2011 NFL Draft: Consigliere’s First Round Mock

This is my first mock draft of the year.  Let me know what people think.   I am hoping to put another one out before the draft. 

  1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert—I think he has the arm and the ability to be a top quarterback and Clausen didn’t instill the most trust in the Panthers faithful and there is a new coaching staff who owes nothing to Jimmy.
  2. Denver Broncos: Marcel Dareus—He is the top defensive tackle in the league and would have been a top 10 pick had he come out last year.  Dareus is a monster and has been taught by one of the best coaches in the college ranks.
  3. Buffalo Bills: Cam Newton—Chan Gailey has done a great job with quarterbacks and Newton would be the most talented QB he would have to date.  While I don’t think this is a wise pick I think Gailey can maximize Newton’s talents and give the people in Buffalo something worth watching.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green—Chad Ochocinco is getting old and it’s time for the Bengals to add some youth to the offense.  They have some serious concerns with QB but I think they can address that in the 2nd round, or just maybe the addition of Green can get Palmer to come back for another year.
  5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller—They lost Dansby and Rolle and that was huge for their defense. Here they add a playmaker who can make plays in the run and pass game.  Miller will help put pressure on the QB and could provide a huge spark for a defense that is in dire need of a spark.
  6. Cleveland Browns: Julio Jones—Let’s see the Browns have a solid running game an emerging quarterback and no one for him to throw to.  Jones blew up the combine and has always been able to perform well even when Bama was run first.  Jones is an elite talent and will make an immediate impact.
  7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson—the 49ers need to add a bit to their defense and Peterson is a top five talent that has fallen.  Peterson will add to the defense as well as the special teams. 
  8. Tennessee Titans: J.J. Watt—He is a high motor guy who could be the younger Kyle Vanden Bosch.  He is a solid player who will play hard every play, this is just a solid selection for a team that needs to find some stability.
  9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith—They need to protect Romo and open holes for the running backs.  They really don’t have many holes on the defense and they can go another year without drafting a cornerback. 
  10. Washington Redskins: Nick Fairley—With this pick they replace Big Albert and while I will agree Fairley is a bit of a headache in his own right , he doesn’t have a huge contract and still needs to prove he is the man everyone was claiming was the #1 player in the draft.
  11. Houston Texans: Da’Quan Bowers—The Lions showed that if you get pressure on the quarterback then your secondary looks a lot better.  Bowers has some question marks but he is an elite talent.
  12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn—Ray Edwards is in danger of leaving in Free Agency, I would say this pick largely depends on what happens with the CBA and FA before the draft. 
  13. Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara—The Lions dream scenario has come true an elite corner has fallen to them.  This pick will take all of 3 seconds to happen. The will resign Chris Houston and pair him with Amukamara and have Alphonso Smith  as the nickel back.
  14. St. Louis Rams: Ryan Kerrigan—The Rams would have loved a play making WR but no one of value is here. They grab a solid defensive end to pair with Chris Long as the Rams continue to build up their defense. 
  15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram—I’ll follow the trend and mock Ingram to the Dolphins. I think they have some other needs but Ingram has a solid set of skills and could provide balance to the Miami backfield for the next 5-6 years. 
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian Ponder—If last year told us anything about the Jags it’s that they don’t care what anyone else has for a ranking.  I believe Ponder will be perfect for their system and he will be able to sit for a year before Garrard is put out to pasture.
  17. New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey—While I expect a trade down here, I can’t mock that, so I think they will select Pouncey here they are getting tired of the Logan Mankins show and Pouncey will be able to slide in and replace him when Mankins goes to greener pastures.
  18. San Diego Chargers: Aldon Smith—A raw athlete who has a great skill set.  The Chargers don’t have a ton of holes to fill but they are still missing what they lost with Shawn Merriman.  Smith can come in right away and provide them with a 3rd down pass rush. 
  19. New York Giants: Nate Solder—He might need a year to develop, but the Giants can afford to wait a little bit.  The Giants are pretty solid throughout their roster but they are starting to age on the front line.
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Jordan—Bucs are solid up the middle on Defense but they could use some force off the edges.  Jordan will provide them with some much needed pressure from the outside.  The Bucs are going young and Jordan will keep the youth movement going in Tampa.
  21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor—They run the 3-4 and well at 334 pounds Taylor is going to be pretty tough to move.  Taylor’s production won’t be measured in his tangible stats but in his ability to make the people around him better.  Much like his time with New England, Scott Pioli will continue to add pieces that fit his team and system.
  22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo—The Colts need to protect Peyton and open some holes for the running game. Castonzo had a great combine and should help to stabilize the offensive line for the Colts.  The lack of running game really hurt the Colts and Castonzo should help to get the running game going.
  23. Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi—The Eagles have injury concerns on the offensive line and they had a revolving door at RT.  The Eagles need to protect their quarterback and they need to continue to open holes for McCoy.
  24. New Orleans Saints: Justin Houston—Talk about a freak of nature he is fast and he has plenty of talent.  Greg Williams loves to blitz and Houston would help him create headaches for opposing offenses. 
  25. Seattle Seahawks: Aaron Williams—He might be a bit of a reach here but I think while he doesn’t have as much talent as Jimmy Smith he doesn’t have the character concerns.  Williams will come in and help to upgrade the weak pass defense of the Seahawks.
  26. Baltimore Ravens: Derek Sherrod—No one knows what is going to happen with Gaither but Sherrod will add some insurance in case he doesn’t make it back to the roster and the Ravens go through with their plans to kick Oher back to the right side.
  27. Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Hankerson—The Falcons have a great WR in Roddy White but they need to add some one to the other side to help draw coverage.   Hankerson has speed to burn and he can help open up Tony Gonzalez over the middle. 
  28. New England Patriots: Jonathan Baldwin—He will provide some much needed size and he has plenty of speed.  Baldwin is a legit WR with great hands.  Brady can throw him open and he will do his fair share of catching.  Baldwin is top tier talent with character issues to match, I believe that the Patriot locker room will help rein him in.
  29. Chicago Bears: Corey Liuget—Tommy Harris is gone and they need to fill a hole up front.  After missing out on two solid WRs they move to upgrade their defense.  Liuget should be able to keep the lineman off of Briggs and Urlacher.
  30. New York Jets: Akeem Ayers—After Ayers got mocked to my Lions I watched some tape of him and I think that the Ayers I saw on tape was much different than the Ayers that was at the combine.  Rex Ryan will be able to move him around to create havoc on defense.  He should fill in nicely for the departed Jason Taylor.
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jimmy Smith—Does he have character problems, of course, but he is highly skilled and Tomlin doesn’t take any crap.  Smith will fit in with the cocky attitude of the Steelers and with his skills and their pass rush he could flourish into an excellent corner.
  32. Green Bay Packers: Mikel LeShoure—Grant is coming off an injury and Starks has had injury problems and Brandon Jackson has shown he is nothing more than a 3rd down back.  LeShoure is a solid back and could complement Starks or Grant and eventually take over when they get hurt. 

