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February 28th, 2011, 4:05 pm
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So I had a chance to watch some of the Combines today, with the defensive backs running and doing drills. Some of my observations:

Patrick Peterson and Jimmy Smith weren't as smooth as I expected them to be in their turns and backpedals. Peterson was slightly better. Smith has better straightline speed than I expected. Prince Amukamara looked smoother than both of them, but certainly wasn't the most fluid athlete on display. Brandon Harris looked the best in drills of any of them, in my opinion. Another player who looked pretty good was Davon House, as I expected. Aaron Williams was extremely stiff, and is likely to become a safety in the NFL. Watch for this kid out of UT-Chatanooga, Buster Skrimes (sp?). Extremely fast, very fluid, but still somewhat raw. Would be worth a third or fourth round pick. Chimdi Chekwa helped himself today as well. Ahmad Black looks slow. Quinton Carter looks like a solid prospect, but the standout among safeties was Rahim Moore, by a large margin. This guy was smoother in his backpedal and turns than most of the corners. He has good ball skills, and looks the part of playing a centerfielder style safety. I think he worked his way into the top 32, for sure.

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March 1st, 2011, 2:54 pm
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Thanks for the update Mike. I've taped todays workouts so I'll catch them later tonite.

Peterson ran a 4.32 and 4.37 (unofficial) today. 10'6" broad jump, 38" vertical
Amukamara ran 4.37 and 4.44
J. Smith = 4.38
B. Harris = 4.45
A. Williams = 4.53
Dowling ran a 4.40 despite pulling his hammy and slowing up
Buster Skrine ran a 4.29 - wow!

I've also heard Curtis Brown looked very good today in his drills.

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Those are some fast times for the top corners. Speed was a concern for them so I'm sure they've been getting extra ready for the 40.

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With the NFL Scouting Combine behind us, I’ve updated my two-round mock draft and it's a bit of a shocker. Cam Newton climbs the draft board, his former teammate takes a tumble and a Boise State player cracks the first round for the second straight year.Rest assured, between now and draft weekend on April 28-30, there will be plenty of changes.

Up ahead are pro days, on-campus workouts at each of the players’ respective schools (or nearby schools) in which scouts come to get a closer look at prospects. The most anticipated pro days are Auburn’s and Arkansas’ (both being held on March 8th), Alabama’s (March 9), North Carolina’s (March 31), and Missouri’s (March 17).

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I envision a downright crazy first two hours of the draft. An unexpected mad rush on quarterbacks, top defensive line prospects falling out of the top 10 and teams doing all they can to find the perfect fits to their systems — this draft should make for one for the ages. Add in the fact that we might still be in the midst of a work stoppage, and it could get even nuttier.

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First round
1. Carolina Panthers (2-14), Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson: Though I could see either Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert making a late push after their pro days, I think the first overall pick comes down to two names: Bowers and North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn. Panthers fans might be clamoring for a franchise quarterback after a dreadful 16-touchdown season out of the Carolina offense in 2010, but I think Ron Rivera and Co. will grab a pass-rushing defensive end who can contribute in Year 1, instead. The nation's leader in sacks (15.5), the All-America defensive end is a beast off the edge and a rare pass-rushing threat. Though this might not wow the local fan base, it's the right pick.

2. Denver Broncos (4-12), Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: When the Broncos re-signed Champ Bailey with a long-term deal last week, the draft pundits immediately flipped the switch and eliminated a Peterson-to-Denver scenario. Why? Bailey’s the perfect mentor to groom Peterson, who’d be the highest cornerback selected in history if taken second. Peterson’s the rare 6-foot cornerback with blazing speed and physical cover corner attributes. With the Broncos moving from a 3-4 to John Fox’s 4-3 scheme, both Robert Ayers and Elvis Dumervil could slide from outside linebacker to defensive end. Pairing Peterson and Bailey together would only help the front seven get pressure on the quarterback because quarterbacks would likely have to hold the ball longer. It’d also give the Broncos the best corner tandem in the league. You don't pass on a guy like Peterson because you have another guy who plays the same position. You go with both of them and you let the other teams in your division try to figure out how to beat you.

