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Chris Brown's 2011 Mock Draft

Below is my sixth annual mock draft on 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. 

Team Top 3 Needs Possible Selections
1. Carolina DL, 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. Denver DL, LB, OT Top choice:LB Von Miller - Texas A&M
DT Marcell Dareus
Broncos' head coach John Fox could have double pass rush threat pairing Miller with Dumervil.
3. Buffalo DL, QB, LB Top choice:DT Marcell Dareus - Alabama
CB Patrick Peterson
The Bills can address their 32nd ranked run defense with the most complete defensive lineman in the class.
4. Cincinnati QB, WR, ILB Top choice: QB Blaine Gabbert - Missouri
WR A.J. Green
The Bengals need a contingency plan for Carson Palmer's seemingly inevitable departure.
5. Arizona  QB, OLB, OT Top choice: OLB Robert Quinn – North Carolina
CB Patrick Peterson
The Cards land the heir apparent to Joey Porter.
6. Cleveland DE, WR, CB

Top choice:DL Nick Fairley - Auburn
CB Patrick Peterson

A scheme-versatile pass rushing talent, Fairley will help harass opposing QBs.
7. San Francisco CB, DT, QB

Top choice:CB Patrick Peterson - LSU
DE Da'Quan Bowers

The 49ers get a tremendous value and address a pressing need at the same time.
8. Tennessee DT, LB, QB Top choice: DT Corey Liuget - Illinois
DE Da'Quan Bowers
Titans go with best value that meets their positional needs.
9. Dallas OT, CB, DL Top choice:OT Tyron Smith - USC
DL Cameron Jordan
Cowboys invest long term in their offensive line.
10. Washington QB, WR, NT Top choice:WR A.J. Green - Georgia
DE Da'Quan Bowers
Redskins can't resist opportunity to add number one receiving target.
11. Houston OLB, S, NT Top choice:DE Da'Quan Bowers - Clemson
OLB Aldon Smith – Missouri
Bowers might not be a perfect fit in Houston's 3-4 scheme, but they need another pass rusher.
12. Minnesota QB, DL, OT Top choice: DE Cameron Jordan - Cal
OT Anthony Castonzo
Head coach Leslie Frazier addresses defensive front, which has quickly become long in the tooth.
13. Detroit OLB, OT, CB Top choice:OLB Aldon Smith - Missouri
CB Prince Amukamara
The Lions need a top flight pass rusher just a bit more desperately than a number one corner.
14. St. Louis WR, OLB, DT Top choice:WR Julio Jones - Alabama
The Rams cannot believe their good fortune with Jones still on the board.
15. Miami OL, RB, QB

Top choice:OT Anthony Castonzo – BC
DE J.J. Watt

The Dolphins get a book end to line up opposite Jake Long.
16. Jacksonville LB, OL, CB Top choice: CB Prince Amukamara - Nebraska
DE Ryan Kerrigan
The Jaguars gave up a ton of big plays in the passing game and get a good value for the secondary.
17. New England OLB, DE, WR Top 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 Diego OLB, DE, CB

Top choice:G Mike Pouncey - Florida
DE/OLB Ryan Kerrigan

With no ideal front seven value for San Diego's 3-4 defense, Chargers address OL interior.
19. NY Giants OL, OLB, DT Top choice:OL Gabe Carimi - Wisconsin
DT Muhammad Wilkerson
Giants need infusion of youth on O-line and Carimi offers tackle-guard versatility.
20. Tampa Bay DE, OLB, CB Top choice:DE Ryan Kerrigan - Purdue
DE Adrian Clayborn
Bucs get big time producer for their moribund pass rush.
21. Kansas City OLB, NT, WR Top choice:OLB Akeem Ayers – UCLA
NT Phil Taylor
A perfect complement to Pro Bowl pass rusher Tamba Hali, Ayers could be mentored by Mike Vrabel.
22. Indianapolis OT, DT, SS Top choice: OT Nate Solder - Colorado
DT Phil Taylor
The Colts need help up front. Their pick will hinge on which side of the line the better value lies. 
23. Philadelphia CB, OL, OLB Top choice:CB Jimmy Smith - Colorado
DE Adrian Clayborn
Smith represents quality value here and addresses much needed help in coverage. 
24. New Orleans DL, OLB, SS Top choice:DE Adrian Clayborn - Iowa
DT Phil Taylor
The Saints veteran pass rushers are past their prime. It's time for a youth movement.
25. Seattle OL, DL, QB

Top choice:DT Phil Taylor - Baylor
QB Jake Locker

Seahawks surprise and address run front beset with injuries adding a true space eater.
26. Baltimore CB, OLB, OT Top choice:OT Derrick Sherrod – Mississippi St.
DT Muhammad Wilkerson
With cornerback value lacking, the need at offensive tackle is simply too great to ignore.
**27. San Francisco DT, QB

Top choice:QB Jake Locker - Washington
DT Muhammad Wilkerson

With 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 England OL, WR, RB Top choice: OLB Justin Houston - Georgia
G Danny Watkins
Patriots go defense again to improve the pass rush with plans on trading top pick in round 2.
29. Chicago OT, DT, G Top choice:DT Muhammad Wilkerson - Temple
G Danny Watkins
With no offensive tackle value here, Bears address their defensive interior with best value on the board.
30. NY Jets DL, CB, LB Top choice: DE Cameron Heyward – Ohio St.
OLB Brooks Reed
The Jets address an aging defensive line with the quintessential 3-4 end in Heyward. 
31. Pittsburgh OL, CB, DL Top choice:G Danny Watkins - Baylor
CB Aaron Williams
Steelers can have a solid interior for years to come with the addition of native Canadian.
32. Green Bay DE, 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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