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2011 Writers' Mock Draft

Pk. Team Player Pos. School Writer Making Selection Other Needs
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Cam Newton QB Auburn Darin Gantt,

         Charlotte Observer</td>
         <td valign="top">DT, DB, WR</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:** After making do for years at QB, the Panthers need to bite the bullet and Newton offers the best chance to give them a franchise QB.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**2.**</td>
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Von Miller OLB Texas A&M Mike Klis,

         Denver Post</td>
         <td valign="top">DT, S, TE, RB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:** Broncos need a pass rusher and Miller is the best in the draft. He's also strong and fast enough to cover TEs, a major weakness in 2010.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**3.**</td>
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Marcell Dareus DT Alabama Chris Brown,

         Buffalobills.com</td>
         <td valign="top">OLB, ILB, QB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:** Buffalo finished last in the league in run defense last year. Dareus offers instant impact and scheme versatility for Bills hybrid defense.   
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**4.**</td>
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Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com WR, OL, RB
Writer's comment:That doesn't necessarily mean they'll trade Carson Palmer. Bengals need plenty and quarterback is certainly a major one.

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         <td valign="top" width="14">**5.**</td>
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Patrick Peterson CB LSU Darren Urban,

         Azcardinals.com</td>
         <td valign="top">OLB, QB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**There are some who want the Cards to take A.J. Green if this is how it comes down, but they need an impact defensive guy like Peterson.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**6.**</td>
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A.J. Green WR Georgia Tony Grossi,

         Cleveland Plain Dealer</td>
         <td valign="top">DL, CB, T</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**As they move to their new West Coast offense, Green gives Browns a TD-maker who will aid the development of QB Colt McCoy.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**7.**</td>
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Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Dan Brown,

         San Jose Mercury News</td>
         <td valign="top">DL, QB, OLB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**They'd prefer Peterson at this spot and might be tempted by NT Nick Fairley, but the 49ers have a glaring need in the secondary.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**8.**</td>
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Nick Fairley DT Auburn Jim Wyatt,

         The Tennessean</td>
         <td valign="top">QB, LB, DE, S</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**With the two QBs off the board, the Titans address another big need with Fairley, who's been compared to Albert Haynesworth.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**9.**</td>
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Tyron Smith T USC Calvin Watkins,

         ESPNDallas.com</td>
         <td valign="top">CB, S, DL</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Cowboys need a RT to replace Marc Colombo. Smith is 20 and can man the position for 10 years. He also can play the left side.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**10.**</td>
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Robert Quinn DE North Carolina David, Elfin,

         The Sports Xchange</td>
         <td valign="top">QB, NT, CB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**With no NT worthy of a top-10 pick and QBs Newton and Gabbert off the board, Redskins have to add a pass rusher.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**11.**</td>
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Aldon Smith OLB Missouri John McClain,

         Houston Chronicle</td>
         <td valign="top">CB, LB, OL</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Texans add an edge rusher to help Mario Williams put some heat on Peyton Manning to help their subpar secondary.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**12.**</td>
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Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson Judd Zulgad,

         Minneapolis Star Tribune</td>
         <td valign="top">QB, DL, S, CB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Vikings will likely lose Ray Edwards to free agency, Brian Robison is better suited in a situational role so DE is a significant need.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**13.**</td>
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Anthony Castonzo T Boston College Tom Kowalski,

         Booth Newspapers</td>
         <td valign="top">OLB, CB, T</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**He brings a lot of value because he can start at RT immediately if needed and has the ability to play LT if Jeff Backus leaves soon.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**14.**</td>
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Julio Jones WR Alabama Jim Thomas,

         St. Louis Post-Dispatch</td>
         <td valign="top">DL, RB, OLB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Under this scenario, I don't know what will be quicker: Jones' 40 time or the time it takes the Rams to turn in their card.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**15.**</td>
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Mike Pouncey OL Florida Tim Graham,

         AFC East blogger, ESPN.com</td>
         <td valign="top">RB, DB, T</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**The Dolphins have struggled to stabilize their interior line under Tony Sparano. Pouncey gives Dolphins flexibility at center and guard.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**16.**</td>
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Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue Paul Kuharsky,

         AFC South blogger, ESPN.com</td>
         <td valign="top">S, LB, WR</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Fits GM Gene Smith's mold in a lot of ways and should complete the rebuilding of the defensive front.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**17.**</td>
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Cameron Jordan DE California PFW Staff,

