AFC East: Mikel Leshoure

Kiper, McShay mock Brooks Reed to Pats

April, 29, 2011
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Draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have produced their second-round mocks for ESPN Insider.

Their AFC East predictions are ...

No. 33 New England Patriots (acquired from Carolina Panthers)
  • Kiper's pick: Brooks Reed, Arizona defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Brooks Reed, Arizona defensive end
No. 34 Buffalo Bills
No. 56 New England Patriots (acquired from New Orleans Saints) No. 60 New England Patriots
  • Kiper's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
  • McShay's pick: Randall Cobb, Kentucky receiver

Scouts Inc. also has posted its list of the 10 best available players after the first round.

Five to consider for Patriots and Bills

April, 29, 2011
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The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills own the first two picks of the second round Friday night.

Let's take a look at five possibilities for each.

No. 33 New England Patriots
  1. Trade: The Patriots' track record and added time to work the phones suggests they'll deal this pick for additional assets. Who knows? Maybe they collect a third 2012 first-round draft choice.
  2. Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers: Always on the lookout for value, Bill Belichick might be intrigued enough with Bowers to stash him on injured reserve for a year. Bowers once was considered a legitimate candidate to be the first pick overall.
  3. Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard: The Patriots need to improve their pass rush and Sheard could be in their crosshairs. ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss predicts this should be the pick.
  4. UCLA outside linebacker Akeem Ayers: He's third on ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper's list of best-available players behind Bowers and Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea. Ayers is a versatile defender who can rush the passer and handle coverage.
  5. A running back: Only one has been drafted. The New Orleans Saints traded into the Patriots' spot to grab Alabama's Mark Ingram at No. 28. Scouts Inc. considers Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams the fifth-best player still on the board. Kiper has Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure seventh.
No. 34 Buffalo Bills
  1. Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph: The Bills are woefully inadequate at tight end. They haven't drafted one earlier than the third round since Lonnie Johnson in 1994. Head coach Chan Gailey could use a skilled tight end to diversify his offense and Rudolph is considered this year's best.
  2. Texas cornerback Aaron Williams: In a division that has Tom Brady, Brandon Marshall and a Jets squad that hopes to re-sign Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, the Bills should solidify their coverage. Williams is considered by Kiper and Scouts Inc. to be the best defensive back on the board.
  3. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett: He's considered the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft. If the Bills can rationalize Mallett's off-field issues, they could have their quarterback of the future.
  4. Illinois inside linebacker Martez Wilson: The Bills need help here, and Wilson is considered the best in this -- albeit weak -- draft class. Kiper predicts the Bills will make this pick.
  5. UCLA outside linebacker Akeem Ayers: The Bills have invested serious money in outside linebackers already. They gave Chris Kelsay a handsome new contract last season and extended Shawne Merriman in the offseason. They'd also love to get a return out of Aaron Maybin. But Ayers might be too talented to pass up.

Spotlight on ball security for RB prospects

March, 25, 2011
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In a column for ESPN Insider subscribers, draft analyst Todd McShay examines his five key criteria for running back evaluations. Insider

This information might be of particular interest to Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots fans. Those are two AFC East teams that should be on the lookout for running backs in this year's draft.

McShay's first four bullet points are lateral agility, a wide running base, durability and pass protection. McShay explains them all in his piece.

The fifth element is ball security.

ESPN Stats & Information broke down the fumble numbers from the top 12 running back prospects in this year's draft class. The chart pertained to all touches, not just rush attempts.

Jacquizz Rodgers from Oregon State and Mikel Leshoure from Illinois had zero fumbles last year. Leshoure never fumbled in his career. Rodgers fumbled once.

Alabama star Mark Ingram, considered the best back in the draft, fumbled once last year and three times total.

Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas raised a red flag with seven fumbles last year and 11 for his career. Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter fumbled twice last year, but 10 times in his career.

Pitt running back Dion Lewis fumbled nine times on 596 career touches, another bad percentage.

You can't argue with Mel Kiper; Or can you?

March, 10, 2011
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ESPN draft monger Mel Kiper has released his first post-combine mock draft.

