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Matt McGuire's 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Picks 1-16

  1. New England Patriots: Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
    I initially mocked the Patriots a running back, but I'm just going to give up in giving the Pats offensive skill positions early in the 2011 NFL Draft - until I'm wrong and Bill Belichick actually does it. I think the plan for the Pats is to build up the offensive line and defense, then just rely on Tom Brady to get things done - and it's not a bad strategy. Miller is a freak athlete and someone I've been a fan of all year. He has an elite first step and excellent closing speed. He's a tenacious pass rusher and perfect as a rush linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.

  2. San Diego Chargers: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
    Jordan has outstanding hands, a good motor and functional playing strength. He can get off blocks at will and is the five-technique you want on your line. The Chargers need more consistency and could improve their run defense by taking Jordan.

  3. New York Giants: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
    Ayers would bring the Giants more playmaking at the strongside linebacker spot. He can stack and shed and is a very competitive football player. He's a smooth athlete with sideline to sideline range. As a pass rusher I feel he is overrated, but as a SAM backer I love his fit into any 4-3 scheme.

  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
    The Bucs are desperate for defensive end help and this need is far and away the No. 1 need for this team. They generated absolutely no pressure from the outside in the 2010 season. The only other position I could see Tampa draft here is outside linebacker with someone like Akeem Ayers or more likely Bruce Carter. Clayborn saw a lot of double teams this year, but he could be one heck of a left defensive end and generate a lot of pressure with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price creating havoc inside for Tampa.

  5. Seattle Seahawks: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
    The Seahawks lack a playmaking, penetrating defensive tackle on the interior. Nevis is a high-energy, athletic linemen who gets off the ball quickly and is always around the football. I think he's going in the first round - and much higher than most expect.

  6. Kansas City Chiefs: Derrek Sherrod, T, Mississipp iState
    Sherrod is the top tackle in the 2011 NFL Draft and the Chiefs need a left tackle. With Charlie Weis gone, I think this offense is going to lose a lot in terms of play calling and offensive tactics.

  7. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, T, Colorado
    The Colts offensive line is in shambles. Solder is a highly athletic left tackle, though I have major concerns with him being too tall (6-9) and being too lean in his build. He is vulnerable to a bull rush, but there is no doubt he can pass protect and cut off the edge.

  8. Philadelphia Eagles: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
    Carter would present a big upgrade at weakside linebacker for the Eagles. He is very fast with terrific range and simply makes plays all over the field. The Eagles need more leadership on the defensive side and Carter fits the scheme.

  9. Green Bay Packers: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    Ryan Grant can't stay healthy, and Brandon Jackson is a pitiful running back. Ingram gives the offense some life it desperately needs in the running game. Ingram can play on third down and do it all. He has come under a little fire for not having elite speed, but at this point in the first round he's a good value. Ingram is a tough back who has excellent balance and instincts. He can catch the football and is a terrific pass blocker. Green Bay needs a back like this to make a Super Bowl run in 2011 or 2012.

  10. New Orleans Saints: Muhammed Wilkerson, DT, Temple
    The Saints are going to continue to build on the defensive side of the football, and they obviously won't select a defensive back. This is a very weak linebacker draft, and so they will be stuck here with taking the best defensive lineman on the field in all likelihood.

  11. New York Jets: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
    Bailey was a little inconsistent for Miami this year, but he was out of position at defensive end in the 4-3 (i.e. six- and seven-technique). He needs to be head on against the opposing offensive tackle at five-technique to truly be most effecient, and his best fit is in the 3-4. I think the Jets can get the most out of a player like Bailey. He could be a pass rushing 5-tech in the league.

  12. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
    Burton is a little inconsistent, but he has the size and speed you look for. He put together some amazing performances this season.

  13. Chicago Bears: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
    Harris doesn't fill a huge need for Chicago, but he's without a doubt the best player on the board. I'm a huge fan of his. He's a great cover corner who plays with textbook technique, and he can run with anybody. He isn't much of a ballhawk, but he can definitely start in this league and make plays.

  14. Pittsburgh Steelers: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida
    The Steelers are always looking for that elite corner who can shut down an opposing receiver, which gives them more blitzing possibilities both against the run and pass. Jenkins is a tough, physical corner who stays low in his backpedal and has great instincts for the game. He doesn't look the part, but he's a football player.

  15. Atlanta Falcons: Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
    Todd McClure is not an elite center, and Wisniewski can play both guard and center. That versatility is so valuable in this league. The Falcons can afford to make a luxury pick here, but they need a player like Sean Weatherspoon to develop on defense in order to make a pick like this.

  16. New England Patriots: Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
    I love Justin Houston, and it just wouldn't shock me if he went in the top 20 when it's all said and done. He is a very explosive athlete who can dip and rip. He knows how to get to the quarterback and has a consistent motor. Of course, it also wouldn't shock me if the Pats ended up with six picks in the second round and a couple future first-rounders - never even drafting in the first round. And quite frankly, they don't need to a first-round pick to win 12 games next year.

