Updated 2011 NFL mock draft

After the jump, check out my latest mock draft. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton goes first overall to the Carolina Panthers. If everyone is nice, maybe I'll post the second round tonight.

1. Carolina Panthers - Cat Scratch Reader

Cam Newton | Quarterback | Auburn: It's still impossible to try and figure out exactly what Carolina wants to do with the first overall pick. While Newton may not be the best player in this draft, or even the best quarterback, he does offer the highest amount of upside. There is no player in this draft who possesses his rare skill set. If he can take to good coaching, he could be a superstar.

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2. Denver Broncos - Mile High Report

Marcell Dareus | Defensive tackle | Alabama: The Broncos have the luxury of going several different ways with this pick. It could be defensive end Da'Quan Bowers of Clemson or cornerback Patrick Peterson of LSU. With the switch back to the 4-3, the team will need as many able bodies up front. While Dareus played in a 3-4 at Alabama, he projects fine as a one-technique tackle. With Elvis Dumervil returning, Dareus could free him up to wreak havoc.

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3. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings

Von Miller | Outside linebacker | Texas A&M: If Buffalo truly wants to make the 3-4 defense work, Miller should be the pick. It's clear Aaron Maybin is never going to develop into the player the team hoped he would. So it's time to take another shot at a pass rusher and Miller is a good one. He's the kind of violent pass rusher that would be the face of Buffalo's defense for years.

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4. Cincinnati Bengals - Cincy Jungle

Blaine Gabbert | Quarterback | Missouri: Everyone involved seems to be grinding out the Carson Palmer retirement pledge. If he follows through and calls it quits, quarterback quickly surpasses cornerback and wide receiver as the team's top need. One of Gabbert's best traits is that he can project to any system, even the West Coast which the Bengals are moving to. With Jermaine Gresham in place as a security blanket, Gabbert's development would be quickened.

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5. Arizona Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
NFL TEAM

Robert Quinn | Defensive end/Outside linebacker| North Carolina: There are a number of ways the Cardinals could go with this pick. They have needs a lot of places on defense and need a quarterback. If the idea is that a good pass rush improves the secondary play, it's hard to see them going with Patrick Peterson over a pass rusher. While Quinn has only practiced some at linebacker, he has the skills to move to a 3-4 outside linebacker.

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6. Cleveland Browns - Dawgs By Nature

A.J. Green | Wide receiver | Georgia: Browns president Mike Holmgren was coy this week on the Browns needing speed at wide receiver, but that's nonsense. Mohammed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie may have good timed speed, they're not fast on the field. Green plays up to his speed and has excellent hands. He could quickly help the development of second-year quarterback Colt McCoy.

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7. San Francisco 49ers - Niners Nation

Patrick Peterson | Cornerback | LSU: This may a dream scenario for the 49ers. Although they need a quarterback, getting Peterson is a very good consolation. Other than Deion Sanders, it's hard to remember the last time San Francisco has a surefire lockdown cornerback. Peterson would provide that and give the team a dangerous weapon on special teams.

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8. Tennessee Titans - Music City Miracles

Nick Fairley | Defensive tackle | Auburn: If Fairley were to drop this far, it would be a steal. He's the kind of disruptive defensive tackle the Titans just don't have anymore. What's better is that he could give them some scheme versatility. If the team wanted to line up in three-man fronts, he'd be excellent moving forward from the end spot. If Newton or Gabbert fall here, though, expect Tennessee to pounce.

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9. Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
NFL TEAM

Prince Amukamara | Cornerback | Nebraska: With no offensive linemen being a great fit for the Cowboys this early, Amukamara would be a good option. The Cowboys have needed a good cornerback for several years, and Amukamara is certainly that. He may not have the best ball skills, but he's a good press corner who is physical. This could also be a hot pick for a trade down.

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10. Washington Redskins - Hogs Haven

Julio Jones | Wide receiver | Alabama: The Redskins tried in 2008 to add a big wide receiver with speed in Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly. Both are total failures. Can anyone else name another Redskins wide receiver? Santana Moss is a free agent and undersized. It doesn't matter who Mike Shanahan has at quarterback if there is no wide receiver to catch the ball. Jones can do that, and a whole lot more.

