Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/25/11)

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    Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/25/11)

         With this latest update, I changed the format of my mock as follows: 

         I have replaced the Mel Kiper selections listed in bold black print are those that I think each team will make. The selections in red are where I play GM...and list who I would take at each spot, and why. 

         Here is my new top 76:

    1.) Carolina Panthers: QB Cam Newton, Auburn: No matter how you slice it, the Panthers top need is at QB. Many judge Newton as the top QB available in terms of upside. 
    1.) Carolina Panthers: DT Marcel Dareus, Alabama: While having a top flight QB is a must, football games are still won in the trenches. DT is a huge need position for Carolina, and Dareus is a far safer pick than Cam Newton. I see Newton as the second coming of Vince Young at best. His putrid performance in the NCAA title game against Oregon told me all I needed to know about him;

    2.) Denver Broncos: DT Marcel Dareus, Alabama: As is the case with Carolina, DT is a huge position of need for the Broncos. 
    2.) Denver Broncos: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU:
    The Broncos will attempt to trasde down, but will find no takers. Peterson is the highest rated player in this draft. Hehas the size and talent to play star at either CB or safety, for the next 8-10 years. Considering that CB Champ Bailey turns 33 in June, and safety Brian Dawkins turns 38 in October, this is also a "need" pick;

    3.) Buffalo Bills: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M: Bills' coach Chan Gailey has found memories of Miller in the Senior Bowl. QB Blaine Gabbert should, and will, garner consideration. But, with this high a pick, it is imperative that it's used to land a guy who will be a very good player. Miller is ready to step in, and be the Bills' Clay Matthews.  
    3.) Buffalo Bills: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M: 
    Gabbert is talented, but will likely need at least a year of seasoning. The Bills want and need an impact player...not a project. As a team, Buffalo had just 27 sacks last season. They'll wait til round two to look at QBs;

    4.) Cincinnati Bengals: WR A.J. Green, Georgia: Many view Green as the best player available in this draft. The Bengals hope to lure Carson Palmer back onto the field with this pick. In addition, getting Green will allow them to say goodbye to both Chad Ochocinco, and T.O..
    4.) Cincinnati Bengals: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri:
    Bengals' GM Mike Brown needs to face reality. Carson Palmer will retire, rather than play for the Bengals. Unfortunately for Brown, the labor mess prevent him from shipping Palmer off to Arizona, say, for their second round pick. He must go QB here;

    5.) Arizona Cardinals: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: The Cards are just a good QB away from being a playoff team, again. The addition of Gabbert could entice WR Larry Fitzgerald to stay on in Arizona. 
    5.) Arizona Cardinals: DE/OLB Robert Quinn, North Carolina: 
    The Cards weep as they watch the top three players on their draft board, Gabbert, Peterson, and Miller, evaporate prior to their pick. Joey Porter is done at OLB. So, the Cards "Plan B" will be to grab a pass rusher in Quinn, and try to convert him to a 3-4 DE. That said, I'd take QB Ryan Mallett, if the character issues are not too serious;

    6.) Cleveland Browns: NT/DE Nick Fairley, Auburn: Though WR Julio Jones would fill a glaring hole at WR....Mike Holmgren knows that football games are won in the trenches. 
    6.) Cleveland Browns: DT/DE Nick Fairley, Auburn:
    Some call Fairley a "one year wonder", and others question his maturity. But, Fairley was the best defensive lineman in college football last year...and played his best in the biggest games. Sounds mature enough to me;

    7.) San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: Mediocre secondary needs an upgrade...and Peterson is the highest rated player available.
    7.) San Francisco 49ers: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: The 49ers need an edge pass rusher. But, Aldon Smith seems to be too mkuch of a project to justify being taken at this point. With starting CB Nate Clemons slowing down, and due for a new contract, Amakumara seems to make the most sense;

    8.) Tennessee Titans: QB Jake Locker, Washington: The Titans must come out of this draft with a QB
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    8.) Tenn. Titans: QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas: Cam Newton is another Vince Young, at best. I can't get the memory of his poor showing in the BCS title game out of my mind. Boom or bust pick, here. But, the Titans have nothing at QB. Mallett is the most NFL ready QB prospect available. The Titans will also consider pouncing on C/OG MikePouncey...since they are one of the few running teams remaining in the league. Star RB Chris Johnson has far less running room in 2010, than in 2009. Pouncey would help to rectify that. 

    9.) Dallas Cowboys: OT Tyron Smith, USC: After seeing Tony Romo get splattered last year, this pick seems to make sense. But, in the world of Jerry Jones...
    Dallas Cowboys: DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin:
    Though the Cowboys must improve their OL, they also need help at DE. Watt appears to be the perfect fie as a 5 technique, 3-4 DE;

    10.) Washington Redskins: QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas: The 'Skins are desperate for a QB.
    10.) Washington Redskins: QB Cam Newton, Auburn:
    Boom or bust for the 'Skins, here;. I just can't get the poor performance that Newton had in the BCS championship game against Oregon out of my mind. Still, he has all the tools;  

    11.) Houston Texans: DE/OLB Robert Quinn, North Carolina: The Texans are switching to a 3-4, under new DC, Wade Phillips. Will Quinn be Phillips' Shawne Merriman/DeMarcus Ware?
    11.) Houston Texans: DE/OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri:
    Though the Titan's secondary was a joke last season, Smith fills the bill as a pass rushing OLB;

    12.) Minnesota Vikings: DT Corey Liuget, Illinois: DT Pat Williams is 38 years old, and needs to be replaced.
    12.) Minnesota Vikings: DT Corey Liuget: 
    See above; 

    13.) Detroit Lions: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska: Those of us who remember the Thanksgiving Day roasting of Lions' CB Alphonso Smith can readily appreciate the necessity of Detroit adding a CB.
    13.) Detroit Lions: OT Tyron Smith, USC: Protecting alleged franchise QB Matthew Stafford has got to be a major concern, after Stafford painful 2010 campaign;

    14.) St. Louis Rams: WR Julio Jones. Alabama: QB Sam Bradford gets his go to WR;
    14.) St. Louis Rams: WR A.J. Green, Georgia: As we saw in the play-in into the play-offs game in Seattle, QB Sam Bradford had no one to throw to. Green is a steal at #14;

    15.) Miami Dolphins: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama: Incumbent RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are UFAs.
    15.) Miami Dolphins: OG/C Mike Pouncey, Florida: Though the 'Fins must find a QB, the best ones are gone. They need to address the interior of their OL;

