Friday, April 25, 2008

Charles' Mock NFL Draft

1. Miami Dolphins - Jake Long OT, Michigan: Well this one I'm fairly confident I'll be right about.

2. St. Louis Rams - Chris Long DE, Virginia: I read somewhere that the Rams are thinking about moving their stud DL Carriker from DE to DT, and Long will let them do this. Additionally, Long appears to be one of the more reliable picks in the draft according to everyone else, and I don't think they take a risk on Dorsey here.

3. Atlanta Falcons - Glenn Dorsey DT, LSU: Here's where my own take on the draft's talent is probably clouding my accuracy. I think Matt Ryan is garbage. I think his ceiling is Todd Collins, honestly. That doesn't mean he's worthless, but I can't see him being a star in the NFL, and with the third pick in the draft, you want to take someone you think can make the Pro-Bowl multiple times. Glenn Dorsey fits that description. He was absolutely dominant at times from DT which is a rare thing to see.

4. Oakland Raiders - Darren McFadden RB, Arkansas: McFadden is the best player in the draft, and certainly the flashiest, and in light of the Raiders constant desire to make a splash as opposed to focusing on what's best for their team (read: any position other than secondary and running back), I think they go for the gold. The smart pick here is probably Gholston.

5. Kansas City Chiefs - Vernon Gholston DE/LB, Ohio State: Gholston is reminiscient of Jevon Kearse in terms of his combination of size and athleticism, and after the Jared Allen trade, I would be shocked to see them pass on a Gholston or Long in this position.

6. New York Jets - TRADED to Baltimore Ravens (Don't ask me to say what for other than the #8 pick) - Matt Ryan QB, Boston College: I think at this point the Jets threaten to take Ryan and work a few picks out of Baltimore with Gholston, McFadden, and Long off the board. Everyone knows the Ravens are desperately looking for a QB so this trade makes sense.

7. New England Patriots - Keith Rivers LB, USC: You can all think Brett and the 49ers for the Patriots having the 7th pick in the draft this year. The Patriots linebacking corps is old as SHIT and I think they'll take the best available in the draft at this point. Gholston would've been perfect, but I think Rivers is a good fit here as well.

8. New York Jets (traded from Baltimore) - Sedrick Ellis DE, USC: The Jets could certainly stand to improve their front 7, and their abandonment of the Dwyane Robertson project makes that no secret. Ellis will be solid, and getting him and some extra picks from Baltimore would be a great move.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Ryan Clady OT, Boise State: Carson Palmer needs more protection and their offensive line hasn't recovered since they lost Steinbach, if Ellis is still around here, that might make sense, but I think Clady at 9 is a great land for the Bengals.

10. New Orleans Saints - Derrick Harvey DE, Florida: The Saints defense blew last year, and they massively upgraded at LB in the offseason and they now have Vilma, Dan Morgan, and Scott Fujita. Adding depth at defensive end is always a good idea [see: 2008 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants (note: get ready for a lot of references to that)].

11. Buffalo Bills - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB, Tennessee State something or other: Rodgers-Cromartie could really, really suck in the NFL. I have bought hard because he's very athletic and I love his cousin Antonio. I think the Bills will go cornerback here and draft one of the many solid WRs that will be available at the start of the 2nd round (Manningham, maybe DeSean Jackson, who knows).

12. Denver Broncos- Devin Thomas WR, Michigan State: With the departure of Javon Walker, the Broncos have Brandon Stokely (only relevent when Peyton Manning is throwing him the ball or Jason Sehorn is covering him in the Super Bowl - yes, I'm still bitter) and Brandon Marshall catching the ball from Cutler. Thomas is the only guy of any value at a position of need for them here, although they could beef up their offensive line to protect Cutler.

13. Carolina Panthers - Rashard Mendenhall RB, Illinois - With the departure of DeShaun Foster and the ever-present prospect of injury to DeAngelo Williams, running back is a position of need for the Panthers and Mendenhall would be a great addition here.

14. Chicago Bears - Jeff Otah OT/OG, Pittsburgh - The Bears had an awful running game last year, (thanks for the fantasy season Cedric Benson, you asshole) and I wouldn't be surprised to see Jonathan Stewart go here, but they lost two starting offensive lineman this offseason and Otah can fill either hole and at least give Cedric Benson/whatever RB they take in the second round room to run.

15. Detroit Lions - Jonathan Stewart RB, Oregon - I think Jerod Mayo would be a good pick here in terms of fitting their defense, but with Kevin Jones perenially playing like a tampon, I wouldn't put it past the Millen regime to take Jonathan Stewart. Stewart may also be one of the fastest running backs in the draft, despite running his 40 on a bruised foot.

16. Arizona Cardinals - Leodis McKelvin CB, Troy - This would be a perfect move for the Cardinals who seem to have the pieces in place on offense (although look to them to add offensive lineman in the other rounds) and recently moved Antrel Rolle to Safety where he can be more of a playmaker.

