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2011 mock draft

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 3:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Here’s my crack at Thursday night’s first round of the NFL draft, suitable for mocking:

1. Carolina QB Cam Newton, Auburn

Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney has worked overtime spreading the word that Newton is not a character risk. With top pick, he has no reason for misdirection.

2. Denver DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama

Switching to a 4-3 scheme, the Broncos need an anchor. He’s no Ndamukong Suh, but Dareus is a nice start.

3. Buffalo OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M

This is Buffalo’s do-over for having blown a first-round pick on Penn State’s Aaron Maybin in 2009.

4. Cincinnati WR A.J. Green, Georgia

Message to Chad Ochcocino: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Green easily the draft’s top wide receiver.

5. Arizona QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri

Ken Whisenhunt can talk up John Skelton all he wants, but the Cardinals fell apart without Kurt Warner.

6. Cleveland DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina

Another team switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4, and the Browns are a little light at defensive end.

7. San Francisco CB Patrick Peterson, LSU

No way Jim Harbaugh takes a quarterback inferior to Andrew Luck in Round 1, and with Von Miller off the board, this one is too easy.

8. Tennessee DT Nick Fairley, Auburn

It’s been a revolving door since they lost Albert Haynesworth, and Fairley is the man to bring stability.

9. Dallas OT Tyron Smith, USC

The Cowboys are looking for a starting right tackle. Smith, who played on the right side at USC, qualifies.

10. Washington WR Julio Jones, Alabama

This is a classic case of taking need over the best player available. Santana Moss is a free agent, and the position is a wasteland.

11. Houston CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

Texans are delighted to get second most coveted corner in the draft. Now if they can sign Nnamdi Asomugha . . .

12. Minnesota DE Cameron Jordan, Cal

Vikings need help with Ray Edwards a free agent, Jared Allen getting double-teamed. Jordan’s dad played with Vikings.

13. Detroit T Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

Job 1 for the Lions is to keep quarterback Matt Stafford upright, and Castonzo could be his body guard for a decade.

14. St. Louis DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson

Rams gamble Bowers’ knee is sound and get a top five quality pick to pair with Chris Long.

15. Miami QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Once upon a time, there were rumors about Dan Marino and he fell to Dolphins. They’re hoping history repeats.

16. Jacksonville DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin

Having scored with Tyson Alualu at defensive tackle last year, Jaguars get another piece for their defensive front.

17. New England OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin

New England winds up with a solid offensive tackle with the pick they got from the Raiders for Richard Seymour.

18. San Diego NT Phil Taylor, Baylor

The Chargers really haven’t been the same defensively since Jamal Williams began to slip. They finally replace him.

19. New York Giants DT Corey Liuget, Illinois

When it comes to team building, the Giants can’t help themselves. They stock up on defensive linemen, and Liguet brings interior pressure.

20. Tampa Bay DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa

The Bucs brought in Gerald McCoy and Brian Price to play defensive tackle in last year’s first round, and get a third piece in their defensive line puzzle.

21. Kansas City DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue

Had 26 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles as a senior. The Raiders are going to hate seeing this guy twice a year.

22. Indianapolis OT Nate Solder, Colorado

The Colts are structured around quarterback Peyton Manning, and he needs another body guard at tackle. Solder is the best one left at this point.

23. Philadelphia CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado

Smith gives the Eagles something they need desperately _ someone who can cover a wide receiver other than Asante Samuel.

24. New Orleans DE Aldon Smith, Missouri

A big part of Saints’ success in championship season came from forcing big plays with a pass rush. Last year, not so much.

25. Seattle QB Jake Locker, Washington

Ideally, they’ll hang on to Matt Hasselbeck for another year while Locker moves into a nicer residence in Seattle.

26. Baltimore CB Brandon Harris, Miami

They need a corner badly, and it’s between Harris and Aaron Williams. Ray Lewis votes for the Hurricane, and he’s the boss.

27. Atlanta TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame

With Tony Gonzalez probably in his final season, the Falcons grab the only player at his position worthy of a first-round pick.

28. New England RB Mark Ingram, Alabama

Patriots passed on the former Heisman Trophy winner at No. 17 and are delighted to find him still on the board.

29. Chicago G-C Mike Pouncey, Florida

Any hopes Steelers of pairing Pouncey brothers evaporates 20 minutes before their turn comes up.

30. New York Jets DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State

With Shawn Ellis at age 33 and Trevor Price near the end of the line, Heyward can step in as a youthful contributor on the defensive front.

