2011 Mock Draft

Updated: 4-23-11

By: Tony Conty

 

ROUND 1

1. Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton, QB-Auburn

Every once in a while I listen to the experts. There are too many prognosticators with Cam Newton going here for all of them to be wrong.  Newton carries a huge risk but could pay dividends for a team with so many underutilized offensive weapons.

2. Denver Broncos – Marcell Dareus, DT-Alabama

With so many teams changing up there defensive fronts this year, expect the most talented position to come off the board in droves.  Dareus is a space-eater who definitely knows who to get into the backfield and disrupt plays.

3. Buffalo Bills –Von Miller, OLB-Texas A&M

The Bills have done a great job racking up yards with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm but have a great defensive line that goes wasted when no one can get to the quarterback.  Miller will either complement Aaron Maybin or replace him.

4. Cincinnati Bengals-A.J. Green, WR-Georgia

Despite the presence of Skyline Chili, no one seems to want to be in Cincinnati anymore.  The Bengals will have a tough decision between finding Ochocinco’s replacement or Carson Palmer’s heir apparent.  The ultra-talented Green carries less risk than Blaine Gabbert.

5. Arizona Cardinals- Blaine Gabbert, QB-Missouri

The Cardinals tried to make do with two unheralded QBs with dismal results.  Any questions surrounding Gabbert pale in comparison to the need presented in Arizona.  Expect him to start from Day One with enough weapons to soften the blow of the Rookie Wall.

6. Cleveland Browns –Robert Quinn, DE-North Carolina

The biggest beneficiary of Da’Quan Bower’s fall is Quinn, who has an equal chance of success as a 4-3 Defensive End, but without many of the injury concerns.  The Browns need a pass-rusher and Quinn is fresh and appears to be in the shape to do so.

7. San Francisco 49ers –Patrick Peterson, CB-LSU

The 49ers could go a lot of different ways here, but Peterson may have more talent than anyone in the draft.  He falls here only because of the position that he plays.  San Fran has been looking to fill a hole opposite Nate Clements for years.

8. Tennessee Titans –Nick Fairley, DT-Auburn

The Titans considered the absence of Albert Haynesworth addition by subtraction, but here they must add something.  Fairley has loads of talent but must address concerns about his work ethic so that he does not fall further.

9. Dallas Cowboys –Tyron Smith, OT-USC

After the serviceable performance of Doug Free, we expect some doubts about the Cowboys’ biggest need.  It’s a tough call between Smith and Amukamara, but Jerry Jones has never shied away from someone with Smith’s upside.

10. Washington Redskins-Jake Locker, QB-Washington

The more that people posture about where the trade-up spot is for Quarterbacks, the higher the value of a guy like Locker.  The Redskins need to prepare for life after Donovan McNabb and will give the reins to a great athlete from Washington.

11. Houston Texans –Muhammad Wilkerson, DE-Temple

Wade Phillips goes from a man with very little power to the one that everyone trusts for advice on a scheme change.  Wilkerson may seem a little high here, but the Texans will need help up front if anyone is going to register sacks.

12. Minnesota Vikings –Cameron Jordan, DE-California

The Vikings have bigger needs and will be tempted by a Quarterback or 2 here, but Jordan’s talent and potential as a strong side Defensive End is undeniable.  The Vikings could use a player of his temperament on defense.

13. Detroit Lions – Prince Amukamara, CB-Nebraska

If an internet journalist such as myself has trouble passing on Amukamara in a meaningless mock draft, teams will face an equal dilemma come draft day.  The Lions get a steal here in route to sculpting Jim Schwartz’s ideal defense.

14. St. Louis Rams –Julio Jones, WR-Alabama

People continue to describe Jones as one of the fastest risers in the draft, but the teams in the top 10 have too many needs to take a luxury pick.  Jones is, however, a perfect fit in St. Louis and an outstanding gift to Sam Bradford.

15. Miami Dolphins –Mike Pouncey, C-Florida

Despite Pouncey’s interesting attempts to place himself on a team, he is still a fast riser on draft boards.  The Dolphins have the flexibility to use Pouncey at Center or Guard and will plug him into the starting lineup immediately.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars – Da’Quan Bowers, DE-Clemson

The Jaguars missed terribly on Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves in 2008 and have not been able to generate much of a pass rush in the past few years.  Despite the rumblings of a Quarterback going here, Bowers has too much potential to fall much more than this.

