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I have updated my mock draft based on the underclassman commits, team needs, and a little more analysis of some players. I will analyze/explain some of the picks throughout.

1) Carolina Panthers: Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn

Draftmaven,com was the first website to mock Cam Newton first overall back in November and I believe over the next few months more and more people will start to mock it this way. Don't believe me? Well just recently Newton was mocked as high as 3rd overall by Mel Kiper which means that he really does have the potential to rise to 1st overall.

Da'quan Bowers is not worth a top-3 pick, Nick Fairley is a personal foul machine and is not Ndamukong Suh, AJ Green is not Megatron. Cam Newton is not Andrew Luck but he is a talented QB that has the most potential at QB since Michael Vick. He also will improve the run game and will negate some of the deficits on the offensive line because of his ability to move.

2) Denver Broncos: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

Fairley isn't as clean of a prospect as Ndamukong Suh was a year ago, and he is a personal foul machine that will make some teams nervous, but he is worth a top-5 pick in this draft.

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

I have had AJ Green going here for awhile but I think the Bills could see their group of receivers as good enough, while their players on defense might not be. Pass rusher is the 2nd or 3rd most valuable position too.

4) Cincinnati Bengals: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

Bowers is good but he has had one year of production and he really only fits as a defensive end in the 4-3 if he is going in the top-20

5) Arizona Cardinals: AJ Green, WR, Georgia

If the team can't get Miller to fall to them then they are going to have to reach on a QB, a CB (given it not being a huge need), a DE/DT (given it not being a value position for the top-5), or for a DE/LB (but Quinn might be a reach). I think that the team might be looking to ship Fitzgerald, and even if they aren't they could use another threat to mimic the days of Anquan. Fitzgerald, Green, a veteran QB and a bad division might be good enough to make the playoffs in 2011.

6) Cleveland Browns: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

This is a slight shocker, but I think it could happen. Peterson is a special talent but his position might not be good enough to go 2nd overall, and the Bills, Bengals, and Cards have much bigger needs given the talent around them and the talent in the draft. The Browns on the other hand are in a tricky place because most of the elite talent is gone, and it might be a little early to take Julio Jones or Robert Quinn (I honestly think his stock will fall given the off the field issues and year off). Marcel Dareus makes a lot of sense here too.

The Browns could take Peterson because he is the best player available (and some think in the draft), and he does fill a need given the fact that Joe Haden made the rest of the DB look very average this season. Peterson would fill in beautifully with Haden to create a nasty tandem, and one of the many average corners on the depth chart could possibly be moved to safety.

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7) San Francisco 49ers: Marcel Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama

Gabbert is an option here but Dareus is the last of the top tier talent in the draft and is a good pickup for a team that might not love a QB this early. Dareus is 320 pounds, but moves like a 290-pounder so the team might love him.

8) Tennessee Titans: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

Gabbert isn't an elite talent but some team is going to take a chance on his potential early.

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

The Cowboys have a lot of needs in this draft but a lot of them might be hard to take this early. If none of the top end defensive talent is here then expect one of about 8 guys to get taken here.

10) Washington Redskins: Robert Quinn, DE/LB, UNC

The Redskins need a lot of help and if none of the top tier talent falls this way, but they might fall in love with an athletic talent with one year of success and a year of vacation.

11) Houston Texans:
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

Before you start writing the hate mail Texan fans, understand that this would be your best pick in the draft. The team's philosophy has been to build a defense to stop Peyton, and it has never worked. The team needs safety and corner help and Amukamara could do that here (I think he will end up a safety). They also need pass rushers and Aldon Smith could do that. But after those two guys there aren't a lot of guys that fit their needs on defense here, and the team should go BPA here.

Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones suck. It's as simple as that. They play across from the best receiver in the league and they don't do a good job of it. Julio Jones would instantly free up Andre Johnson which would actually improve the run game and would instantly create an extra 7-points a game. Seven points seems outrageous but there were only six guys that got receiving scores in 2010 partially because defenses would double on Andre and commit one to the awful play of Walter/Jones. Having a threat like Julio Jones would take pressure off of Andre, give the run game extra space, and let the tight ends/ WR3 get some production. Think about the Arizona Cardinals of 2008 & 2009 and think about what the offense could do to above average defenses like Indy and Jacksonville.

