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Don Vito
12-04-2007, 10:54 AM
ROUND 1

*Denotes Underclassman


1. Miami Dolphins

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Jake Long, OT, Michigan
Lapeer, Michigan
6-7 315 5.2

You could argue Glenn Dorsey, Chris Long, Darren McFadden, and a few others here. I don't see Dorsey as a #1 value for the Dolphins if he is being moved into a whole new style of defense. Chris Long has experience in a 3-4 as an end and could fit into the 3-4 hybrid scheme, but he is a little bit of a mystery right now when it comes to his actual size and strength (he is a great player and a probable top 10 pick regardless). A running back is not a top need, Ronnie Brown is solid and spending the top pick on a back would be somewhat of a waste. Kenny Phillips, any corner, or any QB would not have great value considering the fact there isn't too much separating the top 5 QBs in this class (and it seems John Beck is their guy) and there should be solid DBs available in the second round. Jake Long is there best bet here since Veron Carey can be moved out of the LT spot over to RT, or Long could play on the right side. The ideal situation would be to trade down but the likelihood of that happening with the #1 pick isn't too high.

2. New York Jets

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Chris Long, DE, Virginia
Ivy, Virginia
6-4 265 4.75

The Jets have a few other attractive options here such as McFadden or Gholston, but I believe that this pick makes the most sense. They need a talented, young 3-4 end and despite what he weighs in at, Long is the best guy in this class for that. I see the McFadden pick as a possibility because Thomas Jones has been a bit of a disappointment and selecting D-Mac could have a similar effect as the Saint's selecting Reggie Bush, that being instant excitement added to the franchise. A pass rushing DE/OLB like Gholston or Derrick Harvey would make sense as well, but when it comes down to it I think Long is the best pick here.

3. Atlanta Falcons

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Darren McFadden*, RB, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
6-1 215 4.4

This pick would help the Falcons franchise in multiple ways. First off, it would give Atlanta a great back who is an elite prospect with a great blend of size, strength, and athleticism. McFadden can beat you with his speed, catch it out of the backfield, run the occasional trick play, and run with power. This versatility would also make Jerious Norwood even more of a breakaway threat. Another great thing selecting McFadden would bring to the table is that he would bring excitement back to Falcons football, the excitement they lost when Vick was supsended and sent to prison. Brian Brohm would also make sense considering QB is a big need, but I think McFadden is the best pick here.

4. New England Patriots via San Francisco

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Vernon Gholston*, DE, Ohio St.
Detroit, Michigan
6-4 255 4.7

Gholston makes perfect sense here. The Patriots love drafting college ends and converting them into linebackers, and Gholston has all of the tools to be a successful linebacker in the Pats 3-4 scheme. An offensive tackle or DB like fellow Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins would both be possibilities, but a young pass rusher who has the tools to be converted into a linebacker/rush end is too much of an attractive option to pass up.

5. Oakland Raiders

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Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
Gonzales, Louisiana
6-2 300 5.00

If Dorsey fell to the Raiders, there would be no reason for them to pass him up. The Raiders could really use a young talent anywhere on the defensive line and Dorsey is probably the #1 DL prospect in this class, he just may slip because of schemes and needs if the draft order looks like the way I have it. I do not see Dorsey as a NT or DE in a 3-4, and I am sure the Raiders would have no problem if I was right.

6. Cincinatti Bengals

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James Laurinaitis*, LB, Ohio St.
Hamel, Minnesota
6-3 245 4.7

The Bengals linebacking core has taken many hits in recent years, whether it be from injuries, players acting like idiots, lack of youth, or lack of depth. Laurinaitis would be a young talent who looks to have everything you look for in a middle linebacker - size, strength, athleticism, toughness, intelligence, and technique. Laurinaitis would make an instant impact in the Bengals linebacking core, he has all of the tools and intangibles to be a force in this leauge for a long time.

