2011 NFL Mock Draft | Seven Round Mock
The 2011 NFL Draft is just a few weeks away, and it’s time to unleash the 7 Round NFL Mock Draft for 2011, as presented by NFL Soup.
We’ve been hard at work trying to fit players to proper schemes, and figure out where players will be selected by team selection methods and preferences.
We advise you not to attempt to hold your breath while reading each pick as you will be reading for awhile with this in depth analysis of each NFL Draft pick for 2011.
Many of the players have links to scouting reports attached, so feel free to click to find more information on the selection.
When you’re drafting #1 overall, nine times out of ten, you need a quarterback. The story is no different here. Jimmy Clausen isn’t the answer, but the second round pick of 2010 will get a chance to start in 2011 while Ron Rivera grooms Cam Newton for a starting role. Newton isn’t close to being NFL ready, but he does have the ability to be a big time play maker, and with some work on his technique and overall accuracy, he could become a top notch quarterback within two seasons.
It’s frustrating when your offense puts up a huge amount of points, but you still can’t find any wins. Denver’s 3-4 defensive struggles continued, and injuries didn’t seem to help. They will make the transition back to the 4-3 defense, and bolster a defensive tackle spot with Marcell Dareus. Denver struggled to get pressure on the QB, and getting Dareus next to Elvis Dumervil will only help their cause.
This pick almost seems too good to be true, and while the Bills could go many different ways with the third selection, it’d make sense to groom their quarterback of the future. With Ryan Fitzpatrick playing well enough to start right now, it would give Gabbert a chance to sit and learn for at least one season, until he’s ready to take the reigns.
There is much speculation as to who the selection will be at pick four. Cincinnati could reach for a quarterback like Ryan Mallett, or they could simply take the safer pick with A.J. Green. It’s no secret that Chad Ochocinco (Johnson) is aging, and hasn’t been as productive as recent years, and a young stud, possession receiver could do wonders for a young quarterback in the future. Green can make plays all over the field, and is one of the best overall players in the entire draft.
It seems like Von Miller is the consensus fifth overall selection for many other NFL Draft websites, and it’s no different here. Miller’s ability to rush the passer is exceptional, and he’s a very well rounded athlete. He spent time in the 3-4 at Texas A&M already, so his transition to the NFL should be quite pain free.
One may question the pick of two consecutive cornerbacks in the first round, and even pick six overall. But the when the most talented athlete in the NFL Draft falls into your lap, at a position of need, you snatch him. Eric Wright most likely won’t be back, and was a disappointment, and Sheldon Brown’s calling may be at free safety. A Peterson/Joe Haden combination for many years will be nostalgic of the Hanford Dixon/Frank Minnifield days in the 80′s.
San Francisco’s secondary was quite the disappointment. Nate Clements isn’t the same as he once was, and the team can’t afford to keep getting beat downfield. They gave up 11 plays of over 40 yards, and 48 plays over 20 in 2010, and the addition of Prince Amukamara could fill a huge void for Coach Harbaugh.
Tennessee may not miss Albert Haynesworth’s attitude, but they surely miss his presence. Fairley gives the Titans a pure penetrating under tackle who can get to the quarterback quickly, and cause backfield disruptions. Fairley’s character may be in concern, but his effect on the field can help the Titans to overlook that.
The Cowboys’ need for help on the right side is huge. Tyron Smith played right tackle at USC, and will most likely be groomed to play left tackle eventually. But Smith not only helps as a long term solution, but in the short term as he should be able to come in immediately and make an impact on the right side for Dallas as they try to keep Tony Romo on the field for 16 games in 2011.
Washington just could not seem to get to the quarterback in 2010. It’s not necessarily that their rush linebackers couldn’t get it done, but moreso the defensive line’s ineffectiveness to eat blocks. Cam Jordan offers an explosive ability to penetrate and eat up blocks. He’s a jack of all trades, as he can do it all.
The Texans new switch to the 3-4 defense is going to require some sort of a pass rush. The Texans luck out at pick 11 when the talented Robert Quinn drops to them just outside the Top 10. Quinn is a natural pass rusher with potential for huge numbers from the right outside linebacker position at the next level.
