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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Da'Quan Bowers To The Browns, Blaine Gabbert 1st Overall

If nothing else, Blaine Gabbert is conservative. While more flashy NFL quarterback prospects like Cam Newton decided to participate in all of the drills at the NFL combine, Gabbert took the road more traveled by elite QB prospects. Gabbert didn't take part in the throwing drills at the Combine, and therefore did not have the opportunity to fail. Sure, he didn't succeed either, but that's not really what it's about.

Newton looked shaky, while Gabbert didn't look anything much of all. But because he didn't have a chance to fail, Gabbert moves up to the first overall pick in the latest incarnation of the SB Nation 2011 NFL Mock Draft. Meanwhile Newton, who tried to show off his skills for scouts but kind of failed, sits all the way down at twelfth overall to the Vikings. So much for "A for effort."

As for the Browns, they have them taking Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, who would represent excellent value with the sixth overall selection.

Even before the team hired Dick Jauron as defensive coordinator, the decision had been made to move back to the 4-3. Any defender that fits that front would be a good pick here, and Bowers might end up being a tremendous value at this point in the top ten.

Bowers is one of the elite prospects in the draft, and if he is still on the board at six, he might be a no-brainer for the Browns. He is a great fit for the 4-3, and could be the foundation of that new defensive system moving forward. They need help on offense as well, but Bowers would likely be too good to pass up.

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