2011 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

  1. Carolina Panthers - Andrew Luck (QB) - Stanford
    Andrew Luck is arguably the best player in the draft and by selecting Luck, the Panthers will have a player to build their franchise around for the next ten years.

  2. Detroit Lions - Patrick Peterson (CB) - LSU
    Last year the Lions got the best defensive lineman in the country.  This year the Lions get the best defensive back in the country.  The Lions have a great core group of players to succeed in the future.  Peterson is the last piece of the puzzle.

  3. Cincinnati Bengals - Da'Quan Bowers (DE) - Clemson
    The Bengals have so much talent - but lack the flow to be successful.  They are the worst defensive pressure team in the NFL - so they take the best DE in the draft to bring that sack number up.

  4. Buffalo Bills - Nick Fairley (DT) - Auburn
    The Bills loose out on the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.  They select the best 3-4 defensive lineman in the country to continue to solidify their defensive front.

  5. Arizona Cardinals - Cam Newton (QB) - Auburn
    Arizona needs a long term solution at QB.  I don't think Max Hall or John Skelton are the answer.  Cam Newton is a project - but Wisenhunt is the type of coach that can bring out the potential.  His biggest question mark is his maturity.

  6. Denver Broncos - Marcell Dareus (DT) - Alabama
    The Broncos have a terrible defensive front.  Dareus is the most solid defensive lineman in the nation and will help improve the defense on all levels.

  7. San Francisco 49ers - Ryan Mallet (QB) - Arkansas
    The 49ers are still a work in progress.  I don't think Singletary will remain the coach.  There is a revolving door at QB every week.  49ers solidify the position with big arm Mallet.

  8. Dallas Cowboys - Prince Amukamara (CB) - Nebraska
    I love the way the Cowboys are playing under Jason Garret as HC.  The Cowboys have serious issues in their secondary especially at the cornerback position.  This is the most logical selection.

  9. Tennessee Titans - Robert Quin (DE) - UNC
    Titans have issues on the defensive line - and are poor at pressuring the QB.  Robert Quin is a stud DE prospect.

  10. Washington Redskins - AJ Green (WR) - Georgia
    McNabb may not be the long term solution at the QB position - but he stays for another season.  Washington takes the best WR - which happens to slip out of the top ten. 

  11. Houston Texans - Stephan Paea (DT) - Oregon State
    The Texans have many issues on the defense.  They could use a CB or a stud defensive lineman.  I give them the a run stuffing NT.  Start with stopping the run.

  12. Minnesota Vikings - Jake Locker (QB) - Washington
    This was a very tough pick because I like what I see out of Tarvaris Jackson when he has filled in for Brett Favre.  But I think Jake Locker is a better QB prospect than Jackson.  Leslie Frazier may want to solidify an aging defensive line - If Stephan Paea is still here.

  13. Cleveland Browns - Julio Jones (WR) - Alabama
    Browns lack a big time WR for Colt McCoy to throw to.

  14. San Diego Chargers - Adrian Clayborn (DE) - Iowa
    Chargers defense line has issues.  WR is also possible here with the departure of Vincent Jackson.  I say the Chargers take a play maker defensive lineman to improve rush and pass defense.

  15. New England Patriots - Brandon Harris (CB) - Miami
    The Patriots are happy with their RBs.  They need to shore up a week secondary.  McCourty is playing really well - selecting a stud CB to play opposite of McCourty is most ideal.

  16. Seattle Seahawks - Ryan Kerrigan (DE) - Purdue
    Seahawks have a terrible defensive line - and terrible run defense in general.  This pick will look to improve it.

  17. Indianapolis Colts - Derek Sherod (OT) - Miss State
    I hope Polian does as much as possible for Peyton Manning this offseason.  It starts with finding someone to better protect his blind side.

  18. Miami Dolphins - Mark Ingram (RB) - Alabama
    I think Trent Richardson is a better NFL prospect.  But for now the pick is Mark Ingram - he is a prototypical heavy weight - power runner.

  19. Tampa Bay Bucs - Akeem Ayers (DE) - UCLA
    The Bucs continue to fortify their defensive line.

  20. New York Giants - Von Miller (LB) - Texas A&M
    Giants could use depth on their offensive line - but select a stud OLB to fill a weakness on defense.

  21. St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackman (WR) - Oklahoma State
    Bradford needs a big time WR to throw to.

  22. Jacksonville Jaguars - Janoris Jenkins (CB) - Florida
    A weakness, a need, and a quality player to improve a young and improving defense.

  23. Kansas City Chiefs - Bruce Carter (LB) - UNC
    Vrabel is getting old and some depth is needed.

  24. Chicago Bears - Anthony Costanza (OT) - BC
    Someone needs to protect Jay Cutlers blind side.  Starts with stud offensive tackle Costanza

  25. Baltimore Ravens - Jimmy Smith (CB) - Colorado
    Secondary is aging and has been torched several times this year

  26. Philadelphia Eagles - Mike Pouncey (G) - Florida
    The Eagles have a great tackle in Jason Peters - but lack a significant inside presence to help with the power run game.  Pouncey is the best inside lineman in the draft.

  27. Green Bay Packers - Allen Bailey (DT) - Miami
    Packers are ranked 16th against the rush and Ryan Pickett is aging.

  28. Pittsburgh Steelers - Gabe Carimi (OT) - Wisconsin
    Big Ben needs help in protection - and the team needs depth on the offensive line.

  29. New Orleans Saints - Nate Solder (OT) - Colorado
    Added depth on the offensive line - depending on how Charles Brown looks as a future prospect.  Solder can play left or right - but this pick is important for protecting Drew Brees and for their run game.

  30. New York Jets - Cameron Jordan (DT) - Cal
    In order to go to the Superbowl - the Jets have to stop the Patriots offense every year aka bringing pressure to Tom Brady.  Fortify that front seven!

  31. Atlanta Falcons - Jonathan Baldwin (WR) - Pitt
    Who plays across from Roddy White?

  32. New England Patriots - JJ Watts (DT) - Wisconsin
    Patriots do not take a RB in the first round - but fortify their defense.  JJ Watts is a beast.

A Few Notes

  • First draft of the year - with the close of the football season - a lot of work to do.
  • This years draft presents a very strong WR class
  • This years draft also presents a vast and exciting QB class - left out of the first round are prospects like Christian Ponder, Nick Foles, Pat Devlin.....
  • This year presents a weak RB class
  • This year presents no stud big time offensive tackles.  At least not yet....

Enjoy read......

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