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2 Round Mock w/ Explanations - 2/11/08

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  • 2 Round Mock w/ Explanations - 2/11/08

    Round One:

    1) Miami Dolphins – Chris Long | Defensive End | Virginia
    -Not much of an explanation needed. The Fins aren't sure if they're using the 3-4 or 4-3 yet, and Long is an athletic freak who can fit into either scheme with ease.
    2) St. Louis Rams – Glenn Dorsey | Defensive Tackle | Louisiana State
    Jake Long is the popular pick here, but this is a deep class at offensive tackle and St. Louis figures they can grab a tackle at the top of the second round, or even possibly trade up into the late first. They don't have as many needs as people seem to think and grab the BPA (arguably) off the board here.
    3) Oakland Raiders – Sedrick Ellis | Defensive Tackle | Southern California
    The Raiders have a crucial need inside at defensive tackle, and Ellis may challenge Glenn Dorsey to be the #1 DT in the draft.
    4) Atlanta Falcons – Matt Ryan | Quarterback | Boston College
    Atlanta will downplay their need for a quarterback, but Darren McFadden doesn't make a whole lot of sense here considering the team wants to move forward with a power running game, and while McFadden is a complete back he probably doesn't fit as well as some other backs they can get later in the draft. A top signal caller is needed in Atlanta and risking waiting any longer for one will give Joey Harrington the reigns yet again.
    5) Kansas City Chiefs – Jake Long | Offensive Tackle | Michigan
    The Chiefs #1 priority this off-season will be to improve their line, making Long a perfect fit.
    6) New York Jets – Darren McFadden | Running Back | Arkansas
    Vernon Gholston may actually be a better pick for the Jets, but they can't pass up the top offensive playmaker in this year's class.
    7) New England Patriots (f/SF) – Vernon Gholston | Outside Linebacker | Ohio State
    The Patriots need for a linebacker is commonly mistaken as being inside, while they are actually in greater need of a pass rusher. Gholston will start on the outside across from Rosevelt Colvin, with Mike Vrabel, Adalius Thomas, Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau rotating inside (Bruschi and Seau's futures are of course still up in the air)
    8) Baltimore Ravens – Mike Jenkins | Cornerback | South Florida
    The Ravens need a top signal caller to run their unimpressive offense, but any other QB at this point would be a reach at #9. Mike Jenkins provides depth and security behind under-achieving starters Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle
    9) Cincinnati Bengals – Derrick Harvey | Defensive End | Florida
    The Bengals can go in a ton of directions here, and while Keith Rivers may seem to make more sense with their great need at linebacker, the team isn't sure whether they will play a 3-4 or 4-3 this season and Harvey can easily settle in either scheme.
    10) New Orleans Saints – Leodis McKelvin | Cornerback | Troy
    The Saints have a huge need at corner after Mike McKenzie, and McKelvin has proved himself to be worthy of a top 10 pick.
    11) Buffalo Bills – Keith Rivers | Outside Linebacker | Southern California
    The Bills need a big target for young QB Trent Edwards, but a stud linebacker like Keith Rivers gives them a young trio of linebackers that will remind Buffalo fans of the days of Takeo Spikes, London Fletcher and Jeff Posey.
    12) Denver Broncos – Kentwan Balmer | Defensive Tackle | North Carolina
    This pick may surprise some, but Balmer seems firmly entrenched as the #3 defensive tackle and loses a lot of credit because the top two are top 5 picks. Denver seriously needs a presence inside and Balmer can start immediately.
    13) Carolina Panthers – Ryan Clady | Offensive Tackle | Boise State
    Travelle Wharton and Jordan Gross are both free agents, and it seems as if Gross is the only one that will be retained. Clady would be an upgrade over either of them at right or left tackle.
    14) Chicago Bears – Jeff Otah | Offensive Tackle | Pittsburgh
    The Bears seriously struggled on the ground this past season, and Cedric Benson is beginning to look like a bust. However the offensive line is aging and can possibly take some of the blame. Jeff Otah should start immediately for the Bears at right tackle, with a move to the left side possible in the future.
    15) Detroit Lions – Dan Connor | Inside Linebacker | Penn State
    Connor is a big reach here at 15, but the Lions have no problem reaching for players they want and it wouldn't be surprising to see Penn State's latest product emerge as a top 20 pick going into the draft anyway.
    16) Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Stewart | Running Back | Oregon
    This seems to be the popular pick, and it took some convincing for me to jump on the bandwagon but when it comes down to it, the Cards need security behind Edge at the very least, and possibly a starter to take his place should he be cut. Cornerback and 3-4 OLB are other big needs, but they can be had in later rounds.
