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Xtra Point Football 2011 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 UPDATE
This week we've revised our 2011 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 and while there were no changes to our top 9, the past weeks news flow has dictated a virtual free for all in the bottom two thirds of the first round. Here's how our experts see things shaking out if the draft were to be held today:
Dropped out of 1st Round
- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska Cornhuskers
- Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina Tar Heels
- Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida Gators
- J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin Badgers
- Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh Panthers
New to 1st Round
- Tyron Smith, OT, USC Trojans
- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Tigers
- Danny Watkins, G, Baylor Bears
- Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois Fighting Illni
- DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
1. Carolina Panthers - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson Tigers: The Panthers need everything. They'll likely look to take the top overall player with the first pick regardless of need. Ron Rivera will reportedly keep the 4-3 defense in Carolina, where Bowers would fit in as a 4-3 end. If he decides to play the 3-4 scheme, which he has also coached, Bowers would be a good fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Similarly, Nick Fairley would fit as a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end.
- Previous Pick: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
- Other possibilities: Nick Fairley, DT/DE, Auburn; A.J. Green, WR, Georgian
2. Denver Broncos - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU Tigers: Picking second, the Broncos have the luxury of taking one of the top two players in this year's draft while also filling a potential need at cornerback. Champ Bailey will be a free agent and securing another lockdown corner will be a priority whether or not Bailey returns.
- Previous Pick: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
- Other possibilities: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn; Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
3. Buffalo Bills - Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn Tigers: If Fairley isn't taken with the first overall pick, it's unlikely he falls past Buffalo at #3. He'd be an ideal fit as a 3-4 end and has the potential to be a very good player for a long time in the league. This would make three Tigers taken with the first three picks, albeit from different teams.
- Previous Pick: Nick Fairley, DE, Auburn Tigers
- Other possibilities: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia; Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
4. Cincinnat Bengals - A.J. Green, WR, Georgia Bulldogs: In this mock, Da'Quan Bowers is already taken, so the Bengals could go get the second best defensive end in Robert Quinn, but we believe they'd rather take the best player at another position of need. A.J. Green is a game-changing playmaker and a true #1 threat at the receiver position. It doesn't matter if the Bengals stick with Carson Palmer or go in a different direction, they need a young, elite receiver to replace Chad Johnson.
- Previous Pick: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
- Other possibilities: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn; Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina; Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
5. Arizona Cardinals - Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M Aggies: Miller is one of the fast risers in this year's draft class. He's been projected as high as a top-three pick, while many have him going to Houston at #11. If he's available after the first ten picks, Houston will get a major steal as we don't see Miller falling past San Francisco at #7.
- Previous Pick: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
- Other possibilities: Robert Quinn, OLB/DE, North Carolina; Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
6. Cleveland Browns - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina: As Cleveland transitions back to a 4-3 defense, Quinn would be an ideal fit as a 4-3 defensive end. There's the chance the Browns look to add a playmaker on offense, but with A.J. Green likely gone at this point, Cleveland will look to add talent to fit their new defense and rely on the later rounds for playmakers.
- Previous Pick: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
- Other possibilities: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M; Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
7. San Francisco 49ers - Cameron Jordan, DE/OLB, California Golden Bears: Jordan displayed his devastatingly effective swim move all season, but for those who didn't get to see Cal much last year, he had the move on display at the Senior Bowl as well. Jordan was the first player interviewed by the 49ers and new head coach Jim Harbaugh is very familiar with Jordan from his days as a Pac-10 head coach.
- Previous Pick: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
- Other possibilities: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M; Marcell Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama
8. Tennessee Titans - Marcell Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama Crimson Tide: This is more of a value pick here. Dareus is a beast in the middle of a defensive line. The Titans have been looking for a replacement for Albert Haynesworth since he left and Tennessee will have a new D-line coach and defensive coordinator this year. Getting him a playmaker to stuff the run against divisional rivals Arian Foster and Maurice Jones-Drew could help out a lot.
- Previous Pick: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
- Other possibilities: Any top quarterback; Akeem Ayers, OLB/DE, UCLA
9. Dallas Cowboys - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado Buffaloes: The Cowboys could look to add youth and talent to their defensive front seven, but with Cameron Jordan off the board in our mock, we like the Cowboys to take Solder to solidify the offensive line. Winning the battle up front is important and the Cowboys desperately need help at tackle.
- Previous Pick: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
- Other possibilities: Cameron Jordan, DE, California; Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
10. Washington Redskins - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide: 4 A quarterback is clearly needed in Washington, but the Redskins could also look to add a playmaker to the passing game to work with whomever they bring in to take the reins, whether that's this year or the next.
