Two-Round 2011 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1)

“The Other Cam” is a sure-fire Top-10 talent

An abundance of defensive line prospects means there will be a plethora of steals to be had in the mid-late 1st round.

#1 Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn – If Ron Rivera’s gang selects Cam, they will have a tremendous opportunity to turn things around, a la Tampa Bay.  A strong draft class could translate into a 10-win season within two years.  I project Newton as a better pro than Josh Freeman.  A top-10 QB as early as ’12.  “I’ve seen all I need to see as far as him throwing a football,” Rivera said. “I’m already convinced.”

#2 Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama – Just like at 1, this pick is set in stone.  Broncos transition to the 4-3 defense makes it even more obvious.  As good as Patrick Peterson will be, I don’t think Denver wants to spend the second overall choice on a defensive back.

#3 Buffalo Bills: TRADE (Receive Cleveland’s 3rd round pick, #70). #6 Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia – Dealing up to scoop A.J. before division rival Cincy gets the chance to at 4.  An upgrade is needed for the team with the worst receiving group in the NFL.  Buffalo can still get their man at Cleveland’s spot.

#4 Cincinnati Bengals: TRADE (Receive Dallas’ 2nd round pick, #40). #9 Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Peterson, CB, Louisiana State – ‘Boys swing for the fences and hit a home run.  Bengals are more open to trading down now Green’s off the board.  Peterson will not slide past both Arizona and Buffalo.  Move allows Marvin Lewis and company flexibility to go “B.P.A.” over need with first pick.

#5 Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M – Safe, easy selection for Cards.  No-brainer.  Miller fills need at LB and is BPA.  Detroit calls for pick, but who will be there at 13?

#6 Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri – Patience and rolling the dice pays off.  On the offensive side of the ball, Bills future looks very promising.  Gabbert offers hope more than anything.

#7 San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina – Worthy of top-5 consideration, taking Quinn eases the pain of Peterson being unavailable.  Scary combo of Willis-Quinn will give opposing quarterbacks nightmares.  Jim Harbaugh will have to wait for Alex Smith’s competition in the 2nd round.

#8 Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn – What a coup for Tennessee.  Addition of Auburn standout gives Titans an even more formidable defensive line.  Super-talented Fairley makes sense at this point in the draft.

#9 Cincinnati Bengals: TRADE (Receive Minnesota’s 2nd round pick, #43). #12 Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington – Vikings park right in front of ‘Skins and their bid for Locker.  High, lofty aspirations still present for the Washington Husky.  My #2 QB in the draft; Minnesota cannot let him fall to Washington at 10.  Bengals can grab Jones at Vikings spot.

#10 Washington Redskins: Cam Jordan, DE, California – Not a bad consolation prize.  Jordan has the skills to become a imposing force at the next level.  Shanahan figures he can bolster the offense in rounds two and three.  I envision the Cal product producing immensely right away in D.C.

#11 Houston Texans: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin – Watt next to Super Mario.  Impressive 1-2 punch for Wade Phillips’ 3-4 system.  No LB is worthy of a choice this high in the draft.  At this stage, expect Houston to go BPA or address CB position.

#12 Cincinnati Bengals: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama – Word on the street says Cincy may prefer Julio over A.J.  In that case, trading down makes sense.  For Jones, the sky’s the limit.  Cedric Benson will enjoy having an extra big-time blocker.

#13 Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska – A few weeks ago you thought Detroit would have to work its way up in the draft to get their hands on Prince.  Lions are a few pieces away on defense from becoming a stellar unit.  The Cornhusker cover guy, is surely one of those pieces in the process.  I believe they can better Stafford’s protection with their second selection.  Serious contenders in the NFC North if Stafford stays upright?

#14 St. Louis Rams: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson – What a fall.  Da’Quan gives the Rams some explosive fire off the edge.  As for a weapon for Sam Bradford, none available possess a first-round grade.  You can’t go wrong with Bowers at 14.

#15 Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama – Perfect match.  Ingram is going to rush for over 1,000 yards his rookie campaign.  Miami is in desperate need of something to help jolt their lackluster offense.

#16 Jacksonville Jaguars: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri – Fits like a glove.  Smith is the type of guy the Jags desire to help give their ailing pass rush a lift.  This Tiger’s stock has been rising, so I don’t know if he will be here when Jacksonville’s on the clock.

#17 New England Patriots: Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona – Another guy who’s stock has been skyrocketing.  Tedy Bruschi clone?  Both attended Arizona and can drop back in coverage; although, Reed is more of an athlete/pass rusher.  This seems like a Patriot/Belichick type of football player.  I have a peculiar hunch this will be New England’s choice.

