WalterFootball.com - Detailed NFL Mock Drafts, Player Prospect Rankings, and One of the Largest Mock Draft Databases on the Web

NFL Draft Recent Links:

Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft Picks 17-32

Last update: Thursday, April 28, 2011. - Final update.
Follow Greg on Twitter @ActuallyGregCox for updates.

2011 NFL MOCK DRAFT - WALT'S | GREG'S 1-16 PICKS | GREG'S ROUND: 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Greg Cox was a senior writer at TheFootballExpert.com and appeared as a guest on the NFL Network's Path to the Draft. Send Greg an e-mail here: greg@thefootballexpert.com
All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com

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.

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


Back to Greg Cox's 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 1-16


2011 NFL Mock Draft - Walt's


Leave a comment

Name
Comment
Verification:
click on image to refresh it
 
Mike D 02-05-2011 02:42 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.24 (total posts: 5)
18     18

Wish there was an edit function!
On the injury line, I wanted to say that supposedly the shoulder is supposed to heal stronger after a separated shoulder injury. Hope it's true, otherwise Detroit flushed a couple million down the tubes and wasted a couple years of development.
Mike D 02-05-2011 02:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.24 (total posts: 5)
17     18

I agree with Brandon's reasoning on the Lions. Granted, when I first saw their draft position I thought it would be the perfect position to finally address the O-line, but statistically they weren't as bad as I thought. Manning, Brady, and Rothlisberger take much more hits than Stafford has and kept playing. Supposedly the should comes back stronger after the kinds of injuries Stafford has had, but we'll see.

The problem lies more with run blocking than pass blocking, so I was thinking they would grab a guard in a latter round (maybe Moffitt because of his versatility?) and hope Fox is the guy to take over for Backus. I only really disagree with an OT pick at 13 because, so far based on Senior Bowl performances and admittedly little season game tape, I didn't think any of the top OT prospects were worth it. Solder was quite average during the actual Senior Bowl game and I worry his towering size at 6'8" will allow too many NFL D-linemen to get under his pads and push him around. But hey, the Lions have some pretty good D-linemen that could help evaluate him right?

The pick will come down to the big boards, which seem to vary greatly after the top ten players. Since Greg Jones' stock has fallen, it might be possible they pick up an OLB and an ILB in the first two rounds and solidify the LB core like they did with the D-line last year. It will also be interesting to see what Jimmy Smith's final value ends up, with some boards putting him as high as the 12th best overall prospect. That might force them to go CB in the first round. Plenty of evaluations to go, but that's what makes early drafts fun isn't it?
Tobee1951 02-05-2011 01:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.16 (total posts: 1)
18     18

Is this the BPA at this spot? If not Ted will not take thembecause he never drafts for need unless the player is also the BPA at that spot. Will trade up to get a need and will trade back to make sure the need fits the spot or is a close value. Last year he overreached for M.Neal but there coulod have been someone ahead of them because they had planned all along to trade up in the 3rd to take Burnett Thus if they waited til the 3rd or 4th they had no picks.
BGB 02-05-2011 01:24 am xxx.xxx.xxx.182 (total posts: 1)
18     18

@Reggie. "Dummervil who was a complete bust until they moved him to a 3-4 outside linebacker".... Really???? Doom had 26 sacks in 31 career starts as a 4-3 DE, prior to moving to 3-4 OLB. Does that define bust? People throw around the term "bust" way too freely. I'll take nearly a sack per start from any of my DE's. As a Bronco fan, I agree we need A LOT of help, but DE is not an area of need.
Brandon 02-05-2011 12:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx.154 (total posts: 10)
22     24

I would also like to say that I greatly appreciate your feedback to everyone's comments. It is good to know what you are thinking as well as everyone else.
Reggie 02-05-2011 12:11 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.44 (total posts: 1)
20     21

I think Denver and Buffalo are the two teams who are in the worst shape. Buffalo has wasted too many picks on defensive players that just haven't panned out from McKelvin to Maybin they really can't afford to do that again! Denver I beileve is going back to a 4-3 next year so my main concern with them is what do they do with Dumervil who was a complete bust until they moved him to a 3-4 outside linebacker! I know that both Johns realize that playing outside linebacker in a 4-3 is completely different than doing it in a 3-4! And I think the guy is only about 5-11 240 pounds definitely too small to hold up at the end spot so I think they have to figure out what they're going to do with him before they start preparing for the draft!

