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1. Panthers: Da’Quan Bowers, defensive end, Clemson.

Bowers led the NCAA in sacks and tackles for loss in 2010, earning the Nagurski Trophy as college football’s top defender. Panthers sack leader Charles Johnson is a free agent, and new coach Ron Rivera requires a pass-rushing cornerstone at the most critical position in his Tampa-2 defense.

2. Broncos: Patrick Peterson, cornerback, LSU.

The Broncos won’t re-sign free agent Champ Bailey, and ranked 25th against the pass even before losing their All-Pro cornerback. The draft’s consensus top corner, Peterson flashed shutdown ability in the SEC and boasts off-the-charts athleticism.

3. Bills: Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn.

Newton quarterbacked back-to-back national champions at the JUCO and FBS levels, and his teams went 30-1 whenever he appeared in a game. Bills G.M. Buddy Nix reportedly likes Newton “a great deal.” Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t anyone’s idea of a long-term solution.

4. Bengals: Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn.

Fairley led the NCAA in tackles for loss among interior linemen by a wide margin, especially dominating in big games. Character concerns may bump him down a few notches, but Fairley remains a surefire top-five pick.

5. Cardinals: Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M.

Joey Porter may want to avoid the high-stakes craps tables, because he’s not going to be on an NFL roster much longer. A high character prospect and the draft’s top pure pass rusher, Miller would make Arizona’s annually underachieving defense better in a hurry.

6. Browns: A.J. Green, wide receiver, Georgia.

New Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur experienced calling plays without a dynamic receiver as Rams offensive coordinator last year, and it wasn’t pretty. A Randy Moss-type vertical threat, Green averaged 15.78 yards per catch with 23 touchdown receptions in 28 college starts.

7. 49ers: Robert Quinn, linebacker, North Carolina.

The NCAA stripped Quinn’s 2010 eligibility for accepting over $5,000 in agent gifts. Still a physical freak set to tear up the Combine, Quinn finished second to only Derrick Morgan in 2009 ACC Defensive Player of the Year voting with 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and six fumbles forced. As a sophomore.

8. Titans: Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, Missouri.

Recent reports have Gabbert’s draft stock “slipping” as NFL teams do more film work on his less-than-dominant junior season. Gabbert can rebuild it at the Combine, where he’s likely to be the most polished passer with the best deep arm. The Titans are desperate to forget the Vince Young era.

9. Cowboys: Marcell Dareus, defensive end, Alabama.

Marcus Spears, Stephen Bowen, and Jason Hatcher’s contracts are all up, meaning Dallas could lose three of its top four defensive ends. A 6-foot-3, 306-pound bowling ball with rare quickness for a behemoth, Dareus would immediately move into the starting lineup opposite Igor Olshansky.

10. Redskins: Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama.

If not at San Francisco’s pick, this is where Kevin Kolb trade talks will begin in earnest. (The Eagles’ history of swindling the Redskins is something to keep in mind.) Should no deal be struck, Jones fills a gaping void as Mike Shanahan’s No. 1 receiver. Santana Moss‘ contract expired Friday.

11. Texans: Prince Amukamara, cornerback, Nebraska.

The Texans have many needs as they switch from a 4-3 to 3-4 defense. Ultimately, they’re expected to focus on cornerbacks and outside linebackers. Corner is the more obvious weakness after opposing receivers ran through Houston’s secondary uncovered all last year.

12. Vikings: Justin Houston, defensive end, Georgia.

G.M. Rick Spielman seemed to acknowledge Friday that he won’t find an elite signal caller in the No. 12 spot, instead praising the “very good senior quarterbacks that are going to go in the second and third round.” With Ray Edwards and Brian Robison free agents, and Everson Griffen having gone off the deep end, Spielman can fill a need with an incredibly explosive defensive end.

13. Lions: Nate Solder, offensive tackle, Colorado.

The Lions’ top offseason priority is to keep quarterback Matthew Stafford healthy. “It means everything,” coach Jim Schwartz said in his season-ending press conference. Solder allowed just five sacks in his college career, only one of them as a senior.

