Mel Kiper ESPN Insider Mock Draft

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  1. McCordsville Cowboy

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    MOCK DRAFT: Mel Kiper's new First-Round Projection | March 13

    1. Oakland - JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU: Nothing changes at the top of the draft board. The Raiders passed on Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler last year, so opting away from another highly regarded signal-caller won't happen this time around. Russell's physical prowess seems to have everyone wowed.

    2. Detroit - Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame: The Lions have the option of selecting QB Brady Quinn or RB Adrian Peterson, trading down, or adding a pass-rusher supreme such as Gaines Adams to bolster what already has the makings of a standout defensive front. By trading down, they could still get a player like Adams. Quinn, though, might be too hard to pass up for an organization that needs a smart, tough, high-profile signal-caller like him to become the face of the franchise. Remember, the Lions are one of the few teams that have never even been to a Super Bowl, let alone won one. Additionally, they passed on Dan Marino back in 1983 and, as recently as last year, opted away from Leinart and Cutler.

    3. Cleveland - Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma: You would figure this choice to be between Peterson and Quinn, depending on whether the latter is still on the board. Either would look great in a Browns uniform. Veteran RB Jamal Lewis was signed to only a one-year deal, so that obviously doesn't preclude the team from taking a potential franchise back like Peterson.

    4. Tampa Bay - Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech: This pick will have both Jeff Garcia and Chris Simms smiling. Johnson is my top-ranked player on the Big Board, so acquiring him with the fourth selection is a real bargain.

    5. Arizona - Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin: Things are setting up perfectly for the Cardinals to remain at pick No. 5 and still bring a super blue-chip left tackle such as Thomas into the fold. Here, they get the No. 2 player on my board with the fifth overall selection. Another great value type pick.

    6. Washington - Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson: This is the spot you figure to get some action. The Redskins don't have a second-, third- or fourth-round pick, so trading down in an effort to recoup choices definitely has to be in their thought process. If a deal is to be made, the best scenario would be to have either Quinn or Peterson still on the board. Both would be enticing for a number of clubs, as would highly regarded DBs Leon Hall and LaRon Landry. If the Redskins are forced to stand pat, DEs Adams and Jamaal Anderson would make the most sense.

    7. Minnesota - LaRon Landry, S, LSU: The Vikings will have an opportunity here to upgrade the defensive secondary. The choice would be between safety Landry and CB Hall. I'll go with Landry because Brad Childress saw what a huge difference Brian Dawkins made to the Eagles' deep patrol when he was on the staff with Andy Reid in Philadelphia.

    8. Houston - Leon Hall, CB, Michigan: LT Levi Brown would have to draw serious consideration, but Hall is definitely on the rise back up the draft board after such an impressive showing at the combine workout. He also fills a positional need for the Texans.

    9. Miami - Levi Brown, OT, Penn State: The Dolphins certainly could use a topflight left tackle, and Brown has the potential to become a top echelon NFL bookend.

    10. Atlanta - Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas: The loss of Patrick Kerney in free agency makes this a need area, but the Falcons should be keeping their fingers crossed that either CB Hall or S Landry is still on the board.

    11. San Francisco - Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC: The Niners need a featured wideout for Alex Smith to throw to, and Jarrett proved against Michigan in the Rose Bowl that he is deserving of such a high grade.

    12. Buffalo - Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville: I view Okoye as one of the top seven to eight players in this draft, so acquiring him at the 12th spot would be a great deal for the Bills. The 19-year-old phenom has been rising steadily up the draft board all year, overtaking Michigan's Alan Branch as the No. 1 DT in this draft because of his production with the pads on. With the trade of Willis McGahee to Baltimore, the Bills are also in the market for a RB. They probably can't deal up high enough to get Peterson, so Cal's Marshawn Lynch would have to be a possibility.

    13. St. Louis - Alan Branch, DT, Michigan: Physically imposing DT who could be a destructive performer in the NFL, provided he learns how to maximize all that ability and become a more consistent force along the interior. Branch has the edge at DT in terms of potential, but Okoye gets the nod when it comes to production.

    14. Carolina - Greg Olsen, TE, Miami (Fla.): Several months ago, I had Olsen going to the Bears near the end of the first round. After a sensational effort at the combine workout, he's soared up the draft board to the point that Carolina and Green Bay have to be interested. The Panthers need a TE of Olsen's caliber.

    15. Pittsburgh - Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State: The Steelers are looking for flexibility at OLB in terms of how that player can be used. Timmons can operate with his hand down or on his feet, figuring to operate effectively in any defensive structure.

    16. Green Bay - Marshawn Lynch, RB, California: Now that Ahman Green has moved on in free agency, the Packers have to bring in a top-notch RB. Lynch is one of the more aggressive RBs you will ever come across, with yards after contact his specialty. He also proved to be a much more effective pass-catching option this past season, with his 34 receptions matching his total for the previous two campaigns.

    17. Jacksonville - Ted Ginn Jr.  WR, Ohio State: The temptation will be to go defense because the Jags have addressed the offensive side in Round 1 each of the past four years. That's why I thought seriously about CB Chris Houston and LB Jon Beason at this spot. In the end, though, a player with Ginn's big-play potential -- both at WR and in the return game -- might be too hard to pass up.