31. Pittsburgh CB Aaron Williams, Texas

Memories of Packers receivers running free in the secondary make the best remaining cornerback an easy pick for Mike Tomlin.

32. Green Bay OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State

In need of a second tackle to team with 2010 first-round pick Bryan Bulaga as future protectors of Aaron Rodgers.

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  • irjonny

    here’s what i think we should ultimately do, and i think it’s very very plausible:

    trade 2012 1st rounder + 2011 3rd rounder (48) to new england

    receive new englands 2011 1st rounder (28) + 2011 2nd rounder (60)

    (new england holds the 17th and 33rd overall as well)

    *depending on how players go off the board
    pick (28) OT Derrek Sherrod/OT Gabe Carimi*
    pick (48) QB Colin Kaepernick
    pick (60) OG Stefan Wisneiski/OT James Carpenter*
    pick (81) S/CB Marcus Gilchrest/S/CB Chimdi Chekwa*
    pick (113) TE Jordan Cameron

    that’s my wish list

    ****what i meant to post*****

    oh ya 1st!!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    first

  • Dakota

    I drove 1000 miles to watch the Cubs lose last night and then get rained out today….at least there are some museums to go to….

  • irjonny

    here’s what i think we should ultimately do, and i think it’s very very plausible:

    trade 2012 1st rounder + 2011 3rd rounder (81) to new england

    receive new englands 2011 1st rounder (28) + 2011 2nd rounder (60)

    (new england holds the 17th and 33rd overall as well)

    *depending on how players go off the board
    pick (28) OT Derrek Sherrod/OT Gabe Carimi*
    pick (48) QB Colin Kaepernick
    pick (60) OG Stefan Wisneiski/OT James Carpenter*
    pick (113) TE Jordan Cameron

    that’s my wish list

    ****what i meant to post for reals this time*****

    oh ya 2nd!!

  • YoungAmerican

    I don’t think the Raiders should trade away next year’s first rounder for a first rounder this year. Too expensive. Not enough picks this year. Not enough true 1st-round talent worth trading up for (even Sherrod or Carimi – plenty of comparable RT/OG talent at #48). And should things completely fall apart this season, the Raiders will have blown their only chance at Andrew Luck or a legitimate shot at a QB who can be “The Guy”.

  • YoungAmerican

    Updated big board:

    2) CB Ras-I Dowling (Virginia), WR Greg Little (North Carolina), CB Curtis Brown (Texas), QB Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), OT/OG Ben Ijalana (Villanova), C/OG Stefan Wisniewski (Penn State), or OT/OG James Carpenter (Alabama)

    3) OT/OG Clint Boling (Georgia), OG/C John Moffitt (Wisconsin), OG/OT Orlando Franklin (Miami), OT Jah Reid (UCF), OLB Mason Foster (Washington), or NT/DT Kendrick Ellis (Hampton)

    4) TE Jordan Cameron (USC), OG/OT Marcus Gilbert (Florida), OT/OG Joseph Barksdale (LSU), WR Austin Pettis (Boise State), CB Curtis Marsh (Utah State), or OLB Greg Jones (Michigan State)

    5) DT/NT Ian Williams (Notre Dame), QB Nathan Enderle (Idaho), OT Byron Bell (New Mexico), C/OG Brandon Fusco (Slippery Rock), CB/FS Chris Culliver (South Carolina), or FS Robert Sands (West Virginia)

    6) OT David Mims (Virginia Union), DE/DT Cedric Thornton (Southern Arkansas), OG/OT Darius Morris (Temple), FB Henry Hynoski (Pitt), or OLB Mike Mohamed (Cal)

    7) DE/DT Brandon Bair (Oregon), TE Zack Pianalto (North Carolina), RB Noel Devine (West Virginia), or WR Ricardo Lockette (Fort Valley State)

    7) QB Josh Portis (Cal PA) or QB Pat Devlin (Delaware)

  • irjonny

    youngamerican

    that’s a valid point from an owner perspective however

    -like jerry said 1st year coaches get more sway with al in their 1st draft

    -we went 8-8 and jackson has to improve that in 2012

    -lot’s of free agents this year

    i think hue jackson lobbies for some bold moves to improve this team now and put his stamp on our first playoff season in a decade. your point is very valid but that is my reasoning for trades and picking a qb from a 1st year coached perspective. jackson will want “his guy” in case campbell fails to save his job for another year.

