|1. Panthers||Andrew Luck|
QB from Stanford
Luck is clearly the top pick in 2011 if he comes out. After him there are a few elite guys but there is definitely a gap. Despite Clausen being drafted in the 2nd Round last year, if the Panthers and a new coaching staff have a shot at Luck they'll take him. They could probably even trade Clausen for an experienced vet to give Luck some time before he becomes the starter.
DT from Auburn
Fairley has been absolutely dominant this season. Every time I watched an Auburn game I saw him spending most of his time in opponents backfields' disrupting everything. He will look great next to Dumervil and together they'll give the Broncos a very solid defensive front.
DE from Clemson
Bowers has had a real breakout year in 2010. He led the country in sacks with 15.5 and was the runner up in tackles for a loss with 25. Bowers could be everything that Aaron Maybin hasn't been, most notably effective.
|4. Bengals||A.J. Green |
WR from Georgia
Green has solidified himself as the top WR in this year's draft. While the Bengals seem like they should really just get rid of everyone they can and start over, they have already committed to bringing back Marvin Lewis so that probably means another year of Carson Palmer. If they keep Palmer, they are going to need some playmakers because they are almost definitely going to get rid of Owens and Ochocinco. Green is the kind of guy who can step in and make an impact right away.
CB from LSU
The Cardinals need a lot of help and they'll most likely take the best player available (BPA), which in this case is the very talented Patrick Peterson. Peterson should step in opposite Rodgers-Cromartie to immediately give the Cards a very good secondary.
|6. Browns||Julio Jones |
WR from Alabama
Julio Jones is going to be a #1 WR in the NFL and there may not be a team that needs one of those more than the Browns. Their top WR had only 40 catches this season. Jones is a physical freak who shows up in big games and Colt McCoy will love having him as a target next year.
|7. 49ers||Ryan Mallett|
QB from Arkansas
Mallett didn't win the Sugar Bowl but he didn't lose it either. "The Legend" is a pro-style QB with a big arm. Ideally he would go to a team and have a year or two to develop. Unfortunately the 49ers aren't really in a position to do that and may rush him into the lineup if they do take him here. This is a team that has needed a top QB for years and Mallett could be the answer with so many great targets like Gore, Davis, and Crabtree.
CB from Nebraska
Prince has had a great year and while he may not have the upside of Peterson, he is already a very polished CB and could start immediately. The Titans had a big letdown this season and a shutdown Corner playing opposite Cortland Finnegan could really help their pass rush become even better.
OLB from Texas A & M
Von Miller is the top OLB in this year's draft and is a phenomenal pass rusher from the LB position. Miller would be able to come in and help solidify the Cowboy Linebacker group right away. They need help in a lot of places but Miller is a Texas guy who fills a definite need.
QB from Auburn
Hooray! It's Jason Campbell 2.0!
Snyder is definitely the guy who will draft to make a splash. Newton is not NFL ready at this point though. I guess they could keep Grossman in there for a year while they coach up Newton but I just feel like this is a Redskin kind of move.
|11. Texans||Marcell Dareus|
DT from Alabama
How tough would it be to block Dareus and Mario Williams? Dareus didn't have quite the dominant season that people thought he would this year, but he was the focus of almost every blocking scheme he faced. His ability was showcased in their crushing win over Michigan St. as he was in their backfield time and time again.
|12. Vikings||Gabe Carimi |
OT from Wisconsin
Carimi's stock may have slipped a little this year but he is still a top OT if not the elite OT people thought he could be. The Vikings definitely need to fix their offensive line. They were the first group blocking for Brett Favre in 19 years that let him get so banged up that he couldn't start.
|13. Lions||Robert Quinn|
DE from North Carolina
Quinn was suspended for the 2010 season for illegal interactions with an agent. Which doesn't mean he is bad at football, it means the NCAA is annoying. Quinn is one of the best DEs in this very deep DE class. He is extremely quick and has long arms. Quinn could compare to Demarcus Ware and I'm sure the Lions would be pretty happy if they could get someone even close to that.
