NEPD Staff Writer Doug Kyed
Last Updated: April 28th, 2011
Currently I’m taking part in a community mock draft on a message board I post on where fans of each team took a team and made their picks. We’re currently on the second round right now, but I figured I’d use this as a fun way to do my final mock draft before tonight’s festivities.
1. Panthers – Cam Newton (QB Auburn)
Their take: Yes, there is definitely a risk in taking Cam. But what QB isn’t a risk in the draft? With someone who’s ceiling is as high as Cam’s, I say take that risk. Don’t pass on the opportunity on having a game changing QB.
My take: I think this is the right pick for the Panthers. If teams can trade picks before Thursday, the best move for the Panthers might be to trade Clausen for whatever they can get, sign or trade for a veteran QB (McNabb?) and let Newton sit behind him for a year or two.
My pick: Newton
2. Broncos – Patrick Peterson (CB LSU)
Their take: The reason I take Peterson here is because of this draft, there is a plethora of defensive lineman (which many would argue is a bigger need for Denver) so it is very possible for them to grab someone good in the second round. Peterson is a can’t miss player, and having a guy like Champ Bailey mentoring him would give him a huge advantage.
My take: While Peterson might be the most talented player in the draft, DL is a bigger need for the Broncos.
My pick: Marcell Dareus
3. Bills – Marcel Dareus (DL Alabama)
Their take: The run defense was atrocious, and why they are picking 3rd overall to begin with. Dareus also has played in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense, and the Bills run a hybrid scheme consisting of both. He would team up with Kyle Williams, and second year player Alex Carrington for the 3-4 defensive line.
My take: If Dareus is there, they should absolutely take him. If he’s not, I believe Chan Gailey will take the next rated mobile QB.
My Pick: Blaine Gabbert
4. Bengals – AJ Green (WR Georgia)
Their take: None
My take: I think it’s the right pick for the Bengals whether or not they trade Palmer before the draft. TO and Ochocinco will be gone before next season and it’s time for the Bengals to draft one of the best players in this class.
My pick: Green
5. Cardinals – Von Miller (LB Texas A&M)
Their take: The team needs a disciplined, fast, edge rusher to compliment the future on the other side of the 3-4, O’Brien Schofield. Miller is it.
My take: I’m not as high on Miller as most people are and in fact, I have Quinn rated higher than him.
My Pick: Peterson
6. Browns – Cameron Jordan (DE California)
Their take: With the Browns switching to a 4-3 with Dick Jauron and only one for-sure starter up front (Ahtyba Rubin), the Browns are hurting for some quality d-linemen. Jordan should make an immediate impact in that area and is maybe the most versatile and ready-made DE in the draft.
My take: I think it’s a reach for Jordan. The Browns would be better off taking a pass rusher here.
My pick: Robert Quinn
7. 49ers – Prince Amukamara (CB Nebraska)
Their take: Hes got all the measurables, hes a big fast fluid corner that can dominant in man to man coverage and has the potential of stepping in right away and being the great corner that our secondary desperately needs.
My take: I don’t mind the pick, but I don’t love Amukamara as a top ten prospect.
My pick: Von Miller
8. Titans – Blaine Gabbert (QB Missouri)
Their take: With Vince Young out and a new head coach coming in, it fits to bring in a new leader to run the offense as well. I just can’t see passing him up here.
My take: I don’t see Gabbert falling this far, but if he does it’s a no brainer for the Titans.
My pick: Jake Locker
9. Cowboys – Tyron Smith (T USC)
Their take: The Cowboys need help at tackle and Smith is the best prospect of 2011. He only played RT at USC because Matt Kalil was inserted at LT and I believe Smith could be a dominant LT in the NFL. He has a lot of room to bulk up with an extremely athletic 6’5″ 307 frame.
My take: I think the pick is perfect for the Cowboys.
My pick: Smith
10. Redskins – Nick Fairley (DT Auburn)
Their take: I would absolutely have picked a QB if there was one for good value at this spot, but that’s not happening. So that leaves me to either pick a WR or a lineman.
My take: I’m not sure if I see a role for Fairley in Washington. I think there’s going to be an adjustment period for him unless he’s able to play three-technique.
My pick: Julio Jones
11. Texans – Aldon Smith (DE/LB Missouri)
Their take: With the switch to the 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips the Texans desperately need to add another quality pass rusher to the mix.
My take: The Texans need pass rushers, but what they desperately need to address is their CB situation.
My pick: Prince Amukamara
12. Vikings – Robert Quinn (DE North Carolina)
Their take: Vikings do have another young, talented DE in Everson Griffen, he has been arrested twice in the past year and needs to mature. With that in mind, the Vikings select Robert Quinn, DE from the University of North Carolina.
My take: If Quinn is still there, it’s an interesting pick, but I don’t think the outside rush is a problem they need to address.
My pick: Nick Fairley
13. Lions – Anthony Castonzo (OT Boston College)
Their take: While lacking the upside of prospects such as Da’Quan Bowers and Jimmy Smith, Castonzo is as close to a safe pick as there is at this point. With so many misses by the Lions in previous drafts, I couldn’t bring myself to pick someone with legitimate injury (Bowers) or character (Smith) concerns.
My take: I think it’s the right pick for Castonzo. The Lions need to keep Stafford upright.
My pick: Castonzo
14. Rams – Da’Quan Bowers (DE Clemson)
Their take: The St. Louis Rams started the 2010 NFL preseason with Mark Clayton and Donnie Avery #1 and #2 on the depth chart, respectively. By week 6, both of them were ruled out for the season, with Avery not making it out of the preseason. They drafted Mardy Gilyard in the third round last year, signed Danario Alexander, and had average years from Amendola and Brandon Gibson, who needed to step in as the #1 and #2 guys. Steven Jackson is a reliable pass catcher out of the backfield, and with Josh McDaniels’ ability to orchestrate an offense, I think they look to generate more of a pass rush with a high upside prospect like Daquan Bowers. James Hall led the team in sacks with 11, and he’s 34 years old, and teams were sliding protection to Chris Long’s side because of his increased production.
My take: Even with all the depth the Rams have at WR, it would be foolish to pass on Julio Jones if he drops this far. I do think the Rams need a pass rush threat though.
My pick: Aldon Smith
15. Dolphins – Ryan Mallett (QB Arkansas)
Their take: His raw skill and build (6’7”, 240 lbs) cannot be denied. If you remember back to the spring of 1983 (yes, before all of us that post on this board, but still), there was a guy drafted late in the first round that year that was rumored to have character issues and even was linked to some drug use. That guys name was Dan Marino.
My take: It’s almost like the hate went too far with Mallett, so now the love it coming back around and going too far. Sticking Mallett in immediately and be expected to start is a bad idea. I see bust written all over him if the pressure is too high. You need to be extremely dedicated to your craft to succeed in the NFL without mobility.
My pick: Cameron Jordan
16. Jaguars – JJ Watt (DE Wisconsin)
Their take: The Jaguars have a lot of holes but their pass rush has been terrible for years and drafting someone like Watt or Kerrigan would be very smart here.
My take: I agree with the pick, the Jaguars would benefit greatly from a player like Watt who can control the run and rush the passer.
My pick: Watt
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