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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK*** : what do you mean he is 6'6" tall. yes he is a little low on the wt but he can always add muscle with the team trainer.
    Posted by natesubs[/QUOTE]


    he would have to add more than 20 pounds, else he'll get pushed around. how does a team even assess his game 20 pounds later?

    but that's not my biggest concern with him right now. he's about 10 pounds lighter than what he's been known to weigh. this makes me wonder if he shed pounds on purpose. to me, that, and his speed training video, provides enoug indication that he wants to play 43 DE and not 34 DE. he knows that he would have to get thicker if he wanted to compete for a 34 DE job.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK*** : he would have to add more than 20 pounds, else he'll get pushed around. how does a team even assess his game 20 pounds later? but that's not my biggest concern with him right now. he's about 10 pounds lighter than what he's been known to weigh. this makes me wonder if he shed pounds on purpose. to me, that, and his speed training video, provides enoug indication that he wants to play 43 DE and not 34 DE. he knows that he would have to get thicker if he wanted to compete for a 34 DE job.
    Posted by seattlepat70[/QUOTE]



    oh... i just echoed whar mb said. sorry, i don't always read all the posts.
     
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    [QUOTE]Some comments from today's pressers... Nate Solder said Ryan Kerrigan and Jeremy Beal were the best players he's faced. Virgil Green: I refuse to be covered by linebackers. Wisniewski said teams are telling him it's either him or Mike Pouncey as the best guard in this class.  ******** S.W. 6-3 313 33in arms ******** M.P. 6-5 303 32 1/4in arms (Great arm strength is considered anything over 35". Good length is 34-35", with average being 33-34" and below average at anything less than 33") Carimi says he's the best OT in the country...asked why...said where u want me to start, Sherrod countered in disagreement Gabe Carimi cites fact that he's faced "four potential first round DEs" as evidence he's the top OT of the 2011 draft Derek Sherrod said Marcell Dareus was the toughest player he faced in college Sherrod very well spoken and cool charcater aparently Lombardi says Robert Quinn will go top five and could be a possible choice first overall Lombardi said with the advent of the spread, you don't need bigger pass rushers. So Von Miller is OK at 235 pounds. *** To his point, Adre Tippett and Lawrence Taylor were both 237 pounds. *** Anthony Castonzo says Robert Quinn was his biggest challenge. Touted him for his intelligence Castonzo said most DEs know what move they're going to use. Quinn was good at improvising Slippery Rock OL Brnadon Fusco at 6-4 306 looked really pumped up for an OL...almost too good for a small school kid Danny Watkins arms almost a half inch longer than at Senior Bowl? Split the difference and he has 34in arms Ben Ijalana was just under 6-3, 317...great looking lower half...strong, bit soft in upper body but 36 inch arms
    Posted by Low-FB-IQ[/QUOTE]


    hey low,
        what are your sources? i wanna do some combine reading.
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    thanks cb/brd
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK*** : The reasoning behind Moore was 2 fold. 1. My intent was indeed replacing Meri. Moore is a sound safety, tackles well, takes good angles (good technique) excellent in pass coverage, stout enough against the run. 2. Moore has also played a little corner at UCLA, so he could be used as that slot corner/safety, kind of like how we used Chung last year. I woudl rather free Chung up to be more aggressive playing closer to the line and letting him roam a bit. So, Moore could play CB as a backup, or at least give us depth there if needed. Almost a 2 for 1 deal as I think he has more versatility than Meri, and would negate the need to draft another CB as camp fodder or for depth later on. I like your collection of FA safeties as well. I thiink this all depends on what the Pats do with guys like Page, McGowan, etc. Bottomline, between your FA safeties or Moore, I think it's an upgrade at that position.
    Posted by PatsLifer[/QUOTE]

    finally someone (or 2) on board with me regardingmy comments "cbdam" postjet playoff loss. bring us the free safety!
     
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    sorry, was referring to my post season patriot analysis of moves and needs.



    cbdam/brdbreu
     
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    The DLs and LBs are probably weighing in tomorrow. We'll have a better idea of them then. So far, it's just been OLs and TEs.

    Joseph Barksdale, Marcus Gilbert, and James Carpenter are the OTs I'd be looking at in the third for the Pats.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK*** : The question on Smith is can he play on the left side because he's currrently a RT for USC.  I'm gonna try and check some tape out on the kid because he looks like an intriguing kid. 
    Posted by mbeaulieu07[/QUOTE]
    Mb,

    I've already answered that question on Smith for myseld.  As far as I'm concerned, he's been playing out of position at USC.  He's a natural LT all the way in my book.  I wish he was longer and heavier but we'll get his measurables soon.  He has very quick feet and shadows extremely well in pass protection.  He seldom has to resort to forcing the defender past him.  More often he meets him at the POA and drives him back with a pancake block.  In the run game he is Velcro.  He holds his blocks and opens lanes to run.  He plays nasty and with finesse.  But the big thing for me is how he projects.  He's only scratching the surface of his potential, right side or left side (and I think he's a LT by far), his potential is off the charts. 

