Last Minute-Revised-Hurry Up Mock

Mick MillerAnalyst IApril 25, 2008

If you're like me, you cannot resist all of the television and Internet coverage and so-called experts trying to convince everyone (and themselves) that they are the ones who know how the NFL Draft will shake out. And after posting my mock draft on April 5th, I still like to believe that I too can determine team needs and most likely direction they'll take this weekend.

So far, those of us who nailed Jake Long at number one to Miami are a big ol' one for one. But you cannot but help but listen to the scuttlebutt and noise that filters through as teams jockey for position, even if they have no chance of moving. It is said that every team would like to trade down and that each and every front office in the league lie their behinds off this time of year.

So I thought I would give the mock another go. Some picks may change and although I cannot forecast many trades, they are certainly possible. Reading MVN's NFL Source and Draft sections, I can't help but agree and disagree with some of the viewpoints as I am sure there are those who would think I am full of it as well, but I want to change things up from my previous post. The synopsis after each selection will be shorter as we run the hurry-up mock.

1. Miami - Jake Long, OT, Michigan

Chalk one up.

Previous Prediction: same

2. St. Louis - Chris Long, DE, Virginia

I'm thinking that Atlanta may fall victim to the Rams and a little mind game with all they're talk about taking Dorsey. The Rams allowed Adam Carriker to get up to 315 pounds to better withstand the trenches and Clifton Ryan was a fifth round surprise and defensive end is the need there.

Previous Prediction: same

3. Atlanta - Glen Dorsey, DT, LSU

The defensive minded new head coach needs a building block in the middle and the losses from last season remain.

Previous Prediction: same

4. Oakland - Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

LaMont Jordan, Justin Fargas, and Michael Bush would suggest the Raiders look elsewhere. But none are the home run hitter, all have injury issues, and the vision of McFadden and Russell in the backfield has to be to good pass up, not to mention Al Davis' need for speed. Coach Lane Kiffin is talking in the papers about trading down, but since 1996 the Raiders have only traded up.

Previous Prediction: same

5. Kansas City - Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State

The trade of Pro-Bowl defensive end Jared Allen to Minnesota opens up this pick of Gholston and the team would have to believe that Gunther Cunningham can still develop Tank Tyler and Turk McBride. With Minnesota's first rounder (17th), they can address the offensive lineman need.

Previous Prediction: Ryan Clady, OT

6. New York Jets - Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC

The recent trade of Dewayne Robertson to Denver opens up a need for an elite defensive tackle although the same question may be posed here; is Ellis a 3-4 nose? This could be a little high for Ellis and a trade down is possible.

Previous Prediction: Vernon Gholston, DE

7. New England - Keith Rivers, LB, USC

There are holes on this team and could go in many directions. With the free agent signings of Fernando Bryant, Jason Webster, and Lewis Sanders, the team can afford to take the bigger impact player to fill the bigger need.

Previous Prediction: Leodis McKelvin, CB

8. Baltimore - Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College

Still not buying the Falcons taking Ryan, but there remains a possibility of a team trading up to seven to steal him. I still like him here.

Previous Prediction: same

9. Cincinnati - Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida

The losses of Justin Smith and Bryan Robinson means pairing Harvey with Antwan Odom solves some of the pass rush issues and may allow their less than elite defensive tackles to be effective. Don't rule out a trade down for a receiver as that situation is becoming dire.

Previous Prediction: Sedrick Ellis, DT

10. New Orleans - Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy

I believe that acquiring Jonathan Vilma and Dan Morgan leave the Saints in better shape than their secondary is still in even after signing Randall Gay and Aaron Glenn. They still feel a need at defensive end as well, but in this scenario, they have their choice of the top corners. McKelvin would fill a need at both corner and bolstering an anemic return game, saving Reggie Bush from any double duty.

Previous Prediction: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB

11. Buffalo Bills - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tenn. St.

The Bills have big needs at corner and receiver. They have smaller receivers and covet and bigger target to offset that. There are receivers available later and I doubt the top corners are going to last the first round, so someone to match-up with Randy Moss is vital and the 6-2, 183 pound DRC may give them a chance to do so. Or will they deal?

Previous Prediction: Mike Jenkins, CB

12. Denver - Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St.

They have some offensive holes and they have filled them with veteran second tier wide receivers and with their experience in getting late round gems at running back, the retirement of Matt Lepsis means drafting a tackle.

