2007 NFL Mock Draft

Richard BowlerSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2007

It's the question of the month in the NFL: Who's gonna go Number One?

Here, the Bleacher Report's Richard Bowler breaks down his first round picks for the league's upcoming draft. Who's he got in the top spot on April 28th?   


Let's just say Al Davis never met a gunslinger he didn't like...


1. Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell


The Raiders need a lot of help on offense, especially at the quarterback position. They'll have to hope that Russell's mobility and strength will help hide the deficiencies on their offensive line. While they'll probably take a long look at offensive tackle Joe Thomas, Al Davis's love for the vertical passing game will make Russell an irresistible prospect.


2. Detroit Lions: Joe Thomas


Thomas is a great prospect and could anchor a Detroit line in need of some help. The Lions feel comfortable at quarterback, with veteran Jon Kitna at the helm, and will use this pick to strengthen one of their many problem areas. Matt Millen's proclivity for drafting wide receivers will tempt him to take Calvin Johnson—but barring a bout with dementia, he'll make the smart move and draft Thomas instead. Alan Branch is also an option, but the former Michigan star would not be a good value pick at number two.


3. Cleveland Browns: Adrian Peterson


The Browns need help with their running game, and Peterson is the one true elite prospect at the running back position. Cleveland also has needs on the offensive line, but unless Joe Thomas falls into their lap, they will go with Peterson. The quarterback position is a bit of a question mark in Cleveland, so the Browns may very well take a long look at Brady Quinn.


4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Calvin Johnson


The playmaking wideout will have an early impact wherever he lands. Tampa's offense needs a kick-start, and Johnson may be just the man to give it to them. With a quarterback battle brewing for the Buccaneers, a prototypical number-one receiver could help solidify the offensive unit. If Johnson is unavailable, look for Tampa Bay to draft a defensive player.


5. Arizona Cardinals: Alan Branch


The Cardinals need offensive line help badly, but unless Joe Thomas is available at this pick, there just isn't an O-lineman with top-five value. Look for the Cardinals to attempt to trade down so they can address needs that are more pressing. If they keep this pick, look for them to take the mammoth tackle Alan Branch out of Michigan.


6. Washington Redskins: Gaines Adams


The Redskins need an edge pass rusher, and Gaines Adams fits the bill perfectly. Adams is a long, lean defensive end who is good at getting after the quarterback and is very solid against the run. The Redskins also need a safety to pair with Sean Taylor, because the Adam Archuleta experiment was an absolute failure last season.


7. Minnesota Vikings: Brady Quinn


With the likes of Tavaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger at the helm, the Vikings biggest weakness is at quarterback. Brady Quinn should be able step in from day one and captain this run-first offense; Minnesota's mauling rushing attack will take the pressure off whoever calls the signals for the Vikes next year. The Vikings are also in need of a number-one wide receiver, which they haven't had since the departure of Randy Moss.


8. Atlanta Falcons: LaRon Landry


The Falcons will be elated if they have a chance to take this stud safety. Coming off an excellent season at LSU, Landry astounded scouts with his size and speed at the combine. Landry could be the anchor at safety that completes the Falcons' secondary—and allows cornerback DeAngelo Hall to take his game to the next level.


9. Miami Dolphins: Levi Brown


The Dolphins need to find a way to protect their quarterback, and Levi Brown is the best available option. They could also use some youth on defense, but with the fragile Daunte Culpepper at QB, protection is priority number one. Brown is physical and experienced, and has the ability to become a top-tier tackle.


10. Houston Texans: Leon Hall


Houston is another team desperate for offensive line help, but the talented Hall is too good of a prospect to pass up. Hall will provide a bookend corner on the opposite side of Dunta Robinson. The addition of Hall will give the Texans an excellent young defensive nucleus.


11. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Willis


The 49ers need playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, and Willis fits that need perfectly. Willis will bolster the 49ers linebacking core and give them quality depth with a potential star of the future. The 49ers are also in need of a top-flight receiver, and may look to Ohio State speedster Ted Ginn Jr.


12. Buffalo Bills: Marcus McCauley


This is a need pick to replace Nate Clements at cornerback. The speedster McCauley has good coverage skills and size for a defensive back. McCauley played at Fresno State under hard-nosed coach Pat Hill, and that experience should prove valuable in the NFL.


13. St. Louis Rams: Jarvis Moss


Moss will be a good complement to the aging Leonard Little at defensive end, and could eventually replace him as the Rams top pass rusher. The defensive line was a huge problem for the Rams last season, and it needs to be addressed via the draft. Defensive tackle is also a major issue for St. Louis.


