Uncanny Mock: Into the Breach Once More. 7 May Look into the crystal ball. What would any self respecting draft site be without a future mock while the previous draft still looms merely hours, days, or even weeks behind? Scout Brent Sobleski lobs his opening salvo for the 2011 NFL draft into the mix. His interpretation sees another strong defensive line class, top wide receivers, and more than a few interesting skill position targets. As for a couple particulars… Draft order itself was determined by those smarter than most…Vegas odds. Also an asterisk identifies an underclassman. As always, visit TFY’s forums to strum up conversation on this and all stories! Round 1 # Team Selection Position/College 1 Buffalo Jake Locker QB/Washington Analysis: Eventually, preferably soon, the Bills will have to commit to a quarterback of the future. Unfortunately, it looks like this team will throw away another season before they come to this realization. Locker has the athleticism and potential to fit nicely into Coach Gailey’s offensive posturings (at least from what he has shown previously as a head coach). 2 Tampa Bay Patrick Peterson* CB/LSU Analysis: 6-feet-1-inch, 210 plus pounds of cornerback who can move fluidly are very hard to come by, and Tampa Bay will continue to build a better than average young defensive unit. Peterson’s size and physicality would lend quite well in this team’s predominant Cover 2 scheme. 3 St. Louis Julio Jones* WR/Alabama Analysis: Step one…acquire franchise signal caller. Check. Step two…provide said investment with weapons to succeed. Check. Julio Jones is as polished and talented a receiver as one will find in a stacked positional class. 4 Kansas City Robert Quinn* DE/North Carolina Analysis: The Chiefs could once again look to add a defensive playmaker three straight seasons among the draft’s top five selections. Quinn may be the most dynamic edge rusher since Mario Williams went number one overall in 2006. 5 Detroit Prince Amukamara CB/Nebraska Analysis: Remember what was just said three picks ago? Ditto. The Lions will still be searching for their left tackle, but in Amukamara they address one of the team’s biggest issues while adding a potential elite talent at a premium position. 6 New England (from Oakland) Marcel Dareus* DE/Alabama Analysis: The Patriots use the pick acquired in the Richard Seymour deal to land a similar cornerstone piece along their defensive line. 7 Cleveland Cameron Heyward DE/Ohio St. Analysis: Although a franchise quarterback seems the most likely destination for this selection, the team will have to decide if they like Colt McCoy enough to pass. Instead, an ideal 5 technique such as Heyward could add a playmaker along this team’s defensive front. 8 Jacksonville Andrew Luck** QB/Stanford Analysis: Ruminations are already swirling about the Jaguars looking to add a young quarterback later in this off season. With all the previous discussions of potentially drafting Tim Tebow, then some Brady Quinn thrown into the mix recently, the most logical decision for this franchise is to select their signal caller now. 9 Denver Jerrell Powe DT/Mississippi Analysis: Very few commodities in the NFL are as valuable as a legitimate two gap nose tackle. Jamal Williams was a solid signing this off season, but his best days are far behind the ample run stuffer. The Broncos could look toward Powe to become the rock in the middle of their defense. 10 Arizona Ryan Mallett* QB/Arkansas Analysis: Big, strong armed, and possessing rare throwing ability; if Ryan Mallett improves his overall touch then he could go even higher in this particular draft. Now, one has to wonder if the Cards legitimately have anything behind center in Matt Leinart or Derek Anderson. 11 Seattle A.J. Green* WR/Georgia Analysis: If draft numero uno under new General Manager John Schneider and Coach Carroll is any indication; this team will continually select the best talent available in hopes of keeping this roster on the upswing. Green would add a legitimate presence as the team’s top receiving target. 12 Carolina Da’Quan Bowers* DE/Clemson Analysis: Finally, the Panthers acquire the type of talent they have been searching along their defensive line the past few seasons. Bowers has the potential to be an elite edge rusher at the next level if he finally puts everything together on the field. 13 Chicago Jonathan Baldwin* WR/Pittsburgh Analysis: Huge, physical target prepared for the professional ranks by none other than former Bears *beloved* head coach Dave Wannstedt. Hopefully, and mercifully, this will put an end to the thought of Devin Hester as the team’s top receiving target. 14 Cincinnati Mark Ingram* RB/Alabama Analysis: Cedric Benson’s re-emergence in Cincinnati is a fantastic story, but he lacks the explosive qualities of a prospect such as Ingram. Factor in Benson’s 500 plus carries over the past two years entering the 2010 season, plus being nearly 30 years old; and the Bengals would be wise to add another power back into their system. 15 Miami DeAndre McDaniel S/Clemson Analysis: One of the issues the Dolphins hoped to address in their most recent draft class was upgrading the safety position. Fifth round selection, Reshad Jones, likely is not the answer. Enter McDaniel who is the arguably the most well rounded safety prospect in the class. 