SB Nation Arizona Mocks The 2011 NFL Draft

The SB Nation Arizona writers begin their mock draft and project the players that will go in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: New York Jets, Round 1, Pick 30

The SB Nation AZ NFL mock draft is reaching its conclusion and the New York Jets are now set to make their selection. This leaves only the two 2011 Super Bowl teams -- the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers -- to round out the first round.

Columnist Scott Howard, whose most recent feature covers the Arizona Cardinals' top five draft steals, makes the pick for the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.

Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

The Jets have had one of the NFL's better defenses since Rex Ryan showed up in town but the roster is in a bit of flux this offseason and the majority of their draft needs are (GASP) on the defensive side of the ball. There's a decent need for a nose tackle to anchor their 3-4 scheme and they could probably also use a safety but a pass rusher wouldn't hurt them either and there just happens to be a pretty damn good one on the board.

That's why with the 30th pick in the SB Nation Arizona Mock Draft the New York Jets select UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers. Ayers stock has slipped a little bit after a pedestrian NFL combine appearance but at this point in the draft he's a real value - and it's hard to argue with his college production. He's more of a pass rusher than a cover guy but I don't think the Jets will stress out about that as he should immediately be able to bolster the pass rush.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now on the clock. I will be making their selection. 

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:




4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)

24- New Orleans Saints: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple (JR)

25- Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB, Washington (JR)

26- Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland (JR)

27- Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa (JR)

28- New England Patriots: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State (JR)

29- Chicago Bears: Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU (CW)

30- New York Jets: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA (SH)

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Chicago Bears, Round 1, Pick 29

The SB Nation Arizona mock draft in which we try and project the actual selections of the 2011 NFL Draft will be done this week. Next up are the Chicago Bears, who, despite playing with their third-string quarterback in the NFC Championship game, just barely came up short of a Super Bowl berth. 

Obviously, they would like to take the next step and make it to the big game, but surprisingly they have several holes to fill, even as a playoff team. They will try to fill one of these holes with the pick that Cory Williams projects.

Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU

Everyone remembers what happened to Jay Cutler last season, right? Cutler was sacked 57 times, including the playoffs. After being sacked nine times against the Giants in Week 4, Cutler missed the next week's action against Carolina. Basically, Cutler needs protection in the worst way. Since a lot of quality offensive tackles are already off the board, the Chicago Bears select Marcus Cannon, offensive tackle out of Texas Christian University.

Far from a sure thing, Cannon is a huge tackle who can make a difference in what has been a very difficult life in Chicago for Mr. Cutler. If the Bears don't pick an offensive lineman here, it will be an absolute shock.

Next up are the New York Jets. Scott Howard will be selecting for them.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)

24- New Orleans Saints: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple (JR)

25- Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB, Washington (JR)

26- Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland (JR)

27- Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa (JR)

28- New England Patriots: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State (JR)

29- Chicago Bears: Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU (CW)

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NFL Mock Draft: New England Patriots, Round 1, Pick 28

The New England Patriots are up with the second of their two first round selections. Having already selected a defensive player (JJ Watts) at number 17, they seek to improve the offensive line. Their pick is:

Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

At the end of the day, Tom Brady is the franchise and protecting him is the most important thing. An offensive tackle is not their biggest need, but with Sherrod falling so far, they have to make this move. He is considered by some to be the best tackle of the crop of offensive line talent in the draft. Having Sherrod to develop into the left tackle of their future will help Brady now and then help the team when they have to move on to another quarterback some day.

 

Next up in the draft are the Chicago Bears. Cory Williams will be their GM representative

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)

24- New Orleans Saints: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple (JR)

25- Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB, Washington (JR)

26- Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland (JR)

27- Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa (JR)

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

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Atlanta Falcons, Round 1, Pick 27

The Atlanta Falcons are now set to reveal their pick. They have their franchise QB in Matt Ryan, they have a very good running back in Michael Turner, they have an elite receiver in Roddy White. What they lack is a consistently good defense. This is why I have selected this player for them for this year's first round draft choice:

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

At 6-3, 285 pounds, Clayborn is a physical specimen. He is a violent hitter and good tackler who plays against the run very well. He is strong and is very good with a bull rush. He is high energy, with a relentless motor. He does not give up on plays. He is just the player that the Falcons need up front in the defensive front line. His attitude and abilities will help improve a defense that was middle-of-the-pack when it came to yardage allowed. 

