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  • D Unit + Dig 3 Rounder! Full Write ups!

    Make sure you read the entire write up for each pick and check the teams other picks before complaining about any. All picks have good support.

    Dig = Odds
    DUnit = Evens

    ROUND 1

    1. Miami Dolphins - Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
    As much as I'd love to take McFadden with this pick, the Dolphins simply have too many needs and they cannot afford to take another top 5 running back. Ronnie Brown was headed for a Pro Bowl season before his injury and it appears that he should be at full strength again at the start of the 08/09 season. Dorsey immediately gives the Dolphins defense a disruptive playmaker along the defensive line and has the ability to play both inside and outside for the Dolphins depending on the defensive scheme.

    2. Atlanta Falcons - Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
    Arthur Blank. I don't think there has been an owner in the league that has ever had more egg on his face in the entire history of the NFL. Falcons have problems at QB and on the OL, but they lack the savvy to pull off a trade to more appropriately fill those needs. Just like they lacked the balls to get Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson last year. Instead of capitalizing off having McFadden sitting in their laps, they grab him and hope he's the second coming of AD.

    3. Baltimore Ravens - Jake Long, OT, Michigan
    Ogden has been one of the best OT's in NFL history but his time has come to an end and I wouldn't be surprised to see him retire at the end of the season. Even if he stays for another year the Ravens need to bring in his eventual replacement. The Ravens could also use a cornerback as well as a quarterback but the value of getting Long in this spot is almost too good to turn down. Long is a top tier tackle prospect that should be able to fill Ogdens shoes for years to come.

    4. Oakland Raiders - Chris Long, DE, Virginia
    Like father, like son. Chris has followed his father's footsteps dominating the DE position in the college ranks and now follows his father's footsteps again when he gets a chance to play for the Raiders. Raider Nation couldn't be happier. Long is a relentless defender who's motor doesn't quit. Blessed with tremendous talent and coached by his father the intricacies of the position, Chris will blossom into a dominating player in the NFL.

    5. St. Louis Rams - Vernon Gholston, DE, OSU
    With Jake Long off the board to the Ravens and Chris Long to the Raiders, the Rams are able to pick up what could end up being the most dominant defensive player in the draft. Gholston has all the tools to play the defensive end spot in a 4-3 or the outside rush backer in a 3-4 should the Rams decide to go that route. Gholston is the type of player that can make your entire defense better which the Rams have needed for years.

    6. New England Patriots - James Laurinaitis, LB, OSU
    Laurinaitis is the best defensive "playmaker" on the board. New England's strong tradition of LBs are the core fiber of who they are. That group is aging and JL will bring a new fresh influx of talent at the ILB position. He's a highly intelligent player with great instincts and range in coverage. He'll need to improve fighting through blocks, but Belichick will help him in that department.

    7. Kansas City Chiefs - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, OSU
    The Chiefs have a definite need for offensive line and cornerback. In my opinion, behind Jake Long, there is a legitimate difference between the next tier of offensive lineman and the Chiefs should be able to get talent in the second round. Jenkins is a franchise cornerback and legitimate top 10 talent. He will continue the trend of top tier OSU cornerbacks for the Chiefs secondary that is in desperate need of repair.

    8. New York Jets - Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami
    The Jets complete their rehaul of their secondary with this latest addition of Kenny "The Tank" Phillips. ...and they'll have to if they expect to keep up in defending the Patriots twice a year. Justin Miller will return from injury next year, Darrelle Revis showed promise as a first round in '07 and Kerry Rhodes is an All-Pro and leader of the secondary. Abram Elam played admirably as a late pick up, but he's back up material. Same with Eric Coleman who is not much of a playmaker. Kenny will help to form one of the best young secondaries in the NFL if they can all stay healthy.

    9. Cincinnati Bengals - Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
    After a terrible showing in the 2007 the Bengals have to go defense with this pick. Linebacker is also a concern but Ellis gives the Bengals a presence on the defensive line that they have been lacking for some time. He should immediately step into the starting lineup as he is an upgrade over both of their current starters. I don't see a big drop off from Dorsey to Ellis so the Bengals are able to get great value with this pick.

    10. Chicago Bears - Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
    Coach Lovie has long wanted to enforce his will grinding out the running game since his arrival to Chi-town. Part of the problem is Cedric Benson, but the other half of the problem is the OL. Otah has the potential to show great reward. He's still has a lot to learn, but the raw talent is there for Lovie to mold. Otah could make a career at LT, RT or even OG. This pick gives Chicago flexibility to do what they want with the rest of the draft and they won't have to worry about getting the "left over" tackles remaining when their next pick is up.

    11. Carolina Panthers - Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
    Though I personally do not believe that Matt Ryan is the best quarterback in the draft I do think that he will be the first QB off the board. David Carr was given the chance this year to prove that his problem in Houston wasn't his inability to play quarterback and he lost his job to Vinny Testaverde...Jake Delhomme was having a good year before injury but it won't be easy for him to come back from Tommy John surgery and this pick gives the Panthers a quarterback that they can groom for the future or play should Delhomme be unable to rehabilitate.

    12. Denver Broncos - Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St
    Denver's offensive line is no longer the daunting force they used to be. Age and injury have caught up to them. They need to readdress the position and add some quality talent. Clady will be a high riser leading up to the draft based off his measurables. He's got great athleticism, strength and is quick on his feet. He's a fit for Denver's zone blocking scheme and I think the Broncos will pull the trigger if the draft rolls out this way when they are on the clock.