    16.) Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue: The Jags are still looking for that guy who can get to Peyton Manning.
    16.) Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue: See above;

    17.) New England Patriots: DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin: POn paper, this guy appears to be the perfect fit for a DE in the Patriots' 3-4 system. 
    17.) New England Patriots: DE/DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple: Selecting Wilkerson over Jordan is a tough call. But, BB lover versatile players, and Wilkerson has the ability to play every position on the Pats' DL. Other possibilities include OTs Anthony Castonzo, Derek Sherrod or Gabe Carimi;

    18.) San Diego Chargers: DT/DE Muhammad Wilkerson: Great potential as a 3-4 DE makes him a good fit in San Diego.
    18.) San Diego Chargers: DE Cameron Jordan, California
    : Played 3-4 DE in very effectively college. Impressed during the Senior Bowl practices;

    19.) New York Giants: OG/C Mike Pouncey, Florida: Injuries and age served to deplete the interior of the Giants OL in 2010.
    19.) New York Giants: OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College: 
    The G-men need to fix their OL in general. They really wanted Mike Pouncey;

    20.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson: The Bucs hope that Bowers' knee is sound. If so, he's a steal at this point; 
    20.) Tampa Bay Bucs: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson: Boom or bust. Bowers could be well worth the gamble
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    21.) Kansas City Chiefs: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin:  Carimi is a nasty, mauling blocker. Just what the Chiefs need to fortify their running game, and solidify their OL.
    21.) Kansas City Chiefs: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin:
    See above; 

    22.) Indianapolis Colts: OT Derrick Sherrod, Mississippi State: Needed to protect "The Franchise's" blind side.
    22.) Indianapolis Colts: OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State:
    See explanation above;

    23.) Philadelphia Eagles: CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado: Smith is a tall CB, which may cause Philly fans to fondly reminisce about former star, and tall Philly CB, Bobby Taylor;
    23.) Philadelphia Eagles: CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado: See above;

    24.) New Orleans Saints: DT/DE Cameron Heywood, Ohio State: The Saints need help on their DL. The versatile Heyward can play DE, or DT.
    24.) New Orleans Saints: DT/DE Cameron Heywood, Ohio State: See above;

    25.) Seattle Seahawks: QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada: Grooming the eventual replacement for Matt Hasselbeck.
    25.) Seattle Seahawks: QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada: See above;

    26.) Baltimore Ravens: OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College:  The Buzzards hope that Castonzo Solder will be their LT for the next 10 years.
    26.) Baltimore Ravens: WR Julio Jones. Alabama: A great value at this point in the draft; 

    27.) Atlanta Falcons: DE Cameron Jordan, California: DE John Abraham is aging, and will soon need tobe replaced. 
    27.) Atlanta Falcons: TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame: 
    The Falcons prepare for life after Tony Gonzalez;

    28.) San Francisco 49ers (via a trade with the New England Patriots): QB Andy Dalton, TCU: Dalton reminds me of Drew Brees. He doesn't possess the strongest arm in the world. But he's accurate, bright, and a winner. 
    28.) San Francisco 49ers via trade with New England Patriots: QB Jake Locker, Washington: See above. In this trade, the 49ers receive the Pats' 28th and 95th overall picks, in return for their 45th and 76th selections this year, plus a second round pick in 2012; 

     
    29.) Chicago Bears: DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina: Da' Bears must replace DT Tommy Harris, who they recently released.
    29.) Chicago Bears: DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina: 
    See above;

    30.) New York Jets: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA:  The hated Gothams are still trying to erase the Vernon Golston mistake;
    30.) New York Jets: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA:
    The Jets hope that Ayers is the answer to their OLB prayers;

    31.) Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Aaron Williams, Texas: The Steelers' weakness at CB was exploited by Aaron Rodgers, vis Jordie Nelson.
    31.) Pittsburgh Steelers: OG/OT Ben Ijalana, Villanova:
    The Steelers draft Big Ben to help protect Big Ben;

    32.) Green Bay Packers: OT Nate Solder, Colorado: Protecting Aaron Rodgers is job one in Green Bay.
    32.) Green Bay Packers: OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona: Could be a Clay Matthews clone.

    33.) New England Patriots: OLB/DE Brooks Reed, Arizona: The Pats hope that Reed is the answer to their pass-rushing prayers.
    33.) New England Patriots: DE/OLB Justin Houston, Georgia: Could Houston finally be the guy to replace Willie McGinest?

    34.) Buffalo Bills: QB Christian Ponder, Florida State: Ponder appears to possess all the physical tools to develop into an NFL QB. 
    34.) Buffalo Bills: QB Andy Dalton, TCU: 
    Dalton is, first and foremost, a winner. He's won in college, and is more used to playing in cold weather games. With Ryan Fitzpatroick around, he'll have time to learn the position;

    35.) Cincinnati Bengals: QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa: An underrated prospect. Could surprise.
    35.) Cincinnati Bengals: WR Torrey Smith, Maryland: 
    The wisdom of passing on a WR at #4, and taking Blaine Gabbert instead, shines on through. Great value pick by the Bengals;

    36.) Denver Broncos: RB Mikel Leshoure, Illinois:
    Denveradds much needed depth and talent at RB. 
    36.) Denver Broncos: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama:
    If things fall in accordance with whom I think each team will take, Ingram will be available to Denver here;

    37.) Cleveland Browns: DE Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh: The Browns need help at DE, now that they're switching to a 4-3 "D". 
    37.) Cleveland Browns: DE Jabaal Sheard: 
    See above;

    38.) Arizona Cardinals: OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada: Joey Porter is old and tired. Only his mouth plays up to it's days of yester-year.
    38.) Arizona Cardinals: OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada: 
    BCan't have enough pass-rushers. Bye-bye, Joey baby!

