These are my top ten picks for the 2011 NFL draft. The picks can change as teams change their minds and/or make trades. This is what makes the NFL draft the most exciting of all drafts. Every team in the NFL draft needs a player or two to push them towards the top and make them one of the elite teams in the NFL. The New England Patriots are one of the top teams in the NFL because they know how to pick the teams that will fill their system. These are only 2011 NFL draft pick predictions, so don’t bet your life on them. At the moment, sources are showing Cam Newton as the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.
1. Carolina Panthers 2-14 Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Most of the experts agree, the Carolina Panthers need a QB and Blaine Gabbert is the top QB in the 2011 NFL draft. . The Carolina Panthers can start the rebuilding process by picking a franchise QB in the 2011 NFL draft. The problem is the Carolina Panthers like Cam Newton. Cam Newton has some good tools to help him succeed in the NFL. He needs some work, but he could be the future Michael Vick type player. The problem is Cam Newton could be one of those trouble players. Yes, he won the Heisman and the National Championship. However, did he cheat? Did he know his father cheated? Remember, he was kicked off the Florida Gators team for stealing a laptop, allegedly. The Carolina Panthers have no problem picking controversial players and Cam Newton could turn out to be that type player in the NFL. If he becomes a star, he could be the TO of QB’s. The Carolina Panthers believe the first pick of the draft needs to be “the player who will have the most impact on your organization.” Newton, more than any other player in this draft, has that potential. Unless things go crazy between now and draft day, look for Cam Newton to be the first player picked in the 2011 NFL draft.
2. Denver Broncos 4-12 Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
The Denver Broncos need defense and this begins on the line. Marcell Dareus was the MVP in the BCS Championship game against Texas; he knocked Colt McCoy out of the game. Dareus is big, powerful and quick. He is a great pass rusher and is good against the rush. Mel Kiper has him going number three in the 2011 draft to the Buffalo Bills. He is the type of player you can build a defense around and the Denver Broncos need to build their defense. He should fill one of the many holes in the defense that led the team to a disappointing 4-12 record in 2010. Don’t be surprised if Denver picks DT Nick Fairley from Auburn instead.
3. Buffalo Bills 4-12 Nick Fairley DT, Auburn
Many people have the Buffalo Bills picking Cam Newton in the 2011 NFL draft with the third pick. The Buffalo Bills could use one of the two top DT in the draft to solidify their defense. Nick Fairley is one of those two DT’s and he should not make it past the third pick. If he does somebody will get a steal in the NFL draft. Nick Fairley has good strength, but he is not powerful, that is why I rank him the second best DT. Where he lacks strength, he makes up for it with his speed, Nick Fairley will help the team out immediately.
4. Cincinnati Bengals 4-12 Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
The Bengals had an incredible disappointing season in 2010. The experts believed they were one of the teams to beat and the Cincinnati Bengals laid egg after egg throughout the season. Carson Palmer wants off the team, he wants to be traded. He says he will never throw another pass for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals need a QB and Blaine Gabbert could still be there at the number four pick.Blaine Gabbert is the top QB in the 2011 NFL draft. Blaine Gabbert played two years at Missouri and he was impressive last year. He led Missouri to ten wins which does not happen often. Blaine Gabbert has all the tools needed to succeed in the NFL. He will be rusty, but he should succeed with plenty of work. He needs time to get used to the defenses and speed in the NFL. Gabbert is considered a good leader and is respected in the locker room. . Look for the Bengals to drool if Blaine Gabbert makes it to the number four pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Don’t be surprised if the Cincinnati Bengals pick up AJ Green
5. Arizona Cardinals 5-11 Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
Von Miller is one of those players that can help an NFL team immediately. He can get to the QB, in fact his job at Texas A&M was to get to the QB, Von Miller did his job well. He had 27.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Von Miller has the extinct to play his position. He is a great player who will be great on defensive. Von Miller needs to improve his run defense to become an all-around great player in the NFL. Arizona should not pass up Von Miller because he will do a lot of good for their team. Arizona Cardinals could also be looking for a QB, don’t be surprised if you see a surprise move with this fifth pick. They could also pick up AJ Green. If the Bengels don’t pick Blaine Gabbert and he is still on the board, the Arizona Cardinals may pick him up.
