11 February 2007
2008 NFL Mock Draft
Updated 24 January 2008
The NFL Draft order is almost set. Atlanta, Oakland and Kansas City are all tied up at 4-12, so the NFL will conduct a coin toss at the NFL Scouting Combine to determine actual placement for these teams.
1. Dolphins: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
Bill Parcells is trying to bring Trent Green back and he has a history of bringing in veteran quarterbacks. Whether it's Green or John Beck they need some protection. Glen Dorsey is not a prototype nose guard, but Jeff Ireland (GM) is shopping this pick around. His words, "We are open for business".
2. Rams: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
Howie Long's son is a special talent (6' 4" 278 lbs) capable of playing defensive end or outside linebacker. His motor never stops and he is destined to be a hall of famer.
3. Falcons: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
The Falcons need a franchise QB to come in and rejuvenate the pride of the team. The new coach probably needs to clean house and start with a new slate of players.
4. Raiders: Darren McFadden, (JR), RB, Arkansas
The Raiders should be set at quarterback with JaMarcus Russell at the helm. McFadden is too good to pass up, but watch the Cowboys make a move up here and try to get McFadden, however the price might be too high.
5. Chiefs: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
Missing out on Jake Long the Chiefs grab the top defensive tackle in the draft. He will help an improving defense. The Chiefs will focus on offensive lineman in the later rounds.
6. NY Jets: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
Undersized at 6' 1" 300 pounds, but he plays much bigger than that, and has an uncanny knack for knifing in and creating chaos in the opposing teams backfield. Ellis was spectacular at the Senior Bowl.
7. Patriots: Vernon Ghoslton, DE, (JR), Ohio State
From San Francisco: The Patriots linebackers are getting very old and Gholston is highly prized for teams that run a 34 defense. At a chiseled 6' 3" 265 he has the size and athletic ability to play standing up for the Pats.
8. Ravens: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
Louisville had a terrible year, but Brohm was still electric. Brohm threw for 4024 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2007. Coach Brian Billick was fired and the Raven need a fresh face at quarterback. Missing the Senior Bowl will not help his stock however.
9. Bengals: Dan Connor, LB, Penn State
Conner outplayed teammate and Butkis award winner Paul Posluszny in 2006. The Bengals really need to shore up their run defense and that is Connors strength.
10. Saints: Keith Rivers, LB, USC
The Saints really need a cornerback, but Rivers is just to good to pass up. He was dominant at the Senior Bowl.
11. Bills: Mario Manningham, (JR), WR, Michigan
Speaking of Manningham, he really finished his junior year strong, before Jenkins shut him down, he had five straight games with 100 yards or more of receiving and 9 TDs.
12. Broncos: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
The Broncos just can't stop the run and Balmer is an excellent run stopper. Look for the Broncos to focus on defense in this draft.
13. Panthers: Ryan Clady, (JR), OT, Boise State
The Panthers had trouble running the ball consistently in 2007, Clady is a very experienced for a junior, and is a super athletic offensive lineman.
14. Bears: Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware
The Bears try to trade down but can't, they don't think Flacco will be there in the second round. Flacco is 6' 6" 235 pounds and has a cannon for an arm, maybe the next Ben Roethlisberger.
15. Lions: Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
The Lions get an excellent, much needed pass rusher in Jackson. They also need offensive lineman, but Jackson is a playmaker that is to good to pass up.
16. Cardinals: Sam Baker, OT, USC
Drafting Levi Jones to play right tackle last year was a step in the right direction, now Baker can man the left side for years to come.
17. Vikings: Derrick Harvey, (JR), OLB, Florida
Harvey is a pass rushing terror and will give the Vikings some speed coming off the edge. At 6' 3" 250 pounds he can also play linebacker. He recorded 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2007.
18. Texans: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
Very impressive physically, good feet, athletic and good size at 6' 6" 320 pounds. The Texans have neglected their offensive line for years. A fast riser after a stellar Senior Bowl.
19. Eagles: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
Injured his wrist in 2007 and missed most of the season. Attempted to come back and play in the senior Bowl but reinjured his wrist. Sweed is big (6' 4" 217 lbs)and talented, but will have to run good and prove he is healthy to susatin this lofty draft grade.
20. Buccaneers: Jonathan Stewart, RB,(JR) Oregon
Carnell (Cadillac) Williams hasn't been able to stay healthy and Stewart had an impressive closeout to the 2007 season rushing for 163 yards against Oregon State. For the year he rushed for 1,469 yards and 10 TDs.
21. Redskins: Phillip Merling, (JR), DE, Clemson
Merling is vastly underrated and had an outstanding junior year finishing with 17 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. At 6' 4" 272 pounds he is a strong against the run or the pass. Merling was much better in 2007 that Miami's over rated prospect Calais Campbell.
22. Cowboys: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
From Cleveland: The Cowboys get lucky to see McKelvin drop so low. He is the top rated cornerback on most teams draft board. McKelvin gets his hands on a lot of balls.
23. Steelers: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
Capable of playing both guard or tackle, Otah is a talented monster at 6' 6" 339 pounds and will give the Steelers some quality youth and depth on their offensive lineline.
24. Titans: Adarius Bowman, WR, Oklahoma State
The Titans really need a receiver, Bowman (6' 4" 225 lbs) bounced back nicely from a serious knee injury to perform admirably at the Senior Bowl practices and in the game.
25. Seahawks: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
Jenkins is a super quick ball hawk that intercepts a lot of balls. Marcus Trufant is likely gone via free agency.
26. Jaguars: Malcolm Kelly, (JR), WR, Oklahoma
Kelly is a special talent, nice size at 6' 4" 215 pounds and good ball skills. He will have to run real fast at the combine to retain this lofty draft grade.
27. Chargers: Dominique Rogers-Cromartie
Two "Cromartie" DBs on the same team? Dominique is a super fast and talented Division 1AA prospect that can play corner or safety. Should run under 4.40 at the NFL Scouting Combine.
28. Cowboys: Felix Jones, RB, (JR) Arkansas
This pick seems like a natural. Julius Jones will not be resigned and Jones can spell Marion Barber on 3rd downs and return kicks and punts. As a backup to Darren Mcfadden, Jones rushed for 1,162 yards and 11 TDs in 2007. He also had a nice 8.7 yards per carry average.
29. 49ers: Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
From Indianapolis: Cherilus is an excellent prospect due to his size (6' 6" 315 lbs) and versatility. He played right tackle as a junior and left tackle as a senior. Joe Staley will be moved to the left side and Cherilus can play the right side where he has played 37 out of last 50 starts.
30. Packers: Aqib Talib, (JR), CB, Kansas
Talib is a niced sized corner that some are saying could be moved to free safety. CB Al Harris was abused in the NFC title game with the Giants.
31. Giants: Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame
This is a tough pick here. The Giants need a linebacker, but Ali Highsmith might be a tad small at 6' 0 223 pounds. The emergence of rookie WR Steve Smith, CB Aaron Ross and RB Ahmad Bradshaw means the Giants biggest need is at defensive tackle. laws is a monster (6' 1" 305 lbs) tackling machine. He recorded an amazing 112 tackles from his DT position this year and dominated the action at the Senior Bowl practices.
32. New England: Forfeited Pick
The Patriots will will lose their 2008 first round NFL Draft pick. The Pats were penalized by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after they were caught videotaping signals from the New York Jets' sideline during New England's 38-14 win Sunday September 9th at Giants Stadium.