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gpngc
02-23-2008, 02:10 PM
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Why doesn't he fit your team's scheme? etc.

PICK #1 The Dolphins Pick:
Chris Long (DE, Virginia)
So after a dismal 1-15 season, Bill Parcells and the Miami Dolphins are on the clock. With Tony Sporano and Paulie Walnuts-err... Jeff Ireland running the show, it will be interesting to see how the new Dolphins brass will handle this team. Needless to say, the players on the field are a large part of the reason why they finished with just one win this season. The good news, however, is that Parcells is well-known for being able to build from the bottom, which is exactly what he did when he took over in Dallas a few years ago. The Cowboys were the one seed in the NFC in large part because of Bill Parcells, who laid the foundation there when he was brought in. As far as the number one pick goes, I fully expect the Dolphins to look to move down. Given their defensive scheme, depth at HB, and risk in taking a QB at one, there isnít a perfect pick here for the Dolphins at 1. The closest to it, however, is Chris Long of Virginia. How Long would fit in the 3-4 defense remains to be seen, but there is no question that heís a heck of football player. The son of former Oakland Raider Howie Long, Chris is not a Mario Williams-like athletic freak, but thatís about where the negatives end. Instead of relying on the gift of speed, as many less mature DEís do, he plays with a fire and a passion that simply cannot be taught. ďRelentless motorĒ is a phrase often used in NFL draft circles, but if ever there was a prospect to use it on, Chris Long is it. Long has excellent size, good strength, and was a beast at Virginia. He had 14 sacks as a senior to go along with a bunch of tackles for loss, but was also stout against the run. Also known for his work ethic and toughness, doubting that Long can excel as a 5-technique DE in the 3-4 might not be a good idea.

PICK #2 The Rams Pick:
Glenn Dorsey (DT, Louisiana State)
It was a long year in St. Louis, as the Rams struggled on defense and suffered from a barrage of injuries on offense. Many are predicting a LT such as Jake Long here, but I just don't see it. The Rams took Alex Barron in the first round a few years ago to not only play RT, but also to take over for Orlando Pace when he retires. Pace's days as a Ram may be over but Barron should be able to take over at LT for the future. With that said, why take a RT at #2 overall, especially when you have one of the worst defenses in the NFL? This pick may lead to some head-scratching as Adam Carriker was drafted at DT last year in the first round. However, it is my belief that you simply cannot pass on Glenn Dorsey here with such an atrocious defense. It all starts up front, and although there are some youngsters in Clifton Ryan and Claude Wroten, LaRoi Glover is almost done, and thereís always a possibility of moving Carriker back to DE. Glenn Dorsey is a Warren Sapp-like DT with incredible talent. I donít think this is Dewayne Robertson 2.0, as I firmly believe that if he can stay healthy, Dorsey will be a dominant force at the NFL level. An excellent burst, along with insane quickness and decent technique make Dorsey a monster who lives in the opponents backfield. No player in the country gets penetration like Dorsey, and although he doesnít clog up the middle like some big bodies, he can still make a huge impact in run defense. Injury history may be of some cause for concern, but I think it speaks to his toughness, as we all saw him play clearly bothered by injury down the stretch this season.

PICK #3 The Falcons Pick:
Darren McFadden (HB, Arkansas)
There are rumblings that the Falcons covet QB Matt Ryan of Boston College. Even if thatís true, I have hard time believing that with all this time for Darren McFadden to inevitably rise back up the boards, (how heís dropped is beyond me) McFadden wonít ultimately become the Falcons pick. HB isnít as great a need as QB, but with Warrick Dunn aging and Jerious Norwood failing to get a firm hold on the starting job, adding a premier game breaker like McFadden might be a good idea for a franchise searching for some relief after a forgettable season, Bobby Petrino, and of course Michael Vick. As a prospect, McFadden has excellent size, top-flight breakaway speed, a lethal stiff arm, and all the trick play capability in the world with his throwing ability. Not the most physical player, McFadden could also work on his receiving skills and inside running, but make no mistake- this is not your average HB.

PICK #4 The Raiders Pick:
Sedrick Ellis (DT, USC)
JaMarcus Russell showed some promise in his first NFL start, including a rocket touchdown throw to Jerry Porter. The Raiders could use a big-time WR, but there probably isn't one in this draft worthy of a top five pick. Instead, they could look to help a struggling run defense, and DT Sedrick Ellis came into the draft season as one of the most unheralded prospects in the country. Now, after dominating Senior Bowl practices and recording a safety in the game, most know Ellis and view him as a top five talent. Ellis is right behind Glenn Dorsey when it comes to DT's, and he'd be a huge upgrade for the Raiders. A run stuffer who can also get after the passer from the inside, Ellis recorded 8.5 sacks as a senior for the Trojans. Jake Long could also get some consideration here, but ultimately the defense needs to be addressed.

PICK #5 The Chiefs Pick:
Jake Long (OT, Michigan)
The Chiefs have a huge need at LT and Jake Long is the best LT prospect in the draft. Probably not as technically sound as Joe Thomas, Jake Long is still a great-looking prospect with the potential to be a dominant force for years to come in Kansas City. A great run blocker, Long could work on his footwork in pass protection to adjust to the speed of the pass rushers in the NFL.

PICK #6 The Jets Pick:
Vernon Gholston (DE, Ohio State)
The Jets missed out on Darren McFadden thanks to a meaningless, and quite frankly, ugly, overtime win against the Chiefs in week 17. Dwayne Robertson played better at NT in the second half of the season, but the Jets didn't generate enough of a pass-rush off the edge in their 3-4 scheme. Vernon Gholston of Ohio State is the perfect 3-4 OLB prospect for Eric Mangini and the Jets. A junior who declared early, Gholston had 13 sacks this season. In the Demarcus Ware/Shawne Merriman mold, Gholston could develop into a difference-maker at the next level, and would immediately be an upgrade over Victor Hobson in New York. Derrick Harvey would also deserve some consideration here and if for some odd reason McFadden is still around, it would be a huge mistake for the Jets, lacking offensive firepower, to pass on the HB from Arkansas, regardless of Thomas Jones and Leon Washington.

PICK #7 The Patriots Pick:
Derrick Harvey (DE, Florida)
Apparently the 49ers thought they would be decent this year, and traded this pick during last year's draft hoping they'd be a playoff contender. Needless to say, they were very, very, wrong. Now the 18-1* AFC Champion Patriots have the 7th overall pick in the draft, and the most likely scenario is that they move down. If they stay put however, one possible choice here is Florida DE Derrick Harvey. An opposing QB's nightmare, Harvey sacked Ohio State QB Troy Smith three times in the BCS National Championship game as a sophomore. This year as a junior Harvey faced more double teams and recorded just 6.5 sacks for the Gators. Speedy off the edge, Harvey is an extremely talented DE/OLB hybrid prospect who could be a big-time addition to an already stellar New England defense.

PICK #8 The Ravens Pick:
Matt Ryan (QB, Boston College)
With Brian Billick gone, John Harbaugh will have a decision to make at QB. The situation is foggy to say the least, where Kyle Boller (who was Billickís guy) struggled, Steve McNair is 100 years old, and young Troy Smith showed some encouraging signs in his limited action. The brother of a pro QB, Harbaugh may want to go in that direction with this pick. With no CB worth the 8th overall pick thanks to Malcolm Jenkins staying at Ohio State, and with both Gholston and Harvey off the board, a QB seems like the only logical pick here for the Ravens. Some believe Ryan is a top-flight QB prospect worthy of a top ten pick. I just don't see it. Ryan is a nice QB, but I don't know if he's the franchise player many are making him out to be. As a senior, Ryan threw for 31 touchdown passes, but also 19 interceptions. Not the best decision maker, Ryan has a knack for extending the play using his feet, and can throw the ball well on the run. At Boston College, Ryan didn't have a great receiving corps, so it will be interesting to see how he does with pro wideouts in the NFL. (Although beyond Derrick Mason, can you really consider the Ravens receivers pro?)

PICK #9 The Bengals Pick:
Keith Rivers (LB, USC)
How Marvin Lewis still has this job is beyond me. Even with one of the best QBís in the league and a plethora of talent, the Bengals are still a franchise in disarray with their star WR complaining to the media and talking trade. Whether or not Chad Johnson stays, the Bengals clearly need help on the defensive side of the ball, and would likely give large consideration to a guy like Sedrick Ellis if he were to fall here. LB is another possibility, and Keith Rivers of USC is a future star at OLB. A bit undersized throughout the season, Rivers measured in at 241 pounds at the combine and has the speed and athleticism to be an immediate upgrade at LB for the Bengals.

PICK #10 The Saints Pick:
Leodis McKelvin (CB, Troy State)
After a magical season in 2006, the Saints started off slow and failed to recover in 2007. Drew Brees wasnít himself, especially early in the year, and problems on the offensive line in addition to an injury to Deuce McAllister meant struggles for the Saints offense. However, from a talent standpoint, the Saints have what it takes on offense, but could really use a boost on defense. If DT Sedrick Ellis were to fall to them here, the Saints would most likely take him. If not, other needs include LB and CB, and Leodis McKelvin of Troy is one of the best defensive backs in the draft. McKelvin has everything you look for in a CB. Average size, good speed, good hips, and a fluid backpedal; the only real knock on McKelvin is his inability to finish off a good play with an interception. He gets his hands on a ton of balls, but unfortunately doesnít have the interception numbers usually synonymous with a top 10 CB. However, that problem is definitely something he can work on, as his pure coverage ability is top-notch. As a senior, much of his competition wisely threw away from him, resulting in two interceptions and 11 passes defended. Also a return man, McKelvin brought back three punts for touchdowns in 2007. At the Senior Bowl, McKelvin dominated the one-on-one drills during practice and likely boosted his stock, even though he did not play in the game due to a mild injury.

PICK #11 The Bills Pick:
Malcolm Kelly (WR, Oklahoma)
Dick Jauron did a pretty good job with his team this season, and Trent Edwards and Marshawn Lynch look like the future of the Buffalo Bills. However, in order to compete with the Patriots, the Bills still need to improve, specifically at CB and WR. In this projection, they go with arguably the best WR in the draft, Oklahomaís Malcolm Kelly. Kelly enjoyed a breakout year this season as freshman QB Sam Bradford's favorite target, catching 49 passes for 821 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Bills released Peerless Price and view Roscoe Parrish as a slot guy, so adding a starting-caliber WR to play opposite Lee Evans is a good idea. Kelly has the potential to be a special player at the next level, as he combines great size with good deep speed and most importantly, excellent hands.

