Scout.com Mock Draft: Bowers Now No. 1
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DE Da'Quan Bowers (Joe Robbins/Getty)
DE Da'Quan Bowers (Joe Robbins/Getty)
Scout.com NFL Analyst
Posted Mar 2, 2011


In this latest installment of Scout.com's mock NFL Draft, Da'Quan Bowers wants to be the next Julius Peppers, Mark Ingram rejuvenates Miami's ground game and back-to-back Badgers go 20 and 21.

Round 1
1
Carolina Panthers
Height: 6-3
Weight: 280
Hometown: Bamberg, SC
College: Clemson
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 14
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

2010 Record: 2-14

What They Have: DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart make up one of the best running back tandems around, Charles Johnson can rush the passer and Jon Beason is a tremendous middle linebacker.

What They Need: More help along the defensive line, a play-making wide receiver to possibly replace Steve Smith and a quarterback of the future, since it doesn't appear to be Jimmy Clausen.

Another Possibility: Auburn DT Nick Fairley

Never Considered: Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert

ANALYSIS: The best pass rusher on the board, Bowers wants to be the next Julius Peppers and now has a chance with the team that gave Peppers his start.

Round 1
2
Denver Broncos
Player: Nick Fairley
Height: 6-4
Weight: 291
Hometown: Mobile, AL
College: Auburn
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 4
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: John Fox

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Ryan Clady is a franchise-type left tackle, no matter if he is protecting veteran Kyle Orton or youngster Tim Tebow, Knowshon Moreno has proven to be productive when healthy and Champ Bailey re-signed.

What They Need: All kinds of help along the defensive line, speed at both inside and outside linebacker, especially since Robert Ayers looks to be a bust, and a play-making safety to replace Brian Dawkins, who is 37.

Another Possibility: LSU CB Patrick Peterson

Never Considered: Texas A&M LB Von Miller

ANALYSIS: He's not another Ndamukong Suh, and that's no insult, but Fairley right away upgrades a Denver defensive line that has been run over recently.

Round 1
3
Buffalo Bills
Player: Von Miller
Height: 6-3
Weight: 246
Hometown: Desoto, TX
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 3
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Chan Gailey

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Running back is set with the combination of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, Steve Johnson emerged as a go-to option at receiver and Kyle Williams might be the best defensive lineman you’ve never heard of before.

What They Need: Pass-rushing help at defensive end and outside linebacker is a must, a tight end to throw to would be a quality addition and another quarterback of the future has to be considered, even if Ryan Fitzpatrick still starts in 2011.

Another Possibility: North Carolina DE Robert Quinn

Never Considered: Georgia WR A.J. Green

ANALYSIS: Buffalo is desperate for speed and athleticism off the edge, and Miller is overflowing with both based on what we saw from him at the combine.

Round 1
4
Cincinnati Bengals
Height: 6-4
Weight: 234
Hometown: Ballwin, MO
College: Missouri
Class: 2011 JR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 11
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: It wasn’t that long ago when Carson Palmer was an elite QB, Cedric Benson is coming off back-to-back years of 1,100 yards and change on the ground and Johnathan Joseph is a great corner -- if he returns, of course.

What They Need: A receiver to replace the production provided by the soon-to-be-departed Terrell Owens, better pass rushers inside at tackle and outside at end and an injection of youth at both of the safety positions.

Another Possibility: Georgia WR A.J. Green

Never Considered: Alabama DT Marcell Dareus

ANALYSIS: Palmer's recent comments suggest he'll never play for Cincinnati again, so it's officially time to start over with a new quarterback of the future.

Round 1
5
Arizona Cardinals
Height: 6-0
Weight: 219
Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
College: LSU
Class: 2011 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 1
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt

2010 Record: 5-11

What They Have: One of the few game-changing receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald, a difference maker along the defensive line in Darnell Dockett and an interception waiting to happen in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

What They Need: A legitimate quarterback that can get the football consistently downfield to Fitzgerald, better blocking at every position available on the offensive line and an outside linebacker capable of putting pressure on the passer.

