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machoking6
02-19-2008, 10:02 PM
1ST ROUND

1. Dolphins - Chris Long. DE/OLB. Virginia

Long is an ideal fit as a 3-4 end. Some have mentioned the possibility of Long playing OLB in the 3-4. Regardless, Long fits. Matt Ryan gets consideration, but I believe John Beck will be given a fair chance with better weapons. Jake Long is also an option, but I believe the Dolphins will make a strong play for Flozell Adams now that the Cowboys are allowing him to test the market.

2. Rams - Vernon Gholston. DE. Ohio St.

The Rams desperately need a pass rushing DE so Gholston gets the nod. This may be viewed as a reach for some, but Gholston fits a very big need.

3. Falcons - Glenn Dorsey. DT. LSU

Mike Smith was the defensive coordinator of a defense which was built around monster defensive lineman (Marcous Stoud and John Henderson). Thomas Dimitroff was a member of the Patriots who built their defense around mammoth defensive lineman as well (Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork, and Ty Warren). Dorsey gets the nod over Sedrick Ellis because when healthy, he was the best defensive lineman in college football. Of course, if Dorsey doesn't check out health-wise then Ellis could be the pick.

4. Raiders - Sedrick Ellis. DT. USC

Although Darren McFadden would be enticing to someone like Al Davis, the Raiders' backfield is in good position with the newly re-signed Justin Fargas and Michael Bush. Ellis is a simple decision with Warren Sapp having just retired.

5. Chiefs - Jake Long. OT. Michigan

Easy selection. I'm not going to bore anybody with information that everybody already knows.

6. Jets - Darren McFadden. RB. Arkansas

RB is not a big need by any means, but the Jets simply cannot pass up on the likes of McFadden. Oddly enough, the Vikings were in a similar position with Adrian Peterson last year. They had a new RB in Chester Taylor who was more than sufficient (much like Thomas Jones with the Jets), but they couldn't pass up on the talent that fell in their laps. That certainly paid off for the Vikings, and it could do so for the Jets also.

7. Patriots (f/SF) - Leodis McKelvin. CB. Troy

MLB is a dire need for the Patriots, but Keith Rivers doesn't fit that position in the 3-4 and Dan Connor is too high of a selection at this pick. Plus, the Patriots have a better shot at tinkering with the LBs and moving people around than they do at CB. McKelvin gets the pick because he is the top corner in the draft at this point.

8. Ravens - Matt Ryan. QB. Boston College

Much like the Chiefs pick, this is a very easy selection. The Ravens have talent on both sides of the ball, but they were dreadful last season due to their QB play. Ryan will fix that and put this team back on the map in the AFC.

9. Bengals - Derrick Harvey. DE. Florida

The Bengals desperately need someone who can get to the QB, and Harvey is the best available player to do just that. Justin Smith was very disappointing last season, and since he didn't receive the franchise tag he'll more than likely walk.

10. Saints - Mike Jenkins. CB. USF

I'm sure Keith Rivers will be tempting, but CB is much more important of a need. Jenkins is the pick as he is the second best CB in the class up to this point.

11. Bills - Malcolm Kelly. WR. Oklahoma

The Bills need a big target at WR to complement Lee Evans. This may viewed as a reach, but the Bills aren't afraid to reach as long as they get someone who fills a need (as they did two years ago with Donte Whitner).

12. Broncos - Ryan Clady. OT. Boise St.

Is Ryan Harris the man at LT? I'm a Notre Dame fan and even I find it hard to believe. Although this team needs to focus in on the defensive side of the ball, Clady is too good to pass up. He will protect Cutler's blind side and provide great blocking in the run game. This offense will be much better for this selection.

13. Panthers - Kenny Phillips. S. Miami

I don't understand why or how Phillips isn't getting any love. This pick will give the Panthers one of the best secondaries in the NFL with Chris Gamble, Richard Marshall, and Chris Harris (as well as Ken Lucas in nickel situations).

14. Bears - Chris Williams. OT. Vanderbilt

The Bears need a RT with Fred Miller recently being cut. Williams gets the nod as he is the best available OT. He also has the versatility to eventually end up at the left side when that time presents itself.

15. Lions - Calais Campbell. DE. Miami

Pass rushing DEs are essential for the Cover 2 defense to work (Simeon Rice with the Bucs and Dwight Freeney with the Colts for example).

