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Top 100 NFL Draft Prospects: April 2011

The 2011 NFL Draft has a few potential headlines. They’ll either involve a player slipping in the draft, for example, the rumors of Blaine Gabbert slipping out of the top ten. But what the headline should be, no matter what, is about how many defensive linemen will be drafted in the first round. There will at least a dozen of them. That’s crazy. Unheard of. But with all these teams who need a QB, that may not pan out.

Sure, four or five quarterbacks will likely go in the first round, maybe even more, who knows. But this trend doesn’t have anything to do with talent, it has to do with how desperate a handful of teams are for a quarterback.

San Francisco is about three years late with drafting a new franchise QB. Carolina is about to draft a quarterback in the first two rounds for two straight years. Arizona should’ve found a replacement for Matt Leinart in Ken Whisenhunt’s first year. Tennessee went all-in with a quarterback possessing maturity and accuracy issues. Minnesota sold its soul to the devil for a dick pic. Cincinnati has perpetually drafted idiots and bad teammates, now Carson Palmer wants out. Washington, well, they’re being Washington. Miami put all its eggs in one “Chad Henne basket” then conveniently forgot to give him an offensive line. Buffalo has a decent quarterback, but hey, he’s not a “franchise QB” so they may as well look for a new one, right? Seattle is the only team who’s done it the right way, it just didn’t pan out as well as they’d hoped with Charlie Whitehurst.

So ultimately, since the quarterback position is such a casual fan-friendly subject, the media will focus on it, as will the GMs across the league during the draft. They will all compete against each other’s self-interest. But at least it’ll make for good television.

1 Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
2 Patrick Peterson CB LSU
3 Von Miller OLB Texas A&M
4 A.J. Green WR Georgia
5 Robert Quinn DE North Carolina
6 Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
7 Nick Fairley DT Auburn
8 Julio Jones WR Alabama
9 Cameron Jordan DE California
10 Tyron Smith OT USC
11 Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
12 Corey Liuget DT Illinois
13 J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin
14 Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
15 Aldon Smith DE Missouri
16 Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
17 Jimmy Smith CB Colorado
18 Cam Newton QB Auburn
19 Nate Solder OT Colorado
20 Mike Pouncey OG Florida
21 Jake Locker QB Washington
22 Phil Taylor DT Baylor
23 Muhammad Wilkerson DE Temple
24 Da’Quan Bowers DE Clemson
25 Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
26 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame
27 Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA
28 Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State
29 Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State
30 Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech
31 Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
32 Danny Watkins OG Baylor
33 Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois
34 Mark Ingram RB Alabama
35 Andy Dalton QB TCU
36 Aaron Williams CB Texas
37 Brooks Reed DE Arizona
38 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State
39 Rahim Moore S UCLA
40 Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
41 Christian Ponder QB Florida State
42 Brandon Harris CB Miami (FL)
43 Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina
44 Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia
45 Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
46 Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh
47 Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (FL)
48 Justin Houston DE Georgia
49 Mason Foster ILB Washington
50 Rodney Hudson OG Florida State
51 Torrey Smith WR Maryland
52 Clint Boling OG Georgia
53 Titus Young WR Boise State
54 James Carpenter OG Alabama
55 Martez Wilson OLB Illinois
56 Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada
57 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina
58 William Rackley OG Lehigh
59 Jonathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh
60 Greg Little WR North Carolina
61 Marcus Cannon OT TCU
62 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
63 Allen Bailey DE Miami (FL)
64 Orlando Franklin OG Miami (FL)
65 Jaiquawn Jarrett S Temple
66 Jurrell Casey DT USC
67 Tandon Doss WR Indiana
68 Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin
69 Curtis Brown CB Texas
70 Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
71 Virgil Green TE Nevada
72 Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson
73 Brandon Burton CB Utah
74 Terrell McClain DT South Florida
75 Benjamin Ijalana OT Villanova
76 Greg Jones ILB Michigan State
77 Christian Ballard DT Iowa
78 Marcus Gilchrist CB Clemson
79 Greg Salas WR Hawaii
80 Daniel Thomas RB Kansas State
81 Joshua Thomas CB Buffalo
82 Brandon Hogan CB West Virginia
83 Marcus Gilbert OT Florida
84 Sam Acho DE Texas
85 Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa
86 Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy
87 Austin Pettis WR Boise State
88 Tyrod Taylor QB Virginia Tech
89 John Moffitt OG Wisconsin
90 Quan Sturdivant ILB North Carolina
91 Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma State
92 Dontay Moch OLB Nevada
93 Luke Stocker TE Tennessee
94 Quinton Carter S Oklahoma
95 Taiwan Jones RB Eastern Washington
96 Ahmad Black S Florida
97 Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh
98 Chris Culliver CB South Carolina
99 Vincent Brown WR San Diego State
100 Demarco Murray RB Oklahoma

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Matt De Lima is the guy behind the guy behind the guy. Born and raised near Los Angeles, CA during simpler times where the Rams and Raiders both played there. Back when Eddie Murphy was funny and people still listened to Whitney Houston's music. A graduate of Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), he's played fantasy sports for the last 10 years and began writing down his opinions in 2010. You remember that fantasy football league you were in last season, there was that one team that somehow had Aaron Rodgers, Chris Johnson, and Andre Johnson? Matt was that guy. You should listen to him. Follow his exclusive content @ OpenSports.com

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