Posts Tagged ‘2011 NFL Mock Draft’

Updated 02/02/2011

Round 1: 1-16 || Round 1: 17-32 ||  Round 2: 1-16 || Round 2: 17-32

*Underclassmen, **Redshirt Sophomores

Auburn DT, *Nick Fairley – Unfortunately, Andrew Luck has decided to remain in school and finish out his college career. Now, the number one pick becomes a lot more difficult for the Carolina Panthers. With the departure of Julius Peppers, they might look to pick up defensive end, Da’Quan Bowers. The Panthers defensive ends played very well this season, so I wouldn’t steer that direction. They should look to add the most dominant defensive player in the country, Nick Fairley. Fairley has the skills to succeed at the next level, both in run defense and pass rush. When he steps on the field he brings a nastiness with him. His attitude and play will surely help the Carolina Panthers become more stout at the point of attack. If you watched Fairley in the National Championship game, then you know just how dominant he is. He finished that game with 5 tackles for loss, and a sack. Unreal numbers!

Clemson DE, *Da’Quan Bowers – This is a tough pick. Denver has a new coach, their defensive scheme is in flux, and they may lose shut down corner, Champ Bailey this offseason. The best pick for the Broncos is, defensive end, Da’Quan Bowers. An explosive defensive end that is scheme versatile. He can play the power end in a 4-3, or the 5 technique in the 3-4. Bowers was a beast in 2010. He was the most consistent edge rusher during the season. He accumulated 15.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss. He should pair up nicely with Elvis Dumervil once he returns from injury.

Texas A&M, OLB Von Miller – When running the 3-4, pass rushers are essential to the success of the defense. The Bills could go many different ways with this pick. They need a quarterback for the future, they need a lock down cornerback, they also need a playmaking receiver. I think there biggest need is adding a dynamic edge rusher to their 3-4. Without a rush OLB, the defense will have a hard time creating negative plays and winning the 3rd down battle. Von Miller is coming off of a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He’s an athletic freak that put up tremendous numbers in college. The Bills can’t afford to let a pass rusher of this caliber slip by them. There other needs can be filled in the later rounds.

Georgia WR, *AJ Green – The Bengals will more than likely be without receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens next season. Both are set to hit the free agency. Both were instrumental in the lack of success the Bengals saw in 2010. Ochocinco consistently wasn’t on the same page as Palmer, often running the wrong routes or not getting the proper depth. Owens had a good year statistically, but is always somewhat of a distraction to a team and drops occur often. The Bengals will get a legitimate number one receiver in the draft, and Palmers career may be saved because of it. A.J. Green is the top receiver in the 2010 draft class. He runs a 4.3 forty, has excellent hands, and runs precise routes. Right now he is receiving comparisons to Randy Moss. If that comparison holds true, things will bold well for Palmers future with the Bengals.

North Carolina DE/OLB, *Robert Quinn – The Cardinals need to improve their pass rush. Their two starting outside linebackers combined for a total of 10 sacks in 2010. There were twenty players across the league who racked up 10 or more sacks on their own in 2010. Joey Porter and Clark Haggans are old. Porter will be 34 next season, and Haggans will be 35. If the Cardinals don’t infuse some young athletes into their defense, they will find themselves in serious trouble. Robert Quinn can immediately replace Porter as the premier pass rusher. Quinn didn’t play college football in 2010 because of the infamous North Carolina agent scandal. In 2009, Quinn was highly impressive. As a sophomore, he sacked the quarterback 11 times. He is an athletic freak that will excel in the 3-4.

LSU CB, *Patrick Peterson – The Browns are switching back to the 4-3, which means 5-techniques are off the board. They could use a player like Julio Jones to stretch the field, but I think it’s a little to early for him. They are also in need of a rush defensive end, but none warrant the 6th pick. Instead, they simply go with best player available. They got Joe Haden last year, and this year they get Patrick Peterson. Imagine a secondary that includes Haden, Peterson, and Ward. That secondary would cause havoc for opposing quarterbacks.

