in exchange for the Ravens first-round selection here.
Having already gotten their franchise receiver in Green with the fourth pick, the Bengals will now land the quarterback that they have been coveting all along in Andy Dalton.
While Dalton does not have outstanding arm strength, he is very accurate and he possesses tremendous leadership skills that the Bengals could definitely use at the most important position in football.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Clayborn did not have nearly as productive of a season as expected this past year at Iowa, but he is still considered to be a first-round talent and the Falcons will benefit from his draft slide here.
The Falcons don't have many weaknesses but they could improve at defensive end, and you can never really have enough depth on the D-line, so Clayborn should be the guy here.
Clayborn will need to improve his work ethic in the NFL, and if he does, he should become a solid contributor in Atlanta.
This will be a big draft for the Falcons, as they look to take the next step in the NFC and get to the Super Bowl.
28. Detroit Lions (from New England): Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
Detroit trades the 44th pick in this year's draft and their third-round selection in next year's draft to New England for the 28th pick here.
The Lions' draft-night wheeling and dealing continues, as they move back up into the first round to pick up a versatile outside linebacker in Justin Houston, who should help improve the Detroit defense immediately.
Houston is a very versatile player who would allow the Lions to do many different things defensively, but most importantly, he would provide a pass rush from the outside and help to take some pressure off the Detroit secondary.
The Lions could also trade up to get a corner here but I think Houston would be a great addition as the Lions continue their great first round.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago): Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Da'Quan Bowers finally sees his draft nightmare end here when the Bucs get potentially one of the top pass rushers in this draft.
Bowers is a top-10 talent in many draft analysts' minds but he has a major red flag in the durability department.
Bowers underwent surgery on his knee during the 2010 season and he appears to still be having trouble with it, causing some to think he will require more surgery.
Bowers is a very good pass rusher when healthy, but everything will hinge on his knee, and I think that could cause him to fall into the later part of the first round.
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
Taylor is another player with plenty of red flags, but I don't believe they will be enough to scare away Rex Ryan and the Jets with this pick.
Taylor has knee and feet concerns that could hamper him in both the short-term and long-term, but he also has immense talent as a 3-4 nose tackle.
At 334 pounds, Taylor could clog running lanes in the middle of the Jets defense for years, if only he can stay healthy and dispel any character concerns.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
The Steelers will be looking for more impact players in this draft, and Texas corner Aaron Williams would provide pretty good value with this pick.
Williams could use some work on many aspects of his game, but he is a very good athlete and a naturally talented player who could develop into something special in Pittsburgh.
Williams is very strong in run support as well as in coverage, which is another reason why you could see him playing his home games at Heinz Field this season.
32. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Cannon, G/T, TCU
Baylor guard Danny Watkins could be an option here, but I think the defending Super Bowl champs will go with the younger offensive line option here and take Cannon.
Cannon is a massive man at 358 pounds and he carries his weight surprisingly well as he played left tackle all of last season for the Horned Frogs.
Cannon would likely move inside to guard for the Packers where he could become a potential road grader while also helping protect Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Like most defending Super Bowl champs, the Packers should have plenty of options with this pick but I think they will continue building in the trenches.
33. New England Patriots: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
The Pats picked up one of the top pass rushers in this draft by trading up to the 10th pick and selecting Robert Quinn earlier in this mock, so now they will continue adding to their 3-4 defense with Heyward.
Heyward has first-round talent and the Patriots get him with the first pick in the second round, adding yet another play-maker to their young and now more talented defense.
34. Buffalo Bills: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
The Bills have plenty of needs to address but they need to add more play-makers to their roster and they get a good one with Rudolph in the second round.
No matter who ends up being the Bills' quarterback, he is going to need someone that can get down the field and catch the ball and Rudolph is that guy.
The former Fighting Irish star is a first-round talent that goes in this spot because of hamstring-surgery that prematurely ended his 2010 season.
35. Baltimore Ravens (From Cincinnati) : Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (FL)
The Ravens traded out of the first round because there wasn't a great option available and after picking up an extra selection in next year's draft they still get one of the top corners available.
Brandon Harris is the type of player that the Ravens love on their defense as he is a very hard-worker who loves the game of football and comes ready to play every week.
Harris is solid in coverage and run support, and he would be an immediate upgrade to the Baltimore secondary.
36. Denver Broncos: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
Moore is the first safety to come off of the board in this draft as the Broncos continue to improve their defense with this pick.
