2011 NFL Mock Draft - Week 12

1. Carolina Panthers - QB Andrew Luck, Stanford. What I said when the Bills had the first pick: "For years I have said if you end up with the first overall pick and you need a QB, then you take a QB." Well, no reason to back off that sentiment now. Sure, the Panthers have Jimmy Clausen, but have you seen him this year? Well, probably not, because no one watches Panthers games. And Tony Pike is so good they started a guy two weeks ago who was watching games on the couch like the rest of us the previous week. Best case scenario, Clausen becomes good and they can get a first round pick for him. Trading this pick to the Bills would be great, too. The Panthers could use Bowers, Dareus, Fairley, Green and virtually every other top prospect out there.

2. Detroit Lions - CB Patrick Peterson, LSU.
The Lions usually take best player available. But this year they need to resist the temptation to take Bowers or Green and go with Peterson. Alphonso Smith was molested on national television and ruined the appetite of anyone who watched him get roasted like marshmallows on candied yams. The Lions have a great opportunity to get a potential shutdown corner.

3. Cincinnati Bengals - DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson. You want to know an amazing stat? The Bengals have 10 sacks on the year, and their leader is Chris Crocker with 2. Yes, A SAFETY LEADS THE TEAM IN SACKS WITH ONLY TWO! Bowers has more sacks this year then the Bengals have as a team, and if him and Carlos Dunlap can continue to improve, they could have a dangerous defensive end tandem. Both guys are at least 6'4 and 280 pounds. I don't know if the Bengals got any sacks last week against the Jets, but that stat is so amazingly pathetic I am posting it again.

4. Buffalo Bills - DT/DE Marcel Dareus, Alabama. I still think Ryan Fitzpatrick is strictly backup material, but Chan Gailey and most likely the Bills hapless front office think differently. The Bills won't take Mallett, who doesn't fit the scheme and won't have the guts to take Cameron Newton after whiffing on so many first round draft picks this century. Dareus (or Fairley) would be a good fit because he can play either 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end, and the Bills can't seem to make up their mind on what scheme they want to run.

5. Arizona Cardinals - QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas. Ken Whisenhunt is not going to want to take a rookie quarterback, but he has no choice after the Cardinals continue to lose and lose and lose because of pathetic quarterback play. And honestly, no free agent is going to want to go play in the desert. Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez and maybe Sam Bradford all led their teams to the playoffs as rookies, so you can throw a guy in there and expect some success. I have to wonder if the Cardinals would be quite this bad if Matt Leinart was behind center. Yeah, you forgot about that guy already, huh?

6. Dallas Cowboys - DE/DT Nick Fairley, Auburn. Nick Fairley is having an amazing season, as he practically embarrassed the Crimson Tide last week. The Cowboys could use a play making 3-4 end, as the guys they have right there are simply bodies.

7. Denver Broncos - DE/OLB Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue. Ryan Kerrigan has been the most productive defensive player in college football this year. Sure, he doesn't have the talent that Robert Quinn has, but he's a great college player! If Josh McDaniels and co. can take Tim Tebow in round one (and trade three picks for him!) they'll have no problem taking Kerrigan in the top ten.

8. San Francisco 49ers - CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska. The Niners could use a quarterback but I don't think they'll want to go after Locker or Newton. Both guys have too many question marks, and they have two guys on the roster who were massive busts as first overall picks. Amukamara is close to being a steal this low.

9. Minnesota Vikings - WR AJ Green, Georgia. A need? Not really. Not with Sidney Rice back to go with Percy Harvin. But the Vikings might not be able to resist the temptation of adding a monster like AJ Green. No way Green is available this low, though. I just didn't know where else to put him. Someone will trade up for him.

10. Cleveland Browns - DE/OLB Robert Quinn, North Carolina. The Browns are crushed, as Green would be beyond perfect for Cleveland. But thanks to the bumbling Broncos, they get a real pass rushing threat who would be long gone by now if he wasn't suspended for something stupid.

11. New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders) - OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M
12. Seattle Seahawks - QB Jake Locker, Washington
13. Washington Redskins - WR Julio Jones, Alabama
14. Tennessee Titans - CB Brandon Harris, Miami
15. Houston Texans - CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida
16. San Diego Chargers - DE Allen Bailey, Miami
17. Indianapolis Colts - OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
18. Miami Dolphins - DE/OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
20. Green Bay Packers - RB Mark Ingram, Alabama
21. St. Louis Rams - WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Cameron Newton, Auburn
23. Kansas City Chiefs - DE Cameron Jordan, California
24. Chicago Bears - OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St.
25. New York Giants - OLB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
26. Baltimore Ravens - CB Aaron Williams, Texas
27. New York Jets - DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio St.
28. New Orleans Saints - DE/OLB Justin Houston, Georgia
29. Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Nate Solder, Colorado
30. Philadelphia Eagles - MLB Greg Jones, Michigan St.
31. New England Patriots - DE/DT Christian Ballard, Iowa
32. Atlanta Falcons - WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh

Jonathan Carrano

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