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Xtra Point Football 2011 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 UPDATE
Prince Amukamara returns to our first round mock, but not as a cornerback. J.J. Watt also returns and could continue to climb up the board as his stock continues to rise. Meanwhile, only two quarterbacks are in our first round mock, and they may not be the two you'd expect. Defense continues to dominate the top of the draft with only one offensive player selected in the top eight and three in the top ten. Make sure you come back next week, too, as we continue our weekly update of our first round mock that has generated quite a lot of buzz.
Returning to 1st Round
- Prince Amukamara, S*, Nebraska
- Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
- JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
- Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
Dropped out of 1st Round
- James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
- Jake Locker, QB, Washington
- Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois
- DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
- Previous Pick: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
- Other possibilities: Nick Fairley, DT/DE, Auburn; A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
2. Denver Broncos - Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn Tigers: 1 The Broncos are switching back to a 4-3 defense and Fairley would fit nicely as a tackle in the new scheme. Patrick Peterson would certainly give Denver a lockdown corner to play opposite Champ Bailey or to replace him if he leaves via free agency, but with a new defensive scheme and a player of Fairley's caliber on the board, it's hard to pass on him..
- Previous Pick: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
- Other possibilities: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU; Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
3. Buffalo Bills - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU Tigers: 1 Peterson is the prototype of the new NFL cornerback. He has the speed to stay stride for stride with the DeSean Jacksons of the league, and the height and leaping ability to jump with the Calvin Johnsons of the league. He also has the physical stature to battle with the Brandon Marshall type.
- Previous Pick: Nick Fairley, DE, Auburn Tigers
- Other possibilities:AJ Green, WR, Georgia; Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
4. Cincinnat Bengals - A.J. Green, WR, Georgia Bulldogs: The Bengals could be sans their pro bowl quarterback next year as Carson Palmer badly wants out of Cincinnati, but we don't like any quarterback enough to put him in the top five. Green gives whoever is slinging the ball around in Cincy a young, very talented target and gives the Bengals a marquee offensive weapon heading into the future.
- Previous Pick: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
- Other possibilities: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU; Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
5. Arizona Cardinals - Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M Aggies: Miller is the premier, pass rushing 3-4 outside linebacker in this year's class. We still like the Elvis Dumervil comparison and believe that, like Dumervil, Von can lead the league in sacks at the same position.
- Previous Pick: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
- Other possibilities: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU; Cameron Jordan, DE, California
6. Cleveland Browns - Marcell Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama Crimson Tide: 2 Dareus is arguably the best player available and would give the Browns a great replacement for Shaun Rogers. A defensive end like Robert Quinn is also a possibility as Cleveland moves to a 4-3 defensive alignment.
- Previous Pick: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
- Other possibilities: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M; Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
7. San Francisco 49ers - Cameron Jordan, DE/OLB, California Golden Bears: Jordan really jumped up boards after the Senior Bowl week. He repeatedly showed that he had the best hands of any defensive end. The 49ers will love what Jordan can do at the defensive end position in their 3-4 scheme. He'll be able to tie up multiple linemen against double teams and free up the talented linebacking corps. If they give him one on one, he'll be hard to stop.
- Previous Pick: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
- Other possibilities: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M Aggies; Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
8. Tennessee Titans - Akeem Ayers, OLB/DE, UCLA Bruins: 3 The Titans drafted Derrick Morgan last year, and adding Ayers this year would put give the Titans another dynamic player in their front seven. Again, a quarterback is a big possibility, but we think the Titans hold tight for now.
- Previous Pick: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
- Other possibilities: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama; A top quarterback
9. Dallas Cowboys - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado Buffaloes: Whether the Cowboys decide to stick with Tony Romo or turn over the offense to Stephen McGee, which our own Andrew Erickson would agree with, they have to protect the quarterback. We believe that Solder has the biggest upside. He is a left tackle that transitioned from tight end. The experience at tight end and his 6'8 frame will help his development in the NFL.
- Previous Pick: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
- Other possibilities: Cameron Jordan, DE, California; Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
10. Washington Redskins - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide: The Redskins need a quarterback and could take one of this year's crop if they decide he is worth a top ten pick, but adding Julio Jones would be a step in the right direction, too. Jones is half a step behind AJ Green as this year's top receiver and would bring an explosive offensive weapon to Washington for whichever young quarterback eventually winds up in DC whether this season or the next.
