2011 NFL Mock Draft 3rd Round Mar. 8th Update

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65. Carolina Panthers: OG Clint Boling, Georgia-

The Panthers could go a number of different routes, but if they want to give Jimmy Clausen a legitimate chance they need to improve the line in front of him. They are set at center and tackle, but their guard play was pretty poor last season. Boling would be a nice value pick here, and help improve both their run and pass blocking. I think it is key that the Panthers grab an instant starter with this pick, and I feel that Boling fits that bill.

66. Cincinnati Bengals: DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina-

The Bengals need some help in the middle of their defensive line, and Austin is a great value for this spot. He has the talent to develop into a star if he can just stay focused. Even if he doesn’t reach his full potential he would be a good pick for them here.

67. Denver Broncos: FS Quinton Carter, Oklahoma-

I know this is a lot of defensive picks for the Broncos, but that was their biggest issue last season. For the most part their offensive line looks good, and they have decent receivers and quarterbacks. While I am not 100% sold on Moreno, he was a first rounder two years ago so he deserves at least one more shot. Free safety was a huge hole for this team last year, and Carter should fill it quite well. With a rebuild D-line and an improving secondary, Denver’s defense (and subsequently the entire team) could make a quick turnaround.

68. Buffalo Bills: OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida-

If the Bills don’t address their offensive line issues in the top 3 rounds this year, they should just fire their G.M. on the spot. Buffalo has some decent weapons at RB and WR, but until they get some protection their offense will always be second rate.

69. Arizona Cardinals: CB Curtis Brown, Texas-

The Cardinals could use another good young corner, as at times their DB play was extremely suspect. Brown showed really well at the Scouting Combine, and should have a very bright future in this league.

70. Cleveland Browns: DE Pernell McPhee, Miss. State-

The Browns need to add some 4-3 linemen, and McPhee profiles well as a strong left end. He offers decent pass rush and should be a very good run defender as well.

71. Dallas Cowboys: OT Chris Hairston, Clemson-

Dallas needs to upgrade their offensive line if they want to keep Tony Romo healthy. Hairston is a bit of a reach here, but still a solid value for the Cowboys. He might even be able to start year one on the right side and shore up that position for Dallas.

72. New Orleans Saints (from Washington): RB Shane Vereen, California-

Reggie Bush is likely done in New Orleans, and while Thomas was resigned he has been nicked up a bit and Chris Ivory is coming off a big injury, meaning RB is still high on the Saints wish list. Vereen would be a nice change of pace back and fill the role that Bush once held.

73. Houston Texans: OLB Dontay Moch, Nevada-

The Texans need to load up on 3-4 defenders and Moch has excellent potential as a pass rusher.

74. New England Patriots (from Minnesota): FB Owen Marecic, Stanford-

I know what you are saying, the Patriots don’t utilize their fullbacks, why would they ever draft one in the top 3 rounds. Well up until last year the Patriots only marginally used their TE’s as receivers, and had never made them the focal point of their offense. I could see the Patriots once again tweak with their style with an addition like Marecic. Not only could he help out in blocking and short yardage rushing, but he’s a deceptively good receiver out of the backfield. And don’t forget he played both ways in college, and will be a star on special teams as well.

75. Detroit Lions: OLB Mason Foster, Washington-

The Lions need linebacker help desperately so doubling up in the 2nd and 3rd rounds makes a lot of sense. The Lions could go from having one of the worst linebacker corps, to one of the most promising. I’m a big Mason Foster fan, and think he is a very good starter at the next level.

76. San Francisco 49ers: CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville-

The 49ers need some help in their secondary, and should really be looking to use one of their top 3 picks to fill that need. Patrick is a good fit and value here.

 

77. Tennessee Titans: G Will Rackley, Leigh-

The Titans need to look to upgrade the interior of their offensive line. They likely won’t have a major passing attack next year, so anything the Titans can do to free up Chris Johnson, they have to make a priority.

78. St. Louis Rams: DT Jurrell Casey, USC-

The Rams took care of their offensive needs with their first two picks, but they need to make sure they don’t ignore their defensive ones. Although they need a FS, I think they go DT here. Right now they have nothing next to Fred Robbins in the middle, and he is in his early 30’s. I’m not a huge fan of Casey’s but this is where his stock is, and I see him as a good fit in St.Louis, since they already have a good d-line.

 

79. Miami Dolphins: QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada-

The Dolphins haven’t had much success with drafting mid-round quarterbacks lately, but Kaepernick could change all of that. He has incredible potential and I really believe he will develop into a starting quarterback in this league within two years.
80. Jacksonville Jaguars: S DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson-

The Jags need major upgrades to their secondary, and adding a playmaker like McDaniel would be exactly the type of move they need to make. McDaniel could probably step in from day one and be their starting strong safety.

