Mel Kiper's 2011 Mock Draft v1.0

Updated: January 21, 2011

Unfortunately I cannot post Mel’s complete draft as ESPN would not like that much, but I see they do have his top ten published and also aired them on television.  If you know where to look, finding the rest of his picks isn’t difficult. By “know where to look” I mean’s paid insider subscription (of course!)

Anyways with all the legal mumblo jumblo out the way here are Mel’s picks.  My critiques will be below each pick.

1. Carolina Panthers: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn Tigers

Carolina needs a DT sure, but I expect them to trade out and accumulate picks to stock their lines and put more weapons with Jimmy Clausen.
2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

I do not think the Broncos will select a CB #2.  After 8 years of trying to win without a pass rush and great CB I think they finally address the defensive line and take Bowers or Robert Quinn.
3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama

I think they may fall in love with Cam Newton, the same way they fell in love with Tim Tebow.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemons

I can see this happening, good one Mel.

5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

If they get Kyle Orton I think they go for Prince Amukamara.

Sidebar: I will be surprised if Prince Amukamara isn’t drafted before Patrick Peterson.

6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

Nice pick Mel.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

Downright scary pick.  Not because Quinn is that good. But who is Alex Smith going to lose his job to in 2011?

8. Tennessee Titans: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

Great pick Mel. I think Von Miller goes in the top 10 as well. Fantastic pass rusher in the Clay Matthews mold.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

Mel you a Cowboy fan?  Giving the best CB to America’s team, lol.

10. Washington Redskins: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

It’s guaranteed Shanny falls in love with Jake Locker or Cam Newton, and we all quietly laugh as he overdrafts one.


  1. redskinsfan909

    January 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    You are smoking dope if you think Prince Amukamara is the best CB. He’s slightly smaller than Peterson, not as fast as Peterson and doesn’t have the extra special teams value that comes with taking Peterson. Also, in the games I’ve seen Peterson play in, I’ve NEVER seen him get done like Justin Blackmon did Amukamara. Blackmon flat out exposed Amukamara and made me wonder why everyone doesn’t realize that the guy is overrated.

    • dwash

      January 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      In a lot of draft circles Prince is rated higher than Peterson and it isn’t even close. There are some that don’t even think Peterson can play CB in the NFL, and will have to move to FS. Great KR but cover skills are not near as good as Prince. Please rewatch their games! Prince is a shut down CB waiting to happen!

    • dwash

      January 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      And talking about exposing did you not see what Jeff Fuller did to Peterson?

  2. Dustin

    January 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I had never seen Peterson play(other than highlights) until I watched the Cotton Bowl. I have to say, that I wasn’t that impressed. Jeff Fuller dominated him. I’ve watched Prince several times, and he doesn’t have the return skills that Peterson has, but his coverage skills are just as good, if not better. This, to me, doesn’t seem like a sexy overall draft. There are good defensive linemen and defensive ends, but the QB, RB, OL in the class are weak. I think a lot of teams will attempt to trade out of the first round and stock some second round picks and take their chances that way.

    • dwash

      January 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      I agree with you 1000% Dustin. Lots of draft experts are saying there is no clear cut #1 now that Luck is gone.

  3. toasty redhead

    May 13, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Right on!

  4. matt laclear

    August 2, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I agree 100%