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2011 NFL Mock Draft: SEC Dominates Top Ten

By Editorial Staff
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J.J. Watt – DE – Wisconsin

New England will look to improve their defensive line with their first, first round pick, and J.J. Watt brings more than just great talent to the table.  Bill Belichick will certainly see Watt’s hard-working attitude and general aptitude level as a huge plus as a student of the game.

Akeem Ayers – OLB – UCLA

San Diego has a history of drafting players who prove to be terrific all-around athletes and Ayers is certainly that.  Ayers has used his athletic ability in the past to create big plays for the Bruins, a talent coveted in the NFL.  Ayers speed is an issue, however.

Mike Pouncey – OG – Florida

While the Giants don’t have any one position that stands out and calls for help, any additional time for Eli Manning will go miles for the offense.  Pouncey will be the best offensive lineman on the board for the Giants, and has an well-rounded game that should allow him to make an immediate impact in the NFL.

Ryan Kerrigan- DE- Purdue

Tampa Bay is in perfect position to improve on their already stout young talent, and a good defensive end will give their defense a much higher competitive edge.  Another example of how deep this years DE class is, Kerrigan’s strength and speed will translate well in the NFL.

Phil Taylor – DT – Penn State

The chiefs are desperate for production at nose tackle and Taylor is an excellent run blocker up the middle.  He also shows the ability to strengthen his pass rush as well.

Nate Solder- OT- Colorado

Solder’s stock has risen going into the draft and the colts need to address the offensive line.  They shouldn’t pass on a talented player in Solder here.
Jimmy Smith – CB – Colorado

The Eagles have an apparent need at CB and if Smith falls to 23 they will gladly snatch him up.  While his hands aren’t great and has character issues, his talent makes him a steal at this point in the draft.

Cameron Heyward- DE- Ohio State

The Saints need help on the defensive line for both pass and run defense.  Heyward brings very strong run stopping abilities and a quickness off the snap which will help in pass defense.  He also has an added bonus for Sean Peyton of a reportedly great work ethic, a trait for which Peyton is a big softy.