#18 San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple – Big fan of Wilkerson.  San Diego would do themselves a favor by nabbing the big guy from Temple.  Bolts still looking for Jamal Williams’ replacement on the defensive front.

#19 New York Giants: Tyron Smith, OT, Southern California – Smith slips into the hands of a thrilled suitor.  Giants really could use a left tackle to help shield Eli’s blindside in a fierce, intimidating NFC East.

#20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois – Rams are in play for a defensive lineman.  Liuget continues to make his way up the draft board.  The Fighting Illini playmaker was too high to be chosen at 14.  According to the National Football Post, they say St. Louis is high on him. TRADE (Rights to St. Louis Rams #14 pick: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson; for 1st & 2nd round pick #51). No secret Tampa has to get a perimeter rusher.  Da’Quan fits exactly what they need to go along with McCoy and Price.  Defensive-minded head coach Raheem Morris will get the most out of the Clemson standout.

#21 Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor – Smart, clear-cut choice.  Another rock-solid, impact draft for the Chiefs could mean 11-12 wins in 2011.  Simply put, Taylor selection increases their chances.

#22 Indianapolis Colts: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky – Risky play passing up improving Peyton’s protection; however, gutsy move is what makes Colts a fun team to watch during draft.  Cobb will thrive in the slot.  Remember, it was the offense, not the defense, that let down Indy in the Playoffs against Jets.  More playmakers are necessary for club to excel in January again.  Why not make a reach?

#23 Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado – Way too talented to pass up.  Philly has no other consistent corners to compliment Asante Samuel.  Missing piece to what could be a postseason run?  Defense is set with Smith in the mix.

#24 New Orleans Saints: Cameron Hayward, DE/DT, Ohio State – Will Smith gets someone from his Alma mater to help make things easier on the line.  The Buckeye will make his presence felt as a rookie.  Smooth, seamless crossover to Sundays.  He could have came out and been drafted higher last April.

#25 Seattle Seahawks: Mike Pouncey, G, Florida – Ready to make a contribution as first-year pro just like his brother.  Well, at least that’s what every expert is proclaiming.  Steal at 25.

#26 Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Florida) – Ray Lewis gets a “brother” from his family, the “U”.  You have to believe Baltimore rolls with upgrading the OL or secondary; two areas that disappointed them against Pittsburgh during the 31-24 loss in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.  I still think Raven fans wake up in the middle of the night from the bomb that Roethlisberger completed to Antonio Brown on 3rd & long.  This pick will likely ensure it won’t happen again against the Steelers, right?  

#27 Atlanta Falcons: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue – Purdue product falls late in first to Dirty Birds, who would like to bolster their chances on getting to the QB.  I’m also hearing Kyle Rudolph’s being mentioned here as an eventual replacement to Tony Gonzalez.  WR is a pressing need, too.  Matt Ryan, Roddy White are seeking another outside threat to relieve pressure.

#28 New England Patriots: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College – Worth mentioning: Tom Brady is the team’s franchise QB/player/prized possession.  Jets pass rush, Dwight Freeney/Robert Mathis duo are always a threat.  Protect your expensive investment, chances on winning another Super Bowl.  Destination Indy begins with a pair that has ties to the organization: Brooks Reed DE/LB hybrid from Arizona, think former Wildcat Tedy Bruschi and Castonzo would join forces with fellow B.C. grad on the offensive line, Dan Koppen.

#29 Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State – The team wants to keep Jay Cutler clean and healthy.  Sherrod is too promising of a left tackle to pass up.  60 sacks allowed led the NFL.  Club’s other need, defensive tackle, can be addressed in the second round.

#30 New York Jets: Akeem Ayers DE/OLB, UCLA – With Wilkerson and Taylor gone, nose tackle will not be the choice here.  That leaves Akeem the pick without question or doubt.  You could see Ayers becoming a terror in this Jets scheme.

#31 Pittsburgh Steelers: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia – Ability to offer Black & Gold extra range as nickel back in dime packages on 3rd down passing situations.  Rising up the draft charts.  Very intriguing athlete.  Has size, speed, and attributes to become a special player in secondary.  Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau will love this kid.  Last first rounder from UVA selected by team: Heath Miller, 30th overall, 2005.

#32 Green Bay Packers: Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia – It’s almost guaranteed Super Bowl Champions will draft a pass-rushing end/outside linebacker hybrid to team up with menace, Clay Matthews.  Certainty surrounds this pick, as Houston could go as high as 20 to Tampa.  So, it’s a bargain to go with the Bulldog with the final pick in the first round.   The club also is in position to take a gamble and look elsewhere, say wide receiver; since James Jones might be gone.  Due to the bonafide value selecting Houston, I speculate they will wait for their second pick to give Aaron Rodgers another toy.

Note: Round Two will be published tomorrow.

