Mike Band

Mike Band’s Final 2012 Mock Draft

Updated April 26, 2012

ABOUT MIKE: Mike was the 2009 NFL Mock Draft Champion according to TheHuddleReport.com, predicting 11 of the top 15 picks. The annual competition includes the mock drafts of ALL of the most highly regarded and high profile NFL draft experts in the country, including Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay, Charlie Casserly and Rich Gosselin, among others. Mike finished 4th in 2008, 42nd in 2010 and 26th in 2011 (out of 120 experts). Mike can be contacted at MBand30@gmail.com

MIKE BAND’S FINAL 2012 MOCK DRAFT

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Mike Band’s Draft Guide Sneak Peak (Part II)

My 2011 draft guide is available now for only $5: http://draftace.com/blog/draft-guide/

It will be the best resource you could possibly have for the first round and beyond.  Here is another sneak peak at the 66-page guide.

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MIKE BAND’s FINAL MOCK DRAFT

Order my exclusive 66-page draft guide by clicking this link: http://draftace.com/blog/draft-guide/

Updated April 27, 2011

ABOUT MIKE:  Mike was the 2009 NFL Mock Draft Champion according to TheHuddleReport.com, predicting 11 of the top 15 including Darrius Heyward-Bey to the Raiders.  The annual competition includes the mock drafts of ALL of the most highly regarded and high profile NFL draft experts in the country, including Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay, Charlie Casserly and Rich Gosselin, among others.  Mike finished 4th in 2008, 42nd in 2010.
#1 CAROLINA Cam Newton QB, Auburn*
#2 DENVER Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M
#3 BUFFALO Marcell Dareus DT, Alabama*
#4 CINCINNATI AJ Green WR, Georgia*
#5 ARIZONA Patrick Peterson CB, LSU*
#6 CLEVELAND Julio Jones WR, Alabama*
#7 SAN FRANCISCO Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska
#8 TENNESSEE Nick Fairley DT, Auburn*
#9 DALLAS Tyron Smith OT, USC*
#10 WASHINGTON Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri*
#11 HOUSTON Robert Quinn DE/LB, North Carolina*
#12 MINNESOTA Cameron Jordan DE, California
#13 DETROIT Da’Quan Bowers DE, Clemson*
#14 (TRADE) PHILADELPHIA (from STL) Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado
#15 MIAMI Andy Dalton QB, TCU
#16 JACKSONVILLE Mike Pouncey C, Florida
#17 NEW ENGLAND JJ Watt DE, Wisconsin*
#18 SAN DIEGO Muhammad Wilkerson DT/DE, Temple*
#19 NY GIANTS Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College
#20 TAMPA BAY Aldon Smith DE, Missouri*
#21 KANSAS CITY Gabe Carimi OT, Wiconsin
#22 INDIANAPOLIS Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi State
#23 (TRADE) ST. LOUIS (From PHI) Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame*
#24 NEW ORLEANS Corey Liuget DT, Illinois*
#25 SEATTLE Jake Locker QB, Washington
#26 BALTIMORE Nate Solder OT, Colorado
#27 ATLANTA Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue
#28 NEW ENGLAND Mark Ingram RB, Alabama*
#29 CHICAGO Adrian Clayborn DE, Iowa
#30 NY JETS Phil Taylor DT, Baylor
#31 PITTSBURGH Aaron Williams CB, Texas*
#32 GREEN BAY Danny Watkins OG, Baylor