- Previous Pick: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
- Other possibilities: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn; Cameron Jordan, DE, California
11. Houston Texans - Akeem Ayers, OLB/DE, UCLA Bruins: If Von Miller slips to #11, he'll be the choice without a doubt. The Texans have to go defense, but we seriously doubt that they'll use another 1st round pick on cornerback, especially this high in the first. Mario Williams could become trade bait and the Texans would look for a true 3-4 defensive end in the draft. Clayborn fits the position and would be a better solution as 3-4 DE than Mario.
- Previous Pick: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
- Other possibilities: Cameron Jordan, DE, California; Prince Amukamara, S*, Nebraska
12. Minnesota Vikings - Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada Wolf Pack: Kaepernick remains our favorite quarterback in this year's class. Does that mean he'll be the first quarterback taken? No. But after the Combine and his pro day, he should have some more supporters. The Vikings would be tempted to take Robert Quinn with this pick if he falls out of the top ten, but could find it hard to pass on a potential quarterback of the future like Kaepernick who would likely develop for a year or two before taking over.
- Previous Pick: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
- Other possibilities: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina; Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
13. Detroit Lions - Tyron Smith, OT, USC Trojans: The Lions have to protect Matt Stafford. Stafford can't keep taking the bruising hits and missing games if this team wants to compete with Green Bay, Chicago, and Minnesota. Smith needs to add bulk, as he played at 280 pounds, but he's expected to show up to the combine at 300 pounds.
- Previous Pick: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
- Other possibilities: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami; Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
14. St. Louis Rams - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama Crimson Tide: 6 Ingram and Leshoure are both excellent running backs and are essentially 1A and 1B on our board. The Rams need to find a way to take some of the load off of Steven Jackson before he wears down five years before he should. They could look to a later round with a good second tier in this year's running back class, but Ingram could be too tempting to pass up with this pick. It would save Jackson's body a great deal and give the Rams a helluva one-two punch working behind Sam Bradford.
- Previous Pick: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
- Other possibilities: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois; Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
15. Miami Dolphins - Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois Fighting Illini: 1 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: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
- Other possibilities: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada; Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami Hurricanes: The Jaguars need secondary help and adding Harris would give them a tough corner to help shore up one of the worst pass defenses in the entire league.
- Previous Pick: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
- Other possibilities: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn; Prince Amukamara, S*, Nebraska
17. New England Patriots - Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri Tigers: Smith fits the mold of a Patriots outside linebacker perfectly. Bill Belichick loves to take linebackers in the first round and Smith would be a great acquisition. We don't do trades in these mocks, but it wouldn't surprise us if New England traded both 1st round picks to move up for AJ Green. Scary, right?>
- Previous Pick: Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri
- Other possibilities: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama; Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
18. San Diego Chargers - Prince Amukamara, S*, Nebraska Cornhuskers: (NEW) When evaluating Amukamara as a cornerback, we dropped him out of the 1st round. After evaluating him as a safety, we've decided that his special skill set makes him the best safety prospect. His subpar hips, weakness against a quick first step, and struggle against press coverage all make him more suitable for an in-the-box safety. His strengths of recognizing the run, his great make up speed, and taking great angles on the ball make him the best safety in this class.
- Previous Pick: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
- Other possibilities: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia; JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
19. New York Giants - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College Eagles: The Giants need to protect Eli Manning if they hope to have the same success that the Packers and Steelers had in 2010 after drafting O-line help. The Mannings won't ever be confused for mobile quarterbacks, so getting them protection is ideal.
- Previous Pick: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
- Other possibilities: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina; Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina: 14 This is a steal this late in the draft. If Quinn falls past the Vikings with the 12th pick, he may not hear his name called until Tampa Bay is on the clock at #20. This would not only be a bargain basement value, but an excellent pick for the Bucs who are building a young, stout defensive line that already includes Gerald McCoy and Brian Price at the tackle spots.
