2008 NFL Draft: Let's Get Ready

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2008 NFL Draft: Let's Get Ready

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: 

Pos Overall
Rating Name Yr Ht/Wt/40 College Home
RB 1 Darren McFadden JR 6-2/210/4.45 Arkansas North Little Rock, AR
DT 2 Glenn Dorsey SR 6-1.5/313/- LSU Gonzales, LA
QB 3 Matt Ryan SR 6-5/224/4.90 Boston College Philadelphia, PA
DT 4 Sedrick Ellis SR 6-1/307/4.95 USC Chino, CA
DE 5 Chris Long SR 6-3.5/278/4.75 Virginia Charlottesville, VA
DE 6 Calais Campbell JR 6-7/280/4.75 Miami (FL) Denver, CO
OT 7 Jake Long SR 6-7/335/- Michigan Lapeer, MI
CB 8 Mike Jenkins SR 5-11/200/4.45 South Florida Bradenton, FL
OLB 9 Dan Connor SR 6-3/230/- Penn State Wallingford, PA
S 10 Kenny Phillips JR 6-2/210/4.50 Miami (FL) Miami, FL
MLB 11 Keith Rivers SR 6-3/237/4.60 USC Lake Mary, FL
OT 12 Chris Williams SR 6-6/317/5.30 Vanderbilt Baton Rouge, LA
OT 13 Jeff Otah SR 6-6.5/341/- Pittsburgh Wayne, PA
DE 14 Quentin Groves SR 6-3/252/4.43 Auburn Greenville, MS
CB 15 Aqib Talib JR 6-1/195/4.50 Kansas Richardson, TX
DE 16 Vernon Gholston JR 6-3/260/4.75 Ohio State Detroit, MI
OT 17 Ryan Clady JR 6-6/320/- Boise State Rialto, CA
CB 18 Leodis McKelvin SR 5-10.5/186/4.48 Troy Waycross, GA
WR 19 Malcolm Kelly JR 6-4/215/4.50 Oklahoma Longview, TX
CB 20 Terrell Thomas SR 6-1/200/4.50 USC Rancho Cucamonga, CA
DE 21 Derrick Harvey JR 6-4/260/4.75 Florida Greenbelt, MD
TE 22 Fred Davis SR 6-3.5/251/4.75 USC Toledo, OH
RB 23 Felix Jones JR 6-0/207/- Arkansas Tulsa, OK
WR 24 Devin Thomas JR 6-2/215/4.50 Michigan State  
RB 25 Jamaal Charles JR 6-1/205/4.45 Texas Port Arthur, TX
RB 26 Rashard Mendenhall JR 5-10.5/215/4.55 Illinois Skokie, IL
OT 27 Carl Nicks SR 6-5/335/5.30 Nebraska Salinas, CA
CB 28 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie SR 6-1.5/183/4.47 Tennessee State Bradenton, FL
DT 29 Kentwan Balmer SR 6-4/295/5.15 North Carolina Weldon, NC
WR 30 Donnie Avery SR 5-10/184/4.33 Houston Alief, TX
WR 31 Mario Manningham JR 6-0/187/- Michigan Warren, OH
TE 32 Martellus Bennett JR 6-6/250/4.75 Texas A&M Houston, TX
OG 33 Oniel Cousins SR 6-4/302/5.04 UTEP Fullerton, CA
RB 34 Jonathan Stewart JR 5-11/230/- Oregon Olympia, WA
OT 35 Sam Baker SR 6-5/314/5.10 USC Tustin, CA
DE 36 Lawrence Jackson SR 6-5/270/4.90 USC Inglewood, CA
RB 37 Chris Johnson SR 5-10/201/4.29 East Carolina Orlando, FL
RB 38 Steve Slaton JR 5-10/200/4.50 West Virginia Fairless Hills, PA
WR 39 Earl Bennett JR 6-1/202/- Vanderbilt Birmingham, AL
OLB 40 Tavares Gooden SR 6-2/235/4.55 Miami (FL) Fort Lauderdale, FL
QB 41 Joe Flacco SR 6-6/237/5.00 Delaware Audubon, NJ
OT 42 Anthony Collins JR 6-6/315/5.20 Kansas Beaumont, TX
QB 43 Chad Henne SR 6-3/245/5.00 Michigan West Lawn, PA
MLB 44 Beau Bell SR 6-2/253/4.63 UNLV  
DT 45 Pat Sims JR 6-4/315/5.00 Auburn Fort Lauderdale, FL
TE 46 Dustin Keller SR 6-2/251/4.70 Purdue Lafayette, IN
DE 47 Chris Ellis SR 6-4/257/4.70 Virginia Tech Hampton, VA
DT 48 Dre Moore SR 6-3.5/308/- Maryland Charlotte, NC
WR 49 Andre Caldwell SR 6-0/203/4.55 Florida Tampa, FL
QB 50 Brian Brohm SR 6-3/227/4.82 Louisville Louisville, KY

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