2011 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots Continue Defensive Build with Justin Houston
2011 NFL Mock Draft Sees Patriots Further Bolster Pass Rush With Justin Houston
The New England Patriots already improved their pass rush with Cameron Jordan at pick 18. Now, with no one who wants to trade up to get a quarterback (since Seattle didn't take one), the Pats are going to look to further bolster their defense with Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston.
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Houston is still very much a work in progress, but the potential for greatness is there. He's a stellar pass rusher with a nose for the quarterback, and the kind of speed coaches look for coming around the corner in a 3-4 defense.
He'll need a year or two of seasoning, and had he waited until next year to declare, there's a good chance he would have been a top 10 pick, but even so, his talent makes him a logical choice.
Obviously, the Pats could trade down from here and go after a wide receiver like Titus Young from Boise State, or UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers. But, I think they'll like Houston's upside, and the pass rush boost he'll bring to New England's promising young defense.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green
|17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan|
18. San Diego Chargers: J.J. Watt
19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert |
6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Carimi|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Anthony Castonzo
24. New Orleans Saints: Aldon Smith
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Smith|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Cameron Heyward
27. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Harris
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston
|13. Detroit Lions: Da'Quan Bowers |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan
|29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod|
30. New York Jets: Stephen Paea
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams
32. Green Bay Packers: Akeem Ayers
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