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2011 NFL Free Agency Draft

Last update: Monday, May 9, 2011.

This is something new that I thought would be pretty fun. It's what it sounds like - if free agency occurred in a draft format, who would be the top picks? I've excluded all the free agents that have been franchised or tendered at fewer than four years.

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  1. Carolina Panthers: Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Raiders. Age: 30.
    This is a pretty easy first pick. Nnamdi Asomugha is the only available 5-star free agent in my 2011 NFL Free Agency Rankings. Corner is not Carolina's biggest need, but no team would pass up the chance of landing arguably the top cornerback in the NFL.

  2. Denver Broncos: Barry Cofield, DT, Giants. Age: 27.
    The Broncos have to skip all of the 4.5-star free agents because they've backed themselves into a corner. They have absolutely nothing at defensive tackle. Barry Cofield happens to be the best player available at the position.

  3. Buffalo Bills: Paul Posluszny, ILB, Bills. Age: 26.
    A major reason why the Bills never make the playoffs is because they misevaluate their own talent. They inexplicably fall in love with their own mediocre players when it's very obvious that an upgrade is needed. However, Paul Posluszny is one of the few talented players on the team, so Buffalo would re-sign him above anything else.

  4. Cincinnati Bengals: Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals. Age: 27.
    Sorry, this is another boring pick. But the Bengals have made it clear that re-signing Johnathan Joseph is their top priority. That's why they passed on Patrick Peterson in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  5. Arizona Cardinals: Willie Colon, OT, Steelers. Age: 30.
    I'm pretty surprised that the Cardinals didn't upgrade their offensive line in the 2011 NFL Draft. Kevin Kolb will need some protection next year, and I'm sure Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm would love to work with Willie Colon again.

  6. Cleveland Browns: Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets. Age: 27.
    Trading with the Falcons was a no-brainer for Cleveland. Getting all of those picks was huge. However, I'm sure the Browns would love to obtain a No. 1 wide receiver, and Santonio Holmes is definitely more sure-handed than Julio Jones.

  7. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Weddle, S, Chargers. Age: 26.
    The 49ers don't have a huge need at safety, but there is definitely room for improvement. Besides, Eric Weddle is just one of two remaining 4.5-star free agents, and Stephen Tulloch would have to make a scheme change into a 3-4.

  8. Tennessee Titans: Stephen Tulloch, ILB, Titans. Age: 26.
    And there's the last 4.5-star free agent. I'm sure the Titans would love to retain Stephen Tulloch, but I doubt that's going to happen in real life. Tennessee is in complete re-building mode, so I'll be surprised if Tulloch wants to stick around.

  9. Dallas Cowboys: Doug Free, OT, Cowboys. Age: 27.
    I swear, this is one of the last boring picks - I just find it hard to believe that Jerry Jones would let the promising Doug Free get away.

  10. Washington Redskins: Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings. Age: 25.
    The Redskins have Anthony Armstrong, Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul and Aldrick Robinson at receiver. Not exactly the most talented wideout corps in the league. Sidney Rice would come in and automatically become a reliable No. 1 receiver for John Beck.

  11. Houston Texans: Dawan Landry, SS, Ravens. Age: 28.
    The Texans upgraded the front seven of their defense in the 2011 NFL Draft, so they go for the best defensive back available. Pretty much any free agent ranked three stars or better would instantly help an anemic Houston secondary.

  12. Minnesota Vikings: Ray Edwards, DE, Vikings. Age: 26.
    OK, I lied. Here's another boring pick. But the Vikings would love to retain Ray Edwards in an attempt to keep their once-vaunted defensive line intact.

  13. Detroit Lions: Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Giants. Age: 28.
    I've learned my lesson. I'm not going to force a left tackle or a cornerback here. The Lions always go for the best player available, and in this case, it's Mathia Kiwanuka, who would look great next to Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

  14. St. Louis Rams: Brandon Mebane, DT, Seahawks. Age: 26.
    The Rams were projected to go after Corey Liuget or even Nick Fairley with the 14th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, but Robert Quinn fell into their lap. They still need help next to Fred Robbins.

  15. Miami Dolphins: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers. Age: 27.
    I know the Dolphins obtained Daniel Thomas at the end of the second round, but they can't be completely confident in his ability to carry the load. I'm sure Miami would still love it if Williams decided to take his talents to South Beach.

  16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Charles Johnson, DE, Panthers. Age: 25.
    I can't believe the Jaguars didn't address the defensive end position in the 2011 NFL Draft. They almost have to make this free agency pick.

    Go to 2011 NFL Free Agency Draft: Picks 17-32

    Sorry for cutting this into two halves; I've received complaints about load times and putting the mock draft on two pages saves bandwith.

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Jemuel 10-09-2012 03:07 am (total posts: 1)
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I think this is so cool. the animation is a great way to lieghtn up the topic and keep it from getting too flat. I like the change up from the black and white to color, however, at the beginning, I thought you may have jumped a little too many times to quickly.I got a little distracted by it.
Mr. Know IT all 03-06-2012 05:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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This is the stupidest idea ever.

Everyone on here doesn't get what he's doing.

He's doing it like a NFL draft. The 32 teams (in draft order) take the best available player that fits their needs.

So it's like the draft the player doesn't get to pick where they go the team picks the player they need best on their draft position. So the Colts have the 1st pick so they get to choose the best player that fits their needs (Free Agent) not the other way around.

Again, STUPID! Because this won't happen in real life.
Funk 01-22-2012 03:01 pm (total posts: 1)
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Looking back, how about that Panthers pick, right? Turned out CB was a huge need.
cody 01-10-2012 09:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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bills take e.weddle
Matthew665 10-26-2011 12:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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LOL this was a big fail!
qwertyuiop 07-30-2011 06:23 pm (total posts: 2)
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mikey1o1, randy moss in not a good free agent, he will be signed by some piece of crap team such as the redskins or the jags, and he will be cut halfway through the season and can thank me now
qwertyuiop 07-30-2011 06:20 pm (total posts: 2)
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most of this list is not even good, when i first saw it a while ago, i was thinking it was bull, now all the peple are signed, and i know its bull
Big Mull 07-27-2011 08:15 am (total posts: 1)
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congrats travis matty hassleback is on the titans it's offical
Travis 07-22-2011 01:28 am (total posts: 1)
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Titans get Matt hasselbeck resign Stephen Tillich and get
A WR. .........I hope
s2h 06-25-2011 09:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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Kevin Kolb....Arizona?
skins 06-16-2011 09:07 am (total posts: 1)
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why would sidney rice be a No. 1 for john beck. theres grossman and mcnabb...

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