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Mock Draft 2.0 Post Combine

March 4, 2011

Here is a look at the NFl draft post combine. Let me know what you think!

1 – CAR: Dareus, Marcell – DT – Alabama
Carolina needs a lot, but I think the look defense with the first pick with no QB worthy of the top spot. With Bowers hurt and not working out, Dareus took the opportunity to really impress scouts in Indy and many have hime as the #1 DT over Fairley.
2 – DEN: Bowers, Da’Quan – DE – Clemson
Denver’s defense is flat out awful. They desperately need an upgrade in their front 7. While I believe Peterson is the best player on the board, Fairley or Bowers would fill a bigger need. I have Denver choosing Bowers.
3 – BUF: Fairley, Nick – DT – Auburn
The best player available is probably Peterson, but I don’t think the Bills go there. QB is a position of need, but at this point Gabbert and Newton are reaches here.They need a big body for their defense and Fairley falls into their laps. They can value at QB at the top of round 2.
4 – CIN: Green, A.J. – WR – Georgia
think the Bengals have to chose between Peterson, who they could play at FS if they retain Jonathan Josepf or CB if they do not, and Green. I think Green is the best WR to come out since Calvin Johnson. He allows the Bengals to move on from Chad Johnson and gives the Bengals a potent group of young pass catchers along with Gresham, Shipley, Simpson, and Caldwell. Gabbert and Newton are possibilities, but I think the Bengals go QB in round 2
5 – ARI: Miller, Von – OLB – Texas A&M
The QB position is a mess in ‘zona, but I really think to keep Fitzgerald happy they go the free agent route. They have to choose between Peterson and Von Miller. Both are excellent athletes that make immediate impact. Miller was by many accounts the best player at the Senior Bowl. Shows great pass rush skills with the ability to cover in man-to-man as well as zone schemes.
6 – CLE: Quinn, Robert – DE – North Carolina
Quinn performed very well at the combine. He is biog enough at 270 lbs to hold up against the run and showed enough athletic ability to drop into zones. His pass rushing skills are unquestioned. Helps Cleveland transition to the 4/3 defense they will now play..
7 – SF: Peterson, Patrick – CB – LSU
Peterson is one of the three best players overall in the draft and is a steal here. Every team from #2 down had to at least think about picking him.
8 – TEN: Gabbert, Blaine – QB – Missouri
I think this is wear the first QB comes of the board. Gabbert did not throw at the combine, but tested well athletically and was impressive in interviews with his football knowledge.
9 – DAL: Amukamara, Prince – CB – Nebraska
This pick makes itself. The Cowboys desperately need secondary help and the #2 corner in the draft falls in their lap.
10 – WAS: Jones, Julio – WR – Alabama
To say Jones had a monster combine would be an understatement. a 4.39 forty along with great boad and long jumps, all with a broken foot, show what kind of a special athlete Jones is. If he puts injury concerns to bed, he is a lock to not get out of the top 10.
11 – HOU: Smith, Aldon – DE – Missouri
The Texans need as many play making defenders as they can find. Secondary help would be preferred, but no prospect in the secondary is worth this pick. Smith is a college DE who projects well at SLB. He has pass rush ability and can go sideline to sideline.
12 – MIN: Newton, Cam – QB – Auburn
The Vikes have major questions about the future of their QB position. Newton had a up and down combine. Great physical measurables, but struggled throwing the ball to unfamiliar receivers. His stock could go back up into top 10 after his pro day.
13 – DET: Jordan, Cameron – DE – California
The Lions really need a CB, but there is not one worthy of this pick. Jordan represents good value in this pick as well as adding another pass rusher to this DL group. Had a good senior bowl and combine.
14 – STL: Baldwin, Jon – WR – Pittsburgh
The Rams desperately need a true #1. Everyone forgot about Baldwin since he did not play this year. At 6’5 and 220lbs he ran a 4.5 at the combine. Those measurables and STL desperate need for a #1 make them reach a little for Baldwin, but not nearly as much of a reach as some think.
15 – MIA: Ingram, Mark – RB – Alabama
