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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons Pass Rush Was Lacking in 2010

Atlanta Falcons Must Complement John Abraham

The Falcons could be interested in taking a wide receiver at this spot: they have been looking to find a better second option than Michael Jenkins. 

But they'd be better off improving their pass rush. 

Aside from John Abraham--who had 13 sacks this year but will be 33 in May--the Falcons weren't consistently able to pressure the quarterback. With two games against Drew Brees and the Saints each year that is a major flaw. 

With the wealth of defensive lineman in this draft, Heyward is flying under the radar a bit and he doesn't have great measureables (40-yard dash, vertical). But he faced great competition for four years in the Big Ten and made a major impact in the Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas pro-style offense. 

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1. Carolina Panthers:  Da’Quan Bowers, DE

17. New England Patriots: Adrian Clayborn, DE

2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson, CB

18. San Diego Chargers: J.J. Watt, DE

3. Buffalo Bills: Marcel Dareus, DT

19. New York Giants: Mikel LeShore, RB 

4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE

5. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Fairley, DT

21. Kansas City Chiefs:  Akeem Ayers, LB

6. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller, LB

22. Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT

7. San Francisco: Blaine Gabbert, QB

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Anthony Castonzo, OT

8. Tennessee Titans: Robert Quinn, DE

24. New Orleans Saints: Rahim Moore, S

9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB

25. Seattle Seahawks: Kyle Rudolph, TE

10. Washington Redskins: Cam Newton, QB

26. Baltimore Ravens: Aaron Williams, CB

11. Houston Texans: Jimmy Smith, CB

27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Heyward, DE

12. Minnesota Vikings: Aldon Smith, LB

28. New England Patriots: Jonathan Baldwin, WR

13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith, OT

29. Chicago Bears: Mike Pouncey, G

14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR

30. New York Jets: Justin Houston, OLB

15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram Jr., RB

31. Pittsburgh Steelers Gabe Carimi, OT

16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Jordan, DE

32. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Williams, RB


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