    39.) Tennessee Titans: DE Justin Houston, Georgia: Having landed their QB with their top pick, the Titans now move to address their DL.  
    39.) Tennessee Titans: OG/C Rodney Hudson, Florida State:
    The Titans need to solidy the interior of their OL, in order to ensure that star RB Chris Johnson has some running room; 

    40.) Dallas Cowboys: CB Brandon Harris, Miami: The Dallas secondary is becoming a joke...as is the Cowboys' team, in general.
    40.) Dallas Cowboys: CB Aaron Williams, Texas: See above;

    41.) Washington Redskins: WR Torrey Smith, Maryland: The new 'Skins' QB is given a deep threat.
    41.) Washington Redskins: OT Nate Solder, Colorado: The Redskins are the beneficiaries of one of the top OTs available, falling through the cracksShanahan craves;

    42.) Houston Texans: FS Raheem Moore, UCLA: The Texans try to shore up their porous secondary with the addition of Moore;
    42.) Houston Texans: CB Brandon Harris, Miami: The Texans must improve their secondary;

    43.) Minnesota Vikings: QB Patrick Devlin, Delaware: The Vikings roll dice on a QB.
    43.) Minnesota Vikings: QB Christian Ponder, Florida State: Ponder could slip down to the Vikings at pick #43;

    44.) Detroit Lions: OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State: The Lions hope that Carter can provide them with an edge pass-rush.
    44.) Detroit L:ions: OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State: See above;

    45.) New England Patriots (from S.F. 49ers): OG/OT Ben Ijalana, Villanova: It's really a toss-up here between Big Ben, and Danny Watkins. Both players have a nasty disposition, and project to the NFL as OGs. Provides insurance against a Logan Mankins' defection.
    45.) New England Patriots: RB Mikel Leshoure: Could be the best available RB in the draft.
     
    46.) Denver Broncos (from Miami via Marshall trade): FS Raheem Moore, UCLA: Brian Dawkins is still a decent player. But, he'll turn 38 years old next season. A replacement must be found.
    46.) Denver Broncos: DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State: The Broncos attempt to solidify the middle of their new 4-3 defense by adding a stud DT;    

     
    47.) St. Louis Rams: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: Steve Spagnuloo hopes that Clayborn will give him an outside pass-rush, that he hasn't seen since he left the Giants.
    47.) St. Louis Rams: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: See above;

    48.) Oakland Raiders: OT/OG Marcus Cannon, TCU: Somebody will wake up Uncle Al just in time to make this pick. The Raiders' OL needs to be addressed, as there are questions at LG, with Robert Gallery sure to be leaving through free agency, and at RT. The mamouth Cannon could fill either void.
    48.) Oakland Raiders: OT/OG Marcus Cannon, TCU: See above;

    49.) Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami: The Jags hope that Hankerson becomes the go-to WR, that they so desperately need.
    49.) Jacksonville Jaguars: FS Raheem Moore, UCLA: The Jags are thrilled that Moore is still on the board. Their secondary is a mess;

    50.) San Diego Chargers: WR Greg Little, North Carolina: It's doubtful that Vincent Jackson remains a Charger. San Diego loves tall WRs. 
    50.) San Diego Chargers: WR Greg Little, North Carolina: See above;

    51.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: ILB Martez Wilson, Illinois: 
    Long time Buc ILB Barrett Ruud is a free agent. Wilson will be his replacement.
    51.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: ILB Martez Wilson, Illinois: See above;

    52.) New York Giants: RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech: Williams could be the best RB in this draft class. Has breakaway speed;
    52.) New York Giants: RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech: See above. Great value pick by the G-men;      

    53.) Indianapolis Colts: OG/C  Rodney Hudson, Florida State: The Colts hope to entice Peyton Manning to stay, by adding another body guard for him, and, eventually, to succeed the aging Jeff Saturday at center;
    53.) Indianapolis Colts: OG/C Stefan Wisniewski, Penn State: See above;

    54.) Philadelphia Eagles: OG Danny Watkins, Baylor: Tough guy with a hockey player's mentality is just what Andy Reid likes on his OL.
    54.) Philadelphia Eagles: OG Danny Watkins, Baylor: See above;

    55.) Kansas City Chiefs: DT Steven Paea, Oregon State: Could be Scott Pioli's Vince Wilfolk at NT.
    55.) Kansas City Chiefs: NT Phil Taylor, Baylor: Would have been selected long ago, accept for injury concerns. Just as Tampa Bay rolled dice on Da'Quan Bowers *see pick #20, above), the Chiefs do the same with Taylor. Scott Pioli hopes that Taylor becomes his Vince Wilfolk.

    56.) New Orleans Saints: Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina: There are differing views about how soon this 4 year starter at North Carolina will be taken. Has the necessary speed and athleticism to be a solid performer in the pros.  
    56.) New Orleans Saints: Quan Sturdivant: See above;

    57.) Seattle Seahawks: OG/C Stefan Wiesnewski, Penn State: The 'Hawks need a center to replace UFA Chris Spencer.
    57.) Seattle Seahawks: OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida: Gilbert would replace current RT Sean Locklear, whi is an UFA;

    58.) Baltimore Ravens: WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh: Huge target for Joe Flacco.
    58.) Baltimore Ravens: CB Curtis Brown, Texas: Ravens need corners, as they will lose some of their current CBs through UFA;

    59.) Atlanta Falcons: WR Titus Young, Boise State: Another erxplosive weapon for QB Matt Ryan.
    59.) Atlanta Falcons: WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami: Great target for "Matty Ice";

    60.) New England Patriots: OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida: Imposing OT who could have a solid career as a RT in the league. As we know, BB whad some good luck with his Florida draftees in 2010. Remember, protecting Tom Brady is job one.
    60.) New England Patriots: WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky: Explosive kid, who could develop into another Deion Branch, or Wes Welker. Deion is 32, and Welker is going into the final year of his contract this season;

    61.) San Diego Chargers: DE/OLB Sam Acho, Texas: 
    Former #1 draft choice from 2009, Larry English, has been a bust. Consequently, the Bolts need a guy playing on the opposite side ofpass-rusher Shawn Phillips, who is capable of drawing some attention away from Phillips.
    61.) San Diego Chargers: DE/OLB Sam Acho, Texas: See above;

    62.) Chicago Bears: OT James Carpenter, Alabama: Da' Bears need to improve da' OL. QB Jay Cutler was sacked 56 times last season.
    62.) Chicago Bears: OT James Carpenter, Alabama: See above;

    63.) Pittsburgh Steelers: OT/OG Will Rackley, Lehigh: Steelers continue to try to solidify their OL;
    63.) Pittsburgh Steelers: OT/OG Will Rackley, Lehigh: See above;

    64.) Green Bay Packers: DE/DT Allen Bailey, Miami: Great value pick for the Packers again. DC Dom Capers couldn't be happier.
    64.) Green Bay Packers: DE/DT Allen Bailey, Miami: See above;

    65.) Carolina Panthers: DT Drake Nevis, LSU: The Panthers must do something about their DL, after wasting the top overall pick on QB Cam Newton.
    65.) Carolina Panthers: QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa: Stanzi is a very underrated prospect. The Panthers are lucky that he fell this far;

