Updated 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/11/11)

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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/8/11) : Pass-rushers are a "dime a dozen"? Really? If that's the case, both the Pats and the NY Jets could use a few dimes. 
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    Cameron Wake, for example, was an undrafted free agent signed by the Giants in 2005, played 2 years in Canada before racking up 14 sacks this season.

    James Harrison was an undrafted free agent, has been to the Pro Bowl 4 times and won two Super Bowls.  It wasn't until his 6th season did he reach double digit sacks.

    Jason Taylor was taken in the third round, etc...

    There are plenty of guys leading the league in sacks that were first round picks but there are plenty who didn't even get drafted or were drafted late.  Being a consistently good pass rusher can be learned, pass rushing is a one dimensional skill and the best OLB's can also stand up against the run.  

    Almost without exception in the past few seasons when we dedicated 3 defensive tackles on the line of scrimmage we have gotten a pass rush, too often we only play a 2/4/5 alignment or a prevent alignment and we get very little pressure.  

    But when we need it we get it, but we tend to rush the passer with a full front very judiciously; D linemen are a precious commodity that BB prefers to ration.  

    Seymour, Warren, Wilfork, Brace...  BB knows and follows the very simple maxim that you build a football team from the inside out.  If a player like Warren has a debilitating injury that could very possibly end his career or stunt it than expect an early pick on a D tackle and another resigning of a Vet like G. Warren for insurance.

    I also think he'll look at tight end and O Line this draft and take a running back in the 2nd or 3rd.

     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/8/11) : Cameron Wake, for example, was an undrafted free agent signed by the Giants in 2005, played 2 years in Canada before racking up 14 sacks this season. James Harrison was an undrafted free agent, has been to the Pro Bowl 4 times and won two Super Bowls.  It wasn't until his 6th season did he reach double digit sacks. Jason Taylor was taken in the third round, etc... There are plenty of guys leading the league in sacks that were first round picks but there are plenty who didn't even get drafted or were drafted late.  Being a consistently good pass rusher can be learned, pass rushing is a one dimensional skill and the best OLB's can also stand up against the run.   Almost without exception in the past few seasons when we dedicated 3 defensive tackles on the line of scrimmage we have gotten a pass rush, too often we only play a 2/4/5 alignment or a prevent alignment and we get very little pressure.   But when we need it we get it, but we tend to rush the passer with a full front very judiciously; D linemen are a precious commodity that BB prefers to ration.   Seymour, Warren, Wilfork, Brace...  BB knows and follows the very simple maxim that you build a football team from the inside out.  If a player like Warren has a debilitating injury that could very possibly end his career or stunt it than expect an early pick on a D tackle and another resigning of a Vet like G. Warren for insurance. I also think he'll look at tight end and O Line this draft and take a running back in the 2nd or 3rd.
    Posted by wozzy[/QUOTE]

    Tight end?!
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/8/11) : Cameron Wake, for example, was an undrafted free agent signed by the Giants in 2005, played 2 years in Canada before racking up 14 sacks this season.
     
    RESPONSE: How many Cameron Wakes are there out there?

    James Harrison was an undrafted free agent, has been to the Pro Bowl 4 times and won two Super Bowls.  It wasn't until his 6th season did he reach double digit sacks.
     
    RESPONSE: How many James Harrisons are there out there?

    Jason Taylor was taken in the third round, etc... There are plenty of guys leading the league in sacks that were first round picks but there are plenty who didn't even get drafted or were drafted late.
     
    RESPONSE: Who are these "plenty of guys" that you're referring to? Willie McGinest was the 4th player taken overall in 1994, Lawrence Taylor was the 2nd player selected overall in 1981, Terrell Suggs was the 10th player selected overall in 2003, DeMarcus Ware was the 11th player selected overall in 2005, Dwight Freeney was the 11th player overall selected in 2002, and Clay Matthews was a first round pick in 2009.

    Being a consistently good pass rusher can be learned, pass rushing is a one dimensional skill and the best OLB's can also stand up against the run.   Almost without exception in the past few seasons when we dedicated 3 defensive tackles on the line of scrimmage we have gotten a pass rush, too often we only play a 2/4/5 alignment or a prevent alignment and we get very little pressure.
     
