2011 NFL Mock Draft December Edition 3 Rounds

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30: Janoris Jenkins  of the Florida Gators looks over the offense during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) I have the Patriots taking Janoris Jenkins with the first of their two first round draft picks. Read the rest of my mock draft to see who the New England Patriots draft.

Round 1

1. Carolina Panthers 1-11 Andrew Luck QB Stanford Andrew Luck is considered the best player in the 2011 NFL Draft. Jimmy Clausen has not won a start yet and has thrown 1 touchdown and 6 picks on the year. I’m not ready to give up on Clausen, but he has to win out to save his job. I think the Panthers draft Luck and trade Clausen to the New England Patriots for a 5th round pick. Belicheck once again rips off his partner with trading draft picks for players and Clausen turns his career around by sitting behind Tom Brady. Andrew Luck can take the Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, or the Arizona Cardinals to the playoffs as a rookie because every year one team drafting in the top 5 makes the playoffs. Carolina, Cincinnati, and Arizona are all a franchise quarterback away from the playoffs. Previous Pick AJ Green WR Georgia type the link below to read my Andrew Luck Scouting Report.

http://www.patriotschronicle.com/2010/11/andrew-luck-scouting-report.html/

2. Detroit Lions 2-10 Patrick Peterson CB LSU The Detroit Lions need a true shut down corner. The only knock on Patrick Peterson is his ability to shut down a #1 wide receiver. He can learn to shut down a #1 wide receiver by covering Calvin Johnson everyday in practice. Plus the Detroit Lions need a true shut down corner. Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara had 5 interceptions when Suh emerged as a senior at Nebraska. Peterson can get 7 picks a year when Suh reaches his full potential in Detroit. To read my Patrick Peterson scouting report type the link below.

http://www.patriotschronicle.com/2010/12/patrick-peterson-scouting-report.html/

3. Cincinnati Bengals 2-10 DeQuan Bowers LE Clemson The Cincinnati Bengals have one good pass rusher when healthy. That is right end Antwan Odom. Bowers can play left end and played right end for two years at Clemson before switching to left end this season. If Odom gets injured again the Bengals can move Bowers to right end if they draft him. Carson Palmer’s contract runs through 2014 so I have the Bengals drafting a developmental quarterback like Christian Ponder or Nick Foles in round 2. Previous Pick Robert Quinn RE North Carolina

4. Buffalo Bills 2-10 Cam Newton QB Auburn The Buffalo Bills ownership stated they wanted Andrew Luck after winning two games. Chan Gailey wants a quarterback that is a dual threat to fit his offensive scheme. Cam Newton is 6 ft 6 250 pounds and has the arm strength to be a top 10 pick. Newton can throw the football deep or run with his feet. Newton has really emerged at Auburn and Buffalo’s front office might take a chance on him. Plus the Buffalo Bills always find a way to make their fans mad with controversial quarterback decisions. Think Byron Leftwich’s arm and Vince Young’s feet. That is basically what you get with Cam Newton. I’ll have an exclusive scouting report on the 2010 Heisman Winner next week on this site and right now Cam Newton is the Heisman frontrunner. Previous Pick Andrew Luck QB Stanford

5. Arizona Cardinals 3-9 Jake Locker QB Washington Ken Whisenhunt wants a quarterback I believe he will love Jake Locker as a quarterback prospect. Larry Fitzgerald misses Anquan Boldin so AJ Green is a possibility, but Arizona has Steve Breaston and Early Doucet. Plus quarterback is the glaring need in Arizona in the wake of Derek Anderson’s Monday Night Football Tirade.

6. Denver Broncos 3-9 Marcel Dareus 3-4 RE Alabama Denver’s biggest need is the 3-4 defensive end position at right end. Dareus might not be a character guy, but that will not matter since Josh McDaniels got fired Monday Evening. Previous Pick Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska

7. San Francisco 4-8 49ers Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas Mallett is the most likely of the 4 quarterbacks I mentioned to bust, but Mallett is playing well right now and really has a chance to establish himself as a top 10 draft pick with a win over Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. Mel Kiper Jr. the top draft expert in the country has Mallett graded out as the 2nd best quarterback in this draft and Mallett is the only other quarteback besides Andrew Luck in the top 10 on his draft board. As much as I admire and respect Kiper’s work as a draft analyst I disagree with taking Mallett when Jake Locker and Cam Newton are both available. I’ll post a scouting report on Ryan Mallett this offseason to tell you why. San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Troy Smith has struggled in his last few starts so the 49ers will change their quarterback and draft a new signal caller. Previous Pick Allen Bailey 3-4 LE Miami FL