Nebraska CB, Prince Amukamara – Im torn with this pick. I want the 49ers to go out and get their quarterback of the future. The only problem is, that guy may not be in the 2011 draft, or at least not in the first round. Jim Harbuagh’s recent actions lead me to believe they will go another route in the first round. He didn’t attend the Senior Bowl practices, and was recently quoted saying, that he’s excited about working with Alex Smith. I look for them to bring in a veteran, and just draft the best player available that fills a need. Prince Amukamara is extremely physical and technically sound. There aren’t may explosive receivers in the NFC West, so that should help Amukamara make an immediate impact.

Missouri QB, Blaine Gabbert – The Titans are a mess. They announced that they will part ways with Vince Young and now Coach Fisher has left the organization. Whom ever takes over the reigns, will need to find a quality quarterback. Kerry Collins and Rusty Smith are not the answers. With the emergence of Kenny Britt and Jared Cook, and one of the top five rushers in the NFL, the Titans are not far off from being a top 15 offense. I look for the Titans to answer their quarterback needs here. They are in a perfect position to get one of the top four slated for the first round. Right now, Blaine Gabbert is the number one rated quarterback on the board, and the Titans jump on it. Gabbert displays a strong arm, poise in the pocket, and accuracy. He should be able to come in and solidify the most important position on the field.

Colorado OT, Nate Solder – I know the Cowboys secondary is sub par, but lets get real, they need to sure up the offensive line. With all the talent they have on offense, there is no way Romo should be getting beat up like he is. There’s also no reason the running game shouldn’t be top five in the NFL. Add a top tier offensive tackle, and it fixes both areas. Nate Solder is a huge human being with surprisingly good athletic ability. The former tight end comes in at 6’9 315lbs, and should be able to keep Romo clean and create running lanes for Felix and co. If the Cowboys want to regain form they must start with the trenches.

Washington QB, Jake Locker – Shanahan has a blueprint for the type of quarterback he prefers. 1) They must be mobile enough to execute boots, rollouts, and escape the rush. 2) They have to have a strong enough arm to hit every throw on the field. 3) They must have some size to them. Last year, Shanahan was enamored with Jake Locker. It was believed that he would of been there 1st round pick had he come out in the 2010 draft. Locker had a rough week at the Senior Bowl. His accuracy was inconsistent, and he didn’t show to be a a bonafide number one pick. However, I still see Shanahan taking a chance. He fits the mold, and I refuse to believe that Rex Grossman is the answer.

Missouri DE/OLB, **Aldon Smith– The Texans just hired former Dallas Cowboys head coach, Wade Phillips, to be their defensive coordinator. That means there will be a shift in the Texans defensive scheme and philosophy. Since the 3-4 will be implemented, the Texans need to invest in a player who can rush the passer as an outside linebacker. DeMarcus Ware was the cog holding that Cowboys pass rush together, and I see Aldon Smith in the same light. Smith has the size, athletic ability and pass rushing skills to stand up and make an immediate impact in that Texans new 3-4. He is raw, but it is hard to ignore his upside.

USC OT, *Tyron Smith – The Vikings offensive line is getting old, and it’s getting old quick. A once elite group, struggled to open up holes for Adrian Peterson. It’s better that they address this issue now instead of later. The running game needs to become elite again if they want to compete in a defensively talented NFC North. Tyron Smith has a chance to be one of the few blue chip players in this years draft. He is an athletic freak with the physique of a linebacker. He excels in open space, mirrors with the best of them and will improve the Vikings offensive line from day one.

UCLA OLB, *Akeem Ayers – The Lions lack playmakers on defense. They are desperate for a solid cornerback, but the two top cornerbacks were both taken in the top 10. The next best thing is to add a versatile play making linebacker who can line up at multiple positions. Akeem Ayers can rush the passer, drop into coverage, and defend against the run. His ability to play multiple positions will give the Lions a lot of scheme flexibility on defense.

Alabama WR, *Julio Jones – Those of you who watched the Rams in week 17, saw that Sam Bradford is in need of a number one receiver. Had they had a guy who could consistently separate and get open, they would of won that game, and Bradford would of seen the playoffs in his rookie year. Fortunately for them, they didn’t. Now they are in position to get one of the best receivers in the draft. Julio Jones possesses everything you want in an NFL receiver. He’s tall, strong, fast, and physical, the list goes on and on. In my opinion, he is the most complete receiver in the draft and is poised to be a star receiver.

