2011 NFL Mock Draft Full First Round: Redskins Pass on Jake Locker, Trade Down
The Washington Redskins need a quarterback in the 2011 NFL draft, but they need more than just one position. On the eve of the draft, the Redskins are looking for more than players; they are looking for trade partners.
By trading the No. 10 overall pick, the Redskins have a chance to change the entire outcome of the draft.
Here's an NFL mock draft for the first round including a nifty move by the Washington Redskins.
1. Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton, Auburn
2. Denver Broncos, Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3. Buffalo Bills, Von Miller, Texas A&M
The Buffalo Bills could throw a monkey wrench into this draft by skipping on Miller, which would set off a chain reaction with the next few picks, but I don’t see it happening.
The Bills can get a quarterback in the second round, but need defense now. Miller is a pass-rushing threat that is sorely needed in Buffalo.
4. Cincinnati Bengals, Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
The Bengals have to come to grips with the fact that Carson Palmer will not play another down for them. Bengals Owner Mike Brown is stubborn and insists that he won’t trade Palmer, but he has to be concerned with the future of the franchise, and it’s not Jordan Palmer.
If the Bengals draft A.J. Green it would force them to grab a free-agent quarterback.
5. Arizona Cardinals, Patrick Peterson, LSU
This makes sense for the Cowboys, since they need a cornerback and Peterson has expressed great interest in playing for the Cowboys; they can still get an offensive lineman later.
If Blaine Gabbert is still around, the Cardinals will take him with this pick.
6. Cleveland Browns, A.J. Green, Georgia
The Browns may have had a hard time choosing between wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive end Robert Quinn, but with A.J. Green on the board this becomes a no-brainer.
Team president Mike Holmgren finally gets the wide receiver he's been waiting for.
7. San Francisco 49ers, Robert Quinn, North Carolina
The 49ers lost out on Patrick Peterson when the Cowboys moved up, and this could open the door for a trading frenzy. The 49ers are rumored to be talking with the Houston Texans, but their target was Peterson.
The 49ers could still trade for Prince Amukamara, but they won’t get many takers.
The move is to take Quinn who has tremendous upside and will help with the pass rush.
8. Tennessee Titans, Julio Jones, Alabama
TRADE: Titans trade the rights to Julio Jones to the St. Louis Rams, and in return get the No. 14 overall pick and a 2012 third-round draft pick.
This is what the Rams wanted all along, and the Titans drop a few spots and start building for the future.
9. Arizona Cardinals, Nick Fairley, Auburn
The Cardinals get this pick after trading with the Cowboys. The Cardinals' trade works out nicely, as they're able to get some help on the defensive line.
If the Titans pass on Fairley, the Cardinals will be the lucky recipients.
10. Washington Redskins: Cameron Jordan, California
TRADE: The Redskins trade the rights to Cameron Jordan to the New England Patriots for the No. 28 and No. 33 overall picks. The Patriots make this move to get Jordan before the Texans can scoop him up with the next pick.
On the eve of the draft, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan pretty much came out and said that the Redskins were not trading up and that they were looking to trade down to build for the future.
This is a good move for a team that has struggled to build a future in Washington for a long time.
11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
The Texans were eyeing the quick-rising Cameron Jordan, but did not miss out, grabbing J.J. Watt. The Texans are in desperate need of defense and Watt will do just fine.
I would not be surprised if the Texans consider Prince Amukamara as well, but my money is on Watt.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, USC
13. Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
The Detroit Lions get their man without trading up. The Lions are satisfied that he was available and the pick will improve the defense on day one.
14. Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker, Washington
The Titans have the rights to this pick after trading with the Rams. Vince Young is unstable and could be gone and Locker is the right fit for the future.
15. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
The Jake Locker pick will be the start of the quarterback frenzy as every team wants to make sure they get one. General Manager Jeff Ireland has spent time with Mallett and he is impressed with what he sees.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars, Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
This is a pick that the Jaguars have been coveting for the entire draft and although they could surprise a few folks by selecting Da’Quan Bowers, Kerrigan will be around and that is their main target.
17. New England Patriots: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
Matt Light is getting older as he enters his 11th season and protecting Tom Brady is a priority. The local pick makes for a good story.
18. San Diego Chargers, Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
The Bolts are happy to add Muhammad Wilkerson on defense and will be a welcome addition as a pass rusher.
19. New York Giants, Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
The New York Giants have made no secrets about it. They need help on the offensive line and Gabe Carimi fits perfectly.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
Forget the medical issues, Bowers is not risky this late in the draft and if he pans out he could be the steal of the draft. Bowers will be an elite pass rusher at the next level if he stays healthy.
21. Kansas City Chiefs, Brooks Reed, Arizona
Would not be surprised if the Chiefs pull the trigger on Phil Taylor in this spot because he is a monster in the middle, but the Chiefs will play it safe with the Reed.
22. Indianapolis Colts, Nate Solder, Colorado
The Colts need help on the line and Nate Solder is quick enough to keep up with this offense. Solder would help blocking for the run and protecting Peyton.
23. Philadelphia Eagles, Jimmy Smith, Colorado
Jimmy Smith has some character issues but the Eagles aren’t afraid of that problem. By Drafting Smith the Eagles will have one of the best duos in the league.
24. New Orleans Saints, Mark Ingram, Alabama
Mark Ingram dropped down the board due to some medical concerns, but the Saints need a running back and Ingram will be a great pickup at this point in the draft.
25. Seattle Seahawks, Andy Dalton, TCU
The early run on signal callers left Seattle with no choice. You didn’t think they were going to start Charlie Whitehurst did you?
26. Baltimore Ravens, Corey Liuget, Illinois
The Baltimore Ravens need a cornerback but can wait since Liuget is on the board. The Ravens are another team that could trade in the first round.
27. Atlanta Falcons, Adrian CLayborn, Iowa
The Falcons are set on offense and although they could always add, the defense is the area they need to focus on. They may go offensive tackle in this spot.
28. Washington Redskins, Derrick Sherrod, Mississippi State
The Redskins are building for the future and it all starts with the offensive line. Sherrod will allow Shanahan to develop the run and groom a young quarterback.
29. Chicago Bears, Mike Pouncey, Florida
30. New York Jets, Phil Taylor, Baylor
The Jets have six picks so keep an eye on them as potential trade partners, but Taylor works for the Jets, Character problems? That is what the Jets are all about.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers, Danny Watkins, Baylor
The Steelers had all sorts of problems with injuries on the offensive line. Watkins is too good to pass up on the board at this point.
32. Green Bay Packers, Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
The Packers get a steal late in this draft and fill a need at the same time. He is a top 20 talent that slipped through the cracks and the Packers scoop him up.
This will be one of the most exciting drafts in a long time with plenty of subplots and story lines. The number of trades in the first round will stun the NFL.
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