8. Dallas Cowboys 4-8 Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska The Dallas Cowboys secondary is a mess and the Cowboys need to fix this secondary now. Amukamara is the best player available who fills a big need at this point. Previous Pick Marcel Dareus 3-4 RE Alabama

9. Tennessee Titans 5-7 Nick Fairley DT Auburn I did consider giving the Tennessee Titans AJ Green because he is a #1 wide receiver that is too good to pass up here, but the Tennessee Titans need help at defensive tackle also. Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is a top 10 talent and is more suited for the 4-3 scheme at defensive tackle than the 3-4 defensive scheme at right or left end. The Titans have Nate Washington, Justin Gage, Randy Moss, Kenny Britt, and Damian Williams at wide receiver. The Titans need a defensive tackle so they have to draft Nick Fairley here. Previous Pick Travis Lewis ROLB Oklahoma

10. Washington Redskins 5-7 AJ Green WR Georgia The Washington Redskins need a wide receiver and if AJ Green is still available and the Redskins take him they jump into the playoff conversation in the NFC. Previous Pick Jonathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh

http://www.patriotschronicle.com/2010/11/aj-green-scouting-report.html/

11. Houston Texans 5-7 Brandon Harris CB Miami FLThe Houston Texans need a second cornerback. I know they drafted a cornerback last year in the first round, but this draft is really deep at cornerback so I could see the Houston Texans drafting a second cornerback here. Previous Pick Nick Fairley DT Auburn

12. Minnesota Vikings 5-7 Adrian Clayborn LE Iowa Adrian Clayborn can stuff the run and get pressure on the quarterback. Clayborn can play left end a position that suits him well. The Minnesota Vikings need a left end. Previous Pick Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas

13. Cleveland Browns 5-7 Julio Jones WR Alabama Julio Jones caught ten passes while being covered by Patrick Peterson. There were questions about his hands and consistency, but I believe the Cleveland Browns will draft Julio Jones with this selection here.

14. San Diego Chargers 6-6 Jonathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh Jonathan Baldwin is 6-5 235 pounds and has all the tools to be a #1 wide receiver. Phillip Rivers would be thrilled if he had a target like Jonathan Baldwin to throw to. Type in the link below to read my Jonathan Baldwin scouting report.

http://www.patriotschronicle.com/2010/11/jonathan-baldwin-scouting-report.html/

15. New England Patriots from Oakland Raiders 5-7 Janoris Jenkins CB Florida New England has some key needs left tackle, cornerback, 3-4 left outside linebacker if they want to replace Rob Nikovich, #1 wide receiver, #1 running back, and left guard. There are 2 elite corners left and 3 good left tackles that are first round prospects. So they should draft a cornerback here. Bill Belicheck the New England Patriots head coach and Urban Meyer the Florida Gators head coach are good friends so I expect this pick to be Janoris Jenkins. Previous Pick Joseph Barksdale LT LSU

16. Seattle Seahawks 6-6 Robert Quinn RE North Carolina Robert Quinn may have some character issues which will cause his draft stock to decline a bit, but I believe he will be the pick here because Robert Quinn is too good to pass up here. Previous Pick Jurrell Casey DT USC

17. Indianapolis Colts 6-6 Joseph Barksdale LT LSU Joseph Barskdale is simply too good to pass up here. Peyton Manning needs a new left tackle that will give him more time to execute the proper reads. Previous Pick Anthony Costanzo LT Boston College Below is a link to a Joseph Barksdale Scouting Report I typed for this site. Type in the link below to read my article on Joseph Barksdale.

http://www.patriotschronicle.com/2010/11/joseph-barksdale-scouting-report.html/

18. Miami Dolphins 6-6 Mark Ingram RB Alabama The Miami Dolphins need a running back. Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have expiring contracts after the season. Mark Ingram would be an excellent first round selection. Below is a Mark Ingram Scouting Report to read if you want to type the link. Scouting Reports of NFL Propsects will be up on our site every sunday to read right before kickoff.

http://www.patriotschronicle.com/2010/12/mark-ingram-scouting-report.html/

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-5 Travis Lewis ROLB Oklahoma The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need help at right outside linebacker. Last year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma in the first round. I’m sure Travis Lewis would be thrilled to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round. Previous Pick Adrian Clayborn LE Iowa