  • YoungAmerican

    If anything, I think the Raiders should look at trading back and getting more picks in the 3rd or 4th round, or trading up and getting three picks between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

    Ideally, I’d like to see the Raiders in a position to draft 2 linemen – Wisniewski, Carpenter, Boling, Franklin and Moffitt would be options – as well as Curtis Brown.

  • Harder2000

    A possibility is to trade our future 1st for 2nd, 3rd and 4th rd picks.. There is a lot of talent to be had in rds 2-4, not a topheavy draft, but pretty deep..

  • Harder2000

    Trading back an option as well.. Getting more picks in those three rds would be good this year imo!

  • irjonny

    i can see that happening as well and am not opposed to trading back for more picks. if we do o-line for sure.

    whats up with this judges ruling man i’ve been waiting all day. tell the nfl they had plenty of time to prepare for this and to start the league year today!!!

  • Harder2000

    Yeah, Oline is a need, no matter how the trade goes we need to get starting Oline! Ruling taking its time.. Wonder if it will be done before draft at all..

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Couldnt care less… 1st round matters nada, this year..

  • noteasilyimpressed

    2.Rodney Hudson C/G (if available)

    3.Marcus Gilbert T

    4.Davon House or Curtis Brown CB

    5.Rob Housler TE

    6.Deunta Williams S (if available)

    7.Keith Darbut OLB (Baldwin-Wallace)

    7.Ryan Bartholemew C

  • GoodOle00

    Solid Mock up Jerry. My fear is indeed is that Dareus goes to Denver.

    Heard Washington might trade up high as 2 to get Gabbert. Rumors…

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?!

    Some random thoughts:

    Unfortunately, I don’t see us offering the kind of trade bait it would take to land Patrick Peterson!

    Mystic is wrong…this IS a deep draft for QB’s. Put me down as one who thinks this will go down as one of the strongest classes of drafted QB’s ever.

    The Raiders STILL need a veteran WR…but not so much as a role model/mentor anymore. These kids we have now are plenty mature (LMurphy being a wild card), and they coach-up well. What we need is a veteran who will get receptions and yards. Chad Johnson would be a great addition on the field, and worth the distraction off it…he’ll put numbers up, and butts in the seats. And, he’ll drive the other WR’s to compete, making them all better.

    BHP is all over Kaepernick for good reason. He looks like the real deal, and may be there. So does Gabbert, but he’ll be gone (you see Gruden slathering all over him in film study? Hilarious). I have no problem going after a QB this year…one who will grow and step-in when we need him. Keep preachin’ it, BHP.

    My pre-season (yes, there will be one!) fave for Offensive ROY = Mark Ingram… and D-ROY = Patrick Peterson.

    Al, Hue and staff will bring it in the next few days. The Raiders will be a much better team on Monday!

  • Demon Raider

    If Oakland was to trade for NE’s 28th overall, what about using it to draft CB/FS Aaron Williams out of Texas? If we do re-sign Nnamdi, he can play FS. If we don’t re-sign Nnamdi, he can play CB. Either way, he’d be a good pick.

  • Demon Raider

    If there is zero chance of re-signing Nnamdi, then I think Oakland should try like hell to trade up to get Patrick Peterson….

  • noteasilyimpressed

    If the Raiders are thinking of drafting a QB later in the 7th rd, they might consider Taylor Potts from Texas Tech:

    http://www.texastech.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/potts_taylor00.html

  • Demon Raider

    I have TJ Yates as my late-round QB pick. He’s very underrated, imo.

  • HayesDaze37

    Two players I think are worth giving up big for: Peterson and Mark Ingram. If I were GM of any team that has either of them within its grasp, I’d leap at the chance to take whichever was the bigger position of need for my team.

    Peterson and Ingram are worth the risk, as any player I’ve seen in recent memory.

    Not only is this going to be a strong QB class, imo, but it may rank as one of the best overall drafts ever.

  • Demon Raider

    Peterson, yes. Ingram, no. I am not sold on Ingram. Maybe if he fell to Oakland at 48 and we weren’t keeping Michael Bush, then maybe take him. But I think Peterson is the best player in the entire draft.

