Ed Bouchette's 2011 Mock NFL Draft


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Veteran Post-Gazette pro football writer Ed Bouchette takes his best shot at predicting how tonight's first round will play out:

No. 1 -- PANTHERS

Cam Newton, QB
Height: 6 feet 5 • Weight: 250 • School: Auburn
Panthers desperate for a QB and really have little choice.

No. 2 -- BRONCOS

Von Miller, LB
6 feet 21/2 • 245 • Texas A&M
Most of Broncos' needs are on defense and this is a start.

No. 3 -- BILLS

Marcell Dareus, DT
6 feet 3 • 319• Alabama
Soft front seven gets a lot tougher.

No. 4 -- BENGALS

A.J. Green, WR
6 feet 31/2 • 210 • Georgia
Bengals love big-play wide receivers and theirs are old.

No. 5 -- CARDINALS

Patrick Peterson, CB
6 feet 0 • 210 • LSU
Even at No. 5, he's a bargain, a possible star in NFL.

No. 6 -- BROWNS

Julio Jones, WR
6 feet 21/2 • 220 • Alabama
Moving to West Coast offense and he will help make the move easier.

No. 7 -- 49ERS

Blaine Gabbert, QB
6 feet 4 • 235 • Missouri
Have to keep trying to get a good one.

No. 8 -- TITANS

Nick Fairley, DT
6 feet 4 • 291 • Auburn
Titans pass up early chance to get their quarterback.

No. 9 -- COWBOYS

Tyron Smith, OT
6 feet 5 • 307 • Southern California
Cowboys get their successor to Flozell Adams.

No. 10 -- REDSKINS

Robert Quinn, DE/OLB
6 feet 4 • 265 • North Carolina
Redskins desperate for a pass rush.

No. 11 -- TEXANS

Alson Smith, OLB
6 feet 5 • 260 • Missouri
Texans were last against the pass, need another rusher.

No. 12 -- VIKINGS

Da'Quan Bowers, DE
6 feet 3 • 280 • Clemson
Vikings don't let injury questions faze them.

No. 13 -- LIONS

Prince Amukamara, CB
6 feet 0 • 205 • Nebraska
Lions get their Prince a day before Kate Middleton.

No. 14 -- RAMS

Corey Liuget, DT
6 feet 2 • 300 • Illinois
That inside push for the Rams??? 4-3 defense brightens tonight.

No. 15 -- DOLPHINS

Mike Pouncey, C
6 feet 5 • 303 • Florida
Dolphins would love to find a trade partner and go down.

No. 16 -- JAGUARS

Ryan Kerrigan, DE
6 feet 4 • 267 • Purdue
Jacksonville always full of surprises.

No. 17 -- PATRIOTS

Cameron Jordan, DE
6 feet 4 • 287 • California
Good value for Patriots here.

No. 18 -- CHARGERS

J.J. Watt, DE
6 feet 5 • 290 • Wisconsin
draft chatter.

No. 19 -- GIANTS

Anthony Castonzo, OT
6 feet 7 • 310 • Boston College
Giants fill their biggest need.

No. 20 -- BUCCANEERS

Brooks Reed, DE
6 feet 21/2 • 263 • Arizona
Considered more of a 3-4 linebacker, he'll play end.

No. 21 -- CHIEFS

Gabe Carimi, OT
6 feet 7 • 315 • Wisconsin
Chiefs like his versatility, but hoped to draft Pouncey.

No. 22 -- COLTS

Nate Solder, OT
6 feet 8 • 319 • Colorado
Peyton Manning thrilled with this choice.

No. 23 -- EAGLES

Adrian Clayborn, DE
6 feet 3 • 281 • Iowa
Eagles went all defense last year and heads that way again.

No. 24 -- SAINTS

Muhammad Wilkerson, DT
6 feet 4 • 315 • Temple
Owl gets picked before a Panther, Nit, 'Eer.

No. 25 -- SEAHAWKS

Jimmy Smith, CB
6 feet 2 • 210 • Colorado
Top 10 talent with two arrests holding him down.

No. 26 -- RAVENS

Cameron Heyward, DE
6 feet 5 • 294 • Ohio State
Ravens managed only 27 sacks last season.

No. 27 -- FALCONS

Akeem Ayers, OLB
6 feet 21/2 • 254 • UCLA
Tweener LB/DE who will be asked to simply rush the quarterback.

No. 28 -- PATRIOTS

Danny Watkins, OG
6 feet 3 • 310 • Baylor
Former fireman helps hose down inside pass rush.

No. 29 -- BEARS

Derek Sherrod, OT
6 feet 5 • 320 • Mississippi State
Bears led the league in sacks allowed last season.

No. 30 -- JETS

Phil Taylor, NT
6 feet 4 • 355 • Baylor
If he maintains his interest, could be a wonderful player.

No. 31 -- STEELERS

Aaron Williams, CB
6 feet 0 • 204 • Texas
Anyone who watched the Super Bowl knows the Steelers need a cornerback.

No. 32 -- PACKERS

Mark Ingram, RB
5 feet 9 • 215 • Alabama
Packers may get a bargain because his stock inexplicably dropped.



Ed Bouchette: ebouchette@post-gazette.com .


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