NFL 2008 Re-Draft

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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. 

I am only running the first 10 to see the responses. If you like or even dislike what you have read, let me know.

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