2011 NFL Mock Draft – Final Update: April 28th, 2011
1. Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Cam Newton gives the Panthers a chance to… have two overrated quarterbacks on the same team. What 2011 NFL Mock Draft is complete without a subtle dig at Newton?
2. Denver Broncos
Von Miller, DE, Texas A&M
The Broncos should pick Marcell Dareus, but it looks like they will choose the flashy Von Miller – who seems to be a sack artist more interested in his stats than playing good team defense. Many think that Miller will prove me wrong, but I just don’t see him being a special player in the NFL.
3. Buffalo Bills
Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama
Marcell Dareus is exactly what the Bills need – another solid defensive lineman. He probably won’t win DROY, but he will make an impact on each down.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
AJ Green, WR, Georgia
If the Bengals finally make a good safe pick in the NFL Draft like AJ Green, I’m not sure what I will do.
5. Arizona Cardinals
Tyron Smith, OL, USC
Look for the Cardinals to surprise and take this USC dancing bear. Smith is easily the offensive lineman with the highest upside in the draft.
6. Cleveland Browns
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Julio Jones will provide a solid intermediate target for Colt McCoy to grow up with. Jones is perhaps the most physical WR in the 2011 NFL Draft.
7. San Francisco 49ers
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Patrick Peterson might be the best player in the draft – and would be an absolute steal here for the 49ers if this 2011 NFL Mock Draft is correct.
8. Tennessee Titans
Nick Fairley, DL, Auburn
Nick Fairley and the Titans are a match made in heaven. Tennessee got good years out of Albert Haynesworth of all people, so Fairley shouldn’t be a problem.
9. Dallas Cowboys
Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Cameron Jordan has the ability to play multiple positions in the Cowboys defense: tackle, end, and outside linebacker. That sort of versatility is hard to pass up if you are the Silver and Blue.
10. Washington Redskins
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
While the Redskins might move up to grab Gabbert, we think #10 is about the right spot for him. Seems like a perfect Shanahan QB.
11. Houston Texans
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Corner is the easy pick here for the Texans, as their 32nd rated pass defense was awful in 2010. Prince is easily the best defensive back on the board.
12. Minnesota Vikings
Jake Locker, QB, Washington
The Vikings might try and trade back a few picks, but they also might just grab their future quarterback early. Locker won’t know what to do with some legit receivers on his team.
13. Detroit Lions
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
The Lions need to upgrade their line to protect Matt Stafford. Castonzo can play there, as well as offering flexibility at both tackle positions and guard.
14. St. Louis Rams
Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
Aldon Smith will be a beast in the NFL. St. Louis could use a dynamic pass-rusher, which is exactly what Smith brings to the table.
15. Miami Dolphins
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Tall, Big-Armed QB with character concerns goes to the Dolphins. Haven’t we seen this before?
16. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
Ryan Kerrigan is exactly what the Jaguars need – a legitimate edge pass-rusher that just doesn’t quit.
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