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    Nick's "New Year, New Mock" First Round NFL Mock Draft

    Wanted to get a new mock up before the New Year, and wanted to try some new things as I adjust my opinions from the last projection. Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! Have a great new year!

    1. Carolina Panthers: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
    -The Panthers have officially locked down the #1 overall pick, and Jimmy Clausen isn't enough to convince a new head coach to pass on one of the best quarterback prospects in years. If Luck declares, he should be the first player drafted in 2011.

    2. Denver Broncos: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
    -With Josh McDaniels' firing, the Broncos will be looking for a new head coach who may not be married to the team's current 3-4 defense. Bowers has emerged this season as one of the country's best defensive players, racking up 24 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.

    3. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
    -It's possible that both Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco could be on their way out of Cincinnati. Finding a young talent to take the reigns will be necessary for the Bengals, and A.J. Green is about as elite as they come at wide receiver.

    4. Buffalo Bills: Nick Fairley, DL, Auburn
    -Despite a brief switch back to a four-man front this season, the Bills seem to be pushing forward with their 3-4 defense. Fairley has the size and the versatility to fit the scheme and proved to be a disruptor in 2010 (21 TFL as a DT).

    5. Arizona Cardinals: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
    -No quarterback? I don't know that the Cardinals would be in love with the available passers, and they could definitely use an upgrade in the secondary across from Rodgers-Cromartie. Prince and LSU's Patrick Peterson will compete to be the first CB selected.

    6. San Francisco *****: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
    -The Alex Smith era is officially over, and let's face it, the Troy Smith era probably is as well. A dynamic talent like Cam Newton could help spark a ***** franchise that disappointed in 2010 after having ambitions of an NFC West title.

    7. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Peterson, DB, LSU
    -Peterson could easily go much higher than this - perhaps even second overall to Denver - but the LSU star would be a great selection for a Cowboys team that could try him at either cornerback or safety, where they've long needed help.

    8. Houston Texans: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
    -Just imagine for a second that you're an AFC South quarterback. You look to one side of the Texans' defensive line, and you see Mario Williams. You look to the other side, and you see Robert Quinn.

    9. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida
    -Detroit's three-game winning streak has caused them to miss on the top two cornerback prospects, but they'll find a consolation prize in Janoris Jenkins, who could be on the rise up draft boards due to his potential as a shutdown corner.

    10. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
    -A defensive lineman like Dareus could be tempting here, but Colt McCoy needs weapons. Justin Blackmon has had an amazing season in 2010 and could ride his momentum into a leapfrog of Julio Jones to become the second wide receiver off the board.

    11. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
    -Pete Carroll surprised some by taking Earl Thomas over Taylor Mays, whom many thought was an obvious pick for the former USC coach. While Jake Locker seems like the obvious pick for the Washington-based franchise, Carroll could go with the pocket passer in Mallett.

    12. Tennessee Titans: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
    -Dareus is awfully tempting for a team that has flirted with the idea of bringing Albert Haynesworth back, but the Titans are also desperate for some young talent at the outside linebacker position. Ayers' size and athleticism make him a nice fit here.

    13. Washington Redskins: Marcell Dareus, DL, Alabama
    -Under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, the Redskins are trying to a 3-4 defense. But they need to find more pieces to make it work. Insert Marcell Dareus, who plays end in a 3-4 at Alabama and has the size to do it at the pro level.

    14. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
    -I don't suspect the Vikings will pass on a potential franchise quarterback due to the play of Joe Webb, especially when there aren't many other great options at other positions of need. Locker disappointed this season, but still has a lot of potential.

    15. New England Patriots (f/OAK): Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
    -The Patriots defense has tried to get by with lesser parts, and their ranking of 27th in the league suggests the results have not been good. Kerrigan should improve a linebacker unit that had a top individual output of five sacks.

    16. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    -Ronnie Brown is having an off season, and he's in a contract year no less. Ricky Williams cannot be counted on for the long-term. Finding a new stud for the Dolphins' backfield will be a necessity, and Mark Ingram seems like just the guy.

    17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
    -It's a little high for the safety the Jaguars would like, but Adrian Clayborn will be a nice second option for an organization that ranked among the five worst teams in 2010 at sacking the quarterback.

    18. San Diego Chargers: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
    -Shawne Merriman is gone, and Larry English has been a disappointment trying to replace him. Shaun Phillips remains productive, but the Chargers would benefit from finding an upgrade across from him in their 3-4 alignment.

