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.


TigerJ said...

I'm a Bills fan, and I'll limit my thoughts to your Bills selection. The Bills agree with you on Losman. That might be why Trent Edwards is the Bills' starter, al there is a good chance Losman will be peddled for a draft pick in the upcoming April draft. As far as DeSean Jackson is concerned, the Bills already have a near clone in Roscoe Parrish. They don't need another smurf. Lee Evans can stretch the field very well too.

Your mock was done before the start of free agency, so some of the alternatives I might recommend would not have been as appropriate when you did the mock. Had I seen you mock before March 1st, I might have suggested Dan Conner in place of Jackson since you have Rivers going to Cincinnati. The Bills picked up Kawika Mitchell from the Giants, so the need for an outside linebacker drops way down on the Bills list of priorities. The Bills still need a play making CB with some size. In your mock they could have their pick of Mike Jenkins, Dominic Rogers-Cromartie, or whoever. I think they would have something of a priority on size with the trend in the league toward bigger receivers. The Bills could also be tempted by a good defensive end. Derrick Harvy put on about 30 lbs. of lard leading up to the combine. That could scare the Bills off, but Phillip Merling will be available at #11. Some might think him something of a reach, but he is a well rounded DE with both size and athleticism. Depending on what the Bills do from here on out in free agency, they may head into the draft needing a big WR who can fight for the ball in the end zone. That's why so many other mocks have Buffalo picking Malcolm Kelly. Just because everyone else is saying he'll be the pick doesn't mean they are wrong. A few slot Limas Sweed here.

I will make you a flat out guarantee. The Bills will not pick Jackson at #11

Tapupartforpres said...

Good points here, I will edit the mock draft here soon to take into free agency.

I don't think any team will give up a draft pick for Losman, they can get a better QB with that pick, Losman blows.