2011 NFL Draft: Quarterback Heavy Three Round Mock with Trades
With the 2011 NFL Draft just a week away, I thought it'd be fun to create a mock that featured trades.
Not only did I include a couple of trades, but I wanted people to show what might happen if guys like Ryan Mallett, Colin Kaepernick and Jake Locker did actually go in the first round.
Here's a three round mock to give you an idea of what kind of talent falls in the second round in that scenario.
Arizona trades 2011 first (2), 2011 second (38), and 2012 second to Denver for 2011 first (2).
Houston trades 2011 first (11), 2011 second (42), and 2011 fifth (135) to Cleveland for 2011 first (6).
When you're drafting No. 1 overall, nine times out of 10, you need a quarterback. The story is no different here.
Jimmy Clausen isn't the answer, but the second round pick of 2010 will get a chance to start in 2011 while Ron Rivera grooms Cam Newton for a starting role.
Newton isn't close to being NFL ready, but he does have the ability to be a big time play maker, and with some work on his technique and overall accuracy, he could become a top notch quarterback within two seasons.
Arizona Cardinal fans will hate me for this. Not only do they take a quarterback, but they trade up and lose picks in order to get Gabbert.
But I'm not sold on the thought that Ken Whisenhunt is as comfortable with John Skelton as some think. They will draft a quarterback in this draft, and Gabbert is the ideal fit for their offense.
Buffalo's new 3-4 defense just couldn't seem to get a pass rush going in 2010. The biggest reason is because of the lack of defensive line mammoths. Dareus gives the Bills the ideal five technique at defensive end to allow guys like Aaron Maybin, Arthur Moats and Shawne Merriman free to get to the quarterback.
After missing out on the Blaine Gabbert boat, the Bengals decide to address the wide receiver situation by grabbing the best one in the 2011 NFL Draft. Green's a natural play maker who doesn't drop many passes and plays physical. He's a great talent for the Bengals to grab with the fourth overall pick.
Denver wants to trade down badly, and they get their wish by acquiring a 2011 second, and 2012 second round pick from Arizona. They add picks, and still get the best player in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Peterson could start opposite Champ Bailey and then take over as the No. 1 in a few years when Bailey slows down and potentially moves to free safety.
While I'm sure Wade Phillips would love to get his hands on Robert Quinn, I think that Miller is the safer pick, and the better overall talent.
They pay up a second round and fifth rounder to move up and grab Miller before Jim Harbaugh grabs him with the seventh overall selection. Miller's pass rushing ability would immediately help the Texans secondary woes as well.
Prince Amukamara is the real deal. He's an amazing cornerback, and he's a stand up, class act.
Harbaugh wants to build his program with the best on and off the field, and what better to do that than with a guy like Prince. Prince plays physical against wide receivers, and has good closing speed.
Tennessee may not miss Albert Haynesworth's attitude, but they surely miss his presence. Fairley gives the Titans a pure penetrating under tackle who can get to the quarterback quickly, and cause backfield disruptions.
Fairley's character may be in concern, but his effect on the field can help the Titans to overlook that.
The Cowboys' need for help on the right side is huge. Tyron Smith played right tackle at USC, and will most likely be groomed to play left tackle eventually.
Smith not only helps as a long term solution, but in the short term as well as he should be able to come in immediately and make an impact on the right side for Dallas as they try to keep Tony Romo on the field for 16 games in 2011.
I'm not a big believer in this pick, but I'm not the one drafting for the Washington Redskins. They need a fresh start at quarterback. Donovan McNabb would be an excellent mentor for Locker, and Locker's potential is off the charts. Shanahan is in love with this quarterback, and he reaches a bit to get his man.
Much of the talk is about Cleveland taking Robert Quinn. I'm not buying it. Holmgren isn't a huge risk taker, and while Jones isn't a surefire pick, he's the ideal fit for Colt McCoy's offense in Cleveland.
They need a true play maker that can make plays over the middle and down field. Jones has mental lapses at times, but has exceptional athleticism and play making ability.