FINAL MOCK DRAFT

Updated April 27, 2011

ABOUT MIKE:  Mike was the 2009 NFL Mock Draft Champion according to TheHuddleReport.com, predicting 11 of the top 15 including Darrius Heyward-Bey to the Raiders.  The annual competition includes the mock drafts of ALL of the most highly regarded and high profile NFL draft experts in the country, including Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay, Charlie Casserly and Rich Gosselin, among others.  Mike finished 4th in 2008, 42nd in 2010.
#1 CAROLINA Cam Newton QB, Auburn*
#2 DENVER Marcell Dareus DT, Alabama*
#3 BUFFALO Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M
#4 CINCINNATI AJ Green WR, Georgia*
#5 ARIZONA Patrick Peterson CB, LSU*
#6 CLEVELAND Julio Jones WR, Alabama*
#7 SAN FRANCISCO Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska
#8 TENNESSEE Nick Fairley DT, Auburn*
#9 DALLAS Tyron Smith OT, USC*
#10 WASHINGTON Cameron Jordan DE, California
#11 HOUSTON Robert Quinn DE/LB, North Carolina*
#12 MINNESOTA Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri*
#13 DETROIT Da’Quan Bowers DE, Clemson*
#14 (TRADE) PHILADELPHIA (from STL) Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado
#15 MIAMI Andy Dalton QB, TCU
#16 JACKSONVILLE Mike Pouncey C, Florida
#17 NEW ENGLAND JJ Watt DE, Wisconsin*
#18 SAN DIEGO Muhammad Wilkerson DT/DE, Temple*
#19 NY GIANTS Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College
#20 TAMPA BAY Aldon Smith DE, Missouri*
#21 KANSAS CITY Gabe Carimi OT, Wiconsin
#22 INDIANAPOLIS Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi State
#23 (TRADE) ST. LOUIS (From PHI) Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame*
#24 NEW ORLEANS Corey Liuget DT, Illinois*
#25 SEATTLE Jake Locker QB, Washington
#26 BALTIMORE Nate Solder OT, Colorado
#27 ATLANTA Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue
#28 NEW ENGLAND Mark Ingram RB, Alabama*
#29 CHICAGO Adrian Clayborn DE, Iowa
#30 NY JETS Phil Taylor DT, Baylor
#31 PITTSBURGH Aaron Williams CB, Texas*
#32 GREEN BAY Danny Watkins OG, Baylor
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Draft Guide Sneak Peak (Washington Redskins Page)

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The picture above is a featured page in Mike Band's NFL Draft Preview Guide.

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Mike Band’s 2011 NFL Draft Guide available TUESDAY

Updated and Released on April 25th, 2011

You will find everything you need on DRAFT DAY with this exclusive Pre-Draft guide.

The guide will be sent to you IMMEDIATELY in a PDF file.

I’ve been working on this guide for months and it’s finally ready.   Everything there is no know about the 2011 Draft is written in this guide.  I will be posting ‘teasers’ throughout Monday.  Follow me @band_draftace on twitter for updates.
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Follow Mike Band on Twitter @Band_Draftace

Draftniks,

We are 14 days away from what we’ve all been waiting for.  I want to let everyone know that I am diligently working on my 2011 Draft ‘Day’ Guide which will be available for sale/download by April 25th (the Monday before the draft).  This is to ensure that all info in the guide will be more up to date than any publication you’ll find.

You can read my 2010 draft guide here: http://draftace.com/blog/2010/04/20/mike-bands-2010-draft-guide/

This year’s guide will be even better.

You’ll find a creative ‘value’ board which is much different than the usual ‘top 300′ list you’ll find everywhere else.  You’ll also have access to a team-by-team draft board, which will feature 10-15 players for each team and the round they’re projected to be taken. I’ve written scouting reports on over 300 players, which will feature information on their pro day, medical concerns, combine numbers, etc.

This guide will be the tool you need for all of your information on draft day.  I’ll be sure to post sample pages as soon as they’re ready.

I want to reach out to all twitter users who have yet to click ‘follow’ next to @Band_Draftace.  Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of tweets I’ve made regarding all things NFL Draft over the last month… I hope this will help… Read more

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Mike Band’s latest NFL Mock Draft (updated April 1, 2011)

Happy Birthday Sean Taylor…

1ST ROUND

1. CAROLINA- Cam Newton QB, Auburn*

2. DENVER-Marcell Dareus DT, Alabama*

3. BUFFALO- Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M

4. CINCINNATI- AJ Green WR, Georgia*

5. ARIZONA- Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri*

TRADE ALERT: DALLAS SENDS #9 & #71 (3rd) to CLEVELAND for #6 overall

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Mike Band’s Mock Draft (2nd Edition)

Updated Mar. 6, 2011

1. Carolina- Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri*

Since 2001, eight quarterbacks, one defensive end, and one offensive tackle have been drafted 1st overall.  Likewise, if there is a quarterback concern on the NFL team that holds the 1st pick, that team should/will/must select a quarterback if they feel the top QB could be their franchise signal-caller.  New head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney face a tough decision regarding the future of former second round pick Jimmy Clausen and I believe they’ll trade him once a new CBA is reached.  Gabbert has very few weaknesses to his game; he’s big, accurate, athletic, and smart.  He’s the only ideal signal-caller who could potentially start from day one.