7. Baltimore Ravens

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Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky
Fort Lewis, Washington
6-5 235 4.75

Woodson is probably has the most talent in this QB class, and I believe his skills are a good fit for Baltimore. He has size, a great arm, and athleticism. The Ravens seem to like quarterbacks who have a big arm and can move around as well, and Woodson certainly fits that profile. McNair is past his prime, Boller is inconsistent, and Troy Smith was a great college player but I don't see him as a solid NFL starter. Woodson has the ability to contribute immediately and the Ravens have the option of letting him sit behind McNair and learn, which would be a good situation for Baltimore.

8. Kansas City Chiefs

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Phil Loadholt*, OT, Oklahoma
Fort Carson, Colorado
6-8 350 5.4

Loadholt looks to me as a be a boom or bust type of guy if he comes out this year, but there is no way the Chiefs could pass him up. Loadholt would make more sense for the Chiefs over Cherilus, Baker, Clady, Otah, or any other tackle because he is not a great blocker, he looked absolutely and utterly dominant in his first season at Oklahoma. Loadholt's run blocking ability was the deciding factor for me when it came to the Chiefs' pick, the Chiefs used to thrive off of pounding the ball behind a powerful line, but with some losses up front in the last year, they haven't been able to do it this year. Loadholt is the type of talent who could greatly help this team.

9. St. Louis Rams

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Malcolm Jenkins*, CB, Ohio St.
Piscataway, NJ
6-1 205 4.45

You could argue Sed Ellis, an offensive tackle, or Kenny Phillips here but the Rams definitely need CB help and Jenkins is possibly the best prospect at corner this year. The Rams have some young talent at DL and I believe that they would make the best choice here by taking a DB, and a corner like Jenkins is probably filling a bigger need than a safety like Phillips. Phillips may have the ability to play corner and safety, but corner is a bigger need and why not take arguably the best one in this class. Plus, Jenkins has the ability to perhaps play safety if need be. As far as offensive tackle is concerned, Orlando Pace is old but this is a deep OT class and the Rams have a chance at getting a solid LT prospect later.

10. New Orleans Saints

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Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
Chino, California
6-1 300 4.95

The Saints need a difference maker inside and Ellis one of the best prospects in the last couple of years at DT. He can penetrate and stuff the run, which are two things the Saints have been lacking from the DT position lately.

11. Houston Texans

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Ryan Clady*, OT, Boise St.
Rialto, California
6-6 310 5.2

The Texans still haven't found the LT they need to anchor there OL, and Clady has the tools to be that answer. Clady's stock is soaring, and the Texans would be wise to spend a top pick on a tackle, something they have neglected to do since they became a fracnchise.

12. Denver Broncos

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Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
Miami, Florida
6-1 210 4.45

Phillps would be a great value here and would fill one of the Broncos' biggest needs. John Lynch is old at free safety and Nick Ferguson is far from spectacular at strong, and Phillips has the ability to play both. Phillips has carried on Miami's tradition of talented safeties and has the ability to make an instant impact in the NFL.

13. Carolina Panthers

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Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
6-4 230 4.9

Brohm is a very safe pick here. Carolina needs to develop a young QB seeing as Delhomme is old and David Carr probably is not the answer, and Brohm is arguably the safest pick out of all of the quarterbacks in this class.

14. Chicago Bears

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Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
Exton, Pennsylvania
6-5 220 4.9

Rex Grossman has played much better in the last few weeks, but Rex has been far too inconsistent throughout his career and it would be smart to take a QB early in the draft. Matt Ryan has done a lot with very little around him this season, and has all of the tools and intangibles to make it in the NFL.

15. Washington Redskins

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Calais Campbell*, DE, Miami
Aurora, Colorado
6-7 280 4.75

The Redskins need to address the lack of talent on their DL, and Calais Campbell would help immensely. Campbell is big and athletic, and even though he hasn't been dominant this season, there is no denying Calais is a freak with great upside.

16. Philadelphia Eagles

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DeSean Jackson*, WR, Cal
Long Beach, California
5-11 170 4.35

Jackson would bring much-needed explosiveness to the Eagles receiving corps and special teams. Jackson's blazing speed makes him a threat to score every play and would also force opposing defenses to not lock on to Brian Westbrook every play. Jackson would be an ideal target for McNabb.