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3. Buffalo Bills (4-12), Marcell Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama: Though several draftniks have linked the Bills to Newton because of Chan Gailey’s history and fondness with athletic, mobile quarterbacks, I still think Ryan Fitzpatrick is the quarterback for both the present and the future in Buffalo. He might not be a household name or a first-round fantasy pick, but the Harvard grad had about as strong a season as a quarterback for a four-win team could possibly have had, carrying an offense littered with rookies and unknown veterans on his back for much of 2010. The Bills need help all over their defensive line as Buffalo gave up 169 rushing yards per game last season, worst in the league by a large margin. With a draft crop as bountiful as ever before at the defensive end and tackle positions, I like the Bills to scoop up Dareus, the do-it-all defensive end. Everyone’s talking about Nick Fairley after his dominant performance in the BCS national championship game, but I actually like his in-state rival as a better fit for Buffalo. With Kyle Williams set at defensive tackle in the 3-4, Dareus could be a pretty nasty addition to the three-man front at defensive end. He’s got great pass-rushing skills — go check the 2009 season's BCS title game — and can stop the run. With Marcus Stroud being released last week, the Bills’ defensive ends are Dwan Edwards, Spencer Johnson and Alex Carrington — not exactly the Purple People Eaters. There’s nothing flashy about Dareus; he’s just darn good. Buffalo fans will respect and admire what he brings to the table: production.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12), Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: Owner Mike Brown has a long history of falling in love with quarterback prospects, grabbing them early in the draft, and seeing them sink or swim in Cincinnati. Whether it’s been Akili Smith (sink), David Klingler (sink) or Carson Palmer (swim), Brown loves going for the big splash at QB and stealing the draft headlines. There’s perhaps no bigger splash in this year’s draft than Mr. Newton. Cam had quite a weekend in Indianapolis, starting it off by getting roasted for the “icon” comment, owning up to those comments and explaining himself in interviews, showing up built like a super hero, and then having an up-and-down workout Sunday. Cincy has needs on defense and there’s an awfully impressive wide receiver talent in A.J. Green, but I think the Bengals go big and go with Newton. Join him with Jay Gruden — Cincy’s new offensive coordinator — and let’s see the sparks fly.

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5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11), Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M: No one was higher on Miller than me before the Combine. Afterward? I’m even higher on him than I was then. Miller had a fantastic few days in Indianapolis, showing the physical attributes and raw skills we all expected, and impressing everyone who met with him. A perfect fit for Arizona’s 3-4 at outside linebacker, I think he’s going to be an incredible player right away. I’m talking All-Pro during his rookie year type good. So versatile that he had a position created for him at Texas A&M — aptly called the “joker” — Miller followed up a 17-sack junior campaign with a fine senior season, recording 9.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses, six batted-down passes, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles in 2010. Arizona’s linebacker corps was among the worst in the league in 2010. Quarterback’s a need, sure — the Cards will have to consider Blaine Gabbert long and hard here — but I think Arizona goes with Miller.

6. Cleveland Browns (5-11), A.J. Green, WR, Georgia: If Blaine Gabbert’s still on the board, Cleveland will be fielding phone calls from several teams around the league — San Francisco, Tennessee, Washington and Minnesota in particular — looking to make a quick jump to grab him. Could the Browns trade the pick to Washington, scoop up the Skins’ second-rounder and select either Green or Julio Jones at No. 10? It’s possible. With Cleveland moving to a 4-3 scheme and both Nick Fairley and Robert Quinn — two elite defensive linemen — still on the board, there will be sentiment to take one of the big boys, too. In the end, I think Cleveland's braintrust takes the gamebreaker in Green. The Browns offense last year was Peyton Hillis, a little Colt McCoy, and a whole lot of fourth receivers playing the role of primary and secondary targets. McCoy gets an elite wideout to grow old with and Cleveland gets a star attraction. Though Julio Jones wowed at the combine last week, the 6-foot-4 Green is still my top rated receiver in this draft. In three years at Georgia, he recorded 166 receptions for 2,619 yards and 23 touchdowns. He’ll leave the Dawgs for the Dawg Pound.

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7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10), Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: San Francisco stays put and gets the guy it might have drafted with the No. 1 pick. Gabbert opted not to throw at the Combine, but should wow at his pro day. He’s built like an NFL quarterback, has the throwing skills of an NFL quarterback, and is thought to be a “first one in the facility, last one to leave” dedicated team leader. Coach Jim Harbaugh and owner Jed York could be tempted by some of the defensive line talent on the board and there might even be some fan sentiment to draft an elite corner like Prince Amukamara here. I think they’re going with Gabbert if he’s available.

