2011 NFL Mock Draft: Who Goes Where And Why

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Ryant Mallett- QB- Arkansas

Every one can see it coming but no wants to actually talk about it, the Seahawks and Matt Hasselbeck are coming to an end. Hasselbeck played probably his best football in recent memory during the play-offs but more often than not is injured and not the same quarterback he once was. Carroll made a bold a move and acquired Charlie Whitehurst from the Chargers last off season and after filling in for Hasselbeck on a few occasions I think Seattle knows what they have in him, a really good backup. Mallett is the last of the first round quarterbacks and being drafted at the bottom of the first round means there is less risk and more reward for Seattle.

Gabe Carimi- OT- Wisconsin

The Ravens still need help in their secondary at all three positions, but the talent level for secondary players is just not here. There are other needs however on the offensive line and Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi is available.

J.J. Watt- DE- Wisconsin

Playing in the same division as the Saints is not a good thing, especially when you have a weak pass rush. John Abraham had one of his best seasons in recent memory but the Falcons didn’t get much production from the other side of their defensive line. J.J. Watt, one of the better young pass rushers in the draft is here for Atlanta when he should have gone higher.

Justin Houston- OLB/DE- Georgia

New England really needs that big time pass rusher which has been absence in their lineup since they traded Richard Seymour a few seasons ago. Houston is a terrific pass rusher and will be able to step in day one and help the Patriots get those elusive sacks totals higher,

Mike Pouncey- OG/C- Florida

After pundits claimed that the Bears didn’t have the receiver’s or offensive line in place to make the post season, but they proceeded to put together a winning season and secured a NFC North title. However Green Bay came into town once more and were able to best their NFC North rival en route to the Super Bowl. Chicago’s offensive line was a complete disaster at the start of the season but great improvements were made towards the end of the year. That doesn’t mean they don’t still need help and I think Mike Pouncey, who is versatile enough to play center and left tackle, is taken here to rebuild their offensive line.

Jimmy Smith- CB- Colorado

Yes, I realize it says the Pittsburgh Steelers are picking 30th, at least accordign to the mock template, when the reality is they will be picking either 31st or 32nd depending on the outcome of the Super Bowl. For the sake of this mock draft we will be assuming Green Bay wins and thus will be picking 32nd, so the Steelers will be 31st. Forget for a moment that it says 30th as we make this pick the 31st, the Jets will be picking 30th. With the 31st pick the Steelers select corner back Jimmy Smith to help improve their 12th ranked pass defense.

Torrey Smith- WR- Maryland

(Again picking 30th, not 31st)Three Jets receivers are scheduled to become free agents – Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith. It’s likely that they will attempt to sign all three but the question remains if they will be successful in doing so. Torrey Smith is record-breaking receiver and kick returner for a university famous for producing athletic phenoms, Smith will enter the NFL as one of the more intriguing big-play specialists and should the Jets part ways with Brad Smith he will be able to step right in as a return man.

Cameron Heyward- DE- Ohio State

The Packers have a number of different needs including DE, OL and OLB. Cameron Heyward is here at 32 and is versatile enough to line up as a defensive end and rush the passer or take on the responsibilities of a nose tackle. That could make good insurance for current starter B.J. Raji, but regardless of where he is on the defensive line he will apply pressure on the quarterback.

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  • http://whodatdish.com Joshua

    I do agree that the Saints need a RB extremely bad that can carry the load without risk of injury, but, and its a big BUT, the saints need to go defensive line for their first round. I would say for them to pick up Heyward from Ohio State or even J.J Watt from Wisconsin, despite his knee injury. I do say that IF you are going to go for a RB in the first round then the only, and I MEAN ONLY RB you go for is INGRAM from Bama. That is it, Leshoure is great I will give him that, but if you use your 1st round draft to go RB again, after a bust that Bush has been, then you go INGRAM, and NO ONE ELSE. I do understand you see Miami taking INGRAM, so by that you go defense instead of offense, there will be tons of talent later on in the draft for the saints to pick up for the RB position, or even Leshoure will be there in the 2nd round. So my prediction, GO DEFENSIVE LINE TO COMPLIMENT WILL SMITH, AND ELLIS, AND THEN AND ONLY THEN AFTER YOU FIX THAT HOLE YOU WORRY ABOUT YOUR RB. BECAUSE THE SAINTS WILL SCORE POINTS NO MATTER WHO THEY RUN, BUT WE NEED TO GET BETTER PRESSURE AND BETTER RUN DEFENSE TO REALLY ESTABLISH OURSELVES AS THE LEADER OF THEN NFC SOUTH, AND I SEE WATT OR HEYWARD DOING THAT FOR US. I WILL SAY I DO HOPE THAT THE SAINTS USE THEIR LAST PICK AND TAKE JASPER FROM LSU, BECAUSE HE IS THE PRIME DEFINITION OF CLUTCH KICKER.

