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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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Gabe F. 01-11-2011 01:22 am (total posts: 2)
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Also, I don't think the Hawks will take an RB in the 2nd round. They invested way too much in Marshawn Lynch, and Jeremy Bates likes the Lynch-Forsett combo. They need a stacked O-line almost as desperately as they need a young QB. There won't be much in this year's draft at THAT position for the Seahawks to choose from, so I'm sure they'll pursue a Vince Young, Kevin Kolb, or Shaun Hill as a temporary option.
Gabe F. 01-11-2011 01:17 am (total posts: 2)
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The Seahawks Interior lineman are more of run-stoppers as opposed to pass rushers. Although D-Line is a pressing need here in Seattle, I think they will address their O-line and Secondary needs first.
notanidiot 01-11-2011 01:17 am (total posts: 1)
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titans will not draft 2 corners in the first 2 rounds. this might have been the worst draft i have ever seen. i am now dumber.
will 01-11-2011 01:15 am (total posts: 1)
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I like the Locker pick @ 7, I believe after the combine he may even shoot back to the #1 rated qb this year. Good work all around.
WTF Mate 01-11-2011 12:30 am (total posts: 1)
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Bob Johnson 01-11-2011 12:05 am (total posts: 1)
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The chiefs get a CB and an OT??? Do you watch these teams or just guess??? No pass rush... no great WR... the ONLY strength is the Secondary... plus Charlie Weis was horrible on 3rd down... KC will be better without him...
Knep 01-10-2011 10:59 pm (total posts: 1)
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Wow didnt know they made people this stupid, you have no clue what your talking about please stop trying.
d 01-10-2011 10:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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worst chiefs mock if seen thus far. pretty much no concept of their team needs. OLB, WR, C, NT??? any of these would have been better. pretty pathetic, no wonder you were so far off base last year. Scott pioli was happy with branden albert last year. Pretty sure he's even happier this year. Thanks for comin out.
joe 01-10-2011 10:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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RYAN WILLIAMS is a 1st rounder!
I love how you guys hate on Tebow 01-10-2011 08:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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whatever, I'll admit that he's not a proven QB yet, but you are the same guys blowing McCoy who had a 6 TD to 9 INT season, yeah he's a great franchise QB. And then Bradford as well who scored a measly 6 points in the biggest game of the season, and spent this entire season dinking and dunking, an offense any backup QB could run. Oh but Tebow's the one you don't like? Sorry, I like your take on prospects, but keep your bias on NFL teams to yourselves.
BilltheCat 01-10-2011 06:25 am (total posts: 1)
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Real intelligent assessment of the Dolphins...not. WR in the first?? No way. PLUS the Dolphins havent got a second round pick. It's a QB in the first. Do your homework, dude.
Josh 01-10-2011 12:30 am (total posts: 1)
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As a bears fan I have no problem with Walt projecting a o-lineman to them but i would rather they address needs on defense. Your choice makes more sense to me. Is there a defense tackle that they might take? Getting pressure on the quarterback was an issue. As great as are ends played there wasn't no pressure in the middle.
Mark 01-09-2011 11:03 pm (total posts: 2)
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@Aaron, agreed on the Torrey Smith pick, I'd rather get a RT or a CB. (Costanzo/Camiri then Greg Little in the 3rd?) Would that sound good?
Jabroni 01-09-2011 09:55 pm (total posts: 2)
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The steelers will not go back to back corners in the first and second. No chance. Otherwise, good work.
Will 01-09-2011 09:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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This is one of the worst mock drafts I have seen! Maybe you should start watching golf or something.

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