PICK #12 The Broncos Pick:
Kenny Phillips (S, Miami (FL))
John Lynch is aging and Nick Ferguson could be upgraded, so safety is a need for the Broncos. If Kenny Phillips of Miami were to fall to Denver at 12, it is hard to picture them passing on him. Phillips is a spectacular physical specimen in the mold of the late, great Sean Taylor. It was sort of a down year for Phillips and the Hurricanes, but as a pro prospect, there is nothing this kid lacks. Size, speed, strength, tackling, big play potential- it's all there. Learning from Lynch would surely help as well.

PICK #13 The Panthers Pick:
Kentwan Balmer (DT, North Carolina)
With Travelle Wharton signing a new deal and the franchising of Jordan Gross, it looks like the Panthers may not go with an OT here after all. The question is: what position will they look at? HB is a possibility with the cutting of DeShaun Foster, but they may want to give DeAngelo Williams his chance to be the guy. LB could also be an area they would address, but with Keith Rivers off the board, who would be worth this pick? In this projection they look at the DT position, where the often-injured Kris Jenkins is getting up there in age. Adding a disruptive force like Kentwan Balmer might be a good idea. Quickness is a huge plus for Balmer, who can get in the backfield as fast as any defensive tackle in the nation not named Glenn Dorsey. Balmer has a good motor and can get after the passer as well as stop the run, and would be a great addition to a defensive line that already features Julius Peppers.

PICK #14 The Bears Pick:
Ryan Clady (OT, Boise State)
Even Presidential hopeful and Illinois native Barack Obama knows the Bears number one need this offseason is QB. However, there is a chance the Bears wait until later to address the QB position, especially if they arenít high on Brian Brohm. In this projection, the Bears address their second greatest need, the offensive line. Ryan Clady of Boise State has it all, and might ultimately end up going to the Chiefs on draft day. Clady is a potential franchise LT with a huge frame and good athleticism. At 6í6, 320 his quick feet and decent strength make him a guy the Bears could build around on the offensive line.

PICK #15 The Lions Pick:
Aqib Talib (CB, Kansas)
After a strong start, the Lions faded away down the stretch and find themselves in the top half of the draft once again. With a need a CB, Aqib Talib makes sense here. Talib had his national coming-out party in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech, and has begun to sky-rocket up draft boards. Talib is one of the top cover-men in the nation and has NFL skills, as he accounted for 4 interceptions during the season, returning one for a touchdown. Talib also played some snaps at WR, and scored four touchdowns on only eight catches. A playmaker who lacks physicality and isn't a great tackler, Talib could develop into a starting CB at the next level by playing to his strengths, and will immensely help his stock if he runs well at his pro day.

PICK #16 The Cardinals Pick:
Mike Jenkins (CB, South Florida)
The Cardinals quietly had a nice season, finishing at 8-8 under rookie head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Kurt Warner played well all year, which raises some questions about who will be the starter next year when Matt Leinart returns from injury. A good run-stopping team, the Cardinals are in need of a pass rusher off the edge. However, with both Gholston and Harvey off the board, the Cardinals could go in another direction. It has been reported that Antrel Rolle will move to safety, so CB is a definite need. South Florida CB Mike Jenkins is one of the top athletes in this class. As a football player, he shined for the Bulls, and was a huge part of their success this season. While many are high on Jenkins, he also has his share of doubters. A good combine would definitely help him a lot. Speedy and physical, Jenkins excels in man-to-man coverage and could make an impact as a rookie.


PICK #17 The Vikings Pick:
DeSean Jackson (WR, California)
It looks like Adrian Peterson was a gigantic steal for the Vikings last year, so they'll be under a lot of pressure to build on a great draft from a year ago. With a clear need at WR, DeSean Jackson of Cal would immediately give the Vikings a second homerun threat on offense. Teamed up with the young talented Sidney Rice, Jackson is the perfect complement, a smallish speedster with excellent open field ability. Jackson is a Ted Ginn-like prospect who's probably a bit more polished as a WR. A game breaker, there has been a lot of talk about his weight, but if youíve ever seen him with the ball in his hands, heís a lot scarier to the defense than a 220-lb. guy.

PICK #18 The Texans Pick:
Rashard Mendenhall (HB, Illinois)
Like the Cardinals, the Texans quietly had a good season even with some issues at QB. Matt Schaub was ok when he was on the field, but he couldn't stay healthy. Ahman Green was a complete bust in his first year in Houston, and is not getting any younger anyway. Help in the secondary could be on the way, but in this projection they go with HB Rashard Mendenhall of Illinois. Mendenhall had an excellent junior year at Illinois, helping his team to a 9-win season including a huge upset win over Ohio State. Mendenhall is a tough runner with good vision and adequate quickness, along with the ability to get yards after contact. This season he rushed for 1526 yards and 16 touchdowns to go along with two more touchdowns receiving.

