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Only two QBs off board in Network experts' first-round mock

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With two first-round picks, would the New England Patriots really consider drafting Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett to be groomed as Tom Brady's heir apparent? Whether or not Bill Belichick considers such a move, it was something Charles Davis thought about when he was charged with making the 28th pick for New England in the NFL Network's third annual roundtable mock draft. 

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Not only did he decide to pass on Mallett (in favor of UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers), but none of the top quarterback prospects after Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert heard their names called in this mock.

As was the case in the previous two years, the 2011 version was an interesting endeavor in looking at how the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft ultimately could play out. With analyst Mike Mayock, who will unveil his full first-round mock draft on NFL Network on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET), playing the role of commissioner, seven analysts -- Davis, Michael Irvin, Brian Billick, Michael Lombardi, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci and Bucky Brooks -- and NFL Network host Rich Eisen made the picks.

Now, the full results of our third annual mock draft:

 

Mock draft: Round 1
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
1.
QB
Auburn
Michael Irvin: "If I'm Carolina, I'm going to draft a playmaker, and that's Cam Newton. The guy had one system, maybe it was a simple system, but he transferred it to a national title. If I'm a coach, I put it on me to teach him the NFL game. The rest, he'll do."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
2.
DT
Alabama
Brian Billick: "Every great defense is built from the inside out, making Dareus the obvious choice. I see three blue-chippers in this draft: Dareus, Patrick Peterson and Von Miller."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
3.
LB
Texas A&M
Rich Eisen: "I like Ryan Fitzpatrick. Clearly, the Bills aren't built for a Super Bowl with him right now. But I'm not going with Blaine Gabbert, I'm sticking with Fitzpatrick and going defense."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
4.
QB
Missouri
Charles Davis: "I believe Carson Palmer, he isn't stepping foot into that stadium, unless he's in another uniform. It's not just a posture. Give me Gabbert."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
5.
CB
LSU
Michael Lombardi: "Arizona is bad on every level of the defense. To me, Peterson is a blue-chip player. In that division, teams will be playing a lot of three-cornerback sets against the Rams and Seahawks in a pass-first league."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
6.
DT
Auburn
Marshall Faulk: "I don't feel comfortable with him, but this is the guy I'm going with. He fits the Browns' 4-3 scheme."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
7.
WR
Georgia
Steve Mariucci: "I wanted Peterson or Miller. I also want a quarterback, but I could wait until the second round. I'm looking at the best player available on my board, and it's by far A.J. Green."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
8.
DE
North Carolina
Bucky Brooks: "He's not a polished product, but he can bring an edge rush the Titans need. He's the best pass-rusher in the draft."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
9.
CB
Nebraska
Michael Irvin: "I love the Prince. This guy is a big, physical guy. The Cowboys like running the press, and this gives them another corner."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
10.
OT
Boston College
Brian Billick: "This will throw everyone for a curve. I love Tyron Smith and his upside, but I don't think it's quantifiable enough to pass up a good, solid player in Castonzo."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
11.
DE
Missouri
Rich Eisen: "I would like to channel my inner Gary Kubiak here and take Julio Jones. But I have to get to Peyton Manning in two games a year. New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will see Smith and think he's going to be a beast."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
12.
WR
Alabama
Charles Davis: "In a real draft, this is where the Rams would be calling for a trade. I would think very hard about Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett here. But, Sidney Rice won't be back."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
13.
OT
USC
Michael Lombardi: "I'm very happy right here. Two quarterbacks taken off the board I wouldn't have picked, and two receivers that I wouldn't have picked off the board. So, I've only lost nine players off my board. This is the easiest pick in the draft."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
14.
G/C
Florida
Marshall Faulk: "I see Pouncey stepping in and playing guard for the Rams from the start."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
15.
RB
Alabama
Steve Mariucci: "I have to hand the ball to someone. I don’t care if he's a role player or not. He's a good football player, he's a good kid, and Ingram will make the Dolphins better."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
16.
DE
Cal
Bucky Brooks: "I thought Mooch would take my guy, Jordan, off the board. I'm going to put Jordan next to his old teammate, Tyson Alualu, and we're going to go play."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
17.
DE
Wisconsin
Michael Irvin: "This pick is tough for me, but it's an area of need for the Patriots and there have been only three defensive ends taken off the board. Watt fits in well with the Patriots."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
18.
DE
Purdue
Brian Billick: "I wanted Watt, but if I'm the Chargers I'm not sweating it because we still have Kerrigan here."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
19.
OT
Wisconsin
Rich Eisen: "With an aging offensive line, this pick makes the Giants happy. They can plug Carimi in at guard to start out."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
20.
DE
Clemson
Charles Davis: "The Bucs need a pass rusher, so I have to take this shot at Bowers here."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
21.
OL
Baylor
Michael Lombardi: "I think Nate Solder would be an appealing player here, but he's not physical enough for what the Chiefs want. I think the Chiefs see the next Matt Light in Watkins. There's a dire need here for the Chiefs and not a lot of options."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
22.
OT
Mississippi St.
Marshall Faulk: "I see Sherrod stepping in at left tackle for the Colts, and Charles Johnson going back to being their swing tackle, which is his best position."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
23.
CB
Steve Mariucci: "The Eagles gave up 31 touchdown passes last year. The secondary has to be upgraded. This is a keep-your-fingers-crossed pick for the Eagles."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
24.
DT
Illinois
Bucky Brooks: "They need to get better up front, and it starts with Liuget. He might be the most talented player in the group despite the presence of Dareus and Fairley. I gave Muhammad Wilkerson some consideration here."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
25.
OT
Colorado
Michael Irvin: "The Seahawks need a little bit more help on the offensive line before they start considering other positions with this pick."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
26.
DE
Ohio St.
Brian Billick: "I hated to see Jimmy Smith come off the board. I'm conflicted about this pick. The Ravens thought they had a pass rusher opposite Terrell Suggs last year in Sergio Kindle, but it didn't work out."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
27.
TE
Notre Dame
Rich Eisen: "I had Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff on my podcast this week, and I asked him point-black that I had his pick and what should I do. He mentioned speed, but I think it was a complete smokescreen. When I see tight end Tony Gonzalez talking about retirement, who better to tutor him?"
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
28.
LB
UCLA
Charles Davis: "This might be crazy, but I would put some thought into drafting Ryan Mallett with this pick. But I'm going defense, and Ayers offers some position flexibility."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
29.
DT
North Carolina
Michael Lombardi: "With no offensive linemen I like left on the board, I'm going to the player I believe is a true sleeper and could eventually be a blue-chip player."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
30.
LB
Georgia
Marshall Faulk: "We need to get sacks. We didn't get any pressure on the quarterback last season without blitzing. Houston is what the Jets don't have."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
31.
CB
Texas
Steve Mariucci: "The top offensive linemen are gone, which is an area of need. The next area of need is cornerback. Williams can play both cornerback and safety. I like the kid, and it's an area of need."
Pick
Team
Player
Pos.
School
32.
DT
Temple
Bucky Brooks: "Packers GM Ted Thompson gave me my first job and schooled me in scouting, and he's going to take the best available player on the board here. You can't go wrong between Wilkerson and Phil Taylor, but I like Wilkerson."


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