17. Arizona Cardinals

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Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn
Greenville, Mississippi
6-2 250 4.55

The Cardinals need a versatile pass rusher on their defensive line, and Groves would be a great addition. Groves has played linebacker at Auburn, and he would be a valuable pick if Arizona does indeed switch to a 3-4.

18. Buffalo Bills

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Malcolm Kelly*, WR, Oklahoma
Longview, Texas
6-4 220 4.5

Kelly has the size and strength that the Bills receiving corps lacks, and he is also a great athlete with great hands and a knack for the big play. Kelly would be a great compliment to the speed the Bills already have at receiver, and would be a valuable target for the Bills starting QB, either JP Losman or Trent Edwards.

19. Minnesota Vikings

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Early Doucet, WR, LSU
New Iberia, Louisiana
6-0 215 4.5

Tavaris Jackson played well the other day and looks to be improving, despite the lack of consistency he has received from his wideouts. Doucet has a great combo of hands, strength, size, athleticism, and he is a playmaker. Doucet has been dominant all season and would be a great addition to a young Minnesota offense that is already very talented. A great WR could do wonders for Adrian Peterson, he should not have to carry the offense or injuries could kick in.

20. Detroit Lions

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Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
Long Beach, California
6-0 185 4.6

The Lions are very thin at corner, and I believe drafting Cason here is the Lions' best bet. Cason is possibly the most NFL-ready corner in this class, and this would allow him to contribute and help Detroit's defense immediately. Cason won't wow you with his combine numbers, but he is very polished and heady. He is amazing in coverage, solid in run support, has great hands, and is a playmaker.

21. Dallas Cowboys via Cleveland

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Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
Bradenton, Florida
6-0 200 4.45

You could argue DL or RB here, but Jenkins is an ideal fit for the Cowboys defense and is too good to pass up. Cason is a big corner with great speed who is great in coverage and solid in run support. Dallas is very thin at corner and really could use a young talent opposite Terrence Newman to allow Roy Williams to roam more.

22. Tennessee Titans

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James Hardy*, WR, Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana
6-6 225 4.6

If Tennessee ever expects to see Vince Young become an elite QB, then they are going to need to give him more weapons. WR is the Titans top need by far if they want this team to make it to the next level. Hardy would be an ideal target for Vince, he is a huge target with great hands and good athleticism. If Hardy could contribute immediately he would have the potential to give the Titans a big-time boost.

23. San Diego Chargers

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Rey Maualuga*, ILB, USC
Eureka, California
6-2 255 4.6

The Chargers don't have too many pressing needs, but a young talent at linebacker would definitely be a great addition. Maualuga has the size, strength, and athleticism that would make him an ideal fit for San Diego's 3-4 scheme. Maualuga is a well rounded linebacker and an elite athlete but would most likely benefit from another year at USC.

24. Seattle Seahawks

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Jonathan Stewart*, RB, Oregon
Lacey, Washington
5-11 230 4.5

Sean Alexander's decline is continuing and the Seahawks' should probably explore other options in the backfield. They won't have to leave the pacific northwest to find their guy, Oregon's Jonathan Stewart. Stewart is a freak with a great blend of size, strength, and speed for a RB and Stewart only helped his stock by having a break out year in 2007.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mario Manningham*, WR, Michigan
Warren, Ohio
6-0 190 4.45

QB is an option here, but Jeff Garcia probably has at least another year in him and I doubt Gruden gives up on Simms yet. Manningham looked like a big disappointment earlier in the season, but he has looked like the Mario Manningham of 2006 lately. Manningham has the potential to be a great wideout in the NFL, he has great speed and playmaking ability, yet we have seen him lose concentration and drop some passes this season. However, Mario would be a great addition to an aging and inconsistent receiving corps. Tampa Bay has some young talent at wideout, but they are mainly big, physical guys. Manningham would compliment them well.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Derrick Harvey*, DE, Florida
Greenbelt, Maryland
6-3 255 4.7

The Jags don't have to look far to fill a need this year, Derrick Harvey is exactly what the Jags are looking for on defense. Harvey may be a little undersized but he is a tenacious pass rusher who plays bigger than he is, much like current Jag and ex-Florida Gator Bobby McCray.

27. New York Giants

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Dan Connor, LB, Penn St.
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
6-2 235 4.6

Connor would be a great pickup for the G-Men. He is a complete, versatile, and polished LB with great size and athleticism as well. Connor is my personal favorite LB in this class, he would be able to play any LB spot in the Giants' scheme and would probably be able to contribute immediately. Connor should carry on the Nittany Lions strong LB tradition in the NFL.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
New Castle, Delaware
6-5 340 5.4

The Steelers pull a talent out of their backyard and fill a big need. Otah is a talented tackle who could possibly play guard, and these two positions just so happen to be the Steelers biggest needs.

29. Green Bay Packers

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Rashard Mendenhall*, RB, Illinois
Skokie, Illinois
5-11 225 4.5

The Packers have very few needs, but one of Green Bay's needs is running back and it is a big one. The Packers have had backups and unknowns shouldering the load for a few years now and adding Rashard Mendenhall would change that. Mendenhall has had a breakout season that thrust he and his Illini into the national spotlight, and Rashard has great NFL potential. Brandon Jackson was a second rounder last year and Ryan Grant has played well this season, but adding a big time talent like Mendenhall would be great for the Pack.

30. San Francisco 49ers via Indianapolis

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Adarius Bowman, WR, Oklahoma St.
Chattanooga, Tennessee
6-3 220 4.55

The Niners need a widout and a pass rusher, and I think Adarius Bowman is there guy here. Bowman is a big, athletic, and physical wideout who has been inconsistent this season but has great potential.

31. Dallas Cowboys

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Dre Moore, DT, Maryland
Charlotte, North Carolina
6-4 320 4.9

They 'Boys have some young talent on the DL, but some of Dallas' young defensive lineman haven't lived up to their expectations up to this point. Moore would be a great pick here because he has the size and athleticsm to play NT or DE in Dallas' 3-4 scheme.

32. New England Patriots

Forfeited



The second round will be in shortly, please let me know how you feel about your teams first rounders.

Turtlepower
12-04-2007, 11:00 AM
Rivers fits better into our schemes than Connor and I like him more as a player.

Thrawn
12-04-2007, 11:27 AM
I think you missed a bit on the Rams needs. S, DE, and OT are all much bigger needs than CB for them.

They just drafted a day 1 CB 3 seasons in a row, as well as bringing in Brown last year as a FA. The CB's aren't a problem.

There are two problems with the Ram's pass defense. The biggest one is that the quarterback has all day because the Rams can't get any pressure with the front four. This is the biggest need on the team. Second is that Chavous has reached the end of his career and really doesn't have much left. He's been the weakest link on the Rams defense this season.

jj45
12-04-2007, 11:51 AM
Nice draft, not a bad bears pick but I think personally if mendenhall comes he would be perfect for the bears. a first round
Qb screams to the fans and the defence get ready for a long 3 years. ryan is a great prospect but he is no big ben, him starting means we are starting over and ben only flourished cuz of a stronga running game which we don't have. I say we get a vet at qb (mcnabb or anderson) or keep griese draft mendenhall and lets win not rebuild not to mention the last illini back we choose went top turned out to be a keeper lets get the boy from our backyard

RaiderNation
12-04-2007, 01:35 PM
A+ raider pick

gsorace
12-04-2007, 02:01 PM
Am I the only one who thinks Chris Long is a terrible pick for the Jets?

bored of education
12-04-2007, 02:26 PM
I like Loadholt!

scar988
12-04-2007, 03:03 PM
great Falcons pick. I would love to see us get an OT and QB in the 2nd.

Vikes99ej
12-04-2007, 03:22 PM
Doucet at 19? Hmmmmm....

fischbowl
12-04-2007, 03:53 PM
A++ Bills pick;

and I enjoy the hometowns.

