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2008 Mock draft...Three Rounds 2-19-08

 

ROUND 1

Miami Dolphins OT - Jake Long - Everything starts on the lines. If the Dolphins are going to start rebuilding it only makes sense to start there. Great offensive tackles need to be taken early. Long is the best in this draft.

St. Louis Rams DE - Chris Long - The Rams would have preferred Jake Long. Chris Long, however, is not a bad consolation. He plays the run as well as the pass and should improve the entire defensive line.

Atlanta Falcons DT - Glenn Dorsey - Atlanta simply needs to take the best player available. Dorsey has everything it takes to be an All-Pro. Now that Alge Crumpler and DeAngelo Hall are gone that would give the Falcons one.

Oakland Raiders DE - Vernon Gholston - The Raiders went out of their way to get LaMont Jordan . They nabbed Dominic Rhodes. Then they found out their best RB was a guy they had all along, Justin Fargas. Forget Darren McFadden. They take Gholston to replace the production (and more) from the departed Chris Clemons.

Kansas City Chiefs OT - Ryan Clady - The Chiefs won't reach for an offensive lineman. Really? KC needs three offensive linemen out of this draft to contribute this season. They have to start here.

New York Jets RB - Darren McFadden - Ignore all other needs. The Jets simply can't pass on a guy like McFadden. Remember what happened with Adrian Peterson last year. NY hopes lightning strikes twice.

New England Patriots CB - Leodis McKelvin - This pick could go eleventeen different ways. He seems like the most obvious choice. Only one pick from last year figures to be on the club this year. This one has to count. McKelvin fills an immediate need and has the skills to contribute in multiple areas.

Baltimore Ravens QB - Matt Ryan - The Ravens can't live with their quarterback situation forever. This may be the best chance they get to nab a top QB.

Cincinnati Bengals DT - Sedrick Ellis - This pick should take all of two seconds. The Bengals are dying up the middle. He is also the best player left.

New Orleans CB - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - The Saints will have to decide between Rodgers-Cromartie and Keith Rivers. Rodgers-Cromartie gets the nod as New Orleans starts an overhaul of the secondary.

Buffalo Bills WR - Devin Thomas - Pairing Thomas with Lee Evans should scare the hell out of the AFC East.

Denver Broncos OT - Jeff Otah - Otah is the best suited lineman to the Broncos system. He is an absolute monstrosity. He should help the Bronco's “RB du jour” gain yet another 1,000 yards.

Carolina Panthers RB - Rashard Mendenhall - The Panthers need an exceptional talent at RB. Mendenhall is exceptional

Chicago Bears DT - Kentwan Balmer - Surprise! It may be a bit of a reach, but Chicago was at its best when they dominated the interior of the line. They aspire to do that again.

Detroit Lions DE - Derrick Harvey - Only 31-year-old Jared DeVries had more than three sacks for the Lions. Harvey can get to the passer which is good as no other Lion can seem to do so.

Arizona Cardinals CB - Mike Jenkins - The Cardinals could use a cornerback opposite Roderick Hood. This is an easy pick as Jenkins is the best player on the board, even though Card fans may prefer hometown guy, Antoine Cason.

Minnesota Vikings DE - Phillip Merling - Minnesota 's DT's force their opponents to pass by defending the run so well. Minnesota 's DE's allow them to pass by not pressuring the QB. Merling tries to change that.

Houston Texans OT - Chris Williams - Houston continues to search for a solid left tackle. The search should end here.

Philadelphia Eagles S - Kenny Phillips - The Eagles will find it hard to pass on Branden Albert here. They have to, though, as Phillips is the best player available and is the next in a long line of “heirs-apparent” to Brian Dawkins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR - Malcolm Kelly - Joey Galloway has to slow down sooner or later, doesn't he? Either way, The Bucs desperately need a second receiver.

Washington Redskins LB - Keith Rivers - Rivers upgrades a pretty pedestrian LB corps.

Dallas Cowboys CB - Aqib Talib - The Cowboys take a chance on Talib's upside. This is the first obvious boom-or-bust pick in the draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers OG - Branden Albert - Big Ben needs some big men in front of him. Even with Alan Faneca the Pittsburgh offensive line was sub-par last year.

Tennessee Titans WR - DeSean Jackson - Justin Gage is Tennessee 's best wide receiver. Well, he was , anyway.

Seattle Seahawks WR – Limas Sweed - D.J. Hackett is gone. Bobby Engram is 35. Nate Burleson is a disappointment. The Seahawks grab a receiver with a ton of potential.

