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    Simple Mock, my first one of the season. No fancy pictures or anything, but ill give full explanations for all. If you disagree with a pick, donít just say so, say why you do and Iíll respond to them all. (Order is based on NFL.com league rankings) Rep is appreciated if you agree or just like the mock ha ha.

    1. Miami Dolphins- Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
    On the verge of going winless in an era where parity is emphasized, the Dolphins are a team in flux. An aging defence, a young offense and a boatload of injuries have contributed to this factor. While McFadden may be the sexy pick here, and he may have the most immediate effect on the team, I just cant see a team sinking top 2 money into the same position within three years of each other. It isnít feasible financially. Therefore, the pick goes to the aging defence, where Dorsey can provide an interior pass rush along with steady run support. Hopefully, this will free up some room for Jason Taylor (if he doesnít retire) and no matter wat scheme they run, Dorsey will help.

    2. St. Louis Rams- Jake Long, OT, Michigan
    Much the same as the Dolphins, a ridiculous amount of injuries, particularly on the offensive line, have contributed of the downfall of the Rams. Long may be the most polished overall player in the draft, with solid technique and amazing strength. The ability to play RT and both interior guard spots and most likely left tackle provides valuable versatility in a league where injuries are common. If Pace comes back healthy, Long can play inside with Barron entrenched at RT. If Pace is not healthy or is re-injured, then Long can be tested at LT and if he has trouble, then Barron , a college LT, could be shifted over. At that point, however, the Rams have to wonder if a RT is worth the 2nd overall pick.

    3. New England Patriots (via the SF 49ers)- TRADE- The Atlanta Falcons send the 5th overall pick, their 37th overall pick, and a 2nd round pick in 2009 to the New England Patriots for the 3rd overall pick.
    Atlanta Falcons- Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
    I donít buy the Deangelo Hall leaving Atlanta rumours, so the idea that he will be traded doesnít factor into my trade. New England is always willing to pick up extra draft picks, and since they have no immediate needs and donít want to sink top 3 money into a pick not worth the value, they deal down. The only team I see trading up is Atlanta, and that is to jump NE and the upcoming New York Jets for a shot at McFadden. Atlanta has the ammo to move up, and they are in search of a new face for the franchise after the Mike Vick fiasco. Although I`m not a big believer in McFadden, he can be that face. A dual-back system with Jerious Norwood (who is very similar to Felix Jones, McFadden`s current partner in crime) will give the Falcons a chance to give whoever is at QB a solid running game.

    4. New York Jets- Chris Long, DE, Virginia
    They don`t get much easier than this. Although I personally am not sold on Long as a 3-4 NFL end, he has proven at Virginia that he is capable in that spot. The Jets are desperate for defensive help, especially along the defensive line. Long can play the run and the pass with equal strength and offers the Jets some versatility and excellent intangibles.

    5. New England Patriots (via Atlanta)- Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
    Some people might not buy this pick, but I do. Phillips is a bona fide playmaker, and Miami has a history of producing stud safeties. Phillips is instinctive, fast, and should he declare, I believe he is worthy of a top 5 pick. Rodney Harrison is not getting any younger, and re-uniting Phillips with his old best friend from Miami Brandon Meriweather can give the Patriots a versatile and talented secondary.

    6. Oakland Raiders- Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
    Sedrick Ellis has recently been compared to Warren Sapp, so is it more fitting that he replace...Warren Sapp? Oaklandís defence has plummeted this year after surprising many by finishing third overall last season. A talented secondary and a solid linebacking core have been overshadowed by a lack of talent on the defensive line. Ellis will provide an interior pass rush, a rare commodity in this league, and one that is debatably more valuable than an outside pass rush.

    7. Kansas City Chiefs- Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
    This pick could be Otah, however Iím not sure he can play LT in the pros and therefore Clady gets the nod due to value. The chiefs actually have a pretty solid nucleus on offense and defence and just need to fill a few holes here and there to be competitive again. After losing 2 HOF offensive lineman in successive years, the Chiefs go back to the strategy that made them a dominant offense in the first place.

    8. Baltimore Ravens- Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
    This was painful. After watching my Ravens get beat 44-20 on Sunday Night Football, the depth at CB was once again exposed as we were torched constantly by the Colts. This has been a recurring and disconcerting event all year long, and rather than spend a top 10 pick on a QB, Iíd like to see what Troy Smith has to offer. He looked VERY good in limited action last night, scoring his first NFL TD after engineering a nifty little drive. Kyle Boller is clearly not the answer, he is simply too inconsistent. Malcolm Jenkins brings immediate depth to our secondary and will step in at nickel and possibly even push samari rolle for a starting spot at some point in the season.

    9. Philadelphia Eagles- James Laurinatis, LB, Ohio State
    One of the most difficult picks to predict. Philly is notoriously difficult to predict due to their usually solid depth and the fact that they normally donít draft where they ought to. A WR here makes the most sense, as Kevin Kolb will need weapons when he takes over, but Laurinatis is simply too good to pass up and the value isnít there at WR. Iím aware that gaither is playing well at Mike, however Takeo Spikes isnít getting younger and once he retires, gaither can slide to will and they can let the Animal take over inside. A terrific overall LB, Laurinatis could flourish in Jim Johnsonís blitz heavy package.

    10. Cincinnati Bengals- Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State
    I think Calais Campbell will ultimately declare this year, however Gholston has, in my mind, overtaken him in the DE rankings. Gholston had a monster year and proved to many with his solid run support that he can play DE in a 4-3. The Bengals are likely to lose Justin Smith to FA this year, and a dominant pass rusher like Gholston could help make that loss alot easier. The Bengals have the offense, all they are missing is a solid defence and they could easily work themselves back into contention next season.

    11. Chicago Bears- Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
    Once all is said and done, I still think Brohm will be the first QB taken. Not because I think he is the best, but because I think he is the safest. He has outstanding mechanics and has excellent accuracy on the underneath and intermediate routes. Ryan with his gunslinger moxy bears a similarity to Rex Grossman which may turn the Bears off, and Andre Woodson simply needs too much work and I donít think Angelo would bite. If they come back healthy again next year, da bears should once again be in contention and if brohm can manage not to lose games, then he should do just fine.

    12. Carolina Panthers- Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
    And this is again, a good fit. Ryan bears a solid resemblance to Carolinaís current gunslinger, Jake Delhomme. In search of their QB of the future, the Panthers select Ryan, who many believe is the best QB of the class. Good physical tools and off the charts intangibles could bring this offense, which is loaded with weapons, to a potentially championship level.

    13. New Orleans Saints- Dan Connor, LB, Penn State
    2 years ago, the Saints were prepared to take AJ Hawk at 2 had the Texans drafted reggie bush. This shows the confidence they have in their current LBs. The saints linebackers, and their defence in whole, is in need of an upgrade. Dan Connor is a LB who is good at everything but great at nothing, and while some may view this as a negative thing, this is just what the doctor ordered for the saints. Connor can step in from day one just as his former teammate Paul Posluzny did in Buffalo and be a steadying presence for the Saints defence.

    14. Washington Redskins- Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
    This pick just makes too much sense to not make. The Redskins are perpetually searching for help on the defensive line, and Campbell has too much potential to pass up. While I am not a huge fan of his game, you cant argue with his production (particularly from his sophomore year) and you cant teach size. Calais is a monster and if he can keep his motor running he will be an elite DE and a possible steal this late in the first round.

    15. Houston Texans- Jonathon Stewart, RB, Oregon
    Iím one of the few people who think Jonathon Stewart has the skill set to be a better NFL back then Darren McFadden. If he runs the reputed sub 4.4 forty, then I think he is a lock for the top 15 simply due to his triangle numbers. He reminds me of Jamal Lewis, without the cocaine. The Texans need a RB, however this pick could easily be a LT such as Otah, Baker, Loadholt, or Chris Williams. However, the Texans run game right now is relying on Ron Dayne, so I think that they may pick Stewart and hope one of those OTs falls to the 2nd.

    16. Detroit Lions- Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma
    The Lions are an interesting team and a difficult one to predict. I almost gave them a CB, but then I remembered that in the cover 2, premier corners are not really needed. Solid run-stopping corners can be found later in the draft, and this draft is especially deep at CB. A QB is not an option, because Mike Martz believes that Drew Stanton is his QB. I think Maualuga keeps his word and stays in school, and there is no other Mike value here. Therefore, the pick turns to the offensive line. In Mike Martzís system, the RT is almost as important as the LT and that is where Loadholt could start before switching over to LT for the ineffective Backus. Loadholt is a massive man at 6í8 350 lbs and could remind some of Jonathon Ogden with his quick feet and surprising athleticism.

