#1 Miami Dolphins: Jake Long OT, Michigan. Already signed.
#2 St. Louis Rams: Glenn Dorsey DT, LSU. Lining up with Adam Carriker, these two should anchor the defensive line for years.
#3 Atlanta Falcons: Trades with #8 Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore selects Matt Ryan QB, BC. Baltimore is starved for a quarterback.
#4 Oakland Raiders: Chris Long DE, VT. Raiders draft the second Long defensive end in franchise history.
#5 Kansas City Chiefs: Trades with #10 New Orleans Saints. Saints select Sedrick Ellis DT, USC. The Saints won't trade with St. Louis to get the #1 DT prospect in the draft, but Ellis is a close second.
#6 New York Jets: Darren McFadden RB, Arkansas. Jets draft the best athlete. With the revamped offensive line, if McFadden starts there's no reason why he shouldn't have a 1,000 yard season.
#7 New England Patriots: Trades with #13 Carolina Panthers. Panthers select Vernon Gholston DE, Ohio State. With the release of Dan Morgan and the retirement of Mike Rucker, the Panthers are looking to give second year linebacker Jon Beason some help.
#8 Baltimore Ravens: Pick traded to Atlanta Falcons. Falcons select Branden Albert OT, VT. The Falcons get a good value from this pick. Albert should give "unstoppable" Michael Turner some key blocks.
#9 Cincinnati Bengals: Keith Rivers LB, USC. With the Bengals moving to a 3-4, linebackers are at a premium. Rivers is a good all-around player who should turn into a Patrick Willis type linebacker.
#10 New Orleans Saints: Pick traded to Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs select Ryan Clady OT, Boise State. Chiefs address a big need without paying as much as they would have for a riskier pick at #5.
#11 Buffalo Bills: Mike Jenkins CB, South Florida. The Bills need a wide receiver, but in the AFC East, pass defense is the priority. Plus, a good receiver such as Malcom Kelly should be available early in the 2nd round, and first-round wide receivers are a crap shoot at best. The Bills are in a position to make a playoff run with their team returning to health, and a strikeout in the first round would be a serious setback.
#12 Denver Broncos: Chris Williams OT, Vanderbilt. The Broncos need help at the tackle position with the retirement of Matt Lepsis. "But it doesn't matter who is on the line, all Broncos running backs have 1,000 yard seasons!" No.
#13 Carolina Panthers: Pick traded to New England Patriots. Patriots select Derrick Harvey DE, Florida. Like it or not, Richard Seymour has had two over-par years in a row. Harvey is a good value at #13, and the Patriots like lineman. With a little development, he could become a strongside linebacker to replace Mike Vrabel.
#14 Chicago Bears: Jeff Otah OT, Pittsburgh. The Bears need to give whoever is the quarterback some time to throw (to who?). Hey, at least it's a start.
#15 Detroit Lions: Rashard Mendenhall RB, Illinois. While the Lions should take an offensive lineman to protect Kitna and open running lanes, they'll stupidly take Mendenhall and watch him get hit 2 yards behind the line.
#16 Arizona Cardinals: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB, Tennessee State. The Cardinals begin the run on cornerbacks.
#17 Kansas City Chiefs (from Minnesota): Leodis McKelvin CB, Troy. Kansas City drafts a corner to play opposite (or replace) the aging Ty Law. Law is only good against Peyton Manning anyways.
#18 Houston Texans: Aqib Talib CB, Kansas. Despite the admission that he has used marijuana after lying to teams, he's too good of an athlete to pass up.
#19 Philadelphia Eagles: Jerod Mayo LB, Tennessee. The Eagles, left out of the cornerback run, need to replace Omar Gaither at MLB (and move Gaither back outside).
#20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Limas Sweed WR, Texas. Joey Galloway continues to defy time while the Ike Hilliard disappearing act is getting old (just like he is).
#21 Washington Redskins: James Hardy WR, Indiana. He's almost the same as Chad Johnson or Anquan Boldin...
#22 Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland): Felix Jones RB, Arkansas. Jerry Jones takes the "other" Arkansas running back to spell Marion Barber.
#23 Pittsburgh Steelers: Gosder Cherilus OT, BC. Someone has to protect the Steelers' motorcycle riding, $100 million investment. But with the Steelers' brutal schedule, it probably doesn't matter much who they draft.
#24 Tennessee Titans: Philip Merling DE, Clemson. With the departure of Travis LeBoy and Antwan Odom, the Titans are in need of a defensive end. With Merling, Haynesworth, and Jevon Kearse (if he improves from last season- wouldn't take much), the Titans will have one of the best defensive lines in the league.
#25 Seattle Seahawks: Dustin Keller TE, Purdue. The Seahawks draft the only TE in the first round.
#26 Jacksonville Jaguars: Kentwan Balmer DT, North Carolina. To replace Marcus Stroud who was traded to Buffalo.
#27 San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Stewart RB, Oregon. As much as Charger fans hate to admit it, LaDainian Tomlinson is getting on in years. Stewart should have time to heal his injury while Tomlinson and Sproles form a very formidable 1-2 punch. Plus he is an amazing value at #27.
#28 Dallas Cowboys: Trades with Atlanta Falcons. Falcons select Joe Flacco QB, Delaware. The Falcons trade back into the first round, making them this year's Cleveland Browns. Flacco has the arm to reach the very underrated WR Roddy White.
#29 San Francisco 49ers: DeSean Jackson WR, California. In a Mike Martz offense, WRs are always in need. Dan Connor LB, Penn State is also a possibility.
#30 Green Bay Packers: Brandon Flowers CB, Virginia. The Packers would have loved a nickel back last year in the post season.
#31 New England Patriots: Pick forfeited for cheating.
#32 New York Giants: Tyrell Johnson S, Arkansas State. The Raiders overpaid for Gibril Wilson, and the Giants were smart not to shell out that kind of money for a very average player. Deficiencies at middle linebacker and cornerback can be address in later rounds, as they have passable starters.
Take it to the bank.
Friday, April 25, 2008
#1 Miami Dolphins: Jake Long OT, Michigan. Already signed.