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11. Houston Texans - Battle Red Blog

Aldon Smith | Defensive end/Outside linebacker | Missouri: As the Texans transition to Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense, it's paramnout they add a pass rusher. Unless the team trades up to get Von Miller or Robert Quinn, Smith is arguably the best 3-4 rusher in this draft. Houston has a lot of good pieces in their front seven with Mario Williams at end and DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing at linebacker. A lot is also expected of Connor Barwin as a pass rusher in 2011. Still, Smith gives them an element they don't currently possess.

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12. Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman

Da'Quan Bowers | Defensive end | Clemson: This would certainly be a steal. Bowers falls this far for a few reasons. The teams really in need of a pass rush early run a 3-4, which Bowers isn't a good fit for. There's also some concerns about the health of his knee. Although Brian Robison signed a three-year, $14 million deal earlier this month, he had just two sacks last season. Bowers is much more a sure thing and a better replacement for Ray Edwards on the strong side.

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13. Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit

Tyron Smith | Offensive tackle | Southern California: This would be far too early for the Lions to be drafting a cornerback or linebacker, so Smith makes sense at offensive tackle. Jeff Backus is a decent left tackle, but he's 33 years old. This could be a great fit for Smith who could start at guard before eventually replacing Backus. Smith is a good all-around tackle who doesn't get as much credit as he deserves as a run blocker.

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14. St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times

Mike Pouncey | Guard | Florida: This is another hot spot for a trade since it's starting to appear more and more likely that the Rams won't be able to find a wide receiver or pass rusher with this pick. They're also reportedly targeting interior offensive linemen and there is arguably no better one in this draft than Pouncey. It's a little early for him here, but it's a good need fill.

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15. Miami Dolphins - The Phinsider
NFL TEAM

Jake Locker | Quarterback | Washington: The Chad Henne experiment has run its course, so its time for Miami to again at quarterback. This isn't the projected pick because of Miami or new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's history of running the Wildcat. Instead, this is simply the Dolphins going after a player they'll have to hope develops into the franchise signal caller many expected heading into the 2010 season.

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16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Big Cat Country

Cameron Jordan | Defensive end | California: Even though most consider Jordan's most natural to be as a 3-4 defensive end, he has the aggression and quickness to line up as a 4-3 power end. With Jordan, Tyson Alualu and Terrence Knighton, this would immediately give Jacksonville one of the better run stopping front lines in the NFL and give them a consistent push up front against the pass.

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17. New England Patriots - Pats Pulpit (from Oakland)
NFL TEAM
J.J. Watt | Defensive end | Wisconsin: If Watt goes to the right scheme, he should be a very good player for years. He'll be best working as a five-technique in the 3-4, which the Patriots run. He's disruptive against the run and pass but not quite athletic enough for a 4-3. Added bonus for the Patriots: He started his career as a tight end and Bill Belichick could use him as a pass catcher in goal line situations.
18. San Diego Chargers - Bolts From The Blue

Adrian Clayborn | Defensive end | Iowa: The Chargers have never properly replaced Igor Olshansky after he left for the Cowboys. While the Chargers could use help along their who three-man front, Clayborn is one of the best fits on the board. He may not have the speed to rush the passer consistently, but he's powerful at the point of attack. He gets the nod over Cameron Heyward because of his athleticism.

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19. New York Giants - Big Blue View

Anthony Castonzo | Offensive tackle | Boston College: While the Giants may have a bigger need at linebacker, there really isn't one worth this pick. The Giants should move Dave Diehl isn't to guard after a tough 2010 season. Shawn Andrews isn't a left tackle either. Castonzo may not be the flashiest offensive lineman, but he's solid and should be able to start as a rookie.

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20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bucs Nation
Ryan Kerrigan | Defensive end | Purdue: Stylez G. White led the Buccaneers in sacks in 2010 and that's not a good thing. White is an average player, but that sack total was 4.5. Tampa Bay added to its defensive tackle rotation last year with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price. Now it can add a legitimate pass rush with Kerrigan, who put up great numbers at Purdue.
21. Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride

Phil Taylor | Defensive tackle | Baylor: For the Romeo Crennel 3-4 defense to run at its best, a big-bodied nose tackle is a necessity. With only four defensive linemen currently under contract, this almost seems like a must pick for the Chiefs. Taylor is far and away the best nose tackle in a draft where Kansas City really needs to fill that hole.