5 Responses to “2011 NFL Draft: Consigliere’s First Round Mock”


  1. Sockonfl

    I think I would have to disagree on the Jimmy Smith pick to Pittsburgh. Moreso because he may have some issues off the field. Pittsburgh got rid of Santonio Holmes and almost ridded themselves of Ben Roethlisberger for character issues. The Rooney’s run tight ship and would not bring someone in with known issues from the get go.

  2. Consigliere

    @Sock

    I know he has some character concerns but i think his talent can outweigh those. Also Jimmy Smith has went and chatted with many of the teams and the reports have been that he has shown a lot of maturity. I think the Steelers are going corner and i think that Smith will be too good to pass up.

  3. Joe

    Being a Pittsburgher I have to agree with Sock…

    Holmes as all the talent in the world but they moved him pretty quick. The only reason they didn’t move Ben is because they knew they couldn’t win without him.

    I agree was you though that the Pats will trade down, and if they do and Pouncey is still there I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Steelers make a play at that pick. The Pouncey twins could be amazing for a decade!

  4. Consigliere

    @Joe

    The Steelers also moved Holmes bc they had Wallace, Sanders, and Ward. The cornerback position is in flux with the Steelers they are getting older and need to work in some youth.

    I still think his talent outweighs his risk and while i cant recall, i am pretty sure that Holmes wasnt squeaky clean when he entered the draft and the Steelers still took him.

    With the Pats i think it is the team that could do the most or least. They could move around the draft and pick some of the elite players or they could trade down and get more picks for this draft and the next. I think they need a lineman and a WR at some point in this draft.

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