    66.) Cincinnati Bengals: RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State: No telling what management has in store with free agent RB, Cedric Benson. His production dropped last season, while his fumbles incresed to an unacceptable five (5). 
    66.) Cincinnati Bengals: OG Clint Boling, Georgia: Football games are won in the trenches...especially in the rugged AFC North;

    67.) Denver Broncos: TE Virgil Green, Nevada: Intriguing prospect at TE. The Broncos got literally no production from the position, offensively. The hope is that Green is another Shannon Sharpe.
    67.) Denver Broncos: TE Virgil Green, Nevada: See above;

    68.) Buffalo Bills: CB Curtis Brown, Texas: A team can never have too many CBs. Plus, injury prone Terrence McGee turns 31, and 2008 #1 pick, Leodis McKelvin, has disappointed.
    68.) Buffalo Bills: CB Brandon Burton, Utah: Both Brown and Burton have been rated pretty evenly. It will become a question of which is available, and/or which of these two do they like best;

    69.) Arizona Cardinals: OG Clint Boling, Georgia: Alan Faneca can't go on forever. Now still chugging away at age 34, it's time to seek out his replacement.
    69.) Arizona Cardinals: OG John Moffitt, Wisconsin: See above;

    70.) Cleveland Browns: WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky: Could be the deep threat that the Browns are looking for.
    70.) Titus Young, Boise State: See above;

    71.) Dallas Cowboys: CB/FS Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson: The Cowboys were burnt deep far too often last season, especially by Philly's Desean Jackson. They hope that Gilchrist will put a stop to that.
    71.) Dallas Cowboys: OG Orlando Franklin, Miami: A revamping of the Cowboys' OL is long overdue;

    72.) New Orleans Saints (from Redskins): DT Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson: The Saints need to find a partner for DT Sedrick Ellis in the middle of their DL.
    72.) New Orleans Saints: DT Drake Nevis, LSU: See above;

    73.) Houston Texans: NT Phil Taylor, Baylor: If he's still available, the Texans will take a chance on him, and his injury history.
    73.) Houston Texans: DT Jurrell Casey, USC: Wade Phillips looks for that big body to clog up the middle of his DL;

    74.) New England Patriots (from Minnesota Vikings): CB Brandon Burton, Troy: A team can never have enough CBs. Leigh Bodden is a 30 year old, injury prone player. Kyle Arrington tries, but is best suited for a reserve role. Darius Butler has been a major disappointment.
    74.) New England Patriots: CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville: See above;

    75.) Detroit Lions: OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina: Carter carried afirst round grade, til he was felled by a knee injury. The Lions continue to build their linebacking corp.
    75.) Detroit Lions: OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina: See above; 
     

    76.) New England Patriots, via trade with the San Francisco 49ers...see pick #28, above: WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy: In a word...dangerous! Very slippery once he gets his hands on the ball. Wes Welker has been great, but is not getting any younger, and is in the final year of his contract. This guy is the best kept receiving threat in the nation.
    76.) New England Patriots: DT Kendrick Ellis, Hampton: 
    A mountain of a man, at 6'5", 345 lbs.. Could give the Patriots a similar one-two punch athat they once enjoyed when Ted Washington teamed with Vince Wilfolk in the middle.


       
    Doing a mock helps me to determine who will be available to the Patriots, when they pick. Here are some post top 40 thoughts:

         1.) Do you like the mock in black, or in red, better? 

         2.) Which scenario is more beneficial to the Patriots? Why? 


        3.) What are your thoughts on the 2011 RB class? I don't think any of them should be #1 picks. Mark Ingram was, in my view, an overrated, part-time player at Alabama. I'm also concerned over the health of the knee he injured in college. RB Mikel Leshoure may be the better player.

         4.) How important to you is it that the Pats secure an elite OT? There's going to be a run on OTs in the first round. So...if the Pats don't grab one at pick #17, they won't get one of the 5 elites (Smith. Castonzo, Carimi, Sherrod, or Solder). But, OTs such as Marcus Gilbert from Florida, and Jah Reid of Central Florida, James Carpenter of Alabama, and OG/OT Will Rackley would likely be available to the Pats with their 60th overall pick. 
     

        5.) My guess is that several teams will reach for QBs. Thus, a QB desperate team might overpay to move up. You can make book that the Pats will trade either the 28th or 33rd overall pick to one of the QB needy teams.

         6.) Speaking of QBs, Iowa'a Ricky Stanzi is underrated. The Colts should strive to get him...just in case the unthinkable occurs with Peyton.

         7.) After seeing what happened with Vince Young, does anybody think that Carolina should risk taking Cam Newton at #1?    

         

      
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (4/17/11)

    I like your draft but I Would take Reed at #28 and make a similar trade at #33 for #39 and next years #1.
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (4/17/11)

    I don't think you put any thought into this at all, and if you did, well this is a huge FAIL.

    You don't have JJ Watt going in the TOP 40???

    You don't have Cam Newton going in the TOP 40???   But you DO have Gabbert, Kaepernick, Mallett and Ponder chosen?  Really?

    Mark Ingram #36???   You do know that there has never been a draft where a running back was not selected in the First Round.  And you think THIS year with a Heisman Trophy winner RB available that he'll slip to the second round?  Seriously?
     
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    Cam Jordan will not fit our system as well as everyone thinks.  I am thinking that he will be like vernon gholdston (or whatever) was for the Jets.  undersized for DE but to slow for OLB in a 3-4 D. If Watt is not availible Kerrigan is the best player for our pass rushing needs.
     
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    In Response to Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (4/17/11):
    No JJ Watt? Probably a slip.
    Posted by bobbysu


         Right you are! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Bobby. Got it rectified. If the Pats have both Cameron Jordan and Watt sitting at #17, it would be interesting to see who they take. 
     
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    Cam Jordan will not fit our system as well as everyone thinks.  I am thinking that he will be like vernon gholdston (or whatever) was for the Jets.  undersized for DE but to slow for OLB in a 3-4 D. If Watt is not availible Kerrigan is the best player for our pass rushing needs.
    Posted by Wildwillis


         I thought about that too, Will. If Watt is gone, the Pats could grab an OT, such as Gabe Carimi or Derek Sherrod, or C/OG Mike Pouncey...over Jordan. This is a big call from BB. I stuck with Jordan because he supposedly was the best player on the field in the Senior Bowl practices...something that has BB has considered in the past. 
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (4/17/11)

    Great mock draft!!! I have my fingers crossed for DeMarco Murray. If we can get him btwn 3 - 5 rds... Freaking steal!!!!