    13. Houston Texans - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
    In my opinion, Stewart is currently one of the most underrated prospects in this years draft and will raise his stock with his bowl performance and combine workout. If Stewart is able to run anywhere in the 4.4s then there is no reason he shouldn't be a top 15 draft pick. He has all the tangibles to be an elite NFL running back and reminds me a lot of Steven Jackson. He is a hard nosed runner that is also a home run threat. He has sufficient hands out of the backfield and he is a good blocker.

    14. Arizona Cardinals - Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
    Injuries took it's toll on the Cardinals and their lack of depth drowned the ship. The Cardinals still lack a shutdown corner and this Jenkins cornerback may very well may end up being the better corner than the more highly touted Malcolm Jenkins. A pass rushing specialist was a thought here, but Mike's stock is on the rise and he's the best player that fills a need in my opinion. I haven't seen any mocks that linked Jenkins to Arizona, but I for one think this would be a sound selection.

    15. Detroit Lions - Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma
    Jon Kitna has been on his back more this year than Jenna Jameson. Through 14 games he leads the NFL with 49 sacks. The Lions have a very weak offensive line in terms of pass protection and run support. They will look this off season to make several upgrades including LT. If Loadholt chooses to declare he should be one of the top offensive lineman selected on draft day. The Oklahoma offensive line has been extremely productive this year in large part due to Loadholts success. He has incredible size and a lot of potential at the next level.

    16. Buffalo Bills - Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
    Listening to Wisconsin fans you'd think he was a lock to return, but such is really not the case. The NFL is most definitely on his mind and a high draft grade might just push him in that direction. The junior tight end has yet to make any decisions regarding his future. "That stuff will come," Beckum said. "I am going to send in and get my draft grade, and after the season sit down and talk to the coaches and go over that. - Ben Voelkel, UW Badger Herald The Bills as we all know will go off their own draft board that is usually completely different from conventional mock drafters. I think we learned that with the recent Donte Whitner and John McCargo picks. This time Beckum shocks the draft gurus out there.

    17. Philadelphia Eagles - Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
    After this season it is likely that both Kearse and Howard will be shown the door. Campbell fits well because the Eagles need a defensive end that can not only get at the quarterback but also support the run game as well. If Campbell has a good workout he could be off the board higher than this so the Eagles would be glad to take him here. There is a definite need for a playmaker at wide receiver as well but Andy Reid isn't likely to take one in RD 1 especially since there is some depth at WR in the draft.

    18. Minnesota Vikings - Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
    Tavaris Jackson is such a handicap on the Vikings offense, that it simply cannot be tolerated anymore. He's in over his head. The NFL game is too much for him. This is Quincy Carter version 2.0. However, since he is not a crack head, he'll probably be able to make it as a career NFL back up along the lines of a Shaun King, Seneca Wallace or Rodney Peete type. Brian Brohm is a magician with the ball in his hands and while we are on comparisons, I think he can be the next Matt Hasselbeck.

    19. Washington Redskins - Erin Henderson, OLB, Maryland
    Rocky McIntosh will probably miss all of next year with a torn ACL and MCL. He is the 3rd starter on defense under the age of 25 that will be missing on the Redskins defense to start the 2008 season. Erin Henderson is a local talent that has the ability to step in and start right away. He averaged 11 tackles per game this year with the Terps. Henderson has great instincts, above average speed, good form tackling, and ideal size at 6 foot 3, 238 lbs. The already lack of depth at the position and injury of Rocky makes outside linebacker and immediate need for the Redskins to fill.

    20. New Orleans Saints - Dan Connor, LB, Penn St
    The Saints defense is porous and the two things they lack are talent and leadership. No one has stepped up to take that leadership role on defense. Even with lesser talent, a defense can rise to the task if they play with passion. Dan Connor has that passion and he has that leadership quality to be the heart of the defense. He is relentless in pursuit and he can immediately step in and make an impact. This first team All-American will find a nice home being the center of attention at the heart of the Saints defense.

    21. Tennessee Titans - Desean Jackson, WR, Cal
    Vince Young needs all the help he can get at WR. Jackson is a very talented playmaker that could go a lot higher on draft day depending on his workouts. He has the kind of speed that can't be taught and he is a home run threat in the return game as well. The Titans could also look at Malcolm Kelly and Limas Sweed with this pick but Jackson gets the nod because of his game breaker abilities.

    22. Dallas Cowboys via Cleveland Browns - Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
    If Dallas is to win the Super Bowl , it will be off the coattails of the offense. The defense will have bad days, good days and great days from week to week, but the offense will be the real key to Dallas' success. Keeping Romo on his feet is imperative. Flozell Adams is old and even though Jerry has said he wants to resign him, the time to find a replacement is now. There are hopes for last year's second of two 4th rounders Doug Free and '06 7th rounder Pat McQuistan, but Free has had to fight through injury in college and his rookie season. McQuistan was drafted as a Guard, and coaches like what they see in his versatility, but protecting Tony Romo's blindside is serious business. Risk is not an option. Chris Williams has allowed 2 sacks in 2.5 seasons as the starting LT for Vanderbilt in the mighty SEC while also paving the way for Vandy's rushing attack which follows behind him the majority of the time. Chris also has 9 consecutive starts at Guard so Dallas has the option of moving him there if indeed Free or McQ win the battle at LT. RT is also an option. Smart pick here for Jerry if he pulls this off.

