Thursday, March 26, 2009

2009 NFL Mock Draft

1. Detroit Lions - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia ~
The debate is raging on what philosophy the Lions should use in this position. The Lions have a number of options at this spot: take a franchise QB, choose from its pick of the strong offensive tackle class, or take the best player defensive player available. Remember: the Lions have only used one first-round pick on a defensive player since 1999.

The Lions have two picks in the first round of the 2009 Draft thanks to the Roy Williams trade, and there will be quality defensive players from whom they can choose later on in round one. Factor into that the team's pick at the top of round two, and there will be other chances for the Lions to rebuild its horrible defense.

2. St. Louis Rams - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
This is a deep draft at offensive tackle, and the Rams could be in position to have their pick of the litter. Mel Kiper was ahead of the curve in predicting Jason Smith as a high pick, and he very well could end up going to the Rams at this spot. Smith bench-pressed 225 pounds 33 times at the combine, and he may have separated himself from the rest of the very strong offensive tackle pack with that performance.

With future hall of fame offensive tackle Orlando Pace is no longer a member of the Rams team, and his cut seems to point strongly to St. Louis going with an offensive tackle at this position.

3. Kansas City Chiefs - Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
Curry has managed to work his way to the top of most defensive prospect lists, and it would be no surprise for him to be a top five pick in the draft. He played his way into this spot with an outstanding 2008 senior season. At 6'2" 245 pounds, Curry runs a 4.56 40 and has an incredible knack for finding the ball. Seeing Curry in a 3-4 defense would be interesting, but he is such a strong prospect that he would project highly in any defensive scheme. Kansas City needs a blue chip offensive tackle, but a player at talented as Curry might prove to be too much for the Chiefs to pass up on at this spot.

4. Seattle Seahawks - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech ~
Michael Crabtree is considered by most experts to be the top wide receiver prospect in the draft -- and he left school as just a redshirt sophomore. Certainly his performance on national TV in hauling in the game-winning TD catch for the Red Raiders in their win over Texas brought him plenty of attention, but Crabtree is an overall solid player who is quite possibly the best sophomore-eligible NFL wide receiver prospect to come along since Larry Fitzgerald in 2004. Some consider Crabtree to be the best overall prospect in the draft, and he would be an ideal fit in Seattle.

Crabtree requires surgery on the stress fracture in his left foot, and after indicating initially that he would wait for his pro day to run, he has now decided to have surgery now and not run the 40.

5. Cleveland Browns - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
The Browns need to get a talented pass rusher, and while Aaron Curry would be great, if they can't get him then a player like Orakpo should receive strong consideration. Orakpo has great size at 6'3" 265, and he showed his strength at the combine by bench pressing 225 pounds an impressive 31 times.

Orakpo is talented enough where he could play either DE or OLB in a 3-4. That flexibility could make him even more tempting for a team like Cleveland which needs to improve and help Shaun Rogers.

6. Cincinnati Bengals - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Cincinnati desperately needs an offensive line boost. Consider this: in 2008, the Bengals were #30 in passing offense and #29 in rushing offense. To be fair, the injury of QB Carson Palmer contributed to this, but so did the departure of offensive tackle Willie Anderson to Baltimore in the last off-season. And, with the Bengals losing OT Stacy Andrews to free agency, adding an elite offensive tackle would seem to be a top priority for the Bengals.

7. Oakland Raiders - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri ~
While still very raw as a wide receiver, Maclin brings a big play kick return ability that would allow him to immediately impact special teams in a positive way. The Raiders could use youthful talent at wide receiver, and with Maclin's lightning speed he would seem like an appealing choice for Raiders owner Al Davis. His superb kick return skills give Maclin an extra edge over the rest of the wide receiver prospects.

And why not, the Raider already have 20 RB, why not add more more depth on a bad team.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
I still think Andre Smith is the best long-term offensive tackle prospect in the bunch. However, there are major questions about his work ethic. Add to that the bizarre scene at the NFL combine in Indianapolis surrounding Smith, coupled with what some believe was a sub-par pro day for him at Alabama, and there are doubters out there who think Smith is going to fall down the draft board.

9. Green Bay Packers - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
Consider this: Charles Woodson is 32 and Al Harris (who suffered a ruptured spleen earlier this year) is 34. The Packers need youth at corner in a major way. Jenkins might have been a top 15 pick had he come out last year, but with another year of seasoning on the college level he looks like the clear top cornerback prospect, and a likely top ten selection. There are some who think Jenkins might end up as a safety in the NFL, but he would provide an instant upgrade to Green Bay's secondary either way.

10. San Francisco 49ers - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC ~
Alex Smith hasn't been the answer for the 49ers, and Sanchez has emerged as the second-ranked QB prospect besides Matthew Stafford. For the 49ers to return to greatness, they will likely need to find a top-flight signal caller to lead the offense. And, unless they somehow manage to sign QB Kurt Warner (who is likely simply using the 49ers for leverage in negotiations with Arizona), taking Sanchez at this spot makes a great deal of sense.

11. Buffalo Bills - B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
Peria Jerry is tempting as a pass rushing threat from the DT position, but Raji, at 6'1" 325, has the bulk to fill the middle arguably better than Perry would. Moreover, Raji had an outstanding Senior Bowl week, to the point where he might end up as a top ten selection. There are some who see Raji as a top five talent, so this might constitute a bit of a bargain for Buffalo.

