Schackman’s 2008 NFL Mock Draft (Part 2)
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1. Miami Dolphins-Chris Long (DE- Virginia)
If Parcells has confidence in John Beck
or can talk Trent Green into playing then Long is their guy. He has that nonstop motor and pedigree that will be too good to pass up. If Parcells does not like his Qb situation, Matt Ryan is the guy.
2. St. Louis Rams-Glenn Dorsey (DT-LSU)
Dorsey is regarded as the best defensive player by most, and would significantly improve the Rams front seven. It would also allow the Rams to move last years pick, Adam Carricker, to his natural position: DE.
3. Atlanta Falcons*-Matt Ryan (QB- Boston College)
The Atlanta Falcons are in complete disarray, they have no Qb, and more importantly as of now no head coach. Matt Ryan is a big, smart, pure pocket passer who can be the leader of this team for years to come.
4. Oakland Raiders*-Darren McFadden (RB- Arkansas)
The Raiders can also take Jake Long here, but I just can’t see Al Davis passing on a dynamic runner like McFadden. The Raiders need playmakers and McFadden could be 08’s version of Adrian Peterson.
5. Kansas City Cheifs*-Jake Long (OT- Michigan)
The Chiefs were once known for a powerful running game and dominant offensive-line. Not so much these days. Long will fill the huge void left when Willie Roaf retired. Long is a dominant left tackle who will instantly upgrade their offensive line.
6. New York Jets– Vernon Gholston (DE- Ohio St.)
He has great size and speed to play both end and outside linebacker for the Jets. The Jets sorely missed that get to the quarterback type of player and Gholston should be able to step in right away.
7. New England Patriots (from SF)- Leodis Mckelvin (CB-Troy)
Mckelvin’s stock has been rising and the Pats will need a corner to fill the void left by Assante Samuel. Belichick may not want to use a 1st rounder on a corner considering grooming DB’s is his specialty. If that’s the case, Keith Rivers is the guy.
8. Baltimore Ravens- Brian Brohm (QB- Louisville)
This is the guy, assuming they do not get Donovan McNabb. If they do get McNabb, they may look at Sedrick Ellis here.
9. Cincinnati Bengals– Sedrick Ellis (DT- USC)
Ellis was a beast this season. He constantly demanded double teams and he has that athleticism and motor you love in defensive lineman. The Bengals defense is miserable and he would be a perfect fit here.
10. New Orleans Saints- Mike Jenkins (CB- South Florida)
In 2006 they almost took A.J Hawk at number 2, so Keith Rivers is an option. But with McKenzie aging and their secondary being a huge problem Jenkins would be a very safe pick.
11. Buffalo Bills- Malcolm Kelly (WR- Oklahoma)
While Kelly may not be graded out as the best receiver, he is the ideal fit for the Bills. They already have homerun threats in Parrish and Evens, and Kelly would give them that tall, physical receiver they lack.
12. Denver Broncos- Kenny Phillips (S-Miami)
Denver’s defense was well-below average. While linebacker may be the bigger need position, the Broncos will also look for someone to step in when John Lynch retires. Phillips is an athletic, ball-hawking safety who would be a nice replacement to Lynch. Clady may be another option here.
13. Carolina Panthers- Ryan Clady (OT- Boise. St)
It is not every off-season where you see a team with both starting offensive tackles set to be free agents. Jordan Gross and Travelle Wharton are both free agents this off-season and there is a good chance the Panthers say goodbye to Wharton to say hello to Clady. Defensive end is also an option here.
14. Chicago Bears- Jeff Otah (OT-Pitt)
If Brohm is still on the board they may go Qb, but if not they need to upgrade their OL. Otah is a mammoth who has a huge upside at the next level.
15. Detroit Lions- Aqib Talib (CB-Kansas)
While I believe that offensive line may be a more pressing need, Talib is the best value pick here and corner is also a need position for the Lions..