Another pick that takes the team no time to turn in. They add the best back in the draft as Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams move on.
16 – JAX: Clayborn, Adrian – DE – Iowa
The Jaguars have been trying to upgrade their pass rush for years. Clayborn is a beast that can rush the passer as well as stand up against the run. Shows great leadership skills as well.
17 – NE: Kerrigan, Ryan – DE – Purdue
The Patriots can go a lot of different directions here. Kerrigan is a smart, high motor guy with a great ability to rush the QB. Dispelled worries he was not athletic enough to drop into coverage with a 4.71 40 and good all around combine workout.
18 – SD: Heyward, Cameron – DE – Ohio State
San Diego gets a chance to draft a player perfect for their 3/4. He provides good pash rush as a 3/4 end and is stout enough to hold up versus the run.
19 – NYG: Solder, Nate – OT – Colorado
The G-Men look to upgrade the offensive line. In a weak class for OT(the best one in the class is usually gone long before now) they take the opportunity to add Solder. Stock has slipped a bit after not a great combine.
20 – TB: Watt, J.J. – DE – Wisconsin
The mammoth DE had a good showing in Indy and is climbing boards because of his scheme versatility and great athleticism at his size. Tampa needs an impact edge pass rusher
21 – KC: Smith, Tyron – OT – USC
The Cheifs won last year on the strenght of their ground game, and they need to make sure that continues. Smith’s stock has dropped after a so so combine, but is still a good value here.
22 – IND: Carimi, Gabe – OT – Wisconsin
The Colts need and influx of talent on the offensive line. Carimi is the best O lineman on the board. Has a nasty streak in the run game that Indy desperately needs.
23 – PHI: Castonzo, Anthony – OT – Boston College
The Eagles O line needs upgrades in talent. Castonzo is a strong young OT that will help solidify their line.
24 – NO: Wilkerson, Muhammad – DT – Temple
Wilkerson is a small school prospect that has climbed boards after workouts. He is stout against the run as well as showing good interior pass rushing skills
25 – SEA: Pouncey, Mike – OG – Florida
The Hawks face a difficult choice here. Do they draft a QB since Whitehurst appears not be the heir apparent to Hasslebeck? I think most are coming to the realization that Mallett and Lockear are not 1st round QB’s. OG and OT are their next biggest needs. Pouncey is a nice fit for them.
26 – BAL: Harris, Brandon – CB – Miami
The Ravens have got to find some capable corners to hold up in their heavy pressure scheme. Harris is a nice value here for the Ravens. Concerns over Jimmy Smiths off the field issues also help make Harris the pick.
27 – ATL: Houston, Justin – DE – Georgia
Houston is a local product and a popular pick for ATL. He is an explosive athlete that can play LB and DE and can eventually replace Abraham when he retires.
28 – NE: LeShoure, Mikel – RB – Illinois
With Mankins franchised and Kerrigan secured with their earlier first round pick, the Pats can focus on either a RB, OT, or possibly a WR. I think LeShoure is the best player available at those positions.
29 – CHI: Sherrod, Derek – OT – Mississippi St.
Its no secret that although they did get better as the season went along, the Bears O line needs upgrades in talent. Sherrod falls into the laps of the Bears, who could not be happier.
30 – NYJ: Ayers, Akeem – OLB – UCLA
The Jets are said to be focusing on resigning Holmes and Edwards, so I think they look defense. Ayers is a pass rushing OLB that had a tough combine, but still should go in the first round.
31 – PIT: Williams, Aaron – CB – Texas
t is no secret that the Steelers need help at OT, but all that are left would be a major reach here, and Pittsburg doesn’t do that. I think their next biggest need is CB and Williams is a nice fit for them. Again, off the field issues keep Jimmy Smith from being the pick.
32 – GB: Liuget, Corey – DT – Illinois
The Packers could face losing two DE’s to free agency and need to add some depth there. Liuget is a prospect who is climbing boards during workouts. High motor guy that can play 3/4 end.
Here is a link to my combine at fftoolbox.com. If you have a minute, check it out and give it a vote.
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