2011 NFL Mock Draft Sees Justin Houston Drop Out of First Round
The 2011 NFL draft is only a few days away, and with the NFL lockout temporarily lifted by Judge Sue Nelson's injunction, it's looking more and more likely that there could be plenty of movement before and during the draft.
As Thursday, April 28 creeps upon us, we could potentially see teams knocking on the Carolina Panthers' door to make offers for their No. 1 overall pick. The Panthers have been smart in being very secretive about their plans; however, the general belief around the league is that Cam Newton is the guy being targeted for first overall.
Also, there's news that Georgia OLB/DE Justin Houston and Iowa DE Christian Ballard failed their drug tests during the NFL combine. FOXSports reports that both prospects tested positive for marijuana; this is bad news for their draft stocks as both are expected to take a hit this week.
While Houston's stock is dropping, so are Nick Fairley's and Da'Quan Bowers'. Houston was a fringe first-round draft pick, so we'll likely see himself fall out of the first round after the latest reports about his positive drug test.
As for Fairley and Bowers, they're no longer viewed as top-five locks like they were back in January.
With that in mind, let's take a look at where the rest of the draft class falls in this mock draft:
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson, CB
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
|17. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey, OG
18. San Diego Chargers: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB
19. New York Giants: Nate Solder, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, OLB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Julio Jones, WR
7. San Francisco: Prince Amukamara, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: J.J. Watt, DE
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Sherrod, OT
24. New Orleans Saints: Corey Liuget, DT
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT |
10. Washington Redskins: Blaine Gabbert, QB
11. Houston Texans: Robert Quinn, OLB/DE
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Danny Watkins, OG
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Jordan, DE
28. New England Patriots: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT/DE
|13. Detroit Lions: Anthony Castonzo, OT |
14. St. Louis Rams: Nick Fairley, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Da’Quan Bowers, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: James Carpenter, OT
30. New York Jets: Leonard Hankerson, WR
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Phil Taylor, DT
32. Green Bay Packers: Brooks Reed, OLB
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