  • HayesDaze37

    Time will tell on all the draft picks, but some SEEM more worth the risk to take. A healthy Ingram looks at least as ready to play as DMac did coming out of college (with better balance, and more strength)…and it took DMac 2 years to crank it up.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    So funny that people actually think this is a deep class of qbs’. In most years there are only a couple of qbs’ taken that go on to have good careers as starters, the rest end up as career back ups or wash outs. There is nothing about this draft that tells me it will some how produce even 3 quality starters at qb. When qbs’ fail in college, they fail as pros. Locker & mallet are failures. locker is wildly inaccurate, & makes bad decisions saw a lot of him here in pac 12 country. Mallet reminds me of ryan leaf, a big stiff kid with severe maturity issues. Every time I have seen him play he made a bone headed play and yelled at his team mates for it. In crunch time mallet turns to jelly.

    ponder is injury prone and both he and dalton have the arm strength of an arthritic t rex. Gabbert is a little overrated in my opinion. Maybe better than Chase daniel was at mizzou, but both of them are light years behind brad smith. If smith couldnt play qb in the nfl, gabbert will be holding a clip board in Canada soon.

    Newton is the cream of this crop, and kappy and dalton would be next, but there is a major drop off once newton is off the board.

    Sorry guys except for cam these qbs’ stink on ice

  • Demon Raider

    turf toe and knee problems didn’t help either. I would be ok with Ingram in rd 2 if we let Bush go…..

  • YoungAmerican

    As far as late-round QBs, I’m on board with Enderle, Portis, and Devlin (in that order).

  • YoungAmerican

    Talent-wise, there really isn’t a lot of separation at all with this year’s QB class. Outside of Newton (who is a boom-or-bust type of player), these guys would be regarded as second or third-tier players in any other draft.

    A lot of teams are going to pick a QB in the first two rounds purely out of desperation. And a lot of those teams are going to be very disappointed.

  • HayesDaze37

    That makes 2 lobbying for Kim Newton…MR and Mistic.

    For all we know, the best rookie QB this year might not even play for a year or three…and may not even be drafted in the first 3 rounds (or at all).

    None of the other players mentioned above concern me as a draft pick more than Kim Newton…especially considering how high he’s likely to be selected. He’s got a lot to prove to me…on the field and in the locker room.

  • Demon Raider

    Newton is extremely overrated….

  • irjonny

    in the last handful of drafts there have been 1-2 1st round qbs and then nothing. lately we have seen 1-2 starters from those picked every year.

    what most are saying about this being perhaps the best draft of all time is that 7- qbs might be gone in 3 rounds to teams that are established and competative making it likely they will succeed. i agree and i believe we are one of those teams. the raiders this year remind me of the steelers when they got rapestberger…pretty much the same deal except we have no 1st rounder and look how it turned out for them. i’m on board with qb and o-line just not cb. we already have plenty with or without aso.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    KIM??? Newton? LOL

  • YoungAmerican

    If I were the Panthers, I would try to trade that #1 overall to Philly for Kolb so they can take Patrick Peterson.

    Newton is as risky an investment as they come. Just because he’s the “best” QB in this draft as far as potential goes doesn’t mean he should automatically be the #1 pick – especially for a team who already has two young QBs. If Newton busts (and there’s a 50% chance he will), they’re going to be on the hook for salary of JaMarcus-esque proportions.

  • HayesDaze37

    There will be disappointments all over the field after the draft…and it hurts even more when teams give up lots of value (and $$) to get let down. Not sure I’d touch a QB in the first 10 picks…unless I needed one just to survive (see Arizona and Carolina, who need the next Sam Bradford to appear).

  • irjonny

    either way if qb needy teams pass in round 1 they won’t in rnd 2 so if we want one we have to move up. pats pick at 28 is up for grabs and i believe it’s ours whether or not we go qb

  • Gust372

    Hayes, if the Raiders get Cam Newton, this is what you’ll say tomorrow night:

    So funny that people actually think this is a deep class of qbs’. In most years there are only a couple of qbs’ taken that go on to have good careers as starters, the rest end up as career back ups or wash outs. There is nothing about this draft that tells me it will some how produce even 3 quality starters at qb. When qbs’ fail in college, they fail as pros. Locker & mallet are failures. locker is wildly inaccurate, & makes bad decisions saw a lot of him here in pac 12 country. Mallet reminds me of ryan leaf, a big stiff kid with severe maturity issues. Every time I have seen him play he made a bone headed play and yelled at his team mates for it. In crunch time mallet turns to jelly.

    ponder is injury prone and both he and dalton have the arm strength of an arthritic t rex. Gabbert is a little overrated in my opinion. Maybe better than Chase daniel was at mizzou, but both of them are light years behind brad smith. If smith couldnt play qb in the nfl, gabbert will be holding a clip board in Canada soon.

    Newton is the cream of this crop, and kappy and dalton would be next, but there is a major drop off once newton is off the board.

