Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mock Draft v1.0

This is the first Mock Draft for the 2008 NFL Draft. I love the NFL Draft. I could sit around for all 15 hours of coverage on ESPN and not change the channel and be in heaven. If you have any suggestions or comments as to who you think should go at what spot drop us a comment. We'd like to hear what the fans of other teams are thinking.

1. Miami Dolphins: Chris Long, DE, Virginia

-Long seems as the surest thing in available in the draft. If I was the Tuna, I’d try to trade out of this spot because I wouldn’t want to give all that guaranteed money to any player. Look for Jerry Jones to try to trade Marion Barber III and both of his first round picks for this slot. It’s a risky move, but who better to pull off these type of shenanigans than Jerry Jones.

2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
-They have a great offense, but they just need to solidify the O-line so Mark Bulger doesn’t get killed again this year. Long had a good college career, not giving up a sack until he met Vernon Gholston. He’s got a chance to turn into a Robert Gallery, but it’s a worthwhile pick here.

3. Atlanta Falcons: Glen Dorsey, DT, Louisiana State
-They need to get a run stopper on D to replace Grady Jackson, so look for Dorsey to fill the need here. Sure, there are reports that they like Matt Ryan here, but lets face it, none of the QB’s in this draft are that tempting.

4. Oakland Raiders: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
-Who better to pick McFadden and way over pay for a player that they can’t afford than the Raiders. Al Davis needs to turn the reins over to someone who has a relative grasp on reality. Much emphasis placed on the word “relative”.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Claddy, OT, Boise State
-The Chefs, and yes I meant to say Chefs, need to do the little things to get back to contender status and by that I mean draft the non-glory positions. Hence an OT fits here. No need to draft the most talented player here, they need to focus on what it takes to win and that’s get LJ the ball 25-30 times a game.

6. New York Jets: Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State
-Sure I bet they wish McFadden was available, but Thomas Jones ran for over 1,000 yards last year and they could find a way for Leon Washington to get more involved more areas than the return game. They need a linebacker who can fit the 3-4 scheme and who better than a pure pass rusher with great speed than Gholston?

7. New England Patriots (From San Francisco 49ers): Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
-Say good bye to Asante Samuel. The Pats don’t/won’t spend $80 million on one single player, not named Randy Moss. If the Jets don’t take Gholston here, look for him to be a perfect fit at OLB in the Pats, or any, 3-4 scheme. I don’t see Gholston as a DE.

8. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Willaims, OT, Vanderbilt
-Jonathan Ogden is going to retire, but its unsure if it’ll come this year or next. If he stays around why not take a guy who can sit around and play sparingly and learn from one of the game’s best OT’s?

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
-The Bungles need help on the defensive side of the ball. They will either try to replace Justin Smith at DE or go for the best Defensive player available. They need all the help they can get on that side of the ball.

10. New Orleans Saints: Sedrick Ellis, DT, Southern California
-Another team with great need on the Defensive side. They will look for the best available talent at this spot. With Deuce McAllister coming back from a torn ACL their Offense gets another dimension back. They just need to be able to stop someone every once and a while.

11. Buffalo: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
-The Bills need a big WR to go alongside Lee Evans. Sweed seems to me to be the best available talent at WR in the draft. The others just seem to be products of their respective college system. With size and athleticism Sweed seems like a great fit in the B-Lo.

12. Denver Broncos: Malcom Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
-I’m sure Mike Shannahan wishes Sweed will be available to replace Javon Walker, but will end up regretting taking a player from Oklahoma WR. They all just seem to only be able to play Bob Stoops ball.

13. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Harvey, DE, Auburn
-They have a few needs, but you saw what happened when the Panthers were unable to get to the QB on D: a subpar season.

14. Chicago: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
-The Cedric Benson project seems to be over. I think the other Adrian Peterson is the better back in Chicago and he seems like a nice back to tag team with a powerful back like Mendenhall.

15. Detroit Lions: Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas
-After about 20 years of drafting WR’s in the top 5, the Lions need to stack up on D. Talib seems like a great combination of size and athleticism. Plus it’s time for Matt Millen to start drafting smart. Plus Marinelli is a defensive guy, its time for him to make some say in the decision making process for this team to gain an identity that’s not Mike Martz’s Offense.

16. Arizona Cardinals: Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson

-As much as I wanted to have Ken Wisenhut take a QB here that would fit his offensive style and by offensive style I mean pick someone whose confidence he can destroy. But the smart pick here is to go Defense. Some people say RB, but they can hold on to Edge for another year and there are a bunch of RBs available in the next 2 rounds with the same level of talent that they could get here.