17. New England Patriots (from Oakland) –J. J. Watt, DE-Wisconsin

Watt has the potential to go much higher than this, but the Patriots will accept him falling into their laps.  The Pats have done a great job of drafting players that fit their scheme and plugging them in when the need arises.

18. San Diego Chargers –Cameron Heyward, DE-Ohio State

All that it takes is one team to fall in love with a player like Heyward, an ideal fit for the scheme in San Diego.  He can occupy multiple blockers, set the edge against the run, and get to the passer if needed to do so.

19. New York Giants- Anthony Castonzo, OT-Boston College

The Giants will plug in their second Eagle along the line and get a gem this time around based on a lack of need at the position.  Castonzo should lead a slew of tackles coming off the board and joins a squad known for developing talent at the position.

20.  Tampa Bay Bucs-Jimmy Smith, CB-Colorado

It is easy to scoff at this pick based on Aqib Talib’s antics but no one has ever described Smith’s character issues as criminal.  Smith would easily find a niche in this defense and could start by 2012 if he dedicates himself.

21. Kansas City Chiefs –Corey Liuget, DT-Illinois

Liuget has a high motor and could easily fit into any scheme.  The Chiefs may not yet know what they have in Tyson Jackson, but need a solid presence opposite him anyway.  Liuget is a veritable steal if he lasts this long.

22. Indianapolis Colts –Ryan Mallett, QB-Arkansas

The Colts have gotten us thinking about how soon is too soon to groom Peyton Manning’s eventual replacement.  A draft this deep at Quarterback may be the answer to that question.  Mallett has talked to every team psychologist possible: let’s see if he can play.

23. Philadelphia Eagles –Gabe Carimi, OT-Wisconsin

The Eagles have made no secret about their needs along the offensive line.  They might as well go for the guy with the most versatility and see if he fits it along the right side opposite Jason Peters.  This leaves a lot of top tackles on the board, though.

24. New Orleans Saints –Aldon Smith, DE-Missouri

The Saints have never been shy about their desire to add multiple pass rushers to their scheme and Smith can get after the Quarterback as well as anyone in this class.  The team has bigger needs but there is no doubt that Smith could be tops on their board.

25. Seattle Seahawks –Nate Solder, OT-Colorado

The Seahawks did a great job selecting Russell Okung last year but still saw their Offensive Line as one of the weak points on their team in 2010.  Solder could fit in on the right side and provide some stability to this much maligned unit.

26. Baltimore Ravens – Ryan Kerrigan, DE-Purdue

Kerrigan had an amazing senior campaign and the only knock on him is that he might not fit it in a 3-4 alignment.  The Ravens will take care of him here.  He has a wide range of pass rush moves and should work well in a situational role as a rookie.

27. Atlanta Falcons – Derek Sherrod, OT-Mississippi State

Teams will be chomping at the bit if they see tackles coming off the board so quickly.  Sherrod would be a Right Tackle in this scheme and a darn good one.  Sam Baker and Sherrod could provide the perfect bookends to protect Matt Ryan.

28.  New England Patriots-Mark Ingram, RB-Alabama

The Patriots care about as much about draft trends as Chris Horwedel does about my hair care strategies.  Ingram will get a lot of carries in an offense that has tried the “by-committee” approach for years.

29. Chicago Bears-Adrian Clayborn, DE-Iowa

The Bears will miss Tommie Harris in the middle and will struggle to replace him with one player.  Clayborn has some health issues that make this Top 15 talent fall much later than originally projected, but there is no denying his potential.

30.  New York Jets-Phil Taylor, DT-Baylor

The Jets have not succeed in finding a Defensive Tackle since the failure of Dewayne Robertson 8 years ago.  With Kris Jenkins hobbled enough to cast a shroud over him for the foreseeable future, Taylor will have a chance to start right away.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers –Aaron Williams, CB-Texas

When Ed Bouchette talks, Steeler fans listen.  Williams is on the Black and Gold radar, according to sources with more ins than we could ever fathom.  Williams, if nothing else, will provide an excellent nickel option in Year One.

32. Green Bay Packers -  Danny Watkins, G-Baylor
What do you give a team that has everything? The Packers showed with the Bryan Bulaga selection that they were trying to rebuild their line and Watkins has the quickness to set up the inside run and block like a demon in the open field.

Round 2


33. New England Patriots (from Carolina) –Rodney Hudson, G-Florida State
34. Buffalo Bills –Stephen Paea, DT-Oregon State
35. Cincinnati Bengals –Colin Kaepernick, QB-Nevada
36. Denver Broncos –Martez Wilson, ILB-Illinois
37.Cleveland Browns-Torrey Smith, WR-Maryland
38.  Arizona Cardinals-Akeem Ayers, OLB-UCLA
39.  Tennessee Titans-Christian Ponder, QB-Florida State
40.  Dallas Cowboys-Allen Bailey, DE-Miami
41.  Washington Redskins-Marvin Austin, DT-North Carolina
42.  Houston Texans-Justin Houston, OLB-Georgia
43.  Minnesota Vikings-Andy Dalton, QB-TCU
44.  Detroit Lions-Bruce Carter, OLB-North Carolina
45. San Francisco 49ers – Pat Devlin, QB-Delaware
46. Denver Broncos (from Miami) –Jabaal Sheard, DE-Pittsburgh
47. St. Louis Rams – Sam Acho, DE-Texas
48. Oakland Raiders –Brandon Harris, CB-Miami
49. Jacksonville Jaguars-Greg Jones, MLB-Michigan State
50. San Diego Chargers –Brooks Reed, OLB-Arizona
51. Tampa Bay Bucs –Greg Romeus, DE-Pittsburgh
52. New York Giants –Dontay Moch, OLB-Nevada
53. Indianapolis Colts – Marcus Cannon, OT-TCU
54. Philadelphia Eagles –Benjamin Ijalana, OG-Villanova
55. Kansas City Chiefs –Jon Baldwin, WR-Pittsburgh
56. New Orleans Saints –Mason Foster, OLB-Washington
57. Seattle Seahawks –Ricky Stanzi, QB-Iowa
58. Baltimore Ravens –Ras-I Dowling, CB-Virginia
59. Atlanta Falcons – Pernell McPhee, DE-Mississippi State
60. New England Patriots –D. J. Williams, FB-Arkansas
61. San Diego Chargers (from New York)-Leonard Hankerson, WR-Miami
62. Chicago Bears –Orlando Franklin, OT-Miami
63. Pittsburgh Steelers –Christian Ballard, DE-Iowa
64. Green Bay Packers –Pierre Allen, DE-Nebraska

Round 3

65. Carolina Panthers –Drake Nevis, DT-LSU
66. Cincinnati Bengals –Davon House, CB-New Mexico State
67. Denver Broncos – Curtis Brown, CB-Texas
68. Buffalo Bills –  T. J. Yates, QB-North Carolina
69. Arizona Cardinals –Will Rackley, G-Lehigh
70. Cleveland Browns – John Moffitt, G-Wisconsin
71. Dallas Cowboys – Rahim Moore, S-UCLA
72. New Orleans Saints (from Washington) –Mikel Leshoure, RB-Illinois
73. Houston Texans –Brandon Burton, CB-Utah
74. New England Patriots (from Minnesota) –Randall Cobb, WR-Kentucky
75. Detroit Lions – Jerrell Jernigan, WR-Troy
76. San Francisco 49ers – Mark Herzlich, OLB-Boston College
77. Tennessee Titans – Cliff Matthews, DE-South Carolina
78. St. Louis Rams – Stephen Schilling, G-Michigan
79. Miami Dolphins – Titus Young, WR-Boise State
80. Jacksonville Jaguars –DeAndre McDaniel, S-Clemson
81. Oakland Raiders – James Carpenter, OT-Alabama
82. San Diego Chargers-Ryan Williams, RB-Virginia Tech
83.  New York Giants-Kenrick Ellis, DT-Hampton
84. Tampa Bay Bucs-Lawrence Wilson, OLB-Connecicut
85. Philadelphia Eagles –Chimdi Chekwa, CB-Ohio State
86. Kansas City Chiefs –Marcus Gilbert, OT-Florida
87. Indianapolis Colts – Greg Little, WR-North Carolina
88. New Orleans Saints – Kyle Rudolph, TE-Notre Dame
89. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle) –Stefen Wisniewski, C-Penn State
90. Baltimore Ravens – DeMarcus Love, OT-Arkansas
91. Atlanta Falcons –Edmund Gates, WR-Abilene Christian
92. New England Patriots –Luke Stocker, TE-Tennessee
93. Chicago Bears – Chris Carter, OLB-Fresno State
94. New York Jets –K. J. Wright, OLB-Mississippi State
95. Pittsburgh Steelers –Zach Hurd, G-Connecticut
96. Green Bay Packers –Ross Homan, OLB-Ohio State
97. Carolina Panthers –Curtis Marsh, CB-Utah State

Round 4

98. Carolina Panthers – Jacquizz Rodgers, RB-Oregon State
99. Seattle Seahawks (from New England) –Stanley Havili, FB-USC
100. Buffalo Bills -  Anthony Sherman, FB-Connecticut
101. Cincinnati Bengals –Jonas Mouton, OLB-Michigan
102. Cleveland Browns –Daniel Thomas, RB-Kansas State
103. Arizona Cardinals –DeMarco Murray, RB-Oklahoma
104. Philadelphia Eagles (from Washington) –Lance Kendricks, TE-Wisconsin
105. Houston Texans –James Brewer, OT-Indiana
106. Minnesota Vikings –Chris Rucker, CB-Michigan State
107. Detroit Lions –Jarvis Jenkins, DT-Clemson
108. San Francisco 49ers –Allen Bradford, RB-USC
109. Tennessee Titans –Jeremy Beal, OLB-Oklahoma
110. Dallas Cowboys – Andrew Jackson, G-Fresno State
111. Miami Dolphins –Jerrard Tarrant, S-Georgia Tech
112. St. Louis Rams –Jason Pinkston, OT-Pittsburgh
113. Oakland Raiders –Jeremy Kerley, WR-TCU
114. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jerrell Powe, DT-Ole Miss
115. San Francisco 49ers (from San Diego) –Brian Rolle, MLB-Ohio State
116. Tampa Bay Bucs –Ian Williams, DT-Notre Dame
117. New York Giants –Alex Henery, K-Nebraska
118. Kansas City Chiefs –Chas Henry, P-Florida
119. Indianapolis Colts –Terrell McClain, DT-South Florida
120. Philadelphia Eagles –Colin McCarthy, OLB-Miami
121. Jacksonville Jaguars (from New Orleans) –Marcus Gilchrist, CB-Clemson
122. Buffalo Bills (from Seattle) –Owen Spencer, WR-N. C. State
123. Baltimore Ravens –Shane Vereen, RB-California
124. Atlanta Falcons – Daniel Kilgore, G-Appalachian State
125. New England Patriots – Jurrell Casey, DT-USC
126. New York Jets-Rob Housler, TE-Florida Atlantic
127. Chicago Bears –Clint Boling, G-Georgia
128. Pittsburgh Steelers –Kendall Hunter, RB-Oklahoma State
129. Green Bay Packers –Tandon Doss, WR-Indiana
130. Tennessee Titans –Joshua Thomas, CB-Buffalo
131. Green Bay Packers – Jaiquawn Jarrett, S-Temple