20. Green Bay Packers 8-4 Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech The Green Bay Packers would love to have a one two, three trio at running back with Ryan Grant, Ryan Williams, and James Starks. It would finally give the Green Bay Packers a potent running game to compliment Aaron Rodgers and the Packers potent passing attack. Previous Pick Janoris Jenkins CB Florida

21. St. Louis Rams 6-6 Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State The St. Louis Rams need a go to guy for Sam Bradford to throw to. Justin Blackmon is really emerging this season after sitting on the bench behind Dez Bryant. Sam Bradford would love to have a #1 option at wide receiver that knows the spread offense and that played in the State of Oklahoma. Previous Pick Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame.

22. Jacksonville Jaguars 7-5 Ryan Kerrigan LE Purdue Ryan Kerrigan has the tools to be a successful 4-3 pass rusher. He can play across Aaron Kampman and the Jaguars have to find a replacement for Derrick Harvey.

23. New York Giants 8-4 Stephen Paea DT Oregon StateThe New York Giants need defensive tackle help and Stephen Paea would be considered a slight steal here. Previous Pick Brandon Burton CB Utah.

24. Kansas City Chiefs 8-4 Akeem Ayers 3-4 LOLB UCLA The Chiefs will need a replacement at the 3-4 left outside linebacker position when Mike Vrabel retires. Akeem Ayers the 3-4 left outside linebacker out of UCLA is the perfect fit here.

25. Baltimore Ravens 8-4 Ras I Dowling CB Virginia Dowling has missed most of the year with injuries, but he is the best cornerback left in the draft because Aaron Williams isn’t all that without a supporting cast and Brandon Burton the Utah cornerback really struggled down the stretch at cornerback. I think Baltimore will draft Dowling despite his injury history. Previous Pick Deunta Williams FS North Carolina.

26. Philadelphia Eagles 8-4 Brandon Burton CB Utah Brandon Burton held Jonathan Baldwin to under 100 receiving yards at a small school like Utah. That alone gets him into the first round of the NFL draft. Previous Pick Brandon Harris CB Miami FL

27. New York Jets 9-3 DeAndre McDaniel SS Clemson Jim Leonard calls the teams plays on the secondary, but he hasn’t recorded any picks on defense and someone needs to step in if Leonard gets injured. The New York Jets secondary looked lost on Monday Night without Jim Leonard.

28. New Orleans Saints 9-3 Deunta Williams FS North Carolina I like Malcolm Jenkins better as a corner he has done well at free safety, but the Saints should move him back to cornerback. Williams is a first round prospect and the best available player. The Saints have a lot of depth so they can afford to take the best available player here. Previous Pick Bruce Carter LOLB North Carolina.

29. Chicago Bears 9-3 Derek Sherrod LT Mississippi State Derek Sherrod is an excellent run blocker as he opened up running lanes for Anthony Dixon last season and he really proved why he is an elite pass blocker this season when Mississippi State was in the top 25.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers 9-3 Gabe Carimi LT Wisconsin The Pittsburgh Steelers need to draft a left tackle I’m going to evaluate their offensive tackles and tell you why they need a new left tackle. Starting left tackle Max Starks got put on injured reserve. The injury was a neck injury that is just as severe, if not more severe than the Marvel Smith injury that ended Marvel Smith’s career in Pittsburgh. Starks is 28 and turns 29 on January 10th my birthday also just for the record. Starks is young so he should recover from the neck injury, but I do not think he will be the same effective left tackle he has been as of late and that the Steelers will be put in a position where they have to move him back to right tackle. The Pittsburgh Steelers are talking about bringing back Willie Colon to add depth in case these injuries occur again. Right Tackle Willie Colon got placed on injured reserve back in training camp. Right Tackle Flozell Adams got injured and is in his 30′s and backup left tackle Jonathan Scott has surrendered 15 sacks in 12 starts. That is an average of 2 and a half sacks a game. Scott is a great backup right tackle as a run blocker or a great starting right guard, but he is not suited to play left tackle. Those are the reasons why the Pittsburgh Steelers should draft Gabe Carimi. Gabe Carimi is 6 foot 8 inches 320 pounds and is the best left tackle to play for Wisconsin since Joe Thomas. He has the pass blocking ability of a left tackle and the size that Joe Thomas didn’t have in college. Carimi’s one weakness is his bending technique. You do not draft an offensive tackle in the first round to play right tackle that is one of the 25 Golden Rules to the NFL Draft. I’ll post the other 24 rules when the 2011 NFL Draft gets closer.
Here is what the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line will look like after the 2011 NFL Draft.
Left Tackle Gabe Carimi and Flozell Adams as a backup
Left Guard Chris Kemoatu and Ramon Foster
Center Maurkice Pouncey and Dan LeGursky
Right Guard Trai Essex and a guard to backup Essex in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Right Tackle Max Starks and Willie Colon as a backup
Practice Squad features Jonathan and Chris Scott.

