Monday, January 21, 2008


1.Miami Dolphins - Glenn Dorsey, DT LSU
Unless Bill Parcells decides John Beck isn’t the franchise QB of the future and uses this pick to secure one, Dorsey should be the pick. He is freakishly athletic for his size and fills a huge need for the Dolphins, whose defensive tackles are old enough to remember 8-track stereos and bicycles with banana seats.

2. St. Louis Rams - Chris Long, DE Virginia
Team Needs: OT LB CB S OG
Leonard Little is 33 years old and coming off an injury, and James Hall hasn’t been a big threat in the pass rush since coming over from Detroit. Long, the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, is a complete defensive end who is an explosive pass rusher as is evidenced by his 14 sacks this year playing in a 3-4 system.

3. New York Jets - *Darren McFadden, RB Arkansa
Team Needs: DE FS WR OLB OT OG
Despite trading for Thomas Jones following the 2006 season, the Jets would have a hard time letting McFadden – who has a rare combination of speed, balance, and vision -- fall to the division-rival Patriots.

4. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan, QB Boston College
Team Needs: RB QB CB OT C WR RB
Oh how things can change from one year to the next. Last year the Falcons seemed set at quarterback with Michael Vick starting and Matt Schaub backing him up. Since then, Schaub was traded to Houston and Vick has been sent to prison. And neither Joey Harrington nor Byron Leftwich has done anything to make anyone think either is the answer.

5. New England Patriots (from San Francisco) - *James Laurinaitis, LB Ohio State
Team Needs: ILB OLB CB
The Patriot’s age at inside linebacker is beginning to really stand out. Laurinaitis, assuming he leaves school early, would be a perfect fit for the Patriots. It also wouldn’t be surprising if New England trades this pick.

6. Baltimore Ravens - Brian Brohm, QB Louisville
Team Needs: CB OLB ILB DE DT
Years of taking a pounding has taken its toll on Steve McNair’s body and Kyle Boller, despite displaying bouts of competency, is still far too inconsistent.

7. Kansas City Chiefs - Jake Long, OT Michigan
Team Needs: OT CB WR OG RB
The Chiefs’ decline on offense can be directly tied to an offensive line that has been picked apart by age. Long is a bit overrated in my opinion, so he may be gone by the time the Chiefs pick

8. Oakland Raiders - *Kenny Phillips, S Miami (FL)
Team Needs: S DE OT WR CB DT
The Raiders need an upgrade over Stuart Schweigert, and Phillips is just another in the line of great safeties coming out of Miami. If he leaves school early, he and Michael Huff would give the team a great pair of young safeties.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Sedrick Ellis, DT USC
Team Needs: DE DT OLB SS
The Bengals have needed an upgrade at defensive tackle for several years, and their situation becomes even more desperate each year. This team will not be a serious contender until they address the interior of their defensive line.

10. Chicago Bears - Andre Woodson, QB Kentucky
Team Needs: QB OG OT WR S RB OLB
So much depends on the direction the Bears go in free agency. They can’t go into another season with Rex Grossman, Brian Griese and Kyle Orton at quarterback, but they also need some fresh bodies on the offensive line, particularly at right tackle. Boise State’s Ryan Clady is a strong possibility if he passes up his final season in school, and would allow Chicago to shift veteran John Tait to the right side.

11.Arizona Cardinals - *Malcolm Jenkins, CB Ohio State
Team Needs: OLB CB OT ILB
Antrel Rolle and Eric Green haven’t lived up to their pre-draft billings, so the Cardinals should be in the market for a corner to pair with Roderick Hood.
12.Denver Broncos - Early Doucet, WR LSU
Team Needs: DT ILB S OT
With Javon Walker’s health as an issue and Brandon Marshall’s recent run-in with the coaching staff, the Broncos would be wise to bring in some insurance for the position.

13. Carolina Panthers - *Derrick Harvey, DE/OLB Florida
Harvey has the ability to make an immediate impact as a situational pass rusher, and could be groomed to replace Mike Rucker, who is on the wrong side of 30. Harvey will need to bulk up somewhat if he hopes to eventually be more than just a pass rusher.

14. Detroit Lions - *Ryan Clady, OT Boise State
Team Needs: CB ILB OT SS TE
The Lions must upgrade their offensive line, and Clady has the athletic ability to handle the left tackle position, which would allow the Lions to move Jeff Backus to guard, improving the unit in two spots.

15. Philadelphia Eagles - *Michael Oher, OT Mississippi
Team Needs: WR SS OT TE CB OLB
Jon Runyan and William Thomas are both 33-years old, and Winston Justice would probably benefit from being moved to the right side. Oher looks more like the classic left tackle.