    Carimi who I love and think the world of I project as a RT in the Vollmer mold but with more meat and more of a nasty streak while being a goof ball in the locker room.  Carimi will go out there on the right side, not needing TE support and he will be there to roll over and punish DE and 2nd level defenders if he can.  He will take no prisoners in the run game.  His pass blocking skills are better than average and unless he's doubled, he will handle his assignment.  I just think he isn't as athletic and fast at his size to mirror the defender on the QB's blind side.  But in a pinch, due to injury, he's played there at a high level for 4 seasons so pick your poison.  I like Smith more because of his youth and he would be putty in our coaches hands.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK*** : My preference would be Watt at 17 but if he's gone I wouldn't reach for Heyward just to make a DL pick.  Most teams would be thrilled to spend a top 5 pick to get a Pro Bowl Left Tackle so if we can get one at 17, that would be great value.  We have 4 other picks in the top 75 where we can get a stud C/G.  Heyward might be hanging around at 28/33.  Bailey/Acho should be available at 60.  Acho is a player.  He's a tremendous character kid with a high motor.  He just isn't getting any love for some reason.  At 6-2, 257, 4.72 he is way faster than our current OLBs.  He had 8 sacks each of the last two seasons at his DE spot.  I think he can play weak side 34 OLB.  He flashed at the Senior Bowl.  He played against good competition at Texas going up against Oklahoma, Nebraska and Oklahoma State, etc.  Senior defensive end Sam Acho has been selected as the College Football Performance Awards Division I FBS 2010 National Defensive Lineman Trophy Winner, the CFPA has announced. In a letter to Sam, CFPA Executive Director Bradley C. Smith explained the criteria for the award. "The goal of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients - selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams," Smith wrote. "After an extensive review of the existing data, literature, and evidence, it was determined that you finished the 2010 season with the strongest defensive lineman performance in D-I FBS college football. As a result, your performance satisfies the strict criteria CFPA established for recognition. In 2010, he recorded 59 tackles, 17 TFL, nine sacks, 17 pressures, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. His five fumble recoveries lead the nation this season and are tied the UT single-season record. His five forced fumbles are tied for second nationally and tied for seventh on the UT single-season list. - Mack Brown Texas football I think this kid is flying way under the radar right now and at pick 60, I'd pull the trigger on him.  He's a competitor, hates to lose and even on a bad team, he never quit. So, Left Tackle at 17, if Watt is gone, and we can still fill the other needs by pick 74.  Our draft could look like this and we pick up a 2012 3rd. 17.  OT Tyron Smith 28.  DE Cameron Heyward 33.  (trade down to 42) FS Rahim Moore 60.  OLB Sam Acho 74.  C/G John Moffitt 92.  RB Bilal Powell Another option instead of Heyward is Marvin Austin.  I know we have to check into his character but he was the best player on the field in the Shriner's Game.  Instead of taking a S, we could trade back perhaps into the mid 50s, pick up a 2012 2nd and get Austin and perhaps take a back at 28.  How would this look? 17.  OT Tyron Smith 28.  RB Mikel LeShoure 33.  (trade down to 55) DT Marvin Austin 60.  OLB Sam Acho 74.  C/G John Moffitt 92.  WR Austin Pettis
    Posted by Faucetman[/QUOTE]

    hey faucet,
     thanks for all the brainstorming! it's what i thirve on.

    re the options you stipulate:

    17.  OT Tyron Smith
    28.  DE Cameron Heyward
    33.  (trade down to 42) FS Rahim Moore
    60.  OLB Sam Acho
    74.  C/G John Moffitt
    92.  RB Bilal Powell


    i think it equally likely that tyron smith could be gone at 17, so we need some BACK UP plans (unless something comes out this week and either tyron or watt falls).

    re the first picks above, i like that you get us moore as a free safety, you get us a decent de, a top tackle/ likely left tackle, and moffit. acho the olb and underrated.  i have not seen much of pilal, but if you've been reading my posts, you know i stipulated we needed a big tough back who is also a threat to break it all the way. what's the measurables and your review of pilal.
    outside of the tall tough receiver with great hands i also sought (which we can try fa) you/we picked up most of my needs.

    however do you have hewward as an "A" (plus, minus) or "B" (plus or minus) de,
    and ditto acho OLB .

    i'm looking for high caliber and output in those 2 positions, including in pass rush (STUDS)

    (in fact, i'd feel we had a SUCCESFUL DRAFT if we simply got marcel dareus (AND NOT MUCH MORE IN THE REST OF THE DRAFT ie, a top o lineman) or quinn (if he is the sack machine and rb stopper in the nfl the way he is in college) or dream, both.
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    your scenario #2:


    Another option instead of Heyward is Marvin Austin.  I know we have to check into his character but he was the best player on the field in the Shriner's Game.  Instead of taking a S, we could trade back perhaps into the mid 50s, pick up a 2012 2nd and get Austin and perhaps take a back at 28.  How would this look?

    17.  OT Tyron Smith
    28.  RB Mikel LeShoure
    33.  (trade down to 55) DT Marvin Austin
    60.  OLB Sam Acho
    74.  C/G John Moffitt
    92.  WR Austin Pettis




    here i see you keep the possible all pro tackle. you keep moffit. so t and g are good. you keep a back, but get le shoure who i like and could be the best back in the draft and may fit what i'm looking for at back. you pick up a tackle (what are we gonna do at end? you lose the fs and you get the tall tough , good hands receiver i call for in pettis.

     which would it be easier to find in free agency, the wr i describe or the fs i describe.? could be moot as it alwasy depends if player we seek is available. still
    of free agents?



    ps i dont want to trade too much into to next year (and you dont do too much of that i'm happy about) as we are young enough and need to go for it (in this draft and free agency) with a few of our best( brady, etc) in their prime (and not to wait for next years rookies to come of age.


    thoughts?

    cbdam/brdbreu

     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK*** : Mb, I've already answered that question on Smith for myseld.  As far as I'm concerned, he's been playing out of position at USC.  He's a natural LT all the way in my book.  I wish he was longer and heavier but we'll get his measurables soon.  He has very quick feet and shadows extremely well in pass protection.  He seldom has to resort to forcing the defender past him.  More often he meets him at the POA and drives him back with a pancake block.  In the run game he is Velcro.  He holds his blocks and opens lanes to run.  He plays nasty and with finesse.  But the big thing for me is how he projects.  He's only scratching the surface of his potential, right side or left side (and I think he's a LT by far), his potential is off the charts.  Carimi who I love and think the world of I project as a RT in the Vollmer mold but with more meat and more of a nasty streak while being a goof ball in the locker room.  Carimi will go out there on the right side, not needing TE support and he will be there to roll over and punish DE and 2nd level defenders if he can.  He will take no prisoners in the run game.  His pass blocking skills are better than average and unless he's doubled, he will handle his assignment.  I just think he isn't as athletic and fast at his size to mirror the defender on the QB's blind side.  But in a pinch, due to injury, he's played there at a high level for 4 seasons so pick your poison.  I like Smith more because of his youth and he would be putty in our coaches hands.
    Posted by Faucetman[/QUOTE]

    they are both excellent. smith much faster and more agile, and as you say, carimi not so much on for the blind side.

    i like carimi for the right side.

    for all the reasons above, smith may not last till 17.

    again, target your player and get him while he's still there.
     