     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (4/17/11)

    Great mock btw but I just can't see Bower's being taken that early. With all his issues NO seems like the most likely spot right now and if they don't select him look for him to drop to NYJ or GB.

    I completely agree with Mia taking Mallett. With no 2nd rounder this year they are going to have to either trade back or take Mallett at #15. I just don't see to many players that teams would be willing to move up for in that range.

     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (4/17/11)

    You forgot for someone to take newton...He might slip...but not out of the top 40.
     
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    2nd that Demarco Murray thought

    He would be an excellent replacement for the aging Kevin Faulk.  Age, and knee, Kevin will not be around forever!  As a 3rd down back - this guy would be explosive in the Patriot Scheme.

    His knock - He runs too upright.  same school as AP, who had that same knock.  Demarco would not be an every down player, but would give the Patriots something they have not had in a very long time - someone in the backfiled that could score from anywhere on the field.  Put this guy in the backfiled in a 2nd and 5 or less ....

     
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    You forgot for someone to take newton...He might slip...but not out of the top 40.
    Posted by fl+adam,


         Wow!! Huge mistake! Thanks for pointing it out. I'll rectify that mistake, above. 
     
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    Great mock btw but I just can't see Bower's being taken that early. With all his issues NO seems like the most likely spot right now and if they don't select him look for him to drop to NYJ or GB. I completely agree with Mia taking Mallett. With no 2nd rounder this year they are going to have to either trade back or take Mallett at #15. I just don't see to many players that teams would be willing to move up for in that range.
    Posted by PatsEng


         On Bowers...I thought of him slipping further because of health issues...and I agree with you that he will. I've made the modification above.
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (modified on 4/18/11)

         Some cold, hard football facts, showing that wide receivers are nothing more than "shiny hood ordiments" on offenses: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/11_3714_Draft_Primer%3A_those_shiny_wide_receivers.html
     
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         I really believe that QB Ryan Mallett will be a top 15 pick: http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81f52eb2/article/drafting-mallett-could-be-winning-decision-upon-further-review?module=HP_cp2
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/18/11)

         1.) Do you like Kiper's mock, or the one I concocted, better? 
    I have been pretty opinionated on drafts before but I don't have a clue on this one.  I can see this draft going a bunch of ways.  It starts on what Carolina will do because it will create a run on DEs or QBs.  Copping out on the question.

         2.) Which scenario is more beneficial to the Patriots? Why? 
    The QB run because defensive players will drop.  Might be able to move up and get J.J..

        3.) What are your thoughts on the 2011 RB class? I don't think any of them should be #1 picks. Mark Ingram was, in my view, an overrated, part-time player at Alabama. I'm also concerned over the health of the knee he injured in college. RB Mikel Leshoure may be the better player.
    Simply put there isn't a lot of RB hungry teams.  Priorities are elsewhere.  Late in the 2nd to early 3rd rounds is where you'll see a RB run.  It's not a bad RB class either.

         4.) How important to you is it that the Pats secure an elite OT? There's going to be a run on OTs in the first round. So...if the Pats don't grab one at pick #17, they won't get one of the 5 elites (Smith. Castonzo, Carimi, Sherrod, or Solder). But, OTs such as Marcus Gilbert from Florida, and Jah Reid of Central Florida, James Carpenter of Alabama, and OG/OT Will Rackley would likely be available to the Pats with their 60th overall pick. 
    This is why I think if there's a draft pick to be traded it's the 28th.  A team that can better the Pats position in the 1st round for next year may want to move up out of the 2nd round to get in on the OT run.  Belichick seems to think the OT spot deep so the Pats can get in on it with their #33.

        5.) My guess is that several teams will reach for QBs. Thus, a QB desperate team like Washington and Tennessee might overpay to move up. You can make book that the Pats will trade either the 28th or 33rd overall pick to one of the QB needy teams.
    This is my hope.  A run on QBs would send things the Pats way. 

         6.) Speaking of QBs, Iowa'a Ricky Stanzi is underrated. The Colts should strive to get him...just in case the unthinkable occurs with Peyton.
    There is talk of Indy using their 1st rounder on a QB.   A lot depends on that QB run taking place or not.  But I think the 2nd or a trade up in the 3rd is most likely.

         7.) After seeing what happened with Vince Young, does anybody think that Carolina should risk taking Cam Newton at #1? 
    Two very different types of players headwise.  Young had a rough start at Texas.  He was being coached to be disciplined but Young wanted to improvise.  See and react.  The coach gave in to him.  Of course this doesn't work at the pro level where defenses will bait you and Young was baited often.  I think Cam to be coachable where Young isn't so much.

    Should Carolina pick Cam?  No.  Not if it where me running the show.  The Panthers wouldn't be able to keep him upright and that defense stinks.  What good would it do?  I'd draft the trenches this year and throw my hat in the Luck sweepstakes for next year.  

    Here's another problem.  The lockout.  QBs need to be in school ASAP.  I'm sure that team members will get to him but it ain't the same.  This is a major block in there being any QB run in the 1st.  If I'm a team that needs a QB and can't get him in QB school what good does drafting a QB do?  You place the young QB in a real uncomfortable and fragile position. 
         
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/18/11)

    Gary on your point #4 - it's not that BB thinks there is great T depth but from what I read there's great depth in the G/T type of players. Which to me means that he's not even thinking about a pure T right now but he does want a G that can swing to T in a pinch for added flexibility. There are actually a ton between the 2nd to 3rd round that have that flexibility and which gives it a lot of depth.

    So name's to note and keep an eye on that could be those swing G/T players:

    Carpenter
    Morris
    Rackley
    Ijalana
    Gilbert
    Cannon
    Franklin
    Boling
    Ziemba
    Love

