Before any of you even start in, yes I know I'm a sick sick man and that it's completely ridiculous to post a 2011 mock draft. But it's been a boring day and I needed to fill the time doing something. I picked the draft order based on a quick power ranking I did and tried to be as non-biased as possible. Yes I would love to have the Steelers picking 32nd every year but that's not realistic. Unfortunately the 2011 draft is stocked full of two positions we don't need, WR's and 4-3 DE's, although there some quality depth at 3-4 DE too. Aside from the prospects I have in the mock, there's also Adrian Taylor of Oklahoma, Lawrence guy of ASU, and Marcell Darius of Alabama. On the line below the pick I've added who I choose for each team in my 2010 mock draft in the 1st round. So for the purposes of this mock draft I only went based on who i chose in the 1st round, otherwise it would've gotten too complicated. I hope everyone enjoys it. As always I look forward to your questions, comments, and conversations.
1. Cleveland Browns (5-11) – Jake Locker QB, Washington
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Eric Berry S, Tennessee
Jake Delhomme is going to be booed just like Derek Anderson was. As of right now Locker is the top rated QB in the 2011 draft and would be a good fit for the type of offense Mangini likes to run, although he would be even better in the Mike Holmgren offense should Mangini be given his walking papers. If by some miracle they manage to win enough games to miss out on one of the top QB’s there will be plenty of quality play-making WR’s to choose from.
2. St. Louis Rams (1-15) – A.J. Green WR, UGA
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
With a new QB they need to look for weapons. In a strong WR class Green stands out as the top prospect whose skills can be compared to Randy Moss without all of the baggage. If for some reason the Rams choose Jimmy Clausen over Sam Bradford they might opt for Michael Floyd because of the familiarity between the two. Unless a dominant pass-rushing prospect emerges I can’t see anyone other than Patrick Peterson being given much consideration.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (4-12) – Patrick Peterson CB, LSU
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Bryan Bulaga OT, Iowa
Peterson is being hailed as the next Darrell Revis. The term “Shutdown” corner is used a lot, but with regards to Peterson it may be true. He has a great size/speed combo, and is equally superior against the pass (in man and zone) as well as against the run. If the wheels start to fall of on the newly acquired Thomas Jones they could take Mark Ingram to pair with Jamaal Charles.
4. Buffalo Bills (6-10) – Ryan Mallett QB, Arkansas
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Dan Williams DT, Tennessee
Trent Edwards will be a free agent in 2011, and even if he is retained he’s not a starter. Mallett is a tall pocket passer with a rifle for an arm to combat the elements that frequent Orchard Park.
5. Detroit Lions (2-14) – Mark Ingram RB, Alabama
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma State
A Quarterback’s best friend, other than a solid LT, is a Running back. Kevin Smith is going to be a free agent in 2011 and RB’s with ACL tears tend to wear down quickly. Even if he is healthy and resigned this is a 2-back league and Ingram would pair well with Smith. The Lions also have 3 out of their 4 DE’s set to become FA’s as well so they could be in the market for Pitt’s Greg Romeus or Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers.
6. Seattle Seahawks (5-11) – Andrew Luck QB, Stanford
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Gerald McCoy DT, Oklahoma/ Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
Seattle finds their heir apparent for Matt Hasselbeck with someone who’s great for Coach Carroll’s version of the West Coast offense. I’m sure they will be keeping their fingers crossed that hometown product Jake Locker falls to them. If they don’t make a trade for Brandon Marshall this offseason they will definitely have a need for a #1 receiver.