12. Denver Broncos - Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
With the Broncos moving to a 3-4 defense, a huge playmaker like Maualuga would be a great addition to the lineup. He is a great leader and, while there would be a transition necessary in moving to a 3-4, Maualuga is good enough to where he could be a great impact player for Denver. There is a need for a nose tackle that would be diffiuclt to fill at this spot (particularly if B.J. Raji is off the board) but overall a player like Maualuga would make Denver's defense better right away.

13. Washington Redskins - Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
Oher is an outstanding pass blocker, and despite a difficult past he turned into one of the nation's best college offensive linemen. Oher didn't have a great combine, but he is a freakishly talented player who, with the right coaching, could turn into an All-Pro.

14. New Orleans Saints - Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
The Saints held true to what was expected and signed free agent MLB Jonathan Vilma to a new contract. Vilma, who excels as a 4-3 MLB, had a tremendous 2008 season for New Orleans.

Without a second or third round pick in 2009, the Saints need to make a strong pick here, and Cushing would be a great addition to the team. He has great size, speed, and has shown poise and skill in big games.

The Saints could use a high-end center, and this draft has a couple of them -- but taking one at this spot would be a major stretch. Trading down might be a good idea if that is the objective of the Saints, as they could potentially obtain a second or third round selection as a result.

15. Houston Texans - Everette Brown, DE, Florida State ~
Brown had 13.5 sacks this past season for the Seminoles, and he would be an interesting addition to the Raiders. At 6'4" 250, Brown has great size, and his 4.65 speed presents a great combination for him coming off of the end position.

The Texans have a great defensive end with Mario Williams, but they could use a player like Brown to bring pressure from the left defensive end position. It's possible that the Texans could draft Brown with the idea of converting him into an OLB, but a player like Penn State OLB/DE Aaron Maybin would likely be a better choice for such a move.

16. San Diego Chargers - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
Jackson might have been a first round pick had he come out for last year's draft. In 2008 he fell off the radar to a degree due to LSU having a down year, but he has worked his way back into contention at the defensive end position.

At 6'4" 295, Jackson has the size to play DE effectively in a 3-4. And, with the Chargers not having a second round pick in the 2009 Draft, adding a player to the defensive front seven with this pick likely makes the most sense.

17. New York Jets - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia ~
In some ways I question the idea of the Jets not trying to stretch one more year out of the combo of Thomas Jones and Leon Washington, but the chance to land Moreno might be too enticing to pass up. The Jets might be tempted to trade up to get Moreno if they fear that San Diego might take him at #16, but of course that hinges on how the new braintrust with the Jets evaluates the relative skills of Wells and Moreno.

18. Chicago Bears - D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt ~
An important part of the defense that lead Vanderbilt to its first bowl game since 1982, Moore is heading to the NFL -- where he could be a great pickup by Chicago. Moore has already shown that he can handle man-to-man matchups with some elite WR talent, which should make him an appealing pick.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
The Bucs were in the running for free agent DT Albert Haynesworth up until the end, but the Redskins landed him. It was Haynesworth or bust for teams wanting an elite defensive tackle, so the Bucs must look elsewhere to fill that spot.

Jerry has had a strong season at Ole Miss, and he has moved into strong first round projection territory with his performance and with this being such a weak draft at defensive tackle. The Bucs once had a defensive tackle with great pass-rushing skills with Warren Sapp, and while it's not fair to hold Jerry to Sapp's standards (at least on the field), Jerry could be a strong pickup for a Bucs defense that folded down the stretch in 2008. There are a wide variety of options for the Buccaneers at this spot, but picking Jerry here makes a great deal of sense.

20. Detroit Lions (from Cowboys) - James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State
If the Lions take a QB with their own first round pick (the #1 overall selection), they most likely would go defense with this selection. There is plenty of work to be done in Detroit on a defense that was mostly neglected (at least as far as first round pick use went) under former GM Matt Millen, and Laurinaitis could have an instant impact on the team.

21. Philadelphia Eagles - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
One year ago the Eagles used their franchise tag to retain tight end L.J. Smith. It seems unlikely that the team would do that again, and short of Smith signing a long-term deal with Philly, the Eagles could be in the market for a tight end.

At this point Pettigrew looks like the best of the bunch with Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham going back to school for 2009. At 6'6" 260 Pettigrew has great size and appears to have the ability to block on an NFL quality level. He is also a receiving threat, and adding him to the mix in Philly would be quite intriguing.

22. Minnesota Vikings - Alex Mack, C, California
Part of a strong crop of players at center, Mack is a skilled player who is talented at snapping (be it shotgun or traditional) and blocking. With Matt Birk an unrestricted free agent and apparently not coming back to Minnesota, Mack could be a strong addition to the Vikings lineup who might be called upon to play right away.

23. New England Patriots - Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
Sintim played OLB at Virginia, but he is projected by some to move to ILB in the NFL, particularly in a 3-4 scheme. Teaming Sintim with Jared Mayo at the ILB spot could give the Patriots a great one-two punch in the middle.

24. Atlanta Falcons - Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State ~
The Falcons have cut OLB Keith Brooking (who turns 34 this year). Maybin is in some ways a raw talent, but with good speed and great athleticism, Maybin could be a good fit for the Falcons defensive front seven. Moreover, Maybin could also provide depth at the defensive end position, which would be a win-win for Atlanta.

