|1. Miami Dolphins -Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
- The talk about Miami trading this pick is really heating up. Who may take it? The Cowboys…for McFadden. That worries me and a lot of other Cowboys fans. We’ll see. But until then, Miami is likely to take Dorsey, a true monster on the line.
|2. St. Louis Rams -Chris Long, DE, Virginia
- The Rams have long needed a force on the defensive line and outside. Here he is. If the Rams can snag a good offensive lineman in the 2nd round, they have drastically improved their team to compete in two years. But those receivers aren’t getting any younger, and they need to keep that in mind.
|3. Atlanta Falcons* -Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
- I am starting to think the Falcons will bypass McFadden for a true need. This team has to regret trading Matt Schaub, but who would have guessed their quarterback at the time was a dog killer. Matt Ryan will sit for one year and then he’ll have to party with the big boys.
|4. Oakland Raiders* -Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
- Raiders, meet your replacement for Warren Sapp. You’re bypassing McFadden to take him.
|5. Kansas City Chiefs* –Jake Long, OT, Michigan
- Matt Ryan is gone. But that’s OK because Chiefs fans believe Brodie Croyle is the answer. Stop cackling! Jake Long may revive that running game to top tier again.
|6. New York Jets -Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
- Many pundits say McFadden is the best player in the draft. So, of course the Jets are stealing him at No. 6. McFadden and Jones sounds like a great 1-2 punch that could make the Jets a potent offense.
|7. New England Patriots (From 49ers) –Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State
- I don’t care that the Pats fans say they don’t need this position filled. You pick the best player available in the first round.
|8. Baltimore Ravens – Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
- Will the Ravens finally find a starting QB to bring the offense some respect? I’ve always liked Brohm but that doesn’t matter. Give him a year of study and let him loose.
|9. Cincinnati Bengals –Keith Rivers, OLB, USC
- The Bengals may pick defense this entire draft. They could use it. Rivers will help a linebacker corps that was just awful this season. Awful!
|10. New Orleans Saints –Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
- I think the loss of Joe Horn really hurt these guys more than they thought it would. So bring in Kelly to lineup with Colston and see what happens. Grab a free safety in the second round or try free agency. The Saints cannot give up now.
|11. Buffalo Bills -Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy State
- They need to replace Nate Clements. Most mocks have them taking a receiver, but defense wins games. A corner might be the smartest pick here.
|12. Denver Broncos –DeSean Jackson, WR/PR, California
- The Broncos have lost the weapons to catch the ball. Many teams will be disappointed to see Jackson go at this spot, but Denver would be silly to let him go by.
|13. Carolina Panthers -Sam Baker, OT, USC
- The Panthers didn’t run the ball very well and nothing helps solve that problem than a strong offensive line. It’s either Baker or Clady and today I am taking Baker here.
|14. Chicago Bears -Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
- Hey, the Bears made it to the Super Bowl with a crummy quarterback. That defense suffered a bunch of injuries this year. But one thing that fell apart this year was the running game. Bring in Clady to open holes. I know they need a QB, but just try this.
|15. Detroit Lions –Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
- I almost went with an offensive lineman here, but the Lions defense was disgusting.
|16. Arizona Cardinals -Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
- Antrel Rolle moves to safety if they get a corner here and Cason will start immediately. Putting Rolle at his best position should improve the Cardinals secondary, a big problem this year.
|17. Minnesota Vikings -Early Doucet, WR, LSU
- A huge target for the Vikings who desperately need a play-making wide out. Doucet has great hands.
|18. Houston Texans –Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
- An improved team will get better with a good running game. It will either be Stewart or one of the other backs available.
|19. Philadelphia Eagles -Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson
- I see a lot of Eagles mocks taking this guy. Apparently he works out a lot and stays in shape year long.
|20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -Chris Williams, OT, Vandy
- With a healthy Luke Petitgout on the right and Williams on the left, it looks like the Bucs have formed a solid front line. Cadillac Williams is smiling.
|21. Washington Redskins –Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami
- I think instead of defensive line, the Redskins may want to replace Sean Taylor.
|22. Dallas Cowboys (From Browns) –Reggie Smith, CB/S, Oklahoma
- Bye bye Roy Williams. Smith may play corner to start, but I think he will eventually be moved to safety when we drop Williams. Put some pressure on Williams and maybe he will perform. But Smith is multi-talented. Williams is multi nothing right now. Am I being too harsh?
|23. Pittsburgh Steelers -Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
- It’s likely that the Steelers lose one or two of their offensive lineman so it might be smart to grab one on the draft. At 6-5 and 340 pounds, Otah can play guard or tackle.
|24. Tennessee Titans -Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
- The Titans desperately need a good wide out. Manningham could be a surprise player. He was projected as a top draft pick early on in his collegiate career.
|25. Seattle Seahawks –Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
- Although some argue this, I truly think Shaun Alexander is finished. Mendenhall will play with a duo running attack for the first time with the Seahawks. It may just keep them in the playoffs.
|26. Jacksonville Jaguars -Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
- Three sacks in the BCS game against Ohio State last year, making him MVP is easily forgotten. But this guy can play. Problem is, and it is not really a problem, the Jags are the only team without a pressing need. Maybe wide receiver could go here, but Harvey is one of those “get the best player left” picks.
|27. San Diego Chargers -Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
- Another team that doesn’t have immediate needs. But Balmer can provide depth for the Chargers on defense, making them that much more effective.
|28. Dallas Cowboys -Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
- Let’s hope it falls this way, so the Cowboys can pick up two immediate needs. I think wide receiver will be a second round pick if Glenn does return. I think the Cowboys will give Glenn a try. Manningham may be available in the second, but I doubt it.
|29. San Francisco 49ers (From Colts) -James Hardy, WR, Indiana
- Finally a wide out for the 49ers. I am not sure Alex Smith is the QB of the future, but the 49ers never game him anyone to throw to. Now he has someone, who in a couple of years could be great.
|30. Green Bay Packers -Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, TSU
- Stock went up with a great showing in the Senior Bowl. Lofty tough guy who can hit. He may go higher, but right now, let’s not let him jump too much.
|31. New York Giants -Dan Connor, LB, Penn State
- Stock drops after a mediocre Senior Bowl. The Giants could use help in the linebacker corps and the Giants wouldn’t mind a tough guy like Connor.