2011 NFL Mock Draft Picks 17-32: Will the Patriots Target Mark Ingram?
This is the second of my 2011 NFL mock draft series that will show case 16 picks all the way through the third round of the draft.
If you missed the first article, you can find it here.
Here is a recap of the first 16 picks:
1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton
2. Denver: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo: Von Miller
4. Cincinnati: AJ Green
5. Arizona: Patrick Peterson
6. Cleveland: Julio Jones
7. San Francisco: Blaine Gabbert
8. Tennessee: Nick Fairley
9. Dallas: JJ Watt
10. Washington: Robert Quinn
11. Houston: Prince Amukamara
12. Minnesota: Cameron Jordan
13. Detroit: Tyron Smith
14. St. Louis: Da'Qaun Bowers
15. Tampa Bay (**TRADE**): Aldon Smith
16. Jacksonville: Ryan Kerrigan
17. New England Patriots: Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College
Under this scenario, with how many of the pass rushing OLB and five technique defensive ends I have already selected, I feel like the Pats would trade down.
However, I had a hard time believing anyone in the first round would move up at this point, and I'm not about to predict someone coming back in to the first round.
The Patriots have Stephen Vollmer as a talented young offensive tackle, but they could shore up both tackle spots for the future with this pick.
Matt Light is a free agent, and Stephen Neal has retired, so even if Light is resigned, Castonzo can play guard until Light eventually retires.
He did not play guard in college, but is a very talented and intelligent player capable of moving positions.
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson DE/DT, Temple
Muhammad Wilkerson really impressed at the combine when he ran a 4.99 40-yard dash despite weighing in at over 300 pounds. That is Warren Sapp type numbers.
He is a very talented player and is a perfect fit to play defensive end in the Chargers 3-4 scheme. Wilkerson is an immediate upgrade over Jacques Cesaire.
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey OG, Florida
The Giants are mainly targetting Anthony Castonzo and Mike Pouncey here, so with Castonzo gone this makes it easy.
If the Giants feel like they can find a tackle or guard in the second round, they might go Akeem Ayers, but there are more second round talented OLB then their are second round talented lineman.
The Giants spent only one pick on offense last season; this draft will be different.
20. **TRADE** Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram RB, Alabama
Teams are starting to express worry over Mark Ingram's knee injury he suffered last season, although so far this off season he hasn't seemed to be bothered by it.
So if you're the Dolphins, why not trade back and get value and then tack him anyways? Even if he gets picked up they can still take Mikel LeShoure and be getting a very good back.
Ingram showed elite burst when he led all running backs with a 1.52 10-yard split, he also has superior vision when finding the hole.
Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are free agents; not to mention Brown can barely stay healthy. They need a running back for the future.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, Baylor
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The Chiefs need a true nose tackle to clog up the middle and Taylor can be that guy for them. He has lost weight since the end of the season and gotten down to 334 lbs; despite that size he still ran a 5.18 40.
He has great athleticism for his bulk and was very impressive at the Senior Bowl, consistently beating the supposed top offensive line prospects. I’m not sure if that is as good for Taylor as it is bad for the teams that need an offensive lineman.
Kansas City have very good defensive ends for their 3-4, they just need that dominant nose tackle to get them over the top as an elite defense.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder OT, Colorado
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Too long have the Colts neglected to find Peyton Manning an elite offensive tackle, and it turned around to bite them last season.
Manning was forced to get rid of the ball earlier than he would like on several occasions last year and it led to interceptions. He didn't have his best year in 2010, and I can mainly point to an average offensive line as the reason for that.
Solder is an elite talent at tackle, but will he be able to keep the weight on necessary to play tackle at the next level? He showed up seven pounds lighter in about 10 days difference from the combine and his Pro Day.
I don't think the Colts will be too worried about that.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin
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Despite the Eagles having the electric Michael Vick, they were near the bottom of the league in sacks allowed last season.
Some of this can be attributed to Vick trying to do too much, but a lot of it has to do with the fact that they have an average offensive line.
Gabe Carimi is a terrific talent that would come in and start right away for a division champ and NFC title contender. Not bad.
He is one of the better run blockers in the class and will be able to protect Vick's blind side at right tackle. Winston Justice has not panned out for them.
24. New Orleans Saints: Corey Liuget DT, Illinois
The Saints need an upgrade along the defensive line and it starts in the middle. They have some talented defensive ends, but their tackles could never get pressure up the middle.