16. Cardinals - Rashard Mendenhall. RB. Illinois

CB is a very big need for the Cardinals, but their is very good depth that the position can be looked at in the 2nd round. Mendenhall gets the nod over Jonathan Stewart as he's shooting up on draft boards everywhere.

17. Vikings - Phillip Merling. DE. Clemson

The Vikings should be generating immense pressure from the DEs considering that they have Kevin Williams and Pat Williams attracting so much attention in the middle. Unfortunately, they are not getting this pressure. Merling gets picked and fills a need on the strongside now that Kenechi Udeze is out for an undetermined amount of time.

18. Texans - Jonathan Stewart. RB. Oregon

The Texans only have one pick in the first two rounds so they need to make this pick count. They need help in the secondary, but their is enough depth in the secondary for the later rounds. However, their won't be a player like Stewart left in the later rounds. Stewart will provide the Texans with an excellent running game which will complement the already very good passing attack.

19. Eagles - Aqib Talib. CB. Kansas

CB is an area of concern with Lito Sheppard being hurt a lot and Joselio Hanson being the primary backup. As an Eagles fan, their is not much more I can say to defend this pick.

20. Bucs - DeSean Jackson. WR. Cal

The Bucs have two aging WRs in Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard. Jackson will provide youth and explosiveness both as a WR and a KR/PR.

21. Redskins - Reggie Smith. CB/S. Oklahoma

The Redskins have needs to fill at CB with Carlos Rogers being hurt and Shawn Springs getting older. They also have a void at S with the death of Sean Taylor. Smith can be used similarly to Michael Griffin with the Titans last year as a CB who will eventually end up at S.

22. Cowboys (f/CLE) - Dominique Rodgers Cromartie. CB. Tennessee St.

CB is a vital need and DRC has skyrocketed up draft boards and should continue to do so.

23. Steelers - Jeff Otah. OT. Pitt

Otah will come in and play RT, and could potentially move over to LT if and when Marvel Smith leaves. This pick has nothing to do with the fact that Otah went to Pitt.

24. Titans - Mario Manningham. WR. Michigan

Limas Sweed sounds like the more popular pick because of his past with Vince Young. However, Manningham has more potential and gets the nod over Sweed.

25. Seahawks - Gosder Cherlius. OT. Boston College

I do believe that RB is a need, but I don't feel that Felix Jones is a good fit. Instead, Cherlius gets selected and immediately starts at RT. By forming a stronger offensive line, maybe Shaun Alexander will have a better year.

26. Jaguars - Lawrence Jackson. DE. USC

Much like the Vikings, the Jags need to create more pressure from their DEs considering they have two of the best DTs getting so much attention. Paul Spicer is okay, but he's getting older. Although this team could very well go after a WR like Limas Sweed, I expect the Jags to go after a proven WR in free agency.

27. Chargers - DaJuan Morgan. S. North Carolina St.

Marlon McCree is expected to be cut which opens up a hole at FS. Some proclaim that Morgan is the best S in the draft, so this could very well be a steal for the Chargers.

28. Cowboys - Limas Sweed. WR. Texas

Although effective, T.O. is old. Terry Glenn may not be with the team next year. It's time to look to the future, and Sweed is the best available.

29. 49ers (f/IND) - Kentwan Balmer. DE/DT. North Carolina

Bryant Young is out and Balmer is in. Not a bad transition.

30. Packers - Tracy Porter. CB. Indiana

The Packers need depth and youth at CB, and Porter is the pick due to his speed and tremendous man-to-man coverage skills.

31. Giants - Keith Rivers. OLB. USC

Although the Giants need more help in the secondary, their is no way they pass up on a top 10 talent like Keith Rivers. Kawika Mitchell was nice in the Super Bowl, which leads me to believe that he'll be due a big payday in free agency.



2ND ROUND

32. Dolphins - Dan Connor. MLB. Penn St.

Will man the middle of the 3-4 with Channing Crowder.

33. Rams - Branden Albert. OG/OT. Virginia

Will suit up at OG with the potential of eventually moving over to LT and replace the legendary Orlando Pace.

34. Raiders - Sam Baker. OT. USC

Lane Kiffin gets his former LT, which enables Barry Sims to move over to RT.

35. Chiefs - Charles Godfrey. CB. Iowa

Physical CB who can go man or zone andwill replace Ty Law

36. Jets - Quentin Groves. OLB/DE. Auburn

The Jets need a pass rushing OLB and Groves is the best available.

