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2011 mock draft, take one

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1. Panthers: Da’Quan Bowers, defensive end, Clemson.

Bowers led the NCAA in sacks and tackles for loss in 2010, earning the Nagurski Trophy as college football’s top defender.  Panthers sack leader Charles Johnson is a free agent, and new coach Ron Rivera requires a pass-rushing cornerstone at the most critical position in his Tampa-2 defense.

2. Broncos: Patrick Peterson, cornerback, LSU.

The Broncos won’t re-sign free agent Champ Bailey, and ranked 25th against the pass even before losing their All-Pro cornerback. The draft’s consensus top corner, Peterson flashed shutdown ability in the SEC and boasts off-the-charts athleticism.

3. Bills: Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn.

Newton quarterbacked back-to-back national champions at the JUCO and FBS levels, and his teams went 30-1 whenever he appeared in a game. Bills G.M. Buddy Nix reportedly likes Newton “a great deal.” Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t anyone’s idea of a long-term solution.

4. Bengals: Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn.

Fairley led the NCAA in tackles for loss among interior linemen by a wide margin, especially dominating in big games.  Character concerns may bump him down a few notches, but Fairley remains a surefire top-five pick.

5. Cardinals: Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M.

Joey Porter may want to avoid the high-stakes craps tables, because he’s not going to be on an NFL roster much longer. A high character prospect and the draft’s top pure pass rusher, Miller would make Arizona’s annually underachieving defense better in a hurry.

6. Browns: A.J. Green, wide receiver, Georgia.

New Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur experienced calling plays without a dynamic receiver as Rams offensive coordinator last year, and it wasn’t pretty. A Randy Moss-type vertical threat, Green averaged 15.78 yards per catch with 23 touchdown receptions in 28 college starts.

7. 49ers: Robert Quinn, linebacker, North Carolina.

The NCAA stripped Quinn’s 2010 eligibility for accepting over $5,000 in agent gifts. Still a physical freak set to tear up the Combine, Quinn finished second to only Derrick Morgan in 2009 ACC Defensive Player of the Year voting with 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and six fumbles forced. As a sophomore.

8. Titans: Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, Missouri.

Recent reports have Gabbert’s draft stock “slipping” as NFL teams do more film work on his less-than-dominant junior season.  Gabbert can rebuild it at the Combine, where he’s likely to be the most polished passer with the best deep arm. The Titans are desperate to forget the Vince Young era.

9. Cowboys: Marcell Dareus, defensive end, Alabama.

Marcus Spears, Stephen Bowen, and Jason Hatcher’s contracts are all up, meaning Dallas could lose three of its top four defensive ends. A 6-foot-3, 306-pound bowling ball with rare quickness for a behemoth, Dareus would immediately move into the starting lineup opposite Igor Olshansky.

10. Redskins: Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama.

If not at San Francisco’s pick, this is where Kevin Kolb trade talks will begin in earnest. (The Eagles’ history of swindling the Redskins is something to keep in mind.) Should no deal be struck, Jones fills a gaping void as Mike Shanahan’s No. 1 receiver. Santana Mosscontract expired Friday.

11. Texans: Prince Amukamara, cornerback, Nebraska.

The Texans have many needs as they switch from a 4-3 to 3-4 defense. Ultimately, they’re expected to focus on cornerbacks and outside linebackers. Corner is the more obvious weakness after opposing receivers ran through Houston’s secondary uncovered all last year.

12. Vikings: Justin Houston, defensive end, Georgia.

G.M. Rick Spielman seemed to acknowledge Friday that he won’t find an elite signal caller in the No. 12 spot, instead praising the “very good senior quarterbacks that are going to go in the second and third round.” With Ray Edwards and Brian Robison free agents, and Everson Griffen having gone off the deep end, Spielman can fill a need with an incredibly explosive defensive end.

13. Lions: Nate Solder, offensive tackle, Colorado.

The Lions’ top offseason priority is to keep quarterback Matthew Stafford healthy.  “It means everything,” coach Jim Schwartz said in his season-ending press conference.  Solder allowed just five sacks in his college career, only one of them as a senior.

14. Rams: Akeem Ayers, linebacker, UCLA.

If Green and Jones are gone, St. Louis won’t find a wideout worthy of this pick that also meets G.M. Billy Devaney’s “four pillars” requirement.  (Titus Young and Jonathan Baldwin both have off-field concerns.)  Next up on the Rams’ list of needs is an outside linebacker with playmaking ability and cover skills.

15. Dolphins: Mark Ingram, running back, Alabama.

Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both free agents, and Fins G.M. Jeff Ireland is intent on finding a running back “that’s productive, can pass protect, and creates yards on his own.”  Ingram meets each criterion.

16. Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, cornerback, Colorado.

