|12-07-2010, 11:09 PM||#1|
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CBSSports.com Mock Draft 12/07/2010
Hmmm.... looks like we're picking 9th, and taking a cornerback....
1. Carolina Panthers
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: With John Fox likely to move on after this season, the Panthers will almost surely hire a new head coach -- one with no allegiance to Matt Moore or Jimmy Clausen. Andrew Luck is blessed with all of the physical tools and is a more cerebral passer than any quarterback drafted since Peyton Manning. Luck is only a redshirt sophomore and he's publicly stated that he's returning to Stanford next year. But know this -- scouts love him. If the 2011 draft were held tomorrow, Luck would be a cinch as the first pick.
2. Detroit Lions
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: In NFL history there has never been a cornerback selected this high. Several have been chosen third overall -- most recently in 1997, when the Seahawks took Ohio State's Shawn Springs. Peterson comes in as highly touted as any cornerback since Springs. With the NFL becoming more and more reliant on the passing game, a cornerback who can shut down half of the field like Peterson is more valuable than ever.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green, WR, Georgia: The play of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco has been good enough this season to delude some into thinking receiver won't be an area of concern for the Bengals, but in reality Cincinnati can't afford to gamble on the continued success of these veterans. Clearly, the Bengals have bigger needs, but Green might just be the best player in the draft.
4. Buffalo Bills
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: The meteoric rise of Fairley continues into the top five. The Bills need more help in their front seven if they are to improve their 3-4 scheme and the 6-4, 298-pound Fairley has the size and strength to lock down an edge.
5. San Francisco 49ers
Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson: With talent at virtually every position on defense, the 49ers can blame a lack of headlining pass rushers for their struggles on this side of the ball. Bowers, rated by some recruiting services as the No. 1 prep prospect in the country when he signed with Clemson, has grown into a 6-4, 275-pound monster poised to shatter the Clemson single-season record for QB sacks (16). He's big enough and strong enough to hold up at the point of attack and can help create a rush off the edge.
6. Arizona Cardinals
Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina: At 6-5 and nearly 270 pounds, Quinn projects best as a weak-side defensive end in the 4-3 alignment. The Cardinals, desperate for help rushing the passer, however, will be sure to scout the athletic Quinn's ability to drop into coverage. Quinn has the talent to warrant a top-five selection. His yearlong suspension figures to drop him much lower, but scouts tell me North Carolina is highly recommending Quinn to NFL teams. The Cardinals need a solution at quarterback, but with none other than Luck deserving of a top-10 selection, teams must mine for passers elsewhere.
7. Dallas Cowboys
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama: Excluding outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer (collegiate defensive ends) the Cowboys have only spent one first-round pick this decade on the big men up front (DE Marcus Spears, 2005). Dallas could use a highly rated offensive tackle here, but with no one worthy of this pick, they may shift to the defensive side of the ball or trade down. Dareus has the bulk and experience to contribute as a rookie.
8. Minnesota Vikings
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas : With Brad Childress out in Minnesota, the Vikings could be in store for serious turnover on both sides of the ball. Presumably, the new coach won't have the same loyalties to perpetual project Tarvaris Jackson, which could put the team in the market for a new quarterback. Ryan Mallett's big arm and bloated statistics impress fans, but it will take an offense built around the running game and deep ball to protect him in the NFL. The Vikings currently feature just such an offense, making Mallett a potential fit. Mallett is not viewed as a top-10 pick - or even a first-round guy - by some clubs, so a Jimmy Clausen-like fall on draft day is possible.
9. Denver Broncos
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: In Champ Bailey, the Broncos feature a future Hall of Famer, but journeyman Andre Goodman has been victimized all season. Denver likes what they've seen of rookie Perrish Cox, but considering his propensity to find trouble, the Broncos would be wise in this spot to take the best player available. That would be Amukamara if the board shakes out this way.
10. Cleveland Browns
Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA: Colt McCoy's statistics haven't been pretty over his first weeks as an NFL starter, but he's earned respect from his teammates - and more importantly from coach Eric Mangini and team president Mike Holmgren. A bigger area of concern for the Browns may be finding a pass rusher. Ayers boasts a rare combination of size (6-4, 254) and speed and can make plays rushing the passer, playing the run and dropping into coverage.
