Posts Tagged ‘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 >>>

 

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Updated 02/02/2011

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

*Underclassmen, **Redshirt Sophomores

Alabama DT, *Marcell Dareus – 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 Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders, no one has filled in. Marcell Dareus is a guy that is scheme versatile and can come in and line up at the 5-technique. He has the thick lower body required to hold the point, and the hand and foot quickness to penetrate the backfield. With his experience in the 3-4, he’ll make the players around him better, and in a hurry. Mayo, Guyton, and Spikes will flourish behind Wilfork and Dareus.

Wisconsin DE, *J.J. Watt – The Chargers don’t have many needs on either side of the ball. Their offense and defense finished the season tops in the NFL. Nonetheless, they could use some improvement in their defensive front-7. J.J. Watt is a blue-collar player with an outstanding work ethic. Watt has the upper and lower body strength to anchor at the 5-technique, and the explosion and power to rush the passer. His play and character would fit in quite nicely with the Chargers.

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 –The Buccaneers are coming along nicely. They went from a 4-12 team to a 10-6 team, in just a year. The offense is stacked with rookies that are performing beyond their years. The defense still has some holes in it. At this point, they do not do a great job at rushing the passer. They need a presence on the edge, and thats where Adrian Clayborn can help. Clayborn is a kid that can overwhelm linemen with his strength and nastiness. He possesses a good pass rushing toolbox, and is stout against the run. His production in 2010 tapered off from 2009, but he is still a first round talent.

Cal Berkeley DE, *Cameron Jordan – The Chiefs are in a poor position to fill their needs. At 21, the best receivers and offensive linemen are already off the board. The Chiefs need a nose tackle, but Phil Taylor doesn’t fit the character traits that Pioli/Haley look for in their players. So, which way do they go? They go with yet another defensive end. The Chiefs may be losing a few players in their defensive line rotation, so Cameron Jordan would be a nice pick here. It isn’t truly a position of need, but Jordan is the best player available that fits the Chiefs defensive scheme, and character needs. The former Cal team captain is a multidimensional player who has 3 years of experience playing in the 3-4. Jordan is a stud against the run. It is extremely difficult to move him off of his spot. Unlike most 5-techniques, Jordan is an explosive pass rusher that can rush from either the 5 or 3-technique. He can team up with Wallace Gilberry on 3rd/passing downs and wreck havoc on the pocket. Adding Jordan causes a trickle down effect. Getting more pressure up the middle helps Tamba Hali get more sacks, and helps the secondary cover for less time. Jordan is one of the safest picks in this years draft.

Mississippi State OT, Derek Sherrod – I have never seen Peyton Manning hit as much as he’s been hit this year. The lack of quality offensive lineman has hurt the Colts. Peyton is having to rush a ton of throws due to pressure. Those rushed throws have turned into 17 interceptions (5 returned for touchdowns). Adding an athletic and strong tackle will not only help Peyton and the passing game, but it will help their non-existent running game. Derek Sherrod is the most complete tackle in the NFL Draft. He can both pass protect and run block. Is very athletic and will most certainly excel at the Colts stretch run plays.

Wisconsin OT, *Gabe Carimi – The pass protection for Michael Vick was simply atrocious this season. Just because he is a running quarterback doesn’t mean you have to block less for him. If the Eagles tackles would of provided more of a pocket for Vick, maybe they would of gotten further in the playoffs. The Eagles fill a huge need here and draft a nasty offensive linemen, Gabe Carimi. Carimi is a mammoth. His specialty is run blocking, but he is also solid in pass protection. He will need to work on some technique flaws against speed rushers, but a solid mini and training camp should do the trick. He should be able to come in and open up running lanes for both Vick and McCoy, and help keep blitzers away from Vick.

Oregon State DT, Stephen Paea – The Saints could use a little more push up the middle when it comes to rush defense and pass rush. They ranked in the middle of the pack in both categories. Paea is one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the nation. He is consistently double teamed, and still manages to find a way to collapse the pocket. He is quick and explosive, making it difficult for guards and centers to protect their gaps. In Greg Williams system, Paea can do some damage, and open up lanes for other players to do damage as well.

Colorado CB, Jimmy Smith I must admit, I’ve only seen the Seahawks play three times this year, two being playoff games. The thing that sticks out to me most was the fact that they have poor cornerback play. In week 12, Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe caught 13 passes for 170 yards, and 3 touchdowns. If their defense wants to take the next step, they must be able to stop teams number one receivers. Jimmy Smith is a big cornerback that sits at 6’2 205lbs. He has the athletic ability to cover smaller receivers, and the size to cover bigger ones. He’s also solid in run support. Rumor has it that he has only allowed 11 completions in the past two years. Those are insane numbers, Nnamdi-like numbers.

