Scout.com Mock Draft: Newton Still No. 1

QB Cam Newton (US Presswire)

In the final installment of Scout.com's mock NFL Draft, Cam Newton goes No. 1 to Carolina, Prince Amukamara departs for the Motor City and Mark Ingram is shipping up to Boston.

Round 1
1
Carolina Panthers
Player: Cam Newton
Height: 6-5
Weight: 248
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: Auburn
Class: 2011 JR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 10
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

2010 Record: 2-14

What They Have: DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart make up one of the best running back tandems around, Charles Johnson can rush the passer and Jon Beason is a tremendous middle linebacker.

What They Need: More help along the defensive line, a play-making wide receiver to possibly replace Steve Smith and a quarterback of the future, since it doesn't appear to be Jimmy Clausen.

Another Possibility: Alabama DT Marcell Dareus

Never Considered: Texas A&M OLB Von Miller

ANALYSIS: Even if Newton is far from a polished passer and has some character issues, Carolina needs a quarterback and a dash of excitement, too.

Round 1
2
Denver Broncos
Height: 6-3
Weight: 319
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
College: Alabama
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 2
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: John Fox

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Ryan Clady is a franchise-type left tackle, no matter if he is protecting veteran Kyle Orton or youngster Tim Tebow, Knowshon Moreno has proven to be productive when healthy and Champ Bailey re-signed.

What They Need: All kinds of help along the defensive line, speed at both inside and outside linebacker, especially since Robert Ayers looks to be a bust, and a play-making safety to replace Brian Dawkins, who is 37.

Another Possibility: Texas A&M OLB Von Miller

Never Considered: Georgia WR A.J. Green

ANALYSIS: Switching back to the 4-3 after a disastrous experiment with the 3-4, Denver is banking on Dareus as a dominant three-technique tackle.

Round 1
3
Buffalo Bills
Player: Von Miller
Height: 6-3
Weight: 246
Hometown: Desoto, TX
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 3
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Chan Gailey

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Running back is set with the combination of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, Steve Johnson emerged as a go-to option at receiver and Kyle Williams might be the best defensive lineman you've never heard of before.

What They Need: Pass-rushing help at defensive end and outside linebacker is a must, a tight end to throw to would be a quality addition and another quarterback of the future has to be considered, even if Ryan Fitzpatrick still starts in 2011.

Another Possibility: Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert

Never Considered: LSU CB Patrick Peterson

ANALYSIS: Buffalo is in desperate need of pass-rush pressure, and even Miller is a question mark in coverage, he's a double-digit sack candidate right away.

Round 1
4
Cincinnati Bengals
Player: A.J. Green
Height: 6-4
Weight: 211
Hometown: Summerville, SC
College: Georgia
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 5
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: It wasn't that long ago when Carson Palmer was an elite QB, Cedric Benson is coming off back-to-back years of 1,100 yards and change on the ground and Johnathan Joseph is a great corner -- if he returns, of course.

What They Need: A receiver to replace the production provided by the soon-to-be-departed Terrell Owens, better pass rushers inside at tackle and outside at end and an injection of youth at both of the safety positions.

Another Possibility: LSU CB Patrick Peterson

Never Considered: Alabama WR Julio Jones

ANALYSIS: Both Owens and Chad Ochocinco have likely suited up for the last time in Cincinnati, so maybe Green can convince Palmer to stick around.

Round 1
5
Arizona Cardinals
Height: 6-0
Weight: 219
Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
College: LSU
Class: 2011 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 1
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt

2010 Record: 5-11

What They Have: One of the few game-changing receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald, a difference maker along the defensive line in Darnell Dockett and an interception waiting to happen in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

What They Need: A legitimate quarterback that can get the football consistently downfield to Fitzgerald, better blocking at every position available on the offensive line and an outside linebacker capable of putting pressure on the passer.

Another Possibility: North Carolina DE Robert Quinn

Never Considered: Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert

ANALYSIS: Peterson is probably the best prospect in the entire draft, and Arizona doesn't appear to be in love with any of the quarterbacks this high.