The Vikings would love to improve the pass rush, and I find it hard to believe that Leslie Frazier would pass on the physical talent of Robert Quinn. Quinn fits the mold of an ideal 4-3 right side pass rusher, and if anybody can make him elite, it's Frazier.
Detroit's injuries to the quarterback position hurt them a bit in 2010, but nothing more than their lack of secondary, especially in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Smith gives the Lions a true cover corner who can help out in run support and bolster the corner position for the next 5-7 years.
With A.J. Green and Julio Jones gone, the Rams move onto the next big position of need on the other side of the ball. Spagnuolo takes a risk on the knee issues surrounding Bowers and hopes to make him the next great quarterback terrorist.
Word on the street is that Miami is enamored with Ryan Mallett. Whether they can keep him out of the great Miami nightlife is yet to be seen, but giving Brandon Marshall a huge arm like Ryan Mallett could potentially turn the Dolphins into AFC East contenders.
Another big rumor on the quarterback homefront is that Jacksonville sees Kaepernick as the ideal quarterback for their franchise. Grooming Kaep behind David Garrard could be an excellent situation for the Jags as they look to move past Garrard's inconsistency.
Mike Pouncey isn't going to make it to the Steelers, no matter how much they want him to fall. The Patriots find the future Logan Mankins replacement in Pouncey, who's best position is guard, rather than center like everybody else keeps spouting off about.
Jordan falling here is a miracle and blessing, but the Chargers quickly send their love to the teams who reached for quarterbacks to allow the fall. Jordan is a versatile defensive lineman who has Top 10 potential, but slips to pick 18 for the Chargers to get their future LDE for the 3-4 defense.
With Ahmad Bradshaw not being under contract, and the NFL being a two-back league nowadays, it's hard for the Giants to pass on the talented Ingram, who's explosiveness is top notch, and he can make plays out of the backfield.
The Buccaneers want to upgrade one of the defensive end spots and grabbing the pure pass rushing Kerrigan with pick No. 23 is an absolute steal. Kerrigan is a pure 4-3 defensive end and could play both LDE or RDE for them immediately.
It's time to upgrade the LOLB spot for the Chiefs, as Mike Vrabel is ready to retire any day now. Houston can be groomed behind the "utility" linebacker, and his ability to play in space makes him an excellent candidate for the 3-4.
The revolving door at left tackle for the Colts has to be fixed. Castonzo is a sound pass blocker, and a smart, high character player.
Watt shouldn't fall this far, but in this draft the Eagles are sending their thank you letters after they get the versatile Watt. Watt could move inside or outside depending on the situation. He can eat space, and penetrate as well.
Liuget is a big boy who can plug the middle of the defense, and also penetrate when needed. Sticking Liuget next to Sedrick Ellis could potentially shut down any running game coming through the middle for the Saints.
The perfect situation for Christian Ponder to be great in the NFL is to groom behind a great quarterback like Matt Hasselbeck. H-Beck has a couple more years left in him, and Ponder is a perfect fit for the short-intermediate offense that the Seahawks love so much. Carroll can't risk Ponder not falling to their second round pick and gets his man a round early.
As much as I love the Sheard pick here, I can't see Baltimore passing up on 3-4 defensive line help with Wilkerson. Nobody's stock has seemed to rise as much as Wilkerson's. He is versatile, and looks to be an excellent fit for the 3-4 LDE spot.
While the Atlanta secondary could use some improvement, the lack of a consistent pass rush hurt the defense even more. To grab Aldon Smith at No. 27 would be a steal. Smith would get to learn under the great John Abraham, and while he's a bit raw, he has the talent to be an All-Pro pass rusher in just a few seasons.
Despite BenJarvus Green-Ellis' emergence in 2010, the Patriots just can't pass up the explosiveness of LeShoure with pick No. 28. LeShoure is a pure north/south runner who can pummel over defenders in the open field, but still has the decent speed to break a long gain.
There are a few options for the Bears here, but I don't see them passing up on the big Nate Solder, who can solidify the run game, as well as protect the quarterback. Look for him to play a bit on the right side before starting at left tackle to protect Jay Cutler's bright side.
Kris Jenkins' was released and the Jets need to bulk up on their 3-4 defensive front. Phil Taylor is a big, run plugging nose tackle who's 338 pounds should have no problems eating up blockers.