    17) Minnesota Vikings – DaJuan Morgan | Safety | North Carolina State
    In a surprise move, the Vikes pick safety DaJuan Morgan over Miami product Kenny Phillips. Morgan has the potential to be a better pro, and should push Dwight Smith hard for his starting free safety job.
    18 ) Houston Texans – Kenny Phillips | Safety | Miami (FL)
    The Texans have lacked a top safety since their inception, and are set to lose most of their safeties to free agency this off-season.
    19) Philadelphia Eagles – Chris Williams | Offensive Tackle | Vanderbilt
    The Eagles hope Winston Justice is the answer at least on the right side of the line, and not only is that up in the air but even if he can settle into the starting lineup the Eagles need a future at both tackle spots and Williams can play on either side.
    20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DeSean Jackson | Wide Receiver | California
    The Bucs have relied on Joey Galloway to keep the offense alive for a bit too long now, and his late-career surge has to end sooner rather than later. Michael Clayton has proven to be a bust who is best suited in a situational role at the best, so depth is needed here.
    21) Washington Redskins – Malcolm Kelly | Wide Receiver | Oklahoma
    The Redskins #1 priority should be adding a big, physical receiver to move Randle El to the slot, and Kelly brings size and the talent to start into Jim Zorn's WCO.
    22) Dallas Cowboys (f/CLE) – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | Cornerback | Tennessee St.
    There's always that one player that a lot of draft fans keep an eye out for, and this year that player may very well be "DRC". Dallas has a crucial need at corner after Terrence Newman and Anthony Henry, the latter who may finally make his long-rumored move to FS should Ken Hamlin walk as a free agent. If that move goes through, even more than one corner is needed in Big D.
    23) Pittsburgh Steelers – Gosder Cherilus | Offensive Tackle | Boston College
    The Steelers will definitely need to add on their offensive line this off-season, whether it be inside at guard where Alan Faneca is sure to walk or outside at tackle, where Max Starks is also likely a goner. Willie Colon is likely to replace one of the two, and may be a better fit inside at guard while Cherilus would immediately replace Starks at RT.
    24) Tennessee Titans – Limas Sweed | Wide Receiver | Texas
    The Titans need a weapon in the passing game one way or another, and while they have added a ton of second and third round talent at receiver in recent years none of them possessed the same physical attributes as Sweed. The team gave Mike Williams an in-season tryout this past season, but that proved to be a failure and Sweed will try and play a similar (and hopefully more successful) role while being paired with former teammate Vince Young.
    25) Seattle Seahawks – Rashard Mendenhall | Running Back | Illinois
    Shaun Alexander should find himself in a committee whether it be in Seattle or not, and Maurice Morris is a backup at best. Running back is Seattle's biggest need by far and Mendenhall is a great value pick here.
    26) Jacksonville Jaguars – Mario Manningham | Wide Receiver | Michigan
    Reggie Williams somehow found the endzone 10 times this past season despite still being far from a complete receiver, and Matt Jones and Ernest Wilford are goners. The team hopes last year's third round draft pick Mike Walker will step up next year, but even if he does he and Williams are far from enough to keep the passing game alive.
    27) San Diego Chargers – Reggie Smith | Defensive Back | Oklahoma
    The Chargers may be in a bit of trouble if Smith ends up settling in at corner, as Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer are capable starters and Paul Oliver is a promising third guy. However the team has a need at free safety where Marlon McCree is far from special, so Smith will be developed at that position for the Bolts.
    28 ) Dallas Cowboys – Felix Jones | Running Back | Arkansas
    Marion Barber is probably good enough to make Dallas hold off on giving him a backfield mate until later rounds, but rumors have the team trading the farm to the Dolphins to snag Darren McFadden at #1, almost solely because he is from Arkansas. Felix Jones is almost as good of a back from the same school, so I don't see why Jerry Jones would pass if he's available at this point.
    29) San Francisco 49ers (f/IND) – Devin Thomas | Wide Receiver | Michigan State
    Thomas is a physical specimen who would seemingly be a great fit in Mike Martz's offense
    30) Green Bay Packers – Aquib Talib | Cornerback | Kansas
    Al Harris and Charles Woodson are a nice tandem, but Woodson is getting older and the team has serious depth problems behind the two.
    [b]31) New England Patriots - Forfeited
    32) New York Giants – Thomas DeCoud | Safety | California
    Gibril Wilson is a free agent who should be looking for big bucks and James Butler was below average as a starter, making safety a top priority for the Superbowl Champs.

