– The Miami Dolphins had the number one overall pick sewn up in week 16 and have been on the clock ever since. A lot of changes have taken place since then. Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland will try hard to move this pick…but I’m not going to factor in trades. Jason Taylor said in a recent exclusive interview that he wanted Glenn Dorsey LSU DT. I went with that for the Fan-Sided Blogs Mock Draft….for this mock, I think they go Chris Long – DE – Virginia. Parcells likes football guys…doesn’t get much more pedigree than the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long.
- Darren McFadden – RB – Arkansas: The Falcons would love for this to unfold. Warrick Dunn is almost done and the Falcons need to sell tickets and climb out of the Michael Vick shadow…this pick could do both.
- Vernon Gholston – DE – OSU: With the news that DT Warren Sapp is retiring, the Raiders will need to fill that hole immediately. With all the problems that the team has, they have a chance to plug a future one now.
- Jake Long - OT – Michigan: There are a lot of things that the Chiefs could do with this pick including drafting a QB like Matt Ryan. Still, the bread and butter of the Chiefs is the running game and they need a blue chip guy on the line.
- Sedrick Ellis – DT - USC: The Jets are used to picking this high and most fans would have been shocked if you told them they would this year…after the playoffs were made last year. The Jets have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Ellis should improve that part of their game.
- James Laurinaitis – LB – OSU: Sometimes the world isn’t fair. New England, losers of their original pick…likely to be in the 30′s, gets the San Fran pick instead. The defense is getting old and the Pats have not done much of late to get them young.
- Matt Ryan – QB – Boston College: The Ravens will have a new coach and likely a new QB. They can no longer rely on Kyle Boller and another aged veteran. Matt Ryan is the likely top rated QB this year but combines and pro-days could change that. Whoever is the top rated QB come April….should be drafted here.
- Calais Campbell – DE – Miami: This may be a little high for the DE who on Thursday announced his decision to forgoe his senior year, but the Bengals need help up front more than they need help in the secondary. Campbell will give them a guy who can put pressure on the QB.
- Kenny Phillips – S – Miami: Back to back “U” men. Phillips will improve the attitude of a secondary that needed to do more. The offense of the Saints is still good and should improve, but the defense gave up way too many yards this year.
- Malcom Kelly – WR – Oklahoma: The Bills have a young talented defense but on the offense, they need some help…specifically at the WR position. A new threat for young Trent Edwards will help this team in the near future.
- Keith Rivers – OLB – USC: The Broncos have problems on both sides of the ball but their defense is worse. One of the worst teams against the run, the Broncos really need an interior lineman, but this high, there is none left. OLB is a priority as well.
- Brian Brohm – QB – Louisville: The Panthers need secondary help, but what they need even more is a QB for their future. Jake Delhomme can be a very productive QB when healthy, the problem is can he stay that way. David Carr was not a good investement and despite the other areas of need, the Panthers get a guy for their future.
- Andre’ Woodson – QB – Kentucky: Don’t be surprised if the Bears don’t try and move up a little to get Woodson or Brohm. A QB is definately in their future and this is the perfect opportunity to get one. Rex Grossman has proven he is not the answer, nor is anyone else on their roster.
- Ryan Clady – OT – Boise St.: If there is one thing that can be guaranteed this year about the Detroit Lions pick is that it will not be a WR.
- Michael Jenkins – CB – S.Fla.: I will be surprised if the first CB taken in Aprils’ draft is this far down. Jenkins is likely to impress if he works out at the Combine and should be able to improve his stock. The Cardinals can not continue to waste good offensive years without a defense.
- Limas Sweed – WR – Texas: If you think that the Vikings don’t need a WR then you were not watching when Troy Williamson dropped a perfectly thrown ball while open by 15 yards.
Malcom Jenkins – CB – OSU: The Texans showed a lot of improvement this year, but until the can shut down the opposing passing game, they will never make the next move to a true competitor.
- Desean Jackson – WR – California: Donavin McNabb is now likely to stay as the QB and Eagles will need to get him some real help at the WR spot. The defense has some holes as well, but a speed guy to compliment Westbrook out of the back field could be huge boost to their offense.
- Jeff Otah – OT – Pittsburgh: Most mocks have the Browns selection at 22, but both TB and Washington both made the playoffs so Im not sure how that will work. In any case, the Cowboys have two 1st rounders and an uncertain future with Flozell Adams. If Adams leaves, a replacement will likely be taken here.
The following teams will be slotted by record after they are eliminated from the playoffs.
- Mario Manningham – WR – Michigan: The Buc’s have improved tremendously and their offense is starting to click. Joey Galloway is getting long in the tooth and the running game is solid behind a good offensive line. They could use a speedster.
- Derrick Harvey – DE – Florida: The Redskins could also look for a replacement for Sean Taylor. However, drafting a Safety this early would not be fair to the safety they drafted…a lot to live up to. Harvey provides an outside pass rush that the Redskins could use in a division of better than average QB’s.
Jonathan Stewart – RB – Oregon: The Seahawks hav nothing in Maurice Morris and Shaun Alexander is not the RB he used to be. They need someone reliable, healthy, and who can score…and Stewart comes from their own backyard.
- Gosder Cherilus - OT – Boston College: Alan Faneca could be gone and Max Starks could also be gone. What do you think the Steelers biggest need might be?
- Early Doucet – WR – LSU: The Titans need someone for Vince Young to throw to and they need to stop trying to do it with guys that are average.
- Dan Connor – OLB – Penn State: The Giants could possibly take a RB here if they can find value at this spot…perhaps Felix Jones from Arkansas, however, when it is all said and done, a solid LB prospect will probably help them more at this position in the draft. However, if they fall out of the playoffs quickly, don’t be surprised if they take Jonathan Stewart.
- Adarius Bowman – WR – Ok. St.: The Jaguars have one of the best defensive units around, what they need is consistency in the passing game.
- Kentwan Balmer – DT – North Carolina: The Chargers have improved over the last 6 games on the defensive side of the ball, but they need some depth on the line. Balmer is somewhat of a project but he should be able to fit into the SD scheme.
- Aqib Talib – CB – Kansas: The Packers no longer appear to need a RB after the breakout year that Ryan Grant has had. Still the Packers do have a few spots that could use some upgrade. Adding Talib should help the secondary nicely and he should be starting for them by mid-season if not sooner.
- Leodis McKelvin – CB – Troy: The 49ers could use someone else back there with Nate Clements, still, it is hard to imagine the team not focusing on the offensive side of the ball…especially at WR. This pick was from Indy.
– Felix Jones – RB – Ark: The Cowboys will not have either Julius Jones or Marion Barber on their team next year. They will need to replace one of them.