- Previous Pick: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
- Other possibilities: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn; Cameron Jordan, DE, California
11. Houston Texans - Akeem Ayers, OLB/DE, UCLA Bruins: Ayers is a versatile defender capable of playing 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive end. With Houston looking to make the transition to a 3-4 scheme, they could look to put the right personnel in place for the switch. Ayers played on the weakside and strongside at UCLA, and even played with his hand on the ground on occasion.
- Previous Pick: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
- Other possibilities: Ryan Kerrigan, OLB/DE, Purdue; Cameron Jordan, DE, California
12. Minnesota Vikings - Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada Wolf Pack: 3 Kaepernick continues his climb up our first round mock draft. The Combine is coming up and we think more will be singing his praise afterwards. Minnesota badly needs a quarterback and adding Kaepernick gives them a young signal caller who's much more than just a runner who rushed for over 1,000 yards in three straight seasons. He's a good passer who passed for over 3,000 yards as a senior and showed everybody what he can do with the ball in his hands at the Senior Bowl.
- Previous Pick: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
- Other possibilities: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn; Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
13. Detroit Lions - Tyron Smith, OT, USC Trojans: (NEW) We know that Jim Schwartz would love to continue to build this defense to the level he had in Tennessee. Defense wins championship, unless you can't keep your quarterback on the field. In that case, defense just hands the ball to an offense with a beat up 3rd string quarterback. Matt Stafford is a franchise quarterback. Schwartz has to protect him so he can stay healthy and on the field. Smith should be able to protect Stafford's blind side and let Matt finally sleep at night...without pain pills.
- Previous Pick: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
- Other possibilities: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska; Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
14. St. Louis Rams - Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois Fighting Illini: 9 Do you take Mark Ingram or Leshoure if both are on the board? It's a virtual toss-up and which is chosen first will come down to which of the two the individual team likes better. Steven Jackson is only 27, but he can't keep carrying the load forever. With a new franchise quarterback in town, the Rams could look to give Jackson, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last six seasons, some help in the backfield if AJ Green and Julio Jones are no longer available.
- Previous Pick: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
- Other possibilities: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama; Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
15. Miami Dolphins - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Tigers: (NEW) I have to admit that I sold Newton short. I just got around to really breaking down Cam's game film from the season. I've been down on him all year, and even though I still don't believe this class of quarterbacks should go in the first round, there definitely will be a few drafted there. Newton and Kaepernick have separated themselves from the pack in my eyes. With this pick, Miami would actually have a quarterback that could run the wildcat and pass accurately. Just like Kaepernick, who we had here before, Brandon Marshall will be satisfied with the new signal caller, a lot more than with Chad Henne.
- Previous Pick: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
- Other possibilities: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada; Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami Hurricanes: 10 Jacksonville needs help in the secondary and Harris would be an excellent addition. He has just four career interceptions, but he's proven a solid corner throughout his career in Miami.
- Previous Pick: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
- Other possibilities: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina; Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
17. New England Patriots - Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri Tigers: 4 The Lions have put together a tough defense that includes NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh, and adding Smith would further solidify the defensive line to help Detroit win the battle up front. Cornerback is another need and a likely first round target if the staff likes one of this year's crop to warrant using the 13th pick.
- Previous Pick: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
- Other possibilities: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama; Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
18. San Diego Chargers - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa Hawkeyes: We really like the Chargers to take a 3-4 DE with their first pick in the 2011 draft. This is the 3rd DE we have had them take here. I like Clayborn a lot better for the Chargers here than Cameron Heyward. Clayborn is built to hold up more blockers and free the Chargers linebackers. San Diego is really free to take whatever they desire, though. They could look for Eric Weddle's replacement if he leaves via free agency.
- Previous Pick: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
- Other possibilities: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA; Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
19. New York Giants - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College Eagles: 3 The Steelers and Packers were two of the worst teams in the 2009 season at protecting their quarterbacks. They both drafted O-lineman and protected their franchise quarterbacks better in 2010, which resulted in a Super Bowl matchup. The Giants would be wise to go the same path and attempt to protect Eli Manning in hopes of him getting them back to the promise land...if there is such a thing next year.
- Previous Pick: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
- Other possibilities: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina; Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide: The NFL has become a two back league. There are not too many running backs that can take the pounding that comes with a 25+ carry per game performance. Teams have to have a 1-2 punch in the backfield. If Cadillac Williams isn't resigned, the Bucs will need to find a compliment to LeGarrette Blount. Ingram has the talent and personality to happily be the 1st or 2nd option in the Bucs backfield.
- Previous Pick: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
- Other possibilities: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami; Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
21. Kansas City Chiefs - Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia Bulldogs: Adding Houston to an already talented defense gives the Chiefs a second pass rusher to play alongside Tamba Hali. Wide receiver is another need and if Julio Jones falls to them with the 21st pick, snapping up the Alabama product would be a no-brainer.