Round 1
6
Cleveland Browns
Player: Julio Jones
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Hometown: Foley, AL
College: Alabama
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 9
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Pat Shurmur

2010 Record: 5-11

What They Have: An offensive line led by a pair of Pro Bowlers in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack, a bruising ball carrier in Peyton Hillis to pound it up the middle and a budding star at corner in Joe Haden.

What They Need: A No. 1 receiver to make some plays for young quarterback Colt McCoy, defensive line help inside and outside to smooth the transition from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and a pure right tackle opposite Thomas.

Another Possibility: Auburn DT Nick Fairley

Never Considered: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

ANALYSIS: Cleveland is happy to land either Green or Jones, as McCoy needs a new weapon added to what was an atrocious receiving corps last year.

Round 1
7
San Francisco 49ers
Height: 6-4
Weight: 234
Hometown: Ballwin, MO
College: Missouri
Class: 2011 JR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 11
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: The offensive line is loaded with first- and second-round picks of recent vintage, Frank Gore is productive year after year despite little help at the skill positions and Patrick Willis is a special middle linebacker.

What They Need: The failure of former No. 1-overall selection Alex Smith can no longer be ignored, better players at outside linebacker would remove some of the burden from Willis and Nate Clements isn't worth all that money at corner.

Another Possibility: Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara

Never Considered: USC OT Tyron Smith

ANALYSIS: The rest of the San Francisco organization finally convinces Harbaugh that Smith needs to go, so Gabbert represents a fresh start at QB.

Round 1
8
Tennessee Titans
Player: Nick Fairley
Height: 6-4
Weight: 291
Hometown: Mobile, AL
College: Auburn
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 4
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike Munchak

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Chris Johnson is one of the few 2,000-yard rushers in league history, Kenny Britt has a world of upside catching passes down the field and Jason Babin was among the NFL's leading sackers last year with 13.

What They Need: Quarterback is a big question mark since both Vince Young and Kerry Collins could be out the door, better play at D-tackle and D-end to help Babin is necessary and linebacker is also a weakness defensively.

Another Possibility: Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers

Never Considered: Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara

ANALYSIS: Tennessee must get bigger and tougher up front on defense, and while Fairley fell behind Dareus in the evaluation process, he can still play.

Round 1
9
Dallas Cowboys
Player: Tyron Smith
Height: 6-5
Weight: 307
Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
College: USC
Class: 2011 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jason Garrett

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Tony Romo remains a fantasy-friendly numbers machine at the game's most important position, Dez Bryant is a star on the rise as both a receiver and a returner and DeMarcus Ware is a terror off the edge.

What They Need: Better offensive line play at both guard and tackle, corners and safeties that can slow the opposition down in the passing game and maybe another five-technique defensive end for depth.

Another Possibility: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

Never Considered: North Carolina DE Robert Quinn

ANALYSIS: Smith may be the best left tackle prospect available, but in Dallas he can start at right tackle if Doug Free returns as a restricted free agent.

Round 1
10
Washington Redskins
Player: J.J. Watt
Height: 6-5
Weight: 290
Hometown: Pewaukee, WI
College: Wisconsin
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 8
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Shanahan

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: What they hope is a left tackle for the next decade in Trent Williams, a scary pass rusher off the edge in Brian Orakpo and a Pro Bowl corner in DeAngelo Hall -- provided Jay Cutler is throwing the ball.

What They Need: A new quarterback to be excited about after the one-season disaster with Donovan McNabb, a nose tackle to anchor Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme and a lot of help on special teams, which were downright despicable in 2010.

Another Possibility: Washington QB Jake Locker

Never Considered: Illinois DT Corey Liuget

ANALYSIS: Washington would love to get a pass-rushing presence up front in its 3-4, and Watt should be able to provide that with his size and motor.

Round 1
11
Houston Texans
Player: Robert Quinn
Height: 6-4
Weight: 265
Hometown: North Charleston, SC
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 6
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Gary Kubiak

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: A terrific passing game with Matt Schaub throwing and Andre Johnson catching, a running back in Arian Foster that made everyone forget about Steve Slaton and a dominant defensive end in Mario Williams.

