Todd McShay has compiled his latest NFL mock draft for an ESPN.com Insider piece.
Before we review his picks, we must take into account the media-only workout held by Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. ESPN’s Trent Dilfer was in San Diego for the practice and he raved about Newton. Dilfer said Newton could move all the way up to the No. 1 pick by Carolina. I can see it. No position moves up the draft board like the quarterback.
I’m sure Denver is rooting for Newton to go to Carolina. That would leave every defensive player on the board available. The Broncos need defensive help badly as they were ranked last in the NFL in total defense and points allowed in 2010. McShay had Newton going to Washington at No. 10 prior to his workout.
Onto McShay’s picks:
No. 2, Denver
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
My thoughts: Denver would be thrilled to take Fairley. He would be a great start to this defensive reconstruction.
No. 18, San Diego
Aldon Smith, Defensive end/linebacker, Missouri
My thoughts: He’s one of the players I think San Diego will look at. He would fill a need.
No. 21, Kansas City
Akeem Ayers, linebacker, UCLA
My thoughts: Ayers is a guy I could see ending up in San Diego or Kansas City. This would be a very good value pick.
Oakland traded the No. 17 pick to New England for defensive lineman Richard Seymour in 2009.