2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 24

Our annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft, with picks made by each of SB Nation's NFL team bloggers, is in full swing. The latest pick in to the podium: the New Orleans Saints, at No. 24 overall.

With the 24th overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the New Orleans Saints select Muhammad Wilkerson, defensive tackle, Temple.

Dave Cariello of CanalStreetChronicles.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Saints, and checking out Canal Street Chronicles for all of your Saints needs.

Dave Cariello explains: Nearly every single Saints fan would agree that the team’s biggest need for improvement this off-season is in the pass rushing department. Wilkerson’s scouting report would have us believe he’s just the man for the job. So far this off-season, many mock drafts have Wilkerson already off the board by the time the Saints are set to pick. It would be a crime for me to pass up the opportunity to take him here for New Orleans. Sedrick Ellis has been holding his own on the inside of the defensive line, but he needs some help, and the Saints have lacked depth at the position for years. Hopefully, Wilkerson puts an end to that problem. He’s known to be scheme diverse, so the Saints could even move him over to defensive end as needed. Only a junior, I’m confident the Saints coaching staff has what it takes to mold and develop Wilkerson to be a top NFL talent.

Dan Kadar reacts: Unless the Saints think Will Smith and Alex Brown are going to revert to their old form, it would be hard to see them passing on end rushers like Aldon Smith and Justin Houston if they're available. While neither have the power that New Orleans typically looks for in end prospects, the upgrade they'd give their pass rush is tremendous. 

This is not to say Wilkerson is bad or he wouldn't help the pass rush. But Smith and Houston would have a much greater impact. [Muhammad Wilkerson Scouting Report]

With that, the Seattle Seahawks - and our friends at Field Gulls - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
9 Aldon Smith DE Missouri scouting report
13 Justin Houston OLB Georgia scouting report
14 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State scouting report
15 Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois scouting report
16 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State scouting report

2011 SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft - RESULTS

Rd. No. Team Player Pos. College Link
1 1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri story
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M story
3 Buffalo Bills Patrick Peterson CB LSU story
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia story
5 Arizona Cardinals Cam Newton QB Auburn story
6 Cleveland Browns Marcell Dareus DT Alabama story
7 San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska story
8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DT Auburn story
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith OT USC story
10 Washington Redskins Robert Quinn DE North Carolina story
11 Houston Texans Julio Jones WR Alabama story
12 Minnesota Vikings J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin story
13 Detroit Lions Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson story
14 St. Louis Rams Corey Liuget DT Illinois story
15 Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram RB Alabama story
16 Jacksonville Jaguars Christian Ponder QB Florida State story
17 New England Patriots Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin story
18 San Diego Chargers Cameron Jordan DE California story
19 New York Giants Mike Pouncey G/C Florida story
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue story
21 Kansas City Chiefs Phil Taylor DT Baylor story
22 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College story
23 Philadelphia Eagles Jimmy Smith CB Colorado story
24 New Orleans Saints Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple
25 Seattle Seahawks
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Atlanta Falcons
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
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