11. St. Louis Rams
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama: The Rams have their young franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford and a workhorse runner in All-Pro Steven Jackson. Jones will never put up big numbers in Alabama's offense, but he offers the elite combination of size, speed and hands to give Steve Spagnuolo's team its "big three" stars on offense. Only questions about his durability knock him this far down the board.
12. Houston Texans
Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue: The Texans' secondary leaks like a sieve, but part of the problem is Houston hasn't enjoyed the same pass rush this season. Kerrigan isn't going to wow scouts with his workout numbers, but he might just be the safest and most pro-ready defensive end in this draft based on his excellent motor and technique. Putting Kerrigan across from Mario Williams could be precisely what this secondary needs to improve.
13. New England Patriots (from Oakland)
Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State : Since the 2007 draft Bill Belichick has invested 10 selections in the top 100 on the back seven of his defense, but only one pick on the defensive line. The Patriots' success started with first-round picks such as Richard Seymour, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork. Heyward's versatility and toughness make him an ideal fit in Belichick's scheme.
14. San Diego Chargers
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College: Injuries and the long holdout from Marcus McNeill have left Philip Rivers and San Diego's skill-position players in a season-long battle for protection. The Chargers would be wise to invest in the future up front. Castonzo's steady improvement, durability and legitimate left tackle ability could earn him the top grade among offensive linemen in the 2011 crop.
15. Washington Redskins
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: Mike Shanahan's ability to find running backs in the late rounds has been well documented, but for a team needing an infusion of playmakers, it might be wise just to take the sure thing when it's available.
16. Tennessee Titans
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: Vince Young may be on his way out of Tennessee, but that doesn't mean the Titans will drastically change their offense. Should Newton elect to leave school early and remains on the board, his mobility and touch on the deep ball make too much sense for Jeff Fisher not to strongly consider here.
17. Miami Dolphins
Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: The Dolphins made the bold move of acquiring Brandon Marshall last offseason. With few playmakers on the roster to complement him, Miami's offense has predictably struggled. No matter where the Dolphins turn at quarterback -- Chad Henne or otherwise -- the speedy and elusive Broyles would immediately help open up the offense.
18. NY Giants
Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State: Much of the Giants' inconsistency this season has been directly related to their offensive line. David Diehl has been a serviceable left tackle, but might be best suited inside or at right tackle. The Giants aren't likely to rely on Shawn Andrews as a long-term replacement. Instead, New York would be wise to take advantage of a solid, albeit unspectacular class of tackles. Sherrod has legitimate left tackle athleticism and would be a solid value at this point.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars
Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fla.): The Jaguars have surprised many with their contention for the AFC South division, but struggles defending the pass mean that their success in the playoffs - should they get there - will be short-lived. Harris is the next in a long line of talented Hurricane defensive backs. He boasts the agility and speed to rate as one of the few first-round caliber cornerbacks in the country.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: With back-to-back defensive tackle picks to lead off their 2010 draft (Gerald McCoy, Brian Price), some would be surprised to see Tampa once again head to the defensive line with their first pick in 2011. With only one defender with more than two sacks through 10 games (DE Stylez White, 4.5), the Bucs have to get help on the outside. Clayborn isn't a dynamic edge rusher - a reason why he may slip to the middle or late first round - but he plays hard and is technically refined, making him one of the safer picks among defensive linemen in the draft.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin: The Seahawks selected Russell Okung with the No. 6 overall selection last year with the unrealistic hopes that the rookie would be able to fill the huge shoes of future Hall of Famer Walter Jones. Okung has played well when not hobbled by ankle injuries, but RT Sean Locklear has been the team's greatest liability on the line this season. Carimi started his entire career at left tackle, but has the size (6-7, 327), strength and nastiness to handle a move to the right side.
22. Kansas City Chiefs
J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: It might seem hard to believe that the Chiefs would invest another first-round pick in a defensive lineman. Considering top-five picks already used on Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson over the past three years, it's certainly not a home run. General manager Scott Pioli helped build a dynasty using first-round selections on Richard Seymour, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork in New England. Considering the Chiefs' surprising season, question Pioli's strategies at your own peril. The 6-6, 292-pound Watt has the prototypical build to play end in the 3-4.
23. Indianapolis Colts
Drake Nevis, DT, LSU: The Colts didn't take advantage of the talented and deep defensive tackle class of 2010, but realize that to slow opponents' running games, they need help inside. Nevis, 6-1 and 300 pounds, lacks great bulk, but his ability to slice through gaps could be exactly what the Colts are looking for, especially considering the speed the Colts already feature in pass rushers Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and 2010 first-round pick Jerry Hughes.
