2011 NFL Mock Draft: All 32 1st round picks, St. Louis picks Muhammad Wilkerson.
St. Louis’ needs:
- Wide Reciever
- Outside Linebacker
- Defensive Tackle
- Running Back
- Offensive Guard
Muhammad Wilkerson is who again?
By the numbers:
Height: 6’4 1/8”
2010 Stats: 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss.
Career Stats 144 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups.
By the written word:
Muhammad Wilkerson is, aside from Nick Fairley, the best interior rusher in this draft. He’s strong at the point of attack, can stack and shed as well as any DT available, and is solid in run support because of his size. He’s tall, very well-built, and productive—yet still loaded with upside.
Why Wilkerson is the pick:
I’m sure the Rams wish there was an elite receiver available, but as things have played out they’ll have to land one in the second-round.
On the other side of the ball, they could use a defensive tackle capable of both stopping the run and getting to the quarterback. Wilkerson is versatile enough to do just that. He is one of the top defensive lineman in a class chock-full of strong DLs.
Who else was considered:
1. Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois — Probably the most oft-picked guy for the Rams in mocks sans Julio Jones, but ultimately I see him as just a notch below Wilkerson in terms of overall talent level.
2. Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson — As with the past last several teams, if Bowers were guaranteed healthy, he’d be the pick.
3. Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri — Steve Spagnuolo would be eyeing Smith as a versatile defensive end, a capable pass rusher. Smith needs work, but he projects to be both of the aforementioned.
4. Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Pudue — Not as explosive as Smith, but far more productive. If the Rams aren’t feeling up to rolling the dice, they could go with Kerrigan.
5. Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida — You’d think there’d be a wide reciever someone on this list, but there’s just no one worth considering at 14 now that Julio Jones is in Washington. Pouncey would help Sam Bradford as well, solidifying the interior of an offensive line that already has its bookends.
(Previous pick: Robert Quinn — Detroit Lions)
(Next pick: Miami Dolphins)