Florida OC/OG, Mike Pouncey – The Dolphins have gotten away from what turned their team from a a 1-15 team to a winning team, and thats running the ball. The eulogy has been given for the Wildcat, and it’s time for the Dolphins to regroup and get to some smash mouth football. The running game has to be the focal point if they want to contend in the AFC East. Even though both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are set to hit free agency this offseason, I don’t see the Dolphins going running back here. There will be running backs available in rounds 2-3. Everything in the running game starts with the trenches. The Dolphins go with Mike Pouncey. Pouncey can play either guard or center. He comes from the SEC and is a team captain. He should be able to come in a solidify a position along the interior line.

Purdue DE, *Ryan Kerrigan – The Jaguars have displayed an horrific pass rush over the past few years. It is an area that is of the upmost importance of being filled. You cannot compete against Peyton Manning and Matt Schuab without adequate pressure. They need a presence on the edge, and thats where Ryan Kerrigan comes in. Kerrigan has been a terror off the edge for Purdue. He has been doing his best Jared Allen impersonation all season long. His motor is non-stop, and he gets to the quarterback frequently. He also has a knack for forcing the quarterback to fumble. In two years, Kerrigan put up 23.5 sacks and 11 forced fumbles. His relentlessness is contagious and he’ll make the players around him better.

Round 1: Picks 17-32 >>>

 

Updated 01/31/2011

*Underclassmen

Auburn DT, *Nick Fairley – With new defensive minded coach Rivera stepping in I see him taking an absolute monster DT Fairly here. Rivera will looks to rebuild this defense before addressing the needs of the offense.

LSU CB, *Patrick Peterson – With Champ Bailey most likely departing from Denver the Broncos are going to be in need of an impact corner back that can step in and play immediately. Peterson is probably the most ready to make this transition with his size and speed.

Alabama DE, *Marcell Dareus – The Buffalo Bills could go a lot of directions with this pick but instead of reaching for a Cam Newton, or going with the rising stock of Blaine Gabbert. Dareus will be a nice addition to this Bills defense, which is just in its second year of running a 3-4. They need some beef up front versatile enough to play 3-4 and 4-3 fronts which the Bills will run according to coach Chan Gailey

Missouri QB, *Blaine Gabbert – In desperate need of a QB after Carson Palmers trade demand Blaine Gabbert is a perfect fit for the youth movement going on in Cincinnati. They are going to need to draft another WR, or pick up another through free agency to give Gabber another weapon, but they have more than enough to start with in Shipley, Gresham, and Simpson who came on strong late.

Clemson DE, *Da’Quan Bowers – The stock of Bowers is rising currently and at this Cardinals are going to need a a guy who can get after the quartback. Bowers would be a nice addition to place on the same line with Darnell Docket.

Georgia WR, *A.J. Green – The Browns played better than expected last year, and young quarterback Colt Mccoy won over a lot of people in the front office to take the reins as the starter going into 2011. I think the Browns will rewards his efforts by getting him a instant impact WR in AJ Green.

Washington QB, Jake Locker – This pick seems tailor made the 49ers and Locker at this pick. With the recent signing of HC Jim Harbaugh I see the 49ers selecting Jake Locker with this pick. Locker has all the skills, size, and ability, but just needs fine tuning of his mechanics. Harbaugh is the perfect tutor to bring Locker up to speed quickly with a 49ers offense that does have some weapons going into 2011.

Arkansas QB, *Ryan Mallet – With the departure of Vince young and Kerry Collins entering his 100th season I see Jeff Fisher selecting Mallet who is quite similar to Collins when it comes to playing QB.

Nebraska CB, Prince Amukamara – Mike Jenkins showed he is not a starting CB in this league by giving up the most yards this season at the position. Prince Amukamara is a big physical CB that should be able to step in immediately and bring some life and youth to this troubled secondary.

Auburn QB, *Cameron Newton – Slight reach here for Newton but the Redskins lack talent and athletic ability. They will get both these things in Cam Newton. Newton showed instant offense on the ground and through the air, and will help bring a spark to the entire organization. Many compare him to Big Ben, and Newton is taking it one step further by training with the same QB coach that Big Ben did prior to the draft.

