2011 Daily Norseman Community NFL Mock Draft--Them

Mock Goodell strolls out onto the mock stage of mock radio City Music Hall, card in hand, and says:

"Our mock draft is almost at an end, and I think we can all thank God for that.  Overall, I think we've had a pretty good community draft, don't you?  The one thing that any mock draft misses, and it's such a critical component, are trades, but overall I think we've done a commendable job as a community.  So I'd like everyone here at mock Radio City Music Hall to give our Daily Norseman community a big round of applause."

Mock Jets Fan #1:  BOOOOO!!!! JETS SUCK!
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Mock Jets Fan #1,712:  BOOOOO!!!! JETS SUCK!

With the 31st pick in the 2011 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select:

Aaron Williams, CB, Texas.

Solid pick for the Steelers here, and while garnering 110 out of 227 votes, he was the overwhelming favorite here.  He'll join a defensive secondary lead by Troy Polaomomomomoadrfkl;zxcg;adflu Polamalu, and a team that was a Super Bowl finalist last season.  Not a bad place to start your NFL career.

Well, it's time.  I don't like it, I'm not happy about it, but it's time.

Time to talk about...them.  The Green Bay Packers.

We all know the reason the Packers are picking last in the first round. 

Damn it all to hell.

I just hate the Packers.  I hate their uniform, I hate their stadium, I hate their state, I hate their quarterback, I hate their coach, I hate their GM, I hate Clay Matthews, I hate Green Bay, and I can appropriately hate Brett Favre again. 

That was weird, wasn't it?  In the two years Favre was here, I loved him violently, but it was still strange.

And I really, really hate that they have so few weaknesses entering the draft.

I have to tip my cap to the Packers, though, because at one point last season they had, if my research is correct, 403 people in injured reserve.  For about 90% of the season, they had no discernable running game, and one of their primary wide recievers, Donald Driver, qualified for discounts at Denny's with his AARP card.

And they kicked the hell out of everyone come playoff time.  You can even argue they scared Jay Cutler out of a playoff game.

Damn it all to hell.

The Packers are really in the catbird seat.  Their depth is impressive on both sides of the ball, they have one of the three or four best quarterbacks in the NFL...who has yet to win a game while trailing in the 4th quarter (it's a Vikings site, shutup), a swarming, opportunistic defense that makes a game changing play almost every week (see every playoff game), and solid special teams.

That said, they were a wild card entrant into the playoffs and  damn near missed the post season.  Yes, they went on an epic run, but truth be told, they should've won the division going away and had homefield advantage.  Sure, it's nitpicky, but is it wrong? 

Although it worked last season, the one dimensional offense needs a running game.  They found it during the playoffs, but after exploding onto the scene for over 120 yards against the Eagles, James Starks didn't eclipse 75 yards rushing during the rest of the post season.  With Ryan Grant coming back from an ankle injury, running back could be an option.

You could also argue WR, because at some point Donald Driver is going to give up the football ghost.  He had his moments last year, but he also disappeared for long stretches of time.  The Packers can put four quality WR's on the field, but is Jordy Nelson a real #2 guy?  I don't know, so wideout is an option.

On defense, Johnny Jolly is likely headed to prison, so defensive line depth could be addressed, as could the defensive backfield, with Charles Woodson also getting a little long in the tooth, although his play on the field didn't suffer last year at all.

Yeah, the Packers can go in a lot of different directions, because they're just essentially addressing depth at this point.

Damn it all to hell.

Picks so far:

  1. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn
  2. Denver Broncos - Patrick Peterson, cornerback, LSU
  3. Buffalo Bills - Marcell Dareus, defensive tackle, Alabama
  4. Cincinnati Bengals - Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, Missouri
  5. Arizona Cardinals - Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M
  6. Cleveland Browns - A.J. Green, wide receiver, Georgia
  7. San Francisco 49ers - Prince Amukamara, cornerback, Nebraska
  8. Tennessee Titans - Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn
  9. Dallas Cowboys - Tyron Smith, offensive tackle, USC
  10. Washington Redskins - Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama
  11. Houston Texans - Da'Quan Bowers, defensive end, Clemson
  12. Minnesota Vikings - Jake Locker, quarterback, Washington
  13. Detroit Lions - Robert Quinn, defensive end, North Carolina
  14. St. Louis Rams - Cameron Jordan, defensive end, California
  15. Miami Dolphins - Mark Ingram, running back, Alabama
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars - J.J. Watt, defensive end, Wisconsin
  17. New England Patriots - Aldon Smith, defensive end/outside linebacker, Missouri
  18. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end, Purdue
  19. New York Giants - Mike Pouncey, offensive guard, Florida
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Adrian Clayborn, defensive end, Iowa
  21. Kansas City ChiefsAnthony Castonzo, offensive tackle, Boston College
  22. Indianapolis Colts - Nate Solder, offensive tackle, Colorado
  23. Philadelphia Eagles - Gabe Carimi, offensive tackle, Wisconsin
  24. New Orleans Saints - Akeem Ayers, outside linebacker, UCLA
  25. Seattle Seahawks - Ryan Mallett, quarterback, Arkansas
  26. Baltimore Ravens - Jimmy Smith, cornerback, Colorado
  27. Atlanta Falcons - Cameron Heyward, defensive end, Ohio State
  28. New England Patriots - Derek Sherrod, offensive tackle, Mississippi State
  29. Chicago Bears - Corey Liuget, defensive tackle, Illinois
  30. New York Jets - Justin Houston, defensive end, Georgia
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers - Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
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