14. Rams: Akeem Ayers, linebacker, UCLA.

If Green and Jones are gone, St. Louis won’t find a wideout worthy of this pick that also meets G.M. Billy Devaney’s “four pillars” requirement. (Titus Young and Jonathan Baldwin both have off-field concerns.) Next up on the Rams’ list of needs is an outside linebacker with playmaking ability and cover skills.

15. Dolphins: Mark Ingram, running back, Alabama.

Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both free agents, and Fins G.M. Jeff Ireland is intent on finding a running back “that’s productive, can pass protect, and creates yards on his own.” Ingram meets each criteria.

16. Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, cornerback, Colorado.

The Jags need help on both sides of the ball, but only the Texans had a worse secondary last season. Smith was the Big 12′s version of Nnamdi Asomugha.

17. Patriots: J.J. Watt, defensive end, Wisconsin.

Pats linemen Ty Warren, Mike Wright, Ron Brace, and Myron Pryor combined to miss 35 games last season, and Watt might already be the best of the bunch. According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Watt is the best 3-4 end in the draft.

18. Chargers: Cameron Jordan, defensive end, California.

Jordan will probably never be a double-digit sack threat, but he’s a proven five-technique end coming out of Cal’s 3-4 defense. Jacques Cesaire and Travis Johnson are free agents, so Luis Castillo needs a new bookend.

19. Giants: Anthony Castonzo, offensive tackle, Boston College.

The Giants’ tackle situation is tenuous with Shawn Andrews due a $3.5 million roster bonus and David Diehl moving to guard after Rich Seubert’s major knee surgery. Giants assistant line coach Jack Bicknell oversaw B.C.’s front five when Castonzo became the first freshman starter on the Eagles’ offensive line in a decade.

20. Buccaneers: Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end, Purdue.

Kerrigan tied Da’Quan Bowers for the NCAA lead in 2010 tackles for loss (26) and totaled 32.5 sacks in his final three seasons as a Boilermaker. The Bucs finished last among NFC teams in sacks last season.

21. Chiefs: Aldon Smith, linebacker, Missouri.

Smith’s 2010 numbers were down after an in-season leg fracture, but he set Mizzou’s single-season sack record as a freshman. Now entering the draft as a third-year sophomore, the local favorite could replace free agent Mike Vrabel opposite Tamba Hali.

22. Colts: Tyron Smith, offensive tackle, USC.

The Colts reportedly “still regret passing” on Rodger Saffold in favor of Jerry Hughes last April, and they can rectify the problem with one of the most athletic linemen in the nation. Smith was awarded 2010 Morris Trophy honors as the Pac-10′s top offensive lineman.

23. Eagles: Aaron Williams, cornerback, Texas.

Right cornerback was a major problem area for the Eagles’ last season as the Dimitri Patterson and Ellis Hobbs experiments failed. Neither is signed for 2011. A size corner (6’1/195) with added special teams value, Williams blocked five punts at UT to rank second in school history.

24. Saints: Derek Sherrod, offensive tackle, Mississippi State.

Sherrod is a freakish specimen at 6-foot-6, 312 with 35 1/2-inch arms, 11-inch hands, and a mammoth 94-inch wingspan. Saints incumbent left tackle Jermon Bushrod has struggled as a pass blocker for two straight seasons.

25. Seahawks: Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, Nevada.

Matt Hasselbeck is a free agent, and Charlie Whitehurst looked nothing like a franchise quarterback in six 2010 spot appearances. After a sterling Senior Bowl, Kaepernick is gaining steam as a possible late first-round pick.

26. Ravens: Titus Young, wide receiver, Boise State.

The inability of Baltimore’s receivers to separate from defensive backs was their undoing in the playoffs. Separation skills are a strong suit for Young, who’s generated DeSean Jackson comparisons after averaging 17.11 yards per catch as a senior.