17. Kansas City Chiefs - Branden Albert OT/OG, Virginia -Chiefs definitely need o-line help, and if they didn't get it with the fifth pick (read: Gholston) they'll take it here. I think the talent at offensive line is deeper, so going early with defensive end makes sense. Albert is a great pick here.

18. Houston Texans - Chris Williams OT, Vanderbilt - The Texans haven't had a good offensive lineman since Tony Boselli and it's no surprise that about zero of their starting quarterbacks have ever survived a full season. Williams is a solid pick at a position at massive need.

19. Philadelphia Eagles - Limas Sweed WR, Texas - This is a great pick for the Eagles, a lot of people have them picking a cornerback here, but with Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel (they can also still re-sign Lito Shephard) I can't see them doing that. Limas Sweed gives Donovan McNabb a target who doesn't suck for the first time since TO.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Michael Jenkins CB, South Florida - This makes perfect sense for the Buccaneers. Jenkins is a local guy, and the best available player at a position they strongly need help. Brian Kelly bounced to Detroit (why someone would go from a playoff team to a perenially shitty team in worse weather is beyond me) and Ronde Barber, when he isn't being a dumbass loudmouth, is 33 years old.

21. Washington Redskins - Philip Merling DE, Clemson - Apparently the Redskins are going either defensive end or wide receiver in the first round. I know Jason Campbell needs weapons, but I think Chris Cooley, Brandon Lloyd, Santana Moss, and Antwan Randel-El provide plenty of weapons. Merling makes them better immediately.

22. Dallas Cowboys - Felix Jones RB, Arkansas: With Julius Jones gone, the Cowboys will need a change of pace back to match with Barber. I think this pick makes a lot of sense, and gives them perhaps a better 1-2 punch than they had with Jones last year getting most of the carries. Cowboys suck.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers - Gosder Cherilus OT/OG Boston College: I have no idea who this is, but the Steelers need an offensive lineman after Alan Faneca left. There's talk of drafting a backup for Fast Willie Parker and Big Ben wants another WR (what? Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes aren't enough?), but this pick makes the most sense immediately.

24. Tennessee Titans - Malcolm Kelly WR, Oklahoma - Ironic that the Titans would draft a guy from Oklahoma to catch passes from UT alum Vince Young, but he's the best pick here for the Titans who desperately need a solid pass catcher. DeSean Jackson would be a poor choice here because Vince Young's passing fits with a solid possession WR like Kelly as opposed to a home run threat like Jackson.

25. Seattle Seahawks - DeSean Jackson WR, Cal - The Seahawks I think finally hit a wall this year and fail to make the playoffs. Branch will be on the sidelines for most of the season with an injury, and Hassleback doesn't have many other options. Plus Jackson immediately can upgrade a poor special teams unit.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars - Kentawn Balmer DT, UNC - The Jaguars lost Marcus Stroud and John Henderson is always injured. They need some serious help on the defensive line, and Balmer is the highest rated one available.

27. San Diego Chargers - Aqib Talib CB, Kansas - Talib definitely fell here, and would be a sick pickup for the Chargers who lost Drayton Florence in the offseason and need to upgrade their nickel package. Talib can contribute on special teams as well, and their have been some talks of him playing some WR like he did in college. The Chargers could use some help at WR as well as CB and Talib would be a great pick.

28. Dallas Cowboys - TRADED to Atlanta Falcons - Brian Brohm QB, Louisville - I think if Talib had fallen to the Cowboys they would've taken him, but I don't see them reaching for a WR or Brandon Flowers or Antoine Cason(CB) here. Atlanta will be scared of the prospect of the 49ers or Packers (without a QB to backup oft-injured never proven Aaron Rodgers) taking Brohm.

29. San Francisco 49ers - Jerod Mayo LB, Tennessee - 49ers could use someone alongside Patrick Willis to let him roam wild, and Mayo is in the Top 15 on most draft guru big board's. Brett will be pleased.

30. Green Bay Packers - Antoine Cason CB, Arizona - Green Bay is solid on defense, but Al Harris and my mannnnnnn, Chas Woodson are old as shit. Wouldn't be surprised to see them nab a backup QB in Chad Henne or that Flacco douchebag, but I think Cason is a solid choice.

31. New England Patriots - 18-1 - Oh, and you don't have this pick. Suck it, Trebek.

32. New York Giants - Kenny Phillips S, Miami - This is a PERFECT pick for the Giants. If Phillips is gone for any reason, Tyrell Johnson, a freakish safety from Arkansas State will go here. Gibril Wilson left, and the reigning Super Bowl Champs (God that feels good to say) need serious help. Serious. Our secondary is awful. Kenny Phillips loves bowling despite averaging "around 90" which makes him awesome.

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