We are close to the time when 2011 NFL mock drafts will give way to the actual draft. And that means this is the time when rumors really start heating up. Teams are releasing information to get a feel for who may be interested in trading, or to try and raise the value of their pick.
The most interesting aspect of this is the quarterback situation. Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are the only two QBs that consistently grade out to be Top 10-worthy selections. Yet there is a pack of about five other QBs that are borderline first/second-round players.
There are also plenty of teams that are in need of QB help. But—not coincidentally—for the most part, these teams draft in the first half of the first round. So, will these teams reach and take a QB in the first round, or try to trade up or back in the first to land their guy later?
There are endless possibilities, and trying to figure it out is like solving a Rubik's Cube.
And I have solved the Cube! Behold...here is how the draft is going to go down. Check back, as I will update with info on these picks.
1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB
|17. N.E. Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE
18. S.D. Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
19. New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT
20. T.B. Buccaneers: Aldon Smith, DE
|5. Washington Redskins: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR
7. San Francisco: Prince Amukamara, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Mike Pouncey, OG
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jimmy Smith, CB
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Sherrod, OT
24. New Orleans Saints: Mikel LeShoure, RB
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT |
10. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Quinn, OLB
11. Houston Texans: Robert Quinn, OLB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Castonzo, OT
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Nate Solder, OT
26. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE
28. Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker, QB
|13. Detroit Lions: Da'Quan Bowers, DE |
14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: J.J. Watt, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Danny Watkins, OG
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Indianapolis Colts: Akeem Ayers, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Ben Ijalana, OG/T
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