Since we are running out of time, I’ve decided to compress multiple picks into each post. Tonight, we are going to hit on the numbers 6, 7, and 8 selections.
#6 – Cleveland – Robert Quinn
I think Julio Jones will get some serious consideration here, but the Browns are rumored to be heavily enamored with North Carolina DE Robert Quinn. Quinn would fill a major need as a pass-rusher for this team, and I think he would have a more immediate impact on the success of the team. New coach Pat Shurmur would probably prefer an offensive player, but Quinn gives him an impact player on the other side of the ball.
#7 – San Francisco – Blaine Gabbert
The Niners have been without solid quarterback play for what seems like forever now, and I highly doubt new coach Jim Harbaughwill want anything to do with Alex Smith since he has no previous ties to him. Gabbert is the top QB on my board, and I think he would be a perfect fit here. The Niners need a franchise QB, and they get one here at 7.
#8 – Tennessee – Nick Fairley
Fairley’s stock has dropped quite a bit since the end of the season, but I think his Pro Day performance was enough to keep him in the Top Ten. Tennessee needs a force in the middle, and Fairley’s questionable character won’t be much of a problem for the Titans. Again, I think Jones is an option here, but Fairley has the potential to be a game-changer in the middle, and the Titans won’t pass him up.
Topics: 2011 NFL Draft, Alex Smith, Blaine Gabbert, Cleveland Browns, Jim Habaugh, Julio Jones, Mock Draft, Nick Fairley, Pat Shurmur, Pro Day, Robert Quinn, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans