Chris Brown's 2011 Mock Draft

Below is my sixth annual mock draft on Buffalobills.com. As I state every year I don't claim to know any more than the collection of other prognosticators who put a mock draft together. This is just how I think things could pan out in round one. As always, my intent here is to be informative and entertaining. As we all know anyone would be fortunate to hit on a third of the actual picks.

TeamTop 3 NeedsPossible Selections
1. CarolinaDL, WR, QB

Top choice:QB Cam Newton - Auburn
DT Marcell Dareus

New head coach Ron Rivera is a defensive guy at his core, but in the QB dominated NFC South he needs a difference maker.2. DenverDL, LB, OTTop choice:LB Von Miller - Texas A&M
DT Marcell DareusBroncos' head coach John Fox could have double pass rush threat pairing Miller with Dumervil.3. BuffaloDL, QB, LBTop choice:DT Marcell Dareus - Alabama
CB Patrick PetersonThe Bills can address their 32nd ranked run defense with the most complete defensive lineman in the class.4. CincinnatiQB, WR, ILBTop choice: QB Blaine Gabbert - Missouri
WR A.J. GreenThe Bengals need a contingency plan for Carson Palmer's seemingly inevitable departure.5. ArizonaQB, OLB, OTTop choice: OLB Robert Quinn – North Carolina
CB Patrick PetersonThe Cards land the heir apparent to Joey Porter.6. ClevelandDE, WR, CB

Top choice:DL Nick Fairley - Auburn
CB Patrick PetersonA scheme-versatile pass rushing talent, Fairley will help harass opposing QBs.7. San FranciscoCB, DT, QB

Top choice:CB Patrick Peterson - LSU
DE Da'Quan BowersThe 49ers get a tremendous value and address a pressing need at the same time.8. TennesseeDT, LB, QBTop choice: DT Corey Liuget - Illinois
DE Da'Quan BowersTitans go with best value that meets their positional needs.9. DallasOT, CB, DLTop choice:OT Tyron Smith - USC
DL Cameron JordanCowboys invest long term in their offensive line.10. WashingtonQB, WR, NTTop choice:WR A.J. Green - Georgia
DE Da'Quan BowersRedskins can't resist opportunity to add number one receiving target.11. HoustonOLB, S, NTTop choice:DE Da'Quan Bowers - Clemson
OLB Aldon Smith – MissouriBowers might not be a perfect fit in Houston's 3-4 scheme, but they need another pass rusher.12. MinnesotaQB, DL, OTTop choice: DE Cameron Jordan - Cal
OT Anthony CastonzoHead coach Leslie Frazier addresses defensive front, which has quickly become long in the tooth.13. DetroitOLB, OT, CBTop choice:OLB Aldon Smith - Missouri
CB Prince AmukamaraThe Lions need a top flight pass rusher just a bit more desperately than a number one corner.14. St. LouisWR, OLB, DTTop choice:WR Julio Jones - AlabamaThe Rams cannot believe their good fortune with Jones still on the board.15. MiamiOL, RB, QB

Top choice:OT Anthony Castonzo – BC
DE J.J. WattThe Dolphins get a book end to line up opposite Jake Long.16. JacksonvilleLB, OL, CBTop choice: CB Prince Amukamara - Nebraska
DE Ryan KerriganThe Jaguars gave up a ton of big plays in the passing game and get a good value for the secondary.17. New EnglandOLB, DE, WRTop choice:DE J.J. Watt - Wisconsin
G Mike Pouncey

The Patriots re-fortify a defensive line that was left shorthanded by injury in 2010.18. San DiegoOLB, DE, CB

Top choice:G Mike Pouncey - Florida
DE/OLB Ryan KerriganWith no ideal front seven value for San Diego's 3-4 defense, Chargers address OL interior.19. NY GiantsOL, OLB, DTTop choice:OL Gabe Carimi - Wisconsin
DT Muhammad WilkersonGiants need infusion of youth on O-line and Carimi offers tackle-guard versatility.20. Tampa BayDE, OLB, CBTop choice:DE Ryan Kerrigan - Purdue
DE Adrian ClaybornBucs get big time producer for their moribund pass rush.21. Kansas CityOLB, NT, WRTop choice:OLB Akeem Ayers – UCLA
NT Phil TaylorA perfect complement to Pro Bowl pass rusher Tamba Hali, Ayers could be mentored by Mike Vrabel.22. IndianapolisOT, DT, SSTop choice: OT Nate Solder - Colorado
DT Phil TaylorThe Colts need help up front. Their pick will hinge on which side of the line the better value lies.23. PhiladelphiaCB, OL, OLBTop choice:CB Jimmy Smith - Colorado
DE Adrian ClaybornSmith represents quality value here and addresses much needed help in coverage.24. New OrleansDL, OLB, SSTop choice:DE Adrian Clayborn - Iowa
DT Phil TaylorThe Saints veteran pass rushers are past their prime. It's time for a youth movement.25. SeattleOL, DL, QB

Top choice:DT Phil Taylor - Baylor
QB Jake LockerSeahawks surprise and address run front beset with injuries adding a true space eater.26. BaltimoreCB, OLB, OTTop choice:OT Derrick Sherrod – Mississippi St.
DT Muhammad WilkersonWith cornerback value lacking, the need at offensive tackle is simply too great to ignore.**27. San FranciscoDT, QB

Top choice:QB Jake Locker - Washington
DT Muhammad WilkersonWith 12 total picks, 49ers surrender 2nd and 3rd to move back into first in deal with Atlanta and get Jim Harbaugh an athletic quarterback to work with.28. New EnglandOL, WR, RBTop choice: OLB Justin Houston - Georgia
G Danny WatkinsPatriots go defense again to improve the pass rush with plans on trading top pick in round 2.29. ChicagoOT, DT, GTop choice:DT Muhammad Wilkerson - Temple
G Danny WatkinsWith no offensive tackle value here, Bears address their defensive interior with best value on the board.30. NY JetsDL, CB, LBTop choice: DE Cameron Heyward – Ohio St.
OLB Brooks ReedThe Jets address an aging defensive line with the quintessential 3-4 end in Heyward.31. PittsburghOL, CB, DLTop choice:G Danny Watkins - Baylor
CB Aaron WilliamsSteelers can have a solid interior for years to come with the addition of native Canadian.32. Green BayDE, OT, RB

Top choice: RB Mark Ingram - Alabama
CB Aaron Williams

Ingram is a good value and a perfect complement to the slashing James Starks.

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