Another Possibility: Alabama DT Marcell Dareus

Never Considered: Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara

ANALYSIS: Pairing Peterson with Rodgers-Cromartie would make it hard on enemy passers, and even if corner isn't a major need, Peterson is too good at No. 5.

Round 1
6
Cleveland Browns
Player: A.J. Green
Height: 6-4
Weight: 211
Hometown: Summerville, SC
College: Georgia
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 5
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Pat Shurmur

2010 Record: 5-11

What They Have: An offensive line led by a pair of Pro Bowlers in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack, a bruising ball carrier in Peyton Hillis to pound it up the middle and a budding star at corner in Joe Haden.

What They Need: A No. 1 receiver to make some plays for young quarterback Colt McCoy, defensive line help inside and outside to smooth the transition from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and a pure right tackle opposite Thomas.

Another Possibility: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn

Never Considered: Auburn QB Cam Newton

ANALYSIS: Mike Holmgren believes that McCoy is a winner, so get him some better targets to throw to out wide -- Green is the pick of the receiver litter.

Round 1
7
San Francisco 49ers
Player: Robert Quinn
Height: 6-4
Weight: 265
Hometown: North Charleston, SC
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 6
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: The offensive line is loaded with first- and second-round picks of recent vintage, Frank Gore is productive year after year despite little help at the skill positions and Patrick Willis is a special middle linebacker.

What They Need: The failure of former No. 1-overall selection Alex Smith can no longer be ignored, better players at outside linebacker would remove some of the burden from Willis and Nate Clements isn’t worth all that money at corner.

Another Possibility: Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara

Never Considered: USC OT Tyron Smith

ANALYSIS: Perhaps a candidate to go No. 1 overall if he had more tape, Quinn is a terrific pass rusher and an upgrade over Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson.

Round 1
8
Tennessee Titans
Height: 6-3
Weight: 319
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
College: Alabama
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 2
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Munchak

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Chris Johnson is one of the few 2,000-yard rushers in league history, Kenny Britt has a world of upside catching passes down the field and Jason Babin was among the NFL’s leading sackers last year with 13.

What They Need: Quarterback is a big question mark since both Vince Young and Kerry Collins could be out the door, better play at D-tackle and D-end to help Babin is necessary and linebacker is also a weakness defensively.

Another Possibility: Auburn QB Cam Newton

Never Considered: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn

ANALYSIS: A bargain at No. 8, Dareus played D-end in Nick Saban's 3-4 but could be unblockable as a three-technique D-tackle in Tennessee's 4-3.

Round 1
9
Dallas Cowboys
Height: 6-0
Weight: 206
Hometown: Glendale, AZ
College: Nebraska
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 7
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jason Garrett

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Tony Romo remains a fantasy-friendly numbers machine at the game’s most important position, Dez Bryant is a star on the rise as both a receiver and a returner and DeMarcus Ware is a terror off the edge.

What They Need: Better offensive line play at both guard and tackle, corners and safeties that can slow the opposition down in the passing game and maybe another five-technique defensive end for depth.

Another Possibility: Illinois DT Corey Liuget

Never Considered: Missouri LB Aldon Smith

ANALYSIS: Corner is the primary need for the Cowboys, so they rush the card up to the podium and don’t even consider a deal with Amukamara still available.

Round 1
10
Washington Redskins
Player: Cam Newton
Height: 6-5
Weight: 248
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: Auburn
Class: 2011 JR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 10
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Shanahan

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: What they hope is a left tackle for the next decade in Trent Williams, a scary pass rusher off the edge in Brian Orakpo and a Pro Bowl corner in DeAngelo Hall -- provided Jay Cutler is throwing the ball.

What They Need: A new quarterback to be excited about after the one-season disaster with Donovan McNabb, a nose tackle to anchor Jim Haslett’s 3-4 scheme and a lot of help on special teams, which were downright despicable in 2010.

Another Possibility: Alabama WR Julio Jones

Never Considered: UCLA LB Akeem Ayers

ANALYSIS: While Newton's workout at the combine wasn't great, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder likes to make a splash and takes the Heisman Trophy winner.