    17. Denver Broncos- Reggie Smith, DB, Oklahoma
    The Broncos are another team who should be better then they are. They do not have alot of holes in their team, however there is one at S, and this is where Reggie Smith comes in. Smith is currently playing CB for the Sooners, however he could easily make the transition back to FS where he started his career. John Lynchís time is sadly running out (he is one of my favourite players ever) and Nick Ferguson has been benched. Reggie Smith can tackle, cover, and is a straight baller.

    18. Arizona Cardinals- Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Auburn
    Iím a huge fan of Groves, and I firmly believe if he had not been injured this year, he would have given Gholston a run for his money to be the first hybrid chosen. A dynamic pass rusher, Groves would give the Cards an exterior pass rush which could give an up and coming defence another dimension. However, if Groves runs the reputed 4.4 at the combine, he could be long gone here. Able to play both 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB, Groves will make that transition in the desert alot easier. Also, this is a particularly deep OT tackle draft, so the Cards may be able to fill their other main need in the 2nd round.

    19. Tennessee Titans- Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
    Ugh, Vince Young, why do you torture us? Stop trying to be something your not. We know you are anxious to prove that you can be a pocket passer, but lets face it, you are a dual threat QB. Thats why you were drafted, thats why you are paid. Last year, the Titans were 8-8 because Vince helped carry them by being a runner and a passer. I think he needs to get back to that philosophy. However, the fact that he has NO receivers isnít helping. Malcolm Kelly is the only receiver I see developing into a number one at the next level, and he will give Vince a receiver who can actually catch a pass.

    20. Minnesota Vikings- Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
    Tavaris Jackson is finally showing promise, they have the best dual-back system in the country and they have the #1 ranked rushing defence. I know I wouldnít want to play the Vikings in the playoffs this year. Running the ball and stopping the run are both staples of the Vikings, and now that QB is no longer a need (I think that Jackson has earned another year to prove himself), the pick goes to improving the oline. Bryant McKinnnie is entrenched at LT, however Ryan Cook is a terrible RT. He was by far one of the worst picks in recent memory. Jeff Otah is quickly rising and there is even talk he could crack the top 10 and it is entirely possible he is gone by now. However, I have doubts as to whether Otah can play LT in the NFL which leads to him falling to here. However, he wouldnít have to play LT in Minnesota, and he could put his punishing run blocking and his massive frame to work paving the way for Adrian Peterson.

    21. Buffalo Bills- Desean Jackson, WR, Cal
    Electric. This was the word used to describe Desean Jackson at the beginning of the season. However, he has recently fallen off and his production slipped this year. This can most likely be contributed to alot of factors, but Jackson is still very worthy of this pick and may even turn out to be a steal. Now I know most buffalo fans would prefer a larger WR, particularly in the red zone, but I believe that Buffalo is going to pick a TE in the 2nd anyways and that will most likely go a long way to providing that threat. Jackson gives the Bills another deep threat and will pair with Lee Evans to form a solid duo.

    22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Sam Baker, OT, USC
    Tampa Bayís line has been much improved recently, with the rise of young players such as Davin Joseph and Aaron Sears. However, they lack a true LT and unless Luke Petigout comes back healthy, they will still be searching for one. Even if Petigout does come back, he is getting up there and depth along the offensive line is never a bad thing. Sam Baker is a phenomenal pass blocker and although his stock has taken a hit recently, he is still a first round talent and is much more polished and technically sound then the other option, Chris Williams. A WR or even a LB like Keith Rivers is not out of the question. The Bucs also look long and hard at Andre Woodson and Colt Brennan but decide to wait another year before addressing their QB situation.

    23. San Diego Chargers- Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
    Another hard pick to predict, the Chargers take Williams, an athletic tackle who can come in and play the right side immediately and team with Marcus McNeil to form an amazing duo. This will allow liability Olivea to move inside where he is better suited. The chargers are still waiting on a few guys outside to develop, and they really have very few immediate needs. DT depth is needed but the value isnít there, and I donít think they will draft another RB whether turner leaves or not.

