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Draft 2011: NFL Mock 3.0

Monday, March 28, 2011




25. Seahawks: Mike Pouncey, guard/center, Florida.

Interior offensive linemen typically don't go so high, but the success of brother Maurkice is going to help Mike immensely on draft weekend. Seahawks incumbent center Chris Spencer is a free agent, and right guard Stacy Andrews is a surefire salary casualty, due $5.25 million in base pay.

26. Ravens: Torrey Smith, wide receiver, Maryland.

NFL Network's Mike Lombardi is on record as predicting Smith will be the third wideout drafted in April, and we agree. A true field stretcher with sub-4.4 speed, the former Maryland Terrapin would be a local favorite in Baltimore and help upgrade the league's slowest receiver corps.

27. Falcons: Gabe Carimi, offensive tackle, Wisconsin.

The 2010 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, Carimi is NFL ready after starting all four years at Wisconsin as Joe Thomas' successor. While A.J. Green rumors are swirling, the Falcons' most pressing need is o-line. Harvey Dahl, Tyson Clabo, and Justin Blalock are all unsigned.

28. Patriots: Nate Solder, offensive tackle, Colorado.

Free agent Matt Light is recovering from shoulder surgery, turns 33 in June, and may have torpedoed his value to the Pats by calling out Bob Kraft for sitting out the end of CBA talks. Solder would team with Sebastian Vollmer to give New England the NFL's most athletic tackle duo.

29. Bears: Corey Liuget, defensive tackle, Illinois.

The Bears haven't drafted an Illinois alum in 25 years, a trend that probably needs to halt out of respect for club history (Red Grange, George Halas, Dick Butkus). Regardless, the quick-footed Liuget offers good value for a team searching for its new Tommie Harris at three-technique tackle.

30. Jets: Jabaal Sheard, linebacker, Pittsburgh.

Sheard has been written off as a first-round possibility by many draftniks due to off-field concerns that were ultimately overblown. Last season's Big East Defensive Player of the Year is highly disruptive, and the Jets are desperate for improved speed across from Calvin Pace on the edge.

31. Steelers: Aaron Williams, cornerback, Texas.

Coach Mike Tomlin has a history of success with big corners, and Williams fits the mold at 6-foot and 204 pounds. Pittsburgh is in danger of losing two of its top three cornerbacks to free agency, including top cover man Ike Taylor. Williams could push Bryant McFadden into a nickel role.

32. Packers: Justin Houston, linebacker, Georgia.

Houston is considered raw from a technique perspective, but he's arguably the most explosive pure pass rusher in the draft. It's scary to think how dangerous Green Bay's defense could be with a talented bookend for Clay Matthews. Frank Zombo and Erik Walden are "just guys."


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