16 Tennessee Bruce Carter LB/North Carolina Analysis: Offensively, the Titans already have Chris Johnson and Vince Young to build their identity. Defensively, they will be searching to re-establish themselves. The acquisitions of Derrick Morgan in ’10 and potentially Carter in ’11 could form a dynamic defensive duo. 17 Atlanta Greg Romeus DE/Pittsburgh Analysis: Shut out of the defense end derby in this past year’s draft, the Falcons quickly snatch up a pass rusher with the upside of a Romeus. The big defensive lineman will disappear in games for extended periods but has shown a knack for the big play when called upon. 18 NY Giants Allen Bailey DT/Miami Analysis: The interior duo of Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield quickly fell out of a favor among this roster, further thinning out a once fearsome front four. The Giants already started to address the unit by adding Jason Pierre-Paul at end and continue improving the athleticism and disruptiveness tremendously with an addition such as Allen Bailey. 19 Washington Michael Floyd* WR/Notre Dame Analysis: Both Devin Thomas and Malcolm Floyd made strides in year two wearing a Redskins’ uniform. How they will adjust to Coach Shanahan’s offense is still in question. This team still lacks marquee playmakers to surround their addition of Donovan McNabb. Floyd’s overall status should improve once his health is less of a concern. 20 Houston Chykie Brown CB/Texas Analysis: Adding Kareem Jackson at one cornerback position is only fighting half the battle. This team still severely lacks talent in the secondary. By adding Brown in this scenario, the team now has two viable and talented starting corners to hopefully counteract divisional powerhouse Indianapolis’ fearsome passing attack. 21 San Francisco Christian Ponder QB/Florida St. Analysis: The NFC West is up for the taking this season, and the 49ers could be this year’s leading contender despite their situation behind center. Alex Smith enters a potential make or break season as San Fran’s signal caller. If he slips up, they could be looking elsewhere with Ponder as an intelligent and athletic option. 22 Pittsburgh Anthony Castonzo OT/Boston College Analysis: Without the natural playmaking ability of Ben Roethlisberger on the roster for a chunk of the upcoming season, the glaring deficiency in regards to the team’s overall pass blocking shortcomings will become even more apparent. Simply put, Max Starks is not a NFL left tackle. 23 Philadelphia Marvin Austin DT/North Carolina Analysis: Always looking to improve in the trenches, Philadelphia bets on the high upside of a Marvin Austin. A talent level which screams top ten overall, yet has not seen the type of production expected since his freshman campaign. 24 Baltimore Chimdi Chekwa CB/Ohio St. Analysis: Overall quality depth can be improved along the Ravens’ backline. If Chekwa put together his tremendous physical tools and harnesses them into a complete game as a senior; his overall stock could potentially skyrocket. 25 Green Bay Ryan Williams** RB/Virginia Tech Analysis: As a redshirt sophomore, one should not necessarily expect Ryan Williams to return to school for another season. His play on the field has been spectacular for one season, and this dynamic back will look to string together back to back dominant efforts. All in hopes of entering the professional ranks adding to an incredible offense with some slight struggles running the ball consistently. 26 Minnesota Michael Pouncey OG/Florida Analysis: Minnesota’s offensive interior becomes even more a concern with the departure of swing man Artis Hicks. With a potential shift inside to center to replace his twin brother, Michael Pouncey is one of the most powerful and versatile interior blockers in the nation. 27 New England Von Miller LB/Texas A&M Analysis: As Miller continues to develop physically, he is still the premier pass rusher in the collegiate ranks (at least statistically). Playing the elephant role for the Aggies of Texas A&M, he is tailor made to become a 34 outside linebacker especially for a team which lacks athleticism at the position currently. 28 Dallas Rahim Moore* S/UCLA Analysis: The Cowboys have been searching long and hard to find any type of playmaking safety to add to their secondary. Moore just happens to have led the NCAA in interceptions a year ago and will look to add to his total as a junior. Moore is more in mold of today’s NFL prototype safety as a ballhawking centerfielder. 29 NY Jets Jarvis Jenkins DT/Clemson Analysis: Overshadowed to some degree along a defensive line which included Ricky Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers a year ago; Jenkins is a powerful interior presence with the size and athleticism to potentially play the nose tackle or end position in the Jets’ 34 base defense. 30 San Diego Jared Crick* DT/Nebraska Analysis: Ndamuking Suh may have taken away most of the pressure along the defensive front allowing Crick to make plays, but this particular Nebraska defender presents a nice combination of size, strength, and tenacity which could make him an ideal 5 technique. 31 New Orleans Adrian Clayborn DE/Iowa Analysis: At points last season, Iowa’s Clayborn was unblockable. Many expected the returning Super Bowl Champions to add a highly regarded prospect along their defensive line early in the 2010 draft. They did not add a defensive end in their most recent class. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can blitz all day long, but sometimes a team needs to get pressure purely from their front four. 32 Indianapolis Stephen Paea DT/Oregon St. Analysis: Very few prospects are as good pure football players in this upcoming class. Paea does not possess ideal computer numbers, but this has never stopped the Colts in their selections previous. Not many interior defenders have shown the power and hand strength to control the middle of the line like this Beaver.