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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Todd McShay's Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns 2011 Schedule -

Cleveland Browns
2011 Regular Season

1 Sunday Sep. 11 1:00 PM   Bengals - - -
2 Sunday Sep. 18 1:00 PM at Colts - - -
3 Sunday Sep. 25 1:00 PM   Dolphins - - -
4 Sunday Oct. 2 1:00 PM   Titans - - -
5 Bye Week
6 Sunday Oct. 16 4:05 PM at Raiders - - -
7 Sunday Oct. 23 1:00 PM   Seahawks - - -
8 Sunday Oct. 30 4:15 PM at 49ers - - -
9 Sunday Nov. 6 1:00 PM at Texans - - -
10 Sunday Nov. 13 1:00 PM   Rams - - -
11 Sunday Nov. 20 1:00 PM   Jaguars - - -
12 Sunday Nov. 27 1:00 PM at Bengals - - -
13 Sunday Dec. 4 1:00 PM   Ravens - - -
14 Thursday Dec. 8 8:20 PM at Steelers - - -
15 Sunday Dec. 18 4:15 PM at Cardinals - - -
16 Saturday Dec. 24 1:00 PM at Ravens - - -
17 Sunday Jan. 1 1:00 PM   Steelers - - -

Todd McShay's Mock Draft

Carolina Panthers
Record: 2-14 | Needs: QB, DT, CB, OLB, TECam Newton, QB, Auburn
Scenario 1: The information I'm hearing about this pick is not changing, so for now I'm working with the assumption that Newton is the pick.
Scenario 2: Address a pressing need at defensive tackle with Alabama's Marcell Dareus, who I believe is the best player in this class.
Scenario 3: Go with Missouri's Blaine Gabbert -- who I rate 10 spots higher than Newton -- at quarterback. Note: I'm hearing things about LSU CB Patrick Peterson and Georgia WR A.J. Green, but based on positional value, it's hard to believe the Panthers would go in either of those directions.

Denver Broncos
Record: 4-12 | Needs: DT, ILB, TE, S, QBMarcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Scenario 1: Dareus remains the likely choice here. There is no better match between need and value in the first round.
Scenario 2: If Dareus is gone, Texas A&M OLB Von Miller is the pick for a team looking to upgrade on defense.
Scenario 3: Taking a quarterback is the wild card here. Vice president of football operations John Elway has given no indication he's in love with either of the top two signal-callers, but we continue to hear the organization does not believe 2010 first-rounder Tim Tebow is the long-term answer.

Buffalo Bills
Record: 4-12 | Needs: LOT, OLB, QB, DE, TEVon Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
Scenario 1: Miller is the premier pass-rusher in this class and fits perfectly at outside linebacker in Buffalo's 3-4 defense. This is the smart pick, but still a tough pill to swallow given the lack of production the Bills have gotten from 2009 first-rounder Aaron Maybin.
Scenario 2: Use this pick on one of the quarterbacks, likely Newton if he's on the board.
Scenario 3: The only other player I'm hearing even whispers about is Peterson.

Cincinnati Bengals
Record: 4-12 | Needs: QB, WR, DT, OT, RBA.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Scenario 1: There are reports that the Bengals think Alabama's Julio Jones is a better fit in their version of the West Coast offense, but I think Green is on another level in terms of explosiveness and ball skills.
Scenario 2: Take Jones if he truly is the better player for their system.
Scenario 3: There are conflicting rumors about whether the Bengals are ready to move on from the Carson Palmer era and I've heard offensive coordinator Jay Gruden likes both Newton and Gabbert, so quarterback is not out of the question. I'm also hearing they are high on TCU's Andy Dalton, so keep an eye out for a trade back into the late first round.

Arizona Cardinals
Record: 5-11 | Needs: QB, OLB, OT/OG, TE, CBBlaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Scenario 1: The Cardinals need an upgrade at quarterback, and while I've been told they are not that crazy about Gabbert or Newton, my gut feeling is that they will take the QB who's available.
Scenario 2: If it's not a quarterback, then the pass rush becomes a priority, and North Carolina DE/OLB Quinn becomes the pick.
Scenario 3: Peterson does not fill a pressing need but would be a value pick even at this spot.

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