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1dolphins.gifMiami DolphinsJake Long OTMichigan 6-73135.17
Jake Long is just about as well regarded as Joe Thomas was last year. Jake Long is an powerful tackle who also has great pass protection skills. He can play both tackle positions.

Jake Long had a strong season senior season: gave up 1 sack all year...to Ohio St. DE standout Vernon Gholston.

Jake Long would stabilize the tackle position for the next 10 years for the team who selects him. He also won 2006 & 2007 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, and was consensus 2006 & 2007 First-Team All-American.

Jake Long was my top overall choice for a couple month's, then I moved him to #2 for about 1 week. He is now once again the likely #1 overall pick, because he could be a great All-Pro OT and his bottom baseline skill set is also very high.

2rams.gifSt. Louis RamsGlenn Dorsey DTL.S.U. 6-1 1/22975.05
Dorsey should be a lock for a Top 5 pick. Had good college career, Glen Dorsey is more of a Warren Sapp type of DT than a true run stopper. Could go 1st overall, but that depends on who ends up with the 1st overall pick.

In 2007, Glenn Dorsey was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Outland Trophy, the Lott Trophy and the Lombardi Award, becoming the only player to have won all four awards.

3Falcons.gifAtlanta FalconsMatt Ryan QBBoston College 6-4 3/42284.88
This years top rated QB before the NFL combine. Should go in the Top 5, as another team might trade up to get him. Matt Ryan has the ability to start and be productive from the begining of his first year.

Matt Ryan was 2007 ACC Player of the Year, won the 2007 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and really had a good season in 2007 completing 388 of 654 passes for 4507 Yards with 31 TD and 19 INT.

4raiders.gifOakland RaidersVernon Gholston DEOhio St. 6-32664.67
Athletic stud who will get to the QB at the next level. He reminds me a little of LB/DE Demarcus Ware, which makes him a ideal candidate for Miami and Big Bill.

Vernon Gholston had 14 sacks last season . Is an excellent pass rusher with his combination of size, speed, and strength. He can bench press over 450 pounds.

5Chiefs.gifKansas City ChiefsChris Long DEVirginia 6-32724.75
Comes from good pedigree and had 14 sacks last year. Chris Long should be a Top 5 lock, might even go 1st overall. Chris Long could be the starting piece for a rebuilding defense, he has great pass rushing skills, and is a solid DE prospect who should succeed at the next level.

Chris Long really had a strong season in 2007: 79 tackles, 19 for a loss, 14 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 10 passes broken up and 1 interception. He also won the 2007 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, and was consensus First-Team All-American.

6jets.gifNew York JetsDarren McFadden RBArkansas 6-1 1/42114.33
Most hyped RB in this years class. I would rank him far behind 2007 Rookie of the Year, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. McFadden's incident/arrest in the piano bar might have cost him some $$$ and drop him a few slots. Darren McFadden was 2006 & 2007 runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Darren McFadden really had a strong season in 2007: 1827 Rushing Yards.

Darren McFadden has had to many fumbles (23) and is not an every down back. His body type might be to thin/small for the tough inside running in the NFL. Darren McFadden is more a Reggie Bush type of RB, not a Adrian Peterson type of RB.

7patriots.gifNew England PatriotsBranden Albert OGVirginia 6-5 1/23095.17
Branden Albert is a strong guy who ran a 5.22 40 at the combine. Has pushed himself up the boards and could now be the first guard drafted. .

Branden Albert could be a LT, and if a team projects him as a OT his draft position will rise.

8Ravens.gifBaltimore RavensSedrick Ellis DTUSC 6-0 1/23095.24
Overall good hard nose DT. Good Senior Bowl has him moving up the boards, however combine results disappointed some scouts. Sedrick should be picked in the top part of the 1st Round.

Sedrick Ellis was selected to the majority of All-America First-teams. He can bench press over 500 pounds. In 2007, Sedrick Ellis was voted the Pacific 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

9Bengals.gifCincinnati BengalsDerrick Harvey DEFlorida 6-4 5/82714.8
A natural pass rusher who can get the QB at the next level. In 2006, Derrick Harvey had over 35 tackles and 11 sacks. His size or lack of it, couls cause a draft day drop to the bottom of the 1st round.
10Saints.gifNew Orleans SaintsLeodis McKelvin CBTroy 5/111904.38
McKelvin is a return threat, as well as a shutdown CB. CB is a premium position and Leodis is the best available at this point in the draft.