    RESPONSE: The Pats have gone to that weird 2/4/5 prevent because BB knows his "D" can't rush the passer. Don't be fooled by Tully Banta-Cain's 9.5 sacks last year...as 5.5 of them came against the Buffalo Bills. 

    But when we need it we get it, but we tend to rush the passer with a full front very judiciously; D linemen are a precious commodity that BB prefers to ration.   Seymour, Warren, Wilfork, Brace...  BB knows and follows the very simple maxim that you build a football team from the inside out.  If a player like Warren has a debilitating injury that could very possibly end his career or stunt it than expect an early pick on a D tackle and another resigning of a Vet like G. Warren for insurance.
     
    RESPONSE: The Pats are weak on the DL, and still have no consistent pass-rusher, that opposing teams must game plan against. This is my lone concern for them when they face the Jets, and possibly, the Ravens. I expect the Pats to use a high pick to draft at least one 3-4 DE. But, if there's a good pass-rushing prospect available at #17, I expect that BB will pull the trigger. If he doesn't like what's there, he'll trade down. 

    I also think he'll look at tight end and O Line this draft and take a running back in the 2nd or 3rd.

    RESPONSE: RBs tend to be a "dime a dozen". The Pats must continue to rebuilt on the OL, especially if Mankins can't be resigned.

    Posted by wozzy[/QUOTE]
     
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    I see us trading down with at least 1 of those picks. say trade #17 for a late first rounder, trade #32 for a second and a second next year, keep #33, as it will be the first pick of day 2 of the draft (under the new format), and they will have all night to research it.

    so I say they end up with pick 24-28 (in that area) from trading down from 17
    and a 2nd next year.
    pick 33 (keep)
    pick 40-45 from trading down from 32 and and extra 2nd next year.

    its always hard to do a mock TP, everyone always has an opinion on who they will take.....

    I say OL/DL/WR or RB in any order
     
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    [QUOTE]I see us trading down with at least 1 of those picks. say trade #17 for a late first rounder, trade #32 for a second and a second next year, keep #33, as it will be the first pick of day 2 of the draft (under the new format), and they will have all night to research it. so I say they end up with pick 24-28 (in that area) from trading down from 17 and a 2nd next year. pick 33 (keep) pick 40-45 from trading down from 32 and and extra 2nd next year. its always hard to do a mock TP, everyone always has an opinion on who they will take..... I say OL/DL/WR or RB in any order
    Posted by 00chief00[/QUOTE]

         The Pats aren't the only team that will have several of the top 100 picks. The Chargers have the 18th overall, an extra second rounder from the Jets (Cromartie trade), and an extra 3rd rounder from Seattle (Whitehurst trade).
     
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    [QUOTE]Then grab Luck.
    Posted by bobbysu[/QUOTE]

         Wouldn't that be wild!! But, "Jets" Goodell would never allow it...LOL!!!
     
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    [QUOTE]the draft boards are going to change wildly after the college all star games and the pro days and the combine. i remember at this time last year players that were listed in the first round went late in the draft (jonathan dwyer, greg hardy), top 5 or 10 picks tumbled (taylor mays, brandon spikes), and guys we hadnt heard of yet went early (pierre-paul). these lists will all change a LOT in the next few months.
    Posted by artielang[/QUOTE]

         Agreed. There's still lots of evaluating to do.
     
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    How much longer do you think Crumpler is going to play?  And lets not confuse that Hernandez is an oversized receiver, we'll need another one that can pave the road once Crump is gone.
     
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    RESPONSE: The Pats have gone to that weird 2/4/5 prevent because BB knows his "D" can't rush the passer. Don't be fooled by Tully Banta-Cain's 9.5 sacks last year...as 5.5 of them came against the Buffalo Bills. 
     
    You believe we can't rush the pass because we don't have pass rushers, I think we can't rush the pass because we get no push from our defensive line except when Vince, the Warren brothers or Brace are playing.

    Pass rushing doesn't happen in a vacuum, Ninkovich, Tully and these guys haven't forgotten how to rush the passer, Cunningham doesn't not possess some secret ingredient that other young players do; they're getting met at the line by offensive tackles who have nothing else to concern themselves with inside.  If Ty Warren were healthy this season we would lead the NFL in run defense and we would have a lot more sacks.
     