Next up in the draft are the New England Patriots, with the second of two first round selections.

 

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)

24- New Orleans Saints: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple (JR)

25- Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB, Washington (JR)

26- Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland (JR)

27- Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa (JR)

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NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens, Rd. 1, Pick 26

Up next in the SB Nation Arizona mock draft are Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. They have a few needs, but obviously they did all right. With the draft coming up, they will be looking for talent to fill their receiver, offensive line and defensive backfield needs. To do so, they will use their first pick to draft:

Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

We are already aware of the Ravens' receiver need. Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh came up small when they were needed most in in the playoffs. What the team lacked was a consistent deep threat. Smith is exactly that. He posted a 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine and great leaping ability. He can also return kicks. But having a guy like Smith to stretch the defenses, that will only help Joe Flacco and it will also free up the older guys underneath, allowing them to make and create big plays in the passing game. 

With this selection made, the Atlanta Falcons are now on the clock.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)

24- New Orleans Saints: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple (JR)

25- Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB, Washington (JR)

26- Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland (JR)

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Seattle Seahawks, Rd. 1, Pick 25

The NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks are up to make their pick in the SB Nation Arizona NFL mock draft. Even with their playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints, there are many needs that the Seahawks have. They need help on the offensive and defensive lines, but they also have a need at quarterback. For this reason the Seahawks select:

Jake Locker, QB, Washington

The scouts for Seattle have had the last four years to look at Locker in Washington and they like what they see. The team knows that Matt Hasselbeck is not getting younger. In fact, he may not even return for the 2011 season because he is set to become a free agent. Yes, they have Charlie Whitehurst, in whom they invested a third round draft pick, but Locker has the physical tools and the intangibles to become a great NFL QB.

We may all remember that just one year ago Locker would likely have been the number one pick in the draft. For Seattle to have the opportunity to add him to their team is not quite "a gift from heaven" (to borrow Dennis Green's words), but it is certainly fortunate.

 

For tomorrow, the Baltimore Ravens are on the clock.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)

24- New Orleans Saints: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple (JR)

25- Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB, Washington (JR)

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: New Orleans Saints, Round 1, Pick 24

The New Orleans Saints are set to make their pick for the first ever SB Nation Arizona mock draft. The Saints had the distinction of losing in the playoffs to the Seattle Seahawks, who were only 7-9 during the regular season but won the NFC West and became the first ever sub-.500 playoff team. New Orleans does not need much help on offense, as Drew Brees leads their high-scoring offense, but they have holes all along the front seven of their defense. With the 24th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Saints select:

Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

Former Heisman winner Mark Ingram is still on the board and the Saints have a need at running back, but their lack of a running game was more due to injury than anything else. Also, history shows that you can get a solid running back in the later rounds of the draft. 

Since the team has great needs on defense, that is where their pick lies. Selecting Wilkerson is a shocker, much like last year's draft when DT Dan Williams fell all the way to the Cardinals. On Mel Kiper's big board, he ranks number 11 overall. He is huge and causes disruptions at the line of scrimmage with his penetration. He logged 10 sacks in 2010 from the DT position. Having a guy of his size and strength on the interior defensive line will be a major boost to the Saints as they attempt to return to the Super Bowl.

Next up in the draft are the Seattle Seahawks. I will make the pick for them.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)

24- New Orleans Saints: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple (JR)

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Philadelphia Eagles, Round 1, Pick 23

As we continue the inaugural SB Nation Arizona NFL mock draft, the Philadelphia Eagles are set to make their selection with the 23rd pick in the draft. They could look to bolster a porous defense or try and find help for protecting Michael Vick. Bringing you the Eagles' pick is Cory Williams.

Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

Philadelphia is looking to upgrade at several positions, mainly focused on defense. Everyone knows that the Eagles are all set offensively in the skill positions, and now must focus on shutting down the other team's top talent. That's where Aldon Smith, DE out of Missouri, will come into play. Smith is going to supply much-needed pressure on quality NFC quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Smith put in a very strong combine effort, even though he is fairly raw (and young, to top it off -- Smith was only a redshirt sophomore when he left Mizzou). Expect Aldon Smith to develop quickly and become a force for years to come in Philadelphia.