    19. New York Giants: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
    -The Giants' offensive line has not been very sharp this season, and David Diehl's move back inside to guard has long been overdue. The problem is finding a left tackle to replace him, and Sherrod might be the answer.

    20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
    -The Buccaneers spent their first two picks of the 2010 draft addressing the interior of their defensive line, but they'd be wise to start looking at some help for the defensive end position. Allen Bailey should be a big help there.

    21. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
    -In this scenario, Julio Jones falls out of the Top 20, and the St. Louis Rams are the benefactors. The Rams lack a true #1 wide receiver to stretch defenses, and Jones has all the tools you need to be great at the NFL level.

    22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
    -Indianapolis has allowed their offensive line to deteriorate over the years, thinking their scheme along with Peyton Manning could hide shortcomings in the unit. But Peyton's play regressed, so providing him better protection will be an important offseason goal.

    23. Green Bay Packers: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
    -The Packers drafted Bryan Bulaga in the first round last year, and he's done a solid job at right tackle. But improvements on the line could still be needed. Carimi could take over the right tackle job and allow Bulaga to shift to the left side, or he could play inside at guard.

    24. Kansas City Chiefs: Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri
    -Tamba Hali has been a great story for the Chiefs, emerging as a dangerous pass rusher in their 3-4 defensive scheme. But Kansas City needs more defensive weapons if they want to continue their rise, and local star Aldon Smith would be a nice addition.

    25. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
    -Asante Samuel is still a ballhawk, and while Dimitri Patterson has emerged this year, the Eagles lack depth. Harris could contribute immediate as a nickel back while pushing Patterson for the starting job opposite of Samuel.

    26. New York Jets: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
    -The players on the defensive front for the Jets are either aging, injured, or just not good enough. Cameron Jordan plays in a three-man front at Cal, so his transition to the 3-4 at the NFL level shouldn't be substantial.

    27. New Orleans Saints: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
    -Wisconsin's Watt (20.5 TFL and 7 sacks in '10) would be a fine fit for a Saints team that lack ideal talent at defensive end, where Will Smith isn't getting any younger and Alex Brown hasn't been much help to the pass rush.

    28. Chicago Bears: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
    -It's no secret that a Mike Martz offense is going to leave the quarterback exposed, and the Bears' line struggled protecting Jay Cutler this season. With Chris Williams seemingly not the answer at left tackle, the Bears will need to find one.

    29. Baltimore Ravens: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
    -Haloti Ngata is an absolute stud, but Cory Redding has turned 30-years-old and will be entering into a contract year in 2011. The Ravens would be wise to look to Heyward as a young heir apparent to his defensive end position.

    30. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeMarcus Love, OL, Arkansas
    -The Steelers found a great lineman in Maurkice Pouncey last year, so they may be tempted to go back to the well in 2011. Love combines great size with athletic ability, and could be tried either at right tackle or right guard.

    31. Atlanta Falcons: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
    -The Falcons offense is pedestrian when teams shut down Roddy White, as New Orleans did earlier this week. Adding another weapon to the passing game, like Pittsburgh's Jon Baldwin, will help keep Atlanta from a repeat performance.

    32. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey, OL. Florida
    -Right guard Stephen Neal may not return to football in 2011, and neither Ryan Wendell nor Dan Connolly are long-term answers to the position. Pouncey is a better fit at guard at the NFL level, and will be an immediate starter for New England.

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    Re: Nick's "New Year, New Mock" First Round NFL Mock Draft

    Agreed with your projection of Jones getting jumped by Blackmon. Depending on Jones' performance during his bowl game tomorrow, I don't think it's hard to imagine this happening.

    I also could see Jones falling to us pretty easily, with the way you're projecting the picks. There are only a few teams that have to decide they have greater needs than WR, and would could potentially end up with a steal.

    Nice Mock!

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    Re: Nick's "New Year, New Mock" First Round NFL Mock Draft

    This is a great mock and i think Jones is a better option for us than Blackmon

    Just imagine if Danario (6-5 221lbs) and Jones (6-4 211) both reach their potential with Amendola inside and Bradford throwing the ball to them it can be dangerous to opposing Defenses who lack size.

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    Re: Nick's "New Year, New Mock" First Round NFL Mock Draft

    I doubt Julio will still be around later in the first round, but if he is - man would that be sweet to see him wearing the horns. He certainly looked good today .. I love this pick!!

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    I see the Texans going with a CB. The secondary just killed thier playoff chances this year.

    If Jones fell to us that would be great. If the top two WR are off the board hope the Rams go with a DE.

    Go Rams

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