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BGSUsteelers
03-05-2008, 11:52 PM
1. Miami Dolphins
Chris Long, DE Virginia
(It may not be their biggest need but, you can't pass on Chris Long. Dare I say, a DE is the most important position in a 3-4 D. If you don't believe me, just ask the Steelers how important Aaron Smith is and the Patriots how important Richard Seymour is.)

2. St. Louis Rams
Vernon Gholston, DE Ohio State
(14 sacks with 2 against Jake Long. Impressive considering Long is the #1 OL in the draft, and those were the only sacks he gave up. They could go Glenn Dorsey or Jake Long here however, DT and OT are a lot deeper than DE in this draft. With Gholston, the Rams can be a lot more flexible with their D. Along with Carriker, they can run a 4-3 / 3-4 hybrid if they want.)

3. Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan, QB Boston College
(I don't really need to explain this one. The only other player I think they can consider here is Jake Long. However, Matt Ryan is really the only good QB prospect in this draft and the Falcons have nothing at QB right now.)

4. Oakland Raiders
Glenn Dorsey, DT LSU
(They could take DMC but, with Fargas, Jordan, Rhoades, and Bush at RB, the Raiders have to shore up that DL again. They were thin at DL before Sapp retired and now they are even worse. Could also go with Sedrick Ellis.)

5. Kansas City Chiefs
Jake Long, OT Michigan
(No explanation needed.)

6. New York Jets
Darren McFadden, RB Arkansas
(With Gholston and Chris Long off the board, this is a no brainer. They got Calvin Pace, even though he may only be average, and they beefed up the OL. The offense needs a playmaker, and even though I believe Mendenhall and Stewart are better, I don't believe they'll go before DMC.)

7. New England Patriots (f/SF)
Leodis McKelvin, CB Troy
(The Pats biggest weakness is DB. Harrison is old and they lost Samuel, ***, and Wilson. McKelvin should help make up for their losses. Besides, there is no one left on the board, that is a need, and is worth taking at #7 besides Leodis.)

8. Baltimore Ravens
Mike Jenkins, CB South Florida
(It's a reach for Jenkins but, they really have no other choice. CB is their biggest need and with Leodis already gone, you can't waste this pick taking someone who won't make an immediate impact.)

9. Cincinnati Bengals
Keith Rivers, OLB USC
(They got their DT and they could take another with Ellis. However, they were a grade "F" at DL and LB. D-Rob makes that DL a "C" so, do you make that "C" better or do you improve another position a little more? Rivers gives their LB's a huge boost.)

10. New Orleans Saints
Sedrick Ellis, DT USC
(They got Vilma, so missing out on Rivers doesn't hurt as bad. Jenkins and Leodis are gone, so even though DT isn't a huge need, Ellis paired with Will Smith makes that DL lethal on the rush.)

11. Buffalo Bills
Limas Sweed, WR Texas
(Sweed really surprised me. I didn't think he would even be a 1st round pick a month ago, and now he has established himself as the best WR in a year where there isn't a big time WR in the class.)

12. Denver Broncos
Ryan Clady, OT Boise State
(Merry Christmas Denver.)

13. Carolina Panthers
Rashard Mendenhall RB, Illinois
(No more Foster and Williams is a bust. Mendenhall is probably the best RB in this year's draft. The Panthers were awful on offense this year for a few reasons. Jake Delhomme was injured, they had no #2 WR, and they had no running game. That usually spells doom for a team.)

14. Chicago Bears
Chris Williams, OT Vanderbilt
(Landing Williams here opens up the opportunity to give Brohm or Flacco or Henne a good OT to develop with. And yes, I think it's almost a given that they draft a QB in round 2.)

15. Detroit Lions
Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, CB Tennessee State
(IMO he is just as good as McKelvin. However, the man needs to bulk up if he wants to become a complete CB in this league. With him on the field, the Lions are playing 10 on 11 when the other team runs the ball. However, weight can be easily added, and talent cannot.)

