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Draft 2011: 2-Round Final Mock

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


The 2011 NFL draft is a day away, and the rumor mill is abuzz with trade scenarios. Get all of the latest over at ProFootballTalk.com and here on the Rotoworld News Page.

Chris Wesseling and yours truly will be working Rotoworld news through the weekend, and we'll bring in Pat Daugherty for an extra hand on the draft's fast-paced third day. If you aren't already, follow us on Twitter at @ChrisWesseling, @RotoPat, and @EvanSilva.

This is Rotoworld's fifth and final mock draft. Wesseling remains skeptical that Cam Newton will be the first overall pick -- he's predicting Marcell Dareus -- but I've had the 2010 Heisman winner in the top spot since March 6, and wouldn't feel comfortable backing down now.

Projections for the first two rounds:

1. Panthers: Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn.

Newton has talent to turn around the struggling Panthers organization.

2. Broncos: Marcell Dareus, defensive tackle, Alabama.

Denver can't pass on the draft's top defensive tackle as it installs a 4-3.

3. Bills: Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M.

The Miller pick fixes Buffalo's disastrous 2009 miss on Aaron Maybin.

4. Bengals: Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, Missouri.

Cincinnati can now feel comfortable trading Carson Palmer to Seattle.

5. Cardinals: Robert Quinn, linebacker, North Carolina.

Quinn will replace Joey Porter, a surefire post-draft salary casualty.

6. Browns: A.J. Green, wide receiver, Georgia.

Colt McCoy has no shot to succeed with his current supporting cast.

7. 49ers: Patrick Peterson, cornerback, LSU.

Picks five and seven are interchangeable; the 49ers would take either.

8. Titans: Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn.

The offensive staff wants a QB, but Fairley will be higher on their board.

9. Cowboys: Tyron Smith, tackle, USC.

Left tackle Doug Free is a free agent, making Smith a no-brainer pick.

10. Redskins: Jake Locker, quarterback, Washington.

Shanahans are intent on finding their franchise quarterback in this draft.

11. Texans: Aldon Smith, linebacker, Missouri.

With Miller and Quinn gone, the Texans take the best pass rusher left.

12. Vikings: Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama.

The Vikes want Locker, but fall back with a weapon for a free agent QB.


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