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McShay's 2011 Mock Draft

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Todd McShay's First run at 2011 Mock Draft. Check it out!

1. Buffalo Bills
Andrew Luck*, QB, Stanford
Only a third-year sophomore this fall but coach Jim Harbaugh has Luck on the fast track mechanically and mentally. Luck has prototypical size (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) and is an underrated athlete. More importantly, he has a smooth over-the-top delivery, a strong arm and great touch as a passer. Better decisions while gaining more game experience could put Luck in position to become the top player taken in the draft -- either in 2011 or 2012.

2. St. Louis Rams
Marcell Dareus*, DT, Alabama
After taking QB Sam Bradford with the top overall pick in 2010, the Rams go back to the well with another first-round defensive lineman in Dareus, who is a remarkable athlete for his size (6-4, 296 pounds).

3. Kansas City Chiefs
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
The Chiefs target a bookend starter opposite OT Branden Albert. Castonzo has the long arms, lateral agility and balance to emerge as a top-shelf left tackle prospect next year.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
The Bucs continue to overhaul their defensive line via the draft. Clayborn could team up with the young defensive tackle tandem of Gerald McCoy (pick No. 3 this year) and Brian Price (pick No. 35) to give Tampa Bay one of the youngest, most talented defensive fronts in the NFL.

5. Cleveland Browns
Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
Heyward is a local product with the size, power and quickness to give the Browns' base 3-4 defensive front more scheme flexibility.

6. Carolina Panthers
DT Jurrell Casey*, USC
Casey is a budding star with a quick first step and explosive power as a hitter. The junior could be in position to leave school early as a first-round prospect if he plays with more consistency this fall.

7. New England Patriots(from Oakland)
A.J. Green*, WR, Georgia

Taking a wide receiver at No. 7 overall might be too rich for the Patriots' blood, but they certainly could be in the market for a No. 1 target, assuming Randy Moss is gone after this season. Green should have no problem returning to form after a shoulder injury cut his 2010 season short. The 6-4, 210-pound junior is blessed with a top-of-the-line combination of athleticism, body control and hand-eye coordination.

8. Detroit Lions
Robert Quinn*, DE, North Carolina

The Lions continue to significantly upgrade their talent level at key positions. This time around it is a pass rusher in Quinn, who tallied 19 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks as a sophomore in 2009.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jake Locker, QB, Washington

Locker would have pushed Bradford for the top spot in this year's draft had he left school early. Instead, he returns for another year of seasoning under coach Steve Sarkisian, which will better prepare the athletically gifted, strong-arm quarterback to step into a starting role as a rookie in 2011. Locker falling to No. 9 overall is a direct result of team needs and it won't be surprising if he becomes the top overall pick. The Jaguars should be in the market for David Garrard's replacement during next year's draft and they couldn't pass on a talent like Locker if he somehow is available when they select.

10. Chicago Bears
Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina

The Bears get back into the first-round mix after not picking in the 2010 draft until No. 75 overall. Carter is an instinctive linebacker with great range and fits perfectly in a Tampa-2 type of scheme.

11. Washington Redskins
DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson

McDaniel is the complete package at safety and he's coming off a 102-tackle, eight-interception season as a junior. Another strong campaign in 2010 should stamp his spot in Round 1 of next year's draft.

12. Seattle Seahawks
Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

Dowling appears to possess a stronger overall skill set than former teammate Chris Cook, whom the Vikings selected with 34th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

13. Denver Broncos
Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi

Powe is a work in progress but it's hard to find 340-pounders with adequate quickness and balance.

14. Arizona Cardinals
Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

Miller needs to bulk up and learn to use his hands better but he's an instinctive edge rusher with the speed to turn the corner.

15. San Francisco 49ers
Ryan Mallett*, QB, Arkansas

It is a make-or-break season for former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith. If he doesn't turn the corner in 2010 with a new and improved supporting cast, San Francisco will be back in the quarterback market a year from now. Mallett needs to become the exception to the rule as a 6-foot-7 quarterback in the NFL, but he certainly has the deceptive athleticism, sweet stroke and cannon arm to overcome the perceived flaw.

16. Tennessee Titans
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

The Titans upgraded their pass rush with the selection of DE Derrick Morgan at No. 16 this year, so next year will be time to find a potential top cover corner. Amukamara is an early candidate thanks to a strong combination of instincts, size and ball skills.

17. Houston Texans
Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina

Austin can be an active interior force but he needs to keep his motor revving at full throttle in 2010 in order to maximize his draft stock.

18. Miami Dolphins
Jeremy Beal, DE/OLB, Oklahoma

Beal is an active defensive end with 34.5 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks the past two seasons. He would fit well as a rush-linebacker in the Dolphins' 3-4 defensive scheme.

19. New York Giants
Mark Ingram*, RB, Alabama

It will be interesting to see how Ingram performs as the returning Heisman Trophy winner in 2010. It also will be interesting to see how coach Nick Saban splits up the carries between Ingram and sophomore sensation Trent Richardson. Still, Ingram possesses a great combination of vision, patience and lateral quickness.

20. Philadelphia Eagles
OT Matt Reynolds* BYU

Coach Andy Reid loves to draft offensive linemen early and Reynolds is a mature junior with a strong combination of size, balance and technique.

21. Atlanta Falcons
Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

Carimi has experience (36 career starts) and he's efficient, but he needs to become more dominant at the point of attack as a senior.