37. Falcons - Brian Brohm. QB. Louisville

QB is a must at this point, and Brohm gets the nod over Chad Henne because frankly, he is a better QB. The combine will provide a lot which will determine this pick, but in the end I believe Brohm will test out.

38. Ravens - Antoine Cason. CB. Arizona

The Ravens need depth at CB and they get it with college football's Thorpe winner.

39. 49ers - Early Doucet. WR. LSU

This team needs a better pass rushing OLB, but none are worthy of this pick. Instead, they go with the best available player at a position of need and grab Doucet, who will thrive in Martz' system.

40. Saints - Curtis Lofton. MLB. Oklahoma

Bob Stoops said that Lofton is the best LB that he has ever coached. Enough said.

41. Bills - Ali Highsmith. OLB. LSU

Perfect weakside OLB in the Bills defensive scheme which will really strengthen this unit.

42. Broncos - Pat Sims. DT. Auburn

The Broncos desperately need DT help.

43. Panthers - Fred Davis. TE. USC

DE is a bigger need, but their are no worthy selections at this point. Instead, the Panthers opt for the best TE who will only help out this offense.

44. Bears - Joe Flacco. QB. Delaware

Grossman seems likely to be re-signed, but Flacco is selected and groomed for the eventual takeover.

45. Lions - Felix Jones. RB. Arkansas

The Lions are looking to get a running game going and Kevin Jones may not be able to start the season. Jones is a 1st round talent and is a steal at this point, even for a team that has bigger needs to fill.

46. Bengals - Trevor Laws. DT. Notre Dame

Underrated DT who can get into the opposing team's backfield.

47. Vikings - Devin Thomas. WR. Michigan St.

Ideal fit for the West Coast offense.

48. Falcons - Matt Forte. RB. Tulane

Ideal power complement to Jerrious Norwood's speed.

49. Eagles - Anthony Collins. OT. Kansas

Collins will be groomed to take over LT and pair with Winston Justice for many years to come.

50. Cardinals - Brandon Flowers. CB. Virginia Tech

Flowers starts at CB and Antre Rolle is moved to FS. Two birds killed with one stone.

51. Redskins - Chris Ellis. DE. Virginia Tech

Strongside DE to complement Andre Carter on the other side.

52. Bucs - Patrick Lee. CB. Auburn

Physical CB to replace Brian Kelly.

53. Steelers - James Hardy. WR. Indiana

Big Ben wanted a big WR and now he's got it. A 4 wide set with Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Heath Miller, and Hardy has the potential to be very dangerous.

54. Titans - John Carlson. TE. Notre Dame

Carlson provides Vince Young with more weapons. He gets the nod over Martellus Bennett because he is a better blocker.

55. Seahawks - Martellus Bennett. TE. Texas A&M

TE is crucial in the West Coast offense.

56. Browns - Ahtyba Rubin. NT. Iowa St.

The Browns need a NT and Rubin is a perfect fit.

57. Dolphins (f/SD) - Red Bryant. NT. Texas A&M

The Dolphins also need a NT.

58. Jaguars - Heath Benedict. OG/OT. Newberry

Mike Tice loves this guy and he can come in and start at RG from day 1.

59. Colts - Chilo Rachal. OG. USC

The Colts have 2 starting OGs that are free agents, and Rachal is the best available OG.

60. Packers - Erin Henderson. OLB. Maryland

Henderson can play SLB and provide an immediate upgrade over Brady Poppinga.

61. Cowboys - Jamaal Charles. RB. Texas

Great complement to Marion Barber.

62. Patriots - Cliff Avril. DE/OLB. Purdue

The Patriots need depth at DE/OLB.

63. Giants - Justin King. CB. Penn St.

The Giants get depth at CB with a potential steal.

fenikz
02-19-2008, 10:05 PM
Although I like the draft the explanation in the 1st is terrible, by good depth do you mean Matt Ware and Ralph Brown?

Turtlepower
02-19-2008, 10:09 PM
For Keith Rivers to fall to the Giants, he has to be hit by a car and break both of his legs prior to the combine. Are you willing to make that sacrifice to keep your mock accurate?

regoob2
02-19-2008, 10:26 PM
I hope the bears would take Felix Jones in that scenario.

machoking6
02-19-2008, 10:28 PM
Although I like the draft the explanation in the 1st is terrible, by good depth do you mean Matt Ware and Ralph Brown?