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    Smith probably is gone before the Pats pick at 17. Carimi could be there at 28 for the Pats. Either would solve our OT problem.
     
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    we still need at least 1 guard and with matt light, whether he is signed or not, we need an upgrade (too many times this year guys were blowing right past him) . moving up if need be to draft smith is less risky then moving vollmer over to left to see if he can hang there. just one thought.
     
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    I don't see us going WR or S in the first 3 rounds. CB is deep in this class and we have a spot open. Bodden will need to be replaced in a few years. It makes more sense to draft one of Brandon Harris, Aaron Williams, Curtis Brown, Brandon Burton, and Ras-I Dowling between 33 and 74 than to take another safety, a position that is probably the deepest on the Pats.
     
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    [QUOTE]we still need at least 1 guard and with matt light, whether he is signed or not, we need an upgrade (too many times this year guys were blowing right past him) . moving up if need be to draft smith is less risky then moving vollmer over to left to see if he can hang there. just one thought.
    Posted by brdbreu[/QUOTE]
    We might need a guard. Kaczur will be back, though. Connolly, Wendell, Ohrnberger, and Koppen continue to be under contract. Neal is too unless he retires. Mankins is franchised. The need is greatest if Mankins forces his way out and Neal retires. We still at worst have Connolly and Kaczur starting and Wendell and Ohrnberger as backups.

    There wouldn't be a need though if we were able to sign Mankins to a long term contract and Neal doesn't retire. Then the Pats have Wendell, Kaczur, and Connolly as the backups.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK*** : We might need a guard. Kaczur will be back, though. Connolly, Wendell, Ohrnberger, and Koppen continue to be under contract. Neal is too unless he retires. Mankins is franchised. The need is greatest if Mankins forces his way out and Neal retires. We still at worst have Connolly and Kaczur starting and Wendell and Ohrnberger as backups. There wouldn't be a need though if we were able to sign Mankins to a long term contract and Neal doesn't retire. Then the Pats have Wendell, Kaczur, and Connolly as the backups.
    Posted by KyleCleric2[/QUOTE]

    hi kyle,
    thanks for your comments.
    yes a cb would be fine, the point is meriweather is not.
    and our offensively line is gonnna get brady killed. it needs to be upgraded even if we keep everybody.
    cbdam/brdbreu
     
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    i don't have a problem with Meriweather or Sanders. If I had my druthers, I'd extend both of them. We're a year away from needing a replacement for FS. If Meriweather had to go, we can let him and sign Sanders to a one year deal and draft a S then or extend Sanders for multiple years and fill the position. We could instead draft a safety also in the 4th or 5th round this year to compete for Page's spot. Perhaps we could re-sign Page to a two year deal.
     
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    some of you may have seen this. good to see who they are talking to even if it's a smoke screen and also not yet the top guys:

    Here is our list of the 2011 NFL Draft Prospects the Patriots have been interviewing or holding private workouts with.

    Updated: February 19, 2011

    Defensive Line
    Christian Ballard, Iowa (SBI)
    Pernell McPhee, Mississippi (SGI)
    Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (SBI)
    David Carter, UCLA (SGI)

    Linebackers
    Casey Matthews, Oregon (SBI)
    Mark Herzlich, Boston College (SBI)
    KJ Wright, Mississippi State (SBI)
    Cheta Ozougwu, Rice (SGI)

    Defensive Backs
    Ahmad Black, Florida (SBI)

    Running Backs
    Alex Green, Hawaii (SGI)

    Wide Receivers
    Leonard Hankerson, Miami (SBI)
    Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State

    Offensive Line
    Danny Watkins, Baylor (SBI)
    Joseph Barksdale, LSU (SGI)

    Quarterbacks
    Colin Kaepernick (SBI)
    Greg McElroy (SBI)

    Legend:
    SBI – Senior Bowl Interview
    SGI – Shrine Game Interview

     

     

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    thanks kyle for the thoughts!
     
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    That's a great list there.
     
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    TO ALL OF YOU POSTING HERE,

    THANKS for all of the great ideas and the creative ideas you have posted these past weeks in addressing the patriots needs. It has provided me great inspiration, enjoyment and sharpend my mind. Reading much of the other threads i have read on this site, i dont feel inspired to participate because it isnt about good thinking, participation, enjoyment, comradery; but putdowns, not good thinking, insecure atttacks, one-upping etc.

    creativity, good will, brain power, comradery and fun go a long way toward something a little more meaningful and worthwhile.

    again,
    THANKS
    cb

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    [QUOTE]thanks kyle for the thoughts!
    Posted by brdbreu[/QUOTE]



    let's hope it grows to include a select few of the "top dogs" ...

     
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    is that your site?
     
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    walter football us taking nate solder at 17
    already gone for them are tyron smith going to detroit at 13
     jordan at 12 to minn, aldon smith to houston at 11, quinn to washington at 10, dareus to tennesee at 8, kerrigan at 16.

    still on the borad were watt, clayborn, taylor, costonzo, carimi, liuget, jimmy smith, and akeem ayers. (see details below if necessary)



    firstly and importantly, do you like solder as a potential all star and or all pro?

    2ndly do you like him over carimi, who they have still available.

    3rd do you like solder over the rest of the players available and why.

    or
    4.) do you move up and get the player you want and who?

    thanks for your thoughts

    cbdam/brdbreu

    1. Carolina Panthers: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
      Gil Brandt mentioned Wednesday that he would pick Cam Newton if he had the No. 1 overall pick. I may eventually mock Newton here, but my only reservation is owner Jerry Richardson. Richardson is a pretty frugal man, and I can't see him being overly thrilled about paying No. 1 overall money to a quarterback.

      It does make sense though. New regimes mean new quarterbacks, and it's clear that Jimmy Clausen is not the answer. I made a huge mistake when I really underestimated how important it is not to be a loser in college. If you're a winner as a quarterback, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll succeed in the NFL. However, if you can't win, I think it says something about your attitude. And I'm not just referring to wins and losses. Clausen is not a leader; conversely, he seems to have this Matt Leinart-esque sense of entitlement.