Next up in the draft are the New Orleans Saints.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

23- Philadelphia Eagles: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri (CW)

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Indianapolis Colts Make 1st Round Pick

The Indianapolis Colts now reveal their pick here in the first SB Nation Arizona mock draft. They have needs on defense (as always) and could use some help on the offensive line to protect the franchise Peyton Manning. They could also use some depth at wide receiver, although Manning can seemingly make anyone into a good receiver. 

For the Colts, they decide to go on the defensive side of the ball with:

Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois

While the Colts have not had a dominant left tackle in some time and a solid prospect on the board in Derek Sherrod, Liuget is the pick for the Colts. Yes, protecting Peyton Manning is important, but the team already does a good job at that. The greatest impact to be had would be to pick a up defensive player who can make plays at the line of scrimmage. Liuget is that guy. Playing in the Big 10, he lined up across some very good offensive linemen and was one of the more dominating defensive line players in the country. 

He is versatile and can create a pass rush from the interior, which will add the effectiveness of outside rushers Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. Adding Liuget will also help the Colts be much more stout against the run. Adding a talented player like this to a defense that could use some girth on the interior line can only help the Colts get back where they want to be -- playing for the Lombardi Trophy.

Tuesday's pick has the Philadelphia Eagles making their selection. Cory Williams will bring you that pick.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

22- Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (JR)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: The Kansas City Chiefs Make Their Selection

Our mock draft continues with the SB Nation Arizona "experts" projecting the selections of the first round of the draft. The Kansas City Chiefs are the next team in the draft. They have needs in several spots on the field, even thought they surprised everyone with their 10-6 AFC West winning season. 

Scott Howard picks for the Chiefs:

Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

The Chiefs grew by leaps and bounds in 2010 - going from league wide laughing stock to 10-6 AFC West division champions in just one year. That's certainly no small feat. Now that they're on people's radars there's no way Todd Haley and company are going to catch anyone by surprise, which means they need to improve.

The big needs for Kansas City are wide reciever, offensive tackle, and a nose tackle for their 3-4 scheme. Since his New England days, Scott Pioli has never been much of an early round guy for wide outs so that possibility is probably out the window. Although there are a few good tackles on the board the Chiefs will select Phil Taylor, defensive tackle from Baylor.

Corey Liuget will probably be a consideration since he managed to fall from his mid-1st round projection to this slot but Taylor is a no-brainer nose tackle while Liuget only has the potential to develop into one. The big 350 pounder should be able to occupy enough blockers to allow the Chiefs linebackers - most notably Tamba Hali (he of 14.5 sacks in 2010) - to cause some damage in opposing backfields

 

Next up is Peyton Manning and the Colts. I will be selecting for them.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

21- Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (SH)

 

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Seeks To Protect Josh Freeman With Pick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren't quite able to squeeze into the playoffs, even though they were 10-6. Josh Freeman showed he is a very good young quarterback. LeGarrette Blount is a very good young running back. They have one of the best corners in the game. Still, they have a lot of needs. They need strength on the offensive line and all over their defense (you do recall that the Cardinals put up 35 points on the Bucs' defense -- inexcusable).

Here is the player that Cory Williams selected for Tampa Bay:

Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Anthony Castonzo, offensive lineman out of Boston College. A left tackle, Castonzo worked very hard to get his game where it is today, and has proven with a score of 41 on the Wonderlic that he's an intelligent guy. Look for Castonzo to step in and make an impact on the left side of the line, blocking on Josh Freeman's blindside and giving the talented quarterback a little more time to make decisions. All in all, this pick could end up paying huge dividends for the Buccaneers, who are only a few pieces away from legitimately challenging for the NFC crown.

The first of the playoff teams now is on the clock -- the Kansas City Chiefs.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

20- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College (CW)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: NY Giants Get Interior Line Help

With the New York Giants on the clock, they could go a few ways. They need help at running back, but there is no one worthy of the 19th pick. The same applies to the defensive backfield. So instead, as the team wishes to keep Eli Manning upright and productive during an entire season, they will decide go for offensive line help and select:

Mike Pouncey, C, Florida

We all saw the difference that Pouncey's brother Maurkice made on the Steelers' offensive line and how his absence was a big deal statistically. Mike can play center and guard and will either replace the Shaun O'Hara or play alongside, or maybe play alongside now and replace later. Pouncey is clearly the best interior lineman in the draft. Instead of trying to just upgrade their running back, they attempt to create a much better line to run behind, thus creating greater success with the backs they have and a place backs will be motivated to go and develop.

