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2011 NFL Mock Draft - Greg Cox

Last update: Thursday, April 28, 2011. - Final update.
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2011 NFL MOCK DRAFT - WALT'S | GREG'S PICKS 17-32 | GREG'S ROUND: 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
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  1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
    I never fault a team for trying to secure a franchise quarterback, but the Panthers are stuck with a high-risk player. It would be hard for me to take that chance on a player who struggles going through progressions which is very important at the NFL level.

    At least he gets to compete in the NFC South as opposed to earlier projections which put him in Buffalo where the Jets and Patriots would have taken him apart four times per season.


  2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
    There are always sudden changes at the last minute, and in an effort to get it right, I have to swap my second and third picks. The Broncos will hope everything Von Miller showed at the Senior Bowl in a 4-3 continues in his professional career.

  3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
    The Bills have to improve their defense, especially against the run. Now, with the third pick they get a terrific player worthy of being the top selection. Smart move if they pull the trigger.

  4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
    For reasons that should be fairly obvious at this point in the process, A.J. Green is an easy fit here. The Bengals have parted ways with Terrell Owens. Chad Ochocinco has one foot out the door - or both feet on the soccer field come to think of it.

    There are complementary options on the roster, but Green is an elite player to build around. Passing on Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is a financial decision. They do not want to get caught paying an early pick plus the salary of disgruntled "retiring" incumbent starter Carson Palmer.



  5. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
    Players like Patrick Peterson do not come around too often. Also keep in mind that while I do not see them adding more youth at the quarterback position, the Titans at No. 8 have to be called if they are interested enough in Missouri's Blaine Gabbert. If the Cardinals think Gabbert is elite, they obviously take him, but if they are unsure at least they can keep him out of the hands of their division rival the 49ers.

  6. Cleveland Browns: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
    We are going to find out if Mike Holmgren feels strongly enough about North Carolina's Robert Quinn, or will brush aside his tendency to pick up wide receivers later in the draft. I am crossing my fingers on this one and preparing to yell at my television screen if they pass on Julio Jones.

    The pick obviously makes sense because Jones immediately becomes the top target for young Colt McCoy, but do they want another star receiver prone to dropping passes?

  7. San Francisco 49ers: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
    I am going against Matt Maiocco here. He says they will take Prince Amukamara and I don't buy it. Whether it is a smokescreen hoping teams do not trade ahead of them or flat out inaccurate, I would be surprised to see new head coach Jim Harbaugh bypass his shot at quarterback here given the expected frenzy to follow.

    If anything the 49ers are going to work the phones and trade down a half dozen spots for a different quarterback, but them walking out of the first round without one if Gabbert is on the board at No. 7 would be shocking.

  8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
    I have danced around changing this pick to Washington quarterback Jake Locker. They could pick him, but another possibility is trading up for Arkansas lightning rod Ryan Mallett. His big arm to throw deep balls would come in handy and the threat of Chris Johnson in the backfield could minimize his lack of mobility.

    As for Nick Fairley, this pick has been explained for a while now. He is an elite talent if he is motivated. Tracy Rocker is there to keep him going. If he sells the team on him, this is an easy choice. If he doesn't, then Fairley would be in for a tumble to Detroit or St. Louis.



  9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
    There are really three possibilities for the Cowboys. Tyron Smith, Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara, and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt. Ultimately they have to keep Tony Romo protected and it's not often you can get your choice of offensive tackles with the ninth choice overall.

  10. Washington Redskins: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
    The medical status of Robert Quinn has been questioned, but the Redskins have to take a chance. They have an opportunity to put another player in their front seven with Brian Orakpo and make every opposing quarterback dread playing them.

  11. Houston Texans: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
    Wade Philips is now in control of a defense that was taken apart through the air to the tune of 4,280 passing yards and 33 touchdowns against just 13 interceptions. His new 3-4 will need some pieces up front to work.

