2008 Mock Draft 1/22/08

Team 1st Round

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1. Miami Dolphins - DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU 

Bill Parcells is going to put his stamp on the Dolphins, and that means a 3-4 defense. Dorsey is a dominating presence, and I believe he is very capable of playing Nose Tackle. DT is not a flashy pick for number 1 overall, but it is the right choice here. Video>>

St. Louis Rams Draft Logo 2. St. Louis Rams - OT, Jake Long, Michigan 

Long is the premier franchise tackle in this draft. Orlando Pace’s Hall of Fame career is nearing an end. St. Louis’s offensive line was in shambles last year, and needs to be fixed.

Atlanta Falcons Draft Logo 3. Atlanta Falcons – QB Matt Ryan, Boston College 

Michael Vick is currently in prison for dog fighting. Neither Joey Harrington nor Byron Leftwich could cut it last year for Atlanta. Matt Ryan is arguably the best QB in the draft, and will give the Falcons a new direction. Video>>

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4. Oakland Raiders - DE Chris Long, Virginia 

Oakland gets the son of the Raider great Howie Long to bolster that defensive front. Oakland could use a DT like Sedrick Ellis as well, but Long’s talent is too good to pass up. Video>>

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5. Kansas City Chiefs - OT Ryan Clady, Boise State 

The Chiefs have lost some Hall of Fame offensive lineman to retirement the past few years. Football starts with the lines, and the Chiefs desperately need an OT. Some might feel this is a reach here, but the Chiefs don’t want to risk trading down to a spot where Clady wont be.

NY Jets Draft Logo 6. New York Jets – RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas 

This is pretty far for McFadden to slip, but doing a mock without trades, this looks like a spot where he could go. Thomas Jones is solid, but McFadden is a big play RB the Jets do not have. They simply can not pass up on Darren McFadden. Video>>

New England Patriots Draft Logo 7. New England Patriots (From 49ers) – DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State 

The Patriots grab a flat out stud pass rusher here. Gholston played DE, but the Pats will move him to a pass rushing OLB in their 3-4 scheme. All of the Pats linebackers are aging veterans, and this gives them a big time play maker for the future.

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8. Baltimore Ravens - QB Brian Brohm, Louisville

New head coach John Harbaugh will need a QB to succeed long term. Kyle Boller is really nothing more than a backup, and the old veteran Steve McNair is often injured. Brian Brohm will give the Ravens a franchise QB they have never had. Video>>

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9. Cincinnati Bengals - DT Sedrick Ellis, USC 

The Bengals defense was horrid in 2007. They need to improve in many areas, but everybody knows that it all starts up front. Ellis is an excellent pass rusher, and is decent against the run despite being undersized. Video>>

New Orleans Saints Draft Logo 10. New Orleans Saints – CB Mike Jenkins, USF 

The Saints defense has holes all over, but their secondary is in deep trouble. Their big time free agent Jason David spent most of the year getting burnt, and Mike McKenzie tore his ACL late in the season. Jenkins is a fast talented corner who should be a great pick for New Orleans.

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11. Buffalo Bills - WR Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma 

The Bills need more offensive weapons. They found their RB in last years draft with Marshawn Lynch, but they need another receiver to compliment Lee Evans. Kelly brings much needed size to the Bills receiving core, and has very good speed as well. Video>>

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12. Denver Broncos - LB Dan Connor, Penn State

The Broncos really suffered with the loss of Al Wilson. Their run defense was one of the NFL’s worst, and a tackling machine like Dan Connor is just what they need. Penn State is known as “Linebacker U” for a reason, and it’s hard to go wrong with the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award.

Carolina Panthers Draft Logo 13. Carolina Panthers – S Kenny Phillips, Miami 

Mike Minter retired last year, and the Panthers have almost no talent at the safety position. Phillips is the highest rated guy coming out of college, and would probably be an instant starter.

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14. Chicago Bears - OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh 

The Bears offensive tackles are getting old, and I don’t see any young talent behind them. It seems logical that they would spend this pick on a lineman. Otah is a massive guy that looks like a potential franchise left tackle.