Jacksonville Jaguars DE - Calais Campbell - The Jags can't look past Campbell 's upside here.

San Diego Chargers CB - Antoine Cason - Cason is battle-tested and ready to contribute for a contender. The Chargers need that.

Dallas Cowboys RB - Jonathan Stewart - It doesn't take long to replace Julius Jones. Dallas is thrilled to get Stewart this late.

San Francisco 49'ers DE/LB - Quentin Groves - Groves could easily be drafted a dozen picks higher by the Vikings. If he is not, expect teams to try and trade ahead of the 49'ers to get him.

Green Bay Packers DB - Reggie Smith - Smith can play both safety and cornerback. He should see duty at both until the Packers find his ultimate home.

NY Giants LB - Jerod Mayo - Mayo is another guy who could be taken earlier. The Giants are lucky to get him here.


ROUND 2

Miami Dolphins QB - Brian Brohm - Passing on Matt Ryan seems like a brilliant move as Brohm is taken here.

St. Louis Rams OT - Gosder Cherilus - The Rams didn't get their tackle in the first round. They have to grab one here.

Atlanta Falcons QB - Joe Flacco - Worried Flacco will be picked by KC or NY, the Falcons tab him here.

Kansas City Chiefs WR - Mario Manningham - KC rounds out the skill positions by adding a receiver to pair with Dwayne Bowe.

New York Jets CB - Tracy Porter - Talking about pairings, the Jets get Porter to go with Darrelle Revis from last year. They hope they don't have to address CB for some time.

Atlanta Falcons OT - Carl Nicks - With a new QB on board, Atlanta works on getting him some protection.

Baltimore Ravens DE - Lawrence Jackson - The Ravens need either OL or DL with this pick. Trevor Pryce is 32. That makes Jackson 's selection easy.

San Francisco 49ers WR - James Hardy - Three number-two receivers don't equal a number-one. Hardy could be that top guy.

New Orleans Saints LB - Dan Connor - Boy, the Saints are glad they took a CB in round one. Connor falls to them here.

Buffalo Bills TE - Fred Davis - The Bills continue to bolster the offense. They got nothing from the TE position last year.

Denver Broncos DT - Pat Sims - Denver doesn't have much to speak of at DT.

Carolina Panthers S - DaJuan Morgan - Morgan can play both safety positions which is good for the Panthers who need both.

Chicago Bears OT - Anthony Collins - The Bears begin to build the future on the offensive line.

Detroit Lions RB - Felix Jones - The Lions get a real RB to replace Kevin Jones.

Cincinnati Bengals WR - Early Doucet - With Chris Henry gone and Chad Johnson always complaining, WR has become a need.

Minnesota Vikings QB - Chad Henne - Minnesota just has to consider a quarterback here. That is, unless you believe Tavaris Jackson is the long term answer.

Atlanta Falcons TE - Dustin Keller - Alge who? Keller is a pure receiving TE.

Philadelphia Eagles OT - Duane Brown - The Eagles plan ahead to replace aging tackles, Tra Thomas and John Runyan.

Arizona Cardinals RB - Jamaal Charles - A bit of a surprise, the Cardinals could use a young RB with blazing speed who can change a game.

Washington Redskins S - Josh Barrett - Barrett comes in to fill the void left by the Sean Taylor tragedy.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB - Ali Highsmith - Derrick Brooks part 2?

Pittsburgh Steelers CB - Justin King - King is drafted on potential alone. This pick is reminiscent of the Ike Taylor one tears ago. That one worked out pretty well.

Tennessee Titans DT - Trevor Laws - The Titans lost a lot of DL experience this off-season. Laws helps temper those losses.

Seattle Seahawks OG - Chilo Rachal - The Seahawks have never been the same since losing Steve Hutchinson. Rachal is brought in to right the ship.

Green Bay CB - Brandon Flowers - Don't be surprised by two CB's being picked on day one. Both of Green Bay 's starting corners are over 32.

Miami Dolphins DT - Dre Moore - Building the lines continues in Miami . This time it is on defense.

Jacksonville Jaguars S - Tom Zbikowski – Jacksonville looks to improve upon Gerald Sensabaugh.

Indianapolis Colts LB - Curtis Lofton - The only weakness the Colts seem to have is at LB.

Green Bay Packers OT - Barry Richardson - Packer tackles are getting up in age. Some forethought in that area should be expected.

Dallas Cowboys WR - Jordy Nelson - The Cowboys need a receiver on day one.

New York Giants DB - Terrell Thomas - The Giants look for a guy who can help ease the loss of Gibril Wilson.

