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2011 MCM Mock Draft - Pick #1

With the first pick of the 2011 Music City Miracles Mock Draft, the Carolina Panthers (represented by hal41605) select:

A.J. Green, WR, University of Georgia


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From hal41605:

 I obviously went against the grain with this pick, but after looking closely, I truly felt that it was the best pick the Panthers could make. AJ is the surest thing in this draft.  Tall, fast, lanky, great hands-- only injury can stop him from being a top flight NFL receiver.  The Panthers have needs at virtually every position, so I decided to pick the best, but also "safest" player available.  I also looked at Carolina’s stats from Football Outsiders from last year.  Surprisingly their defense was right in the middle of the league(16th), with the offense being dead last (31st passing, 32nd rushing).  I think the addition of Ron Rivera alone will improve their defense a few slots into the 10-15 range level, and thus spending the #1 pick overall on offense gives them the best value.
Most people have DT Nick Fairley as the #1 overall, but I am beginning to think he is overrated, at least slightly, as an NFL prospect.  He is actually on the small side for an NFL DT (for comparison Albert Haynesworth has 40 pounds on him), so I’m not sure he will be that dominating, double team-demanding presence, at least right out of the gate, which is what you need from a DT to justify picking them #1 overall.  He is also certainly no Ndamukong Suh, another comparison I think he may be undeservedly receiving hype from.  Carolina needs a QB above all else, but no one justifies the #1 pick in this class, so I think the next best thing they could do is add a playmaker to the worst offense in the league.  In this draft, that playmaker is AJ Green.

Now on the clock: trevor2013 and the Denver Broncos

  1. Carolina Panthers - A.J. Green, WR, UGA
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Buffalo Bills
  4. Cincinnati Bengals
  5. Arizona Cardinals
  6. Cleveland Browns
  7. San Francisco 49ers
  8. Tennessee Titans
  9. Dallas Cowboys
  10. Washington Redskins
  11. Houston Texans
  12. Minnesota Vikings
  13. Detroit Lions
  14. St. Louis Rams
  15. Miami Dolphins
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars
  17. New England Patriots
  18. San Diego Chargers
  19. New York Giants
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  21. Kansas City Chiefs
  22. Indianapolis Colts
  23. Philadelphia Eagles
  24. New Orleans Saints
  25. Seattle Seahawks
  26. Baltimore Ravens
  27. Atlanta Falcons
  28. New England Patriots
  29. New York Jets
  30. Chicago Bears
  31. Green Bay Packers
  32. Pittsburgh Steelers