**I have created a 3-round final mock draft. This draft is much different than the 7-round mock that I released last week. This mock was created so that you can see a different side of the mock draft predictions from what you have often seen in the media. Every single year we have guys go earlier than expected, and other years we have guys fall.

After viewing this mock, I do ask that you check out the mock from last week which will be linked after. Some of the picks will be different throughout, but it is interesting to see how a few early picks can change the entire draft.


FIRST ROUND


1) Carolina Panthers: Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn

Draftmaven,com was the first website to mock Cam Newton first overall back in November and if you have been watching draft coverage since the season ended you would have seen Newton jump from a 3rd round pick to a 1st round pick to the top overall pick in many scout's eyes. I absolutely mean to toot my own horn on this one, but Newton is close to a lock. The team's new coach Ron Rivera also is coming from a team that had Phillip Rivers, a guy that compared some to Newton in maturity coming out.

2) Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

Coach Fox loves big DT's and Dareus is a 320 monster that plays like a 290 pounder. The team has been rumored to be taking a QB in the first three rounds (I 100% hope the rumors are not true), but the team cannot throw away Tebow just yet.

3) Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, DE/LB, Texas A&M


Many reports out there will confirm that the Bills like Cam Newton, but there has been little true talk about them loving Blaine Gabbert. I personally think Gabbert should be the pick (I don't like Gabbert, but the organization needs a QB badly).

4) Cincinnati Bengals: A.J Green, WR, Georgia

Could Carson Palmer be gone? Sure. Could the team take a QB here to replace him? Sure. My theory is that Carson is trying to find a way to get his brother Jordan (his backup) starting time. The team can't draft a guy early because Carson could change his mind, and they can't assume that Carson is bluffing. The nice thing though is that AJ Green would help improve any quarterback playing.

5) Arizona Cardinals: Robert Quinn, DE/LB, UNC

Nobody in Arizona seems to think that the team wants to draft a quarterback (even though it makes so much sense) with this pick. While the team could use an extra CB in the mix, it is not an immediate need, and I think the team might go for a pass rusher like Quinn.

6) Cleveland Browns: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

I looked at Mike Holmgren's draft record with Seattle and in the 11 years that he was there, he selected six offensive players in the first round, and four defensive players in the first round. Three of the four defensive players came after the 20th pick, and the one that didn't was a local talent (and the Seahawks don't mind taking local talent). Five of the first six were also offensive picks, so you can tell that Holmgren ideally likes to find an offense before he finds a defense.

I had Patrick Peterson here for the last two months because he was a good value as the best prospect in the draft even if he would fill a marginal need. But the more I think about it, the more I think that the organization may not like going top-10 CB two years in the round over taking the best WCO receiver in the draft.

7) San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

If the 49ers are able to end up with Peterson then they will have stolen the draft. They get the best prospect in the draft that fits arguably the biggest need on defense.

8) Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

The Titans could run up to the podium if they are high on Blaine Gabbert, but I just don't know if they want to draft a 1st round QB again.

9) Dallas Cowboys: Cameron Jordan, DE/DT, California

Before the Cowboys hate starts rolling in (again), I personally don't see the Cowboys going Tryon Smith here. The Cowboys do need a RT, but the chances that an owner that has never gone OL in the first round goes for a RT (even with the LT potential) in the top-10 is a little bit absurd. Cameron Jordan's stock has been exploding at just the right time lately, and he does fill a need on the team.

10) Washington Redskins:  Jake Locker, QB, Washington

Jake Locker as the 2nd quarterback? Blaine Gabbert falling out of the top-10? This is exactly the type of stuff that never happens in most mocks, but end up actually happening come draft day. Jake Locker looks a lot like Jake Plummer with a little hint of Cutler, so he might be a better prospect in the mind of Shanny.

11) Houston Texans: Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri


Like the Browns, I have a hard time seeing any team taking a CB two years in a row. The team needs help there, but it just is unlikely. As you can see in a recent blog article of mine, one of the only logical picks would be to take Aldon Smith.

12) Minnesota Vikings: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

No I am not a Viking fan, but I might be invited to the party if Gabbert actually falls to them. There are very few people that think Gabbert is an elite can't miss quarterback, so there is a chance that he takes a tumble (like many other in prior drafts).

13) Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Prince Amukamara or Tyron Smith? I have been doubtful that the team will go OL early in the draft anyways, so if only makes sense to me to give them a defensive weapon.

14) St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois

This pick is becoming a little bit of a cliche pick, but if the team cannot trade back for someone then they will likely look for a defensive weapon like Liuget.

15) Miami Dolphins: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

I hate having the first OT go so late in the draft, but this class just isn't very strong at the top. Smith should fill in perfectly on the right side. This offensive line can't stay consistently healthy, and he would be a good pickup for the team.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida

Gene Smith is a strange drafter. He loves to draft experience, he doesn't mind double-dipping, he goes with his BPA without projecting where the players should go, and in the past he has talked very little (if any) to his first round picks. He is talking a lot with Ryan Kerrigan right now, but looking at all of his usual tendencies I think he goes somewhere else.

17) New England Patriots (From Oak): Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

The Patriots have a ton of upgrades they need to make in this draft, and they could be looking to find an upgrade on their OL. This pick could be a ton of other guys, or it could be a trade.

18) San Diego Chargers: JJ Watt, DE/DT, Wisconsin

The Chargers are a strange team. They technically had the best defense last year, but they need four or five new weapons on defense.

19) New York Giants: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

The Giants have a few key needs, and getting a fresh new RB to plug into the offense could do wonders for the team.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

The Bucs reportedly love a few guys, but I think many believe that Kerrigan will be gone by this point.

21) Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor

I have heard a lot of interesting rumors swirling about Brooks Reed, Justin Houston, and Nate Solder here, but I think that Taylor makes the most sense here. New England East needs a nose tackle, and I don't think a foot issue is enough to hurt the pick.

22) Indianapolis Colts: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

The Colts are not a team that drafts offensive linemen in the first round often. Despite it being a big need they just don't address it, and haven't addressed it in the first round since 1997. The team hasn't taken a DT in the first since before then which counters this pick, but the team has had no problem with taking a DT early on in the draft.

23) Philadelphia Eagles: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

This pick very easily could be Jimmy Smith, but I also wouldn't be surprised to see Carimi here either. Carimi is a RT with LT potential, so getting him for a left handed QB would be very intriguing.

24) New Orleans Saints: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

Da'Quan Bowers has one year of quality experience, but the jump he made from 2009 to 2010 makes many question whether he did it for the contract. That would be just fine, but after playing with a bum knee last season it has recently been revealed that his knees are made of tissue paper, which means he could take a very big fall.

25) Seattle Seahawks: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State


The Seahawks need to find a ton of line depth in this draft and a guy like Solder could add a ton of potential to the mix.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Don't count out an OT here, but if the Ravens are able to get a top-10 talent like Jimmy Smith here then they may have gotten the steal of the draft.

27) Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston, DE, Georgia

The Falcons will take the best player on their board that fits a need. Houston (I believe) is a high character guy that could fit a need on the team.

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28) New England Patriots: Brooks Reed, DE/LB, Arizona

The Patriots have a ton of needs and they could really use a young rush linebacker.

29) Chicago Bears: Marvin Austin, DT, UNC

The Bears really need to find offensive line and receiver depth, but they needed to do that (and didn't) last year. Austin is a top-10 talent and could be a steal here.

30) New York Jets: Jabaal Sheard, DE/LB, Pittsburgh

The Jets have needed some depth at rush linebacker for a few years now, and Sheard might just be the guy for the Jets.

31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State

The Steelers don't draft corners or OT's in the first round, and even if they did they may prefer getting a defensive end like Heyward.

32) Green Bay Packers: Akeem Ayers, DE/LB, UCLA

The Pack has a lot of options to play with on this pick, but getting a valued pass rusher here could add a new dimension to the defense.

