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April 25, 2011
Owners and players are at loggerheads and the 2011 season is in peril—but the draft lives! And with the labor dispute putting free agency on hold, teams are looking more than ever to college talent to fill immediate needs, especially at the game's most important position: quarterback
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April 25, 2011

Peter King's Mock Draft

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J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin


Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia

The Falcons are looking for a long-term speed-rush replacement for veteran John Abraham, who'll turn 33 in May, and Houston fills the bill. But even though Watt doesn't fit G.M. Thomas Dimitroff's theme for this draft—finding "explosive players"—the chance to get a guy who's in the top 10 on more than one draft board around the league is an opportunity Atlanta can't let slip.



Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State


Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

The Titans will have thought about pulling the trigger on Locker earlier, and they're very high on Dalton. If the QBs start to fly off the board, I expect Tennessee (not San Francisco) to look into moving up (I have them trading with New England here) for one of the remaining clean-résumé passers. Ryan Mallett? I doubt it. Too much static. This pick allows the Titans to use Kerry Collins in 2011 while grooming a replacement for '12.

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