Next up, on the clock, are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are repped by Cory Williams. Their pick is set to be projected by Cory Williams.

 

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

19- New York Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida (JR)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: The San Diego Chargers Pick Up Protection For Phillip Rivers

The San Diego Chargers now make their selection for the mock draft. After years of dominating the AFC West, the team's slow starts finally bit them in the behind. Phillip Rivers and company do not want this to happen again. Honestly, statistically they still should have won the division. 

For a team that has so much talent, they do have some needs. They could use some help on the defensive front and in the defensive backfield, to prepare for age and to provide depth in general. There is a little uncertainty iwth players and their contracts on the offensive line.

For the 18th pick in the NFL Draft,the Chargers select:

Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

Just when you thought that Phillip Rivers was not dangerous enough, San Diego goes and drafts a physical specimen at 6-8. 319 lbs to help protect him. With the labor situation, there is some uncertainty as to whether Jeromey Clary re-signs with the team. Solder will either create depth (whether he starts this year or not) or will fill a hole. Solder has the versatility to be able to move around on the line if needed. Look out, AFC West. 

 

Tomorrow's pick will be the New York Giants. I will be picking for them.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

18- San Diego Chargers: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado (JR)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: New England Goes With Hard Working Defensive Player

Today's pick in our mock draft are the New England Patriots. They get an extra pick because they shipped off Richard Seymour to the Raiders, who were willing to part with this pick to get him. Now Bill Belichick has a pair of first round picks, which in reality they will likely use to trade and move up or to pick up a player they want (if player trades can happen before the draft). But since we are not going to try and make draft projections with trades, we will focus only on the pick. Cory Williams projected the New England selection.

J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin

Ah, the New England Patriots. A team you love to hate, stuffed full of players that want to win championships located in a region that glorifies its sports stars unlike any other. Who will be lucky enough to get drafted by the Pats? J.J. Watt, defensive end out of Wisconsin, that's who.

Watt is an effort guy with decent speed off the blocks. He's also the classic story of a kid who transferred from Central Michigan to be a walk-on at Wisconsin, earning a starting position during his redshirt season and becoming an excellent player in the process. New Englanders love that stuff!

The Patriots draft smart because they fill needs, not because they draft flashy players. Watt will slot in as a good defensive upgrade for them at the DE position, all the while earning the love of all six states that combine to form New England. Just like Danny Woodhead, or Brian Scalabrine.

 

 

For tomorrow's pick, the San Diego Chargers are on the clock. Scott Howard will project their pick.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

17- New England Patriots: J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin (CW)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: Jaguars Take A Chance On Shutdown Corner

Our mock draft so far has not taken many surprise turns. Most of the picks would be considered safe picks. Cam Newton is a question mark, but his talent and potential are undeniable. The Jaguars are now set to select and make a pick that will raise some eyebrows. 

The Jags have several needs to address, but decide to go this route:

Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Jacksonville is deciding to take a chance on Smith, whose on-field skills are not in doubt. He ha sthe potential to be an absolute shutdown cornerback and has been compared by some to Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders. He does everything well in coverage except struggles making interceptions. You might say that this is an important thing, but considering he showed the ability to completely shut down receivers without taking the ball away is something to live with.

His supposed character issues are not going to come into play. Jacksonville feels that whatever happened in Smith's early college years are behind him, and he owned up to his mistakes. In a division that has Peyton Manning, having an island to eliminate one of the several offensive threats that the Colts have is about the only way they can go. 

Next up in the draft are the New England Patriots and the pick they received in the trade that sent Richard Seymour to the Raiders. Cory Williams will bring us that pick.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

16- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (JR)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: Miami Dolphins Make Expected Selection

As we continue the SB Nation Arizona mock draft, it is clear that the defensive talent is what is most noted. However, Miami has some needs on offense, both at quarterback and at running back. This pick is no surprise, as many mock drafts have them projected to make this selection. Scott Howard brings you the 15th pick overall and explains why. 

Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

A lot of excellent talent has fallen in our mock draft, Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo and Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget come to mind, but none really at the positions Miami is in the market for. Miami is almost certainly going to spend the offseason searching for a new QB, but unless they trade down I can't see them reaching for Ryan Mallet or Jake Locker in the middle of the first round.