ROUND 2

1)    New England (from Carolina):  Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor

I would be willing to bet that the Patriots will trade this pick and I am about 85% certain about it. But for the sake of mocking, Watkins is a guy that can be instantly plugged in to play on the team.

2)  Buffalo Bills: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

The Bills reportedly like Cam Newton's potential, and in many ways Kaepernick matches up to Newton. Kaepernick also has arm strength which should set him apart from Ponder/Dalton for a team that needs it like Buffalo.

3)    Cincinnati Bengals: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

Rudi Johnson: 5’11, 225 pounds
Kenny Irons: 5’11, 210 pounds
Cedric Benson: 5’11, 227 pounds

Mikel Leshoure: 6’0, 232 pounds

The Bengals may not get Benson re-signed, and even if they do they could be looking for another option. Leshoure is a bruiser with some speed that actually could fit the team well.

4)    Denver Broncos: Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC

The Broncos need a new defense completely, so they will be looking to take some talent along the way for them to groom.

5)    Cleveland Browns: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

Clayborn was once a top-5 pick in the draft, so to get him in the top-5 of the 2nd round is fantastic. As a 2nd round pick here though he fills a need, can start right away, and adds a pass rushing threat throughout this defensive line.

6)    Arizona Cardinals: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

The Cards arguably have the worst offense in football outside of their wide receivers. Even if they avoid the QB position in the first they should seriously consider taking an OT here.

7)    Tennessee Titans: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

The Titans might be looking for a QB that won't take much grooming and Ponder is one of those guys. He likely won't be much more than a Kyle Orton type of player, but he should be able to fill in well.

8)    Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Williams, CB/S, Texas

The Cowboys need to find multiple replacements in their backfield in this draft and a guy like Aaron Williams could be a great pick. He adds depth at corner, but may also end up being the best safety in the class.

9)    Washington Redskins: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

I hope for the sake of the Redskins that they can find a way to trade back and get value with their draft picks. If they cannot, then they will be looking for a number of upgrades here.

10)    Houston Texans: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

If Moore is gone then I do believe that the pick will be corner or NT, but there is a very good chance that Moore could fall in the laps of the Texans.

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11)    Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

The Vikings are reportedly looking to replace Visanthe Shiancoe through the draft and they might do it with this pick. The Vikings would much rather find a QB here but they might have to trade up to get one to fall to them at good value.

12)    Detroit Lions: Stefen Wisniewski, OC/G, Penn State

The Lions need a lot more help on their OL then some will give them, but that's my own opinion. One certain thing is that a guy like Wisniewski could fit in just about anywhere on the interior.

13)    San Francisco 49ers:  Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

The 49ers may take Gabbert if he falls to them in the first round, but getting Patrick Peterson and Andy Dalton in the 2nd could potentially be the much better option.

14)    Denver Broncos (from Miami): Ras-I Dowling, CB/S, Virginia

The Broncos need to find a nickel (or potential starter) to plug in, but also a new safety. Dowling is a guy that could potentially play any DB spot.

15)    St. Louis Rams: Jonathon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

The Rams have to find a receiver in the draft to help out Sam Bradford, but they might have to wait until the 2nd round to get good value. Baldwin is talented enough to go to them in the first round, but is a little bit of a diva.

16)    Oakland Raiders: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
(No first rounder)


This pick could be a perfect one for the Raiders. The team needs to find a future starter at QB, and Mallett is a top-10 talent that could fall this far do to off the field rumors.

17)    Jacksonville Jaguars: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

The Jags desperately need to find some weapons for their backfield, and Harris is a great value here.

18)    San Diego Chargers: Martez Wilson, MLB, Illinois

The Chargers might be able to steal a serious 3-4 MLB talent like Wilson given the needs of other teams.

19)    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rodney Hudson, OG/C, Florida State

Hudson isn't a perfect fit for the offensive line scheme, but his versatility and potential might make him too good to pass on for a team that needs 3-4 offensive line upgrades.

20)    New York Giants: Ben Ijalana, OT/G, Villanova

The Giants will be looking OT in the first round, but might opt to find talent in the 2nd or 3rd round.

21)    Indianapolis Colts: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

The Colts will be looking for guys that they can plug into the offense right now, and Hankerson has enough talent to compete for a starting position right now.

22)    Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Cannon, OT/G, TCU

Cannon is in my big board's top-10 because he is a freakish athlete at nearly 360 pounds. He will give all that he can for his team, and he can contribute right away at guard for the team. Rumor is that the team might be shifting to a lighter offensive line scheme, but Cannon's talent is enormous here and his value is great.

23)    Kansas City Chiefs: Sam Acho, DE/LB, Texas

It is a little strange that the Patriots and the West Patriots (Chiefs) have a lot of the same needs this year.

24)    New Orleans Saints: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama

The Saints need to find some offensive tackle depth early in the draft if they can.

25)    Seattle Seahawks: Allen Bailey, DE (DE/DT), Florida State

I am trying to understand the Seahawks defensive scheme more this offseason. The team run a 4-3 base defense, but they incorporate elements of the 3-4 in sometimes which include a "leo" defense. While I don't truly understand the LEO, I do know that Allen Bailey is a defensive end that can play in either scheme.

26)    Baltimore Ravens: Greg Little, WR, UNC

The Ravens looked great at receiver going into last season, but really lacked one or two weapons throughout the year.

27)    Atlanta Falcons: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

The Falcons need a trustworthy receiver across from Roddy White and Smith is great value here. He is a guy that will go up and fight for the ball.

28)    New England Patriots:  Christian Ballard, DE/DT, Iowa

The Patriots need to find a young defensive end to plug into the system.

29)    San Diego (From the NY Jets): Titus Young, WR, Boise State

The Chargers have a major need at receiver, and I wouldn't be shocked to see them come out of the draft with two receivers.

30)    Chicago Bears: Clint Boling, OT/G, Georgia

There is no doubt in my mind that the Bears need offensive line depth. If I were personally running the team I would look for 3-4 upgrades from the draft, but I'm not 100% sold that this team is going to.

31)    Pittsburgh Steelers: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

Curtis Brown not only fills a need but is a good overall threat for a team like the Steelers.

32)    Green Bay Packers: Orlando Franklin, OT/G, Miami

The Packers won the Super Bowl, but Alozo Highsmith won Scout of the Year. Highsmith is a Miami grad that just might have his eye on a guy like Franklin.

ROUND 3

1) Carolina Panthers: Kendrick Ellis, DT/NT, Hampton

If the Panthers don't take Cam Newton then they are probably going to draft a defensive force like Marcell Dareus. Well assuming they go Newton they might be able to get a similar force in Ellis who is a TFL machine.

2) Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida

The Bengals need to find some offensive line depth before they can ever expect a quarterback to sit in the pocket.

3) Denver Broncos: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

This is a little bit of a luxury pick, but the team cannot go defense with every pick they have, especially if someone falls to them like Williams.

4) Buffalo Bills: James Brewer, OT, Indiana


The Bills would be a much better team if they were able to find a day one starter at linebacker, and two potentially great weapons at QB and OT.

5) Arizona Cardinals: Jurrell Casey, DE/DT, USC

I feel like the Arizona Cardinals are always ending up with a pretty good mock draft when I have done them this year. They will end with either Patrick Peters, Von Miller, or Blaine Gabbert, and they have access to the "scraps" that fall from to them.

6) Cleveland Browns: Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee

The Browns need one or two receiver from this draft, but they could also afford to take a potential stud tight end like Stocker.

7) Dallas Cowboys: Chris Carter, DE/LB, Fresno State

Carter could end up being a major steal with this pick, especially if he produces like he did in college.

8) New Orleans (from Wash): Mason Foster, OLB, Washington

The Saints are a team that doesn't put much value at the LB position, and unfortunately always have a need there.

9) Houston Texans: Davon House, CB, New Mexico State

The team need a corner badly, and few doubt that. But few think that the Texans could wait this long for one like I do.

10) New England (From Minn): Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

The Patriots need some serious weapons to plug in at receiver, and Jernigan is a good mid-round prospect with a lot of potential.

11) Detroit Lions: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

The Lions need to find rushing depth to help support Jahvid Best.

12) San Francisco 49ers: Dontay Moch, DE/LB, Nevada

Patrick Peterson, Andy Dalton, and Dontay Moch. The 49ers would be a top-10 team if these three picks came true.

13) Tennessee Titans: Quan Sturdivant, MLB, UNC

The Titans need to find some fresh options inside and Sturdivant is a great 3rd round value.

14) St. Louis Rams: DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

The Rams cannot actually think that Steven Jackson can run as much as he does and stay healthy. Getting a young,  runner to plug into the mix would mean so much for the offense.

15) Miami Dolphins: Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa

Ricky Stanzi had some pretty good success with a good offensive line, and a great defense behind him. He might be able to translate well to the Dolphins.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars: DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson

The Jags really need to focus on their defensive backfield in this draft, and luckily there will be talent throughout rounds 3-5.

17) Oakland: Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State


The Raiders needed to have found a way to re-sign Nnamdi Asomugha instead of giving Stanford Routt 6-million too much a year. If Asomugha is gone then the team needs two new safeties and a new corner.

18) San Diego Chargers: Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU

The team has needed to find a consistent option at RT for a few years now and Barksdale could easily fill the hole on offense.

19) New York Giants: Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson

The Giants like to take BPA guys and Jenkins is arguably that guy. He also fills a need.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

Ronde Barber is turning 2,300 years old this year, so it might be time to find a replacement, especially with the Aqib Talib trouble.

21) Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

The Eagles need as much help at corner as they can get, and Burton could help the team out.

22) Kansas City Chiefs: Lee Zeimba, OT/G, Auburn

Zeimba is reportedly very high on a number of draft boards at OT, but even if he becomes a guard he would be just an ok value here.

23) Indianapolis Colts: Will Rackley, OG/T, Lehigh

The Colts may opt to skip out at OL early, but they will look at linemen with every pick.

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24) New Orleans Saints: Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State

The Saints might like to find out if Reggie Bush is really worth his salary. Hunter isn't exactly the same prospect, but he does show some similarities.

25) San Diego Chargers (From Sea): Kendric Burney, CB/S, UNC

The Chargers need to find a nickel to compete for the team, but they could also use some depth at safety. Burney is a slow corner with some ball hawking skills, but he'd find his place on the team.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Casey Matthews, MLB, Oregon

The Ravens are rumored to really like Matthews, and a 3rd round flyer for him is a good value.

27) Atlanta Falcons: Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin

The Falcons may prefer to have an offensive lineman with one of their three picks, but tight end is a decent need going forward, and Kendricks' blocking ability would be a plus.

28) New England Patriots: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma

The Pats could use an extra safety in the mix to help add some major depth to their backfield.

29) Chicago Bears: Edmund Gates, WR

The Bears won't be looking for big bodied receiver in this draft, and while Jerel Jernigan is a better receiver, he wouldn't add much to the mix that Hester/Knox don't already have a chance to do.

30) New York Jets: Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

The Jets could go a number of places with this pick, but Doss may be too good of a value to pass up on here.

31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Shane Vereen, RB, California

The Steelers don't need a new runner, but I think Vereen would be great. Vereen is bowling ball runner that runs hard and through the tacklers.

32) Green Bay Packers: Marcus Gilchrist, CB/S, Clemson

The Packers have few immediate needs, but getting an extra guy in the backfield would be a pretty good idea.

33) Carolina Panthers (comp): DJ Williams, TE, Arkansas

The team still has a lot of needs, but getting a talented TE here would allow the team to play with a young QB's best friend.


WANT MORE? You can check out my different, seven-round mock which is linked just below. It is different than this "final mock" but it is interesting to see how a team's draft changes based on just a few picks.

2011 MOCK DRAFT ANTHOLOGY


MIKE'S MOCK (4/21)    ROUND 1    


MOCK WITH TRADES (4/2)      ROUND 1


Austin's MOCK (2/11)    ROUND 1      ROUND 2   


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