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Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Picks 1-16


  1. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, California
    The Patriots acquired this pick in the Richard Seymour trade.

    It is hard for me to fathom Cameron Jordan sliding down the board, but my opinion of him is probably higher than the consensus. This is also a ridiculously deep class on the defensive line. If the Patriots have a chance to add him up front it will be a rare time they are glad to make a first-round pick.

    Ty Warren is coming off an injury and Gerard Warren is just about finished. Jordan is a rare player with collegiate experience in a 3-4. His father Steve was a tight end for the Vikings. Players don't get much safer this early in the draft.

    I have always thought the Patriots would trade up from No. 17 and trade down from No. 28. I am implying a trade up here, possibly to No. 12 because I believe Jake Locker might still be on the board for the Vikings to take and it puts the Patriots ahead of the Lions and Rams who both could take Jordan.


  2. San Diego Chargers: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
    The Chargers have to improve their defensive front. Jacques Cesaire is fading fast and is a free agent. Luis Castillo is not exactly lighting the world on fire either. This is a popular landing spot for J.J. Watt for those reasons.

    There is plenty of talent on this roster. It is really just a matter of finding guys to make the key plays on defense and with better play up front that becomes easier. If the Cowboys do not take Watt this is the most sensible spot for him.

  3. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
    When the Giants are successful, both of their lines are stout. On the offensive side it is questionable whether or not William Beatty is going to be able to take over for left tackle David Diehl.

    Head coach Tom Coughlin loves Boston College, which is a factory for NFL linemen, and while that isn't a huge factor, it can't hurt. Anthony Castonzo is the latest player to come off their assembly line, and I like the fit. I can hardly wait for NFL Network's Mike Mayock to gush over him on April 28. Yes, that is sarcasm if you couldn't tell.

  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
    A lot of players have been bounced around as options in this spot, but defensive end is the consensus position the Buccaneers are going to target. Stylze G. White headlines an unimpressive group of defensive ends comprised of guys who failed elsewhere like Tim Crowder (Denver) and Alex Magee (Kansas City), or were not high draft picks.

    It is definitely time to add talent. After spending two early selections on defensive tackle last year, the Buccaneers need support on the outside. Justin Houston failed a drug test at the Combine, taking him out of their equation. Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers both have medical issues. Clayborn has been playing with his Erb's Palsy. They know what they are getting with him more than Bowers, but the upside factor could sway them in the other direction.



  5. Kansas City Chiefs: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
    The Chiefs have problems at right tackle. Barry Richardson and Ryan O'Callaghan are not starters on a team with aspirations of winning division titles. They have visited with Nate Solder and I could see them sitting him for a season, then possibly even shifting Branden Albert to the right and letting him take on the blind side.

    I know they like Solder and I have to stand behind the pick assuming the Giants don't take him at No. 19 in which case Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi would be the choice. Or Florida's Mike Pouncey if he is on the board.

  6. Indianapolis Colts: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    Well here we go. Do the Colts really pass on offensive tackle again? I'm looking at it this way. The past two years I got them right which was not easy to do late in the first round, especially with Donald Brown and Jerry Hughes who were both surprising choices.

    I could go safe and give them Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi or Mississippi State's Derek Sherrod to fill their need at offensive tackle, but is that any way to keep the streak alive? I have to swing for the fences. They want to get their power running game going as Peyton Manning ages. Mark Ingram is an elite back ready to stay on the field quite a bit and solidify their uncertain backfield.

  7. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
    It looks like the Eagles have turned into vultures flying over Jimmy Smith. I can see the logic behind the move. Paying for Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency is going to be expensive and a lot of teams will be bidding for his services. I don't see him landing there.

    Jimmy Smith was not thrown at very much at Colorado. He will need to prove he can hold up under scrutiny because teams are going to avoid Asante Samuel. I think he will be just fine and if not for some character questions would be off the board in the top 15.

  8. New Orleans Saints: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
    I had this before, and in the final hour, it feels right again. The Saints have Shaun Rogers as a quick fix to provide beef for their defensive line, but Phil Taylor gives them a player to lean on for years to come.



  9. Seattle Seahawks: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple
    When injuries hit the defensive front during the 2010 season the Seahawks were crippled on defense. Teams were able to run right at them. Adding another impact player on the defensive line provides them with some insurance.

    I am a Muhammad Wilkerson believer. I think he fits either front and can move around in an even front. There is also an excellent chance for the Seahawks to trade down with a team anxious to draft a quarterback in the first round.

  10. Baltimore Ravens: Gabe Carimi, OT/G, Wisconsin
    When Jared Gaither missed the season with a back injury Michael Oher had to play the, wait for it, blind side. He was not the star of that movie. He might need a pep talk from Leigh Anne Touhy.

    If Gabe Carimi is on the board the Ravens will not use up much of their time before turning in the card. Perhaps Oher takes a step forward at left tackle, but one way or another Carimi gives them potential book ends.

  11. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
    Reportedly the Falcons are zoned in on Kyle Rudolph. I am not one to argue. Early in the process I believed this to be a natural fit.

