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2008 Mock Draft Last updated 1/30/2008

The Sporting News' mock draft is updated every Wednesday through the draft. The draft order is based on the teams' records, but picks 20 through 31 could be altered by playoff results. Super Bowl teams will have the last two picks. (Note: The NFL stripped New England of its own first-round pick as a penalty for "Spygate," so there will be only 31 first-round picks in '08.)

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MOCK DRAFT: ROUND 1

PICK TEAM PLAYER POS SCHOOL

1 (1) Dolphins Chris Long DE Va.

Many view LSU DT Glenn Dorsey as the No. 1 prospect, but Long offers the size and versatility new Dolphins boss Bill Parcells desires in defensive linemen for his preferred 3-4 defense.

2 (2) Rams Ryan Clady* T Boise St.

Rams officials have Dorsey rated as the top player the club's draft board, but after taking DT Adam Carriker in the first round last year, the team should instead take the best offensive tackle in the draft to be groomed as the eventual replacement for LT Orlando Pace.

3 (3) Raiders Glenn Dorsey DT LSU

(pick subject to coin flip) Raiders officials figure to take Arkansas RB Darren McFadden here, but if Dorsey slides to them they'll grab up the draft's top-rated player and use him to replace retired DT Warren Sapp.

4 (4) Falcons Brian Brohm QB Louisville

(pick subject to coin flip) Even though coach Bobby Petrino skipped out of town, that doesn't mean the Falcons should pass on his former college quarterback. Brohm is the most polished of this year's quarterbacks.

5 (5) Chiefs Matt Ryan QB Boston Coll.

(pick subject to coin flip) If the Falcons take Brohm, that would save Chiefs GM Carl Peterson from having to pick between Brohm and Ryan. Either way, the club must start to rebuild the whole offensive unit.

6 (6) Jets Darren McFadden* RB Arkansas

Despite acquiring RB Thomas Jones in a trade with the Bears last offseason, Jets officials wouldn't pass on the opportunity to upgrade their rushing attack with the ultra-talented McFadden.

7 (7) Patriots Quentin Groves OLB Auburn

(from San Francisco) Rosevelt Colvin is injury-prone and Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau are getting up in age. In the super-athletic Groves, the Patriots would get an explosive outside pass rusher who would allow the coaches to keep Adalius Thomas at inside linebacker.

8 (8) Ravens Chris Williams T Vandy

With LT Jonathan Ogden likely to retire and the top-rated QBs off the board, the Ravens tab the fast-rising Williams to protect the quarterback's back side -- whomever that quarterback might be.

9 (9) Bengals Mike Jenkins CB South Fla.

The Bengals need a big, physical and athletic cornerback, and they certainly are desperate for more high-character players. Jenkins is a great kid with a ton of upside.

10 (10) Saints Sedrick Ellis DT USC

The Saints have consistently struggled to stop interior running games. Ellis is short but is an explosive and athletic playmaker who could blow up runs in the backfield.

11 (11) Bills Leodis McKelvin CB Troy

The Bills' secondary struggled after losing CB Nate Clements to free agency and should pick the athletic and super tough McKelvin to shore up the position.

12 (12) Broncos Jake Long T Michigan

Long does not fit the Broncos' offensive line profile but would bring much-needed toughness and attitude to the offense.

13 (13) Panthers Kenny Phillips* S Miami (FL)

With Mike Minter retiring, the Panthers' safety problems are made even worse. Grabbing Phillips, the only elite safety in the '08 draft, would fill that hole.

14 (14) Bears Keith Rivers OLB USC

Before Kentucky QB Andre' Woodson struggled so much at the Senior Bowl, he would have received consideration here. After his horrible week in Mobile, the Bears would be wise to shift gears and look for Lance Briggs' replacement.

15 (15) Lions Jeff Otah T Pitt

The Lions' offensive line really struggled to protect QB Jon Kitna or open holes in the running game, so GM Matt Millen would be wise to grab the athletic and fast-rising Otah.

16 (16) Cardinals Jonathan Stewart* RB Oregon

Edgerrin James is slowing down and turns 30 this season, the age when most running backs hit the wall. The Cardinals should upgrade their ground game by picking Stewart, an instant-impact power runner.

17 (17) Vikings DeSean Jackson* WR Cal

With first-round bust Troy Williamson on the way out, the Vikings remain in need of more perimeter weapons for QB Tarvaris Jackson. Coach Brad Childress likes 2007 picks Sidney Rice (second round) and Aundrae Allison (fifth) as complementary weapons, but Jackson has the big-play potential be a No. 1 NFL receiver.

18 (18) Texans Ray Rice* RB Rutgers

The Texans have struggled to run the ball with consistent success. The strong, elusive Rice would help them establish a balanced rushing attack.

19 (19) Eagles DaJuan Morgan* S NC State

Eagles have struggled to find a quality safety to pair with Brian Dawkins and should think seriously about reaching for the versatile and athletic Morgan, a junior.

