2011 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Picks 17-32)

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

This is a pretty easy pick as far as value and need go. All signs are pointing towards Cameron Jordan here.

18. San Diego Chargers: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

The Chargers need to ensure that Philip Rivers stays upright, so they will be in the market for a right tackle in the draft. Tyron Smith is a local product who is extremely athletic and has tremendous upside.

19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

The Giants have an aging offensive line and can’t feel too confident about their depth. Will Beatty has not proven he is the left tackle of the future, so Castonzo can step in and either be the swing tackle or play left tackle, allowing David Diehl to kick inside to guard.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

The Bucs need to seriously improve their pass rush if they want to be more than a one-and-done team in the playoffs. Adrian Clayborn presents good value at 20 and is a complete and polished player who can contribute immediately.

21. Kansas City Chiefs: Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri

The Chiefs franchised Tamba Hali, but they still need an upgrade across from him. Aldon Smith is very long and athletic and can play in any scheme. He is a less polished Robert Quinn.

22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

The Colts will almost certainly bring in a high-profile offensive tackle either through the draft or free agency, and one good one is left on the board. He has the length the Colts want in their tackles and is versatile.

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida

The Eagles will be hoping that Gabe Carimi falls to them, but they could certainly use a versatile interior offensive lineman. Pouncey is phenomenal in space, which is great for the Eagles, who are a heavy screen team. He will play center if Jamaal Jackson cannot return from his injury at full strength or slide over to right guard if Jackson is completely healthy.

24. New Orleans Saints: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

The Saints will probably select a front seven defender here, where Muhammad Wilkerson will get the nod. Wilkerson provides good value and will form a nice tandem with Sedrick Ellis in the heart of their defense.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

The Seahawks have a ton of holes on their roster for a team picking 25th, but they desperately need to improve their secondary. Aaron Williams is a talented cover corner who will help fill that need.

26. Baltimore Ravens: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

Baltimore will always seem to grab a player at the bottom of round one that should have gone much earlier. This year, that player could be J.J. Watt, who is not exactly an ideal fit in any one scheme, but will find a way to make plays. He will likely be the left defensive end, but may even be able to play some outside linebacker at 292 pounds.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston, DE, Georgia

The Falcons need to get some production out of their defensive ends not named John Abraham, who is almost 33. Justin Houston may be undersized, but he knows how to pressure the quarterback.

28. New England Patriots: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

Left tackle Matt Light is coming up on free agency, and will have to be replaced soon even if he is brought back. Derek Sherrod would play right tackle, allowing Sebastian Vollmer to man the blind side.

29. New York Jets: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

It does not appear as though Antonio Cromartie will be retained for the 2011 season, and last year’s first rounder Kyle Wilson has not impressed up to this point. Brandon Harris has the swagger Rex Ryan loves and will need to step in and play immediately.

30. Chicago Bears: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

Cover 2 teams need really good safeties, and while Chris Harris is rock solid at one spot, the Bears could do a lot better than Danieal Manning or Major Wright at strong safety. Rahim Moore is a playmaker who would excel in a zone scheme and could be the missing piece to the Bear defense.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor

Casey Hampton is almost 34, Chris Hoke is almost 35, and Brett Keisel is turning 33. The Steelers need to groom a nose tackle for the future, and Phil Taylor is the perfect player to plug into that role.

32. Green Bay Packers: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

Charles Woodson is entering his fourteenth NFL season and the Packer defense is just not the same unit without him. Ras-I Dowling would be an ideal replacement as he is a physical presence who will make for a great slot cornerback.

  1. #1 by dannobanano on February 20, 2011 - 10:45 am

    A blue-chip OLB, to pair with Matthews, is likely the 1st priority for GB. If Houston, Kerrigan, (or by some miracle) Ayers is left on the board it will be a no brainer.
    But, if all those 3-4 rush OLB are gone, the Pack may also have a need for a 3-4 DE because it is not a given that Cullen Jenkins will be back (UFA) and/or that Johnny Jolly will be able to get reinstated. If that happens, I could see Thompson taking Muhammed Wilkerson (3-4 DE/DT) from Cincy with the 1st round pick.
    I do have a CB as one of my 1st round options. However, it’s not Dowling. Look at Aaron Williams (Texas) as a possiblity because he is a very good cover corner with good size (6-1 / 192) and speed (4.4).

  2. #2 by hope4superbowl on February 20, 2011 - 10:59 am

    I agree that corner is not the biggest need for Green Bay, but Ted Thompson isn’t one of those GMs that drafts purely based on need. I would also point out that all five suggestions that you noted are already off the board. I would say that your assessment of Green Bay’s needs is dead on, but there is just no value at rush linebacker. Cameron Heyward or Christian Ballard are also logical choices, but you can never have too many DBs in today’s NFL.

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