Moore is a very aggressive defender who produced at a high level for the Bruins as he picked off 14 career passes.
Moore is a hard-worker who models his game after Ed Reed, and I'm sure the Broncos would be happy to have a player with the potential to be a Pro Bowler in the back-end of their secondary.
37. Cleveland Browns: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
Paea wowed everyone with his record-breaking performance at the combine in the bench press when he put up 49 reps at 225 lbs.
Needless to say Paea has excellent strength and that strength translates well on the field as the Browns pick up one of the top defensive tackles in the draft with this selection.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona
After getting their franchise quarterback in the first round, the Cardinals turn to their defense and select in-state star Brooks Reed.
Reed would be a huge upgrade at outside linebacker for the Cards as he has been shooting up draft boards as of late with his excellent pass-rushing skills.
39. Tennessee Titans: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
The Titans decided not to reach for a quarterback with their first round pick and they rewarded here with Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.
Ponder may never be an elite quarterback but he has a good chance at becoming a solid starter, especially in a league with plenty of less-than-stellar starting signal-callers right now.
Ponder won't have to shoulder the entire load in Tennessee with Chris Johnson in the backfield with him and that should be a big help to the former Seminoles star.
40. Dallas Cowboys: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
The Cowboys finally addressed their offensive line in the first round and now they attack one of their other biggest needs here with corner Ras-I Dowling.
Dowling has immense talent and could end up being a steal at this point in the draft but he slips to No. 40 after breaking his left ankle this past season.
41. Washington Redskins: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
Jake Locker is going to need someone to throw to in Washington and Randall Cobb could be that someone.
Cobb is a big-time player who has no fear of going over the middle and catching the ball. He is a great route-runner and while he does not have elite size or speed, he should be a very solid player at the next level and a great addition for the Redskins.
42. Houston Texans: Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC
Carter is a very good athlete at the outside linebacker position that should help continue the improvement process that the Texans are looking to make on defense.
Carter will need to get stronger at the next level but there is no questioning his range and ability at this point in his career.
43. Minnesota Vikings: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
In this scenario the Vikings passed on Locker so they still need a quarterback and Ryan Mallett is the best remaining at this point.
I don't believe that Mallett will go in the first round and so he could definitely be available at this spot in the draft which would cause the Vikings to take a chance on the troubled quarterback.
44. New England Patriots (From Detroit) : Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
Watkins could end up going higher than this spot depending on how many offensive lineman are taken in the first round but I could definitely see him being available here if he gets past the opening round.
The Patriots could use some help on their offensive line and they would be getting a steal with the 44th pick in the draft.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars (From San Francisco) : Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
The Niners trade this pick to the Jags in exchange for the Jaguars 2nd (49) and 5th (147) round picks in this draft.
Jacksonville moves up 4 spots here to jump ahead of the St. Louis Rams and take receiver Maryland receiver Torrey Smith. Smith is a speedster and he would be a big upgrade to a Jaguars receiving corps that needs plenty of improvement.
46. Denver Broncos: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
Champ Bailey is coming back to the Mile High city next season but he will need some help in the Broncos secondary and Curtis Brown is plenty capable of playing as a rookie.
Brown would be another upgrade to the Broncos defense as they continue rebuilding from the Josh McDaniels debacle.
47. St. Louis Rams: Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana
With Julio Jones off of the board early in the first round the Rams were unable to pick up their impact receiver so they settle for Doss in the second round.
Doss has a good frame and some of the best hands in the draft so quarterback Sam Bradford should be very pleased with this selection.
48. Oakland Raiders: James Carpenter, G, Alabama
The Raiders are finally on the clock and with their first selection in the 2011 NFL draft they select...an offensive lineman.
But he ran a sub 4.5 40 right?
Nope, but James Carpenter is one of the top interior lineman in this draft and he would be a great pick for the Raiders in the second round.
49. San Francisco 49ers (From Jacksonville) : Martez Wilson, OLB, Illinois
Wilson could go higher than this spot because of his speed (4.42), but I could also seem him still on the board as this point and if that happens the Niners would likely pounce on him.
Wilson would make the Niners blazing fast linebacker corps just that much faster in 2011.
50. San Diego Chargers: Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada
Speaking of fast outside linebackers, Dontay Moch ran the fastest 40-time (4.4) of any linebacker in the draft.
Because of his blazing speed Moch has seen his stock skyrocket and he will now likely go in the first round. The Chargers are in the market for a pass-rushing outside linebacker since Larry English hasn't worked out and Moch could be the pick here.
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joshua Thomas, CB, Buffalo
With the uncertainty of the Bucs top corner, Aqib Talib, the team will likely go after at least one corner in this draft.
Thomas is relative unknown coming from Buffalo, but the skills and speed (4.46) are definitely there.
52. New York Giants: Quan Sturdivant, ILB, UNC
Sturdivant is one of the top-rated inside linebackers in this draft and the Giants have a need at the position so this appears to be a good match in the second round.
Sturdivant was one of the few UNC stars who actually played last season so he's got that going for him.
53. Indianapolis Colts: Clint Boling, G, Georgia
The Colts continue to upgrade their offensive line with their second pick in this draft by taking one of the top guards, Clint Boling.
Boling should provide Peyton Manning with more time to throw next season as the Colts try to regain their place among the AFC's elite.
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Benjamin Ijalana, OT, Villanova
The Eagles need to upgrade at offensive tackle in this draft and Villanova offensive tackle Benjamin Ijalana would be a great addition in the trenches for Philly.
Ijalana is a better pass blocker than he is a run blocker at this point in his career but he works hard and he could develop into a very good player in a few years.
55. Kansas City Chiefs: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
Everyone knows that the Chiefs need help at receiver and with no worthy players available in the first round, they select the best receiver left in the second round, Leonard Hankerson.
Hankerson has good size and hands but he will need to work on his concentration if he is to become an elite player at the next level.
56. New Orleans Saints: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
Leshoure is one of the top backs in this class after having a monster season at Illinois in 2010 and he would be a great value with the 56th pick for the Saints.
Leshoure isn't a burner (4.56) but he is a very powerful back with a big build who is hard to take down and he should be a workhorse in the NFL.
57. Seattle Seahawks: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
The Seahawks secondary was not very good last season and they need to address it during this draft. Patrick is the best remaining corner available with this pick and although he needs to improve his work ethic he should be a productive player under Pete Carroll's tutelage.
Patrick's biggest strength is his ball skills and he would form a nice pairing with Seattle safety Earl Thomas when it comes to creating turnovers.
58. Baltimore Ravens: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
Baldwin has outstanding size (6'4") and big-play ability, but he also has reported character issues that could cause him to fall come draft day.
Baldwin is a potential boom or bust player as he was not as productive at Pitt as many thought he should have been but he definitely has the potential to be a very good player in the NFL.
59. Atlanta Falcons: Titus Young, WR, Boise State
Roddy White could use a big-play threat opposite of him next season and Boise State receiver Titus Young could be that guy.
The Falcons are in a good position with the ability to draft for luxury more than need and Young would be a great pick at No. 59.
60. Washington Redskins (From New England) : Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
Casey is very good against the run and he would be able to fill a major need for the Redskins in 2011.
Casey is not as highly rated as some of the other defensive tackles remaining on the board at this point but he has had few issues off of the field which is why he is the pick here.
61. Detroit Lions (From San Diego) : Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson
The Lions need to get at least one corner in this draft and after improving in the trenches their first two picks, they get one of the top remaining corners with the 61st pick.
Gilchrist is a very versatile player who played as a corner and free safety during his time at Clemson. He has solid cover skills and he would be a major addition for the Lions defense.
62. Chicago Bears: Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson
Clemson defenders go back-to-back as defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins goes to the Bears with the 62nd pick in the draft.
Jenkins was a team captain at Clemson and he plays the run very well but he needs to improve his pass-rushing skills at the next level to become a major contributor.
63. Pittsburgh Steelers: William Rackley, G, Lehigh
Rackley is one of the top small school players in this draft and he winds up with the Steelers in the second round of this mock.
Rackley is a sound blocker who should continue to improve as he faces better competition in the NFL.
64. Green Bay Packers: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (FL)
The Packers defensive ends were ravaged by injuries last season so the position should be a priority in this draft and Bailey is big enough (285 lbs.) to play end in Green Bay's 3-4 defense.
Bailey was a team captain at Miami and he has a great motor so he should fit in well on the Packers defensive front.
65. Carolina Panthers: Marvin Austin, DT, UNC
The Panthers clearly aren't too concerned with character issues when it comesto potential big-time talents so they take another here with boom or bust prospect Marvin Austin.