Staying on the offensive skill position front, both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are free agents at running back, which makes that a pretty huge need. That's why with the 15th pick in the 2011 SB Nation Arizona Mock NFL Draft, the Dolphins select Mark Ingram, running back from Alabama.

There have been some recent questions about Ingram which have caused him to fall in a few mock drafts but he's still the best back in the draft and I'd be surprised to see Miami take a pass. Ingram may have only run the 40 in 4.63 seconds but the former Heisman Trophy winner can do pretty much everything else.

 

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

15- Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (SH)

 

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: St. Louis Rams Get Defensive Help

At pick number 14, ideally the Rams would get some receiver help for Sam Bradford to throw to. But this draft has been about defense. Eight of the first 13 picks have been defensive players. Let us see who is the pick, as Cory Williams brings us the future rival of the Cardinals. 

 

This mock draft has gone directions that no one expected, with talented defensive linemen falling far and quarterbacks galore picked early on. The St. Louis Rams don't need help at quarterback, with franchise QB Sam Bradford on the roster. The Rams could really use a quality wide receiver, but both top prospects are off the board. 

So realistically, improving the defense should be my main priority at this point. With the 14th pick in the 2011 SB Nation Arizona Mock NFL Draft, the Rams select Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end out of Purdue.

Kerrigan is a fast DE who can make tackles. Any improvement for the Rams on this side of the ball is a win, and St. Louis will have to look for WR help a little later in the draft.

 

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California (JR)

14- St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue (CW)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: Detroit Lions Seek Help For Ndomakong Suh

The Detroit Lions are on the verge of breaking through. Offensively they are loaded with Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best and Calvin Johnson. The one thing they have to ensure that happens ins that Stafford stay healthy. The defense, though, is atrocious even though the have one of the best defensive linemen in the game in Ndomakung Suh. 

Since Tyron Smith was selected just a pick ago, the Lions have to go another direction. He would have been at the top of the list. So instead, the choice is:

Cameron Jordan, DE, California

With Suh anchoring in the inside, some outside help is much needed. Kyle Vanden Bosch did weel last year, but he is not the player he was earlier in his career. Jordan is a big play type of player and has the speed and athleticism to succeed at the highest level. He is versatile and can play both inside and out. The attention he will need will help Suh even more and the fact that Suh will draw much attention will aid Jordan to produce.

 

For tomorrow...the St. Louis Rams are on the clock. Cory Williams brings you that pick.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

13- Detroit Lions: Cameron Jordan, DE, California

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2011 SBNAZ NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Vikings Seek Protection For Favre Replacement

Brett Favre is not likely to return to the NFL in 2011 (at least it appears that way this time). Even still, last season when he played, the team just wasn't the same. That's how they went from being a Super Bowl favorite to the 12th pick in the NFL Draft. That seems to be a common theme. The Niners, the Cowboys and the Vikings were preseason picks as championship contenders. Strange that they all ended below .500.

Minnesota has several needs, but they get only one pick in the first round. Scott Howard brings you the pick.

Tyron Smith, OT, USC

Well the Favre era appears to be in the books for the Vikings -- long live Tarvaris Jackson or Joe Webb. OK, neither of those guys is probably the future, so odds are the team will be looking at a QB replacement. That said, going to a guy like Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett is an enormous risk this high in the draft. But what the Vikings can do at 12 is beef up their offensive line to protect whomever that QB of the future may be. That's why with the 12th pick in the 2011 SB Nation Arizona Mock NFL Draft, the Vikings select Tyron Smith, offensive tackle out of USC.

Smith is arguably the best offensive line prospect in the draft and has apparently excelled in workouts and at his pro day. He also projects as a left tackle at the next level which would allow Minnesota to shift incumbent LT Bryant McKinnie to the right side. Looks like more holes are about to open up for Adrian Peterson.

Next up in the draft are the Detroit Lions. Jess Root will bring you the pick. 

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

12- Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC (SH)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: Houston Texans Select Royalty With Their Pick

The Houston Texans are up. They need a lot of defensive help. According to drafttek.com, they need help all over the defense -- defensive tackle, defensive end, outside linebacker, cornerback and safety. So, pretty much everyone. It would make sense for them to look on the defensive side of the ball for this pick. Cory Williams makes the selection for the Texans:

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Houston takes a look at the board, and with the 11th pick in the 2011 SB Nation Arizona Mock NFL Draft, the Texans select Prince Amukamara, cornerback out of Nebraska. If Patrick Peterson wasn't in this draft, Amukamara would be way up higher on this chart. He's got the skills to provide a much-needed boost to the Texans porous defense, and might just be a shutdown corner in the league if things pan out. Anything would be an improvement for a Houston team that has all the offensive tools to be a force, but can't stop its opposition.

