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3/2011 NFL Mock Draft 11-15

March 21st 2011 15:37
11. Houston Texans DT Marcell Dareus

Dareus is an absolute steal here, and he won't slip any more due to my forgetfulness. He has risen to become the best defensive tackle in the class, just barely above Fairley, and the Texans could use him on their D-Line in place of subpar rookie Shaun Cody and even the decent Amobi Okoye. Dareus has too much value to pass up on after the first five picks. He's 11 here because of mistakes in the top ten. A reset mock draft comes in April, as well as a full pre-draft mock draft.

12. Minnesota Vikings OT Anthony Castonzo

The Vikings have a horrible offensive line, and Castonzo will help that cause. He can step right in an push Phil Loadholt for the starting right tackle spot. Castonzo is a smart player with great work ethic, and he will be a solid player in his career.

13. Detroit Lions OT Tyron Smith

Although the Lions need guys for their back seven, they would be reaching far too much at number 13 to get those guys. Jeff Backus is solid at left tackle, but the Lions could really use another guy. He is a great pass blocker with huge potential, but he is very raw. However, I think he's worth developing.

14. St. Louis Rams DE Cameron Jordan

Again, the Rams have other needs but filling those needs would be a huge reach. There are so many good pass rushers in this draft. Although Chris Long and James Hall are good, Hall is 34 and the Rams need to bring somebody fresh in because Hall can't maintain the 10.5 sacks he had last season. Although he is better in the 3-4, his tackling and gap sense make him valuable in any system.

15. Miami Dolphins RB Mark Ingram

It's time for Ingram to come off the board. Miami's two starting running backs are set to be free agents, and the team will probably only retain one of them. Ricky Williams is too old, so I would expect the Fins to keep Ronnie Brown. The problem is that Brown is an injury prone player, so the Dolphins need a nice backup. They also want to run it more than last year, so it's a case of "the more, the better". I like Ingram's vision and lateral agility. While he isn't fast, he more than compensates with the other parts of his game. There is more to being a running back in the NFL than speed.

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Comment by nbageek

March 22nd 2011 02:10
Getting Mark Ingram would be huge for the Dolphins. They always seem to have great running backs.

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