Other Possibilities: Cam Newton QB, Auburn* & Nick Fairley DT, Auburn*

2. Denver- Nick Fairley DT, Auburn*

The Broncos are in the process of converting from a 3-4 to 4-3 front, and the team is in dire need of new personnel in the front seven.  New head coach John Fox will likely convert linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers to 4-3 end, while addressing the defensive tackle position at #2.  Fairley is a dominating force who works best as a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 defense.  He has the length, strength, and speed to make an impact on all three downs at the next level.

Other Possibilities: D’Quan Bowers DE, Clemson* & Patrick Peterson CB, LSU*

3. Buffalo- Patrick Peterson CB, LSU*

We learned in last year’s draft that head coach Chan Gailey and general manager Buddy Nix favor the best player available philosophy, more specifically athletes.  Either the Bills will address the quarterback position—though they may stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick over Cam Newton—or they’ll address the defensive unit.  Cornerback may not be the Bills’ most pressing need, but Peterson is as athletic as they come and is consistently rated as the #1 player on draft boards.  Peterson’s size, speed, and production appear fitting for the Bills new philosophy.

Other Possibilities: Cam Newton QB, Auburn* & Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M

4. Cincinnati- AJ Green WR, Georgia*

It’s almost certain that Carson Palmer will not be back with the Bengals whenever football resumes.  Head coach Marvin Lewis and owner Mike Brown could address the quarterback position at #4, meaning Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton are serious options; however, expect the Bengals to look for an immediate veteran who can compete for the playoffs right away.  Marvin Lewis knows he’s on the hot seat, and he doesn’t have the time to sit and wait for a quarterback to develop.  Meanwhile, the offensive skill position starters are aging and few can be said to be long-term building blocks.  Chad Ochocinco’s days in Cincy are numbered; the same with Terrell Owens.  AJ Green adds an immediate vertical threat who will strive in the red zone.  The Bengals cannot afford to downgrade at quarterback AND wide receiver.

Other Possibilities: Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri* & Cam Newton QB, Auburn*

5. Arizona- Von Miller OLB, Texas A&M

The Cardinals draft more for need than most teams in the NFL and they’ll likely select an outside rush linebacker or quarterback at #5.  I anticipate that they’ll address the quarterback position with a veteran such as Kevin Kolb or Carson Palmer, given that they’ll build the team around Larry Fitzgerald rather than an unproven rookie.  Unfortunately, if no CBA is signed by April 28th, the Cardinals could panic and select Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert if available given the uncertainty at the position.  If quarterback is not the option, then my bet is on Von Miller to play the WILL rush linebacker in their 3-4 defense.  Miller is a speed demon off the edge who dominated the Senior Bowl and last week’s combine.  He’ll be an immediate threat to rush passer off the edge.

Other Possibilities: Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri* & Cam Newton QB, Auburn* Read more

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Official Combine Invite List (By School)

per NFLCombine.net:

http://www.nflcombine.net/players/official-invite-list

Air Force -
Akron -
Alabama - James Carpenter, OT… Marcell Dareus, DE*… Mark Ingram, RB*… Julio Jones, WR*… Greg McElroy, QB
UAB -
Arizona - Ricky Elmore, DE… Adam Grant, OT… Brooks Reed, DE… D’Aundre Reed, DE
Arizona State - Lawrence Guy, DT*
Arkansas - Ray Dominguez, OT… DeMarcus Love, OT… Ryan Mallett, QB*… DJ Williams, TE
Army -
Auburn - Darvin Adams, WR*… Nick Fairley, DT*… Mario Fannin, RB… Cam Newton, QB*… Lee Ziemba, OT
Ball State -
Baylor - Phil Taylor, DT… Danny Watkins, OT
Boise State - Jeron Johnson, SS… Austin Pettis, WR… Brandyn Thompson, CB… Ryan Winterswyk, DE… Titus Young, WR
Boston College- Mark Herzlich, OLB… Rich Lapham, OT
Bowling Green -
BYU -