16. Arizona Cardinals
Jonathan Stewart, RB Oregon
(No Jenkins, McKelvin, or Cromartie left. Could reach for Groves here and convert him to OLB. Could also go for Harvey and convert him. However, I think the Cards sign someone like Clark Haggens in FA to help fill that void. Stewart gives the Cards another 1-2 punch on offense. James-Stewart, Leinart-Warner, Fitz-Boldin.)

17. Minnesota Vikings
Phillip Merling, DE Clemson
Their interior DL is solid. They just signed Williams to a big contract, so their secondary is not bad at all. They could go WR but, Childress doesn't believe in WR's in the first round. With that said, their DE's stink. They have 2 recent first round picks at DE and they were drafted to get to the QB which they can't do. Third times a charm, right?)

18. Houston Texans
Jeff Otah, OT Pittsburgh
(All the RB's are gone. They finally draft the position in the 1st round that they should have done years ago. With the deep RB class, they can afford to miss on one of the big 3, and grab a big OT that will keep Schaub on his feet more often and provide room for whoever is running the ball to run it.)

19. Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson, WR/KR California
(This little guy gives McNabb that playmaker he said he wanted. Jackson reminds me of Steve Smith a little bit. He also fills 2 needs for the Eagles.)

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kentwan Balmer, DT North Carolina
(The D needs to get younger all around. They haven't had a dominant DT since Sapp and even Booger. Balmer is raw but, he is the best DT available and his potential is sky high.)

21. Washington Redskins
Derrick Harvey, DE Florida
(Their situation with DE's is kind of the same as Minnesota's, they both suck. However, the difference is, Minnesota's suck because they suck. Washington's suck because they are old.)

22. Dallas Cowboys (f/CLE)
Malcolm Kelly, WR Oklahoma
(This team has no big need. However, they have several small ones. One of them is WR. Kelly gives them a solid #3 or #4 starting out. However, when Glenn gets hurt again or retires, and the Boys realize that Crayton is just average, he will step up along with TO.)

23. Pittsburgh Steelers
Branden Albert, OG Virginia
(I don't really need to explain this one, nor do I want to because I could write a book on the Steelers OL right now.)

24. Tennessee Titans
James Hardy, WR Indiana
(As Charles Barkley would say: VY needs a WR like a fat man needs cake. Hardy is a monster as far as size goes. Sorry, I'm getting tired of the explanations.)

25. Seattle Seahawks
Gosder Cherilus, OT Boston College
(Could go Felix Jones however, like I said before, there is a lot of RB depth in the draft and they need a RT. Cherlius is a true RT and should be able to start from day 1.)

26. Jacksonville Jaguars
Calais Campbell, DE Miami (FL)
(I think Campbell still sneaks into the first round just because of his size. Not to mention, he could play DT or DE in a 4-3 D. That gives the Jags some options after losing Stroud and already needing a DE.)

27. San Diego Chargers
Kenny Phillips, S Miami (FL)
(This might be the steal of the draft, and of course it goes to the already talented San Diego. Phillips has dropped off from a top 15 pick, to a late 1st round pick. However, he is clearly the best S in the draft and he is one of the best players in the draft IMO. Phillips and Cromartie.... have fun.)

28. Dallas Cowboys
Felix Jones, RB Arkansas
(Fill another small need with Jones. He is better than Julius Jones, and will compliment Barber very nicely. I don't think the gap between him and DMC is that wide. Jones is a complete back like Mendenhall, and he is a perfect fit for the Boys.)

29. San Francisco 49ers (f/IND)
Quentin Groves, DE/OLB Auburn
(Groves had a monster combine, and went from a 2nd-3rd round pick to a late 1st-early 2nd. He is probably to small to play DE in any scheme, so adding him as a pass rush specialist in SF along with Willis and Lawson gives the 49ers some young guns at that position.)