PICK #19 The Eagles Pick:
Phillip Merling (DE, Clemson)
The Donovan McNabb situation is one that will be monitored throughout the offseason. Although he seemed quite content to stay with the Eagles after a week 17 win, there still is the possibility of a trade, especially considering the Kevin Kolb pick a year ago. With needs at safety and CB, the Eagles could look to trade up and make a play for a guy like Kenny Phillips. There is also a need at DE, where Jevon Kearse and Darren Howard are pretty much cooked. Phillip Merling of Clemson isnít the most well-known prospect in this class, and he may be one of the most overlooked. At 295 pounds, Merling isnít a flashy pass-rusher, but rather a complete defensive lineman who plays with gap discipline and good leverage in run support. He also recorded seven sacks this season, including two against Boston College LT Gosder Cherilus.

PICK #20 The Buccaneers Pick:
Limas Sweed (WR, Texas)
With Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard aging, the Bucs have a clear need at WR. Limas Sweed of Texas would be a good addition in Tampa Bay, and would likely take the spot of Maurice Stovall, as he is a similar player with more talent. Sweed is a beast of a WR, and although he missed much of his senior year with an injury, still has a good chance at the first round. At 6'5, 219, Sweed is a huge red zone threat and a match up nightmare for smaller DB's.

PICK #21 The Redskins Pick:
Lawrence Jackson (DE, USC)
It's been a tough year in Washington after the tragic passing of star S Sean Taylor. The team has rallied behind coach Joe Gibbs and veteran backup Todd Collins and into the playoffs. Clinton Portis was sensational down the stretch, and the team definitely played inspired football on defense. The Skins could still use some youth along the defensive line, and Lawrence Jackson of USC is a top-notch DE prospect. Jackson had a great career at USC, including a senior year with 9.5 sacks. A beast off the edge, Jackson also plays the run well at around 270 pounds for the Trojans.

PICK #22 The Cowboys Pick:
Brandon Flowers (CB, Virginia Tech)
This pick goes to the Cowboys from the Browns in last years Brady Quinn trade. The Cowboys have a need at CB because beyond starters Anthony Henry and Terence Newman, there isnít much quality. Brandon Flowers of Virginia Tech has everything you look for in a franchise CB, including toughness, speed, and playmaking ability. As a sophomore, the physical CB was picked on a lot and made a bunch of big plays. This season, many offensive coordinators were reluctant to throw on Flowers, and instead picked on Victor Harris. Heís physical in run defense, and plays the ball well in the air. Flowers would immediately be the nickel guy in Dallas, and will eventually start.

PICK #23 The Steelers Pick:
Chris Williams (OT, Vanderbilt)
With Marvel Smith struggling and Alan Faneca on his way out, the Steelers will likely need to take more than one offensive lineman in this draft. Chris Williams of Vanderbilt is typical big-nasty who at 6í6, 320, has ideal size to play OT at the NFL level. Versatile, smart, and aggressive, Williams was the leader of the Vanderbilt offensive line and really improved his stock with a stellar senior season. At the Senior Bowl, Williams showed his mean streak with a good week of practice, highlighted by a fight during practice with Red Bryant.

PICK #24 The Titans Pick:
Curtis Lofton (LB, Oklahoma)
The Titans do need a #1 WR, but in this projection they choose to go in another direction and go with MLB Curtis Lofton of Oklahoma. Lofton is a beast of a prospect with some similar qualities to DROY Patrick Willis. Not as talented as Willis, Lofton still has great speed and can play sideline to sideline. As a junior he recorded a whopping 157 tackles, and would immediately make a difference in the middle of an already-solid defense. With the protection of a very good defensive line led by Albert Haynesworth, Lofton could put up some gaudy numbers in Tennessee, who could address WR later in the draft.

PICK #25 The Seahawks Pick:
Jonathan Stewart (HB, Oregon)
Itís only February but the Seahawks are well on their way to an excellent offseason. Re-signing Sean Lockler was huge, and the addition of Mike Wahle at OG should help a struggling offensive line. With Marcus Trufant franchised, the only big offseason storylines left are the status of free agent WR D.J. Hackett, the potential cutting, trading, or re-structuring of Shaun Alexander, and the potential interest in TE Alge Crumpler. When it comes to the draft, it is really shaping up to be a HB in round one for Seattle. After McFadden, the Seahawks will likely be left with one or two of the following HBís: Jonathan Stewart, Rashard Mendenhall, or Felix Jones. All are excellent prospects, but in this projection the Hawks go with the kid from the Pacific Northwest, Oregonís Jonathan Stewart. Great size, speed, and kick-return ability helped Stewart become a recognized star, as he racked up 1469 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground this year as a junior. Not as explosive as some of the other backs, Stewart is a consistent yardage eater, something Seahawks could definitely use.

PICK #26 The Jaguars Pick:
Calais Campbell (DE, Miami (FL))
David Garrard had an amazing year in Jacksonville, as Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, and a hard-hitting defense saved Jack Del Rio's job. DE is probably their greatest need, and Calais Campbell of Miami Fl. fits in here. Campbell didn't have a dominant junior year with the Hurricanes, but is still considered a high first round pick by some. Campbell combines great size with excellent athleticism and would immediately give the Jaguars an athletic young pass rushing threat off the edge, as well as someone who can play the run on the outside.