This is a much more effective lineup at offensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers moving forward and if this is the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line for all of next year with no injuries occurring the Pittsburgh Steelers will win Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis in 2012, if the Pittsburgh Steelers defense matches the fire and intensity of this season. Previous Pick Ras I Dowling CB Virginia

31. Atlanta Falcons 10-2 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame The Atlanta Falcons need a tight end when Tony Gonzalez retires. Matt Ryan has his playmakers when healthy. Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, and Harry Douglas have all played well and stayed healthy unlike years past. I wrote an article about Kyle Rudolph and found out he was the first 5 star recruit at tight end and the first top 10 recruit in the country at tight end coming out of high school. Rudolph might not go in the top 5 now because of his injury history at Notre Dame, but he is too good not to get drafted in the first round.

32. New England Patriots 10-2 Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame The New England Patriots have the talent on the offensive line with Nick Kaczur, and Sebastian Vulmer if Matt Light decides to leave. Kaczur is on injured reserve, but has been an effective right tackle over the years. If New England decides to move on and release both Light and Kaczur they will need to take a left tackle before round two is over, but for now the New England Patriots get a #1 wide receiver who can stretch the deep ball in Michael Floyd. New England can get an elite left tackle prospect in round 2. Michael Floyd is too good to pass up on here. Previous Pick Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech

Round 2

33. New England Patriots from Carolina Panthers 1-11 Anthony Costanzo LT Boston College The New England Patriots need a left tackle if they do not resign Matt Light and they could be intrigued by hometown prospect Anthony Costanzo. Costanzo has excellent intangibles as a pass blocker and a run blocker, but is only 6 ft 6 280 pounds. His footwork will probably dictate his draft stock because Costanzo is slightly undersized for a left tackle. Previous Pick Mike Pouncey C Florida

34. Cincinnati Bengals 2-10 Nick Foles QB Arizona Nick Foles can be a first round talent if he returns for his senior season at Arizona. Foles plays in a shotgun spread offense, but could become the quarterback of the future in Cincinnati by sitting behind Carson Palmer for a year. Previous Pick Ryan Kerrigan LE Purdue

35. Buffalo Bills 2-10 Von Miller 3-4 ROLB Texas A/M Von Miller can play 3-4 right end or 3-4 right outside linebacker, but he is mainly suited for the 3-4 right outside linebacker position because he is a pass rusher in the 3-4 scheme. Aaron Maybin hasn’t panned out as a 3-4 right outside linebaker and they paid too much money to cut Aaron Maybin when they drafted him 11th overall in 2009. Buffalo won’t hesitate to draft Von Miller and move him to 3-4 right outside linebacker while they move Aaron Maybin to 3-4 left outside linebacker who could develop as a 3-4 outside linebacker by the time he makes the switch to left outside linebacker. Previous Pick Gabe Carimi LT Wisconsin

36. Detroit Lions 2-10 Cameron Heyward LE Ohio StateThe Detroit Lions have depth at the defensive line, but have a history of taking the best player available so Cameron Heyward has to be the pick here.

37. Denver Broncos 3-9 Jerrell Powe NT Ole Miss Jerrell Powe is a young nose tackle who declared this year. He would not have declared if he was not going to get drafted in the top 50. Jamal Williams is getting older at nose tackle and cannot play forever.

