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oldLibid21
01-06-2008, 12:37 AM
I finally got around to making my first ever NFL first round mock. Some of you guys may know me from some Atlanta Falcons message boards and the mock drafts I've done for Atlanta. However, I've never done a mock draft of the whole entire league, so if your team didn't get the pick you were hoping for, don't give me too much of a hard time considering this is my first one. Hopefully, it'll be my last one in a while since I've still got to do an offseason mock for FalcFans too. These things are surprisingly time consuming. Some minor changes might occur either before or after the NFL Combine, so you guys should feel free to step in and check it out once in a while. Anyways, enjoy.

1. Miami Dolphins: DT | Glenn Dorsey | L.S.U.
McFadden's the most dominant player in this draft, but Parcells doesn't draft a running back in the early first round. Miami drafts Dorsey to further solidify their run defense and improve their horrid defensive line.

2. St. Louis Rams: DE | Chris Long | Virginia
Hmm... who to choose, who to choose? That's the question that St. Louis is asking theirselves. Which one will they improve: Offensive line or defensive line? When it's a toss up like that, the team almost always goes with the best player available, and Chris Long is bound to be up there. Chris Long doesn't look quite as good as Howie Long when he played, but it's too early to say, and it would be extremely unfair to Chris if you compare him to a hall of fame defensive end like his father. Although things like that are bound to happen when your dad is who he is. Only time will tell if Chris Long can step out from his father's shadow.

3. Oakland Raiders: HB | Darren McFadden | Arkansas
This is Al Davis' lucky break. Davis is known to have orgasms over players who are athletic and versatile, and that's the kind of player McFadden is. It'll take some time to solidify the offensive line, but look for Oakland to bounce back with offensive linemen in the later rounds that will further progress the franchise into building around Jamarcus Russell and Darren McFadden.

4. Atlanta Falcons: QB | Matt Ryan | Boston College
If Atlanta gets the third overall draft pick, I can somehow see Dallas trading up to nab Darren McFadden while they give us both of their first round picks in return, but I don't think Dallas would be willing to give up that much value for a running back. Matt Ryan's got a great arm, and for Atlanta, this is the kind of guy we'll need. I'm sure you guys have heard of "Matty Ice's" great intangibles, so I wouldn't have to really dig deep in that. There's no one like Matt Ryan in this draft, but then again, it's definitely arguale if Ryan is really worth this pick. I don't see anyone who would be willing to give up as much as I think we would ask for for this draft choice so we pick up our future signal caller and put to rest the cheers of the Michael Vick hopefuls of Vick's almost impossible return.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: OT | Jake Long | Michigan
Kansas would love to have gotten Chris Long, but the coin toss didn't favor them. Oh well... they address the offensive line and pick up the best one in this draft. This will further solidify their offensive line and hopefully prevent more slumps for Larry Johnson in the following season.

6. New York Jets: DE | Vernon Gholsten | Ohio
Jets lost out on three of their most wanted, but they get someone who should be able to make it up fo rthem in the future if he plays up to his potential. Vernon Gholsten will most likely move to the outside linebacker position although he's projected as a defensive end. If Oakland isn't able to draft McFadden and Chris Long is off the board, look for Oakland to steal Gholsten at their pick.

7. New England Patriots (From San Francisco 49ers): ILB | James Laurinaits | Ohio State
The verdict is still out on Laurinaitis on whether or not he will declare. It looks like he's staying in college, but as long as there's a chance of him declaring, I will keep him here. Patriots have needed to bring in younger linebackers almost every year and fail to do so bceause they somehow get caught up with their veteran linebackers. Not like there's anything wrong with it. If Laurinaitis does not declare, I can see them drafting Malcolm Jenkins.

8. Baltimore Ravens: QB | Andre Woodson | Kentucky
Andre Woodson has locked himself to be drafted within the Top 10 pick in the first round with the solid play in his bowl game. Baltimore looks to develop Troy Smith to be Woodson's respectful back up, and then they keep a veteran quarterback to help develop them both. I can't see Baltimore passing up on the quarterback position. Woodson is a great leader who can help build that horrid offense in Baltimore.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: DT | Sedrick Ellis | U.S.C.
This pick makes the most sense for the Bengals. Their run defense is horrible, and they've never really had anyone step up this year on that side of the ball. Some argue that Ellis is better than Dorsey. Although I don't quite agree to that theory (Dorsey is more dominant than Ellis IMO), I can still see how Ellis would be a great steal at the ninth pick.

