2011 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (picks 17-32)


17. New England Patriots: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin. The Pats need to find some “power pigs” (as Jamie Dukes likes to call them) to play next to Vince Wilfork. Watt is a Belichick player all the way as well and could be off the board by this point.

18. San Diego Chargers: Cam Jordan, DE, California. Substitute “Chargers” for “Pats”, “Antonio Garay” in for “Vince Wilfork”, and “Norv Turner” in for “Belichick”.

19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College. The Giants need to start thinking about replacing an aging group unless they want to end up like the Redskins, who failed to draft successors for Chris Samuels, Randy Thomas, Jon Jansen, and others.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue. The Bucs are in desperate need of a pass rusher, and luckily they have their choice between Kerrigan and Adrian Clayborn.

21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor. The Chiefs need a nose tackle, and Scott Pioli will not hesitate to pull the trigger on any worthy defensive lineman.

22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado. The Colts are expected to do whatever it takes to find some capable pass protectors this offseason. Nate Solder has the potential to be a great left tackle with his size and athleticism.

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin. The Eagles need to find an upgrade over Winston Justice at right tackle. Gabe Carimi comes from a great program and is a fits what Andy Reid wants out of his tackles.

24. New Orleans Saints: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA. The Saints have nothing next to Jonathan Vilma, and Akeem Ayers would certainly help the defense a lot.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami. Earl Thomas can’t fix the Seattle secondary alone, and Brandon Harris looked very good in drills at the combine.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia. The Ravens need a consistent pass rusher across from Terrell Suggs, and Justin Houston presents pretty good value here.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa. The best player available matches a big need.

28. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey, G, Florida. New England gets good value here and Pouncey will provide insurance for an offensive line with a lot of questions to answer.

29. New York Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple. The Jets have to bring in youth at a lot of different positions, and defensive end is a good place to start. Shaun Ellis won’t be effective forever.

30. Chicago Bears: Ben Ijalana, OT/G, Villanova. The Beats need to bring in some top talent to fix their offensive line, and Ijalana fits the Bears’ scheme. He can play anywhere on the line with the exception of center.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas. Even if Ike Taylor returns to the team, he will not be getting any younger and there are many questions behind him on the depth chart.

32. Green Bay Packers: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State: Heyward helped himself at the combine as he weighed in close to 300 pounds. He will be a great replacement for Cullen Jenkins, who is not expected to return to the team.

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