The Jags need help on both sides of the ball, but only the Texans had a worse secondary last season.  Smith was the Big 12′s version of Nnamdi Asomugha.

17. Patriots: J.J. Watt, defensive end, Wisconsin.

Pats linemen Ty Warren, Mike Wright, Ron Brace, and Myron Pryor combined to miss 35 games last season, and Watt might already be the best of the bunch.  According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Watt is the best 3-4 end in the draft.

18. Chargers: Cameron Jordan, defensive end, California.

Jordan will probably never be a double-digit sack threat, but he’s a proven five-technique end coming out of Cal’s 3-4 defense. Jacques Cesaire and Travis Johnson are free agents, so Luis Castillo needs a new bookend.

19. Giants: Anthony Castonzo, offensive tackle, Boston College.

The Giants’ tackle situation is tenuous with Shawn Andrews due a $3.5 million roster bonus and David Diehl moving to guard after Rich Seubert’s major knee surgery.  Giants assistant line coach Jack Bicknell oversaw B.C.’s front five when Castonzo became the first freshman starter on the Eagles’ offensive line in a decade.

20. Buccaneers: Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end, Purdue.

Kerrigan tied Da’Quan Bowers for the NCAA lead in 2010 tackles for loss (26) and totaled 32.5 sacks in his final three seasons as a Boilermaker.  The Bucs finished last among NFC teams in sacks last season.

21. Chiefs: Aldon Smith, linebacker, Missouri.

Smith’s 2010 numbers were down after an in-season leg fracture, but he set Mizzou’s single-season sack record as a freshman.  Now entering the draft as a third-year sophomore, the local favorite could replace free agent Mike Vrabel opposite Tamba Hali.

22. Colts: Tyron Smith, offensive tackle, USC.

The Colts reportedly “still regret passing” on Rodger Saffold in favor of Jerry Hughes last April, and they can rectify the problem with one of the most athletic linemen in the nation.  Smith was awarded 2010 Morris Trophy honors as the Pac-10′s top offensive lineman.

23. Eagles: Aaron Williams, cornerback, Texas.

Right cornerback was a major problem area for the Eagles’ last season as the Dimitri Patterson and Ellis Hobbs experiments failed. Neither is signed for 2011. A size corner (6’1/195) with added special teams value, Williams blocked five punts at UT to rank second in school history.

24. Saints: Derek Sherrod, offensive tackle, Mississippi State.

Sherrod is a freakish specimen at 6-foot-6, 312 with 35 1/2-inch arms, 11-inch hands, and a mammoth 94-inch wingspan.  Saints incumbent left tackle Jermon Bushrod has struggled as a pass blocker for two straight seasons.

25. Seahawks: Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, Nevada.

Matt Hasselbeck is a free agent, and Charlie Whitehurst looked nothing like a franchise quarterback in six 2010 spot appearances.  After a sterling Senior Bowl, Kaepernick is gaining steam as a possible late first-round pick.

26. Ravens: Titus Young, wide receiver, Boise State.

The inability of Baltimore’s receivers to separate from defensive backs was their undoing in the playoffs.  Separation skills are a strong suit for Young, who’s generated DeSean Jackson comparisons after averaging 17.11 yards per catch as a senior.

27. Falcons: Torrey Smith, wide receiver, Maryland.

G.M. Thomas Dimitroff is an admitted “needs drafter,” and Atlanta’s greatest weakness is in the receiver corps behind Roddy WhiteTony Gonzalez is losing steps and Michael Jenkins can’t stop being Michael Jenkins.  Smith, who declared for the draft on December 29, is one of Mike Mayock’s top-five receiver prospects.

28. Patriots: Jonathan Baldwin, wide receiver, Pittsburgh.

A deep threat receiver isn’t as big a need for New England as some have made it out to be, but Baldwin could add an entirely new element to Bill O’Brien’s offense. Mike Mayock has projected Baldwin to run a sub-4.4 at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, and the third-year junior averaged 18.26 yards per catch at Pitt.

29. Bears: Gabe Carimi, offensive tackle, Wisconsin.

Fielding arguably the NFL’s worst offensive line, the Bears surrendered a league-high 52 sacks and got their quarterback knocked out of two games, including the most important of the season.  Carimi is ready to play in the NFL after 49 college starts and a Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year award.

30. Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, defensive lineman, Temple.

We discussed Wilkerson’s emergence as a likely first-round pick on Friday, and the Jets showed last year that they’re not afraid of “small school” prospects by using their top two picks on Kyle Wilson (Boise State) and Vladimir Ducasse (UMass).  They’re also in danger of losing free agent Shaun Ellis.

31. Steelers: Mike Pouncey, offensive guard, Florida.

Pittsburgh already hit once on a Pouncey twin, and the second is perhaps even more pro-ready after starting 46 games in college. Mike would start at right guard, where the Steelers have unsuccessfully rotated Ramon Foster, Trai Essex, and Doug Legursky.