     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/8/11) : RESPONSE: The Pats have gone to that weird 2/4/5 prevent because BB knows his "D" can't rush the passer. Don't be fooled by Tully Banta-Cain's 9.5 sacks last year...as 5.5 of them came against the Buffalo Bills.    You believe we can't rush the pass because we don't have pass rushers, I think we can't rush the pass because we get no push from our defensive line except when Vince, the Warren brothers or Brace are playing. Pass rushing doesn't happen in a vacuum, Ninkovich, Tully and these guys haven't forgotten how to rush the passer, Cunningham doesn't not possess some secret ingredient that other young players do; they're getting met at the line by offensive tackles who have nothing else to concern themselves with inside.  If Ty Warren were healthy this season we would lead the NFL in run defense and we would have a lot more sacks.  
    Posted by wozzy[/QUOTE]

         Interesting point, Woz! Happy New Year, my friend!
     
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         Though it's much too early to take a stab at who will be drafted where, here is my first mock draft, as opposed to the consensus from 5 other mockers, that was the original post in this thread. Each pick will be followed with a scouting report on the particular player chosen. Here goes:

    1.) Carolina Panthers: DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson: This selection makes much more sense to me, than selecting a WR. Bowers is a local kid, in the sense that he played his college ball in South Carolina. He's the best available pass-rusher in the draft...and could be the next Julius Peppers for the Panthers: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/DaQuan-Bowers.htm;

    2.) Denver Broncos: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU: The top CB in the draft. At 6'1", and blessed with great speed, the guy has the physical attributes for a CB that coaches dream about. With Champ Bailey likely headed out through free agency, this pick seems to make the most sense for a terrible Broncos team: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Patrick-Peterson.htm;

    3.) Buffalo Bills: DT Nick Fairley, Auburn: Much likely depends on how well Fairley plays in tonights' championship game against Oregon. But, if he plays the way he has all season, he'll be a top 5 pick. As the Bills demonstrated against the Patriots in Buffalo, their DL is weak. Fairley can play a 4-3 DT, or be a 3-4 DE: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Nick-Fairley.htm;

    4.) Cincinnati Bengals: WR A.J. Green, Georgia: Terrell Owens will be 37 next season, and both he and Chad Ochocinco appear to have worn out their welcome in Cincy. Green reminds some of Calvin Johnson: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/AJ-Green.htm;

    5.) Arizona Cardinals: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: Tough choice over DT Marcell Dareus, and QB Cam Newton, especially if Newton has a huge game tonight. But, with Andrew Luck staying in school, Gabbert is emerging as the top QB in the draft...and the Cards are a team in desperate need of a QB. Don't be surprised if the 49ers try to trade up ahead of the Cards, in order to grab Gabbert: http://football.about.com/od/Quarterback/p/Blaine-Gabbert.htm;

    6.) Cleveland Browns: DE/DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama: Dareus has the versatility that 3-4 coaches seem to love. Should be an immediate starter at DE for the Brownies, who must improve their run defense, in the physical AFC North: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Marcell-Dareus.htm;

    7.) San Francisco 49ers: QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas: Mallett will be Jim Harbaugh's pet project. Whichever QB the 49ers select, and they will  select a QB, the success of this pick will determine Harbaugh's fate as the 49ers head coach. Got to love Mallett's size (6'7"), and arm strength:  
    http://football.about.com/od/Quarterback/p/Ryan-Mallett.htm;

    8.) Tennessee Titans: QB Cam Newton, Auburn: If first you don't succeed, try, try again? Apparently so, for Newton is similar to Vince Young in many respects. But, based on what I've seen, Newton is a more accurate passer. But, his mechanics need work. CB Prince Amukamara is another possibility. But, the Titans need a good prospect to learn at the feet of veteran Kerry Collins: http://football.about.com/od/Quarterback/p/Cam-Newton.htm;

    9.) Dallas Cowboys: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska: The 'Boys are thrilled that "The Prince" fell to them, as they desperately need help at CB: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Prince-Amukamara.htm;

    10.) Washington Redskins: DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State: If you want to play a 3-4 defense, you must have a guy who is willing and able to play NT. Paea is the guy: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Stephen-Paea.htm;

