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Pre-combine NFL Mock Draft

I did a mock draft for cbssports.com so I thought I would put it on BGN as well and see what you guys think.

1. Carolina Panthers- Nick Fairley DT Auburn- Best player in draft will help fix team's biggest weakness.

2. Denver Broncos- Patrick Peterson CB LSU- Safest pick in the draft based on what he's done already in his career to go along with great cover skills, ballhawking skills and his ability as a returner.

3. Buffalo Bills- Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson- Sometime the best way to improve a bad defense is to go out and get a pass rusher. Bowers has the potential to be not just great but Julious Peppers great.

4. Cincinnati Bengals- AJ Green WR Georgia- Looks like neither Owens and Ochocinco will be back in 2011, so a big play wideout is their number one need besides figuring out if Carson Palmer is really bluffing or not. Drafting AJ Green may help change his mind or lure in a decent quarterback in free agency.

5. Arizona Cardinals- Von Miller OLB Texas A&M- Their 7-man 3-4 front needs a lot of help and getting a stud edge rusher in Miller is a good start.

6. Cleveland Browns- Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa- Maybe a little early for Clayborn but Cleveland needs a pass rushing defensive end for their new 4-3 defense and Clayborn has the best track record of any defensive end in the draft as he isn't a one year wonder.

7. San Francisco 49ers- Robert Quinn DE UNC- Sky's the limit for Quinn as an edge rusher in the 9ers 3-4 defense. Freak athlete with great pass rushing skills.

8. Tennessee Titans- Cam Newton QB Auburn- Bud Adams gets another shot at drafting a freak athlete QB, this time the player has his head on straight even if his dad doesn't.

9. Dallas Cowboys- Nate Solder OT Colorado- The Cowboys need to re-build their offensive line and Jerry's kids won't let him pass on that in this year's draft, especially after what happened to Romo last year.

10. Washington Redskins- Marcell Dareus DT Alabama- Great 3-4 lineman prospect. He has the experience, size and agility to be a solid lineman in Jim Haslett's 3-4 defense.

11. Houston Texans- Aldon Smith DE Missouri- Another great edge rusher prospect which is a huge need for a Texans defense trying in install the 3-4 under Wade Phillips.

12. Minnesota Vikings- Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska- Has the size, speed and cover skills needed to be an elite shut-down corner.

13. Detroit Lions- Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA- Ayers should be able to take advantage of playing behind a great line featuring Ndamkong Suh.

14. St Louis Rams- Julio Jones WR Alabama- Great size/speed combo, will be the perfect deep threat that Sam Bradford the Rams badly needed last season.

15. Miami Dolphins- Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois- More upside and less injury concerns then Mark Ingram. Being compared to Rashard Mendenhall already.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars- Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue- The Jags passed on drafting a pass rushing defensive end last year in the first round in order to draft a 3-4 DE in Tyson Alau to be their 4-3 DT. This year they get smart and draft a 4-3 DE to bolster their pathatic pass rush.

17. New England Patriots- Cameron Jordan DE California- Best 3-4 DE in the draft, Bellicheck gets great player here.

18. San Diego Chargers- Tyron Smith OT USC- Probably not ready to be opening week starter at LT but has potential to be pro bowler after a year or two. Great ability but skills are really raw.

19. New York Giants- Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College- Giants O-line is starting to show signs of age and needs to start rebuilding it before its past it's prime.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Brandon Harris CB Miami- Good speed corner who needs to learn how to cover bigger recievers. No pressure to start right away although he still might.

21. Kansas City Chiefs- Mark Ingram RB Alabama- Can never have too many runningbacks on this run-happy offense. Can work under Thomas Jones in 2011 and replace him in 2012.

22. Indianapolis Colts- Gabe Carimi OT/G Wisconsin- Colts offensive line showed it's true colors late last season and needs to draft some future starters.

23. Philadelphia Eagles- Mike Pouncey OG Florida- Great prospect at guard whose athleticism will fit in nicely in Andy Reid's offense. Eagles have not been able to replace Shawn Andrews at RG and Pouncey is more then able to do just that.

24. New Orleans Saints- Cory Liuget DT Illinois- After getting run over by the Seahawks at home, it's time to get some talent at DT.

25. Seattle Seahawks- Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri- A little low for Gabber I know, but I have my reasoning. There is a lot of already proven quarterback via free agency and trade that are cheaper and better than Gabbert- Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton, T-Jack, Donovan McNabb, Marc Bulger, etc. QB class is weak and Gabbert will drop late in the first like Brady Quinn did 4 years ago.

26. Baltimore Ravens- Jimmy Smith CB Colorado- Good size at corner, should help improve the weaklink on defense.

27. Atlanta Falcons- JJ Watt DE Wisconsin- Atlanta needs to get a pass rusher to help take the pressure and double teams away from John Abrams.

28. New England Patriots- Danny Watkins OG Baylor- The Pats bought at least one more year of Logan Mankins thanks to their non-exclusive franchise tag. They won't have him next season as he has already stated he wants to start a bidding war for his services when he hits free agency. Watkins should be able to take his spot at RG in 2012.

29. Chicago Bears- Aaron Williams CB Texas- Tim Jennings should not be a starting outside corner and he proved that in the playoffs last January. Aaron Williams will push to replace him right away.

30. New York Jets- Phil Taylor DT Baylor- The Jets need an edge rusher as their pass rush was inconsistent this past season. However, with Kris Jenkins coming off another ACL surgery, they need a NT which might help there pass rush more then any edge rusher available.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers- Derrick Sherrod OT Mississippi State- Had a great week in the Senior Bowl and gets the perfect situation coming to Pittsburgh with no pressure to start right away.

32. Green Bay Packers- Torrey Smith WR Maryland- Sometimes the best way to go with the last pick in the first round is just take the best player available. Smith can help in the return game as well and with Donald Driver getting past his prime adding another stud wideout couldn't hurt.

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