The former UNC star was one of the many Tar Heels ruled ineligible prior to the 2010 season and although he has the ability to be a great player, he also has major character and effort questions to answer.
66. Cincinatti Bengals: Ahmad Black, S, Florida
The Bengals upgrade their secondary with this selection, taking one of the top safeties in the draft, Ahmad Black of Florida.
Black does not have great size or speed but he has very good instincts and he has a productive college career for the Gators.
67. Denver Broncos: Mason Foster, ILB, Washington
Foster was the definition of productive last season for the Huskies, racking up 163 tackles during his senior season.
Foster is a hard-worker with no character concerns who should only continue to get better in the NFL as the Broncos continue their terrific draft on the defensive side of the ball.
68. Buffalo Bills: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
The Bills get their potential quarterback of the future in the third-round with Colin Kaepernick of Nevada.
Kaepernick was extremely productive for the Wolf Pack in college but the biggest question is, will his college success translate in the NFL?
I would much rather take a chance on Kaepernick in the third round than Newton in the first, and because of that I believe the Bills are getting great value with this pick.
69. Arizona Cardinals: Orlando Franklin, G, Miami (FL)
The Cardinals have a need at offensive guard and Orlando Franklin is plenty big enough to fill that need in with the 69th pick in the draft.
Franklin should provide some protection Blaine Gabbert as they both look to turn the Cards around this season.
70. Cleveland Browns: Sam Acho, DE, Texas
The Browns get their 4-3 defensive end in the third-round as they select Texas' Sam Acho with the 70th pick.
Acho recorded 19 sacks in his final two seasons for the Longhorns and he should provide some major pass-rush help for the Browns defense.
71. Dallas Cowboys: Casey Matthews, ILB, Oregon
The Cowboys have a need at inside linebacker and they take former Oregon star Casey Matthews with the hope that he can be just as good as his older brother, Clay.
Matthews has a very different skill set than Clay, but he has very good football instincts with should help him land sometime in the third round of this draft.
72. New Orleans Saints: Jaiquawn Jarrett, S, Temple
The Saints clearly need to get better in their secondary as the Seahawks proved during last season's playoffs, so Jaiquawn Jarrett of Temple could be the pick here.
Jarrett is the best remaining safety at this point in the draft and he could turn out to be a solid starter for the Saints as they look to get back on top in the NFC.
73. Houston Texans: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma
Another safety comes off the board as the Texans continue improving their putrid secondary in this draft.
Carter is the pick here because of his ball skills and ability to take angles; which allows him to make plays in the back-end of the secondary.
74. New England Patriots: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
This is not a great running back class and while Williams could go in the second round, I see many of the top runners in this class falling to the third round.
Williams would be a great addition to the Patriots offense with the 74th pick and he would add yet another weapon for Tom Brady and Co.
75. Detroit Lions: Christopher Carter, OLB, Fresno State
The Lions already picked up one of the draft's best outside linebackers in the first round with Justin Houston, but they need another and they find him here.
Chris Carter has good speed (4.58) and he gives the Detroit defense more versatility with his ability to rush the passer from the outside.
76. San Francisco 49ers: Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State
The 49ers could use a backup for running back Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter could be that guy as he the ability to take some of the load off the Niners starter.
Hunter is a good receiver as well and could be used in third-down situations for San Francisco.
77. Tennessee Titans: Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
Sheppard is one of the top-rated inside linebackers in this draft, but it's not a particularly strong group and he finds himself dropping to the 77th pick and the Titans.
Sheppard has great instincts against the run, but he will need to improve as an inside blitzer in the future.
78. St. Louis Rams: Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida
The Rams improved their defensive line with the selection of Aldon Smith earlier in the draft and now they continue getting better in the trenches with the pick of Terrell McClain at No. 78.
McClain is not likely to be a great pass-rusher but with Long and now Smith getting to the quarterback for the Rams defense, the team needs more of a run-stopper and McClain has the potential to be a very good one.
79. Miami Dolphins: John Moffitt, G, Wisconsin
With Ingram on board the Dolphins will look to upgrade their road-graders and Moffitt would be an excellent pick in the third round.
80. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joseph Lefeged, S, Rutgers
The Jags have a need at safety and Lefeged is the best one remaining on the board.
Lefeged was a team captain at Rutgers last season and he has the ability to develop into a solid player at the next level.
81. Oakland Raiders: DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami (Fla.)
This pick seems to be too obvious, and when it comes to Al Davis, that means it probably will happen.
