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Friday, April 15, 2011

Mock draft, the first 10

I'm going to do this in parts this week, so you'll have to wait to see who the Steelers pick at 31.

1. Carolina, Cam Newton, QB, Auburn - They could take a defensive tackle such as Marcel Darius, but I think Newton will be the guy.

2. Denver, Marcel Darius, DT, Alabama - A much safer pick than Nick Fairley.

3. Buffalo, Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M – Miller might be the surest thing in this draft.

4. Cincinnati, A.J. Green, WR, Georgia - If Newton isn’t there, the Bengals wait until later to grab a QB.

5. Arizona, Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU - The Cardinals need a QB, but pass on Blaine Gabbert.

6. Cleveland, Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina - The Browns need defensive front help.

7. San Francisco, Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska - The 49ers could be a prime trade partner looking to move down - hello Minnesota.

8. Tennessee, Nick Fairley, DT. Auburn - The Titans keep building up their defensive front.

9. Dallas, Tyron Smith, OT, USC - The Cowboys seem to be zoning in on Smith.

10. Washington, Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri - The Redskins can afford to give Gabbert a year to learn behind Donovan McNabb.


Other Patrick said...

I don't think Cam Newton's going to fall all the way to the Panthers. I would have to agree with anonymous above that Newton will be drafted by the Green Bay Packers. also Patrick above, shut up ravens fan.

Anonymous said...

Mike Pouncey says he is going to the 'Boys.

kyle said...

I know Gabbert has been following down some mocks but I'd be fairly surprised to see him get passed up by at least five teams with a major QB need. Oh well, otherwise that draft looks like a top ten that could happen.

Anonymous said...

As long as the Steelers get a cb or olineman I'm happy.

Patrick said...

I highly doubt McNabb plays in Washington, and if somehow he does, I don't think he is looking forward to teaching a young kid again.

I'd bet Gabbert is gone before then anyway.

Washington will take Julio Jones

Dale Lolley said...

I think the more teams have seen of Gabbert, the more they realize that he's not much - if at all - better than some of the next three or four QBs. So rather than take a QB in the first round that you don't love - and I haven't seen a lot of love for Gabbert - wait and take one in round two. That said, I think Minnesota - a team that needs a QB badly - makes a trade up for Gabbert.

Patrick said...

agreed, and that makes a lot more sense than mocking him to Washington.

I actually think Aj Green is the best player in this draft. And maybe you don't take WR's at 1, but I think this year is the exception. If I were Carolina, I'd take Green over Newton. It seems like its Andre Johnson to Vince Young to me. But who knows, and thats why the draft is fun.

Robbie said...

I go a month without following the NFL, and when I come back Andy Dalton is now a second-round prospect? What the heck is going on?

Anonymous said...

Robbie, I'll tell you what's going on. Andy Dalton fell to the second round.

Robbie said...

LOL. Dalton didn't become a better player over the past month, so it's funny how he went from late-round/UDFA to a 2nd-round prospect. Of course, the draft sites could have bad intel and he actually might go in the 7th.

Anonymous said...

Gentleman, remember that players are drafted based on there potential. And of course what there risk may be. It is weighing the player's ceiling vs. the floor. Dalton and Gabbert both had some great games at the end of end of non distinct careers which showed teams their potential, and because of inelegance and work ethic, they are not perceived to be high risk like a Jamarcus Russell.