Leodis McKelvin has been moving up the draft boards during the last month. Needs to improve his ball hawking skills, but can press very well.

11bills.gifBuffalo BillsDominique Rodgers-Cromartie CBTennessee St. 6/21704.33
Senior Bowl improved his draft status. Dominique has the potential to be top shut down CB.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is flying up charts and could be the 1st CB taken in the draft. Should at least be productive as nickel back his rookie year, if he doesn't capture one of the starting spots.

12Broncos.gifDenver BroncosChris Williams OTVanderbilt 6-63155.17
Williams stock is rising quickly. He was probably the best offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl. Potential franchise LTs are at a premium so he might be considered a bit of a reach.

Chris Williams needs to increase his strength, 21 reps of 225 at the combine is not good. Needs to get more physical. In 2007, Chris Williams was selected to First-team All-SEC.

Chris Williams is a smart OT who could be effective from Day 1.

13Panthers.gifCarolina PanthersKeith Rivers OLBUSC 6-22414.6
Lacks the perfect strength or power for a top LB, but is very athletic and should fit in well at one of the LB spots.

In 2007, Keith Rivers was selected to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team for the second time. Last year he had 73 tackles.

14bears.gifChicago BearsRashard MendenhallRBIllinois5-10 1/82254.45
Rashard is moving up draft boards. Rashard is a tough kid with good receiving skills, his older brother Walter is still a RB at Illinois. My guess is that Rashard is a steal taken anywhere in beyond the 20th pick, as he should be better in a more normal NFL offensive scheme. Illinois sort of ran that spread/option offense most of the time. It will be interesting to see what numbers he posts at the combine.

Could very well be the 2nd RB taken in the 2008 draft. Rashard Mendenhall is a true 3 down back who could be a very productive NFL RB. However, he had only 1 productive year at Illinois.

15lions.gifDetroit LionsMike Jenkins CBSouth Florida 6/12004.38
Has the physical tools to play corner in the NFL. Plays a little soft at times. He is a top 2-3 CB in this years draft, look for him to be taken mid 1st round. Mike Jenkins was 2007 First-team Big East.
16Cardinals.gifArizona CardinalsRyan Clady OTBoise St. 6-63095.25
A powerful lineman who could start in the NFL for 10 years. Clady could be a top ten pick, but needs to improve his run blocking skills. Clady has excellent pass protection skills.

Ryan Clady is considered one of the top OT prospects. Poor Wonderlic score could hurt him.

17vikings.gifMinnesota VikingsBrian Brohm QBLouisville 6-2 7/82304.83
Had an off year, but still an excellent QB prospect. He was a 2007 pre-season #1 overall pick candidate. Brian Brohm is a good athlete who selected in the MLB draft following his senior year in high school. Now it appears he is the 2nd QB to be drafted in the 2008 NFL Darft.

Brian Brohm had a good year in 2007, completing 308 of 473 passes for 4,024 yards for 30 touchdown and 12 interceptions.Brian Brohm was 2007 ACC Player of the Year, won the 2007 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and had a good season in 2007 completing 388 of 654 passes for 4507 Yards with 31 TD and 19 INT.

18Texans.gifHouston TexansAntoine Cason CBArizona 6/11854.49
He is a Cover 2 corner with good instincts and good speed. In 2007, Antoine Cason earned All American honors in Track and Field for his contribution to the Mens 4x100 relay team.

Antoine Cason really had a strong season in 2007: 5 interceptions, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns. He also returned 2 punts for touchdowns. He was also awarded the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back in the country.

19Eagles.gifPhiladelphia EaglesDevin Thomas WRMichigan State 6-1 7/82154.4
Physical WR who had a good year, has excellent speed but needs some experience, should have waited for the 2009 Draft.

Devin Thomas will be darfted this high on speed and potenial, and not past accomplishments.

20Buccaneers.gifTampa Bay BuccaneersTracy Porter CBIndiana 5/111854.37
Porter improved his stock at the Senior Bowl. Porter was very impressive at the Senior Bowl and showed very good cover skills.

Tracy Porter has the ability to be a very good cover corner, and had 16 career interceptions in college career.

21Redskins.gifWashington RedskinsJames Hardy WRIndiana6-5 3/82174.47
Hardy is a big WR who runs excellent routes. He is also very athletic and deceptively quick.

Last year he had 79 catches for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns.

22Cowboys.gifDallas CowboysJonathan Stewart RBOregon 5-10 1/42354.48
4.5 speed will help any running attack. Stewart is probably the most complete RB in the draft, and could be a top back in the NFL.

At this time, Jonathan Stewart upside just is as great as Darren McFadden's or Rashard Mendenhall's. However, recent injury concerns are currently surrounding him.

23Steelers.gifPittsburgh SteelersJeff Otah OTPittsburgh 6-63325.56
Another piece of protection for an up and coming offense. Could really improve his stock with good agilty drills at the combine. A big lineman who, if needed, could play both tackle positions.

Jeff Otah is a hard lineman to get a good feel about. To me he seems overated and will have all kinds of trouble with the NFL speed rushers. He seems best suited to play RT in the NFL.

24Titans.gifTennessee TitansGosder Cherilus OTBoston College 6-6 3/83155.21
Can play both tackle positions. Struggled at times this past year. He is a tremendous run blocker who plays with an attitude and mean streak.
25Seahawks.gifSeattle SeahawksFelix Jones RBArkansas 5-10 1/82074.47
McFadden backup who is very versatile. Has skills but is a little unproven. Combine will solidify his position or make him a 3rd or 4th rounder.
26Jaguars.gifJacksonville JaguarsPhillip MerlingDEClemson6-4 1/42764.65
Needs a good showing at combine and personal meetings to get drafted at his talent level. Should have waited for the 2009 Draft. Phillip Merling is a good all-around lineman, but needs to improve his pass rushing skills.
27Chargers.gifSan Diego ChargersDan Connor OLBPenn St. 6-2 3/42344.65
A little small and gets out of position in pass coverage. Connor is an good run stopper but will take time to be productive in the NFL.

Dan Connor is more of a player than an athlete. I predict a slide leading up to the draft..

28Cowboys.gifDallas CowboysLimas Sweed WRTexas 6-42164.46
Best overall WR, but a little stiff. Limas is a big target and would be ideal on a team with smaller quick receivers. A solid possession receiver with good hands and could be a starter from day 1.
2949ers.gifSan Francisco 49ersKentwan Balmer DTNorth Carolina 6-4 1/23085.28
Could go higher with a good combine. Good in either the 3-4 or 4-3. Has football intelligence.

Kentwan Balmer will be picked higher than he grades out because the dropoff of DT's after him is significant.

30Packers.gifGreen Bay PackersDeSean Jackson WRCalifornia 5-9 3/41694.35
DeSean Jackson is a little raw but he will be a 1st Round pick in the 2008 draft. Jackson is a good route runner with excellent speed.

At the combine, DeSean Jackson looked fragile and too small for the NFL. But showed excellent speed.

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32Giants.gifNew York GiantsKenny Phillips SMiami (FL) 6/22104.54
Top saftey available and great playmaker. Phillips has good size and is a physical player who should flourish in the NFL. Should be a starter from Day 1. Kenny Phillips had 7 interceptions career in Miami.
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Brian (4/20/2008)
grendel (4/20/2008)
I'm not sure if I'd pay attention to that site, considering they don't even have us with Oakland's 2nd round pick.

Tracy Porter made this mock....he had to.

you got that right.  Porter is a good player and i probably have him later in my mock than he will actually go but he is not even close to a first round pick.

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gotta admit this is pretty bad.

i could see someone drafting gholston over long based on potential versus immediate impact. gholstons ceiling is sky high, but long is the much safer pick.

i could see gholston going to st. louis at #2 for that reason, because with little/gholston and adeyanju at LE they would be in better position than if they drafted chris long and plugged him in at le. gholston is more explosive and has more potential as a pass rusher i think, whether i think he will realize it is a different story. but i could see gholston going #2 and then long #4. i think chris long is a perfect fit for the raiders regardless of what people might think. hed give them a stud LE and would really help improve their run defense, which they really didnt address this offseason. a dline with chris long, tommy kelly and derrick burgess would be much more stout but also good vs the pass than if they drafted gholston and had to rotate him with burgess. thats jmo.

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