- Previous Pick: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
- Other possibilities: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama; Ryan Kerrigan, OLB/DE, Purdue
22. Indianapolis Colts - James Carpenter, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide: 3 As Peyton Manning gets older, protecting him and keeping him upright will become increasingly more important. Carpenter is a player not many people are talking about, but after a good showing at the Senior Bowl, he could start to climb draft boards in the coming months.
- Previous Pick: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
- Other possibilities: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri; Justin Houston, OLB/DE, Georgia
23. Philadelphia Eagles - Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois Fighting Illinis: 1 This is what I'll call the Jim Washburn pick. Washburn left the Titans for greener pastures in Philadelphia. It was a lateral move, as he'll be the D-line coach in Philly, just as he was in Nashville. Washburn has a knack for getting the most out of his defensive line, i.e. Jason Babin (Pro Bowl). Washburn is especially talented with defensive tackles. Anyone remember Albert Haynesworth? How did he get the most out of that crazy mutha? If Jim loves Liuget here, there will be no way he fails as a pro under Washburn.
- Previous Pick: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
- Other possibilities: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA; Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
24. New Orleans Saints - Danny Watkins, G, Baylor Bears: (NEW) Watkins was tough at the Senior Bowl and passes Mike Pouncey as our favorite interior lineman in this year's draft. A starter at left tackle in all of his 25 games at Baylor, he was actually picked fourth overall in the 2010 CFL Draft, but chose to finish his last season at Baylor and will enter the NFL Draft where he could be a first round pick. He projects best as a guard in the NFL, which is where he played at the Senior Bowl.
- Previous Pick: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
- Other possibilities: Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida; Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
25. Seattle Seahawks - Jake Locker, QB, Washington Huskies: 15 Seattle needs to find their quarterback of the future and they didn't show too much confidence in Charlie Whitehurst. Locker has a lot of flaws, but also shows flashes of a premier quarterback. At the bottom of the 1st round, Locker could provide value for the Seahawks. Seattle wants to try and get another year or two out of Hasselbeck and this could work to Locker's favor.
- Previous Pick: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
- Other possibilities: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois; DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
26. Baltimore Ravens - Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado Buffaloes: 6 The Ravens failed to address their need at cornerback in last year's draft, but we expect them to do so early in this year's draft. A fan of former Miami Hurricane players, they'd love to add Brandon Harris here, but with Harris off the board in our mock draft, they could look the way of Smith, who is an excellent cover corner.
- Previous Pick: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
- Other possibilities: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin; Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
27. Atlanta Falcons - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami Hurricanes: Roddy White is a pro bowler, but the Falcons are in a position to add depth in the first round and could look to do that with Hankerson. Hankerson is an excellent #2 wide receiver who could be used as a possession receiver but is also capable of the big play.
- Previous Pick: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
- Other possibilities: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois; Titus Young, WR, Boise State
28. New England Patriots - Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois Fighting Illni: (NEW) The Patriots would add Wilson as an inside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. Injured in 2009, the junior finished the 2010 season with a team-leading 112 tackles and with four sacks, second behind Corey Liuget who recorded 4.5 sacks.
- Previous Pick: Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
- Other possibilities: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin; Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
29. New York Jets - Rahim Moore, S, UCLA Bruins: 6 The Jets were a completely different team when they suffered injuries at the safety position. Rahim Moore wouldn't have to come in and play right away. When he develops and steps into the lineup, Rex Ryan will love him, because he'll make it harder for teams to stay away from Darrelle Revis. Moore covers ground and picks off passes, doesn't just break them up.
- Previous Pick: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
- Other possibilities: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh; J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
30. Chicago Bears - Ryan Kerrigan, OLB/DE, Purdue Boilermakers: 13 As much as the Bears could use a big wide receiver like Jonathan Baldwin, Kerrigan could be too attractive of an option to pass up with the 30th pick. Kerrigan would play opposite Julius Peppers on the Bears' four-man line.
- Previous Pick: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburghi
- Other possibilities:Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh; Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
31. Pittsburgh Steelers - Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor Bears: Casey Hampton is a very important part of this defense. The Steelers could look to find his replacement as Hampton is becoming long in the tooth. Taylor makes it impossible for one man to defend him. With Taylor at the nose tackle position in the middle of this defense, the talented linebackers and Troy Polamalu would be free to run through open lanes in the offensive line. The Steelers could also look for lightning to strike twice with the other Pouncey twin.
- Previous Pick: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
- Other possibilities: Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida; Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolinaa
32. Green Bay Packers - DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson: (NEW) McDaniel had his struggles in 2010, but we like him to sneak his way into the bottom of the first round or in the first half of the second round. The Packers saw cornerback Sam Shields emerge last season and Tramon Williams stepped up as well, so we like the Packers to look at the safety spot with the last pick in the round.
- Previous Pick: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
- Other possibilities: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State; Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
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