2011 NFL Draft: Mountain West Players In Final Mock Drafts

Mocking The Draft's final mock draft has Andy Dalton getting taken by Tennessee in the first round... After a trade with the Chicago Bears.

Tennessee does not have many quarterback options and they absolutely love Andy Dalton.  If they want to select Dalton they will need to move up in order to do so.  The Bears need offensive line help and all the top prospects are off the board so moving back makes sense.

We know that the Titans' offensive staff is so on high on Dalton to the point where they are thinking about possibly taking him with their 8th pick in the draft over Nick Fairley.

FootballsFuture.com's final two round mock draft had four Mountain West players going in the second round. Andy Dalton was going to Buffalo with the 34th overall pick. Colin Kaepernick soon followed at 43 to the Minnesota Vikings. The two surprise second round picks were Marcus Cannon going 50th overall to the San Diego Chargers and Titus Young going 59th overall to the Atlanta Falcons.

Dalton going to Buffalo definitely is possible, but the Bills haven't been a team that has been making headlines in regards to Dalton. Buffalo really needs help everywhere, so Dalton is a possibility, but I would think that someone else might pick him up before that.

Kaepernick hasn't really been talked about much, but his draft stock has risen dramatically since he finished the season. He impressed scouts greatly at Nevada's pro day and the NFL Combine, so much so that he rose up the draft boards in to the Top 5 or 6 QB's in this year's draft. The Vikings definitely need help at Quarterback with their situation being such a mess, so Kaepernick would seem like the ideal choice if Dalton is already off the board.

I would assume that this mock draft was made before it was found that Marcus Cannon had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, since Cannon being taken in the 2nd round by San Diego would be a reach anyway. At this point, I'm not even sure he'll get drafted since draft picks are much more valuable this year than they were last season due to the lockout and teams won't be looking to take a big risk on someone who will be recovering from 12 weeks of Chemotherapy.

Titus Young also seems like a bit of a stretch as most mock drafts had him going somewhere between rounds 3-5 to just about any team that had a need at receiver. Atlanta already has a good receiving corps, so I'm not sure what logic was used during this pick. There is no reason to stretch for a prospect that you don't need.

One of the few places to do a full mock draft was WalterFootball.com. Here is a breakdown of who got picked, what round they were selected, and what team they were drafted to.

Overall Pick Round Player Team
35 2 Andy Dalton, QB, TCU Cincinnati Bengals
41 2 Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada Washington Redskins
58 2 Titus Young, WR, Boise State Baltimore Ravens
79 3 Dontay Moch, DE/OLB, Nevada Miami Dolphins
86 3 Chris Carter, DE/OLB, Fresno State Kansas City Chiefs
89 3 Brandon Burton, CB, Utah San Diego Chargers
111 4 Virgil Green, TE, Nevada Miami Dolphins
119 4 Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii Indianapolis Colts
127 4 Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State Chicago Bears
143 5 Marcus Cannon, G, TCU Dallas Cowboys
149 5 Alex Green, RB, Hawaii Philadelphia Eagles
154 5 Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU Detroit Lions
176 6 Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU Dallas Cowboys
188 6 Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah Indianapolis Colts
204 7 Jeron Johnson, SS, Boise State Green Bay Packers
206 7 Matt Murphy, G, UNLV Buffalo Bills
207 7 Ryan Winterswyk, DE, Boise State Cincinatti Bengals
224 7 Andrew Jackson, G, Fresno State Washington Redskins

By my count there are 18 MWC Players taken in this mock draft, 4 from TCU, 4 from Boise State, 3 from Nevada, 2 from Hawaii, 2 from Fresno State, 2 from Utah, and 1 from UNLV.

Here is the Mock Draft's explanation for each of these picks:

35. Andy Dalton, TCU Horned Frogs

Some mocks have the Bengals taking Ryan Mallett, assuming that Mike Brown will ignore Mallett's character concerns. However, Mallett's not a good fit for Jay Gruden's offense. Gruden will be looking for an accurate, West Coast passer. If that's the case, Cincinnati will consider Christian Ponder or Andy Dalton instead. Dalton's stock is on the rise, and many people think he has a good chance to go in the first round.

41. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada Wolfpack

Mike Shanahan will draft a quarterback this April. There are rumors that he likes Jake Locker, but Shanahan is usually tight-lipped throughout the draft process. When he selected Jay Cutler, he had never even worked him out. Colin Kaepernick has unlimited upside. He also possesses the mobility that Shanahan likes out of his quarterbacks.

58. Titus Young, Boise State Broncos

The Ravens need an upgrade at receiver, particularly a downfield threat to stretch the defense. Titus Young, one of the top players available, could become Baltimore's version of Mike Wallace.

79. Dontay Moch, Nevada Wolfpack

As mentioned in the first round, the Dolphins will be looking for some pass-rushing help across from Cameron Wake. This could allow them to move Koa Misi inside. Dontay Moch is a project, but the Dolphins may think they can coach him up to be one of the next great pass-rushers in the NFL.

86. Chris Carter, Fresno State Bulldogs

The Chiefs have only one reliable pass-rusher. Adding a solid complement across from Tamba Hali would take Kansas City's defense to the next level. In a top-heavy but thin pass-rushing draft class, someone like Chris Carter (16 TFL and 10 sacks in 2010) could emerge as a second-round pick. Carter had an outstanding 1.59 10-yard split in his 40-yard dash.

89. Brandon Burton, Utah Utes

The Chargers acquired this pick from Seattle for Charlie Whitehurst. Cornerback isn't San Diego's greatest need, but the team needs depth at the position. Plus, Brandon Burton is one of the top players available.

111. Virgil Green, Nevada Wolfpack

Anthony Fasano lost his greatest supporter when Bill Parcells left the front office. The Dolphins will be looking for an upgrade at tight end. Miami likes Virgil Green. He's really athletic and possesses a ton of upside.

119. Greg Salas, Hawaii Warriors

Reggie Wayne is old. Anthony Gonzalez is always hurt. Austin Collie suffers a concussion every other game. The Colts need help at receiver.

127. Austin Pettis, Boise State Broncos

The Bears will be searching for an upgrade at receiver sometime early in the 2011 NFL Draft. They like Austin Pettis, who happens to be a good bargain at the end of Round 4.

143. Marcus Cannon, TCU Horned Frogs

The Cowboys reportedly like Marcus Cannon. Or at least they did prior to the unfortunate biopsy. Cannon is now a late-round prospect who will have to sit out a year. Let's hope he can make a comeback and thrive in 2012.

149. Alex Green, Hawaii Warriors

The Eagles acquired this selection from the Chargers for the Cam Thomas pick. Jerome Harrison is a free agent, so the Eagles could be in the market for a replacement. Philadelphia has shown interest in Alex Green.

154. Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU Horned Frogs

Detroit desperately needs to upgrade its offensive line this offseason to keep Matthew Stafford healthy. Jake Kirkpatrick would fill a huge void at the center position.

176. Jeremy Kerley, TCU Horned Frogs

Roy Williams is due a whopping $9.25 million in 2011. There's no way he's going to see that money. If the Cowboys part ways with him, they'll need to find a new tertiary option for Tony Romo.

188. Sealver Siliga, Utah Utes

Daniel Muir could be the worst starting defensive lineman in the NFL. Bill Polian has to fix this.

204. Jeron Johnson, Boise State Broncos

The Packers don't have many needs, but every team could always use secondary depth.

206. Matt Murphy, UNLV Rebels

More offensive line help for the Bills. They've worked out Matt Murphy several times.

207. Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State Broncos

The Bengals should probably take out a mid- or late-round insurance policy just in case Antwan Odom gets hurt again.

224. Andrew Jackson, Fresno State

The Redskins will have to use multiple picks in the 2011 NFL Draft to fix their offensive line.

The only real problem I see with this draft is taht Wyoming safety Chris Prosinski is missing. Prosinski is really liked by a few clubs and I could easily see him going in the 6th or 7th rounds.

SB Nation also puts together their final first round 2011 NFL mock draft (this one without trades) and in a bit of a twist they have Andy Dalton going to the Seattle Seahawks:

25. Seattle Seahawks: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU. NFL writers insist Dalton will be a first-round pick, much to the dismay of draftniks everywhere. Seattle needs a quarterback, but may prefer someone else.

Going to Seattle would be a great situation for Andy Dalton since Matt Hassleback has only a few years left and this would allow Dalton to learn on the sidelines for a couple years in a similar fashion to what Aaron Rodgers experienced.

 

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