Amukamara will need to work on his timing, as he did not record any interceptions in his last season as a Cornhusker. That is his biggest shortcoming, and hopefully for Houston he will improve that aspect of his game.

Scott Howard is the next to be GM. He will provide the pick for the Minnesota Vikings.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell DareusDT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

11- Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska (CW)

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2011 SBNAZ Mock Draft: Redskins Go For Offensive Playmaker At No. 10

As the Washington Redskins round out the top ten of the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, they happen to be a team with a mess on their hands. Mike Shanahan has not handled Donovan McNabb or Albert Haynesworth well. McNabb may or mot be back next season and Rex Grossman, his backup, is no longer under contract. The running game is without a star and the receiving corp relies on an aging Santana Moss. 

With all the needs that Washington has, and that does not even start on the defensive side of the ball, they need a playmaker. So here is my selection for the Redskins:

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

Washington could go a number of ways. In fact, there has even been a little buzz that they might make a huge splash and take Washington QB Jake Locker with the 10th pick overall. He fits the mold of a Shanahan guy, with characteristics that are in line with Jay Cutler and even John Elway. But they think better of it. Taking Locker this high would be irresponsible.

It comes down to two guys and two needs. Do they take CB Prince Amukamara or WR Julio Jones? Amukamara would be a great fit, but in the end, Shanahan is a guy who wants points on the board and his offense needs a lot of help and goes with the 6-3, 220 lb receiver from Alabama. Sure, the quarterback position is unclear, but adding a guy like Jones changes things. He has size, strength, hands and speed. If Washington is going to make a splash at QB, they will need someone better than Moss (the less talented one, that is) to throw to.

Durability could be an issue, but considering that he ran a 4.39 40 with a broken foot, his speed and production are too good to pass up. He is dominant when healthy and very good even when hurt. it is a great pick for the 'Skins.

Next up in the draft are the Houston Texans, the 2010 team of Matt Leinart. Cory Williams will bring you his pick for them.

 

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama (SH)

10- Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (JR)

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2011 SBNAZ NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys Find Gem In First Round

The 2010 season for the Dallas Cowboys mirrors that of the San Francisco 49ers. Jerry Jones' 'Boys were considered by many to be the Super Bowl favorites coming into the season. Instead, the defense looked lost, Tony Romo broke his collarbone and voila! you have yourself a top ten pick in the NFL Draft.

What will be their direction? According to drafttek.com, Dallas has needs that include virtually the entire defense and at offensive line. Scott Howard brings us the projected pick for "America's Team."

Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

It's never a good thing when you come into a season as a Super Bowl contender and leave with a Top 10 pick, but that's exactly what happened to Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys. It certainly didn't help the team that they lost Tony Romo to a broken clavicle in October but the team was a mess even before that happened.

From a need perspective the Cowboys offense was actually pretty solid last year, but their defense certainly left something to be desired. They could use help at corner and defensive end which make Nebraska corner Prince Amukamara or Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt a serious consideration, but if I'm being true to the mock draft, here the pick is obvious. It's Marcell Dareus.

Now I know Dallas isn't in the market for a defensive tackle, but any time you have the chance to pick a Top Three talent at number nine, you're going to do it. Does that mean they'll deal the pick to a defensive tackle needy team that's salivating over Dareus' fall? Possibly, but when you have a chance to pick one of the best players available in the draft you snap it up.

If the Cowboys are going off of need there is no way Dareus is the selection but if the situation plays its self out like this don't be surprised if that's the direction they go.

Another NFC East team, now the Washington Redskins, is on the clock. I will bring you that pick tomorrow as we round out the top ten of the draft.

Check out the mock draft on the Arizona Cardinals team blog Revenge of the Birds to see who both the community and the writers are projecting. 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

9- Dallas Cowboys: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama (SH)

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2011 SBNAZ NFL Mock Draft: Who Will Be The First Pick For The Tennessee Titans?

