Top 10 NFL Mock Draft: Best Player Available Rule Applies

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1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn – Best player in Draft.  Next superstar QB.  Carolina cannot wait for Jimmy Clausen’s development.  Face of the franchise – how can you pass Cam?  Go for the home run.  No regrets.  #1 pick should be #1 position of priority in league. NFL Now & Then Comparison: Ben Roethlisberger/Steve McNair

2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU – Passes the eye test.  All the confidence in the world – posed the “Heisman” against West Virginia.  Super skilled physical specimen who can return punts with ease.  If Denver opts to upgrade pass rush; how about trading down and selecting Von Miller to pair with Elvis Dumervill?  At #2, the LSU standout is more worthy of such a high pick.  NFL Now & Then Comparison: Charles Woodson/Deion Sanders

3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M – Buffalo is in search of some firepower, just something.  I believe Miller gives you more of an instant impact over any of the defensive linemen available on the board.  Playing the 3-4 defense, you have to draft a guy who can get to the QB in a hurry.  More of an emphasis is placed on the rushing ‘backer over the front line guy.  When was the last time this club had a player of high-caliber at OLB?  Cornelius Bennett?  NFL Now & Then Comparison: James Harrison/Derrick Thomas

4. Cincinnati Bengals: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama – Cincy’s DL is more of a strength than their present group of receivers.  With WR being more of a pressing concern, I like Jones at this spot.  He has all the attributes of a premiere wide out.  QB is certainly an issue with Carson Palmer likely on his way out, but I’m not sold on Blaine Gabbert as a top-ten pick; let alone a top-five selection.  Unfortunately, why do I have a funny feeling Jones will be the “Dez Bryant” of this Draft because of his foot.  Don’t overlook Julio.  NFL Now & Then Comparison: Sidney Rice/Carl Pickens

5. Arizona Cardinals: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama – Chris Wells project is finished.  Time for a new experiment.  Ingram is going to be an All-Pro.  His vision is remarkable and has a championship pedigree.  I love how he came back from injury last season.  Great feel for the game and can gain the extra yardage when needed.  NFL Now & Then Comparison: Frank Gore/Curtis Martin

6. Cleveland Browns: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

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7 Responses to “Top 10 NFL Mock Draft: Best Player Available Rule Applies”

  1. gil says:

    How can Patrick Peterson being compared to both Woodson and Deon? They are two completely different types of corners. Wouldn’t a comparison between the Woodsons (Rod and Charles)make more sense than Deon? Deon still hasn’t made a tackle

  2. Russ Loede says:

    Deion in terms of his return capabilities. Deion in terms of his playmaking abilities at CB. Deion in terms, that he can/possibly will be the best defensive back in the game during his era. Huge upside, high ceiling -sky’s the limit. Deion STILL is the best CB of all-time, tackles or no tackles. Peterson has Woodson’s physicality and Deion’s flair for the bright lights in prime time (see: Heisman pose vs. WVU at Death Valley). The best of both worlds. Complete phenom. Physical specimen. As skilled as any player you’ll see at the position in a long time.

    • whodat says:

      dumb draft cam newton at number one and mark ingram at 5? and why would panthers go for a qb and not bengals? cam newton will not make an impack his first year hes not accurate enough. hes not a sam bradford. nfl qb are not running backs like in college. hes a first rounder but not a number one unless panthers head coach doesnt like being a head coach cause he will be fired if he has another season like last. and wheres aj green on your board

  3. Jay says:

    Panthers cannot take a risk in Cam Newton especially after his performance at the NFL combine. Overthrowing receivers on a 10-yard out route was one thing, but more importantly blaming it on the receivers saying they were from ‘small schools’ and that they played differently. All this on top of the fact that sources have leaked that after certain discussions with teams in the 15minute discussions during the combine, some found that it was difficult for him to discuss and dissect basic NFL defenses.

    The fact of the matter is, Cam’s stock has fallen, and unless he has a pro-day that proves that he can improve in not his throwing motion, not his power, not his pure raw athletic ability, which we all know is there, but improve his basic knowledge and to clear up his background in regards to stealing a laptop in his past as well as allegedly ignoring coaching calls when asked to take a kneel down and instead running a quarterback sneak etc… Regardless of the fact, calling Cam the best player in the draft is an unbelievable statement, and more importantly, when you look at the Carolina Panthers past, they have not been one to endorse players with backgrounds that are somewhat ‘iffy.’

    Down to the point, I see the Carolina Panthers either take Bowers or Patrick Peterson because of their athletic ability and play making stature. Since Charles Johnson didn’t get a franchise tag, maybe Bowers can fill that spot. But, then on the other side, since Richard Marshall has a possibility in going to free agency, Chris Gamble could have a new friend by his side to solidify the Panthers already stout pass defense.

    Lastly, if I see a player in the draft that could be a ‘Big Ben,’ or a player that’s like a Charles Woodson, I’d rather have Woodson, hands down. Because more importantly, the off-the-field issues that Ben has, also relates to the same off-the-field issues that Cam has.

  4. Russ Loede says:

    Green Bay could have never won the SB without Aaron Rodgers; they did so without Charles Woodson. Pittsburgh would have never sniffed the big game minus Big Ben. It’s a QB league. Go for the home run. Don’t be afraid to roll the dice, and take a risk. Carolina rather pay big bucks for a potential face of the franchise upgrading the league’s most important position, than for a defensive back, albeit one of Peterson’s unreal caliber.

  5. J says:

    Man, this mock is ridiculous. No way Cam Newton goes in the top 5. #1 picks have to be sure things. Cam Newton is not. With multiple 1st overall defensive picks this year, look for the Panthers to go defense with #1.

    Cam Newton really isn’t that great anyways, top 10, maybe, top 5 probably not, #1 no way.

  6. Chris Bach says:

    There’s a good chance Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Colin Kaepernick, and Ryan Mallett will all be available to the Panthers in the second round.

    I think Cam could go to Buffalo but I have him going to San Francisco, just outside the top 5 picks. Arizona is also a possibility. Carolina? I dunno. Even with a rookie wage scale, it’s taxing to whiff on 1st round prospects and the quarterbacks are usually less sure than Marcell Dareus, Bowers, Quinn (despite character issues), Peterson and Miller. I think Gabbert is more of a possibility to Carolina.