8. Tennessee Titans (6-10), Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: Thought by many to go first overall to Carolina heading into last weekend, I’ve got Fairley slipping all the way to No. 8 in this mock draft. He was fantastic in his workouts Monday and great in interviews, answering questions about a mediocre 2009 season head on. But the way I have this draft shaking out, Fairley—who could still go first overall—is going to slip to Tennessee, where the Titans front office and new coaching staff will be more than happy to grab him. Fairley can move inside and play the DT in Tennessee’s 4-3 defense, playing for his former college D-Line coach—Tracy Rocker.

9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10), Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: A host of second- and third-tier quarterbacks like David Garrard, Rex Grossman and Shaun Hill lit up the Cowboys in 2010. The Cowboys defense gave up an unheard 33 touchdowns last year. Cornerback and safety are the most pressing needs on the roster, and I think Dallas goes with a defensive back over an offensive tackle with this pick. Though he didn’t rack up the interceptions in 2010, Amukamara (pronounced ah-MOO-kuh-MAR-ah) lived up to the hype: He was an All-American, Big 12 defensive player of the year and Jim Thorpe Award finalist. He'd be a welcomed addition to Rob Ryan's unit.

10. Washington Redskins (6-10), Jake Locker, QB, Washington: If it weren’t already up to this point, the 10th pick is where the draft would get reaaaaaaaaaaally interesting on April 28th. It will be about 9:30 pm EST on a Thursday. Had plans to settle in with the lady and take in a sitcom? Cancel them and buckle up, baby. With Robert Quinn — a player in the conversation of going first overall— sitting there in the green room, the Shanahans go with quarterback Jake Locker 10th overall. All those questions about Locker’s accuracy? I can’t imagine two better tutors than Mike and Kyle Shanahan. Rex Grossman isn’t the long-term answer at quarterback in Washington, but he certainly showed he has a little left in the tank at the end of the 2010 season. Perhaps Grossman starts the season, helps Locker learn the offense he’s been mastering since his days in Houston, and eventually hands off the reins midseason. The ‘Skins haven’t had a quarterback drafted this high since Heath Shuler. Hopefully, this pick turn out a bit differently.

11. Houston Texans (6-10), Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina: After two hours of having ESPN and NFL Network cameras shoved in his face in the green room, Robert Quinn’s name is finally called, and he ends up in the defense where he actually fits the best. The Texans are moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme, opening up a lot of questions about the personnel they currently have in-house. Analyzing the roster, one thing we know is that they’re thin on players capable to stop the run as 3-4 defensive ends. The Texans would be thrilled to see Quinn slip to 11. Dismissed after accepting an estimated $5,600 worth of benefits, the UNC star missed the entire 2010 season. He handled himself awfully well at the combine, answering questions about the situation and admitting he made mistakes. He also ran a sub 4.8 40-yard-dash and wowed in workouts. Eleventh overall is the absolute lowest he’ll go.

12. Minnesota Vikings, (6-10) Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas: Oh, baby. Here’s where things get a whole lot more interesting! Last week, industry leaders had Ryan Mallett going in the second or third round. After he was “abrasive” and “distant” in interviews with the media Saturday, I saw some draftniks mentioning him as a third — yes, third — day selection. To that, I said “Hog”wash — let’s see him throw the football. And on Sunday, throw the football he did. Mallett can toss the long ball with such relative ease and showed dramatic improvements last season in both his accuracy and consistency in the short passing game. There are questions about his maturity and his accuracy and footwork still aren't great, but those can be worked on. With quarterback questions in Minnesota, I can see the Vikings front office grabbing the biggest wild card in this draft at 12th overall. Ryan Mallett is not a second- or third-round pick. He’s a first-rounder. And in this case, barring any disastrous workouts or one-on-one interviews in the next two months, I’ve got him as a top 15 pick.

13. Detroit Lions (6-10), Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: Once Tyron Smith was ruled out of competing in the Combine’s drills because of fluid in his knee, the 6-foot-8, 319-pounder was able to steal the show in Indy on Saturday. The converted tight end had the top 10-yard split among all of the offensive linemen and was the fastest tackle in the 40. Detroit has needs at linebacker and in their defensive backfield, but I don’t see Jim Schwartz and Co. passing on the talented Solder. He needs to get stronger. He will.

14. St. Louis Rams (7-9), Julio Jones, WR, Alabama: The Rams front office would be jumping for joy, doing flips in the war room if Jones is still available. Sam Bradford needs a big, physical go-to guy and Jones certainly fits the bill. A 6-foot-2, physical target with elite blocking skills (compared to Hines Ward and Keyshawn Johnson by some), he’ll be an immediate upgrade for the Rams offense. Jones wowed his critics who’d called him “slow” with a surprising sub 4.4 40-time last weekend and nearly broad jumped 12 feet. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will look to improve the aerial game in St. Louis. Adding Jones would be a fantastic initial move. As for the player he models his game most after? Jones surprised reporters with his answer — Ray Lewis. "I have a defensive mentality. I'm not scared to hit. I'm a physical guy. I look for that. I like to hit defensive players because they're not used to getting hit. They're used to hitting offensive players and getting them out of their comfort zone. So when I hit them, I try to get them out of their comfort zone.''

15. Miami Dolphins (7-9), Mark Ingram Jr., RB, Alabama: Any doubts about Ingram’s junior season were erased with an unbelievable performance in the Capital One Bowl. Often compared to Emmitt Smith for his running style, Ingram is an every-down back and the Dolphins will always be a run-first team. Both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are free agents-to-be, and the Dolphins offense was a weekly horror show this past season. Ingram’s the top back in this draft and arguably the only running back worthy of a first-round pick in this year’s crop. He had a solid showing in Indy.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8), Cameron Jordan, DE, California: The Jaguars struck gold with a defender out of Cal in last year’s draft with Tyson Alualu and opt to go right back to that Berkeley well this year. Jordan’s a talented five-technique player who stole the show at the Senior Bowl in January. The son of a former NFL All-Pro — his father is Vikings great Steve Jordan — Jordan’s a hard-working, high-energy guy that will be right up Jack del Rio’s alley. Jacksonville has needs at corner and safety, and the team committed much of last year’s draft to the defensive line. They’ll look at UCLA safety Rahim Moore long and hard, but go with another elite defensive lineman instead.

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17. New England Patriots (14-2, from Oakland, 8-8), Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College: With three of the first 33 picks in April’s draft, look for New England to address their needs along the offensive and defensive lines, and grab a pass rushing outside linebacker, as well. It’d be a strange day if there were still this many elite offensive tackles left on the board, but it’s certainly possible. I think Castonzo’s the right guy for New England. At 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, Castonzo’s a local kid who excelled for four years at BC. Castonzo started as a freshman in 2006, protecting Matt Ryan in Chestnut Hill, and only got better as the years went on. A 53-game starter in college, he fits the Bill Belichick mold. He was the buzz of Indianapolis after his Combine workout Saturday, solidifying his spot as a top-20 selection.

18. San Diego Chargers (9-7), Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri: The Chargers wouldn’t flinch if Smith’s still on the board. Though he played just two years at Missouri and missed some of his sophomore season with a broken leg, Smith was a high-impact player when he was actually on the field. In 2009, his freshman year, he recorded 19 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks. Smith would be a wonderful addition to an already stout Chargers defense.

19. New York Giants (10-6), Tyron Smith, OT, USC: There was a bit of concern heading into the Combine that Smith wasn’t big enough to play offensive tackle in the NFL. He put those worries to rest by weighing in at 307 pounds and carrying the weight well. With more potential than any other offensive tackle in this draft, he’s the perfect fit for the Giants — a team known to take a gamble on an uber-athletic talent with room for improvement. Smith didn’t work out for NFL teams last weekend because of fluid in his knee. He’ll get the opportunity to show his unlimited potential during his pro day on March 31.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6), Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: The Bucs struck gold all over the place in the 2010 draft and became the first team in history to start 10 rookies and finish a season above .500. They were the league’s youngest team after Week 8 and fell just one game shy of making the playoffs. Gerald McCoy, Roy Miller and Brian Price are three young interior defensive linemen who should be longtime studs in Tampa, and the defensive backfield was solid from start to finish. But the Bucs’ leader in sacks last season (Stylez G. White) had only 4.5. Clayborn had a solid season, facing double teams on most passing downs, after an incredible junior year in which he recorded 11.5 sacks. He’s considered one of the top seniors in this draft. He performed well at the Combine, answering any and all questions about his dip in production in 2010. I’m already giddy about the Tampa D for next season. Add Clayborn into the mix and they should be even nastier.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6), Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia: In Eric Berry, Glenn Dorsey, Javier Arenas and Tyson Jackson, the Chiefs are already loaded with top SEC talent on defense. Add Houston to the mix and watch out. Houston is a natural fit to eventually replace Mike Vrabel at the outside linebacker spot in Kansas City. A 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Houston ran a jaw-dropping 4.63 40-yard-dash Monday in Indy. He recorded 10 sacks in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme in Athens this season. KC’s a good fit.

