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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Round Four

Last update: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 3:30 PM. Final update.
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This 2011 NFL Mock Draft order is based on the official 2011 NFL Draft Order.

  1. Carolina Panthers: Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia
    Assuming Richard Marshall isn't re-signed, the Panthers will need corner depth behind Chris Gamble and Captain Munnerlyn.

    Brandon Hogan, coming off a torn ACL, can sit for at least half a year and compete for a starting job in 2012.


  2. Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
    Seattle acquired this pick in the Deion Branch trade.

    As noted in Round 1, Seattle has to fix its pass defense. If it doesn't take Jimmy Smith at No. 25, a corner like Brandon Burton will be an option in Round 4.

  3. Buffalo Bills: Quan Sturdivant, ILB, North Carolina
    The Bills need an upgrade next to Paul Posluszny. The Bills have expressed a ton of interest in Quan Sturdivant.

  4. Cincinnati Bengals: Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State
    The Bengals should probably find an insurance policy just in case Johnathan Joseph doesn't stay in Cincinnati.

  5. Cleveland Browns: Jah Reid, OT/G, Central Florida
    Anyone who watched Cleveland's second game against Pittsburgh last year knows that Colt McCoy's protection needs to improve.

  6. Arizona Cardinals: Lee Ziemba, OT/G, Auburn
    Another possible upgrade for the Cardinals' terrible offensive line.



  7. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Fusco, C/G, Slippery Rock
    Even with the addition of Howard Mudd, the Eagles have to acquire multiple upgrades on the offensive front. The right side of the line is in shambles, which is not good considering that the team's current quarterback is left-handed.

  8. Houston Texans: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma
    Bernard Pollard is great in run support, but he's a huge liability in coverage. That's not a good thing if you're trying to beat Peyton Manning twice a year.

  9. Minnesota Vikings: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
    Defensive tackle is not a big need for the Vikings, but it can be addressed. Drake Nevis is one of the top players available.

    Pick change; previously Christian Ballard, DE/DT

  10. Detroit Lions: K.J. Wright, OLB, Mississippi State
    The Lions will have to find two upgrades at linebacker this offseason. They may go after Stephen Tulloch, who played for Jim Schwartz in Tennessee.

  11. San Francisco 49ers: Shane Vereen, RB, California
    Brian Westbrook won't be back next year, so the 49ers may bring in a new pass-catching running back. Jim Harbaugh is very familiar with Shane Vereen, having coached against him in the Pac-10.

  12. Tennessee Titans: Ahmad Black, SS, Florida
    Chris Hope is owed $6.5 million in 2011 - which is quite a coincidence seeing as how he missed 6.5 million tackles last season.

    Pick change; previously DeAndre McDaniel, S

  13. Dallas Cowboys: Lawrence Guy, DE/DT, Arizona State
    Jay Ratliff and Stephen Bowen figure to start on Dallas' defensive line for a long time. Ratliff will continue to man the nose tackle position, but there is still a void at right end, currently occupied by an ineffective Igor Olshansky.

    Pick change; previously Joseph Barksdale, OT

  14. Miami Dolphins: Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
    Anthony Fasano lost his greatest supporter when Bill Parcells left the front office. The Dolphins will be looking for an upgrade at tight end.

    Miami likes Virgil Green. He's really athletic and possesses a ton of upside.



  15. St. Louis Rams: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
    The Rams could use a change-of-pace back for Steven Jackson, who doesn't have many more peak years ahead of him.

  16. Oakland Raiders: Jordan Cameron, TE, USC
    Jordan Cameron is the type of "great playa" Al Davis will be searching for in the middle rounds. Another tight end is needed for Hue Jackson's multiple tight end sets.

  17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Lawrence Wilson, OLB, Connecticut
    The oft-injured Justin Durant is a free agent. If he's not retained, Jacksonville will need a replacement.

    Lawrence Wilson is another Gene Smith player. He was a team captain and a 4-year starter at Connecticut.

  18. San Francisco 49ers: Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss
    If the 49ers don't plan on re-signing Aubrayo Franklin to a long-term deal, they'll have to find another nose tackle.

  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Akeem Dent, ILB, Georgia
    With Barrett Ruud likely gone, the Buccaneers will be looking for help at linebacker. I'm hearing someone they'll target at the position is Akeem Dent.

  20. New York Giants: Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State
    There's talk of the Giants re-signing Plaxico Burress; Steve Smith's nasty knee injury may cause him to miss training camp.


  21. Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Culliver, FS/KR, South Carolina
    The Chiefs have shown interest in quite a few free safeties this offseason, which might be an indication that they plan on bringing someone in to challenge Kendrick Lewis.

  22. Indianapolis Colts: Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii
    Reggie Wayne is old. Anthony Gonzalez is always hurt. Austin Collie suffers a concussion every other game. The Colts need help at receiver.

  23. Philadelphia Eagles: Ross Homan, OLB, Ohio State
    The Eagles need to address numerous positions on defense, including strongside linebacker. Stewart Bradley is a free agent who has never fully recovered from a knee injury.

  24. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
    The Jaguars could draft two linebackers relatively early this weekend. One player they'll look at is Kelvin Sheppard - a 3-year starter and a team captain.

  25. Buffalo Bills: Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo
    The Bills acquired this pick from Seattle for Marshawn Lynch.

    Terrence McGee can't stay healthy. He's a good player, but he's missed 12 games in the past two years. At 30 years old, his best days are behind him.

  26. Baltimore Ravens: DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami
    The Ravens have a bunch of free agent cornerbacks, so they'll have to find some depth in the 2011 NFL Draft. Baltimore has shown interest in the underrated DeMarcus Van Dyke.