25. Miami Dolphins - Percy Harvin, WR, Florida ~
The Dolphins could use a solid OLB, but instead of stretching to take one here the Dolphins could land an amazing talent in Harvin. Harvin has great speed, to be sure, but what makes him really stand out is his uncanny knack for not only running great routes but also in getting open. While I could see the Dolphins trading down here in Bill Parcells expert draft style, if Miami has the chance to draft Harvin here that could be a great move for a team that already has an emerging star with Ted Ginn, Jr.

26. Baltimore Ravens - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois ~
The Ravens cut longtime CB Chris McAlister earlier this off-season, and a logical progression for the Ravens would be to bring in a young player like Davis who, in time, could develop into a great pro cornerback. At 6'0" 205 Davis has average height for the position, but it's his speed and knack for breaking up passing plays that makes him look so good as a pro prospect.

27. Indianapolis Colts - Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn ~
The Colts rely on defensive pressure from its front four to pressure the quarterback with its Cover 2 defense. Moreover, the team looks to the interior defensive line to stop the run, which has been a hit-or-miss proposition in recent years.

At 6'1" (or 6'2" depending on who you believe) and 295 pounds, Marks would be able to help turn around the interior defensive line problems of the team. The DT position has been hit hard in the past two seasons, with the career-ending knee injury in August 2007 suffered by Anthony McFarland (who the Colts acquired for a second-round pick in 2006) and then the release of starting DT Ed Johnson early in the 2008 season after Johnson was arrested for possession of marijuana.

28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Panthers) - Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
Both starting offensive tackles for the Eagles, Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas, are slated to be unrestricted free agents, and it's a distinct possibility that one (if not both) will be leaving the team. However, the Eagles in this scenario would have missed out on the first wave of offensive tackles by the time pick #21 came up, so it makes sense for the Eagles to snag Brandon Pettigrew at #21 and then go for Britton at this spot.

29. New York Giants - Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
Overlooked by some because of his strong teammates Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing, Matthews is a talented outside linebacker who would be a good addition to the Giants. Landing an offensive tackle here would be nice, but if Eben Britton goes one pick before, Matthews would probably make the most sense in this spot.

30. Tennessee Titans - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland ~
Heyward-Bey has an unusual combination of size (6'2" 205) and world-class speed (he ran a 4.30 40 at the combine), so much so that on one play early in the 2008 season he literally *outran* double-coverage en route to an open touchdown reception. Moreover, with Chris Carr leaving via free agency, Heyward-Bey would be an intriguing addition at the kick return spot.

31. Arizona Cardinals - Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State ~
The Cardinals have a rather strong need for a franchise running back. Edgerrin James turns 31 in August, and for a third straight season he finished with a sub 4.0 yards per carry rushing average in 2008. He's also due a $5 million base salary in 2009. Tim Hightower had an even worse average than James, with an anemic 2.8 yards per carry in the 2008 regular season. J.J. Arrington left via free agency, and overall a player like Wells would be a wonderful fit for Arizona.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Max Unger, C/OG, Oregon
Unger played center at Oregon, but he could potentially play both center and guard for the Steelers. Pittsburgh retained OG Chris Kemoeatu with a five-year contract, but Unger could still be a valuable addition to a Steelers team that needs some fresh blood on its offensive line.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Updated Mock Draft

This is the one. I think that this will be the picks that will happen next weekend. Oh how things change so quickly. Got to love football.

1. Miami Dolphins: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
In 19 years as a head coach, Bill Parcells has drafted a quarterback in either round one or round two once. One time. Of course, that was the first overall pick (Drew Bledsoe, 1993), and rumors suggest the Dolphins really like Matt Ryan. History states Parcells is more likely to spend the first day drafting defensive linemen, offensive linemen, or outside linebackers. We're sticking with history, for now.

2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
The Rams spent three selections on defensive tackles last year and a third-round pick on the position in 2006. They still need help there, but they could also use a bookend to help their offensive line.

3. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
Mike Smith and Tom Dimitroff inherited a mess. The best way to buy at least three years is to tie themselves to a young quarterback. Let's hope Joey Harrington doesn't rub off on the BC kid.

4. Oakland Raiders: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
We're going with the area of biggest need, which is probably not prudent. Considering that Al Davis is in control, the Raiders will likely trade this selection for Chad Johnson or grab Darren McFadden.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
With Jake Long off the board, the Chiefs are forced to bite the bullet and pick Clady a little early. The Cardinals did the same thing with Levi Brown last year. This selection assumes Clady's pectoral injury isn't serious.

6. New York Jets: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
The Jets should be locked into Vernon Gholston, unless McFadden falls to this point. Just as Chester Taylor didn't keep the Vikings from drafting Adrian Peterson, the presence of Thomas Jones shouldn't hold the Jets back from considering this option.

7. New England Patriots: Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State
The NFL gods feel bad about the Super Bowl defeat and the loss of the 31st overall pick. Thus, the absolute best option falls to the Patriots here.

8. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
What don't the Ravens need? They could go a lot of directions with this selection. With Ryan, Jake Long, and Clady off the board, we're switching away from the offensive needs and focusing on the top defensive hole. Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister are both over 30, and the former appears to be on the decline. The problem? Rolle and McAlister also make a lot of money, and the Ravens might hesitate to spend another huge chunk on the position.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
Outside of Domata Peko, the Bengals are long in the tooth at defensive tackle. They're also about to lose Justin Smith to free agency. Thus, defensive line is a major need. Ellis makes sense from a talent standpoint, but his style might not be suited for a 3-4, unless the Bengals believe he can play end. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Bengals opt for a rushing outside linebacker instead.

10. New Orleans Saints: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
The Saints haven't been shy about looking at small school guys, which is why we feel safe picking McKelvin over Kansas corner Aqib Talib. There's currently no consensus about who the top corner will be (Jenkins, McKelvin, Talib), but pretty much everyone agrees the Saints need to address their defensive backfield.

11. Buffalo Bills: Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
The Bills scored big with the Pac-10 in 2007 (Marshawn Lynch, Trent Edwards), but it doesn't make sense for them to add the shorter DeSean Jackson to their height-challenged receiving corps. Instead, we're eying the 6-4 Kelly or the 6-4 Limas Sweed for this spot.

12. Denver Broncos: DeSean Jackson, WR, California
The Broncos could be in a tough spot. They have a lot of defensive needs, but the top tier of talent will be off the board. So, unless they fall head-over-heels for someone like linebacker Dan Connor, we're throwing out a wild card pick in Jackson. The Broncos are expected to release Javon Walker, could use a speed guy in the passing attack, and badly want to upgrade their return games. Jackson may be small, but he can motor and is excellent on returns.

13. Carolina Panthers: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
The Panthers re-signed Travelle Wharton and placed the franchise tag on Jordan Gross, but they plan on moving Wharton to guard and could lose Gross after the 2008 season. Thus, it still makes sense for them to target an offensive tackle. Their options at this spot range from Otah and fellow offensive tackle Sam Baker to quarterback Brian Brohm to defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer.

14. Chicago Bears: Rashad Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
The offensive line is terrible, the defensive line needs some help, and the receiving group looks miserable. Despite those glaring issues, the Bears could have a tough time passing on Mendenhall. The club finished last in the NFL in yards-per-carry and bust Cedric Benson is rehabbing a broken ankle.

15. Detroit Lions: Aqib Talib, CB, Lions
Can this be a receiver? Please? Limas Sweed? The Lions released Fernando Bryant from their thin secondary this week and solidified cornerback as their biggest need. Given Kevin Jones' injury history, they could also consider running back Jonathan Stewart, and with Shaun Rogers on the block, Balmer makes sense, too.

16. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
We've always thought he looked a little small to be an NFL running back, but the Daily Show anchor and Oscars host apparently has some gridiron skills. The Cardinals haven't hidden the fact that they need to find someone to back up or replace the aging Edge James. The only question is if one of the top three backs falls this far.

17. Minnesota Vikings: Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson
Brad Childress may be too stubborn to pull the trigger on Brian Brohm or consider a wide receiver with this pick. Defensive end may be the bigger need, though, since 2004 and 2005 first-round picks Kenechi Udeze and Erasmus James haven't worked out as hoped. Derrick Harvey (Florida) and Calais Campbell (Miami) are two other ends who the Vikings will examine.

18. Houston Texans: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
Is Gary Kubiak enough of a Mike Shanahan disciple to ignore a running back with this pick? Mendenhall or Stewart would be ideal, but the speedy Jones is a fine consolation prize. He was forced into a backup role by McFadden, and the Texans would need to complement him with a power back. Still, this is the type of home run hitter their backfield needs.

19. Philadelphia Eagles: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
For the fifth straight year, many mock drafts will want the Eagles to pick a receiver. It won't happen. Unfortunately, the defensive end and safeties didn't exactly wow scouts at the Combine. The Eagles could release two veteran busts, Jevon Kearse and Darren Howard, and create an opening for Campbell to contribute immediately.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
Brohm may wonder why Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn's phone numbers will be provided for him on draft day. The Bucs arguably have bigger needs, but Brohm will put an end to what has been a messy quarterback quagmire under Jon Gruden's watch.

21. Washington Redskins: Sam Baker, OT, USC
Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels have been holding down the ends of the Redskins line since 2000, and it's about time to groom a future replacement. The right side of the Redskins line was a mess due to injuries and a lack of depth in 2007. Yes, the team needs receiver and defensive end help, but maybe they'll actually work with a little long-term vision in this draft.

22. Dallas Cowboys: Dominique Rodger-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State
It's no secret that receiver, cornerback, offensive tackle, and running back are high on the Cowboys priority list. With the tempting Felix Jones off the board, Jerry Jones may be eying up Sweed, receiver Mario Manningham, or tackle Chris Williams. However, we're going with Rodgers-Cromartie, who rocked the Combine on Tuesday.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
The Steelers are eying up offensive linemen, and everyone knows it. Guard Alan Faneca will leave via free agency, and tackle Max Starks is currently only held by the transition tag. Williams is the most talented offensive lineman on the board at this point.

24. Tennessee Titans: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
By placing the franchise tag on Albert Haynesworth, the Titans may have bought a little time for a defensive line that could lose ends Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy. They will definitely look at those spots with this pick, but if an offensive playmaker like Sweed falls this far, they should thank their lucky stars. Vince Young badly needs weapons.

25. Seattle Seahawks: Kentwan Balmer, DT, Seahawks
We expect the Seahawks to heavily address their offense in this draft, but our mock puts them in a bit of a tough position, as many of the top running backs, receivers, and offensive tackles are gone. The Seahawks defensive line (without Marcus Tubbs) couldn't stop Ryan Grant in the divisional playoff game, and Balmer would immediately add depth to that weak spot.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
Think the Jaguars watched the Super Bowl? Defensive end was a top priority before that contest, but after seeing the Giants attack Tom Brady, the Jaguars know they need to apply more pressure if they want to take the next step in the AFC.

27. San Diego Chargers: Pat Sims, DT, Auburn
We haven't seen Sims popping up in the first round too often, but the choice makes sense for the Chargers. Tackle Jamal Williams is nearly 32 and has bad knees, and defensive end Luis Castillo struggles to stay healthy. Sims may be a bit of a project, but the Chargers only need him to provide depth in year one.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
If the Cowboys lose left tackle Flozell Adams to free agency, they'll need to look at offensive tackle with this selection. For the time being, we'll stick with a receiver. Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn are getting long in the tooth, and Manningham or Early Doucet (LSU) could spend a year learning the ropes.

29. San Francisco 49ers: Early Doucet, WR, LSU
Rumors suggest the 49ers will address the defensive side of the ball via free agency, and we have to believe new offensive coordinator Mike Martz is begging for wide receiver help. Doucet skipped the Combine as he recovers from a hamstring injury, and the 49ers could also look at James Hardy or Devin Thomas, both of whom are bigger bodies but also ran in the 4.4 range.

30. Green Bay Packers: Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
The Packers could use an infusion of youth at corner, help at safety, and someone to compete with Brady Poppinga at outside linebacker. Thus, there are a number of good options left, ranging from Phillips to Reggie Smith to Dan Connor to Keith Rivers.

31. New England Patriots: Given Up for cheating.

32. New York Giants: Keith Rivers, OLB, USC
With Kawika Mitchell headed to free agency and Mathias Kiwanuka coming off injury (not to mention playing out of position), the Giants would love to see Rivers or Dan Connor fall into their laps. In such a scenario, Tom Coughlin may actually be convinced to not pick a Boston College player (offensive tackle Gosder Cherlius).

Top 32

Here is my top 32. They can be drafted in any order, but this is a Power Player Ranking.

1. Darren McFadden RB Arkansas
2. Chris Long DE Virginia
3. Jake Long OT Michigan
4. Glenn Dorsey DT LSU
5. Matt Ryan QB Boston Coll.
6. Sedrick Ellis DT USC
7. Ryan Clady OT Boise St.
8. Keith Rivers LB USC
9. Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois
10. Vernon Gholston DE Ohio State
11. Branden Albert G Viginia
12. Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon
13. Derrick Harvey DE Florida
14. Jerod Mayo OLB Tennessee
15. Leodis McKelvin CB Troy
16. Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh
17. Rodgers-Cromartie CB Tenn. St.
18. Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt
19. Mike Jenkins CB S. Florida
20. Kentwan Balmer DT N. Carolina
21. Devin Thomas WR Michigan St.
22. Aqib Talib CB Kansas
23. Phillip Merling DE Clemson
24. Limas Sweed WR Texas
25. Brandon Flowers CB Virginia Tech
26. Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma
27. Brian Brohm QB Louisville
28. DeSean Jackson WR California
29. Dustin Keller TE Purdue
30. Felix Jones RB Arkansas
31. Dan Connor LB Penn State
32. Kenny Phillips S Miami (FL)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New NFL Mock Draft 2_24_08

Here is updated NFL mock draft, I will continue to edit and update throughout the next 2 months. If you have any comments please let me know and I will take them into consideration for the next update. Thanks

1. Miami (1-15)
The Pick: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
The buzz: The Dolphins need many things, and Bill Parcells may opt for Long – who may be the safest pick in this draft. We still like Matt Ryan at No. 1, so don't be surprised if Miami goes that direction. But I might be leaning towards Ryan.

2. St. Louis (3-13)
The Pick: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
The buzz: The Rams will focus on the defensive line early. Dorsey would give them an impact defender for a flexible front line. They could also use the pick to help their O line, espically if Pace doesn't come back. I could see them picking Long, if that is the case.

x - 3. Atlanta (4-12)
The Pick: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
The buzz: The Falcons are hoping this fine leader is still on the board when they select. Ryan would allow the franchise to turn the page on the Michael Vick disaster. Where to start with this team.

x - 4. Oakland (4-12)
The Pick: Sedrick Ellis, DT, Southern Cal
The buzz: Veteran tackle Warren Sapp has joined the retirement list, and Ellis is flying up the charts. They need some help every where.

x - 5. Kansas City (4-12)
The Pick: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
The buzz: The Chiefs' offensive line has struggled in recent seasons, and Long would be a great fit here. This would help LJ.

6. N.Y. Jets (4-12)
The Pick: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas*
The buzz: The Jets may find this talented feature back available at No. 6, and they would probably jump at the chance to select him. This guy is great and could go at #3 to Atlanta.

7. New England (From San Francisco) (5-11)
The Pick: Vernon Gholston, DE/LB, Ohio St.*
The buzz: The Patriots are looking for a young impact defender for their aging linebacker unit. I think they should of had to give up their whole draft for cheating, but so be it. This will be a good pick for their aging defense.

8. Baltimore (5-11)
The Pick: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
The buzz: The Ravens are looking for their future leader, and Brohm would be a fine start for a new offense. He could fit in right away and learn under McNair, who is going to be 55 this year.

9. Cincinnati (7-9)
The Pick: Keith Rivers, LB, Southern Cal
The buzz: The Bengals defense has struggled with young linebackers, and Rivers is a proven playmaker. Their offense is getting older, they need to do something.

10. New Orleans (7-9)
The Pick: Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami*
The buzz: The Saints defense has not been performing at a playoff level, and Phillips could be a difference-maker in this secondary. Need some help for the potent offense.

11. Buffalo (7-9)
The Pick: DeSean Jackson, WR, California*
The buzz: The Bills are looking for playmakers at wideout and in the return game, and Jackson can help in both areas. I'm still not sold of Losman though.

12. Denver (7-9)
The Pick: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
The buzz: The Broncos must improve their pass protection to be real playoff contenders. Time to throw may help Jay Cutler as much as another offensive playmaker. Usually, they always have a good o line, but usually for the Run.

13. Carolina (7-9)
The Pick: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami*
The buzz: The Panthers are looking for help on both lines, though free agency moves will dictate their early draft selections. They need some help.

14. Chicago (7-9)
The Pick: Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
The buzz: The Bears will likely lose Bernard Berrian in free agency, and Kelly would be a welcome addition. Good pick, but doesn't help with their QB situation. Have the Bears ever had a good QB?

15. Detroit (7-9)
The Pick: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St.*
The buzz: The Lions offensive line would benefit from a top flight tackle, especially on the left side. Need to protect the super slow Kitna so he can get it to their great receiving core.

16. Arizona (8-8)
The Pick: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
The buzz: The Cardinals defense needs another player on this young, developing unit. McKelvin is a top-flight return man who can cover. It seems like they make the wrong pick every year.

17. Minnesota (8-8)
The Pick: Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma*
The buzz: The Vikings secondary lacks talent and depth. Minnesota needs to address this unit early this April. If they can come up with a good defense they can compete.

18. Houston (8-8)
The Pick: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon*
The buzz: The Texans are looking to add a young standout feature back to balance their offense. This would be a great pick and make them a better team right away.

19. Philadelphia (8-8)
The Pick: Lawrence Jackson, DE, Southern Cal
The buzz: A pass rusher like Jackson would allow the Eagles to solidify their front seven on defense. They are getting old.

20. Tampa Bay (9-7)
The Pick: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
The buzz: The Bucs are looking to rebuild a playoff-caliber defense, especially at cornerback. The USF standout would be a fan favorite. They can also use this for a WR.

21. Washington (9-7)
The Pick: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida*
The buzz: The Redskins will address the defensive line early. An impact pass rusher should be a top priority. This will be a solid pick.

22. Dallas (from Cleveland (10-6))
The Pick: Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas*
The buzz: The Cowboys have big problems at cornerback, which they will likely address with one of their two first-round picks. Either a CB or a WR is that they need.

23. Pittsburgh (10-6)
The Pick: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
The buzz: The Steelers hope to address their offensive line early in the draft. Williams is a quality player who would help them fill a need at tackle.

24. Tennessee (10-6)
The Pick: Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn
The buzz: The Titans could face big losses on defense in free agency. That would makes this position a top priority in the Draft. Haynesworth is only there for 1 more year, but they do really need some help on offense for the overrated Vince Young.

25. Seattle (10-6)
The Pick: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois*
The buzz: The Seahawks' are looking to the future here because Shaun Alexander has slipped over recent seasons.

26. Jacksonville (11-5)
The Pick: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
The buzz: The Jaguars could surprise here with a fast-rising prospect that would fit well in their front four. Front runner to win the AFC in 08?

27. San Diego (11-5)
The Pick: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas*
The buzz: The Chargers may look to add this all purpose back with veteran Michael Turner expected to leave in free agency. Keep in mind, LaDainian Tomlinson is entering his eighth season. And he is up on the trading block according to ESPN.

28. Dallas (13-3)
The Pick: Early Doucet, WR, LSU
The buzz: The Cowboys' aging receiving corps needs an influx of talent. Dallas will most likely address this position with one of their first-round picks. This also depends if they make a run for Stallworth or Moss.

29. San Francisco (From Indianapolis (13-3))
The Pick: Earl Bennett, WR, Vanderbilt*
The buzz: The 49ers have the league's weakest receiving corps and will look to address this area early and often. Alex Smith needs more options if he is to realize his pro potential.

30. Green Bay (13-3)
The Pick: Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
The buzz: The Packers are looking to improve their playoff-caliber defense. In the NFL, you can never have too many quality cover men in the NFL.

31. New England (16-0)
The Pick: Pick forfeited.
The Buzz: No first-round pick because of NFL sanctions following "Spygate" controversy. The Pats cheat, what a surprise.

32. NY Giants (10-6)
The Pick: Curtis Lofton, LB, Oklahoma*
The buzz: The Big Blue may lose two linebackers in free agency, and Lofton or Dan Connor could be the pick here.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Information on the NFL Mock Draft

I would like inform all the people who have visited my Mock Draft and emailed me and placed comments, that this is only a preliminary draft done 1/18/07. There will be changes due to performance and new entries into the draft. This blog will be updated regularly with updates on players. Please stop back to the Official Mock Draft Blog of the NFL. This is an interactive Mock Draft so any input will be great and will take your knowledge and points and apply it to the blog. Thank you ahead of time!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

2008 NFL Mock Draft Picks 11-20

11. Buffalo Bills: DeSean Jackson, WR, California. The Buffalo defense was pretty solid for the most part this year, but their offense was a disgrace to Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, and yes even Scott "wide left" Norwood, aka Ray Finkel. They need some help. Lee Evens had his annual resurfacing of being an excellent after bye week, and I think they need a receiver to complement him. With this pick I think the Bills will take the best WR on the board with Jenkins. Dude can out right burn, and would take some pressure of of Evens, which will eventually open up the run game. McGahee is a talent but got stuffed when teams put 8 in the box.

12. Denver Broncos: James Laurinatis, LB, Ohio State. Now I have no idea why the Denver Broncos defense performed the way they did, they got Bly from Detroit and with Champ Baily, I was sure they would of been solid. Well they had a bunch of injuries to Al Wilson and some of their DL. I think that while Cutler is maturing they need a good defense to offset his errors (he did play better at the end of the year). Now I think this prediction depends is Javon Walker (I think he was just pissed because Marshall was getting all the TD's but they doubled him). And if Rod Smith is coming back. Brandon Marshall will be a pro-bowler next year, so they are looking good if they can retain Walker's services.

13. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida. What happened to this team, what a surprise. I think Del Hommie will be back strong next year, and will have his target receiver Steve Smith at his disposal (I think pound of pound the best receiver in the league). He had an off year because of his QB's injury, and playing with David Carr, man how long does this guy hold onto the ball. He isn't fit to play arena league. So therefore, Harvey can help. The offense will be in good shape, the next thing to do is help a defense that is solid, but with this pick it, Harvey is the best defense on the board. Taking him will help them years to come.

14. Chicago Bears: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College. Many people do not think he will drop this far, but I think the circumstances with the Jets in their offense, they need a mobile QB. Ryan is not a mobile QB. He will fit in perfect with the Chicago, who needs an QB identity for this team. What the hell happened to them? Well, Grossman sucks and the once good Greasie, can't hit the side of a barn. Ryan is also a good cold weather QB, which we know is inclement in Chicago.

15. Detroit Lions: Kenny Phillips, S, Miami. Where do I start with this team. Martz is out, he knew he had to jump ship. Their defense stinks. They gave up the most points of any team in the NFL. Kitna can predict all he wants, but with the condition of their defense will make this impossible. They could put up the points, well because the had to. With the loss of Bly made it even worse. I think getting Phillips will help instantly.

16. Arizona Cardinals: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC. This guy is strong and fast and would help the Cardinals horrible defense. Their offence performed well but can definitely use a guy like Maualuga. He's fast and has proven that he can hit the holes to plug up the run. He can also play the pass well for a Linebacker. I can't remember a year that the Cardinals has a linebacker than is a game changer. I think with Manaluga he can fill this need for the Arizona Cardinals.

17. Minnesota Vikings: Calais
Campbell, DE, Miami. The Minnesota Vikings are an interesting team going into the 2008 season. They have the best 2 back combo in the league. From this, I don't think their QB Jackson is the answer for them, even though he did play well down the stretch. If Jackson can eliminate his errors, then I think the Vikings offense will be fine. They have a good line and some nice offensive talent. This brings me to their defense. They gave up the most points in the NFL and they stunk up the place in 2007. Imagine how good this team would be with a solid defense. I think with Campbell this will help their plight. He's a big boy 6'7 and can help with their pass rush, getting his hands up to help out the DB's. At this place in the draft Campbell will be their best choice.

18. Houston Texans: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Flordia. The Houston Texans had a respectable season, but some injuries made it impossible to make a playoff run. I think they are set with talent on the offensive side of the board. Even with an aging RB with Green, I think that they will be better served finding someone to help Super Mario (who played great after the first 5 games, I know the Texas were worried). I think Green will be back and am a big fan of Green and Dayne. Growing up in Mike Shannonhan's system, Kubiak can find a running back in the second or third round (see Terrell Davis & Mike Anderson). I think Jenkins can step in and help this defense. Their defense that had one the worst turnover ranking in the NFL.

19. Philladelhpia Eagles: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St. Some people would say that this pick depends on wheather McNabb is back at Quarterback. Well I disagree. McNabb is always hurt for a reason. The Eagles line has been bad over the last 3 years and even if McNabb leaves they need a good line to protect their talented rookie, Kevin Kolb. I think Kolb will excel in Philly and think McFlab is gone. Never a fan of his. Clady is a big boy at 6'6 317 and possibly is the best pure pass blocker in the NFL Draft. Helping the high powered Boise State team to a bowl bid.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas. In the playoffs, Joey Galloway was double covered by the Giants and needs some help next year. They gave up the least amount of points in the NFC, so helping with their offense is the only recourse. Sweed has everything NFL teams look for in a No. 1 wide receiver, including ideal size, athleticism and hands. Sweed can solidify his spot in Round 1 with another productive season like he had as a junior in 2006. I think he can be a great possession receiver the Bucs have been lacking since Keyshawn.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

2008 NFL Mock Draft Picks 1-10

The Miami Dolphins will make the first choice of the 2008 NFL Draft on April 26-27. The order of the first round of the 2008 Draft was announced by the NFL.