38. Arizona Cardinals 3-9 Aaron Williams CB Texas Aaron Williams could get drafted in the first round, but the poor performance of the Texas Longhorns this season is really going to cost Aaron Williams some money in his draft stock. Previous Pick Curtis Brown CB Texas

39. Dallas Cowboys 4-8 Cameron Jordan 3-4 RE California The Dallas Cowboys will need to aquire a 3-4 right end early in the draft. Cameron Jordan is a good option and should be able to rush the passer for the Dallas Cowboys. Previous Pick Aaron Williams CB Texas

40. San Francisco 49ers 4-8 Allen Bailey 3-4 LE Miami FL Allen Bailey was who I had the San Francisco 49ers drafting in the first round, but the 49ers need at quarterback is why he slips here. The 49ers biggest needs next to quarterback are 3-4 left end and cornerback. Allen Bailey is the only 3-4 left end I’m sold on at this point. Previous Pick Chykie Brown CB Texas

41. Washington Redskins 5-7 Shane Vereen RB California Age is starting to catch up with Clinton Portis in Washington. I think Portis can rotate carries with another running back as the #1 running back or that Portis can be the #2 running back, but he is getting too old to get the football 20 to 25 times a game. Shane Vereen could be the eventual starting running back in Washington.

42. Houston Texans 5-7 Jeremy Beal LE Oklahoma Jeremy Beal is a rotational 4-3 left end that could work his way into the lineup behind Antonio Smith and Connor Barwin. Smith is getting older and Barwin got injured in week 1. Plus the Texans can make Beal their new backup left end and move Connor Barwin to right end where he played in college at Cincinnati. Then the Houston Texans can make Connor Barwin a backup to Mario Williams for when Williams gets injured. This is a much more effective pass rush option in my opinion. Previous Pick Jalil Brown CB Colorado

43. Minnesota Vikings 5-7 Christian Ponder QB Florida State The Minnesota Vikings need a quarterback and Christian Ponder is the best available player that fits the bill. Ponder doesn’t have the arm strength or the durability, but he is 6 ft 4 225 pounds and has an elite learning rate along with elite intangibles, a quarterback that is mobile that can scramble. The Vikings have a history of building their offense around dual threat quarterbacks. Fran Tarkenton, Randall Cunningham, Daunte Culpepper, Brett Favre now he’s just a pocket passer, Tavaris Jackson. Minnesota loves dual threat quarterbacks and unless Donovan McNabb gets dealt to another team the Vikings will need to draft Christian Ponder here. Previous Pick Jimmy Smith CB Colorado

44. Cleveland Browns 5-7 Curtis Brown CB Texas Curtis Brown was once considered a late first round pick. Cleveland would love to have him play across Joe Haden in the future. Previous Pick Von Miller 3-4 ROLB Texas A/M

45. Tennessee Titans 5-7 Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma There are questions that Nate Washington and Justin Gage can be #1 receivers. Randy Moss hasn’t performed. Kenny Britt will be the go to guy next year and Damian Williams could become a #2 option, but a slot option like Ryan Broyles really could not hurt the Tennessee Titans. Previous Pick Stefen Wisnewski C Penn State

46. Oakland Raiders 6-6 Mike Pouncey C Florida The Oakland Raiders need a center and Mike Pouncey can move to guard or offensive tackle like his older brother Maurkice if necessary. Previous Pick Kristopher O Dowd C USC.

47. Seattle Seahawks 6-6 Jurrell Casey DT USC Jurrell Casey is an underrated defensive tackle prospect and he was coached by Pete Carroll at USC. Seattle needs defensive tackle help so they could take Casey here. Previous Pick Greg Romeus RE Pittsburgh

48. Indianapolis Colts 6-6 Lawrence Guy DT Arizona State The Indianapolis Colts need help at defensive tackle and Lawrence Guy is a sleeper who could make an impact on the Colts defensive line. Previous Pick Stephen Paea DT Oregon State

49. Denver Broncos from Miami Dolphins Chykie Brown CB Texas The Broncos could use a nickel corner and an eventual #1 corner 5 years down the road. Chykie Brown fits the bill here and is a smart pick for the Denver Broncos with this selection. Previous Pick Greg Jones 3-4 MLB Michigan State

50. San Diego Chargers 6-6 Greg Jones 3-4 MLB Michigan State The San Diego Chargers need some 3-4 linebackers. Greg Jones is the best 3-4 middle linebacker in the 2011 NFL Draft. Previous Pick Donta Hightower 3-4 MLB Alabama

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-5 Jabaal Sheard LE Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Tampa Bay needs a left end to play across from Stylez White and Jabaal Sheard can be a player who makes a significant impact at the left end position. Previous Pick Rashad Carmichael CB Virginia Tech