    Round Two:

    33) Miami Dolphins – Sam Baker | Offensive Tackle | Southern California
    L.J. Shelton was a cap-casualty and Vernon Carey is nothing to write home about and may even be moved inside to guard, leaving no real answer at either tackle position.
    34) St. Louis Rams – Branden Albert | Offensive Guard | Virginia Tech
    The Rams arguably have a bigger need at offensive tackle, but understandably see Albert as the best value pick here
    35) Atlanta Falcons –Pat Sims | Defensive Tackle | Auburn
    Rod Coleman is coming off a season-ending injury and doesn't have many years left and Jonathan Babineaux can be upgraded. At the very least, Atlanta can use a future and extra body inside and Sims can definitely be the best DT on the roster in his rookie season.
    36) Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Lee | Cornerback | Auburn
    Ty Law and Patrick Surtain are both candidates to be cut, however only one of them is likely to go if either goes at all due to the lack of depth to speak of behind them.
    37) New York Jets – Carl Nicks | Offensive Tackle | Nebraska
    Nicks is an immediate upgrade over Anthony Clement at RT, who was one of the worst starters in the league this past season.
    38 ) Oakland Raiders – Phillip Merling | Defensive End | Clemson
    This should be considered a huge fall for Merling, and with a need both outside and in on the defensive line Oakland shouldn't hesitate to add him.
    39) Baltimore Ravens – Brian Brohm | Quarterback | Louisville
    As previously mentioned, QB is Baltimore's biggest need and they're rewarded for not reaching in the first round by having Brohm fall into their laps here in round two.
    40) San Francisco 49ers – Quentin Groves | Defensive End | Clemson
    Groves would play OLB in San Fran's 3-4 defense, where Tully Banta-Cain was a free agent bust who is probably better suited as a backup.
    41) New Orleans Saints – Martellus Bennett | Tight End | Texas A&M
    The Saints need to add some weapons to the passing game, as Eric Johnson and Billy Miller are free agents at tight end and David Patten, Devery Henderson and Terrence Copper are all free agents at receiver.
    42) Buffalo Bills – James Hardy | Wide Receiver | Indiana
    The Bills passed on a receiver in the first round, and have the big, tall target they were looking for fall to them in the second round in James Hardy.
    43) Denver Broncos – Tavares Gooden | Outside Linebacker | Miami (FL)
    Moving DJ Williams inside hurt the Broncos not only at MLB but at Williams' former WLB spot, where Ian Gold was hardly anything special. SLB was another weak spot of the Broncos' defense, and Gooden has the ability to play any of the three spots and hails from the same school as DJ Williams.
    44) Carolina Panthers – Calais Campbell | Defensive End | Miami (FL)
    This should be considered a pretty big fall for Campbell even with his stock falling a bit as of late, and with Mike Rucker having one more year left at the most, it's up in the air whether or not that year will be in Carolina or elsewhere. Charles Johnson was mediocre in his rookie year, but even if he does improve in his second year more security is needed at the position.
    45) Chicago Bears – Jamaal Charles | Running Back | Texas
    Drafting another running back out of Texas may make Chicago fans' stomachs turn, but Charles is of good value here and should push Cedric Benson at the very least.
    46) Detroit Lions – Tracy Porter | Cornerback | Indiana
    The Lions have a bunch of #3 and #4 corners flooding the roster after Fernando Bryant (who is a #2 at best), so a top talent is needed after the one-sided trade that sent Dre Bly to Denver.
    47) Cincinnati Bengals – Phillip Wheeler | Inside Linebacker | Georgia Tech
    The Bengals saw their linebackers drop like flies this past season, and most of them are set to depart as free agents. Odell Thurman's reinstatement is up in the air and Ahmad Brooks is coming off an injury, so even the linebackers under contract are question marks in Cincinnati.
    48 ) Minnesota Vikings – Lawrence Jackson | Defensive End | Southern California
    Another defensive end who has fallen due to the depth at the position. Jackson isn't quite the pass-rusher Minnesota needs, but they should hope Brian Robison fulfills his pass-rushing potential and this is a simple case of BPA.
    49) Atlanta Falcons (f/HOU) – Matt Forte | Running Back | Tulane
    Forte saw his stock soar after Senior week, and fits the power running scheme Atlanta looks to implement.
