Here's my 2011 Rookie Mock Draft. I know it's early, but oh well.
1. Buffalo Bills-Andrew Luck QB Stanford. With as inept as the Bills are, they might think that Fitzpatrick can play QB for them. The Bills lack any direction, and the franchise desperately needs a new start Taking Luck would be a step in the right direction.
2. Cleveland Browns-A.J. Green WR Georgia . The Brownies have more pressing needs, but Holmgren tends to pick offensive players over defensive plays (Alexander, McIntosh, Robinson, Hutchinson, and Stevens). From 2000-2002 those were his first round picks all offensive. Cleveland has more pressing needs on defense, but Green could really open up this offense.
3. Carolina Panthers-Marcell Dareus DE/DT Alabama. The Panthers for years have needed help at DT and WR, and years later they are still pressing needs. Dareus could step in right away and help out against the run and pass.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars-Patrick Peterson CB LSU. The Jaguars rank in the bottom 5 against the pass and need safety help, but that would be a major reach here. Peterson has played outstanding thus far, and would help upgrade the secondary.
5. Arizona Cardinals-Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska. This draft class is loaded with CB talent and the Cardinals get a future shut-down corner across from former 1st round pick Rodgers-Cromartie. The Cards could use a lot of help on the O-line, but most O-line prospects would be a reach.
6. San Francisco 49ners-Jake Locker QB Washington. I think it is safe to say that Alex Smith is a bust. The 9ners have all the talent to make a run at the playoffs, but Smith has been holding them back. Locker will take them in the right direction.
7. Dallas Cowboys-Brandon Harris CB Miami. Another CB in the top 10. While this pick is a reach in my eyes the Cowboys have tons of talent on both sides of the ball. They could use an upgrade over Keith Brooking at ILB, but all prospects would be a reach. Safety is another position that could be upgraded, but would be a reach as well. Dallas needs depth at the CB position with Terence Newman turning 33 next year.
8. Detroit Lions-Robert Quinn DE UNC. Detroit takes the best player available strategy in the draft and Quinn fits this. Quinn has top 10 talent, but got suspended by the NCAA for taking money from agents. I would love to mock a LT to them so they can finally protect Stafford, with an elite LT they could be a playoff team even in 2010 as they have played great even without their starting QB. Quinn would be an upgrade over Cliff Avril and would form a great duo with Suh at DT.
9. New England Patriots (from Raiders) Mark Ingram RB Alabama. New England gets a top 10 pick in exchange for Richard Seymour. I truly think they will trade this pick for more picks just like always, but here they take Mark Ingram who needless to say would be a major upgrade over Danny Woodhead and all the other random RBs the Pats have.
10. Cincinnati Bengals-Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa. Clayborn would be an upgrade over Frostee Rucker and Antwan Odom. Clayborn punched a cab driver in January 09 and pleaded guilty so he should fit in nicely with the Bengals.
11. San Diego Chargers-Allen Bailey DE/DT Miami. The Chargers need some help on the defensive side of the ball and get some with Bailey. Bailey will be an upgrade over Cesaire, and will help provide some much needed pass rush.
12. St. Louis Rams-Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame. Bradford gets a much needed #1 target in Floyd. With Floyd on the field the Rams will face less 8 man fronts, and teams will focus less on Mark Clayton and Donnie Avery. I think the Rams could draft a DT to help shore up the run d, but Floyd provides great value here.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma. I would love to mock a RB here, but with this being a weak class it wouldn’t fill a need. Travis Lewis would be a major upgrade at OLB, and Tampa would have a great linebacker crew with Ruud, Lewis, and Hayes.
14. Minnesota Vikings-Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh. With Ray Edwards not expected to be back (along with Farve) DE would become a need. Romeus would form an impressive pass rush with Allen with double teams on Allen. QB and DT are also needs, but both would be reaches.
15. Kansas City Chiefs-Jonathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh. Cassel really limits the offense in some games. With all QBs left being reaches Baldwin becomes the pick. Baldwin would be great opposite Bowe and with McCluster in the slot he could take Kansas City’s offense to a new level if they could get a consistent QB as well.
16. Seattle Seahawks-Jurrell Casey DT USC. Casey provides an upgrade at DT and has ties to head coach Pete Carroll from their days at USC. Other options would be S, DE, WR, and CB.
17. Denver Broncos-Ras-I Dowling CB/S Virgina. The Broncos could us some depth in the secondary as Bailey, Dawkins, and Goodman are all about 90 years old. Dowling who is a well-rounded prospect could also play FS at the next level since his speed is just average.
18. Chicago Bears-Joe Barksdale OT LSU. The Bears really need some help protecting Cutler and Barksdale would fill a huge need at LT. The Bears have allowed 27 sacks this far into the year yikes! Any upgrade on the o-line would help the offense.
19. Miami Dolphins-Aaron Williams CB Texas. Like I said deep CB class. With Jason Allen struggling once again the Dolphins could us an upgrade over him. While the Fins don’t have any glaring needs they could also use an RB as Brown will be a free agent soon and Williams will soon turn 34.
20. Washington Redskins-Nick Fairley DT/DE Auburn. With the Redskins getting no pass rush from their starting DEs Fairley would be a major impact at the 5 technique position. He would provide a major boost in the pass rush and would help increase the depth at DE if Hanyesworth is traded.
21. Tennessee Titans-Bruce Carter OLB UNC. Carter a top talent at OLB slips a little because no teams needing a 4-3 OLB. Carter would be a major upgrade over either Witherspoon who would be better suited to play MLB.
22. New England Patriots-Cameron Jordan DE/DT California. Jordan who plays in the 3-4 at Cal won’t be anything special, but will be solid at the 3-4 end position. The Pats really need help on D get it with Jordan, but I was tempted to give them an OLB, WR after the Moss trade, and OL.
23. Philadelphia Eagles-Mike Pouncey G/C Florida. The Eagles have been beaten up on the line this year and depth would be a great thing as they are weak as it is already. Pouncey would be able to come in right away and start at RG or C. Regarded as a better prospect by some people than his brother who was drafted in the 1st round by the Steelers this past year.
24. Houston Texans-Deunta Williams FS UNC. I would have loved to mock Julio Jones here, but the Texans need an upgrade in the secondary have allowed everyone and their grandmother to throw for 200 yards although Matt Cassel barely made it. You get the point the Texans need an upgrade badly.
25. Atlanta Falcons-Julio Jones WR Alabama. Picture this scary offense; Jones, White, Turner, and Gonzalez. That’s enough to keep defensive coordinators up at night. I was tempted to give a TE due to Gonzo’s age, but WR was a more pressing need.
26. Indianapolis Colts-Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College. The Colts get help up front with this pick. Castonzo would be able to fill in for Charlie Johnson who will be a free agent at the end of this season.
27. Green Bay Packers-Von Miller DE/OLB Texas A&M. The Packers have no one on the other side of Clay Matthews to rush the passer and Miller would make this defense elite and form a top 5 pass rush with Matthews.
28. New York Jets-Jerrell Powe NT Ole Miss. With Kris Jenkins on the IR for the 2nd straight year and mulling over retirement NT becomes a major need. At the least Powe provides depth behind Pouha, but I could easily see him winning the starting the NT job.
29. New Orleans Saints-Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois. With Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush unable to stay healthy it wouldn’t hurt to draft a RB here. Leshoure has averaged 5.3 yards per carry so far and has some receiving ability.
30. Baltimore Ravens- Don’ta Hightower ILB Alabama. Hightower is precived by many to be the #1 ILB in the draft, but is coming off knee surgery and has durability concerns. With Ray Lewis not getting younger, picking up a solid ILB would be a great idea to have as a replacement when Lewis finally hangs up his cleats.
31. New York Giants-Greg Jones MLB Michigan State. With Jonathan Goff still somewhat unproven getting a stud in Jones here would be pretty ideal. Jones has been a stud for Michigan State ever since he came in as a freshman. If he plays like he did at MSU he should be a stud for years to come in the NFL.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers-Jared Crick DT/DE Nebraska. With Aaron Smith hurt again along with his age it wouldn’t hurt to get some depth on the D-line. Brett Keisel is 32 so age is a concern there as well. Jared Crick was a monster last year when paired with Suh and the Steelers have a pretty good line, and with Crick would have one for years to come.http://www.fantasyfootballoverdrive.com/apps/blog/entries/show/5150362-2011-mock-draft