12) Minnesota Vikings: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

A QB or a CB could go here but Smith's combine performance was outstanding. Smith could jump in at LT which would push McKinnie over and Loadholt in. This move improves three positions and would let them grab a talent in round 2 or 3 to play with.

13) Detroit Lions: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

 I actually loved the Mark Ingram pick here in my last mock but Amukamara is a no brainer if he falls this far (which he could).

14) Miami Dolphins: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

Jake Locker or Mark Ingram? I think Ingram is a top notch talent but the Dolphins really need an answer at QB going into the future.

15) St. Louis Rams: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

The Rams have bigger needs than RB, but Ingram is the most complete RB to come out in years and would allow the team to take some pressure off of Steven Jackson.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Smith is moving up draft boards in a hurry and he would be hard to pass on early.

17) New England Patriots (From Oak): Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri

The Patriots seem to have more needs than they seem like they should. Their entire offensive line seems to either be aging or wanting big money. Their LB core is a mess, they need help at DE and they could use a star WR and a RB. Mix that with a need for a developmental QB and it's strange to believe that they were the favorites to make the Super Bowl.

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

If the a player like Watt falls then the Chargers need to bite but if not I could see them take a RT like Nate Solder to fix some issues.

19) New York Giants: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

The Giants need OL help and they could have their choice of a number of guys with their 19th pick.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

Some reports out there suggest that the Bucs love Clayborn as a prospect. He fills a need and is ok value so why not.

21) Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

Carimi is a guy that has a lot of potential to become one of the best LT's in the game, but he will need to be coached some. I think the Chiefs are a young franchise that would do wonders with a guy like Carimi and it would allow them to have many more options for when Brandon Albert shows that he is not a full time LT.

22) Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

The Colts have a few key positions that they need to address and both RT and LT are included.


23) Philadelphia Eagles: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

The Eagles need CB and OL help more but it is a very thin OLB class. Akeem Ayers may go much higher than this to a 3-4 team needing a rush linebacker but I don't think many 4-3 teams are going to bite in the top-20 for him.

24) New Orleans Saints: Corey Luiget, DT, Illinois

Smith is technically one of the best tackles in the draft but he is not a big guy and he will need to add some bulk before he breaks into the top-16.

25) Seattle Seahawks: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

There are about 100 positions of need for the Seahawks, but if they can't get one of the top QB's to drop to them then they could very well go for a RB.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

The Ravens continue to depth to their great team but they just don't always feel like a Super Bowl contender.

27) Atlanta Falcons: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

Torrey Smith is maybe the 5th best receiver in the draft but the Falcons often take their guys, especially if the other guys have character issues.

28) New England Patriots: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida

The Patriots have a ton of needs and they might just take the BPA here. Pouncey could go much earlier than this but he has a center's frame but a guard's technique.

29) New York Jets: Jonathon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

The Jets could lose their two best receivers this off season so immediate help is needed.

30) Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

The Bears need help on their entire offensive line to help prevent any FAKE (yeah I said it Bear fans) knee injuries for Jay Cutler in the future, but they needed to address their OL and didn't last year until the late rounds.

31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor

The Steelers biggest need is at corner, but if Phil Taylor (who might go as early as 10th to the Skins) is here then he would be hard to pass on.

32) Green Bay Packers: Shane Vereen, RB, California

This is a huge spot for Vereen but we consistently see RB's go earlier than expected in the draft. The more I watch Vereen the more I love. He can power through the middle, he can go outside, and he can break it big. He showed up to the combine with more bulk, two inches taller and decent speed. He smells like the next Maurice Jones Drew in my opinion and is a huge sleeper going forward.



Updated 2/7

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1)    New England (from Carolina): Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple

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, Wilkerson fills a big need..

2)  Buffalo Bills: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

Mallett's stock is dropping right now but it would be dumb for the Bills to pass on him here given his potential.

3)    Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

The team could go QB or WR here if they are doubtful about talent, but getting a good RB to replace (or compliment) Cedric Benson here would add good value.

4)    Denver Broncos: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

Kerrigan's size got better at the combine but I'm just not sold that every team will have him high on their boards.

5)    Cleveland Browns: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

The Browns MUST find one or two receivers from this draft to give Colt McCoy weapons. Giving him the weapons that he deserves will allow the team to air it out more and will take some pressure off of their run game.