16. Arizona Cardinals– Rashard Mendenhall (RB-Illinois)
The sun may be setting on the Edge and they need to think about the future. Oh by the way Mendenhall is a stud. He’s strong, good vision and an above average receiver out of the backfield.
17. Minnesota Vikings- Derrick Harvey (DE- Florida)
The Vikings boast one of the best defenses in the league. But they just cant seem to generate any kind of pass rush. Eramus James and Kenechi Udeze are not the answer at the defensive end position. Harvey has all the intangibles to turn into a fine pass rusher.
18. Houston Texans- Chris Williams (OT- Vanderbilt)
Since their inception into the league they have constantly had one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Baker isn’t the strongest or most physical guy out there, but is a very good pass blocker, something the Texans sorely lack. With the health of Ahman Green, running back may also be an option.
19. Philadelphia Eagles- DeSean Jackson (WR- Cal)
The Eagles sorely lack a homerun hitter. Westbrook is the only playmaker on their offense and they must address this issue. Jackson is a deep threat with great speed and agility, he is also a huge upgrade in their return game.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mario Manningham (WR- Michigan)
Joey Galloway is nearing the end of his fabulous career and it is time to look for playmakers to step in. Manningham may be the most complete receiver remaining, and a big play receiver who can help stretch the field. Offensive or defensive tackle is also an option here.
21. Washington Redskins- Phillip Merling (DE- Clemson)
Merling is a physical specimen at 6’5 275lbs. He has great strength and constantly causes havoc in the backfield. He would be a great upgrade opposite of Andre Carter.
22. Dallas Cowboys (from Browns)– Sam Baker (OT-USC)
Flozell Adams is a free agent and it isn’t clear whether they will attempt to re-sign him. While Baker’s stock has taken a hit as of late he has good technique and pass blocker ability which may overshadow his lack of power or strength.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers- Gosder Cherilus (OT- Boston College)
With Max Starks and Alan Fanaca set to become free agents the Steelers will be coming into this draft looking to take the best offensive lineman available. Cherilus has great size and experience and would be a good value pick here at 23.
24. Tennessee Titans- Limas Sweed (WR- Texas)
Wide Receiver is certainly the position the Titans will be targeting here at 24. If Sweed is available here it will put a big smile on the faces of Vince Young and Jeff Fisher. He has the size and a familiarity with Young that will make this an easy decision.
25. Seattle Seahawks– Jonathan Stewart (RB- Oregon)
With Alexander looking like a shell of his former self it is time for the Seahawks to look towards the future. Medicore Morris is not the answer. Stewart is the best back remaining on the board and a very safe pick.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars- Calais Campbell (DE-Miami)
The defensive end position looks bleak for the Jags due to injuries and free agency. Campbell is a monster 6’8 280lbs, and would make their defensive line that much more formidable.
27. San Francisco 49ers(from Ind)- James Hardy (WR- Indiana)
With Mike Martz coming to town it would be safe to say they will be looking for an offensive weapon. Hardy has terrific size, athleticism and is a great red-zone receiver.
28. Dallas Cowboys-Felix Jones (RB-Arkansas)
Jerry Jones’ ties with Arkansas run deep. Both Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer were Arkansas men, and that gives Jones the edge.
29. San Diego Chargers-Kentwan Balmer (DE/DT- North Carolina)
The Chargers don’t have many holes or needs on their team, so they will be looking for the best player for their scheme. Balmer has the ideal size and athleticism to play the end position in their 3-4 defense. He can also move inside if need be.
30. Green Bay Packers– Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB- Tennessee State)
The Packers will look to add depth to their secondary and Cason is the best guy on the board here. Cason isn’t the fastest guy out there but has good combination of size and instincts. Linebacker may be another option here.
31. New York Giants– Keith Rivers (LB- Penn State)
Rivers would be a great fit for this defense and would be the replacement for soon to be free agent Kawika Mitchell. The Giants need to add depth and Rivers is a very athletic backer who can cover the whole field.
32. New England Patriots– Forfeited
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