NFL Draft 2011: 10 Bold, Last-Minute Predictions
Cam Newton to go first overall in 2011 NFL Draft Last Minute Bold Predictions.
The 2011 NFL Draft should be one of the most interesting drafts to watch play out that we've ever seen.
It is one of the few drafts we've ever seen where not one pick is set in stone, anything can happen.
No two Mock Drafts are alike, and neither are no two prospect rankings.
So in a year that's so unpredictable, I will attempt to deliver 10 last minute bold predictions on the day of the draft.
1. Cam Newton Will Go First Overall
Plenty of people have predicted that Cam Newton will go first overall, but as we all know he is by no means a lock.
Patrick Peterson, Nick Fairley, Marcell Dareus, Blaine Gabbert, Von Miller, and A.J Green are among the other prospects who have a shot to be the number one overall pick.
But I predict that it will be Newton.
While he may not be the top prospect on anybody's board, most people agree that Newton's upside is by far better than any other quarterback in this draft.
2. The Titans Will Trade Down in the First Round and Draft Jake Locker
Most people have Nick Fairley going to the Titans at eight, but I can't imagine them picking anything but a quarterback in the first round.
They've made it perfectly clear that they're done with Vince Young, and they know that they need a quarterback to come in and lead a team that has talent all over the field.
This is a team with playoff aspirations, and by the time the Titans are up to pick Jake Locker will be the best quarterback left, but they should be able to trade down somewhere in the 10-20 range and get their man, Jake Locker.
3. The Bengals Will Pass on Blaine Gabbert and Select A.J Green
Carson Palmer has been saying that he would retire before he would come back to play for the Bengals all off-season.
He's demanded a trade, yet the Bengals have refused to trade him.
So my question to anybody who thinks the Bengals will select Blaine Gabbert is, do you really think they're about to throw Palmer a bone?
They've made it clear they want Palmer back, and in the end it's up to them, not him if he returns, so why would they waste the fourth overall pick on Gabbert?
4. The Seattle Seahawks Will Draft Ryan Mallett
People can talk up Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton until they're red in the face, but the fact is, Ryan Mallett has more talent and potential than both of them and every scout knows it.
The biggest problem with Mallett comes off the field, with questions about drug use and maturity.
Many teams don't want to take a chance on a kid who has bust written all over him, but he has also has future pro-bowler written all over him as well.
In the end, I think Seattle will go ahead and take the risk.
5. Fans Will Boo Roger Goodell Before Every Pick
It's been an eventful off-season for Roger Goodell.
He claims to be doing all he can to make sure there will still be an NFL season, but the draft is in New York, so do you really think they care?
He'll hear the boo birds before every pick just like Reggie Miller and Michael Jordan before him.
6. Patrick Peterson Will Fall to the 49ers at Seven Overall
Let's get one thing straight, Patrick Peterson is the best player in this draft.
The man has been compared to the likes of Deion Sanders and Charles Woodson, and that's unbelievable company.
With that being said, corner back is not really a huge need for any of the teams picking in the top six so it's likely that Peterson could fall right on to the 49ers laps at seventh overall.
I remember a few years back their was another Peterson who fell to seventh overall in the draft, and his first name was Adrian.
This could be the second coming.
7. The Houston Texans Will Pick Prince Amukamara
In nearly every mock draft I see the Texans are picking a defensive end. I understand the thinking there, but what people forget is that this team had one of the worst secondaries in NFL history.
How can they not go with a corner back prospect as good as Prince Amukamara if he falls to them?
I know a good pass-defense starts with a pass-rush, but they have Mario Williams, what they don't have is a respectable corner.
8. Akeem Ayers Will Be a First Round Pick
Two months ago, Akeem Ayers was a lock for the first round. Now he's far from it.
Following a poor combine performance he's been taking a free-fall down draft boards, and many people are starting to predict that he'll fall out of the first round.
I just can't see that.
Expect somebody to take a chance on him between picks 20 and 32, my best guess would be Kansas City.
9. The Miami Dolphins Will Select Mark Ingram
I've seen former Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram nearly everywhere in mock drafts from Miami to Green Bay.
But I predict he'll be snatched up by Miami at 15 overall.
The Dolphins are more reliant on their running backs than any other team in the NFL, and with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown both becoming free agents this off-season I can't see them letting Ingram go.
If they don't get Ingram, they won't score.
10. The Detroit Lions Will Select Da'Quan Bowers
One man who's draft stock has been trending way down is Da'Quan Bowers.
He's went from consensus no. one overall pick to not even being a guaranteed first-round pick.
Luckily for Bowers, I think he'll go to the Lions at no. 13.
The Lions biggest need is corner back, but if Amukamara and Peterson are both off the board when they pick (as they should be) then there won't be a corner worth picking. There's also no offensive tackle really worth this pick unless they reach for Anthony Castonzo, but I don't see that happening.
So then where do the Lions go with this pick? Why not defensive end.
They could give themselves the most feared front four in all of football for the next 10 years if they do.
Ndamukong Suh is dominant, Cliff Avril is good and only getting better, Corey Williams has a few more good years left in him, but Kyle Vanden Bosch seems to be done.
If they can replace him with Da'Quan Bowers they'd be taking a huge chance, but it might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.