Saturday, March 5, 2011

Meaningless Mock Draft 2011 Version 1.0

'Tis the season to bring back one of my favorite posts here at IIWII, The Meaningless Mock Draft. It's fun to write because whatever selection I make has no barring on what the Redskins or the other 31 NFL teams decide on April 28th. Plus if I'm wrong, who cares....it's meaningless!!!! If anything, you get a chance to see some possibilities you may not have thought about and/or roast me for leaving a player out of the mix.

I'm hoping to do 3-4 of these up through the draft. Version 1.0 will just feature the top 10 picks (heck if all the analysts at NFL Network only have to do the top 10 why can't I?) Version 2.0 will have all 32 picks. Version 3.0 will have both 1st and 2nd rounders plus a Redskins 7 round mock. Version 4.0 will be the final one hopefully done on the day of the draft.

Please leave comments I welcome them. Let's begin shall we?


Meaningless Mock Draft 1.0

1. Carolina Panthers: Da' Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

This is without a doubt a tough year to have the #1 overall pick. Frankly, it's hard to say that there is a definitive #1 overall pick since Andrew Luck decided to stay at Stanford. The Panthers have a lot of needs and it's doubtful that one player alone will fix the team's problems.

I can't see them taking either Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert here. Both are too risky especially when the Panthers only have 1 pick in the first two rounds.....they need to find a player that will be with them for years to come. While DT may be a slightly bigger need, I'm going with Bowers over Nick Fairley since a franchise pass rushing DE is almost as valuable as a franchise QB.

Alternate Picks:
Robert Quinn
Nick Fairley
Marcel Dareus

2. Denver Broncos: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

With John Fox in as the new head coach, the Broncos are heading back to a 4-3 defensive scheme. In order to succeed, they need a DT to help penetrate and collapse the pocket. Fairley reminds me of Albert Haynesworth.... take that as you will, but I think he'll be taken over Marcell Dareus because of his pass rush capabilities.

Alternate Picks:
Marcell Dareus
Patrick Peterson
AJ Green

3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DE (3-4), Alabama

The Bills had the worst run defense in the league last year. In eight games, the team gave up over two hundred yards on the ground alone. They need to fix their defensive line to help this. Dareus would be a perfect fit as a five technique DE in Buffalo's scheme. Dareus is an excellent run stuffer and should be a problem in the pass game as well.

Alternate Picks:
Patrick Peterson
Cam Newton

4. Cincinnati Bengals: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Really if this was an ideal situation the Bengals should be debating on whether they take elite WR prospect AJ Green or elite corner prospect Patrick Peterson. Problem is that Carson Palmer doesn't want to be a Bengal anymore and I for one believe him. Newton is a classic Bengals prospect. Lots of potential and some serious red flags. This pick also makes sense as the Bengals will be looking for a new face of the franchise with the possibility of both T.O., Chad Ochocinco and Palmer leaving the team.

Alternate Picks:
AJ Green
Patrick Peterson

5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

Possibly the safest pick in the draft. The Cardinals go for a pass rusher to help their D look more like Pittsburgh's steel curtain.

Alternate Picks:
Blaine Gabbert
Patrick Peterson
Robert Quinn

6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Colt McCoy needs somebody to throw to and while he has some young WR talent on his team, the Browns lack a clear #1 caliber WR. Green easily fits that need.

Alternate Picks:
Robert Quinn
Julio Jones
Aldon Smith

7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
This pick is made amazingly quick. The 49ers need a corner and now have the opportunity to get the best one in the draft.

Alternate Picks:
Blaine Gabbert
Prince Amukamara


8. Tennessee Titans: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
The Vince Young era is over in Tennessee and he Titans with a new head coach will be looking for their next franchise QB. Without a doubt they need one. Kerry Collins is only a million years old in NFL years and Rusty (I'm Rusty!!!) Smith looks like he'll be a serviceable back up but I don't think he's one of the NFL's elite QBs. Gabbert should see some playing time by mid-season.

Alternate Picks:
Corey Liuget
Robert Quinn
Aldon Smith
Prince Amukamara

9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The weakest link of the Cowboys could be their secondary. Dallas goes for the upgrade with a new corner.

Alternate Picks:
Tyron Smith
JJ Watt
Cameron Jordan
Anthony Castonzo


10. Washington Redskins: Robert Quinn, OLB, North Carolina
The Skins have said that their top priority is to add another pass rushing LB opposite of Brian Orakpo. While they have other needs (WR, G, C, RB, DE, NT, ILB and QB) most of those positions don't have a player worthy of #10 overall at this point. Julio Jones is an option, but has injury issues and with no QB to throw to him (yet?) it doesn't seem worth it. Quinn or Aldon Smith look like viable options and I think Smith could be a serious option. In this mock, I'm going with Quinn as many consider him to be at worst the 2nd best pass rusher in this draft class.

Alternate Picks:
Aldon Smith
Julio Jones
JJ Watt
Cameron Jordan

Expect Meaningless Mock 2.0 sometime towards the end of March.

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