    23. New York Giants - Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
    The Giants have had consistent problems this year with their secondary. They lack a physical play making cornerback. They also have a need for offensive line and linebacker but Cason is very good value at this spot and should be able to step in and make an impact similar to how Aaron Ross was able to this year. Cason lacks ideal speed for a cornerback but he makes up for it with good technique and ability to read the quarterback.

    24. Tampa Bay Bucaneers - Early Doucet, WR, LSU
    The Bucanneers enjoyed a great turn around in 2007. Their defense was their hallmark to success, and now it's time for the offense to kick into gear. The Bucs receiving corps is in need of a new make over. Galloway and Hilliard are old but hanging in there. Stovall and Clayton lack luster. In comes Doucet to revive the offense with an exciting young player who many view as potentially the best WR talent that could come out of this draft in a year when WR is deep.

    25. Seattle Seahawks - Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
    The last few games the Seahawks have completely abandoned the run game. Shawn Alexander has been ineffective this year and doesn't look like he has it left in him to be relied on anymore as the go to guy. Maurice Morris is obviously not the answer and so its time for the Seahawks to bring in the next star back. Jones, though he shared duties with McFadden at Arkansas, consistently produced big plays when he was given the rock. He has elite speed and vision and should fair well at the next level.

    26. Pittsburgh Steelers - Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
    The Steeler's offense hasn't really been the same since the departure of Plaxico Burress. Burress gave Big Ben a big target to go to. Kelly at 6'4" has the same type of frame to be that target. The Steelers go as Big Ben goes and surrounding him with talent was the winning formula in the past. Adding a weapon such as Kelly who could be long gone by this time when the real draft rolls around is really a nice "catch".

    27. San Diego Chargers - Sam Baker, OT, USC
    The Chargers always look for the best value with their first pick and here they are able to get value and fill a need. Their starting RT was benched this year and they will look for an upgrade this offseason. Baker is a good pass blocker that can help bye some time for Rivers. He has good size and has experience playing on the big stage during his career at USC. In the right system Baker should fair well at the next level.

    28. Jacksonville Jaguars - Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky
    The Jags are in a convenient position here. David Garrad has performed admirably in his first full year as starting QB. However, the Jags are faced with the proposition to address their QB of the future when they surprisingly find Andre Woodson still sitting on the shelf. The Byron Leftwich project failed miserably, but the Jags have learned from their mistake. Woodson will be given time to adjust to the game instead of being forced to start in a tough situation. They'll happily stash him away and unleash him when ready.

    29. San Fransisco 49ers via Colts - Dre Moore, DT, MD
    Wide receiver or defensive line, wide receiver or defensive line, wide receiver or defensive line...This is the thought process that will be going back and forth on draft day. Ultimately I think that it comes down to the best player available at either position combined with the depth of good players remaining at the other position. If they go back to a 4-3 then I could see Lawrence Jackson at this pick but I don't think that is in the plans. If they stay with the 3-4 then with this pick they pick up a true nose tackle. Moore has perfect size to play the NT spot and a relentless motor. He even has the versatility to move outside if necessary.

    30. Dallas Cowboys - Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa
    Servin' up another D-Unit special right here. Godfrey is a complete beast! Nobody is talking about him as a pick for the Cowboys right now...or even a pick in the first round... but they will and they better! His name is cruisin' under the radar beneath some other Big 10 corners Malcolm Jenkins, Justin King, Tracy Porter, etc. But Godfrey will demonstrate his incredible measureables in workouts prior to the draft and shoot up everyone's draft boards. If he runs a 4.38 as expected, the Cowboys will be laughing all the way to the bank when they snatch him up here. He plays the physical brand of football that Wade Phillips likes in his corners. His aggressive blitz schemes call for his DBs to push WRs at the LOS, force them off their routes and disrupt timing. Godfrey is tailor made for this scheme. Additionally, at 6'0, 208 pounds, he has the ability to play FS and give the Cowboys options as Roy Williams makes a move to LB.

    31. Green Bay Packers - Keith Rivers, OLB, USC
    The Packers are definitely going to look at cornerback with this pick but I don't think that they can turn down Rivers being available. Nick Barnett has been dominant this year and AJ Hawk is quickly growing into his own. On the other side is Brady Poppinga who simply isn't very good. Poppinga makes for a solid back up but as a starter he leaves a lot to the imagination. Rivers has the quickness and football smarts that is necessary to play in the Green Bay defense. Could be a steal this late.

    32. New England Patriots - Who said cheaters never win??? Cheaters ALWAYS win!

    ROUND 2

    33. Miami Dolphins - Nic Harris, S, Oklahoma
    The Dolphins secondary needs upgrades all over. They will look this offseason to add a safety and a cornerback at some point. I would be surprised to see Harris head back to the Sooners next year. If he declares then he is probably the second best pure safety behind Phillips. Harris has all the tangibles to be a top safety prospect. He is a hard tackler with great instincts and loves to blow up receivers. He's also very good at reading the quarterback and bringing down the interception.

    34. Atlanta Falcons - Gosder Cherilous, OT, Boston College
    The worst thing they could do for their new hero, DMAC is to play him behind their pathetic excuse of an offensive line. Cherilous barely slipped out of Round 1, but he didn't last long. He helps reinforce the strength of the left side of the OL next to last year's second round pick Justin Blalock. Nice young tandem right there. If they're smart, they've also made some key FA signings prior to the draft to improve the right side.