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18 Responses to “Two-Round 2011 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1)”

  1. Mike says:

    Seriously? The Vikings trade UP to draft that walking bust Jake Locker??

    Where do you morons get off? All I hear about is how great a leader he is– who fucking cares! He can’t throw the ball, he can’t read defenses, and he’s abysmal in the pocket. Oh wait, I forgot he can run the ball. Don’t expect him to be ripping off gargantuan runs in the pros. The Vikings need to quit fucking around with quarterbacks that have issues. There are free agent options that have the potential to see us through the next several seasons.

    We need help in the defensive secondary, defensive line, linebacker, offensive line, wide reciever, and quarterback. Quarterback is the position with the least likelihood of coming in and being a contributor right away. I say take Da’quan Bowers in round one, Stephen Paea round two. Instant improvement as we are set to lose Pat Williams (whos old) and Ray Edwards (who underperforms). More pressure on the QB helps out the secondary.

    Drafting either Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett at number 12 is stupid. Trading up to do so is fucking stupid.

  2. Drew says:

    wow. if the queens are dumb enough to trade up for locker they deserve to finish at the bottom of the division.

    i hope they do it. it’ll be great to watch him get his ass pummelled behind their weak offensive line. the guy has never shown, at any level, the ability to be accurate and read defenses. perfect for the queens


  3. PACK-MANDO says:


  4. Chris Bach says:

    There’s a good chance Ponder goes before Locker. It really depends. The five dumbest teams in the draft – Jaguars, Bills, Raiders, Bears and Titans – are unlikely to need a QB this year except for Tennessee. Tennessee is the only team that would take Locker over Ponder, in my opinion. They may be tempted to wait on a QB because they are drafting so high in the second, it might not be impossible to move up a few spots and draft someone they like.

    As for the Redskins, there are those reports that they want to move up for Gabbert. If they stay at 12, I have a hard time believing they would take a pass-rusher over Julio Jones. Jones should be higher on their board and they didn’t have a lot of big plays last year. Grossman to Jones would be a good connection given Grossman’s arm strength and Jones’ speed and leaping ability. My mock’s coming soon.

  5. Gabe Carimi says:

    You have GOT to be kidding!

  6. Vikingman says:

    There is no way on earth that they give up a second in the deal. That leaves us with no second or third round pick….There are to many BETER options out there. hell patriots would surely trade to move up and get a stud pass rusher and gladly give us our third round back to get it.We could still find Locker,Ponder or Dalton at that pick…this mock is a huge JOKE. must have been written by a Packer fan because its just dumb

  7. Russ Loede says:

    Vikings are VERY HIGH on Jake Locker. They NEED a QB.

    They have no 3rd round pick and why wait? Locker > Ponder, Dalton, whoever not named Cam.

    I would go Mallett in 2nd, maybe. Phil Simms is impressed a ton by him. Good reference, word to have on your side.

    Vikings could be a QB away from contention. Remember Baltimore trading up to get Flacco? Denver with Jay Cutler? It has worked out in the past.

    You can get still a DL later in the draft. It’s very deep with solid defensive front guys.

    • Mike says:

      Locker>Ponder, Dalton, whoever not named Cam– based on what? The guy has done nothing to prove that he will be consistent at the next level. Historically speaking, quarterbacks with accuracy issues in college do not turn it around at the pro level against better competition. I’m a Vikings fan, but I refuse to be sucked into the idea that we NEED to draft our quarterback of the future this year, more specifically with our first pick. The ONLY reason we are not clammoring to make a trade for Kyle Orton or sign Donovan McNabb is because it’s simply not as sexy of a move. Obviously the lockout makes either of those options impossible, but still. Fans always want “that guy” to come in, the hot-shot rookie to be the instant face of the organization. We have other needs that are just as pressing as quarterback. Do we put ourselves in as good of a position to win by letting an electrifying prospect like Bowers get away from us? The guy could be going number 1, knee injury pushes him down. He splits time with Robison year one while he recovers, takes over full time year two. No reason to believe he wont become a 9-10 sack guy year in and year out. I don’t think any of the quarterbacks in this draft are ready to step right in, so why don’t we focus on other areas and take a quarterback in the 2nd? or maybe ricky stanzi in the 4th? sign a guy to hold down the fort for a year. The biggest reason a guy with Locker’s college output is listed as high as 12 and a guy like Stanzi is a 4th rounder is hype. Pure and simple.

  8. Russ Loede says:

    Ricky Stanzi will never start an NFL game for a winning team. Locker is worth the hype. He’s above all the hype. Quite frankly, he’s not even “hyped” up anymore like he once was. Actually, Locker has shown me a lot outside the numbers. Speaking of outside the numbers, he can make plays with his mobility alone. Beyond that, he’s a consummate professional and is worth your 2nd round pick to trade up, if Washington is after him. Locker has his head on straight and will be a true leader at the next level.