30. Green Bay Packers
Aqib Talib, CB Kansas
(Luck out getting a talent like Talib here considering that the talent gap between all these CB's in round 1 is very close. This pick should continue to give GB a solid secondary and it will now allow them to comfortably cover a teams #3.)

31. New England Patriots
FORFIETED, - -
(That's what those bastards get.)

32. New York Giants
Dan Connor, OLB Penn State
(They lost a few LB's, so I think it's obvious where their biggest need is. And no, it's no longer at QB.)

Cashmoney
03-05-2008, 11:55 PM
Didnt read all of your explanations but I did see you said williams for the panthers is a bust. Why is that?
And ive come to realize that James Hardy will not be drafted by the Titans with his off-field character issues.

KCJ58
03-05-2008, 11:56 PM
Great Rams pick

vidae
03-06-2008, 12:04 AM
No more Foster and Williams is a bust.

I think calling Williams a bust is a bit harsh. He was behind Foster on the depth chart (why, I don't know) and hasn't really had his shot to start. Their offensive line is solid and it looks as if he'll be getting the start. Give him time. Way too early to draft another runningback.

That being said, great Chiefs draft.

DiG
03-06-2008, 12:04 AM
andre carter sucks and is old huh? neg rep for you.

doingthisinsteadofwork
03-06-2008, 12:06 AM
With us paying Kelly and Sands as much as we do I highly doubt we go Dorsey here.Especially since Kelly is an UT.
Long,Ellis,trade down,and Clady are probably more likely.

thebow305
03-06-2008, 12:10 AM
GREAT Miami pick!

ancoin
03-06-2008, 01:57 AM
Why don't you like me? :D
Vikings need pass rush more that all-around end so Harvey>Merling.

BaLLiN
03-06-2008, 06:01 AM
32. New York Giants
Dan Connor, OLB Penn State
(They lost a few LB's, so I think it's obvious where their biggest need is. And no, it's no longer at QB.)

So your saying that QB was our biggest need before losing two linebackers, now its linebackers even though we have 3 SS's and one of them is James Butler. Our biggest need is definately Safety.

hugegmenfan
03-06-2008, 08:05 AM
bad giants pick- connor is the popular pick (i cant believe i have to explain this again) but he does not fit our system, is not atheletic enough for our d. give us secondary help

T-RICH49
03-06-2008, 08:09 AM
Great Chiefs pick

Thunder&Lightning
03-06-2008, 08:30 AM
nice sd pick..

BGSUsteelers
03-06-2008, 08:33 AM
So your saying that QB was our biggest need before losing two linebackers, now its linebackers even though we have 3 SS's and one of them is James Butler. Our biggest need is definately Safety.

That was a joke. I was making fun of the fact that, before the playoffs started everyone was talking about getting a new QB to replace Eli.

Jakey
03-06-2008, 08:37 AM
bad giants pick- connor is the popular pick (i cant believe i have to explain this again) but he does not fit our system, is not atheletic enough for our d. give us secondary help

I dont understans that? Connor is more athletic than any of your starting LB's from last year...Antonio Pierce, Kawika Mitchell, Mathias Kiwanuka and Reggie Torbor arent exactly known for their athletic abilities??? I think Connor would be a great fir in your D'. But i also agree that secondary is a bigger issue for the G Men.

EDIT: Good Steelers pick by the way!

Crickett
03-06-2008, 08:56 AM
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Keith Rivers, OLB USC
(They got their DT and they could take another with Ellis. However, they were a grade "F" at DL and LB. D-Rob makes that DL a "C" so, do you make that "C" better or do you improve another position a little more? Rivers gives their LB's a huge boost.)

I could be wrong, but I believe the deal for DeWayne Robertson fell apart.

11. Buffalo Bills
Limas Sweed, WR Texas
(Sweed really surprised me. I didn't think he would even be a 1st round pick a month ago, and now he has established himself as the best WR in a year where there isn't a big time WR in the class.)

is this still a need for the Bills after signing Bryant Johnson?