Along with his projections for the AFC East's five first-round picks, I've added my opinions.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills

Kiper's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive tackle

My thoughts: Kiper has the Carolina Panthers taking Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the Bills passing on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. No one can argue the Bills need better D-line play, and Dareus is highly versatile. He could play five-technique defensive end. But a couple things Bills general manager Buddy Nix said at the combine stick out to me. Nix was asked specifically about having two defensive tackles in Pro Bowler Kyle Williams and Torell Troup and flatly replied, "I don't think that's an area of need. I don't." Nix added that Troup, last year's second-round draft pick, would rate "probably first or second" on this year's draft board at nose tackle. But maybe the Bills are comfortable Dareus can play the end and go with him here.

No. 15 Miami Dolphins

Kiper's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back

My thoughts: Ingram to the Dolphins in this spot is the most common projection among all the mocks out there because it makes so much sense. In all three of Kiper's mocks, he has stuck with Ingram at No. 15. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams aren't under contract. Ingram is considered the best running back in this year's draft, and analysts believe he'll be available when the Dolphins hand their card to the commissioner. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner is explosive. The biggest knock is that he ran his combine 40-yard dash in a disappointing 4.62 seconds. But he came in at 4.55 seconds at his pro day.

No. 17 New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders)

Kiper's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue outside linebacker

My thoughts: Kiper has slotted a different player in this spot for each of his mocks. He originally pegged Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt, who's now projected 11th to the Houston Texans. Then Kiper had California defensive end Cameron Jordan ticketed to New England here. But the Ouija board is spelling Kerrigan this time. Coach Bill Belichick certainly could use a nasty pass-rusher. The Patriots were close to average with their 36 sacks, but their outside linebackers combined for only 13.5 sacks. Four individual outside linebackers had that many elsewhere in the league.

No. 28 New England Patriots

Kiper's pick: Leonard Hankerson, Miami receiver

My thoughts: I don't see receiver as a first-round need for the Patriots. Kiper acknowledges the Patriots make for tricky speculation because they own two picks in each of the first three rounds and aren't bashful about trading. But he has liked an offensive skill player at No. 28 all along -- just not the same prospect. His first mock named Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure. The second mock had Maryland receiver Torrey Smith. But Hankerson's stock is rising, as evidenced by his debut on Kiper's radar. Hankerson is thin at 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds, but he has a knack for making difficult catches look easy.

No. 30 New York Jets

Kiper's pick: Rahim Moore, UCLA safety

My thoughts: Kiper leaves the 30th slot unchanged from his last mock. Coach Rex Ryan must get a safety. Brodney Pool, Eric Smith and James Ihedigbo all are without contracts. Jim Leonhard is rehabbing from a broken shin. Kiper admits the Jets need defensive linemen in a bad way, but justifies his prediction by noting this year's D-line class is deep. Moore is considered by many to be the best safety amid a pedestrian group. In other words, if the Jets don't get a safety here, then they might regret not plucking the best one off the board. Moore is ball hawk who intercepted 10 passes two seasons ago. He had only one interception last year, but his tackle total soared in more of a strong safety role.

Get your mocks off: Pre-combine roundup

February, 21, 2011
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The NFL scouting combine opens Thursday in Indianapolis. It's one of the pivotal offseason events and certainly will shuffle draft boards within every personnel department.

Let's take another pre-combine glance at some of the latest AFC East mock drafts.

