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Mock Draft

Here is a mock draft by Lance Zierlein a respected talk show host in Houston (http://www.1560thegame.com/).

http://blogs.chron.com/fantasyfootball/2011/02/my_first_mock_draft_of_2011.html

My First Mock Draft of 2011
1. Carolina - Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Z-Report Says: The Panthers could look to take a QB here, but there isn't really a QB worthy of the first pick and I can't see them taking a CB like Patrick Peterson from LSU this early. Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers could be a fit here, but he's not as dominant as Fairley.

2. Denver - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Z-Report Says: The Broncos are in desperate need of CB help and with Peterson likely to test off the charts at the combine and/or his personal workout, the Broncos will have a hard time passing on him.

3. Buffalo - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Z-Report Says: The Bills have to find a QB who they believe can be the cornerstone of their team for years to come. The question is whether or not they believe that Gabbert or maybe even Cam Newton can be that guy. If the Bills look to fill the QB spot later, then Von Miller or Patrick Peterson could be two of the players the Bills might target.

4. Cincinnati - A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Z-Report Says: The Bengals like their DEs with some size and Da'Quan Bowers makes perfect sense here, but with the Bengals in desperate need of a young wide receiver to take over for Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens, Green could be the Bengals pick here even if it is too early.

5. Arizona - Von Miller, OLB/DE, Texas A&M
Z-Report Says: While I was at the Senior Bowl practices, I was able to listen in on the conversation between Cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt and Miller and I can assure you that Wisenhunt thought highly of Miller after watching him practice. The Cardinals could use a pass rushing play-maker and Miller fits the mold.

6. Cleveland - Marcell Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama
Z-Report Says: To be honest, the Browns might consider themselves lucky if Dareus fell this far. Dareus immediately upgrades the Browns defensive line.

7. San Francisco - Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
Z-Report Says: Yet another spot where a QB could go if the Niners are feeling frisky, but I expect the 49ers to turn their attention to Kevin Kolb via trade which might mean this could be Philadelphia's pick eventually. Regardless, the Niners have been looking for a strong pass rush from the OLB position for awhile and if Quinn's character checks out, he could be the guy.

8. Tennessee - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Z-Report Says: Bud Adams flexed his muscles back in 2006 when he pushed Jeff Fisher and company to select Vince Young with the 3rd pick of the draft and it will be interesting to see if Bud and the Titans covet another run/pass QB in this draft since they will be looking to fill the position.

9. Dallas - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Z-Report Says: The Cowboys would love to see Bowers fall this far, but the only way it happens is if teams get excited about the QBs and the OLBs as I've predicted in this first mock draft.

10. Washington - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Z-Report Says: The Redskins need secondary help in the worst way, but they could also use a great wide receiver. I'm gambling that the Redskins recent misses on WRs early in the draft will keep them off of A.J. Green and push them towards Amukamara.

11. Houston - Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal
Z-Report Says: I wanted to put Aldon Smith from Missouri or Ryan Kerrigan from Purdue in this spot, but my guess is that the Texans will see the OLB position as a position that they have covered on their roster currently or as a position they can grab a little later in the draft. It is difficult to find 3-4 DEs who can rush the passer effectively and that might end up being what Jordan can bring to the table. Jordan was one of the most dominant pass rushers in Senior Bowl drills and his father, Steve Jordan, played tight end for the Minnesota Vikings and was a 6-time Pro Bowler.

12. Minnesota - Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
13. Detroit - Nate Solder, LT, Colorado
14. St. Louis - Cameron Heyward, DT, Ohio State
15. Miami - Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
16. Jacksonville - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
17. New England - Justin Houston, OLB/DE, Georgia
18. San Diego - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
19. New York Giants - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
20. Tampa Bay - Ryan Kerrigan, OLB/DE, Purdue
21. Kansas City - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
22. Indianapolis - Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
23. Philadelphia - Derek Sherrod, LT, Mississippi State
24. New Orleans - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
25. Seattle - Tyron Smith, OT, USC
26. Baltimore - Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
27. Atlanta - Akeem Ayers, LB/DE, UCLA
28. New England - Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
29. Chicago - Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
30. New York Jets - J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
31. Green Bay - Corey Liuget, DE/DT, Illinois
32. Pittsburgh - Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Interesting mock. Gotta disagree with Houston though, they have two 3-4 DEs capable of starting in Antonio Smith and Mario Williams whereas they have no proven pass rushers to play 3-4 OLB (Barwin will probably move there but is unproven).
Is Dallas switching to 4-3? Bowers can't play in 3-4 and why won't Dallas take Prince Amukamara? They desperately need a CB.

Love the Niner pick though. I hope Von Miller gets drafted at no. 3
if the bills think fitzpatrick is their guy there is no way they draft qb 3rd overall.
I don't want Quinn
Originally posted by jojomellon:
Interesting mock. Gotta disagree with Houston though, they have two 3-4 DEs capable of starting in Antonio Smith and Mario Williams whereas they have no proven pass rushers to play 3-4 OLB (Barwin will probably move there but is unproven).

