2011 NFL Mock Draft: The New Orleans Saints Select...

With the twenty-fourth pick of the 2011 CSC Community Mock Draft, the New Orleans Saints (represented by Dave Cariello) select...

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

This is the moment in our community mock draft that everyone has been waiting for: the Saints first-round selection. 

I won't bother going into the teams needs because, well, we know them by heart. Simply put, I thought Kerrigan was the best talent available on the board at a position the Saints could really use improvement. In reality, I'm a little more than worried that Kerrigan won't fall this far in the actual draft. 

That's really enough from me. I will let the "experts" do the rest of the talking since I've never seen Kerrigan play one damn down of football in my life and I won't pretend that I have. 

  • Height: 6'4"
  • Weight: 267 lbs.
  • Arm Length: 33 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size: 9 1/2 in.
  • College: Purdue
  • Conference: Big 10
  • Position: DE

From NFL.com:

Overview

Kerrigan is a beast of a football player that has the ability to be a difference maker at the next level. He appears to be versatile enough to play defensive end in a 4-3 and outside linebacker in a 3-4. He has the lower body strength to hold his ground in the running game and is a relentless pass rusher. He is a strip sacks specialist who became the Big Ten's all time leader in forced fumbles as a senior. There are questions whether he can play on his feet in space in the NFL, but Kerrigan is a likely a mid-first round pick.    

Strengths

Kerrigan has good size and speed. Explodes off the line and plays with sound leverage to get under offensive tackles. Persistent pass rusher with great closing burst that has a knack for making strip sacks. Reads quickly and has a strong lower half which makes him stout against the run. Very productive.    

Weaknesses

Lacks the elite burst and speed to consistently get around the edge. Does not show an adequate repertoire of pass rushing counter moves. Struggles at times to make plays in space. Lacks experience on his feet as an outside linebacker.    

 

From Draft Countdown:

Strengths

  • Good size with a nice frame and growth potential
  • More quick than fast but has a burst to close
  • Able to get around the edge and run the arch
  • Strong, powerful and an outstanding bull rusher
  • Has a wide array of moves in pass rush repertoire
  • Competitive and relentless with a non-stop motor
  • Good range and does a great job in pursuit
  • Reliable tackler who can deliver the big hit
  • More than holds his own versus the run
  • Displays violent hands and uses them well
  • Shows the ability to disengage from blockers
  • Smart with terrific instincts and awareness
  • Utilizes proper technique and understands leverage
  • Super tough and will play through pain / injuries
  • Productive with a knack for making impact plays
  • Superb leadership qualities and amazing work ethic
  • Offers some positional and schematic versatility
  • Lots of quality experience and a great pedigree     

 Weaknesses

  • Not a smooth athlete or overly explosive
  • Average speed, agility and change of direction
  • Ability to play on feet in space is a question mark
  • May lack fluid hips and is unproven in coverage
  • Some minor durability and health concerns
  • Overall upside might be relatively limited
  • May be a bit of a positional 'tweener     

 

Combine Results

Name Position College 40 Yard Dash Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20 Yard Shuttle
Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue 4.71 31.0 33.5 122.0 7.18 4.39

 


   

Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this years community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible. 

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft. 

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2011 CSC Community Mock Draft Section.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Carolina Panthers  QB Cam Newton - Auburn DatFan 35%
2 Denver Broncos  DT Marcell Dareus - Alabama Jeff.l.b 71%
3 Buffalo Bills  QB Blaine Gabbert - Missouri SpreeGoogs 52%
4 Cincinnati Bengals  DE Da'Quan Bowers - Clemson coldpizza 73%
5 Arizona Cardinals  CB Patrick Peterson - LSU GRIZZ 61%
6 Cleveland Browns  DE Cameron Jordan - Cal theprogrammerman 11%
7 San Francisco 49ers  LB Von Miller - Texas A&M who dat patate 68%
8 Tennessee Titans  WR A.J. Green - Georgia shipgoalie05 48%
9 Dallas Cowboys  CB Prince Amukamara - Nebraska saints fan in cowboyland! 67%
10 Washington Redskins  WR Julio Jones - Alabama VAsaintsfan 56%
11 Houston Texans  DE/OLB Robert Quinn - UNC Jon Banks 62%
12 Minnesota Vikings  OT Tyron Smith - USC HansDat 46%
13 Detroit Lions  OT Anthony Castonzo - BC NorthFan 48%
14 St. Louis rams  DT Nick Fairley - Auburn hakimdropstheball 54%
15 Miami Dolphins  RB Mark Ingram - Alabama SpreeGoogs 48%
16 Jacksonville Jaguars  DE J.J.Watt - Wisconsin Jay Preece 41%
17 New England Patriots OT Derek Sherrod - Mississippi St. FriarBob 27%
18 San Diego Chargers DT Muhammad Wilkerson - Temple DrewBreesManCrush 39%
19 New York Giants OL Mike Pouncey - Florida mknkachow 64%
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn - Iowa iori125883 45%
21 Kansas City Chiefs DT Phil Taylor - Baylor YESSaints/iori125883 63%
22 Indianapolis Colts DT Corey Liuget - Illinois MobileSaint 48%
23 Philadelphia Eagles OT Nate Solder - Colorado DeuceisLoose926
24 New Orleans Saints DE Ryan Kerrigan - Purdue Dave Cariello
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