PICK #27 The Chargers Pick:
Reggie Smith (CB, Oklahoma)
Give credit to Norv Turner. After a rocky start, he's brought the Chargers to the top of the AFC West and into the playoffs for the second straight year. With Chris Chambers now on board, the Bolts might want to look at defense in the first round this year. Safety is a need, and Reggie Smith of Oklahoma is a versatile defensive back with the skills to be a first round pick. He had a lot of experience at all the spots in the secondary in his three seasons for the Sooners, and displayed playmaking, speed, instincts, and toughness.

PICK #28 The Cowboys Pick:
Felix Jones (HB, Arkansas)
With Julius Jones and Marion Barber both free agents, it's likely that the Cowboys will lose at least one of their horses in a successful two back system. Barber is the one they'll likely try harder to keep, and if they lose Jones, look for them to add a solid second back to split carries with MB3, as he's been fabulous as a part of a duo. If any back in this draft knows about sharing the load successfully, it's Felix Jones of Arkansas, who split carries with Darren McFadden throughout his career. Jones is lightning-quick with a great burst and the speed to get out on the edge. Also a threat as a kick returner, Jones is a big-time playmaker.

PICK #29 The 49ers Pick:
James Hardy (WR, Indiana)
The 49ers are a franchise in need of a lot of help and they foolishly traded away their first round pick to the Patriots last year. With this pick, acquired from the Colts, they can start improving a team that played poorly for the most of last season. DL and OLB are both possibilities here, but in this projection they go with a WR. The passing game was horrible last year, and a large part of that is due to the inefficiency of the QB. However, the WRís didnít exactly help. Darrell Jackson showed that his success in Seattle was probably more of a result of a good QB and system, and continued with his drops and inconsistency. Ashley Lelie did next to nothing and while Arnaz Battle is a hard-nosed player, heís not the most talented athlete. What James Hardy has you simply cannot teach: size. A red zone monster, the 6í7 Hardy is a mismatch for any defensive back in college or the proís. Indiana isnít a high-profile team, so if you didnít catch Hardy this season, the stats say a lot: 74 catches, 1075 yards, and a whopping 16 touchdowns. Hardy failed to score a td in only ONE game this season, a loss at Wisconsin. Anything under a 4.6 at the combine would really help Hardyís stock.

PICK #30 The Packers Pick:
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB, Tennessee State)
Although they fell a bit short this year, there is a bright future in Green Bay. With big play young guys in Ryan Grant and Greg Jennings, an heir apparent to Favre in Aaron Rodgers, a good young leader in Mike McCarthy, and a solid young defense, there is no reason to think the Packers won't be contenders for years to come. As for needs going into next year, the Pack could use some depth behind Al Harris and Charles Woodson at CB, and a guy like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would fit in perfectly. Cromartie, too, has something you simply canít teach: speed. At the Senior Bowl, Cromartie was one of the top performers, excelling in the one-on-one drills as well as coming up big in the game. Questions about level of competition will probably still arise, but thereís no question Cromartie has the skills to be an NFL player.

PICK #31 The Giants Pick:
Dan Connor (LB, Penn State)
Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and their fans. As the World Champs move forward to the offseason, improvements can still be made. Besides upgrading the dreadful Eli Manning at QB (ladies and gentlemen, the New York Media!), the Giants have potential needs at OLB, CB, and S. In this projection, they go with Dan Connor of Penn State, whose draft stock has already seen a similar rise and fall to that of former teammate Paul Posluszny. Connor is a solid LB prospect with a bright pro future. With the ability to play inside or outside, Connor brings everything you look for in a leader on and off the field. As a senior, he recorded 145 tackles for the Nittany Lions.

PICK #32 The Dolphins Pick:
Fred Davis (TE, USC)

PICK #33 The Rams Pick:
Jerod Mayo (LB, Tennessee)

PICK #34 The Falcons Pick:
Jeff Otah (OT, Pittsburgh)

PICK #35 The Raiders Pick:
Mario Manningham (WR, Michigan)

PICK #36 The Chiefs Pick:
Antoine Cason (CB, Arizona)

PICK #37 The Jets Pick:
Branden Albert (OG, Virginia)

PICK #38 The Ravens Pick:
Tracy Porter (CB, Indiana)

PICK #39 The 49ers Pick:
Bruce Davis (DE, UCLA)

PICK #40 The Saints Pick:
Pat Sims (DT, Auburn)

PICK #41 The Bills Pick:
Erin Henderson (LB, Maryland)

PICK #42 The Broncos Pick:
Sam Baker (OT, USC)

PICK #43 The Panthers Pick:
Brian Brohm (QB, Louisville)

PICK #44 The Bears Pick:
Chad Henne (QB, Michigan)

PICK #45 The Lions Pick:
Dustin Keller (TE, Purdue)

PICK #46 The Bengals Pick:
Dre Moore (DT, Maryland)

PICK #47 The Vikings Pick:
John Carlson (TE, Notre Dame)

PICK #48 The Falcons Pick:
Andre Woodson (QB, Kentucky)

PICK #49 The Eagles Pick:
DaJuan Morgan (S, North Carolina State)

PICK #50 The Cardinals Pick:
Quentin Groves (DE, Auburn)