    50) Philadelphia Eagles – Chares Godfrey | Cornerback | Iowa
    Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard are one of the best starting duos in the league, but Sheppard can't stay on the field for an entire season and there is almost literally nothing behind the two.
    51) Arizona Cardinals – Antoine Cason | Cornerback | Arizona
    Antrell Rolle will be moving to free safety next season, leaving only Eric Green and Roderick Hood at cornerback, both who could at least be pushed for their starting jobs.
    52) Washington Redskins – Jason Jones | Defensive End | Eastern Michigan
    Andre Carter is solid at one spot but Washington needs an answer across from him, and Jones makes for a nice compliment for Carter's pass-rushing abilities and can also play inside if needed.
    53) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brandon Flowers | Cornerback | Virginia Tech
    Ronde Barber is almost at the end of the line and Brian Kelly is already being shown the door. It's doubtful that Phillip Buchanan is the long-term answer as his replacement.
    54) Pittsburgh Steelers – Trevor Laws | Defensive Tackle | Notre Dame
    Laws would play defensive end in Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense, where depth is needed behind Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith.
    55) Tennessee Titans – Chris Ellis | Defensive End | Virginia Tech
    Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy are both set to be free agents and only one of them should be brought back if either are at all, so depth is needed at the least.
    56) Seattle Seahawks – John Carlson | Tight End | Notre Dame
    Marcus Pollard is only the short-term answer at tight end, and Carlson is an immediate upgrade at the position and to the Seahawks's passing game.
    57) Cleveland Browns – Ahtyba Rubin | Defensive Tackle | Iowa State
    The Browns lack a present inside at NT, and Rubin may be the best the draft has to offer at the position.
    58 ) Miami Dolphins (f/SD) – Curtis Lofton | Inside Linebacker | Oklahoma
    Lofton is an iffy fit at inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but the Dolphins aren't set on either the 3-4 and 4-3 and Lofton can be coached into the scheme if needed. The fact is Zach Thomas's future in Miami is in limbo and there is no replacement currently on the roster.
    59) Jacksonville Jaguars – Joe Flacco | Quarterback | Delaware
    This would be a surprise to many after David Garrard's heroics, but the fact of the matter is he is 30 years old and while he's a nice story he's merely a short-term option for Jacksonville whether they know it or not. A quarterback of the future is needed and Flacco can use a few years to develop, making it a nice fit. At the very least, Quinn Gray can use competition as the primary backup right now.
    60) Indianapolis Colts – Ali Highsmith | Outside Linebacker | Louisiana State
    Rob Morris is hardly the answer in the starting lineup, and after losing a handful of quality linebackers to free agency in recent years it's about time the Colts start to replenish the depth chart.
    61) Green Bay Packers – Fred Davis | Tight End | Southern California
    Bubba Franks is almost at the end of the line and Donald Lee is hardly deserving of a starting role.
    62) Dallas Cowboys – Adarius Bowman | Wide Receiver | Oklahoma State
    Bowman's stock has fallen a bit due to suspect hands during Senior Week, but he's still a physical specimen who should remind many of TO, who will ironically be his mentor at the next level.
    63) New England Patriots – Chris Johnson | Running Back | East Carolina
    This may come as a bit of a suprise, but Johnson is a quick, elusive undersized back in the similar mold of Kevin Faulk who will at the very least replace him as the team's third down back within a year or two. Also with Jabar Gaffney, Randy Moss and Donte Stallworth all having suspect futures with the team, Johnson is more than capable of lining up at receiver.
    64) New York Giants – Erin Henderson | Outside Linebacker | Maryland
    Mathias Kiwanuka may see a limited role at OLB next season or an outright move back to defensive end, and Kawika Mitchell played under a one year deal and while he may be brought back it is far from a sure thing. Henderson would arguably be an immediate upgrade over either.
    Last edited by GaMeTiMe; 02-11-2008, 10:27 PM.
    Nick Foles are you really my daddy??!..?

