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Monday, March 21, 2011
Alabama's Dareus to go No. 1 overall?

By staff

ESPN's Todd McShay has unveiled a new mock NFL draft, which includes the first two rounds, and he has Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus going No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers.

In this latest mock draft, McShay has Auburn quarterback Cam Newton going higher than Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. McShay has Newton going No. 5 to the Arizona Cardinals and Fairley No. 8 to the Tennessee Titans. According to McShay, Fairley is falling because some teams are worried about his football character, and there are also concerns about the way he's interviewed.

I go back to what I said several weeks ago. The tape doesn't lie, and if too many people pass on Fairley, they're going to be sorry.

McShay has six SEC players going in the top 10 picks and 10 SEC players going in the first round. Here's a rundown:

No. 1 (Panthers) -- Alabama DT Marcell Dareus
No. 4 (Bengals) -- Georgia WR A.J. Green
No. 5 (Cardinals) -- Auburn QB Cam Newton
No. 7 (49ers) -- LSU CB Patrick Peterson
No. 8 (Titans) -- Auburn DT Nick Fairley
No. 10 (Redskins) -- Alabama WR Julio Jones
No. 15 (Dolphins) -- Alabama RB Mark Ingram
No. 19 (Giants) -- Florida C/OG Mike Pouncey
No. 27 (Falcons) -- Georgia OLB Justin Houston
No. 29 (Bears) -- Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod

In the second round, McShay has Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett going No. 39 overall to the Tennessee Titans, Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb going No. 47 to the St. Louis Rams and Georgia offensive guard Clint Boling going No. 57 to the Seattle Seahawks.