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22. Indianapolis Colts - Stampede Blue

Derek Sherrod | Offensive tackle | Mississippi State: The Colts need to come out of this draft with an offensive tackle and Sherrod is arguably the best available with this pick. While it goes against how the Colts typically draft, they can't have an aging Peyton Manning continually taking abuse in the pocket. Sherrod has the skill set to develop into a top left tackle if he has the discipline and learns to play with more strength.

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23. Philadelphia Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation

Jimmy Smith | Cornerback | Colorado: The Eagles badly need secondary help and Smith is the best cornerback available. He's a big, aggressive corner who has been compared by some to Nnamdi Asomugha. Smith's brash attitude may turn some off, but Philly fans could revel in his playing style.

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24. New Orleans Saints - Canal Street Chronicles

Mark Ingram | Running back | Alabama: The Saints haven't had a player rush for more than 1,000 since Deuce McAllister in 2006. To call their running game calamitous is an understatement. Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush can't stay healthy, and Chris Ivory is an undrafted free agent from Tiffin. Ingram has by far the best vision of any running back in this class and just knows how to find yards.

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25. Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls

Ryan Mallett | Quarterback | Arkansas: If there's one coach who probably thinks he can wrangle in Mallett, it's probably Pete Carroll. In addition, the Seahawks John Schneider was one of only two general managers at the Arkansas pro day. Even though Carroll has said he wants some mobility at quarterback, it might be hard to pass up Mallett when Christian Ponder probably won't be available in the second round.

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26. Baltimore Ravens - Baltimore Beatdown
Aaron Williams | Cornerback | Texas: Even though they'll have some players coming back from injury if there's a 2011 season, the Ravens really need a good young cornerback. Williams is a much bigger player than Baltimore's typical corners, but his coverage skills will open up the pass rush more.
27. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcoholic

Nate Solder | Offensive tackle | Colorado: In last year's draft, the Falcons targeted interior offensive linemen and may need to look for a tackle if Tyson Clabo isn't brought back. By drafting Solder, Atlanta could move Sam Baker to the right side, where he may be a little better. This would allow the quick-footed Solder to block on the blind side, his specialty.

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28. New England Patriots - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Justin Houston| Outside linebacker | Georgia: Many thing the Patriots should come out of the first round with a defensive and offensive lineman if they keep their first two picks. However, unless the team thinks its really onto something with Tully Banta-Cain and Jermaine Cunningham, they need to come out of this draft with a pass rusher. Houston is much more apt to be that player than any of the other linebacker/defensive ends left.
29. Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron

Corey Liuget | Defensive tackle | Illinois: With the release of Tommie Harris, the Bears need a defensive lineman who can shoot gaps but also maintain his credibility against the run. Liuget can do both of those things. Ideally, the Bears may go with a left tackle here, but there's really not one on the board. Liuget represents a good value and is a need fill.

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30. New York Jets - Gang Green Nation

Gabe Carimi | Offensive tackle | Wisconsin: The Jets released veteran Damien Woody really need a replacement at right tackle. Carimi has the ability to be a Pro Bowl player on the right side and the Jets may have a hard time passing him up. Carimi is the kind of player who should be able to jump in and start as a rookie. If the Jets want to make an assault on the NFL, that's the kind of player they need.

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31. Pittsburgh Steelers - Behind the Steel Curtain

Martez Wilson | Middle linebacker | Illinois: Pittsburgh has a history of drafting linebackers a few years before they really need them and that's the case here. Even though they drafted three linebackers last year, Jason Worilds and Thaddeus Gibson are more considered outside guys. Steven Sylvester is more of a special teams player. Lawrence Timmons is good at one inside spot, but at the other the Steelers are old with James Farrior (36) and Larry Foote (31 at the start of next season). With Wilson, they could use him however they want. He's good enough and athletic enough play all four linebacker spots.

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32. Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company

Cameron Heyward | Defensive end | Ohio State: Although the Packers have a few solid players at the end spots, they all have either health or ability concerns. Although Heyward is recovering from an injury of his own, he may already be better than anyone they have. Having a good rotation of ends in the 3-4 is big, so adding arguably the draft's best at the position is key.

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