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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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305_PhinPhan 05-30-2011 11:08 pm (total posts: 1)
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Marshall Yanda to the heard it here first!
wow 05-28-2011 09:52 am (total posts: 1)
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talk about boredom
Greg 05-26-2011 12:02 am (total posts: 1)
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Don't tell Al Davis about this he will try to trade his free agency priority for Javon Walker - who by the way was working out in Oakland's "OTA".

Maybe to make this even more interesting no team can sign their own FA although I know that is unrealistic and would garner a lot of "TEAM X WUDNT SIGN PLAYER Y? RU CRAZEEE????" from people who don't get that stipluation.
Amory 05-22-2011 09:18 am (total posts: 1)
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Kudos to you! I hadn't thuhogt of that!
Masrhall Craig 05-15-2011 10:51 pm (total posts: 1)
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Amazing you have such little Acton by the Boys in FA. You know Jerry is going to get a safety,DE,OG he has already said he will fill his needs in FA.
mikey1o1 05-15-2011 05:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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wat bout RANDY MOSS
badjuju 05-13-2011 03:11 pm (total posts: 4)
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I know that Brandon Carr is not necessarily leaving the chiefs, but he is a RFA is he not? I know he was tendered but he is not beyond getting. Same situation applies to Jonathan Joseph here I believe, but Walt didn't seem bothered by it. Maybe he just doesn't like B. Carr.
Josh 05-10-2011 09:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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'Hawks would need to sign there own boy, Hasselbroken.
man 05-10-2011 08:17 pm (total posts: 1)
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All this did was highlight how terrible this year's free agent class is
Ian's little brother 05-09-2011 11:38 pm (total posts: 2)
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No....obvi bro, because of Peyton's age, he would mos def be a 2nd round pick...
Ian 05-09-2011 11:05 pm (total posts: 1)
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Peyton was Franchised and is thus not a free agent at all, correct?
adam 05-09-2011 10:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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Why is Ike Taylor only a 3 star FA? He was 2nd in the league in compl %, 1st in the league in TD's allowed, 1st in the league in yards per catch, and 3rd in the league in targets per game. How does that now make him the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd best corner? Just because he does not get INT's does not mean he is not one of the best lockdown corners in the league. It is appalling that he gets no appreciation.
John 05-09-2011 07:30 pm (total posts: 1)
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@JoJo you're 100% correct, but it's such a no-brainer that he's staying I doubt it came to Walt's mind.
JoJo 05-09-2011 06:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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Wouldn't Peyton Manning be the overwhelming number one? I know it would never happen but still...
MichaelB 05-09-2011 06:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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Manny lawson had one decent year in '09 w/ 51tkls, 6.5sks and 3FF.
If i were the bears i'd take Ike Taylor or a lineman..and not ever Bowers the gimpy slow fella

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