Post Senior Bowl Mock Draft Feb. 4th

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on February 4, 2011


The Senior Bowl has come to a conclusion and there have been some interesting moves for certain players’ draft stocks. Things continue to fluctuate as we get deeper and deeper into draft season. Players rise and fall as the All-Star games are played and the Combine closes in. So here’s another look at what may just happen in late-April when the draft rolls around.


1. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers

Da'Quan BowersDa’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson

With so many talented options and several holes that need to be filled, it’s a good thing the Panthers have so much time to decide. The effects of the Julius Peppers hangover are still lingering, and Carolina should end up taking Bowers, the guy that’s most often considered the best player in the draft.

2. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos

Patrick PetersonPatrick Peterson – CB – LSU

There doesn’t appear to be a more well-rounded player going into the NFL Draft than Peterson, and it has shown. He’s gotten plenty of attention at the Senior Bowl despite not even playing and will be on every team’s wish list. The Broncos need help in the secondary, and Peterson is a dream come true.

3. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills

Nick FairleyNick Fairley – DT – Auburn

The Bills have so many holes that no one knows for sure where to begin. So why wouldn’t they start with taking the best player available and give their defense an anchor to build around. Fairley is a huge talent that should be absolutely dominant if the Bills can control his temper.

4. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals

AJ GreenAJ Green – WR – Georgia

There’s a good chance that the entire Bengals’ offense will have a whole new look in 2011 with Palmer, Benson, Ochocinco (or is it Johnson?), and Owens all likely to be headed elsewhere. With that mind, what better way to start the rebuilding process then with an extremely talented player like Green?

5. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals

Von MillerVon Miller – OLB – Texas A&M

Before the season ended and the All-Star games began, Miller was a lock as a Top 25 pick. With a great outing at the Senior Bowl and so many different weapons that he brings to an NFL team, the Cardinals will be looking to help ease the pain of losing of Karlos Dansby in 2010 by bringing Miller into the mix.

6. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns

Gabe CarimiGabe Carimi – OT – Wisconsin

The Browns have many needs ranging from wide receiver, to cornerback, to offensive line. With a new quarterback now in place and a promising stable of running backs, the most reasonable option for Mike Holmgren and the Browns seems to be nabbing a tackle like Carimi to protect these valuable assets.

7. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers

Prince AmukamaraPrince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska

Part of the reason that the 49ers struggled to win games this season was due to their subpar passing defense that couldn’t buy a stop. With an aging defensive backfield, adding a pure cover corner like Amukamara might make things a lot easier and take the pressure to make plays off of the offense.

8. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans

Blaine GabbertBlaine Gabbert – QB – Washington

The Titans are in need of a new franchise quarterback with Vince Young headed out of town. Whoever the new head coach is will be looking to add a proven winner with a reliable arm, and the consensus is that Gabbert is the best quarterback in the draft, so Gabbert should be headed to Tennessee.

9. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys

Marcell DareusMarcell Dareus – DL – Alabama

The Dallas defensive line always seems to be missing one key component year in and year out, and they may try to find that missing piece in 2011. With Dareus playing alongside players like DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff, things may start to fall into place for the Cowboys’ defense.

10. Washington Redskins Washington Redskins

Cam NewtonCam Newton – QB – Auburn

The McNabb experiment for Mike Shanahan was an epic failure, and it’s back to the drawing board for the Redskins. Newton is a specimen that has unparalleled athleticism for a player of his size and also possesses a great arm and outstanding instincts. He will be a huge difference-maker in Washington.

11. Houston Texans Houston Texans

Cameron JordanCameron Jordan – DE – California

The Texans have struggled to put pressure on the quarterback aside from Mario Williams, which needs to change in hopes of helping their league-worst pass defense. Jordan has proved over the last week or so that he is a force to be reckoned with, and he should make a great duo with Williams in Houston.

12. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings

Jake LockerJake Locker – QB – Washington

It appears as though the Vikings aren’t set with Joe Webb as their starting quarterback, so their best bet would be using their first pick on one. Locker has had an up-and-down career, but he has too much potential and upside for him to go much further than this point in the draft.

13. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions

Robert QuinnRobert Quinn – DE – North Carolina

The Lions are in desperate need of a cornerback, but Peterson and Amukamara are gone and everyone else would be a huge reach. So they do the next best thing to defend against the pass by adding a scary pass-rushing threat in Quinn to help Ndamukong Suh strike fear in opposing quarterbacks.

14. St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams

Julio JonesJulio Jones – WR – Alabama

Even without having a clear number one receiver in their offense, rookie quarterback Sam Bradford still managed to have an impressive season, breaking multiple rookie passing records. With a player like Jones still available, Bradford should be smiling ear-to-ear with this pick.

15. Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins

Mikel LeShoureMikel LeShoure – RB – Illinois

The Dolphins may be losing both of their running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, this off-season and will need to find a big-time running back to take their place. Both Mark Ingram and LeShoure and viable options here, but I think LeShoure has a higher ceiling and should be headed to Miami.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan KerriganRyan Kerrigan – DE – Purdue

The Jaguars used the majority of their picks last year to bolster their defensive line, so now may be the time for them to move to the next level of the defense. With Kampman, Knighton and Alualu now in place, Kerrigan could be a huge difference-maker as an outside linebacker in the Jacksonville defense.


Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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