Buffalo - Josh Thomas, CB
California - Chris Conte, FS… Cameron Jordan, DE… Mike Mohamed, MLB… Shane Vereen, RB*
Central Florida - Bruce Miller, DE… Jamar Newsome, WR… Jah Reid, OT
Central Michigan - Nick Bellore, MLB
Cincinnati - Armon Binns, WR Jason Kelce, C Jake Rogers, K
Clemson - Da’Quan Bowers, DE*… Marcus Gilchrist, CB… Chris Hairston, OT… Jamie Harper, RB*… Jarvis Jenkins, DT… Byron Maxwell, CB… DeAndre McDaniel, SS
Colorado - Jalil Brown, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Nate Solder, OT
Colorado State -
Connecticut - Zach Hurd, OG… Greg Lloyd, MLB… Scott Lutrus, OLB… Anthony Sherman, FB… Jordan Todman, RB*… Lawrence Wilson, OLB
Duke -
East Carolina - Dwayne Harris, WR… Willie Smith, OT
Eastern Michigan -
FAU - Rob Housler, TE… Lester Jean, WR… Jeff Van Camp, QB
Florida - Ahmad Black, SS… Marcus Gilbert, OT… Chas Henry, P… Will Hill, FS*… Maurice Hurt, OG… Carl Johnson, OG… Mike Pouncey, C
FIU -
Florida State - Rodney Hudson, OG… Christian Ponder, QB… Markus White, DE
Fresno State - Chris Carter, DE… Ryan Colburn, QB… Jamel Hamler, WR*… Andrew Jackson, OG
Georgia - Clint Boling, OT… Shaun Chapas, FB… Vance Cuff, CB… Josh Davis, OT… Akeem Dent, MLB… DeMarcus Dobbs, DE… AJ Green, WR*… Justin Houston, OLB*
Georgia Tech - Anthony Allen, RB… Mario Butler, CB… Jerrard Tarrant, FS*
Hawaii - Alexander Green, RB… Kealoha Pilares, WR… Greg Salas, WR
Houston - Isaiah Thompson, OG
Idaho - Nathan Enderle, QB… Daniel Hardy, TE… Shiloh Keo, SS
Illinois - Mikel LeShoure, RB*… Corey Liuget, DT*… Martez Wilson, ILB*
Indiana - James Brewer, OT… Tandon Doss, WR*… Terrance Turner, WR
Iowa - Christian Ballard, DT… Adrian Clayborn, DE… Ryan Donahue, P… Jeremiha Hunter, OLB… Karl Klug, DT… Allen Reisner, TE… Tyler Sash, SS*… Ricky Stanzi, QB… Julian Vandervelde, OG
Iowa State - David Sims, SS
Kansas -
Kansas State - Daniel Thomas, RB
Kent State -
Kentucky - Randall Cobb, WR*… Derrick Locke, RB
Louisiana Tech -
Louisiana-Lafayette -
Louisville - Cameron Graham, TE… Johnny Patrick, CB… Bilal Powell, RB
LSU - Joe Barksdale, OT… Josh Jasper, K… Pep Levingston, DT… Drake Nevis, DT… Patrick Peterson, CB*… Stevan Ridley, RB*… Kelvin Sheppard, ILB… Terrence Toliver, WR
Marshall - Lee Smith, TE
Maryland - Adrian Moten, OLB… Da’Rel Scott, RB… Torrey Smith, WR*
Memphis -
Miami - Allen Bailey, DE… Damien Berry, RB… Matt Bosher, P… Graig Cooper, RB… Orlando Franklin, OG… Leonard Hankerson, WR… Brandon Harris, CB*… Colin McCarthy, ILB… DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB
Miami (OH) -
Michigan - Jonas Mouton, OLB… Steve Schilling, OG
Michigan State - Mark Dell, WR… Charles Gantt, TE… Greg Jones, MLB… Martin Rucker, CB
Middle Tenn State -
Minnesota -
Mississippi - Kentrell Lockett, DE… Jerrell Powe, DT
Mississippi State - Pernell McPhee, DE… Derek Sherrod, OT… Chris White, MLB… KJ Wright, OLB
Missouri - Blaine Gabbert, QB*… Kevin Rutland, CB… Aldon Smith, DE*
Navy -
Nebraska - Pierre Allen, DE… Prince Amukamara, CB… Dejon Gomes, OLB… Eric Hagg, LB/S… Roy Helu, RB… Alex Henery, K… Ricky Henry, OG… Niles Paul, WR… Keith Williams, OG
Nevada - Virgil Green, TE… Colin Kaepernick, QB… Dontay Moch, DE… Vai Taua, RB
New Mexico -
New Mexico State - Davon House, CB
North Carolina - Marvin Austin, DT*… Kenric Burney, CB… Bruce Carter, OLB… Shaun Draughn, RB… Greg Little, WR*… Zack Pianalto, TE… Robert Quinn, DE*… Da’Norris Searcy, SS… Quan Sturdivant, ILB… Johnny White, RB… Deunta Williams, FS… TJ Yates, QB
North Carolina State - Nate Irving, OLB… Owen Spencer, WR
North Texas -
Northern Illinois -
Northwestern -