Enter Corey Liuget.
I've seen him going as high as No. 13 after his fantastic Pro Day and combine, so I would think the Saints won't pass up an opportunity to get a player with top 15 potential.
He is an elite run stopper from the defensive tackle spot as well as someone who can get you 4-6 sacks a year. He will make an average defense that much better; they were hammered by the Seahawks last year because they could get to Matt Hasselbeck.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado
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Smith may not be as good as Peterson or Amukamara, but his man coverage skills may be just as good. Ignoring his character concerns would be a wise move for one of these teams looking for a corner late in the first round.
The Seahawks need a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball, especially given their horrible ranking in pass defense. They could use a pass rusher, but I like Smith here; I expect Pete Carroll to draft a skill position player.
Many people will probably kill me for not taking Jake Locker here, but he has fallen so far down during the draft process I'm not sure if his Pro Day can make him a first rounder again.
Not to mention, I don't think he's any good.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Cameron Heyward DE/DT, Ohio State
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Per a beat writer of the Ravens, they will not pass on Cameron Heyward should he be available here. I imagine that has some limitations if a top 20 player falls very far down the list, but they are making that judgment based on realistic expectations.
Heyward fills an immediate need for the Ravens at five-technique defensive end. Heyward could start right away in place of Cory Redding, who has not been very good.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston DE, Georgia
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Justin Houston has been linked to a few teams in the top 20, so don't be surprised if he is gone by this point. If he is not, the Falcons won't pass up an opportunity to not only find a defense end for the future, but have a very talented player to play along with John Abraham in the couple years he has left.
Houston has ideal size and speed for a 4-3 pass rushing defensive end, and also has great strength to help him in run defense.
28. New England Patriots: Akeem Ayers OLB, UCLA
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Although he spent most of his time as a stand up linebacker, Ayers looks like a tremendous athlete that can play both the 3-4 OLB and 4-3 OLB. He had seven sacks in his final two years as the starter, and also had eight turnovers forced.
With great speed and instincts, he can be a reliable pass rusher and also not be a liability in pass coverage. He is the best of both worlds for Bill Belichick's defense.
They have a need at defensive end as well, but I would be surprised to see them pass on Ayers if he falls. Especially since the Jets have shown interest.
29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi State
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With all the talk of Tyron Smith and his athleticism, Sherrod seems to have been lost in the shadows. That figures considering he went to the non power house school of Mississippi State, all the while holding his own among college football's best athletes.
Sherrod is an awesome talent that people have forgotten about with most of the other offensive lineman show casing their ability to look good in workouts, but if you watch Sherrod's film you will be impressed.
He can be a left tackle right away with his pass blocking and quick feet, but also plays with a mean streak and looks to punish people in the running game. He's a perfect fit for Chicago, who likes to establish the run to set up the pass.
30. New York Jets: Brooks Reed DE/OLB, Arizona
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You'll find many people comparing Reed to the Packers Clay Matthews after the terrific Pro Day he had, and he had the fastest 10-yard split of all defensive lineman.
If you didn't know, the 10-yard split is the measured first 10 yards of the 40-yard dash, which is usually the slower portion. Those guys who have the better times are more explosive at the point of attack.
Reed's 10-yard split was 1.54 seconds, just .05 seconds behind Matthews' time. It's not just the hair that's being compared, it's the ability as well.
The Jets already have a good pass rush, but they won't pass on the opportunity to make their defense that much better.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams CB/FS, Texas
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It became very clear in the Super Bowl that the Steelers need help in the secondary along side Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. They were consistently beaten by the Packers elite wide receivers and it cost them a championship.
Aaron Williams may have a future in the NFL as a free safety, but the Steelers attended his Pro Day and he looked like a bona fide first-round selection. He really improved on his 40-time, increasing his speed from a 4.52 to a 4.44, and looked better in the drills than he did at the combine.
It may be enough for the Steelers to take a chance on him; they could sure use the help
32. Green Bay Packers: Torrey Smith WR, Maryland
Torrey Smith raises some concerns because he has very small hands. What?
I don't care about that at all, he produced on the field, looked good at the combine with a 4.37 40, and didn't drop a single pass at his Pro Day.
The Packers don't have many needs and will probably draft their best player available, but with Donald Driver getting up there in years they may look to protect themselves at that position; James Jones is also a free agent.