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2011 NFL Mock Draft: The Atlanta Falcons Select...

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With the twenty-seventh pick of the 2011 CSC Community Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons (represented by Dave Choate) select...

Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia

The stars aligned for this pick.

Unless you've been living under a rock - and as Saints fans, it's entirely possible you have been - you've probably heard it mentioned that the Atlanta Falcons need a pass rush upgrade. There's a healthy debate as to whether or not a rookie defensive end should be groomed to replace John Abraham or immediately take over for Kroy Biermann, but either way, the need is definitely there.

Justin Houston fits, and he's becoming the closest thing to a consensus pick in this deep draft class. Having played both linebacker and defensive end at Georgia, Houston has a little versatility and a ton of talent. He's faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a runaway train and has more than twice the pass rushing acumen of a bullet train.

Ultimately, I believe Houston will get a year in the defensive end rotation to get up to NFL game speed. After that, he should be the successor to Abraham, and there is no reason to believe he can't top out as a double digit sack guy at this level. I'm excited to select him.

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 43%
24 New Orleans Saints DE Ryan Kerrigan - Purdue Dave Cariello 70%
25 Seattle Seahawks QB Colin Kaepernick - Nevada natde1016 20%
26 Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith - Colorado Dave Cariello
27 Atlanta Falcons DE/OLB Justin Houston - Georgia Dave Choate