Notre Dame - Armando Allen, RB… Kyle Rudolph, TE*… Ian Williams, NT
Ohio State - Justin Boren, OG… Chimdi Chekwa, CB… Cam Heyward, DE… Jermale Hines, SS… Ross Homan, MLB… Brian Rolle, OLB… Brian Saine, RB… Dane Sanzenbacher, WR… Devon Torrence, CB
Ohio -
Oklahoma - Jeremy Beal, DE… Quinton Carter, FS… DeMarco Murray, RB… Adrian Taylor, DT
Oklahoma State - Dan Bailey, K… Ugo Chinasa, DE… Kendall Hunter, RB… Orie Lemon, MLB… Andrew McGee, CB… Jacquizz Rodgers, RB*
Oregon - Brandon Bair, DT… Jeff Maehl, WR… Casey Matthews, MLB
Oregon State - Alex Linnenkohl, C… Stephen Paea, DT
Penn State - Evan Royster, RB… Stefen Wisniewski, OG
Pittsburgh - Jon Baldwin, WR*… Henry Hynoski, FB… Dion Lewis, RB*… Jason Pinkston, OT… Greg Romeus, DE… Jabaal Sheard, DE
Purdue - Ryan Kerrigan, DE… Keith Smith, WR
Rice - Cheta Ozougwu, DE
Rutgers - Joe Lefeged, SS
San Diego State - Vincent Brown, WR… DeMarco Sampson, WR
San Jose State -
South Carolina - Ladi Ajiboye, DT… Garrett Chisolm, OT… Chris Culliver, CB… Tori Gurley, WR*… Jarriel King, OT… Cliff Matthews, DE
South Florida - Terrell McClain, DT
SMU - Al Robinson, WR
Southern Miss - DeAndre Brown, WR*
Stanford - Sione Fua, NT… Owen Marecic, FB… Richard Sherman, CB… Ryan Whalen, WR
Syracuse - Ryan Bartholomew, C… Delone Carter, RB… Doug Hogue, OLB… Derrell Smith, MLB
TCU - Marcus Cannon, OT… Andy Dalton, QB… Wayne Daniels, DE… Jeremy Kerley, WR… Jimmy Young, TCU
Temple - Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS… Elijah Joseph, MLB… Muhammad Wilkerson, DT*
Tennessee - Denarius Moore, WR… Luke Stocker, TE
Texas - Sam Acho, DE… Chykie Brown, CB… Curtis Brown, CB… Kyle Hix, OT… Aaron Williams, CB*
Texas A&M - Jerrod Johnson, QB… Von Miller, OLB
Texas Tech - Colby Whitlock, DT
UTEP -
Toledo -

Troy - Jerrell Jernigan, WR
Tulane -
Tulsa - Charles Clay, TE
UCLA - Akeem Ayers, OLB*… Kai Forbath, K… Rahim Moore, FS*
UNLV -
USC - Allen Bradford, RB… Jordan Cameron, TE… Jurrell Casey, DT*… Stanley Havili, FB… Ronald Johnson, WR… Kris O’Dowd, C… Tyron Smith, OT*… Shareece Wright, CB
Utah - Matthew Asiata, RB… Brandon Burton, CB*… Caleb Schlauderaff, OG… Sealver Siliga, DT*… Zane Taylor, C
Utah State - Curtis Marsh, CB
Vanderbilt -
Virginia - Danny Aiken, LS… Ras-I Dowling, CB
Virginia Tech - Rashad Carmichael, CB… Darren Evans, RB*… John Graves, DT… Tyrod Taylor, QB… Ryan Williams, RB*
Wake Forest - Marshall Williams, WR
Washington - Mason Foster, OLB… Jake Locker, QB… Nate Williams, SS
Washington State - Reid Forrest, P… Zack Williams, C
West Virginia - Noel Devine, RB… Brandon Hogan, CB… Chris Neild, NT… Robert Sands, FS*… JT Thomas, OLB
Western Kentucky -
Western Michigan -