WR from Oklahoma State
Blackmon was by far the most productive WR in college football this year. He is fast, tall, has great hands, and can get open. What is not to like about this guy? Blackmon had 10 games in a row with at least 1 TD and 100 yards this year and that includes the game when he faced Amukamura! Blackmon will be a huge help for a Rams team in dire need of WR help. Blackmon, Avery, and Amendola sounds like a pretty good group actually.
|15. Dolphins||Mark Ingram |
RB from Alabama
Ingram won the Heisman last year but was banged up all season and it showed. He didn't run with the same speed or power that he did the year before. However, if you saw any of their bowl game you saw a finally healthy Mark Ingram and he looked fantastic. The power and burst were back. With the Dolphins probably losing one or both of Ricky WIlliams and Ronnie Brown this off season they are going to need some help at RB.
|16. Jaguars||Cameron Heyward|
DE from Ohio State
Heyward had a dominant Sugar Bowl game while facing off against one of the top rated OTs in Demarcus Love. He was all over the field and in Ryan Mallett's face the entire game causing him to have trouble stepping up into the pocket and finishing the long stride of his throwing motion. Heyward leaps a slow looking Clayborn in my opinion and I'm sure the Jaguars will be happy to finally have that solid DE that have seemingly been looking for ever since they became a team.
DE from UCLA
Ayers is a versatile DE/OLB kind of prospect who is fast and can get after the QB. Which is exactly what the Pats need. They have very little pass rush and Ayers would fit their style of smart but tenacious players. He could be perfect in their 3-4 system.
|18. Chargers||Michael Floyd|
WR from Notre Dame
Floyd is a top WR who can absolutely be the #1 guy in a year or two. He is fast, has good hands, and a great ability to high point catches. Those are all qualities that SD has looked for in WRs over the years. They may franchise Vincent Jackson again next year but will most likely not have him around after that. Malcom Floyd probably won't be around much longer either so they definitely have a need for someone for Rivers to throw to beyond Antonio Gates.
|19. Giants||Travis Lewis|
OLB from Oklahoma
Travis Lewis is a fast rangy Linebacker who is able to cover lots of ground behind a stout defensive line. He is a perfect match for the Giants who have a very good defensive line but have been looking for better linebacker play every since Antonio Pierce started to slow down. Lewis would be great playing outside and could be very valuable against their division rivals when Vick escapes from the pocket.
OT from Colorado
Solder has been ranked as the top OT by some but I think he is probably a late first round pick due to his lack of bulk. He is very athletic but might be just a bit too tall to defend against a strong bull rush. Solder would be a great addition to the Bucs offensive line who saw some success this year but could definitely use an upgrade. Josh Freeman and LeGarrette Blount would be very happy about this pick.
DE from Iowa
Clayborn dealt with a lot of double teams this season but managed to hold his own. Although he didn't dominate he didn't really disappoint. He is a solid DE who can anchor a whole side of a defensive line. His pass rush can be dominant at times but he is a very good all-around defensive end. The Seahawks found some success this year with Chris Clemons but could clearly use some more players who are able to pressure the QB.
OT from Mississippi State
There are a few OTs who will be drafted in the 1st round this year and Sherrod is one of them. I'm not sure what their order is at this point but Sherrod has to be in the top three. The Chiefs need to add more talent to their Oline. Maybe they can take Sherrod and move Brandon Albert back to Guard? Either way it won't hurt to have a guy like Sherrod keeping defenders off of Cassel and Charles.