Greg- I guess it's safe to say we will just agree to disagree on the 49ers pick! But I do have a question for you or anybody else that may know this answer! I'm hearing a lot of "experts" say Prince isn't too far away from Peterson! But those same folks said McCoy wasn't that far from Suh and you see how that turned out so I guess what I'm asking is how good was Prince and is he actually that close to Peterson!
Jacobs7191 02-04-2011 11:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.232 (total posts: 2)
20     23

Lol just being realistic.. I didn't do the research, but I can't remember anybody since Kevin Barry starting on the O-Line and his last year with GB was in 2006, the year McCarthy took over. When I hear "he just looks like a Green Bay Packer linemen" this is what instantly pops to my mind.
Brandon 02-04-2011 11:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.154 (total posts: 10)
21     23

I'll agree that the running game wasn't effective, but by you saying that just because Stafford didn't play all 16 games means they aren't capable makes me question your football knowledge. Stafford has had 4 seperate injuries in his 1st 2 years. He has injured his left shoulder, knee, and his right shoulder on 2 seperate occasions. He has started 13 games while missing 19. I understand that the line isn't the best but the kid just can't stay healthy and not every injury was attributed to the line. I'm not trying to get off on the wrong foot with you, especially being that you're new to the site. If somebody is going to argue my point I just want them to be reliable facts that they are stating. I agree that a new guard or center should be obtained to bolster the running game but the sacks allowed weren't the reason for all 3 of our quarterbacks going down this year.
Brandon 02-04-2011 11:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.154 (total posts: 10)
20     23

I'll agree that the running game wasn't effective, but by you saying that just because Stafford didn't play all 16 games means they aren't capable makes me question your football knowledge. Stafford has had 4 seperate injuries in his 1st 2 years. He has injured his left shoulder, knee, and his right shoulder on 2 seperate occasions. He has started 13 games while missing 19. I understand that the line isn't the best but the kid just can't stay healthy and not every injury was attributed to the line. I'm not trying to get off on the wrong foot with you, especially being that you're new to the site. If somebody is going to argue my point I just want them to be reliable facts that they are stating. I agree that a new guard or center should be obtained to bolster the running game but the sacks allowed weren't the reason for all 3 of our quarterbacks going down this year.
Ivan 02-04-2011 11:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.182 (total posts: 2)
22     21

Greg, one note i gotta make is that i don't see the niners picking Bailey in the second. they have enough Dliman on their team and except McDonald who will be resigned and probably Franklin who won't but instead might be signed long term or released, then they'll probably go NT, as i don't think Bailey can do that. Also, they play 3-4 and RJF might be a NT in the waiting. Also something, which I see the biggest reason for me, you missed Ponder there. With Ponder available I think Harbaugh will pick him, he seems like his fit as QB and made enough noise to be considered in 2nd at least.
Joe 02-04-2011 10:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.159 (total posts: 1)
20     23

Just wanted to toss in the name of Danny Watkins. Already has scouts liking his ability during the Senior Bowl week of practices. Probably would be a better option then the Villinova prospect for the Packers in round one at this point.

Watkins is veristle as well at 6-4 310lbs from Baylor
Midnite 02-04-2011 09:37 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.53 (total posts: 2)
21     22

Having stated that, It's possible that Dallas can be the first team to trade down in the draft. I think they can pick up an extra draft pick and get quality O-line help in the mid to late teens.

Greg, with the abundance of underclassmen (and talent) in Day One of the draft, how likely is it to find a trade partner picking @ the ninth spot. I think there may be more of a premium in 2011 to hold onto the picks you have in the first 4 rounds.
Midnite 02-04-2011 09:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.53 (total posts: 2)
22     16

Having Cameron Jordon, Prince Amukamara, and Nate Solder available at the 9th pick is a can't miss dream scenario. Replacing Marc Columbo at left tackle is a higher priority must in Dallas, imho. Honestly, any of the 3 mentioned would be a much needed upgrade. I'm not sure I'm comfortable passing up Jordon or Prince, but the offensive line retooling has been neglected far too long. Great mock Greg.
Lions88 02-04-2011 09:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.213 (total posts: 1)
19     17

I don't see the lions passing up a homestate guy like Greg jones
Shut up 02-04-2011 09:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.85 (total posts: 1)
22     21

None of you know anything whatsoever about NFL talent evaluation, so shut your ignorant mouths.