Texas A&M OLB, Von Miller – Von Miller proved to be as versatile as they come at the line-backing position during his time at Texas A&M. He has the ability to play in multiple schemes and defenses, and can get sideline to sideline to make tackles as well as get after the quarterback. Texans looking to add depth to that weak defense will look to add Miller, and guy who has playmaker written all over him.

Miami CB, *Brandon Harris – Vikings have huge questions at quarterback but with all the 1st rounders off the board the Vikes will address the secondary with Brandon Harris a very NFL ready CB that can come in and make plays immediately. He is good against the run and pass. Fraizer the new HC will love adding Harris to his secondary.

Colorado OT, Nate Solder – Many have Solder being the first offensive lineman off the board and why not to the Lions who really are going to need to protect QB Matt Stafford and that surgically repaired shoulder of his.

Alabama WR, *Julio Jones – The Rams were absolutely decimated by injury at the wide receiver position and ended up with Danny Amendola as their leading WR which is not a good thing. Julio Jones is a big tough talented wide out that should prove to be very durable for Sam Bradford to through to.

Alabama RB, *Mark Ingram – With Ricky Williams set to retire and a lack of production in Ronnie Brown Ingram is a good pick up for the Dolphins here. Similar bruising running still that the Dolphins are used to, but fresh legs and youth that should help this lackluster offense.

California DE, Cameron Jordan – The Jags were on the brink of making the playoffs this past season but came up a little short. They need to get some guys healthy on offense to help out, but with no one really worth at this picking on offense at this posi. The will look to add a run stopper up front and Cameron Jordan can provide this coming out of Cal.

Picks 17-32 >>>

Updated 02/02/2011

Round 1: 1-16 || Round 1: 17-32 ||  Round 2: 1-16 || Round 2: 17-32

*Underclassmen, **Redshirt Sophomores

Penn State OG/OC, Stephen Weisknewski – The Patriots could use an upgrade at center. Dan Koppen has been adequate, but his skills are diminishing.The entire AFC East runs the 3-4, and they all have excellent nose tackles who can push the pocket. Stephen Weisknewski is a fundamentally sound lineman that comes from great blood lines. He is versatile, and can come in right away and start.

Auburn QB, *Cam Newton – Chan Gailey won’t pass up on Cam Newton if he’s here in the second round. Gailey’s offensive philosophy is a match made in heaven for Cam Newton. The NFL is transitioning to a mobile quarterback league, and Newton will be apart of that movement. He possesses the athleticism and arm strength to give opposing defenses problems for years. The Bills will have the luxury of allowing Newton to sit and learn behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Illinois RB, *Mikel Leshoure – The Bengals offense needs a shot in the arm. Im not down on Cedric Benson, but he may leave via free agency.  If he does, Mikel Leshoure is the right guy to replace him. Leshoure reminds me a little of Arian Foster. Has excellent agility and quickness for his size. Isn’t the fastest guy, but can break off some big runs and he’s also a threat out of the backfield. Im a fan of Bernard Scott, and I think Leshoure and Scott would make a fantastic duo.

Miami CB, *Brandon Harris – Champ Bailey may be saying bye bye to the Denver Broncos soon. If that indeed happens, the Broncos must find a replacement. The NFL is a passing league, and they cannot afford to have a gaping hole at the left cornerback position. Brandon Harris is a well rounded corner who has first round skills and plays with some physicality.

LSU DT, Drake Nevis – The Browns will soon find themselves in need of a lot of pieces on defense. A schematic switch is a difficult one, especially when the majority of your players don’t fit the scheme you aspire to switch to. I look for the Browns to strengthen the middle of their defense with a 4-3 defensive tackle. Drake Nevis is yet another player with first round abilities that has fell to the top of the second. He is excellent against the run, and specializes at penetrating into the backfield. He plays the game with a nasty attitude, and that should rub off on the other defensive players.