    11.) Houston Texans: CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida: The Texans' pass defense was the worst in the league. Their #1 pick from last season, CB Kareem Jackson, appears to be a bust. They'll try again wiith Jenkins: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Janoris-Jenkins.htm;

    12.) Minnesota Vikings: DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin: With DE Ray Edwards status as a free agent, and his drop off in play this season, the Vikings could be in the market for another DE. Watt can also play 4-3...which may be needed with the Williams boys getting old:
    http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2727

    13.) Detroit Lions: OT Nate Solder, Colorado: The Lions must do a better job of protecting QB Matthew Stafford: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Nate-Solder.htm;

    14.) St. Louis Rams: WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State: As was pretty evident in the Rams play-in game loss to Seattle for the NFC West crown, Sam Bradford badly needs a go to WR: http://football.about.com/od/Wide-Receivers/p/Justin-Blackmon.htm;

    15.) Miami Dolphins: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama: The 'Fins may lose both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown next season: http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2704;

    16.) Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Brandon Harris, Miami: The Jags' secondary is a mess: http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2730;

    17.) New England Patriots: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA: The Pats likely will trade down, with so many similar players still on the board. But, Ayers has the McGinest-type size and speed that could make even BB drool. Other potential picks are OT Anthony Castanzo of BC, OLB/DE Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue, or DE Cameron Jordan, of California. Here's a scouting report on Ayers: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Akeem-Ayers.htm;

    18.) San Diego Chargers: DE/OLB Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue: The replacement for Shawne Merriman, as DE/OLB Larry English appears to be a bust: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Ryan-Kerrigan.htm;

    19.) New York Giants: OT Anthony Castanzo, Boston College: Giants had no depth on the OL last season, which killed their playoff chances: http://football.about.com/od/Offensive-Linemen/p/Anthony-Castonzo.htm;

    20.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina: Bucs take a chance on Quinn, who dropped down this far due to character concerns: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Robert-Quinn.htm;

    21.) Kansas City Chiiefs: OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State: It's obvious that Matt Cassel needs another body guard: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Derek-Sherrod.htm;
     
    22.) Indianapolis Colts: C/OG Mike Pouncey, Florida:
    The Colts need to get younger and more athletic on the OL:
    http://football.about.com/od/Offensive-Linemen/p/Mike_Pouncey.htm

    23.) Philadelphia Eagles: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin: The Eagles' OL was so bad that even the nimble, fleet Michael Vick wwas getting sacked: http://football.about.com/od/Offensive-Linemen/p/Gabe-Carimi.htm

    24.) New Orleans Saints: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M: After watching the Saints "D" give up 41 points to Seattle, it's obvious that they need a play-maker: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Von-Miller.htm

    25.) Seattle Seahawks: DE Cameron Jordan, California: Seahawks could use a pass-rushing DE. Pete Carroll should know Jordan well from his USC coaching days: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Cameron-Jordan.htm;

    26.) Green Bay Packers: OT Tyron Smith, USC: QB Aaron Rodgers suffered two too many concussions this season: http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2010/11/29/1844658/tyron-smith-nfl-draft-scouting-report

    27.) New York Jets: DE/DT Cameron Heyward, Ohio State: Jets need more beef on their DL: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Cameron-Heyward.htm;

    28.) Chicago Bears: WR Julio Jones, Alabama: Jay Cutler gets his deep threat: http://football.about.com/od/Wide-Receivers/p/Julio-Jones.htm

    29.) Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: Steelers need a 3-4 DE to replace the aging Aaron Smith: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Adrian-Clayborn.htm;

    30.) Baltimore Ravens: FS Raheem Moore, UCLA: Even Ed Reed can't go on forever: http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2720;

    31.) Atlanta Falcons: TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame: Tony Gonzalez can't go on forever, either: http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2740

    32.) New England Patriots: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple: The Pats need to add depth on the DL. Wilkerson could develop into the next Richard Seymour: http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2765

    33.) New England Patriots: CB Aaron Williams, Texas: Kyle Arrington is still a concern: http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2731. Could also go with OG/C Stefan Wisniewski: http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2515, or OT DeMarcus Love: http://football.about.com/od/Offensive-Linemen/p/DeMarcus-Love.htm

       
     
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         Wow! After that national championship game, Nick Fairley's stock is up...Cam Newton's stock went down.
     