    35. Baltimore Ravens - Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas
    Chris McAllister is a top cornerback in the NFL but he has no help. Samari Rolle has been a bust in Baltimore and the Ravens need to add a cornerback this offseason. Talib has good size and is very physical. He may be a little raw but in playing with McAllister and Reed could do wonders for a young cb.

    36. Oakland Raiders - Donnie Avery, WR, Houston
    Raider Nation fans yelling, "Say what???" Who the? Not again!!! Oh yes indeed! Old Al Davis is up to his tricks yet again. The calm Raider fan in the corner is sitting there knowing that old Al loves his speed. Avery could arguably be the fastest player in the entire draft. He's got a gift for hauling in the long ball and that plays right into Jamarcus Russell's strength.

    37. St. Louis Rams - Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
    Lets be honest. The Rams defense is awful...everywhere. Getting Gholston in the first round will immediately make the Rams cornerbacks look better than they are with the pressure he will cause, but they still won't be any good. Leodis is very talented athletically and can hold his own in coverage. An OT is another need but can be filled later.

    38. San Francisco 49ers - James Hardy, WR, Indiana
    At 6'6", 220 pounds James Hardy gives the 9ers a unique threat at WR that the organization has never had in it's entire history. While other WRs were given consideration here, it was Hardy's length that separated him from the group. Hardy is so tall and athletic that he dwarfs even the tallest NFL corners. Alex Smith's job will be so easy. He just needs to throw up passes like Jason Kidd lofts alley oops up to Vince Carter. With the way the NFL is so protective of WRs, Hardy will introduce the league to a new breed of WR.

    39. Kansas City Chiefs - Kentwan Balmer, DT, UNC
    The Chiefs have a pretty weak set of starting DT's and are fairly thin in terms of depth beyond that. Balmer has a ton of potential and started to live up to his hype this past year. He is the first legitimate defensive prospect to come out of UNC since Julius Peppers

    40. New York Jets - Shawn Crable, OLB, Michigan
    Crable is like one of my favorite players in the draft. His statistical season was off the charts! 26.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles. One guy that is sure to like this pick is former Wolverine David Harris. Reunited as Jets, this dynamic duo is sure to continue their destruction on opposing offenses for years to come.

    41. Cincinnati Bengals - Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
    The Bengals continue to upgrade their defensive front with this pick. Harvey is a pass rush specialists and should pair well with Justin Smith who is having a down year in terms of numbers due to double teams that Harvey should help eliminate.

    42. Chicago Bears - William Moore, S, Missouri
    Moore stepped up big time this year and created quite a havoc on the field by snagging a conference-high seven interceptions for the Tigers. He's an aggressive ballhawk and playmaker who also stepped into a leadership role for the Tigers defense. The Bears love to create havoc and Moore can certainly help them in that department.

    43. Carolina Panthers - Reggie Smith, S, Oklahoma
    Deke Cooper is a below average starting free safety in the NFL. Chris Harris has stepped it up this year at SS but the Panthers could use an upgrade to help him. Reggie is a bit undersized which is party of what dropped him into the second round. He has good instincts and his cover skills would fit nicely into the Panthers secondary.

    44. Denver Broncos - Ali Highsmith, LB, LSU
    Highsmith racked up 93 total tackles, including 7.5 tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks. He also had nine quarterback hurries, eight pass breakups and forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. One of the most important and active players on a Championship caliber defense. The Broncos can now dump Ian Gold.

    45. Atlanta Falcons via Houston - Frank Okam, DT, Texas
    With McFadden and Cherilous the Falcons have a solid core of young talent to begin rejuvenating their offense. Now they need a big strong body to anchor the defensive line. At 6 foot 5 and 320 lbs, Okam has the size and strength to take on that task. In 2007, Okam finished with 5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss and led the 10th ranked defense in the country.

    46. Arizona Cardinals - Alex Mack, C, California
    Simply put, Al Johnson is not an NFL starting caliber center. Cal's Junior center, Alex Mack has garnered a ton of accolades and he is undoubtedly the best Center prospect in college football who is ready for the NFL. He can run the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds, a feat only four lineman at the last NFL Combine surpassed. That quickness and Mack's brute strength have terrorized opposing defensive lines. Last season, Mack led the team in pancakes (25.5), and had a team-high 57.5 knockdowns. This season, he and the rest of the line have allowed only eight sacks, lowest in the Pac10.

    47. Detroit Lions - Brandon Flowers, CB, VTech
    Much like the offensive line, the Lions have to upgrade their secondary this offseason. Their cornerbacks have been picked on all year and I wouldn't be surprised if the Lions tried to bring in a FA corner in addition to drafting one early. Flowers plays a physical style but his true strength is his agility and change of pace. He has good man coverage skill and should run in the low 4.4s.

    48. Buffalo Bills - Geno Hayes, LB, Florida St.
    Something tells me that the 'ole Buffalo Bills won't resist their urge to add another player with speed from one of them Florida schools. This time, in flies LB Geno Hayes who's had great coaching from the Mickey Andrews School of Hard Knocks. Andrews knows how to mold raw talent into All-Pro NFL material. Hayes will step in at OLB opposite of Crowell.

