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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Fairley To Panthers, Anthony Castonzo To Falcons

SB Nation’s first post-Super Bowl 2011 mock draft is out, and Auburn Tigers DT Nick Fairley looks to be locked in as the No. 1 pick for the Carolina Panthers. Getting tired of writing that, and not just because Fairley is a million dollars in fines waiting to happen.

The Atlanta Falcons get Boston College Eagles OT Anthony Castonzo this time around, which seems more likely than any wide receivers or anything besides pass rush help. The team is likely set to lose at least one offensive lineman, could use some more competition along the line anyway, and has shown a preference for drafting linemen over the past three years.

The mock draft crew says Castonzo would be an immediate upgrade over Pro Bowler Tyson Clabo. Not so sure about that one, but tackle would be a comforting first round pick for the Falcons.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn again, while the New Orleans Saints go Oregon St. Beavers DT Stephen Paea this time around. With all those defensive linemen joining the NFC South, the Falcons better go O-line, right?

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.