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    Certainly, to replace Crumpler a great run blocker type if he happens to have soft hands thats just a plus
     
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         How quickly mocks can change, It was announced today that CB Janoris Jenkins is staying in school.
     
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    Nick has been on the top of my board since before either Kiper or McShay had him there. 

    Unfortunately, the one player that NE could use to become the elite NFL D won't be there for them unless they package everything up ...
     
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    [QUOTE]Nick has been on the top of my board since before either Kiper or McShay had him there.  Unfortunately, the one player that NE could use to become the elite NFL D won't be there for them unless they package everything up ...
    Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]

         Fairley is an elite prospect. But, to say that the Patriots could become an elite defense if only they could land him seems to me to be a major stetch. There are other good prospects out there who, with the proper coaching, might become world beaters. For example, who knew that Devin McCourty would be pro-bowl good? Who knew that Rob Gronkowski and his bad back would develop into the best young TE in the NFL? Who knew that Clay Matthews would be a stud?

         The Pats need, in this order, a stout 3-4 DE, an OT, the next Willie McGinest at OLB, and could use another good CB. With the 17th, 32nd (I'm an optimist...LOL!!), 33rd, 64th, 74th, and 96th overall picks, whose to say that the Pats can't find those players?       
     
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    TP doing a mock is alwas tough, as everyone has thier opinions. Good job trying to sort it out. I always enjoy youre posts. I dont like the cam newton in the first round. he has vince young funk all over him. I say 3rd round at best, although I will admit some jamoke will draft him before then due to his athletacism...and regret it.
     
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    [QUOTE]     Wow! After that national championship game, Nick Fairley's stock is up...Cam Newton's stock went down.
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]I was at the Championship last Night, and Fairly is a Beast, Unblockable one on one. He goes to Carolina at 1, I don't see a receiver going #1. Cam Newton is a great College QB, Don't expect the Second Coming on this guy. Great Athlete, has all time to throw and misses wide open Receivers. Not sure if he can read a Defense, also always in the shotgun. Just like Alex Smith back at Utah. Lamichael James is no first rounder too small. Looks like second to third round.
     
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    [QUOTE]TP doing a mock is alwas tough, as everyone has thier opinions. Good job trying to sort it out. I always enjoy youre posts. I dont like the cam newton in the first round. he has vince young funk all over him. I say 3rd round at best, although I will admit some jamoke will draft him before then due to his athletacism...and regret it.
    Posted by 00chief00[/QUOTE]

         I agree with you on Newton. He was terrible last night. His poor play was the reason that the game was close. He missed several wide open receivers. Short-arming that pass by the goal line to a wide open receiver was unforgivable...his fumble and horrid firrst quarter pick aside. 
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/8/11) :      Fairley is an elite prospect. But, to say that the Patriots could become an elite defense if only they could land him seems to me to be a major stetch. There are other good prospects out there who, with the proper coaching, might become world beaters. For example, who knew that Devin McCourty would be pro-bowl good? Who knew that Rob Gronkowski and his bad back would develop into the best young TE in the NFL? Who knew that Clay Matthews would be a stud?      The Pats need, in this order, a stout 3-4 DE, an OT, the next Willie McGinest at OLB, and could use another good CB. With the 17th, 32nd (I'm an optimist...LOL!!), 33rd, 64th, 74th, and 96th overall picks, whose to say that the Pats can't find those players?       
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    I agree those are the spots of need. But I think a 34DE like Fairley would make it a lot easier for the current LBers and DBs to work. Ne is missing a three down DE, like Seymour was. 

    The trick with a great 34 defense, IMO, has less to do with the pressure you get sending 4-5 guys, but how much you can get sending just three. 

