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  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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MaineMan 02-04-2011 04:03 pm (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (total posts: 1)
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Give The Ravens Titus Young in the 2nd round.
Sergio 02-04-2011 11:23 am (total posts: 1)
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