New England Patriots DE/LB - Cliff Avril - Avril lays in wait behind Mike Vrabel.


ROUND 3

Miami Dolphins CB - Chevis Jackson – You can never have enough good cornerbacks. The Dolphins don't appear to have any.

St. Louis Rams LB - Erin Henderson - Henderson picks up where Brandon Chillar left off.

Kansas City Chiefs C - Mike Pollak - The Chiefs continue to work on the OL.

New York Jets WR - Donnie Avery - New York has no depth at WR.

Atlanta Falcons S - Thomas DeCoud - With their 5 th pick on day one the Falcons try to bolster a weak group of safeties.

New England Patriots RB - Chris Johnson - A steal in round three, Johnson offers protection against injuries to Laurence Maroney.

Chicago Bears WR – Will Franklin – Franklin could every bit as good as the departed Bernard Berrian. (You heard that here first.)

Jacksonville Jaguars DT - Ahtyba Rubin - Rubin should pair with John Henderson to form a sizeable interior, especially in goal-line situations.

Buffalo Bills LB - Xavier Adibi - Kawika Mitchell is not the long term solution on the weak side. But he does give Adibi a year to get up to speed (and size).

Minnesota Vikings LB - Marcus Howard - Howard can get pressure on the QB from the linebacker position. The added pressure should help the Vikings in pass coverage.

Carolina Panthers QB - Andre Woodson - Woodson is not ready to play now. He is the quarterback of the future.

San Francisco 49'ers OT - Sam Baker - Baker teams with Joe Thomas to form a good, young tackle tandem.

Detroit Lions OT - Oneil Cousins - The Lions need some competence behind Jeff Backus.

Cincinnati Bengals DB - Charles Godfrey - Godfrey moves to safety and replaces Madieu Williams.

New Orleans Saints S - Quintin Demps - New Orleans finishes its overhaul of the secondary.

Houston Texans S - Tyrell Johnson - Johnson should challenge Curome Cox for the free safety position.

Philadelphia Eagles WR - Earl Bennett - Steady, but not spectacular. A solid pro, but probably never a superstar. Sounds like Andy Reid's kind of guy.

Arizona Cardinals LB - Tavares Gooden - Chike Okeafor is 31. Karlos Dansby had to be franchised this year. The Cardinals need to think depth at LB.

Minnesota Vikings TE - Martellus Bennett - Bad tight ends are a dime a dozen. The Vikings have about 3.3 cents worth on the roster.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB - Ray Rice - Carnell Williams may never come back. Warrick Dunn and Michael Bennett are just stop gaps. Rice is the future.

Washington Redskins DE - Darrell Robertson - Despite a torn pectoral muscle, the Skins will count on Robertson coming back and contributing in '08.

Tennessee Titans OG - Roy Scheuning - Benji Olson is over 30 and has nobody behind him.

Seattle Seahawks LB - Bruce Davis - Is he a DE or a LB? Either way, look for this pass-rush specialist to see action on passing downs.

Detroit Lions TE - Brad Cottam - Hey, at least he's not another wide receiver.

Pittsburgh Steelers OT – Breno Giacomini - Giacomini had to apologize after giving Kentucky fans “the bird”. Sounds like a Pittsburgh lineman to me.

Jacksonville Jaguars TE - Martin Rucker – Marcedes Lewis hasn't become what he was supposed to be. Maybe Rucker will.

Chicago Bears OT - John Greco - Greco gets to cut his teeth on the interior until he moves outside.

Green Bay Packers DE/LB - Shawn Crable - Crable is a project DE. But, he is 6'5” with the room to add weight…not a bad investment. The Packers can wait for him.

Dallas Cowboys DT - Red Bryant - Bryant is a space eater and some good, hometown depth at nose tackle.

Indianapolis Colts RB - Matt Forte - The Colts just can't resist adding more weapons for Peyton Manning.

New York Giants C - John Sullivan - A solid line general, Sullivan may see some action at guard while waiting to take over at center.

New England Patriots S - Jonathan Hefney - New England can take a chance on Hefney who, at 5' 7” 190, is a bit short for a safety. He is not short on quickness or guts, though.

Washington Redskins WR – Marcus Monk - Anthony Mix (who?) is the only Redskin receiver over six feet. Monk is big and plays even bigger.

Cincinnati Bengals TE - Jeremichael Finley - Finley has the potential to be the best Bengal TE of all-time…believe it or not.

Baltimore Ravens C - Steve Justice - Baltimore has no depth on the interior of the offensive line.

 

 













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