Nick's "One Week and Counting" 2011 Two-Round NFL Mock and Full Rams Mock Draft
Just about one week to go until the draft, and I'm starting to gear up! Starting to get the War Room laid out, the bulletin board up, and hopefully this year the laptop ready to go for the ClanRam chatroom. Here's my latest projection of how the first two rounds could shake out, as well as how all of the Rams' picks may go. Enjoy!
1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
-I still wouldn’t be completely shocked by a non-quarterback here, but the closer the draft gets, the closer it’s looking like Newton will be the first player off the board.
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
-Denver’s switch to a 4-3 defensive front means they’ll need to find lineman who can play in the scheme, and Dareus is a mammoth of a fit.
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
-The Bills need an impact player, and it’s hard to find more of an impact than a versatile pass rusher like Von Miller.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
-The Bengals may prefer to trade down or take a passer in round two, but Carson Palmer’s retirement threats should force them to address this position at some point.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
-The Cardinals need pass rush help, but will they pass on arguably the best prospect in this class to get it? I’m not so sure.
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
-Great scenario for Cleveland, who really need to find Colt McCoy some more weapons on offense. Georgia’s Green is arguably the best available.
7. San Francisco *****: Robert Quinn, LB, North Carolina
-Quinn has the ability to stand up and rush the passer, which is exactly what the ***** need in their 3-4 defensive alignment.
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
-Fairley reunites with his college position coach, hoping to become the dominant interior presence that the Titans have been without since Haynesworth left.
9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
-The Cowboys have one capable starting tackle in Doug Free, but would like to add a second, either replacing him on the left side or across from him on the right.
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
-With the top passers off the board, the Redskins recognize the value in a receiver like Jones and make him their selection.
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
-Ideal scenario for the Texans; though they could still use pass rush help, they also need a top cornerback next to Kareem Jackson.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
-Locker could go here, or he could go in round two. But like it or not, the Vikings need to find a new franchise signal-caller and may not want to wait another round.
13. Detroit Lions: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
-Protecting Matthew Stafford should be a priority for the Lions, so I expect them to look for offensive line help at some point in this draft.
14. St. Louis Rams: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
-With the top receivers off the board, the Rams will look to select the best defensive lineman. Bowers would be tempting if not for injury; instead, the pick is Smith.
15. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
-There’s growing talk that Mallett could still be selected in the first twenty picks, and Miami certainly needs a new starting quarterback.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
-Bowers’ fall ends here, where he’s snatched up by a Jacksonville team in need of pass rush help and very excited to see a top prospect available.
17. New England Patriots (f/OAK): J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
-The run on defensive lineman continues, as the Patriots look to fortify their defensive front with an ideal five-technique end, J.J. Watt.
18. San Diego Chargers: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
-Toss-up between Kerrigan and Jordan here, but I went with the five-technique in Jordan, thinking the Chargers could find a capable linebacker in the second round.
19. New York Giants: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
-An offensive lineman was tempting, but it’s hard to pass up in Liuget’s value here, especially for a Giants team who could be facing DT losses in free agency.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
-The Bucs get their man! Tampa may end up trying to trade up to secure a pass rusher, but in this scenario, one slips to them here.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
-Medical concerns have arisen about Phil Taylor’s foot, but is it just typical pre-draft rumblings? His services would be very useful in Kansas City.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
-The Colts want to lock Peyton Manning up for the rest of his pro career, which means they’re also going to want to protect him better.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
-Smith should be a great fit in Philadelphia, provided the Eagles haven’t taken him off their board due to character issues.
24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
-The Saints are supposedly crazy about Heyward, who has great size and strength for the position and could start instantly.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
-The Seahawks have to know that neither Matt Hasselbeck nor Charlie Whitehurst are the future for them at quarterback; Ponder makes a lot of sense in their system.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
-The Ravens could opt for a cornerback or pass rusher, but Wilkerson would be very effective as a defensive tackle in their three man front.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
-The Falcons need to find additional help at defensive end, where John Abraham isn’t getting any younger and Jamaal Anderson was a colossal bust.
28. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
-Though he’s not as good of a prospect as his brother, Pouncey could certainly go higher than this. He’d be an excellent fit at right guard for New England.
29. Chicago Bears: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
-Jay Cutler needs to be better protected in Chicago, and Colorado’s Nate Solder is about as athletic a lineman as they come.
30. New York Jets: Justin Houston, LB, Georgia
-Speaking of colossal busts, the Jets will finish moving on from the Vernon Gholston experiment by finding Houston, who will help them forget.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
-Ike Taylor isn’t a superstar, but he’s all the Steelers have at cornerback. Some additional talent at the position is needed.
32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
-The Packers don’t have too many glaring weaknesses, but finding more long-term protection help for Aaron Rodgers is a good place to start.
33. New England Patriots (f/CAR): Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
-The Patriots took two linemen in the first round, and find a pass rushing linebacker waiting for them at the top of Round Two.
34. Buffalo Bills: Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa
-A quarterback could be tempting, but the Bills also need to continue building up the pieces for their 3-4 defensive scheme.
35. Cincinnati Bengals: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
-Watkins is a borderline first round prospect who would be an instant starter on the Bengals offensive line at guard, protecting their new QB investment.
36. Denver Broncos: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
-John Fox made great use of the two-back system in Carolina, so could he take advantage of Ingram’s fall and pair him with Knowshon?
37. Cleveland Browns: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
-Oregon State’s Paea is a good fit for the 4-3 defensive scheme that the Browns are transitioning back to in 2011.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Brooks Reed, LB, Arizona
-The Arizona Cardinals take Arizona pass rusher Brooks Reed, fulfilling their need for an outside linebacker with a borderline first round prospect.