32. Packers: Cameron Heyward, defensive end, Ohio State.

Returning 15 players (six opening-day starters) from injured reserve, the loaded Packers can use the 32nd overall pick on the best player available.  Heyward is an ideal 3-4 end at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds with long arms and a powerful bull rush.

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89 Responses to “2011 mock draft, take one”
  1. footballmaven says: Feb 16, 2011 12:40 PM

    Since when do the Bengals have “character concerns” about anybody ?

  2. jkearse2005 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:40 PM

    B-U-F-F-A-L-O

  3. bigdogg34 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:41 PM

    Mock drafts are saying Pouncey to the Steelers because of his brother… do you really think he’ll make it that far down?

  4. bleedeaglesgreen says: Feb 16, 2011 12:42 PM

    As an eagles fan, i think the O-line is much more of a pressing need than cornerback in the first round. If Pouncey is available at 23, as this mock is predicting, I think its a no brainer for the birds to take him. And Andy does have a solid history of drafting lineman (o and d) in the first round

  5. jameswestphal says: Feb 16, 2011 12:48 PM

    Not a bad job Evan. I can’t wrap my brain around Cam Newton going that high though.

  6. panther17 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:49 PM

    1. Panthers: Da’Quan Bowers, defensive end, Clemson.

    I am not a fan of this pick. Nothing against Bowers but we have more pressing issues then DE. Johnson will be back with the team. He would get franchise tag before any other of our FA. Even Williams. Behind Williams we have Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson who both had better then 4.0+ ypc last season. Behind Johnson we have Greg Hardy who is a fan favorite but hasn’t had much playing time, Norwood, and Brayton. Keeping Johnson would be more important then keeping D Williams.

    And to be honest, DE wouldn’t be are biggest need on the defensive line. DT would be. Although I wouldn’t want Fairley either.

    We’re losing Marshall so a CB is a big need. Steve Smith is slowing down a little bit and besides him we have two 1 year players. So WR is probably a need as well.

    Pretty sure everyone knows we need a QB. :(

    So I would go with either Green or Peterson.

  7. mashoaf says: Feb 16, 2011 12:50 PM

    You forgot about the Bengals trading back into the first round to draft Ryan Mallett to take over for Carson Palmer, as their franchise QB.

  8. dilberry says: Feb 16, 2011 12:50 PM

    If the Seahawks draft Kaepernick in the 1st, then they deserve to be terrible.

  9. idgafkurt says: Feb 16, 2011 12:51 PM

    Although Teddy T loves to draft size and D lineman I don’t see the Pack going D-line in round 1. Even with the expected loss of Jenkins they still have great depth on the D line w/ Johnny “purple drank” Jolly coming back and Mike Neal getting healthy. I expect the Pack to look OLB, O line or WR in round 1…

  10. jc1958cool says: Feb 16, 2011 12:51 PM

    packers are not taking a defensive end!

  11. hnirobert3 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:54 PM

    Are the Bills seriously considering getting a QB? Didn’t Ryan Fitzpatrick prove he was the 2nd best QB in the AFC East last year? I’m sure the Dolphins would kill for a guy like Fitz on their team.

  12. raiderredleg says: Feb 16, 2011 12:56 PM

    Colin Kaepernick before Ryan Mallet?

    Not sure about that one…In fact Andy Dalton from TCU may go before Kaepernick due to Dalton’s experience and intangibles. Love Kaepernick, but is he a “Pete Carrol type of QB” in the mold of Palmer/Leinhart/Sanchez????

    Seattle certainly has other holes to fill (OL) and already have invested quite a bit in Whitehurst to go ahead reach for ANOTHER QB.

    Heck I would even think they could trade down and stockpile picks verses taking a “project QB” which is about the only way you can classify this year’s QBs in the draft.

    While Mallet will certainly fall if he is there in the late 1st round I see someone like the Redskins or Vikings trying to trade back in to the first round to get him.

  13. ny82jy says: Feb 16, 2011 12:58 PM

    Not one Saftey in the 1st round ????

  14. catman72 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:59 PM

    LOL, since when does Ron Rivera plan on running a tampa-2 defense in Carolina?

    If anybody at PFT was paying attention to anything about the Panthers other than blaming Jerry Richardson for carrying out the collective will of the owners, then you would know Rivera said we’re going to run an aggressive zone-blitz scheme in Carolina.

    Also, it was just revealed that Bowers had surgery on a torn meniscus in January, which makes him very unlikely to be taken as the # 1 overall pick unless he can demonstrate that he has zero lingering effects from the injury or the surgery… so combined with the Panthers obvious need at DT and the depth we’ve already started to build at DE with guys like Johnson, Brown and Hardy, Fairley is much more likely to be our pick.

