2011 Mock Draft – 3 Rounds
When I posted a mock two weeks ago, I expected that the next one I would post on the site would wait until after the Combine. But I’ve decided in all my wisdom to do another one before the Combine, but this time I’ve decided to include three rounds instead of one. An asterisk (*) indicates an underclassman.
1. Carolina Panthers – QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri*
I still think the Panthers will take a quarterback with their top pick, and I think when all is said and done Gabbert will be the pick.
2. Denver Broncos – DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson*
With the Broncos move to the 4-3 under John Fox, getting another pass rusher to team with Dumervil will be important.
3. Buffalo Bills – QB Cam Newton, Auburn*
With Fitzpatrick under center, the Bills are one of the teams at the top that can afford to take Newton high in the draft because they won’t be forced to play him right away.
4. Cincinnati Bengals – DT Nick Fairley, Auburn*
While the Bengals need wide receiver help, they can’t pass on a defensive playmaker like Fairley here in the draft.
5. Arizona Cardinals – WR A.J. Green, Georgia*
Green will be a great complement if they keep Fitzgerald, but also a good replacement if they move him.
6. Cleveland Browns – DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama*
With the Browns expected make a switch to the 4-3, getting a force in the middle like Dareus will go a long way.
7. San Francisco 49ers – OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M
The 49ers need some pass rush help, and Miller is considered the premier guy in that realm by many.
8. Tennessee Titans – QB Jake Locker, Washington
The post Vince Young era in Tennessee begins with Jake Locker.
9. Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Peterson, LSU*
Jerry Jones can’t pass up an athlete like Peterson to help improve a porous Dallas secondary.
10. Washington Redskins – WR Julio Jones, Alabama*
Whoever is the Redskins new quarterback will appreciate a target like Jones on the outside.
11. Houston Texans – OLB Robert Quinn, North Carolina*
Quinn will give the Texans a good pass rusher on the outside.
12. Minnesota Vikings – OT Tyron Smith, USC*
Finally the VIkings land their replacement for Bryant McKinnie at left tackle.
13. Detroit Lions – CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
Amukamara will be a solidifying force in the Lions secondary at a weak cornerback spot.
14. St. Louis Rams – DE Aldon Smith, Missouri*
The Rams want another pass rusher to team with Long, and Smith is a good fit.
15. Miami Dolphins – RB Mark Ingram, Alabama*
Ingram is an excellent heir apparent to Williams and Brown.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars – CB JImmy Smith, Colorado
Smith is rising up boards all the way to Jacksonville where he can bolster their terrible secondary.
17. New England Patriots (from Raiders) – DE Cameron Jordan, California
The pick they acquired from Oakland for Richard Seymour is used to bolster Seymour’s vacated spot.
18. San Diego Chargers – DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin*
Watt is a big, physical defensive lineman that should shore up their front.
19. New York Giants – CB Aaron Williams, Texas
The Giants need some help in the secondary, and Williams provides size and speed.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DE Justin Houston, Georgia*
The Bucs need a pass rusher and like the speed Houston provides on the edge.
21. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Nate Solder, Colorado
Solder’s addition moves Albert to right tackle, killing two birds with one stone.
22. Indianapolis Colts – OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
The Colts get their left tackle that they’ve been looking for ever since Tarik Glenn retired.
23. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Brandon Harris, Miami FL*
Harris’ speed should be a welcome addition opposite Asante Samuel.
24. New Orleans Saints – DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
Clayborn had a down senior year but the Saints still like his potential to improve their weak pass rush.
25. Seattle Seahawks – DT Corey Liuget, Illinois*
Liuget’s addition should help solidify a porous Seahawk run defense.
26. Baltimore Ravens – WR Torrey Smith, Maryland*
Smith adds a speedy playmaker that is much needed on the outside in Baltimore.
27. Atlanta Falcons – DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
The productive high-motor pass rusher will go a long way to improving a glaring weakness on the Falcons defense.
28. New England Patriots – LB Martez Wilson, New England*
Wilson has the versatility to play multiple positions for the Pats, but will be needed on the outside immediately.
29. Chicago Bears – OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
Could potentially solidify either the left or right tackle spot for them.
30. New York Jets – DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple*
Disruptive playmaker should help bolster their weak pass rush and front.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
They hold he can shore up their weak offensive line by soliidifying the left tackle spot.
32. Green Bay Packers – OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA*
Should be a very dangerous asset to have flanking Clay Matthews on the outside.
33. New England (from Panthers) – OG Danny Watkins, Baylor
Will be dubbed the heir apparent to Mankins if they lose him.