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15. Detroit Lions - CB Antoine Cason, Arizona 

The Lions need to improve their secondary. It is clearly among worst in the NFL. Cason is a play making Corner Back that Detroit is really lacking. Fernando Bryant, and Travis Fisher are not good enough to be starting in the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals Draft Logo 16. Arizona Cardinals - DE Calais Campbell, Miami 

Arizona is in a rebuilding stage, and needs to rebuild the talent at DE. Bertrand Berry is very old, and Chike Okeafor is well Chike Okeafor. Both of these guys ended 2007 on IR, and there is very little depth after them on the roster. Campbell is a huge end who causes havoc on the football field. He will be a great fit in Arizona.

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17. Minnesota Vikings - CB Reggie Smith, Oklahoma 

The Vikings grab a heck of an athlete in Reggie Smith here. He played Safety and Corner for the Sooners, and the Vikings will likely want him to play Safety. Darren Sharper, and Dwight Smith are two good veterans to learn behind until his time comes to start. Video>>

Houston Texans Draft Logo 18. Houston Texans - RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois 

The Texans seemed to have made the right choice passing on Reggie Bush for DE Mario Williams, but RB is still a need for this team. Ahman Green is not a long term solution, and neither is Ron Dayne. Mendenhall had a a tremendous Junior year, and is looking to cash in at the NFL level. Video>>

Eagles Logo 19. Philadelphia Eagles – DE Derrick Harvey, Florida 

Jevon Kearse’s days in Philadelphia are numbered. Darren Howard, and Jerome McDougle could be gone as well. Trent Cole is great at right DE, but the Eagles will look for another pass rusher for left Defensive End. Harvey is a great athlete, and has a knack for making plays. This gives the Eagles another pass rusher in the fold, and will hopefully cause more turnovers for the defense.

Tampa Bay Bucanneers Draft Logo 20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - WR Desean Jackson, Cal 

Jackson is a blazing fast receiver with kick off, and punt return ability. Joey Galloway has played well for Tampa Bay, but he can’t play forever. Desean Jackson is very similar to Tedd Ginn of last years draft, but he is a much more polished receiver. Video>>

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21. Washington Redskins - OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College 

Cherilus is another huge OT in this draft. He has been a beast at RT for the Eagles. Jon Jansen is old, and often injured lately. It is time to find a young future replacement. Rookie free agent Stephon Heyer did play well in Jansen’s place, but I don’t see him as a full time starter.

Dallas Cowboys Draft Logo 22. Dallas Cowboys (From Browns) – WR Limas Sweed, Texas 

Sweed missed most of his Senior year with a broken wrist, but the talent of this kid is not in question. He is a very tall, fast play maker that any team would love to have. Terrell Owens, and Terry Glenn maybe have one year left in Dallas. Sweed will be the go-to guy for the rest of Tony Romo’s career. Video>>

Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Logo 23. Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Sam Baker, USC 

Pittsburgh might lose Alan Faneca and Max Starks in free agency. The great ground game of Willie Parker starts with the big guys up front. The Steelers always look to the draft to replenish their talent, and Baker looks like a great fit to their system.

Tennesse Titans Draft Logo 24. Tennessee Titans - WR Mario Manningham, Michigan 

The Titans are definitely lacking offensive play makers. Vince Young needs better receivers for him to lead the Tennessee deep into the playoffs. Video>>

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25. Seattle Seahawks – TE Fred Davis, USC 

Seattle has very little talent at the tight end position. Jerramy Stevens left the team, and Marcus Pollard is past his prime. Davis is a great receiving tight end, that should fit into the West Coast Offense very well.

Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Logo 26. Jacksonville Jaguars - LB Keith Rivers, USC 

Jacksonville has invested a lot into offensive weapons in the first round. They need to add a play maker on defense. Keith Rivers is a great talent, and could probably push for a starting job in year one. Video>>

 San Diego Chargers Draft Logo 27. San Diego Chargers - CB Leodis McKelvin, Troy 

It’s tough to say that the Chargers really have any needs. This team is so talented from top to bottom, and has a pretty good player at almost every position. San Diego is not afraid to reach for a player they really like, and McKelvin could be one of the best talents available. He is not only a great cover corner, but he is also a great kick returner.

Dallas Cowboys Draft Logo 28. Dallas Cowboys - CB Aqib Talib, Kansas 

The lasting image of the Giants scoring a touch down in 47 seconds is still tattooed in the minds of Cowboys fans. Eli Manning constantly picked on Dallas CB Jacque Reeves, and abused him. Anthony Henry is also getting up there age wise(31), and Dallas may want to consider moving him to Safety.Talib adds immediate depth, and a future starter at CB. Video>>

San Francisco 49ers Draft Logo 29. San Fransisco 49ers (From Colts) - DT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina 

Still trying make the transition to a 3-4 defense, the Niners grab a very good defensive lineman here. He is capable of playing in either a 4-3 or 3-4 formation. Bryant Young is not getting any younger, and the Niners need to sure up the defensive front seven.