    I also like the inference that Johnson being a free agent means he probably won’t be back, because after-all we’re a bunch of cheap hillbilly’s living in a one-horse town who won’t spend the money it takes to retain a quality free agent like Charles Johnson… two bad Johnson has already said he would prefer to stay here and we have never hesitated to pay big money to keep our core free agents.

    I guess you developed this notion based on what happened with Peppers? Do you also remember that we offered to make Peppers the highest paid defensive player in the history of the league back in 2007 coming off the worst season of his career (2 sacks) and he ignored it because he thought it was “disingenuous”? He followed that up by announcing via ESPN that he wanted out of Carolina because he had played high school and college football in the Carolinas and wanted a change of scenery. So we’re “cheap” because we didn’t want to give a monster contract to 30 year old guy who didn’t want to be here anyways?

    …by the way, we got more production out of Charles Johnson than the Bears did out of Peppers (more sacks, more QB hurries) at a fraction of the price and Peppers still has the same number of superbowl rings as we do.

    If your going to do a mock draft, you should at least do a little research on the team with the #1 overall pick.

  15. axltcu says: Feb 16, 2011 1:00 PM

    everyone is predicting the Pats will take Watt which means the Pats definitely wont take him

  16. apac6586 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:00 PM

    Does anyone else find it funny that he mention “character concerns” for Fairley and he still has the Bengals taking him? Match made in Heaven.

  17. Davo says: Feb 16, 2011 1:01 PM

    With such a young squad, the Packers may become the next Patriots on draft day – trading out, for picks in subsequent years.

  18. rabidbillsfan says: Feb 16, 2011 1:03 PM

    NO NO NO! I don’t care if this is a Mock Draft, the Bills will not take Cam newton with the Third overall! It just won’t happen! Wow I cant belive I stopped reading this after just 3 picks. Also who says the Broncos won’t resign Bailey? Granted, I still dont think that will change their pick. You guys work for the same company, try reading each others posts and maybe share some info, it will help in the long run!

  19. macgee10 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:03 PM

    Dallas isn’t takin a DE in the 1st round.

  20. hawks12 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:06 PM

    this is a good mock… i love that you have Muhammad Wilkerson going in the first im really high on him… the only thing i dont agree on is the hawks pick we need a left guard and a right tackle whats the point in taking a quarterback if you cant protect him and im not sold on kaepernick he looked ok in the senior bowl and his stats were inflated by that pistol offense in nevada… but he does have a cannon of an arm..

  21. handlethehandles says: Feb 16, 2011 1:09 PM

    Love it… well no I dont… So you dont see Mallet, Locker and again as a Vikings fan I just dont see them not takig a qb.
    Also please dont quote a coach or a GM this far ahead of the draft unless you consider it nothing but a ploy.

    Put the Vikings down for qb, there is no way they go into next year with Joe Webb.

  22. swinbun says: Feb 16, 2011 1:10 PM

    Whomever takes Cam Newton high in the 1st round should start preparing to get “JaMarcus’d”!!!!

  23. Mike Tomlin says: Feb 16, 2011 1:12 PM

    Steelers are gonna have to move up to get Pouncey. I hope they do, otherwise we take one of the big 4 CBs or an OT

  24. gregjennings85 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:12 PM

    1.) Mock draft or not, as a pure passer, Ryan Mallett is the best QB prospect in this draft.

    2.) I love how top QB prospects every year have their stock go through the roof, and few point out that they played with some of the best talent in college for years, while in the pros, there will again be a level playing field. OT Zemba Lee kept Newton’s jersey clean all year, DT Nick Fairley and DE Antonio Coleman quickly got the ball back for Cam and the offense throughout his stay at Auburn, and the 6’6″ QB ran for tons of yards and TDs. If he tries to run at the QB spot consistently in the NFL, his career will be a short one. Even Michael Vick can’t play like that, injuries will catch up with you, as more and more DEs, DTs, LBs, Ss, and CBs can flat-out fly now. All it takes is one to catch you, and SNAP.

    3.) I am a Badger fan, and I can tell you firsthand, he might be a try-hard kid, but there is no way JJ Watt should be drafted higher than the middle of the 2nd round. The top players in the NFL are ridiculous athletes, Watt is not that by any stretch of the imagination. That being said, I hope Chicago trades up to #9 and takes him there.

  25. kc571 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:14 PM

    KC Chiefs have Studebaker on Vrabel’s side. Not saying “we” don’t need depth at LB, but it could be WR, OL, DT, or LB.

  26. neverend1 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:18 PM

    The giants are going to take Tyron Smith over Costanzo, even with their love for BC players. The giants like high upside prospects and smith has the most upside. They may even take nate solder as well

  27. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 16, 2011 1:21 PM

    I agree, I don’t think the Vikings will find a QB with the 12 pick. They will have to address either DLine or Oline first. Then in the second round will they get a QB.