What They Need: Both corners and safeties to bolster a secondary that allowed 33 touchdown passes, another outside linebacker to rush the passer in their new 3-4 approach and a zero-technique tackle to line up over the enemy center.

Another Possibility: California DE Cameron Jordan

Never Considered: Missouri DE Aldon Smith

ANALYSIS: If Quinn is indeed quick and agile enough to be a pass-rushing outside linebacker in Houston, Williams won't have to do it all by himself.

Round 1
12
Minnesota Vikings
Player: Jake Locker
Height: 6-3
Weight: 231
Hometown: Ferndale, WA
College: Washington
Class: 2011 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 21
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Leslie Frazier

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Probably the best pure running back in the league in Adrian Peterson, a playmaker in the slot when Percy Harvin isn't battling migraines and a productive defensive line led by sack artist Jared Allen.

What They Need: A promising young arm to potentially stop the revolving door of veterans, corners and safeties to augment what was a banged-up secondary a season ago and a receiver to replace Sidney Rice if he departs in free agency.

Another Possibility: Illinois DT Corey Liuget

Never Considered: Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo

ANALYSIS: Unable to make a trade for a veteran quarterback prior to the draft, Minnesota must pull the trigger on Locker and start over offensively.

Round 1
13
Detroit Lions
Height: 6-0
Weight: 206
Hometown: Glendale, AZ
College: Nebraska
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 7
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jim Schwartz

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: A quarterback in Matthew Stafford that everyone loves when he's actually on the field, a cornerback's worst nightmare in Calvin Johnson on the outside and the NFL's defensive rookie of the year: Ndamukong Suh.

What They Need: Some outside linebackers to slow down the merry-go-round at those two positions, at least one corner to help a pass defense that has been below par for years and more offensive linemen to protect Stafford in the pocket.

Another Possibility: Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo

Never Considered: California DE Cameron Jordan

ANALYSIS: Detroit is ecstatic the draft falls this way and plugs a huge hole with Amukamara, who starts immediately at corner and makes an impact.

Round 1
14
St. Louis Rams
Player: Corey Liuget
Height: 6-2
Weight: 298
Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Illinois
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 23
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Steve Spagnuolo

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: A home run in 2010 No. 1-overall pick Sam Bradford running the offense, one of the league's few remaining workhorse backs in Steven Jackson and an unquestioned leading tackler in James Laurinaitis.

What They Need: A primary target down the field to take advantage of Bradford's talent in the passing game, a safety to replace the departed Oshiomogho Atogwe and a weak-side linebacker that can run sideline to sideline.

Another Possibility: Missouri DE Aldon Smith

Never Considered: Florida C Mike Pouncey

ANALYSIS: While scouts wonder if Liuget can be a five-technique end in a 3-4, he's better at three-technique tackle in a 4-3 like the one in St. Louis.

Round 1
15
Miami Dolphins
Player: Mike Pouncey
Height: 6-5
Weight: 303
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
College: Florida
Class: 2011 SR
Position: C
Rating:
Overall Rank: 29
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Tony Sparano

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: An offensive line that is always going to be a strength when Jake Long lines up at left tackle, a receiving corps with a true alpha dog in Brandon Marshall and an out-of-nowhere phenom pass rusher in Cameron Wake.

What They Need: Another quarterback of the future since everyone soured on Chad Henne so quickly, a ball carrier to breathe new life into what used to be a great running game and another pass catcher to make Marshall's life easier.

Another Possibility: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett

Never Considered: Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers

ANALYSIS: Miami needs a quarterback, a running back and a wide receiver, but Pouncey can help solve what was the real problem in 2010: the line.

Round 1
16
Jacksonville Jaguars
Player: Aldon Smith
Height: 6-4
Weight: 263
Hometown: Raytown, MO
College: Missouri
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 18
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio

2010 Record: 8-8

What They Have: A do-it-all running back in Maurice Jones-Drew that has a nose for the end zone, young talent at offensive tackle that should only be improved and an outside linebacker in Daryl Smith that led the team in stops.

What They Need: A quarterback that can finally put an end to the roller-coaster ride referred to as the David Garrard Era, someone that can actually get after the passer consistently and a safety capable of taking away the big play.

