NFL 2008 Re-Draft
There is no doubt in my mind, or anyone else's for that matter, that if teams knew then what they know now the 2008 NFL Draft would have been significantly different.
First pick, Miami Dolphins
Old Pick: Jake Long
New Pick: Jake Long
The Dolphins would most likely not change this pick. They found their All-star tackle for the future, and even the temptation of Matt Ryan would not be enough to deter Parcells from changing this pick.
Second pick, St. Louis Rams
Old Pick: Chris Long
New Pick: Jarod Mayo
The 2008 Defensive Rookie of The Year is too much for the Rams to pass on. As the Rams learned during their '08 campaign, their defense is bad and lacks a true leader on that side of the ball. Will Witherspoon cannot play the position well enough, and getting Mayo here would solidify a shaky linebacker core.
Third pick, Atlanta Falcons
Old Pick: Matt Ryan
New Pick: Matt Ryan
The Atlanta Falcons have found their quarterback of the future, and there is no way that they would let him go.
Fourth pick, Oakland Raiders
Old Pick: Darren McFadden
New Pick: Keith Rivers
This may stir up a few Raiders fans, but let's think about this. The running back position is basically full, and there is already a lot of quality there in Michael Bush and Justin Fargas, so bringing another would not change much. Now, the drafting of Rivers would make the Raiders linebacking core THE BEST and most athletic linebacking core in the league. (with the exception of Pittsburgh)
Fifth pick, Kansas City Chiefs
Old Pick: Glen Dorsey
New Pick: Sedrick Ellis
Ellis has proven that he is better than Dorsey in just one year. Ellis is a far better run-blocker and pass-rusher, so if they had to choose again Ellis would be the choice. Ellis can also complement Tamba Hali better than Dorsey ever could because of his ball-rush ability.
Sixth pick, New York Jets
Old Pick: Vernon Gholston
New Pick: Glen Dorsey
The Jets' much-improved defense would be even better with Dorsey at one of the end spots in the 3-4 defense. He could generate pressure off the end, which is really undervalued in the 3-4 scheme and would be a staple for years to come.
Seventh pick, New Orleans Saints
Old Pick: Sedrick Ellis
New Pick: Leodis McKelvin
The Saints, if they could, would not change their pick. The problem is, they can't, so they have to get the next best thing and that is a corner back. McKelvin has proven he can be a game-breaker and in time can be a shut-down corner, which is a need the Saints really have.
Eighth pick, Jacksonville Jaguars
Old Pick: Derrick Harvey
New Pick: DeSean Jackson
The Jaguars found out that Quentin Groves can fill the hole, so they can wait for that pick. The pick of Jackson initially may have seemed like a stretch, but now there is no argument. He is an offensive game-changer and can help Maurice Jones-Drew with carrying the offense. Jackson can also help Marcedes Lewis get better looks and get the whole offense to click better.
Ninth pick, Cincinnati Bengals
Old Pick: Keith Rivers
New Pick: Ryan Clady
Like the Saints, the Bengals wish they could keep their pick. This, however, is a better pick because he is a Pro Bowl-caliber player tackle for the next few years. He is a perfect replacement for Willie Anderson and will be for about 10 or so years.
10th pick, New England Patriots
Old Pick: Jarod Mayo
New Pick: Vernon Gholston
The Patriots would get the guy they initially wanted and youth at the linebacking core. With Belichick working on Gholston, he can be a grade A pass-rusher in just a year or so. This would help the transition from the old-man Patriots to the new young-gun Patriots.
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