The Steelers upgrade the left tackle spot with Carimi, who could play both right or left tackle. He's a great run blocker, and a sound enough pass protector that Big Ben would love to have protecting his blind side.
Upgrading one of the defensive end spots seems to be the most likely scenario for the Packers in one of the first two rounds. With the Cam Heyward free fall, the Packers struggle to pass his run stuffing ability up.
Brooks Reed just screams Clay Matthews III. His pass rushing ability is exceptional, and the Patriots have a knack for making great players even better. They improve their pass rush with Reed who is a headhunter on the defensive side of the ball.
The Bills have to love Leodis McKelvin, but they just aren't getting ideal production from the second corner position. Aaron Williams gives the Bills a lot of help to avoid giving up big plays down field, and he can become quite the play maker himself.
Injuries at cornerback hurt the Bengals, and while cornerback isn't a top need, it's hard to pass up Harris who could fill in for Jon Joseph if he becomes an unrestricted free agent following the new CBA agreement.
The Broncos switch back to the 4-3 defense allows them to solidify the LDE spot with Clayborn, who can rush the passer and is strong against the run.
Improving the pass rush is crucial for the Browns, and what better than to take one of the better pure pass rushers that nobody is talking about. Sheard's talent is Round 1 worthy, but he slips to the early second for the Browns to beef up that defensive line.
38. Denver Broncos – Rodney Hudson, G/C, Florida State
Interior help on the offensive line is a must for the Broncos. Hudson is a perfect candidate to take over at center at some point, and can step in immediately at guard with his versatility.
The Titans are lacking in guard play. While inexperienced, the ceiling for their current guards is above average at best, and grabbing the versatile Ijalana seems like a great fit for the team that will look to draft a quarterback in the later rounds.
The secondary was terrible for Dallas in 2010, and getting a play maker in DeAndre McDaniel at pick No. 40 is an absolute steal. McDaniel is a first round talent who is a ball hawk, and can help out against the run.
41. Washington Redskins – Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
Santana Moss is great, but the Redskins need more than that if they expect Jake Locker to succeed. The downfield ability of Baldwin, combined with his size and speed is a perfect fit to add to the offense, and Baldwin could emerge as a legit No. 1 with enough discipline.
42. Cleveland Browns- Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
Ahytba Rubin has been a miracle for the Browns, but with their new 4-3 defense, they need another legit defensive tackle. Paea's strength combined with penetrating ability makes it awfully hard to pass up with the 42nd pick that they received in the trade down.
Consistency at the linebacker positions is hard to find, and the Vikings stealing Bruce Carter in the middle of the second round is a great start. Carter is a tackling machine, who also excels in coverage.
44. Detroit Lions – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
The Lions need for true play makers at the linebacker position continues. Ayers is a former defensive end who's calling could be in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. He plays well in coverage, and may be best playing on the strong side once he learns to shed blocks with ease.
Martez Wilson's true position is yet to be determined. He looks to be a potential pass rusher in a 3-4, or he could end up being a potential sledgehammer inside. Regardless, his athleticism and overall potential make him hard to pass up for Jim Harbaugh who could bolster his linebacker corps, especially if Wilson finds a spot next to Patrick Willis.
46. Denver Broncos (from Miami) – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Despite the emergence of a great offense in 2010, the tight end position absolutely has to be upgraded. John Elway knows the importance of tight ends, and he takes a chance on the injury prone Rudolph, who is the best pure pass catching tight end in the draft.
47. St. Louis Rams – Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
The Rams pass defense hurt them quite a bit in 2010, and what better to help fix that than grabbing a talented cover corner. Davon House is a prospect on the rise, and he could be a late first round selection. He makes his way into the middle of the second, where the Rams get a steal and a potential No. 1 corner.
Oakland needs more depth at corner, and they also need a corner that isn't afraid to come up and make a tackle. Dowling isn't the sexy pick, and goes against Al Davis' workout warrior plan, but he's the smartest pick here.
