Below is my 2011 Mock Draft for the 1st Round.
1. Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn – J-Russell Part Deux
2. Denver Broncos – Marcell Dareus, DL, Alabama – Tighten up that hole filled run defense.
3. Buffalo Bills – Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M – hopefully detaches Sanchez’s head from 18 year old diddling body
4. Cincinnati Bengals – A.J. Green, WR, Georgia – Who will throw to him? Mike Brown will find some way to screw this one up too.
5. Arizona Cardinals – Blaine Gabbert, QB – As Gruden said on his QB University program..“Hey Gabbert!”
6. Cleveland Browns – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama – Can Colt throw the deep ball? This guy is a vertical monster.
7. Houston Texans – Traded from SF – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU – Houston wants this guy bad. This guy is a freakish athlete and great at jamming receivers at the line.
8. Tennessee Titans – Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn – Auburn’s defense was anchored by this beast last season.
9. Dallas Cowboys – Tyron Smith, OT, USC – Best tackle in the draft. He reminds scouts a lot of Jake Long.
10. Washington Redskins – Robert Quinn, OLB/DE, North Carolina – I could see Washington going QB here, but linebackers are a big need for Shanahan.
11. San Francisco 49ers – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska – They overpaid for one CB recently, this guy is the real deal and could be starting over him within a year.
12. Minnesota Vikings – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson – Great spin and swim moves off the snap. Watch out Aaron Rodgers and Babyface Cutler if this guy comes to the NFC Central.
13. Detroit Lions – Anthony Costanzo, OT, BC – Any guy who gets mad at himself for getting beat twice out of 500 snaps is worth a first round pick in my book. Stand up guy, smart football player as well.
14. St. Louis Rams – Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois – With the deep talent at defensive line this draft, Liguet hasn’t been the first name mentioned out of many scouts names. I guarantee if this was last year, he’d be top two or three on the defensive line depth chart.
15. Miami Dolphins – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama – I can’t see him making the jump to the pro level right away. A bad wheel and average 40 times makes me hesitant. I wouldn’t waste a 1st rounder on him.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado – If he can live up to ½ of what the previous Jimmy Smith who played for the Jags did, he will be in a good place. Del Rio’s job depends on it.
17. New England Patriots – J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin – Please don’t trade this pick, please don’t trade this pick, please don’t trade this pick.
18. San Diego Chargers – Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal – Another stud in the Pac 10. Athletic, strong, the total package.
19. New York Giants – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA – This guy is just what the Giants need on defense. That mean streak Antonio Pierce had at one time, is in this guys belly times 10. Watch out Mr. Vick.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Pouncey , C, Florida – A lot of people don’t see him dropping this low, but I do. I think his brother has made a big name for him, but wouldn’t be shocked if he went earlier. Someone needs to open holes for Blount and protect Josh Freeman in the long run. Who better than a Florida alum?
21. Kansas City Chiefs – Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple – Another defensive lineman with freakish athletic talent. Wilkerson may not be a name you’d like to draft, ask the Bengals that one, but was the best defensive player in the Atlantic 10 last year.
22. Indianapolis Colts – Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois – Joseph Addai is the Bob Sanders of the offense. He is a great talent when on the field, but that is when he is on the field. This speedster could be great catching passes out of the backfield, but picking up the blitz may be an issue.
23. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami – Ellis Hobbs as much as I despised him in New England may be retiring. Asante Samuel is on the back 9 of his career. Harris is a good fit for Andy Reid’s defense who had a tough time at points last year stopping the pass.
24. New Orleans Saints – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue – Set this guy up next to Big Willy Style Smith and you have a scary 1-2 tandem on that defensive line. He is also athletic enough to line up at OLB as well.
25. Seattle Seahawks – Andy Dalton, QB, TCU – With the former BC star possibly leaving Seattle, now is the time to start looking to the future. Can anyone also get over the fact Marshawn Lynch caused an actual earthquake during their playoff game?
26. Baltimore Ravens – Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami – This guy can go get the ball, strong, good hands, and excellent route runner. Mason is getting old, T-Housh isn’t happy, and Boldin isn’t that vertical threat that Flacco needs.
27. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame – Replacing the best tight end in NFL history won’t be easy.
28. New England Patriots – Trade for 2012 First Rounder – This surprise any of you?
29. Chicago Bears – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin – His job will be to protect Jay Cutler’s backside.
30. New York Jets – Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia – Fits perfectly into Sexy Rexy’s system. He is the talkative type as well which makes him a perfect fit for the Jets.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers – Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State – Big Ben took some massive hits last season. The offensive line was filled with injuries as well. He is a perfect fit for the Steelers.
32. Green Bay Packers – Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor – He will be opening holes for Ryan Grant and whatever RB is drafted in the second round by the Packers.