The Tennessee Titans are up next, two years removed from an incredible season. Since then, they lost defensive star Albert Haynesworth and went through a horrific beginning to the 2009 season and then a disappointing 2010 season. The team's seeds are great and new head coach Mike Munchak will want to put his first imprint on the team with this draft. It is clear that the team misses Haynesworth's inside presence and there are still the two highest rated defensive tackles available. 

Cory Williams brings you the Titans' projected pick today.

Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

Tennessee is living the dream in this mock draft. With seven players off the board, the two best defensive tackles in the NCAA are still available. Are you kidding me? Picking between Marcell Dareus of Alabama and Nick Fairley of Auburn is extremely difficult, since both have such outstanding talent. But with the eighth pick of the SB Nation Arizona 2011 NFL Mock Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Nick Fairley.

Anyone who watched the BCS National Championship Game could tell that Fairley was in a league of his own. But in case you need a refresher on his stat line that fateful night, here it is: five tackles (3.5 of which were for losses), 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Oregon's offense was completely disrupted by this one man. While Dareus might be bigger in terms of weight, Fairley is a smidgen faster.

Both players will fare well in the NFL, but Fairley is the guy for the Titans right now. They don't necessarily need him, but when the opportunity arises to take a top-flight talent, you take the leap.

The Dallas Cowboys are next up. Scott Howard will make his projection for them.

 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson (SH)

7- San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (JR)

8- Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn (CW)

 

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2011 SBNAZ NFL Mock Draft: Who Will Become A Cleveland Brown

The Cleveland Browns have quite a bit of choices for their choice at number six in the NFL Draft. They were a scrappy, tough team that was unfortunate enough to play in a division with two playoff teams. With both top name quarterbacks off the board, defense is probably the way to go. This is what Scott Howard was thinking as we now reveal his selection on behalf of the Browns.

Da'Quan Bowers, DE, North Carolina

For the Browns there seem to be two pretty well acknowledged needs -- a rush end who can fit into their new 4-3 defensive scheme and a wide receiver to pair with second year QB Colt McCoy. If A.J. Green is here at six, then I think that winds up being the pick for Cleveland, but since he went to in-state rival Cincinnati in our mock draft that's not an option. While I'm sure McCoy will be pushing new head coach Pat Shurmur to reach a little bit for Alabama's Julio Jones -- the pick here is Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers.

Bowers had a mere 16 sacks in Clemson's 13 games last season and is basically a monster off the edge. This is a guy who was a projected number one pick when mock drafts started popping up a couple months ago and if not for questions about his recovery from meniscus surgery he'd probably still be right up there. Provided Bowers isn't damaged goods, the Browns will be thrilled to get to him at the sixth pick to help anchor their new D.

Certainly Julio Jones is a consideration here since McCoy will probably be sending Shurmur desperate late night texts all the way up until draft night and the Browns will also take a hard look at Marcell Darius if he continues to slip (although it's not a huge need) but Bowers makes sense.

For tomorrow...the San Francisco 49ers and Jess Root will reveal the number seventh pick of the 2011 Draft.

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

6- Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson 

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2011 SBNAZ NFL Mock Draft: The Arizona Cardinals Select...

The Arizona Cardinals are now up to make their selection. The bummer is that the player considered a perfect fit for the team in day one is unavailable, as the Denver Broncos selected Von Miller with the second pick in the draft. Both of the highest rated QBs are unavailable. So whom will the Cardinals take? Luckily, there is one guy left who is still considered to be a game changer. That guy is, thanks to Cory Williams:

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of holes on defense, but their biggest issue is the quarterback position. While I would have picked either Gabbert or Newton at this position, they are both off the board. With that in mind, this pick belongs to Patrick Peterson, cornerback out of LSU. People are comparing Peterson to Darrelle Revis of the Jets, and a player with potential of that magnitude cannot be ignored by this organization. Arizona fans will be talking about "Peterson Island" in 2011... if there is a season, of course. He has an opportunity to start immediately in the desert, providing an improvement over last season's dismal passing defense.

For tomorrow...the Cleveland Browns and Scott Howard are on the clock.

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)

5- Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU (CW)

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2011 SBNAZ NFL Mock Draft: With The 4th Pick, The Bengals Select...

After today, four picks will be in the books. The Cincinnati Bengals have some needs. The most notable could be quarterback as Carson Palmer has threatened to retire if he is not moved to another team. However, both of the top quarterbacks are already off the board. Still available is the highly rated Patrick Peterson, the cornerback out of LSU. Likewise, there is a lot of defensive talent available, whether it be Marcell Dareus, Nick Fairley or Da'Quan Bowers.