 

81. Oakland Raiders: OT Joesph Barksdale, LSU-

The Raiders biggest weakness is the play of their offensive line, so multiple upgrades are needed. Barksdale has a lot of potential, he could end up being their starting right tackle, and has the ability to play there for the next 10 years.

 

82. San Diego Chargers: WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy State-

Last year the Chargers dealt with a number of receiver issues, and while for the most part it didn’t affect their overall play, I’m guessing they don’t want to be unprepared again. I know they typically favor bigger receivers, but Jernigan is great value for them at this pick and should have a lot of freedom underneath (think Wes Welker), with Jackson stretching the field deep.

 

83. New York Giants: CB Curtis Marsh, Utah State-

The Giants secondary has long been an issue for Big Blue, and should be addressed in the early rounds of the draft. Marsh comes from a small school, but he has a lot of promise. I think he can be at least a nickel corner next year for the Giants and has the potential to be a good starter.

84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: MLB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina-

The Buccaneers defensive front 7 needs quite a bit of work, but after this draft, they could be in pretty good shape. Sturdivant is a player that not many people are talking about, but that I feel can step in from day one as a starter.

85. Philadelphia Eagles: OLB Nate Irving, North Carolina St.-

The Eagles linebackers last season were one of their biggest weak spots and an area that needs to be upgraded. Irving is an intriguing prospect and one that I feel will develop into a start player. He is pretty good in coverage, and is a very sure tackler. While he isn’t perfect, I like what I’ve seen from his instincts as well.

86. Kansas City Chiefs: NT Kendrick Ellis, Hampton-

The Chiefs defense improved a lot last season, and it looks like former first rounders Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson are going to finally start producing, but they need to add a man in the middle. Ellis has a lot of potential and could develop into a frontline NT.
87. Indianapolis Colts: G John Moffitt, Wisconsin-

The Colts offensive line was pretty bad last season. While it didn’t always amount to sacks, opponents put constant pressure on Manning. Moffitt can play anywhere on the interior and will also be a major addition in run blocking as well.

88. New Orleans Saints: DT Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson-

Yes I know the Saints signed Shaun Rogers to fill their DT void, but you need to have depth at the position as even the best defensive tackles in the league play only between 75-80% of the snaps. Also Rogers was only signed for one season, so he could very well be gone leaving the Saints looking for another DT in a year. Jenkins does a great job getting into the backfield and disrupting the play and should really help improve the Saints defense.

89. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle): S Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson-

The Chargers could be having to replace FS Eric Weddle this offseason, since I fully expect him to leave via free agency. They signed Bob Sanders, but it is only for one season and he has a long injury history. Gilchrist has the makings of being a very good free safety, and could be the starter by year 2.

90. Baltimore Ravens: OT James Brewer, Indiana-

The Ravens have multiple offensive linemen who are free agents this offseason and I doubt they can resign them all. Brewer isn’t a good fit at LT, but he should fit in at RT or either of the guard spots. Brewer might be a slight reach here, but I like his upside and potential.

91. Atlanta: RB Jordan Todman, Connecticut-

The Falcons need to add weapons and speed this offseason and Todman would be a nice value for them here. While Michael Turner is the top back in Atlanta, their speed back, J. Norwood, is a free agent and always injured, so the Falcons need a replacement. Todman should be able to contribute immediately and could even be the long term starter, if Turner starts to wear down in the next couple of years.

92. New England Patriots: DE Lawrence Guy, Arizona State-

The Patriots will just keep stockpiling talent and filling needs with their banner draft. Guy looks to be a good fit for a 3-4 end. He’s strong at the point of attack, and has some decent pass rush moves. I love his upside and think he could be a starter within a year.

93. Chicago Bears: RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State-

There are a lot of rumors that the Bears could be looking to part with Chester Taylor this offseason and if that is the case they will need a replacement. Taylor didn’t really help out as much as the Bears thought he would, and they could use a bigger back for short yardage situations. Despite being more of a ‘between the tackles’ back, Thomas has impressive speed, and could fit into the Bears system nicely.

94. New York Jets: WR Niles Paul, Nebraska-

The Jets are likely to lose one of their top receivers this offseason to free agency, and he will need to be replaced. While they could choose a bigger target if Edwards leaves, I really like Paul and think he can flourish in that offense. Paul has great secondary skills, and should contribute early.

95. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Kendrick Bruney, North Carolina-

The Steelers have two weaknesses, their offensive line and their corner backs. I know Bruney fell in some people’s eyes with a slow Combine time, but I like his upside. He is very instinctive and should be at least a nickel corner as a rookie.

96. Green Bay Packers: RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State-

Some might question this pick, but Hunter is excellent value here, and is a great change of pace back to James Starks. Ryan Grant will be a free agent next season and it is doubtful the Packers will invest serious money into him. Hunter could be the 3rd back this year and develop into a bigger role in year two.

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