22. Indianapolis Colts (10-6), Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin: Carimi had a very solid weekend at the combine, despite some critics saying they weren’t too overwhelmed. The 2010 Outland Trophy winner could sneak into the top 20, but if he’s available at 22 — the Colts will pounce. Capable of playing either tackle or guard, Carimi comes from a pro-style offense at Wisconsin where he starred for four years. The Colts could use an elite cornerback, too, but I think Carimi is the move.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6), Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple: I’ve been a loud Wilkerson supporter for several months now. My sleeper pick lived up to the hype in Indianapolis, working out well Monday. The two-time All-MAC selection starred at Temple, where he played two years as a three-technique in a 4-3, and then one tremendous junior year as a five-technique in the 3-4. A hard worker with unlimited potential, this year’s big surprise name could very well be the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Wilkerson. A local kid, he’s a run stuffer inside with pass-rushing capabilities. Andy Reid loves building from the inside out, and in Wilkerson, he can add depth to a defensive line that was ravaged by injuries last season. New defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will get a nice draft day treat in the Philly product.

24. New Orleans Saints (11-5), Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State: At 6-foot-5, 294 pounds, Heyward looks to be the perfect fit for Gregg Williams’ attacking 4-3 alignment. The Saints' pass rushers didn’t apply the same pressure on opposing offenses last season as they did the year before. Heyward would do just that, and also has a personal connection to the Saints franchise. Heyward’s father was the late Saints great, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward. The Ohio State star must prove he’s recovered from reconstructive elbow surgery he underwent in January, but few doubt he will. He should be fine by April, where I see him going to New Orleans as a late first-round pick.

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25. Seattle Seahawks (7-9), Brandon Harris, CB, Miami: The Seattle defensive backfield was lit up throughout the 2010 season and is the Seahawks’ primary need. Earl Thomas was a rookie phenom last year, but it’s pretty much him and a group of makeshift veterans manning the defensive backfield. Insert Harris, an exciting cornerback prospect who could go as high as No. 13 to Detroit.

26. Baltimore Ravens (12-4), Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida: Oh, baby. What better way to spice up the already vitriolic Ravens-Steelers rivalry than pitting two twin brothers up against each other for the next decade. Though the Ravens have more pressing needs at defensive back than they do on their offensive line, they’d certainly love to scoop up an elite interior lineman like Pouncey if he slips to 26th. Capable of playing either center or guard, I could see Baltimore starting him out at the latter, letting him learn from 14-year veteran Matt Birk, and then moving him to center once Birk’s Baltimore playing days are done. Everyone I spoke with was blown away with Pouncey’s build, strength, quickness, and overall love and enthusiasm for the game at the Combine.

27. Atlanta Falcons (13-3), Titus Young, WR, Boise State: This one will be viewed as a shocker, but I think Atlanta grabs the speedy Young as a complement to Roddy White. There are needs on the defensive line and the defensive backfield in Atlanta, but Matt Ryan could use another reliable young weapon, too. Suspended for the 2008 season, Young had monster '09 and '10 campaigns. He ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the Combine and showed off some impressive hands. This pick will cause confusion at Radio City, but is the kind of gutsy first-round pick that separates the elite teams from the second tier.

28. New England Patriots (14-2), J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: The Patriots front office would be quite happy to see Watt — a top-10 possibility after a strong set of workouts in Indy — slip to 28th. As versatile as any defensive end in this draft, Watt can play defensive end in a 3-4 or a 4-3. A five-technique guy, he weighed in at 292 pounds, a tad light for a 3-4 defensive end, but he can beef up. A 260-pound tight end at Central Michigan, Watt is a tireless worker who’s developed into a terrific defensive end. A fine young man who’ll wow with his football IQ, look for Belichick and Co. to scoop him up if he’s still on the board this late.

