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    Nick's "It can't be too early because here's another one!" Second 2011 NFL Mock Draft

    A new week brings a new draft order, which yields a new mock draft! Nearly half of the picks have changed this time around as the draft order changes and players build and lose momentum in their college football seasons. It's still very early, but here's one way I could see the first round shaping up!


    1. Buffalo Bills: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
    -Itís certainly no guarantee that Luck comes out, but heís enjoying a lot of buzz right now and seems to have passed Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett as the top quarterback on many lists. Buffaloís quarterback situation is a revolving door.

    2. San Francisco *****: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
    -Despite some ups and downs in 2010, Locker remains one of the top prospects in this class and his positional value will push him up draft boards. Heís been compared by some to former ***** quarterback Steve Young, and by the end of this season, the Alex Smith era will probably be over.

    3. Detroit Lions: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
    -The Lions have upgraded their defensive front, but remain pretty weak in the secondary. Peterson is arguably the top eligible cornerback prospect in the draft and should give them an immediate impact player at the position.

    4. Dallas Cowboys: Marcel Dareus, DL, Alabama
    -Who would have thought the Cowboys would be staring a Top Six pick in the face? Dareus is a disruptive force on the defensive line, and would be a massive upgrade at the five-technique for Dallasí 3-4 defensive front.

    5. Carolina Panthers: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
    -A.J. Green is the top receiver in the country, and the Panthers are desperate for some receiving talent. With Steve Smith declining and a big question mark opposite him, Green makes all the sense in the world.

    6. San Diego Chargers: Adrian Clayborn, DL, Iowa
    -Another surprising team currently projected in the top ten, San Diego looks like theyíre pretty set on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, the 6í4Ē 285-pound Clayborn would give the Chargers a productive presence in a transitioning defensive line.

    7. Denver Broncos: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
    -Champ Bailey is 32 years old and in a contract year. The Broncos may resign him with a limited deal, but a long-term replacement is needed. Amukamara would pair with last yearís fifth round pick Perrish Cox to be a great combo for the future.

    8. Cleveland Browns: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
    -The Browns could reach for a quarterback here, but Mike Holmgren seems to believe in Colt McCoy. One way to help the former Longhorn find success is to improve the weapons around him by adding an elite talent like Jones.

    9. Minnesota Vikings: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
    -One name that seems to be getting a lot of buzz in draft circles is Auburn's Nick Fairley. With 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in eight games, Fairley is a talented prospect who could help restock an aging Vikings defensive interior.

    10. Cincinnati Bengals: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    -Very tempted to go Ryan Mallett here, but even though Carson Palmer has had a down season, Iím not sure if Cincinnati is ready to completely give up on him. In the meantime, a stud in the running game like Ingram could benefit the offense as well.

    11. St. Louis Rams: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
    -With the top two receivers off the board, St. Louis will look elsewhere with the 11th pick. Despite his outstanding start to the season, James Hall won't be around forever. If Quinn's character checks out, he's too talented to pass up.

    12. New England Patriots (f/OAK): Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
    -The rich get richer as Oaklandís first round pick in this draft is held by New England due to the Richard Seymour trade. Replacing Seymour with some talented youth on the defensive line will be crucial for a Patriots defense in need of a boost.

    13. Jacksonville Jaguars: Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
    -Daryl Smith was a great option on the weak-side for Jacksonville, but they moved him to the strong side in 2010. Drafting Ayers will allow the Jaguars to move Smith back to the weak side, improving two positions of their LB unit.

    14. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
    -The Cardinals parted ways with 2006 first round pick Matt Leinart, and while they seem to be high on Max Hall, he may not have enough skill to become a true franchise quarterback. Mallett brings top physical tools to the table.

    15. Miami Dolphins: Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
    -The Dolphins are getting solid production out of outside linebackers Cameron Wake and Koa Misi, but they may find it hard to pass up an athlete like Carter. If they don't think Bruce can fit on the outside for them, they can try him inside next to Dansby.

    16. Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
    -If I was higher on the offensive line talent here, I might think about helping the Bearsí front five. But when a Mike Martz offense has only produced one touchdown by a wide receiver in six games, clearly some help is needed.

    17. Green Bay Packers: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
    -Starting cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Al Harris combine for 26 years of experience in the league. Both in their mid-30s, they donít represent long-term solutions for Green Bay, and the depth behind them is bare. Enter a talented Longhorn by the name of Aaron Williams.

    18. New Orleans Saints: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
    -Alex Brown and Will Smith aren't getting any younger, and the Saints don't seem to have much depth behind them. Bowers is quickly rising up draft boards, as he's averaging 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack a game.