    49. Philadelphia Eagles - Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
    Whether or not the Eagles decide to keep or trade McNabb, they still need to find a #1 receiver. Reggie Brown has failed to be a consistent threat and Kevin Curtis is best as a slot receiver. Limas Sweed has first round talent but could fall into the middle of round 2 due to questions around his injury this past year. He has great size and knows how to go up and get the ball at its highest point.

    50. Minnesota Vikings - Mike McGlynn, OL, Pittsburgh
    The Vikings left side of their OL is well known and well paid. The rest of it... well, let's just say, we're addressing it here. McGlynn is one of, if not the most versatile OL in the draft. He can play all 5 OL positions as well as Long Snapper. He's had a distinguished career at Pitt and is one of the best pure RT prospects in the draft, having 31 consecutive starts at the position. He'll be able to step right in as the starting RT and take over for Ryan Cook.

    51. Washington Redskins - Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
    Redskins fans have been waiting years for the front office to bring in a young premiere franchise defensive end. Andre Carter has really gotten a firm grasp of Greg Williams system and has excelled this year with double digit sacks but he is going to need help on the other side to avoid double teams from here forward. Phillip Daniels is nearing the end of his career but still has another year or two to help bring along a young stud like Jackson. Lawrence has the size that Greg Williams covets at the DE spot. He is tall at 6 5, has a long wing span to get in the quarterbacks vision, and the size to defend the run. In 2005 he showed his ability to rush the quarterback as well with 10 sacks. The last two seasons have not been as impressive but given the right situation he could flourish at the next level.

    52. New Orleans Saints - Fred Davis, TE, USC
    Sean Payton hasn't been able to implement plays that involve the TE much because of the lack of a capable TE on the team. They've tried to address it...The Saints have 5 TEs on the roster and this move allows them to clear up some roster space. Brees is also happy because he's missed being able to throw to Antonio Gates. Davis over Bennett here because he was too hard to ignore on film being a true playmaker for the Trojans this year leading them in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

    53. Tennessee Titans - Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma
    Olsen is nearing the end of his career and there's a good chance that Bell could leave in free agency. The Titans already added a playmaker on offense in round 1 and its likely that they could do the same in rd 2 depending on value but the key to the Titans offense is running the ball and they must have a strong offensive line to do so.

    54. Cleveland Browns - Wallace Gilberry, DE/OLB, Alabama
    The Browns ranked near the bottom of the NFL in run and pass defense. There is no talent on the board at DL worthy of a pick right here, but nothing helps a defense like a big pass rushing and run stuffing OLB anyways. In this past season alone, Gilberry racked up 72 total tackles, 22 TFL, 9 Sacks, 15 QBH and 2 FF while wreaking havoc all over SEC backfields. At nearly 6'4", 265 pounds he has the frame to stack up well in the NFL.... Production, check. Size, check. Only question will be his timed speed.

    55. New York Giants - Philip Wheeler, OLB, Georgia Tech
    Safety is a consideration as they may lose Wilson to FA but Michael Johnson has played surprisingly well and Aaron Ross has a lot of versatility in the backfield. Wheeler is a high motor, high energy linebacker. He shows up in big games as evidenced with his 11 tackles against Georgia and we all know there are a lot of big games in the NFC East.

    56. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DeJuan Tribble, CB, Boston College
    The Buccaneers landed Early Doucet in round 1 and this time they decide to address CB. This is the perfect spot. Defenses that run a Tampa 2 scheme normally would not address the position any higher than this regardless of the need. However, Tribble is too much of a perfect fit to pass here. He packs plenty of speed to cover his zone assignment and plenty of power to defend the run.

    57. Seattle Seahakws - Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn
    One of the fastest and best pure pass rushers in the draft will give the Seahawks a great change of pace as a situational pass rusher. Kerney has put up big numbers this year but 9 of his sacks came in only 3 games. Tapp has also been impressive but the Seahawks lack any real depth at the position. Adding Groves to the mix could be the answer the Seahawks are looking for.

    58. Pittsburgh Steelers - Terrell Thomas, CB, USC
    Deshea Townsend is no longer getting the job done. ...then again, did he ever? Terrell Thomas is an excellent value here as an underrated corner in a deep class. He was the central piece of a secondary that ranked sixth nationally against the pass. Malcolm Kelly at the end of Round 1 and Thomas at the end of Round 2... The Steelers are killin' this draft!

    59. Miami Dolphins - Beau Bell, ILB, UNLV
    Zach Thomas has had an amazing career but it is coming to an end in Miami. Bell has is a big strong linebacker that can stuff the hole and also possesses great speed and extremely good coverage skills. His biggest question mark is if he can carry over his skills against higher competition but all the tangibles are there.

    60. Jacksonville Jaguars - Xavier Adibi, LB, Virginia Tech
    Adibi lead the Hokies with 99 tackles, 11 for loss, three sacks and an interception. After adding 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason, Adibi has had the best year of his career and is prime for NFL competition. Del Rio collects players who have that "edge" about them and the X-Man has plenty of it. He'll step right away and play as if he's been there the last 5 years.

    61. Indianapolis Colts - Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana
    The Colts don't have a lot of needs but from what I have seen Hayden has been beat on the long ball a few too many times this year. When it's all said and done Porter could be one of the top cornerbacks in this class. He could be the fastest cornerback in the draft and has great change of speed and agility.