7. New England Patriots via Oakland Raiders (5-11) – Julio Jones WR, Alabama
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jared Odrick DT/DE, PSU
Randy Moss will be a 33 year old free agent in 2011 and Wes Welker is coming back from a serious knee injury. The Patriots will have a choice to make between Jones and Michael Floyd. Jones is a big time play maker who is similar to T.O., including a penchant for the occasional dropped pass.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13) – Greg Romeus DE, Pittsburgh
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska
They finally get their dominant pass-rusher that former 1st round pick and deceased DE Gaines Adams was supposed to be. Like many teams at the top of the draft, the Bucs are also in the market for a WR. Both OT’s Jeremy Trueblood and Donald Penn will both be free agents so a more likely scenario for this pick will be the top rated OT.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9) – Allen Bailey DT, Miami
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Earl Thomas FS, Texas
Troy Williamson, Kassim Osgood, and MSW will all be free agents in 2011, and even still they lack a true #1, but a bigger issue is their lack of a pass-rush. It doesn’t help that John Henderson is no longer the dominant force he once was. He’s due an almost 6mil bonus in 2011 so he may be cut to save money in which case they will have a definite need at DT.
10. Chicago Bears (7-9) – Michael Floyd WR, Notre Dame
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: 3rd rd: Jon Asamoah OG, Illinois
The Bears have been lacking a true #1 receiver for quite some time now and finally get the chance to fill that need. They will also look at the top available FS prospects like UCLA’s Rahim Moore, Alabama’s Mark Barron, or take Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling and convert him to Safety.
11. Washington Redskins (4-12) – Joseph Barksdale OT, LSU
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jimmy Clausen QB, Notre Dame
Barksdale is a very athletic OT that is perfect for Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. If they take an OT in the 1st round of the 2010 draft their biggest need in 2011 will be to find a long-term solution at QB. Unfortunately at this point all of the top tier QB prospects are gone, so they will have to focus on the defense. Their biggest need on the defensive side is to find some to pair with the ageless wonder London Fletcher. Currently the highest rated 2011 ILB prospect is USC’s Chris Galippo.
12. Denver Broncos (8-8) – Jerrell “Boom Boom” Powe NT, Ole’ Miss
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma State
The centerpiece to any 3-4 defense is the NT and Jamaal Williams is nothing more than a 34 year old stop-gap. The Broncos will have multiple needs on the defensive side of the ball. Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman are both over 30 with Champ being a FA, Brian Dawkins will be 35 years old, and if they do not come to a long-term deal with Elvis Dumervil they will need a pass-rusher.
13. Arizona Cardinals (10-6) – Matt Reynolds OT, BYU
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Sergio Kindle DE/OLB, Texas
After suffering through another season without a quality LT this pick will be like heaven as this has been one of their top needs for several years now. ILB Chris Galippo and CB Ras-I Dowling will also be considerations here.
14. Carolina Panthers (8-8) – Jared Crick DT, Nebraska
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: 2nd rd: Brandon LaFell WR, LSU
The Panthers have had issues at defensive tackle for a while now. They could also use help at OLB so Travis Lewis and hometown favorite Bruce Carter may be options as well.
15. San Francisco 49ers (8-8) – DeAndre McDaniel S, Clemson
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Joe Haden CB, Florida/ Anthony Davis OT, Rutgers
Current SS Michael Lewis is concussion prone and the 49ers could use an upgrade. McDaniel is the top rated Safety for 2011 and is versatile enough to play both the Free and Strong positions. They could also take Chris Galippo, pair him with Patrick Willis, and have the best young ILB tandem in the NFL.
16. Tennessee Titans (8-8) – Ras-I Dowling CB, Virginia
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Carlos Dunlap DE, Florida
After picking a DE in 2010 the Titans biggest dire need will be a CB. They also need to find a replacement for Keith Bullock, not just to play the position but to be the defensive leader so Oklahoma’s Travis Lewis may be that guy.
17. Atlanta Falcons (9-7) - Travis Lewis OLB, Oklahoma
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Brandon Graham DE, Michigan
Mike Peterson will be a 35 year old free agent in 2011 and his career is clearly on the downswing. Lewis would be reunited with former Sooner Curtis Lofton and form a great young linebacking nucleus.
18. New York Jets (9-7) – Jonathan Baldwin WR, Pittsburgh
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jerry Hughes OLB, TCU
Braylon Edwards will be a free agent in 2011 and I don’t think the Jets will offer the type of long-term contact that the drop-happy Edwards would accept. Baldwin is a 6’5, 225lbs. nightmare for opposing DB’s in the red zone.
