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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.


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MaineMan 02-04-2011 04:03 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.201 (total posts: 1)
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Hey, Greg. Welcome to target practice!

I see that "SERGIO!!!" has already noted for you that Mike Wright is not a Patriots rookie. We Patriot fans are a very polite bunch, aren't we?

The details: Wright has been a utility D-lineman for the Pats since 2005, playing pretty much every D-line position situationally, but used primarily as a sub-package rusher, often from the interior. He missed the last half of 2010 with a mysterious head/neck injury (of course, ALL Belichick's injury reports are, ummm, enigmatic). There's a bit of speculation that the injury was sufficiently serious that he may not make it back.
Jimmie 02-04-2011 03:43 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.177 (total posts: 1)
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The Ravens will not draft a CB in the first round. We will be drafting a WR or pass rusher with a top 2 picks. I like Hankerson or Houston in the 1st round.
Chief_Authority 02-04-2011 03:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx59.6 (total posts: 1)
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Hey Greg! Welcome to Walterfootball! Glad to have you.
Pretty good mock, won't speculate on much but; just throw in my two cents about the Chiefs
1. I'm not sure how big of a priority OLB is. Seems the staff is REALLY high on Andy Studebaker, and Studebaker has shown a lot. He did a great job at getting pressure and pretty much won the game against the steelers last year (2 INT's). Also Cameron Scheffield was looking good before his injury.
2. Phil Taylor. He's every Chiefs fans wet dreams. Romeo Crennel loves huge NT (Shaun Rodgers, Vince Wilfork). I think the Chiefs could reach for Taylor in the 1st. Or take Jerrel Powe in the 2nd (Powe fits the Pioli Profile: SEC, Team Captain, Hard Worker)
3.I'm split on Torrey Smith. I really don't like any prospect from Maryland, they always seems to be a whole lot of flash with a lot less boom.
4. I'm also pretty high on Jonathan Baldwin from Pitt, would love to see him in Red&Gold.
5. I've seen Houston mocked to the Chiefs a lot, but haven't heard much on him.....can you give me some info?
Cody 02-04-2011 03:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.72 (total posts: 1)
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I think the Broncos pick at #2 falls completely on 2 things: Champ Bailey and the Carolina Pick. If champ re-signs, the pick is D-line (Fairley or Bowers, whichever Carolina does not take).If Champ Bailey doesnt re-sign I think the Broncos have to take Peterson, who would not only help out at CB but also in the return game (Eric Decker returning kicks? not the best option. As far as their round 2 picks, I agree 150% with Moore and I think if the Broncos pull the trigger on Peterson, its going to be Nevis otherwise, one of the other various CBs will be the pick.
Brandon 02-04-2011 03:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.154 (total posts: 10)
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I'm 99% sure that the Lions aren't going to pick a LT in the first round. The line played rather well this year with a solid LG finally in place. They were 8th in the league in sacks allowed and I believe 5th in sacks per pass attempt. They selected Jason Fox last year and all of the coaches have said that he has shown great improvement in his first year, especially considering that he was coming off of a significant knee injury. He is their LT of the future until he proves otherwise. With all of that said I believe that they will give him at least one more year to improve further before they write him off by selecting a LT in the first round. According to the coaches he has shown enough promise to replace Backus after his contract is up next year.
Reggie 02-04-2011 02:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx16.2 (total posts: 4)
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Your mock draft started off really nice until pick 7! I think the have a ton of money tide up into their secondary already and although I know that thier will be a rookie salary cap I just cant see them drafting a CB with a glaring hole at the QB positionn With that being said I still dont beileve that there is a QB in the draft worthy of being drafted in the top ten which makes me beileve they trade down wit the Cowboys who jump here and take Peterson
Rey-Rey 02-04-2011 02:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx22.4 (total posts: 3)
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I think I threw up in my mouth after the Vikings-Kaepernick pick...just gross. I'm not sure why so many people are saying he had such a wonderful Senior Bowl. Most the draft guys that I follow that were in Mobile: Wes Bunting, Shane Hallem, Scott Wright and Tony Paulinem all said he had an up and down week and nothing scintilating. The only QB's who won't make me punch my dog if the Vikes pick them are: Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert or Christian Ponder, otherwise lets sign a vet, keep Joe Webb as the backup and playball!
Jonathan 02-04-2011 02:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.176 (total posts: 2)
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I'm not sure I see the logic in the Bears passing on lineman in each of the first two rounds when there are quality guards still available.
Greg 02-04-2011 01:42 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.31 (total posts: 51)
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Chris UK - I have OLB on my radar for the Packers, sometimes the mock just doesn't go that way.

Leaon - Here is the thing about Titus Young. His comparison, DeSean Jackson, was #19 to the Eagles in my final mock that year. A lot of people were like "what?!*! he's tiny, no way..." etc. Of course, when the draft came his size and some character issues knocked him to the late 2nd to almost exactly the spot I now have Young.

You can't ignore the fact that he got himself kicked off the team for a full year. Sure, it was back in 2008 so there has been time to get straight but that type of suspension put Blount completely out of the 2010 draft. So no, it's not an error. He's also a situational player.

He also draws comparisons to Wallace (3rd round) and Knox (5th round). Tell me about all the small, frail wide receivers who have gone really high in the draft. I'll be waiting for the list. We like to think Titus Young will be just as good as the other guys mentioned here, but past drafts are LITTERED with guys who had the same potential and failed. No sure thing in the draft. None. You never know and I think 35-50 is a good range for him assuming he answers the character issues. Just because I have him #59 doesn't mean that's my final final.
Leaon 02-04-2011 01:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.114 (total posts: 1)
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If Titus Young lasts until the 59th pick I will crap my pants. That has to be an error, right?
Chris, UK 02-04-2011 01:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.32 (total posts: 1)
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I'm surprised that nobody at the moment seems to have Green Bay going OLB or CB in either of the first two rounds - I feel another CB would be a great move, considering that Woodson is essentially playing S anyway...?

Meanwhile Erik Walden and Frank Zombo are guys that would get onto rosters, but not many other starting lineups and Brad Jones is much the same...
Greg 02-04-2011 12:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.31 (total posts: 51)
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Brett - I screwed that up, badly, on the Chiefs comment. I was looking at the 2009 stats and honestly never should have done that anyway. Terrible mental error on my part.

Sergio - Mental error #2. The Pats are loaded with rookies and when you're correcting someone it is generally best not to do it in all caps using poor grammar.

Mike - I've got LB/DT/DE/RB/OT as my primary needs for the Saints so I think we are on the same page.
Mike 02-04-2011 11:52 am xxx.xxx.xxx.214 (total posts: 1)
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I like your picks for the Saints in the first 2 rounds.

Firstly, its obvious that we need some help on the front 7, either at DT, DE or OLB. I think your pick makes sense in the fact he is the guy you think is the best available for those positions at that spot. Certainly generating some more pass rush up the middle would be very welcome.

As for your running back assesment i have to agree. Bush wont be back on his $11.8 million dollar year, and i doubt he wants to go much lower. PT should resign for less because of injury problems and adding a RB like Murray would give us some diversity in the backfield

Also just a hint for your 3rd round mock, the saints need either an OLB, DE or RT!
Michael 02-04-2011 11:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx.147 (total posts: 1)
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Give The Ravens Titus Young in the 2nd round.
Sergio 02-04-2011 11:23 am xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 1)
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MIKE WRIGHT IS NOT A ROOKIE FOR THE PATRIOTS YOU DUMB.



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