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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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JPV 01-08-2011 11:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 2)
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Skins should load up on offensive play guys this and then they'll have a chance for a QB next year. Blackmon in the first round then Hankerson in the 2nd round.
SkinsFan 01-08-2011 10:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 2)
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If the skins take Cam Newton it would another be a huge mistake...a WR or CB would make more sense. Lets see if they are able to unload Mcnabb & Haynesworth for some extra picks in the draft. I do like the JJ Watt pick. I would be content with Grossman as the QB next year....if there is a next year.
Lionsfan 01-08-2011 09:28 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.23 (total posts: 4)
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Irishleo1980 don't know if we were looking at the same draft but he seems to think the Lions need another D-Lineman because we don't have an elite pass rusher. Ever heard of Nadamakong Suh!? The guy led all DT in sacks in only his rookie year! The Lions either need to wait it out and hope that Amukamara falls to 13 or trade back and draft a OT so Stafford actually makes it through a full season. If they traded back they could probably get another second round pick from the team they traded with. Then if possible get yet another pick in the second. Then their first two rounds could look like OT Derrik Sherrod, CB Brandon Harris or Aaron Williams, LB Greg Jones, and RB Mikel Leshoure. That would address almost all their needs. If they couldn't get a second round pick to take Leshoure they could always take Jamie Harper in the fourth or John Clay in say the seventh as long as they get a power RB. If they did all that, brought in a few free agents, made some trades, and keep Stafford healthy, they would be serious playoff contenders.
The obvious truth 01-08-2011 08:28 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.146 (total posts: 3)
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Irishleo = Matt McGuire
Irishleo1980 01-08-2011 08:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.235 (total posts: 1)
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Jesus Christ..........Sounds like a lot of sour puss cry babies on here.I don't agree with a few of your picks Matt,but you did a pretty decent job on your mock draft.Kudos to you who took the time to make one when most of these whiners on here probably don't even have one.
tim greco 01-08-2011 07:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.15 (total posts: 1)
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NY Giants...... you do not feel with all the injuries to the O Line they grab the best available by the second round?
Mallett 01-08-2011 07:57 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.220 (total posts: 1)
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hahhahahhahahahahah you have mallett 35th overall...."matt mcguire" stop making mock drafts...most pathetic thing ever
Jacob Messer 01-08-2011 07:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.28 (total posts: 1)
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Did Branden Albert die? A LT with our first pick? Am I in the right year???

I don't understand KC's drafting of a LT just because Weis is leaving. We still have Muir as our OL coach... don't we?
No Cam Newton at #3 and Bills need a RT more than LT. 01-08-2011 06:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.191 (total posts: 1)
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I really hope the Bills don't use the #3 pick on Cam Newton. Newton will fall like Leinhart anyways.

Selecting Newton is a lot like all the other 1st round reached they've drafted over the past decade. Take the top player, not Aaron Maybin. At least one that's been a starter more than 2 years...and no JC doesn't cont.

the rotating carousel at Rt was the biggest reason the bills running game never hit its potential last year.
will brennan 01-08-2011 06:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.172 (total posts: 1)
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I believe Bills will go defensive stud Round 1 and offensive line round 2. Round 1 is such big $$ that to use it on a maybe QB could be another in a long line of round 1 mistakes for Bills. I believe Fitzpatrick has shown enough and even though not the franchise QB the "pundits" are looking for,will get to the playoffs with some defensive line talent to stop the run and linebacker talent to rush the passer.
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Lionsfan 01-08-2011 06:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.23 (total posts: 4)
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If the Lions can't get Prince Amukamara at 13, they should just trade down and take an OT. They should try to get another 2nd round pick if they trade down and take Greg Jones and take the best corner available which could be Brandon Harris, Janoris Jenkins, or Aaron Willams, all of which would be steals in the second round. Then in one of the late rounds they should take John Clay because he's a lot better than people think and would also be a steal that late.
Howie 01-08-2011 06:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.146 (total posts: 3)
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Not to mention the Titans are 3 deep at Corner with Cortland Finnegan, Ryan Mouton, and Alteraun Verner... Please just stop posting... Forver...
Howie 01-08-2011 05:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.146 (total posts: 3)
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The only way any of this mock draft makes sense is if the writer fell down a flight of stairs before writing it. This is a disaster from start to finish.

Bud Adams did not admit "releasing Vince Young was a mistake". (A)Its the right decision, (B)and he hasn't been released yet. A WR going first overall, I don't care how good he is is a retarded decision, ask the Detroit Lions. A Corner going 2nd to the Broncos? WTF? Cam Newton 3rd overall? Is this... real???
Lionsfan 01-08-2011 04:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.23 (total posts: 4)
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How retarded are you!? The Lions don't have an elite pass rusher, ever heard of Nadamakong Suh, the guy that led DT with sacks in only his rookie year. The Lions should draft the best corner available, wether thats Prine or Jenkins. If they did want to follow the stradegy of drafting the best player available, wouldn't make sense that they take Ingram. Best is a good third down back but doesn't seem to have the strength to be an elite back. All Best does is bounce it outside in hopes that he can outrun the defenders. When Morris stepped in he did good because he ran downhill. Ingram does the same thing with way more talent and youth. All in all though, the Lions have to get a shutdown corner, even if it means trading up.
Andy NJ 01-08-2011 04:55 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.169 (total posts: 1)
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I like you mock draft a lot. It is well thought out. My father is an Arkansas alum so I watch a ton of Arkansas and SEC football. I agree he is over rated and not a top 10 pick but I don't think he is absolutely going to be a bust. I think he has as good a chance as any of the QBs coming out. None of them are lock in this year or any other draft for that matter. I also disagree that he will not be taken in the first round. Minnesota #11, Miami #15, Jax #16 and Seattle #21 all need upgrades at QB. I think to Jax at 16 is a fair spot for him.







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