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Topic: NFL Mock Draft: (in with an hour to spare)
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 04/28/11 15:42
With the NFL Draft only an hour or so away, I figured it was time to post my mock draft. Despite all the talk of many trades happening (which we hear every year and almost never happens), I expect there to be only 2 trades:
 
 
*-Dallas and Houston will flip flop 1st round picks at 9 and 11
*-The Oakland Raiders will sneak back into round 1 by acquiring the Patriots pick at 28.
 
 
Unlikely this is actually how it all plays out, but we can talk about it afterwards. Enjoy!
 
 
1) Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
The Panthers have a ton of needs and I think Marcell Dareus or Von Miller would be a better pick, but I don't think they'll pass up Newton even if I question whether Newton will live up to his hype.
 
 
2) Denver Broncos: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
It's Miller or Dareus and the Broncos can't go wrong with either one as both fill huge needs. As they were 31st in rush defense and had a league fewest 23 sacks in 2010.
 
 
3) Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
The Bills should sprint to the podium with this pick since they were dead last in run defense in 2010. If Denver takes Dareus instead of Miller, Buffalo should sprint to the podium and take Von Miller.
 
 
4) Cincinnati Bengals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Could make a great case for A.J. Green here, but the Bengals have WR's in Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley, and Andre Caldwell. What they don't have is a QB. Carson Palmer seems very serious about not coming back under any circumstance and his brother Jordan isn't starting material.
 
 
5) Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
The Cardinals luck out and get one of the two players they covet. Von Miller would be their preference, but Peterson is the next guy on their wish list after Miller.
 
 
6) Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR Georgia
Another no-brainer here. Colt McCoy amazed everyone last year and he had precious few weapons to throw to. Green fills an immediate need for a playmaking WR.
 
 
7) San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
The 49ers lose out by not getting Peterson or Gabbert but will settle for taking the heir to Justin Smith. After all, Smith is entering his 11th NFL season and that motor has to wear down eventually.
 
 
8) Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT Auburn
Once considered to be a viable option as the first overall pick, Fairley lands to the team that got greatness for several years from a guy Fairley is commonly compared to: Albert Haynesworth. If Gabbert somehow fell this far, they'd take him.
 
 
9) Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
I think the Texans get jittery that someone will grab the second best CB before they pick and will trade up 2 places with Dallas to ensure they get the CB they so desperately need to help their 32nd ranked pass defense. Dallas knows they'll be able to get their guy with the 11th pick and add to their draft picks.
 
 
10) Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR Alabama
The Redskins have several needs and one of them is to find a WR to take over for free agent Santana Moss. Moss may return, but will be 32 in June. Jones will add an explosive dynamic and Mike Shanahan will find his QB in round 2. He won't find another WR like Jones there.
 
 
11) Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Dallas knew they could still get their OT in this draft at 11 and that's why they swap places with Houston. They need help all over their OL and an additional pick or two will help them later in the draft.
 
 
12) Minnesota Vikings: Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri
They also need a QB and a DT, but Smith projects to convert to LB and the Vikings need someone to step up opposite Chad Greenway. Smith might not be the right fit in their system, but his talent is too much for them to pass on here.
 
 
13) Detroit Lions: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Until last year, it seemed like the Lions were always either drafting a WR or an OL in the first round. They need to do a better job protecting Matt Stafford and Castonzo's hard working attitude and skills will appeal to Detroit.
 
 
14) St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
Mike Pouncey is also a strong possibility given the need at OG, but Fred Robbins is entering his 12th season and Liuget is a logical successor.
 
 
15) Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey C/G, Florida
He'll either play Center or Guard depending on where the Dolphins decide to put Richie Incognito. Pouncey also provides insurance against Incognito reverting back to being a head case after behaving himself in 2010 in Miami.
 
 
16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Jordan will fill an immediate need for a strong run stopping DE who can also bring heat on opposing QB's.
 
 
17) New England Patriots: Ryan Kerrigan, DE/LB, Purdue
This is a Bill Belichick type of guy with a relentless motor and strength.
 