16. New Orleans Saints - Keith Rivers, OLB LSU
Team Needs: DT OLB ILB CB S
The Saints need a middle linebacker to build their defense around, and Conner would be a good bargain in the middle of the first round.

17. Buffalo Bills - *DeSean Jackson, WR California
Team Needs: CB WR FS OLB DT
A legitimate threat opposite Lee Evans would really help open up the offense, and give Trent Edwards a nice pair of weapons to work with.

18. Houston Texans - *Ray Rice, RB Rutgers
Team Needs: RB CB SS FS ILB OT
With defensive end Mario Williams stepping up and having a Pro Bowl-type season, the Texans have been vindicated in their decision to pass on running back Reggie Bush a couple years ago. They do, however, still have a need for a stud running back.

19. Washington Redskins - *Vernon Gholston, DE Ohio State
Team Needs: OT DE WR OG CB ILB
The Redskins pass rush from the outside has been inconsistent at best in recent years, and Gholston has the athletic ability to make an immediate impact as a situational pass rusher if he decides to leave school early.

20. Tennessee Titans - *Malcolm Kelly, WR Oklahoma
Team Needs: CB WR DE DT FS OG
Vince Young needs some weapons to work with if he is ever going to become a complete quarterback, and it appears at this time that Kelly will forego his senior season at Oklahoma to enter the NFL Draft.

21.Minnesota Vikings - *Calais Campbell, DE Miami (FL)
Team Needs: OT OG QB S CB
Erasmus James appears to be made of glass, and can’t be counted on to stay in the lineup for extended periods. Campbell is a guy who can play all three downs and could be the boost the Vikings defense needs to join the elite units in the league.
22. Seattle Seahawks - Sam Baker, OT/OG USC
Team Needs: OG WR TE RB
The Seahawks offensive line has struggled a bit since losing Steve Hutchinson to the Vikings, and could use a player they could plug in at guard for now, and move to left tackle when Walter Jones hangs it up.

23. Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland)- *Aqib Talib, CB Kansas
Team Needs: WR CB NT OT S
The Cowboys don’t have a lot of needs, so they have the luxury of upgrading at corner, which would allow them to beef up the depth and quality at safety by sliding Anthony Henry into the position.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Chris Williams, OT Vanderbilt
Team Needs: ILB OT OG DE CB WR
The Steelers will be looking for more consistency from the right tackle position, and should address the position in the early rounds of the draft if they don’t shore up the position in free agency.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Jenkin, CB South Florida
Team Needs: OT WR QB RB CB DT
Ronde Barber will be 33 next season and Phillip Buchanan has never lived up to his potential coming out of college. Jenkins would be a great value this late in the first round.

26. New York Giants - *Felix Jones, RB Arkansas
Team Needs: OLB S CB OG C P FB
Brandon Jacobs looks like a guy who is going to be more successful in an offense that features two backs. Jones is the other running back from Arkansas, but running in the shadow of Darren McFadden, he averaged more than 9 yards per carry in 2007. He’s a highly talented player of his own accord who could be overlooked because of his role.

27. San Diego Chargers - Jeff Otah, OT Pittsburgh
Team Needs: OT DE NT OG S
The Chargers are loaded with talent, but they could use an upgrade at right tackle. And while he may never be an elite left tackle, Otah, at 6-7 and 335 pounds, looks like he was built to play the position.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars - Quentin Groves, DE Auburn

Team Needs: WR S CB DE OT OG
Adding some explosiveness to the pass rush from the outside should be a priority for any already-stingy defense. At nearly 250 pounds, Groves flashes 4.4 speed, and has good pass-rushing skills.

29. Green Bay Packers - Leodis McKelvin, CB Troy
Team Needs: RB OT OLB CB
Al Harris and Charles Woodson are among the best corner duos in the NFL, but they’re not getting any younger. Drafting a top corner this year would allow the team to work him into the rotation slowly.

29. San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis) - *Mario Manningham, WR Michigan
Team Needs: WR OT OG FS CB
Manningham lacks elite speed, but he does a good job of using his quickness to gain separation from defenders. With the 49ers in need of a No. 1 receiver, he should get some consideration at this point.

31. Dallas Cowboys Limas Sweed, WR Texas
Team Needs: WR CB NT OT S
Having used their first pick on defense, the Cowboys would probably look to the wide receiver position with this pick. At 6-5, 220 pounds, Sweed is a big, strong local prospect who is rated as a mid first rounder by some.

32. New England Patriots - Pick Forfeited
Team Needs: ILB OLB CB
The Patriots have forfeited this pick as a penalty for their role in Spygate.