    That's a lot of G/T's
     
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         1.) Do you like Kiper's mock, or the one I concocted, better?  I have been pretty opinionated on drafts before but I don't have a clue on this one.  I can see this draft going a bunch of ways.  It starts on what Carolina will do because it will create a run on DEs or QBs.  Copping out on the question.      2.) Which scenario is more beneficial to the Patriots? Why?  The QB run because defensive players will drop.  Might be able to move up and get J.J..      3.) What are your thoughts on the 2011 RB class? I don't think any of them should be #1 picks. Mark Ingram was, in my view, an overrated, part-time player at Alabama. I'm also concerned over the health of the knee he injured in college. RB Mikel Leshoure may be the better player. Simply put there isn't a lot of RB hungry teams.  Priorities are elsewhere.  Late in the 2nd to early 3rd rounds is where you'll see a RB run.  It's not a bad RB class either.      4.) How important to you is it that the Pats secure an elite OT? There's going to be a run on OTs in the first round. So...if the Pats don't grab one at pick #17, they won't get one of the 5 elites (Smith. Castonzo, Carimi, Sherrod, or Solder). But, OTs such as Marcus Gilbert from Florida, and Jah Reid of Central Florida, James Carpenter of Alabama, and OG/OT Will Rackley would likely be available to the Pats with their 60th overall pick.   This is why I think if there's a draft pick to be traded it's the 28th.  A team that can better the Pats position in the 1st round for next year may want to move up out of the 2nd round to get in on the OT run.  Belichick seems to think the OT spot deep so the Pats can get in on it with their #33.      5.) My guess is that several teams will reach for QBs. Thus, a QB desperate team like Washington and Tennessee might overpay to move up. You can make book that the Pats will trade either the 28th or 33rd overall pick to one of the QB needy teams. This is my hope.  A run on QBs would send things the Pats way.        6.) Speaking of QBs, Iowa'a Ricky Stanzi is underrated. The Colts should strive to get him...just in case the unthinkable occurs with Peyton. There is talk of Indy using their 1st rounder on a QB.   A lot depends on that QB run taking place or not.  But I think the 2nd or a trade up in the 3rd is most likely.      7.) After seeing what happened with Vince Young, does anybody think that Carolina should risk taking Cam Newton at #1?   Two very different types of players headwise.  Young had a rough start at Texas.  He was being coached to be disciplined but Young wanted to improvise.  See and react.  The coach gave in to him.  Of course this doesn't work at the pro level where defenses will bait you and Young was baited often.  I think Cam to be coachable where Young isn't so much. Should Carolina pick Cam?  No.  Not if it where me running the show.  The Panthers wouldn't be able to keep him upright and that defense stinks.  What good would it do?  I'd draft the trenches this year and throw my hat in the Luck sweepstakes for next year.   Here's another problem.  The lockout.  QBs need to be in school ASAP.  I'm sure that team members will get to him but it ain't the same.  This is a major block in there being any QB run in the 1st.  If I'm a team that needs a QB and can't get him in QB school what good does drafting a QB do?  You place the young QB in a real uncomfortable and fragile position.       
    Posted by garytx


         Here's the latest mock draft from Profootballtalk.com: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/19/2011-mock-draft-take-four/

         They predict that four QBs will be taken in the first 16 picks.
     
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    In Response to Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/18/11) :      Here's the latest mock draft from Profootballtalk.com: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/19/2011-mock-draft-take-four/      They predict that four QBs will be taken in the first 16 picks.
    Posted by TexasPat3


    4 wouldn't be a shock at this point as we know Newton won't make it past Buf and Gabbert most likely won't fall past Ari and knowing that Was, Minn, Mia all want QB's and non have the ammo to move back into the 1st this year that odds are at least 1 if not 2 will go the QB route. When all is said and done I wouldn't be shocked to see 5-6 QB's taken in total in the first 33 picks. Now what is shocking is they think Jordan is going to fall to 28. I've heard the exact opposite where people think he could go as high as the top 15. It would shock me if he fell that far and I'd be doing the jig naked in front of a bunch of nun's if we got Kerrigan and Jordan without having to move up a single pick
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/18/11)

    One of the things I don't do is put a lot of stock in Profootballtalks draft.  They are terrible.  However, they aren't the only ones out there saying this.  No FA is placing a lot of pressure on QB needy teams thus pushing the QBs up the board. 

    My question is what do you do with them because of the lockout?  The freshly drafted QB comes in behind.  It seems going with what you have makes more sense but of course ignorance of the situation is my downfall.
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/18/11)

