2011 mock draft


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • YoungAmerican

    Mallett’s awareness, accuracy, and decision-making are suspect. He has a whole lot of very nice physical tools, but that’s about it. He’d need to go to a team with a solid supporting cast, especially along the offensive line and at wide receiver. Miami might be a pretty good fit for him.

  • Gust372

    HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Of course I will support whomever the Raiders pick…


    And you will shill for them, and spin to make them seem better than what they are. So why should anyone take your opinions seriously? Why can’t we just go to the team’s official website to get the company line? you’ve never once deterred from it. Not as long as I’ve known you.

  • GoodOle00

    So whats the deal here Jerry? Are 6 out of 9 of our O line guys FA’s?!

    Who is going to man the O line in 2011?


  • YoungAmerican

    I’m hoping the Raiders will draft a couple OG/RT type players, and grab a veteran RT in free agency. If not Tyson Clabo, then Jammal Brown or Nick Kaczur.

  • irjonny

    whoa whoa whoa. cam newton is a panther. wth are you guys smoking. he’s off the board for us. kaepernick is a strong arm with effortless deep throws and smarts. not only that but he’s tattooed up, he’s a raiders through and through and in my opinion has the most potential this draft if put in right system. that system is ours mark my words. we have worked out 1 i repeat 1 2nd round talent and that’s kaepernick. hue jackson gets his man from pats at 28 or 33.

  • Kirk

    I can hear Howard Cosell now…

    “You are looking LIVE at the Oakland Alameda County Overstock.com Coliseum…”

  • HayesDaze37

    MR — Don’t flatter yourself…you don’t know me in the slightest.

    And the reason I have credibility is because I actually say who I think is right for the Team, and who I think is wrong…even while supporting my Team. For instance…if you “knew” me so well, you’d know I hated the Romanowski signing as much as any signing the Raiders ever made. But I supported him all the way through.

    Currently, I support every guy on the Team…because they ALL seem to be working to improve. Something we weren’t too sure of (and surely found out the truth about) just one year ago.

    I’m a fan, doing what a lot of real fans do…and nothing your feeble & foul mind comes up with will ever change that…even though it frustrates you so.

    Stop it, MR…you’re embarrassing yourself in front of everybody. Oh, yeah…you’re more than used to it.

    Chase that tail, troll!

  • RaiderDebo

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 5:26 pm
    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.

    A couple of things on JR/Cam. I think the perception of JR as aloof/indifferent isn’t accurate. The guy’s poker face and the fact that he didn’t jump into the stands after games doesn’t mean he’s indifferent. Did you see him on the sidelines after all those TDs in the Sugar Bowl? You wouldn’t know if the guy threw a TD or an INT. Dwayne Bowe said that he was so respected at LSU because he did all his talking on the field. Lots of ways to skin a cat. Obviously, Cam is the better athlete, but there’s no one in the last 10-15 years with JR’s arm talent. He would have been the 1st pick this year or last. In the end though, it’s just like Mike Irvin said today. Everything depends on the supporting cast Carolina puts around Cam. If they throw him into the circus JR was thrown into here, he’s doomed. But if he gets the Flacco/Ryan/Sanchez treatment, a Super Bowl is in Carolina’s near future.

  • Haze you have as much credibility as John Herrera. You and TJ are both hand-puppets.

  • Gust372

    Oh, darn, Hayes, because I really wish I did know you. Obviously someone who comes on a blog every day and waxes poetic with this pontificating tone how great the Raiders and Al Davis are and how they are constantly getting better (the past 8 years would beg to differ, wouldn’t they?) is worth trying to be friends with. You’re a shill for the team. Your opinions consist of absolutely no originality. You basically just take the team’s press releases and give them a treatment of your armchair, just-below-average IQ analysis, with a tone that’s somewhere between Jimmy Swaggart and Kid rock’s hype man.

  • HayesDaze37

    The Kim Newton love-fest is in full bloom in here. Hope him the best, wherever he lands. Regardless of the odds of it happening, hope it’s not here!

    It’s time for an aperitif and dinner. Bon appetit…

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

  • Gust372

    Since you’ve been here Hayes the Al Davis love fest has been in full bloom. At least the Newton love fest is somewhat new.

  • Gust372

    Note to everyone: If your IQ is average and you’re not a very good writer, try to end your blog sessions with some type of bogus claim of elite social status. Here’s an example:

    “It’s time for an aperitif and dinner. Bon appetit…

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

  • Gust372

    You can search google news for old articles:

    “Jan. 27, 2003, yesterday paramedics picked up a Raider fan who was beaten severely by other Raider fans. Witnesses say that shortly after the Raiders lost Super Bowl 37 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the victim repeatedly yelled “It’s a great evening to be a Raider fan, isn’t it?”. Witnesses say other Raider fans warned him to stop, and told him it was extremely annoying. The victim persisted. A female Raider fan hit the victim first, where the victim tried to exchange blows with the female fan, even shuffling his feet like a 50’s boxer. At that point, several male Raider fans proceeded to attack the victim.”

