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Ramathorn
04-28-2010, 11:15 AM
First run at 2011 mock draft

In a very, very early look at the 2011 NFL draft, QBs will once again stir the debate

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Archive (http://search.espn.go.com/todd-mcshay/) </CITE><!-- end mod-article-title --><!-- begin story body --><!-- template inline -->I am told it's not too early to "mock it up" for the 2011 draft. That's debatable. What's not debatable is the deadline for this project. So here goes:

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, IowaThe 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 StateHeyward is a local product with the size, power and quickness to give the Browns' base 3-4 defensive front more scheme flexibility.

Ramathorn
04-28-2010, 11:18 AM
http://a.espncdn.com/i/insider/numbers/6.png Carolina Panthers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=car)



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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.

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A.J. Green (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=379205)*, 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.


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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.


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Jake Locker (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=184374), 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.


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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.


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Ramathorn
04-28-2010, 11:23 AM
http://a.espncdn.com/i/insider/numbers/11.png Washington Redskins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=was)




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.

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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.


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Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi

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


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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.


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Ryan Mallett (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=232007)*, 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


<!-------------------------------- end team 18--------------------------------><!-------------------------------- begin team 19--------------------------------> 19 New York Giants (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyg)




Mark Ingram (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=379061)*, 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.


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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.


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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.


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Daniel Thomas (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=487957), 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.


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Jonathan Baldwin (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=379066)*, 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.


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Julio Jones (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=379062)*, 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.


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Kyle Rudolph (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=385438)*, 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.


<!-------------------------------- end team 25--------------------------------><!-------------------------------- begin team 26--------------------------------> 26 Dallas Cowboys (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=dal)



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.


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Patrick Peterson*, CB, LSU

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


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Green Bay Packers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=gnb)




Ryan Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=381565)*, 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.


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New York Jets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyj)




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.


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Minnesota Vikings (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=min)




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.


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Indianapolis Colts (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind)




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.


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New Orleans Saints (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nor)




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.

Rohirrim
04-28-2010, 11:32 AM
I think the Broncos will draft lower than that and take Chris Galippo or Deunta Williams. Of course, aliens may come and destroy the planet in the meantime, so it's hard to be sure.

GoBroncos84
04-28-2010, 11:37 AM
If the draft was today, I'd be hoping for Cameron Heyward

Ramathorn
04-28-2010, 11:39 AM
If the draft was today, I'd be hoping for Cameron Heyward

AMEN BROTHER!!! I live in ohio. This guy is the real deal!

Bigdawg26
04-28-2010, 11:50 AM
Wasn't Jevan Snead projected to be a top 15 pick last year around this time??

Shoemaker
04-28-2010, 11:58 AM
Wasn't Jevan Snead projected to be a top 15 pick last year around this time??

Indeed he was.

Just like Taylor Mays.

And Terrence Cody.

But I guess McShay needs something to do for the next four months.

broncocalijohn
04-28-2010, 11:59 AM
If you are already doing drafts for 2011, please look at what "experts" were saying at this time in 2009 for the 2010 draft. Things change like performance, character and injuries. I am sure in 1995 some of these experts were putting Broncos as needing a running back since we drafted some guy named Davis who is coming off an injury.

✡✡ JOSHUA ✡✡
04-29-2010, 12:41 AM
Indeed he was.

Just like Taylor Mays.

And Terrence Cody.

But I guess McShay needs something to do for the next four months.

It's still nice to know who the scouts (or a wanna be scout like McShay) think of in college as first round material.

A lot of the upcoming juniors on this list have stood out to scouts, but they haven't had the time to break them down because their first priority is evaluating draft eligibles.