    24. Dallas Cowboys (via the Cleveland Browns)- Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
    Isnít it ironic that the pick the Cowboys received after trading with the browns is lower then the one they traded away last year? Anyways, the Cowboys need some secondary help, and the depth at corner is particularly iffy. Mike Jenkins is my personal favourite corner in this yearís draft and I see no reason why any other corner might jump him. He barely ever gets beat deep, is physical jamming and in run support, and has solid measurables. Wade Phillips should jump all over him come draft day.

    25. Seattle Seahawks- Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky
    Iíll probably get grilled for this, but I have been thinking about it, and the more I think the more likely it seems Seattle may choose a QB. Hasslebeck, while solid, has his inconsistent moments and he is already well into his 30ís. Sooner or later, a replacement is needed, and while Woodson falling may annoy him at first, it may be a blessing in disguise. The opportunity to work with known QB guru Mike Holmgren before he calls it quits will surely benefit Woodson in the long run, and may ultimately develop into the star that he can be. With good accuracy and instincts, Woodson is a good fit for the Seahawks pure WCO. I donít think Alexander is done quite yet and Mo Morris has shown flashes in limited playing time and in recent weeks. This is a team with very few holes and who can afford to think towards the future.

    26. Pittsburgh Steelers- Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas
    It was close between him and Cason, but Talib has had a solid year and he gets the nod. After getting torched consistently by New England, the Steelers opt to upgrade their pass defense by adding a solid CB and giving him a few years to play nickel and develop. When Deshea Townsend is done, Talib can step in and become a starter. Depth along the defensive line is also an option, as well as the offensive line.

    27. New York Giants- Keith Rivers, OLB, USC
    Its a common pick, but it makes alot of sense as well. The Giants have a nasty defence and all they need are a few more pieces to become elite. A CB like Cason is not out of the question, but after spending last yearís first rounder on Aaron Ross, I think they go elsewhere this year and possibly draft a guy like Terrell Thomas later. I thought of giving the Giants a guy like Rashard Mendenhall as well, but decided that they already have Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, who showed flashes before going down with a leg injury.

    28. Jacksonville Jaguars- Chris Ellis, DE, Virginia Tech
    Iím not a believer in Derrick Harvey, and Iím a fan of Ellis, so maybe that contributes to him getting the nod here. However, Ellis is a more rounded player and gives the Jags a pass rusher and more support against the run then Harvey can offer. Again, the jags have very few needs and although QB is an idea, Garrard has been playing mistake free football and letting the defence and running game win. You cant ask for much more from a QB. They are still waiting on several players to develop out wide (Im looking at you, Matt Jones) and they simply have too much invested there to use another first rounder there. Defensive end is the pick, and Ellis gets the nod.

    29. San Francisco 49ers (via the Indianapolis Colts)- Kentwan Balmer, DT/DE, North Carolina
    I donít but the edge rush argument, seeing as they get Manny Lawson back next year and they gave big dollars to Tully Banta Cain. They need serious help in several areas, but defensive line is one of the worst. Bryant Young cant stay well, young forever, and they have little talent elsewhere. Balmer has momentum heading into the offseason which is key heading up to the draft, and he could be a steal here. He has recently been compared to Richard Seymour.

    30. Green Bay Packers- Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
    I have Jack Ikegwuonu staying for his senior year, so the Packers take the next best thing in Cason. Al Harris and Charles Woodson provide an aging yet solid CB duo. The recent recipient of the Thorpe Award, Cason can provide solid depth until given the chance to start.

    31. Dallas Cowboys- Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
    Julius Jones is as good as gone, and although I think Marion Barber can be a full time back in the NFL, its a two back league nowadays. Mendenhall had a great year and has everything you look for in an NFL running back. I almost gave them a WR here, but the cowboys can afford to go BPA and I think thats Mendenhall. Another possibility here is Dre Moore, who should have a monster offseason and has the ability to play all three spots in a 3-4.
    Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
    The APS is strong in this one.
    Originally posted by killxswitch
    Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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    I like the philly pick. Although i think WR is our number one need, i don't think any receiver this year should be picked inside the top ten AS OF NOW.
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    • #3
      Personally I think Matt Ryan is ahead of Brohm as a player and a prospect. I also think Dan Connor is a bit high. I like the Otah pick. All in all, a pretty solid mock.