Nah, I was talking depth at CB in the draft.

fenikz
02-19-2008, 10:31 PM
Nah, I was talking depth at CB in the draft.

oh all right that makes a lot more sense

etk
02-19-2008, 10:31 PM
1ST ROUND

1. Dolphins - Chris Long. DE/OLB. Virginia

Long is an ideal fit as a 3-4 end.

And there you've lost me on the whole accurate thing.

machoking6
02-19-2008, 10:31 PM
For Keith Rivers to fall to the Giants, he has to be hit by a car and break both of his legs prior to the combine. Are you willing to make that sacrifice to keep your mock accurate?

I imagine someone would trade up if Rivers continued to fall. I don't like predicting trades though.

Caddy
02-19-2008, 10:36 PM
Pretty decent Buccaneers selection. You addressed to areas which need help and both players are valued appropriately.

machoking6
02-19-2008, 10:39 PM
And there you've lost me on the whole accurate thing.

I assumed he could put on some pounds. If not, then he can be a DE/OLB hybrid. Plain and simple, Chris Long to the Dolphins, buddy.

DiG
02-19-2008, 10:45 PM
grade for the redskins = D

reggie smith projects best in the nfl at the FS position which is NOT a need for the Redskins. Laron Landry was an absolute beast when he moved to FS after Taylors unfortunate death. If anything the Redskins could possibly add depth at SS but Reed Doughty earned the starting spot and its his to lose. The Skins need a true cornerback not a guy like Smith who would need time to develop at the cb position whereas he is much better suited for a team that will play him at FS.

in rd 2, ellis is a bad fit for the what the redskins are looking for. greg blache has made it clear the that redskins are not interested in adding a pass rush specialists to play opposite of carter. they are very happy with Chris Wilson in that role and they are looking for a bigger sized DE that can move inside situationally and play UT as well.

thebow305
02-19-2008, 10:45 PM
I assumed he could put on some pounds. If not, then he can be a DE/OLB hybrid. Plain and simple, Chris Long to the Dolphins, buddy.

Or Vernon Gholston, buddy.

Anyway, it's an ok phins draft but I'm not a big fan of Dan Connor or Red Bryant. I would much rather take Flacco, Hardy, Carlson, or Fred Davis there instead of Connor, then take Justin King instead of Bryant.

brat316
02-19-2008, 10:49 PM
or Matt Ryan to the Phins taking a qb not a bad idea 2 young qbs good pick there. aahhah well at least you have bill parcels drafting for the phins he always makes good choices, and mostly goes D anyways. So Long will most likely be the pick either overall or after he moves down

thebow305
02-19-2008, 10:50 PM
I'm also not sure I understand the Flowers to AZ pick or explanation.

It wouldn't be killing any birds. Flowers is almost the same exact corner Rolle is. Great ball skills, great tackler, and very physical but lacks great timed speed to play man-to-man like they play. Similar to fellow VA Tech alum Eric Green as well, also on AZ's roster. Although he is more physical than Green. If they draft Flowers, they may have the same problems they had with Rolle and would probably be moving him to Safety in a couple of years as well.

Forenci
02-19-2008, 11:13 PM
If Rivers falls to us I will probably be forced to do a cannon ball of the George Washington Bridge. I would be that excited. However, as you mentioned, someone would probably trade up for him at some point. I can only hope it would be us. He's one of my favorite players in the draft.

Justin King is a great pick, but he has some pretty serious character concerns if I recall, which is a major no-no for the Giants organization, and myself too. I'd rather take someone perhaps not as talented, but with less character issues.

NIN1984
02-19-2008, 11:19 PM
I would be happy with that Raiders draft.

defensiveback23
02-19-2008, 11:21 PM
I'm a little hesitant about Morgan in the first round but with Smith, Cromartie and Cherilus gone I think he would be a pretty good selection. A trade down would definitely be ideal in that situation though.

asu2100
02-20-2008, 12:06 AM
cards draft sucks, i hate the rb pick personally

doingthisinsteadofwork
02-20-2008, 12:19 AM
good picks for Oakland.but you have a lame reasoning for the 2nd round pick.it allows Sims to be a backup not a starter.

vidae
02-20-2008, 02:37 AM
Pretty good Chiefs draft. Any draft that has us nabbing Jake Long at 4/5 is fine by me.