13. Carolina Panthers
Rashard Mendenhall RB, Illinois
(No more Foster and Williams is a bust. Mendenhall is probably the best RB in this year's draft. The Panthers were awful on offense this year for a few reasons. Jake Delhomme was injured, they had no #2 WR, and they had no running game. That usually spells doom for a team.)

144 carries. 717 yards. 5 yards a carry. If thats not a bust, I don't know what is.

hugegmenfan
03-06-2008, 09:04 AM
I dont understans that? Connor is more athletic than any of your starting LB's from last year...Antonio Pierce, Kawika Mitchell, Mathias Kiwanuka and Reggie Torbor arent exactly known for their athletic abilities??? I think Connor would be a great fir in your D'. But i also agree that secondary is a bigger issue for the G Men.

EDIT: Good Steelers pick by the way!

torbor has tremendous speed and fit well in our system, so does kiwi before he got injured. Connor is not a blitzing LB and i personally believe drafting an ILB 1st round to play OLB is a stupid idea. He also has character issues, which Reese would stay from. Connor is not the most athletic guy, plain and simple, its a fact- u can argue it any way you want.

Jakey
03-06-2008, 09:18 AM
^ Connor is not the most athletic guy i know. But what i am trying to say is that neither were your starting LB's last year...

I have got there combine stats, if you would like me to post them???

BeerBaron
03-06-2008, 09:32 AM
beautiful pick for williams to the bears. take henne out of the possible round 2 qb's and i would say that was the most amazing bears pick and explanation so far.

but with henne in there...no dice

princefielder28
03-06-2008, 09:33 AM
nice GB selection

Aftermath
03-06-2008, 10:39 AM
No, the Bengals did not get Roberston.

Drop Rivers pick up Ellis.

G-Men88
03-06-2008, 12:33 PM
^ Connor is not the most athletic guy i know. But what i am trying to say is that neither were your starting LB's last year...

I have got there combine stats, if you would like me to post them???

Mathias Kiwanuka is extremely athletic, people seem to forget that he was our starting SLB. And Kawika mitchell is a far better pass rusher and covergae man than Connor could be. It is just not the right fit.

FinChase
03-06-2008, 12:38 PM
WR and RB are both needs for the Cowboys, but I think CB is a bigger need.

Yatta!
03-06-2008, 01:15 PM
Gotta love the Packers pick!

And yeah the Robertson deal didn't go through because of his contract.

Bills2083
03-06-2008, 02:01 PM
Good pick for Buffalo

roidrunner
03-06-2008, 02:12 PM
i can live with the packers pick

BaLLiN
03-06-2008, 02:19 PM
I dont understans that? Connor is more athletic than any of your starting LB's from last year...Antonio Pierce, Kawika Mitchell, Mathias Kiwanuka and Reggie Torbor arent exactly known for their athletic abilities??? I think Connor would be a great fir in your D'. But i also agree that secondary is a bigger issue for the G Men.

EDIT: Good Steelers pick by the way!

Connor is definately not more athletic than any of our starting LBs, Pierce, Torbor and Kiwi are very good athletes, Mitchel was decently athletic, but more than Dan Connor because we could use him in almost every way eg. Coverage, Blitzing, etc...

Next year our starters will Probably be Kiwi, Pierce, Wilkinson. A very athletic and fast bunch.

^ Connor is not the most athletic guy i know. But what i am trying to say is that neither were your starting LB's last year...

I have got there combine stats, if you would like me to post them???

Compare Dan Connor to those

Kiwanuka
Height: 6056
Weight: 266
40 Yrd Dash: 4.70
20 Yrd Dash: 2.77
10 Yrd Dash: 1.66
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 32
Broad Jump: 10'00"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.15
3-Cone Drill: 7.29

Wilkinson
Height: 6030
Weight: 233
40 Yrd Dash: 4.66
20 Yrd Dash: 2.73
10 Yrd Dash: 1.67
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 19
Vertical Jump: 39
Broad Jump: 10'02"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.18
3-Cone Drill: 7.23