 
18) San Diego Chargers: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
The Chargers have a need for a DE who is big, disruptive, and athletic. Enter J.J. Watt.
 
 
19) New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
After the run on pass rushers takes away 3 guys the Giants would have considered here, they will be fine taking the mammoth Carimi to protect Eli Manning and provide a road grader for the running game. Tom Coughlin will like him a lot.
 
 
20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Tampa Bay will disappoint at least 2 teams drafting after them with this pick, but they are cutting ties with troubled Aqib Talib and need someone to replace him in their secondary. Smith comes with some risk off the field, like Talib did, but talent wise, he may be the second best CB in this draft. Raheem Morris should be able to steer him in the right direction.
 
 
21) Kansas City Chiefs: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
After two Wisconsin players go back to back, two Colorado players do the same. Solder would be an immediate upgrade for a team that needs to find a long term answer at the position.
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 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 04/28/11 15:43
22) Indianapolis Colts: Danny Watkins, OL, Baylor
A bit older (26) than most rookies, some expect Watkins to switch to Guard at the pro level after playing left tackle in college. I think his athleticism, smarts, and passion will have the Colts thinking he could still be a LT.
 
 
23) Philadelphia Eagles: Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
Philly wanted Jimmy Smith, but will be happy to find Ayers still on the board.
 
 
24) New Orleans Saints: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
Shaun Rogers is only a one year deal in New Orleans and the Saints need someone with size to anchor their interior DL. While Taylor isn't as big as Rogers, he is still a small mountain of a man.
 
 
25) Seattle Seahawks: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Bowers comes with concerns about his knee and that's why he falls from being a top 5 pick all the way to here. Seattle just can't resist taking the chance on Bowers here.
 
 
26) Baltimore Ravens: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Another team disappointed Jimmy Smith is gone, the Ravens take the next best CB and will wait until round 2 to take an OL or WR.
 
 
27) Atlanta Falcons: Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
The Falcons may go for TE Kyle Rudolph instead, but the upside of Little is too great to pass up for a team that is desperate for another WR weapon to pair with Roddy White. 
 
 
28) Oakland Raiders: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
The Patriots currently own this pick, but they are likely to trade it and the Raiders desperately want back into the first round this year and make another deal with the team that owns what would have been their first round pick this season. The Patriots are always looking to next year and will get a small ransom from the Raiders here so Oakland can get the fastest QB in this draft. And actually, Kaepernick's mobility plus his arm strength make him a great choice for Oakland.
 
 
29) Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
A perfect fit for the Bears, Sherrod gets the coaching he needs from Mike Tice in an offense that needs to do a much better job protecting the QB. And pass blocking is Sherrod's strength.
 
 
30) New York Jets: Brooks Reed, DE/LB, Arizona
The Jets need a pass rusher and Reed answers that need perfectly with his speed, passion, and ability to get to opposing QB's.
 
 
31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
The Steelers want a CB but with Aaron Williams gone they start to think about needing to get younger on the DL. Wilkerson's hustle and strength will appeal to Pittsburgh fans and coaches.
 
 
32) Green Bay Packers: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
The Packers have the luxury of taking the best RB to answer the questions they have at the position. Leshoure is a bigger, faster version of Ryan Grant and never lost a fumble in college (something that James Starks still needs to prove he is over problems with). I wouldn't be surprised if the Packers traded out of this spot with a team picking high in round 2 and they could still end up with Leshoure, but if the deal isn't right, I think they go this route gladly.
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Post Date: 04/29/11 10:55
Nice try, Russ, and it started good for you, but quickly fell apart. Weird seeing Locker and Ponder going as high as they did,and I can't believe Atlanta gave up so much to get Julio Jones. They'd better pray he turns into everything they hope he is or they've really cut their legs out from under themselves.
 
Really can't believe the Lions got Nick Fairley at 13. Pairing him with Suh could give them an interior DL as good as there is in the league.
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