NFL Mock Draft - Version 2
by Brett Berliner(NFL)
Posted on April 23, 2007, 11:33 AM
Things have REALLY changed, in my mind. Many will say that I'm a moron (and likely, I am), but this is what we're looking at right now. More to come later this week.
1. Oakland - Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech. Johnson is the premier player in the draft, and as the day gets near, I think more and more that the Raiders realize this and will take him.
2. Detroit - Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson. Detroit's coach Rod Marinelli puts a high premium on line play - see the franchising of Cory Redding - and can't pass up a chance to add the draft's most disruptive pass rusher.
3. Cleveland - Jamarcus Russell, QB, LSU. Phil Savage, Cleveland's GM, has a personal relationship with Russell, who will completely change the limits of the Cleveland offense.
4. Tampa Bay - Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville. The fact that Okoye is only 19 is skyrocketing him up draft boards. He has unlimited potential, and the Bucs, with their favorite player gone, and a huge hole in the middle of the line, will bite.
5. Arizona - Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin. This is a good way to fix the gaping orifice known as Arizona's offensive line.
6. Washington - Alan Branch, DT, Michigan. Tough decision here - Adams is the player they want most, and Okoye is an even better scheme fit, but the Redskins have a terrible DL. Although they need more of a penetrator, Branch will tie up two blockers consistently and free up what little pass rushing talent they do have.
7. Minnesota - Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma. Strange pick, I know, but Chester Taylor wore down last year and isn't exactly the type of back they need in this offense. With RB being SO important to the Vikings offense, I see them taking the best available.
8. Atlanta - LaRon Landry, S, LSU. Atlanta has a huge hole at FS, Landry is one of the best to come out in years. Lock, meet key.
9. Miami - Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame. Quinn is a great pick here. The Dolphins have nobody at QB, and he's ready to step in and start on a team who's window is rapidly closing, if it isn't shut already.
10. Houston - Levi Brown, T, Penn State. This pick just makes sense.
11. San Francisco - Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska. With Branch not there, I still look for the 49ers to address their DL. Carriker is a great fit in the 3-4 and should start from day one.
12. Buffalo - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal. Again.. it just makes sense. They're weak at RB, Lynch is a big time prospect and fills a need.
13. St. Louis - Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas. Much better draw for the Rams. They have some talent at DE, but it's all unproven (Victor Adeyanju) or aging (Leonard Little). Anderson is a player that belongs higher, and should start from day one.
14. Carolina - Reggie Nelson, S, Florida. Not a huge dropoff from Landry to Nelson, and it fills a need.
15. Pittsburgh - Jarvis Moss, DE/LB, Florida. A bit high for Moss, but there aren't a lot of good fits in scheme and need here for the Steelers. Moss can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3, and so I think his value is higher to the Steelers than most teams. He should eventually be a great replacement for Joey Porter.
16. Green Bay - Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio State. Although Donald Driver and Greg Jennings are both good players, Favre still could use another weapon, especially with Driver on the wrong side of 30. Ginn is the most explosive player in the draft and should be an impact player for the Pack.
17. Jacksonville - Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State. They still need linebackers, especially on the outside, and I still think Timmons is a great fit.
18. Cincinnati - Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt. He won't fix their porous pass defense.. but he'll help.
19. Tennessee - Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee. With Ginn dropping, the WR is devalued a little bit in this draft, but a guy like Meachem normally is a borderline top 10 pick. He'll add speed to the Titans offense immediateily.
20. New York Giants - Leon Hall, CB, Michigan. Same deal - Hall is a solid corner - no Champ Bailey, but he'll hold his own (except against Ted Ginn).
21. Denver - Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi. While the Broncos still need DL help, there isn't a great fit here. Willis can step in immediately for the departing Al Wilson.
22. Dallas - Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU. Even if he is back, TO (and Terry Glenn) is on the wrong side of 30. They desperately need some youth in their WR corps, as Patrick Crayton is a hot commodity and has a good chance of not being a Cowboy much longer.
23. Kansas City - Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC. Jarrett is still a good pick for the Chiefs - he's reliable and a great leaper and can really help out their young QB, Brodie Croyle.
24. New England - Anthony Spencer, DE/LB, Purdue. Spencer is a late riser - he can play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3, but he may be more deadly in the 3-4 at OLB.
25. New York Jets - Aaron Ross, CB, Texas. Again, Ross is too good to pass up for the Jets, who need an impact player now. He's ready to contribute.
26. Philadelphia - Paul Poslusnzy, LB, Penn State. Again - local boy, tough, hard-nosed Andy Reid type.
27. New Orleans - Greg Olsen, TE, Miami. Would look at a corner here, but there are plenty available in the second, and the addition of another offensive powerhouse is too much to pass up for Sean Payton.
28. New England - Michael Griffin, FS, Texas. Griffin is a stud - he will fit in nicely in the Patriots backfield.
29. Baltimore - Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas. Samari Rolle didn't have a great year last year, and they have nobody behind him who can step in. Houston will be that guy.
30. San Diego - Craig Davis, WR, LSU. The Chargers have too few holes to fix to get maximum value out of this pick. Davis will be going a few slots too high, but he'll add speed to a WR corps that desperately needs it.
31. Chicago - Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan. Still like this pick for the Bears. Staley is raw, but has a lot of upside. He should be able to take over for John Tait in a year or two and excel.
32. Indianapolis - Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee. Harrell is a DT that should go much higher, but he's injury prone. He's both a good pass rusher and run stopper, and Indianapolis needs help up front with both.