2011 NFL Mock Draft First Round
Posted by detroitsportsandmore on February 13, 2011
Thank you for stopping by to look at my mock. This is round one. I will be posting round 2 and 3 soon. I may have some surprises but I base my mock on what I think will happen at the draft, not today. The hype machines are going crazy but I think the more you look into thing the more you realize that it’s all smoke, no fire, in most cases. Enjoy, let me know what you think, and leave feedback or questions.
1 Carolina Panthers – AJ Green WR – Fairley or Green are options. Bowers would need amazing combine/interview/workouts.
2 Denver Broncos – Patrick Peterson CB – Obvious need combined with top talent on the board.
3 Buffalo Bills – Nick Fairley DT/E – Have to fix run defense and Fairley does that and gets pressure up field on the QB.
4 Cincinnati Bengals - DaQuan Bowers DE – With Green off the board, getting pressure up front becomes next biggest need.
5 Arizona Cardinals – Jake Locker QB – Workouts, combine, and interviews reveal Locker can be a franchise QB.
6 Cleveland Browns – Robert Quinn DE – I expect Dick Jauron to implement a 4-3 defense or transition to one. Quinn could play in either.
7 San Fran 49ers – Marcel Dareus DT – Dareus is a good backside 3-4 DE or UT if they switched to a 4-3. QB is in play.
8 Tennessee Titans – Aldon Smith DE – QB is a need but the D was not good this year. More pressure up front is desperately needed.
9 Dallas Cowboys – Nate Solder OT – I think the Cowboys look like the Raiders last year and surprise with some logical picks. OT is an obvious need.
10 Washington Redskins – Prince Amukamara CB – Too many needs in Washington. Hall and Rogers need contracts and a Safety upgrade could be had. Amukamara could fill whichever hole is left.
11 Houston Texans – Cameron Jordan DE – Have to get pressure in Houston. Jordan adds size and speed across from Williams. DT should be next.
12 Minnesota Vikings – Corey Liuget DT – An aging DL and Edwards hitting FA means DL fits.
13 Detroit Lions – Von Miller LB – Miller is getting hype now but his stock should level off as others impress in workouts. He falls based on positional value.
14 St. Louis Rams – Julio Jones WR – Talent and need meet nicely.
15 Miami Dolphins – Mark Ingram RB – Talent and need meet nicely again.
16 Jacksonville Jaguars – Brandon Harris CB – Corner or end are likely. I say Harris is the best option and gets the nod.
17 New England Patriots – Phil Taylor NT – The NT for the future.
18 San Diego Chargers – Gabe Carimi OT – Improving the run game with a mauluing RT is a good start.
19 New York Giants – Justin Houston OLB – Houston helps maintain the vaunted pass rush of the Giants.
20 Tampa Bay Bucs – JJ Watt DE - Pass rush has to be the top priority in Tampa. Watt is a solid prospect next McCoy or price he should do well.
21 Kansas City Chiefs – Stefen Wisniewski OC/G – OC, NT, and WR are major needs. Pending Casey Wiegmann’s retirement.
22 Indianapolis Colts – Tyron Smith OT - Give Peyton time and they’ll be back in the hunt for the division title.
23 Philadelphia Eagles – Jimmy Smith CB - Philly upgrades the No. 2 corner spot.
24 New Orleans Saints – Akeem Ayers LB – Need and value combine nicely yet again.
25 Seattle Seahawks – Mike Pouncey OC/G – Seattle struggles almost everywhere, opening up run lanes is very important. 89 ypg won’t cut it.
26 Baltimore Ravens – Aaron Williams CB – Upgrade at the biggest weak point on the defense.
27 Atlanta Falcons – Adrian Clayborn DE – Another team that has to find a way to pressure the QB.
28 New England Patriots – Benjamin Ijalana OG/T - OL depth and potential starter with excellent upside.
29 Chicago Bears – Anthony Castonzo OT – Best OL available is what the Bears need.
30 NY Jets – Jonathan Baldwin WR – It’s nto bad, but the passing game is the weak link in NY and 3 major players are hitting FA.
31 Pittsburgh Steelers – Derek Sherrod OT – The OT spot is still a concern in Pittsburgh. Relatively speaking.
32 Green Bay Packers – Muhammad Wilkerson DT/E – Good fit for the 3-4 provides needed depth. He could be a starter.
When you finish viewing this draft check out my friend’s mock drafts over at Walterfootball.com. Walt, Greg, and Matt do a great job putting together mock drafts, prospect information, and more.
I’ll be adding links to the next rounds in the next few days. I have round 3 complete and will be moving into round 4 as well.