2008 Mock Draft
Posted: Wednesday May 2, 2007 6:21PM; Updated: Wednesday May 2, 2007 6:22PM
The best part of a future mock draft is determining the order of teams. If you care to argue about that or the players I selected, bring it on:
1. Oakland: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas - McFadden ran for 182 yards against LSU, which is basically an NFL team. Character questions, but these are the Raiders.
2. Texans: Jake Long, OT, Michigan - After Matt Schaub gets sacked as often as David Carr, Houston realizes it's still got a problem.
3. Vikings: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville - Strong running game, and no passing game translates to 4-12 for the Vikes in 2007.
4. Lions: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami - I was tempted to put the top WR on the board here, but Matt Millen may not be around to run the draft.
5. Buccaneers: Sam Baker, LT, USC - Will this be the first pick of the post-Gruden era?
6. Dolphins: Chad Henne, QB, Michigan - The 'Fins make up for controversial '07 pick of an Ohio State WR by taking a Michigan QB. You have to love the symmetry.
7. Cardinals: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida - Pass-rushers are always valuable.
8. Titans: Kenny Phillips, S, Miami - Phillips gets the edge over Antoine Cason.
9. Cowboys (via Browns): Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU - Everyone loves pass-rushers.
10. Falcons: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas - Tempted to go QB here, but only if the Falcons are bad enough to get Brohm.
11. Bills: Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College - Love those BC linemen.
12. Packers: DeSean Jackson, WR, California - Finally a playmaker for Favre. Just a year too late.
13. Giants: Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia - The new Tiki.
14. Rams: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU - Dorsey is LSU's defensive star, but falls a bit because of lack of NFL size (6-foot-2, 299).
15. Chiefs: Keith Rivers, OLB, USC - If the Trojans dominate this year, all their prospects will look good.
16. Jaguars: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan - They want to take over the Lions' title of team that takes the most WRs in the first round.
17. Eagles: Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC - Hard to tell if the Eagles will be at 7 or 27. All depends on Donovan McNabb.
18. Panthers: Early Doucet, WR, LSU - Doucet benefits from how well the LSU WRs taken this year play.
19. Steelers: Paul Oliver, CB, Georgia - I wasn't sure whether to put the Steelers at No. 28 or No. 8. All depends on Mike Tomlin.
20. Jets: Frank Okam, DT, Texas - Not necessarily an Eric Mangini kind of guy, but might fill need at nose tackle.
21. Ravens: Shawn Crable, LB - Can play multiple positions Adalius Thomas-style.
22. Redskins: Vince Hall, LB, Va. Tech - The 'Skins actually have picks this year!
23. Seahawks: John David Booty, QB, USC - Matt Hasselbeck isn't getting any younger ... or any more hair.
24. Patriots (via 49ers): James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State - Passed on LBs early on in this draft.
25. Cowboys: Adarius Bowman, WR, Oklahoma State - Will learn from a Terrell Owens just like Dwayne Jarrett will learn from Keyshawn Johnson in Carolina. (Meaning this is T.O.'s last year in Big D.)
26. Chargers: Dan Conner, LB, Penn State - Conner is probably a better pro prospect than the Bills' second-round pick Paul Posluszny.
27. Bears: Chris Long, DE, Virginia - Howie's kid.
28. Broncos: Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers - Critics say he's too small, but is any running back really too small?
29. Bengals: Andre Fluellen, DT, Florida State - The NFL now requires at least one Florida State defensive player to go in the first round every year.
30. 49ers (via Colts): Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona - I'm not thrilled with Cason's performance at the 2008 combine.
31. Saints: Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii - Undersized system quarterback. Reminds me a little of a former Purdue quarterback.
32. Patriots: Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas -- I'm assuming Asante Samuel plays for New England in '07 and then departs.