  27. Atlanta Falcons: Cliff Matthews, DE, South Carolina
    Believe me, I'd love to give the Falcons a defensive end in an earlier round, but I'm not going to have them reach for need - at least not until Round 4.

  28. New England Patriots: Jason Pinkston, OT/G, Pittsburgh
    The Patriots have to address their offensive line. With Matt Light slated to hit free agency and Sebastian Vollmer expected to move over to left tackle, New England will need a new right tackle.



  29. New York Jets: Jeremy Beal, DE/OLB, Oklahoma
    It never hurts to have as many quality pass-rushers as possible when you have to go through Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger every year to get to the Super Bowl.

    Jeremy Beal had a terrible Senior Bowl and Combine, so his stock is slipping. But Brandon Spikes, another "falling" prospect, just enjoyed a great rookie campaign for New England. Rex Ryan may want to utilize the same strategy.

  30. Chicago Bears: Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado
    Tim Jennings, a free agent in March 2012, played well during the regular season but struggled in the playoffs. The Bears need all the help they can get at cornerback if they want to overtake the Packers and all of their talented wideouts.

  31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sione Fua, NT, Stanford
    Nose tackle is not an immediate need for the Steelers like offensive tackle, guard or cornerback, but it's a position that could be addressed early in the 2011 NFL Draft.

    Casey Hampton turns 34 in September. His snaps were down this year, and while he still played well at times, he was no longer the dominant force that Steeler fans were used to seeing in the interior of their defensive line.

  32. Green Bay Packers: Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee
    Donald Driver doesn't have much left in the tank, while James Jones is a free agent. The Packers probably will target a receiver at some point during the 2011 NFL Draft.

  33. Tennessee Titans: Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
    Stephen Tulloch is a free agent and Will Witherspoon struggled last year with the Titans. Help is needed at linebacker.

  34. Green Bay Packers: Rob Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic
    The Packers like to use two tight end sets, so someone like Rob Housler would definitely be in play at the bottom of the fourth round. Housler, one of the top players available, projects as a good in-line blocker, and would replace the recently released Donald Lee.



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Jeff 12-30-2010 05:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx90.1 (total posts: 1)
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Why do you have the jets still with their second round pick?
The chargers will get it next year after cromartie has met playing time requirements this year. Also with the emergence of antwan barned I dont think they'll pick a rush linebacker in the first round.
cody 12-30-2010 05:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.137 (total posts: 1)
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Why would the Texans take dares over bowers if dareus is under performing in college?
Ryan W 12-30-2010 04:53 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.155 (total posts: 1)
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LE isn't Baltimore's biggest need. Cory Redding is solid, and they have developing players like Arthur Jones, Paul Kruger (who at times has shown he can get to the QB), and Lamar Divens. This is a position where maybe free agent depth could be brought in, but I don't see them using their first pick on an end and unless a top players really falls then I don't see why they would add another project to this group. Next summer when Redding's contract is up and neither of those other guys showed any starting potential then I think they could use a high pick on the position.

Easily the two biggest needs are CB, RT, OLB. Sergio Kindle's career is probably over and they have no depth behind Johnson and Suggs. Plus Johnson isn't a great pass rusher, though he's awesome against the run. Marshall Yanda is a good player, but he's better at guard then tackle. I think Gaither will walk this off season, Chester and yanda will be back, but they'll look for a starting right tackle, move Yanda back to guard, and Chester will be with the 2nd team.
Alejandro 12-30-2010 04:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.13 (total posts: 5)
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Hey what do you know about Jeremiah Masoli is he going to go into the draft?
Donnie 12-30-2010 04:28 pm xxx.xxx.xxx10.1 (total posts: 3)
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@Brandon-maybe because Bowers is not the best DL in the draft your just another goober and if I was Walter I would put 80% of you in his jerks of the week
Donnie 12-30-2010 04:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx10.1 (total posts: 3)
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If you idiots had half a brain you would see under the Miami pick he explains why Gabbert is not on here, it is because he said he is staying you goobers
matt 12-30-2010 04:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.25 (total posts: 1)
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what bout any mizzou players. gabbert is most likely going to go pro and him and luck are the top two qbs and then they have have a couple good cbs
Brandon 12-30-2010 03:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.131 (total posts: 1)
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How can you put any other defensive lineman over Bowers?
Chinns 12-30-2010 03:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.248 (total posts: 3)
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Where is villanova's Mr. Everything Matt Szczur? With the progression of the wildcat offense in the NFL, and the fact that pat White was a second round pick because of it that should at least make Szczur a third rounder
Logan 12-30-2010 03:53 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.54 (total posts: 1)
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How about greg salas he is a great reciver
Gailey 12-30-2010 03:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.27 (total posts: 3)
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@Justin

Fitzpatrick is not the solution for 2 reasons:

1). He's old; and

2). He's gay
Elliot 12-30-2010 03:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.202 (total posts: 1)
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Where is Blaine Gabbert?!?! He's a projected first rounder if he comes out!
mr. olden days 12-30-2010 03:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.56 (total posts: 2)
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i am a human being with a lot of problems, so dont make fun of me being 6-11 and 124 pounds ok! damn it sorry fort that about i need meds bad ok? patriots are the best watch them vs. the dolphins ok !!!!!!!!!
jesus 12-30-2010 03:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.56 (total posts: 2)
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about?
invisibulman 12-30-2010 03:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.249 (total posts: 4)
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@pantherfaninfl

Yes, strong safeties come up in run support... Ask the Steelers how important this is. The Colts saw the same effect with and without Bob Sanders. The Colts cover two system places much more value on a versatile safety than DTs who are generally tasked with rushing the passer. I'm not saying that a new SS will make the Colts an elite Run D, but in that system it will do more than adding a DT.


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