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2011 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 1-10)

Posted: January 7, 2011 in NFL
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I know it’s a little early, but I believe with all the heat and chaos on which college football hot shot is or isn’t entering the upcoming NFL draft. But, with the first 10 picks a lock (position wise, that is), I figured I’d take a stab at the first 10 picks for the 2011 NFL Draft.

1. Carolina Panthers – AJ Green, WR, Georgia
The Panthers made headlines earlier this week by announcing to the press that they would take prized Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with their 1st overall pick. However, with Luck making his announcement to stay at Stanford for another year (and another run at the Heisman), look to see the Panthers help out current QB Jimmy Clausen with an eccentric, talented wide out like Green to help out the poor, current receiving core. With aging and injury plagued Steve Smith not the same top receiver he was for the Panthers a few years ago, Green would be the first receiver since 1996 (Keyshawn Johnson) to be taken 1st overall.

2. Denver Broncos – Patrick Peterson, CB, Louisiana State
The Broncos’ season has just been dismal. From a the firing of a failed 2nd year coach with just being absolutely horrific on defense, it’s clear where Denver needs to draft. Peterson would provide a nice fit with a potential scenario of current veteran corner Champ Bailey retiring or moving to safety alongside Brian Dawkins. With a hard-nose style of defense and great man coverage in the corner, I can see Peterson becoming an immediate impact player.

3. Buffalo Bills – Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn
A lot of draft analysts had Clemson defensive end (and recently declared) Da’Quan Bowers as the Bills pick here to help improve their pass rush. However, the Bills have had constant quarterback problems throughout the years (Kelly Holcomb, JP Losman, Trent Edwards) and while few believe the franchise can rest upon the shoulders of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bills would be naive to not take Newton here. Plus, the city of Buffalo could use a little flair to it’s football team and that and more is exactly what Newton would bring.

4. Cincinnati Bengals – Nick Fairly, DT, Auburn
Back to back Auburn picks here but Cincinnati desperately needs an anchor in their 4-3 defense. Fairly is a versatile defensive tackle in which he can stop the run as well as provide a solid pass rush, killing two birds with one stone. The Bengals either take Fairly or Bowers at this spot.

5. Arizona Cardinals – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
One would think with the quarterback catastrophe the Cardinals faced this year they would end up drafting one, but the defensive players in this draft are too good to pass up on. Bowers is the best defensive end, if not, arguably, the best defensive player in this draft and plays like an tough end as well as linebacker, in which he’d be well suited in Arizona’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

6. Cleveland Browns – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The Cleveland Browns have consistently struggled at defensive, especially against the pass. Amukamara is a shut down corner, and with Peterson already taken, it’s a no brainer for the Browns to take Prince here. Amukamara is a definitely worthy of a starting position and I believe he’d compliment Joe Haden quite nicely.

7. San Francisco 49ers – Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas
It’s either Mallet or Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, but the 49ers cannot have another Alex Smith. That’s why I believe Mallet has the edge over Gabbert because of his experience and has proven himself by playing in the SEC, much tougher than the Big 12. If San Fransisco wants to move out of the bottom of the NFC, they need to take a quarterback here.

8. Tennessee Titans – Marcell Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama
After the Titans organization recently stated they do not intend to bring back former 1st round pick Vince Young at quarterback, it just doesn’t make sense for them to draft similar styled QB Cam Newton if he were to drop. However, the Titans have a void to fill after they lost DT Albert Haynesworth to free agency, Dareus would be a great fit here with his bulky physique and pass-rush edge.

9. Dallas Cowboys – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
There aren’t too many offensive lineman in this year’s draft, so the Cowboys need to capitalize early with their pick. All but one of the Cowboy’s offensive lineman are over 30 and with injuries to Marc Colombo and penalty problems with Leonard Davis, Solder is the safe pick here.

10. Washington Redskins – Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
The Redskins could either take a running back (Mark Ingram out of Alabama), or a wide receiver (Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State, if not, Alabama’s Julio Jones) with their pick here. But Paea is a great defensive player that leaves Washington no choice but to pick him up. Albert Haynesworth has shown that he is not a reliable defensive tackle so it would be a great step forward for the Redskins defense to have Paea up front.

And that’s it! I will be doing the remaining picks section by section as we near the draft and tread on through the playoffs.