Minnesota needs to add some depth on the defensive line, and Pat Williams can’t play forever. Liuget is a big, strong defensive tackle who can bolster the run game, and pressure the quarterback when needed as well.
Detroit’s injuries to the quarterback position hurt them a bit in 2010, but nothing more than their lack of secondary, especially in the fourth quarter. Jimmy Smith gives the Lions a true cover corner who can help out in run support and bolster the corner position for the next 5-7 years.
During the Christmas holiday, it was rumored that Sam Bradford asked Santa Clause for a legit play maker to throw to. Santa delivers, albeit a few months late. Jones gives the Rams a true downfield receiver who can work the middle of the field and make plays after the catch as well.
While Ingram may not be the fans pick, he seems to be the smartest (and safest) pick for the Dolphins. Miami couldn’t establish a consistent running game in 2010, despite having Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Ingram is pro ready, and very explosive. He can catch out of the backfield, and is a workhorse who could carry the load for Miami for the next few seasons.
Say WHAT?! Da’Quan Bowers falling to pick 16? With the knee problems for Bowers, and his mediocre Pro Day, his stock seems to be falling. Bowers is quite talented, but his health issues are too risky to select in the Top 10, and he’ll make the slide to Jacksonville where they get excellent value and gain an exceptional pass rusher.
The Patriots need to gain some more youth at defensive end, and what better than to grab Watt, who looks to be an Aaron Smith clone with a bit more strength at the next level. Watt is a smart player who has some penetrating ability, and is a force against the run.
Since losing Igor Olshansky and Jamal Williams, San Diego’s defensive line play has been inconsistent. What better to improve on that than grabbing Heyward, who is an ideal fit for a five technique defensive end. Heyward is strong at the point of attack, and is a force against the run.
It’s crucial that the Giants upgrade one of the tackle spots in April, and Castonzo is the ideal selection to help keep Eli Manning on his feet. Castonzo’s ability in pass protection is as good as it gets, and he is very intelligent. He’s not the sexy pick, but he’s the smart pick.
The Buccaneers secured a great defensive tackle with Gerald McCoy in 2010, and now it’s time to improve the pass rush from the defensive end position. Kerrigan makes the most sense at pick 20, and gives them a high motor pass rusher who gets upfield in a hurry.
The Chiefs start to fall in love with Houston who is a versatile, athletic pass rusher who has some coverage ability as well. Houston is quite well rounded, and does an excellent job in keeping contain.
The revolving door at left tackle for the Colts has to be fixed. Peyton Manning’s quick release will help Carimi who’s not the most technically sound pass blocker, but has the potential to become elite. Carimi is a punishing run blocking tackle as well.
Philadelphia need some depth on the offensive line, and the tall, powerful Solder could provide an excellent push in the run game, and his improving pass blocking skills make him an option to groom as a left tackle eventually. He could come in and start at right tackle right away.
Clayborn’s versatility to play both defensive end and tackle will make him intriguing for the Saints who need a starting upgrade, as well as depth on the defensive line.
Seattle may look to select a quarterback here, but after watching the secondary (minus Earl Thomas) fail in 2010, it’s hard to ignore improving one of the cornerback positions early.
Baltimore’s defense was great as usual, but they just weren’t themselves this year in the pressure department. They were 27th in the league in getting to the quarterback, and it hurt their secondary at times as they failed to get pressure. Jabaal Sheard is a top notch pass rusher who is very physical, and also very quick off the line. He’s going to rise up draft boards.
While the Atlanta secondary could use some improvement, the lack of a consistent pass rush hurt the defense even more. To grab Aldon Smith at 27 would be a steal. Smith would get to learn under the great John Abraham, and while he’s a bit raw, has the talent to be an All-Pro pass rusher in just a few seasons.
Somehow the Patriots went 14-2 despite having guys like Danny Woodhead and BenJarvus Green-Ellis manning the tailback spot. Grabbing the hard nosed, north/south runner in Mikel LeShoure would give them a top notch back who could handle the majority of the load while still getting a guy like Woodhead touches on third downs.