Van Dyke ran a blazing 4.25 40 at the combine and that is plenty good enough to play for the Raiders.
82. San Diego Chargers: Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson
The Chargers would like to improve their offensive line during this draft, particularly at offensive tackle and Hairston is one of the best remaining in the draft at this point.
Hairston should do a nice job protecting Philip Rivers well into the future.
83. New York Giants: Rodney Hudson, G/C, Florida State
The Giants have had one of the league's best offensive lines for the past few years but many of their starters are getting old and they could use some fresh faces in the trenches.
Florida State guard Rodney Hudson would be a great addition with the 83rd pick and he could also play center in the NFL.
84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
Thomas had a terrific career in Manhattan and he should be an effective runner in the NFL as well.
Thomas' biggest problem was his ability to hold onto the football, which is clearly a major problem, but I believe he will correct it and he should be a good compliment to Blount in Tampa Bay.
85. Philadelphia Eagles: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
The Eagles didn't have much of a pass-rush during the second half of last season and with Brandon Graham likely out for at least the first half of the season after a knee injury, Philly needs some help at defensive end.
Sheard is the best remaining defensive end on the board at this point and the in-state selection would be a good one for the Eagles.
86. Kansas City Chiefs: Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
The Chiefs could use an upgrade at right tackle because Barry Richardson just isn't cutting it and luckily they will find one with Gilbert in the third round.
Gilbert has the ability to play either tackle position so he could also allow the Chiefs to move current left tackle Branden Albert to another position on the line.
87. Indianapolis Colts: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
Nevis had a solid career at LSU and while he doesn't do anything exceptionally well, he is a solid all-around player.
Nevis may never be a Pro Bowl caliber player but he should be a quality starter in the NFL and he would be effective at defensive tackle with Freeney and Mathis on both sides of him.
88. Denver Broncos (From New Orleans): Christian Ballard, DT/DE, Iowa
Denver trades their 2012 third round pick for the Saints selection here.
The Broncos trade back into the third round to fill a need and pick up one of the top remaining players in the draft. Ballard would be another big addition to a Broncos defense that is looking to get much better against the run.
89. San Diego Chargers: Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
Little has the potential to be a very good receiver in the NFL but he was one of the ineligible Tar Heels this past season and he should see a draft day fall because of it.
Little could be one of the steals of the draft and the Chargers would be very pleased to get him with the 89th pick.
90. Baltimore Ravens: Lee Ziemba, OT, Auburn
Ziemba started every game this past season at offensive tackle for the National Champion Auburn Tigers and while he doesn't appear to have elite skills right now, he could develop into a very good player during his NFL career.
91. Atlanta Falcons: Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
Tony Gonzalez isn't getting any younger and while he doesn't appear to be slowing down yet, the Falcons should be grooming a replacement this season.
Kendricks is one of the top tight ends in this draft and he would form a potent one-two with Tony G.
92. New England Patriots: Edmond Gates, WR, Abilene Christian
The Patriots are once again in the market for a big-play receiver and they get a potentially good one with the 92nd pick in Edmond Gates.
Gates ran the fastest 40 (4.31) of any receiver at the combine and he is one of the best big-play threats in this draft.
93. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From Chicago) : Akeem Dent, ILB, Georgia
Akeem Dent is the less heralded Georgia linebacker in this draft but he is still a very good player who should go towards the end of the third round.
Dent would give the Bucs some depth in the middle of their linebacker corps and he would provide some major run support for the Tampa Bay defense.
94. New York Jets: Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State
The Jets continue revamping their defensive line with this pick as McPhee is the selection at No. 94.
Shaun Ellis has been very good for the Jets but his time is likely done in the Big Apple and the team needs to get younger and better on their defensive front.
95. Pittsburgh Steelers: Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
The Steelers did very well in the draft last season picking up receivers in the middle and later rounds, and they will likely add one more during this draft.
Pettis would give the Steelers a receiver with good size (6'2") and he would be a potential replacement for Hines Ward when he hangs it up in the near future.
96. Green Bay Packers: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
The Packers don't have a major need at corner as of right now but they could definitely get younger at the position and with the emergence of Sam Shields, they would have two solid corners heading into the future.
97. Carolina Panthers: Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
The Panthers continue to add athletes in this draft as they select Nevada tight end Virgil Green.
Green ran a good 40 time (4.54) for someone who weighs 249 lbs., and he would immediately become one of Newton's top targets in Carolina.