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Max 01-09-2011 09:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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You really think that the Dolphins will, after trading for an elite No. 1 receiver last year and watching Davone Bess have a breakout season, spend their first rounder on another receiver? That's ridiculous.
Aaron 01-09-2011 08:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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Really? You have the Browns taking Torrey Smith from Maryland that high in the 2nd round? Is this a real Mock Draft or just a joke? If this is a joke then that Browns pick is the punchline. Smith is at best a 4th rounder.

You sir are a moron, and judging by the comments below, it looks like that's the consensus belief.
the u 01-09-2011 07:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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julio jones to the dolphins? really?
titans baby 01-09-2011 03:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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matt, you are out of your mind and should plan out your picks a little better. You have the titans taking prince, and then williams. Back to back CB? I'll give you the prince pick, but to come back and say a second CB in round 2? unless verner or mcCourty are replacing hope at safety, i dont understand what you are doing.
Quiet Observer 01-09-2011 02:39 pm (total posts: 2)
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To the post below, I don't think they want Greg Jones because he is a local boy. They want him because he would be a good value as a second round pick that would fill a need. He was also quite productive in his college years and, importantly, he hasn't had the off field issues some of the other LBs have had.

To Lionsfan: that's probably the best strategy, ignoring what may happen in free agency for the moment. They are much more likely to get a LB that can contribute in the second round then they will a CB in this draft. So Round 1 CB (Jenkins/Harris depending on work outs) and round 2 LB. Of course, Lion's management could surprise the heck out of us and get two LBs (Ayers, Jones) if free agency doesn't work out.

Redskins is an interesting team to pick for. I could see them taking Mallett if he's available since he's a lot like Shanahan's last QB: Cutler. Full of himself (confident) guy with a big arm that tries to squeeze too many balls into tight coverage and ends up turning over the ball. I hope they don't go this way, but wouldn't be surprised.
Dumb People in Michigan 01-09-2011 01:20 pm (total posts: 2)
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Dur...oh my gosh. I like my college teams. Lets draft Greg Jones because he played at my college team. This strategy has never failed us before. I mean it is so much cheaper to scout inside of Michigan for the lions and you have to trust your scouting. Greg Jones will make sixteen probowls.
K.C. Chefs Fan 01-09-2011 01:16 pm (total posts: 2)
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OMG...what the heck??? 2011 is ruined for me. How can we draft a LT in the history of the world. I hate Matt for talking Scott Pioli into drafting an Olineman. What we need is a rushlinebacker and they are so hard to predict...lets stockpile a few and hope one hits. I say the Chefs take 3 rush linebackers and if they all end up good, well then we can trade them to the raiders for top 5 picks.
Seriously 01-09-2011 08:09 am (total posts: 1)
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Why would the Chiefs take a LT when they have one of the better lines in the NFL. Both of our tackles are young as well. Then you pick a corner for the Chiefs in the second round? We have Flowers, Carr and Arrenes who were all taken within the last few drafts. It's almost as if you have no idea what your doing for some of these teams and just randomly selected players. Epic failure.
01-09-2011 02:49 am (total posts: 1)
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Terrible pick for Cincy in round 2. If Pouncey is there when they pick, he'll be wearing orange and black. If not, they take Pat Devlin.
NaNz 01-09-2011 01:56 am (total posts: 1)
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Cassel was one of if not the least sacked QBs in the NFL, and the Chiefs led the NFL in rushing. Cassel had an excellent year and wasn't pressured much as evidenced by his LOW INT stat.... Logical conclusion? Draft a LT... I swear
Chris D 01-09-2011 01:06 am (total posts: 1)
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Regarding your comment that the Bengals wouldn't pay a #4 overall QB to sit. I don't disagree. I'm from Cincinnati and hope the Bungles fail for the remainder of Mike Brown's time as their owner. However, they did sit Carson Palmer for 1 season behind Jon Kitna after making Palmer the #1 overall pick. But they're probably paying Palmer about $10 mil more than they were paying Kitna at that time. Regardless, I agree that they won't go QB, but I feel it's more due to lack of talent that is more pronounced at other positions.
Lionsfan 01-09-2011 01:05 am (total posts: 4)
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BtotheLT if the Lions wanted an OLB they would just draft Von Miller, not Kerrigan. Personally I think they should take the best corner available and then they could still get a great LB in the second round like Greg Jones.
Your Mom 01-09-2011 12:37 am (total posts: 1)
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No way Belichick takes Miller over Ayers. One trick ponies do not get drafted by the Patriots.
Blake 01-09-2011 12:31 am (total posts: 1)
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He has 3 teams double dipping. Patriots OLB twice in rd 1 (never take OLB in rd 1 + only like big OLBs like Vrabel, Adalius Thomas, Willie McGinest, Banta-Cain, not 240 pound Miller), Titans corner twice (with Finnegan on the roster), and Steelers corner twice (can't argue with that). I know it became trendy last year, but this is excessive and unrealistic.
BtotheLT 01-09-2011 12:07 am (total posts: 1)
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I think if the Lions drafted Kerrigan he'd probably fill a need at OLB (isn't that his natural position?)... They've recently announced they will be releasing Julian Peterson, add that to your notes perhaps.

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