Thanks for checking out my updated 2011 NFL mock draft. This is the 4th version, see the last mock here. This version of my 2011 NFL mock draft was updated on March 28th 2011. In the sources below you will see links to other mocks or to mock database sites, which is probably how you found mine anyway. Feel free to heap praise or insults on me in the comments below. For the record I pull for the Panthers and Chiefs in that order.
1 Carolina Panthers- Blaine Gabbert QB- Missouri
The Panthers need defensive linemen but I think they will go with Blaine Gabbert with the number one pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Cam Newton is the popular pick and Charlotte sports talk host Chris McClain was recently labeled a racist on the air for not supporting Newton. It is possible the Newton will be the pick but I think he has too many question marks. Of course Gabbert has questions about being able to complete a pass of over 10 yards. You cansee here what I think about gimmick offenses hurting college quarterbacks wanting to go pro.
2 Denver Broncos- Robert Quinn DE- North Carolina
John Fox was hired to fix the Denver defense and it starts on the line with Robert Quinn from North Carolina. Quinn is the best defensive end to come out of UNC since Peppers and he will help solidify the Broncos defensive line. Quinn may have been number one if he had played last season instead of being suspended.
3 Buffalo Bills- Marcel Dareus DT- Alabama
The Bills will be very tempted to go after Newton here but I think they take the best defensive tackle on the board in Marcel Darius. Buffalo has a terrible defense and can get by with their current offense.
4 Cincinnati Bengals- Ryan Mallett QB-Arkansas
If A.J. Green does fall the Bengals could take him here to replace one or both diva wide receivers on the roster. The Bengals could go after Newton but I think they will take Ryan Mallett despite his off the field concerns. After all this is the Bengals we are talking about.
5 Arizona Cardinals- Patrick Peterson CB- LSU
Peterson is the best player on the board and will start day one for the Cardinals and probably return punts as well.
6 Cleveland Browns- Nick Fairley DT- Auburn
If Fairley drops here like I have him in this 2011 NFL mock draft then the Browns will jump on him. Fairley is a beast when he wants to be and can plug up the middle of the Browns defense for 10 years. The other possible pick here is A.J. Green.
7 San Francisco 49ers- A.J. Green WR-Georgia
Unless the 49ers take Newton or Locker here I don’t see them letting A.J. Green drop any lower.
8 Tennessee Titans- Cam Newton QB- Auburn
Newton had a bad combine but the Titans are desperate for a qb and Newton or Locker will go here.
9 Dallas Cowboys- Von Miller LB- Texas A&M
Yes I caught Hell for letting Miller slip way down in my previous mock so here he is. Miller will help a stale and aging Dallas Cowboys defense with his athletic ability and pass rushing skills.
10 Washington Redskins- Da’Quan Bowers DE Clemson
Bowers has some injury concerns or may have been the number one pick. If the Skins don’t think Bowers can play the 3-4 they will go with another defensive player here if the quarterbacks they like are gone.
11 Houston Texans-Prince Amukamara- CB-Nebraska
The Texans could go nose tackle here to address the 3-4 defense being put in by Wade Phillips. But I think they will take Prince who is probably the best defensive player on the board at this point.
12 Minnesota Vikings- Jake Locker QB- Washington
Locker had a decent combine but a crappy senior season. The Vikings will probably end up with Vince Young but not before the draft. I think they take the plunge and get Locker here.
13 Detroit Lions- Adrian Clayborn DE- Iowa
The Lions could go OLB here but adding Clayborn to a defensive line with Suh will be very tempting. So could a corner that they like such as Harris from Miami.
14 St. Louis Rams- Julio Jones WR-Alabama
Jones is still getting better and he will be an immediate starter on the Rams not so stellar receiving corps
15 Miami Dolphins-Mark Ingram RB- Alabama
The Dolphins are not in love with Ronnie Brown anymore and Ricky Williams is ancient. Ingram brings some stability to the Dolphins offense.
16 Jacksonville Jaguars- Brandon Harris CB- Miami
Harris may turn out to be the best cornerback in the 2011 draft and Jacksonville needs defense help all over.
17 New England Patriots -Cameron Jordan DL-California
Jordan continues the early run on defensive linemen in my updated 2011 NFL mock draft. Jordan can play 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle and will be a good fit for what the Patriots want to do on defense.
18 San Diego Chargers- Jon Baldwin WR- Pitt
Baldwin has the size and hands that the Chargers like in their receivers. With Gates injury prone it’s time to get Phillip Rivers some help on offense
19 New York Giants- Nate Solder OT-Colorado
The Giants need some offensive line help and will hope Solder can add some bulk and a little mean to his game.
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- – Ras-I Dowling CB-Virginia
The Bucs could go DL here but I think they will take the best corner available.
21 Kansas City Chiefs-Alan Bailey DL- Miami
The Chiefs need defensive linemen who can play in a 3-4 and Bailey will be a decent player for them. Kansas City could possibly go wide receiver here.
22 Indianapolis Colts- Bruce Carter LB- North Carolina
Defense is what the Colts need more than anything. Look for Indy to load up on defensive players and Carter is going to be a good NFL player. If the Colts do go offense with this pick it will be a running back or offensive lineman.
23 Philadelphia Eagles- Darius Morris OT- Temple
Morris brings versatility to a weak offensive line of the Eagles. Morris may be a reach here but he is the best lineman on the board in my updated 2011 NFL mock draft.
24 New Orleans Saints- Rahim Moore FS- UCLA
The Saints know with Matt Ryan and Josh Freeman in their division that they need to add quality defensive backs, Moore fits the need here.
25 Seattle Seahawks- Ryan Williams RB- Virginia Tech
Seattle kept trying to fix their running game and Ryan Williams will help them do that. The Seahawks could also go qb here depending on what happens with Hasselbeck
26 Baltimore Ravens- Quan Sturdivant ILB- North Carolina
Quan may be a reach here but the Ravens need some young legs at linebacker and will get them here. UNC continues to add defensive talent to the NFL.
27 Atlanta Falcons- Aldon Smith DE- Missouri
Smith is tall and could add a few more pounds of muscle to help shore up a bad Falcons defense.
28 New England Patriots- Mikel Leshoure RB- Illinois
The Patriots are still trying to replace Corey Dillon and Leshoure may just be the man to do it. New England could also go pass rusher or speed receiver here.
29 Chicago Bears-Marcus Cannon OG- TCU
The Bears need offensive linemen and if they don’t go tackle here it will be Cannon.
30 New York Jets- Jeremy Beal, DE/OLB-Oklahoma
The Jets need a pass rusher and Beal fits the bill, pun intended.
31 Pittsburgh Steelers- Jimmy Smith CB- Colorado
Pittsburgh needs defensive backs and offensive linemen and I think they will take Smith here.
32 Green Bay Packers- Anthony Costanzo, OT-Boston College
The Packers could go defense here but I think they will add Costanzo to get some young talent on their offensive line.
AC writer Josh Huffman’s first five picks
NFL Mock Draft Database from Footballfanspot.com