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         With just around 10 days to go before the April 28th NFL draft, it seems like a good time to piece together my mock draft. I was torn as to whether I should set it up as my predictions of what teams will draft who...or whether to propose who I think each team should draft, and why. So, I decided to do both...and to make some guesses as to possible trade scenarios. The choices in bold black are those listed in Mel Kiper's 2011 Draft Report...while my choices for each team are listed in bold red. Here goes...a list of the top 40 spots: 1.) Carolina Panthers: QB Cam Newton, Auburn: No matter how you slice it, the Panthers top need is at QB. Many judge Newton as the top QB available in terms of upside.  1.) Carolina Panthers: DT Marcel Dareus, Alabama: While having a top flight QB is a must, football games are still won in the trenches. DT is a huge need position for Carolina, and Dareus is a far safer pick than Cam Newton. I see Newton as the second coming of Vince Young at best. His putrid performance in the NCAA title game against Oregon told me all I needed to know about him; 2.) Denver Broncos: DT Marcel Dareus, Alabama:  As is the case with Carolina, DT is a huge position of need for the Broncos.  2.) Denver Broncos: TRADE! Denver trades this selection to the Washington Redskins in return for the 'Skins 10th, and 41st overall picks in 2011, and their #1 pick in 2012...Washington selects QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: Huge gamble by the 'Skins, who roll dice in hopes of landing a franchise QB. Mike Shanahan hopes to get his John Elway/Jay Cutler. QB is the main weakness in D.C., both in the Whitehouse and on the football field. 'Skins get the best available QB in the draft; 3.) Buffalo Bills: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M: Bills' coach Chan Gailey has found memories of Miller in the Senior Bowl. The Bills will opt to tough it out with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB.  3.) Buffalo Bills: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M: If Gabbert is gone, this selection makes sense.  But, if he's still around, they should take him. Gabbert could be the second coming of Jim Kelly. CB Patrick Peterson also should draw consideration; 4.) Cincinnati Bengals: WR A.J. Green, Georgia:  Many view Green as the best player available in this draft. The Bengals hope to lure Carson Palmer back onto the field with this pick. In addition, getting Green will allow them to say goodbye to both Chad Ochocinco, and T.O.. 4.) Cincinnati Bengals: WR A.J. Green, Georgia: With both of the top QBs likely gone, this pick makes sense. T.O and Ocho must go. If Gabbert is still available at #4, it complicates things; 5.) Arizona Cardinals: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri:  The Cards are just a good QB away from being a playoff team, again. The addition of Gabbert could entice WR Larry Fitzgerald to stay on in Arizona.  5.) Arizona Cardinals: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU: Though CB is not a major need, Peterson may be the best available player in the draft. If the Patriots were thinking of trading up, this would be the guy they would likely target. OLB is a position of need...so if Von Miller remains of the board, he would make sense; 6.) Cleveland Browns: WR Julio Jones, Alabama:  Jones fills a glaring need at WR. 6.) Cleveland Browns: DT/DE Nick Fairley, Auburn: Some call Fairley a "one year wonder", and others question his maturity. But, Fairley was the best defensive lineman in college football last year...and played his best in the biggest games. Sounds mature enough to me; 7.) San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: Mediocre secondary needs an upgrade...and Peterson is the highest rated player available. 7.) San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina: The 49ers, as all teams do, seek an elite pass rusher; 8.) Tennessee Titans: DT/DE Nick Fairley, Auburn: In Fairley, the Titans hope to have found the anchor for their defense for the next 5-10 years. 8.) Tenn. Titans: C/OG Mike Pouncey, Florida: Cam Newton is another Vince Young at best. With Gabbert and Fairley gone, the Titans would love to trade down. But, having no takers, they should pounce on Pouncey. The Titans are one of the few running teams remaining in the league. Star RB Chris Johnson has far less running room in 2010, than in 2009. Pouncey will help rectify that.  9.) Dallas Cowboys: OT Tyron Smith, USC: After seeing Tony Romo get splattered last year, this pick seems to make sense. But, in the world of Jerry Jones... Dallas Cowboys: OT Tyron Smith, USC: The Cowboys must improve their OL; 10.) Washington Redskins: DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin: Watt has great potential as a 3-4 DE. 10.) Denver Broncos (see trade above): DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple: Big guy to clog up the middle...and to get a push in the pocket on pass plays; 11.) Houston Texans: DE/OLB Robert Quinn, North Carolina: The Texans are switching to a 3-4, under new DC, Wade Phillips. Will Quinn be Phillips' Shawne Merriman/DeMarcus Ware? 11.) Houston Texans: OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri: Though the Titan's secondary was a joke last season, Smith fills the bill as a pass rushing OLB; 12.) Minnesota Vikings: DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson: DE Ray Edwards is a free agent...who came down to earth after a brilliant playoff stretch in 2009. 12.) Minnesota Vikings: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska: Injuries have hit the Vikings hard at CB. The Prince fills a need; 13.) Detroit Lions: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska: Those of us who remember the Thanksgiving Day roasting of Lions' CB Alphonso Smith can readily appreciate the necessity of Detroit adding a CB. 13.) Detroit Lions: OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College:  Protecting alleged franchise QB Matthew Stafford has got to be a major concern, after Stafford painful 2010 campaign. Castonzo is a more finished product than Nate Solder; 14.) St. Louis Rams: DT Corey Liuget, Illinois: Steve Spagnuolo continues to work on manning his DL; 14.) St. Louis Rams: WR Julio Jones, Alabama:  As we saw in the play-in into the play-offs game in Seattle, QB Sam Bradford had no one to throw to. If Jones is available at #14, he's their guy; 15.) Miami Dolphins: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama: Incumbent RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are UFAs. 15.) Miami Dolphins: QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas: The 'Fins must find a QB. So, they gamble on a guy who has the ability to become the second coming of Dan Marino; 16.) Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue:  The Jags are still looking for that guy who can get to Peyton Manning. 16.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Raheem Moore, FS, UCLA: FS was a glaring weakness last season for the Jags. Though Moore at this point is a bit of a reach, he is by far the best safety available in this draft class; 17.) New England Patriots: DE Cameron Jordan, California: Played 3-4 DE at Cal., and was thought by some to be the best player during the Senior Bowl practices...something that BB has paid attention to in the past. 17.) New England Patriots: DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin: Tough call, taking Watt over Jordan. Watt is bigger, and appears to fit the Pat's system better.  The Pats badly need a 3-4 DE. Other possibilities include OTs Derek Sherrod and Gabe Carimi, or OG/C Mike Pouncey; 18.) San Diego Chargers: DT/DE Muhammad Wilkerson : Great potential as a 3-4 DE makes him a good fit in San Diego. 18.) San Diego Chargers: DE/OLB Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue : Takes over spot once held by Shawne Merriman, and failed former 2009 first rounder, Larry English; 19.) New York Giants: OG/C Mike Pouncey, Florida: Injuries and age served to deplete the interior of the Giants OL in 2010. 19.) New York Giants: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin:  The G-men need to fix their OL in general. They really wanted Pouncey. But, will have to settle on Carimi; 20.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue: The Bucs seek to add a pass rush to their young defensive package. 20.) Cameron Jordan, DE, California: According to my draft, Kerrigan is long gone. Jordan fills the need at DE; 21.) Kansas City Chiefs: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA: Ayers could be a terror as a 3-4 OLB. 21.) Kansas City Chiefs: OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona: Carimi was the mauling OT that they wanted. But instead, they settle on Reed, who could become another Clay Mathews; 22.) Indianapolis Colts: OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College: Needed to protect "The Franchise's" blind side. 22.) Indianapolis Colts: OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State: See explanation above; 23.) Philadelphia Eagles: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin: Eagles need an upgrade at RT; 23.) Philadelphia Eagles: CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado:  Smith is a tall CB, which may cause Philly fans to fondly reminisce about former star, and tall Philly CB, Bobby Taylor; 24.) New Orleans Saints: DT Phil Taylor, Baylor: The Saints have a hole at DT, next to star, Sedric Ellis. 24.) New Orleans Saints: DT Corey Liuget, Illinois: Fell to the Saints, much like Vince Wilfolk fell to the Pats in 2004; 25.) Seattle Seahawks: QB Jake Locker, Washington: Grooming the eventual replacement for Matt Hasselbeck. Pete Carroll knows him well, from his USC days in the Pac 10. 25.) Seattle Seahawks: QB Cam Newton, Auburn: A good team for Newton to fall to. He won't have to play right away...and won't be in a media hot spot. Worth the risk at pick #25...not in picks 1-10 r; 26.) Baltimore Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado:  Major area of weakness for the Buzzards; 26.) Baltimore Ravens: DT/DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State: The Ravens are rumored to really like him. They'll think about Da'Quan Bowers, but not too fond memories of last years' second round gamble, Sergio Kindle, will end those thoughts ; 27.) Atlanta Falcons: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa:  The Falcons' want more of a pass rush, to combat the Aaron Rodgers types of the world.  27.) Atlanta Falcons: WR Torrey Smith: Speed to burn. Another weapon in the hands of Matt Ryan; 28.) New England Patriots: OLB/DE Justin Houston, Georgia: Should replace the aging Tully Banta-Cain. 28.) New England Patriots: Trade! Patriots trade this selection to the Tennessee Titans for the Titan's 2nd round pick, #39 overall, and #1 pick in the 2012 draft. With the 28th overall pick, the Titans select QB Jake Locker, Washington : The Titans had to come out of this draft with a QB. But, as you'll see below, the problem with making this trade is that the Pats will lose both coveted OLBs, Akeem Ayers, and Brooks Reed.   29.) Chicago Bears: OT Nate Solder, Colorado: Jay Cutler was sacked a league high 56 times, last year. 'Nuff said. 29.) Chicago Bears: DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina:  Da' Bears must replace DT Tommie Harris...who they released; 30.) New York Jets: DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State: The hated Gothams are still trying to erase the Vernon Golston mistake; 30.) New York Jets: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA: The Jets hope that Ayers is the answer to their OLB prayers; 31.) Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Aaron Williams, Texas: The Steelers' weakness at CB was exploited by Aaron Rodgers, vis Jordie Nelson. 31.) Pittsburgh Steelers: OG/OT Ben Ijalana, Villanova: The Steelers draft Big Ben to help protect Big Ben; 32.) Green Bay Packers: OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State:  Protecting QB Aaron Rodgers is job one in Title-town. 32.) Green Bay Packers: DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson: If healthy, could form a scary combination with Clay Matthews, at OLB; 33.) New England Patriots: OG Danny Watkins, Baylor:  The Pats must move to shore up their OL. 33.) New England Patriots: DE/OLB Justin Houston, Georgia: Could Houston finally be the guy to replace Willie McGinest? 34.) Buffalo Bills: ILB Martez Wilson, Illinois: Wilson is the best ILB available in this draft. The Bills need all the help they can get at LB. 34.) Buffalo Bills: QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada: Kaepernick has all the physical tools. With Ryan Fitzpatroick around, he'll have time to learn the position; 35.) Cincinnati Bengals: QB Andy Dalton, TCU: A winner. But, not a very big guy, and not a very big arm. 35.) Cincinnati Bengals: QB Christian Ponder, Florida State: The Bengals must nab a QB; 36.) Denver Broncos: FS Raheem Moore, UCLA: Denver's safeties are ancient. 36.) Denver Broncos: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama: Denver adds much needed depth and talent to the RB position; 37.) Cleveland Browns: DE Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh: The Browns need help at DE, now that they're switching to a 4-3 "D".  37.) Cleveland Browns: WR/KR Randall Cobb, Kentucky: Help  is on the way for Colt McCoy; 38.) Arizona Cardinals: OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona: Joey Porter is old and tired. Only his mouth plays up to it's days of yester-year. 38.) Arizona Cardinals: OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina: Bye-bye, Joey baby! 39.) Tennessee Titans: QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas:  I predict that Mallett will be long gone before this spot. But, if he's there, the pick make sense.   39.) New England Patriots: OG Danny Watkins, Baylor: The Pats must have a Plan B, in case things go wrong with Logan Mankins. Even if Mankins returns, Watkins should move right in at RG. The other possibility would be RB Mikel Leshoure of Illinois, who would be a steal at #39. If Leshoure was the pick here, it's likely an indication that the Pats are confident that they'll have Mankins next season; 40.) Dallas Cowboys: CB Brandon Harris, Miami:  The Dallas secondary is becoming a joke...as is the Cowboys' team, in general. 40.) Dallas Cowboys: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa:  DE is another of the many areas of concern in Dallas;      Doing a mock helps me to determine who will be available to the Patriots, when they pick. Here are some post top 40 thoughts:      1.) Do you like Kiper's mock, or the one I concocted, better?       2.) Which scenario is more beneficial to the Patriots? Why?       3.) What are your thoughts on the 2011 RB class? I don't think any of them should be #1 picks. Mark Ingram was, in my view, an overrated, part-time player at Alabama. I'm also concerned over the health of the knee he injured in college. RB Mikel Leshoure may be the better player.      4.) How important to you is it that the Pats secure an elite OT? There's going to be a run on OTs in the first round. So...if the Pats don't grab one at pick #17, they won't get one of the 5 elites (Smith. Castonzo, Carimi, Sherrod, or Solder). But, OTs such as Marcus Gilbert from Florida, and Jah Reid of Central Florida, James Carpenter of Alabama, and OG/OT Will Rackley would likely be available to the Pats with their 60th overall pick.         5.) My guess is that several teams will reach for QBs. Thus, a QB desperate team like Washington and Tennessee might overpay to move up. You can make book that the Pats will trade either the 28th or 33rd overall pick to one of the QB needy teams.      6.) Speaking of QBs, Iowa'a Ricky Stanzi is underrated. The Colts should strive to get him...just in case the unthinkable occurs with Peyton.      7.) After seeing what happened with Vince Young, does anybody think that Carolina should risk taking Cam Newton at #1?             
    Posted by TexasPat3


