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2011 NFL Draft: Three NFC West mocks

My thoughts on three recently released 2011 NFL mock drafts from ESPN's Todd McShay, NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang and National Football Post's Wes Bunting:

  • Matt Hasselbeck's unsigned status makes it easier for analysts to send a quarterback to Seattle with the 25th overall choice. Bunting thinks Ryan Mallett's strong arm would fit well in Seattle's weather. Rang notes that Seahawks general manager John Schneider attended Mallett's workout, and Seattle seems to like the quarterback's strong arm.

  • The Seahawks' new offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, would presumably value accuracy over raw arm strength in assessing a quarterback for his West Coast offense. Our Insider scouting report on Mallett gives him high marks for accuracy, including short accuracy. Schneider and ultimately coach Pete Carroll will be making the call.

  • Cam Newton heads to Arizona at No. 5 on two of three mocks. The Cardnials' need for a quarterback is obvious. McShay sees Newton as a Ben Roethlisberger type, and therefore a good fit for Ken Whisenhunt and the Cardinals. There are some similarities. The Cardinals have also indicated it's tough to take a quarterback that early unless the team has no questions or concerns "on both the ability side as well as the character and passion for the game and fit and intangibles." Is Newton that guy?

  • The projections for the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams follow familiar patterns. The 49ers will go for a cornerback or pass-rusher, while the Rams will take a defensive lineman if one of the top two wide receivers is not available, the thinking goes. These are logical thoughts, but the 49ers could be in the quarterback mix as well.

The chart shows how McShay, Rang and Bunting project the NFC West in the first round.

Earlier: Kiper 1.0, Kiper 2.0 and Kiper 3.0.

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2011 NFL Mock Drafts