In this edition, we have ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly, CBSSports.com analysts Rob Rang and Chad Reuter and an intriguing computer simulation from Draft Tek.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills
  • Kiper's pick: Cam Newton, Auburn quarterback
  • McShay's pick: Von Miller, Texas A&M outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Cam Newton, Auburn quarterback
  • Nawrocki's pick: Patrick Peterson, Louisiana State cornerback
  • Rang's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • Reuter's pick: Patrick Peterson, Louisiana State cornerback
  • Draft Tek's pick: Robert Quinn, North Carolina outside linebacker
No. 15 Miami Dolphins
  • Kiper's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • McShay's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Bunting's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Nawrocki's pick: Ryan Mallett, Arkansas quarterback
  • Rang's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Reuter's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Draft Tek's pick: Cam Newton, Auburn quarterback
No. 17 New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders)
  • Kiper's pick: Cameron Jordan, California defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Cameron Jordan, California defensive end
  • Bunting's pick: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska cornerback
  • Nawrocki's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Rang's pick: Aldon Smith, Missouri outside linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Draft Tek's pick: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State defensive end
No. 28 New England Patriots
  • Kiper's pick: Torrey Smith, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: Dan Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Bunting's pick: Benjamin Ijalana, Villanova tackle
  • Nawrocki's pick: Clint Boling, Georgia guard
  • Rang's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
  • Reuter's pick: Dan Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Draft Tek's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
No. 30 New York Jets
  • Kiper's pick: Rahim Moore, UCLA safety
  • McShay's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle
  • Bunting's pick: Dan Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Nawrocki's pick: Akeem Ayers, UCLA outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue defensive end
  • Draft Tek's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle

AFC East draft season: Who needs what?

February, 9, 2011
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Gabbert, Ingram & Ayers US PresswireBlaine Gabbert (Bills), Mark Ingram (Miami), and Akeem Ayers (Patriots) could all fit in the AFC East.
Nobody can say for sure when the 2011 NFL season will begin or what the free-agency period will resemble.

But we do know there will be a draft in April.

Rather than depress everybody with labor musings, let's focus on the only player personnel activities we can count on.

To set the stage for draft season and the NFL scouting combine in two weeks, I canvassed four evaluators I respect to compile a list of positional needs for the AFC East.

I asked National Football Post scouting guru Wes Bunting, Scouts Inc. draft analyst Steve Muench, Pro Football Weekly senior editor Nolan Nawrocki, and CBSSports.com senior analyst Rob Rang to share their rundown of shortcomings for each club.

I merged their insights to come up with a consensus. From there, I targeted some candidates who fit the profile of need combined with draft position.

The new collective bargaining agreement can impact these projections significantly. If a CBA can be hammered out before the draft, then perhaps teams will be able to address some needs via free agency. Otherwise, front offices will have more roster uncertainties than usual when they're on the clock in Radio City Music Hall.

Buffalo Bills

Pick: Third.

Consensus needs: Offensive line, quarterback, defensive tackle, outside linebacker.

Analysis: An asterisk should be affixed to any Bills forecast. Few experts would have rated running back as a target area last year, but they selected C.J. Spiller ninth overall out of Clemson. So who knows what they're thinking?

All four analysts rated offensive line either first or second among the Bills' most needful areas. Nawrocki and Muench were specific about tackles -- a position the Bills haven't drafted earlier than the fifth round since 2002. Nawrocki called tackle the No. 1 priority.

Muench and Bunting rated quarterback as the most important position.

The good news for the Bills is that they likely will be able to take the first quarterback or tackle off the board if they choose.

But none of the analysts projected the Bills to take an offensive lineman third overall. The best prospects simply aren't considered worth that high of a slot.

"Ryan Fitzpatrick is an excellent backup and stopgap, but he's an adequate at best starter," Muench said. "If the Bills can get Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert at No. 3, then I think they pull the trigger."

Rang labeled defensive line Buffalo's biggest concern, noting opponents averaged a gaudy 169.6 rushing yards last season, and this year's draft class is deep along the defensive front.

Who could be there: Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers are top candidates. Gabbert should be on the board when the Bills pick. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton almost certainly will be available. The two teams drafting ahead of the Bills, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, aren't expected to take a quarterback.

Miami Dolphins

Pick: 15th.

Consensus needs: Running back, interior offensive line, quarterback.

Analysis: Of the four AFC East teams, the Dolphins presented the most straightforward consensus among the panel. Three of four rated running back as the chief concern. Three of four listed guard second.

Two experts listed quarterback, with Bunting deeming it the greatest deficiency. Even so, Bunting added Alabama running back Mark Ingram is an attractive possibility in the first round.

Free agency mysteries could put the Dolphins in a backfield bind. Contracts for Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are about to expire.

"Running back is an obvious concern," Rang said. "Lex Hilliard could surprise if given a real opportunity, but many believe the Dolphins will be tempted by Ingram in the first round."

Muench found quarterback to be an interesting position for Miami in the draft.