Wisconsin - Niles Brinkley, CB… Gabe Carimi, OT… John Clay, RB*… Lance Kendricks, TE… John Moffitt, OG… Scott Tolzien, QB… JJ Watt, DE*
Wyoming -

Abilene Christian - Edmond Gates, WR
Appalachian State - Daniel Kilgore, OT… Mark Legree, FS… DJ Smith, OLB
Arkansas State - Derek Newton, OT
Cal U-Penn - Josh Portis, QB
Citadel - Cortez Allen, CB
Delaware - Pat Devlin, QB
Eastern Washington - Taiwan Jones, RB*
Fort Hays State - OJ Murdock, WR
Fort Valley State - Ricardo Lockette, WR
Hampton - Kendrick Ellis, DT
Hillsdale - Andre Holmes, WR
Lehigh - Will Rackley, OT
Missouri State - David Arkin, OT
Montana State - Mike Person, OT
Mount Union - Cecil Shorts, WR
Northern Iowa - Schuylar Oordt, TE
Portland State - Julius Thomas, TE
Richmond - Martin Parker, DT… Justin Rogers, CB
Slippery Rock - Brandon Fusco, C
Southeastern Louisiana - Kevin Hughes, OT
Southern Arkansas - Cedric Thorton, DT
Tennessee-Chatt - Buster Skrine, CB
Villanova - Ben Ijalana, OT
Walsh - Joe Morgan, WR
West Texas A&M - Stephen Burton, WR

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Mike Band’s First Round Big Board (Pre-Combine)

I prefer to use a tier system to sort the first round prospects based on value…

  • Tier ONE consists of the elite; first round locks. (VALUE: Would take in top 20)
  • Tier TWO prospects have first round abilities and high ceilings, but they are riskier than Tier ONE prospects.  (VALUE: Would not hesitate with a pick #25 to #45)
  • Tier THREE prospects have received first round hype from various outlets, however, I would not select a tier three prospect in the first round.  (VALUE: Stay away in the first round, consider in the 2nd)


TIER ONE (VALUE: Would take in top 20)

1. Da’Quan Bowers 4-3 DE, Clemson (6’4, 275, Junior)

Elite edge rusher with a complete game.  Has the athleticism and size to be considered a potential elite end in a 4-3 defense.  Has an array of passing rushing moves.  Can be effective with the bull rush.  Will put up double-digit sack numbers and contribute against the run.  May fit best as a strong-side end.  I’ll only pay #1 overall money to a QB, OT, or DE.

2. AJ Green WR, Georgia (6’4, 212, Junior)

Has All-Pro potential.  His long frame and athletic ability make him an elite option in the red zone.  Even at his size, he’s a fluid route runner with terrific hands.  He can work all levels of the field and will force defenses to game plan around him.  A true #1, X-receiver at the next level with low-bust potential.

3. Nick Fairley 4-3 DT, Auburn (6’5, 298, Junior)

Dominant as a junior and is a major reason why Auburn won a title.  He’s a terrific athlete and fits best as a 4-3 UT.  Has elite hand technique and short area quickness.  He’s usually the first lineman off the ball.  His ability to rush the quarterback rivals Ndamukong Suh.  He plays with a Warren Sapp-like mean streak, though there are questions about his character on-and-off the field.

4. Patrick Peterson CB, LSU (6’1, 212, Junior)

Has shutdown corner potential.  He’s a physical athlete with a rare blend of size, speed, instincts and tackling technique.  His long frame helps him match up with bigger receivers at all areas of the field.  He can play in both a zone and man coverage scheme and he has experience as a reliable return specialist.  Will be a top 5 pick.

5. Aldon Smith 3-4 OLB, Missouri (6’4, 258, Junior)

Played defensive end at Missouri and dominated off the edge.  Has the athleticism and freakish ability to stand up as an edge rusher.  He’s a rangy player and a fearless tackler with a non-stop motor.  Could run in the 4.5′s at the combine and cement himself as the next unblockable 3-4 linebacker.