6. Cleveland Browns 5-11 Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Da’Quan Bowers is the best DE in the 2011 NFL draft. Bowers is recovering from post-season surgery to repair a torn meniscus and clearing him medically is a big reason for the pre-draft scrutiny. On the other hand, he will work-out for teams soon and show he has recovered from the injury. Bowers led the nation last year with sacks. He is powerful and quick, he already looks like an NFL DE and should be able to step in and help Cleveland or another team immediately. Don’t be surprised if the Cleveland Browns pick up AJ Green if he is still available
7. San Francisco 49ers 6-10 Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Patrick Peterson is the best CB in the 2011 NFL Draft. He should make it to the seventh pick and San Francisco should pick him. The 49ers need a lot of help in the secondary to make them a top tier team in the NFL. ” Peterson entered the 2010 season hoping to establish himself as the top cornerback in the country. In winning the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defender, the Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back and being named the SEC’s Defensive and Special Teams MVPs, he may have proven himself to be the nation’s best player at any position” (sportsline.com) This pick could make the San Francisco 49ers the team they supposed to be last year.
8. Tennessee Titans 6-10 Jake Locker, QB, Washington
The Tennessee Titans need a QB and Jake Locker is the third best QB in the draft, in my opinion, he is actually the 2nd best real QB. I don’t go for Cam Newton’s speed and love of the run. Jake Locker has size, arm strength and overall athleticism.
” The promise of future greatness is precisely what keeps NFL scouts watching Locker so closely. He remains a highly inconsistent passer who can be fooled by defenses, but his seemingly unlimited upside may still result in a first-round pick. “(CBS Sports) The Titans likely covet Nick Fairley, but he should be gone by the number eight pick. Tennessee could trade down for Jake Locker and pick up another pick or they could pick him with this pick.
9. Dallas Cowboys 6-10 Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The Dallas Cowboys has a disappointing year in 2010. They lost their QB and they lost their swagger, the Cowboys were horrible last year. Prince Amukamara would be a great first round pick for the Boys. The Cowboys may release Newman and they need a good replacement. Amakamara is a great player who began his career as a running back. He reads QB’s well and anticipates routes. With his athleticism he can also play positions like returner, special teams and possibly offense. The Dallas Cowboys should pick a CB in round one and Prince Amukamara will likely be that player. “Intangibles: Spiritual man, involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Has matured greatly since arriving on campus, applying himself on the practice field and the film room more diligently since 2009. Parents are from Nigeria” (sportsline.com)
10. Washington Redskins 6-10 Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
The Washington Redskins could use a young receiver in their corps. This team is always willing to spend money on Free Agents and often finds themselves as one of the bottom teams in the NFL. Julio Jones would be a great pick for the Washington Redskins. Julio Jones is a game changer and the Washington Redskins really need a game changer. Julio Jones had a great career with the Alabama Crimson Tide, he did great at the combine and everybody knows the Redskin’s love the combine. Santana Moss will likely be leaving the Washington Redskins to Free Agency and they need a replacement, why not Julio Jones? If A J Green is still in the draft, don’t be surprised if the Washington Redskins pick him up before Julio Jones
The top players in the draft
- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn – 6’3 – 291
Fairley dominated the title game and he could be the beneficiary of Andrew Luck’s return to Stanford. He should not make it past the third pick of the 2011 NFL draft
- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU – 6’1 – 222
Peterson’s combination of size and speed is something we have rarely seen at the cornerback position
- AJ Green, WR, Georgia – 6’4 – 212
Georgia did not have a good regular season, but it was much better with Green on the field. He is a can’t-miss prospect. He could be picked anywhere from number three to number ten in this draft
- Da”Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson- 6’4 – 280
- Prince Amukama, CB, Nebraska – 6’1 – 205
Amukamara had no interceptions last season and he still was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. That’s how good he is. He should shine in the NFL
- Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama- 6’3 – 306 He could be the number two pick in the 2011 NFL draft
- Julio Jones, WR, Alabama – 6’4 – 220
Jones has enjoyed a stellar offseason and his size-speed combo has him approaching A.J. Green status near the top of the first round. Will he be picked before AJ Green?
- Von Miller, DE, Texas A&M – 6’3 – 243
- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri- 6’5 – 235
Gabbert did not have a huge season but NFL teams will love his size and he is coming out early as a result. With the need of franchise QB’s, the dude could be the number one pick in the 2011 draft.
- Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina – 6’5 – 268 did not play last year and has a tumor at the base of his brain that was operated on
Click on the individual player’s name for more in depth analysis courtesy of CBS Sports.com
The NFL 2011 draft will begin on Thursday April 28th, 2011 and will continue through April 30th. Get your party ready for April 28th because this is the day NFL teams will pick their first round draft picks. Cam Newton is not ranked in the top ten, but it is likely he will be picked in the top ten, maybe even the top five. These are my top ten picks for the 2011 NFL draft. The picks can change as teams change their minds and/or make trades. This is what makes the NFL draft the most exciting of all drafts. Every team in the NFL draft needs a player or two to push them towards the top and make them one of the elite teams in the NFL. The New England Patriots are one of the top teams in the NFL because they know how to pick the teams that will fill their system. At the moment, sources are showing Cam Newton as the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Things can change before the draft, so stay tuned.
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