Round 1
11
Houston Texans
Height: 6-3
Weight: 281
Hometown: Webster Groves, MO
College: Iowa
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 24
Pos Rank: 7

Head Coach: Gary Kubiak

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: A terrific passing game with Matt Schaub throwing and Andre Johnson catching, a running back in Arian Foster that made everyone forget about Steve Slaton and a dominant defensive end in Mario Williams.

What They Need: Both corners and safeties to bolster a secondary that allowed 33 touchdown passes, another outside linebacker to rush the passer in their new 3-4 approach and a zero-technique tackle to line up over the enemy center.

Another Possibility: Missouri LB Aldon Smith

Never Considered: Alabama WR Julio Jones

ANALYSIS: With Houston moving to the 3-4 under new coordinator Wade Phillips, Clayborn might end up being a good complement opposite Wiilliams at D-end.

Round 1
12
Minnesota Vikings
Player: Julio Jones
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Hometown: Foley, AL
College: Alabama
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 9
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Leslie Frazier

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Probably the best pure running back in the league in Adrian Peterson, a playmaker in the slot when Percy Harvin isn’t battling migraines and a productive defensive line led by sack artist Jared Allen.

What They Need: A promising young arm to potentially stop the revolving door of veterans, corners and safeties to augment what was a banged-up secondary a season ago and a receiver to replace Sidney Rice if he departs in free agency.

Another Possibility: USC OT Tyron Smith

Never Considered: Alabama RB Mark Ingram

ANALYSIS: Even if the Vikings manage to keep Rice, whomever the new QB is next year needs as many weapons as possible to take pressure off Peterson.

Round 1
13
Detroit Lions
Player: Tyron Smith
Height: 6-5
Weight: 307
Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
College: USC
Class: 2011 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jim Schwartz

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: A quarterback in Matthew Stafford that everyone loves when he’s actually on the field, a cornerback’s worst nightmare in Calvin Johnson on the outside and the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year: Ndamukong Suh.

What They Need: Some outside linebackers to slow down the merry-go-round at those two positions, at least one corner to help a pass defense that has been below par for years and more offensive linemen to protect Stafford in the pocket.

Another Possibility: Colorado CB Jimmy Smith

Never Considered: Illinois DT Corey Liuget

ANALYSIS: Moving up everyone's draft board, perhaps putting Smith at left tackle for the next decade will help keep Stafford clean in the pocket more often.

Round 1
14
St. Louis Rams
Player: Corey Liuget
Height: 6-2
Weight: 298
Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Illinois
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 23
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Steve Spagnuolo

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: A home run in 2010 No. 1-overall pick Sam Bradford running the offense, one of the league’s few remaining workhorse backs in Steven Jackson and an unquestioned leading tackler in James Laurinaitis.

What They Need: A primary target down the field to take advantage of Bradford’s talent in the passing game, a safety to replace the departed Oshiomogho Atogwe and a weak-side linebacker that can run sideline to sideline.

Another Possibility: UCLA LB Akeem Ayers

Never Considered: Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi

ANALYSIS: Heartbroken that Jones is taken two picks earlier, the Rams decide to beef up their D-line with Liuget, who is becoming one of the scouts' favorites.

Round 1
15
Miami Dolphins
Player: Mark Ingram
Height: 5-9
Weight: 215
Hometown: Flint, MI
College: Alabama
Class: 2011 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 17
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Tony Sparano

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: An offensive line that is always going to be a strength when Jake Long lines up at left tackle, a receiving corps with a true alpha dog in Brandon Marshall and an out-of-nowhere phenom pass rusher in Cameron Wake.

What They Need: Another quarterback of the future since everyone soured on Chad Henne so quickly, a ball carrier to breathe new life into what used to be a great running game and another pass catcher to make Marshall's life easier.

Another Possibility: Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi

Never Considered: California DE Cameron Jordan

ANALYSIS: It wasn't long ago when Miami had the best tailback duo in the league, but Ingram is a pounder in the mold of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.

Round 1
16
Jacksonville Jaguars
Height: 6-4
Weight: 287
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
College: California
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 13
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio

2010 Record: 8-8

What They Have: A do-it-all running back in Maurice Jones-Drew that has a nose for the end zone, young talent at offensive tackle that should only be improved and an outside linebacker in Daryl Smith that led the team in tackles.

