Stlvinnie's 2008 NFL Mock Draft

Last Updated 4/17/2008 – Version 2


This Mock Draft assumes NO trades in round 1

Team 1st Round

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1. Miami Dolphins - Jake Long  OT, University of Michigan Ok I will play along. I think that the Miami Dolphins should take Chris Long or trade down, but it currently looks like they are after jake Long. They do need to improve their O-line so Jake is the man with the first overall selection.
St. Louis Rams Draft Logo 2. St. Louis Rams -Chris Long DE, University of  Virginia  – With the Dolphins switching to Jake Long that let’s Chris Long fall right in the lap of the St. Louis Rams. I believe Chris Long is the can’t miss prospect of the top 4. Being the son of a Hall of Famer has to help with knowing how to play the game and intangables. Chris can rotate with Little and Hall to create a pass rush that the Rams have been lacking for several years now.
Atlanta Falcons Draft Logo 3. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan QB, Boston College – Jake Long will be hard to pass up here, but I have 3 names for you, Byron Leftwich, Joey Harrington, and Chris Redmon. This is a team in need of an identity and someone to make them forget about Michael Vick. Matt Ryan will be the choice here. This is a team with low expectations so there will be no rush to gethim killed. Let him learn and slowly work him in as the new starter later in the year.

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4. Oakland RaidersDarren McFadden RB, Arkansas – Well I still have Jake Long on the board here, but sorry Jake this is Al Davis. Al missed on not getting Adrian Peterson last year and he is going to be hell bent to not have that happen again. It does not seem to matter ow many running backs the Raiders already have, Darren is going to be the man here.

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5. Kansas City ChiefsRyan Clady OT, Boise State – With Jake Long now gone the Chiefs should move down possibly into the 8th hole and select Ryan Clady. Since this is based on no trades they will still take Clady only it will be in the 5th slot of the draft. The Chiefs are in desparate need of a new O-line and a franchise QB. I don’t believe there is a franchise QB in this draft so the Chiefs will start to rebuild their line and power rushing attack.
NY Jets Draft Logo 6. New York Jets – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB, Tennessee State- Well this draft did not go the way the Jets had hoped. With thier current roster and their off-season signing who knows what the Jets are thinking. With only 4 draft picks in the 2007 draft, the Jets need to get some solid players in this draft. I know they picked a corner last year but what are they going to do. I think this is too early for Kenny Phillips so DRC is the man here. At over 6 feet, and blazing speed the Jets will build around a solid secondary and try to get a top wide receiver in round 2.
New England Patriots Draft Logo 7. New England Patriots (From 49ers) – Leodis McKelvin CB, Troy State – Well the rich just keep getting richer. The 49ers handing this pick to the Patriots will help them out tremendously. After losing 3 cornerbacks in the off-season the Patriots will get the top rated corner in most mock draft circles.

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8. Baltimore RavensJeff Otah OT, Pittsurgh – Baltimore could take a shot at moving up to #5 to possibly take Jake Long, or Ryan Clady, but most likely they would make a run at Matt Ryan. I think #8 is to high for Brian Brohm. I think there will be an early run on projected left tackles and the Ravens will add to that with the selection of Jeff Otah.

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9. Cincinnati BengalsGlenn Dorsey DT, LSU – It is the Bengals lucky day as Doresy falls all the way down to the number 9 spot. For a team that needs a ton of defense this will be the easy choice. After losing Justin Smith they could switch to the 3-4 with the added abilities of Dorsey.
New Orleans Saints Draft Logo 10. New Orleans Saints – Keith Rivers OLB, USC – This should be a battle between Sedrick Ellis and Rivers. The Saints have a lot of around the block linebackers out there and it is about time to add a difference maker. I believe teams with a losing attitude should always go for players with a winning background. Bringing in a USC Trojan will help this team in more than one way.
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11. Buffalo Bills – Kenny Phillips FS, Miami – Wow this is a very tough pick I feel for these teams going through this process. Can Bills pass on Sedrick Ellis at 11? They need a big receiver but I think there are 5 receivers with no clear cut star. You also have to pick a WR that can play in  lot of cold weather games. I am stepping out here, Ellis looks like the choice but I am going with the hard hitting hammer in Phillips. The top WR on the board in round 2 will be their next pick.