Bills2083
12-04-2007, 04:25 PM
Great Bills pick

aNYtitan
12-04-2007, 05:01 PM
I don't know much about James Hardy except that he has shot up the draft boards this season. I however have been a big proponent for the Titans getting Rey Maualuga. I know alot of Titans fans believe ILB is not that much of a need, since we run a cover 2 scheme, but I think he will help upgrade and prolong the careers of Thorton and Bulluck in a rotation system, or when a 4-3 is being used.

Yung Flippa
12-04-2007, 06:50 PM
Good Ravens pick.
The Texans would have to think hard about passing up on Kenny Phillips

BaLLiN
12-04-2007, 07:01 PM
GIANTS-

Dan Connor, LB, Penn St.
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
6-2 235 4.6

Connor would be a great pickup for the G-Men. He is a complete, versatile, and polished LB with great size and athleticism as well. Connor is my personal favorite LB in this class, he would be able to play any LB spot in the Giants' scheme and would probably be able to contribute immediately. Connor should carry on the Nittany Lions strong LB tradition in the NFL.

Actually we need a fast cover OLB, and im not exactly sure that fits Dan Connor

diabsoule
12-04-2007, 08:08 PM
I love the Saints pick. I don't think it could get any better.

ATLDirtyBirds
12-04-2007, 08:42 PM
McFadden is the man. Best pick the Falcons can make.

mdawg08
12-04-2007, 10:20 PM
Great pick by the raiders we need a dt.

on another note i hate to tell all the people who have james laurintis ( sorry spelling) he stated at the start of the season and ive read in the newspaper that he is not coming out his junior season. I don't have a direct link online but i have read it in the paper.

A Perfect Score
12-04-2007, 11:06 PM
im sorry i just dont see mario manningham in the first round this year...it just wont happen. He screams troy williamson to me. he has terrible concentration and has had severe cases of teh dropsies this year. Not to mention his route running leaves alot to be desired. And your logic behind hte ravens pick is terrible...i agree with a QB, but woodson wont have time to sit behind mcnair, mostly becuase mcnair is terrible and will never start for us again. Ryan makes mroe sense, seeing as if we draft a rookie, he will most likely be thrust into the fire early, something woodson isnt rready for.

Overall, i reallylike the format and photos. Some very questionable picks, but you took some chances and i respect that. Manningham wont happen though, thats for sure.

T-RICH49
12-04-2007, 11:24 PM
I like Loadholt!

I second that

Caddy
12-05-2007, 12:28 AM
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB is an option here, but Jeff Garcia probably has at least another year in him and I doubt Gruden gives up on Simms yet. Manningham looked like a big disappointment earlier in the season, but he has looked like the Mario Manningham of 2006 lately. Manningham has the potential to be a great wideout in the NFL, he has great speed and playmaking ability, yet we have seen him lose concentration and drop some passes this season. However, Mario would be a great addition to an aging and inconsistent receiving corps. Tampa Bay has some young talent at wideout, but they are mainly big, physical guys. Manningham would compliment them well.



Considering Gruden didn't draft Simms, I think he would have no hesitation getting rid of him and still agree that they won't actively pursue a QB this off season. Manningham has potential, but his inconsistency worries me.

thebow305
12-05-2007, 12:43 AM
terrible phins pick

grant is the packs answer at RB... RB is no longer a need for them.

Crazy_Chris
12-05-2007, 02:55 AM
Early Doucet is a decent pick although not sold on him at 19 at the moment.

diabsoule
12-05-2007, 03:40 AM
So far so good for the Saints and Steelers.

NIN1984
12-05-2007, 07:10 AM
Good mock and great Raider pick

bolts2388
12-06-2007, 03:35 AM
23. San Diego Chargers

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Rey Maualuga*, ILB, USC
Eureka, California
6-2 255 4.6

The Chargers don't have too many pressing needs, but a young talent at linebacker would definitely be a great addition. Maualuga has the size, strength, and athleticism that would make him an ideal fit for San Diego's 3-4 scheme. Maualuga is a well rounded linebacker and an elite athlete but would most likely benefit from another year at USC.

An ok pick for the chargers