10. New Orleans Saints: S | Kenny Phillips | Miami (FL)
New Orlean's secondary is horrible. Need I say more? Fine, I will... New Orleans' secondary has been absolutely atrocious for quite a while now and when they had the chance to select Chris Houston last year in the first round, they decided to draft a wide receiver. I'm not saying Meachem was not worth it, I say it's too early to judge all the rookies that haven't progressed quite as they were supposed to, but I still think New Orleans should of drafted Chris Houston because that's been the Saints' glaring hole in their roster for the past three to four years now.

11. Buffalo Bills: WR | Malcolm Kelly | Oklahoma
With Losman out the door, it looks like Buffalo is set to build their offense around Trent Edwards. Their offensive line is not quite as bad as it would be in order for them to draft an offensive lineman here, and now the only thing Edwards would need is a wide receiver to throw to now.

12. Denver Broncos: OLB | Keith Rivers | U.S.C.
Broncos look to further progress their defense through the linebacking corp, and they really need to get younger in that position. Keith Rivers looks to be the smart choice here with him being the best outside linebacker and all...

13. Carolina Panthers: CB | Mike Jenkins | South Florida
Carolina needs help with their pass D. It only makes sense to bring in the best cornerback in this draft. That is all.

14. Chicago Bears: QB | Brian Brohm | Louisville
Rex Grossman. Kyle Orton. Brian Griese. That's the scrub list that Chicago had working as signal callers for their offense. Do you really think they would pass on such an NFL-ready quarterback such as Brohm? Nah... don't even think twice about it.

15. Detroit Lions: CB | Malcolm Jenkins | Ohio State
Detroit got lucky there. Carolina picked Jenkins, but good thing he wasn't Malcolm. Malcolm is arguably the best run-stopping cornerback in this year's draft, and he's got that solid coverage ability that would give Detroit the help they need on both sides of their defense.

16. Arizona Cardinals: DE | Derrick Harvey | Florida
The Cardinals lucked out. The top cornerbacks are drafted right before they draft. Lucky for them, they still have a way to improve their pass defense, and that's by drafting Harvey who would be able to put pressure on the quarterback and would hopefully help solidify their defense overall.

17. Minnesota Vikings: WR | DeSean Jackson | California
A receiver who was projected to go much higher than this pick happens to fall this far to Minnesota. Lucky for him, Minnesota seems to be the happiest team for Jackson to be available. This should give the special teams that special flavor in the return categories and would give the Tarvaris Jackson a target to throw to. Jackson to Jackson... sounds good to me.

18. Houston Texans: OT | Ryan Clady | Boise State
There's always someone that drops in the first round and with the amount of offensive tackles in this draft, I can see the majority of the Top 15 teams passing up on one. Clady's got a lot of strength and drive behind him to be able to succeed in run and pass blocking. Such a value at this pick would be rare to find, but lucky for Houston, Clady's still available.

19. Philadelphia Eagles: WR | Limas Sweed | Texas
Philly would have loved to have gotten Malcolm Kelly or DeSean Jackson at this point of the draft, but unfortunately they didn't. They go with the next best wide receiver on the draft board and it happens to be Limas Sweed. Sweed would have been drafted a lot higher than this if it weren't for his injury during his season. I think Sweed would look to bounce back as a football player in an Eagles uniform considering the need that they have in this position.

20. Washington Redskins: DE | Calais Campbell | Miami (FL)
Washington needed to address their defensive line last year, but they drafted LaRon Landry instead. So they should look to bounce back from a bitter season by improving their run defense and looking to have someone to lean on towards applying pressure to the quarterback.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT | Jeff Otah | Pittsburgh
Home-grown Jeff Otah gets lucky because he wouldn't need to drive far from him college to play for his team... the Pittsburgh Steelers! Otah has shown flashes of great potential and can easily provide the protection that Big Ben would desperately need with Starks and Faneca out the door. This would provide their offensive line the youth and depth that they have rode on in their past playoff runs.