    Sorry guys except for cam these qbs’ stink on ice

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Still can’t see the fascination with Kevin Kolb????

  • Gust372

    Hayes, you’re going to fully support and lobby for whoever the Raiders pick, including Cam Newton. If the Raiders make a move for Cam Newton, you’re going to talk him up 20 times more than me or Mistic have. Everyone here knows that. Everyone here knows you’re a team shill that’s going to toe the company line in every single instance. When haven’t you? You have zero credibility. We can get your take on anything Raiders by just going to the team’s official website, because there is no difference.

  • YoungAmerican

    Kolb would have to fit your system. A WCO or run-first offense? Sure. The Raiders’ offense (one that relies on low-percentage throws)? Not so much.

  • noteasilyimpressed

    I personally think since the mainstream media always brings up his name -possible free agent- people seem to think he’s worth more than he actually is.

  • YoungAmerican
  • HayesDaze37

    Does Kim Newton have more potential than Gabbert? Or Mallett, Kaepernick, et al??

    NO.

    Saying the strongest-armed QB (or the biggest physical specimen at any position) has the most potential is like saying a weightlifter is a better athlete than a gymnast.

    Everything is relative, and being the best athlete takes more than just physical gifts — it takes putting those gifts to work to their maximum potential. Not sure if Kim Newton will ever be accurate enough as a throw-first QB… no matter how much potential he has.

  • YoungAmerican

    # noteasilyimpressed Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I personally think since the mainstream media always brings up his name -possible free agent- people seem to think he’s worth more than he actually is.

    ———-

    Such is the case with QBs in general.

  • JLofty

    Nice mock Jer.
    Tough to mock that much, its as good/likely as any…

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    newton vs jamarcus. Both have immense talent, both have performed at a high level for a short stretch in the toughest conference in college football the sec. the difference is jamarcus was indifferent, aloof, and lacked drive. Newton is a charismatic leader in the locker room, and a fiercely competitive athlete. Watch him vs alabama, down 24-3 he didnt yell at team maets or coaches, he didnt pout. In fact he had a quiet stoic jason campbell Esq demeanor. When he mounted the come back (one of the greatest i have ever seen in college) you could clearly see his team respond and follow his lead, as he willed them to victory almost single handily.

    newton vs, vy. Both gifted athletes, both big time winners and national champions. newton is a far better passer than vy was coming out of college. Vy has the issues with his delivery, newtons throwing motion is nfl ready. Vy doesnt handle distraction or adversity well. newton showed class, and superior focus, even in the face of everyone outside of auburn & myself that was ready to kick out of the country and label him a scam artist. he thrived in the eye of the storm.

    this kid has ice water in his veins, on and off the field. he has a supreme work ethic, and is a natural leader.

  • noteasilyimpressed

    True that, YoungAmerican!

  • HayesDaze37

    ZZZZzzzz, MR –

    Of course I will support whomever the Raiders pick…even if I don’t agree with it. SURPRISE!! That’s what fans do. Until a player shows he can’t do the job (and even then, as long as he’s giving his all for the cause), he’ll have my support as long as he’s a Raider. Even Kim Newton, if that was to unfortunately come about.

    Chase your tail some more, MR…you continue to show just how pathetic you are in your flailings for attention. Chase that tail, troll.

  • JLofty

    If da RAIDERs picked Kim Newton I’d throw myself in front of a train.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    i never saw gabbert mallet or locker put a team on his back the way newton did 4-5 times this year especially against the nictator in tuscaloosa! remove newton from auburn and they may not have even made a bowl game.

  • RaiderDebo

    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 5:03 pm
    Talent-wise, there really isn’t a lot of separation at all with this year’s QB class. Outside of Newton (who is a boom-or-bust type of player), these guys would be regarded as second or third-tier players in any other draft.

    A lot of teams are going to pick a QB in the first two rounds purely out of desperation. And a lot of those teams are going to be very disappointed.
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    I think Gabbert and Mallett have 1st-round skills as well. I’ve seen seen a couple of Gabbert’s good games and he was pretty impressive. But Pat Kirwan said a GM watched tape of he and Chase Daniel and determined that Daniel is the better player. I think he’s the toughest call of all the QBs. Can’t believe Ponder and Dalton are considered 1st rounders.

  • YoungAmerican

    Gabbert looks the part and has the intangibles, which is why he shot up draft boards so quickly. I’m not convinced that he’s the whole package, though. The league is full of high-character guys who live in the film room, yet don’t have the goods on game day.