2011 NFL Mock Draft: New England Patriots Prepare for Future, Take Ryan Mallett
Ryan Mallett to sit and learn behind Tom Brady
1. New England (from Carolina): Ryan Mallet, QB
There is a solid chance Bill Belichick will trade out of this spot and rob some poor, quarterback starved team blind. If he doesn't he may want to go after a quarterback himself. Ryan Mallett has a cannon for an arm, but he has character issues. New England would be the perfect place for Mallett to go. He could learn what it means to be a professional from Tom Brady and be the next franchise QB in New England.
2. Buffalo Kyle Rudolph TE
Kyle Rudolph may not even make it past the first round. If somehow manages to land here, he would be a great safety outlet for Ryan Fitzpatrick to utilize. Rudolph is similar to Aaron Hernandez when he came out. There is a lot of uncertainty because of his nagging injuries, but his film is nothing short of spectacular. Imagine what it would look like if he was 100%.
3. Cincinnati Christian Ponder
The Bengals don't seem to believe Carson Palmer when he says he would rather retire than stay in Cincinnati. It's about time to start seeing his words as more than just an empty threat. Christian Ponder is a huge upgrade from Jordan Palmer. He might have to be thrown in the fire immediately, but the addition of A.J. Green would help ease him into the lineup a bit more smoothly.
4. Denver Jabaal Sheard
A defensive line featuring Marcell Dareus, Elvis Dumervil and Jabaal Sheard would be nearly impossible to run on. Denver would transition into John Fox's 4-3 with ease. Sheard almost always wins the leverage battle and has a great center of gravity. Not a run stopping machine or a dominant pass rusher, but an outstanding football player regardless.
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1. New England (from Carolina): Ryan Mallett QB
2. Buffalo: Kyle Rudolph TE
3. Cincinnati: Christian Ponder QB
4. Denver: Jabaal Sheard DE
5. Cleveland: Muhammed Wilkerson DT
6. Arizona: Danny Watkins OG
7. Tennessee: Marvin Austin DT
8. Dallas: Ras-I Dowling CB
9. Washington: Torrey Smith WR
10. Houston: Akeem Ayers OLB
11. Minnesota: Rahim Moore FS
12. Detroit: James Carpenter OT
13. San Francisco: Andy Dalton QB
14. Denver (from Miami): Javon House CB
15. St. Louis: Jon Baldwin WR
16. Oakland: Rodney Hudson C
17. Jacksonville: Colin Kaepernick QB
18. San Diego: Marcus Cannon OT
19. Tampa Bay: Bruce Carter OLB
20. New York Giants: Martez Wilson ILB
21. Indianapolis: Benjamin Ijalana OG
22. Philadelphia: Mikel Leshoure RB
23. Kansas City: Titus Young WR
24. New Orleans: Stephen Paea DT
25. Seattle: Jarvis Jenkins DT
26. Baltimore: Jerrel Jernigan WR
27. Atlanta: Randall Cobb WR
28. New England: Orlando Franklin OT
29. San Diego (from NY Jets): Christian Ballard DE
30. Chicago Will Rackley OG
31. Pittsburgh Kenrick Ellis NT
32. Green Bay Demarco Murray RB
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