52. Green Bay Packers 8-4 Jimmy Smith CB Colorado Jimmy Smith can be an adequate starter for the Green Bay Packers at cornerback down the road when Charles Woodson retires. Previous Pick Mike LeShoure RB Illinois

53. St. Louis Rams 6-6 Jared Crick DT Nebraska Jared Crick has all the tools to succeed as a defensive tackle and the St. Louis Rams need an upgrade at defensive tackle. Previous Pick Lawrence Guy DT Arizona State

54. Jacksonville Jaguars 6-6 Rahim Moore FS UCLA Reggie Nelson is gone so the Jaguars need help at free safety.

55. New York Giants 8-4 Jalil Brown CB Colorado The New York Giants need cornerback help and Jalil Brown makes a lot of sense with this pick because the New York Giants need a cornerback and Jalil Brown could be better than his teammate Jimmy Smith. Previous Pick DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma

56. Kansas City Chiefs 8-4 Rashad Carmichael CB Virginia Tech The Kansas City Chiefs need some major help at #2 corner. Brandon Flowers the Chiefs #1 corner also went to Virginia Tech so Rashad Carmichael is a viable option here. Previous Pick Christian Ponder QB Florida State

57. Baltimore Ravens 8-4 Stephen Wisnewski C Penn State The Baltimore Ravens need a successor to Matt Birk and Mike Pouncey is too good to pass up on here. Plus the Ravens can plug him in at right guard until he is ready to make the switch to center. Previous Pick Darius Morris RT Temple

58. Philadelphia Eagles 8-4 Marcus Cannon RT TCU The Eagles are set at defensive line, but need to upgrade their offensive line so a guy like Marcus Cannon who has great size for a right tackle would fit Andy Reed’s offensive line schemes in Philadelphia.

59. New York Jets 9-3 Justin Houston 3-4 ROLB Georgia The New York Jets have to get a 3-4 right outside linebacker and Justin Houston is the best possible option at this point in the draft plus he is considered a major steal at this point.

60. New Orleans Saints 9-3 Quan Sturdivant ROLB North Carolina The Saints need a 4-3 right outside linebacker and Sturdivant is a 4-3 right outside linebacker who can also play 3-4 middle linebacker if New Orleans decides to make the transition to the 3-4 scheme.

61. Chicago Bears 9-3 DeMarcus Love RT Arkansas The Chicago Bears offensive line is such a mess that they need to take two tackles in the first two rounds to smooth things out.

62. Pittsburgh Steelers 9-3 Sione Fua NT Stanford Since all the good cornerback and free safety prospects are off the board until the fourth rund the Pittsburgh Steelers have very few options here.

Option number 1 take a Donta Hightower a 2nd to 3rd round pick at 3-4 middle linebacker who could start when James Farrior retires. Stevenson Sylvester is overrated and belongs on special teams and Lawrence Timmons will get double teamed once Farrior retires if they do not address the 3-4 middle linebacker position.

Option #2 They take a wide receiver who is undersized with good speed, hands, and route running ability like Devier Posey of Ohio State. Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders are vertical deep threats, but both have yet to prove they can create openings and double teams with their route running ability on the short and medium routes. Wallace won’t run the deep ball when Hines retires because the Steelers will make him the #1 receiver and the #1 wide receiver has to be an effective route runner on the short and medium ball and Sanders will run the deep ball because that is his strength since he played in the goofy vertical deep ball passing attack offense at SMU. Devier Posey has all the tools to be a good wide receiver and can run the short and medium routes which would allow Mike Wallace to run the deep ball occasionally. Wallace’s medium routes are getting better as he made a few big plays off the medium routes against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday Night, but he still needs to work on his short routes so Posey could be a slot receiver when Hines retires, but rule 13 of the 25 Golden rules is do not consider drafting a slot receiver for the future until the 3rd round.