39. Tennessee Titans: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
-The Titans missed out on one of the top two passers in this class in Round One, but should be in position to nab a talented second tier passer here.
40. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Williams, DB, Texas
-Regardless of whether Williams ends up at corner or safety, the Cowboys have needs at both positions.
41. Washington Redskins: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
-The Redskins pair an outstanding weapon in Julio Jones with a capable quarterback in TCU’s Andy Dalton.
42. Houston Texans: Jabaal Sheard, LB, Pittsburgh
-Houston continues to address their defense, this time by converting college defensive end Jabaal Sheard into a 3-4 OLB.
43. Minnesota Vikings: Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
-Minnesota would rather have a pass rusher, but they can’t ignore the fragile state of their secondary.
44. Detroit Lions: Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
-Outside linebacker is a big position of need for the Lions, and Carter is a first-round talent pushed into the second round due to injury concerns.
45. San Francisco *****: Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
-Frank Gore isn’t going to last forever, especially since he’s entering a contract year. If the value is right, the ***** might bounce on a legit back-up.
46. Denver Broncos (f/MIA): Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
-The Broncos have virtually nothing at the tight end position, and Rudolph’s value in the mid-second round is too good to pass up.
47. St. Louis Rams: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
-The Rams missed out on a receiver in the first round, but Torrey Smith could become the dynamic weapon they need.
48. Oakland Raiders: Ben Ijalana, OL, Villanova
-Ijalana gives the Raiders versatility along the offensive line, as he could project to either guard or offensive tackle.
49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
-Jacksonville would like to restock at linebacker, where Kirk Morrison and Justin Durant were disappointments.
50. San Diego Chargers: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
-With one if not two receivers possibly leaving in the near future, San Diego would be wise to start planning for the future.
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mason Foster, LB, Washington
-Foster’s ability in zone coverage makes him an intriguing fit as an outside linebacker for Tampa’s Cover 2 system.
52. New York Giants: Rodney Hudson, OL, Florida State
-After addressing defensive needs in Round One, New York comes back in the second round and improves their interior offensive line.
53. Indianapolis Colts: Titus Young, WR, Boise State
-One wouldn’t think the Colts need more offensive weapons, but too many of their receivers have question marks down the road.
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Cannon, OL, TCU
-Cannon’s ability to play either guard or tackle makes him an intriguing fit in Philadelphia, where they have needs at both positions on the right side.
55. Kansas City Chiefs: Stefan Wisniewski, C, Penn State
-Casey Wiegmann may not be coming back, so what better way to address the position than by drafting arguably the class’ best center?
56. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
-New Orleans passed on Mark Ingram in Round One, but may not be able to pass on Virginia Tech’s Williams here.
57. Seattle Seahawks: Clint Boling, OG, Georgia
-Having drafted their quarterback of the future, the Seahawks need to add some additional help in the protection department.
58. Baltimore Ravens: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
-Baltimore finally gets their corner here in the bottom of the second round with former Longhorns defender Curtis Brown.
59. Atlanta Falcons: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
-Quite a slip for Baldwin, but the Falcons aren’t complaining; they’ve found their big, physical target in the passing game.
60. New England Patriots: Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
-Jernigan strikes me as the kind of player the Patriots can get a lot out of. He’d be great moving all around in their offensive scheme.
61. Chicago Bears: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
-Austin has some character issues, but with the Bears and Tommie Harris parting ways, they may find his value too good here.
62. San Diego Chargers (f/NYJ): Sam Acho, LB, Texas
-San Diego has waited on a pass rusher, but thankfully still find one available in Sam Acho out of Texas.
63. Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Gilbert, OL, Florida
-Probably not the Florida lineman some fans would peg for the Steelers, but Gilbert has the versatility to line up at either guard or tackle.
64. Green Bay Packers: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
-Cullen Jenkins likely won’t be back in Green Bay, so expect the Packers to give consideration to some possible replacements.
FULL RAMS DAFT
Round Three: Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh
-Lots of interest in Rackley around the league; the FCS left tackle could be a plug-and-play starter at guard for the Rams sooner rather than later.
Round Four: Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple
-Jarrett could be intriguing for this coaching staff because of his versatility; Spagnuolo loves safeties like Jarrett who can be used in a variety of ways.
Round Five: Doug Hogue, OLB, Syracuse
-Lots of physical ability but a bit raw. Who better to coach up Hogue into a capable defensive contributor than Spagnuolo?
Round Seven: Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson
-Value on Harper is all over the board, but if he’s available in the late rounds, he’d definitely be worth investigating.
Round Seven: Ollie Ogbu, DT, Penn State
-Ogbu may never become a future mainstay in the Rams’ starting line-up, but his ability to penetrate could win him a reserve role.
Re: Nick's "One Week and Counting" 2011 Two-Round NFL Mock and Full Rams Mock Draft
I honestly must be blind about torrey Smith. Many clan ram members want him in the 2nd but i just feel his play style is too similar to Avery and Clayton.
Torrey Smith over Hankerson thou?
Re: Nick's "One Week and Counting" 2011 Two-Round NFL Mock and Full Rams Mock Draft
Yes, Torrey Smith over Hankerson for me. I consider Smith the third best receiving prospect in this class and Hankerson the fourth, as I think Smith is the better athlete with better physical skills and more upside at the next level.
Originally Posted by BarronWade
Of the second tier receiving prospects, my preference would be Smith, Hankerson, then Young. Not interested in Baldwin.