     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/8/11) : I was at the Championship last Night, and Fairly is a Beast, Unblockable one on one. He goes to Carolina at 1, I don't see a receiver going #1. Cam Newton is a great College QB, Don't expect the Second Coming on this guy. Great Athlete, has all time to throw and misses wide open Receivers. Not sure if he can read a Defense, also always in the shotgun. Just like Alex Smith back at Utah. Lamichael James is no first rounder too small. Looks like second to third round.
    Posted by patriots44[/QUOTE]

         Agreed. Fairley was unstoppable. You're a better man than I. I wouldn't want to step foot in that building after what happened to the Patriots there, three years ago. Bad memories.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/8/11) :      Agreed. Fairley was unstoppable. You're a better man than I. I wouldn't want to step foot in that building after what happened to the Patriots there, three years ago. Bad memories.
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]Yes that was a terrible night. The Stadium is 5 miles from my Home. Great Party atmosphere at the Game.I plan on Going to Dallas if the Pats get there.
     
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    Re: 2011 NFL Mock Draft (1/8/11)

         Now that Nick Faiirley has shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's a beast, Cam Newton had the worst game of his college career in his biggest game, and CB Janoris Jenkins has decided to stay in school, it's time to modify my mock, accordingly (1/11/11):

    1.) Carolina Panthers: DT Nick Fairley, Auburn: With defense minded Ron Rivera taking over as head coach, he'll want to rebuild his DL. From what Ive seen of Fairley this season and last night, he's tthe best defensive lineman available: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Nick-Fairley.htm 

    2.) 
    Denver Broncos: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU: The top CB in the draft. At 6'1", and blessed with great speed, the guy has the physical attributes for a CB that coaches dream about. With Champ Bailey likely headed out through free agency, this pick seems to make the most sense for a terrible Broncos team: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Patrick-Peterson.htm;

    3.) Buffalo Bills: DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson: Back to back Clemson players in the first round? The Bills hope that Bowers will be the second coming of Bruce Smith. They think long and hard about Blaine Gabbert. But, as the Bills demonstrated against the Patriots in Buffalo, their DL is weak: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/DaQuan-Bowers.htm

    4.) Cincinnati Bengals: WR A.J. Green, Georgia: Terrell Owens will be 37 next season, and both he and Chad Ochocinco appear to have worn out their welcome in Cincy. Green reminds some of Calvin Johnson: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/AJ-Green.htm;

    5.) Arizona Cardinals: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: Tough choice over DT Marcell Dareus, and QB Cam Newton, especially if Newton has a huge game tonight. But, with Andrew Luck staying in school, Gabbert is emerging as the top QB in the draft...and the Cards are a team in desperate need of a QB. Don't be surprised if the 49ers try to trade up ahead of the Cards, in order to grab Gabbert: http://football.about.com/od/Quarterback/p/Blaine-Gabbert.htm;

    6.) Cleveland Browns: DE/DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama: Dareus has the versatility that 3-4 coaches seem to love. Should be an immediate starter at DE for the Brownies, who must improve their run defense, in the physical AFC North: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Marcell-Dareus.htm;

    7.) San Francisco 49ers: QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas: Mallett will be Jim Harbaugh's pet project. Whichever QB the 49ers select, and they will  select a QB, the success of this pick will determine Harbaugh's fate as the 49ers head coach. Got to love Mallett's size (6'7"), and arm strength:  
    http://football.about.com/od/Quarterback/p/Ryan-Mallett.htm;

    8.) Tennessee Titans: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska: Though tthe Titans desperately need a QB, none of those remaining are worth taking this high. So, they'll likely go with the best player available at a position of need approach, and take "The Prince":
    http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Prince-Amukamara.htm

    9.) Dallas Cowboys: DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina: No CB or safety woth taking tthis high. I can't see Jerry Jones taking an OT, even though that's his greatest need. Instead, Jones will try to show how smart he is by taking the talented but troubled Quinn...who might have been a top 5 pick had he played this season. Quinn didn't play, as he wwas suspended by tthe NCAA for the season for taking money from an agent: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Robert-Quinn.htm;

    10.) Washington Redskins: OT Nate Solder, Colorado: As was the case with the Titans, didn't see a QB worth taking so high. So...the Redskins add to their weak OL: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Nate-Solder.htm

    11.) Houston Texans: DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State: Could be the NT that Wade Phillips needs to run his 3-4 defense:
    http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Stephen-Paea.htm