Arkansas QB, *Ryan Mallett – There was way too much defensive talent on the board for the Cardinals to take a quarterback in the first round. But, that doesn’t change the fact that they are still in need of one. I do not trust Derek Anderson, Max Hall, or John Skelton. The second round is a good spot for the Cardinals to pick up a quarterback, and not have it hold major repercussions for the organization if the player fails. Due to Ryan Mallett’s character concerns, lack of mobility, and sometimes poor footwork, he has fallen in the draft. That is okay though. The Cardinals get their quarterback of the future, and they didn’t spend much to get him. He has the talent and skill set to succeed in the NFL, he just needs some time to develop and mature.

Wisconsin OG/OC, John Moffitt – If the Titans don’t make the focal point of their offense Chris Johnson, then they will find themselves in deep trouble again in 2011. What was once a nasty and dominating offensive line, has become average, quite quickly. Adding John Moffitt gives them a player with a nasty attitude and a dominating run blocker. He can line up at center or at guard. He is exactly what the Titans need to get their offense back on track.

UCLA S, *Rahim Moore – I for one have not given up on Mike Jenkins. There is some talent there. Terrance Newman also has a couple years left in him. I think with the proper coaching, the cornerbacks can perform much better in 2011. A problem area that I see is the safety position. There is no one back there that can make a play and change the game. Rahim Moore is that playmaker. His stats were down from 2009, but that is due to the poor play of the players in front of him. When a player gets 10 interceptions in one season, like Moore did in 2009, they are definitely considered a playmaker. The Cowboys could use the talents of Moore in their secondary, yesterday.

Miami WR, Leonard Hankerson – I don’t remember the last time the Redskins had a number one receiver. Santana Moss has been the guy over the last several years, but his size limits him on occasion. Getting a go to receiver is a priority in the draft. Leonard Hankerson’s stock is up. I’ve been high on him for a while, and now after his week at the Senior Bowl, people see what I was referring to. Hankerson brings size, ball skills, refined route running, and strong hands to the field, everything you want in a number one receiver.

Temple DE, *Muhammad Wilkerson – The 3-4 transformation must continue. The Texans cannot waste anytime at getting in the right people to fit the scheme. Run defense will be key in the AFC South. Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew can cause a lot of problems, and the Texans face them twice a year. Muhammad Wilkerson is a big dude who can eat up blocks and get after the quarterback some. Wade Phillips should have a field day with him.

Texas CB, *Aaron Williams – The Vikings pass defense is a big weakness currently. Antoine Winfield is old and often injured. He will be 34 next season, and it is time to find his replacement. Aaron Williams is a big and athletic corner who has a lot of talent. He can come in and play right away.

Texas CB, Curtis Brown – The Lions have done a good job of drafting lately, and they continue it with this pick. Their secondary needs to be overhauled. Curtis Brown is a big and physical corner who has great instincts. With the Lions newly refined pass rush, Curtis Brown and the defensive line can work in unison to disrupt opposing teams passing games.

Ohio State DE, Cameron Heyward – The 49ers sport one of the best run defenses in the NFL. That won’t remain if they don’t acquire some young talent for their odd front. Cameron Heyward is yet another player with first round abilities, that has fallen due to the depth of the defensive line positions in the draft. Heyward has the size and strength to play the 5-technique. He can also kick inside and rush the passer on passing downs. He is not needed immediately, and that is a good thing. It is better for defensive linemen to be apart of a rotation before starting. It allows them to become acclimated with the technique and size of NFL linemen.

Iowa S, *Tyler Sash – The Broncos lost the majority of their games because they have a ton of holes, the majority of them being on defense. That secondary needs a playmaker. The rest of the AFC West has big time safeties, and now the Broncos get one. Tyler Sash may be the most unknown playmaker in the nation. How does 13 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 3 forced fumbles, and 458 return yards sound? Quite nice right? Sash has the size and ball skills to become one of the better safeties in the NFL. People will soon know who he is.

Notre Dame TE, *Kyle Rudolph – There are two things a quarterback needs to lean on, one is a productive running game, and two is a tight end that can move the sticks. The Rams already have one of those, and now it’s time to get the other. Kyle Rudolph was a dominating force before his season was ended due to injury. He will instantly cause matchup problems for linebackers, safeties, and nickel backs. With his size and hands, he’ll be a reliable target for Bradford for years to come.