34. Buffalo – OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada
Athletic pass rusher will be an upgrade in Buffalo.
35. Cincinnati – WR Jon Baldwin, Pittsburgh*
Gives them a big, fast target on the outside.
36. Denver – DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State
A disruptive presence in John Fox’s new defense.
37. Cleveland – WR Titus Young, Boise State
Gives them another playmaker at wide receiver.
38. Arizona – QB Andy Dalton, Texas Christian
A heady quarterback that will be groomed for the future.
39. Tennessee – OG Mike Pouncey, Florida
Ability to play either guard or center helps them at two spots.
40. Dallas – DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
Will beef up their front at defensive end.
41. Washington – QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas*
Big-armed passer that Shanahan tends to covet.
42. Houston – FS Rahim Moore, UCLA*
Centerfielder that can help plug porous Texans secondary.
43. Minnesota – QB Christian Ponder, Florida State
Their apparent future franchise quarterback.
44. Detroit – OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina
Gives them a much needed playmaker on the outside.
45. San Francisco – QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
Tall with a rocket arm, he’ll be groomed as a starter down the road.
46. Denver (from Dolphins) – ILB Greg Jones, Michigan State
Should give them a solid presence in the middle of their 4-3 attack.
47. St. Louis – DT Drake Nevis, LSU
Gives them another pass rusher up front in the middle.
48. Oakland – OC Rodney Hudson, Florida State
They hope he can solidify a pivot that has been weak for years.
49. Jacksonville – DE Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh
A productive pass rusher that should help the Jags weak pass defense.
50. San Diego – WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami FL
Another tall receiver for the Chargers that can get vertical.
51. Tampa Bay – CB Brandon Burton, Utah*
Will be expected to replace Barber at cornerback.
52. N.Y. Giants – OT Marcus Cannon, Texas Christian
Massive run blocker will be groomed as the future starter at right tackle.
53. Indianapolis – WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
Another explosive receiving option for Manning to throw to.
54. Philadelphia – DE Allen Bailey, Miami FL
Athletic specimen that has big upside to develop on the outside.
55. Kansas City – DT Phil Taylor, Baylor
Gives them their much needed plugger in the middle.
56. New Orleans – RB Mikel LeShoure, Illinois*
A more physical rushing option to team with Bush and Thomas.
57. Seattle – RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech*
A speed back that can provide a spark to their struggling offense.
58. Baltimore – DE Christian Ballard, Iowa
Should be a nice addition up front to bolster depth up front.
59. Atlanta – TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame*
Gives them an heir apparent to Gonzalez.
60. New England – RB Shane Vereen, California*
A speed back that should blossom in their wide open offense.
61. San Diego (from Jets) – OT DeMarcus Love, Arkansas
Should help solidify the right tackle position.
62. Chicago – DT Jurrell Casey, USC*
A solid pass rusher that can replace Harris down the road.
63. Pittsburgh – DT Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
Adds depth at both end and nose tackle for the future with their aging front.
64. Green Bay – OG Ben Ijalana, VIllanova
Gives them a physical run blocker at left guard.
65. Carolina – DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina
66. Cincinnati – RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
67. Denver – CB Curtis Brown, Texas
68. Buffalo – OT Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh
69. Arizona – OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona
70. Cleveland – DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
71. Dallas – SS Ahmad Black, Florida
72. New Orleans (from Redskins) – OLB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
73. Houston – CB Davon House, New Mexico State
74. New England (from Vikings) – WR Greg Little, North Carolina
75. Detroit – OLB Kelvin Sheppard, LSU
76. San Francisco – WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky*
77. Tennessee – CB Shareece Wright, USC
78. St. Louis – TE D.J. Williams, Arkansas
79. Miami – ILB Casey Matthews, Oregon
80. Jacksonville – FS Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
81. Oakland – CB Curtis Marsh, Utah State
82. San Diego – CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville
83. N.Y. Giants – FS Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
84. Tampa Bay – ILB Colin McCarthy, Miami FL
85. Philadelphia – OLB Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut
86. Kansas City – OC Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
87. Indianapolis – TE Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
88. New Orleans – DT Kenrick Ellis, Hampton
89. San Diego (from Seahawks) – RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
90. Baltimore – FS Quinton Carter, Oklahoma
91. Atlanta – WR Cecil Shorts, Mount Union
92. New England – OLB Mark Herzlich, Boston College
93. Chicago – OG Clint Boling, Georgia
94. N.Y. Jets – OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State
95. Pittsburgh – SS Robert Sands, West Virginia
96. Green Bay – WR Tandon Doss, Indiana*