6. Marcell Dareus 3-4 DE/4-3 DT, Alabama (6’3, 309, Junior)

The top 3-4 DE in this class.  Dareus is a wide-bodied, stout space eater who has the strength and power to demand consistent double-teams.  He’s not an elite pass rusher, but his lower body strength and heavy hands make him an elite bull rusher.  He has the potential to kick inside in passing situations as a true 3-down lineman.  He’s scheme diverse and could fit inside in a 4-3 alignment.

7. Von Miller 3-4 OLB, Texas A&M (6’3, 237, Senior Bowl)

Fast edge rusher who will immediately contribute in passing situations.  He dominated Senior Bowl practices with elite burst and range.  He played the WILL role in Texas A&M’s 3-4 front racking up 32.5 career sacks and 50.5 career TFL.   He’s the most athletic 3-4 linebacker in this class, though he’ll need to get stronger against the run.

8. Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska (6’0, 205, DNP Senior Bowl)

One of the main contributors for Nebraska’s top pass defense.   True man corner with great instincts and route recognition.  Has solid size/speed combination and is rarely beat deep. One of the best corners at playing the football; picked off five passes as a junior and was rarely tested as a senior.

9. Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri (6’5, 235, Junior)

Where he excels: live arm; above average accuracy; footwork; and leadership qualities.  Where he needs work: needs to show he can work under center; that he can stay tall and handle pressure in the pocket; show that he can work through multiple progressions.  He’s a potential elite west coast signal caller with first round abilities, but questions  about his game will keep him out of the top 5.

10. Cameron Jordan 3-4 DE, California (6’4, 287, Senior Bowl)

Nearly unblockable during Senior Bowl workouts.  Has elite hand technique and showcases an array of pass rushing moves.  Has a strong and powerful club and will fit best as a 3-4 DE who can kick inside in passing downs.  He’s a better pass rusher than Dareus (6th) but not as stout against the run.  Played the 3-4 DE role at California and was a 4-year starter.

11. Julio Jones WR, Alabama (6’4, 220, Junior)

Physically gifted receiver in the mold of Terrell Owens (without the attitude).  Strong and physical route runner with reliable hands and great down-field body control.  He’ll have success early in his career because of his ability to get off jams at the line.  He’s the best blocker among receivers.

12. Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin (6’7, 315, Senior Bowl)

May lack the lateral footwork to be an elite LT, but he’s an incredibly safe option to have success at right tackle or guard if needed.  For a team that runs a power running scheme, Carimi will instantly boost the ground game.  His long arms, strength at the point of attack, and excellent balance makes me believe he’ll fit at LT with coaching.

13. Mark Ingram RB, Alabama (5’10, 215, Junior)

He has the mold of a true featured pro-back: Patient feet, excellent vision, and elite lateral quickness.  He may lack big-play speed, but his mix of power and feet will keep Ingram over the 1,000-yard plateau early in his career.  He’s a pro-ready back who can carry the full workload and catch passes out of the backfield.

14. Adrian Clayborn 3-4 DE/4-3 DE, (6’3, 286, DNP Senior Bowl)

Elite hand technique at the point of attack.  He’s scheme diverse and can play all three-downs at the next level.  He’s stout and physical at the point of attack and has experience inside and outside.   Deceptively athletic and a true playmaker.  High motor guy.

15. Cam Newton QB, Auburn (6’6, 250, Junior)

The biggest enigma of the draft; he has no true NFL comparison.  He has the feet of Vince Young and the arm strength of Ben Roethlisberger.  His playmaking potential is matched by no one in this class.  He has elite size and will move the chains with his feet and his arm.  He’s a game plan-headache who will need to show that he can work in a multiple-progression offense.  He’s a top 15 pick with a high ceiling and a low floor.  Someone will pull the trigger early.


TIER TWO (VALUE: Would not hesitate with pick #25 to #45)

1. Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado (6’2, 205, DNP Senior Bowl)

Athletic freak with top size/speed combo among corners.  Surrendered only 11 receptions in two seasons, though he was rarely targeted. Could run sub-4.45 at 6’2.

2. JJ Watt 3-4 DE/4-3 DE, Wisconsin (6’6, 292, Junior)

Relentless motor off the edge.  Not extremely athletic but built perfectly for the 3-4 defensive end role.  He’s a true three-down end with leadership qualities.

3. Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi State (6’5, 312, Senior Bowl)

True LT prospect with great feet.  Must improve leverage, but he has the athleticism to succeed as a pass blocker.  Could fit best in a zone-blocking scheme.