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    JaRu/Kim admirers = man crush in full bloom.

    herrera = man crush for Coach Davis.

    KK/Gust = bromance.

  • HayesDaze37

    Didn’t like my use of rudimentary French, MR (about all I understand, I readily admit)? Let me simplify it for you, troll…maybe you’ll easier understand it:

    “Through the lips and past the gums, look out belly, here it comes! Hyuck, hyuck.”

    You’re welcome, forum stalker.

    It IS a great night to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

  • TerrapinRaider

    Raiders blog Jerry …gotta go to the 2nd round

  • TerrapinRaider

    Or at least put a footnote …”Raiders will select …. at pick …”

  • irjonny

    nelson denied stay. i know the nfl will appeal but until they get a stay from the appellate court doesn’t this mean that free agency has started? i wonder

  • priesttj

    The NFL can forget it Judge Nelson went over her findings with a fine tooth comb and the appellate courts will see things her way. She knows it the owners know it and the players know it. The owners chance of winning this thing is slim and none. She dotted every i and crossed every (t) it’s a wrap…………..period

  • irjonny

    does this mean that the league year has started as of now until the appellate court issues a stay? anyone find out?

  • priesttj

    KK man why don’t you grow fool? do you ever get tried of fighting with posters and insulting people. Just believe what you want to believe and let others do the same…. you don’t like Mr Davis fine! that’s YOUR issue leave people alone man….

  • EMRaiders

    “Overstock.com Coliseum”

    yea, overstock of track athletes.

  • hendu

    Hey Mrs,who youre boys takin in the draft? Sorry Gus if I missed it, you all pick 7th,and youre niners select ?

  • irjonny

    looks like 8th circuit has to rule on the stay before any action will be taken from what i gather.


    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 27th, 2011 at 5:10 pm
    If I were the Panthers, I would try to trade that #1 overall to Philly for Kolb so they can take Patrick Peterson.


    I’m assuming you mean so that Philly can take Peterson.

    Philly would make that trade in a heartbeat.

    But there’s no way the Panthers or anyone in their right mind trades the nbr 1 overall pick for Kevin Kolb.

    Heck, maybe the Raids should offer JaJason to Carolina so they can take Peterson.

    If only Carolina was that dumb.

    Kolb stinks. Any team that trades anything of value for him is getting swindled.

    JaJason sucks.

  • irjonny

    are you not interested in this at all?!!

    schefter reports that nelson ordered the NFL to start league year immediately.

    nfl tells owners to stay put until appeal

    agents tell owners they can’t legally

    nelson tell nfl they must endure consequences of their actions going forward from here

    this is sick!!

    Al get on the phone and sign sign sign, what can goodell do to you?? you are officially in a league year as ORDERED BY A FEDERAL JUDGE!!!!

  • Priesttj Says:
    April 26th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Man that is scary the Redskins have made some monumental mistakes drafting QB’s. Heath Shuler to begin with and I cannot think of one QB in 50 years that the Redskins drafted that was successful. I think they traded for Joe Theisman or picked him up as a FA after he was a bust somewhere else. I gaurantee you they wish they had kept Campbell, now they’re spending another high draft pick on a QB. If campbell is successful here Shanahan is going to look like a complete idiot especially if he drafts another bust. Teams are desparate for QB’s and they’re reaching like crazy. That’s why I want to get a good young QB now when we don’t need him.
    Al Davis cultists are pretty predictable, but this is too much. Geez!

  • Just Fire Baby

    A year ago to this day, nobody here even knew who Cam Newton was.

    Now we all psycho-analyze him (myself included) and act like we know what type of “leader” he is, and all that other stuff.

    Fact is, nobody knows, including the Panthers who are about to pick him.

    13 college games, no matter how great, is not much of an apprenticeship. For him to succeed early with playing that little collegiately, will be something this league has never seen before.

    I think Cam may ultimately be succesful, but it will probably be after a few years and a new team or two.

  • irjonny
  • irjonny

    agents are calling teams and reporting back to class counsel on responses right now.

  • 100PercentRaider

    I dont think JC is that great of a QB, but I guarantee you that if the Redskins knew they would be picking 10th in this draft a year ago, they would have kept Campbell and that 2nd round pick they sent to the Eagles.

