New Mock Draft- If I Were The GM

We are inside of one week until the NFL Draft and everyone is putting together their final mock drafts. I'm going to pretend to be a general manager and give you the picks I would make for each franchise. The best player finally goes number one overall.

1. Carolina Panthers- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU- I'm not completely sold on either Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert so if I'm the Panthers who reside in a division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Josh Freeman, I'm going to fight fire with water and shut down half of the football field.

2. Denver Broncos- Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama- I'm getting an impact player at a position of need that's also a pretty safe pick. Nick Fairley is a consideration, but the Broncos have taken too many chances over the past few years and that's much of the reason why they're picking 2nd.

3. Buffalo Bills- Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A & M- This is a best available player pick as we believe Miller can add more of a pass rush to Buffalo to counter quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Marc Sanchez.

4. Cincinnati Bengals- A.J. Green, WR, Georgia- A.J. Green is the highest offensive player on my board and he represents a major area of need for the Bengals. There's temptation to take a QB here with Carson Palmer's status up in the air, but if Palmer doesn't return the Bengals will be in great position to take a quarterback with the first or second overall pick in 2012.

5. Arizona Cardinals- Blaine Gabbert, QB Missouri- After last season's complete debacle at the quarterback position, the Cardinals need to sell something to their fans. A washed-up Donovan McNabb is simply a band-aid on a gunshot wound.

6. Cleveland Browns- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn- Nick Fairley could be the biggest impact lineman in this draft and the Browns need some playmakers up front.

7. San Francisco 49ers- Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina- The 49ers defense needs another impact player and Quinn can rush the passer. Cam Newton was an option, but John Harbaugh's offense may be too complicated for him right away.

8. Tennessee Titans- Cam Newton, QB Auburn- The Titans have no answer at quarterback and they're in a division with Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub. A good, young quarterback could put the Titans over the top and keep them there for a very long time.

9. Dallas Cowboys- Tyron Smith, OT, USC- Dallas needs to keep Tony Romo healthy and they should select the best tackle in the draft. Easy pick.

10. Washington Redskins- Julio Jones, WR, Alabama- Need meets value here and Jones could be a Terrell Owens type of game-changer.

11. Houston Texans- Cameron Jordan, DE, California- The Texans are switching to a 3-4 and Jordan can be an impact player at defensive end opposite Mario Williams. There's real temptation to select Prince Amukamara, but the Texans would be better served taking the big guy and grabbing a veteran cornerback in free agency.

12. Minnesota Vikings- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson- Minnesota needs to get younger on the defensive line and if Bowers knee checks out than he can start for 10 years on the left side.

13. Detroit Lions- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska- The Lions secondary was awful last year and Amukamara will add talent and be an immediate starter.

14. St. Louis Rams- Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois- The semi-local product from Illinois will be a viable replacement for Fred Robbins. With no receiver worthy of the pick, Liuget makes the most sense.

15. Miami Dolphins- Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama- Miami will roll with Chad Henne for one more year and with a more reliable running game perhaps Henne will have more success.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars- Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada- The Jaguars can't play the "wait 'till next year" game any longer as all they are doing is wasting a solid young nucleus on offense with a mediocre quarterback. Kaepernick may have the highest ceiling of any quarterback in this draft.

17. New England Patriots- J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin- Watt could be a viable replacement for Richard Seymour and the Pats defense will be much better with both he and Vince Wilfork on the line together.

18. San Diego Chargers- Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri- There are expected to be major changes at the linebacker positions for the Chargers and Smith will help the team's pass rush tremendously.

19. New York Giants- Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida- Although guard isn't an impact position, Pouncey will allow the Giants to play more physical football.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College- Although Donald Penn was solid last season, the Bucs can use more talent on the offensive line to protect franchise quarterback Josh Freeman.

21. Kansas City Chiefs- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin- Carimi is tough with a mean streak and he will help the Chiefs run the football even better than they did in 2010.

22. Indianapolis Colts- Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State- Sherrod will step in and compete for the starting left tackle job and protect Peyton Manning's blind side once again.

23. Philadelphia Eagles- Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado- Smith will help the Eagles play more press coverage which should allow the Eagles to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

24. New Orleans Saints- Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue- Kerrigan and his "high motor" should be a good fit in New Orleans. The Saints high octane offense should keep them playing from ahead which will mean more pass rush situations for Kerrigan.

25. Seattle Seahawks- Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State- The Seahawks need an answer at quarterback and we believe Ponder is a better prospect than local product, Jake Locker.

26. Baltimore Ravens- Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa- Clayborn is a great value at pick #26, and Baltimore can use another pass rusher in their front seven.

27. Atlanta Falcons- Brandon Harris, CB, Miami- Harris should compete for a starting job at nickel right away and Atlanta will need to boost their secondary with Drew Brees and Josh Freeman in the division.

28. New England Patriots- Danny Watkins, OG Baylor- Watkins can play all over the line and the primary objective for the Pats to win another Super Bowl is to keep Tom Brady healthy.

29. Chicago Bears- Nate Solder, OT, Colorado- The Bears weakest position is the offensive line and Jay Cutler must take less abuse if the Bears are going to go deep in the playoffs again.

30. New York Jets- Justin Houston, LB, Georgia- The Jets need a shot in the arm for their pass rush and Houston can be an explosive player in Rex Ryan's system.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers- Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State- The Steelers must find a long-term replacement for Aaron Smith and Heyward will not only suck up blocks, but give a little pass rush from the 5-technique.

32. Green Bay Packers- Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona- The Packers would like to add more pass rush with their cornerbacks growing long in the tooth. Reed is a nice fit here and should be a nice bookend linebacker with Clay Matthews.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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