OG from Florida
Pouncey is the twin brother of the phenomenal Pittsburgh rookie Center Maurkice Pouncey. He has all the physical tools and if he is anything like his brother he should be able to step in and help a very patchy Indy offensive line. Mike played Guard at Florida for the last 2 years and moved to Center this year. That versatility will be key for him in Indy when he is asked to move back to Guard until Jeff Saturday retires.
|24. Eagles||Ras-I Dowling CB from Virginia|
Dowling was in the same echelon as Amukamura and Peterson at the start of the season but injuries nagged him at the start of the year and ultimately caused him to miss a lot of time this year. He has great size for a CB at 6-2, 200 but still has the speed and agility to hang with any WR on the field. The Eagles really need some help opposite Asante Samuel. Dmitri Patterson has looked serviceable at times but isn't a corner they can trust to start for an entire season. If Dowling tests well and proves he is back from the injury, he would be a great addition to the Eagles defense.
CB from Colorado
Smith is another tall Cornerback who will be able to learn for at least a year from some of the "seasoned" vets they have in the Green Bay secondary. His speed and height really set up apart and he could develop into a great CB. The Packers are going to have to address their aging secondary soon and Smith gives them a chance to do that right away.
|26. Saints||Cameron Jordan|
DE from California
Cameron Jordan is a very solid Defensive End who is able to play both the run and get after the passer. Jordan isn't the quick or sudden kind of athlete that many 1st Rd DEs are these days, but he is solid in all phases. This will help free up the rest of the Saint's D to attack the ball and go for big plays as Greg William's likes them to do. Jordan has great size and a head for the game which will make him fit in very well in New Orleans.
|27. Bears||Anthony Castonzo OT from Boston College|
|28. Jets||Jonathan Baldwin |
WR from Pittsburgh
Baldwin could be the immediate successor to Braylon Edwards whose contract is up this year. He will probably be asking for serious #1 WR money despite incredibly inconsistent hands and off the field problems which means that the Jets will probably part ways with him. They'll look to replace him with another tall and speedy WR with inconsistent hands in Jon Baldwin. I haven't been that high on him because I don't think he can really catch that well. For some reason his hands just look awkward when he makes a grab, almost like Terrell Owens. But if he ends up having a career anything like Owens I think the Jets will be happy with this pick. Or at least the next team that he goes to will be happy.
|29. Ravens||Greg Jones|
MLB from Michigan State
Greg Jones is a tackle machine who registered over 450 in his time at MSU. He is a fast Middle Linebacker who is also tough against the run. Jones is the perfect guy to learn from Ray Lewis and step into his shoes if he ever decides to stop playing. He is smart, has huge production, and doesn't get hurt which just sounds like a perfect Ravens pick to me.
|30. Steelers||Rodney Hudson|
OG from Florida State
Hudson is arguably the best OG in this year's Draft but I feel like the allure of the Pouncey twin will make Rodney fall a bit. Hudson is a dominant OG and has started at Florida State for four years. His ability to play at a high level so consistently will be a huge factor in the Steelers selecting him. After their rookie center, Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers have had revolving doors at the rest of their O Line positions. Hudson should be able to come in and help solidify the interior of their line right away.
|31. Falcons||Kyle Rudolph TE from |
Atlanta is now in a position where they can build for the future. With no serious gaps they can afford to address one that is coming down the road, when Tony Gonzalez decides to retire. Rudolph is one of the best and most well rounded TE prospects to come out in a while. He'll hopefully have some time to learn behind Tony and figure out how to take his game to the NFL level. Rudolph could turn into a great weapon for Matt Ryan.
|J.J. Watt DE from Wisconsin|
Watt is listed as a DE but can also play DT if need be and from what I've seen, he can even bump out into zone coverage at times. His size, athleticism, and versatility make him a great pick for the Patriots here. They'll be able to really continue their defensive youth movement by taking Watt and Ayers with their 2 first round picks. Both are smart, versatile, and played at a high level in college which is just what the Patriots like to draft.
UPDATE: Andrew Luck has decided to stay in school and will return to Stanford rather than enter the NFL Draft. So has Travis Lewis. This means that the beautiful Mock you see above is already obsolete, so I'll get busy putting together another one for you guys. However, I won't do it until after the declaration deadline on January 15th. I'll start putting together a new Mock after the whole player pool becomes official.
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