17. Minnesota Vikings: Calais Campbell, S, Miami

-They need a big time WR and there just isn’t one available that would make sense here. They have Peterson and Taylor to bang it out for one more year with them and a pretty good O-line. The Vikings have also been burned with big time WR draft picks that haven’t panned out. (Troy Williamson) and they did just draft Sydney Rice so still has something to prove, but what WR would they take?

18. Houston Texans: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State
-It’s no secret that the Texans want to bolster up the D through the CB position. Based solely on what his cousin Antionio Cromartie did this season, this combination of size and speed seems like a great fit for Gary Kubaik.

19. Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson, WR, California
-This could change if they execute a trade for Javon Walker of the Broncos, but why? Why not trade for Walker and draft Jackson to play your slot. Your top 3 WR’s would be Walker, Reggie Brown, Kevin Curtis, and DeSean Jackson. Add that with the abilities of Brian Westbrook and that sounds like some offensive weapons for McNabb or whoever they start at QB.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon

-With the career of Cadillac Williams in jeopardy, they are rumored to be interested in Deshaun Foster, but why not just try to get a younger insurance policy? If they do sign Foster, they’ll probably not draft a RB with the way Earnest Graham played.

21. Washington Redskins: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
-Hopefully they look for the smart pick, not that this is the smartest one, but why not try to develop some players to stick around for the long haul. They just need to continue what they’ve done for the last 2 years and just keep the same guys playing together so they can mesh and gel. There’s been way to much turnover and confusion in D.C. lately because of an owner who wants to be Mark Cuban, but without the intelligence factor.

22. Dallas Cowboys (From Cleveland Browns): Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
-Why not replace Julius Jones with Felix Jones. Sure Jerry Jones would love to have McFadden, but why not take the less troubled one. Pair him up with Marion Barber III and you have a nice 2 headed monster to open the pass.

23. Pittsburg Steelers: Sam Baker, OT, USC
-Let it be known that I’m a Browns fan and it pains me to say so, but this is a great pick for the Steelers. They will lose Fanica and with other O-linemen needing resigned this is the most logical selection.

24. Tennessee Titans: Early Doucet, WR, Louisiana State

-It’s no secret Vince Young needs more weapons on offense. They can’t run the ball all the time and VY has ¾ of a WR to throw to. I hate Doucet because he played for LSU and LSU beat OSU in the National Championship game, but he’d be a good player to fit with VY. The Titans may look to replace some of their D-linemen that they will lose in free agency, but their Offensive weapons are of real concern.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
-Honestly, who cares? Seattle is a middle of the road team in the weakest division in the NFL, so who really cares what they do. They’ll end up going 9-7 and win their division and lose in the first round of the playoffs.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn
-There’s really not a logical pick I can think of here for the Jags. They are a playoff team that is solid on both ends of the ball. I’d like to see them add another target for Gerrard to throw to, but there’s not a weapon here for them. Perhaps they could take a look at Fred Davis, but they don’t need a pass catching TE. They need another WR, but no one is worth paying at this spot for them.

27. San Diego Chargers: Gosoder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
-The Chargers have LT and a great D. Just keep LT happy and keep your linemen young enough to fill in where needed and you’ll have a good team for years to come. Just keep Phillip Rivers away from harms way and it seems like a formula for success. Well keep River’s mouth shut and then you’ll have a formula for success, but that’s probably not likely.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
-I know many, including Spencer096 don’t think that Manningham is worth a first round pick, and that may be true. However, I think it’s a good fit here. Jerry Jones has been talking of late about a “wow” for the Offense and I think Manningham can fill the same role that Steve Smith filled for the Super Bowl Champ NY Giants. They will probably not make this selection, but Manningham can turn into a playmaker on the right team and with the weapons that Dallas has, and adding Felix Jones, it seems to be a good fit to me.

29. San Francisco 49ers (From Indianapolis Colts): Keith Rivers, OLB, Southern California
-Another team in need of a playmaker on the Offensive end, but who is the logical pick here? I’m not seeing one. If Vernon Davis could turn into the TE that he should be that would take some pressure of Alex Smith, who I think could be a good NFL QB in the right system. Hell if Norv Turner could make this kid look good then someone out there has to be able to. I may just be me, but Mike Nolan seems like a terrible coach so expect a terrible pick here.

30. Green Bay Packers: Fred Davis, TE, Southern California

-What a better way to add to an already potent and developing offense than to add a nice pass catching TE in Fred Davis. He played like the best TE in the nation all year so we’ll see if he can turn into a player in the League or not, but I think it’s a worthwhile pick here for the Pack.

31. New England Patriots: Forfeited

32. New York Giants: Dan Connors, OLB, Penn State

-I have a question: Who pays the cost to be the Boss? Answer: Trade Shockey. Honestly, I could care less who the Giant’s take. I’d just like to see them take anyone other than a CB in the first round.

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