Fantasy Football Rankings - July 23


2015 NBA Mock Draft - July 1


2015 NFL Mock Draft - June 10


NFL Free Agents


NFL Picks - Feb. 2





Send Greg an e-mail here: greg@thefootballexpert.com
All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




NFL Draft Links:

My 2003 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/24): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3
2003 NFL Draft Grades (Re-graded 6/8/08)
My 2004 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/24): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3
2004 NFL Draft Prospects/ 2004 NFL Draft Grades (Re-graded 6/6/08)
My 2005 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/23): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3
2005 NFL Draft Prospects
2005 NFL Draft Grades (Re-graded 6/4/08)
My 2006 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3
2006 NFL Draft Prospects (UPDATED 4/28)
2006 NFL Draft Grades (Re-graded on 7/3)
My 2007 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3/ Round 4/ Round 5/ Round 6/ Round 7
Other 2007 Mock Drafts:April Fools
2007 NFL Draft Prospects (UPDATED 4/24)/Kenny Ortiz's Top 40 Prospects
2007 NFL Combine and Pro Day Results
2007 NFL Draft Grades
2008 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/26): Round 1 / Round 2/ Round 3/Round 4/Round 5/Round 6/Round 7
Alternative 2008 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/7): Round 1 /Round 2
2008 NFL Re-Draft - Round 3 (UPDATED 4/27)
2008 NFL Draft Prospects (UPDATED 8/5)
Other 2008 Mock Drafts: Matt McGuire (4/25)/ Craig Smith (4/22)/ Emmitt Smith (4/21)/ Matt McGuire Shocker (4/21)/ Matt McGuire Backwards (4/19)/ Forum Mock (4/15)/ April Fools (4/1)
2009 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
Other 2009 Mock Drafts: Re-Draft (4/26) /Matt McGuire (4/25) /Reader Mock (4/25) /Hunter Ansley (4/24) /Backward Mock (4/19) /Emmitt Smith (4/16) /Celebrity Mock (4/9) /April Fools (4/1) /Experts (3/30) /KFFL (3/14)
2010 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/22): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2010 NFL Mock Re-Draft Day 3 (4/24): Round 4 (Walt's) / Round 4 (Matt's)
2010 NFL Mock Re-Draft Day 2 (4/23): Round 2 (Walt's) / Round 3 (Walt's) / Round 2 (Matt's) / Round 3 (Matt's)
Other 2010 Mock Drafts: Matt McGuire (4/22) /Backward Mock (4/20) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Celebrity Mock (4/8) /Experts (3/17) /Reader (4/13) /Consensus (2/25)
2011 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2011 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 2 /Round 3
Other 2011 Mock Drafts: Free Agency (5/9) /Greg Cox (4/28) /Backward Mock (4/22) /Emmitt Mock (4/21) /Team Big Boards (4/21) /Celebrity Mock (4/13) /Experts (4/7) /Not Mock (4/6) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Greg Cox's 2012 Mock (2/22) /Matt McGuire (1/8)
2012 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/26): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2012 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2012 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/26) /Pick History (4/23) /Emmitt Mock (4/19) /Not Mock (4/19) /Backward Mock (4/17) /Celebrity (4/15) /Goals (4/10) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Greg Cox (9/9)
2013 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2013 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2013 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/25) /GM Mock (4/21) /Charlie's Trade Mock (4/20) /Goals (4/19) /Rapid Reader Mock (4/18) /Emmitt Mock (4/14) /Not Mock (4/13) /Pick History (4/5) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/7) /Archived 2013 NFL Mock Drafts
2014 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATE 5/8): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2014 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/10): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2014 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (5/8) /Goals (5/3) /Not Mock (4/27) /Emmitt Mock (4/20) /Trades Mock (4/13) /Celebrity Mock (4/11) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Overreaction Mock (12/30)
2015 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 7/23): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2
Other 2015 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (7/21)
2008 NFL Draft Re-Mock / 2007 NFL Draft Re-Mock / 2006 NFL Draft Re-Mock / 2005 NFL Draft Re-Mock / 2004 NFL Draft Re-Mock / 2003 NFL Draft Re-Mock / 2002 NFL Draft Re-Mock



© 1999-2014 Walter Cherepinsky : all rights reserved
Privacy Policy
2 5 9
Google

















WalterFootball.com Now on Twitter:

WalterFootball.com Twitter

Subscribe to the WalterFootball.com RSS Feed:

Walterfootball.com RSS Feed






















































Support Walt's Other Site:

Sales Tips and Sales Advice - Tons of sales tips, sales techniques and sales advice, including a Sales Mock Draft: The 32 Worst Things You Can Do in Sales.