    62. Dallas Cowboys - Adarius Bowman, WR, Oklahoma St
    The Cowboys have a few directions they can go... perhaps another WR... or another player... In the end, Bowman is the pick. Standing at 6'4", 220 pounds, Bowman is another one of the "new breed" WR types that is starting to make their way into the NFL. The fact that Bowman is still on the board is simply a reflection of how his injury impacted his draft status. Without it, he's long gone by now. He still ended the regular season with over 900 yards and 7 TDs despite missing the last 2 games of the season. Bowman will have time to develop in Dallas and when the time is right, he will shine.

    63. Green Bay Packers - Chevis Jackson, CB, LSU
    Al Harris and Charles Woodson are arguably the best set of cornerbacks in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Packers they don't have anyone else worth keeping on the roster next year at the position except maybe Blackman who is starting to come along. Chevis Jackson fits the mold as a physical style cornerback who is strongest in a bump and run style.

    64. New England Patriots via Oakland - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State
    The Patriots are so rich, they can afford to take a gamble on a raw prospect with loads of upside. DRC has seen his stock rise up and rise down like a Roller Coaster. In the end, he ends up right around where most draft niks estimate. A lot of where he ends up will depend on his post season workouts.

    ROUND 3

    65. Miami Dolphins - Eric Young, OG, Tenn
    The Dolphins have a decent offensive line but Liwienski is aging and they lack any real depth. Young is a big strong guard and probably the best run blocking guard in the draft. He can double to provide depth at the OT spot as well.

    66. Atlanta Falcons - Colt Brennan
    This may not be what Colt had in mind when he decided to return for his Senior year draft wise, but what he gave up in monetary value cannot be worth the reward he got in enjoying the success of the Hawaii football team this past season. In Atlanta, Colt can find a team which has an open path to a starting job. So he won't have to worry about not getting a chance or have to wait years behind an established star QB. While he may not be forced to start from day 1, but he could get called upon sooner rather than later. This is a good fit for both parties and besides... Colt looks good in Black!

    67. Buffalo Bills - Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
    Most people would say that this pick would make Trent Edwards happy but the real benefit here is Lee Evans who was double teamed every game this year. It's arguable that the Bills could look for a taller possession wr but Manninghams value is far to great to pass on and they already found a possession threat with Beckum in round 1.

    68. New England Patriots - Heath Benedict, OL, Newberry
    The Patriots will probably like to address their OL situation sooner rather than later as Matt Light nears the age of 30. Heath Benedict was actually a big time recruit for Tennessee before finishing off his career at Newberry and that hasn't slipped the minds of savvy scouts. He'll have time to ease into a starting role and Belichick can be flexible with him because Benedict can play any position along the OL outside of Center.

    69. St. Louis Rams - Tavares Gooden, LB, Miami
    Defense again! Let's face it the Rams defense is terrible and they need upgrades at just about every position. Gooden comes from a long line of stud linebackers over the past 10 or so year to come out of The U. As a sophomore in 2004, Gooden showed a lot of promise until an injury forced him to red shirt the following year. As a junior in 2006 he struggled to get back into elite form, notching only 41 tackles, but this past year he got back into rhythm leading the Hurricanes with triple digit tackles.

    70. San Fransisco 49ers - Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia
    At the rate the Niners dish the ball of to Gore, they are going to run him into the ground. He's already got a long list of previous injury, but Nolan is forced to use him so heavily because it's the only thing working. The addition of Slaton alleviates the risk of damaging Gore furthermore and also gives Mr. Big Investment, Alex Smith another added weapon. Slaton provides speed and pass catching out of the backfield, so he's a good compliment to the big pounding style Gore brings.

    71. Kansas City Chiefs - Tony Hills, OT, Texas
    The Chiefs will probably look to bring in at least 2 or 3 lineman this offseason in a combination of drafted players and free agents. Where Hills actually ends up come draft day will depend on how he comes back from his injury and performs at the combine/pro day. I think this is about the right spot for him but he could end up going both earlier or later depending.

    72. New York Jets - DJ Hall, WR, Alabama
    Mangini has had his way in the draft by adding Kenny Phillips and Shawn Crable to his defense, but he now must address the offense. Hall will make a good addition to the Jets receiving corps as his long height and reach gives Kellen Clemens a bigger target than Coles and Cotchery. But it's not just his length that is an attraction, it's the fact that he's a top tier WR talent that has slipped too far.

    73. Cincinnati Bengals - Martellus Bennett, TE, Texas A&M
    Quick name the starting TE for the Bengals! Do they even have a tight end?!?! OK in all seriousness its Reggie Kelly but the guy sucks. Here the Bengals get a steal with Bennett still on the board. Even at 6 foot 7 and 250 lbs he is still fairly quick and finds a way to get open. Good blocker as well and a big upgrade.

    74. Chicago Bears - Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware
    Adding an OT over QB in round 1, and then grabbing a QB later was the plan all along. After the top tier QBs went as expected, Jerry Angelo thought he could wait to get Flacco in the 3rd round and so he did. Flacco is a project but the Bears pull the trigger on upside here. A lot of guru's including Kiper have him as the 4th best QB. We'll see if they are right or dead wrong.

    75. Carolina Panthers - Jonathan Goff, ILB, Vanderbilt
    Unfortunately, Dan Morgan is probably the most injury prone linebacker in the history of the NFL. Beason has done very well replacing him in the middle but he could be even better at his natural position outside. Groff is an All SEC linebacker that has led his team in tackles for the last few years. He has a high motor and is an excellent field general having been the defensive captain for two straight years.