PICK #51 The Redskins Pick:
Terrell Thomas (CB, USC)

PICK #52 The Buccaneers Pick:
Marcus Harrison (DT, Arkansas)

PICK #53 The Steelers Pick:
Chilo Rachal (OG, USC)

PICK #54 The Titans Pick:
Adarius Bowman (WR, Oklahoma State)

PICK #55 The Seahawks Pick:
Martellus Bennett (TE, Texas A&M)

PICK #56 The Browns Pick:
Early Doucet (WR, Louisiana State)

PICK #57 The Dolphins Pick:
DeJuan Tribble (CB, Boston College)

PICK #58 The Jaguars Pick:
Earl Bennett (WR, Vanderbilt)

PICK #59 The Colts Pick:
Geno Hayes (LB, Florida State)

PICK #60 The Packers Pick:
Gosder Cherilus (OT, Boston College)

PICK #61 The Cowboys Pick:
Harry Douglas (WR, Louisville)

PICK #62 The Patriots Pick:
Anthony Collins (OT, Kansas)

PICK #63 The Giants Pick:
Charles Godfrey (CB, Iowa)

PICK #64 The Dolphins Pick:
Red Bryant (DT, Texas A&M)

PICK #65 The Rams Pick:
Heath Benedict (OT, Newberry)

PICK #66 The Chiefs Pick:
Devin Thomas (WR, Michigan State)

PICK #67 The Patriots Pick:
Chevis Jackson (CB, Louisiana State)

PICK #68 The Falcons Pick:
Frank Okam (DT, Texas)

PICK #69 The Jets Pick:
Kendall Langford (DT, Hampton)

PICK #70 The 49ers Pick:
Letroy Guion (DT, Florida State)

PICK #71 The Bills Pick:
Patrick Lee (CB, Auburn)

PICK #72 The Bills Pick:
Martin Rucker (TE, Missouri)

PICK #73 The Vikings Pick:
D.J. Hall (WR, Alabama)

PICK #74 The Panthers Pick:
Xavier Adibi (LB, Virginia Tech)

PICK #75 The Bears Pick:
Kevin Smith (HB, Central Florida)

PICK #76 The Lions Pick:
Christopher Johnson (HB, East Carolina)

PICK #77 The Bengals Pick:
Chris Ellis (DE, Virginia Tech)

PICK #78 The Saints Pick:
Ali Highsmith (LB, Louisiana State)

PICK #79 The Texans Pick:
Trae Williams (CB, South Florida)

PICK #80 The Eagles Pick:
Tony Hills (OT, Texas)

PICK #81 The Cardinals Pick:
Ray Rice (HB, Rutgers)

PICK #82 The Vikings Pick:
Marcus Griffin (S, Texas)

PICK #83 The Buccaneers Pick:
Justin King (CB, Penn State)

PICK #84 The Redskins Pick:
Eric Young (OT, Tennessee)

PICK #85 The Titans Pick:
Donnie Avery (WR, Houston)

PICK #86 The Seahawks Pick:
DeMario Pressley (DT, North Carolina State)

PICK #87 The Browns Pick:
Trevor Laws (DE, Notre Dame)

PICK #88 The Steelers Pick:
Philip Wheeler (LB, Georgia Tech)

PICK #89 The Jaguars Pick:
Dwight Lowery (CB, San Jose State)

PICK #90 The Bears Pick:
Shawn Crable (LB, Michigan)

PICK #91 The Packers Pick:
Jamaal Charles (HB, Texas)

PICK #92 The Cowboys Pick:
Carl Nicks (OT, Nebraska)

PICK #93 The Colts Pick:
Jacob Hester (FB, Louisiana State)

PICK #94 The Patriots Pick:
Jermichael Finley (TE, Texas)

PICK #95 The Giants Pick:
Jonathan Hefney (S, Tennessee)

vidae
02-23-2008, 02:19 PM
I like the Chiefs picks. I'm of the mind that if Branden Albert falls to us in round two we should take him and wait until round three to get a CB, but I'm not sure many Chiefs fans would agree with that.

Good mock.

T-RICH49
02-23-2008, 02:30 PM
I agree about Albert.We should take him in the 2nd and Chevis Jackson in the 3rd

hugegmenfan
02-23-2008, 03:07 PM
pretty bad giants draft
i admire you though for the effort and long explanations
connor round 1 is a bad pick-- hes an inside linebacker and is not athletic enough for our defense. our scheme entails a lot of blitzing and that is not connors strength. I know everyone is high on us taking him just like they were high on us taking paul poz last year
I'd rather have Otah, Tracy Porter, Pat Sims or Erin Henderson truthfully
Round 2- Godfrey has potential but personally I think he is too much of a project and we need guys to come in and play and compete now because after winning the super bowl we have a win-now mentality.
WIth Phillip Wheeler, Ali Highsmith and Patrick Lee on the board, they are better picks

fenikz
02-23-2008, 03:13 PM
Great Cardinals mock, although I'm not so certain about Rice being the best back for us after he weighed in at under 200 pounds, Forte may be the best fit for us, but he is of great value at the spot either way.

