Updated NFL Mock Draft: 1/20/11

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Every week we get closer to the Draft season.  This week the East/ West Shire bowl kicked off and next week we will see the start of the Senior Bowl practices.  Also with the NFL playoffs winding down we are getting a more complete look at the final draft order.  Below you will notice that Cam Newton is not in my 1st round and while I feel someone will select him I think it will involve a trade.  I fully expect a Tim Tebow like trade of a team back into the first round to select Newton.  With that being said I still have major questions about his ability to develop into an effective starter in the NFL.  Please be sure to check out DCsports report for a great mock draft database.


Nick Fairley- DT- Auburn

New coach Ron Rivera stated that the Panthers will stick with their 4-3 alignment and that makes Fairley and Da’Quan Bowers  prime candidates for the #1 pick.  I feel that a penetrating defensive tackle like Fairley is what this defense is missing.  There are some whispers about Fairley being a character concern but I like my defensive tackles w/ a nasty streak.  A lot has to play out before April but as it sits now it appears to be a battle of defensive linemen.


Da’Quan Bowers- DE- Clemson

John Fox was the coach when the Panthers drafted Julius Peppers and he will be looking to bring in a similar prospect this year.  It appears likely that the Broncos make the switch from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3 so it would be wise for them to get a versatile defensive en that can play opposite of Elvis Dumervil.  Bowers fits that bill because he can rush the passer and also hold strong against the run.

 


Patrick Peterson- CB- LSU

Talent, talent is what this Buffalo Bills team needs and that is exactly how you would describe Peterson.  The Bills have some serviceable corners on the roster but none with the skills of Peterson.  His ability in coverage as well as the return game will allow him to make an immediate impact.


 

AJ Green- WR- Georgia

It appears that the Ochocinco and TO era is finished in Cincinnati which means that there is a hole at the receiver position.  Green could come in and fill the shoes of both of those players with his big play ability and not to mention some baggage of his own.  While Green has had some issues in the past I dont consider him a character concern.

Blaine Gabbert- QB- Missouri

My gut tells me that the Cardinals have to go with a quarterback at this position.  There are zero options on the roster right now and the free agent market only offers a temporary solution.  While I feel that Gabbert’s talents are best suited for the middle of the first round.  We all know that this is a quarterback driven league so they need to make this position a priority.

Robert Quinn- DE/OLB- UNC

The whispers around the league is that the Browns will be making the switch to the 4-3 defense and that makes finding a rush defensive end a must.  Quinn has exceptional pass rushing skills but might need to bulk up some to hold  strong against the run.

Prince Amukamara-CB- Nebraska

Jim Harbaugh is going to have to resist the urge to select a quarterback early because there just isnt anyone worthy of the #7 pick.  He might be better suited looking at someone like Christian Ponder in the 2nd round.  I know that he is also aware of the need in the secondary and Amukamara is a elite cornerback prospect.

Marcel Dareus-DT- Alabama

The Titans defense hasnt been the same since Albert Haynesworth left for Washington.  Dareus is a similar player in that he is capable of penetrating the pocket and holding strong at the point of attack.  This would be an ideal situation for the Titans because it would curb their urge to select a quarterback.

Tyron Smith- OT- USC

This pick is a combination of Smith’s talent and the lack of talent in this draft class.  I have Smith ranked #10 on my big board and feel he has the skills to develop into a top tier left tackle.  The Cowboys really need help along the offensive line so Smith would be a good choice.

Ryan Mallett- QB- Arkansas

Mallett has seen his stock drop some but I still feel that he is capable of being a good NFL quarterback.  There are some concerns about his footwork and decision making but he is still developing.  Coach Shanahan loves strong armed quarterbacks and didnt shy away from the questionable character of Jay Cutler.  At this point I see Mallett as a mid 1st round talent but the need is great here for the Redskins.

Von Miller- OLB- Texas A&M

Wade Phillips has been brought in to fix the Texans porous defense which also means a switch to the 3-4 scheme.  Phillips is going to need players to fill his needs and Miller provides them with a good option for the rush outside linebacker position.

Drake Nevis- DT- LSU

I am going to admit that this is pretty high for Nevis but he should impress during the draft process.  The Williams’ wall appears to be breaking up and Nevis would be a nice fit as a 3 technique.  When the Vikings defense was very good they were able to create pressure with their front four and pressure is an area where Nevis excels.

Akeem Ayers- LB- UCLA

Last offseason the Lions rebuilt their defensive line and this year they focus on linebackers.  Ayers is a very versatile linebacker that has the speed to cover a lot of ground.  The Lions could use help in the secondary but Ayers meets need and player value.

Julio Jones- WR- Alabama

Jones is a top 10 talent that falls to a team that desperately needs a playmaker on the outside.  Jones and Bradford will make a great team for years to come as they develop together.

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  • http://www.SKOHRboard.com SKOHR

    Great mock!
    I was surprised by the Minnesota pick though. I don’t have Minnesota thinking Defensive Tackle and I really haven’t see that much from Nevis. What do you see that makes you think he’ll go that high?

    If you’re interested, I just released my latest mock earlier today on my site. You can check it out here http://www.skohrboard.com/2011/01/2011-early-declaration-nfl-mock-draft.html Please let me know what you think in the comments!

    • Matt

      saw your mock, gave Chiefs a terrible pick, they need depth and they can get a starter later for RT, they need a WR, NT, and C, not a T in the 1st round

  • http://nflmocks.com/ jdove

    Nevis has a great first step and could play the 3 tech while williams plays the NT spot in tht 4-3 defense. Nevis will get into the backfield quickly and create havoc

  • Web Surfer

    Proof that any clown can post a mock draft on the web. If John Harbaugh is drafting for the 49ers there are going to be several upset Raven fans………..

  • http://www.SKOHRboard.com SKOHR

    I hardly think that writing John instead of Jim is a “clownable” offense.

  • Web Surfer

    Skohr, one may agreee if it were a mistake by a novice, but from a mock draft author with Dove’s “credentials” most would expect better. Probably not the first and won’t be the last to confuse the two but still, Proof Read!!

  • http://www.SKOHRboard.com SKOHR

    Haha, fair enough. I was just sticking up for him because I am sure that I’ve made that same mistake before and probably will again. Hopefully J does take a second and update the post now that he knows about it.

  • joshd

    Kevin Williams is the 3-Tech in Minnesota and I don’t see him going anywhere. Maybe if Nevis can handle double teams and replace Phat Pat, but I think they would have other pressing needs on defense, like safety and LB.

  • http://nflmocks.com/ jdove

    I think Kevin can handle himself as the NT filling 2 gaps

    • joshd

      They had him filling two gaps as a 5-tech after they first drafted him and that didn’t seem to fit his style so they moved him to 3-tech and he took off. Can’t imagine they would move a Pro-Bowler to a different position when he has been so successful at the one he currently plays, but if they fall in love with a guy like Drake you never know.

  • Jack

    The Bears have the worst pass blocking O-line in the NFL and you have them taking a DT. They need help at CB and DT, but if they don’t fix the O-line, they will need a QB by the end of next season.

  • http://nflmocks.com/ jdove

    It wouldnt be worth taking a guy that has a late 2nd round grade in the first round. As I agree tht the bears need oline help its not worth reaching for a player. I considered Mike Pouncey and Stefen Wisniewski at this spot but Liuget is a really good player