2011 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Picks 17-32)

17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE, California

Jordan has seen his stock rise significantly, and there is no way he falls much further than this. New England has identified the 5 technique position as their greatest area of need, so the Jordan pick is a great combination of need and value.

18. San Diego Chargers: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

The Chargers need to keep Philip Rivers upright, and Carimi would be an ideal bookend tackle across from Marcus McNeill.

19. New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida

The Giants live and die by the trenches, and they need to find some replacements for an aging group of offensive linemen. They will love Pouncey’s versatility and pedigree.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

The Bucs did a horrendous job getting to the quarterback in 2010, and that is the area they need to fix. Aldon Smith is very athletic and has a ton of upside here and there’s no telling how good he can be.

21. Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia

Kansas City only has one consistent pass rusher, but to have a consistent and effective defense in today’s NFL, teams need at least three. Houston is a step in the right direction here.

22. Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois

The Colts will look to upgrade their offensive line here, but Corey Liuget simply presents too much value here and it’s not like Indianapolis can’t use a big-time run stuffer in the middle of their defense.

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

The Eagles will be looking to retool their defense, and the organization seems to believe that defensive end is a big priority for this team. Brandon Graham may not be healthy next year, and Juqua Parker is getting old, so Trent Cole and Darryl Tapp could use a relief end that would eventually do a good job replacing them.

24. New Orleans Saints: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

The vibe coming out of New Orleans is that this selection will be used on a front seven defender. Adrian Clayborn or Akeem Ayers would be dream picks here, but Nevis fits the Saint mold even better. He plays with intensity and is a local product.

25. Seattle Seahawks: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

Seattle needs to upgrade their pass rush, and while Chris Clemons is decent enough at right end, Seattle needs a bigger left end who can both stop the run and get after the passer. That sounds like a position created specifically for J.J. Watt.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

The Ravens need a lockdown cover man because Chris Carr only performs well in contract years and Josh Wilson is more of a number two corner. Harris plays with the swagger that the Ravens love, and I’m sure Ray Lewis will be lobbying for a player who hails from the U.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Ballard, DE/DT, Iowa

The Falcons need another impact defensive lineman to pair with John Abraham, and a lot of teams have become intrigued by Christian Ballard’s quickness and power combination, allowing him to potentially play the 7, 5, or 3 technique at the next level or some combination of the three.

28. New England Patriots: Titus Young, WR, Boise State

The Patriots will be searching for a deep threat to replace Randy Moss as Brandon Tate is not getting the job done. Titus Young has been drawing comparisons to DeSean Jackson recently, and a team may take a chance on him towards the end of round 1.

29. New York Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple

The Jets will have to replace a ton of players this offseason, so this is a tough pick to predict seeing as nobody is sure who will be retained yet. However, we do know that the Jets are very old in their front seven, and Muhammad Wilkerson would be a great candidate to replace Shaun Ellis, who is coming off perhaps his last great season.

30. Chicago Bears: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

If you’ve watched the Bears play any, you know how awful right tackle J’Marcus Webb is. He is not ready to start at this level and must be upgraded, period.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

The Steelers are not picking 32nd because Aaron Rodgers picked apart Bryant McFadden and William Gay in the Super Bowl. Jimmy Smith could be an option to upgrade them and is being hyped up a lot right now. He will be much higher in my next mock.

32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

The Packers are pretty stacked top to bottom, but one area they need to address in their offensive line. Chad Clifton is almost 35, and without him, the Packers have a miserable offensive line. They need to protect Rodgers, and Sherrod is a good left tackle of the future.

  1. #1 by Pat on February 9, 2011 - 12:27 am

    the Packer offensive line is not as anemic as you imply. It’s not great, but it continues to grow and has a couple of guys who could be very good in a year or two. Right tackle Brian Bulaga, just a rookie, is a stud and Josh Sitton at right guard is a budding pro bowler. I would expect that once chad clifton retires they’ll move Bulaga to left tackle. Their center (Wells?) is a little undersized, but effective. Darren Colledge at left guard has not progressed as anticipated, however and that position can probably be upgraded. the kid I’d like to see the Packers take in perhaps a later (5-6)round would be the All-American guard from Wisconsin, John Moffett is huge and can really move. He’s a run blocker and high character guy who doesn’t get mentioned much in draft talk. Clifton is a tough son of a gun, but he’s never been much of a run blocker and Green Bay will not be able to rely on Rodgers’ arm EVERY game in the coming few years. this is a group that is improving and with the return of Ryan Grant and the emergence of the #44, I expect that GB will focus on its run game this off-season. and if I’m Jermichael Finley, I’m licking my chops at that prospect.

  2. #2 by hope4superbowl on February 9, 2011 - 8:06 am

    To be fair, I said that the Packers offensive line would be miserable without Chad Clifton, not as it is. When Clifton missed a series or two against Chicago, everybody was holding their breath to see if Aaron Rodgers would make it past to the end of the play alive. Sitton is pretty good, but Daryn Colledge is pretty bad, Wells is unimpressive, and Bulaga is not ready to be a left tackle. There’s a reason teams move their best rushers from the right side to the left when they play the Packers. The gap between Clifton and Bulaga is that big right now. But really the point was that the Packers are a team built around quarterback play, and you can’t be comfortable with that philosophy if Bulaga and T.J. Lang are your two unquestioned bookend tackles. I hear what you’re saying, but look at that unit without Chad Clifton, and that’s not a group that you want Aaron Rodgers playing behind.

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