    • Mike says:

      Perfect– you have now lost any credibility with your ridiculous dismissal of Stanzi and unearned praise of Locker. Stanzi actually has better size, better accuracy, and a better track record of success. He is also a great team leader. Come to think of it, the only thing Locker has on Stanzi (besides the unearned hype) is the ability to run the ball. Do you really think he’ll be able to run the ball consistently at the next level? Do you know what it is that allows a guy like Aaron Rodgers to run the ball at the professional level? It’s a different ballgame then college. Rodgers does not have elite speed at all, but he is such a good passer that running lanes naturally open up for him because teams are forced into max coverages to try and stop him. Rodgers makes 3 reads and takes off if he must. Locker will never be a multiple read guy, and defenses catch onto that pretty quick. He’ll be spied and unable to run. A good passer can become a great passer in the NFL. A bad passer, generally doesn’t develop into a good passer in the NFL.

  9. Vikingman says:

    Its a mute point. The Vikings will never drop to Stanzi. They will pick Locker,Ponder or Dalton. Stanzi IS a good Qb. he just needs more time to develope then the Vikings are willing to wait. Webb fills that bill already.why spend a pick on a QB that at least on paper is not a whole lot better then Webb. They will move back as far as they feel they can without loosing one of those QBs and try to pick up a third round pick again. I know everyone will just crap when i say this but you can bet they will have Donovan,Orton,Vince or Kolb under center to start the year to give the late first round pick a chance to learn.

    • Mike says:

      That is another thing that as a Viking fan I refuse to fall into– the Joe Webb enthusiasm. There is absolutely NO comparison between Ricky Stanzi and Joe Webb. None. Joe Webb played division II football, and despite all the heaps of praise he’s been given, was a 7th round pick who tossed 3 picks and had no touchdowns last year. He is a complete waste of our time and will never ever amount to anything as an NFL quarterback. He’s surely dynamic, but he shouldn’t even be a 2nd string quarterback. If the Vikings take a quarterback it should be no sooner than the second round. Im a viking fan, not a homer, we have so many holes it’s embarrassing. If we want to compete with the Packers at all we need to address the defense and fix the offensive line. With the free agent possibilities at quarterback the draft is just not the time to do it. Sorry if that doesn’t sound flashy enough to you, but it’s true. Fix the defense, fix the o-line. Cut Bernard Berrian and Madieu Williams too, they are two of our weakest links in two of our sorriest positions and their combined $73 million contracts is salt in the wounds.

  10. Russ Loede says:

    Are you kidding me about Stanzi?!? He shows me nothing above-average in his arsenal to make me believe he will be something at the next level. Locker has the skills and has been through the ups and downs. Watch him on a good team with a nice supporting cast, like Minnesota, and see him shine. Locker was a potential #1 pick for a reason. Stanzi won at Iowa; but was it really to his record?

    How are the Vikings going to compete with GB if they have no QB? It’s a QB-driven league. See Chicago with Jay Cutler. Lions trying to do the same with Stafford. You can get a solid d-lineman or two later in the draft. Go for the QB.

    • Mike says:

      Locker has been through far more downs than ups. Have you watched extensive game tape of Stanzi? What has Locker shown to be above-average? He’s below average in most every significant category. Oh wait, he can run. Take him number one.

      The Vikings can pick up a quarterback through trade or free agency that will come in and certainly outperform what any of these rookies can do. We don’t have that great of a supporting cast. AP is possibly the best back in the league, but the offensive line is a disaster. McKinnie is one of the most overrated players in football, Hutchinson is getting old, we are well below average at C, RG, and RT. Sidney Rice may be gone in free agency, Percy Harvin is not a good enough reciever to be the number one guy. He’s electrifying but does not possess number one receiver qualities. This is not the best place for a guy with Jake Locker’s flaws to end up.

  11. Russ Loede says:

    If Cam Jordan is available at 12, I take him for sure. He reminds me a bit of Super Mario. On the OL, there’s no one that impresses me for that high of a pick. Other than that, possibly Prince from Nebraska at CB. Although, it seems like Minnesota is HIGH on Locker and will try to get him by all means necessary. Once you’re sold and locked in on a QB you go and get him.

  12. Rob says:

    Just an FYI, once a player is selected he can’t be traded later on in the draft for a pick or another drafted player. I saw with teh TB/STL trade is was done post STL’s selection of Bowers. Teams need some serious foresight this draft.

  13. Russ Loede says:

    What do you think of the Bowers-McCoy-Price tandem potentially in Tampa? That would be a vicious defensive front. Could the Bucs be this year’s Falcons? Josh Freeman is the real deal.