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TNT 2011 mock draft

Here's the Tacoma News Tribune's mock draft for this year as predicted by some guy named Eric Williams.

CAROLINA PANTHERS – NO. 1Cam Newton – QB, AuburnHt: 6-6 Wt: 250Comment: Questions aside, Newton’s overwhelming talent wins Panthers over.

DENVER BRONCOS – NO. 2Marcell Dareus – DT, AlabamaHt: 6-3 Wt: 319Comment: The most complete player in a deep, talented defensive line class.

BUFFALO BILLS – NO. 3Von Miller – OLB, Texas A&MHt: 6-3 Wt: 246Comment: Bills need an elite pass rusher after finishing with 27 sacks last season, tied for 27th.

CINCINNATI BENGALS – NO. 4A.J. Green – WR, GeorgiaHt: 6-4 Wt: 207Comment: The T.O.-Ochocinco show has run its course in Cincinnati.

ARIZONA CARDINALS – NO. 5Blaine Gabbert – QB, MissouriHt: 6-4 Wt: 234Comment: Cardinals would like a veteran signal-caller, but it’s hard to pass up perhaps the most polished thrower in the draft.CLEVELAND BROWNS – NO. 6Robert Quinn – DE, North CarolinaHt: 6-4 Wt: 265Comment: Browns get one of the best pass rushers in the draft at a need position.SAN FRANCISCO – NO. 7Patrick Peterson – CB, LSUHt: 6-0 Wt: 219Comment: Perhaps the safest pick in the draft, Peterson will have an impact in the secondary and the return game.TENNESSEE TITANS – NO. 8Nick Fairley – DT, AuburnHt: 6-5 Wt: 314 Comment: Fairley’s defensive line coach at Auburn was Tracy Rocker, now the D-line coach for the Titans.

DALLAS COWBOYS – NO. 9Tyron Smith – T, Southern CalHt: 6-5 Wt: 307Comment: Cowboys need another tackle to keep Tony Romo upright.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS – NO. 10Jake Locker – QB, WashingtonHt: 6-3 Wt: 231Comment: Coach Mike Shanahan likes a quarterback who can move, so Locker fits here.

HOUSTON TEXANS – NO. 11Aldon Smith – OLB, MissouriHt: 6-5 Wt: 255Comment: Has the ability to develop into a DeMarcus Ware-type pass rusher, with ex-Cowboys coach Wade Phillips taking over Texans defense.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – NO. 12Da’Quan Bowers – DE, ClemsonHt: 6-3 Wt: 280Comment: Vikings benefit from the talented pass rusher slipping down the draft board.

DETROIT LIONS – NO. 13Prince Amukamara – CB, NebraskaHt: 6-0 Wt: 206Comment: Lions will be giddy if he’s still available here.

ST. LOUIS RAMS – NO. 14Julio Jones – WR, AlabamaHt: 6-3 Wt: 220Comment: Rams add an explosive playmaker on the perimeter for Sam Bradford.

MIAMI DOLPHINS – NO. 15Mark Ingram – RB, AlabamaHt: 5-9 Wt: 215Comment: The most complete back in this year’s draft, Ingram is an instant upgrade for the Dolphins.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – NO. 16Cameron Jordan – DE, CaliforniaHt: 6-4 Wt: 287Comment: Joins former Bears teammate Tyson Alualu to give Jags potent pass rush.NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – NO. 17 (from Oakland)J.J. Watt – DE, WisconsinHt: 6-6 Wt: 290Comment: Watt has the size and skill set Patriots look for in a defensive end in the 3-4.SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – NO. 18Akeem Ayers – LB, UCLAHt: 6-3 Wt: 254Comment: Chargers need some production for underperforming linebackers.

NEW YORK GIANTS – NO. 19Mike Pouncey – G, FloridaHt: 6-5 Wt: 303Comment: Giants need to do a better job of protecting QB Eli Manning.TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – NO. 20Ryan Kerrigan – DE, PurdueHt: 6-4 Wt: 267Comment: Bucs get their pass rusher in the relentless Kerrigan.KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – NO. 21Anthony Castonzo – T, Boston CollegeHt: 6-7 Wt: 311Comment: Chiefs get the best offensive tackle prospect in this year’s draft to help upgrade offensive line.INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – NO. 22Nate Solder – T, ColoradoHt: 6-8 Wt: 319Comment: Former tight end has the athleticism to develop into a productive left tackle.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – NO. 23Adrian Clayborn – DE, IowaHt: 6-3 Wt: 281Comment: Eagles add an explosive edge rusher to improve limited pass rush.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – NO. 24Cameron Heyward – DE, Ohio StateHt: 6-5 Wt: 294Comment: The son of the late former NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, Cameron is a perfect fit as a 3-4 end for Saints.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – NO. 25Corey Liuget – DT, IllinoisHt: 6-2 Wt: 298Comment: Gives Seattle depth and insurance up front in case Brandon Mebane leaves in free agency.

BALTIMORE RAVENS – NO. 26Jimmy Smith – CB, ColoradoHt: 6-2 Wt: 210Comment: Considered by some to be the best pure cover corner in the draft, off-the-field issues drop Smith down the board.

ATLANTA FALCONS – NO. 27Gabe Carimi – T, WisconsinHt: 6-7 Wt: 314Comment: The Outland Trophy winner is probably the most pro-ready offensive lineman in the draft.NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTRS – NO. 28Danny Watkins – G, BaylorHt: 6-3 Wt: 310Comment: The 26-year-old firefighter is a perfect fit for the blue-collar work ethic of the Patriots’ organization.

CHICAGO BEARS – NO. 29Marvin Austin – DT, North CarolinaHt: 6-2 Wt: 312Comment: With Tommie Harris gone, the Bears need an explosive rusher inside.

NEW YORK JETS – NO. 30Phil Taylor – DT, BaylorHt: 6-4 Wt: 355Comment: Mammoth tackle provides anchor for Jets up front.PITTSBURGH STEELERS – NO. 31Aaron Williams – CB, TexasHt: 6-0 Wt: 204Comment: Steelers haven’t had a Pro Bowl cornerback since Rod Woodson made it for the seventh time in 1996.

GREEN BAY PACKERS – NO. 32Derek Sherrod – T, Mississippi StateHt: 6-5 Wt: 321Comment: Packers looking for a left tackle of the future.