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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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luke 01-08-2011 04:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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Why would Denver take a WR when they have Brandon Llyod who had over a thousand yards receiving and 11 TDs. The broncos need defensive players.
Zach 01-08-2011 04:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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Todd McClure is not an elite Center??? your kidding I hope. Even so they Drafted his replacement in Joe Hawley last year.
Packer Fan 01-08-2011 04:41 pm (total posts: 2)
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I really like Mason Foster as a prospect as well, he is a tackling machine, but why would the Packers draft and ILB? We just paid Chillar a lot of money last year and just paid big money to desmond Bishop. We still ahve to the 2 veterans in Barnett and Hawk. We may let Barnett walk and restructure Hawk's deal, but it just doesn't seam like a smart pcik considering other needs at OL, OLB, CB.
cody 01-08-2011 04:32 pm (total posts: 2)
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J.J. Watt is not a 3-4 end. Watching him play every snap this year his talents would be wasted playing end in a 3-4. He is a 4-3 end! He has a first step to get around the tackle, a relentless motor and a nose for the football. 21 TFl doesn't sound like someone who takes up blockers, hes a playmaker. He got stronger as the season went on, including stepping up in big games against OSU and Iowa. H'e listed at 292lbs, but reading recent articles he is around 280, which also isn't ideal size for a 5 tech. You need to re-evaluate Watt, and soon you'll come to the realization that J.J. should be playing 4-3 end.
Michael 01-08-2011 03:47 pm (total posts: 2)
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I am not sold on Mallet either; I read a mock where they noticed a weird hitch in his delivery and when I watched him in the bowl game I noticed this hitch too, so even with the big arm it is going to give the defensive back an extra second to break on the ball negating some of the arm stregnth; Mallet is far from polished like a Roethlesberger; this guys relaease is just too slow with the hitch; a guy that reminds me a little of Peyton Manning in terms of brain power and accuracy is the Boise State quarterback; think he is very underrated; I would take him over Kyle Orton right now.
Paul 01-08-2011 03:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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2 CBs for the Steelers, C'MON MAN! Really? Why would they? I mean Mcfadden is bad, but they won Superbowl 43 with him and in superbowl 40 they had deshea freakin townsend and won, hard for any QB to(besides to get exposed in the secondary when you are on your butt all day. They will address OL or DL in the first rd with either pouncey,watt, or cimari and maybe corner in the second,but I still think they address ILB or DL they need to find Farriors and Aaron Smiths replacements.
Michael 01-08-2011 03:43 pm (total posts: 2)
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best mock I have seen yet; kind of hits the point of what the teams should do; not what they will do. What they should do is what is important though.
Steven 01-08-2011 03:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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Pats take two rush linebackers? I expect one, and maybe a situational rusher in the late 2nd or 3rd round... I mean Matt himself said he liked Jermaine Cunningham, who's been starting all year as a rookie...
V 01-08-2011 02:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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Mark my words Matt, Cameron Heyward will be a stud, as will Ryan Mallet. You are a joke as a scouter. Last year, not only did you say that Jimmy Clausen and Damian Williams were the best prospects at there respected positions(QB-WR), you also trashed Mike Williams, and Colt McCoy. Mike Williams just turned out to lead rookie receivers in yards, receiving touchdowns, and receptions, and McCoy beat out two veterans for the starting job. Granted, McCoy isn't going to turn any heads but he did MUCH better than Jimmy Clausen.
Elliot 01-08-2011 02:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Chiefs draft is completely wrong. First of all, they need a RT not a LT. Branden Albert has played at a high level all year. And there is no way they select a CB in round 2. They have their starting corners in Flowers and Carr, and they got their nickel last year in Arenas. They'll draft a WR or OLB in the first 2 rounds.
Deez Nutz 01-08-2011 01:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Thank you...A mock that finally gives us Brandon Harris instead of reaching for a tackle in the 1st..Da Bears, Now how about Orlando Franklin in the 2nd??
Kennedy 01-08-2011 01:03 pm (total posts: 2)
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Hey "Finally someone..." I agree with you on Locker. I also see bust on both Gabbert and Mallett. But Locker is going to be a star, but unfortunately for him he's going to drop to Seattle or even the second round.
Finally someone who's really been watching Locker... 01-08-2011 12:57 pm (total posts: 2)
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I think you're assessment on the 49ers is spot on. Locker is the only other top QB that has had credible time playing under center. I also believe Gabbert will go before Jake (to Arizona). But I believe Gabbert will bust. I've watched Jake for 4 years now (Oregon Duck fan here!!! Soon to be the NATIONAL CHAMPS!!!), if he goes to a west coast offense scheme team (Arizona, 49ers, Seattle) he WILL be a star. There's really no doubt in my mind about it. Trust me on this... his Huskies teams over the years have sucked big time, and he has had absolutely no help. Arizona (or any team that passes on him) is going to regret not picking him. I laugh at all the peeps that think Locker isn't worthy.
Josh 01-08-2011 12:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hey Matt, I enjoy both Walt and your mocks. But this one is all over the place bad. If you don't know the history of teams you should ask for help or do better research. Your whole second half of the 1st round is terrible. I can 100 percent say none of those picks will happen. The Eagles have never taken a linebacker in the 1st round ever in Reid's era let alone Bruce Carter who won't be a 1st round pick. I'll be very shocked if Stefen Wisniewski is picked ahead of Mike Pouncey let alone a 1st round pick. And I get it, your trying to make a point about Jake Locker but guess what Rodgers and Lienert both fell and both were better prospects then he is. He's a late 1st round pick if lucky. lol Muhammad Wilkerson isn't a 1st round pick and both Brandon Harris and Janoris Jenkins will go much higher.
Jared 01-08-2011 12:50 pm (total posts: 1)
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Pick 3 to bills:"I'd rather have a quarterback who is more polished like Blaine Gabbert or Vince Young"... WHAT!!?!?!

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