22. Dallas Cowboys (From Cleveland Browns): RB | Jonathan Stewart | Oregon
It might be a reach here, but Dallas doesn't want to gamble on losing out on the second best running back in this year's draft. Stewart can hurt you with his return ability and his running back talent. With Julius Jones looking for a new city to call his home, Dallas would need another running back that would give their offense that 1, 2 punch feel by adding Stewart to their roster. Stewart would also be a great complement to Marion Barber III.

23. New York Giants: OLB | Dan Connor | Penn State
The Giants need to improve their linebacking corp and would get a lot of help if they drafted a prospect like Connor who's projected to be better than Posluzsny when he was coming out. Connor's got a load of athleticism to complement his physical attributes. An alternate pick here would be cornerback Aqib Talib from Kansas.

24. Seattle Seahawks: RB | Felix Jones | Arkansas
Shaun Alexander is definitely not getting any younger, and they should look to improve their offense on the ground. The reason why I think Jones will declare is because of the questions around Bobby Petrino and the question that now hovers around him of how loyal he really is to his players. If there's a chance Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall declares for the draft, I would probably have him going here instead of Jones. They're both juniors and the chances of them staying in college are still there, so if both of them declare, look for the Seahawks to improve their offense by being the first team to invest their first round pick in a tight end this year by drafting U.S.C.'s Fred Davis or Texas A&M's Martellus Bennett.

25. Tennessee Titans: DT | Kentwan Balmer | North Carolina
Balmer's stock should be just about fair right here after his season with NC. With no passion to resign Haynesworth to a long-term deal, look for Tennessee to try and fill the hole that Haynesworth left by drafting yet another tackle on defense.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT | Sam Baker | U.S.C.
It's a shame Baker couldn't of gone higher with such a great performance in the Rose Bowl. It looks as if Gaines Adams was the correct pick last year, so no regrets there. Look for Tampa to find a way to solidify their offensive line with this pick.

27. San Diego Chargers: DT | Frank Okam | Texas
The Chargers look to further solidify their defensive line by drafting Frank Okam who seems to be a perfect fit in their system. Don't count them out on drafting an offensive tackle here.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars: RB | Ray Rice | Rutgers
It looks as if 'Fragile Fred' can play past the age of 50. Either way, no one can play forever. Look at Emmitt and look at Jerry. If Ray Rice were to declare, there's not one good reason why Jaguars should not take him. His running style complements well with Maurice Jones-Drew, and it looks like he's done all he can in Rutgers already. I see no reason for him to return to college. But thing's happen, so if they do, look for the Jaguars to show effort in bringing in more young players in their offensive line or drafting a wide receiver.

29. Green Bay Packers: CB | Aqib Talib | Kansas
It was quite fun to wath Talib's stock soar after such an amazing season. I'm not ready to say he's worth a Top 25 pick yet, but he's just about almost there. He's done a great job of carrying the Kansas pass defense, and he's not quite where he'd like to be yet. The only thing he's got to do now is post up good combine numbers, and he's made it into the first round for sure.

30. San Francisco 49ers (From Indianapolis Colts): WR | Mario Manningham | Michigan
After such a disappointing season in Michigan, Manningham will look to further improve himself as a wide receiver, and I can see him in a 49ers' offense just because they need a receiver. They've got plenty of options here in the first round, and the next position that would immediately help them if they were to draft it would be nose tackle, and there's a capable nose tackle in Dre Moore. Although it'd be a reach, I don't see them passing up on him if Manningham or another receiver was not available.

31. Dallas Cowboys: WR | Early Doucet | L.S.U.
We all know T.O.'s not going to stay in playoff shape forever, and he's bound to hit that notorious veteran slump. The biggest concern for Dallas at this point is at the wide receiver and cornerback position, and it looks as if they've lucked out on all the cornerbacks that would be worth this pick. Doucet seems to be a receiver who can complement the Dallas players like Witten and Marion Barber. I can just imagine the amount of damage Romo would be able to dish out with Doucet (barring Doucet being a serious bust).

32. New England Patriots: FORFIETED

Last Updated: January 6, 2008

foozball
01-06-2008, 12:45 AM
mendenhall did declare

are the jags going for the shortest RB combo in the league? i think theyd address weaknesses instead of getting a RB to take over for Taylor. since RB's are generally productive with a short learning curve, they can wait to take a RB when taylor decides to hang em up instead of drafting a guy in the 1st while he's still playing productively

DiG
01-06-2008, 01:10 AM
the skins cant pass on otah if he falls to us.

