2008 NFL Draft: Let's Get Ready

Warren SicilianoCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2008

Okay, it's that time that the die-hard football fans to gear up and get ready for the NFL draft.  Time to think about our favorite team and its needs—or our needs.

Usually, it goes a little something like this: we want a new quarterback, but our team drafts a defensive end.  What?  How could they do that?  Are they blind?

Yes, it's time for all of the questions to be answered.

Only recently we began to be exposed to all the goings on of this draft phenomenon, as far as it being on televised and reported via web.  The Scouting Combine was once unknown to us, and now it's on hour after hour. 

But wait!  Shouldn't we be focused on baseball training camp?  NBA playoffs are coming! No, nothing.

NCAA basketball—the final four, the elite eight?  Hmmm...still nothing.

Some sports fans are satisfied with those events.  But not the hard-core football guys and gals!  We can't help but be consumed by these questions: Who will be the first overall pick?  What team is going to trade down?  Trade up?  Is my team going to get the best player?  Can they somehow trade up to get the very first pick?

The time is now and I'd like to provide you with a little information to get this obsession started—without further ado:

Here is the team draft order for 2008:


1          Miami Dolphins             

2          St. Louis Rams

3          Atlanta Falcons

4          Oakland Raiders           

5          Kansas City Chiefs       

6          New York Jets  

7          New England Patriots (from 49ers)                     

8          Baltimore Ravens          

9          Cincinnati Bengals        

10        New Orleans Saints       

11        Buffalo Bills      

12        Denver Broncos           

13        Carolina Panthers         

14        Chicago Bears             

15        Detroit Lions                 

16        Arizona Cardinals         

17        Minnesota Vikings         

18        Houston Texans            

19        Philadelphia Eagles       

20        Tampa Bay Buccaneers            

21        Washington Redskins   

22        Dallas Cowboys (from Browns)  

23        Pittsburgh Steelers        

24        Tennessee Titans          

25        Seattle Seahawks         

26        Jacksonville Jaguars     

27        San Diego Chargers     

28        Dallas Cowboys            

29        San Francisco 49ers (from Indiana)            

30        Green Bay Packers      

31        New York Giants           


Keep in mind that Atlanta, Oakland, and Kansas City will determine their draft order No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 with a coin flip.

Here are the top 50 ranked players in this year's draft—adapted from the list on Scout.com: 

RB1Darren McFaddenJR6-2/210/4.45ArkansasNorth Little Rock, AR
DT2Glenn DorseySR6-1.5/313/-LSUGonzales, LA
QB3Matt RyanSR6-5/224/4.90Boston CollegePhiladelphia, PA
DT4Sedrick EllisSR6-1/307/4.95USCChino, CA
DE5Chris LongSR6-3.5/278/4.75VirginiaCharlottesville, VA
DE6Calais CampbellJR6-7/280/4.75Miami (FL)Denver, CO
OT7Jake LongSR6-7/335/-MichiganLapeer, MI
CB8Mike JenkinsSR5-11/200/4.45South FloridaBradenton, FL
OLB9Dan ConnorSR6-3/230/-Penn StateWallingford, PA
S10Kenny PhillipsJR6-2/210/4.50Miami (FL)Miami, FL
MLB11Keith RiversSR6-3/237/4.60USCLake Mary, FL
OT12Chris WilliamsSR6-6/317/5.30VanderbiltBaton Rouge, LA
OT13Jeff OtahSR6-6.5/341/-PittsburghWayne, PA
DE14Quentin GrovesSR6-3/252/4.43AuburnGreenville, MS
CB15Aqib TalibJR6-1/195/4.50KansasRichardson, TX
DE16Vernon GholstonJR6-3/260/4.75Ohio StateDetroit, MI
OT17Ryan CladyJR6-6/320/-Boise StateRialto, CA
CB18Leodis McKelvinSR5-10.5/186/4.48TroyWaycross, GA
WR19Malcolm KellyJR6-4/215/4.50OklahomaLongview, TX
CB20Terrell ThomasSR6-1/200/4.50USCRancho Cucamonga, CA
DE21Derrick HarveyJR6-4/260/4.75FloridaGreenbelt, MD
TE22Fred DavisSR6-3.5/251/4.75USCToledo, OH
RB23Felix JonesJR6-0/207/-ArkansasTulsa, OK
WR24Devin ThomasJR6-2/215/4.50Michigan State 
RB25Jamaal CharlesJR6-1/205/4.45TexasPort Arthur, TX
RB26Rashard MendenhallJR5-10.5/215/4.55IllinoisSkokie, IL
OT27Carl NicksSR6-5/335/5.30NebraskaSalinas, CA
CB28Dominique Rodgers-CromartieSR6-1.5/183/4.47Tennessee StateBradenton, FL
DT29Kentwan BalmerSR6-4/295/5.15North CarolinaWeldon, NC
WR30Donnie AverySR5-10/184/4.33HoustonAlief, TX
WR31Mario ManninghamJR6-0/187/-MichiganWarren, OH
TE32Martellus BennettJR6-6/250/4.75Texas A&MHouston, TX
OG33Oniel CousinsSR6-4/302/5.04UTEPFullerton, CA
RB34Jonathan StewartJR5-11/230/-OregonOlympia, WA
OT35Sam BakerSR6-5/314/5.10USCTustin, CA
DE36Lawrence JacksonSR6-5/270/4.90USCInglewood, CA
RB37Chris JohnsonSR5-10/201/4.29East CarolinaOrlando, FL
RB38Steve SlatonJR5-10/200/4.50West VirginiaFairless Hills, PA
WR39Earl BennettJR6-1/202/-VanderbiltBirmingham, AL
OLB40Tavares GoodenSR6-2/235/4.55Miami (FL)Fort Lauderdale, FL
QB41Joe FlaccoSR6-6/237/5.00DelawareAudubon, NJ
OT42Anthony CollinsJR6-6/315/5.20KansasBeaumont, TX
QB43Chad HenneSR6-3/245/5.00MichiganWest Lawn, PA
MLB44Beau BellSR6-2/253/4.63UNLV 
DT45Pat SimsJR6-4/315/5.00AuburnFort Lauderdale, FL
TE46Dustin KellerSR6-2/251/4.70PurdueLafayette, IN
DE47Chris EllisSR6-4/257/4.70Virginia TechHampton, VA
DT48Dre MooreSR6-3.5/308/-MarylandCharlotte, NC
WR49Andre CaldwellSR6-0/203/4.55FloridaTampa, FL
QB50Brian BrohmSR6-3/227/4.82LouisvilleLouisville, KY