2011 NFL Mock Draft 8.0

  1. Carolina Panthers select Blaine GABBERT, QB, Missouri: The Panthers desperately need a quarterback, and Blaine Gabbert looks to be the top one available in most scouts’ eyes.
  2. Denver Broncos select Marcell DAREUS, DT, Alabama: The Broncos look to be leaning defensive tackle here, and Dareus had an outstanding showing at the combine.
  3. Buffalo Bills select Cam NEWTON, QB, Auburn: The perfect candidate to be “the guy” under Chan Gailey.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals select A.J. GREEN, WR, Georgia: Expect the Bengals to look for an alternative to the T.Ocho show in this draft, and Green has the talent of those two without the distractions.
  5. Arizona Cardinals select Von MILLER, OLB, Texas AM: Arizona needs to find guys who can put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and will buy comparisons to DeMarcus Ware.
  6. Cleveland Browns select Da’Quan BOWERS, DE, Clemson: Without any 4-3 defensive ends on the roster, Cleveland needs to come up with answers on draft day. They luck out with Bowers slipping out of the top five.
  7. San Francisco 49ers select Patrick PETERSON, CB, LSU: Peterson is a top five talent who fills a big need. The 49er corners are either slow, old, overpaid, or a combination.
  8. Tennessee Titans select Prince AMUKAMARA, CB, Nebraska: Tennessee needs secondary help and loves workout warriors. After running a 4.37 at 206 pounds, the Nebraska product fits the bill here.
  9. Dallas Cowboys select Nick FAIRLEY, DE, Auburn: Fairley, like Dez Bryant was a year ago, is simply too good to pass up here.
  10. Washington Redskins select Julio JONES, WR, Alabama: Washington could go in any number of directions, but Julio Jones would provide a much-needed spark to the offense and was outstanding at the combine.
  11. Houston Texans select Robert QUINN, OLB, North Carolina: Houston gets good value as well as a player who will help them transition into their new defensive scheme more seamlessly.
  12. Minnesota Vikings select Tyron SMITH, OT, USC: Once one of the top units in the league, the Viking offensive line alarmingly became a glaring weakness for this club in 2010.
  13. Detroit Lions select Jimmy SMITH, CB, Colorado: The Lions need a top cover man to truly be competitive in a division with Greg Jennings and Percy Harvin in it.
  14. St. Louis Rams select Aldon SMITH, DE, Missouri: The third consecutive Smith to be drafted is an intriguing prospect that Steve Spagnuolo will look forward to molding into a top pass rusher. Think Osi Umenyiora.
  15. Miami Dolphins select Mark INGRAM, RB, Alabama: Bill Parcells is not afraid to take running backs high in the draft, and Miami needs one badly. Interestingly, the Tuna drafted Mark Ingram in the first round in 1987.
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars select J.J. WATT, DE, Wisconsin: Jacksonville loves to draft defensive linemen, even if they are not perfect fits in a 4-3 system. Watt is too talented to slip out of the top half of round one.
  17. New England Patriots select Anthony CASTONZO, OT, Boston College: The Patriots will be looking for Matt Light’s replacement, and Castonzo is a local player whose stock is soaring.
  18. San Diego Chargers select Cameron JORDAN, DE, California: Reportedly, San Diego is leaning towards taking the top 5 technique available with their first pick.
  19. New York Giants select Mike POUNCEY, C/G, Florida: All five starting offensive linemen for the Giants are in their thirties, and it’s not wise to wait too long to groom their replacements (thank you Redskins).
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Ryan KERRIGAN, DE, Purdue: It’s quite obvious that Tampa is lacking a consistent edge rushing presence. Good value here as well.
  21. Kansas City Chiefs select Phil TAYLOR, NT, Baylor: Scott Pioli’s philosophy is if you need a defensive lineman, take one as early as possible.
  22. Indianapolis Colts select Nate SOLDER, OT, Colorado: Another finesse offensive lineman to protect Peyton Manning is never a bad investment.
  23. Philadelphia Eagles select Gabe CARIMI, OT, Wisconsin: Comparisons to Jon Runyan are valid as this 6’7″ monster is exactly what Big Red wants in his offensive linemen. Winston Justice needs to be upgraded at right tackle, and Carimi is not a reach at 23.
  24. New Orleans Saints select Akeem AYERS, OLB, UCLA: The Saints need upgrades on either side of Jonathan Vilma.
  25. Seattle Seahawks select Adrian CLAYBORN, DE, Iowa: Seattle’s pass rush fluctuated between inconsistent and non-existent in 2010, and Adrian Clayborn should not still be on the board with his talent.
  26. Baltimore Ravens select Rahim MOORE, S, UCLA: The Ravens need to find some playmakers to replace Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, or their defense will never be as intimidating as it once was.
  27. Atlanta Falcons select Justin HOUSTON, DE, Georgia: The local pass rusher is needed in Atlanta to produce across from John Abraham.
  28. New England Patriots select Muhammad WILKERSON, DE, Temple: 5 technique is a big area of concern for the Pats, and Wilkerson fits Belichick’s scheme like a glove.
  29. New York Jets select Corey LIUGET, DE, Illinois: With all the talented defensive linemen this year, Corey Liuget may find himself on the outside looking in on the top twenty selections. The Jets will be happy to snatch him up.
  30. Chicago Bears select Brandon HARRIS, CB, Miami: The Bears do not have a reliable starter across from Charles Tillman, and Brandon Harris has the confidence and physicality Chicago demands of their defenders.
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers select Aaron WILLIAMS, CB, Texas: On Super Bowl Sunday, the Steelers learned the hard way that you can never have too many good cover men.
  32. Green Bay Packers select Cameron HEYWARD, DE, Ohio State: Cullen Jenkins already has a foot out the door and will need to be replaced in the draft.
  1. #1 by Noah on March 9, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    Youre site name is Lombardi Green? And this is a Eagles site? If you want Eagles fans. Not Packers fans to find youre site. Think of changing the site name.

  2. #2 by hope4superbowl on March 9, 2011 - 3:56 pm

    That did dawn on me. I was thinking Lombardi in terms of the trophy, not Vince.

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