Another Possibility: Colorado CB Jimmy Smith

Never Considered: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett

ANALYSIS: Still searching for an end to chase after the enemy QB off the edge, Jacksonville makes the move for Smith, one of the draft's raw talents.

Round 1
17*
New England Patriots
Height: 7-7
Weight: 311
Hometown: Fork Union, VA
College: Boston Coll.
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 20
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2010 Record: 14-2

What They Have: Tom Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were both tremendous rookies at tight end and Vince Wilfork is an immovable object at nose tackle.

What They Need: A pass-rushing outside linebacker that has been missing for quite a while, offensive linemen at any and all positions provided they are versatile and a running back that can lend more support to Brady and Co.

Another Possibility: Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson

Never Considered: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

ANALYSIS: Perhaps the most NFL-ready left tackle on the board, Castonzo can be the heir apparent in New England protecting Brady's blind side.

Round 1
18
San Diego Chargers
Height: 6-4
Weight: 287
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
College: California
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 13
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Norv Turner

2010 Record: 9-7

What They Have: Philip Rivers is a cold-blooded killer at quarterback no matter who he's throwing to, Antonio Gates is one of his generation's most uncoverable pass-catching weapons and Shaun Phillips is a handful off the edge.

What They Need: More linebackers, both inside and outside, so Phillips doesn't have to do it all himself, a five-technique defensive end that can hold the point of attack and a right tackle to mirror Marcus McNeill on the other side.

Another Possibility: Georgia OLB Justin Houston

Never Considered: Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi

ANALYSIS: A versatile defender that helps a 4-3 team or a 3-4 team, Senior Bowl standout Jordan is off to San Diego as a five-technique D-end.

Round 1
19
New York Giants
Height: 6-4
Weight: 315
Hometown: Linden, NJ
College: Temple
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 26
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Eli Manning has a plethora of skill-position talent at his disposal, both in the backfield and in the receiving corps, sacking the enemy quarterback continues to be a team strength and there is depth at safety.

What They Need: A talented linebacker can probably be an immediate starter at any of the three positions, corner is a concern due to injury and ineffectiveness and another offensive tackle wouldn't be a bad idea.

Another Possibility: Alabama RB Mark Ingram

Never Considered: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn

ANALYSIS: While the Giants have plenty of people that can present problems off the edge, Wilkerson adds some bulk and athleticism in the middle.

Round 1
20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Height: 6-3
Weight: 280
Hometown: Bamberg, SC
College: Clemson
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 14
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Raheem Morris

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: A sensational young quarterback in Josh Freeman that is still somewhat anonymous across the country, a serious red zone threat in receiver Mike Williams and a promising D-tackle in Gerald McCoy, last year's No. 1.

What They Need: A pair of defensive ends that can make it easier on McCoy inside, a middle linebacker ready to step in and start assuming Barrett Ruud leaves via free agency and offensive linemen at every position.

Another Possibility: Illinois MLB Martez Wilson

Never Considered: Colorado CB Jimmy Smith

ANALYSIS: Initially a candidate to go No. 1 overall, Bowers pays the price for his knee problem but heads to a Tampa Bay team that needs a pass rusher.

Round 1
21
Kansas City Chiefs
Player: Gabe Carimi
Height: 7-7
Weight: 314
Hometown: Monona, WI
College: Wisconsin
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 15
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Todd Haley

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Running back Jamaal Charles has a chance to go the distance every time he gets his paws on the football, Dwayne Bowe rebounded to have a productive year as a pass catcher and Tamba Hali had 15 sacks.

What They Need: Yet another big body in the trenches to help top-5 picks Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson, Bowe could use a new partner in crime to augment the passing game and depth at offensive tackle would be a wise move.

Another Possibility: Georgia OLB Justin Houston

Never Considered: Baylor OG Danny Watkins

ANALYSIS: If Kansas City is happy with the play of Branden Albert at left tackle, then Carimi makes sense because he's better suited on the right side.

