Frank's 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Final: Updated 22 April 2011
Carolina – Cam Newton, QB. I hear all the naysayers…and understand where they’re coming from. Still, the Panthers desperately need to make a splash, and what better way to do that than take the Heisman Trophy winner.
Denver – Marcel Dareus, DT. This guy should be welcomed with open arms by John Fox. He’s the best DT in the country and should help solidify what has been a very weak DL. Don’t see how this guy can miss.
Buffalo – Von Miller, OLB. Many have the Bills taking Gabbert, but Kirkpatrick’s a decent QB that simply needs better weapons. However, Miller’s the best pass rusher in the country and getting sacks/creating turnovers can be a huge boost to their offense.
Cincinnati– Blaine Gabbert, QB. If their bonehead owner doesn’t take him, then he’s a lost cause. I don’t see Palmer playing for the Bungles again…so, common sense says take the best QB on the board and start over.
Arizona – Robert Quinn, DE/OLB. If he’d played in 2010, we may well be talking about him as the best pass rusher in the country. He’s a beast, and should be an impact player in the NFL.
Cleveland – A.J. Green, WR. Can’t go wrong with the best WR in the country as a new weapon for Colt McCoy. Their young QB’s a keeper and with more receivers like Green, their offense should step up.
San Francisco – Patrick Peterson, CB. Talk about a no-brainer…fills a big need and adds some mad KR skills to boot. He also fills one of Harbaugh’s top 3 priorities: CB, OLB/pass rusher & QB.
Tennessee – Nick Fairley, DE. Think the Titans miss VanDenBosch? Well, here’s his replacement. He’s also versatile enough to play DT, so gives new HC Munchack some good flexibility to upgrade his once stout DL.
Dallas – Prince Amukamara, CB. I could’ve gone with OT Tyron Smith here, but their DB is really hurting. This kid’s just a tad behind Peterson, so gives Garrett a big upgrade in his secondary.
Washington – Julio Jones, WR. Whomever’s the ‘Skins’ QB, this guy’s a baller and playmaker, something missing from their receiving corps. He really impressed me with his athleticism and tough catches.
Houston – Cameron Jordan, DE. This kid’s an outstanding player…and should give the Texans a very good bookend DE to Mario Williams. When Jordan figures things out, just watch MW’s sacks go up.
Minnesota – Tyron Smith, OT. A bit raw, but by far the most upside and athleticism of all the OT’s in this draft. He’s an upgrade over McKinnie…and should be in the starting OL sooner rather than later.
Detroit – Cory Liuget, DT. Just imagine, this kid playing alongside Suh. He’ll give the Lions a very stout interior on their DL…one that should wreak some havoc on opponents. This is a team on the rise…
St. Louis – Aldon Smith, DE/OLB. Besides his prowess as a DE/OLB, he’s a local kid from Mizzou…should be an instant crowd favorite and a valuable pass rusher in Spagnuolo’s defense.
Miami – Mike Pouncey, OG/C. ‘Fins need to upgrade their interior OL…this kid’s much like his brother playing for the Steelers. He should be a starter early on and beef up their OL.
Jacksonville – Ryan Kerrigan, DE. Jags’ pass rush was on the pathetic side last season…that won’t do for Del Rio. RK gives them a stud pass rusher and overall very good DE.
New England (From Oakland)– J.J. Watts, DE. Belichick misses Seymour on his DL, big-time. Watts has the size and power to be very good on NE’s DL. Just another piece in BB’s revamped D.
San Diego – Muhammed Wilkerson, DT/DE. ‘Bolts need to revamp what was once a terrifying DL…Wilkerson’s big, quick and can play both DT and DE. Niners could use a guy like him…
NY Giants – Anthony Costanzo, OT. One reason Eli had so many picks last season was poor protection…this kid’s the latest in a series of top OT’s from BC.
Tampa Bay– Justin Houston, DE. Bucs weakness on defense was a pitiful pass rush…Houston should help beef up the DL and get after the QB.
Kansas City – Gabe Carimi, OT. When Cassel wasn’t being harassed, he made a number of plays downfield. His protection is paramount, thus one of the top OT’s in the country.
Indianapolis – Derek Sherrod, OT. Ditto the above, only it’s Peyton. Colts need to upgrade their OL to keep him upright. They do that, he’ll have another banner season.
Philadelphia – Jimmy Smith, CB. The Eagles’ secondary isn’t what it used to be…and you just can’t have enough good CB’s. Smith is very good…just didn’t get the PR Peterson/Amukamara got.
New Orleans – Cameron Heyward, DE. Saints’ defense fell off some last season…they need a bookend to DE Will Smith to beef up their DL. Heyward should fill that void nicely.
Seattle – Marvin Austin, DT. Their best DT, Brandon Mebane, is in the last year of his contract, so it’d be prudent to grab Austin. He’s another guy who’s got the quickness to also play DE (ran 4.80 40 at combine).
Baltimore – Adrian Clayborn, DE. As if Terrell Suggs isn’t enough to deal with, I look for the Ravens to get him an accomplice. Clayborn’s got a nice burst off the edge and very strong hands.
Atlanta – Kyle Rudolph, TE. Given this is Tony Gonzalez’ last season, Coach Smith will want to get his replacement now. Rudolph’s got nice hands and should be a good target for Ryan.
New England – Brooks Reed, OLB. He’ll play OLB for Belichick…and should fit in to his young defense very well. They lacked a consistent pass rush last year…with addition of DE Watt and this guy that should get much better.
Chicago - Nate Solder, OT. This kid has a huge upside…pass protection’s his strength, which is right up Cutler’s alley, given he spent too much time on the ground last year.
NY Jets – Akeem Ayers, OLB. J-E-T-S love defense and this kid’s got tons of potential at OLB. He should improve their pass rushing, just what AFC East opponents don’t want to hear.
Pittsburgh – Ben Ijalana, OT/OG. Steelers need to keep pass rushers off Big Ben. This kid’s got the talent and versatility to improve their OL. Last year was Pouncey…this year it’ll be Ijalana.
Green Bay – Randall Cobb, WR/KR. One of those jack-of-all-trade guys, who’s adept at receiving, rushing and kick returning. The kind of player coaches just love to have on their roster.
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