      Newton, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of Clausen. He's not coming out of a pro-style offense and he didn't have to make multiple reads, but he's a great leader whose intangibles are off the charts. This Panthers team lacks direction, so Newton would be the perfect solution.

      If, however, Richardson doesn't want to open up his pocketbook, this pick will come down to three players: A.J. Green, Da'Quan Bowers and Nick Fairley. Mel Kiper (along with mostly everyone else in the mock draft database) slated Fairley to the Panthers, while Sun Tan Man has Bowers has No. 1.

      I can't agree with the latter. First of all, Bowers fills the lesser of the three needs between wide receiver, defensive tackle and defensive end. And second, Bowers is an athletic freak who posted great numbers this year, but he has some really bad tape and one has to wonder why he didn't produce in his first two years at Clemson.

      Fairley satisfies the greatest need, and I think there's a much greater chance he's the No. 1 pick in the wake of his tremendous Co-National Championship performance (congrats, by the way, to Auburn and TCU for winning it all.)

      Meanwhile, Green, in my opinion, is the best available talent. I believe he is the next of the elite receivers in the mold of Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Steve Smith is a rapidly declining player, so it's not like the Panthers don't need a wideout. We actually have an interesting thread about Green going first overall on the forum.

      I think this pick will come down to the Combine and Pro Day workouts. You can really make a strong argument for both Green and Fairley, but the latter appears to have the edge right now based on how he dominated the Oregon and SEC offensive lines down the stretch.

      As for the quarterback position, I believe the Panthers will sign Billy Volek, who will follow Ron Rivera to Carolina. Volek can start for a year until the Panthers find a long-term solution at quarterback.

      By the way, I'll have more 2011 NFL Draft and 2012 NFL Draft updates posted soon. Follow me on Twitter @walterfootball for any news and info.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. A.J. Green, WR - The next Calvin Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald, Green makes a lot more sense than Da'Quan Bowers at No. 1 overall.

      2. Da'Quan Bowers, DE - Carolina needs to improve its pass rush. Maybe they'll look past the bad tape and prior inconsistency, and instead see Bowers as the next Julius Peppers.

      3. Cam Newton, QB - As mentioned above, Cam Newton will be the pick if owner Jerry Richardson wants to spend the money.

    2. Denver Broncos: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
      The Broncos finished dead last in the NFL with just 23 sacks. That figure will rise next year with Elvis Dumervil back in the lineup, but Denver still needs another pass-rusher up front.

      New head coach John Fox has a thing for athletic defensive ends. In his first year with the Panthers, he selected Julius Peppers at No. 2 overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. A couple of seasons ago, he traded a future first-round pick to draft Everette Brown.

      With Denver presumably moving back to the 4-3, Fox will really consider Da'Quan Bowers with this pick, as Bowers will remind him of Peppers from a pure athletic standpoint. Bowers has some really bad tape, but Fox will look forward to coaching him up and getting the best out of him.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Nick Fairley, DE/DT - If the Panthers don't take Nick Fairley, there is no way he's making it past the Broncos.

      2. Patrick Peterson, CB - Champ Bailey was re-signed as I was writing this mock. I no longer consider Patrick Peterson an option at No. 2.
    3. Buffalo Bills: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
      The Bills have a habit of telegraphing their picks. Last year, Buddy Nix continuously told the media that he wanted a pass-catching running back. Lo and behold, he selected C.J. Spiller at No. 9.

      This year, Nix has been saying that he wants to add a quarterback. If the trend continues, Cam Newton will be the selection.

      I have this feeling this pick is going to happen. The Bills are a franchise that has been floundering in mediocrity the past decade. They need a leader to seize control of the team and lead them to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Question Cam Newton's intelligence and pro-readiness all you want, but he's a tremendous leader.

      Buffalo also has a fairly new regime that has not obtained "its guy" yet. Nix and Chan Gailey know that they'll never sniff the postseason if they don't have a franchise quarterback. And Newton has the mobility that Gailey covets for his offense.

      Unfortunately, Newton's not ready for the NFL just yet. Sure, he'll use his scrambling ability to win some games, but he was a one-year starter in college who never had to make multiple reads in his offense. Newton has the potential to evolve into a very good NFL quarterback, but it'll take some time. Ideally, he'll sit behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for a year or two, but if he's chosen this high, he'll probably see the field right away.

      And by the way, a couple of people in the comment board below believe that I copied Mel Kiper's mock draft by giving Newton to the Bills. Seeing as how I released my previous 2011 NFL Mock Draft 12 hours prior to Kiper, I must have done some slick hacking into Kiper's computer.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Patrick Peterson, CB - Patrick Peterson is arguably the top talent in this draft class. Buddy Nix said he was going to take the best player available with this selection.

      2. Von Miller, DE/OLB - Chan Gailey coached Von Miller at the Senior Bowl. Miller's an athlete freak and an elite pass-rusher. He could be targeted this high.
    4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
      Carson Palmer wants out of Cincinnati. Palmer reportedly is sick and tired of the circus atmosphere on the team. Can you blame him? I don't think it's a coincidence that Palmer had his best two games when both of his overrated clown receivers were out of the lineup.

      Owner Mike Brown loves Palmer, so maybe he'll probably accommodate his quarterback's wishes by trading Chad Johnson Ochocinco Johnson. Brown already axed offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, per Palmer's request.

      If the Bengals trade Johnson - I seriously doubt he'll be back next season - this pick will be a no-brainer; A.J. Green is one of the top receiving prospects since Randy Moss.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Da'Quan Bowers, DE - If the Broncos pass on Da'Quan Bowers, he may not make it past Cincinnati.

      2. Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton, QB - If the Bengals actually trade Palmer, they may consider a quarterback. If so, they'll probably look past Cam Newton's character and intelligence concerns if they don't like Blaine Gabbert.