  28. mefolts says: Feb 16, 2011 1:21 PM

    If the Bills are stupid enough to take Newton at 3, then they deserve another decade off from the playoffs. They need defense and there are two studs ( Fairley and Bowers ). If they are both gone, then draft the next best defender. Defense is the quickest way to get back to the playoffs.

  29. zn0rseman says: Feb 16, 2011 1:24 PM

    The Vikings not taking a QB in round 1 is idiotic (unless they trade for Kolb). The single biggest positional need for the team has been at the QB position for the last 30 years. Still, having watched the Vikes closely for the last 30 years… it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they did exactly that… because Cam Newton will be gone and the Vikings haven’t drafted any QB in the first 3 rounds of the draft, that wasn’t a black “scrambling” QB, since Tommy Kramer in 1977.

  30. hobartbaker says: Feb 16, 2011 1:28 PM

    I mock your draft.

  31. gilgafresh says: Feb 16, 2011 1:31 PM

    “The Broncos won’t re-sign free agent Champ Bailey, and ranked 25th against the pass even before losing their All-Pro cornerback. The draft’s consensus top corner, Peterson flashed shutdown ability in the SEC and boasts off-the-charts athleticism.”

    Interesting that Champ and the Broncos have resumed contract talks today.

    Also, no amount of cornerback athleticism will prevent teams from passing all over the Broncos until they get a pass rush. Champ is still one of the best and has been over the last several years, but how has that worked out for the Broncos? The pick here will be in the front 7 – most likely DL.

    Just so you know…

  32. realdeal12 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:33 PM

    Cowboys are taking Prince if he’s there , not a DE.

  33. hawks12 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:39 PM

    mallett will not be taken in the first round and it has noting to do with his ability to play quarterback it would not surprise me if he falls to the 4th or 5th… most mainstream news groups have not reported on what im talking about but once it comes out its going to kill his stock

  34. teke184 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:43 PM

    I question the projected Saints pick of Derek Sherrod.

    The Saints drafted OT Charles Brown late in the 2nd last year, who had a 1st round grade before a pre-draft injury caused him to slip.

    Brown could be groomed to take Bushrod’s place at LT, allowing the team to address major issues at OLB or DE with that pick instead.

  35. mrklutch says: Feb 16, 2011 1:50 PM

    I know the Eagles need another CB bad, but knowing Reid’s drafting style, if Carimi is there, he’ll be taking him. Think he will be a solid started down the line. Pro-bowl? Perhaps but he’d be an upgrade on the line right off the bat.

  36. ac0117 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:59 PM

    I only read the top 10 because I’m lazy but I am of the belief that if AJ Green is there at #4, Bengals will take him to appease Palmer and send the T.O.cho show the hell out of town.

  37. radrntn says: Feb 16, 2011 2:03 PM

    the raiders trade JJ Watts for Richard Seymour….lmao

  38. wydok says: Feb 16, 2011 2:18 PM

    I wonder who the Eagles would take if they had the 7th pick. They don’t normally put a lot of value in linebacker (although they should…), so maybe Nate Solder?

  39. klayshrum12 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:18 PM

    @catman72

    That was the best pro panther post i have ever read. Ditto!!!

  40. usetabe says: Feb 16, 2011 2:19 PM

    The rumor mill ripping at Ryan Mallet seems brutally unfair to me. I’m imaging he’s a child molester or something else horrible. Which, to say the least, is probably crapola. His agent or whoever should just be done with it, release whatever it is that’s negative about the guy, and deal with it. Straight up. Allowing rumors to fester is deadly.

  41. metalhead65 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:24 PM

    so catman 72 how many wins did all that production get you guys this year? peppers and the bears went to the nfc title game in case you missed and they also beat your panthers playing possibly the worst qb to take a snap in the nfl this year in todd collins. well since claussen plays for you guys make that 2nd worst qb. peppers is better than anybody you guys have or ever will,I know your bitter he left but get over it!

  42. shorttracknews says: Feb 16, 2011 2:25 PM

    Not a Bills fan but I think Fitzpatrick will be fine as the QB if he gets some better players around him. Kinda foolish to take Newton #3 when the team obviously has deeper needs then QB. I could see Buffalo trading down if someone falls in love with Newton.

  43. 85bears4life says: Feb 16, 2011 2:29 PM

    A couple things:

    Why would the Texans take back to back cornerbacks in the draft? They took the kid outta Alabama last year. I would much rather see them pick someone up in free agency than draft one.

    They need help in that linebacking core or safety.

    Also, for the Bears. Jerry Angelo is a man known for doing what everybody expects. He drafted Chris Williams a few years ago and I doubt he’ll draft a OT. I say look at a trade up to boost the WR core or look for the other Pouncey twin. I too find it suspicious that almost every mock draft has him going to the Steelers just for family sake.