    76. Minnesota Vikings via Denver - Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson
    The Vikings have tried to address DE in the past using high draft picks, but have come away with so so results. The position still stands in need of attention. Phillip Merling could be long gone by this pick in reality, however, he's still on the board here, so it's an easy fit and match at this point.

    77. Houston Texans - Simeon Castille, S, Alabama
    The Texans could probably use an upgrade at cornerback and safety before going into next year. Michael Boulware has been unable to develop into a legitimate starter and though Fred Bennett has played well there isn't much to write home about beyond him and Dunta. Castille is a guy that has the ability to play in either role. He has enough speed and cover skills to play corner but he also has the range and tackling to move to safety.

    78. Arizona Cardinals - Chris Ellis, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
    Chris Ellis was named first-team All-ACC after finishing the regular season with 48 tackles, 8.5 sacks, six passes defended, three fumble recoveries and 32 quarterback hurries. He's a tweener DE/OLB prospect who Wisenhunt can use as they transform into the 3-4 defensive scheme.

    79. Detroit Lions - James Davis, RB, Clemson
    The days of Kevin Jones in a lions jersey are numbered. He has made it clear that he wishes to play elsewhere in the near future. Tatum Bell has shown flashes of talent but no real consistency and has problems staying healthy. James Davis is a better pro prospect than his counterpart at Clemson and has all the tangibles to be a #1 back at the next level. He is a hard nosed runner that's tough to bring down on the first hit and has an impressive second gear.

    80. Buffalo Bills - Dwight Lowery, CB, San Jose St.
    Lowery is an excellent fit for the Bills here due to his outstanding quickness and run stuffing prowess. He fits the mold of a Cover 2 or Tampa 2 corner because he's better in zone than man to man. Marv Levy is happy that he was able to adequately address CB depth without having to reach in the earlier rounds. This is shaping up to be a nice coup for them. PS. We know Beckum said he would return, but we're still not buying it until AFTER the deadline to declare arrives.

    81. Philadelphia Eagles - Thomas DeCoud, S, Cal
    The Eagles are going to need to find the eventual replacement to Brian Dawkins. Dawkins is one of the better safeties to have ever played the game and he may be around another year to bring along DeCoud and teach him a thing or two. DeCoud is a big time hitter and is a ballhawk in the secondary. He'll have a chance to boost his stock even more at the Senior Bowl.

    82. Minnesota Vikings - Martin Rucker, TE, Missouri
    It might be hard to think of the last Vikings TE that made news for himself. Whoever he is, I can't think of him. The Vikings want a presence at TE and Rucker is that cat. He's got soft reliable hands and will be another added another weapon to Brohm's arsenal in this new Vikings regime.

    83. Washington Redskins - Trae Williams, CB, USF
    Carlos Rogers suffered from a season ending torn acl and mcl that will have him out 12 months. That puts him back in the line up around week 7 of 2008. Smoot and Springs have been great this year as the starters but Springs is quickly nearing the end of his career and there is no real talent beyond them on the depth chart. Enter one of these years' biggest sleepers, Trae Williams. Williams is expected to run a sub 4.4 40 time. He has great instincts and plays well in man coverage. His career at USF has been overshadowed by Jenkins but in 2007, Williams had 5 more ints than Jenkins, 3 defensive tds, and was actually chosen to the all big east first team while Jenkins was given second team honors.

    84. New Orleans Saints - Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame
    Laws returned to Notre Dame to work on his game and he definitely showed massive improvement becoming one of the biggest terrors in the nation. Laws finished with 112 tackles, one behind Steve Niehaus (1975) for the most ever in a season by a Notre Dame lineman. Laws had four sacks and blocked three kicks. For his production and unwavering energy through a tough season, Trevor Laws was Notre Dame's best player from start to finish.

    85. Tennessee Titans - John Carlson TE Notre Dame
    A quck and explosive DT is an option here but I think you will see the Titans focus on surrounding Vince Young with the best talent available. Ben Troupe is probably a cap casualty this offseason after his second straight worthless year. Scaife has been decent but mostly not a big threat and only 1 td. Carlson is a complete TE in terms of tangibles, blocking, and catching. He had an off year due to an ineffective offense but still led the team in receiving.

    86. Cleveland Browns - Red Bryant, DT, Texas A&M
    The Browns take a chance on drafting size here with this selection. They need all along the DL and Crennel loves to build from the inside - out. If Romeo Crennel can coach him up right, Bryant into a has the makings of a solid NT.

    87. New York Giants - Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina
    Brandon Jacobs has had an awful time staying healthy for the Giants and they have already taken a couple guys to work into the defense. Johnson has incredible speed to compliment Jacobs power game.

    88. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Carl Nicks, OT, Nebraska
    Bucs need help at the tackle position and Nicks is a nice value here. At 6-5, 330 pounds Nicks is a huge bookend that can excel at either the left or right side depending on where Gruden wants to play him.

    89. Seattle Seahawks - Roy Schuening, OG, Oregon State
    Ever since Hutch left Seattle their offensive line hasn’t been the same. Partly due to Alexander aging, and part because the talent just isn’t as good. With this pick they have a chance to take one of the best guards in the draft. This year he was given All Pac 10 First team honors for the second year in a row and has paved big holes for 37 consecutive starts.

