2011 NFL Draft: Last-Minute First-Round Mock Draft

Joseph BurkeyAnalyst IApril 27, 2011

Dareus going No.1?
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Counting down the hours until we get this thing going, there's no better way to kill that time than with a mock draft.

I'm assuming no trades. Lets get it on!

Round 1!

Carolina Panthers—Marcel Dareus—DT—

Panthers shock the world, skip the Cam fad.

Denver Broncos—A.J. Green—WR—Georgia

With no Dareus around, Green fills a void in Denver left by Brandon Marshall. He's also a complement to the resurgent Brandon Lloyd. 

Buffalo Bills—Patrick Peterson—CB—LSU

Their secondary is desperate, and Peterson may help them as a corner or safety.

Cincinnati—Blaine Gabbert—QB—Missouri

Carson Who? The drama ends for the Bengals' QB soap opera.

Arizona—Von Miller—OLB/Joker—Texas A&M

The Cardinals are tickled to see Miller last long enough to land at their feet.

Cleveland—Julio Jones—WR—Alabama

Mike Holmgren knows Browns' QB Colt McCoy needs weapons.

San Francisco—Cam Newton—QB/Icon—Auburn

New 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh receives weapons-grade plutonium. But it won't be ready for a couple years.

Tennessee—Nick Fairly—DE/DT—Auburn

Jeff Fisher delivers the Titan's defense a Tasmanian devil.

Dallas—Tyron Smith—OT—USC

Cowboys go for a tackle to help protect Romo, and reach on this bad boy.

Washington—Robert Quinn—DE/OLB—UNC

The Redskins take a little risk that should reward them immensely.

Houston—Prince Amukamara—CB—Nebraska

Secondary is a huge need for the Texans.

Minnesota—J.J. Watt—DE—Wisconsin

The Vikings pass rush goes from awesome and scary—to completely terrifying. Purple people eaters return.

Detroit—Jimmy Smith—CB—Colorado

With the top two defensive backs gone, the Lions reach for the last big name.

St. Louis—Anthony Castonzo—OT—Boston College

Rams like Sam Bradford, a lot, and prove it with another body guard.

Miami—Cameron Jordan—DE—Cal

In a quarterback-driven league, the Dolphins know they'll need to rush the passers in the AFC East.

Jacksonville—Corey Luige—DT—Illinois

Jaguars look defense from the inside out...again.

New England—Mike Pouncey—C/G—Florida

Bill Belichick he Patriots know what they doing, even when no one else gets it.

San Diego—Da'Quan Bowers—DE—Clemson

Chargers defense gets a little boost, and a huge boost when Bowers proves his right knee his just fine.

New York Giants—Akeem Ayers—DE/OLB—UCLA

Giants stretch a little but grab a sold 4-3 Sam.

Tampa bay—Ryan Kerrigan—DE—Purdue

Although he lacks elite speed, the Buccaneers give Gerald McCoy and company a big-motor pass rusher.

Kansas City—Nate Solder

Chiefs take a body guard for Cassel, and possibly the steal of the draft.

Indianapolis—Adrian Clayborn—DE—Iowa

Peyton can't sack other quarterbacks, but he can sick this guy on 'em.

Philadelphia—Gabe Carimi—OT—Wisconsin

The Eagles continue to work on the offenses infrastructure.

New Orleans—Muhammad Wilkerson—DT—Temple

Stopping the run is a focus and a need tor the Saints

Seattle—Jake Locker—QB—Washington

Though he may rather travel the country, Pete Carroll and the Seahawks won't let him leave the state without them.

Baltimore—Aaron Williams—CB—Texas

The Ravens are known for taking solid defense in round one. This year, it's a corner.

Atlanta—Kyle Rudolph—TE—Notre Dame

Tony Gonzales is an aging veteran. The Falcons would benefit tremendously by adding the draft's top TE.

New England—Mark Ingram—RB—Alabama

The Patriots say "why the heck not?"

Chicago—Derek Sherrod—OT—Mississippi State

Da Bears begin their own offensive infrastructure project.

New York Jets—Jabaal Shead—DE/OLB—Pitt

The Jets are so close to the Super Bowl, they can smell it. They can taste it. One more big-hit sack on Roethlisberger or Manning and they'd be there.

Pittsburgh—Cameron Heyward—DE—Ohio State

And the Steelers answer back grab a little defensive thunder of their own.

Green Bay—Mikel LeShoure—RB—Illinois

The world champions finish the day by turning heads: they take a punishing 230 lb. runner with quick feet.

And the game film keeps rolling all weekend.

24 hours...Tick-tock.


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