  44. dukemarc says: Feb 16, 2011 2:32 PM

    At the end of their careers, Ryan Fitzpatrick will have started more games in the NFL than Cam Newton will…..and there’s no guarnatee Fitzpatrick will be a starter for more than one or two seasons more.

  45. quizguy66 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:32 PM

    Nice to see a mock where my Bengals don’t automatically get A.J. Green. I really think we have much greater needs than WR (and yes, I say that with the idea that Ocho is gone – I think Simpson, Shipley, and Caldwell have earned their chance to be the top 3). Fairley would be a no-brainer at #4 and it wouldn’t shock me if he went #1. D-line is a big need for us – while Dunlap and Atkins have shown lots of promise I’d like to see us add to them and really build this unit up.

    If the CB falls there it’s possible the Bengals take him as they didn’t franchise Jonathan Joseph (though they should have).

    The only QB I like is the kid out of TCU they can get later. Newton or Mallet you can keep especially high in round 1.

    To the poster mentioning we’d trade back – the Bengals almost never trade in the draft. If they do, it actually will be a sign perhaps that Marvin really does have more say in the room.

    Anyway, a good entertaining read Evan!

    -QG

  46. abr173rd says: Feb 16, 2011 2:37 PM

    Saints will take a defensive player. No way we take an offensive player first round unless Ingram slips down that far, highly unlikely.

  47. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:37 PM

    as long as the skins do not take cam newton,i’m happy!

  48. mr92687 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:44 PM

    With all the offensive problems for Carolina this mock draft has them going defense #1 overall? As a Falcons fan I would love to see this happen.

  49. gosuhgo says: Feb 16, 2011 2:46 PM

    I wish Prince would make it all the way down to 13, probably won’t happen though. The Lions don’t need a new tackle too badly yet; Backus played pretty well after Peppers blew up Stafford in game one. I’d rather see an OLB to replace Peterson or a new center.

  50. djrando7 says: Feb 16, 2011 2:46 PM

    gilgafresh says:
    Feb 16, 2011 1:31 PM
    “The Broncos won’t re-sign free agent Champ Bailey, and ranked 25th against the pass even before losing their All-Pro cornerback. The draft’s consensus top corner, Peterson flashed shutdown ability in the SEC and boasts off-the-charts athleticism.”

    Interesting that Champ and the Broncos have resumed contract talks today.

    Also, no amount of cornerback athleticism will prevent teams from passing all over the Broncos until they get a pass rush. Champ is still one of the best and has been over the last several years, but how has that worked out for the Broncos? The pick here will be in the front 7 – most likely DL.

    Just so you know…
    _________________________________

    As a GIGANTIC Broncos fan, I can honestly say I disagree with you. While it seems the secondary is not as big of a concern, people QUICKLY forget that Doom will be back, and will move back to his natural position DE. Also, Robert Ayers natural position is DE. If you watch his tapes from 2008 at Tenn, you will see he is much more instintive, and better with his hand in the dirt. That being said, I agree with us taking Peterson. It is very rare to find someone with the FREAKISH natural athletic ability like Peterson has. Have him opposite of Champ for the next two seasons is exactly what is needed. Let Champ groom him, and Perrish Cox (if he stays out of jail), and Syd’Quan Thompson (great pick up in the 7th BTW) and we now have a great secondary for the FUTURE.

    Also, Justin Bannin and Jamal Williams have at least one more good year in them. We still have Marcus Thomas (natural 4-3 DT), and there is a butt load of good DT’s in this draft that we can get in the second (two picks) and one in the third.

    In FA, don’t be suprised if Charles Johnson does not become a Bronco. Remeber who our HC is now.

  51. burgandyandgold says: Feb 16, 2011 2:50 PM

    Even with the McNabb disaster the Eagles have a long way to go to make up for their stupidly trading Sonny to the Redskins. Get your facts straight. And, I am not convinced yet that the Redskins won’t get that fourth round pick back by trading McNabb to some other chump.

  52. mashoaf says: Feb 16, 2011 3:01 PM

    The real question with the draft is who’s going to trade a ton of picks for one of the Patriots first round picks?

  53. ninjapleazee says: Feb 16, 2011 3:08 PM

    Bears will take inside linemen help before receivers, its either going to be Pouncey or Stefen Wiseniewski

  54. kevinfromphilly says: Feb 16, 2011 3:10 PM

    Wydoc,

    Given Andy’s draft history, they’d trade the #7 pick to grab every pick in the 5th round.

  55. dawgpound2010 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:11 PM

    There is no way Green will fall to #6 and the Browns. They will end up with Dareus, the top offensive lineman or will trade down.