Round 1
22
Indianapolis Colts
Player: Nate Solder
Height: 7-8
Weight: 319
Hometown: Buena Vista, CO
College: Colorado
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 31
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Peyton Manning is a quarterback and an offensive coordinator rolled into one, Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme should be a dynamite combo at tight end and pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are still terrific.

What They Need: An offensive tackle can give Manning more time and hopefully open more holes for an unproductive run game, another receiver following injuries to Anthony Gonzalez and Austin Collie and more DBs would be welcome.

Another Possibility: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

Never Considered: UCLA S Rahim Moore

ANALYSIS: Solder could stand to add some bulk to his relatively lanky frame, but he is more of a technician and belongs in a finesse system like Indy's.

Round 1
23
Philadelphia Eagles
Player: Jimmy Smith
Height: 6-2
Weight: 211
Hometown: Colton, CA
College: Colorado
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 16
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Andy Reid

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Michael Vick is again the NFL's most dangerous dual threat with his ability to throw and run, receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have speed to burn and cornerback Asante Samuel has magnets for hands.

What They Need: Samuel must get some help in the secondary, both at corner and safety, more pass rushers are always necessary in such an aggressive scheme and offensive tackle could use an influx of talent.

Another Possibility: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn

Never Considered: Georgia OLB Justin Houston

ANALYSIS: Philadelphia rolls the dice on the cocky Smith because of his prowess as a press-man defender, making him a nice complement to Samuel.

Round 1
24
New Orleans Saints
Height: 6-4
Weight: 267
Hometown: Muncie, IN
College: Purdue
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 19
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Sean Payton

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: A surgeon of a quarterback in Drew Brees that spreads the ball around beautifully, a receiving corps that seems to feature a new flavor of the week every Sunday and a leader at linebacker in Jonathan Vilma.

What They Need: The defensive line requires more bodies at both tackle and end, an outside linebacker to flank Vilma can contribute right away and it may be time to settle on a running back that can do it all and stay on the field.

Another Possibility: Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure

Never Considered: Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod

ANALYSIS: Although he worked out for a slew of teams as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Kerrigan's true talent is as a 4-3 end bringing heat down after down.

Round 1
25
Seattle Seahawks
Height: 6-3
Weight: 310
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
College: Baylor
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 35
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Pete Carroll

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: The franchise traded for Marshawn Lynch last year and believes he's a difference maker, Russell Okung showed a lot of promise at left tackle as a rookie and fellow first-year pro Earl Thomas looked special at safety.

What They Need: Matt Hasselbeck played quite well in the postseason but can't be the quarterback forever, an interior offensive linemen can help Okung be at his best on the blind side and cornerback is a genuine concern.

Another Possibility: Florida State QB Christian Ponder

Never Considered: Alabama RB Mark Ingram

ANALYSIS: Rarely do guards get picked in Round 1, but the more mature Watkins can start now for a Seattle team that couldn't run the ball last year.

Round 1
26
Baltimore Ravens
Height: 6-3
Weight: 270
Hometown: Statesboro, GA
College: Georgia
Class: 2011 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 28
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

2010 Record: 12-4

What They Have: Nobody told Joe Flacco that young quarterbacks don't win playoff games on the road, Ray Rice is nothing short of dynamic both rushing and receiving and Ed Reed has a nose for the football like few others.

What They Need: Another outside linebacker to take some pressure off Terrell Suggs, a true left tackle so Michael Oher can go back to what is a better spot for him on the right side and a receiving threat with serious speed.

Another Possibility: Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod

Never Considered: Texas CB Aaron Williams

ANALYSIS: Houston is attractive to Baltimore because he has already made the transition from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker, which helps Suggs.

Round 1
27
Atlanta Falcons
Height: 6-3
Weight: 281
Hometown: Webster Groves, MO
College: Iowa
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 24
Pos Rank: 7

Head Coach: Mike Smith

2010 Record: 13-3

What They Have: Matt Ryan throwing to Roddy White is a beautiful thing to watch in the passing game, Michael Turner is one of the toughest tailbacks in the league to tackle and John Abraham must be accounted for as a pass rusher.