What They Need: A quarterback that can finally put an end to the roller-coaster ride referred to as the David Garrard Era, someone that can actually get after the passer consistently and a safety capable of taking away the big play.

Another Possibility: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

Never Considered: Washington QB Jake Locker

ANALYSIS: Perhaps the cure to their pass-rushing woes, Jordan gives the Jaguars versatility to play outside on running downs and inside on passing downs.

Round 1
17*
New England Patriots
Player: Aldon Smith
Height: 6-4
Weight: 263
Hometown: Raytown, MO
College: Missouri
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 18
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2010 Record: 14-2

What They Have: Tom Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were both tremendous rookies at tight end and Vince Wilfork is an immovable object at nose tackle.

What They Need: A pass-rushing outside linebacker that has been missing for quite a while, offensive linemen at any and all positions provided they are versatile and a running back that can lend more support to Brady and Co.

Another Possibility: Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson

Never Considered: Colorado CB Jimmy Smith

ANALYSIS: A defensive end in Columbia, Smith goes to New England as an outside linebacker that can get to the passer and make it easier on the secondary.

Round 1
18
San Diego Chargers
Player: Akeem Ayers
Height: 6-3
Weight: 254
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: UCLA
Class: 2011 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 25
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Norv Turner

2010 Record: 9-7

What They Have: Philip Rivers is a cold-blooded killer at quarterback no matter who he’s throwing to, Antonio Gates is one of his generation’s most uncoverable pass-catching weapons and Shaun Phillips is a handful off the edge.

What They Need: More linebackers, both inside and outside, so Phillips doesn’t have to do it all himself, a five-technique defensive end that can hold the point of attack and a right tackle to mirror Marcus McNeill on the other side.

Another Possibility: Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward

Never Considered: Florida C Mike Pouncey

ANALYSIS: Linebacker is a big need for the Chargers, both inside and outside, and Ayers is the best available at this spot and can play opposite Phillips.

Round 1
19
New York Giants
Player: Jimmy Smith
Height: 6-2
Weight: 211
Hometown: Colton, CA
College: Colorado
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 16
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Eli Manning has a plethora of skill-position talent at his disposal, both in the backfield and in the receiving corps, sacking the enemy quarterback continues to be a team strength and there is depth at safety.

What They Need: A talented linebacker can probably be an immediate starter at any of the three positions, corner is a concern due to injury and ineffectiveness and another offensive tackle wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Another Possibility: Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo

Never Considered: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

ANALYSIS: His combine workout wasn't as impressive as some scouts wanted, but nobody threw the ball at Smith this past season in Boulder for a reason.

Round 1
20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player: J.J. Watt
Height: 6-5
Weight: 290
Hometown: Pewaukee, WI
College: Wisconsin
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 8
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Raheem Morris

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: A sensational young quarterback in Josh Freeman that is still somewhat anonymous across the country, a serious red zone threat in receiver Mike Williams and a promising D-tackle in Gerald McCoy, last year’s No. 1.

What They Need: A pair of defensive ends that can make it easier on McCoy inside, a middle linebacker ready to step in and start assuming Barrett Ruud leaves via free agency and offensive linemen at every position.

Another Possibility: Illinois LB Martrez Wilson

Never Considered: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

ANALYSIS: Although he's being considered by some teams as a five-technique end, Watt has the size and motor to be a great left end in a more traditional 4-3.

Round 1
21
Kansas City Chiefs
Player: Gabe Carimi
Height: 6-7
Weight: 314
Hometown: Monona, WI
College: Wisconsin
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 15
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Todd Haley

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Running back Jamaal Charles has a chance to go the distance every time he gets his paws on the football, Dwayne Bowe rebounded to have a productive year as a pass catcher and Tamba Hali had 15 sacks.

What They Need: Yet another big body in the trenches to help top-5 picks Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson, Bowe could use a new partner in crime to augment the passing game and depth at offensive tackle would be a wise move.

Another Possibility: Georgia LB Justin Houston

Never Considered: Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward

ANALYSIS: If the Chiefs want to continue to run the rock down everyone's throat, having a mauler at tackle like Carimi gives Charles more chances to break free.