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12. Denver BroncosSedrick Ellis DT, USC – This will be a no brainer here if Ellis is on the board. Time for the Broncos to actually get a player on the D-line instead of filling in with cast offs. They will take a hard look at Jeff Otah but if Ellis is on the board the Broncos will sprint to the podium.

Carolina Panthers Draft Logo 13. Carolina PanthersVernon Gholston DE, Ohio State – Somehow Gholston has now fallen to the #13 position and the Panthers will not be able to pass him up. With this version of the Mock Draft it is very possible the Jets will snag him at #6. I still think you have to worry about Vernon. Sure he is a workout freak but so was Vernon Davis who has had little impact on the San Francisco 49ers. He is also a tweener and might fit better in a 3-4 as the outside backer. So we could quite possibly end up as a New York Jet. We shall see.

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14. Chicago BearsRashard Mendenhall RB, Illinois – What a fun pick this is. I was waiting just to get here. I just can’t pass him up. Sure the Bears need a QB but haven’t they needed a QB every year over the past 30 years? Sure Jonathan Stewart and Felix Jones are strong players but come on. Don’t they already have Cedrick Benson? University of Illinois player playing for Chicago. Does Dick Butkus ring a bell? Who can’t see the drunken, half naked Bears fan with a bottle of Chicago’s finest standing and screaming for that Mendenhall 4 yard run!

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15. Detroit LionsJonathan Stewart RB, Oregon – I know it is Matt Millen’s turn and I have EVERY wide receiver still on the board. He wouldn’t do it again would he? He just can’t do it again. Too many quality needs still on the board. As a bonus he can also return kicks and the Lions are currently using Troy Walters for that. Stewart could be this years Adrian Peterson. I am going with Stewart, a short, powerful, quick back. Does that remind you of anyone? Hmmmmm Recent toe injury could change this pick.
Arizona Cardinals Draft Logo 16. Arizona CardinalsDerrick Harvey DE, Florida – With Mike Jenkins still on the board the Cardinals will think about it but I just think they can’t pass up Harvey. This is an impact player at #16, and could improve the Cardinals defense instantly. Harvey reminds me a lot of Richard Dent. For those not as old as I he may remind you of Javon Kerse.