  56. jeffovikes says: Feb 16, 2011 3:11 PM

    12. Vikings: Justin Houston, defensive end, Georgia.

    Good move…. We’ll need someone to chase Rodgers more than we will find someone to throw the ball.

  57. tucknrolle says: Feb 16, 2011 3:12 PM

    I hope giants take pouncey

  58. scoob766 says: Feb 16, 2011 3:16 PM

    @gregjennings85 – if you seriously believe Ryan Mallet is the best QB prospect I fully understand why you will be sitting on the coach and not in the draft room. Horrible draft rant you provided and we are all know dumber for reading it.

  59. chucknoll says: Feb 16, 2011 3:28 PM

    pouncey wont be around for the steelers at 31 it wud be nice but he’s a stud he will get picked earlier

  60. footballace says: Feb 16, 2011 3:38 PM

    Just in case you didn’t get the memo I will break it down for you. Teams in the NFL do not run the pistol offense so why would the Seahawks draft Colin Kaepernick with their first round pick? Sure he showed great promise at the Senior Bowl, but I look at the body of work not just one week of practice.

    I am all for it in round three and beyond, but no way is he first round talent. That would be a reeeeeeach pick in which the Seahawks have no room for error so they have to go with a sure player and its not him. I will give you credit for thinking outside the box.

  61. lorddarkhelmet says: Feb 16, 2011 3:45 PM

    I swear I have read many of these EXACT explanations for each pick before. Evan have you posted this exact mock elsewhere?

  62. dallascheerleaders says: Feb 16, 2011 3:51 PM

    The bills got rid of Marcus Stroud this morning, so why wouldn’t they be in line to take Fairley?

    I don’t understand why nobody is behind Fitzpatrick.. dude played well on a sucky team, it would be unfair and premature to assume he’s not their guy. He did enough (imo) to get a crack at it for one more year.. Buffalo sucks in many areas, QB definitely shouldn’t be addressed that early

  63. panther17 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:32 PM

    Cat,

    I understand the Fairley pick but I think we can get a quality DT in 3rd round. Personally I want Peterson in 1st.

  64. batterychucker says: Feb 16, 2011 4:38 PM

    Just what the Texans need – another rookie CB to go with a previous rookie CB who was horrible.

  65. usetabe says: Feb 16, 2011 5:21 PM

    footballace, I said it before here, in the pistol offense, the QB is much closer to the center than in the spread. Kaepernick is more familiar with dropping back to pass than you might think.

  66. catman72 says: Feb 16, 2011 5:22 PM

    Hey metalhead,

    The stats don’t lie and they say Charles Johnson had a better year than Peppers, plain and simple.

    In addition to his huge cap number and his declining skill set, here’s another “fun fact” about Peppers that you are just of the cusp of realizing: He has a penchant for going MIA in big games.

    You can argue that people game-plan against him but people game-planned against Reggie White and rarely shut him down the way teams seem to be able to shut Peppers down when it counts most… just saying.

    You mention the game he played against the Panthers, other than the one play he made on a screen pass that was thrown right into his chest, what did his stat line look like? I was at that game and for a guy that was so fired up to come back and kick our butt, he didn’t produce very much did he?

    We got all the best years of Peppers career here in Carolina at a bargain compared to what the Bears paid, then we moved on and now we have a guy who can produce at the same level, on a much more consistent basis, for a fraction of the cost… but hurray for you! you broke the bank for a guy that *almost* helped you win something… first runner up to the NFC championship, CONGRATULATIONS!

    It’s gonna suck when they have to start dismantling that team to get back under the cap, now that they sold-out to get aging expensive players who still couldn’t get them over the hump by beating the youngest team in the league with one of the lowest salary cap numbers, that must really sting, I guess you can’t buy a championship after all, huh?

    At right about same time the Bears are rebuilding, the Panthers will be contending for the NFC championship with a group of young, talented players who they can keep under contract for many years because we don’t give monster contracts to 30 year old DE’s in a failed effort to buy ourselves a championship.

    I guess you didn’t happen to notice that two of the 3 teams in the NFL with the highest # of their own drafted players on the roster played in the superbowl this year… I’ll let you guess who the third team is. It’s called building through the draft so you can sustain success for a long period of time, you might want to look into it and stop following the Daniel Snyder plan for buying a Lombardi trophy in 3 easy steps.

  67. catman72 says: Feb 16, 2011 5:27 PM

    Panther,

    I could easily see taking Peterson and finding a good DT in a later round, especially with an aging Chris Gamble and a struggling Richard Marshall.

  68. brasho says: Feb 16, 2011 7:06 PM

    catman72 says:
    Feb 16, 2011 12:59 PM
    LOL, since when does Ron Rivera plan on running a tampa-2 defense in Carolina
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Since Ron Meeks was retained as defensive coordinator and considering Rivera worked under Lovie Smith in Chicago’s version of the T-2 and he stated he wouldn’t be changing things on defense.