  • Gust372

    Hayes, nobody here is French. Why would you use French unless you’re trying to give us the impression you’re worldly?

  • Gust372

    Oh, now I’m your stalker, Hayes? Amping it up a bit, are you? First I just wanted to be your friend, now I’m a stalker. Well, let me tell you what a stalker is. A stalker is someone who makes some sort of attempt to contact you in real life. I’ve never done such a thing, never will. I only seek to interact with you in HERE. That’s not stalking. That’s meeting you half way. Which means when you come here, you know I’m going to be here. And you proceed to leave comments anyway, and even address me. In fact, in most of your comments, you usually address me before you even go into your routine company memo on how great the Raiders are. So, you tell me who’s stalking who?

  • irjonny

    wow i guess i’m the only fan of football in here right now. where’s my peeps i’m on pins and needles right now waiting to see whats gonna happen

  • Gust372

    Yeah, you’re the only fan of football. Because you’re the one discussing irrelevant, late round draft possibilities. I mean, god forbid anyone just b.s. in here a little before the draft tomorrow, because it’s not like any of the armchair morons in here have a clue as to what’s going to happen anyway. You’re really not the only fan of football. You’re just one of the few people in here who cares about the entire NFL draft as if it’s a life insurance policy. Dude, this place is going to be rocking when it’s time for the first pick tomorrow. You can’t wait till then? You’re like a kid who stays up all night Christmas eve, wrapping on mommy and daddy’s door asking them if it’s morning yet. Or, more like, a 40 year old kid doing it.

  • mikedlopes

    Give the Soup some time to boil!

    The guy is a turtle that has yet to come out of his shell.. the beast will be unleashed!

  • aig-raiders


    I’m trying to warm up to JC for this upcoming season (I have no choice) but you keep pulling me back. I sincerely hope Al goes after a QB and OL tomorrow. A veteran WR pickup would be awesome too.

  • aig-raiders

    Yes, Soup will be good if he ever comes out of his shell. I fear you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

  • edward teach

    I dont think JC is that great of a QB, but I guarantee you that if the Redskins knew they would be picking 10th in this draft a year ago, they would have kept Campbell and that 2nd round pick they sent to the Eagles.



  • irjonny


    i’m talking about the ruling and what it means for free agency. by law the nfl has to start league year immediately and the concensus is they don’t want to. that’s what i meant. in other words we could have player movement any minute.

    read this you clown


  • aig-raiders

    After Judge Nelson’s ruling tonite, the NFL Owners are flirting seriously with contempt of court. I think they open their doors tomorrow. Wouldnt it be funny if they put the owners in hand cuffs for contempt of court? There have been people going to jail for contempt of court recently. Wow.

  • irjonny

    adam schefter reports that the ruling says the NFL “must start the league year immediately” still waiting as the owners file their appeal and hopefully make a statement.

  • aig-raiders

    of course the players were stupid for not showing up to work the last 2 days. It would have sent a huge message if the majority of the players show up and want to work out at the facility. I think that will happen tomorrow. That would put major PR and legal pressure on the owners.

  • irjonny

    the nfl can no longer tell the players to not show up anymore. the only thing that is still in question is business and player coach communication. the players will work tomorrow if they want to

  • irjonny
  • aig-raiders

    The players should all show up for work tomorrow. If they show up for work and they are still locked out, then the Owners will look really bad to the public and legal system. I dont like Mike Silver but he wrote a very good article tonite on yahuuuu regarding this issue. You can’t just say I dont like your ruling and will not abide by it until I get another judge to hear my case. You have to abide by the rule until another judge says otherwise. Doing shcyttt like this will prob tick off the appeals court as well. I doubt the owners will win their appeals either. This was clear collusion when they forced the tv folks to pay them regardless of lockouts. The rich can get away with alot in this country but they can’t blatantly disregard the law.

  • irjonny

    straight up as we speak, the nfl is in contempt of the ruling by not having a new league year announced.

    the draft will be a madhouse with upset fans if they don’t do something tonight or in the morning. fans are already reportedly chanting “we want football” in front of radio city music hall.

  • David

    Coach Davis has a plan and it will be revealed in due time.

    The press conference that intorduced Hue Jackson was not the seething display some think it was. It was a carefully orchestrated event designed to fool the media and others as to what the ‘true’ plans of the Raiders really are.

    Misdirection has always been one of Coach’s “techniques” to gain a competitive edge.

  • mikedlopes

    Maaan.. I can’t imagine what will happen if the NFL doesn’t bring football to the fans

    I can’t even enjoy this draft because the lockout is daunting my hopes and dreams.