Today's pick is projected by Jess Root for the Bengals. Here it is:

A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

This was a tough decision. Terrell Owens is out the door. Chad Ochocinco is off playing soccer. Carson Palmer might be leaving. Ultimately, the Bengals need some firepower and Green is just the guy to do it. He has size and speed (6-4, 211 lbs with a 4.48 4-yard dash). He a playmaker and the Bengals need plays made. In the end, he might be the deciding factor in swaying Palmer to change face and come play for Cincinnati for another year.

 

For tomorrow...your Arizona Cardinals and Cory Williams are on the clock.

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

4- Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia (JR)


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2011 SBNAZ NFL Mock Draft: The Buffalo Bills Select...

With the first two picks in the books, it is time to reveal the projected selection for the Buffalo Bills in this mock draft. Buffalo has so many needs that it might take more than one draft to fill them. However, if by chance the Bills and Cardinals had played, I'm pretty sure that the Bills would have somehow gotten away with a victory. 

We don't have Mel Kiper, Todd McShay or Mike Mayock, but we do have our own panel of draft "experts." Today, Scott Howard picks for the Buffalo Bills. Here is his draft choice for the Bills:

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

When selecting on behalf of the Buffalo Bills you have to ask yourself the age old question - what do you get for the team that has nothing? OK that isn't a common question but seriously, the Bills need everything.

Offensive line and the defensive front seven are high level requirements but for a team that has been twisting in the wind without a playoff berth since 1999 the top priority should be a franchise quarterback.

That's why with the third overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation Arizona Mock NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bill select Blaine Gabbert out of Missouri.

If you believe some of the reports out there Buffalo has a rather severe crush on Cam Newton but with the Auburn star off of our board, the Bills will turn their offense to the strong armed, flowing locked Mizzou star. If there are concerns about immediately pressing Gabbert into action Buffalo can re-sign above average veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to provide a bridge.

Adding Gabbert to a skill position core of Stevie Johnson and C.J. Spiller may actually give Bills fans something to look forward to besides scraping ice off of their windshields.

Marcell Darius and Nick Fairley will almost certainly be other considerations for the Bills but at the end of the day this is a team that should and probably will go the quarterback route.

For tomorrow...

Jess Root and the Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock.

 

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (Jess Root)

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M (Cory Williams)

3- Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri (Scott Howard)

 

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2011 SBNAZ NFL Mock Draft: What Do Denver Broncos Do?

Yesterday began the first ever SB Nation Arizona mock draft. The Carolina Panthers selected Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, and that got a pretty even reaction across the board. The grade that readers gave the pick was almost split between an A, B, C or D. The pick is a risky one, but Newton has the highest ceiling with his size and skillset. 

Now the Denver Broncos are set to make their selection. They were so bad that they were beaten last year by Cardinals kicker Jay Feely 25-14 (the entire Arizona team put up another 18 points en route to a 43-14 victory). As such, it would be pretty hard to make a bad pick, except maybe a quarterback, as they drafted Tim Tebow in the first round in 2010. Will they go with cornerback Patrick Peterson, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, Georgia receiver A.J. Green or any one of the talented defensive linemen rated near the top of the draft?

SBN AZ editor Cory Williams represents the Broncos with the second pick in the draft. Here is his selection:

Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

Denver had a disaster of a season in 2010, and it was mostly because the defense couldn't stop anyone. With that knowledge in mind, the Broncos will look to develop their defense, and there's no better way to do that than to draft an excellent athlete to play linebacker for your team.

Von Miller has exactly what the Broncos need -- speed and an insatiable desire to make tackles. Miller clocked in at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Texas A&M's pro day last week, and also had 68 tackles in 13 games for the Aggies in 2010. Most impressively, 47 of those tackles came in Big 12 play.

Miller will be an integral part of the newly formidable Broncos linebacker corps, joining D.J. Williams and Elvis Dumervil to plug the running lanes and allow superstar cornerback Champ Bailey to be more effective in the secondary.

Seriously, Denver could pick Miller or Marcell Dareus out of Alabama. Either way, the team will benefit from picking up a young, talented defensive player come draft day.

For tomorrow...

Scott Howard and the Buffalo Bills are on the clock!

2011 SBN AZ Mock Draft recap:

1- Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

2- Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

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