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29. Chicago Bears (12-4), Rodney Hudson, G/C, Florida State: The Bears have needs across the offensive line and would be more than pleased to snag Hudson, a fast-rising prospect who impressed during his workouts and interviews at the Combine. Though he played guard in college, Hudson — who weighed in at 299 pounds in Indy — could be a center in the NFL. Versatile, smart and sound, Hudson would be an immediate upgrade for Chicago’s shaky front five.

30. New York Jets (11-5), Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA: Rex Ryan’s already talking Super Bowl, and David Harris is going to get the franchise tag. But there are several more questions to answer for Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum this offseason. New York has 16 free agents to either lock up or let go, and three wideouts — Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith — are all about to hit the open market if/when a new CBA is worked out. If the lockout’s still going on come draft time, the Jets will be an interesting team to watch on April 28. If Ayers is still on the board, he could be the guy for Gang Green. A great physical specimen who’s familiar with the 3-4 and the 4-3, he’ll be a nice get this late in the first round for the Jets.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4), Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State: Though hardly considered the league’s gold standard last year, the Steelers offensive line did a pretty darn good job protecting Ben Roethlisberger in 2010. Flozell Adams obviously isn’t the long-term answer at tackle, though, and two other big boys are set to become free agents if a new CBA is worked out. Pittsburgh should go offensive line with this pick. Enter the rather versatile Sherrod. The All-SEC performer helped pave the way for a Mississippi State rushing attack that averaged 227.6 yards per game in 2010. He’s a road paver who can play all over the line. If Sherrod’s still hanging around at No. 31, it’s a solid pickup for the AFC champs.

32. Green Bay Packers (10-6), Danny Watkins, G/T, Baylor: If the Super Bowl champion Packers can land one of the top four offensive tackles with the 32nd pick, they’ll pounce. If they can’t, the possibilities with this pick open up substantially. Why not give Aaron Rodgers another wideout to work with? How about an other outside linebacker? There are several ways they can go. People forget, but in addition to the crew they won the Super Bowl with, the Packers also get Jermichael Finley back from injury in 2011. They’ll be loaded. With this pick, I’ve got them grabbing Watkins, a versatile offensive lineman who could likely play either left tackle or guard at the next level. Watkins’ path to the NFL is an incredible one. After being a firefighter for four years out of high school, he went to junior college where he was an All-America standout. He eventually left for Baylor and wowed there. At 26 years old, he’d be the oldest first round selection of the batch.

Second round
33. New England Patriots: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
34. Buffalo Bills: Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
35. Cincinnati Bengals: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
36. Denver Broncos: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
37. Cleveland Browns: Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa
38. Arizona Cardinals: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
39. Tennessee Titans: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
40. Dallas Cowboys: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
41. Washington Redskins: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
42. Houston Texans: DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
43. Minnesota Vikings: Benjamin Ijalana, T/G, Villanova
44. Detroit Lions: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington
45. San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
46. Denver Broncos: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
47. St. Louis Rams: Allen Bailey, DE/DT, Miami
48. Oakland Raiders: Stefen Wisniewski, G/C, Penn State
49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina
50. San Diego Chargers: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jason Pinkston, G/T, Pittsburgh
52. New York Giants: Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
53. Indianapolis Colts: Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech
55. Kansas City Chiefs: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
56. New Orleans Saints: Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
57. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
58. Baltimore Ravens: Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
59. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh
60. New England Patriots: Brooks Reed, LB, Arizona
61. San Diego Chargers: Jerrel Jerrigan, WR, Troy
62. Chicago Bears: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
63. Pittsburgh Steelers: Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
64. Green Bay Packers: Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada

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ANOTHER mock with us taking freaking Nate Solder??!

With JJ Watt still on the board, Id take him over Solder.

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ANOTHER mock with us taking freaking Nate Solder??!

With JJ Watt still on the board, Id take him over Solder.

Ya, Watt is a beast no matter what system he plays for, he'll be a force.

I've forgiven him for chucking shoelaces shoe into the endzone

Just one Super Bowl win before I go!

March 7th, 2011, 1:36 am
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