2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 27

ATHENS GA - NOVEMBER 27: Justin Houston #42 of the Georgia Bulldogs sacks quarterback Tevin Washington #13 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27 2010 in Athens Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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 Atlanta Falcons, at No. 27 overall.

With the 27th overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Justin Houston, defensive end, Georgia.

Dave Choate of TheFalcoholic.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Falcons, and checking out The Falcoholic for all of your Falcons needs.

Dave Choate explains: Justin Houston is a perfect fit for the Atlanta Falcons, who need pass rush help desperately. Though a bit of a project, Houston’s got great athleticism and a nose for the quarterback that should help push him into the rotation at defensive end immediately. And hey, he’s a local kid!

Most importantly, he becomes the heir apparent to John Abraham. One of his generation’s finest sack masters, Abraham is on the wrong side of 30 and his contract is up after 2011. The team has long been in need of an effective complement to him and someone who can take his place should he not return to Atlanta, and Houston looks like he could be that guy.

Dan Kadar reacts: Ideally, the Falcons might want to see Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey available with this pick. After an interior lineman, a pass rusher makes sense. While Houston may be a better fit in a 3-4 system, he does come from a 4-3 at Georgia. During the draft process, he's become a little underrated. But he has solid pass rush moves and could learn a lot from a player like Abraham, as the two are pretty similar in build and style. [Justin Houston Scouting Report]

With that, the New England Patriots - and our friends at Pats Pulpit - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
14 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State scouting report
15 Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois scouting report
16 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State scouting report
19 Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA scouting report
20 Jon Baldwin WR Pittsburgh 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 story
25 Seattle Seahawks Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas story
26 Baltimore Ravens Aldon Smith DE Missouri story
27 Atlanta Falcons Justin Houston DE Georgia
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
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