"The argument could be made that quarterback is the Dolphins' top need," Muench said, "but not from a draft perspective. Miami won't find a better quarterback than Chad Henne at pick 15, and trading up will prove difficult.

"If the Dolphins have decided to move on from Henne, then signing a free agent or trading for a quarterback makes the most sense. Regardless, they should take a chance on a developmental prospect in the middle rounds."

Who could be there: The Bills' slot is the only one in the AFC East that comes with some clarity. The middle of the first round is dicey to predict. Will Ingram still be on the board? The Dolphins also could be tempted to grab Newton if he's still waiting by his phone or Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, although multiple reports suggest Mallett's stock is plummeting. As for interior linemen, the 15th slot seems way too soon for anybody in this year's class. The top candidate is Florida guard Mike Pouncey, younger brother of Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.

New England Patriots

Pick: 17th and 28th.

Consensus needs: Outside linebacker, offensive line, running back, defensive end.

Analysis: The Patriots have a pair of first-round choices to address their needs. They also have two picks each in the second and third rounds. With so much inventory to wheel and deal, it's hard to speculate what Bill Belichick will do or where he will end up picking within the first couple rounds.

None of the four analysts prioritized the same top position for New England, but all of them ranked outside linebacker among their top three needs.

Nawrocki was specific in stating the Patriots need a five-technique defensive end, although veteran Ty Warren is returning from a hip injury that sidelined him for 2010.

Bunting's emphasis was on a do-it-all running back. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a nice campaign as the AFC East's lone 1,000-yard rusher, but he's not a threat in the passing game. Danny Woodhead is a top-notch complementary player, but he doesn't have the size to be a workhorse.

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AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaThe contract status of guard Logan Mankins could impact New England's draft needs this year.
Three of the four analysts viewed New England's offensive line as an issue dependent upon the ability to re-sign Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins and ambiguity over the futures of veteran left tackle Matt Light and right guard Stephen Neal.

"Light has been a solid bookend for the past 10 years, but he turns 33 this offseason, and explosive edge rushers gave him problems last year," Muench said. "It's also worth pointing out that New England wants its young tight ends making plays downfield and not helping in pass protection."

Who could be there: Pass-rushers always are a hot commodity, and this year is no different. Defensive ends and outside linebackers can be difficult to sort because teams will project them into different roles. UCLA outside linebacker Akeem Ayers and Missouri outside linebacker Aldon Smith are strong possibilities. It's foreseeable New England will be considering the fifth or sixth best defensive end on its board at No. 17 -- if you believe the Patriots will keep that pick, of course. Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt project in that range. Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure is considered second in this year's class behind Ingram.

New York Jets

Pick: 30th.

Consensus needs: Outside linebacker, wide receiver, defensive line, safety.

Analysis: Analysts were fragmented on the Jets, and a major reason for that is their volume of free agents and the degree of difficulty general manager Mike Tannenbaum will have in re-signing the most important ones.

"Collectively, their roster is one of the strongest in the league, but they do have some questions to answer," Nawrocki said.

For instance, receiver either could be a huge offseason weakness or a major strength. Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith are free agents, but Tannenbaum stated he intends to re-sign them all. The likelihood of that happening is dubious, as illustrated by three of the four panelists rating wide receiver either second or third for the Jets.

Nawrocki and Rang each listed outside linebacker first.

"The Jets must account for the failure of Vernon Gholston, who likely will be released soon, and get younger at outside linebacker," Nawrocki said.

Gholston was the sixth overall selection in the 2008 draft and has failed to record an NFL sack. Jason Taylor had five sacks last season, but he'll turn 37 at the start of next season and might not be back.

"The Jets need a pass-rusher to take the next step," Rang said. "If there is a 3-4 outside linebacker prospect they like on the board at No. 30, he's the favorite."

Muench rated free safety as the Jets' biggest need. Not only could the Jets stand to upgrade that position, but also Brodney Pool and Eric Smith are free agents.

"As good as this defense is," Muench said, "imagine if Rex Ryan had a safety that can match up with receivers and play a center-field role like he had with Ed Reed in Baltimore."

