Here is my 2011 NFL Mock Draft
1. Carolina Panthers Cam Newton QB Auburn A ton of risk reward with this pick but Carolina plays in a division with Matt Ryan (Atlanta), Drew Brees (New Orleans), and Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay). This means they need a big time quarterback to match up in the South.
2. Denver Broncos Marcell Dareus DL Alabama Dareus would give the Broncos the cornerstone defensive player to build around. New head coach Jon Fox is defensive minded and Dareus should excel on a defense that lacks young talent up front.
3. Buffalo Bills Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri I want to take Von Miller here but Buffalo has the perfect situation to prepare a young quarterback as they can play Ryan Fitzpatrick until Gabbert is truly ready to take over.
4. Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia With both top quarterbacks off the table I can hear moans in Cleveland as the Bengals try to make Carson Palmer happy by picking the top wide out in the draft. The Bengals will then get their future QB in the 2nd round.
5. Arizona Cardinals Von Miller LB Texas A&M The Cards are trying to run a Steelers like 3-4 defense and Miller will fill the need of a rush linebacker who can cause havoc all over the field.
6. Cleveland Browns Patrick Peterson CB LSU I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Browns trade this pick and allow Peterson to go here so they can select either Robert Quinn or Julio Jones about 5 or 6 picks later in the first round. If no trade occurs Peterson fits Tom Heckert’s motto of “best player available.”
7. San Francisco Cameron Jordan DE Cal Everyone needs pass rushers and Jordan could work well with MLB Patrick Willis. This is another team that could trade back into the middle of the first round if Houston or Washington come calling.
8. Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DL Auburn Fairly fits right into the type of defense the Titans like to play. The Titans also have had success in the past with defensive lineman that some shied away from because of maturity issues.
9. Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith OT USC I actually think the Cowboys should take the top corner on their board but they have to protect Tony Romo so Smith is the guy. Smith should grow into the cornerstone left tackle after playing on the right side early in his career.
10. Washington Redskins J.J. Watt DL Wisconsin The Skins loves quarterback Christian Ponder but many believe you can get Ponder at the top of the 2nd round. Watt would be a near sure pick who is just hitting the tip of the iceberg with his ability as he has played just 2 years as a defensive lineman.
11. Houston Texans Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska The Texans are one of the teams I expect to try and move up and get Peterson, if that fails then Amukamara is their guy. The Texans must become better against the pass and Amukamara should be able to step right in and contribute.
12. Minnesota Vikings Jake Locker QB Washington Locker was thought of as the top pick in this year’s draft 9 months ago. But an erratic senior year leaves questions about his accuracy. The Vikings will take him because his college numbers are eerily similar to the numbers Brett Favre put up at Southern Miss.
13. Detroit Lions Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College The Lions need a ton of help on the defensive side, but they will be hard pressed to find a better tackle in the draft. This move would give Matt Stafford one more reason why he should be successful and not injured.
14. St. Louis Rams Julio Jones WR Alabama The Rams would sprint to the commissioner if Jones is still on the board. Jones would instantly give last year’s number 1 overall pick Sam Bradford a go to guy.
15 Miami Dolphins Mike Pouncey OL Florida Pouncey probably goes a little higher then he should because of the success of his twin last year with Pittsburgh. Pouncey will give the Dolphins a guy that can play in the interior for years to come.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars Da’Quan Bowers DE Clemson The Jags would probably feel lucky to get Bowers here. Many have worries about Bowers knee but if he stays healthy he will give the Jags the pass rusher they need to try and stop the high octane offenses in the AFC South.
17. New England Patriots Corey Liuget DL Illinois This is what the Pats do; select the best big defensive lineman on the board. And Liuget has the size and speed to fit right into Bill Belichick’s scheme.
18. San Diego Chargers Ryan Kerrigan DE/LB Purdue The Chargers are a team that needs exactly what Kerrigan brings to the table; Kerrigan is a relentless overachiever who can get after the quarterback.
19. New York Giants Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin The Giants need offensive line help and Carimi falls right into line of what you expect from a Wisconsin lineman. He’s a big strong guy who can run block with the best of them.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aldon Smith DE Missouri The Bucs could use an offensive lineman here but Smith can provide them with pass rush ability that was sorely needed late last season in Tampa.
21. Kansas City Chiefs Nate Solder OL Colorado Solder is a tall lanky lineman that could help the Chiefs maintains the balanced offense that made them so successful last year. Solder should grow into a left tackle once he fills into his body.
22. Indianapolis Colts Derek Sherrod OL Mississippi State The Colts most likely are steaming mad that the Chiefs took Solder. But they must get a tackle to protect Peyton Manning so Sherrod is the pick here.
23. Philadelphia Eagles Danny Watkins OL Baylor The Eagles are much like the Colts in my eyes. They probably like a few players here but they have to protect Mike Vike if they plan on being successful. Watkins will most likely take a little time to adjust to the pro game, but is huge and powerful.
24. New Orleans Saints Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa Clayborn is a high motor guy that should be a terror coming off the edge inside the Superdome. Once again with the quarterbacks in this division you best be able to get after the quarterback.
25. Seattle Seahawks Andy Dalton QB TCU The Seahawks prefer Jake Locker here but it’s time for the Hawks to find its quarterback of the future. Dalton has impressed people with his intelligence and his stellar college career.
26. Baltimore Ravens Jimmy Smith CB Colorado The Ravnes need secondary help and Smith is the type of guy that will go into Baltimore and thrived. A few teams are afraid of Smith’s character issues but the Ravens love his speed and coverage ability.
27. Atlanta Falcons Muhammad Wilkerson DE Temple Wilkerson has been rising up boards because of his outstanding size and versatility. The Falcons could surprise people and take a wide receiver to go on the opposite side of Roddy White.
28. New England Patriots Mark Ingram RB Alabama The Pats are supposedly in love with the former Heisman trophy winner. Ingram is better than the 28th best player in this draft, it’s just that running backs value has decreased the past few years on the first day of the draft.
29. Chicago Bears Marcus Cannon TCU The Bears have to do a better job protecting Jay Cutler. Cannon is a big strong player that needs to become more consistent but he should give the Bears a helping hand.
30.New York Jets Phil Taylor DT Baylor The Jets defensive line fell apart with injuries last season. Taylor is a big bodied nose guard that Rex Ryan needs in the middle of his defense so he can run his exotic blitz scheme.
31.Pittsburgh Steelers Aaron Williams CB Texas The Steelers need offensive lineman in a bad way, but Williams can help the Steelers secondary immediately. Williams has good size and decent speed and should at least play nickel back early on.
32. Green Bay Packers Cameron Heyward OSU The Packers may be the best team at drafting quality players in the league. Heyward teamed up with B.J. Raji could be an extremely formidable tandem as both are strong big bodied guys who can play multiple positions.