Previous Prediction: Keith Rivers, LB

13. Carolina - Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt

The team needs a tackle to play opposite Jordan Gross who is moving to the left side and Travelle Wharton moving to guard. Drafting Williams will secure an option of moving Gross back if he cannot make the switch.

Previous Prediction: same

14. Chicago - Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh

Again, I think there is lip service being paid by talking up Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall at this spot enticing possible deals. Reuben Brown and Fred Miller are out of the picture and the power running game they covet needs road graders.

Previous Prediction: same

15. Detroit - Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee

The Lions proved with the selection of Ernie Sims at nine in the past that draft position and what other people think doesn't matter. Point blank, they need a middle linebacker and Mayo is the best fit for the Tampa Two.

Previous Prediction: Rashard Mendenhall, RB

16. Arizona - Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida

They resigned Eric Green and Ralph Brown and brought in Michael Adams and moved Antrel Rolle to safety. I know they would like a running back here, but the position is deep and the draft and the team is not at corner.

Previous Prediction: Antoine Cason, CB

17. Kansas City - Branden Albert, G/T, Virginia

Albert is flying up a lot of boards, but you have to wonder if most have him playing LT in the pros, why did he not beat out D'Brickashaw Ferguson (who is slowly adjusting in the NFL) last season instead of playing next to him and remain at guard after he left for the Jets. His versatility helps the Chiefs here, a more realistic place for him to be taken.

Previous Prediction: Derrick Harvey, DE

18. Houston - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon

Different mock, same reasons. The Texans need a bull steer to rumble.

Previous Prediction: same

19. Philadelphia - Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan St.

If the team does indeed trade Lito Sheppard, this pick could change, but I doubt it. I still like Thomas here and they only signed Reno Mahe last year out of desperation. Thomas could fill the return role and while their starting tackles Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas (34, 33), there is depth at the position to address later.

Previous Prediction: same

20. Tampa Bay - Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

As in my previous mock, Brohm is ready made for the QB-lovin' Gruden and the Bucs and a receiver can be had later.

Previous Prediction: same

21. Washington - Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

The big, physical, and fast Sweed will be a fine compliment to the speedier and smaller Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle-El.

Previous Prediction: Malcom Kelly, WR

22. Dallas - Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona.

Bringing in Pacman could be a coup, but who really knows when he sees the field? Receivers will be around later in the second round.

Previous Prediction: Limas Sweed, WR

23. Pittsburgh - Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College

The Steelers need lineman and hope one of the top tier selections are left on the board.

Previous Prediction: Brenden Albert, G/T

24. Tennessee - DeSean Jackson, WR, California

Losing Pacman Jones means no dynamic presence in the return game and adding Jackson means speed at receiver for Vince Young. The team gave a big deal to Justin Gage and brought back Justin McCareins, meaning they can go with the smaller Jackson.

Previous Prediction: same

25. Seattle - Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina

The front office has said recently that their core belief is to continually stock both offensive and defensive lines. The loss of Chuck Darby in free agency means a hole a defensive tackle.

Previous Prediction: Dustin Keller, TE

26. Jacksonville - Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn

A speed rusher is the need in J'ville and Clemson's Phillip Merling hasn't had the off-season to warrant a selection here.

Previous Prediction: same

27. San Diego - Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina

Meet the new burner to replace Michael Turner. If they go with Felix Jones here, I wouldn't be surprised as they are in position to take any position.

Previous Prediction: Gosder Cherilus, OT

28. Dallas - Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas

Standing by the the Razorback here as Jones can't resist.

Previous Prediction: same

29. San Francisco - James Hardy, WR, Indiana

Losing Darrell Jackson makes this a huge need for the club and this pick stays the same with me.

Previous Prediction: same

30. Green Bay - Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas

Not much behind starters Charles Woodson and Al Harris and they lost back-up Frank Walker in free agency to Baltimore.

Previous Prediction: same

31. New England - FORFEITED

Yep, still.

32. New York Giants - Kenny Phillips, S, Miami

Still liking my original pick here despite Tyrell Johnson's late push up the boards.

Previous Prediction: same

Some changes and still not allowing for any more trades that may happen, but what can you do. A lack of sleep due to the draft being so close does evil things to one's mind. Be nice to be in the know about possible moves, but anyone outside the war room need to play GM on their own.


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