BeerBaron
02-23-2008, 03:28 PM
for the bears:

ok first rounder

2nd rounder, no. not high on henne, hes just a slighty taller grossman. id prefer it to be woodson or flacco

3rd, smith ok.

3rd, crable, no. we dont have a place for a 34 outside linebacker in our cover 2 system and also LB is far from a need. would be better served as a S or DT or OG or WR

DiG
02-23-2008, 03:42 PM
wow im speechless on the skins draft. you have them passing on calais, drc, and williams to take jackson who at this point is probably an early second AT BEST and probably more of a mid second rounder.

then you have us taking thomas over pat lee which is again hard to fathom.

the third round works but id prefer roy schuening.

Dr. Gonzo
02-23-2008, 03:42 PM
Horrible Vikings mock. There is no way we are picking a WR in round 1 and to have us pick two WR's in the first 3 rounds is ridiculous. Calais Campbell would be our pick in the first as DE and S are our two biggest needs and Phillips is gone. In the second we would take Dajuan Morgan because I think Carlson in the second is too high. In the 3rd I think we would pick Donnie Avery and Jeremichael Finley.

Cashmoney
02-23-2008, 03:46 PM
Caught me off guard with the Curtis Lofton pick. ILB is not really a day one need, let alone a 1st round need. Stephen Tulloch is still young and will get his shot, and Ryan Fowler did OK last year. We don't play 3 LB's much, we usually play a nickel defense so ILB is kind of devalued in our defense. The only way we go ILB in the first 3 picks is if Jonathan Goff or maybe Jerod Mayo or someone like that is available in the 3rd round.

regoob2
02-23-2008, 04:30 PM
I'm bored with mock drafts, lol. Ok Bears draft i'd prefer Carl Nicks in round 2 to play OG. Love the Clady pick. Why do you think Carl Nicks will fall to the late 3rd??

Bills2083
02-23-2008, 04:44 PM
1.) Malcolm Kelly --- Great Pick
2.) Erin Henderson --- Great Pick
3.) Patrick Lee --- Great Pick
3.) Martin Rucker --- Great Pick

I'd be ecstatic if that was how our first 3 rounds went.
+rep for you.

jdb1972
02-23-2008, 05:19 PM
Re: Panther pick... Fox said to the Charlotte paper that Wharton will probably be used at guard. However, if both Balmer and Clady are here at #13, I think you're right and they'll go with Balmer. Clady lasting that long should be a signal there will be value at OT in the second.

Walter Sobchak
02-23-2008, 05:21 PM
pretty bad dolphins mock

Matthew Jones
02-23-2008, 05:57 PM
Pretty good Pats picks.

Tampa 2 4 life
02-23-2008, 06:10 PM
Bucs
1. F, not a speed receiver
2. C, NT's a need, decent player
3. F, Justin king in a cover two would be stupid.

Go_Eagles77
02-23-2008, 06:27 PM
Good job with the eagles, you filled some pretty big needs, not sure I wouldn't go CB over S in round 2 but either way I'd be happy

neko4
02-23-2008, 06:46 PM
Green Bay Draft:
Great 1st round pick, but then you lost me with the last two. Cherilus would be nice value there, but we have plenty of young OL. Then we dont really need a 1st Day RB. Grant is on his way to greatness and Jackson and Wynn are becoming good backups

Yung Flippa
02-23-2008, 08:31 PM
Okay 1st for Houston & Baltimore. Good 2nd for Baltimore...OKay 3rd for Houston, rather have Justin King, but Trae will do and YES Baltimore's receivers are pro's, Mark Clayton hasn't panned out to be a #1 option but he's a good 2nd. Demetrius Williams has star potential, DeVard Darling broke out this season and we'll probably end up signing Bryant Johnson as well from Arizona.

Don Killuminati
02-23-2008, 10:28 PM
Manningham to Oakland is just ugly. No headcases, please.

If Albert actually fell into our lap, we'd have to take him. Truth be told, I think he winds up going in the mid teens.

defensiveback23
02-23-2008, 11:25 PM
Love SD's pick but Otah would be pretty intriguing.

BaLLiN
02-23-2008, 11:28 PM
pretty bad giants draft
i admire you though for the effort and long explanations
connor round 1 is a bad pick-- hes an inside linebacker and is not athletic enough for our defense. our scheme entails a lot of blitzing and that is not connors strength. I know everyone is high on us taking him just like they were high on us taking paul poz last year
I'd rather have Otah, Tracy Porter, Pat Sims or Erin Henderson truthfully
Round 2- Godfrey has potential but personally I think he is too much of a project and we need guys to come in and play and compete now because after winning the super bowl we have a win-now mentality.
WIth Phillip Wheeler, Ali Highsmith and Patrick Lee on the board, they are better picks

And we'd be putting Connor at WLB if we drafted him (we have Kiwi there already) and Connor doesn't have good coverage skills which is what we need at WLB.

gpngc
02-23-2008, 11:50 PM
A few things, and THANKS to everyone who responded.

-The more I think about it, you guys are probably right, the less likely I think it is that Connor goes to the Giants (and the more likely I think it is he falls to round two- sound familiar?)

-I'm with you on the Branden Albert thing. I'm starting to think he's a first rounder now too.

