Posted: Friday January 26, 2007 11:49AM; Updated: Friday January 26, 2007 3:36PM
Mock NFL Draft No. 1
Nelson stands out as a prospect who can handle both skill sets that are required of top-flight safeties in the NFL. He can hit, and he can cover.
We'll go straight need pick here, giving the Bills the draft's top-rated cornerback in anticipation of them losing Nate Clements in free agency. Hall is a proven performer.
Okoye blew people away during Senior Bowl workouts this week. He weighed in a little light at 287 pounds (down from 305), but his blend of speed and athleticism makes him a disruptive force in the middle.
If Mike Rucker has indeed played his last game as a Panther, Carriker would fit nicely lining up opposite of left end Julius Peppers. His stock is expected to rise after his Combine workout. LSU safety LaRon Landry would be another solid option.
If new Steelers coach Mike Tomlin switches to the 4-3 defensive formation that he knows -- and that's no given since he retained Dick LeBeau as coordinator -- he could be in the market for an edge rusher like Moss.
Lynch would give the Packers offense the big-play dimension it has lacked in the running game since Ahman Green's last great season, in 2003. Lynch can carry the mail.
The Jaguars covet a pass rusher and would be thrilled if Moss, the Gators standout, remains on the board for them. Barring that, they'll settle for Johnson, who was on the other side of the Florida-Georgia rivalry in college.
The Bengals need a defensive tackle to take over for the ancient Sam Adams, but figure to miss out on both Branch and Okoye. With Tory James a disappointment in 2006, the Bengals could stand to take a first-round cornerback for the second year in a row.
The Titans could use an upgrade at receiver and Meachem has the added bonus of being a Vol. But Tennessee could consider either LSU's Dwayne Bowe or South Carolina's Sidney Rice as well.
New York signed safety Will Demps last year, but his first season as a Giant was inauspicious at best. Landry is an athletic, play-making free safety who can roam the deep middle and tighten up that New York secondary.