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2011 NFL Mock Drafts: Patrick Peterson, Nick Fairley, Or Da'Quan Bowers First Overall?

Here are a couple more 2011 NFL Mock Drafts to chew on. Rob Rang as CBS Sports has LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson going to the Panthers with the No. 1 overall pick, and Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers (who turns up as the top overall pick in some recent mocks) falling to the Browns at No. 6. He also has Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus going to the Bills at No. 3, which is higher than I think I’ve ever seen Dareus go. Further down, Alabama’s Julio Jones falls to the Rams at No. 14, and Pitt’s Jon Baldwin drops out of the first round completely. Rang has the Steelers taking Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod, which would represent an excellent value for them at the end of the first round.

Chad Reuter, meanwhile, has Auburn’s Nick Fairley going first overall – certainly not a controversial choice, at this point. He has the Bengals taking Bowers at No. 4 and the Browns grabbing top wideout Julio Jones. Further down, he has the Ravens picking Florida’s Mike Pouncey and the Steelers picking Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt, which again would probably be a good pick. Reuter for some reason leaves Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett out of the first round.

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