Round 1
22
Indianapolis Colts
Height: 6-4
Weight: 315
Hometown: Linden, NJ
College: Temple
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 26
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Peyton Manning is a quarterback and an offensive coordinator rolled into one, Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme should be a dynamite combo at tight end and pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are still terrific.

What They Need: An offensive tackle can give Manning more time and hopefully open more holes for an unproductive run game, another receiver following injuries to Anthony Gonzalez and Austin Collie and more DBs would be welcome.

Another Possibility: Colorado OT Nate Solder

Never Considered: UCLA S Rahim Moore

ANALYSIS: Offensive line help is very tempting in Round 1, but imagine how good Freeney and Mathis could be with a real difference maker inside at tackle.

Round 1
23
Philadelphia Eagles
Height: 6-7
Weight: 311
Hometown: Fork Union, VA
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 20
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Andy Reid

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Michael Vick is again the NFL’s most dangerous dual threat with his ability to throw and run, receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have speed to burn and cornerback Asante Samuel has magnets for hands.

What They Need: Samuel must get some help in the secondary, both at corner and safety, more pass rushers are always necessary in such an aggressive scheme and offensive tackle could use an influx of talent.

Another Possibility: Texas CB Aaron Williams

Never Considered: Oregon State DT Stephen Paea

ANALYSIS: If the Eagles trade Kevin Kolb, then they have to be extra careful with Vick and make sure he's protected for his reincarnation as a pocket passer.

Round 1
24
New Orleans Saints
Height: 6-5
Weight: 294
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: Ohio State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 27
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Sean Payton

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: A surgeon of a quarterback in Drew Brees that spreads the ball around beautifully, a receiving corps that seems to feature a new flavor of the week every Sunday and a leader at linebacker in Jonathan Vilma.

What They Need: The defensive line requires more bodies at both tackle and end, an outside linebacker to flank Vilma can contribute right away and it may be time to settle on a running back that can do it all and stay on the field.

Another Possibility: Illinois RB Mike Leshoure

Never Considered: Georgia LB Justin Houston

ANALYSIS: The Saints found out in 2010 it's much harder to play defense if you're not getting three turnovers per game, so more pressure up front is needed.

Round 1
25
Seattle Seahawks
Player: Mike Pouncey
Height: 6-5
Weight: 303
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
College: Florida
Class: 2011 SR
Position: C
Rating:
Overall Rank: 29
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Pete Carroll

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: The franchise traded for Marshawn Lynch last year and believes he’s a difference maker, Russell Okung showed a lot of promise at left tackle as a rookie and fellow first-year pro Earl Thomas looked special at safety.

What They Need: Matt Hasselbeck played quite well in the postseason but can’t be the quarterback forever, an interior offensive linemen can help Okung be at his best on the blind side and cornerback is a genuine concern.

Another Possibility: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

Never Considered: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett

ANALYSIS: Pouncey's ability to play center and either guard position is attractive, especially if Lynch is going to be worth the price Seattle paid to get him.

Round 1
26
Baltimore Ravens
Height: 6-4
Weight: 267
Hometown: Muncie, IN
College: Purdue
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 19
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

2010 Record: 12-4

What They Have: Nobody told Joe Flacco that young quarterbacks don’t win playoff games on the road, Ray Rice is nothing short of dynamic both rushing and receiving and Ed Reed has a nose for the football like few others.

What They Need: Another outside linebacker to take some pressure off Terrell Suggs, a true left tackle so Michael Oher can go back to what is a better spot for him on the right side and a receiving threat with serious speed.

Another Possibility: Maryland WR Torrey Smith

Never Considered: Illinois LB Martrez Wilson

ANALYSIS: Kerrigan looked much more comfortable at the combine attacking than retreating, but an aggressive scheme like Baltimore's can use his talent.

Round 1
27
Atlanta Falcons
Height: 6-0
Weight: 204
Hometown: Austin, TX
College: Texas
Class: 2011 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 30
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Mike Smith

2010 Record: 13-3

What They Have: Matt Ryan throwing to Roddy White is a beautiful thing to watch in the passing game, Michael Turner is one of the toughest tailbacks in the league to tackle and John Abraham must be accounted for as a pass rusher.