Round 5


132. Carolina Panthers – Johnny Patrick, CB-Louisville
133. Buffalo Bills – Derek Newton, OT-Arkansas State
134. Cincinnati Bengals –Lawrence Guy, DT-Arizona State
135. Kansas City Chiefs (from Tampa Bay) –Quan Sturdivant, MLB-North Carolina
136. Arizona Cardinals –Virgil Green, TE-Nevada
137. Cleveland Browns – Sione Fua, DT-Stanford
138. Houston Texans –Robert Sands, S-West Virginia
139. Minnesota Vikings –Quinton Carter, S-Oklahoma
140. Kansas City Chiefs (from Detroit) –Doug Hogue, OLB-Syracuse
141. San Francisco 49ers – Martin Parker, DT-Richmond
142. Tennessee Titans –Kelvin Sheppard, MLB-LSU
143. Dallas Cowboys –Casey Matthews, MLB-Oregon
144. Washington Redskins –Denarius Moore, WR-Tennessee
145. St. Louis Rams –Thomas Kaiser, OLB-Stanford
146. Miami Dolphins –Jordan Todman, RB-Connecticut
147. Jacksonville Jaguars –  J. T. Thomas, OLB-West Virginia
148. Oakland Raiders –Greg McElroy, QB-Alabama
149. Philadelphia Eagles (from San Diego) –Mike Mohamed, MLB-California
150. Minnesota Vikings (from New York) –Joseph Barksdale, OT-LSU
151. Tampa Bay Bucs –Josh Bynes, MLB-Auburn
152. Indianapolis Colts – Byron Stingily, OT-Louisville
153. Philadelphia Eagles-Kristofer O’Dowd, C-USC
154. Detroit Lions (from Kansas City) –Wayne Daniels, OLB-TCU
155. Washington Redskins (from New Orleans) –Jabara Williams, OLB-Stephen F. Austin
156. Seattle Seahawks – David Arkin, G-Missouri State
157. Seattle Seahawks (from Baltimore) –Adrian Moten, OLB-Maryland
158. Atlanta Falcons -  Ricky Brewer, OLB-Colorado State
159. New England Patriots –Ricky Elmore, OLB-Arizona
160. Chicago Bears –Cedric Thornton, DT-Southern Arkansas
161. New York Jets- Brandon Bair, DE-Oregon
162. Pittsburgh Steelers –Jah Reid, OT-Central Florida
163. Green Bay Packers – Keith Williams, G-Nebraska
164. Baltimore Ravens –Cecil Shorts, WR-Mount Union
165. Baltimore Ravens –David Carter, DE-UCLA

Round 6


166. Carolina Panthers – Deunta Williams, S-North Carolina
167. Cincinnati Bengals –Jake Kirkpatrick, C-TCU
168. Cleveland Browns (from Denver) –Demarcus Van Dyke, CB-Miami
169. Buffalo Bills – Mario Harvey, MLB-Marshall
170. Cleveland Browns –Da’Rel Scott, RB-Maryland
171. Arizona Cardinals –Chris White, MLB-Mississippi State
172. Minnesota Vikings –Wesley Saunders, TE-South Carolina
173. Seattle Seahawks (from Detroit) –Sealver Siliga, DT-Utah
174. San Francisco 49ers –Kealoha Pilares, WR-Hawaii
175. Tennessee Titans –Garrett Chisolm, G-South Carolina
176. Dallas Cowboys –Nathan Enderle, QB-Idaho
177. Washington Redskins –Lee Ziemba, OT-Auburn
178. Houston Texans – Evan Royster, RB-Penn State
179. Miami Dolphins –Mario Addison, OLB-Troy
180. St. Louis Rams –Richard Henry, G-Nebraska
181. Oakland Raiders – Darren Evans, RB-Virginia Tech
182. Jacksonville Jaguars –Derek Hall, OT-Stanford
183. San Diego Chargers –Anthony Allen, RB-Georgia Tech
184. Atlanta Falcons (from Detroit Lions) - Brandon Fusco, C-Slippery Rock
185. New York Giants-Vincent Brown, WR-San Diego State
186. Arizona Cardinals (from Philadelphia) –Scott Tolzein, QB-Wisconsin
187. Tampa Bay Bucs (from Kansas City) – Nick Bellore, MLB-Central Michigan
188. Indianapolis Colts –Anthony Gaitor, CB-Florida International
189. Denver Broncos (from New England) –Tyrod Taylor, QB-Virginia Tech
190. San Francisco 49ers (from Seattle) –Ladi Ajioboye, DT-South Carolina
191. Baltimore Ravens –Austin Pettis, WR-Boise State
192. Atlanta Falcons –Mario Fannin, RB-Auburn
193. New England Patriots –Jeron Johnson, S-Boise State
194. New York Jets –Graig Cooper, RB-Miami
195. Chicago Bears – Darvin Adams, WR-Auburn
196. Pittsburgh Steelers – Markus White, OLB-Florida State
197. Green Bay Packers – Jordan Cameron, TE-USC
198. New York Giants –Andre Smith, TE-Virginia Tech
199. Kansas City Chiefs –Owen Marecic, FB-Stanford
200. Minnesota Vikings – Eddie Jones, DE-Texas
201. San Diego Chargers –Jeremiah Hunter, OLB-Iowa
202. New York Giants-Taylor Potts, QB-Texas Tech
203. Carolina Panthers –John Clay, RB-Wisconsin

Round 7


204. Green Bay Packers (from Carolina) –D. J. Smith, OLB-Appalachian State
205. Denver Broncos – Chykie Brown, CB-Texas
206. Buffalo Bills -  Kendric Burney, CB-North Carolina
207. Cincinnati Bengals –Jerrod Johnson, QB-Texas Tech
208. New York Jets (from Arizona) – Julian Vandervelde, G-Iowa
209. Seattle Seahawks (from Cleveland) –Julius Thomas, TE-Portland State
210. San Francisco 49ers (from Detroit) – Ryan Hill, CB-Miami
211. San Francisco 49ers – Schulyar Oordt, TE-Northern Iowa
212. Tennessee Titans –Will Hill, S-Florida
- Dallas Cowboys (forfeited - sup draft)
213. Washington Redskins –Greg Salas, WR-Hawaii
214. Houston Texans –John Graves, DT-Virginia Tech
215. Minnesota Vikings – DeAndre Brown, WR-Southern Mississippi
216. St. Louis Rams –Jermale Hines, S-Ohio State
217. Miami Dolphins –Andrew McGee, CB-Oklahoma State
218. Miami Dolphins (from Jacksonville) – Ryan Whalen, WR-Stanford
219. Oakland Raiders –Justin Boren, G-Ohio State
220. Dallas Cowboys (from San Diego)-Akeem Dent, MLB-Georgia
221. New York Giants –Damien Berry, RB-Miami
222. Tampa Bay Bucs – Chris Walker, OLB-Tennessee
223. Kansas City Chiefs –Brandon Saine, RB-Ohio State
224. Indianapolis Colts -  Ben Chappell, QB-Indiana
225. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia) – Mike Blanc, DE-Auburn
226. New Orleans Saints – Tori Gurley, WR-South Carolina
227. Seattle Seahawks – Chris Hairston, OT-Clemson
228. Baltimore Ravens –Mike McNeill, TE-Nebraska
239. Atlanta Falcons –Jarriel King, OT-South Carolina
230. Atlanta Falcons (from New England) –Scott Lutrus, MLB-Connecticut
- Chicago Bears (forfeited - sup draft)
- Detroit Lions (from New York / forfeited - tampering)
231. Pittsburgh Steelers – Greg Lloyd, MLB-Connecticut
232. Green Bay Packers – Korey Lindsey, CB-Southern Illinois
233. San Diego Chargers – Shiloh Keo, S-Idaho
234. Miami Dolphins –Henry Hynoski, FB-Pittsburgh
235. Minnesota Vikings – Spencer Paysinger, OLB-Oregon
236. Philadelphia Eagles – Byron Maxwell, CB-Clemson
237. Tampa Bay Bucs – Dane Sanzenbacher, WR-Ohio State
238. San Francisco 49ers – Daniel Hardy, TE-Idaho
239. Philadelphia Eagles –Bryant Browning, G-Ohio State
240. Oakland Raiders – Jeff Maehl, WR-Oregon
241. Seattle Seahawks – David Sims, S-Iowa State
242. New Orleans Saints –Ryan Colburn, QB-Fresno State
243. Carolina Panthers – Courtney Smith, WR-South Alabama
244. Buffalo Bills –Richard Sherman, CB-Stanford
245. Cincinnati Bengals –Ryan Jones, CB-NW Missouri State
246. Denver Broncos –Darryl Gamble, OLB-Georgia
247. Cleveland Browns –Jeff Van Camp, QB-Florida Atlantic
248. Arizona Cardinals –Ryan Donahue, P-Iowa
249. San Francisco 49ers – Jamie Harper, RB-Clemson
250. Tennessee Titans -  Eugene Clifford, S-Tennessee State
251. Dallas Cowboys –Ryan Winterswyk, DE-Boise State
252. Washington Redskins – Justin Rogers, CB-Richmond
253. Houston Texans -  Chris Hogan, WR-Monmouth