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    5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
      About this time a year ago, Adam Schefter boldly predicted that Sam Bradford would be the No. 1 pick despite the fact that NFL Draft sites across the Web were torn between Bradford, Ndamukong Suh and Jimmy Clausen (check the 2010 mock database to see how crazy it was). A few weeks ago, Schefter once again had draftniks running to adjust their mocks, tweeting that Von Miller would probably be a top-five selection this April.

      Miller was outstanding at the Senior Bowl, drawing some comparisons to Clay Matthews. During the game, he single-handedly disrupted some of the North's drives. He could be targeted as high as No. 3 to the Bills, but will probably be selected with the fifth pick. Coincidentally, Ken Whisenhunt was spotted talking to Miller on the Wednesday of the Senior Bowl.

      At any rate, I was glad to see that Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers wrote that the odds of the team selecting a quarterback at No. 5 overall are 70-1. As I've been writing, Arizona drafting a quarterback makes absolutely no sense to me. New regimes mean new quarterbacks. Old ones don't. Whisenhunt is on the hot seat. Why would he risk his job with some rookie signal-caller?

      Whisenhunt will sign a veteran like Donovan McNabb or Marc Bulger (or trade for Kevin Kolb, per Larry Fitzgerald's request), and have that signal-caller compete with John Skelton next year.

      With that in mind, the best player available who makes sense could be Miller, would fill a huge need for Arizona and its pedestrian pass rush.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Patrick Peterson, CB - This is the first time I've had Patrick Peterson available to Arizona for quite a while. He could certainly be the pick, but Arizona runs a Steelers-like defense, and Pittsburgh doesn't place much emphasis on the cornerback position. Or at least Dick LeBeau doesn't, perhaps believing he can coach his guys up. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton was also a defensive back, so he may share the same mentality as his old boss.

      2. Robert Quinn, DE - The other pass-rushing option. There's a chance Arizona may like Robert Quinn over Miller.
    6. Cleveland Browns: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
      The Browns would love to land a top-tier weapon for the impressive Colt McCoy (A.J. Green). But if Green isn't available, Cleveland will almost certainly beef up its front seven.

      However, Patrick Peterson finally being available at this spot changes things. Peterson is arguably the top talent in this draft class. Mike Holmgren has a thing for drafting defensive backs early, and I can't imagine how excited he would be at the prospect of having Peterson and Joe Haden as his starting cornerbacks.

      With Peterson starting across from Haden, the Browns would instantly have the best secondary in the NFL. How could anyone possibly throw against them? And besides, it's not like corner isn't a need. Eric Wright is a free agent, while Sheldon Brown turns 32 in March.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Marcell Dareus, DT - Shaun Rogers was just cut. Marcell Dareus would be the perfect replacement.

      2. Robert Quinn, DE - The Browns have nothing at defensive end in their new 4-3 alignment. By the way, if the Broncos and Bengals take Patrick Peterson and A.J. Green, respectively, Da'Quan Bowers will be the no-brainer selection for Cleveland at No. 6.
    7. San Francisco 49ers: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
      The No. 7 pick is the toughest for me. I even made a thread about the 49ers No. 7 selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.

      I don't think I've ever mocked Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers - but I'm beginning to think that it's going to happen for the following reasons:

      1. There may not be a free agency, meaning San Francisco won't be able to address the quarterback position by either signing Donovan McNabb or trading for Kevin Kolb. Gabbert may be San Francisco's only viable option.

      2. I recently recalled that Jim Harbaugh attempted to recruit Gabbert. Gabbert played in a spread offense at Missouri, but ran a pro-style attack in high school. In fact, Gabbert initially wanted to go to Nebraska because of Bill Callahan's West Coast scheme.

      3. All the analysts on ESPN are gushing over Gabbert. Mike Mayock has him as his No. 1 quarterback. Trent Dilfer referred to Gabbert as "special." Matt Millen went as far as calling Gabbert "1,000-percent USDA Man" on NFL Live. Oh, and the Sun Tan Man loves Gabbert as much as he did Brian Brohm.

      4. New regimes mean new quarterbacks. John Harbaugh took a quarterback in the first round of his first draft, and Jim may do the same. Gabbert supposedly is the best quarterback available. For more on him, we have an interesting thread going about Blaine Gabbert on the forum.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Marcell Dareus, DE/DT - The 49ers are set with Justin Smith and Aubrayo Franklin on their defensive line (assuming they re-sign Franklin), but their left end position is shaky. Isaac Sopoaga isn't very good, while Ray McDonald is just a situational pass-rusher.

      2. Robert Quinn, DE/OLB - San Francisco needs a pass-rusher, and Robert Quinn would be the best one available.

      Pick change; previously Marcell Dareus, DE/DT
    8. Tennessee Titans: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
      Vince Young and Jeff Fisher stood side-by-side in Bud Adams office. Young, with a puzzled look on his face, looked at the senile owner and said, "It's either him or me, Mr. Adams." Fisher, with his arms crossed, nodded his head in agreement. Adams stared at his desk for a few minutes, forgetting what year it was and who these two men were. He finally snapped out of it and declared, "I choose me."

      Some version of this went down at Titans headquarters. Both Young and Fisher are gone, so Tennessee now has to start all over again. If Blaine Gabbert is available, there's a very good chance that the Titans will take him to be their new franchise quarterback.

      Unfortunately for Adams, Gabbert went off the board one pick earlier. There's no signal-caller worth taking here, so Tennessee will opt for the best player available, Marcell Dareus.

      Dareus fills a need; the Titans need a large defensive tackle to complement the 275-pound Jason Jones. They were interested in bringing back Albert Haynesworth, but with Jeff Fisher and Jim Washburn gone, Haynesworth won't be interested in returning to Tennessee.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Blaine Gabbert, QB - The Titans really need a quarterback. Blaine Gabbert will be the pick if he's available.

      2. Robert Quinn, DE - Jason Babin is a free agent, so Tennessee will be looking for help across from Derrick Morgan.

      Pick change; previously Blaine Gabbert, QB


    9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
      Jerry Jones recently said that he doesn't see the cornerback position as a problem area for his team. Either he's lying to mislead others, or he's unbelievably delusional.

