Stein’s 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Final: Updated 8 April 2011
1. Carolina Panthers: DT Marcell Dareus – To rebuild fast, a team should re-build the lines. The Panthers know this from experience with Julius Peppers.
2. Denver Broncos: CB Patrick Peterson – Denver needs a corner, and they take the best one on the board.
3. Buffalo Bills: QB Blaine Gabbert – Bills get best QB available in 2011, but is he worth going this high? Teams always reach.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Cam Newton – Following this pick, Cincy will unload Carson Palmer when they get a good offer.
5. Arizona Cardinals: LB Von Miller – Cards can’t believe their luck when Miller falls to them. A very good, smart linebacker.
6. Cleveland Browns: DE Da’Quan Bowers – Browns add another piece to improving defense.
7. San Fransisco 49ers: CB Prince Amukamara – Could take Fairley here, but either player will help.
8. Tennessee Titans: DT Nick Fairley – Titans plug in a good DT with something to prove to his doubters.
9. Dallas Cowboys: OT Anthony Constonzo – Dallas starts to work on their biggest weakness, the O-line.
10. Washington Redskins: WR A.J. Green – With no quarterback worthy of this choice, Skins take the best player on the board.
11. Houston Texans: LB Justin Houston – Very good size & speed. Productive in college. Texans may trade back and still get him.
12. Minnesota Vikings: QB Jake Locker – They like his size and strength, but is he accurate enough?
13. Detroit Lions: OG Mike Pouncey – A solid lineman. Plays better at guard than center.
14. St. Louis Rams: DE Robert Quinn – Rams take a chance on his upside.
15. Miami Dolphins: RB Mark Ingram – Best player at a need position. Solid, if not spectacular pick.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE J.J. Watt – Some rank him as a top 10 talent. Too good to pass up here.
17. New England Patriots: WR Julio Jones – Pats need a big, fast target to go with all those TE’s.
18. San Diego Chargers: DE Aldon Smith – Good athlete. Tall, fast and will rush off the edge.
19. NY Giants: OT Gabe Carimi – A good, strong run blocker to strengthen the O-line.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Martez Wilson – Wilson should contribute right away for a team that needs it.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: DT Corey Liuget – Don’t be surprised if KC takes one or two more D-linemen this year.
22. Indianapolis Colts: OT Tyron Smith – Colts mission: Protect Manning. Smith can help.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: OG Danny Watkins – The O-line needs some help. Watkins a solid choice here.
24. New Orleans Saints: RB Kendall Hunter – The defense needs help, but Hunter will impress.
25. Seattle Seahawks: OT Nate Solder – ‘Hawks need O-linemen! Solder can play.
26. Baltimore Ravens: FS Aaron Williams – Williams makes an old defense a little younger.
27. Atlanta Falcons: CB Brandon Harris – Dunta Robinson was not as good as they thought. Harris will compete right away.
28. New England Patriots: DE Adrian Clayborn – They need an O-lineman, but no one here worthy of a first round pick.
29. Chicago Bears: OLB Bruce Carter – Best defender available. Bears make a strength even stronger.
30. NY Jets: WR Randall Cobb – Good skills and he knows it. Rex Ryan likes those guys.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Cameron Jordan – Steelers take best player on board and are darned happy he’s there.
32. Green Bay Packers: OG Stefen Wisniewski – The Pack likes legacies, and Wisniewski can play.