    I believe that there are a few players that people are way over on.
    1) Wisniewski, not that good at OC, only decent OG.
    2) Newton, huge boom or bust, too risky for a top 5 pick
    3) Watkins, he is solid, but not a top 5 OG in this draft!  His age alone will put him in late 2nd to mid 3rd round pick.
     
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    Great mock draft!!! I have my fingers crossed for DeMarco Murray. If we can get him btwn 3 - 5 rds... Freaking steal!!!!
    Posted by italianredsox
    I agree cannot believe Demarco is being slighted. The guy can take it the distance, good blitz pickup and good receiver out of the backfield.
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/18/11)

    Tex the only problem I see is that you have Wilkerson going 10 to Denver. Mark my words, he will be at the end of the 1st round if lucky. I was the first to tell people about Bowers slipping out of the first few picks weeks ago. I see no way the overated Wilkerson goes that High. Everything else looks good.
     
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    Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/18/11)

    Tex ~ Interesting idea comparing Kipers Draft with your own . 

     Who knowss...maybe you will bets him.
    One thing is certain , NOBODY has a clue as to exactly which way this particular draft is going to go....too many variables this year.
     
       I also like that you include trades...
    However I find it hard to believe that moving back 10 spots with #28 is going to net the Pats an extra 2011 1st rounder .

      Not gonna happen.

    Plus , If there any sure thing in this draft , it's that #33 will be traded .
     
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    In Response to Re: Updated 2011 Mock Draft (updated on 4/18/11) :      Here's the latest mock draft from Profootballtalk.com: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/19/2011-mock-draft-take-four/      They predict that four QBs will be taken in the first 16 picks.
    Posted by TexasPat3


    I personally wouldn't mind kerrigan, jordan, and solder with my first three picks.  Both running backs still there as well.
     
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