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      • #4
        I kind of like the bills pick.. not exactly to fond though... and wow its nice to see us picking at 21... and a little weird

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TACKLE View Post
          Personally I think Matt Ryan is ahead of Brohm as a player and a prospect. I also think Dan Connor is a bit high. I like the Otah pick. All in all, a pretty solid mock.
          I agree totally. i like ryan better then brohm in both aspects. However, the bears have already had a bad experience with oen gunslinger and i think they need more of a game manager. And brohm is less hit or miss then ryan. I just think that the bears GM will bite on brohm before ryan.

          Also, Dan Connor IS a bit high, but I dont think it rreally matters to the saints. They need defensive help, and badly. Connor is a proven leader and a solid all around linebacker, and he is as good or better then posluzny was last year. Paul was having a DROY type year before he went down, and I see no reason connor wouldnt have the same type of year in NO. He wasnt my first choice there, as the saints need a DT and a CB more, but the value didnt fit anywhere else either.
          Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
          The APS is strong in this one.
          Originally posted by killxswitch
          Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by HoopsDemon12 View Post
            I kind of like the bills pick.. not exactly to fond though... and wow its nice to see us picking at 21... and a little weird
            I think he fits the system better then any of the other recievers, and If i did a 2nd round, which i might do later, id give them a TE or a CB. After wathcing Mccargo play this year, i dont think DT is a need for them anymore. He has really progressed from last year.
            Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
            The APS is strong in this one.
            Originally posted by killxswitch
            Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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            • #7
              Atlanta will not trade up for a RB. we will stay where we are... and we especially won't give up 2 2nd round picks and our first for McFadden when we have much bigger needs. now if McFadden is available at 5 we get him.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by scar988 View Post
                Atlanta will not trade up for a RB. we will stay where we are... and we especially won't give up 2 2nd round picks and our first for McFadden when we have much bigger needs. now if McFadden is available at 5 we get him.

                hes not just any RB...he would instantly be the best option on your team. I can see your argument, but who else do they take? McFadden is the only person who will be drafted in the top 5 who will be worth the contract. Do you really wanna shell out 27 million guaranteed to brian brohm? the falcons will have another 2nd round pick to adress other needs. Norwood isnt an every down back, and honestly mcfadden is the best player that you could wind up with.
                Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
                The APS is strong in this one.
                Originally posted by killxswitch
                Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HoopsDemon12 View Post
                  I kind of like the bills pick.. not exactly to fond though... and wow its nice to see us picking at 21... and a little weird
                  I'd be mad if Kelly was taken 2 slots before us. I wouldn't mind the Bills pick, but I'd like to get a big WR, and big TE.

                  Was the last time we drafted this high in '03?


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                  • #10
                    Don't mind Groves if he gets picked that high will be because of a solid combine and he will deserve it.

                    BTW CB and FS are bigger needs than OT if you plan on ever doing a 2nd rounder for the Cardinals

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                      Originally posted by fenikz View Post
                      Don't mind Groves if he gets picked that high will be because of a solid combine and he will deserve it.

                      BTW CB and FS are bigger needs than OT if you plan on ever doing a 2nd rounder for the Cardinals
                      i was under the impression that rolle was playing FS now, and him and wilson would make a nasty little duo...thats just why i suggested an OT in the 2nd. but yeah, CB i can see as well.
                      Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
                      The APS is strong in this one.
                      Originally posted by killxswitch
                      Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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                      • #12
                        I like the pick, would love to see Phillips drop somehow.

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                        • #13
                          soldi raider pick. campbell could be there too


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                          • #14
                            Why would they even think of moving Gaither to the outside?...That just makes absolutely zero sense...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Travis 24 View Post
                              Why would they even think of moving Gaither to the outside?...That just makes absolutely zero sense...
                              thank you, for your absolutely worthless comment...MAKE A DAMN POINT! Gaither started his career as an OLB you idiot, it makes perfect sense to move him back there, especially if it means putting s stud like Laurinatis in the middle of your defence. Once again, we are reminded of how totally inept you are...I dont care if you disagree with me, but dont say something idiotic then not back it up.
                              Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
                              The APS is strong in this one.
                              Originally posted by killxswitch
                              Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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