At this point in time, there is no shortage of 2011 NFL mock drafts out there. The draft pundits have kept them coming for months now, and just about every NFL junkie with access to the Internet has joined in the fun.
I too have tried my hand at mocking the draft, and I have long since lost count of exactly how many I've done over the last five months or so. They've all been different, and I suspect that they will all be equally wrong come draft day. Either way, with the actual 2011 NFL Draft looming a couple days from now, I am ready to mock the draft one last time.
As always, the first thing on my mind is who will go No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers. And as you can see, I settled on Cam Newton once again. He's not the best player, but I do think he's the best fit.
Outside of the No. 1 pick, I'm of the opinion that the most interesting storyline in this year's draft is what's going to happen with the two best wide receivers. Georgia's A.J. Green is a surefire top five pick, and Alabama's Julio Jones could go just behind him. But then again, I for one see a number of scenarios where Jones drops out of the top 10.
Of course, it's not all about offense. This year's class is fair teeming with stud defensive players, and trying to find out where they'll go is always good for a headache.
Because I'm not a fan of headaches, let's go ahead and get this bugger out of the way. I'm going to go through each of my first round picks in exhaustive detail, which should help explain some of my apparent lunacy. If you can dig that, all you have to do is keep it here and wait for updates.
1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB
|17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Brooks Reed, OLB
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn, DE
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB
26. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Pouncey, OG
27. Atlanta Falcons: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston, OLB
|13. Detroit Lions: Aldon Smith, OLB |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: J.J. Watt, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT