This is Mock Draft 4 of 4. The Grand Finale. To view Schackman’s last mock draft click here.
1. Miami Dolphins-Jake Long (OT- Michigan)
Long is their guy. Which Long? We shall see. I am going to go with Jake in the week of the draft. The Fins have done some nice things with the offensive line and Jake may be that missing piece. I still believe that Chris is more of a Parcells guy, so it should be an interesting selection.
2. St. Louis Rams– Chris Long (DE- Virginia)
Long is the top defensive lineman in this draft, and with the Rams suspect front 7 this is a no brainer. The Rams will 100% walk away with a Long at the 2nd pick.
3. Atlanta Falcons– Glenn Dorsey (DT- LSU)
The Atlanta Falcons are in complete disarray, they have no Qb, and a depleted defense. Dorsey is a stud in the middle and the Falcons can still land Flacco or Brohm in round 2.
4. Oakland Raiders- Darren McFadden (RB- Arkansas)
McFadden’s workout numbers were off the charts and everyone knows how the Raiders love speed. This may not be the smartest pick due to the amount of money the Raiders have invested in their backfield, but he is just too impressive to pass up on.
5. Kansas City Chiefs- Ryan Clady (OT- Boise. St)
The Chiefs desperately need help on the offensive line, Clady may be too high for the 5th pick but considering the massive holes in their line it is worth the reach. If a trade for Jared Allen goes through that will dramatically affect this pick.
6. New York Jets– Vernon Gholston (DE- Ohio St.)
If the Jets can walk away with either Gholston or McFadden, Jets fans should be ecstatic. Gholston has the speed, strength and athleticism to get after the quarterback at the outside linebacker spot in the Jets 3-4 defense.
7. New England Patriots (from SF)- Leodis McKelvin (CB- Troy)
The Patriots secondary has taken a major hit with the lose of Samuel and Randall Gay. McKelvin is the top corner in this draft and can also play a huge role in the return game.
8. Baltimore Ravens- Matt Ryan (QB- Boston College)
This would be the ideal pick for the Ravens. It would finally solidify their Qb position and they wouldn’t have to move up to get their player.
9. Cincinnati Bengals– Sedrick Ellis (DT- USC)
After missing out on Shaun Rogers, Ellis will be their guy to help sure up the middle of their defense. He’s in the mold of a Warren Sapp and should be a huge upgrade to a dismal defensive line.
10. New Orleans Saints- Keith Rivers (LB- USC)
With the acquisitions of Randall Gay and Aaron Glenn, they may be willing to hold off on a corner so early in the draft. At this immediate time, linebacker is probably the bigger need with the uncertainty of Dan Morgan. Rivers is the top outside backer in the draft and possesses all the tools to step into a starting role.
11. Buffalo Bills- Limas Sweed (WR- Texas)
Sweed is the ideal fit for the Bills. They already have homerun threats in Parrish and Evens, and Sweed would give them that tall, physical receiver they definitely lack.
12. Denver Broncos- Branden Albert (OG/OT- Virginia)
Denver’s offensive line took a hit when Lepsis retired. Albert is athletic, agile and very versatile. The Broncos love those type of guys for their offensive system.
13. Carolina Panthers- Derrick Harvey (DE- Florida)
This is going to be one of the more interesting picks in the draft. They can go running back, defensive end or offensive tackle. They did a decent job addressing their offensive line problems through free agency, and there is just too much uncertainty along their defensive line to pass up on Harvey.
14. Chicago Bears- Jeff Otah (OT- Pitt)
The Bears will look to bolster a depleted offensive line. Otah is a mammoth of a man at 6’6 340lbs and has a huge upside at the next level. Running back may also be an option.
15. Detroit Lions- Rashard Mendenhall (RB- Illinois)
Mendenhall is a stud, and who are we kidding…Tatum Bell is not the answer.
16. Arizona Cardinals- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB- Tennessee St.)
While the sun may be setting on Edge, the Cardinals would like to move Rolle to safety and Cromartie’s size and playmaking skills make him a very good pick here at 16.
17. Minnesota Vikings- Phillip Merling (DE- Clemson)
The Vikings boast one of the best defenses in the league, but they just can’t seem to generate any kind of pass rush. Erasmus James and Kenechi Udeze are not the answer at the defensive end positions. Merling has all the intangibles to turn into a fine pass rusher.
18. Houston Texans- Aqib Talib (CB- Kansas)
The secondary has been a constant issue for the Texans. To some, Talib is regarded as the top corner in this draft. While I am not one of those people, I believe that he would be a nice addition to the Texans’ defense.
19. Philadelphia Eagles- Chris Williams (OT- Vanderbilt)
While I believe wide receiver makes the most sense, I am leaning towards the argument they don’t draft receivers in the first round. Williams is a versatile tackle and with the age at the tackle positions, Williams would be a great pick here.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Devin Thomas (WR- Michigan St.)
Joey Galloway is nearing the end of his fabulous career and it is time to look for a playmaker to step in. Thomas has a nice combination of size, speed, and strength.
21. Washington Redskins- James Hardy (WR- Indiana.)
Jason Campbell could certainly use some wide receiver help. Moss is on one side, but Randel-El certainly is not the answer on the other. Hardy is tall, with good speed and can play above every D-back in the league. It would also allow Randel-El to move into the slot.
22. Dallas Cowboys (from Browns)- Mike Jenkins (CB- South Florida)
Assuming the Cowboys don’t get Pacman, Jenkins will be their guy at the cornerback position. He has all the skills to step right into the nickel back role.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers- Gosder Cherilus (OT- Boston College)
With Alan Fanaca gone, the Steelers will be coming into this draft looking to take the best offensive lineman available. At this point, Cherilus is that guy. He has the size and mentality the Steelers love.
24. Tennessee Titans- Desean Jackson (WR- Cal)
I have seen all the talk about the Titans not drafting first round receivers. Well news flash: they really need one. They may have been burned in the past, but the Titans need weapons on offense. While some worry about Jackson’s size, he does have good hands and possesses game-breaking speed.
25. Seattle Seahawks– Kentwan Balmer (DT- North Carolina)
The Seahawks do not really have any absolute need positions and that is why they will go for the highest graded player remaining. Balmer would fit great in their front 7. Balmer is another one of those big, quick tackles who has great agility.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars- Calais Campbell (DE- Miami)
The defensive line has taken a hit with Stroud and Mccray leaving town. Campbell is massive at 6’8 290lbs and has a nice combination of size and athleticism.
27. San Diego Chargers– Jonathon Stewart (RB- Oregon)
The Chargers are another one of those teams with no real holes. Stewart is a steal here. The toe injury, while troublesome, has plenty of time to recover with LT solidified at the starting position.
28. Dallas Cowboys- Felix Jones (RB- Arkansas)
Is wide receiver the bigger need position ? Yes. But there is no way in my opinion Jerry Jones passes up on Arkansas man Felix Jones. With that said, Jones has the speed and homerun capability to be a nice compliment to Marion Barber.
29. San Fransico 49ers– Jerod Mayo (LB- Tennessee)
With Mike Martz coming to town it would be safe to say they will be looking for an offensive weapon. Too bad there isn’t one worth taking. I would say Malcolm Kelly, but with his quad injury, slow 40 and the complaining he’s done, I would have to say Mike Nolan and the 49ers pass.
30. Green Bay Packers– Antoine Cason (CB- Arizona)
The Packers will look to add depth to their secondary and Cason is the best guy on the board here. Cason has good speed and has a good combination of size and instincts. Kenny Phillips is another option.
New England Patriots– Forfeited
31. New York Giants– Kenny Phillips (S- Miami)
This is one of the tougher picks in the draft to predict. I am torn between Dan Connor and Kenny Phillips. Safety is a need position for the Giants, and Phillips could be that typical UM ball-hawking safety. But with the retirement talk of Strahan, linebacker is also a need for the G-men. It comes down to more depth at the linebacking position than at the safety position.
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