         Patriots Football Weekly</td>
         <td valign="top">OLB, OL, RB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**The preference would be for a pass rusher but with Miller, Quinn, Smith and Kerrigan all gone, the focus shifts to Jordan.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**18.**</td>
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J.J Watt DE Wisconsin Kevin Acee,

         San Diego Union-Tribune</td>
         <td valign="top">WR, CB, T</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Enhancing their pass rush is the Chargers top priority and Watt will definitely fill that need.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**19.**</td>
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Mark Ingram RB Alabama Ralph Vacchiano,

         New York Daily Times</td>
         <td valign="top">OL, LB, DT</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**The value of the Heisman Trophy winner at 19 is off the charts. N.Y. has other needs but RB will need to be addressed soon.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**20.**</td>
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Justin Houston OLB Georgia Pat Yasinkas,

         NFC South blogger, ESPN.com</td>
         <td valign="top">DB, CB, LB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**The Bucs covet Houston's pure pass rushing ability and that makes him attractive. He's the best available option at this stage.   
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**21.**</td>
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Stefan Wisneiwski OL Penn State Adam Teicher,

         Kansas City Star</td>
         <td valign="top">WR, OLB, T</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**The Chiefs are getting old along the interior of their offensive line and Wisniewski offers some young talent.  
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**22.**</td>
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Gabe Carimi T Wisconsin Mike Chappell,

         Indianpolis Star</td>
         <td valign="top">WR, DT, S</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**The offensive line has been in steady decline and must be addressed as Peyton Manning heads into backstretch of his career.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**23.**</td>
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Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA Dave Spadaro,

         PhiladelphiaEagles.com</td>
         <td valign="top">DB, DE, OL</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**The Eagles need impact on defense, and they need a playmaking LB who can also line up wide. Ayers has the versatility to do both.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**24.**</td>
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Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa Todd McShay,

         ESPN.com draft analyst</td>
         <td valign="top">OLB, S, DT</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Saints like to blitz but were forced to last year due to a lack of pass rush. Clayborn is a powerful, effective pass rusher who will help.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**25.**</td>
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Jake Locker QB Washington Todd McShay,

         ESPN.com draft analyst</td>
         <td valign="top">OL, OLB, CB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Seahawks need to develop a QB behind aging Matt Hasselbeck and Locker would get the necessary time to learn from the sidelines.   
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**26.**</td>
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Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple Jamison Hensley,

         Baltimore Sun</td>
         <td valign="top">T, CB, WR</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Ravens desperately need to improve pass rush after franchise low 27 sacks in 2010. Wilkerson will add to what will be a dominant DL.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**27.**</td>
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Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State D. Orlando Ledbetter,

         Atlanta Journal-Constitution</td>
         <td valign="top">T, CB, LB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Heyward is an edge-setter who can get after the QB. He's a perfect fit to play opposite John Abraham in Falcons 4-3 set.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**28.**</td>
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Danny Watkins OL Baylor PFW Staff,

         Patriots Football Weekly</td>
         <td valign="top">OLB, RB, WR</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Tough to come away without a pass rusher but the offensive line needs to be addressed and Watkins should help quickly.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**29.**</td>
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Nate Solder T Colorado Brad Biggs,

         Chicago Tribune</td>
         <td valign="top">DL, WR, DB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**Bears look to bolster protection for Jay Cutler but could opt to trade down and look for defensive line help.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**30.**</td>
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Corey Liuget DT Illinois Rich Cimini,

         ESPNNewYork.com</td>
         <td valign="top">OLB, DL, S</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**NT Phil Taylor is a better fit in Jets scheme, but Liuget is a value pick They think he can play 5-technique and slide inside on passing downs.  
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**31.**</td>
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Aaron Williams CB Texas Scott Brown,

         Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</td>
         <td valign="top">OL, DL, DB</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**With only two CBs off the board, Steelers fill their biggest need with Williams, who also has the position flexibility Mike Tomlin likes.   
          </td>
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         <td valign="top" width="14">**32.**</td>
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Derek Sherrod T Mississippi State Bill Huber,

         Packer Report</td>
         <td valign="top">OLB, WR, DE</td>
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         <td valign="top" colspan="7">**Writer's comment:**If the board works out this way, look for Green Bay to trade down. But Sherrod and Bryan Bulaga will give Pack solid bookend Ts for years.  
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