Nevada DE/OLB, Dontay Moch – If it’s one thing the Raiders like, it’s speed. They place speed above all else. One of the fastest players in the draft is defensive end/outside linebacker Dontay Moch. It has been reported that he has ran a 4.2 forty-yard dash. If they Raiders don’t retain Kameron Wimbley, then Moch will slide right in. I don’t think he is a second round talent, but the Raiders have showed the knack to reach for players with above average speed.

<<< Round 1: Picks 17-32 || Round 2: Picks 17-32 >>>

Updated 02/02/2011

Round 1: 1-16 || Round 1: 17-32 ||  Round 2: 1-16 || Round 2: 17-32

*Underclassmen, **Redshirt Sophomores

Washington OLB, Mason Foster – The Jaguars defense is in need of leadership. They’re lacking that one guy who can get in the faces of players and inspire them, someone who is physically and mentally tough and can impose their will. This player in a 4-3 defense is typically a linebacker. Mason Foster is all of the above. He is a beast in the run game, is always around the ball, and is a natural and vocal leader.

Baylor OG, Danny Watkins – The Chargers need to improve their running game if they truly want to compete for a Super Bowl. Their backfield is talented, but their is a lack of execution amongst the offensive line. The coaching staff also has a short fuse when it comes to the running game, but that’s a problem for a different day. The draft can’t fix the decisions the coaching staff makes, but it can strength the offensive line. Danny Watkins is a 27 year old linemen who is one of the nastiest players in the nation. His technique is sound, and he possesses very good strength. His stock is rising rapidly after a solid Senior Bowl week.

North Carolina, OLB – Bruce Carter – I love what the Buccaneers are doing. The insurgence of youth and talent over the past year has been amazing. There is still some work to do however. The Bucs could use an outside linebacker that can play sideline to sideline. Bruce Carter is a gifted athlete that can come in and add some speed to the defense. He is a good fit for the cover-2 scheme.

Maryland ILB, Nate Irving – It always seems like the Giants are looking for a linebacker. Keith Bullock is up there in age, and i’m not that impressed with Jonathan Goff. Picking in the middle of the second round is a great place to find a replacement for either player. In 2009, Nate Irving suffered a plethora of injuries after being involved in a serious car accident. This year, he returned to action and showed the same skills that had everyone excited about his future. If it had not been for that accident, Irving might of been considered a late first round pick.

Maryland WR, *Torrey Smith – It became pretty evident for Chiefs fans in their playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, that the Chiefs are in dire need of a second receiver to compliment Bowe. They signed Kevin Curtis off the street 4 days prior to the game, and opted to start the 32-year old over the likes of Chris Chambers, Terrance Copper, and Verran Tucker. That is saying something! The Chiefs need someone who can stretch the defense, beat one on one coverage, and lift the 8-man box. Torrey Smith can do all of the above. He is a dynamic receiver that can make plays all over the field, including in the return game. He reminds me of Jamaal Charles at the receiver position. There are still concerns with his ball skills. He tends to catch the ball with his forearms and body, instead of plucking the ball with his hands. I am not worried though. Head coach, Todd Haley is an ex-receivers coach and seems to work wonders with receivers and their technique.

USC DT, *Jurrell Casey – The Indianapolis Colts continue to work on their trenches. Defensive tackle has been a weak spot on their defense for some time now. The position needs to be filled if they want to become consistent at stopping the run, which is a reoccurring theme every year. Jurrell Casey is a player that shows some suddenness and can penetrate into the backfield. He’s tough to move off of his spot and makes a ton of plays with linemen attached to him. Adding Casey to a healthy unitt, improves their run defense.

Michigan State ILB, Greg Jones – Like the Giants, the Eagles seem to always be in the market for a linebacker. For some reason, the ones currently on the roster always end up suffering significant injuries. Taking Greg Jones here adds a young tackling machine to a defense that has a good amount of young talent already. They also need a cornerback, but there isn’t one with a second round grade that fits what the Eagles like to do one defense.

