Well, we started things off a few weeks back by providing our top-10 projected picks here, and today we're going to do the same for picks 11-20 as we get ready for the quickly approaching April draft.
11.) Houston Texans: DE Robert Quinn, North Carilona- Not exactly Julius Pepper Pt. 2., coming out of NC, but Quinn is very athletic in his own right and can get after the passer. The Texans have the offensive firepower, they just need to get some help on their defensive front, and Quinn should be the best available for them at 11. (Or: Prince Amukamara, CB)
12.) Minnesota Vikings: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska- The 6'2" corner has all the size and athleticism to compete in the NFL. Some are worried about bad showings vs. some of the NCAA's top wideouts, but still the 2nd best cover-man in the draft, something that the Viking defense could really use. (Or: Brandon Harris, CB)
13.) Detroit Lions: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami- The Lions just need to keep stockpiling talented players onto their roster, but they also need to make sure they're fits. Harris is the 3rd best CB in a top-heavy CB draft and would help out immediately on defense for the Lions. (Or: Aldon Smith, DE)
14.) St. Louis Rams: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri: One of the more athletic D-Lineman in the draft, could switch over to linebacker. Either way, the Rams could use his presence on defense. They also could go after a cornerback or an offensive player here too, but there aren't many good skill players in this draft. (Or: Gabe Carimi, T)
15.) Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: The drafts top back could fall all the way to the middle of the 1st round, and if he does, The Dolphins have to jump on it. They may lose both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, but if they got Ingram, they could bring Ricky back for 1 year and be in good shape. They could go QB here too. (Or: Jake Locker, QB)
16.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jake Locker, QB, Washington: The athletic, 4-year starter at Washington looked like a future #1 pick at the end of '09, but didn't improve in '10. More importantly, his team didn't improve around him. Still, has as much talent as any QB in this draft, and the Jags could use one to prep for the post-Garrard era which is approaching quickly. (Or: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa)
17.) New England Patriots: Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin- The Pats get the luxury of taking whatever the best player is at 17, as they don't have any glaring need. They could really use a RB, but they managed with the bunch they have last year, and there just aren't any first rounders in this draft outside of Ingram, who if lasts to 17, the Pats would take. (Or: Mark Ingram, RB)
18.) San Diego Chargers: T Anthony Castonzo, BC- The Chargers could use some help up front to give Ryan Matthews some holes to get through, and keep franchise arm Phillip Rivers on the field, Castanzo is another good Big East tackle who will be starting by the 2nd half of '11.(Or: Mike Pouncey, G)
19.) New York Giants: Tyron Smith, T, USC- The Pats get the luxury of taking whatever the best player is at 17, as they don't have any glaring need. They could really use a RB, but they managed with they bunch they have last year, and there just aren't any first rounders in this draft outside of Ingram, who probably won't last that long. (Or: Mark Ingram, RB)
20.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: The Bucs need to get back to that hard-nosed defense of the early 2000's when they were led by Gruden. Clayborn could be a big cog in that D if he can fall to them at 20, a lot of people have him as the 2nd and 3rd best DE in the draft! (Or: Mike Pouncey, G)
For Part 1 of the Mock Draft, click here. For Part 3, picks 21-32, we'll be back towards mid-April, when we really start to turn our focus from the opening of baseball season to the NFL draft. Also, we'll have our finalized version of our first round at that point, plus a Niners and Raiders draft preview, so stay tuned!