19. New York Giants (8-8) – Marvin Austin DT, UNC
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Derrick Morgan DE, Georgia Tech
Jay Alford and Barry Cofield will both be FA’s in 2011 and Rocky Bernard just isn’t cutting it.
20. Houston Texans (9-7) – Rahim Moore FS, UCLA
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Kyle Wilson CB, Boise State
If the Texans ever hope to take control of the AFC South, they are going to need to stop Peyton Manning. Moore is a ballhawk that would replace the oft-injured Eugene Wilson.
21. New England Patriots (10-6) – Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jared Odrick DT/DE, PSU
Current LT Might Light will be a 33 year old free agent. Carimi is versatile enough to play either LT or RT, in case the Patriots move Sebastian Vollmer to the left side.
22. Miami Dolphins (7-9) – Evan Royster RB, PSU
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul OLB, USF
Rickey Williams will be a 33 year old free agent, and Ronnie Brown will be a free agent with a history of knee issues.
23. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) – Chris Galippo ILB, USC
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Taylor Mays S, USC
How about an all-USC starting linebacking core? Dhani Jones will be a 32 year old free agent, and Rey Maualuga will probably slide over and start in his place which is his natural position. Put both of them with Keith Rivers and you would have the best young group of linebackers in the NFL.
24. Green Bay Packers (11-5) – Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Charles Brown OT, USC
Charles Woodson and Al Harris with both be another year older and the Packers really need to some young talent in place.
25. Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) – Aaron Williams CB, Texas
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Sean Weatherspoon OLB, Missouri
The Eagles like to replace their CB’s before they get too old. Sheldon Brown will be 31 in the 2011 offseason.
26. Dallas Cowboys (11-5) – Quan Sturdivant ILB, UNC
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Mike Iupati OG, Idaho
Keith Brooking will be 35 years old next offseason, and he was brought in because the team didn’t have much faith in Bobby Carpenter who will be a free agent.
27. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7) – Cameron Heyward DE, OSU
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Rolando McClain ILB, Alabama
Heyward is the perfect fit as a 3-4 defensive end in the Steelers scheme. Picking this late in the 1st round they would also consider versatile UGA OT Clint Boling who has played every position on the offensive line for Georgia. Other options would include Jerrell Powe to be the successor to Casey Hampton at NT, Ras-I Dowling to replace 30 year old FA Ike Taylor, or a Safety like DeAndre McDaniel or Rahim Moore to eventually take over for Ryan Clark. If Heyward is already gone, and he might be considering he compares favorably to Tyson Jackson who went 5th overall in the 2009 draft, a nice consolation prize would be Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn.
28. Baltimore Ravens (9-7) – Adrian Clayborn DT/DE, Iowa
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jermaine Gresham TE, Oklahoma
They recently lost a lot of depth to free agency and Trevor Price will be a 35 year old FA in 2011.
29. San Diego Chargers (13-3) – Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: C.J. Spiller RB, Clemson
San Diego will have a few areas that will need to be addressed in the 2011 draft. For starters, they have a huge hole at NT but currently Jerrell Powe is the only DT prospect who projects to play it at the next level. Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Jackson are both set to become UFA’s and it might be too expensive to keep them both. Shawn Merriman will also be an UFA and he’s the one who will most likely not be resigned.
30. Minnesota Vikings (12-4) – Pat Devlin QB, Delaware
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Devin McCourty CB, Rutgers
Even if Brett Favre comes back for 2010, can he really come back for 2011? I know he’s the ageless wonder and all, but come on. Pat Devlin is the “under the radar” QB for 2011 who is drawing a lot of comparisons to Joe Flacco, although a lot of that has to do with the fact that he transferred form a Pa school to Delaware. He does fit though mold though of a tall, strong-armed QB.
31. Indianapolis Colts (14-2) – Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Brian Price DT, UCLA
Castonzo is the type of athletic offensive tackle that could the be a cornerstone for the rest of Manning’s career.
32. New Orleans Saints (13-3) – Kris O’Dowd OC, USC
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Everson Griffen DE, USC
Current OC Jon Goodwin will be a 32 year old FA in 2011.