Virginia Tech RB, **Ryan Williams – I bet New Orleans Saints fans are sick and tired of the running back carousel. There was no consistency to their backfield in 2010, which resulted in an unbalanced offense in. Pierre Thomas is set to hit free agency, and I’m pretty sure the Saints will try to rid themselves of the over-priced and often injured Reggie Bush. Now is the perfect time to find their replacement. Ryan Williams is a spectacular running back that excels in every facet of running the ball. He was bothered by nagging injuries all year, but still managed to put up decent numbers. If you go back to his 2009 season, you’ll see that his production was insane. To put up 21 touchdowns and 1650+ rushing yards as a freshman is out of this world. A combination of Corey Ivory and Ryan Williams would go a long way to revitalizing the balance in the Saints offense.

Florida State OC/OG, Rodney Hudson – Not in a million years did I expect the Seahawks to make the 2010-2011 playoffs. Well, they proved me wrong. Not in a billion years did I expect the Seahawks to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New Orleans Saints, in the wild card round. Again, they proved me wrong. They won that playoff game because the running game showed up. I am a firm believer in having a running game to compliment your passing attack. In 2011, I look for the Seahawks to put more emphasis on the running the ball. The first step to having a good and consistent running game is having linemen that can block. Rodney Hudson is one of the best, most versatile offensive linemen in this years draft. His technique is sound, he’s a former team captain, and has a ton of experience. He can come in, play one of three interior positions and help Russell Okung re-esthablish that running game.

Utah CB, *Brandon Burton – Gone are the days of Chris McAllister and Samari Rolle. The Ravens have a huge weakness in the secondary and it must be attended too immediately. Brandon Burton is a tall and speedy cornerback that can come in and contribute immediately. He’s got the ball skills and fluidity to challenge any cornerback currently on the roster. Adding a solid cornerback can help that Ravens defense become elite again.

Troy WR, *Jerrel Jernigan – Matt Ryan needs more weapons. Roddy White needs someone to take the double teams off of him. Michael Turner needs someone to lift the occasional 8-man fronts. Jerrel Jernigan can do that all and more. Jernigan is a dynamic playmaker that can make plays at all three levels of the field. He’s shifty, elusive, quick, and strong. Don’t let his size fool you. He is as tough as nails and never shies away from contact. He is also versatile. He can play in the slot or outside the hashes. He’s a team captain and has the character the Falcons are looking for. It’s a win, win, win situation.

Pittsburgh DE, Jabaal Sheard – The Patriots need to find their pass rush. It ran away and never came back a few years ago. With the amount of playmakers they have in the secondary, it is a must they get consistent pressure on the quarterback. It will greatly help the defense create more negative plays and turnovers. Jabaal Sheard is a guy who can stand up or play with his hand in the dirt. He’s got tremendous size and can get after the quarterback.

Illinois ILB, *Martez Wilson – Stephen Cooper may not be back with the Chargers next year, and they’ll need to find someone to replace him. Martez Wilson is athletically gifted. Covers ground well and plays the game with a lot of speed. He can also line up on the outside and rush the passer. His versatility will allow the Chargers to create mismatches and exploit weaknesses of opposing offenses.

North Carolina DT, Marvin Austin – The Bears need offensive line help, specifically at the tackle position, but it is best not to reach for something that is not their. Quality offensive linemen can be had in the later rounds. The Bears are also in need of some youthful talent at the defensive tackle position. Adding a dynamic guy along side Julius Peppers makes things even more scary for opposing offenses. Marvin Austin was previously considered a sure first round pick, prior to his 2010 NCAA suspension. After having a year off, he will need to shake off the rust and show scouts that he still retains the same skills that made him a top prospect. I think he will, but character issues will hold him back from reaching the first round. If the Bears are bold enough to pull the trigger on  him, they’ll find themselves reaping the benefits of a stud defensive tackle.

Arizona DE, Brooks Reed – I seriously can’t find many weaknesses on the Packers team. They have done an excellent job of drafting and developing players. Their entire team is solid. One area that I would improve on is the outside linebacker position, opposite of Clay Matthews. Matthews started the season hot, but offenses began to game plan around him. Adding another pass rusher not only helps Matthews maintain his productivity, but it helps that gifted secondary cover for far less time. Brooks Reed is a buzz saw coming off the edge. His motor is non-stop and he just simply looks like the part of a Packers player.