What They Need: Defense, defense and more defense, including another D-end opposite Abraham to pull the plug on the Jamaal Anderson experiment, outside linebackers to support Curtis Lofton and a corner that can cover.

Another Possibility: Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph

Never Considered: Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod

ANALYSIS: Williams has cornerback skills in a safety's body, so no matter where he ultimately ends up, he has a shot to upgrade Atlanta's secondary.

Round 1
28
New England Patriots
Player: Nate Solder
Height: 6-8
Weight: 319
Hometown: Buena Vista, CO
College: Colorado
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 31
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2010 Record: 14-2

What They Have: Tom Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were both tremendous rookies at tight end and Vince Wilfork is an immovable object at nose tackle.

What They Need: A pass-rushing outside linebacker that has been missing for quite a while, offensive linemen at any and all positions provided they are versatile and a running back that can lend more support to Brady and Co.

Another Possibility: Florida State OG Rodney Hudson

Never Considered: Baylor DT Phil Taylor

ANALYSIS: Sliding a bit, Solder still has a high ceilng -- figuratively and literally -- and is a luxury pick for New England, the only team with two first rounders.

Round 1
29
Chicago Bears
Player: Stephen Paea
Height: 6-1
Weight: 303
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
College: Oregon State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 37
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Lovie Smith

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: Jay Cutler can spin the football as well as any quarterback in the league, Julius Peppers proved to be worth all that money at defensive end and the linebacking duo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs is scary.

What They Need: Any offensive linemen that can help keep Cutler upright in the pocket on passing plays, a penetrating defensive tackle since Tommie Harris is now history and a corner that can both cover receivers and support the run.

Another Possibility: Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod

Never Considered: Maryland WR Torrey Smith

ANALYSIS: The release of Harris means three-technique tackle just shot up the list of priorities, and Paea can do more than just bench 225 pounds 49 times.

Round 1
30
New York Jets
Height: 6-3
Weight: 270
Hometown: Statesboro, GA
College: Georgia
Class: 2011 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 28
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Rex Ryan

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: Mark Sanchez looks so bad at times but makes big throws when it counts in big games, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene run the ball behind a terrific offensive line and corner Darrelle Revis can eliminate any receiver.

What They Need: A D-end sturdy enough to defend the run and speedy enough to rush the passer, an outside linebacker that can also get to the quarterback and a receiver since both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards are free agents.

Another Possibility: Baylor DT Phil Taylor

Never Considered: Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph

ANALYSIS: Considering how productive the Jets have been on defense since Ryan arrived, this team can surprisingly still use help anywhere in the front seven.

Round 1
31
Pittsburgh Steelers
Height: 6-5
Weight: 321
Hometown: Caledonia, MS
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 22
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin

2010 Record: 12-4

What They Have: A winner of a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, despite his somewhat unconventional way of doing things, a deep target in Mike Wallace that can burn past any corner and a defense that suffocates the running game.

What They Need: Better coverage in the secondary, definitely at cornerback but perhaps also at safety, a big right tackle so Flozell Adams can finally be put out to pasture and depth at linebacker -- linebackers are oxygen in this system.

Another Possibility: Miami CB Brandon Harris

Never Considered: Michigan State LB Greg Jones

ANALYSIS: A pure left tackle that looks to be NFL-ready Day 1, Sherrod can better protect Roethlisberger and open up more holes for Rashard Mendenhall.

Round 1
32
Green Bay Packers
Player: Torrey Smith
Height: 6-1
Weight: 204
Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
College: Maryland
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 41
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: A future MVP quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, a pass-rushing beast in Clay Matthews and one of the most versatile defenders around in Charles Woodson -- they have the Vince Lombardi Trophy, too.

What They Need: More cornerbacks for a scheme that calls for a lot of nickel and dime packages, a receiver to replace the aging Donald Driver and another option or two for the offensive line, preferably a tackle.

Another Possibility: Miami OG Orlando Franklin

Never Considered: Miami CB Brandon Harris

ANALYSIS: Despite the fact that the Packers had the best receiving corps in the league this past year, Greg Jennings is the only sure thing for 2011.

* from Raiders


John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.



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