4. Akeem Ayers 3-4 OLB, UCLA (6’4, 255, Junior)

Has experience in UCLA’s 3-4 defense; played the SAM role.  Excellent form tackler with elite tools.  He can stop the run, drop back in coverage, and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.  Lack of elite pass rushing skills push him out of the top 20.

5. Muhammad Wilkerson 3-4 DE, Temple (6’5, 305, Junior)

Added 50 lbs since freshman year.  Dominant and versatile player who has the ability to play inside and outside.  Long arms and heavy hands make him an ideal fit to play 3-4 DE.  Should explode at the combine.

6. Aaron Williams CB, Texas (6’1, 195, Junior)

Physical corner, works well in press.  One of the top tackling corners in this class.  Has long arms, fluid hips and C.O.D skills to work well in a Tampa-2 scheme.  The combine will sort him out between the end of the first and early second.

7. Kelvin Sheppard ILB, LSU (6’2, 250, Senior Bowl)

Safest non-top 20 pick in the draft.  Tackling machine with great range for his size.  Always around the football.  Pro-ready to make the defensive calls.  A true leader on-and-off the field.  Size and athleticism to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

8. Robert Quinn DE, North Carolina (6’5, 268, Junior)

Sat out 2010 season because of a NCAA-benefit infraction.  Based on sophomore tape, he’s a tier one player, but there are obvious red flags.  Long arms and various pass rushing moves make him an immediate situational pass rusher.  Has the body to add bulk.

9. Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue (6’3, 255, Senior Bowl)

Elite burst off the line.  More quick than fast.  Limited athletically and may not be able to stand up in a 3-4 defense.  Will have to add bulk to his frame to stay at 4-3 end.  Motor and production are tops in the class. (55.5 career TFL, 31.5 career sacks)

10. Titus Young WR, Boise State (5’11, 174, Senior Bowl)

Has the potential to run in the 4.3′s at the combine.  Elite route runner who finds ways to get open with lateral quickness and body control.  Can work every level of the field and will contribute as a return specialist.  Could be a 1st round pick based on the production of similar receivers DeSean Jackson and Mike Wallace.

11. Danny Watkins OG, Baylor (6’3, 312, Senior Bowl)

Arguably had the best Senior Bowl performance of any participant.  Strong, physical, heavy hands and stout balance.  Has all the tools to succeed at the next level.  Will be 27 next fall which could push him out of the first round.

12. Brandon Harris CB, Miami (5’11, 195, Junior)

More than likely will break 4.40 at the combine.  Elite short area quickness and above average ball skills will make him a hot commodity for a team that runs a lot of man coverage.


TIER THREE (VALUE: Stay away in 1st Round, consider in 2nd)

1. Nate Solder OT, Colorado (6’8, 314, Senior Bowl)

Has the tools but is still a project.  Lacks proper technique but he is athletic.  A project–early 2nd round–left tackle.

2. Stephen Paea DT, Oregon State (6’1, 295, DNP Senior Bowl)

Recently underwent surgery on his knee.  Paea was supposed to breakout at the combine and now there’s a good chance he won’t workout.  His pro day will be important.

3. Mike Pouncey G/C, Florida (6’4, 310, DNP Senior Bowl)

Not nearly as good as his brother, Maurkice, who played well at center for the Steelers as a rookie.  He’s a 2nd round pick with position versatility.

4. Jake Locker QB, Washington (6’2, 228, Senior Bowl)

Did nothing to prove the critics of his lack of accuracy during Senior Bowl workouts.  Far too inconsistent for a first round grade, though he does have the leadership skills that teams covet.

5. Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College (6’7, 305, Senior Bowl)

Lacks the nimble feet to work at LT.  Has proper technique but struggles with speed.  Was seen mostly at guard last week at the Senior Bowl.

6. Cameron Heyward 3-4 DE, Ohio State (6’5, 288, DNP Senior Bowl)

Injured in bowl game and required surgery on his elbow.  Has the tools and strength but this is not the first time he’s been injured.

7. Justin Houston 3-4 OLB, Georgia (6’3, 258, Junior)

Edge rusher with speed, but I don’t believe he has the array of moves to succeed at the next level.

8. Ryan Mallett QB, Akransas (6’6, 238, Junior)

Many questions have come up about his character on-and-off the field.  There have always been questions about his footwork and decision making.  Though, arm strength is best in the class.


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