Green Bay Packers Draft Logo 30. Green Bay Packers - CB Jack Ikegwuonu, Wisconsin 

Another Corner Back flies off the board. The Packers do have two good ones, but they are up there in age. Charles Woodson is 31, and Al Harris is 33. The home town kid lives a child hood dream of playing for Green Bay.

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31. New York Giants - LB Ali Highsmith, LSU 

Kawika Mitchell is due to be a free agent, and may receive a big pay day for playing so well. The Giants came into the season pretty thin at this position, and had to convert DE Mathias Kiwanuka to OLB. Some think Zach DeOssie could be a starter, but I see him as more of a solid reserve. The Giants grab Highsmith to be a key linebacker for the future.

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  • http://Phinphanatic Brian Miller

    I dont think Dorsey is going to be the 1 overall.  In fact, I think that after the Combines he will fall a little.  Chris Long is a big bodied lineman upwards of 6-7 and BP and Sparano like big lineman.  If not CL, possibly Jake Long who can play DT in a 3-4. 

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Those were the top 3 that I debated over. You might be right there, because I was very close to having Chris Long be the guy. I thought that with Dorsey you could have a very versitile player. In a 3-4 he could line up at DE or NT. Some think he is too small to play Nose, but he can always put on some weight. We’ll see how things go at the combine.

  • http://Footballguys Greg K.

    Where’s Jonathan Stewart RB (Oregon)

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    I think Stewart is a first round talent who may just fall due to teams not really needing a RB. I have Mendenhall going to Houston, and some people think that’s crazy. I happen to think Mendenhall is a gonna be a great pro. Every year RBs tend to fall some. The NFL is figuring out that you can get good RBs later on in the draft.

  • Jay

    #21 pick,  There’s no "Golden" in BC’s title.  They’re simply the Eagles.

  • http://www.cuseadelphia.com Jameson

    I would definitely be happy with Harvey for the Eagles. He seems like he could be a real difference maker for the Birds.

  • Drew

    Interesting mock. I still can’t see the Jets going for McFadden – yes he is a big time talent – but their needs are huge elsewhere. I think if someone doesn’t trade up to get him, he may slip farther than most folks think. Just my .02.   Fred Davis is an interesting pick for Seattle. They need RB help BUT with Stevens gone, they lacked a good TE option. Davis seems to be doing all right at the Senior practices, though size may be a factor. But I like the pick in general.Nice work.  :)

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Glad you like it Jameson. Thanks Drew. :-)

  • 9erEmpire

    The 9ers need help on the O-line or the WR. Soapaga and we spent some money on Franklin last year.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Jay- I can’t beleive I didn’t see that when I proof read this! lol

     @ 9er empire Didn’t the Niners draft an OT in the first round last year, and 2 2nd round guards(Smiley, Bass).

    Thanks for stopping by guys.

  • packers

    looks like the packers pick is a bit off lol

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Packers- I know, I did this before he got hurt. He is probably a 7th round pick. Unless Rosenscum can pull another Willis McGahee miracle.

  • http://www.poorsportsblog.blogspot.com Dutch’s Wormhole

    the help at DE would be great, although its not a sexy pick. whatever, the eagles have never really been concerned with making the big splash in the draft anyway.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Dutch- You’re right, Andy Reid tends to look for lineman with his top picks. I can also see them going for a CB possibly. I will update this mock in a few weeks.

  • http://www.myspace/flammingcarrot Laurent

    Overall good, as an Eagles fan I don’t mind having another pass rusher. A DB would be nice but we’ll survive I guess. Lito is glass though… and we got no reliable nickel that can start. Dawk is old. Considine always hurt. You get the point.As for the Ravens, I think they have a Heisman winner in their roster… something Smith… yeah yeah he’s short but Drew Brees is short… and he’s sooooooo bad it’s unbelievable :P haha lol

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Laurent- The secondary is good, but lacks key depth. One injury, and all of a sudden it’s not so good. CB is also a big need, and could be taken in the first.

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