Option #3 Take a nose tackle. There are only two good nose tackles one is an early 1st-2nd round pick that is 6 ft 2 320 pounds who is a first to second round pick in Jerrell Powe and the other is a 3-4 nose tackle who is 6 foot 2 306 pounds with excellent footwork for a nose tackle in Sione Fua. Besides Powe and Fua none of the nose tackles in this draft have long term upside or potential. Fua can learn from Casey Hampton how to bulk up so I believe Fua is the pick here despite Fua being a 3rd round prospect. Previous Pick Marcus Cannon RT TCU

63. Atlanta Falcons 10-2 Greg Romeus RE Pittsburgh The Atlanta Falcons would love a pass rusher like Greg Romeus at the end of round 2. Jaamal Anderson is not capable of becoming the Atlanta Falcons right end when Jonathan Abraham retires. Previous Pick Jeremy Beal LE Oklahoma

64. New England Patriots 10-2 Mike LeShoure RB Illinois The New England Patriots need a new running back that can carry the full load. LeShoure has excellent size for a power back at 6 foot 1 230 pounds and is the successor to Rashard Mendenhall at Illinois. His numbers are similar to Mendenhall and for a 230 pound running back with a projected 4.50 40 yard dash time is good because when your 230 pounds your not expected to run a 4.49 40 time. Previous Pick Devier Posey WR Ohio State

Round 3

65. Carolina Panthers 1-11 Devier Posey WR Ohio State The Carolina Panthers need to use their second draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to build around Andrew Luck. The Carolina Panthers have a left tackle in Jordan Gross and if Devier Posey is available here the Carolina Panthers the Panthers need to expand their receiving core and draft Devier Posey as a #2 option behind Steve Smith with Brandon LaFell and David Gettis competing for the slot receiver role in Carolina.

66. Buffalo Bills 2-10 Matt Reynolds LT BYU The Buffalo Bills need to get a left tackle to protect the new quarterback they draft in 2011. Matt Reynolds is the best available left tackle at this point in the 2011 NFL Draft.

67. Detroit Lions 2-10 Mark Barron SS Alabama The Detroit Lions will need a strong safety to play across from free safety Louis Delmas.

68. Cincinnati Bengals 2-10 Titus Young WR Boise State Titus Young could be a good slot receiver if the Cincinnati Bengals decide to add to their receiving core by getting rid of Chad Ochocino and Terrell Owens. I believe Andre Caldwell and Jordan Shipley can be effective #1 receivers in Cincinnati.

69. Arizona Cardinals 3-9 Austin Pettis WR Boise State The Arizona Cardinals will draft a wide receiver in the first 3 rounds. Larry Fitzgerald said he missed Anquan Boldin a few weeks ago. Arizona is still deep at wide receiver, but could take a flyer on a wide receiver like Austin Pettis.

70. Denver Broncos 3-9 Nathan Enderle QB Idaho New regimes mean new quarterbacks. I know Denver has Kyle Orton and just drafted Tim Tebow, but the new coach may want his own guy for the future down the road. There aren’t very many 3-4 right outside linebackers in this draft so Enderle has to be the pick here.

71. San Francisco 49ers 4-8 Kendrick Burney CB North Carolina The San Francisco 49ers need to get a cornerback and Kendrick Burney fits the bill despite being a major reach at this point.

72. Dallas Cowboys 4-8 Jeron Johnson SS Boise State The Dallas Cowboys need help at strong safety and free safety. Jeron Johnson can provide help for the Dallas Cowboys at strong safety.

73. Houston Texans 5-7 Muhammed Wilkerson DT Temple The Houston Texans need to get an upgrade at the defensive tackle position and would consider drafting Muhammed Wilkerson here.

74. New England Patriots from Minnesota Vikings 5-7 John Moffitt LG Wisconsin John Moffitt is an underrated left guard who can play right guard and center too. Moffitt has made Gabe Carimi look good and some draft scouts say Moffitt is the reason why Gabe Carimi looks like a first round pick. Moffitt has the tools to replace Logan Mankins as the New England Patriots left guard.

75. Cleveland Browns 5-7 Darius Morris RT Temple Darius Morris can play right tackle for the Cleveland Browns and can move to right guard if he does not pan out.

76. Tennessee Titans 5-7 Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Blaine Gabbert may be a junior at Missouri, but has great speed, arm strength, and plays in the spread offense just like Vince Young and Steve McNair coming out of college. The Titans will bring in a quarterback in the early phase of the 2011 NFL Draft regardless of whether Jeff Fischer sticks around as the Tennessee Titans head coach.

77. New Orleans Saints from Washington Redskins 5-7 Drake Nevis DT LSU The New Orleans Saints would love a hometown prospect like Drake Nevis at defensive tackle. Plus the defensive tackle position is a position the New Orleans Saints could upgrade.

78. San Diego Chargers from Seattle Seahawks 6-6 DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma DeMarco Murray is a steal here and would make a great rotational back behind Ryan Mathews.

