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« : April 18, 2011, 11:49:03 PM »


Rick Gosselin's Mock Draft No. 1
By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News
Published 17 April 2011 09:39 PM

The Saints have Drew Brees, the Falcons have Matt Ryan and the Bucs have Josh Freeman — and all three teams were playoff contenders in the NFC South last season.
Carolina did not have a quarterback, so the Panthers did not contend. Carolina started three different quarterbacks on the way to a league-worst 2-14 finish.
The Panthers’ reward for that ineptitude is the first overall choice of the 2011 NFL draft — and the chance to select a franchise quarterback of their own.
Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy as the best player in college football last season when he quarterbacked the Auburn Tigers to a 14-0 record and a national championship. So pencil in Newton as the first overall pick of the 2011 draft to the Panthers.
Newton is a junior college player who spent only one season at Auburn before deciding to turn pro. His inexperience is his only negative. Athletically and physically he’s off the charts, giving the Panthers hope for a much brighter future.
Here’s the first of three mock draft offerings from The Dallas Morning News this month. The second will come next Sunday, and the final mock will be on the actual day of the draft. The first mock is based on my draft board of the top 32 players, the second focuses more on team needs and the third is how I see the draft playing out:
1. Carolina: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
NFL’s worst passing attack gets a new trigger
2. Denver : Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Broncos going to 4-3 front and need linemen
3. Buffalo: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
Bills went to Super Bowls with OLB Cornelius Bennett
4. Cincinnati: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Time to turn the page from aging WRs Owens, Ochocinco
5. Arizona: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Cards are wasting Larry Fitzgerald without a QB
6. Cleveland : Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Sheldon Brown showing some age at cornerback
7. San Francisco: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
The 49ers sorely need an edge rusher
8. Tennessee: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Best inside pass rusher in the draft
9. Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, Southern Cal
America’s Team needs to get younger up front
10. Washington: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Redskins need size, physicality on the flank
11. Houston: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The NFL’s worst pass defense now has some royalty
12. Minnesota: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
More help for RB Adrian Peterson up front
13. Detroit: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The Lions need to keep QB Stafford upright and healthy
14. St. Louis: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Best pass rusher in the draft becomes a sliding value
15. Miami: Mark Ingram, HB, Alabama
Pencil in Ingram as offensive rookie of the year
16. Jacksonville: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Jags get bigger, tougher in the front seven
17. New England: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal
Bill Belichick believes you win titles up front
18. San Diego: Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue
Chargers need to replace the rush of Shawne Merriman
19. NY Giants: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida
A new anchor to stabilize an erratic offense
20. Tampa Bay: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
NFC’s worst pass rush gets some help
21. Kansas City: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
The NFL’s best rushing attack gets better up front
22. Indianapolis: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
Colts need bigger bodies for 25th-ranked run defense
23. Philadelphia: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
D-line will get bigger under new coach Jim Washburn
24. New Orleans: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
Saints need bulk to compete in run-heavy NFC South
25. Seattle: Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
Maybe the safest pick on the entire board
26. Baltimore: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Ravens get bigger, more physical at corner
27. Atlanta: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
See the Saints at 24 — you need big bodies in the NFC South
28. New England: Ryan Williams, HB, Virginia Tech
Pats’ methodical rushing attack needs some big plays
29. Chicago: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pitt
Bears have speed on the flank; Baldwin gives them size
30. NY Jets : Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Antonio Cromartie is a free agent
31. Pittsburgh : Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
Time to start looking for Aaron Smith’s replacement
32. Green Bay: Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona
The NFC’s best pass rush gets deeper


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« #1 : April 18, 2011, 11:51:51 PM »

I just hope Kerrigan falls to us, feel like he is the safest pick at number 20

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« #2 : April 19, 2011, 12:45:20 AM »

If we can get a Smith/Kerrigan/Jordan/Bowers I'll be happy.

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« #3 : April 19, 2011, 05:05:42 AM »

swapping picks with Miami seems like the best move we could take.  They'll still get Ingram at 20 if he is their target and the cost shouldn't be more than a 3rd.  Based on this mock it would give us the option of Jordan, Kerrigan, Watt, and Smith.

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