Caddy
01-06-2008, 02:06 AM
The Buccaneers are picking 20th unless they make the Super Bowl.

falconsrule
01-06-2008, 05:13 AM
"Matt Ryan's got a great arm"

Is this the same Matt Ryan who played at Boston College?

JagHombre22
01-06-2008, 08:05 AM
Ray Rice will not go in the first round

Ray Rice will not go to the Jaguars...ever

Bills2083
01-06-2008, 09:13 AM
I'd rather go with Malcolm Jenkins, then we could take Adarius Bowman in the 2nd. (for Buffalo)

BTW, I don't really see Jacksonville taking a RB in round 1

NIN1984
01-06-2008, 10:50 AM
Good Raiders pick

TitanHope
01-06-2008, 11:30 AM
25. Tennessee Titans: DT | Kentwan Balmer | North Carolina
Balmer's stock should be just about fair right here after his season with NC. With no passion to resign Haynesworth to a long-term deal, look for Tennessee to try and fill the hole that Haynesworth left by drafting yet another tackle on defense.

Jeff Fisher has said on numerous occassions that Haynesworth isn't going anywhere.

If Balmer is a fit, then ok. I think he'd be a bit of a reach, but we do need depth on the DL beside/behind Haynesworth. Not to mention, I don't think any WR left would be worth picking.

BuckNaked
01-06-2008, 11:31 AM
I'm liking the Desean Jackson pick.

scottyboy
01-06-2008, 11:34 AM
Ray Rice will not go in the first round

Ray Rice will not go to the Jaguars...ever

i now strongly dislike you. your ignorance is painful.

MJD and Ray Rice in the same backfield? pure sex and domination

BigJohn98
01-06-2008, 11:41 AM
Ray Rice? Ray Rice? Did I read that correctly? Ray Rice?! Running back is the last of our needs.

scottyboy
01-06-2008, 11:49 AM
Ray Rice? Ray Rice? Did I read that correctly? Ray Rice?! Running back is the last of our needs.

ignorance is terrible. Ray Rice is not a running back...

He's a god.

thebow305
01-06-2008, 12:32 PM
give us gholston or chris long instead of dorsey

Yung Flippa
01-06-2008, 12:58 PM
Good Ravens pick, Malcolm Jenkins would be nice as well. GREAT Texans pick.

DiG
01-06-2008, 02:06 PM
otah > calais. i cant imagine we will pass on otah.

CincinnatiBengals15
01-06-2008, 02:23 PM
Not Big on Ellis would rather have Rivers, Campbell or Harvey

Babylon
01-06-2008, 02:23 PM
Dont like the Rivers pick, i think he's a second rounder when you strip the SC jersey off him. Sweed seems to have his stock go up by not playing, to me he will be hurt by his combine speed. Not a fan of Manningham at all and he should stay in school.

In their place i would add;

McKelvin
Mendenhall
Alex Boone
Jordy Nelson
Fred Davis

oldLibid21
01-06-2008, 03:02 PM
give us gholston or chris long instead of dorsey
It's not your mock draft, if you want me to take someone else, make your own.

No way Parcells will draft Gholsten. Chris Long maybe because of the passion and the kind of player that he is, but no way Parcells will draft Gholsten.

junior2430
01-06-2008, 03:38 PM
Solid choice for Denver, however if Clady falls to them, I'd think it would be awfully hard to pass him up.

Crickett
01-06-2008, 04:34 PM
5. Kansas City Chiefs: OT | Jake Long | Michigan
Kansas would love to have gotten Chris Long, but the coin toss didn't favor them. Oh well... they address the offensive line and pick up the best one in this draft. This will further solidify their offensive line and hopefully prevent more slumps for Larry Johnson in the following season.

6. New York Jets: DE | Vernon Gholsten | Ohio
Jets lost out on three of their most wanted, but they get someone who should be able to make it up fo rthem in the future if he plays up to his potential. Vernon Gholsten will most likely move to the outside linebacker position although he's projected as a defensive end. If Oakland isn't able to draft McFadden and Chris Long is off the board, look for Oakland to steal Gholsten at their pick.

1. Why would Kansas City love to have gotten Chris Long?
2. Why would Oakland want an edge rusher when their pass defense is so much better than their run defense?
3. Who says that Dorsey, Long or McFadden are even on the Jets list of most wanted?


