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PFT mock draft, take one
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2011 mock draft, take one
Posted by Evan Silva on February 16, 2011, 12:32 PM EST
1. Panthers: Da’Quan Bowers, defensive end, Clemson.
Bowers led the NCAA in sacks and tackles for loss in 2010, earning the Nagurski Trophy as college football’s top defender. Panthers sack leader Charles Johnson is a free agent, and new coach Ron Rivera requires a pass-rushing cornerstone at the most critical position in his Tampa-2 defense.
2. Broncos: Patrick Peterson, cornerback, LSU.
The Broncos won’t re-sign free agent Champ Bailey, and ranked 25th against the pass even before losing their All-Pro cornerback. The draft’s consensus top corner, Peterson flashed shutdown ability in the SEC and boasts off-the-charts athleticism.
3. Bills: Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn.
Newton quarterbacked back-to-back national champions at the JUCO and FBS levels, and his teams went 30-1 whenever he appeared in a game. Bills G.M. Buddy Nix reportedly likes Newton “a great deal.” Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t anyone’s idea of a long-term solution.
4. Bengals: Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn.
Fairley led the NCAA in tackles for loss among interior linemen by a wide margin, especially dominating in big games. Character concerns may bump him down a few notches, but Fairley remains a surefire top-five pick.
5. Cardinals: Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M.
Joey Porter may want to avoid the high-stakes craps tables, because he’s not going to be on an NFL roster much longer. A high character prospect and the draft’s top pure pass rusher, Miller would make Arizona’s annually underachieving defense better in a hurry.
6. Browns: A.J. Green, wide receiver, Georgia.
New Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur experienced calling plays without a dynamic receiver as Rams offensive coordinator last year, and it wasn’t pretty. A Randy Moss-type vertical threat, Green averaged 15.78 yards per catch with 23 touchdown receptions in 28 college starts.
7. 49ers: Robert Quinn, linebacker, North Carolina.
The NCAA stripped Quinn’s 2010 eligibility for accepting over $5,000 in agent gifts. Still a physical freak set to tear up the Combine, Quinn finished second to only Derrick Morgan in 2009 ACC Defensive Player of the Year voting with 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and six fumbles forced. As a sophomore.
8. Titans: Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, Missouri.
Recent reports have Gabbert’s draft stock “slipping” as NFL teams do more film work on his less-than-dominant junior season. Gabbert can rebuild it at the Combine, where he’s likely to be the most polished passer with the best deep arm. The Titans are desperate to forget the Vince Young era.
9. Cowboys: Marcell Dareus, defensive end, Alabama.
Marcus Spears, Stephen Bowen, and Jason Hatcher’s contracts are all up, meaning Dallas could lose three of its top four defensive ends. A 6-foot-3, 306-pound bowling ball with rare quickness for a behemoth, Dareus would immediately move into the starting lineup opposite Igor Olshansky.
10. Redskins: Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama.
If not at San Francisco’s pick, this is where Kevin Kolb trade talks will begin in earnest. (The Eagles’ history of swindling the Redskins is something to keep in mind.) Should no deal be struck, Jones fills a gaping void as Mike Shanahan’s No. 1 receiver. Santana Moss‘ contract expired Friday.
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