20 (20) Buccaneers Antoine Cason CB Arizona

Ronde Barber is a legit cornerback, but Phillip Buchanon is terribly inconsistent and not a long-term solution. Cason is tough, athletic and versatile.

21 (21) Redskins Lawrence Jackson DE USC

The Redskins need a pass rusher, and Jackson could provide consistent pressure. Despite a poor showing at the Senior Bowl, when perhaps Jackson was still feeling the effects of a knee sustained in the Rose Bowl, his USC game film should be enough to convince Redskins' officials of his value.

22 (22) Cowboys Andre Caldwell WR Florida

(from Cleveland) Cowboys officials are sure to debate whether to take a cornerback or wide receiver with their first of two first-round picks. Caldwell is an elusive, big-play receiver who had a great week of work at the Senior Bowl.

23 (23) Steelers Kentwan Balmer DT N. Carolina

The Steelers are a solid all-around team, but their defensive line is getting old. DE Aaron Smith, who turns 32 in April, finished the season on IR, so team officials could grab Bulmer to groom to take over down the road.

24 (24) Titans Malcolm Kelly* WR Oklahoma

Titans coach Jeff Fisher knows he must upgrade the perimeter weapons to allow QB Vince Young to develop into an NFL-quality passer. Kelly is a big, strong and athletic playmaking receiver.

25 (25) Seahawks Rashard Mendenhall* RB Illinois

Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell now knows Shaun Alexander has nothing left in the tank, and Maurice Morris doesn't appear good enough to be a feature back. Ruskell would be wise to grab the big-play Mendenhall if available.

26 (26) Jaguars Calais Campbell* DE Miami (FL)

Jaguars officials always seem to think defense first. Jacksonville has elite talent at defensive tackle but struggle to consistently pressure the quarterback. The athletic and versatile Campbell could make an immediate impact.

27 (27) Chargers Felix Jones* RB Arkansas

Chargers GM A.J. Smith would shock the football world if he were to draft Jones. The reality is All-Pro RB LaDainian Tomlinson turns 29 in June and backup Michael Turner figures to leave via free agency. Even though he split time at Arkansas with Darren McFadden, Jones is strong and worthy of first-round consideration, too.

28 (28) Cowboys Reggie Smith* CB Oklahoma

If able to grab a wide receiver at No. 22, Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones would be wise to go for the tough and versatile Smith. He should start at cornerback early in his NFL career and move to safety down the road.

29 (29) 49ers Donnie Avery WR Houston

(from Indianapolis) The 49ers have struggled to give QB Alex Smith perimeter weapons, and Avery appears to be perfect for a Mike Martz offense.

30 (30) Packers Martellus Bennett* TE Tex. A&M

Bubba Franks has been demoted and David Lee is a workman-like tight end, but Bennett would provide Brett Favre with a big-play weapon at the position.

31 (31) Cowboys Curtis Lofton* ILB Oklahoma

Before the '07 season, the Giants had to move DE Mathias Kiawanuka to outside linebacker because of the club's lack of quality options. Drafting Lofton could allow coach Tom Coughlin to shift Kiawanuka back to his natural spot.

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Robb4242 (1/30/2008)
ummm, ok.

I see no way that the draft unfolds like this. It starts off badly with the 1st pick & then takes a sharp turn for the worst after that.

It is a "mock" so maybe they are mocking you.Its just information.They have changed a couple of players around the past 2 weeks.This time 2 years ago jimmy williams was a top 12 pick.

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Robb4242 (1/30/2008)
ummm, ok.

I see no way that the draft unfolds like this. It starts off badly with the 1st pick & then takes a sharp turn for the worst after that.

In what way is Chris Long at #1 a bad pick?

Not so much that Long isn't worth the #1 overall pick, but I just don't see Miami doing it. They could play Long immediately if Jason Taylor is willing/able to play OLB, which I'm not sure if he will be willing or able. Additionally, I think Miami's focus almost has to be on improving their 28th ranked offense first.
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I heard rumor that Parcells doesnt feel a 3-4 DE is worth a #1 overall pick. A 3-4 DE doesnt have the same value of a DE in a 4-3. A top OLB probably has more value in a 3-4 than the DE, since a DE is pretty much another DT in a 3-4 scheme.

I think MIA will desperately try to trade the pick, but when its all over they will take either Jake Long or Matt Ryan, with my money riding on Ryan.

QBs have gone #1 overall every season since 2000, except when Mario was taken. And the ONLY reason that HOU didnt take 2 QB #1 was because of them taking one #1 overall just 3 years prior. Even at that they strongly considered Vince Young.

When you are a horrible team, with no good QBs, you almost HAVE to take one there. Especially in Miami's case. They have had bad luck using 2nd round picks for QBs, and Parcells wont want to wait for a lesser prospect to develop.

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