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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Recapping SB Nation's Top 30

We're two weeks into SB Nation's annual NFL Writers Mock Draft, hosted once again at Mocking the Draft. In the 2011 version, we've posted three picks per day on weekdays, meaning that pick Nos. 1-30 have already been posted. Who will join LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson as a member of the Buffalo Bills in this mock? Take a look at the results thus far, and leave your guesses in the comments section.

1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M
3 Buffalo Bills Patrick Peterson CB LSU
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia
5 Arizona Cardinals Cam Newton QB Auburn
6 Cleveland Browns Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
7 San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DT Auburn
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith OT USC
10 Washington Redskins Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
11 Houston Texans Julio Jones WR Alabama
12 Minnesota Vikings J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin
13 Detroit Lions Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson
14 St. Louis Rams Corey Liuget DT Illinois
15 Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram RB Alabama
16 Jacksonville Jaguars Christian Ponder QB Florida State
17 New England Patriots Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
18 San Diego Chargers Cameron Jordan DE California
19 New York Giants Mike Pouncey OG Florida
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
21 Kansas City Chiefs Phil Taylor DT Baylor
22 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
23 Philadelphia Eagles Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
24 New Orleans Saints Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple
25 Seattle Seahawks Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
26 Baltimore Ravens Aldon Smith DE Missouri
27 Atlanta Falcons Justin Houston OLB Georgia
28 New England Patriots Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
29 Chicago Bears Stephen Paea DT Oregon State
30 New York Jets Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
33 New England Patriots
34 Buffalo Bills

To make things a little easier to view, he's a breakdown by position of who has already been selected.

  • QB (4): Gabbert, Newton, Ponder, Mallett
  • RB (1): Ingram
  • WR (2): Green, Jones
  • OT (3): T. Smith, Carimi, Castonzo
  • OG (1): Pouncey
  • DE (7): Quinn, Watt, Bowers, Jordan, Kerrigan, A. Smith, Heyward
  • DT (6): Dareus, Fairley, Liuget, Taylor, Wilkerson, Paea
  • OLB (3): Miller, Houston, Ayers
  • CB (3): Peterson, Amukamara, J. Smith

I'll tell you this much about the No. 34 pick (which I actually submitted last Wednesday): like last year, after the Bills addressed a secondary need at the top of the draft, I focused solely on positions of critical need - like the Bills did when they passed on guys like Rob Gronkowski for Torell Troup. The four need positions I focused on: quarterback, offensive tackle, defensive end and outside linebacker. Let's take a quick look at some of the notable names on the board at each of those positions.

  • QB: Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Ricky Stanzi
  • OT: Nate Solder, Derek Sherrod, Ben Ijalana, Orlando Franklin, Marcus Gilbert
  • DE: Adrian Clayborn, Allen Bailey, Christian Ballard
  • OLB: Brooks Reed, Jabaal Sheard, Martez Wilson

I'll also confirm that, yes, one of those 15 names is the guy we'll end up with when the pick is announced at 9AM ET on Tuesday. (I also told my Twitter followers last week which four players were on my short list for the pick, so anyone who follows me there will be able to narrow it down here.) Anyone care to guess who joins Peterson on the Fake Bills?