2011 NFL Mock Draft, 4th Round Updated Mar. 8th
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97. Carolina Panthers: QB Ricky Stanzi, Iowa-
I don’t know if the Panthers are sold on the long term future of Jimmy Clausen. While I don’t think they will opt for a QB in round 1, they will keep their eye on the midround guys. Stanzi has some upside, and was extremely productive as a senior in college. Good value for this pick.
98. Seattle Seahawks (from New England via Denver): G/T DeMarcus Love, Arkansas-
The Seahawks need to upgrade their offensive line, if they hope to win the West again. They have needs at guard, and possibly at RT, which means Love versatility is a plus. Personally I like Love more as a guard, and see that as the better fit.
99. Buffalo Bills: ILB Kelvin Sheppard, LSU-
If the Bills resign both Akin Ayodele and Paul Posluszny, then inside linebacker isn’t a huge need, but that could be a big ‘if’. And the Bills might not want to put that much money in the position. Even if they do resign both backers, Sheppard is a great value for this spot, and the Bills could be tempted from a depth standpoint.
100. Cincinnati Bengals: RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma-
The Bengals need an upgrade in their backfield even if Cedric Benson does return. Murray at his best is a strong and powerful runner, who flashes the ability to be a number 1 guy. I’m not a huge fan of his and think this is an overdraft, but there is some upside there.
101. Cleveland Browns: CB Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State-
The Browns drafted Joe Haden last year in the first round, but they really don’t have much else at CB. Chekwa has good size and speed but he’s not the complete package. He is good value for this spot, and coming from Ohio State doesn’t hurt either.
102. Arizona Cardinals: OLB/DE Ugo Chinasa, Oklahoma State-
The Cardinals need to add multiple pass rushers as former Steelers LB’s Joey Porter and Clark Haggans are on the downside of their career. Chinasa is rising up draft boards and displays a lot of potential.
103. Philadelphia Eagles (from Washington): OLB K.J. Wright, Miss. State-
The Eagles need a lot of help at both of their OLB, spots and Wright offers great value and upside. He might not be a true starter in year one, but he should be by year two, and Philly should be quite happy with what he becomes.
104. Houston Texans: NT Jerrell Powe, Mississippi-
Defense, defense, defense! I know some might hate to see yet another defensive pick, but their offense wasn’t the problem last season. Powe isn’t a great pass rusher, but he should help out on early downs in stopping the run.
105. Minnesota Vikings: DE Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh-
The Vikings could use another defensive end as Ray Edwards is primed to leave, and their depth is suspect at best. This is also a high value pick, as Romeus is a first round talent, but has fallen due to injuries this past season. If he grades out medically, this is a complete steal for the Vikings.
106. Detroit Lions: CB Jalil Brown, Colorado-
After adding their offensive lineman in round 1, the Lions need to add as many defenders as possible in this draft. In particular they need help in their back 7. Brown got overshadowed by his more highly touted teammate (Jimmy Smith), but he is a very talented corner in his own right. Good value here for Detroit.
107. San Francisco 49ers: RB Derrick Locke, Kentucky-
With Brian Westbrooke not likely to return the 49ers will be in the market for a, small quick back out of the backfield. Locke, is a good player and should be a valuable target out of the backfield for whomever lines up behind center.
108. Tennessee Titans: WR Austin Pettis, Boise State-
While the Titans have decent receivers, they could use a mid-late round pick to help strengthen the position. Pettis is good value here and looks to be a good possession receiver at the next level.
109. Dallas Cowboys: WR Greg Little, North Carolina-
Receiver isn’t the biggest need for the Cowboys on paper, but they are likely to part with Roy Williams this offseason, so an upgrade could be in order. Little is a great value at this spot, and should step in immediately to their 3rd receiver spot.
110. Miami Dolphins: WR Vincent Brown, San Diego State-
This needs to be an offensive draft for the Dolphins and jumping on the 4th round receiver bandwagon would seem like a good idea. Miami is set with their starting two receivers, but they could use a third option to help jump start their offense. Brown caught just about everything thrown his way at the Senior Bowl and would be a fine addition to the Dolphins.
111. St. Louis Rams: S Tyler Sash, Iowa-
The Rams safety position was a weakness, even before they released O.J Atogwe, and he was signed by the Redskins. Now they could use help at both spots. While most feel that Sash is a strong safety only, I see good ball skills and think he could maybe even play free safety. I love his upside and feel like he is the best pick for St. Louis here.
112. Oakland Raiders: TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee-
Given all the big contracts they’ve handed out of late, I don’t know if the Raiders have the resources to pay big money to their tight end Zach Miller. If that’s the case look for them to target a replacement in the mid rounds. Stocker is the most complete tight end on the board, and should replace Miller fairly well.
113. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Terrence Toliver, LSU-
The Jaguars are going to be losing WR Mike Sims-Walker this offseason so a mid round replacement, will help ensure the Jags offense doesn’t suffer too much.
114. San Francisco 49ers (from San Diego): WR Darvin Adams, Auburn-
The 49ers don’t have much beyond their starting receivers, and they should look to add at least one this April. I’m not a huge Adams fan, but he has some decent skills, and is reportedly a fantastic worker and teammate. He offers decent value for this pick.
115. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State-
Tampa could be in the market for a small shifty back to complement Blount this season. I love Rodgers, but I doubt he gets picked much higher than this due to his bad timed speed. Bucs fans shouldn’t worry though as, he plays quite a bit faster than the stopwatch suggests.
116. New York Giants: TE D.J. Williams, Arkansas-
Kevin Boss is a free agent so if he leaves the Giants will need to address their need at some point in this draft.
117. Kansas City Chiefs: C Tim Barnes, Missouri-
The Chiefs starting center is going to be 38 years old, it might just be time to think about a replacement. Barnes has some upside and should develop into a starting caliber guy.
118. Indianapolis Colts: S Ahmad Black, Florida-
I know some will say that Black isn’t big enough to hold up as a starting strong safety, but you have to love the kid’s heart, ball skills, and football I.Q. I think he will be just fine at the next level, and I don’t see the Colts having any problems with his diminutive size. Bob Sanders their former star safety wasn’t known for his size, yet he was one of the best safeties in the league when healthy.
119. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Jah Reid, UCF-
If Marcus Cannon ends up at guard (either short or long term) the Eagles could use a young RT to develop. Reid has a lot of size and potential, and looks to be a good fit for Philly.
120. Jacksonville Jaguars (from New Orleans): S Jeron Johnson, Boise State-
The Jags need to double up at safety in this draft class, and Johnson is a good pick for this spot. While some see him more of a strong safety, I really think he can handle the center field spot.
121. Buffalo Bills: (from Seattle): G Zach Hurd, Connecticut-
Buffalo needs to keep upgrading their offensive line, particularly if they plan on grooming a young quarterback.
122. Baltimore Ravens: RB Roy Helu, Nebraska-
As much as the Ravens are looking to improve their passing attack, they still need to rely on their ground game if they have any shot of competing for a Super Bowl berth. With Le’Ron McClain a free agent and Willis McGahee likely to be released, Baltimore needs to find an upgrade. Helu has great value at this spot, and should be a great number 2 back to Rice.
123. Atlanta Falcons: WR Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian-
Atlanta needs to keep adding weapons for their offense, and Gates offers good 4th round value. He has the speed to stretch the field, and should fit in nicely as a slot receiver.
124. New England Patriots: S Joe Lefeged, Rutgers-
Joe Lefeged is one of my favorite players in this draft class. He can play either safety position and should be a huge help on special teams for the Patriots. I think he offers great 4th round value, and makes a promising young secondary even better going forward.
125. New York Jets: NT Ian Williams, Notre Dame-
The past two seasons the Jets lost their starting NT in week one, and while their backups handled the job well, they need to add quality depth to that position. Williams isn’t just your traditional space eating nose tackle, but he gets excellent leverage and holds up at the point of attack.
126. Chicago Bears: CB Rashard Carmichael, Virginia Tech-
For the Bears to win the North again and make another run at the Super Bowl, they will need to get past Aaron Rodgers. Which means having as many talented corners as possible is a pretty good idea. Carmichael offers good value here, and has good upside. He doesn’t run the fastest or look the best in drills, but when he’s on the field you know he can play.
127. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Buster Skrine, Chattanooga-
Ditto…The Steelers know first hand what it is like to have to face the Packers and their receivers. Pittsburgh has to improve this secondary as they can’t rely solely on the pass rush.
128. Green Bay Packers: DE/DT Terrell McClain, South Florida-
The Packers could lose Cullen Jenkins to free agency, which would make this a bigger need, but even if they keep him McClain is good value for them here.