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2011 NFL Mock Draft: SEC Dominates Top Ten

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Tyron Smith – OT – Southern California

No Romo, no season.  That’s what Dallas knows, if they cannot protect Romo, chances are high he will get hurt.  Smith is the most talented OT in this year’s roughly weak draft class for the position.  What makes him a perfect fit: he is a good overall player who especially excels in pass blocking situations.

Julio Jones – WR – Alabama

McNabb + Shanahan = Failure.  However, with the general lack of deep talent in the quarterback class this year, the talent of Julio Jones will be too much for Washington to pass up on.  What they can do for someone to get him the ball remains uncertain.

Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina

Houston is rumored to be toying with a shift to the 3-4 defense, a scheme in which Quinn could prove to be a multi-faceted player, capable of seamlessly shifting from DE to OLB.  While his reaction time off the snap is suspect, scouts are impressed by his explosiveness.

Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson

Bowers’ talent is too high to fall any later than Minnesota.  The Vikings will benefit from his abilities in rush defense.  The biggest up-side to Bowers on top of being an NFL ready DE is that he just started to improve his game his junior year at Clemson, losing twenty pounds and studying the game, giving him plenty of room for improvement at the next level.

Anthony Castonzo – OT – Boston College

Matt Stafford cannot be a franchise quarterback without some kind of protection.  Behind the talent of Tyron Smith, Castonzo is a no-brainer second choice OT.  In addition to his talent for run blocking and improving pass blocking game, Castonzo won academic awards at BC and hopes to one day pursue cancer research, showing he has plenty of ability to learn how to be a top-tier OT in the NFL.

Corey Liuget – DT – Illinois

While there is a glaring need in the wide receiver department, the talent after Green and Jones drops significantly, and the Rams have other needs to meet.  Liuget’s combination of a strength and quick feet make him a perfect fit for an NFL DT, and will help to fill in holes in the Ram’s in the D-line created by injuries and lack of talent.

Mark Ingram- RB- Alabama

Ingram’s work-horse physicality is exactly what Miami’s young, tentative quarterbacks need to help wear own opposing defenses and take some pressure off of them.  Ingram has lost weight and believes he is at his prime physical state coming into the draft.

Cameron Jordan – DE – California

An abundance of defensive linemen drafted in the first round comes from a wealth of talent in the draft class as well as many teams having defensive line needs, and Jacksonville is no exception.  Jordan has already proved himself as a stout defender against the run, and if he can improve his pass rushing abilities he will prove to be a great NFL lineman.

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