“Way Too Early” Mock Draft – Nov. 1st

Written by Wes Stueve on November 3, 2010


Wes Stueve brings you his second mock draft, where he breaks down how he thinks things would shake out if the season ended today in our "Way Too Early" mock draft series.

1. Carolina Panthers

AJ Green – WR – Georgia*

With only the 31-year-old Steve Smith at wide receiver, the Panthers are in need of some more weapons to help out former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Dwayne Jarrett was released after a second DUI arrest, and while a good player, Smith is not good enough to make up an entire receiving corps. Green is a great vertical threat with excellent leaping ability and athleticism. Likely the best receiving prospect since Calvin Johnson, Green is unlikely to fall out of the top five picks.

2. Buffalo Bills

Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

Buffalo lacks a face of the franchise and anything to truly get behind. A new regime drafted C.J. Spiller in 2010, and now looks to add a franchise quarterback. Luck has tremendous talent, intangibles and an impressive résumé. The son of a former NFL quarterback, Luck has been tutored by Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. Luck has a strong arm and good accuracy, and offers a leader to a desperate Bills franchise.

3. San Francisco 49ers

Jake Locker – QB – Washington

Former #1 overall pick Alex Smith has struggled despite the skill players around him, and it appears that the time to draft a quarterback has come in San Francisco. A combination of Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Frank Gore and a growing offensive line make the 49ers a great fit for Jake Locker. Locker has great athleticism and is rumored to run the 40-yard-dash in 4.5 seconds, while weighing in at 6’3” 225. Locker has a strong arm and excellent intangibles, but may need some time to live up to his potential.

4. Detroit Lions

Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU*

The Lions have made strides along the defensive line, but now it is time to address the secondary. Patrick Peterson is an athletic specimen, with a 40-yard-dash time rumored to be in the 4.3s, while also possessing an imposing frame at 6’1” 220. Peterson has the potential to be a true lock down cornerback with his size, athleticism, and technique. Peterson was likely the best cornerback in 2009 as a sophomore, and that is no different this year.

5. Cleveland Browns

Julio Jones – WR – Alabama*

It is painfully offense that the Browns don’t have the playmakers needed to have a productive offense. With no elite quarterback available, Cleveland turns to Julio Jones to help shore up wide receiver. Jones has great size, athleticism and hands, and is exactly what the Browns are lacking. With great YAC ability, Jones is a perfect fit for the West Coast Offense that team President Mike Holmgren is installing in Cleveland.

6. Dallas Cowboys

Marcell Dareus – DE – Alabama*

It is no secret that the Cowboys could use help at defensive end, and Dareus fits exactly what Dallas is looking for. A defensive end in Alabama’s 3-4 defense, Dareus would continue playing the same position for the Cowboys. With both the strength to stop the run and the quickness to rush the passer, Dareus is perfect for Dallas’s one gap 3-4 defense.

7. New England Patriots (from Oakland)

Allen Bailey – DE – Miami

With an aging defensive line, the Patriots look to add to what has been the strength of their defense for years. Richard Seymour was traded to Oakland, and Ty Warren has struggled with injuries, making an end a likely selection. Bailey is a freak athlete, weighing in around 290 pounds with rumored 4.7 speed. Though his technique needs work, Bailey’s motor and physical prowess makes him a potential stud at defensive end in the Patriots’ 3-4 defense.

8. Denver Broncos

Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska

Champ Bailey is aging, and after trading 2009 second round pick Antonio Smith, the Broncos are in need of a cornerback. Denver’s defense has been awful, and at this point, Josh McDaniels needs the best defensive player he can get. Amukamara may have been the top cornerback in 2010, and is an excellent prospect. With the size, speed, and hips to be a top corner, Amukamara is not far behind Patrick Peterson, and is a legitimate top 5 talent.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson*

Former first round draft pick Derrick Harvey is officially a bust after being benched this week, and though Aaron Kampman is a good player, the Jaguars have a huge need at defensive end. Bowers struggled in his first two seasons at Clemson after being ranked as the number one recruit in the nation. However, in 2010 Bowers already has 10 sacks and is dominating offensive lines. Now that he is living up to his potential, Bowers could be off the board early in the 2011 Daft.

10. Cincinnati Bengals

Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina*

Defensive end isn’t a huge need for the Bengals, but the team has lacked much of a pass rush thus far in 2010. Antwan Odom is a legitimate player on one side, but Robert Geathers is far from anything special. Though the team did draft Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap, neither has stepped up as a starter. Quinn is a great athlete with the potential to become a top flight pass rusher, something Cincinnati desperately needs.

11. Arizona Cardinals

Ryan Mallett – QB – Arkansas*

After the Cardinals released former top 10 pick Matt Leinart, it became obvious that the team would look to address the position soon. Derek Anderson has already been ousted as the starter by UDFA Max Hall. Mallett possesses great size and a rocket arm, and has the potential to be an elite quarterback. However, concerns about his accuracy and system remain, and Mallett could fall some on draft day.

12. St. Louis Rams

Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn*

Fairley is having an incredible season in 2010, and the only reason he isn’t off the board is due to possible schematic limitations. The Rams have a need for a playmaker at defensive tackle and are lucky to have Fairley available. A true one gap penetrator, Fairley isn’t a great fit in every defense, but for Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme, he is a perfect fit.

13. San Diego Chargers

Cameron Heyward – DE – Ohio State

Luis Castillo has had some injury problems, and has been inconsistent with his play. After releasing Jamal Williams, the Chargers began to revamp their defensive line, and Heyward continues the process. Heyward has great size, and is the prototype 3-4 defensive end. Possessing surprising quickness, Heyward is a capable pass rusher, as well as an excellent run defender.

14. Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Clayborn – DE – Iowa

Though not a big need for the Vikings, Clayborn is a great value outside of the top 10, and difficult to pass on. With Ray Edwards possibly leaving in free agency, it wouldn’t be shocking if Minnesota did something to address the position. Clayborn isn’t an incredible athlete, but he has a high motor and is solid against both the run and the pass.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark Ingram – RB – Alabama*

Tampa Bay may have the makings of a good offense with second year pro Josh Freeman at quarterback, and rookie wide receiver Mike Williams. However, the Buccaneer’s run game has struggled, and a new running back is obviously needed. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Ingram is an excellent talent and a steal at 15. Possessing good size, power and speed, Ingram is an asset in every aspect of the game, and can contribute immediately.

16. Seattle Seahawks

Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame*

The T.J. Houshmanzadeh signing didn’t work out, and though Mike Williams has been a pleasant surprise, but the team has gotten virtually no production out of their other receivers. Golden Tate was a second round pick in 2010, and should eventually become a nice player in Seattle. Floyd has great size and catching ability, and offers a physical red zone presence. Though he doesn’t have great separation ability, Floyd is a deep threat and is capable of stretching the field.


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