The Dolphins’ choice will be followed by the St. Louis Rams picking second and either the Atlanta Falcons or Oakland Raiders third.

Atlanta, Kansas City, and Oakland had the same strength of schedule in the 2007 season. Since Kansas City finished third in the AFC West Division and the Raiders fourth (the tie was broken on the basis of record in common games), the Raiders will draft ahead of the Chiefs. Atlanta and Oakland will flip a coin for the third position at the NFL Combine in February. If Atlanta wins, the Falcons will draft third, the Raiders fourth, and the Chiefs fifth. If the Raiders win the coin flip, they will draft third, and the Falcons and Chiefs will flip a coin to determine the fourth and fifth positions.

Though Buffalo and Denver had the same strength of schedule, they tie for the 11
th and 12th positions was broken by the conference tie-breaker. Since Denver defeated Buffalo in head-to-head competition, Buffalo is given priority in the draft order and will select in the 11th position.

Chicago and Detroit also had the same strength-of-schedule. Their tie for the 14
th and 15th positions was broken by the divisional tiebreaker. Since the Lions defeated the Bears twice in head-to-head competition, Chicago is given priority and will select in the 14th position.

Since Cleveland is not in the playoffs, the Browns (who traded the selection to Dallas) have priority in the draft ahead of playoffs teams with the same record.

Within the tie, non-playoff clubs are given priority over playoff clubs. Priority of playoff clubs within a tied segment will be based on their advancement in the playoffs, but they will not drop out of their tied segment unless they participate in the Super Bowl.

1. Miami Dolphins: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU. Through Miami. Bill Parcells is a born winner and needs to win immediately. They need a player that will have the greatest impact on their aging defense, Dorsey can do that. They have many needs, but will have Ronnie Brown back next and need to start somewhere. They need to start with their defense.

2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Long, OT, Michigan. The Rams offense struggled this year with the injuries to Orlando Pace and Holt being out for a portion of the games, they need to get a sure pick to help the Rams offensive line. Their once prolific offense is now in shambles. They need to do something to off set the one of the worst defenses in the league.

3. Oakland Raiders: Chris Long, DE, Virginia. Oakland had a real good defense in 2006, but in 2007 they regressed. They have a couple guys getting older, but still serviceable, with the addition of Long, they will be instantly better. With Russell taking the helm at QB, the Oakland Raiders are looking to have a lot of upside. Al Davis wants to get back to him to the glory days, maybe Howie Long's son can do that.

4. Atlanta Falcons: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas. Atlanta needs a bunch of people, but the right choice here is McFadden. Some say that McFadden is going to be better than Adrian Peterson, I'm a little skeptical, but none the less McFadden is going to be good. Plus with Dunn getting old and their QB situation is messed up (Harrington can't hit a side of a barn), having a 2 back tandem will at least give them some offense. Their offense last year was like watching paint dry.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State. The Kansas City Chiefs need to fill a bunch of holes and I think they need to start with their defense. Larry Johnson was hurt for the good part of the year and I believe Croyle is a good candidate to take over next year at QB. Gholston has elite talent and is a big body that is a great pass rusher. Gholston will make the Chiefs defense better right away. Despite his teams performance, Gholston played real well in the National Championship game.

6. New York Jets: Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky. The Jets need a bunch of personal. I don't think Clemons is the answer and Pennington is out along with Santana Moss. I think the Jets are going to clean house and start over and starting with QB. Their defense is pretty good, so I think starting with the offense is the way to go here.

7. New England Patriots: Dan Connor, LB, Penn State (from San Francisco). It almost doesn't seem fair that the New England Patriots have the 7th pick in the draft, but it goes to show that their front office and their personal are the best in football. Connor will fill in for an aging LB core, that is getting older by the day. This is the only hole that I see for the best single season team ever.

8. Baltimore Ravens: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville. Now that Billick has been fired, the Ravens can draft a QB that will help them into the future. Boller never really lived up to his potential, Steve McNair is old and cannot hold up for a couple games rather a whole season. McNair is knowledgeable and help a rookie like Brohm. I think Smith could be a good and he did a real good job the last game against the Steelers. The Ravens need a lot of help and last season they lost 7 in a row, and looked pitiful at times. With an aging defense, they need a lot of help.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC. The Bengals have a weak defense and an even weaker defensive of line. Ellis is a solid large body that can help fill up the holes on their run defense. He's quick for a big guy and can penetrate to help this horrible defense. If they can get their defense straightened out then they can take a run at the playoffs. With Chad Johnson rumored wanting to be out at Cincinnati, the Bengals need all the help they can get.

10. New Orleans Saints: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State. The Saints played real well down the stretch and could of played even better with a solid defense. Jenkins has a nice combo of speed and size that could make him a lock down corner. This will help the Saints greatly. Their only real weakness over the last years has been their pass defense. So picking Jenkins is the best choice at this point in the draft. Another option would be a Kenny Phillips out of Miami. I have always believed that a FS or a SS can be found in the second and third rounds of the draft.