The NFL might be in the middle of a labor dispute but the Draft will go on! In just under a month from now we'll get to see what collegiate talent will be playing for our favorite NFL teams whenever there are professional football games again. This is my latest attempt to figure out how the 2011 NFL Draft will unfold. While I'd bet that there will be more draft day trades than the 0 I've predicted here, it would be really annoying to read this if I'd have included them. So you're welcome for that.
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Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think of your teams' selections so I can make this better next time. Oh! I also added a 2nd Round to this mock to give you a little better depth. Please don't hesitate to leave comments, I try to take all thoughtful consideration given into account each subsequent time I put one of these together.
1. The Carolina Panthers select Patrick Peterson, CB from LSU.
Carson Palmer's imminent departure from Cincinatti is the reason they need to make this move. The Bengals had a terrible season last year given the talent on their team. Big time changes need to happen and a new leader in the clubhouse should go a long way to turnning things around down there.
The problem is that Gabbert probably won't be able to step in and start right away. So they are going to need to find a stopgap veteran QB because I really can't imagine that they move forward with a rookie QB and Carson's brother Jordan Palmer as their QB options to start the season. Maybe Hasselbeck or Bulger.
The other consideration here is going after AJ Green and finding a longer term QB in whatever form free agency takes this off season. McNabb? The two Ohio teams have zero top WRs between them and in this draft there are really only 2 solid WR prospects in Green and Jones.
5. The Arizona Cardinals select Cam Newton, QB from Auburn.
Newton has the biggest upside of any player in this draft. However, just like Gabbert he isn't a guy who can come in and start right away which is what you'd like to get with the #5 overall pick. The Cards definitely need a new QB though and from everything I've seen, they seem to like Newton. They spent lots of time with him according to reports and then today Head Coach Wisenhunt said in an interview that there are no QBs of Bradford's caliber in this draft. He is clearly trying to help one of those QBs drop to #5.
The Cards need lots of help on offense but Newton could be an absolute Superstar in a few years and that is hard to pass up.
Bowers definitely wasn't supposed to fall this far but I'm not sure if a 3-4 team would take him and many of the teams selecting before this are strictly 3-4 teams. Of course any of those teams could take him and he'd probably be good, but what makes him great is his ability to pressuring the QB, not holding up lineman to let Linebackers make plays.
With Ray Edwards in Free Agency they would love to grab a talent like Bowers to put opposite Jared Allen. Sure they have bigger needs at QB and OT, but there are a few guys that they could nab by moving back into the later portions of the 1st round.
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