2011 NFL Mock Draft Full First Round: Redskins Pass on Jake Locker, Trade Down

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IApril 28, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft Full First Round: Redskins Pass on Jake Locker, Trade Down

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Marcell Dareus #57 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Peters
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    Once upon a time, it was easy to think that this pick could be a smokescreen by the Carolina Panthers looking for other teams to trade up.

    The cold hard truth is that the Panthers need Newton to get their fan base excited again. At least he'll sell jerseys.

2. Denver Broncos, Marcell Dareus, Alabama

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Marcell Dareus #57 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Broncos may have toyed around with trading this pick, but they are in desperate need of defense.

    With the breaking news that defensive end Jason Hunter was stabbed, the obvious choice is Marcell Dareus.

3. Buffalo Bills, Von Miller, Texas A&M

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    SAINT PAUL, MN - APRIL 6: Linebacker Von Miller of Texas A&M, who is entered in this year's NFL draft, arrives for a hearing at the U.S. Courthouse on April 6, 2011 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. NFL players have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL owne
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    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

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    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers drops back to pass during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes  at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24.  (P
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    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

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 1: Defensive back Patrick Peterson of LSU works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    TRADE: Cardinals trade the rights to Patrick Peterson and a 2012 third-round draft pick to the Dallas Cowboys. The Cardinals get the No. 9 and No. 40 overall picks.

    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

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Wide receiver A.J. Green of Georgia runs with the ball during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Thaddeus Lewis #9 of the Duke Blue Devils is sacked by Robert Quinn #42 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty
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    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

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 24:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Nick Fairley #90 of the Auburn Tigers warms up before taking on the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C.
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    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

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    MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 29:Defensive lineman Cameron Jordan #97 of the North Team during  the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images for Under Armour)
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    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

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 20:  J.J. Watt #99 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a fourth quarter interception with Patrick Butrym #95 while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Wisconson won the
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    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

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    TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 7:  Tyron Smith #70 of the USC Trojans stretches before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils on November 7, 2009 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  USC won 14-9.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
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    With the Cowboys trading up, Smith will be around for the taking.

    The Vikings had a hole on the line that needed to be filled, and with Donovan McNabb rumored to be coming to town, he will need some protection.

13. Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Prince Amukamara #21 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers misses a chance at an interception from Scotty McKnight #21 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Neb
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    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

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies passes against the Stanford Cardinal on October 30, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    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

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew
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    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

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    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Dan LeFevour #13 of the Central Michigan Chippewas runs the ball past Ryan Kerrigan #94 of the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 20, 2008 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  (Photo by Ronald Mart
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    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

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Dave Shinskie #15 of the Boston College Eagles passes the ball in overtime as teammate Anthony Castonzo #74 blocks against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on September 26, 2009 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachus
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    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

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    DENVER - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers leads his team against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 33-28.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty
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    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

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    TAMPA, FL -  JANUARY 1: Lineman Gabe Carimi #68 of the Wisconsin Badgers sets to block  against the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2008 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  The Volunteers won 21 - 17. (Photo by Al Mess
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    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

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Defensive ends Brooks Reed #42 and Ricky Elmore #44 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrate after stopping the USC Trojans on the final play on December 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Arizona won
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    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

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    BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 04:  Brian Orakpo #98 of the Texas Longhorns rushes against Nate Solder #78 the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    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

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    AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Running back Fozzy Whittaker #28 of the Texas Longhorns carries the ball against cornerback Jimmy Smith #3 of the Colorado Buffaloes on October 10, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 38-14
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    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

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Ahmad Black #35 of the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks to pass against the Wisconsin Badgers in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on prior to playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/G
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    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

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    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Defensive end Adrian Clayborn #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the Insight Bowl against the Missouri Tigers at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24.  (Photo by Christian
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    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

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins watches the action during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
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    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

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators hugs teammate Mike Pouncey #55 after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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    The Bears would love to get help on the defensive front but are not sold on who is left on the board. Pouncey would help shore up the offensive line and protecting Jay Cutler was a huge problem a year ago.

30. New York Jets, Phil Taylor, Baylor

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    COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 07:  Defensive tackle Phil Taylor #11 of the Baylor Bears watches from the bench during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Get
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    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

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 and head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers look on during the National Anthem during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Im
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    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

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  Cameron Heyward #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes chases after quarterback Matt McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    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.

    Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at mregaw@gmail.com.