-Where does it say in the Buccaneer Bible that they must add a speed receiver? That didn't stop them from drafting Maurice Stovall or winning a Super Bowl with Keyshawn Johnson. And why would Justin King in a cover two be stupid? He's a raw athlete with potential who would probably fit in a lot better in a cover two with help over the top.

-Why is the Phins draft "pretty bad"? Chris Long, TE, CB, NT (they released Traylor). I don't get it.

-Thank you for the Wharton tidbit. Very helpful.

-Tulloch and Fowler? I understand the Lofton pick doesn't fit a glaring "need" at this point, but you can't tell me you wouldn't be happier with a player of Lofton's caliber and athleticism behind your D-line. Just a thought. It's not always plug-and-play based on "needs" or "holes", there are always curveballs.

-Vikings fan, no way you'd take two TWO players of the same position in a three-round, four-pick span, right? Completely wrong. It happens every year. The most classic example I remember is when the Broncos took the late Darrent Williams and Dominique Foxworth with their first two picks. Plus, why not? You have talent and depth on defense, a great O-line, and TERRIBLE WR's beyond Sidney Rice. I see nothing wrong with adding two WR's.

-Did Lawrence Jackson play like ten horrible games since the season ended that I missed? Don't get caught up in the hype. Campbell is more athletically gifted, but if you've seen the two play over their respective careers, you'd want Jackson over Campbell. He's more technically sound, more consistent, and actually shows up on film and even the stat sheet.

Again, thanks for the feedback everyone!

Cashmoney
02-24-2008, 12:18 AM
A few things, and THANKS to everyone who responded.

-The more I think about it, you guys are probably right, the less likely I think it is that Connor goes to the Giants (and the more likely I think it is he falls to round two- sound familiar?)

-I'm with you on the Branden Albert thing. I'm starting to think he's a first rounder now too.

-Where does it say in the Buccaneer Bible that they must add a speed receiver? That didn't stop them from drafting Maurice Stovall or winning a Super Bowl with Keyshawn Johnson. And why would Justin King in a cover two be stupid? He's a raw athlete with potential who would probably fit in a lot better in a cover two with help over the top.

-Why is the Phins draft "pretty bad"? Chris Long, TE, CB, NT (they released Traylor). I don't get it.

-Thank you for the Wharton tidbit. Very helpful.

-Tulloch and Fowler? I understand the Lofton pick doesn't fit a glaring "need" at this point, but you can't tell me you wouldn't be happier with a player of Lofton's caliber and athleticism behind your D-line. Just a thought. It's not always plug-and-play based on "needs" or "holes", there are always curveballs.
-Vikings fan, no way you'd take two TWO players of the same position in a three-round, four-pick span, right? Completely wrong. It happens every year. The most classic example I remember is when the Broncos took the late Darrent Williams and Dominique Foxworth with their first two picks. Plus, why not? You have talent and depth on defense, a great O-line, and TERRIBLE WR's beyond Sidney Rice. I see nothing wrong with adding two WR's.

-Did Lawrence Jackson play like ten horrible games since the season ended that I missed? Don't get caught up in the hype. Campbell is more athletically gifted, but if you've seen the two play over their respective careers, you'd want Jackson over Campbell. He's more technically sound, more consistent, and actually shows up on film and even the stat sheet.

Again, thanks for the feedback everyone!

It really wouldnt help as much as a 1st round pick needs to help. We only play 3 LBs in running situations and Tulloch did fine when called upon late in the season. This was only his second year pro. Our LB's would perform much better with a DT to complement Haynesworth, or even a DE. CB is probably a bigger need actually too since we play our nickelback probably more than our MLB.

thebow305
02-24-2008, 01:02 AM
It's an ok phins mock. I would much rather have Albert or Carlson than Fred Davis in the 2nd. Also not a fan of Tribble and the 2nd is wayyyyy too high for him, I would much rather have King or Wheeler there instead.

Crazy_Chris
02-24-2008, 03:24 AM
-Vikings fan, no way you'd take two TWO players of the same position in a three-round, four-pick span, right? Completely wrong. It happens every year. The most classic example I remember is when the Broncos took the late Darrent Williams and Dominique Foxworth with their first two picks. Plus, why not? You have talent and depth on defense, a great O-line, and TERRIBLE WR's beyond Sidney Rice. I see nothing wrong with adding two WR's.

No the Vikings do not need to add two more WR's in the first 3 rounds. They already have pieces in place. Sidney Rice is on starter, Bobby Wade is a good WR in a Slot WR role(has no business starting), Andraue Allison made some really nice catches last year showed a lot of potential he should have a roster spot locked down, and Robert Ferguson is an ok possesion #4 or #5 guy. All the Vikings really need from WR is one guy to come in and start opposite of Sidney Rice. That of course doesn't mean we won't end up taking more than 1 WR in the draft but if we do it would more likely be 1 in the first 3 rounds and than one in rounds 5-7.

Also should mention that the first WR will not come in the first round. Brad Childress doesn't value WR position highly in round 1. Than you add in the fact that this WR class is very deep. While on the flipside take a position like DE, or S the classes are not very deep at all. At #17 in this situation, Calais Campbell or Phillip Merling would be the pick.

Thunder&Lightning
02-26-2008, 07:23 AM
smith is sd's best pick.