    The prevailing sentiment on Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara falling to them is that another early pick will not cure what ails them in the secondary. Those reinforcements will come later on.

    Here they need to find someone capable of getting after Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning. The Texans are already having to depend on mostly untested Connor Barwin manning one outside linebacker spot. They can't afford to go bargain hunting for a candidate to play opposite of him.

  12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
    I have been saying for a while there will be a run on quarterbacks and this is the first big reach. The Rams at No. 14 could provide them a little relief in the form of a trade down if Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones is on the board, and because I do not think the Dolphins are interested in Jake Locker, they can work the phones a little bit lower than that as well.

    Reaching for a quarterback is going to be a necessity for several teams in this draft. The Vikings did not prepare for Brett Favre retiring. Maybe if they had retained Sage Rosenfels they would be slightly less desperate, but going a full season with Joe Webb is not something they are looking forward to.

    Locker struggles with accuracy which makes this a hard pick defend, but it looks like they are going to do it.



  13. Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
    I will have a pit in my stomach when the Lions pick and Prince Amukamara is still on the board because I truly believe a defensive lineman is going to be the pick. However, this is a huge need and Amukamara is worth the pick. We will see if it makes enough sense to actually happen. California's Cam Jordan would be my preference.

  14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
    No one really has a handle on what the Rams are going to do with this pick unless they move up for Alabama's Julio Jones. Since I have him off the board at No. 6 that is not a possibility. They really like Corey Liuget and while I would rate my confidence in this pick low this is what I'm going with.

  15. Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
    It does not look like the Dolphins will be going after a quarterback so I am back to Mike Pouncey who addresses a gaping need on their interior offensive line. The running game gets an immediate boost and he is one of the safer picks.

  16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
    Hopefully this is this year's Malcolm Jenkins to the Saints in the middle of round one that almost everyone has in their final mocks. That one happened and this might too.

    The surprising choice to take Cal's Tyson Alualu No. 10 paid off by setting them up on the inside of their defensive line and if Aaron Kampman can stay healthy this addition sets up their line to create problems for the man in charge of the AFC South. That's Peyton Manning if you're living under a rock next to the guy from the Geico commercial.


    Go to Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock 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.


    Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Round 2


    Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Round 3


    Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Round 4


    Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Round 5


    Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Round 6


    Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Round 7


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Neal 02-04-2011 09:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.173 (total posts: 3)
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No way Browns pass on Peterson
John 02-04-2011 09:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.244 (total posts: 1)
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Love sucks and will probably be a project for the NFL. Not sure why you couldn't give a different player to the Chargers on their 3rd pick
Greg 02-04-2011 08:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.31 (total posts: 51)
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Brandon - When Stafford plays 16 games the Lions can call their line effective. Their running backs were also in the 3's which is not getting it done. Maybe Fox is their guy and if so they go another direction.

Cody - I'm not sure it matters all that much if Champ signs. He is not going to play that much longer (2 years?) and these days you really need 3 capable corners to compete. One way or another if they can go DT/CB it makes sense. They have a lot of needs though so there are numerous scenarios.

Chief Authority - I get that they are planning to go with Studebaker I'm just not sure that's the best path for them to take. Then again I told them to take Raji when they took Tyson Jackson. Speaking of which, they still need a nose that is true. Don't hold what school a guy goes to against him too much (re: T.Smith). I'll get more on Houston when I do his scouting report. He really broke out this year and surprised a lot of people. It was a good time to record double digit sacks.

Jimmie - Ozzie Newsome is that you?

MaineMan - I'm never going to live that one down. My eyes were blurry I guess, but I deserve any grief I get. Thanks for the info.

Jacobs7191 - I really hope no team drafts by skin color. It makes no sense.
David 02-04-2011 08:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.136 (total posts: 1)
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If the Falcons somehow came away with Kyle Rudolph AND Titus Young, Thomas Dimitroff should win some kind of award. I'd think it more likely they get Young in the 1st and Rudolph in the 2nd, though, considering the sudden fervor for drafting "DeSean Jackson 2.0"
Greg 02-04-2011 08:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.31 (total posts: 51)
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Jonathan - I just went another way. It's February.

Rey-Rey - You mean Wes Bunting who had Dwyer as #6 on his final big board last year? I kid. I mean I'm not kidding that he had him there, because he did. What Colin accomplished at the Senior Bowl is showing he could transition from the Pistol and develop at the next level. No one is saying he is a superstar. I'm not wild about the pick myself. I had Locker there. Ponder would be a 3rd at the earliest and not a bad choice.

Reggie - I think you submarined your own argument. Unless there is a QB they love at #7 they have to go BPA and that's Peterson. He improves them the most in that spot.
Redskinz11 02-04-2011 08:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.12 (total posts: 1)
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I love you Greg Cox. NAILED the Redskins draft better then anything Walt has. No Leonard Hankerson or Blaine Gabbert!
Kolby 02-04-2011 06:37 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.244 (total posts: 1)
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I dont see the cowboys passing on Amukamara at 9 also if phil taylor makes it to round 2 i dont see him dropping past the cowboys, and i would think the chiefs would take titus young before torrey smith
Chard 02-04-2011 06:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 1)
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As a Niner fan, I love that you have Peterson falling to #7! That's absolutely our best case scenario in the first!
Jake 02-04-2011 05:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.32 (total posts: 1)
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Thank you Greg for not making Peterson the highest picked corner ever at 2.
Rob 02-04-2011 05:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.112 (total posts: 1)
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Could not possibly agree more about the Bears. Their biggest needs are:
- DT (Harris likely to be cut, Adams a FA, leaving only Matt Toeania, Henry Melton on rush downs and maybe a spritzing of Izzy Idonije; Marcus Harrison also likely to be cut)
- OL (I think they'll move Webb to LT, Williams to RT, Omiyale to LG, re-sign Kreutz and either leave Garza at RG or sign a G, moving Omiyale to swing T)
- WR (Knox, Bennett, Hester is good as a 2-3-4 but there is no size)
- LB (Briggs is 30, Urlacher is about done (still really good) and strongside is unclear - draft a MLB prospect who can work his way in at SLB like Urlacher did)

I think they'll try to trade down (something like #29 for #50 and #82 from San Diego) so they can get a WR, DT, OT and LB in the first three rounds.
Nick 02-04-2011 05:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.117 (total posts: 1)
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Awful picks for the Browns. We have nothing at the DE spot and nothing across from Haden and we pass up Peterson, Aldon Smith, and Cam Jordan for a position of maybe our biggest strength? Rubin led all DT's in tackles and Rogers is still a great tackle who will be going back to his best position which is UT.

We also need a RT, WR and a safety.
Sun Stevens 02-04-2011 05:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.30 (total posts: 1)
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I begged for my beloved 49ers to draft Joe Haden last year...and would be thrilled if they landed Patrick Peterson at #7 in this draft. If not, I'd also be pretty happy with Vonn Miller or Robert Quinn
Mike 02-04-2011 05:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.141 (total posts: 1)
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Solder is way too high for the Lions, especially after a bad pro bowl.

Great second round pick though!!!! Love Foster.
Nick 02-04-2011 04:32 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.230 (total posts: 4)
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You think the 49ers won't take a QB like Pat Devlin or Cristian Ponder in the second round, or even move up for Jake Locker? Is is because you think they'll both be there in the third round?
Jacobs7191 02-04-2011 04:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.232 (total posts: 2)
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I'm not trying to sound racist or anything, but I think we have all come to the conclusion the Packers are not gonna start anybody on their offensive line unless they are white.. Not trying to be racist, just stating facts. They drafted Jamon Meredith a couple years ago, but that was probably a depth move and he also was probably the highest on their board, can't be too picky in the middle rounds..



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