Who could be there: Draft boards are highly unreliable by the end of the first round. Prospects you thought would go in the top 15 drop into the 20s. A player expected to be available early in the second round is long gone. Nawrocki's mock draft has Ayers slipping to the Jets. Bunting and Rang each have Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor slotted 30th.

As exciting as a box of mocks

February, 8, 2011
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Here are the latest AFC East draft projections from ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Insider and Todd McShay, Insider Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly, CBSSports.com analysts Rob Rang and Chad Reuter and FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager.

Mocks from Nawrocki, Rang, Reuter and Schrager have been updated since the Super Bowl.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills
  • Kiper's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • McShay's pick: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri quarterback
  • Banks' pick: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri quarterback
  • Bunting's pick: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson defensive end
  • Nawrocki's pick: Patrick Peterson, Louisiana State cornerback
  • Rang's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • Reuter's pick: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri quarterback
  • Schrager's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
No. 15 Miami Dolphins
  • Kiper's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • McShay's pick: Mike Pouncey, Florida center
  • Banks' pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Bunting's pick: Aldon Smith, Missouri outside linebacker
  • Nawrocki's pick: Ryan Mallett, Arkansas quarterback
  • Rang's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Reuter's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Schrager's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
No. 17 New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders)
  • Kiper's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue defensive end
  • Banks' pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Bunting's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Nawrocki's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Rang's pick: Aldon Smith, Missouri outside linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Aldon Smith, Missouri outside linebacker
  • Schrager's pick: Cameron Jordan, California pass-rusher
No. 28 New England Patriots
  • Kiper's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
  • McShay's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Banks' pick: Justin Houston, Georgia outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Benjamin Ijalana, Villanova tackle
  • Nawrocki's pick: Clint Boling, Georgia guard
  • Rang's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
  • Reuter's pick: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State defensive end
  • Schrager's pick: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College tackle
No. 30 New York Jets
  • Kiper's pick: Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle
  • Banks' pick: Corey Liuget, Illinois defensive tackle
  • Bunting's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle
  • Nawrocki's pick: Akeem Ayers, UCLA outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Torrey Smith, Maryland receiver
  • Schrager's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle

Time for an AFC East mockwave

February, 1, 2011
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If you're the type who views the Super Bowl as a necessary speed bump between the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine, then this post is for you.

Draft season will begin in earnest a few days from now. To get you prepared, let's take a look at mock drafts from some of the experts.

These are the latest projections from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, CBSSports.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter and FoxSports.com's Peter Schrager.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills
  • Kiper's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • McShay's pick: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri quarterback
  • Bunting's pick: Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson defensive end
  • Rang's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • Reuter's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • Schrager's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
No. 15 Miami Dolphins
  • Kiper's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • McShay's pick: Mike Pouncey, Florida center
  • Bunting's pick: Aldon Smith, Missouri outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Reuter's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Schrager's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
No. 17 New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders)
  • Kiper's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue defensive end
  • Bunting's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Rang's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Aldon Smith, Missouri outside linebacker
  • Schrager's pick: Cameron Jordan, California pass-rusher
No. 28 New England Patriots
  • Kiper's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
  • McShay's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Bunting's pick: Benjamin Ijalana, Villanova tackle
  • Rang's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
  • Reuter's pick: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State defensive end
  • Schrager's pick: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College tackle
No. 30 New York Jets

Mock, mock 'til you drop

January, 19, 2011
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ESPN draft forecasters Mel Kiper Insider and Todd McShay Insider cobbled together their latest 2011 mock drafts Wednesday.

ESPN Insider subscribers can view the full mocks, but I've received special clearance to reveal their guesses for the AFC East.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills
  • Kiper's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri quarterback
No. 15 Miami Dolphins
  • Kiper's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • McShay's pick: Mike Pouncey, Florida center
No. 17 New England Patriots (Oakland Raiders trade)
  • Kiper's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue defensive end
No. 28 New England Patriots (assigned slot)
  • Kiper's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
  • McShay's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
New York Jets (projected)
  • Kiper's pick: Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple defensive end at No. 30. Kiper has the Jets losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
  • McShay's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle at 31. McShay predicts the Jets will lose in the Super Bowl.

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