22. New England Patriots
Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

It might be time for New England to cut its losses with former first-rounder Laurence Maroney, and Thomas could be an option in the 2011 draft. The former quarterback exploded onto the scene last year with a Big 12-best 1,265 rushing yards. In addition to natural running instincts, Thomas displays soft hands as a pass catcher.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jonathan Baldwin*, WR, Pittsburgh

The local product hauled in 57 passes for 1,111 yards and eight scores last season. Baldwin has the size and athleticism to become a good complement to other young Steelers receivers, including Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders.

24. Cincinnati Bengals
Julio Jones*, WR, Alabama

Jones was finally healthy down the stretch of last season when he hauled in 27 passes for 421 yards in the final five regular-season games. He needs to be more consistent and prove he's a clutch performer in big games after disappearing in two postseason outings (three catches, 51 yards versus Florida and Texas). The Bengals could be looking for Chad Ochocinco's eventual replacement early in next year's draft, and Jones is certainly an early candidate.

25. San Diego Chargers
Kyle Rudolph*, TE, Notre Dame

Don't be surprised if the Chargers draft a tight end early next year, as they begin to groom Antonio Gates' eventual replacement. Rudolph is healthy now after a shoulder injury cut his 2009 season short, and he has the athleticism and elite ball skills to push for a spot in the late part of Round 1.

26. Dallas Cowboys
Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina

Williams, who picked off six passes in 2009, is the type of ballhawk the Cowboys need playing the centerfielder's role in their secondary.

27. Baltimore Ravens
Patrick Peterson*, CB, LSU

Peterson has the size, upper-body strength and ball skills to emerge as an early-round pick next year.

28. Green Bay Packers
Ryan Williams*, RB, Virginia Tech

Williams has just one year of game experience but that's all he needed to draw the attention of scouts across the league. The 5-10, 205-pound back can work his way into the first couple of rounds by proving he's not a one-year wonder this fall. From what I have seen thus far, Williams has a chance to be special.

29. New York Jets
Jared Crick*, DT, Nebraska

We're going to find out quickly if Crick is as good as the 2009 game tape suggests, or if he is an overrated benefactor of Ndamukong Suh's past dominance.

30. Minnesota Vikings
Allen Bailey, DT, Miami

Bailey has outstanding natural talent but his production thus far has been inconsistent. Last year, for example, he notched seven sacks in the first eight games before pitching a shutout in the final five outings. Big things are expected from the 6-4, 292-pound former end in 2010, his second full season at defensive tackle.

31. Indianapolis Colts
Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

The Colts elected not to draft an offensive lineman until Round 4 this year so don't be surprised if they take a more aggressive approach in 2011. Mike Pouncey, twin brother of Steelers' first-round selection Maurkice, could emerge as an early-round pick if he makes a successful move inside to center this fall.

32. New Orleans Saints
Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh

Romeus lacks elite athleticism but he can get to the passer with a good combination of quickness and power. He is also is one of the better run-defending defensive end prospects in the 2011 senior class.
apparently mcshay doesn know how to count either, he has us at 15, SEA at 12 and ARZ at 14, and STL in top 5, so how the hell does that work.
I want Prince Amukamara as a 49er!!!!
Originally posted by AB83Rules:
apparently mcshay doesn know how to count either, he has us at 15, SEA at 12 and ARZ at 14, and STL in top 5, so how the hell does that work.

Yea, isn't there a rule that goes by playoff position now? So if we win the division, we'd have to be at least 20 or so right?
McShay needs to take a vacation. He got this all wrong.
If we really are in a position where we need to draft a QB, then I'd hope we trade up for Locker.

That guy is going to be a stud.
These things are always so far off it's not even worth looking at. If someone would've told me that we'd land Alex Boone outside of the 1st or 2nd round, I would've thought they were crazy. It's all hype this early. Jevan Snead was one of this year's biggest victims.
The exception to the 6'7 qb rule?

ok McShay... since when has being tall been a hindrance to a qb's performance, and since when was there a 6'7 qb?
I would LOVE to have some Luck for this team. I think he is better than anyone in this years draft. Impossible I know since we are going to win the division but it would be sweet.
McShay was correct on 83 out the 1st 100 guys drafted so i give him credit for that

this is a mess right here though and north carolina should be winning the ACC is they got 3 1st round guys on defense all in the front 7

Originally posted by AB83Rules:
apparently mcshay doesn know how to count either, he has us at 15, SEA at 12 and ARZ at 14, and STL in top 5, so how the hell does that work.

Yes, although I stopped reading when I saw he had us picking at No 15. We'll never be able to trade forward that far!
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Originally posted by 49oz2superbowl:
The exception to the 6'7 qb rule?

ok McShay... since when has being tall been a hindrance to a qb's performance, and since when was there a 6'7 qb?

Really tall QB's are usually downgraded because they lack a lot of mobility due to their height.
Originally posted by RedWaltz24:
Originally posted by 49oz2superbowl:
The exception to the 6'7 qb rule?

ok McShay... since when has being tall been a hindrance to a qb's performance, and since when was there a 6'7 qb?

Really tall QB's are usually downgraded because they lack a lot of mobility due to their height.

I can only think of Dan McGwire (Mark McGwire's brother) who played for the Seahawks. He was 6'8". But you're right: McShay is talking out of his a$$.
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