- Previous Pick: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
- Other possibilities: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois; Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
21. Kansas City Chiefs - Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia Bulldogs: The Chiefs are building a young nucleus of defensive talent. Adding Houston to Eric Berry, Brandon Flowers, Tamba Hali, and Derrick Johnson could help this defense become one of the top in the league. The combo of Hali and Houston could be devastating for opposing quarterbacks.
- Previous Pick: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
- Other possibilities: JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin; Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
22. Indianapolis Colts - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State: (NEW) The Colts need to ensure Peyton Manning's health as he enters the final stages of his career. This year's tackle class is rather ambiguous in terms of a clearly defined top tier and second tier, with just about everybody differing as to who is this year's stud on the offensive line. This means a player like Sherrod, who many like as a middle round pick, could be a great pick for a team like the Colts at #22.
- Previous Pick: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
- Other possibilities: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Missouri; Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
23. Philadelphia Eagles - Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois Fighting Illinis: This is what we'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?
- Previous Pick: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
- Other possibilities: Prince Amukamara, S*, Nebraska; Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
24. New Orleans Saints - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue Boilermakers: Kerrigan has been billed as a potential outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but his best fit is probably as an end in a 4-3 alignment. The Saints spent their first round pick last year on defense and could do the same this year as they build a defense on par with their explosive offense. Kerrigan could line up across Will Smith to shore up the other side of the defensive line.
- Previous Pick: Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
- Other possibilities: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin; Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
25. Seattle Seahawks - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn Tigers: 10 Us having Newton fall this far isn't to be taken as a negative on Newton. It's just the way we feel the draft shakes out at the moment. Newton and Kaepernick are really close in our evaluations. We don't feel that there's a quarterback worth taking in the top 10. With the slide on quarterbacks, Seattle would be crazy not to take Cam at 25.
- Previous Pick: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
- Other possibilities: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois; Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
26. Baltimore Ravens - 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: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
- Other possibilities: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin; Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
27. Atlanta Falcons - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami Hurricanes: Hankerson would be the perfect complement to Roddy White. Matt Ryan could have really used him in last year's playoff loss. Hankerson will take some double teams away from White and if they attack Leonard one on one, he'll be able to beat the defender with his crisp routes and unique ability to get to any ball.
- Previous Pick: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
- Other possibilities: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois; Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
28. New England Patriots - J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin Badgers: (NEW) Watt could be a big time steal with the 28th pick in the draft, one that New England would not likely pass up. Watt could be best suited as a 4-3 end, but he could easily play the 3-4 end spot as well. Unless, of course, New England decides to package their first two picks to move into the top of the round…
- Previous Pick: Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois
- Other possibilities: Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida; Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
29. Chicago Bears - Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh Panthers: (NEW) Jay Cutler will finally get what he's been asking for with this pick. A new 6'5 receiver to play the role of Brandon Marshall, like he had in Denver. Baldwin's rare combination of height and vertical leaping makes him an intriguing prospect for many teams.
- Previous Pick: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
- Other possibilities: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue; Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin/li>
30. New York Jets - Danny Watkins, G, Baylor Bears: 6 WWatkins is our top interior lineman in this year's draft. The Jets could look at Watkins as a way to upgrade the interior of their offensive line, where he'd play alongside Nick Mangold at center. They could also wait until the second round to take a guard and look at a pass rusher with their first pick.
- Previous Pick: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
- Other possibilities: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA; Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
31. Pittsburgh Steelers - Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor Bears: Casey Hampton is the foundation upon which the Steelers defense is built around. Hampton is getting older and Pittsburgh needs to bring in someone to groom as Hampton's replacement. Taylor has the strength and size to hold down the middle of the Pittsburgh line. He's also surprisingly quick with his feet for a 340-pounder.
- Previous Pick: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
- Other possibilities: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas; Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
32. Green Bay Packers - Rahim Moore, S, UCLA: 2 The Packers should be comfortable at cornerback with the emergence of Sam Shields and Tramon Williams, as well as with Charles Woodson still playing at a high level, but they could look to take this year's top safety prospect. Moore saw his interception total drop from 10 in 2009 to just one in 2010, but he's considered a top safety in the draft. Taking Mike Pouncey here would also be a good pick for the Packers who saw improvement in protecting Aaron Rodgers last year after drafting Iowa tackle Bryan Bulaga.
- Previous Pick: DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson
- Other possibilities: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State; Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
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