    Tony Gonzalez is highly unlikely to play another season. Rudolph gives their offense an all-around talent to take over for him. An injury cut his season short, but being the consensus top tight end by a wide margin with no one else in the conversation makes this a possibility.

  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
    PROJECTED TRADE: The Patriots trade this pick to the Bengals who have to get their quarterback because Carson Palmer has quit on them. It isn't really a matter of them getting ahead of teams that would have taken Andy Dalton, it is more a matter of them making sure another team does not deal up.



  13. Chicago Bears: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
    This is one of a few "buzz" picks. Marvin Austin has done a lot to repair his draft stock by impressing teams with his ability. The Bears appear to be one of those teams sold on him as a possibility in the first round.

    Another buzz is that the Bears are thinking of trading down. Austin could be a player they feel they can get even after trading down to the second round with a team interested in moving up for a quarterback. I also like the idea of them moving up if one of the top offensive tackles is within range.

    Finally, Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod's value is inflated. He is not a lock for the first round which is why I have left him out of my final mock. I'm not saying it is a sure thing he falls out, but it is possible.

  14. New York Jets: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
    The Jets have trouble generating a pass rush. I am not sold on Akeem Ayers as a prospect in all situations, but for this defense he should be able to make some impact plays so I am keeping this pick for my final mock.

  15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State
    The Steelers are built on both lines and at linebacker. That is their philosophy and most of the time it works.

    Age is a significant issue on the defensive line. They recently drafted Evander "Ziggy" Hood to help prepare for that, but more help is needed.

    I think they will be considering possible options at nose tackle like Stephen Paea (Oregon State) and Phil Taylor (Baylor) in this spot as well if he should fall. Medical status is going to be a big factor in their decision, but I think defensive line is the move with whichever guy they are comfortable with of these three.

  16. Buffalo Bills: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
    PROJECTED TRADE: Again, I am sure people will ask why the Bills would trade ahead of the No. 33 pick belonging the Patriots in order to select a quarterback. It is a pretty easy explanation. They want to secure their quarterback on Thursday night before their division rivals open up their phone lines to teams with plenty of time to negotiate.

    The Bills could also select Nevada's Colin Kaepernick with this choice whom I think fits what they do a little better than Christian Ponder.

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Pantherish 04-24-2011 01:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.53 (total posts: 2)
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I would be shocked if the Panthers picked Cam Newton. Hurney said he will not reach based on need. The press has been hounding him with qustions about Newton. Every time Hurney answers one it seems, he mentions trade offers. Not sold. As much as they have put into investigating Cam,they should know by now.

Hurney drafted a running QB last year who won a national championship (Armanti Edwards). He was chastized for the trade/pick. He drafted a QB with Red flags (Clausen). Boo. Now if you think he is going down that road again after interviewing Cam to discover how much football acumen he has--I do not see how he would. Cam Newton will not be drafted by the Panthers.

The pick will be Marcell Dareus if they do not get a trade offer. If they do, watch AJ Green.
DJ 04-24-2011 12:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.185 (total posts: 3)
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Ever heard of a smokescreen? You think BB would actually let his plans get out? What about when they said Tebow was someone they were looking to draft last year? Belichick always has rumors floating out around the draft to increase the value of his own pick and such. He's the smartest guy in the NFL and would NEVER let his plans get out beforehand.
Giants Fan 04-24-2011 11:48 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.50 (total posts: 1)
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Don't think Jerry Reese at the giants will go without drafting some help at linebacker - could be in 3rd or 4th round.... like the rest of the picks other than will hill.... need CB help as well
Nate 04-24-2011 11:09 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.34 (total posts: 3)
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Do you think it would be such a terrible idea for the rams to trade up to #5 or #6 and try and select Patrick Peterson? I think it would benefit them in so many ways.
Crozzy 04-24-2011 10:58 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.56 (total posts: 2)
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Ummm, you realize the bronchos are switching to a 4-3, so why would the draft a nose tackle? Anr why does everyne think julio jones will fall to detroit at 13. There is no reason for st. Louis to trade up to 12, that is pointless and a waste of a trade....
Devlin to Chiefs 04-24-2011 10:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.112 (total posts: 3)
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That's not a bad pick either. Another steal.
Stanzi to Chiefs 04-24-2011 10:42 am xxx.xxx.xxx.112 (total posts: 3)
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I really think Stanzi should go to the Chiefs in round 4. He's got good character issues (as far as i know), leadership and could be a developing starter. At this point, I think QB is a larger need in KC than a RB (Mccluster,Charles,Jones,Battle ect.)Stanzi is one of those guys who should be higher, but are not (in my opinion). Plus, if KC wanted a RB, the 5th and 6th rounds are stocked full (Carter might even be available in round 5 according to Walt). Stanzi is a steal here (again, a opinion), and I don't think the Chiefs will pass. But hey, thats my opinion.
mprofetta 04-24-2011 10:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx.217 (total posts: 1)
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I have to disagree with your statement claiming that the Redskins like to make "splashy" picks. Guys like Sean Taylor, Carlos Rogers, LaRon Landry, Brian Orapko and Trent Williams were solid, high-value picks that addressed obvious areas of need along the 'Skins roster. The Cowboys, who annually ignore "boring", need-filling O-linemen and D-linemen in favor of flashy "luxury" picks like Dez Bryant and Mike Jenkins, not to mention reaches for small-school, "upside" guys, would better fit the "splashy pick" description. The Redskins' "splash" is historically made in the free agency pool, not the draft.
Byron 04-24-2011 08:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx.180 (total posts: 1)
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If the Jags took the overrated and massively overhyped Casey Matthews with Nate Irving right there, I'd be a sad panda. Jeron Johnson write-up was... weird. Not really feelin' this mock as a whole, but that's mostly because I hate Kerrigan and am tired of seeing him mocked to us all the damn time.
Bill 04-24-2011 07:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.111 (total posts: 1)
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Chris Berman is never going to have an easier nickname than Mikel row your boat Leshoure.
TD 04-24-2011 01:04 am xxx.xxx.xxx.131 (total posts: 1)
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terrell mcclain will definetly be gone before the 5th round
Michael 04-23-2011 10:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx53.8 (total posts: 1)
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Getting better Greg but Ziemba is way to low.
Greg 04-23-2011 09:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.174 (total posts: 76)
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thanks for all the comments everyone ... I did slot rounds 6 and 7 so those will be upcoming