Virginia CB, Ras-I Dowling – Like the Packers, the Steelers do not have many weaknesses. Their secondary can use an upgrade though. The Steelers tend to prefer big and physical players, so Ras-I Dowling would fit right in. He had an injury plagued 2010 season, but he is still considered a solid prospect. He plays with great physicality and has good balls skills. The Steelers never rush draft picks onto the field, so he’ll have the luxury of developing.

<<< Round 2: Picks 1-16

Updated 01/31/2011

*Underclassmen

Wisconsin DE, *JJ Watt – It is a must for the Patriots to get better up front on defense. They have Vince Wilfork, but outside of him, they have no one else. The old Patriots defense was built around their three down defensive linemen. Since they traded away Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders, no one has filled in. JJ Watt is a blue-collar player with an outstanding work ethic. His play and character screams Patriots. Watt has the upper and lower body strength to anchor at the 5-technique, and the explosion and power to rush the passer. He makes the players around him better. Mayo, Guyton, and Spikes will flourish behind Wilfork and Watt.

UCLA OLB, *Akeem Ayers – with the departure of Sean Merriman and Larrry English not looking like he is going to pan out the Chargers are in need of a OLB than can get some pressure on the QB. Mr. Ayers who went to college just a short trip up the freeway should bring ability in a guy who can get after the QB.

Boston College OT, Anthony Castonzo – The Giants offensive line is old. They have been on a steady decline over the past couple of years. They are not protecting Eli like they use to, and their not opening up nearly enough holes for the running game. Castonzo comes from a long list of excellent Boston College linemen. He can add competition and depth to the offensive line, and eventually take over at either left or right tackle.

Iowa DE, Adrian Clayborn – Tampa Bay does not have any glaring weakness’s on either side of the ball, so I have them going best available and taking DE Adrian Clayborn to further improve that young talented defensive line..

Florida O/C Mike Pouncey – Chiefs had a great year and will get even better with this NFL ready O/C whose brother proved to be extremely valuable for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Wisconsin OT, Gabe Carimi – The Colts seen Peyton manning under pressure one to many times this season, and an inability to create running holes up the middle will have them going OT here in Carimi. Carimi was one of the key guys up front that created wholes for one of the nations top running attacks.

TCU OT, Marcus Cannon – Another Tackle of the board here to the Philadelphia Eagles who time after time left Vick or Kolb under constant duress. OT Marcus Cannon will add depth and youth to this often injured offensive line

Oregon St. DT, Stephen Paea – Look out another OT here to the Saints who need could use some beef up front to help out the running game.

 

Colorado CB, Jimmy Smith – Jimmy Smith proved to be a reliable consistent CB during his time at Colorado, and the Seahawks desperately need assistance in there secondary. Seahawks took Earl Thomas who had a good rookie campaign in 2010, now look for them to get him some CB help and slow down teams passing attacks.

Ohio St. DE, Cameron Heyward – Ravens really had great year but came up short again. Look for the Defense minded team to add some youth and depth in Heyward to an already good defensive line.

Pittsburgh WR, *Jon Baldwin – This Falcons desperately need to add a weapon opposite Roddy white, so they will look to add a WR with ability to make big plays down the field in Mr. Baldwin.

Virginia Tech RB, *Ryan Williams – The backfield of Woodhead and Green-Ellis needs some stud in it with all around running back Ryan Williams. He has a combination of size and speed that the two Patriot Rbs just don’t have.

Baylor DT, Phil Taylor – With Cris Jenkins going down with knee injuries the past 2 season the jets should look to add some youth to an already dominated defense just in case big Jenkins has to call it a career.

Iowa DE, Christian Ballard – Bears Built their team predicated to defense and could look to add some depth and a player to be mentored by Julius Peppers, and make another run with a strong defense next year

LSU DT, Drake Nevis -Another defensive player here with the Packers beefing up that front with Drake Nevis. Not a super sexy pick, but Nevis will help getting after the QB, and helps stopping the run.

USC OT, *Tyron Smith – Everybody can say even though Big Ben has a tendency to hold the Ball extra long a line which currently has Flozell Adams on is definitely in need of a youth movement.

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