Tuesday, January 22, 2008

2008 NFL Mock Draft

1. Miami Dolphins
Chris Long, DE, Virginia
Playing for Al Groh at Virginia as well as he did, and being the son of a Hall-of-Famer, makes Chris Long a "Parcells guy" by association.

2. St. Louis Rams
Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
La'Roi Glover will turn 34 in July. And 2006 third-rounder Claude Wroten hasn't yet shown that he can step in and be the man. Dorsey should immediately improve the Rams front four and possibly allow 2007 first-rounder Adam Carriker to move to left defensive end.

3. Oakland Raiders
Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
Al Davis drafted Bo Jackson even though he had Marcus Allen. So why wouldn't Davis go after McFadden when all the Raiders have now is Lamont Jordan and Domenic Rhodes? And, oh yeah, Davis has never shied away from a player just because he got caught up in a bar fight.

4. Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
Ryan's not going to be confused with Peyton Manning or Carson Palmer, but with a little seasoning he could be a solid starter who makes a couple of Pro Bowls, not unlike BC alum Matt Hasselbeck.

5. Kansas City Chiefs
Jake Long, OT, Michigan
The Kansas City offensive line needs serious help. If this is the way the board falls, then this pick should be a no-brainer for KC.

6. New York Jets
Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
The Jets re-signed pass rusher Bryan Thomas after a career-year in 2006; the result: a lackluster performance similar to his first four seasons.

7. New England Patriots (from San Francisco 49ers)
Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio St.
By the time next season gets rolling along, the Pats linebacking corps will be really old. OLBs Mike Vrabel and Rosevelt Colvin will be 33 and 31 respectively. ILBs Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau will be 35 and 39! Even heralded free-agent signing Adalius Thomas will be 31. Since the Pats defense looked better with Thomas at ILB, acquiring an OLB should probably be the higher priority.

8. Baltimore Ravens
Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
The Ravens add Clady to 2007 first-rounder Ben Grubbs in the hopes of building the kind of offensive line that could dominate for the next ten years.

9. Cincinnati Bengals
Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
Though the Bengals have needs all over the defense, they've been weak in the middle of the d-line for years now. It's time for them to finally address the problem in the first round.

10. New Orleans Saints
Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
Another team that needs help at every level of their defense, the Saints will probably go with the best defensive player on the board.

11. Buffalo Bills
Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma

12. Denver Broncos
Keith Rivers, OLB, USC

13. Carolina Panthers
Kenny Phillips, S, Miami

14. Chicago Bears
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois

15. Detroit Lions
Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh

16. Arizona Cardinals
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon

17. Minnesota Vikings
Calais Campbell, DE, Miami

18. Houston Texans
DeSean Jackson, WR, California

19. Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan

21. Washington Redskins
Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson

22. Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland Browns)
James Hardy, WR, Indiana

23. Pittsburgh Steelers
Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College

24. Tennessee Titans
Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina

25. Seattle Seahawks
John Carlson, TE, Notre Dame

26. San Diego Chargers
Reggie Smith, DB, Oklahoma

27. Jacksonville Jaguars
Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

28. Dallas Cowboys
Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas

29. Green Bay Packers
Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana

30. San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts)
Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida

31. New York Giants
Dan Connor, OLB, Penn State

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