Thursday, April 28, 2011

The 2011 Victoria Times Mock Draft

I don't plan to spend a lot of time on each pick, maybe none on some of them, but here it is, the Victoria Times mock draft for the draft coming this evening.

1 Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn - I definitely do not agree with this pick, but I guess with a new coach and a terrible team, you always take a QB.

2 Denver Broncos - Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama

3 Buffalo Bills - Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M - There is some disagreement on the matter of the 2nd and 3rd picks, but I'm not so sure. Dareus has been the best player on the boards for a while and I can't see the Broncos passing him up.

4 Cincinnati Bengals - AJ Green, WR, Georgia

5 Arizona Cardinals - Nick Fairley, DE, Auburn - The Cardinals defense was atrocious last year, and they could address the pass rush that weakened when Karlos Dansby left by adding Fairley.

6 Cleveland Browns - Patrick Patterson, CB, LSU - How would anyone pass on the Browns with Patterson AND Joe Haden in the secondary?

7 San Francisco 49ers - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina - The 49ers need a more dynamic offense, and they will certainly draft a QB, but I don't think they can do that this early in the draft.

8 Tennessee Titans - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska - AFC South teams are STILL trying to get secondary depth to defend the Colts

9 Dallas Cowboys - Cameron Jordan, DE, California - The Cowboys could take pressure off of their secondary with a more effective pass rush

10 Washington Redskins - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri - Ah yes, the Redskins, always reliable for a terrible QB in the draft. I think Gabbert is going to be a disaster in the NFL, and being picked by the Redskins only confirms it.

11 Houston Texans - Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri

12 Minnesota Vikings - Jake Locker, QB, Washington - The Vikings need an offensive line and a QB. A big, mobile QB sort of allays the need for a good OL. Sort of.

13 Detroit Lions - Tyron Smith, OT, USC - The Lions apparently really want a CB, but it is really in their best interest to get a top offensive tackle. It's for the best.

14 St. Louis Rams - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama - Dream scenario for the Rams

15 Miami Dolphins - Maurkice Pouncey, OG Florida

16 Jacksonville Jaguars - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue - And this ends the draft for Purdue fans

17 New England Patriots - Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

18 San Diego Chargers - Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois

19 New York Giants - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin - One of the biggest tumblers in the draft so far for me. Sorry, JJ Watt

21 Kansas City Chiefs - Nate Solder, OT Colorado

22 Indianapolis Colts - Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin - The Colts really need some help on the line. There is only about 1 other worthwhile pick at this point, so I went with Carimi

23 Philadelphia Eagles - Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado

24 New Orleans Saints - Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina

25 Seattle Seahawks - Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State- Much like the Bucs and Josh Freeman, I think the Seahawks will add a QB as a surprise pick in the first round tonight

26 Baltimore Ravens - Da'Quan Bowers DE, Clemson - Bowers has outslipped JJ Watt, mostly because of a bad postseason.

27 Atlanta Falcons - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa - I think this pick will be traded

28 New England Patriots - Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas - Total cop out. I say this pick will DEFINITELY be traded and will be done so for a team looking for a QB, likely Mallett. The Seahawks-Ponder pick will provide to be especially frightening.

29 Chicago Bears - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

30 New York Jets - Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

31 Pittsburgh Steelers - Cameron Heyward, DE Ohio State

32, Green Bay Packers - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama - What a tumble for Ingram, but what a coup for the Packers who really had issues at the position last year.

So that's it. I expect to get 1/3 of the picks right. Wouldn't it be fun if I got them all though?

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