Samething I was thinking. Seems like they need OLB help way more than d line help. But then again Williams and Smith have the size, but do they really have the drive and want to be 3-4 de's. Mario Williams pass rushing skills won't be as big as an assets for them, which i think is a mistake. But their defense was so bad last year that they have to switch up something. Sad thing is they have like 5 1st rounders on their defense. .
Originally posted by jojomellon:
Interesting mock. Gotta disagree with Houston though, they have two 3-4 DEs capable of starting in Antonio Smith and Mario Williams whereas they have no proven pass rushers to play 3-4 OLB (Barwin will probably move there but is unproven).

Here is Lance's answer to a similar question like yours:

They literally need help at every position on the field on the defensive side of the ball. Mario has had to play hurt for 2 straight years and hasn't been playing at a Pro Bowl level. On top of that, he wants MAJOR dollars in his upcoming contract. The team has NO depth at DE, so why not look at that position considering how much Antonio Smith and Mario will be making? If one of them isn't getting it done, you cut or trade them and put that saved money into another area of the team.Posted by: dan at February 1, 2011 06:39 PM
Originally posted by canadian49erfan:
I don't want Quinn

i agree. he missed a whole year. man no player who has missed a yr then came out to play has done good. I meant as in college players. I.E. Clarrett, Mike Williams, comes to mind. I don't like it.
Originally posted by wailers15:
Originally posted by canadian49erfan:
I don't want Quinn

i agree. he missed a whole year. man no player who has missed a yr then came out to play has done good. I meant as in college players. I.E. Clarrett, Mike Williams, comes to mind. I don't like it.

Dez Bryant? Sam Bradford?....your saying those guys didn't play well this year?
So Steelers winning the Super Bowl then?.......not!
Personally I think we would take Bowers over Quinn for the passbrush.
Originally posted by wailers15:
Originally posted by canadian49erfan:
I don't want Quinn

i agree. he missed a whole year. man no player who has missed a yr then came out to play has done good. I meant as in college players. I.E. Clarrett, Mike Williams, comes to mind. I don't like it.

What about Michael Vick?
Originally posted by TXNinerFan52:

2. Denver - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Z-Report Says: The Broncos are in desperate need of CB help and with Peterson likely to test off the charts at the combine and/or his personal workout, the Broncos will have a hard time passing on him.
could happen but i dont see this coming...way too many needs upfront.

3. Buffalo - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Z-Report Says: The Bills have to find a QB who they believe can be the cornerstone of their team for years to come. The question is whether or not they believe that Gabbert or maybe even Cam Newton can be that guy. If the Bills look to fill the QB spot later, then Von Miller or Patrick Peterson could be two of the players the Bills might target.
too high for any QB-prospect, right now...i dont believe that fitzpatrick is their franchise-qb at all, but they could try to start him another year as a stop gap for a 2nd-round QB. the bills need help upfront and should have drafted a DT/NT last year already.

6. Cleveland - Marcell Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama
Z-Report Says: To be honest, the Browns might consider themselves lucky if Dareus fell this far. Dareus immediately upgrades the Browns defensive line.
could happen if he is available here...bowers is another option.

8. Tennessee - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Z-Report Says: Bud Adams flexed his muscles back in 2006 when he pushed Jeff Fisher and company to select Vince Young with the 3rd pick of the draft and it will be interesting to see if Bud and the Titans covet another run/pass QB in this draft since they will be looking to fill the position.
it isn't impossible...

9. Dallas - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Z-Report Says: The Cowboys would love to see Bowers fall this far, but the only way it happens is if teams get excited about the QBs and the OLBs as I've predicted in this first mock draft.
i think that the boys will stay in the 3-4...why should rob ryan switch? furthermore, bowers could be a bpa here but they have a huge need at CB, so prince should be the pick here.

10. Washington - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Z-Report Says: The Redskins need secondary help in the worst way, but they could also use a great wide receiver. I'm gambling that the Redskins recent misses on WRs early in the draft will keep them off of A.J. Green and push them towards Amukamara.
even if he is available, i do think that it could be a front7 guy or a qb.
your remaining (commented) picks are ok imo...
Originally posted by TXNinerFan52:
Originally posted by wailers15:
Originally posted by canadian49erfan:
I don't want Quinn

i agree. he missed a whole year. man no player who has missed a yr then came out to play has done good. I meant as in college players. I.E. Clarrett, Mike Williams, comes to mind. I don't like it.

What about Michael Vick?

Vick didnt miss a year of college.

And back to the draft, theres no way in hell Cleveland would pass on Bowers there, their number 1 need since switched to a 4-3 is DE, they have plenty of DT's especially two starters in young Ahtyba Rubin and Shaun Rogers.

[ Edited by jojomellon on Feb 4, 2011 at 00:12:34 ]
Originally posted by wailers15:
Originally posted by canadian49erfan:
I don't want Quinn

i agree. he missed a whole year. man no player who has missed a yr then came out to play has done good. I meant as in college players. I.E. Clarrett, Mike Williams, comes to mind. I don't like it.

Uhh...there have been quite a few players now who have done well after missing a whole year of college. Mike Williams is not doing too bad either.

Also, I can name a lot of players who stayed 4 years in college and done badly.

You have to take every case individually. Don't generalize. I know many here thought that no Tedford QB has done well in NFL - and look how that worked out.
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