Matty - Appreciate that. Yes Vereen would be theft at that point. There are so many backs to choose from someone has to fall out. I can't read minds (yet, working on it) so it's tough to predict which teams pull the trigger a little sooner and which guys are passed on. Cobb is a consideration I guess I'm not as ga-ga over him as others are. Brooks Reed is overrated I really don't want to put him in R1 but pass rushers get shoved up the board. At least on the Packers he has a chance to excel opposite of a talented player. Or KC.

Thomas - Little is more talented than Brown at WR, but I think I gave them Brown before and I can buy that. Quizz would be a great addition for the Bolts. They can do a lot of damage in this draft as long as they don't lose their heads and move way up like last year for Ryan Mathews.

Steve - I switched it up after putting Leshoure there last time. I think Leshoure would be a great pick for them.

Russ - Not really.

Nate - If Aldon Smith gets to them the Rams jump.

Dan - I really thought about Pouncey, but it's tough to go G/C over T. It just is, even if you consider his twin was a Pro Bowl rookie. Opportunity is knocking with a top tackle prospect starting at them mid-1st. Most years you don't see that. Beatty hasn't done enough. Overall they are taking 3 OL and with those guys their line is reloaded, potentially stacked.

Great mock - I don't like the Harris match with SD but there has been contact so I went with it.

Chiefs - It just worked out that way. No mock is perfect and if it is something is wrong. Problems are created by good mocks and not every team fills every need. That's closer to reality.

Vision - I went Darren Evans at #179 it's not posted yet. I think they go after D.Williams in FA and pay him. I couldn't get Boling off the board last time and he slipped to #102 which I thought was unrealistic so I put him back there at #79.

DJ - It has been reported that the Patriots will take Ingram if no one trades for that pick.

Reggie - I think Dallas moving up is a lot more logical than Houston who Peter King believes trade with San Francisco (what?!) then the 49ers take Prince while the Texans get Patrick Peterson. Fans across the Bay from me would be LIVID if the team did that I don't care what else they got in terms of another pick. Jerry can sell jerseys with Patrick Peterson and make money marketing him as a star. That trumps whatever he has to give up. He needs to move to #6 and get that done.

Reggie (2nd) - Cannon is a target of theirs for sure. Might trade down from #40 and get him. I suggested this a while back. Up for PP down for Cannon.

Kyvon - Newman is old and overpaid. I question if the Vikings take a ? at DE in Bowers.
Greg 04-23-2011 09:36 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.174 (total posts: 76)
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SF49ers - I agree with that. I try not to "play God" too much in a mock though.

Thanks! - I actually didn't consider the elevation. Oversight on my part regarding Taylor. Excellent point. Somehow Leshoure has to come off the board and I can never seem to figure out where. Detroit might take him.

doyle - They probably won't because they are dumb. Paea would be terrific for them and their defense needs to get better up front. This is a weak S class the value comes later.

John - Well, yeah. Have you considered how old the Giants are across the line? Not all of the picks are going to hit. If they get 2 good OL out of 3 it puts them in good shape moving forward. I would have liked them to take an OLB though.

RedNeck - I had to Mallet-ize this mock, but he's not going to be there in my final or at least I doubt it.
Kyvon 04-23-2011 09:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.20 (total posts: 3)
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Either I'm crazy or this Reggie guy is sending comments to himself! Either way ur not getting a CB in round 1 Mike Jenkins isn't bad and Newman had a career high 5 picks this year so stop it with the dreams of getting Peterson! You're going to end up with Tyron Smith and maybe Rahim Moore and Marcus Cannon and then your team will be fine. Tony Romo will be protected long enough to utilize all the weapons your team has! The run game will be better assuming you all stick with the balance attacked you displayed the second have of the year! And by drafting a safety it's going to help keep plays in front of the CBs!

Now as far as my Vikings go I think well take Bowers and get a QB in free agency and that way we get a veteran to lead the offense and create havoc on Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler for years







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