2011 NFL Mock Draft Round 4 Updated: Mar. 21st
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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: WR Greg Little, North Carolina-
If the Bengals haven’t done so by now they will definitely look to address their receiver position in the mid rounds of the draft. Little has 2nd round talent, but 4th or 5th round red flags attached. Cincinnati has overlooked character concerns in the past, so if they have any indication that Little is past all his troubles they will have no problem snatching him in the 4th round. With T.O. on the way out the door and Chad Johnson likely to follow suit, Little will fill a major need for the Bengals.
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: G Will Rackley, Leigh-
The Cardinals have major needs along their offensive line, so adding a quality guard like Rackley would be a steal here. Rackley is one of my favorite players in this draft class. I think he has immense upside and will quickly develop into a good starting guard.
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: OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State-
Defense, defense, defense! I know some might hate to see yet another defensive pick, but their offense wasn’t the problem last season. Carter gives them another pass rusher to help allieviate the pressure on their corners and safeties.
105. Minnesota Vikings: WR Austin Pettis, Boise State-
The Vikings will need another weapon if Sidney Rice leaves via free agency this offseason. Even if Rice is retained, Minnesota’s receiver depth could use some fresh blood.
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: OLB Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut-
The Titans could use an upgrade at outside linebacker, and although Wilson might not be ready to start he would add much needed depth and should develop into a starting role.
109. Dallas Cowboys: G Zach Hurd, Connecticut-
The Cowboys need to really invest some picks into their offensive line, and Hurd is good value for this slot. He could need a year to develop, but should be at the very least the Cowboys primary reserved guard.
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: DE Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh-
Although DE isn’t a major need for the Rams, Romeus is a great value at this pick. Going into this past season he seemed like a sure-fire 1st rounder. While injuries have obviously caused him to slide, he is a find in the 4th round. James Hall is 34 years old, and probably can’t be counted on to have too many more great seasons.
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): FS Chris Culliver, South Carolina-
The 49ers could use more help in their secondary and Culliver is the best free safety on the board at this point. I like Culliver’s upside and I really do believe he can become a starter at the next level.
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 Steve Schilling, Michigan-
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: DE Cliff Matthews, South Carolina-
The Falcons need to make sure they don’t ignore their defense this offseason as they look to retool for another playoff run. Defensive end is their primary need area, as they need to create more consistent pressure on the quarterback. Matthews is a bit limited overall, but I think he fits well as a situational pass rusher, making him a good fit for the end of the 4th round.
124. New England Patriots: NT Jerrell Powe, Mississippi-
Powe might not be the biggest need for the Patriots, but his presence will allow Vince Wilfork to play on the outside some as well as rest up more, which should make him an even bigger force late in games. Powe isn’t a star NT, but he is capable of playing in the NFL and having a significant impact.
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.