A safety who surprisingly falls is UCLA's Rahim Moore. Jacksonville's safety woes continued in 2010. The Reggie Nelson project failed a couple seasons ago, and it's time to bring on the ball hawk that is Rahim Moore to help keep the offense in front of the Jaguars secondary.
The Chargers are looking for help on the offensive line, and grabbing a nice pass protector in Sherrod is a big upgrade. Philip Rivers was sacked the most times in his career in the 2010 season.
The Derrick Brooks era has been over for a few seasons and it's time to find a new tackling machine. Sturdivant is versatile enough to play all three linebacker positions in the Tampa 2 and is a solid coverage linebacker.
The Giants draft another second round defensive tackle to help bolster the defensive line. They need to find more consistency on the interior line, and Nevis is a quick, penetrating tackle who can disrupt the backfield, and is excellent value at No. 52.
The Colts had to have a big time running back by committee with all the injuries suffered to the running backs. Joseph Addai and Donald Brown can't stay healthy, and Jarvarris Williams is not the answer. Williams' hamstring injury shouldn't continue to bother him, and he's a great talent who can catch and protect the quarterback.
The Eagles aren't big on drafting linebackers, but it's hard to pass up on McCarthy, who's a sideline to sideline tackler that can play either strong side or middle linebacker.
We all know what Dwayne Bowe is capable of now after seeing him explode for several weeks in 2010. But the Chiefs need another play making wide receiver across from him. Hankerson's speed and ability after the catch compliments Bowe quite well.
New Orleans can't seem to keep their running backs healthy, and despite Chris Ivory's solid rookie season, they want a runner with more size and ability. Thomas is big, but has solid speed and can run well between the tackles, and he is excellent on third down.
Christian Ponder is going to need a target, and I'm not convinced on Mike Williams just yet. Regardless, the mediocre receiving corps gets an upgrade with this small, quick yet tough pass catcher who's a perfect fit for the West Coast Offense.
Houshmanzadeh isn't the same as he was, and Derrick Mason is aging. It's time to find a compliment to Anquan Boldin, and Smith is an excellent receiver to groom.
Michael Jenkins has had trouble with injuries, and Jernigan adds a quick presence in the slot, who can make plays from anywhere on the field.
60. New England Patriots – Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
At this point it feels like New England has already had 100 draft picks. But they get excellent value in Greg Little who is a tough, physical receiver who plays well over the middle of the field.
When Antonio Gates went down, the Chargers seemed to lose a step in the offense. Kendricks not only provides Gates-injury insurance, but can also line up in the slot and create mismatches all over the field with his quickness and excellent hands.
The Bears are rumored to be enamored with the talented defensive tackle, and while some think he's a first round pick, I think he can be had in the late second due to the fact that he hasn't played since the 2009 season. Some folks compare him to Tommie Harris, which indicates his potential.
Improving the offensive line still has to be a priority for the Steelers. Cannon is big, but has quick feet and could play both tackle positions or guard for Pittsburgh.
Despite the emergence of James Starks late in the season, the Packers still felt the hit of losing Ryan Grant. Hunter is a true third down back, and compliments Ryan Grant quite well, while also providing insurance.
Grabbing a wide receiver for Cam Newton to throw to is crucial for the Panthers, who are experiencing the decline of former star Steve Smith.
66. Cincinnati Bengals – Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa
The Bengals get some interior line help with the versatile defensive tackle in Ballard. Ballard is a penetrator who could afford to add bulk, and has potential against the run.
67. Denver Broncos – Deunta Williams, FS, North Carolina
Depth in the secondary is a must for the Broncos, as their pass defense has ranked among the worst in the NFL the last few seasons. Williams is a gamble with the injury history, but his ball hawking ability when healthy is hard to pass up.
68. Buffalo Bills – Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
The Bills missed on Newton/Gabbert, but they get great value in a talented quarterback with exceptional intangibles.
Alan Faneca is considering retirement, and Deuce Lutui has been just above average. Getting interior line help to keep the quarterback on his feet is a must for the Cardinals, who invested the second overall pick to grab Blaine Gabbert.
70. Cleveland Browns – Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
It's crucial for the Browns to upgrade the middle linebacker position, and grabbing Kelvin Sheppard could be huge. He's a pure wrap up tackler who is experienced, and he was a leader on a great LSU defense.