  • #2
    DeCoud is more of a second round prospect but I wouldn't be mad about that Giants draft.


    • #3
      acceptable bears draft


      • #4
        good Chiefs draft


        • #5
          Great Raiders draft. Merling in the second is exactly the type of end we need.


          • #6
            id rather have a CB in round 1, but the 2nd rounder is great


            • #7
              Sure I would like Morgan but over Phillips. Really. I applaud your balls for making that pick though.

              That sounds a lot gayer then it should.


              • #8
                Originally posted by skiinginNJ View Post
                id rather have a CB in round 1, but the 2nd rounder is great
                How do some Giant fans see CB as a bigger need than safety? Madison has to have at least ONE year left in him, Ross obviously holds one starting job down, and Webster proved he can be at LEAST a reliable nickelback.

                Gibril Wilson is a free agent and James Butler sucks. Not to be too blunt.
                Nick Foles are you really my daddy??!..?


                • #9
                  Originally posted by GaMeTiMe View Post
                  60) Indianapolis Colts Ali Highsmith | Outside Linebacker | Louisiana State
                  Rob Morris is hardly the answer in the starting lineup, and after losing a handful of quality linebackers to free agency in recent years it's about time the Colts start to replenish the depth chart.
                  Hard to argue with Highsmith, but the Colts do have bigger needs. That said he's probably BPA there.

                  The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.

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                  • #10
                    Great pick for the Chargers. Smith would play nickel until eventually starting at S. Btw, it sounds like Oliver is moving to S.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GaMeTiMe View Post
                      How do some Giant fans see CB as a bigger need than safety? Madison has to have at least ONE year left in him, Ross obviously holds one starting job down, and Webster proved he can be at LEAST a reliable nickelback.

                      Gibril Wilson is a free agent and James Butler sucks. Not to be too blunt.

                      i dont think that CB is a bigger need, i just dont think DeCoud is a 1st round player


                      • #12
                        fantastic niners draft. A+++
                        my quick smells like french toast


                        • #13
                          good chargers pick and explanation.


                          • #14
                            i am more and more starting to think that if Kelly is there in rd 1 that he is the pick for the skins. in rd two though I think it is a stretch on Jones. theres too many questions on whether he can be effective making the switch to the outside. blache puts a huge emphasis on strong cbs so dont be suprised if thats the direction they go over de unless the best avial de is that much better than best avail cb.


                            • #15
                              Perfect Day 1 for the Bills

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