|1. Miami Dolphins – Chris Long, DE, Virginia |
The Dolphins could go many ways here, but ultimately Parcells goes with the best available player
|2. St. Louis Rams – Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State |
Gholston’s combine number are hard to ignore and he fits well into St. Louis’s defensive scheme
|3. Atlanta Falcons – Jake Long, OT, Michigan |
Long is the pick here unless he is already taken. In that case, Gholston is the pick. Hard to see Long not in the top 3 picks though.
|4. Oakland Raiders – Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy |
Call it a hunch. Sure, RB Darren McFadden would be the obvious pick here, but nothing Oakland does surprises me anymore.
|5. Kansas City Chiefs – Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas |
This is the Matt Leinart pick of 2008. When McFadden slips and is obviously the best available you have to take him, even if it doesn’t look like he is the best pick for your team. Of course if everything goes according to plan, Sedrick Ellis gets picked here.
|6. New York Jets – Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC |
Why not, right?
|7. New England Patriots (From 49ers) – Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida |
The Patriots are in need of a CB. Jenkins to me is at the top of the bunch available in this draft.
|8. Baltimore Ravens – Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College |
I’ve seen many mock drafts that have Ryan going to Baltimore. I see no reason to not believe it. Baltimore has seen too much inconsistency from this position and Matt Ryan is a top 10 pick and a good fit for their system.
|9. Cincinnati Bengals – Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU |
Cincy needs help against the run. Dorsey is too goo to pass up here.
|10. New Orleans Saints – Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida |
There are a couple better choices here, but none that fits what the Saints need right now
|11. Buffalo Bills – Keith Rivers, OLB, USC |
His size and ability warrant a pick at #11
|12. Denver Broncos – Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson |
Tempting to take Ryan Clady here, but I can’t see Denver taking an OL in the first round.
|13. Carolina Panthers – Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State |
Carolina fills a need on the offensive line
|14. Chicago Bears – Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt |
Like Carolina, a run blocker on the offensive line is needed. If Williams is gone, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jeff Otah taken here. I like Williams over Otah though if both are available.
|15. Detroit Lions – Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois |
I’ll be honest, early on I wasn’t too hot on Mendenhall, at least when compared against who else would be available. The more I watched him towards the end of the 2007 season and the more I read up on him, the more impressed I was. Scouts seemed to be impressed as well. Hey, at least it’s not a WR, right?
|16. Arizona Cardinals – Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas |
Everywhere I read, the experts say they should take RB Jonathan Stewart from Oregon. I disagree and I felt that way before Stewart’s toe injury. Stewart is a great talent, but the Cardinals need more help on defense right now, especially at CB.
|17. Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh |
The Vikings have many needs and this pick fills one of them. Vikings should consider themselves lucky to get this guy this late in the first round.
|18. Houston Texans – Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon |
Houston could benefit from the services of several players here. They passed up on Reggie Bush a couple of years ago and I’m not saying Stewart is a Reggie Bush (if he was I would have had him going much earlier), but Houston’s run game needs help. Even with the off season injury and the uncertainty going into training camp this summer, Stewart would pay dividends in the Lone Star State.
|19. Philadelphia Eagles – DeSean Jackson, WR, California |
Philly has been searching for a WR the entire off season. They haven’t been able to land one yet. I’m not sure they will. This is probably the best way to do it.
|20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma |
You’ll start to see some wideouts picked towards the end of the first round. I think Kelly will be the 2nd to go.
|21. Washington Redskins – Calais Campbell, DE, Miami |
Washington continues to build a defensive line that gives them more sack opportunities in 2008.
|22. Dallas Cowboys (From Browns) – Limas Sweed, WR, Texas |
Dallas tries to shore up their WR core as Terrell Owens turns 35. Cowboys scouts I’m sure have had plenty of time to watch this home state star.
|23. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan |
With the release of WR Cedric Wilson, this pick becomes even more important to come away with a WR.
|24. Tennessee Titans – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State |
The Titans takes a gamble on this speedy CB from in state school Tennessee State
|25. Seattle Seahawks – Dan Conner, OLB, Penn State |
Even I am a little surprised I have him going this low, but based on needs of other teams, unfortunately he drops to Seattle – or is it unfortunate?
|26. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina |
He’s strong and has size. Could be a force on Jacksonville’s defensive front
|27. San Diego Chargers – Branden Albert, G, Virginia |
Best available OL remaining.
|28. Dallas Cowboys – Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma |
Word is Dallas has an aging defensive background. At least that’s what I read people think. I’m not so sure, but Dallas already took their WR with their first pick at 22. Then again, I would not be surprised to see Jerry Jones trade both first round picks to trade up for Darren McFadden. Stay tuned.
|29. San Francisco 49ers (From Colts) – Early Doucet, WR, LSU |
The WR hit parade continues. Doucet will give Alex Smith a nice target.
|30. Green Bay Packers – James Hardy, WR, Indiana |
And here I thought we’d be done picking WR in the first round. Would not be surprised to see TE Fred Davis from USC here either.
|31. New York Giants – Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona |
This is a tough one. I like Cason. I’m a U of A graduate, so I’m a U of A guy. I’ve seen some other mocks with Cason as high as 22 going to Dallas. I’m not completely convinced he is a first rounder. If he isn’t, he is definitely an early second rounder. I say the Giants take a chance on him.