I guess I'm still kind of hoping Branden Albert falls to us in the second round as well, but after seeing some stuff on him, I don't see how he gets out of the first.

Bills2083
02-20-2008, 08:43 AM
ughh.
If the Bills pass on Keith Rivers, I will be extremely mad. LB and WR are our top 2 needs. Rivers is better at LB, than Kelly is at WR.
I'd much rather go with Keith Rivers there.

This day 1 would be better...
1.) Keith Rivers
2.) James Hardy

machoking6
02-20-2008, 08:54 AM
ughh.
If the Bills pass on Keith Rivers, I will be extremely mad. LB and WR are our top 2 needs. Rivers is better at LB, than Kelly is at WR.
I'd much rather go with Keith Rivers there.

This day 1 would be better...
1.) Keith Rivers
2.) James Hardy

Anything can happen, but I feel that you may need to prepare yourself on getting mad. A big target to complement Evans and Parrish is their biggest need by far.

machoking6
02-20-2008, 08:56 AM
good picks for Oakland.but you have a lame reasoning for the 2nd round pick.it allows Sims to be a backup not a starter.

Bringing in a LT like Sam Baker allows Sims to shift over to the RT position where this is currently a hole with Cornell Green being a free agent and everything. That is just an assumption though, because I don't follow awful teams like the Raiders so I'm not too familiar with their depth chart.

Bills2083
02-20-2008, 09:04 AM
Anything can happen, but I feel that you may need to prepare yourself on getting mad. A big target to complement Evans and Parrish is their biggest need by far.

Biggest need by far?
Not by a long-shot.

Yes, we do need a new WR, but we also need a LB. We cannot pass on a talent like Rivers. I'll say it again. Rivers is better at LB, than Kelly is at WR.


Rivers/Hardy > Kelly/Highsmith

machoking6
02-20-2008, 09:37 AM
Biggest need by far?
Not by a long-shot.

Yes, we do need a new WR, but we also need a LB. We cannot pass on a talent like Rivers. I'll say it again. Rivers is better at LB, than Kelly is at WR.


Rivers/Hardy > Kelly/Highsmith

Agree to disagree, Marv Levy

thebow305
02-20-2008, 10:06 AM
Agree to disagree, Marv Levy

Marv Levy's not even there anymore.

I have to agree with the Bills fan though, if Rivers is there, he's going to the Bills. I'm just not sure he makes it there.

619
02-20-2008, 10:31 AM
Lovin the Raiders picks!

machoking6
02-20-2008, 10:43 AM
Marv Levy's not even there anymore.

I have to agree with the Bills fan though, if Rivers is there, he's going to the Bills. I'm just not sure he makes it there.

It makes the Combine that more interesting to watch and see how everything plays out.

etk
02-20-2008, 01:47 PM
I assumed he could put on some pounds. If not, then he can be a DE/OLB hybrid. Plain and simple, Chris Long to the Dolphins, buddy.

Yeah, I know every draft analyst thinks that will be the pick...but it will be Vernon Gholston or they will regret it. Long is about 266 according to what I've read and he's far from a #1 worthy selection as an OLB. If you think Chris Long is a better 3-4 OLB prospect than VG, you don't know football, plain and simple.

If Long weighs in anywhere over 275, and scouts think he can put on a bit more...then go for it, but Gholston's still a better pick.

machoking6
02-20-2008, 02:11 PM
Yeah, I know every draft analyst thinks that will be the pick...but it will be Vernon Gholston or they will regret it. Long is about 266 according to what I've read and he's far from a #1 worthy selection as an OLB. If you think Chris Long is a better 3-4 OLB prospect than VG, you don't know football, plain and simple.

If Long weighs in anywhere over 275, and scouts think he can put on a bit more...then go for it, but Gholston's still a better pick.

Only time will tell

T-RICH49
02-20-2008, 02:20 PM
Jake Long and Charles Godfrey = Awesome KC draft.Nicely done

BaLLiN
02-20-2008, 02:30 PM
For Keith Rivers to fall to the Giants, he has to be hit by a car and break both of his legs prior to the combine. Are you willing to make that sacrifice to keep your mock accurate?

I think he's a top 15 pick, so the giants trading up from 32 would likely cost them too much; a future first and probably more, which im sure reese wouldnt do. Justin King has the athleticism and potential but never really put up great production, some character issues too.