By KFFL Staff on April 27, 2011
Cris Collinsworth Mock Draft 3.0: Will anybody reach for a quarterback? That is the question
Who will reach for a QB? That was the hardest part of doing this Mock Draft. Can Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee, Washington, Minnesota, and Miami all pass on a QB in the first round. I believe they all will pass, but fans will be screaming for that next QB off the board. I can't even tell you who the next QB will be. My guess is when the third QB is taken, you will start to see the real action in this draft. Teams will start to trade up and down to get the next few. My pick would be Ryan Mallett as the third QB, but he could end up the 5th or 6th QB taken. The QB position will make the second round more interesting to watch, especially with a day in-between to think about making deals in the second round. The first 16 picks as I see them:
2) Denver: Marcell Dareus: Can play any position on the DL. No other player in this draft could claim that. No brainer.
5) Arizona: Patrick Peterson: Cardinals are already thinking about free agent quarterbacks. Losing out on a quarterback lands them the most athletic guy in the draft. Von Miller would have been the best fit, but Peterson is too good to pass.
9) Dallas: Tyron Smith: Don't have to worry about moving Smith to LT yet. Romo cannot survive without a more athletic offensive line.
10) Washington: Cameron Jordan: Front 7 is just too slow to win. Jordan can't miss.
12) Minnesota: J.J. Watt: Really tough pick. Need a QB so desperately but this is too high to take one. Pat Williams and the Williams wall crumbled a bit last year. Ray Edwards is a free agent. Watt fits opposite Jared Allen.
15) Miami: Mark Ingram: Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are both free agents. I still think Ingram reminds me of Emmitt Smith. Too risky not to take Ingram here. Like the Bengals, the Dolphins are forced to fill a need. Running backs can play right away in the NFL. Quarterbacks cannot.
16) Jacksonville: Aldon Smith: Aaron Kampman is coming off of his second season ending knee surgery, but even if he returns fully healthy, the need at DE is too great. Risky pick, but a pure pass rusher that could put on 20 pounds and not lose a step.
Cris Collinsworth, Boomer Esiason, Howie Long, and Phil Simms appeared at an NFL Draft preview event sponsored by Men's Wearhouse in New York City on Monday night as part of the newly formed The Experts Network (TXN) www.TXNSPORTS.com.
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