    • Keith Null

      Joshua-

      I agree with you and do think the Saints need to upgrade at defensive end, defensive tackle and even outside linebacker.

      However the Saints will not reach for a player just because they have a need for a specific positon. They have proven they are not afraid to take the best players availible.

      Look at last years draft when everyone bagged them for taking Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson in the first round when everyone said they needed a linebacker.

      After that of course they would move one to select a tight end and offenisve tackle, again two positions they seemed to be in great shape.

      Going through this mock it just so happened LeShoure was there at 24, when in fact he carries a higher grade than the 24th spot.

      Yes, both Watt and Heyward were still availible, but from the view point of who was the highest rated players availible it was without questions LeShoure.

      It would be nice to get Ingram bur I doubt he will still
      be around when the Saints pick at 24.

      A little background on LeShoure and he starts to look better and better.

      -Averaged six yards per carry last season
      -Rushed for almost 1700 yards
      -Scored 17 rushing touchdowns
      -Stands 6-foot-1, weighs 230 pounds and had been called the “premier power/speed combo back” in the draft.

      Given Ivory’s injury, Bush’s contract and Thomas’ injury and contract situation I’ll take LeShoure any day of the week.

  • Russ D.

    Great mock, well thought out. The best I’ve seen yet.

    • Keith Null

      Russ-

      Thank you my friend and please stay tuned into Whodatdish.con as we continue updating our mocks and covering the draft.

      Keth, Lead Writer

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  • AK47

    Where’s Akeem Ayers lol? He’s definitely a first rounder and if he’s available when the Saints pick at 24, you best believe we’re grabbing him

  • NJ Saintsman

    I’d much rather see the Saints draft a pure pass rusher with their #1 pick. Those guys are usually gone in the first 15 picks, but this draft is so deep in defensive front-7 players that a really good one (Clayborn, Aldon Smith, Houston, Kerrigan) could fall to us at 24. Watt & Heyward are nice players, but lack the speed & pure pass-rush ability of the four I mentioned. The Saints have a history of finding RB’s much later and there are several good FA possibilities (D. Williams, A. Bradshaw, R. Brown) available. We also need to draft a tackle or guard early to eventually replace Stinchcomb or Nicks if (god forbid) we lose him. At LB, because of an ACL injury, a great talent like Bruce Carter could fall to the late 2nd or early 3rd round. I think he would pay major dividends down the road.

  • Frank

    Agree Dareus would be a nice addition to their DL…but, the three highest team priorities are CB, OLB/pass rusher and QB. Harbaugh’s not thrilled with this QB crop…the guy he really wants is still at Stanford. So, I’d expect them to pick either Amukamara or Von Miller. I think it’s also very possible they’d pull the trigger on Ponder, maybe in 2nd or 3rd rd, depending how he ascends draft boards. Still, I wouldn’t be disappointed if Dareus was there at #7.

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  • Matt

    Regarding the Chiefs, neither OT or TE is considered by anyone to be an “urgent” need. We drafted TE Tony Moeki last year (who proved to be a stud) and both of our young, OT’s continue to play better.

    However you are right that NT and OLB are needs.

    The Chief’s 3-4 defense still lacks a real NT to plug the middle and demand double teams. The Chiefs also need a second, quality OLB to rush the passer opposite Tamba Hali.

    The other two positions which the Chiefs need to address are WR and OC.

    When Dwayne Bowe got shut out last year, the Chiefs offense struggled to find a capable no. 2

    Likewise, when we played opponants with large and physical defensive lines (Raiders and Ravens) the center of our line caved in.

    So you got it half right-

    NT, OLB, OC and WR.

    Those are the Chiefs four most pressing needs.

  • twodog51

    I agree that Mark Ingram from Alabama would be the only running back I’d consider in the first round. I really like Akeem Ayers from UCLA or Justin Houston from Georgia but they both may be gone by the time we pick. I say we draft the BPA in the first then try to pick up a Linebacker in the second round. Add a Safety in the third. Then an OT. Save the last pick for the LSU kicker and give Heartly some Competition when camp starts.

  • Waldoon

    Interesting Mock. Don’t see NE taking Solder for two reasons 1) Tackle – NE has their left tackle of the future currently playing right tackle Sabastien Volmer. 2) Guard – The consensus is that Solder looked horrid at guard at the Senior Bowl and there are best Guards and Right Tackles available later in the draft. NE will take at DE at 17 if they keep the pick.

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  • Josh

    Corey Liuget is coming out of Illinois not Colorado.

    • Keith Null

      Josh-

      Yep, Illinois not Colorado – oversight on my behalf.