Boise State WR, Titus Young – Going out and getting Anquan Boldin and TJ Houshmandzadeh didn’t do much for the Ravens. Both dropped key balls during the final quarter of their playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s time for TJ to retire, and Derrick Mason is almost there with him. The Ravens offense needs to go out and get someone who can stretch the field, and cause matchup issues for defenses. Titus Young is an explosive player who eats up cushion and gets behind secondaries in a hurry. His route running is pin point and he is quite elusive in open field. He has work to do with his frame. He’ll have to add on some bulk, but that shouldn’t be a problem in an NFL strength and conditioning program. Young will have a great effect on the Ravens offense. With his skill set, he’ll require a ton of attention from defenses. No more 8-man fronts for Ray Rice, and more down field completetions for Joe Flaaco.

Georgia DE/OLB, *Justin Houston – The Falcons need someone opposite of Roddy White. Unfortunately, the only receiver who may warrant the 27th pick doesn’t fit the Falcons player character philosophies, and that’s Jonathan Baldwin. Since that is the case, they turn towards bolstering their pass rush. Outside of John Abraham, the Atlanta Falcons don’t have another pass rusher. Getting someone opposite of Abraham has to be a priority this offseason. GM, Thomas Dimitroff puts an emphasis on character, and Justin Houston excels in that area. He’s a team captain and an explosive force off the edge. He is somewhat of a tweener, but I’m sure he can add a little weight and retain his explosiveness. Houston finished the season second in sacks in the SEC, with 10. He’s a fiery guy who leads by example and voice. A better pass rush will cause a trickle down effect. The secondary will improve and the defense will cause more mistakes and turnovers.

Alabama RB, *Mark Ingram – I don’t care what anyone says, the Patriots need a running game. Everything can’t be placed on the shoulders of Tom Brady. The Patriots were at their best when they had some resemblance of balance. A strong running game keeps defenses honest and makes the play action much more effective. 2009 Hiesman award winner, Mark Ingram is the perfect fit for the Patriots. His vision, power, lateral quickness, and knack for gaining yards after first contact is what the doctor ordered. Wes Welker has been Tom Brady’s best friend for the past couple of seasons. Move over Welker and make room for Ingram.

Baylor DT, Phil Taylor – Kris Jenkins is about done playing in the NFL. He has now had 3 season ending knee injuries. The Jets can’t sit around and wait for Jenkins to heal up and hope that he stays healthy. They must go out and find his future replacement. Sione Pouha is a stud at the nose tackle, but he is getting up there in age. Phil Taylor is a guy that can come in and eat up blocks. For his size he has good athleticism. If Shaun Ellis leaves in free agency, Taylor could push Pouha to the 5-technique, and man the nose.

Pittsburgh WR, *Jonathan Baldwin – The majority of the Bears receivers are diminutive. Jay Cutler had great success with the 6’5” Brandon Marshall in Denver. I look for the Bears to get Cutler someone similar. Jonathan Baldwin is a big and physical receiver that has excellent ball skills and body control. He is just the guy to open up the bears offense. His route running and separation skills need improving, but that is the case for most college receivers.

Illinois DT, Corey Liuget – Before the season I would of said the Packers need to get a cornerback to play opposite of Charles Woodson. Tramon Williams has come in and has been the Packers best defender in the secondary. The Packers now need to look at their defensive line. Ryan Pickett is getting up there in age, Johnny Jolly is suspended and Cullen Jenkins can’t stay healthy. Corey Liuget has all the tools to be a stud in the NFL. He looks like a Green Bay Packer. His style of play and size is similar to the players currently in their defensive line rotation..

Villanova OT, Ben Ijalana – Ben Rothlisberger has been known to hold on to the ball in the pocket. The combination of that and poor tackle play, gets him killed week in and week out. He takes a ton of unnecessary shots. Now sometimes, holding on to the ball is a good thing. It gives him time to find Mike Wallace or Emmanuel Sanders streaking down the field. The Steelers need a tackle who can hold his block a tad bit longer, to give Rothlisberger time to do what he does. Ben Ijalana is a guy who doesn’t possess the height of the prototypical offensive tackle, but has exceptionally long arms and is a gifted blocker. If teams can get over his 6’4” height, he will make an instant impact on the edge.

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