      I have to believe it's the former. There's some speculation that Terence Newman could be released this offseason. Newman, 33 in September, struggled last year and will be due $8 million in 2011. Corner help is desperately needed.

      While Patrick Peterson is the best cornerback prospect to come along in a very long time, the consensus belief is that Prince Amukamara isn't too far behind him.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Marcell Dareus, DE/DT - There's a chance Marcell Dareus may slip to No. 9. With Jay Ratliff staying at nose tackle, the Cowboys need an upgrade over Igor Olshansky at defensive end.

      2. Cameron Jordan, DE/DT - The highly impressive Cameron Jordan would look great next to Jay Ratliff and Stephen Bowen.
    10. Washington Redskins: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
      The Redskins need a quarterback, but with Blaine Gabbert off the board, there is no signal-caller worth taking at No. 10. And no, Washington will not consider Cam Newton. He doesn't fit the offense, and Daniel Snyder may have an aversion to Auburn quarterbacks.

      If Gabbert is unavailable, the Redskins will take the best player available because they have holes throughout their roster.

      That includes the rush linebacker position. Washington made the switch to the 3-4 last season, but didn't consider the possibility that Andre Carter would fail miserably in the new scheme. Carter is a free agent, so the Redskins will be looking for an upgrade across from Brian Orakpo.

      Speaking of Orakpo, he was the only Washington player to record more than 2.5 sacks in 2010. How pathetic is that? This defense desperately needs help.

      Robert Quinn could be the answer. Quinn missed the 2010 season because the NCAA is ridiculously stupid, hypocritical and tyrannical. If he had played, he'd probably be a consensus top-five prospect, so Washington is getting major value with this selection.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Blaine Gabbert, QB - If the 49ers and Titans don't like Blaine Gabbert, the Redskins may draft him.

      2. Julio Jones, WR - Julio Jones could be the best player on Washington's board. With Santana Moss entering free agency, the Redskins will be desperate for a receiver.

      Pick change; previously Cameron Jordan, DE/DT
    11. Houston Texans: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
      With the shift to Wade Phillips' 3-4, Houston will need a nose tackle to pair with ends Mario Williams and Antonio Smith. DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing would play inside linebacker, while the outside pass rushers would be Connor Barwin and... umm... Aldon Smith.

      Smith missed some action this year, which would explain why he had only 10 TFL and 4.5 sacks. However, he's a freak of nature and pretty much a lock for the top 15. Smith has drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul in terms of raw athleticism. I think he's more 4-3, but he does project well into the 3-4.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Robert Quinn, DE/OLB - Other rush linebacker options. Robert Quinn will be the pick if the Redskins take Julio Jones instead.

      2. Cameron Jordan or J.J. Watt, DE/DT - The Texans want an upgrade at five technique, and either Cameron Jordan or J.J. Watt could be the best player on Houston's board.

      3. Prince Amukamara, CB - Prince Amukamara could be the pick if he's available. The Texans are looking for a top-flight cornerback to pair with Kareem Jackson.
    12. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
      A couple of weeks ago, Leslie Frazier may have tipped his hand when he told the media that he was interested in finding the next Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco this offseason. Unfortunately for him, both Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton are off the board.

      Ray Edwards is a free agent and Everson Griffen's goal to average two arrests per weekend is finally coming to fruition. Minnesota needs help across from Jared Allen.

      Cameron Jordan is arguably the best talent available. Jordan had an incredible season with 12.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. He was unblockable during the Senior Bowl practices. In fact, Marvin Lewis nearly kicked him out for hitting the quarterback.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Nate Solder, OT - If the Cowboys don't take Nate Solder, the Vikings could. He could play left tackle, allowing Bryant McKinnie to move to the right side.

      2. Julio Jones, WR - Sidney Rice could be a free agent depending on the CBA, and he's not eligible for the transition tag.


    13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
      It appears as though the Lions are finally conceding that offensive tackle is a huge need for them. The front office has told the media that they need to make protecting Matthew Stafford a priority; Jeff Backus, 34 in September, is entering his contract year. Gosder Cherilus is coming off an injury.

      Tyron Smith is the best consensus player available aside from Julio Jones - which assumes that he blows up at the Combine. Smith is an athletic tackle who played at 285 pounds last year. He's rumored to be around 305, which would probably vault him over Nate Solder as the top tackle in the 2011 NFL Draft.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Akeem Ayers, OLB - Julian Peterson won't be back. Akeem Ayers can easily step into his spot.

      2. Jimmy Smith, CB - The Lions need cornerback help, and Jimmy Smith's draft stock is gaining a ton of momentum. And damn the Sun Tan Man for mocking Smith to the Texans after I listed him as a possibility to Detroit a couple of weeks ago.

      Pick change; previously Nate Solder, OT
    14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
      St. Louis' No. 1 goal this offseason is to find a play-maker for Sam Bradford. The Rams could not get anything downfield in the ugly season finale at Seattle because of their abysmal receiving corps. Drafting Julio Jones would fix that.

      Jones' downfall is the inconsistency with his hands, but he's an elite talent otherwise. He was great in the Auburn game, and has lifted his stock after a slow start. The fact that he played hurt only helps, as teams will love his toughness.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Aldon Smith, DE - James Hall turns 34 this offseason. The Rams will have to find a successor across from Chris Long.

      2. Corey Liuget, DT - Defensive tackle is a need for the Rams. Like Jimmy Smith, Corey Liuget is gaining some draft momentum.
    15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
      The Dolphins would love to take a quarterback, but both Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton are off the board in this version of my 2011 NFL Mock Draft.

      Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both free agents, so running back is a big need. Mark Ingram, one of the top players available, would be an enormous upgrade in Miami's backfield.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Mike Pouncey, G - The Dolphins' prime needs don't really match many of the top players available, so this would be a pretty big reach.

      2. Colin Kaepernick, QB - Owner Stephen Ross is like the dork in high school whose only dream was to sit with the jocks and cheerleaders during lunch. Ross has surrounded himself with dozens of B-list celebrities as part-time owners of the team. He embarrassed himself when he wanted to make a big splash by hiring Jim Harbaugh, and he could do the same by drafting Colin Kaepernick. If Kaepernick keeps impressing, he could vault himself into the middle of the first round, much like Josh Freeman in 2009.
    16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
      The consensus belief is that Ryan Kerrigan's stock is falling. He may be dropping on some big boards, but I can't see him falling far on Gene Smith's.