    I can’t believe there were people clueless enough to give you positive feedback on your erroneous post.

  69. tonydehoff says: Feb 16, 2011 8:30 PM

    http://takingittothehouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/nfl-mock-draft.html

  70. panther17 says: Feb 16, 2011 8:51 PM

    brasho,

    Ron Meeks took a demotion and is Defensive Backs coach. Ron Rivera also said they would be going with an aggressive 4-3 with a little 3-4 mixed in. But the main thing would be blitz heavy. Which is why they brought in Sean McDermott as DC.

    That is why catman72 got thumbs up while you are getting a thumbs down.

  71. southcakpanther says: Feb 16, 2011 9:16 PM

    Lmao @ brasho and at Bowers #1. Great post catman72. Brasho…..Meeks is coaching db’s now dude.

  72. montsta says: Feb 17, 2011 3:41 AM

    scoob766 says:
    Feb 16, 2011 3:16 PM
    @gregjennings85 – if you seriously believe Ryan Mallet is the best QB prospect I fully understand why you will be sitting on the coach and not in the draft room. Horrible draft rant you provided and we are all know dumber for reading it.
    ————–

    Irony.

  73. helloplayername says: Feb 17, 2011 3:57 AM

    People should just stop trying to predict what Green Bay will do. Many years they go against what’s expected or something like that.

  74. armchairgm9 says: Feb 17, 2011 8:18 AM

    The problem with mock drafts is that they can’t take into account how teams value need vs. best available. 99% of mock drafts base their picks on a team’s need and a significant portion of the league believe in drafting the best available player that fits within their system.

  75. ryanclark25 says: Feb 17, 2011 2:58 PM

    hopefully the steelers will trade up the twins would be epic and they will work perfectly together anyway on the draft itself, could be and probably will be completely wrong but right now i think:

    Boom: Quinn, Kerrigan, Green, P.Peterson, Amukamara, C.Jordan.

    Havn’t seen enough to predict busts but i really have a bad feeling about Bowers. His highlights look to be more the work of those around him that him as an all out killer imo

  76. juggernautjay says: Feb 17, 2011 3:34 PM

    Seeing so most judge the mock drafts only by one selection (that being who the writer sees their team selecting), I will do the same. I LOVE this mock draft !!

    As a Redskins fan, I hope Jones falls this far.

  77. Jack Burton says: Feb 17, 2011 6:04 PM

    I would much rather see Pouncey replace Kemoeatu, he’s complete garbage unless he’s mauling someone after the whistle.

  78. JM says: Feb 17, 2011 10:35 PM

    I would like to see the Panthers trade down and grab Peterson and possibly a second round pick.

  79. bucsballer says: Feb 18, 2011 11:37 AM

    I like the idea for a pass rush…… But please tampa trade up and grab Peterson or prince. Ronde is gettin old and were goin no where wit that retard biggers….. He couldn’t cover anyone last year

  80. illumination666 says: Feb 18, 2011 2:37 PM

    Where’s Jake Locker?

  81. jonathanedwardk says: Feb 19, 2011 12:32 AM

    at 48 seconds is Pepper’s “easy INT”

  82. JackLeone says: Feb 21, 2011 3:06 PM

    The Bears are going to take Pouncey. The Steelers won’t get that brother connection

  83. macjacmccoy says: Feb 21, 2011 9:29 PM

    evinfromphilly says:
    Feb 16, 2011 3:10 PM
    Wydoc,

    Given Andy’s draft history, they’d trade the #7 pick to grab every pick in the 5th round.

    lol its funny because its sad.

  84. rumorhater says: Feb 21, 2011 10:46 PM

    catman72, you sound very bitter about the Peppers deal – the Bears will get better before the Panthers will!!

  85. draftguy says: Feb 22, 2011 5:10 PM

    Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa

  86. seahawkhuskyfan says: Feb 24, 2011 10:19 AM

    If the Seahawks let Pouncey go by they are idiots. The kid is going to be great and Seattle needs to start building that OL.

  87. kmbeb1 says: Feb 26, 2011 12:53 AM

    Dallas needs corners and safeties period

  88. 008klm says: Feb 26, 2011 9:51 PM

    SEA could use IA’s Adrian Clayborn, Ill’s RB Mikel LeShoure or DT Corey Liuget, Wis’ OT Gabe Carimi, UW’s QB Jake Locker, Col’s CB Jimmy Smith, MIA’s Brandon Harris, OSU’s DE Cameron Heyward, FL’s G Mike Pouncey, etc, etc, before taking Colin Kaepernick in the 1st. Maybe with their 2nd pick?

  89. seanmmartin says: Mar 1, 2011 6:06 PM

    You’re high if you think the Patriots draft Baldwin.

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