You have to feel somewhat bad for Jay Cutler. The guy can’t seem to get any protection. At the same time, it seems that a paper cut could keep him out of a game at times. All kidding aside, grabbing the pass blocking specialist in Derek Sherrod could be a great acquisition for the Bears who need help keeping Cutler off the ground. With a mean streak, Sherrod could become a mauler, and his pass blocking is already quite fine.
The Jets won’t be keeping Braylon Edwards most likely, and Jerricho Cotchery isn’t really #2 wide receiver material. Baldwin is tall, fast receiver who can make plays in the red zone and would compliment the speedy Santonio Holmes very well.
There’s really no explanation needed for this select. Pouncey gets reunited with brother Maurkice at a position in which the Steelers need to desperately upgrade.
Ballard gives the Packers more depth on the defensive line and a potential starter next to B.J. Raji in the future. With Cullen Jenkins hitting free agency, and Johnny Jolly eating space in jail, the five technique becomes a need for the Cheeseheads.
33. New England Patriots (from Carolina) – Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
The Patriots use their third pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to grab one of the best potential 3-4 defensive ends in the draft. Wilkerson is strong at the point of attack and looks to be the ideal space eater at the next level. The Wilkerson and Watt combo make for an excellent future reminding Pats fans of Richard Seymour and Ty Warren in their prime.
34. Buffalo Bills – Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
The Bills have to love Leodis McKelvin, but they just aren’t getting ideal production from the second corner position. Aaron Williams gives the Bills a lot of help to avoid giving up big plays down field, and he can become quite the play maker himself.
35. Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
The Bengals could have themselves quite the draft if Ryan Mallett indeed falls to pick 35. A guy who they were tempted to select with the fourth overall pick falls to their lap in the second round, as they get their future quarterback throwing touchdowns to A.J. Green.
36. Denver Broncos – Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona
Denver upgrades the interior defensive line in the first round, and now they get a pure pass rusher opposite the oft-injured Elvis Dumervil.
37. Cleveland Browns – Marcus Cannon, OT/OG, TCU
The Browns really need to improve the right side of the offensive line. Injuries to right tackle have hurt, and what better to fix that by bringing in a versatile guard/tackle combination in Marcus Cannon. Cannon is smart, big, and physical, but is athletic for his 350+ pound frame.
38. Arizona Cardinals – Ben Ijalana, OG/OT, Villanova
The Cardinals need help on the offensive line, and if they are going to improve their quarterback play, they will have to keep whichever quarterback they decide to start off of their backs. Ijalana is versatile enough to play guard and tackle and could be groomed to guard their future quarterback’s blindside.
39. Tennessee Titans – Rodney Hudson, OG/C, Florida State
Inexperience at both guard positions, as well as center hurt the Titans in 2010. They need an upgrade anywhere they can find one on the interior line, and Rodney Hudson’s versatility is an ideal fit for them.
40. Dallas Cowboys – Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
The Cowboys need help on the defensive line, and who better to help at the point of attack than the strongest man at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine? Paea could get reps at nose tackle and replace Jay Ratliff as early as 2011.
41. Washington Redskins – Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Perhaps a match made in heaven, with the Redskins struggles with the quarterback position, it’s no doubt they need to find a guy for the future. Locker is a great grooming tool underneath veteran McNabb, who’s made a name for himself as a strong armed scrambler, somewhat like Locker.
42. Houston Texans – Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
The help on the defensive line doesn’t stop just yet. The Texans grab a steal in Phil Taylor, who some view as a first round selection. Taylor slides unexpectedly, as the Texans find their nose tackle of the future in their newly established 3-4.
43. Minnesota Vikings – Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
Consistency at the linebacker positions is hard to find, and the Vikings stealing Bruce Carter in the middle of the second round is a great start. Carter is a tackling machine, who also excels in coverage.
44. Detroit Lions – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
The Lions need for true play makers at the linebacker continues. Ayers is a former defensive end who’s calling could be in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. He plays well in coverage, and may be best playing on the strong side once he learns to shed blocks with ease.
45. San Francisco 49ers – Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
Martez Wilson’s true position is yet to be determined. He looks to be a potential pass rusher in a 3-4, or he could end up being a potential sledgehammer inside. Regardless, his athleticism and overall potential make him hard to pass up for Jim Harbaugh who could bolster his linebacker corps, especially if Wilson finds a spot next to Patrick Willis.
46. Denver Broncos (from Miami) – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Despite the emergence of a great offense in 2010, the tight end position absolutely has to be upgraded. John Elway knows the importance of tight ends, and he takes a chance on the injury prone Rudolph, who is the best pure pass catching tight end in the draft.
47. St. Louis Rams – Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
The Rams pass defense hurt them quite a bit in 2010, and what better to help fix that than grabbing a talented cover corner. Davon House is a prospect on the rise, and he could be a late first round selection. He makes his way into the middle of the second, where the Rams get a steal and a potential #1 corner.
48. Oakland Raiders – Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
Oakland needs more depth at corner, and they also need a corner that isn’t afraid to come up and make a tackle. Dowling isn’t the sexy pick, and goes against Al Davis’ workout warrior plan, but he’s the smartest pick here.
49. Jacksonville Jaguars – Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
Another safety who surprisingly falls is UCLA’s Rahim Moore. Jacksonville’s safety woes continued in 2010. The Reggie Nelson project failed a couple seasons ago, and it’s time to bring on the ball hawk that is Rahim Moore to help keep the offense in front of the Jaguars secondary.
50. San Diego Chargers – DeAndre McDaniel, SS, Clemson
The emergence of Eric Weddle has eliminated free safety from the Chargers “to-do” list. But the strong safety position is still a must upgrade position, and DeAndre McDaniel is the best pick available here, and fills a big need as a play making safety with big hitting potential.
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quan Sturdivant, ILB, North Carolina
The Derrick Brooks era has been over for a few seasons and it’s time to find a new tackling machine. Sturdivant is versatile enough to play all three linebacker positions in the Tampa 2 and is a solid coverage linebacker.
52. New York Giants – Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
The Giants draft another second round defensive tackle to help bolster the defensive line. They need to find more consistency on the interior line, and Nevis is a quick, penetrating tackle who can disrupt the backfield, and is excellent value at 52.
53. Indianapolis Colts – Jeron Johnson, CB/S, Boise State
Johnson is an under the radar safety/corner hybrid who’s versatility is what makes him special. He can play both safety positions, and even move to corner. Indianapolis needs to add depth in the secondary, and Johnson makes the most sense here.
54. Philadelphia Eagles – Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
Many people are having trouble placing Marvin Austin. He has screamed first round talent at some points of his career, but missing the entire 2010 season due to injury hurts a bit. The Eagles grab Austin at 54 as he provides immediate depth.
55. Kansas City Chiefs – Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (Fl.)
We all know what Dwayne Bowe is capable of now after seeing him explode for several weeks in 2010. But the Chiefs need another play making wide receiver across from him. Hankerson’s speed and ability after the catch compliments Bowe quite well.
56. New Orleans Saints – Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
New Orleans can’t seem to keep their running backs healthy, and despite Chris Ivory’s solid rookie season, they want a runner with more size and ability. Thomas is big, but has solid speed, and can run well between the tackles and is excellent on third down.
57. Seattle Seahawks – Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
While most have Christian Ponder as a first round talent, I see him sliding down a bit and falling to the Seahawks who’s West Coast Offense bodes well for a player of Ponder’s talent. He can hit the short/intermediate throws accurately, and is a smart player. A year or two under Matt Hasselbeck could do him wonders in the future.
58. Baltimore Ravens – Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Willis McGahee can’t seem to stay healthy, and isn’t consistent. Williams combination of power, speed, and vision makes him an excellent compliment to Ray Rice who slowed down a bit in 2010 as well.
59. Atlanta Falcons – Deunta Williams, FS, North Carolina
After upgrading the pass rush in the first round, the Falcons gamble with Deunta Williams. Williams was a ball hawk with the Tar Heels and when healthy, can dominate. His value at pick 59 is fantastic for a struggling secondary like Atlanta.
60. New England Patriots – Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
At this point it feels like New England has already had 100 draft picks. But they get excellent value in Greg Little who is a tough, physical receiver who plays well over the middle of the field.
61. San Diego Chargers (from New York Jets) – Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
When Antonio Gates went down, the Chargers seemed to lose a step in the offense. Kendricks not only provides Gates-injury insurance, but can also line up in the slot and create mismatches all over the field with his quickness and excellent hands.
62. Chicago Bears – Titus Young, WR, Boise State
Devin Hester has prove that he’s not a true #1 receiver, and while Johnny Knox is improving, the Bears need more weapons for the strong armed Cutler. Young gives the Bears a receiver who can stretch the field, but is also tough enough to make plays over the middle.
The Steelers cornerback depth is quite poor, and they could use a true #2 opposite of Ike Taylor who’s not even a legit #1 anymore. Burney is a physical corner who could shut down the short/intermediate routes run in the AFC North.
64. Green Bay Packers – Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State
Despite the emergence of James Starks late in the season, the Packers still felt the hit of losing Ryan Grant. Hunter is a true third down back, and compliments Ryan Grant quite well, while also providing insurance.
65. Carolina Panthers – Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
Grabbing a wide receiver for Blaine Gabbert to throw to is crucial for the Panthers who are experiencing the decline of former star Steve Smith.
66. Cincinnati Bengals – Shane Vereen, RB, California
It’s clear that Cedric Benson doesn’t want to play for Cincinnati, and they need a compliment to him even if he decides that he’s not too good to play for the team. Vereen is a quick back who is powerful between the tackles as well.
67. Denver Broncos – Clint Boling, OG/OT, Georgia
Finding depth on the offensive line would be ideal for the Broncos. Boling can play guard or tackle at the next level and is quick enough for a zone blocking scheme.
68. Buffalo Bills – Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
The interior line of the Bills hurt last season, and grabbing Danny Watkins could help immensely. He’s already 27, but is ready enough to start immediately.
69. Arizona Cardinals – Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
Dalton doesn’t have the biggest arm, but he’s a smart quarterback who has great intangibles and has a good enough arm to get the ball to Fitzgerald.
70. Cleveland Browns – Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
It’s crucial for the Browns to upgrade the middle linebacker position and grabbing Kelvin Sheppard could be huge. He’s a pure wrap up tackler who is experienced and was a leader on a great LSU defense.
71. Dallas Cowboys – Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
The Cowboys cornerback struggles continued in 2010. Injuries and inconsistent play from the entire secondary hurt them early in the season. Brown is a guy who could go as high as round two, and his athleticism and speed makes him an intriguing option.
The Saints take a chance on Colin McCarthy who is a nice coverage linebacker who plays well sideline to sideline.
73. Houston Texans – Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech
Carmichael is a speedy corner who could excel in zone coverage, and man coverage if he can play more physical.
74. New England Patriots (from Minnesota) – Jerrelle Powe, DT, Mississippi
The Patriots continue to build the defensive line by finding the future nose tackle in round three in big Jerrell Powe.
75. Detroit Lions – Ahmad Black, SS, Florida
The Lions secondary struggles force them to grab another member in round three. Black provides excellent coverage while also being a force against the run.
76. San Francisco 49ers – Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
While Jim Harbaugh may like what he see’s in Alex Smith, he can’t ignore drafting Ricky Stanzi who’s football IQ is great, and has the ability to make all of the short/intermediate throws with ease.
77. Tennessee Titans – Stefen Wisniewski, G/C, Penn State
The Titans interior line is young, and inexperienced. Wisniewski can add depth, and play both guard and center with his 313 pound frame. He’s a very smart player who will find a spot starting very soon.
Steven Jackson isn’t going to last forever, and in a two running back league, the Rams give Bradford another weapon in Todman who’s efficient between the tackles and can catch out of the backfield.
79. Miami Dolphins – Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma
Carter’s versatility forces the Dolphins to select him. He’s a great option at free safety and could play nickel corner as well.
