2011 NFL Mock Draft

2011 NFL Mock Draft 2.1

Updated: 2/12/11

Second round coming soon!

Carolina Panthers 1 ) Panthers | Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

The Panthers are a team in transition with a new Head Coach and also in dire need of a Quarterback. We will go ahead and mention here how Andrew Luck didn’t come out and as a result screwed up the first round of the draft. There is not another QB at this point that warrants a first overall pick. The Panthers need help all over the defensive line and it could be a toss up between Nick Fairley and Da’ Quan Bowers.

Picked here previously- Da’Quan Bowers

Denver Broncos2 ) Broncos | Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

After attempting to piece together a 3-4 defense, and then the new arrival of John Fox, the Broncos are likely heading back to a 4-3 defense. With a major pass rush need we have to look at Da’Quan Bowers as the new Julius Peppers for Foxy. While we could also see the Broncos going for Patrick Peterson, we are still concerned about the chronic cramps that have haunted him since childhood and think that scouts won’t forget about those either.

Picked here previously- Nick Fairley

Buffalo Bills3 ) Bills | Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

The Bills really need a Quarterback and that will be tempting here. There will be a significant drop in QB talent before their second round pick, but this is too high at this time to take one this year. It’s possible one will work their way up during the combine process.  While not one of their most serious needs, Patrick Peterson’s playmaking ability will be hard to pass up here, getting younger in the secondary.

Picked here previously-Blaine Gabbert

Cincinnati Bengals4 ) Bengals | Robert Quinn, DE, N. Carolina

This is a pick that can go in many directions. Carson Palmer is asking for a trade and there may be some WRs making an exit. With that, we could see the Bengals go with the talented Mr. A.J. Green. The Bengals can also use help on the lines. They are still looking for some pass rush and with Pittsburgh and Baltimore they need to be slowing down the Quarterbacks to compete.

Picked here previously-Robert Quinn

Arizona Cardinals5 )  Cardinals | Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

The Cardinals are one of those teams that have a very large need at the Quarterback position. If Gabbert were to get to them it may make for an easy pick. We are not so sure that the Cardinals attempt to start again with a new QB. We expect them to make a play for one of the available Free Agents. Von Miller is moving fast, some projecting him in the top three picks. Miller would make an exciting addition as a pass rusher in the Cards 3-4 scheme.

Picked here previously-Patrick Peterson

Cleveland Browns6 ) Browns | A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

It appears that the Browns have found their QB to move forward with last year in Colt McCoy. Now they need to get him a solid receiving threat. Green is the unquestioned top of the WR class this season. After witnessing Dez Bryant’s success this past season in Dallas we can see the Browns making the move to grab the guy he is compared to. There is a really good chance that Green won’t be available here, if so they Browns could look to upgrade on the other side of the ball.

Picked here previously-A.J. Green

San Francisco 49ers7 ) 49ers |Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

There are some changes going on in San Francisco, but it appears that the 3-4 defense will not be one of them and is staying. It will be interesting to see if the Niners make the move to go after a new franchise QB. Last season we were looking at a CB landing with the Niners. Amukamara would make a nice addition to the secondary. He is not far behind Peterson as a corner and comes without the cramping. They could also look at Marcell Dareus, who can step in and be productive on the line fo the 3-4 defense from the start.

Picked here previously-Marcell Dareus

Tennessee Titans8 ) Titans | Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

Things are a changing in Tennessee. Changes that leave some questions. One thing is certain, the Titans need to do something at the QB position and fast, in Free Agency or the Draft. This time around we feel they will bypass potential for the most NFL ready. This will be an interesting spot to watch as the combine shakes out. We see Blaine Gabbert as the pick that has to happen at this time.

Picked here previously-Cam Newton

Dallas Cowboys 9 ) Cowboys | Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

The Cowboys are still searching for an answer at the Offensive Tackler position, but there isn’t one at this point that can be justified here. There certainly will be someone how moves up after the combine as tackles are always in demand. For this update we look at the defensive line since the top corners are gone.

Picked here previously-Prince Amukamara

Washington Redskins10 ) Redskins | Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

The Redskins found that the McNabb-Shanahan union was short lived and they should be looking for their next QB. There isn’t a much better option than McNabb in Free Agency, so the answer could lie in the draft. Best case scenario would have Gabbert fall to them, but that doesn’t happen this time around. Unless things fall apart during the process, Cam Newton is looking like the next best thing at the position.

Picked here previously-Jake Locker

Houston Texans11 ) Texans | Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri

Without a doubt the Texans would love some help in the secondary here. Unless one of the top two corners fall, there is not a secondary player that we can justify this high at this point in the process. The Texans can use some pass rush with the 3-4 coming to town and there is not a better option available than Aldon Smith. He should be able to step in right away and chase the statue that is Peyton.

Picked here previously-Von Miller

Minnesota Vikings12 ) Vikings | Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

The Vikings have to hope one of those QBs fall to them or someone works their way up at the Combine. Jake Locker is a real possibility here if the memory of his season can be erased during the draft process. With that in mind, we can see the Vikings building up that once impressive offensive line. They may have to protect a 2nd or 3rd round QB after all.

Picked here previously-Nate Solder

Detroit Lions13 ) Lions | Tyron Smith, OT, USC

A considerably later pick than the Lions are used to, huh? Because they are picking later they are out of position to grab one of the two top Cornerbacks that they so desperately need. The Lions have been waiting too long to get a talent up there on the line. Protecting Matt Stafford has to be a focus this season. If they focus on the defensive side of the ball, the Lions could look at the Linebacker position and Akeen Ayers.

Picked here previously-Akeem Ayers

St. Louis Rams14 ) Rams | Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

Sam Bradford’s doubters have been silenced for the most part. The Rams came within a win of being the NFC West Champs after picking first in 2010. Granted, it was the NFC West…but still. The Rams are moving in the right direction and we could see them commit to getting consistent weapons for Bradford. Julio Jones is the best offensive weapon available at this point.

Picked here previously-Julio Jones

Miami Dolphins15 ) Dolphins | Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

The time has come for the Dolphins to change their identity at the Running Back position. Ronnie Brown has had his moments, but never provided the consistent threat that the Fins needed. Ricky Williams is on his way out as well. Mark Ingram is the best runner available and fills the need for a fresh face and legs.

Picked here previously-Mark Ingram

Jacksonville Jaguars16) Jaguars | Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

The Jaguars have their pick of Defensive Ends to choose from at this point. They are still searching for the pass rusher on this defense after addressing it in recent drafts and free agency. Here we go again. Some may think that Kerrigan will land as a pass rushing OLB in a 3-4 defense, but if the Jags decide they want him first he will stay at DE. It could be a three horse race between Kerrigan, or fellow Big Ten DEs, Adrian Clayborn and J.J. Watts. Could make for an interesting combine.

Picked here previously-Ryan Kerrigan


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