79. Indianapolis Colts Pat Devlin QB Delaware Pat Devlin’s draft stock is starting to rise and Peyton Manning has thrown 11 interceptions in the last 3 games. Curtis Painter isn’t capable of being the quarterback of the future and while this is still Peyton’s team I got the Colts drafting Pat Devlin for now.

80. Miami Dolphins 6-6 Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa Chad Henne has struggled lately and Ricky Stanzi can be a developmental quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

81. San Diego Chargers 6-6 Donta Hightower 3-4 MLB Alabama The San Diego Chargers are weak at the 3-4 middle linebacker position if they take two 3-4 middle linebackers they can set up an elite run defense.

82. Oakland Raiders 6-6 Nate Soldier LT Colorado The Oakland Raiders need to move Jared Veldheer back to right tackle and they need to bench Langston Walker. The only way this happens is if the Oakland Raiders draft Nate Soldier.

83. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-5 Davon House CB New Mexico State The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will need a starter across from Aqib Talib once Ronde Barber retires.

84. Green Bay Packers 8-4 DJ Williams TE Arkansas Green Bay might want to draft another tight end for depth in case Jermichael Finley gets injured again.

85. St. Louis Rams 6-6 Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin The Rams could use a tight end.

86. Jacksonville Jaguars 7-5 Rodney Hudson LG Florida State The Jacksonville Jaguars really need to find a new replacement at left guard and Rodney Hudson is a steal here.

87. New York Giants Kristopher O Dowd C USC The New York Giants need to find a new center and Kristopher O Dowd can be a great center for the New York Giants.

88. Kansas City Chiefs 8-4 Leonard Hankerson WR Miami FL The Kansas City Chiefs need another receiver and with Chris Chambers aging Leonard Hankerson can be that receiver and Dexter McCluster is more suited for special teams while Hankerson becomes the #2 receiver in Kansas City.

89. Baltimore Ravens 8-4 Alex Wujciak 3-4 MLB Maryland Wujciak would be my sleeper at the 3-4 middle linebacker position in the 2011 NFL Draft because of his dedication and tackling ability. I think Wujciak will climb up draft boards to the point where is considered a late 3rd round pick.

90. Philadelphia Eagles 8-4 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina Marvin Austin has all the tools to be an effective defensive tackle. He is the kind of defensive tackle Andy Reed would draft.

91. San Diego Chargers from New York Jets 9-3 Mike Mohammed 3-4 LOLB California The Chargers will move Shaun Phillips to 3-4 right outside linebacker and make Mike Mohammed their starter at 3-4 left outside linebacker. Larry English can be a rotational 3-4 right outside linebacker.

92. New Orleans Saints 9-3 Noel Devine RB West Virginia The New Orleans Saints need to add running back depth to their lineup in case running back injuries occur next season.

93. Chicago Bears 9-3 Dwayne Harris WR East Carolina Chicago can add another playmaker to Jay Cutler’s disposal of wide receivers.

94. Pittsburgh Steelers 9-3 Will Hill FS Florida There are not any cornerbacks available here and Will Hill the Florida free safety is the best pick here so Will Hill has to be the pick.

95. Atlanta Falcons 10-2 Matt Szczur WR Villanova The Atlanta Falcons need another wide receiver to add to their lineup.

96. New England Patriots Alex Linnenkohl C Oregon State New England Patriots center Dan Koppen is getting older. New England can get a younger center to build for the future.


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    Very good draft…especially from a Patriots view point…obvious enough. But, that being said, if the Pats pass on Roberth Quinn I will be very upset. I think this guy is the best OLB (3-4) prospect for BB in years…he’s an absolute stud. I do like the logic of drafting a corner though. I say Quinn is long gone, and grabbing a starting corner is a great move. I like LaShore a lot…he won’t be there at the end of round 2 in such a shallow draft, I say take him up higher if he’s there. You have to figure this is the last year for Taylor & Morris…need some young legs…this is THE guy. Ingram is nice, but I can’t see us using a 1st on him, or any back.

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  • Jason

    One way or antoher Jags get a Qb in the first 3 rounds, likely first 2 rounds.

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    No one remembers if you correctly picked the first 10 picks and no matter how accurate you are you are considered a fool by most. A trade is possible given New Englands stockpile of second-rounders so keep a close eye on this pivotal pick during the draft.

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