13. Carolina Panthers: CB | Mike Jenkins | South Florida
Carolina needs help with their pass D. It only makes sense to bring in the best cornerback in this draft. That is all.

I could be wrong, but I was under the impression that Carolina had some pretty good corners and that they lacked quality safeties or a good pass rush.

[28. Jacksonville Jaguars: RB | Ray Rice | Rutgers
It looks as if 'Fragile Fred' can play past the age of 50. Either way, no one can play forever. Look at Emmitt and look at Jerry. If Ray Rice were to declare, there's not one good reason why Jaguars should not take him.

Not one good reason? Okay, let me think.
1. Fred Taylor was one of the biggest pro bowl snubs this year. With Willie Parker injured, I expect he will go anyway.
2. I looked at Emmitt. He needs public speaking lessons. But aside from that, he had 4400 carries in 15 years. In 10, Fred has had half that many. Combine that with already splitting carries with MJD, I don't see why Fred won't have some longevity.
3. Even without Fred Taylor, the Jaguars have MJD, Greg Jones and LaBrandon Toeflield. That's a pretty good trio.
4. Look at the Jaguars depth chart. The only thing they need less than a running back is a defensive tackle. Maybe offensive guard too. Maybe.

30. San Francisco 49ers (From Indianapolis Colts): WR | Mario Manningham | Michigan
After such a disappointing season in Michigan, Manningham will look to further improve himself as a wide receiver, and I can see him in a 49ers' offense just because they need a receiver. They've got plenty of options here in the first round, and the next position that would immediately help them if they were to draft it would be nose tackle, and there's a capable nose tackle in Dre Moore. Although it'd be a reach, I don't see them passing up on him if Manningham or another receiver was not available.

1. You have another WR going one pick later.

[31. Dallas Cowboys: WR | Early Doucet | L.S.U.

See?

2. Why would SF want two receivers with problems holding onto the football? I would think they'd want someone a bit more sure handed across from D-Jax.

thetruthatlast
01-06-2008, 04:43 PM
I dont understand how you can have ducett ahead of jordy nelson when he blows him away in every facet of being a receiver, this guy gets no respect, and i dont know way, well actually i do......

SaintsMan
01-06-2008, 06:26 PM
10. New Orleans Saints: S | Kenny Phillips | Miami (FL)
New Orlean's secondary is horrible. Need I say more? Fine, I will... New Orleans' secondary has been absolutely atrocious for quite a while now and when they had the chance to select Chris Houston last year in the first round, they decided to draft a wide receiver. I'm not saying Meachem was not worth it, I say it's too early to judge all the rookies that haven't progressed quite as they were supposed to, but I still think New Orleans should of drafted Chris Houston because that's been the Saints' glaring hole in their roster for the past three to four years now.

Last Updated: January 6, 2008

The Saints traded for Jason David right before the draft. At that time, we had no huge weakness at corner and took the BPA. David didn't work out but I'm still glad we passed on Chris Houston.

jdb1972
01-06-2008, 07:52 PM
13. Carolina Panthers: CB | Mike Jenkins | South Florida
Carolina needs help with their pass D. It only makes sense to bring in the best cornerback in this draft. That is all.
That would be a great pick... if they didn't already have the one of the strongest trios of corners in the league. And if they didn't have bigger needs at... well, every other position, except maybe LB. Nothing like spending a mid-round #1 on a dime back.

Then again, I'd probably hope my team's chief rival did something really dumb with their #1 pick, too. ;)

hugegmenfan
01-06-2008, 09:52 PM
Poor Giants pick. the giants have OLBs. Kiwanuka, Mitchell are good starters. Torbor and Gerris Wilkinson are as good of backups and role players as you will find in this league. We need another standout corner because Madison is getting old. Give us Cason or Talib

Vikes99ej
01-07-2008, 12:26 AM
I approve of the Vikings pick. Sure as hell a better speed option than Williamson.

d34ng3l021
01-07-2008, 12:46 AM
I prefer Jake Long for the Falcons.

Sveen
01-10-2008, 04:25 AM
I like the Saints pick :)

thebow305
01-10-2008, 09:07 AM
It's not your mock draft, if you want me to take someone else, make your own.

No way Parcells will draft Gholsten. Chris Long maybe because of the passion and the kind of player that he is, but no way Parcells will draft Gholsten.

We will see.