71. Dallas Cowboys – Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
The Cowboys cornerback struggles continued in 2010. Injuries and inconsistent play from the entire secondary hurt them early in the season. Brown is a guy who could go as high as Round 2, and his athleticism and speed makes him an intriguing option.
72. New Orleans Saints (from Washington) –Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
Offensive line depth is crucial for the Saints who look at Wisniewski as the future of the center. Stefen could play a bit of guard as well, with his bulked up 313 pound frame.
73. Houston Texans – Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson
The Texans need for legit cornerbacks is huge, and Gilchrist is rising quite a bit. Gilchrist fits the scheme perfectly and could end up as a great No. 2 one day.
74. New England Patriots (from Minnesota) – Jerrelle Powe, DT, Mississippi
The Patriots continue to build the defensive line by finding the future nose tackle in Round 3 in big Jerrell Powe.
75. Detroit Lions – Ahmad Black, SS, Florida
The Lions secondary struggles force them to grab another member in Round 3. Black provides excellent coverage while also being a force against the run.
76. San Francisco 49ers – Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
While Jim Harbaugh may like what he sees in Alex Smith, he can't ignore drafting Ricky Stanzi, who's football IQ is great, and he has the ability to make all of the short/intermediate throws with ease.
77. Tennessee Titans – Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State
The Titans want a little bit of speed at wide receiver and grab Brown, who is elusive and can make big plays after the catch.
The Rams wait until Round 3 to get Sam Bradford his weapon. But better late than never. Lockette is a big (6'3") wide receiver with excellent speed and downfield ability. He's a bit of a project, but the upside is there.
The Dolphins need help at guard big time, and Boling's ability to play both guard and tackle force the pick as the Dolphins need to build depth on the offensive line.
80. Jacksonville Jaguars – Chykie Brown, CB, Texas
It was recently released that the Jaguars have had the worst secondary of the last three seasons, and getting Chykie Brown to man one of the corner spots would be a big help.
81. Oakland Raiders – Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada
Al Davis gets back to his workout warrior trend, drafting the speedy outside linebacker in Moch. Moch can rush the passer and cover when needing to.
82. San Diego Chargers – Cliff Matthews, DE/OLB, Soiuth Carolina
The Chargers high octane pass rush gets an upgrade with Matthews who could develop into a top tier pass rusher in a few years with the Charger defense.
83. New York Giants – Joseph Barksdale, T, LSU
The Giants are looking for a versatile offensive tackle to compete for the left tackle position in the future. Opposing teams' ability to get in the backfield despite not blitzing an extra man often has hurt Eli Manning.
84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
The Buccaneers can't afford to pass up on Murray, who would compliment LeGarrette Blount very well with his ability to play on third downs, and make defenders miss in the open field.
The Eagles depth at cornerback is pretty poor, and grabbing Kendric Burney will help them out, especially against the run and in press coverage.
After missing the Phil Taylor train, the Chiefs grab Ellis in the third, who will play a big role in the middle of that 3-4 defensive line.
87. Indianapolis Colts – Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa
The Colts gain more depth in the secondary by grabbing Bob Sanders' replacement.
88. New Orleans Saints – Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
The Saints grab some depth at corner after suffering injuries and struggling to find a surefire No. 2 corner.
89. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle) – John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin
The Chargers need depth on the interior line, and Moffitt's run blocking ability makes him an excellent potential starter.
90. Baltimore Ravens – Shane Vereen, RB, California
While Vereen is comparable to Ray Rice, he still makes for a great compliment with his ability to run in the open field and catch on third downs.
Rackley is a versatile lineman who fits the Falcons offensive line mold very well. He'd be an excellent tackle to groom to play on Matt Ryan's blind side.
92. New England Patriots – Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock
The Patriots need to add depth on the oefensive line, and Fusco offers excellent center potential, and the possible ability to move to guard.
93. Chicago Bears – Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (Fl.)
The Bears add depth to the defensive end position with Bailey who can help stop the run, and has a few pass rushing abilities. Bailey is full of potential to be tapped into.
94. New York Jets – Jar
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