6)    Arizona Cardinals: Ben Ijalana, OT/G, Villanova

The Cards need both a LT and a RT but could use some help inside as well. Ijalana is a versatile player that could play just about anywhere he is needed to on the line.

7)    Tennessee Titans: Martez Wilson, MLB, Illinois

The Titans have a great defensive core but they could use a young linebacker inside to solidify the entire unit.

8)    Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Cannon, RT/OG, TCU

Cannon has been in the top-10 on my big board for quite some time and as a 350-pounder that plays like a 310-pounder it will be hard for some team to resist.

9)    Washington Redskins: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

The Skins need so much help on their team that it isn't even funny. If McNabb isn't the option they cannot think that Rex Grossman will be one either.

10)    Houston Texans: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

Getting a safety like Moore here is a great value, and entirely possible if he misses the first round.

11)    Minnesota Vikings: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

The best pure LT in the draft and a corner like Williams would add great value.

12)    Detroit Lions: Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC

Detroit is in desperate need for LB help and Carter is a decent value here.

13)    San Francisco 49ers: Kendrick Burney, CB, UNC

Burney is a play maker that would add a ton of value to a team that needs CB value.

14)    Denver Broncos (from Miami): Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

Some have Rudolph going as high as the 1st round to the Falcons while many others have him going as low as the Falcons in the 2nd round. I think he'll get drafted right about here to a team that needs an upgrade.

15)    St. Louis Rams: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor

The Rams might have to trade up if they want to get top end value on a receiver. They, however, might be able to get top notch value on a guard like Watkins here because teams at the beginning of the round rarely go interior linemen.

16)    Oakland Raiders: Stefen Wisniewski, OG/OC, Penn State
(No first rounder)

This is a hard one to pick. The Raiders are great at drafting guys that fit a need but they also like speed.

17)    Jacksonville Jaguars: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

Here is a little draft history for you. The Jags double dipped each of the last three years. It is a cool draft theory that makes sure that you get one good starter from the draft, but it could be a waste if both are good (or suck).

18)    San Diego Chargers: Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia

Houston is one of the most up and down players in the draft. I have seen him as high as 17th and as low as the 3rd round.

19)    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

Going forward the Bucs need to find a replacement for Ronde Barber. Dowling is technically sound as one of the best prospects in the draft but his speed is in question. At worst he is a nickle corner with elite safety potential.

20)    New York Giants: Titus Young, WR, Boise State

Some have Titus Young very high, but he has some character concerns and was relatively low ranked during the season.

21)    Indianapolis Colts: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State

The Colts need DL help and Heyward can play DE and possibly some DT for the Colt's scheme.

22)    Philadelphia Eagles: Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech

The Eagles need a ton of corner depth and Carmichael is a good, safe 2nd round flyer.

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

The Chiefs need some pass rushing help and Acho is a decent value here

24)    New Orleans Saints: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington

It seems like the Saints have needed LB depth for the last 10 years and hopefully an addition like Foster will help them to lock down the position.

25)    Seattle Seahawks: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

The Seahawks might not get a chance to draft Jake Locker but they will be in contention of drafting a number of different quarterbacks in the 2nd round.

26)    Baltimore Ravens: Deunta Williams, S, UNC

Williams has the potential to be a great replacement for Ed Reed.

27)    Atlanta Falcons: DJ Williams, TE, Arkansas

A fresh receiver and a top notch receiving tight end to transition with Tony Gonzalez would make the Falcons a legitimate play making team.

28)    New England Patriots:  Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

The team needs a receiver with big play potential and Cobb is a sleeper moving up the boards.

29)    San Diego (From the NY Jets): DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson

The Chargers need help in their defensive backfield and McDaniel is an athletic freak that is a great ball hawk that actually doubles immediately in the run game.

30)    Chicago Bears: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

Nevis is a great talent, but he only fits a 4-3 scheme and could fall given the abundance of DL talent this year.

31)    Pittsburgh Steelers: Orlando Franklin, OG, Miami

No hate for Rodney Hudson here but he might be too light for some teams that need OL help but love big maulers.

32)    Christian Ballard, DE/DT, Iowa

The Packers have some health issues all over their team and adding an extra defensive lineman would add good value to the squad.


1) Carolina Panthers: Marvin Austin, DT, UNC

Austin is a 1st round talent that could easily fall here due to character concerns.

