Sunday, April 3, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft

  Assuming there is an NFL season this year, I thought I would try my hand at a mock draft. I based mine on team needs and value, and didn’t attempt to predict any trades. With that said, here we go. I will provide some commentary after the chart.

Team
Player
Position
School
1
Carolina
Cam Newton
QB
Auburn
2
Denver
Marcell Dareus
DT
Alabama
3
Buffalo
Blaine Gabbert
QB
Missouri
4
Cincinnati
A.J. Green
WR
Alabama
5
Arizona
Von Miller
OLB
Texas A&M
6
Cleveland
Da'Quan Bowers
DE
Clemson
7
San Francisco
Patrick Peterson
CB
LSU
8
Tennessee
Nick Fairley
DT
Auburn
9
Dallas
Prince Amukamara
CB
Nebraska
10
Washington
Robert Quinn
DE
North Carolina
11
Houston
Cameron Jordan
DL
California
12
Minnesota
Tyron Smith
OT
USC
13
Detroit
Aldon Smith
DE
Missouri
14
St. Louis
Julio Jones
WR
Alabama
15
Miami
Mark Ingram
RB
Alabama
16
Jacksonville
J.J. Watt
DE
Wisconsin
17
New England
Anthony Castonzo
OT
Boston College
18
San Diego
Cameron Heyward
DL
Ohio State
19
New York Giants
Gabe Carimi
OT
Wisconsin
20
Tampa Bay
Adrian Clayborn
DE
Iowa
21
Kansas City
Muhammed Wilkerson
DT
Temple
22
Indianapolis
Derek Sherrod
OT
Mississippi State
23
Philadelphia
Nate Solder
OT
Colorado
24
New Orleans
Ryan Kerrigan
DE
Purdue
25
Seattle
Jimmy Smith
CB
Colorado
26
Baltimore
Jon Baldwin
WR
Pitt
27
Atlanta
Torrey Smith
WR
Maryland
28
New England
Mike Pouncey
OG
Florida
29
Chicago
Ben Ijalana
OG
Villanova
30
New York Jets
Akeem Ayers
OLB
UCLA
31
Pittsburgh
Brandon Harris
CB
Miami (FL)
32
Green Bay
Danny Watkins
OG
Baylor

I gave Carolina Newton over Gabbert because I don’t feel there will be a rookie salary cap going forward. That allows teams to swing for the fences on a player like Newton. Newton will be the most polarizing figure in this year’s draft. Carolina may hate him, but they can’t afford to pass on him.

Patrick Peterson is my favorite player in this draft, but have him falling to San Francisco at 7 due to the nature of the draft. The NFL is geared toward three things. Quarterbacks, protecting the quarterback, and rushing the quarterback. Just imagine how far he’d fall if this was a strong OT class…

The Lions will draft a player I don’t like. The only picks I have liked of theirs recently were Suh, Stafford, and Calvin Johnson. Top-2 picks. Whenever they stray outside the top 5, they seem to panic. See; Sims, Ernie and Cherilous, Gosder.

I have 11 defensive linemen and 8 offensive linemen going in the first round. I don’t think there are that many worthy O-linemen, but there will be at least 1 run, causing teams to reach.

Temple and Villanova each have a player drafted. Among the schools that have none are Michigan, Oklahoma, Florida State, Texas, Oregon, and Notre Dame.


1 comment:

  1. No way NE goes OT then OG when their real need is DE/OLB. BB has never been one to draft Olinemen in round 1. I recall only Mankins. Light is a 2, Vollmer a 2, Koppen a 5, Neal a FA.

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