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17. Minnesota VikingsDeSean Jackson WR, California – Here is my pick of the draft. This may be off from what others are picking but how fun is this. You already have Adrian Peterson and now you can add a speed burning threat at wide receiver. Minnesota will have at least 9 games in a dome stadium in 2008. This kid can fly and he is a great kick returner. Watch out, this division is loading up on stars. 
Houston Texans Draft Logo 18. Houston Texans – Chris Williams OT, Vanderbilt – Lets get a clue Texans. You are losing games because your QB has been staring at the ceiling since you got the franchise. You must block for your QB and keep him upright. Williams is a mean nasty tackle that will help you start building a line. Chris Williams could quite possibly end up the top OT in this draft. Take him now and don’t over think.
Eagles Logo 19. Philadelphia EaglesMalcolm Kelly WR, Oklahoma -Well Andy Reid ALWAYS takes defense and loves lineman, however I think enough is enough, a top WR has to come here. All of them are still on the board. This could easily be Limas Sweed or Devin Thomas but I like Kelly. With Mike Jenkins on the board Reid could take a CB even tough they picked up Samuel. They could get set up with stud corners for the future and continue to look to move Lito Sheppard.
Tampa Bay Bucanneers Draft Logo 20. Tampa Bay BuccaneersAqib Talib CB, Kansas – I really do not know what to do with this pick. It seems like this team got old overight. Will a team with four quarterbacks take Broham? They are in need of a WR under 50, so Limas Sweed orDevin Kelly are also possible here. I know Mike Jenkins is still on the board but I am not a big fan. I like the upside and play making ability of Talib. Wiht Ronde  Barber on the other side Tampa can become better defensively. There will still be plenty of receivers to choose from in round 2. Recent drug issues/rumors could change this pick as well.
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21. Washington RedskinsPhilip Merling DE, Clemson – Another tough pick. The Redskin starters on offense and defense are fairly solid. I like Limas Sweed or Early Ducet here as well but I am going to go with pass pressure. If you learned anything last year it is that you can beat good teams with pass pressure. I think the skins pick a solid player in Merling with this pick.
Dallas Cowboys Draft Logo 22. Dallas Cowboys (From Browns) – Limas Sweed WR, Texas – I can’t really pass up Limas Sweed all the way down at #22 can I? The great Texas receiver will follow his dreams to play for the Dallas Cowboys. Mike Jenkins and Aqib Talib are also very possible picks at this position.
Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Logo 23. Pittsburgh SteelersDevin Thomas WR, Michigan State – Thomas can provide Big Ben with a big receiver that can do a lot of things. For his size Thomas has great speed and some have him as the top receiver in the draft. The Steelers could easily go with Branden Albert from Virginia as a long term replacement for Faneca, but I just feel it is time to upgrade their receiving core. This is a franchise based on power running and D but we will go against the grain here.
Tennesse Titans Draft Logo 24. Tennessee Titans – James Hardy WR, Indiana – The Titans have been lacking a receiver for some time. One year Drew Bennett was their top reciever and that is not saying much. I am going to get Vince Young a huge target here. Tennessee likes to get great athlete and they will add another right here.

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25. Seattle Seahawks – Branden Albert OG, Virginia – Seattle has a pretty solid roster in a weak division. They now have a stable of running backs. I can’t relly believe Albert is still available at #25 but here he is. The Seahawks need to blow open bigger holes since they no longer have Alexander turning the corner. Albert will be a steal if still here at #25.
Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Logo 26. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kentwan Balmer DT, North Carolina – The Jaquars will probably go DE here but I like replacing Stroud and getting some pressure up the middle. I also do not like taking a DT in the first round but down at #26 it is not so bad.
San Diego Chargers Draft Logo 27. San Diego ChargersGosder Cherilus OT, Boston College – With only one pick before round 5 the Chargers will most likey trade down however this mock is based on no trading. They have to replace Olivea, and Cherlius or Baker will be the choice here.
Dallas Cowboys Draft Logo 28. Dallas CowboysMike Jenkins CB, South Florida – With two picks in the first round the Cowboys may try to make some noise and move up but based on no trades it is time to get a starting CB with this selection. With Mike Jenkins still on my board at #28 the Cowboys will jump on him here.
San Francisco 49ers Draft Logo 29. San Francisco 49ers (From Colts) – Lawrence Jackson DE, USC – The 49ers picked up Mike Martz and have a lot of average receivers which he can turn into 1000 yard receivers. Frank Gore should have a huge year in this offense. The 49ers need more speed and consistant pass rush from the line. Jackson from right around the corner at USC will give them that. Groves is also a choice here but I like the bigger Jackson from USC for the niners. 
Green Bay Packers Draft Logo 30. Green Bay PackersTracy Porter CB, Indiana – The Packers are pretty loaded. Time to develope someone behind Woodson and Harris. I like the speed burner Tracy Porter here. He needs to get bigger but playing and learning behind Harris, and Woodson will allow him time to get bigger and learn the skills needed in the NFL. Alos with this speed good be good on special teams and back up Koren Robinson in case they have an injury.

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31. New York Giants - Cliff Avril OLB, Purdue – Even though this team seemed to win the Superbowl with their defense they will be looking to add to that side of the ball with most of their draft. Gibril Wilson was lost to the Riaders. Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor were also lost. A starting safety would be a nice pick here but I like the versitile Avril here that can bring even more pass rushing ability to a loaded D-line. The Giants will look to pick up a safety in the later rounds.

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