NFL Draft 2011: Predicting the 2011 NFL All Rookie Team

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IMay 9, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: Predicting the 2011 NFL All Rookie Team

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    Inspired by the Matt Millers article on the 2011 NFL all Rookie Team I decided to take up the challenge and present what of course will be the right 2011 NFL rookie of the year team.

    If you make your own article on the subject, please lets have the links in the comments, so that we can follow the progress, maybe there is even a stat nerd out there that can make spreadsheet where we can keep track and compare rookie production.

    I have build my rookie team around players whom I think will have the biggest impact on the performance of their respective teams - meaning they might not be the best players at their position.

Quarterback

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    Jake Locker, The Tennessee Titans:

    Jake Locker is being plugged in on a team that is ready to win now. With a very good O-line to protect him, and an elite running game with CJ2K that will carry the load and demand the most attention by opposing defenses.

    The Titans offense is already build to Lockers strengths, as they are very similar to those of Vince Young. Locker is going to have plenty of passing yards off play action calls, where he is asked to do what he does best, throw on the run just focusing on half the field.

    Locker probably won't WOW us with surging numbers of passing TDs and he hopefully won't run as much as in college. But Locker should really be evaluated by his ability run and lead the offense, stretch the field to open up the run for CJ2K and most importantly, not create turnovers.

    I will look for the Titans to add a couple of receivers in free agency as they need more targets that Kenny Britt for Locker to throw to.

Running Backs

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    Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints (Feature back)

    The New Orleans Saints sorely missed the strong running game to balance their offense in 2010. Mark Ingram will step in from day one and have great production both rushing, receiving, scoring TDs and blocking for Drew Brees.

    Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (Change of pace back)

    Jacquizz Rodgers will enter one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, not least with the addition of Julio Jones. It is also an offense where Rodgers will have a well defined role complementing Michael Turner and Jason Snelling. The smallish Rodgers plays with a great burst and toughness, but he also has great hands and can work out of the receiver role. Look for him to be the next Danny Woodhead / Dexter McCluster.

Wide Receivers

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    Greg Little, The Cleveland Browns

    Greg Little seems like a perfect fit for the Browns WCO. He arguably has the best hands of all the rookie receivers and with a history as a H-back, he knows how to get his YAC. He will be the undisputed no. one wide receiver for Colt McCoy, and I expect great production from Little.

    Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

    Torrey Smith will from day one be the designated deep threat for Ravens and be a great complement to Anquan Boldin. Smith will probably be seeing a lot of single coverage - that could be a risky tactic with a guy like Smith.

Tight End

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    Lance Kendrick, The St. Louis Rams

    To me, Lance Kendrick is going to be the Aaron Hernandez of the St. Louis Rams. He has got receiver hands and an H-Back strength. In a Josh McDaniels pass first offense, with Sam Bradfords talented passing, Kendricks could put up big numbers with his ability to create mismatch situations.

Offensive Line

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    Left Tackle: Anthony Costanzo, The indianapolis Colts:

    Will step in day one protecting Mannings blind side. Will add toughness to the Colts O-line.

    Left Guard: Danny Watkins, The Philadelphia Eagles:

    Nasty interior presence, that will help protect Michael Vick. Watkins will help solidify the Eagles O-line from day one.

    Center: Mike Pouncey, The Miami Dolphins:

    The Dolphins need Mike Pouncey to step in the same way his brother did for the Steelers. As guard or center Pouncey wont disappoint the Dolphins, both in pass protection and in the running game.

    Right Guard: John Moffit, The Seattle Seahawks:

    Moffit will be a mainstay in upgrading the Seahawks running game and has the size, strength and mean streak to make an immediate impact.

    Right Tackle: Tyron Smith, The Dallas Cowboys:

    With Doug Free and Tyron Smith as bookend tackles, Romo can have no complaints about his pass protection. Smith will have an immediate impact on the overall performance of the Cowboys O-line.

Defensive Line

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    Left Defensive End: Da'Quan Bowers, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

    Bowers is going to play with not one but a boat load of chips on his shoulders. Raheem Morris will insert Bowers as surgical strike missile, with the single purpose of taking out the opposing QB. I expect double digit sack numbers.

    Defensive Tackle: Phil Taylor, The Cleveland Browns:

    With Phil Taylor and Athyba Rubin in the center of the Browns defense, no team will enjoy running the ball up the middle against the Browns. Not only is Taylor big, he also has a mean streak and seems very unimpressed. 

    Defensive Tackle: Marcell Dareus, The Buffalo Bills:

    With Kyle Williams and Torell Troup, Marcell Dareus is the missing piece that is going to take the Bills front three to another level. Dareus biggest impact might not be through his numbers, but he will make the whole defense better, because of the double teaming he will attract.

    Right Defensive End: Aldon Smith, The San Francisco 49'ers:

    Placing Aldon Smith as a DE is not really correct, because in the 49'ers 3-4 defense he will probably play OLB. But Smith is projected to be deployed as a pure pass rusher because of his excellent physical skills and speed turning the outside corner.

Linebackers

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    OLB: Sam Acho, The Arizona Cardinals:

    Sam Acho will play early for the Cardinals in an aging LB core. Acho is an intelligent OLB that will have plenty of options to rush the QB.

    MLB: Martez Wilson, The New Orleans Saints:

    Martez Wilson has the speed the Saints LB core needs and he will get plenty of options to play and be productive.

    OLB: Von Miller, The Denver Broncos:

    Von Miller will start from day one. Although he will have to transition to the 4-3 OLB position, John Fox will know to use his unique skills in a pass rush tandem with Elvis Dumervil.

Cornerbacks

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    CB1: Patrick Peterson, The Arizona Cardinals:

    The Cardinals will have a formidable CB duo in Patrick Peterson and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. This will give Peterson plenty of options to shine, as QBs will have to take chances throwing against the duo.

    CB2: Aaron Williams, The Buffalo Bills:

    Aaron Williams is a great playmaker that can make plays all over the field. He might not excel in specific areas, but has a lot of unleashed potential that can be developed. I expect him to be the big surprise in the Bills secondary.

Safety

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    Safety 1: Jaiquawn Jarrett, The Philadelphia Eagles:

    With Nate Allan recovering from a serious injury, Jaiquawn Jarrett will get a chance to play early in the Eagles secondary. Has great leadership and is a student of the game. The Eagles could very well have acquired the next leader of their secondary. Jarrett could very well to take over after Quiton Mikell, who is a free agent and seems on his way out.

    Safety 2: Mark LeGree, The Seattle Seahawks:

    Actually its unfair to bring the picture of LeGree, but it was the only available picture I could find. LeGree was an interception machine in college, and although he wont be able to show the same kind of production in the NFL, it says a lot about his eye for the game. LeGree will be a great fit next to Earl Thomas, taking over from Lawyer Milloy.