      Kerrigan is the type of player Smith looks for. He's been in school for four years. He's a 3-year starter. He's an Academic All-America selection. He has a non-stop motor and a blue-collar attitude. He's a team captain with no character concerns.

      Oh, and Kerrigan fills a need as well. The Jaguars had just three sacks in their final five games. With Aaron Kampman coming off his second ACL tear in two years and Jeremy Mincey being unproven, Jacksonville desperately needs help at defensive end.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Jimmy Smith, CB - Jacksonville's secondary is an abomination, and Jimmy Smith is the best defensive back available.

      2. J.J. Watt, DE - Another smart, blue-collar defensive end. However, J.J. Watt is only a 2-year starter and he wasn't a team captain.




    1. New England Patriots: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
      Bill Belichick will probably move down a couple of times, but I'm not going to predict any trades in this mock.

      Protecting Tom Brady is Belichick's first priority. With Matt Light heading for free agency this March, New England will need a bookend tackle for Sebastian Vollmer. Nate Solder is the consensus best player available who makes sense for the Patriots.

      I didn't see what the fuss was about, but Solder apparently had a great Senior Bowl. Mike Mayock said that Solder is drawing comparisons to Tony Boselli.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Muhammad Wilkerson or Corey Liuget, DE/DT - Cameron Jordan will be the pick if he somehow makes it to No. 17, but I doubt he falls this far. Other five-techniques not named J.J. Watt are options as well.

      2. Justin Houston or Akeem Ayers, DE/OLB - The Patriots need an upgrade at rush linebacker. Justin Houston is the much better pass-rusher, but Akeem Ayers has the versatility that Belichick loves.

      Pick change; previously Tyron Smith, OT

    2. San Diego Chargers: J.J. Watt, DE/DT, Wisconsin
      Jacques Cesaire, a declining defensive lineman, is a free agent. He needed to be upgraded anyway.

      J.J. Watt's stock is rising. There's talk that he won't escape the top 20, and Mel Kiper has him as high as No. 9. I don't think Watt will go in the top 10, but the Chargers will definitely be intrigued if he's still on the board at this juncture.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Nate Solder, OT - The Chargers have needed an upgrade at right tackle for years. The fact that A.J. Smith has not upgraded the position makes me believe that he won't spend a first-round pick on a right tackle. But Nate Solder could be the best player available if the Lions and Patriots pass on him.

      2. Justin Houston, DE/OLB - If A.J. Smith is willing to admit that the Larry English pick was a mistake, he may select Justin Houston. I don't think Smith will give up on English so quickly, however.

      Pick change; previously Corey Liuget, DE/DT
    3. New York Giants: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
      Keith Bulluck is a 34-year-old free agent. The Giants are in need of an upgrade at strongside linebacker.

      Akeem Ayers reminds me a lot of Manny Lawson (which is a good thing for those who only like to look at stats). He's a really versatile player who figures to excel in Perry Fewell's defense.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Anthony Castonzo, OT - The Giants need a left tackle of the future because William Beatty has struggled thus far in his brief NFL career. As Greg Cox mentioned in his 2011 NFL Mock Draft, Anthony Castonzo could appeal to Tom Coughlin because of their Boston College ties.

      2. Mark Ingram, RB - If the Dolphins pass on Mark Ingram, the Giants will consider him at No. 19. Ahmad Bradshaw is a free agent.
    4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
      Forget the fact that teams will be worried about Adrian Clayborn's character issues for a second; he just wasn't very good this season. Once considered a top-10 talent, Clayborn will likely come off the board in the late teens or early 20s unless he has a dynamic pre-draft workout.

      One team that will ignore Clayborn's character concerns is Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers desperately need an outside pass-rusher to complement Gerald McCoy.

      By the way, if you're a Bucs fan, make sure you check out Pewter Report.com. It's the ultimate source for inside news on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including all of the draft prospects they're targeting.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Akeem Ayers, OLB - The Buccaneers need help at linebacker, and if Adrian Clayborn isn't on the board, they may consider Akeem Ayers to be the best player available.

      2. Ryan Kerrigan or J.J. Watt, DE - More defensive end options. Tampa is desperate for multiple upgrades at the position.


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    5. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
      Scott Pioli needs his Vince Wilfork. The Chiefs struggled against the run late in the year because they had nothing at the nose tackle position. Phil Taylor would remedy that issue.

      Taylor was one of the players who made a ton of money at the Senior Bowl. He was really impressive all week. The one concern with Taylor is that he was dismissed from Penn State three years ago because of an assault charge. However, Taylor has stayed out of trouble and worked hard at Baylor ever since. He showed up to his new school at 385 pounds, but was down to 337 in Mobile. Taylor even said that he wants to drop another 10 pounds by the Combine.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Akeem Ayers, DE/OLB - If the Giants pass on Akeem Ayers, he could easily go to the Chiefs. Kansas City needs help across from Tamba Hali.

      2. Anthony Castonzo, OT - Anthony Castonzo is the top player available who makes sense for the Chiefs. Branden Albert is not a franchise left tackle.
    6. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
      We all saw what happened to Peyton Manning amid pass protection issues against the Chargers on a Sunday night and the Cowboys the following week. Upgrades are needed everywhere.

      Left tackle Charlie Johnson will be a free agent in March. He's definitely not the elite blind-side protector Manning needs.

      Anthony Castonzo is the top consensus left tackle available, and he matches Indianapolis' blocking scheme better than any of the other available linemen.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Gabe Carimi, OT - If Anthony Castonzo isn't available, Gabe Carimi would become the best option.

      2. Mike Pouncey, G - Bill Polian spends his first-round picks on offensive players and pass-rushers.

      Pick change; previously Corey Liuget, DE/DT
    7. Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
      The Eagles' most glaring weakness is the offensive line. They surrendered 52 sacks this year, including six in that weird Tuesday night game against the Vikings.