    90. Pittsburgh Steelers - Barry Richardson, OT, Clemson
    My my my... Has Richardson's stock plummeted from the beginning of the year. Early on, he was projected as a high first round selection, but his down year has caused concern amongst the scouting community and his draft stock takes a massive hit. Richardson has more talent than Max Starks ever had and they made something out of him, so I think Barry has a good chance to succeed in Pittsburgh.

    91. San Diego Chargers - Marcus Griffin, S, Texas
    The Chargers continue to add playmakers to their defense with this pick. Griffin led his team in tackles this year from the safety position and pulled down two interceptions in the Bowl game victory. He has decent speed but makes up for it with very good instincts once the ball is snapped.

    92. Jacksonville Jaguars - Lavelle Hawkins, WR, Cal
    Wilford is a FA and unlikely to return. Matt Jones is a bust and Reggie Williams is a decent #2 option, but both are big WRs. Hawkins has the speed and more importantly the ability to run crisp routes which make him a much better WR prospect than either of the former two. In Round 3, this is a bargain deal and safe selection for JAX.

    93. Indianapolis Colts - Mike Hart, RB, Michigan
    Colts are always tough to draft for. Addai showed this year that he isn’t invincible and Kenton Keith is only signed through the end of the year. Hart would be cheaper than Keith and has more potential. He was a workhorse at Michigan and his productivity is top of the line. Only question will be his timed speed.

    94. Dallas Cowboys - Anthony Alridge, RB, Houston
    The Cowboys have already addressed OT (Chris Williams), CB (Charles Godfrey), WR (Adarius Bowman) and now have the luxury to gamble on a prospect like Alridge here. Alridge shares the same Alma Mater with Head Coach, Wade Phillips and you better believe he's aware of the skills that Alridge can offer. The Cowboys simply need a guy who can take a third of the reps with Barber carrying the bigger load in 2008. Alridge offers more speed, explosion, deep receiving skills and has even tossed a few passes for TDs. Dallas lacks a player with this type of varied skills. Jason Garrett is sure to have a field day concocting plays involving this new toy.

    95. Green Bay Packers – John Greco, OT, Toledo
    Believe it or not the Packers could take another CB with this pick. Last year they took a handful of olineman but mostly guards and not all turned out as well as others so far. Both starting tackles will be over 30 next year and its time to start grooming some young players to take over down the road.

    96. New England Patriots - Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State
    The Patriots will lose Donte Stallworth in the offseason and Chad Jackson hasn't panned out as planned. The Patriots are rich in talent, so this selection is affordable. Jordy has the type of gritty mentality and spectacular playmaking ability to fit right in with the Pats.

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    Great job w/ GB!


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    • #3
      Felix Jones is staying.

      Saints

      Round 1-Love the Pick

      Round 2-Love it as well but I think Terrell Thomas would be better value as he could play CB or S.

      Round 3-I'd rather Marcus Griffin.

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      • #4
        Pretty good job with the Rams.

        I love the Gholston pick.

        I'm OK with McKelvin, though Duke Robinson might get the nod there. Certainly not a bad pick. The Rams aren't really hurting at CB, though.

        I'm not a fan of the Gooden pick. I think Red Bryant or even Joe Flacco could be the choice there.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rich Jr View Post
          Felix Jones is staying.
          Based on what?

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          • #6
            Derrick Harvey won't slip past the Jaguars...or the first round...

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            • #7
              Based on the words spoken out of his mouth on drivetime sports a local radio show in Arky.

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              • #8
                Absolutely horrible Ravens pick. First of all I don't see them getting as high as the 3rd pick but I'll let that slide. Most importantly, the selection of Jake Long makes absolutely NO SENSE! Did you not even look at our depth chart? Adam Terry will be our Left Tackle once Ogden goes, not to mention we took Jared Gaither in this past Supplemental Draft. Offensive Line isn't even a Top 2 concern on this team, what with Corner and Quarterback arguably the most pressing. Horrible, horrible pick.

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                On another note, Nicklas Backstrom is amazingly good.
                Meanwhile, in hockey the other night, the Washington Capitals' Eric Belanger gets hit with a stick, loses EIGHT teeth, has an instant root canal in the locker room, comes back out and PLAYS and never says boo.

                So new rule, NBA: Unless you have a root canal at halftime, SHUT UP AND PLAY!

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                • #9
                  all right Rams draft but we didn't address our O-Line in any of our picks

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                  • #10
                    Good Chi mock but we have the Chargers 3rd round pick.

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                    • #11
                      good cardinals draft, center isn't a huge need but Mack is a great prospect and it couldn't hurt

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                      • #12
                        GREAT Jets draft!!

                        Although I expect us to go OL with at least one of those picks, if there's no value available (like you had), then those all make sense from a value/need standpoint.

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                        • #13
                          Erin Henderson over Dan Conner?

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                          • #14
                            great Falcons draft. only criticism is with the first round reasoning. lack the balls to make a trade? no we didn't need those spots. ALSO, we wear red. so Colt will have to adjust...

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                            • #15
                              36. Oakland Raiders - Donnie Avery, WR, Houston Raider Nation fans yelling, "Say what???" Who the? Not again!!! Oh yes indeed! Old Al Davis is up to his tricks yet again. The calm Raider fan in the corner is sitting there knowing that old Al loves his speed. Avery could arguably be the fastest player in the entire draft. He's got a gift for hauling in the long ball and that plays right into Jamarcus Russell's strength.
                              I hope you choke on your own vomit.

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