27. Falcons: Torrey Smith, wide receiver, Maryland.

G.M. Thomas Dimitroff is an admitted “needs drafter,” and Atlanta’s greatest weakness is in the receiver corps behind Roddy White. Tony Gonzalez is losing steps and Michael Jenkins can’t stop being Michael Jenkins. Smith, who declared for the draft on December 29, is one of Mike Mayock’s top-five receiver prospects.

28. Patriots: Jonathan Baldwin, wide receiver, Pittsburgh.

A deep threat receiver isn’t as big a need for New England as some have made it out to be, but Baldwin could add an entirely new element to Bill O’Brien’s offense. Mike Mayock has projected Baldwin to run a sub-4.4 at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, and the third-year junior averaged 18.26 yards per catch at Pitt.

29. Bears: Gabe Carimi, offensive tackle, Wisconsin.

Fielding arguably the NFL’s worst offensive line, the Bears surrendered a league-high 52 sacks and got their quarterback knocked out of two games, including the most important of the season. Carimi is ready to play in the NFL after 49 college starts and a Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year award.

30. Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, defensive lineman, Temple.

We discussed Wilkerson’s emergence as a likely first-round pick on Friday, and the Jets showed last year that they’re not afraid of “small school” prospects by using their top two picks on Kyle Wilson (Boise State) and Vladimir Ducasse (UMass). They’re also in danger of losing free agent Shaun Ellis.

31. Steelers: Mike Pouncey, offensive guard, Florida.

Pittsburgh already hit once on a Pouncey twin, and the second is perhaps even more pro-ready after starting 46 games in college. Mike would start at right guard, where the Steelers have unsuccessfully rotated Ramon Foster, Trai Essex, and Doug Legursky.

32. Packers: Cameron Heyward, defensive end, Ohio State.

Returning 15 players (six opening-day starters) from injured reserve, the loaded Packers can use the 32nd overall pick on the best player available. Heyward is an ideal 3-4 end at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds with long arms and a powerful bull rush.

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some interesting things about this mock.

CB Harris is nowhere to be found, is he already slipping. I like Smith and Williams ahead of him, seems like the mocks are starting to show this as well now.

Bills taking Cam Newton, I think this pick is going to gain a lot of momentum the next few weeks.

They compared Jimmy Smith to Nnamdi Asomugha??? What, were they reading my post yesterday.

Nate Solder - really. Is it just me or is everyone else not just that excited about this kid?

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Pablo wrote:
some interesting things about this mock.

CB Harris is nowhere to be found, is he already slipping. I like Smith and Williams ahead of him, seems like the mocks are starting to show this as well now.

Bills taking Cam Newton, I think this pick is going to gain a lot of momentum the next few weeks.

They compared Jimmy Smith to Nnamdi Asomugha??? What, were they reading my post yesterday.

Nate Solder - really. Is it just me or is everyone else not just that excited about this kid?



No, I dont think its just you. All these mocks who have us taking Solder keep saying the Lions biggest priority is keeping Stafford healthy this year. Do they really think Solder can help that cause??? I dont think he is any of an upgrade over Backus, nor do I think he ever will be.

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Pablo wrote:
some interesting things about this mock.

CB Harris is nowhere to be found, is he already slipping. I like Smith and Williams ahead of him, seems like the mocks are starting to show this as well now.

Bills taking Cam Newton, I think this pick is going to gain a lot of momentum the next few weeks.

They compared Jimmy Smith to Nnamdi Asomugha??? What, were they reading my post yesterday.

Nate Solder - really. Is it just me or is everyone else not just that excited about this kid?



Agree with you on Solder. Wasn't impressed with him during Senior bowl week or in the game. Felt he was the 3rd best tackle on the north squad. Great to see Newton climbing, hope Gabbert doesn't fall any farther.