24. Chicago Bears
Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: The Bears are hopeful that 2008 first-round pick Chris Williams develops into a consistent pass blocker at left tackle but he's been moved to left guard for the time being. Chicago might have to go back to the drawing board if he proves to be a better fit there or at right tackle. Solder needs to gain strength, but his balance and agility for a man his size makes him an intriguing left tackle prospect.
25. New Orleans Saints
DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas: The Saints might have won the Super Bowl on the right arm of Drew Brees, but without solid protection from their offensive line he'd never have enjoyed such a marvelous season. This year the Saints haven't been as stout up front and depth has become a concern. Love, who is often switched from left tackle to the right side for the Razorbacks, has the versatility and athleticism to start early in his career.
26. Green Bay Packers
Cameron Jordan, DE, California: The Saints might have won the Super Bowl on the right arm of Drew Brees, but without solid protection from their offensive line he'd never have enjoyed such a marvelous season. This year the Saints haven't been as stout up front and depth has become a concern. Love, who is often switched from left tackle to the right side for the Razorbacks, has the versatility and athleticism to start early in his career.
27. Baltimore Ravens
Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina: The Ravens feature a talented and productive defense, but a closer look reveals fractures in their pass rush and secondary. Terrell Suggs is the Ravens' only outside pass rusher with more than a single sack to his credit through 10 games. Carter, a strong-side linebacker in UNC's 4-3 alignment, has shown the explosiveness attacking the line of scrimmage (21 tackles for loss) and blocking kicks (six) over the last three years to translate his skills as a 3-4 pass rusher.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Tyron Smith, OT, Southern California: With Ben Roethlisberger back, the Steelers struggles in pass protection have once again risen to the forefront. Smith is one of the few highly touted junior prospects with the agility to play left tackle. In fact, some believe he possesses greater upside than any tackle in the country. At 6-5, 285, however, he doesn't yet have the bulk scouts prefer, which could mean he isn't drafted where he likely should be -- in the early part of the round. For a team that doesn't necessarily need to start him right away, Smith makes great sense.
29. Philadelphia Eagles
Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado: The Eagles feature one of the league's best corners in Asante Samuel, but have struggled with consistency on the other side with journeyman Ellis Hobbs and Dimitri Patterson. To battle the NFC East's big receivers, the Eagles may look to Colorado, where Smith (6-2, 205) is drawing comparisons from some scouts to former Ravens' star Chris McAlister.
30. New England Patriots
Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M: The Patriots arguably have bigger needs at wide receiver, but no Belichick directed team is going to draft a receiver over the best pass rushing OLB in the draft. Miller lacks the height and bulk that 3-4 teams have generally preferred on the outside, but his explosiveness, flexibility and range make up for it.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (Fla.): The Falcons may have found their complementary pass rusher to John Abraham in Kroy Biermann, but the team would still like to add to the defensive front. Bailey is a spectacular athlete, but is viewed by some scouts as a bit of a 'tweener and hasn't developed the hand technique to consistently collapse an NFL pocket. Still, at this point in the draft, his upside is too much to pass up.
32. NY Jets
Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State: The Jets have fared surprisingly well against the run this season considering the injuries sustained up front. Paea doesn't have the size most teams prefer in a classic nose guard, but he possesses extraordinary strength and surprising quickness. For a team unsure if they can rely on the recovery of Kris Jenkins, Paea could be a steal.
|12-08-2010, 07:37 AM||#2|
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Well for one Broyles has already said he will be back at OU next year and I'm sure most underclassmen will stay at school as well
|12-08-2010, 08:19 AM||#3|
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"journeyman Andre Goodman has been victimized all season"
Does 3 teams in 10 years = journeyman?
Also, does being injured = victimized?
|12-08-2010, 08:25 AM||#4|
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|12-08-2010, 08:28 AM||#5|
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|12-08-2010, 04:23 PM||#6|
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How can you put together a mock without even using the correct draft order? Seriously, I think they slot players to teams, then create a draft order to make it happen. Awful. I do like Prince though...
|12-08-2010, 05:10 PM||#7|
Denver needs to draft defensive linemen. Thats why this is at rebuild stage. Teams dont typically let good defensive linemen hit the free agent market. And so it becomes necessity to invest in the defensive line through the draft. They really need to take Fairley or Dareus...preferrably Fairley.
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