14. Carolina Panthers: Jon Beason


Linebacker depth is a huge issue in Carolina, and Beason is a versatile and athletic linebacker. With attrition and injuries, the Panthers' linebacking corps has gone from a strength to a question mark. The Panthers also need to find a quarterback of the future, and could use some help on the offensive line.


15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darrelle Revis


It will be a short trip for University of Pittsburgh star Darrelle Revis to join the Steelers. The Steelers corners were huge disappointments last season, and the addition of a player like Revis could shore up the Steelers secondary while they transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Revis has good strength for a corner to go along with excellent leaping ability.


16. Green Bay Packers: Marshawn Lynch


The Packers are in dire need of a running back to carry the load next season. Lynch is a complete back with good blocking skills and an excellent feel for the passing game as a receiver. Lynch could add balance to the Packer offense and help take some pressure off of Brett Favre's shoulders.


17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ted Ginn Jr.


If by some miracle Ginn slips this far, he will fill a huge hole in the Jags offense. While the Jags are solid in the return game, they lack that deep threat that can stretch the field. And though receiver may not be Jacksonville's top priority, Ginn is the type of player who could bring the Jaguars' offense to a level on par with that of their defense.


18. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Ross


Ross would be a good complement to emerging corner Johnathan Joseph. Ross also has excellent return skills and can make an immediate impact on special teams. The Bengals cannot afford to take a risk on another player with character issues.


19. Tennessee Titans: Dwayne Jarrett


Vince Young is in need of a big-time target, and the 6'5" Jarrett fits that bill. With the loss of Drew Bennett, the Titans need a number-one guy, and their best shot at obtaining that player may lie with the USC star.


20. New York Giants: Brandon Meriweather


The versatile Meriweather could plug up a hole in the Giants' defensive backfield. Meriweather has excellent skills as a deep safety and could be very effective covering slot receivers in a nickel package. Meriweather has some character issues, though, and his individual interviews could make or break his draft stock.


21. Denver Broncos: Quentin Moses


Moses is the player whose stock has fluctuated the most in this draft, but he's still the edge pass rusher that the Broncos have been seeking for some time. After not living up to the hype during his senior season, the talented Moses will have a lot to prove as a rookie.


22. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Sears


The massive Sears has the ability to play either guard or tackle, and the Cowboys are in need of some youth and depth up front. Given the age and injury issues in Dallas, Sears could see plenty of playing time as a rookie.


23. Kansas City Chiefs: Amobi Okoye


The Chiefs will be ecstatic if they can select this tackle from Louisville. Okoye, the youngest player in the draft, is an impact defensive lineman and could probably start immediately in K.C.


24. New England Patriots: Reggie Nelson


Nelson could add quality depth and versatility to New England's aging secondary. Given the injuries that their current starters have suffered over the past two seasons, defensive backs will be on New England's mind all day.


25. New York Jets: Greg Olsen


Olsen is the by far the best tight end prospect in this year's draft class. With Chad Pennington's accurate but not particularly strong arm, a good TE could take the Jets offense to the next level.


26. Philadelphia Eagles: Dwayne Bowe


With the departure of Donte Stallworth, the Eagles are again without a full arsenal of offensive weapons. Bowe is a big, physical target with good hands who could give Donovan McNabb someone to throw to opposite Reggie Brown.


27. New Orleans Saints: Paul Posluszny


The smart and effective Posluszny could be the play-making linebacker the Saints lacked in '06. Posluszny has knee issues, but seems to have recovered nicely from surgery that took place following his junior season.


28. New England Patriots: Lawrence Timmons


This physical linebacker will add youth to an aging linebacking corps in New England. Timmons was a disruptive force last year, with five sacks and eighteen tackles for loss. The Patriots have already had the most impressive offseason in the NFL, and will look to stockpile young talent in the draft.


29. Baltimore Ravens: Justin Blalock


The 330-pound Blalock could replace the departed Ed Mulitalo at guard. The big man from Texas is strong at the point of attack and could be very effective in the Ravens' power running scheme.


30. San Diego Chargers: Robert Meachem


Meachem is another big, strong wideout in this deep wide receiver class. Meachem could help the Chargers' passing game in the short term, and eventually take the place of Keenan McCardell.


31. Chicago Bears: Justin Harrell


The Bears need depth at defensive tackle, and Harrell is a good value pick late in the first round. With Tommy Harris recovering from a serious injury and Tank Johnson in jail, tackle is a top priority for the Bears. With Lance Briggs' future up in the air, the Bears may also look for an outside linebacker.


32. Indianapolis Colts: Adam Carriker


Not only is Carriker the best player left on the board, he fills the Colts' need for a versatile defensive lineman. Carriker is extremely strong and has shown a knack for getting after the QB, with 20.5 sacks at Nebraska.



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