What They Need: Defense, defense and more defense, including another D-end opposite Abraham to pull the plug on the Jamaal Anderson experiment, outside linebackers to support Curtis Lofton and a corner that can cover.

Another Possibility: Texas CB Aaron Williams

Never Considered: Kentucky WR Randall Cobb

ANALYSIS: Even if Clayborn ends up hearing his name called much later than he would have liked, he can help a quality Atlanta team rush the passer.

Round 1
28
New England Patriots
Player: Mark Ingram
Height: 6-9
Weight: 215
Hometown: Flint, MI
College: Alabama
Class: 2011 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 17
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2010 Record: 14-2

What They Have: Tom Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were both tremendous rookies at tight end and Vince Wilfork is an immovable object at nose tackle.

What They Need: A pass-rushing outside linebacker that has been missing for quite a while, offensive linemen at any and all positions provided they are versatile and a running back that can lend more support to Brady and Co.

Another Possibility: UCLA OLB Akeem Ayers

Never Considered: Baylor DT Phil Taylor

ANALYSIS: The lone tailback worthy of coming off the board in Round 1, Ingram's pounding style pairs nicely with New England's passing game.

Round 1
29
Chicago Bears
Height: 6-5
Weight: 321
Hometown: Caledonia, MS
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 22
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Lovie Smith

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: Jay Cutler can spin the football as well as any quarterback in the league, Julius Peppers proved to be worth all that money at defensive end and the linebacking duo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs is scary.

What They Need: Any offensive linemen that can help keep Cutler upright in the pocket on passing plays, a penetrating defensive tackle since Tommie Harris is now history and a corner that can both cover receivers and support the run.

Another Possibility: Oregon State DT Stephen Paea

Never Considered: Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward

ANALYSIS: Chicago missed on Chris Williams and can't keep starting Frank Omiyale at left tackle, so Sherrod steps in quickly to help protect Cutler.

Round 1
30
New York Jets
Player: Phil Taylor
Height: 6-3
Weight: 334
Hometown: Brandywine, MD
College: Baylor
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 44
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Rex Ryan

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: Mark Sanchez looks so bad at times but makes big throws when it counts in big games, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene run the ball behind a terrific offensive line and corner Darrelle Revis can eliminate any receiver.

What They Need: A D-end sturdy enough to defend the run and speedy enough to rush the passer, an outside linebacker that can also get to the quarterback and a receiver since both Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards are free agents.

Another Possibility: Miami CB Brandon Harris

Never Considered: Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph

ANALYSIS: No more Kris Jenkins means the Jets have a glaring hole in the middle of their 3-4, and Taylor is the best two-gap nose tackle in the draft.

Round 1
31
Pittsburgh Steelers
Height: 6-0
Weight: 204
Hometown: Austin, TX
College: Texas
Class: 2011 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 30
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin

2010 Record: 12-4

What They Have: A winner of a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, despite his somewhat unconventional way of doing things, a deep target in Mike Wallace that can burn past any corner and a defense that suffocates the running game.

What They Need: Better coverage in the secondary, definitely at cornerback but perhaps also at safety, a big right tackle so Flozell Adams can finally be put out to pasture and depth at linebacker -- linebackers are oxygen in this system.

Another Possibility: Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward

Never Considered: Illinois MLB Martez Wilson

ANALYSIS: Williams may very well end up a safety instead of a corner, but that would be just fine for a Pittsburgh defense that needs secondary help.

Round 1
32
Green Bay Packers
Height: 6-5
Weight: 294
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
College: Ohio State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 27
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: A future MVP quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, a pass-rushing beast in Clay Matthews and one of the most versatile defenders around in Charles Woodson -- they have the Vince Lombardi Trophy, too.

What They Need: More cornerbacks for a scheme that calls for a lot of nickel and dime packages, a receiver to replace the aging Donald Driver and another option or two for the offensive line, preferably a tackle.

Another Possibility: Arizona OLB Brooks Reed

Never Considered: Miami CB Brandon Harris

ANALYSIS: While Green Bay had so many injuries at linebacker in 2010, defensive end is a bigger issue with both Cullen Jenkins and Johnny Jolly gone.

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John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.

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