OBR's Mock Draft Extravaganza

With The NFL Draft now one week away, The OBR staff -- Sobo, Greetham, Don and DK -- presents its Top 10 mock drafts.

The 2011 NFL Draft is now one week away. In order to commemorate, the fellas at The OBR have decided to offer up their own Top 10 Mock Drafts.

Also, a friendly reminder, The OBR is hosting a draft party with Peter Pattakos of ClevelandFrowns.com beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at Gillespie's Map Room on West 9th Street. For more information click HERE.

And now, onto the Top 10 mock drafts of The OBR's Brent Sobleski, Don Delco, Fred Greetham and Dave Kolonich:


Brent Sobleski, OBR Draft Analyst

1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Where there is smoke, there is fire. Carolina has simply done too much homework on Newton to pass.

2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama

The top overall player in the draft drops to no.2 while Denver addresses a gaping hole along its defensive line.

3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

General manager Buddy Nix is looking for a top talent who can contribute immediately. Miller helps Buffalo's woeful front seven, and he already has familiarity with the coaching staff courtesy of the Senior Bowl.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

Team owner Mike Brown just might be stubborn enough to try and call Carson Palmer's *bluff* (if he even is). T.O. and Chad Johnson won't be back, and the scouting staff in Cincinnati is well known for sticking to highly rated players according to national services.

5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

The Cardinals covet Gabbert. He is the only quarterback prospect who could potentially step in and get their offense humming again.

6. Cleveland Browns: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

It's simply an issue of value. Tom Heckert will sit back and select the best talent the team feels is available, or trade down. Peterson is no.1 overall on some boards and too good to resist.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

The 49ers are in dire need of a quarterback, but since none are worthy of this selection they look to address their aging and depleted secondary.

8. Tennessee Titans: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

The question becomes, does Nick Fairley's former coach give him the support required for the team to select him? Watt would slide inside to tackle and is exactly the type of personality the Titans love to build around.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

The Cowboys are enamored with Patrick Peterson, but if he isn't on the board they have done a ton of research on Smith while he resides next on their wish list.

10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

A team with multiple needs takes the best offensive talent available to appease head coach Mike Shanahan.


Don Delco, OBR Browns Reporter

1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

Why Gabbert? With the amount of question marks surrounding Cam Newton, the Panthers err on the side of caution and take a pocket passer with a little more Division I college experience. So long, Jimmy Clausen.

2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

Like the Browns, the Broncos are making a switch to a 4-3 defense and need linemen. Dareus is considered the best available and does not have as many question marks as the projected pass rushing defensive ends.

3. Buffalo Bills: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

The Bills are in need of an identity, and coach Chan Gailey isn't that guy, so they'll go with someone who can be the new face of the floundering franchise. Plus, current quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the long-term solution in Buffalo.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

This is a flashy, sexy pick and it is what the Bengals do best. Plus, it may make disgruntled quarterback Carson Palmer happy. It's not like stubborn owner Mike Brown is going to trade Palmer, so this may be best case scenario for all involved, including Jordan Palmer, who may be the team's new starting quarterback.

5. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

Like last season, a good defensive player is drafted one slot ahead of the Browns. Arizona needs help at cornerback and they get a big upgrade with Peterson, who some consider the best player in this year's draft.

6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

The Browns' need on the defensive line is too great to pass on Quinn. He is high, risk-high reward pick, and pass rushers are not easy to come by. With a player like Peterson off the board, Quinn becomes the pick.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

Like the Browns, the 49ers need more of a pass rush and they can get that with Miller. Both quarterbacks are off the board, as is Peterson, so Miller is the pick and, on paper, looks pretty formidable playing next to Patrick Willis.

8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

After the national championship game, Fairley was projected to go first overall. He falls here to Tennessee, who is still looking to replace the loss of Albert Haynesworth.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

Ask Tony Romo and his fracture clavicle if he needs protection for the coming season. Romo missed the final 10 games last season because he suffered an injury caused by a sieve of an offensive line. The Cowboys upgrade that front five with this pick.

10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

The Redskins offense needs playmakers and Jones, who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, is that type of playmaker.


Fred Greetham, OBR Browns Reporter

1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

The Panthers could go in a lot of directions, but taking Newton with the first pick will create excitement in Carolina. Last year's quarterback pick, Jimmy Clausen, was not picked by new coach Ron Rivera.

2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DL, Alabama

The Broncos are looking to build their defense up front with John Fox at the helm and Dareus is considered to be the best interior lineman.

3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

One of the best playmakers on the board is too much value to pass up.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

With Carson Palmer expressing his desire to leave the Bengals, it makes sense for the Bengals to draft their quarterback of the future.

5. Arizona Cardinals, Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

The Cardinals could go with a quarterback, but Miller seems to be a good fit for them.

6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

With two quarterbacks going in the top four, the Browns have their choice of receivers  Green or  Julio Jones or defensive linemen Nick Fairley, Robert Quinn or DaQuan Bowers .

7. San Francisco 49ers: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

The 49ers were hoping that Peterson would fall to them but they settled for the second-best cornerback.

8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DL, Auburn

The Titans have been looking to fill the void inside since they lost Albert Haynesworth.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

The Cowboys are looking to fill a void on the offensive line and Smith is rated at the top of the tackle chart.

10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

The Redskins get who many consider the best receiver in the draft.


Dave Kolonich, OBR Browns Reporter

1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Carolina is a franchise in need of a facelift. Although Newton's learning curve will be immense, the Panthers make a huge splash – at least in the marketing department.

2. Denver Broncos: Nick Fairley, DL, Auburn

This pick could go in five different directions, but the Broncos need to get younger on defense – starting with their core. In a nod to possible NCAA infractions - two Auburn picks open the draft 1-2.

3. Buffalo Bills: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

Never underestimate Chan Gailey's love of offense. Despite projections to the contrary, the Bills add another offensive weapon – one who will be playing in Toronto in a few years.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

In an attempt to find their next Carson Palmer, the Bengals instead reach for the next Akili Smith.

5. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

Although the Cardinals have yet to replace the body and soul of Kurt Warner, Peterson makes too much football sense at number five.

6. Cleveland Browns: Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama

Not exactly the most exciting pick for an offense starved of playmakers– but with Green and Peterson off the board, the Browns go with the safest bet in Dareus.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Cameron Jordan, DL, Cal

The 49ers could try to boost their sagging pass rush by taking a gamble on the ultra-talented Robert Quinn.  However, Jim Harbaugh's first NFL pick reflects the new coach's Pac-10 roots.

8. Tennessee Titans: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

After the Randy Moss experiment failed in 2010 and thanks to Kenny Britt's future suspension in 2011, the Titans finally add a downfield threat in Jones.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Despite all the thinly veiled press reports to the contrary, Amukamara was the Cowboys' pick all along.

10. Washington Redskins: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

The Redskins begin their annual conversion to a new coaching scheme – this time on the defensive side of the ball.  Watt fits the bill as an ideal 3-4 end.

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