80. Jacksonville Jaguars – Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
It’s important that Jacksonville grabs a quarterback at some point, and who better than the strong armed Kaepernick to sit for a season behind David Garrard.
81. Oakland Raiders – Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada
Al Davis gets back to his workout warrior trend, drafting the speedy outside linebacker in Moch. Moch can rush the passer and cover when needing to.
82. San Diego Chargers – Cliff Matthews, DE/OLB, Soiuth Carolina
The Chargers high octane pass rush gets an upgrade with Matthews who could develop into a top tier pass rusher in a few years with the Charger defense.
83. New York Giants – Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State
The emergence of Hakeem Nicks only helped the Giants, same with Mario Manningham, but it’s hard to pass up the speedy Brown who can make plays after the catch, and could be a replacement for Mario Manningham in the slot if Steve Smith goes down again.
It’s time for the Bucs to improve that secondary. Brown’s ability as a zone corner is excellent and he has potential to be a great tackling corner at the next level.
85. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
The Eagles depth at cornerback is pretty poor, and grabbing Brandon Burton will help them out, especially against the run, and in press coverage.
After missing the Phil Taylor train, the Chiefs grab Ellis in the third who will play a big role in the middle of that 3-4 defensive line.
87. Indianapolis Colts – Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa
The Colts gain more depth in the secondary by grabbing Bob Sanders’ replacement.
88. New Orleans Saints – Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
Further adding depth to the defensive line with Casey is a big help for the Saints. Clayborn playing opposite of Will Smith will help as well as Casey playing as a situation defensive tackle to start his career.
89. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle) – John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin
The Chargers need depth on the interior line, and Moffitt’s run blocking ability makes him an excellent potential starter.
90. Baltimore Ravens – Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
Houshmanzadeh isn’t the same as he was, and Derrick Mason is aging. It’s time to find a compliment to Anquan Boldin, and Smith is an excellent receiver to groom.
91. Atlanta Falcons – Jerrell Jernigan, WR, Troy
Michael Jenkins has had trouble with injuries, and Jernigan adds a quick presence in the slot, who can make plays from anywhere on the field.
The Patriots need to add depth on the defensive line, and Fusco offers excellent center potential, and the possible ability to move to guard.
93. Chicago Bears – Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (Fl.)
The Bears add depth to the defensive end position with Bailey who can help stop the run, and has a few pass rushing abilities. Bailey is full of potential to be tapped into.
Kris Jenkins injuries forced him to be let go, and the Jets need to replace him. Gray is an underrated nose tackle who is strong and can eat space.
95. Pittsburgh Steelers – Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
With the injuries to Heath Miller, the Steelers grab some depth with the athletic Virgil Green. Matt Spaeth is best in blocking situations, and Green could help as an outlet for Big Ben when he’s pressured.
96. Green Bay Packers – D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas
The injury to Jermichael Finley hurt big time, and Aaron Rodgers was left with Andrew Quarless’ stone hands to throw to. Williams provides more insurance for the Packers, as well as a sure handed presence that can create mismatches.
97. Carolina Panthers – DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
With DeAngelo Williams likely gone, the Panthers grab Murray who is great out of the backfield and between the tackles. Injuries force him to fall to the fourth, but it’s great value to add to Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson.
98. Seattle Seahawks (from New England via Denver) – Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU
Seattle has the left side of the offensive line set up, but they could use an upgrade eventually on the right side with Barksd
99. Buffalo Bills – Mario Harvey, ILB, Marshall
The Bills take a chance on the undersized, but speedy and thumping product from Marshall.
The Bengals secondary was injured often last season, and cornerback depth is a must. Chekwa is a physical corner with solid speed who offers help in run support.
101. Cleveland Browns- Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley State
The Browns go with a second receiver in the draft with Lockette who’s speedy, but raw. He has big play ability and will improve his route running with experience.
The Beanie Wells project isn’t going so well, and Tim Hightower isn’t the lead man in Arizona. Carter is quick and shifty, but compact and can run between the tackles.
103. Philadelphia Eagles (from Washington)- Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee
Brent Celek’s injuries slowed him down a bit, and the Eagles need to add some depth to the tight end position not only for insurance, but for blocking purposes as well.
104. Houston Texans – Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
The Texans are lacking a true #2 wide receiver. Jacoby Jones started to emerge a bit in the slot, but Pettis could become a legit #2 with his solid hands and route running ability.
105. Minnesota Vikings- Robert Sands, FS, West Virginia
It’s hard for the Vikings to pass on Sands’ athletic ability. He’s a big, hard hitting safety with loads of potential yet to be tapped into.
Despite the improvement by Jeff Backus, the team still needs to prepare for the future. Gilbert may not be a left tackle in the future, but he can certainly be a bookend right tackle for years.
With the addition of Ricky Stanzi, the 49ers add a quick, shifty receiver who can also stretch the field and create mismatches in the slot.
The Titans add Marsh, who’s an underrated corner that could step up and be a legit #2 in the future.
109. Dallas Cowboys- Steven Friday, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
Despite the excellent pass rushing of the Cowboys, they can’t pass on Friday who’s ability to get to the quarterback is severely underrated.
The Dolphins add some depth on the offensive line with a potential bookend right tackle, or right guard at the very least.
Foster is a sideline to sideline tackler who’s athletic and will improve in coverage.
112. Oakland Raiders- Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State
Al Davis should fall in love with Guy, despite him not being a big time athlete. Guy is physical on the interior defensive line, and can shut down the run.
113. Jacksonville Jaguars- Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State
While Sanzenbacher may not be a sexy pickup, he’s a reliable receiver who can run a bit after the catch, and rarely drops passes.
114. San Francisco 49ers (from San Diego)- Jarvis Jenkins, DT/DE, Clemson
The 49ers add some depth on the defensive line with Jarvis Jenkins who seems to be made for the five technique.
115. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Casey Matthews, ILB, Oregon
The Buccaneers already drafted a linebacker in the second, but they decide to take a chance on Matthews’ coverage and tackling ability in the middle of round four.
116. New York Giants- Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State
While Jones isn’t extremely athletic, he’s a physical wrap up tackler who plays smart, and has good run/pass recognition.
The Chiefs secondary improved last season but showed signs of wear without proper depth. Gilchrist gives them a potential #2 across from Brandon Flowers in the future.
118. Indianapolis Colts- Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon
Maehl give Peyton Manning a reliable target offensively who is healthy as an ox, and has sure hands. Maehl can make plays after the catch, and could step in in case of more injuries to the receiving corps.
It’s hard to pass up Dwayne Harris who fits the mold for what Philly receivers are all about: Yards after the catch.
Love is a right tackle at the next level and is best against the run. He’ll be able to move to right guard as well in the future if needed.
121. Buffalo Bills (from Seattle)- Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh
The Bills help bolster the offensive line by grabbing the versatile Pinkston who has experience at both guard and tackle positions.
122. Baltimore Ravens- Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State
Bolden gives the Ravens a physical, press corner presence in the defensive secondary. He’s above average in run support.
The Falcons add more depth with the quick hipped Lindsay who’s ceiling is a potential #2 corner at the next level as well.
124. New England Patriots- Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU
Despite the addition of Greg Little, the Patriots grab the next best player available in Toliver who has a good size and speed combination.
Chinasa is a rising pass rushing prospect that the Jets take a flier on at the end of round four. Chinasa could become a 6-7 sack/season player.
126. Chicago Bears- Alex Wujciak, ILB, Maryland
With the injuries to the linebackers in Chicago, they grab another animal in Wujciak who will sit behind Brian Urlacher for a couple of seasons and contribute on special teams.
The upgrades for the offensive line don’t stop yet. The Steelers grab the underrated tackle from UCF who could be in line to start at left tackle down the road.
The Packers take a flier on Romeus who was a potential first round pick prior to his injuries. Romeus has potential to be a stud pass rusher if he can stay healthy.
145. Oakland Raiders- DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami (Fl.)
152. Washington Redskins (from New Orleans)- Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville
176. Oakland Raiders- DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Miss
209. Oakland Raiders- Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech