2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will The Patriots Address Pass Rush With 17th Pick?

February 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Bill Belichick Will Prove He Is The Master Of The Draft, Take Adrian Clayborn

The Patriots need a better pass rush in addition to a good downfield threat. Bill Belichick will address the pass rush first (assuming he doesn’t trade down here). Clayborn is projecting as an elite pass rusher and Belichick will jump all over him at this pick.

The Patriots need an upgrade at rush, and Clayborn is one of those guys who gets first-round consideration but then gets ignored. Belichick thrives on finding those guys other teams pass on, and Clayborn will be a great addition to the Patriots defense.

Clayborn’s draft stock took a hit because his senior season wasn’t what the scouts wanted it to be. I’m betting a great Combine performance partnered with good pre-draft buzz in the next two months will start moving him back up on the boards and Belichick takes him here.

1. Carolina Panthers: Nick Fairley 17. New England Patriots: Adrian Clayborn
2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson 18. San Diego Chargers: Cory Liuget
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller 19. New York Giants: Tyron Smith
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Da’Quan Bowers 20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyron Smith
5. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Quinn 21. Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Houston
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green 22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo
7. San Francisco 49ers: Prince Amukamara 23. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Sherrod
8. Tennessee Titans: Blaine Gabbert 24. New Orleans Saints: J.J. Watt
9. Dallas Cowboys: Cameron Jordan 25. Seattle Seahawks: Corey Liuget
10. Washington Redskins: Marcell Dareus 26. Baltimore Ravens: Jonathan Baldwin
11. Houston Texans: Ryan Kerrigan 27. Atlanta Falcons: Aaron Williams
12. Minnesota Vikings: Cam Newton 28. New England Patriots: Torrey Smith
13. Detriot Lions: Nate Solder 29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi
14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones 30. New York Jets: Justin Houston
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram 31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Pouncey
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aldon Smith 32. Green Bay Packers: Cameron Heyward











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