      Drawing some comparisons to Jon Runyan, Gabe Carimi is perfect for Andy Reid's blocking scheme. He can take over for Winston Justice, who was benched in the playoff loss to Green Bay.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Derek Sherrod and Ben Ijalana, OT - If Gabe Carimi is off the board, Derek Sherrod would be Philadelphia's top tackle option. I also wouldn't count out local product Ben Ijalana.

      2. Jimmy Smith, CB - The Eagles desperately need cornerback help across from Asante Samuel, but may address that need via free agency (Nnamdi Asomugha).

      Pick change; previously Derek Sherrod, OT
    8. New Orleans Saints: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
      The Saints don't have many holes on their roster, but they could certainly use some upgrades on their defensive front. I think they'll take the best pass-rusher available.

      Corey Liuget, who happens to be the top prospect on the board (excluding cornerback Jimmy Smith), would fit in nicely next to Sedrick Ellis.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. J.J. Watt, DE - The Saints are looking for an upgrade across from Will Smith. Unfortunately for them, J.J. Watt's stock is rising.

      2. Muhammad Wilkerson, DT - Another defensive tackle option. Muhammad Wilkerson could be a better complement for Ellis.

      Pick change; previously J.J. Watt, DE


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    9. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
      The Seahawks need some help with their atrocious pass defense, especially with Kelly Jennings heading for free agency this March.

      Jimmy Smith is a player who's probably going to keep moving up in my 2011 NFL Mock Draft. His stock is rising right now, and if he impresses at the Combine, it wouldn't surprise me at all if he goes as high as No. 13 to Detroit.

      Other 2011 NFL Draft Possibilities:

      1. Mike Pouncey, G - The Seahawks really need to improve their interior blocking. Mike Pouncey is the top guard in this class.

      2. Justin Houston, DE - Chris Clemons had a great year, but can the Seahawks really rely on him to produce sacks?
    10. Baltimore Ravens: Titus Young, WR, Boise State
      Wow. I can't remember how many times I said "wow" while watching Titus Young practice at the Senior Bowl. Young has DeSean Jackson's game-breaking speed and lateral quickness. He's also a very good route runner. The only knock on him is that he's about 170 pounds, but Jackson has been a pretty good commodity for the Eagles despite being that size.

      After watching the Ravens lose to the Steelers, it's pretty obvious that Joe Flacco and Ray Rice need a downfield threat to stretch the defense. By drafting Young, Baltimore will have its own version of Mike Wallace.
    11. Atlanta Falcons: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
      It's no secret that the Falcons need receiver help. With Tony Gonzalez regressing at an alarming rate, Matt Ryan's only viable option this season was Roddy White. Atlanta has to get its franchise quarterback some help.

      General manager Thomas Dimitroff is all about finding players with great character and work ethic, which makes Torrey Smith a great fit for the Falcons. Smith is a high-effort guy who earned his degree in 2-and-a-half years. Oh, and he's pretty talented too.
    12. New England Patriots: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple
      As we all saw in the Patriots' loss to the Jets, New England had absolutely no pass rush. Major help is needed at defensive end and rush linebacker.

      Muhammad Wilkerson is a player I think is going to gain some momentum as the draft process moves along. He's a really talented, versatile defensive lineman, and he would be a perfect fit in Bill Belichick's defense.

      Pick change; previously Justin Houston, DE/OLB


    13. Chicago Bears: Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
      You know, if the Bears had a good offensive line, Jay Cutler probably wouldn't have suffered an MCL sprain against the Packers, and we never would have had this huge debate about whether Cutler should have played or not. This should make Chicago's first-round pick pretty obvious.

      The Bears led the NFL in sacks allowed (60) in 2010. Jerry Angelo should be exiled if he doesn't improve the offensive line.

      It doesn't appear that Angelo will have much money to spend this offseason (Carl Nicks, Harvey Dahl), so he'll have to address the left guard position in the 2011 NFL Draft.
    14. New York Jets: Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
      It never hurts to have as many quality pass-rushers as possible when you have to go through Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger every year to get to the Super Bowl.

      Justin Houston has really opened up some eyes with 19.5 TFL and 11 sacks as a junior this season. He has soared into top-25 consideration.

      Pick change; previously Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT
    15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
      If one of the first-round offensive tackles is available, I expect the Steelers to pull the trigger.

      Pittsburgh needs to improve its pass protection; Ben Roethlisberger can only take so much abuse. Max Starks is coming off an injury, while Willie Colon is a free agent. Even if both make it back to the lineup, either Colon or Derek Sherrod can kick inside to seal a huge hole at right guard.

      Pick change; previously Brandon Harris, CB
    16. Green Bay Packers: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State
      The Packers are a tough team to mock draft for. They have very few needs, and the best players available don't necessarily satisfy those needs.

      One exception could be Cameron Heyward. Mike McCarthy spoke in the past tense when referring to Cullen Jenkins. Johnny Jolly, meanwhile, won't be around much longer. The Packers could look into acquiring a new defensive end, and they've had success with bloodline players.

      The son of former running back Ironhead Heyward, Cameron really struggled at times this year, but had an outstanding State Farm Sugar Bowl. He just had elbow surgery, but that shouldn't be a big deal. If he's not ready for the Combine - it looks like he's on track to be - he'll put on a workout for scouts and general managers at his Pro Day.

     
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    Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***

    In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***:
    [QUOTE]is that your site?
    Posted by KyleCleric2[/QUOTE]

    hi kyle,
      i dont have a site.
    i'm just a regular layperson (not a pro).

    i believe if i remember it was nepatriotsdraft.com
     
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    Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***

    I'd like Carimi, Watt, or Houston at that spot then. I don't like Solder. If I did anything, it would be to move down. Julio Jones is the one player I'd move up for.
     
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    Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***

    Does anyone want to comment on which direction players seem to be headed?

    Players on the rise-
    Cam Newton
    Tyron Smith
    Von Miller
    JJ Watt

    Players on the decline-
    Prince Amukamara (slight decline)
    Robert Quinn (slight decline)
    Jake Locker
    Anthony Costanzo

     

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