    19. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
    -Asante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs are solid enough, but their long-term future with the team may not be completely secure. Behind them, the depth isnít exactly inspiring.

    20. Washington Redskins: Cameron Jordan, DL, California
    -The Redskins need to find more pieces for Jim Haslett's 3-4 defense, and not only does Cameron Jordan have the ideal size for the position, but he already plays in the scheme at Cal. Looks like a great fit.

    21. Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
    -The Chiefs could have gone with an offensive tackle in round one of last yearís draft, but instead took the playmaking Eric Berry at safety. This time around, they may find Boston Collegeís Anthony Castonzo as a tempting option to man their right side.

    22. Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Cannon, OL, TCU
    -2010 first round pick Russell Okung should be fine at the left tackle position, but Seattle could use some help shoring up the interior of their offensive line. Marcus Cannon is a massive offensive guard prospect who could step in quickly at left guard.

    23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
    -The Buccaneers spent their first two picks on defensive tackles last year, but it hasnít yet helped their miserable pass rush (4 sacks in five games). University of Miami stud Allen Bailey could continue to help that cause and give Tampa another young talent to build around.

    24. Houston Texans: Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
    -Eugene Wilson is solid but can't really seem to stay healthy, so it wouldn't be shocking to see the Texans look for a younger player to eventually take the free safety role.

    25. Indianapolis Colts: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
    -Following the teamís Super Bowl loss to the Saints, Colts general manager Bill Polian wasnít the biggest fan of his teamís offensive line. Could it be time to upgrade? Sherrod is rising up draft board; some consider him the top OT in this class.

    26. Baltimore Ravens: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
    -The Ravensí personnel at cornerback could be named the Island of Misfit Toys, based on it being made up of cast-offs that other teams didnít want. Certainly a young talent like Dowling would be a welcomed addition.

    27. New York Giants: Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
    -33-year-old Giants mainstay Shaun OíHara has had trouble staying healthy this season, and Adam Koets probably isnít the answer. Finding some stability along the offensive line is key for the Giantsí success, and hopefully Wisniewski is the man for the job.

    28. Tennessee Titans: Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
    -Will Witherspoon has been a stud for the Titans since signing as a free agent, but at 30-years-old, heís not a long-term solution. Gerald McRath may be one answer, but the Titans will need a second. Enter the talented Travis Lewis.

    29. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeMarcus Love, OL, Arkansas
    -The youth movement on the Steelers offensive line started last year with Floridaís Maurkice Pouncey, and thereís a possibility it could continue in the 2011 draft. Arkansasí Love is a big, versatile lineman who could be tried at guard or tackle.

    30. New York Jets: Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi
    -Nose guard Kris Jenkins is injured again, but says he plans to return to football in 2011. How effective heíll be is another matter. Jerrell Powe is one of the top nose tackle prospects in this class and can clog the middle of the line as part of a rotation.

    31. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
    -It looks like age may finally be catching up with Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, and he's already on record as saying it's 50-50 as to whether he's back next year. The Falcons would be wise to replace talent with talent.

    32. New England Patriots: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
    -This pick makes me sick, but what can you do? The Patriots parted ways with Randy Moss, and it just so happens Baldwin slips to them in this projection. Though they've gotten by with lesser receivers in the past, they'll certainly be interested in the Panther if he's here.

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    11. St. Louis Rams: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
    Ooh, the "4 Pillars" gets tested! Que interesante, amigo!

    Actually, I like this pick. I think the kid's character checks out fine, and he will be a nice bookend to Howie's boy.

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    Re: Nick's "It can't be too early because here's another one!" Second 2011 NFL Mock D

    I havent seen anybody say anything to bad about his character. I also think he could bring the attitude to our defense that I so deaspretly crave. Gotta like a kid who's pre season goal is 26 sacks and a heisman

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    Re: Nick's "It can't be too early because here's another one!" Second 2011 NFL Mock D

    Love you for this!

    Keep em coming!

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    Re: Nick's "It can't be too early because here's another one!" Second 2011 NFL Mock D

    Yes finally somebody else also wants Robert Quinn...the guy is a monster hands down!

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    Re: Nick's "It can't be too early because here's another one!" Second 2011 NFL Mock D

    I hope the Rams get Robert Quinn in the first also.
    I keep hearing he is in the Top 5 for most mock drafts.

    My top draft choices for the Rams in Round 1 in order of availability:
    DE Robert Quinn 6'5" 268LBS
    WR A.J. Green 6'4" 190LBS
    RB Mark Ingram 5'10" 215LBS
    DE DaQuan Bowers 6'4" 280LBS

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