If you haven’t heard yet, teams other than the Kansas City Chiefs are picking in the 2011 NFL Draft. In fact, those teams play a very important role in the Chiefs’ draft since the Chiefs don’t pick in the top 5 this year. Who the 20 teams before us pick can have a significant impact on who we draft. So, for those wondering why I don’t think AJ Green or Julio Jones will be there for us at 21, take a look at one way I see the first round of the Draft going.
Pick 1 Carolina Panthers Cam Newton Quarterback Auburn
New coaches generally mean new QBs. Carolina chooses Newton because they need a name to rejuvenate their team after last year’s dismal season.
Pick 2 Denver Broncos Marcell Dareus Defensive Tackle Alabama
Denver is transitioning to the 4-3. While they have DEs they have need of a quality DT.
Pick 3 Buffalo Bills Von Miller Outside Linebacker Texas A&M
Last year Buffalo’s starting OLBs combined for 6 sacks. Add Miller and you can double that number, at least.
Pick 4 Cincinnati Bengals Blaine Gabbert Quarterback Missouri
The Bengals catch a break and find Gabbert sitting here so they can solve the QB problem Carson Palmer’s ultimatum created for them.
Pick 5 Arizona Cardinals Robert Quinn Outside Linebacker North Carolina
Arizona’s two starting OLBs are both 34 and combined for only 10 sacks. With the top 2 QBs gone Arizona addresses the defense here.
Pick 6 Cleveland Browns A.J. Green Wide Receiver Georgia
The Browns find their number one WR here in Green. QB Colt McCoy’s thank you card to the GM is forthcoming.
Pick 7 San Francisco 49ers Patrick Peterson Cornerback LSU
The 49ers send their best sprinter to the podium to turn in this pick. Peterson is the best player in the draft on many boards and will help the 49ers defense.
Pick 8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley Defensive Tackle Auburn
The Titans pick Fairley here hoping that he can make them say, “Who’s Albert Haynesworth?”
Pick 9 Dallas Cowboys Cameron Jordan Defensive End California
Igor Olshansky is on one side of the defensive front, but the other side is left open by free agency. Jordan is a guy who has moved up the boards and will improve the Cowboys front 3 from Day 1.
Pick 10 Washington Redskins Julio Jones Wide Receiver Alabama
The Redskins take Jones to make up for the 2 recent, previous misses on WR picks. They get a solid number one here. Now, if only they had someone to throw to him…
Pick 11 Houston Texans Aldon Smith Outside Linebacker Missouri
Transitioning to the 3-4 requires the right personnel. The Texans are missing a big piece in not having a rushing OLB.
Pick 12 Minnesota Vikings Prince Amukamara Cornerback Nebraska
Pick 13 Detroit Lions Tyron Smith Offensive Tackle USC
The Lions are a different team when QB Matt Stafford is healthy, so it might be a good idea to keep him healthy. Smith will help do that.
Pick 14 St. Louis Rams Corey Liuget Defensive Tackle Illinois
With the only 1st round receivers off the board, the Rams look to add more pass rush by adding Liuget.
Pick 16 Jacksonville Jaguars Ryan Kerrigan Defensive End Purdue
Still reeling from missing on this position twice in a previous draft, the Jaguars hope Kerrigan can start to help them forget.
Pick 17 New England Patriots J.J. Watt Defensive End Wisconsin
Some scouts are saying that Watt is one of the better 5-techniques seen in a while. He’s there if the Patriots want him, but since this is a Patriot pick it is almost certain to be shopped around.
Pick 18 San Diego Chargers Muhammad Wilkerson Defensive End Temple
The Chargers are hit hard by free agency and they start filling holes by taking the best player available at a need position.
Pick 19 New York Giants Anthony Castonzo Offensive Tackle Boston College
Turnovers on offense are more likely to happen when the O-line isn’t protecting well enough. Leading the league in giveaways, the Giants hope better protection equals fewer turnovers.
Pick 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Clayborn Defensive End Iowa
In a Tampa 2 defense it is essential that the front four get pressure on the QB. Knowing this they addressed the DT position twice last year. Now they start on the DEs.
Pick 21 Kansas City Chiefs Akeem Ayers Outside Linebacker UCLA
I have a love/hate relationship with Ayers here. He makes a lot of sense, but I dislike some of his tape. The value here is O-line, but I think the Chiefs are going to look defense with this pick.
Pick 22 Indianapolis Colts Nate Solder Offensive Tackle Colorado
QB Peyton Manning is the franchise and his calls at the line have been covering O-line problems for a while. It’s time to upgrade the talent on the line.
Pick 23 Philadelphia Eagles Gabe Carimi Offensive Tackle Wisconsin
With Michael Vick soon to be their only starting QB, Philly needs to make sure he stays protected.
Pick 24 New Orleans Saints Da’Quan Bowers Defensive End Clemson
With questions surrounding his knee, Bowers falls. Needing to fill a vacancy at DE, the Saints are willing to take a chance here.
Pick 25 Seattle Seahawks Mike Pouncey Guard Florida
While the QB position is uncertain, what isn’t uncertain is their need for an inside lineman to help protect whoever takes the snap from center.
Pick 26 Baltimore Ravens Jimmy Smith Cornerback Colorado
Of their top 3 CBs 1 is coming off an ACL injury and the other two are free agents. It might be a good idea to draft a CB here.
Pick 27 Atlanta Falcons Kyle Rudolph Tight End Notre Dame
This was the hardest pick of the mock here. With Tony Gonzalez flirting with retirement this past offseason, the Falcons use this opportunity to draft his replacement.
Pick 28 New England Patriots Justin Houston Outside Linebacker Georgia
The Patriots need to produce a better pass rush and Houston will help do that. Once again, expect this pick to be shopped around.
Pick 29 Chicago Bears Derek Sherrod Offensive Tackle Mississippi State
QB Jay Cutler spent most of last season fleeing for his life. The lack of quality on the O-line caught up with the Bears in the playoffs. This pick begins the renovation of that O-line
Pick 30 New York Jets Brooks Reed Outside Linebacker Arizona
The Vernon Gholston experiment is over and it is a failure. Imagine how good this top ten defense would be with a good OLB.
Pick 31 Pittsburgh Steelers Aaron Williams Cornerback Texas
The only solid starting CB is stuck in free agency limbo right now. Williams should fix that.
Pick 32 Green Bay Packers Danny Watkins Guard Baylor
The Packers O-line is currently in need of help but with the only 1st round tackles off the board the Packers go to the guard position. Watkins may be a bit old (27), but since the Packers are winning now they aren’t scared off by it.
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