2) Cincinnati Bengals: Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

Jernigan is an underrated talent that does nothing but produce. He's a good fit for a team that might be losing two great receivers.

3) Denver Broncos: Jordan Todman, RB, UConn

Knowshon can't stay healthy and nobody else in Denver can. Thinking about it, it's been a long time since Denver had a premier running back that could stay healthy. Denver either needs to fix the training program or they need to draft some good talent.

4) Buffalo Bills: Allen Bailey, DE/DT, Miami

The Bills defense has so many holes that after round one they might just take the BPA. Some will believe that Bailey is that guy.

5) Arizona Cardinals: DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

The Cardinals have two injury prone running backs with some power that haven't done much in the league. They need to address the position.

6) Cleveland Browns: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

If the Browns need to find a load of defensive line threats for their 4-3 scheme and Paea is one that could fall to them.

7) Dallas Cowboys: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma

The Cowboys need a lot of DB help and Carter is a good safety prospect for the 3rd round.

8) New Orleans (from Wash): Greg Jones, MLB/OLB, Michigan State

Some still think that Jones is a fit to play MLB. I wouldn't touch him to play it in the first two rounds but in the third round you find yourself a decent steal who can learn to play MLB while contributing outside.

9) Houston Texans: Stephen Friday, DE/LB, Virginia Tech

Now that the Texans have moved to the 3-4 it seems like they need help everywhere.

10) New England (From Minn): Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky

The Pats have a few big play makers at RB but they are a team that always love home run threats.

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

Detroit needs more running back depth and Thomas would allow them to use Jahvid Best as more of a home run hitter.

12) San Francisco 49ers: Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware

This is a no brainer pick for the 49ers. Devlin is a great fit for the WCO and is my 2nd ranked QB because of how clean his throwing motion and accuracy is.

13) Tennessee Titans: Jerrel Powe, DT/NT, Ole Miss

The Titans haven't been the same since they lost Fat Albert. They might be able to trade this pick for him, but if not they need to find a defensive tackle early.

14) St. Louis Rams: Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

Tandon Doss is a rising threat but I doubt he makes it into the top-50 picks like some believe.

15) Miami Dolphins: Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State

The Dolphins might need to find an upgrade at left guard and Hudson would be a very good value here.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Quan Sturdivant, MLB, Vanderbilt

Good value, fills a need, and from the South. A prototypical Jags pick.

17) Oakland: DeMarcus Love, OT/G, Arkansas

The Raiders have a ton of talented offensive linemen that can fill in at tackle or guard. Love fits the scheme well.

18) San Diego Chargers: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

More defensive depth for a defense that looked good while average last season.

19) New York Giants: K.J Wright, OLB, Mississippi State

The Giants like to take BPA guys and Wright is arguably the best LB left.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin

The Bucs could use a blocker here but getting a good TE talent would double in the blocking department.

21) Philadelphia Eagles: Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU

The Eagles have a ton of problems on their OL and a guy like Barksdale would give them a monster of a tackle.

22) Kansas City Chiefs: Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State

The Chiefs need some youth at receiver and Pettis is a good overall talent.

23) Indianapolis Colts: Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State

The Colts cut Bob Sanders so a safety could go early but they could also use a good mid round corner to add to the stable.

24) New Orleans Saints: Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State

The Saints drafting four guys on defense seems a little unlikely but they really do need to add as much defensive talent that they can.

25) San Diego Chargers (From Sea): Nate Irving, MLB, NC State

Irving is an underrated talent that is fair value here.

26) Baltimore Ravens: Greg Little, WR, UNC

Little physically is a great receiver but he has a lot to show in maturity to get drafted much earlier than this.

27) Atlanta Falcons: Darius Morris, OT/G, Temple

The Falcons need to find LT type depth from this draft and Morris has some potential there.

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

The Pats drafted a LB earlier but could use another one if they feel like there is talent somewhere.

29) Chicago Bears: Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson

More offensive line depth for a team that desperately needs it.

30) New York Jets: Jarvis Jenkins, DE/DT, Clemson

It is scary to think about the Jets defense if it keeps adding tools.

31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Johny Patrick, CB, Louisville

Pittsburgh needs to add a nickel corner at worst to their CB core.

32) Green Bay Packers: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

OL depth for a team that needs it.