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2011 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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It's a strange year. You have a league tied in knots over a labor agreement set to expire, public relations haymakers being thrown by both sides, uncertainty everywhere. But somewhere in the middle of the mess, there's still an NFL draft to look forward to. The draft, however, could be impacted. If the NFL Players Association and the owners don't agree to a deal, it will put a stop to draft-pick deals that involve players already in the league. Last year, pre-draft deals involving names like Brandon Marshall and Donovan McNabb shifted the board.
For my second mock of the year, the biggest attention-getter will be the rise of Cam Newton, who now is going within the first five picks. After that, there is a ton of movement, so as always, I look forward to the -- ahem -- helpful commentary and debate. (As always, an asterisk denotes non-seniors.)



Carolina Panthers
Record: 2-14

* Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Fairley is hanging tough as my No. 1 overall player, remaining atop the latest Big Board. This is a defensive lineman with small weaknesses, such as leverage and composure, but he masks those as a dominant presence against the run, a remarkably instinctive pass-rusher who can overwhelm the opposition with speed, power or hand skills and explosiveness that would impress the late Reggie White. A safe pick in a draft position that will be hard to move from. And as I've said, a slight mean streak in a DT isn't the worst trait. Ask the Lions about Ndamukong Suh.

Denver Broncos
Record: 4-12

* Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
I can see Denver looking at Patrick Peterson here, but remember this is a team that could be looking at a system change up front. And in that vein, in Bowers the Broncos can take a player who could be a dominant pass-rusher as a 4-3 defensive end or stand up as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He is the most pure pass-rusher in the draft and can quickly add production at either spot. Further, given health and system changes, Denver can't assume great production from Elvis Dumervil. Bowers makes a lot of sense and can stay in orange.

Buffalo Bills
Record: 4-12

* Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
From the day he landed on the Big Board for the first time, I've said that Newton's physical skills and underrated ability as a passer could lead him all the way to the top of the draft. In Buffalo, what you have is an ideal foundation for his career. The Bills can keep Ryan Fitzpatrick around and develop Newton at a slower pace. But given Newton's total package of skills and size, and his proven ability as a guy who can adapt, deal with adversity and win, he represents a real possibility to land in the top five.

Cincinnati Bengals
Record: 4-12

* A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
It's hard to find a safer pick at the wide receiver position in recent years. Green already has imposing size, making him a deep threat and obvious red zone option, but he also offers refined route-running, good speed and the ability to bring down anything thrown in his direction. As for the need, it's doubtful that either Chad Johnson or Terrell Owens will be back for Cincinnati, leaving a big void on the outside. Regardless of what happens with Carson Palmer, the Bengals need to find a new target, and Green is a safe option.

Arizona Cardinals
Record: 5-11

Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
Joey Porter is unlikely to be back, and Miller would represent an immediate pass-rushing upgrade on the edge of Arizona's 3-4 scheme. The Texas A&M standout made his name in 2009 as a sack artist but developed a range of skills in 2010 and has become a complete player. He stands up well against the run and drops into coverage seamlessly.

Cleveland Browns
Record: 5-11

* J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
This pick will surprise, but you have to consider the fit, not just the player. The Browns need to upgrade along the defensive line, and outside of the top two guys in this mock draft, you won't find a more consistently disruptive and versatile player along the defensive line than Watt, who can come in and provide immediate help as either a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive end (as the Browns adjust). He's a guy who can thrive regardless of the system. If Green still was sitting here, he would be a tantalizing option, but this might be a slight reach for Julio Jones.

San Francisco 49ers
Record: 6-10

* Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
San Francisco has other needs -- in fact, I count three ahead of cornerback -- but Peterson would be too much to pass up here in terms of talent. A freakish athlete, he immediately steps in as a starter at corner, moving that to a position of strength for the Niners. Peterson also adds a dangerous element in the return game. A corner with safety size, Peterson won't need the NFL combine to assure evaluators of his physical skills.

Tennessee Titans
Record: 6-10

* Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama
Dareus is the rare player you can draft with almost no concern for systems. A player who can be a dominant pass-rusher from the 3-4 defensive end position, he also profiles to star in his more natural 4-3 defensive tackle position. I have defensive tackle as one of the top needs for Tennessee, which also could surprise some folks and take a quarterback here to develop if they bring back Kerry Collins. But for immediate help, Dareus is a safe pick.

Dallas Cowboys
Record: 6-10

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
As with Peterson to San Fran, Cowboys fans might believe the team would be better suited addressing offensive tackle or even safety. But because the mock draft can't account for draft board trades, if the draft played out this way with the picks ahead of them, the Cowboys could do a lot worse than to grab the best pure technician at the corner position. Amukamara should transition quickly, and Terence Newman isn't getting any younger.

Washington Redskins
Record: 6-10

* Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Gabbert might be more ready than Newton to read defenses at the NFL level, and as a quarterback with very good accuracy, instincts and size, he could come into a franchise in Washington that might need him early. Gabbert is a guy whose stock rose a lot this year and will be under the microscope during the workout process. But what he doesn't give you is a quarterback who elicits a wide range of opinions or the boom-or-bust concerns many have with Newton and Ryan Mallett.

Houston Texans
Record: 6-10

* Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
I can see Houston looking here for a fit at outside linebacker as well -- and I expect some surprised Texans fans -- but Jones is a hunch call as a perfect option to take some of the pressure off Andre Johnson. Jones has Johnson's size and as a physical receiver brings his lunch pail as a blocker. He can stretch the field, can work underneath and isn't a distant second to Green in terms of overall talent. A good option to take advantage of Matt Schaub's growth into an elite quarterback.

Minnesota Vikings
Record:6-10

* Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Minnesota, like Houston, is a team that could use a safety but simply can't pick one within its value range if it stays at this position in the draft. In Quinn you have a guy whose skills as a pass-rusher might rival those of Bowers were he able to suit up this year for North Carolina. A first-rate athlete with an ideal skill set to become a Pro Bowl 4-3 defensive end, he's an immediate upgrade along the Vikings' defensive line.

Detroit Lions
Record: 6-10

Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Smith is a late riser, a good player on a bad team and a guy who got less attention partly because quarterbacks wouldn't put a ball near him this past season. But the film is stacking up now, and it proves why NFL personnel are really high on him. The final test for Smith will be whether he grades out well in Indianapolis. Based on what I know, he will, and he offers the Lions the cornerback help they need without having to sacrifice on value at this stage in the draft.

St. Louis Rams
Record: 7-9

* Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
A relentless player who plays powerfully and locates the ball extremely well against both the rush and the pass, Liuget fills a need spot for the Rams. If Jones still was on the board, I suspect St. Louis would target the receiver, but if he isn't and the Rams stay here, an interior lineman like Liuget offers much greater value than a reach on a wideout. I also can see the Rams going for an outside linebacker at this spot. Liuget has drawn more buzz from NFL folks, causing many to take a closer look. The reviews are very good.

Miami Dolphins
Record: 7-9

* Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Sticking with this angle from the first mock, Miami goes with the top back on the board. Ingram will step in effectively for Ricky Williams and make sure the ground game doesn't lose a step, even if there's some turmoil at the quarterback position. Ingram runs with great pad level and leverage, and seems to explode from contact. Once he gets through the initial hole, he's a terror on the second level.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Record: 8-8

* Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri
Jacksonville addressed the interior of its defensive line in last year's draft and sought out bandages at defensive end. With Smith, the Jags get a raw talent with the size to add sacks from that position. Smith is a guy who would be a potential lock for the top 10 if he stuck around for his senior year, so if the Jags soak up some of the developmental work, they could have a player long term.

New England Patriots (from Oakland)
Record: 14-2

Cameron Jordan, DE, California
In the previous mock, I had the Patriots taking Watt here. While his stock is up, Jordan is another player who has seen a jump since bowl season ended. A defensive end with the versatility to play either the 4-3 or the 3-4, his experience at the 3-4 at Cal makes him an ideal kind of Bill Belichick player. Smart, versatile and able to help the team in that role early.

San Diego Chargers
Record: 9-7

* Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Because of his length and build, Smith doesn't look like a mauler, but his outstanding footwork, athleticism and comfort as a blindside pass-protector make him an ideal fit to grow into the guy responsible for protecting Philip Rivers from that spot. The Chargers also could pursue a wideout, safety or defensive end, but based on this board, unless they move off the pick, Smith makes a lot of sense here. He's also very underrated as a run-blocker. Should continue to get better.

New York Giants
Record: 10-6

Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
Solder is another tackle defined by his athletic frame and ability to move for the position. Probably not an immediate starter at left tackle because of developing pass-blocking skills, Solder still is a good value here. A player with a massive 6-foot-8 frame who manages good leverage at the point of attack, he gets good surge as a run-blocker and works well to the second level. No injury history and very smart, he should become a solid NFL starter in short order.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Record: 10-6

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Clayborn fits the Tampa system well and provides immediate help at a need position. A year after they addressed the interior of the line, with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, the Bucs can use Clayborn to turn the defensive line into a long-term strength. Clayborn has good size, holds up well against the run and can battle big offensive lineman as a physical pass-rusher. He should hold the edge well and start early for Raheem Morris.

Kansas City Chiefs
Record: 10-6

* Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
Kansas City must draft an outside linebacker, and in Ayers the Chiefs get a player who can learn from Mike Vrabel if he's there or step in for him immediately if he's not. Ayers is known for freak athleticism, but his versatility is the real draw. He has good skills as a pass-rusher, can drop off into coverage and holds up well in the run game. A sound fit for KC's scheme.

Indianapolis Colts
Record: 10-6

Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
One more that stays the same from the first mock draft. The Colts must strengthen their line to improve the running game and keep heat off Peyton Manning. Castonzo offers stability as a versatile tackle who will never miss a snap. He could add some bulk, but that's not the most difficult area to address. With well-above-average smarts, awareness and work rate, he fits well in Indy at a position the Colts need to fill.

Philadelphia Eagles
Record: 10-6

Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Here's a pick where value meets need. Philadelphia should look inside on both sides of the ball, because aside from secondary help, the Eagles have great pieces in place at offensive skill positions and linebacker. In Carimi they get a guy who loves to run block and will sustain his blocks into the second level. He plays with an edge and should develop as a pass-blocker. His film against some big-time prospects this past season shows a guy ready to contribute.

New Orleans Saints
Record: 11-5

* Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
The Saints must improve their front seven on defense, from the interior to defensive end, and target an outside linebacker. Athletic enough to be a penetrator as a 3-4 defensive end, Wilkerson profiles similarly to Dareus as a guy who can get to the quarterback from the inside of that 4-3. He would be a potential top-10 pick were he to stay in Philadelphia for another year. The Saints get good value without having to trade up at a position of need.

Seattle Seahawks
Record: 7-9

Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
When Seattle was at its best, it was a running team built behind the left side of Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson. The Hawks addressed the tackle position in last year's draft, adding Russell Okung for the left tackle spot. Pouncey, who has good bloodlines and good smarts as an interior blocker, can help at either guard or center. Seattle needs better blocking after starting many different line combinations this past season, and Pouncey will shore it up.

Baltimore Ravens
Record: 12-4

* Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
The Ravens notably didn't take a cornerback with any of their picks in 2010, and Williams is a good fit at this spot in a position of need. A burner, Williams can be overly aggressive sometimes as a guy hunting for the turnover, but combine that trait with a little refinement (and a good pass rush) and you have a player who should create turnovers. Aggressive as a tackler, he fits in with a physical Ravens unit.

Atlanta Falcons
Record: 13-3

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
Behind a wideout who can take some of the pressure off Roddy White, defensive end is the top position of need I see on the Falcons. Kerrigan led the nation in tackles for loss as a senior and is the kind of rusher coaches have to plan for because he can require help. Combine an improving array of moves with a relentless attitude, and he should be able to contribute early on passing downs and develop into a complete 4-3 defensive end.

New England Patriots
Record: 14-2

* Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
The Patriots did a great job of changing their passing game by adding top-end pass-catching talent at the tight end position last year, and while they have some talent at wide receiver, Wes Welker is by no means a player who can stretch the field, and Deion Branch isn't a player defenses worry about with the deep ball. Smith adds speed and the chance to turn short catches into touchdowns. He will develop as a deep threat as well. New England shouldn't wonder whether it gave Tom Brady enough weapons.

Chicago Bears
Record: 11-5

Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova
While the questions after a playoff loss centered around the toughness of the quarterback, many Bears fans forgot that Jay Cutler was hit as much or more than any other QB in the league all season. Even on many of his good plays, he was dodging rushers. The Bears did some decent work on their line in last year's draft with a late steal but should attack it early in 2011. Ijalana offers versatilty and the ability to step in early. Solid fit.

New York Jets
Record: 11-5

* Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
I'm split between my own gut and sources on what the Jets could do here. They have to improve the defensive line, but it's also a deep draft at those positions. Moore represents great value at a need position, the top safety in the draft and a guy who can fly all over the field to intercept passes for coach Rex Ryan, who knows how to get pressure and create forced throws.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Record: 12-4

Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio St.
Pittsburgh needs help at a couple of positions on the defensive line, and that makes Heyward an ideal pick as a player who has shown a lot of versatility in his career in Columbus. With his size, Heyward fits well as a 3-4 defensive end in Dick LeBeau's scheme, and as an experienced player who is solid against both the run and pass, he could be called on early.

Green Bay Packers
Record: 10-6

* Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
We know the Packers are set at one outside linebacker position. The question now is whom they can get to provide pressure and matchup problems on the other side. Houston has the ideal frame, quickness and pass-rushing skills to develop into a rusher who can give Dom Capers all kinds of options in terms of how he attacks opposing quarterbacks. Remember: As long as the Green Bay offense is as good as it is, the Packers must prepare for opposing teams to be throwing a lot as they play catch-up. Houston fits the system nicely.



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Once the current CBA expires, does that affect whether or not trades will be able to executed DURING the draft? If so, would that mean that the Lions have no chance to trade down? That might be the best option depending on how their board falls etc. Just curious.

From what I understand, only draft picks can be traded, no players

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Wayne Fontes wrote:
Once the current CBA expires, does that affect whether or not trades will be able to executed DURING the draft? If so, would that mean that the Lions have no chance to trade down? That might be the best option depending on how their board falls etc. Just curious.

From what I understand, only draft picks can be traded, no players



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February 16th, 2011, 5:23 pm
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So if they Lions wanted to make a move they would only be able to leverage their picks for this year and years following? Just no players involved?

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2011 Ourlads' NFL Mock Draft
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2011 NFL Draft
First Mock Draft of 2011
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Pick Team Player Pos. School HT WT 40 Time
Round 1
1

Carolina
Da'Quan Bowers* DE
Clemson
6040 275 4.85
2

Denver
Patrick Peterson* DC/RS
LSU
6010 210 4.45
3

Buffalo
Robert Quinn* DE
North Carolina
6050 270 4.70
4

Cincinnati
Nick Fairley* DT
Auburn
6050 320 5.00
5

Arizona
Blaine Gabbert* QB
Missouri
6050 235 4.76
6

Cleveland
A.J. Green* WR
Georgia
6040 210 4.45
7

San Francisco
Prince Amukamara DC
Nebraska
6010 200 4.47
8

Tennessee
Cam Newton* QB
Auburn
6050 249 4.69
9

Dallas
Nate Solder LOT
Colorado
6082 314 4.95
10

Washington
Cameron Jordan DE
California
6041 287 4.79
11

Houston
Marcel Dareus* DE/DT
Alabama
6030 280 5.10
12

Minnesota
Ryan Kerrigan DE
Purdue
6037 255 4.75
13

Detroit
J.J. Watt* DE/DT
Wisconsin
6060 292 5.00
14

St. Louis
Julio Jones* WR
Alabama
6040 218 455
15

Miami
Mark Ingram* RB
Alabama
5100 220 4.45
16

Jacksonville
Adrian Clayborn DE
Iowa
6030 285 4.78
17

New England f/Oakland
Von Miller OB
Texas A&M
6025 237 4.60
18

San Diego
Cameron Heyward DE/DT
Ohio State
6050 290 5.00
19

New York
Tyron Smith* LOT
USC
6050 295 4.95
20

Tampa Bay
Aldon Smith* DE
Missouri
6040 261 4.70
21

Kansas City
Derek Sherrod LOT
Mississippi State
6055 312 5.00
22

Indianapolis
Anthony Castonzo OT
Boston College
6071 305 5.30
23

Philadelphia
Gabe Carimi OT
Wisconsin
6071 315 5.30
24

New Orleans
Akeem Ayers* OLB
UCLA
6040 252 4.59
25

Seattle
Michael Pouncey OC/OG
Florida
6053 311 5.25
26

Baltimore
Brandon Harris* DC
Miami
5110 190 4.48
27

Atlanta
Justin Houston* OLB
Georgia
6030 259 4.75
28

New England
Mikel Leshoure* RB
Illinois
6010 230 4.55
29

Chicago
Torrey Smith* WR
Maryland
6010 205 4.40
30

New York
Phil Taylor NT/DE
Baylor
6034 337 5.15
31

Pittsburgh
Stefan Wisniewski OC/OG
Penn State
6030 295 5.10
32

Green Bay
Corey Liuget* DE/DT
Illinois
6030 290 5.00


February 17th, 2011, 3:00 pm
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JJ Watt? With Von Miller sitting there for the taking? I also can't see Stephen Wisnewski going to Pittsburgh when the have a PRO BOWL ROOKIE at C. Just sayin'.

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Pablo wrote:
some interesting things about this mock.

CB Harris is nowhere to be found, is he already slipping. I like Smith and Williams ahead of him, seems like the mocks are starting to show this as well now.

Bills taking Cam Newton, I think this pick is going to gain a lot of momentum the next few weeks.

They compared Jimmy Smith to Nnamdi Asomugha??? What, were they reading my post yesterday.

Nate Solder - really. Is it just me or is everyone else not just that excited about this kid?


It simply amazes me that some people have Brandon Harris slipping that much because of one bad HALF of football, after a very good senior season. I predict that after the Combines he'll be moving up, as will Jimmy Smith. Aaron Williams I'm not at all impressed with.

The Nate Solder picks continue to just floor me. He's not all that athletic, and he seems to be lacking a mean streak. I'd honestly prefer Castonzo or Carimi over him, and I don't want either of those two with the 13th pick. If the Lions want to protect Stafford, get a new center and another reliable wide receiver and start getting the running game going. I'd LOVE for the Lions to get their LT of the future, but I just don't think he's in this draft, unless Tyron Smith bulks up to like 315 lbs and doesn't lose his quick feet.

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Agree about Harris. Looks to me, to be what they call " a quick twitch player " and has proven he's not shy about run support. I don't understand the slide.
Haven't seen much of Smith, but what little I've seen he looks extremely smooth and fluid, but might have shortcomings in tackling. If he could hit and tackle like Ras-I Dowling, he'd be top ten material. Gotta like the physicality in Dowling's game, impressive, although I doubt he would be a #1 corner.


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Wayne Fontes wrote:
JJ Watt? With Von Miller sitting there for the taking? I also can't see Stephen Wisnewski going to Pittsburgh when the have a PRO BOWL ROOKIE at C. Just sayin'.


Yea, I wouldn't pass on Miller for Watt. JMO. Thought I would post their mock just because it's different from all the others that seem so similar. It's just a mock, doesn't mean anything.


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I agree that there's very, VERY little chance of the Lions passing on Von Miller to take J.J. Watt. But I can understand the appeal of having the Lions take Watt, since Watt is similar to KVB with the high motor, physical style of play he brings to the table.

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Most "analysts" say JJ Watt is a 3-4 end. Does anyone disagree that he can play 4-3 DE?

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