Can Dorsey, a non-skill position player, be the #1 overall draft pick?
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1)Buffalo Bills: Glenn Dorsey, DT, Louisiana State
It isn't often that a defensive tackle combines physical ability with enough production be considered a top five pick, much less the top overall pick, but Dorsey has definitely earned it. As the most visibly dominant player on one of the nation's best defenses, Dorsey has the profile to convince the Bills that he is worth the investment. Joining McCargo on that defensive line with Aaron Schobel would make that Buffalo defense potentially quite scary.
2)St. Louis Rams: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
The Rams present an interesting case, because they are far worse than anyone expected. They have reasonable talent at most of the crucial positions, but the potentially gaping hole at LT should offensive line stalwart Orlando Pace step down anytime soon motivates this pick. It remains to be seen whether Long is a legitimate NFL left tackle, but he is one of the few offensive linemen who would seem capable of filling Pace's giant shoes.
3)Atlanta Falcons: Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky
It would seem possible that head coach Bobby Petrino might actually prefer Darren McFadden more, so he can establish his power running game, but I think that he'll have a hard time convincing management to pass on a quarterback with Woodson's potential. It doesn't hurt that Woodson has the skills that fit Petrino's pass attack.
4)New York Jets: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas*
Neither Thomas Jones nor Leon Washington are enough to keep the Jets from pouncing on a high profile talent like McFadden. It seems that New York fully intends to give Kellen Clemens his fair shot, and giving him a runner like McFadden to take the pressure off would go a long way towards the kid's development.
5)Miami Dolphins: Kenny Phillips, S, Miami*
At this point, the Miami Dolphins would be asking themselves which local superstar defender they want more. Campbell is tempting, especially for a defense which has only recorded 8 sacks over it's first 6 games, but as long as they are running a base 3-4 he is a bit of an awkward fit. Phillips gets the nod because of his versatility and playmaking ability, and because that means Renaldo Hill isn't starting anymore.
6)Cincinnati Bengals: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami*
Campbell falls a bit from where some have him projected due to workout numbers that didn't quite live up to the standard set by Mario Williams and Julius Peppers, and the Bengals couldn't be more thrilled. With Justin Smith's return questionable and with a defense that can't seem to generate pressure at all, Campbell would bring a disruptive and imposing presence to a defense that scares no one right now.
7)Chicago Bears: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
Maybe this is what the Bears need. Yes, they looks rather poor right now, but no one can deny the already demonstrated potential of the players. Whether the team can perform like they did in 2006 again is unknown, but there's isn't any doubt that the Rex Grossman age is officially over in Chicago. Can the Bears bring themselves to pass on a gutsy (and tall) passer and leave a hole at such an essential position? I say no.
8)New Orleans Saints: Sedrick Ellis, DT, Southern California
This might seems like a bit early for Ellis, but the Saints desperately need a disruptive presence on the inside of that line for their stud defensive ends to get to the quarterback. Generating a pass rush would go a long way towards making that Saints defense respectable, and might help this team make a quick turnaround.
9)Oakland Raiders: Tyson Jackson, DE, Louisiana State*
Oakland's defense has taken a step back this season, and while some of that can be blamed on the lack of Derrick Burgess (and therefore, a pass rush), the major problem that needs addressing is the run defense. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan loves using defensive linemen who can play inside and out, and Jackson would allow all the more flexibility in lining his guys up.
10) Minnesota Vikings: Ghosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
I agree with the sentiment that Tavaris Jackson is the man as long as Childress leads that team, so that leaves quarterback out of the picture. With that in mind, I think Minnesota does a smart thing and decides to give stud runner Adrian Peterson the best line they can. Cherilus is a big strong player who would give the Vikings a great run blocker at right tackle.
11) Kansas City Chiefs: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
As much as Kansas City seems to want to believe that Brodie Croyle is the future, I think that may very well not be the case come week 17. Herm Edwards is taking a lot of flack for the affect he has had on a once prodigious offense, and I think he decides to draft his own passer to make his vision come to pass. With a defense that has shown major improvement, the Chiefs appear to be an offensive line and a quality passer from being a playoff team.
12) New England Patriots (from San Francisco): Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State*
The first thing I see is New England trying to trade down, but I'm not exactly forseeing a hot market to trade up in this draft due to the lack of many truly stud prospects (translation, I'm lazy and I didn't want to do trades). With that option neatly blocked and with absolutely no sort of inside linebacker warranting a pick this high, the Pats decide to take the top corner on the board. Samuel is not guaranteed to stick around after this year, and the Pats secondary could use some depth anyhow.
13) Detroit Lions: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
This is an very popular pick lately, and for good reason. The Lions need a pass rusher and Long appears at distance to be exactly the kind of hardworking player head coach Rod Marinelli likes to have playing for him. The possibility of this pick will be based heavily on the route Long decides to take in his pre-draft conditioning. If he decides to bulk up and attract teams looking for 3-4 DE then I doubt the Lions pull the trigger, but if Long decides to work on becoming a pass rusher, there's no reason to think he can't be a very good one.
14) Philadelphia Eagles: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State*
The Eagles definitely could use some offensive line help, but that doesn't answer the question of “who?”. Sam Baker might be the generally higher rated at this point, but Clady is the more physically impressive, could play both sides of the line, and I doubt Philly wants to draft another offensive lineman from USC.
15) Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland): DeSean Jackson, WR, California*
You see the making of a truly dominant offense in Dallas, but with both Owens and Glenn aging and promising Patrick Crayton not a sure thing to stick around, that passing game might be short on reliable targets fairly soon. Jackson is a flashy pick, but the boost he could provide in the return game and in the passing game playing opposite Owens could make the Cowboys terrifying to opposing defenses.
16) Houston Texans: Sam Baker, OT, Southern California
Okay, so now coach Kubiak has his quarterback of the present and future. I think it's finally time Houston got that left tackle they've been craving. Kubiak's blocking system isn't exactly the best at keeping quarterback's jerseys clean, so adding such a technically sound pass blocker would go a long way towards making that Houston offense formidable.
17) Carolina Panthers: Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma*
I can't possibly imagine that the Panthers are comfortable with David Carr as their future at quarterback, and I think that both Delhomme and Testeverde's days are numbered. However, without a viable player to fill that need, the Panthers are left to try and patch together an offense which can support whoever ends up throwing the ball. The way he plays, you almost would think that Steve Smith doesn't need someone to take the pressure off him, but I think that having a legitimate playmaker opposite him (as opposed to Keary Colbert) would go a long way.
1 Denver Broncos: Keith Rivers, LB, Southern California
Whether the Broncos intend to keep DJ Williams inside and get a replacement outside or target a long term answer at middle linebacker is unknown, but linebacker is definitely a need and they pick up arguably the best one in this draft here. Rivers, who's more suited to play an outside role, would make the Broncos linebacker corps one of the most athletic in the league.
19) Tennessee Titans: Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn
I'm sure the Titans would love to get Vince Young another wide receiver to throw to, but I don't see any good value here, or at least certainly not enough to keep the Titans from picking a player of Moses' potential. With brilliant athleticism and a real knack for reaching the quarterback, Moses would be a huge piece of what is beginning to look like a nice defense in Tennessee.
20) Arizona Cardinals: Justin King, CB, Penn State*
The Cardinal's shift to the 3-4 defense has left them with a general lack of quality man-to-man corners, something they remedy here by taking the athletic King. His ability to stick to receivers will allow that rapidly improving pass rush to cause even more havoc.
21) Washington Redskins: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida*
I've been expecting the Redskins to draft a pass rusher for three years now, and I think that they finally take care of it with this pick. Even with the resurgence of Andre Carter this season, the Redskins could use another speed rusher of Harvey's athletic ability.
22) New York Giants: Phillip Wheeler, LB, Georgia Tech
Although the team could use a left tackle of the future, I don't exactly see who they would pick here. What's left is the team's need for a playmaking weakside linebacker, and that's where Wheeler comes in. A player who is accustomed to playing multiple spots and assignments, Wheeler would provide a boost to the Giants defense.
23) San Diego Chargers: Reggie Smith, DB, Oklahoma*
The Chargers appear to be on the right track again, but that pass defense is still a little suspect. Smith, a defensive back capable of playing both corner and safety, would give that defense a great deal of flexibility and depth.
24) Seattle Seahawks: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
I saw this pick in another mock (I can't remember where), and the more I think about it the more I like it. Shaun Alexander is already 30 and is no longer running behind a dominant offensive line, Mo Morris is obviously on the future at the position, and Stewart is a local state product with a ton of potential and is pretty damn fine value in the late 1st round.
25) Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State
That Baltimore defense has definitely lost a step since Adalius Thomas left for New England, and I can't think of many better prospects to fill his role than Vernon Gholston. An incredibly strong rusher for his size, Gholston has extensive experience both playing upright and with his hand in the ground.
26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeMario Pressley, DT, North Carolina State
The team hasn't had a true Tampa 2 nosetackle since Booger McFarland freed up blockers for Warren Sapp and company. Pressely is a great physical talent who is a wonderful fit to play the nose for that once storied defense.
27) Jacksonville Jaguars: Lawrence Jackson, DE, Southern California
The Jags defense is playing well, but without a quarterback I felt comfortable plugging in here, I felt it was best to give that defensive line some pass rushing teeth. With the dominant frames of Stroud and Henderson blocking up the middle of that line, Jackson would be free to do what he does best: get after the quarterback.
2 Pittsburgh Steelers: Rey Maualuga, ILB, Southern California
Perhaps a bit low for a player very highly regarded by some, but with discipline issues both on and off the field, Maualuga doesn't have a sterling record and isn't having a particularly dominant season. A perfect fit the Steelers defense, Rey brings an intensity and a hitting power that would do wonders for an already good run defense.
29) San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis): Early Doucet, WR, Louisiana State
It wouldn't surprise me to see the Niners go defense, but I think this season has proven that the offense is really the one in need of weapons. Doucet wouldn't be a bad returning gift for the currently injured Alex Smith, although perhaps the Niners would fancy a physical wideout like Oklahoma State's Adarius Bowman.
30) Dallas Cowboys: BJ Raji, NT, Boston College
I expect to hear some comments about this one, but I think it makes sense. Yes, Raji is suspended for the whole year. However, I consider him the only true 3-4 NT with a grade anywhere close to the first day, and perhaps his 6-1 340 lbs. frame will be enough to coax the Cowboys into drafting him.
31) Green Bay Packers: Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia
I don't think that either Brandon Jackon or Vernand Morency are the long term answer at runningback for the Pack, but I don't think they need to splurge on a feature back either. What they could use, however, is a speed threat to stretch defenses and take pressure off their other two runners. Slaton could be a force in that offense.
32) New England Patriots: (forfeited due to league violations)