    12.) Minnesota Vikings: DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin: With DE Ray Edwards status as a free agent, and his drop off in play this season, the Vikings could be in the market for another DE. Watt can also play 4-3...which may be needed with the Williams boys getting old:
    www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2727">http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2727

    13.) Detroit Lions: OT Derek Sherrod, Missippi State: The Lions must do a better job of protecting QB Matthew Stafford: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Derek-Sherrod.htm

    14.) St. Louis Rams: WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State: As was pretty evident in the Rams play-in game loss to Seattle for the NFC West crown, Sam Bradford badly needs a go to WR: http://football.about.com/od/Wide-Receivers/p/Justin-Blackmon.htm;

    15.) Miami Dolphins: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama: The 'Fins may lose both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown next season: www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2704;">http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2704;

    16.) Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Brandon Harris, Miami: The Jags' secondary is a mess: www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2730;">http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2730;

    17.) New England Patriots: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA: The Pats likely will trade down, with so many similar players still on the board. But, Ayers has the McGinest-type size and speed that could make even BB drool. Other potential picks are OT Anthony Castanzo of BC, OLB/DE Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue, or DE Cameron Jordan, of California. Here's a scouting report on Ayers: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Akeem-Ayers.htm;

    18.) San Diego Chargers: DE/OLB Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue: The replacement for Shawne Merriman, as DE/OLB Larry English appears to be a bust: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Ryan-Kerrigan.htm;

    19.) New York Giants: OT Anthony Castanzo, Boston College: Giants had no depth on the OL last season, which killed their playoff chances: http://football.about.com/od/Offensive-Linemen/p/Anthony-Castonzo.htm;

    20.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Aldon Smith, Missouri: Bucs get a guy who could develop into a John Abraham-type pass-rusher. In a division with Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, a good pass rush is a good thing to have: http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2011/01/07/aldon-smith/

    21.) Kansas City Chiiefs: OT Tyron Smith, USC: It's obvious that Matt Cassel needs another body guard: http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2010/11/29/1844658/tyron-smith-nfl-draft-scouting-report

    22.) Indianapolis Colts: C/OG Mike Pouncey, Florida:
    The Colts need to get younger and more athletic on the OL:
    http://football.about.com/od/Offensive-Linemen/p/Mike_Pouncey.htm

    23.) Philadelphia Eagles: OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin: The Eagles' OL was so bad that even the nimble, fleet Michael Vick wwas getting sacked: http://football.about.com/od/Offensive-Linemen/p/Gabe-Carimi.htm

    24.) New Orleans Saints: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M: After watching the Saints "D" give up 41 points to Seattle, it's obvious that they need a play-maker: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Von-Miller.htm

    25.) Seattle Seahawks: DE Cameron Jordan, California: Seahawks could use a pass-rushing DE. Pete Carroll should know Jordan well from his USC coaching days: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Cameron-Jordan.htm;

    26.) Green Bay Packers: RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech:  The Packers strive to take some pressure off QB Aaron Rodgers, by having a more balanced offense: http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2750

    27.) New York Jets: DE/DT Cameron Heyward, Ohio State: Jets need more beef on their DL: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Cameron-Heyward.htm;

    28.) Chicago Bears: WR Julio Jones, Alabama: Jay Cutler gets his deep threat: http://football.about.com/od/Wide-Receivers/p/Julio-Jones.htm

    29.) Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: Steelers need a 3-4 DE to replace the aging Aaron Smith: http://football.about.com/od/playerprofiles/p/Adrian-Clayborn.htm;

    30.) Baltimore Ravens: FS Raheem Moore, UCLA: Even Ed Reed can't go on forever: www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2720;">http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2720;

    31.) Atlanta Falcons: TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame: Tony Gonzalez can't go on forever, either: www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2740">http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2740

    32.) New England Patriots: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple: The Pats need to add depth on the DL. Wilkerson could develop into the next Richard Seymour: www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2765">http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2765

    33.) New England Patriots: CB Aaron Williams, Texas: Kyle Arrington is still a concern: www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2731">http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2731. Could also go with OG/C Stefan Wisniewski: www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2515,">http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2515, or OT DeMarcus Love: http://football.about.com/od/Offensive-Linemen/p/DeMarcus-Love.htm

         
     

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