    18. Cincinnati - Jon Beason, LB, Miami (Fla.): Beason didn't run as well as expected (4.74) at the combine workout, but his film evaluation grades, especially from 2005, figure to win out, placing him ultimately in the mid-to-late first round area. Marvin Lewis also knows firsthand what it means to have a former Miami Hurricane setting the tone on your defense.

    19. Tennessee - Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska: Steady, technically sound and extremely versatile, Carriker would qualify as a very "safe" pick at this juncture of Round 1.

    20. New York Giants - Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State: A Tom Coughlin type of prospect, with the passion and desire to excel on the gridiron that spills over to his teammates. If you look solely at his junior film from 2005 (116 tackles, 11 stops behind the line) and the combine workout (4.70 at 238 pounds, 37-inch vertical jump, 22 reps at 225 pounds), there is no question that Posluszny deserves to be a first-round draft choice.

    21. Denver - Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida: Pressuring the QB is something the Broncos need to do a better job of in 2007, and Moss qualifies as a potential sack artist.

    22. Dallas - Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee: Not only did Meachem produce big results as a junior in 2006 (71 catches for an 18.3 yard average and 11 TDs) but he also turned heads at the combine with his 4.39 clocking at 6-2, 214 pounds. The addition of such a talented young wideout would be a huge benefit to the Cowboys.

    23. Kansas City - Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas: This is a need area for the Chiefs, and several CBs figure to be intriguing as this point in Round 1. That group includes Houston, Pitt's Darrelle Revis, Texas' Aaron Ross and UNLV's Eric Wright. I gave the edge to Houston because of the fact he ran in the 4.3s at the combine and proved to be one of the stronger players pound for pound in the draft (27 reps).

    24. New England (from Seattle) - Patrick Willis, LB, Ole Miss: Production, production, production, that's what you harp on with Willis. This kid finished just about every game, including the Senior Bowl, with 13-plus tackles. Then came the combine meeting, where he ran an amazing 4.51 at 242 pounds and also came through with a 39-inch vertical jump.

    25. New York Jets - Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh: Good, solid football player with the size (5 11½, 205) you look for and a ton of athleticism. Had he produced as many big plays this past season as he did as a sophomore, you might have been looking at a top-15 pick.

    26. Philadelphia - Steve Smith, WR, USC: Before the combine workout, I projected Smith as a mid-second-round draft choice. However, after Smith posted a 40 time of 4.45, the days of viewing him as just a complementary No. 2 wideout might have come to an end.

    27. New Orleans - Aaron Ross, CB, Texas: Tough, aggressive football player who also brings excellent ball skills to the CB spot. He'd be a nice addition to the Saints' deep patrol. If you are looking for a potential surprise pick in the later portion of Round 1, UNLV's talented CB Eric Wright could be the guy. The former USC Trojan ran in the 4.3s at the combine and has a great deal of ability.

    28. New England - Reggie Nelson, S, Florida: Nelson brings a great deal of versatility to the defensive secondary, as well as demonstrating in the SEC with the national champion Gators that he is a proven playmaker. He can cover a lot of ground and will hit like you expect from a safety.

    29. Baltimore - Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan: The former TE displays incredible feet, athleticism and agility while operating at the critical LT spot, bringing with him the upside potential you look for at this point in the late first round.

    30. San Diego - Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU: After the Senior Bowl practices, I really thought Bowe would hear his name called in the middle of the first round. Although he seems to have lost a little momentum after running in the mid-4.5s to 4.60 at the combine workout, you have to remember that he checks in at 221 pounds. He also brings superlative natural receiving skills to the position. I'll give you a quick history lesson. Back in the 2001 NFL draft, a WR with a similar scenario was the next-to-last pick in the first round and has turned out to be a quality performer at the pro level. The player I'm referring to is former Miami Hurricane Reggie Wayne, now a key entity on the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts.

    31. Chicago - Ben Grubbs  OG  Auburn: Offense figures to dictate the draft this year for the Bears. WR and TE are at the top of the need list, but adding a big-time guard like Grubbs would significantly aid the likes of Cedric Benson and Rex Grossman. A WR to consider at this stage would be South Carolina's Sidney Rice. This is also the point in the draft when USC's highly regarded C-G Ryan Kalil could hear his name called, figuring as a late first- or very early second-rounder.
    32. Indianapolis - Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee: Had it not been for a season-ending (torn biceps) injury in the second game of the 2006 campaign, Harrell might have established himself as top-15 choice. In the first two weeks, before the injury, he was a dominating performer. Good fortune would continue for the Super Bowl champion Colts if Harrell falls in their lap as the first round comes to an end.
  2. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    I cannot stand Mel Kiper Jr. :mad:

    He doesn't even have Anthony Spencer in the first round...
  3. bbgun

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    God, he's still boosting Olsen.
  4. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    I would freak out if Nelson was on the board and we didn't take him.
  5. Big Dakota

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    WoW, he has the 2 USC WRs going very high. Steve Smith before Bowe????
  6. BLT

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    if i were you id be preparing to freak out since it seems very unlikely we draft a safety in the 1st
  7. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Mel puts a lot of work into evaluating players--you gotta give him that.
  8. Cochese

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    I could live with this as it fulfills my 'no team needs first round picks at every position of the secondary' draft logic.
  9. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    Yes indeed.
  10. Big Dakota

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    As much as i'd like an Ed Reed type FS, i have to agree. When one thinks of the resources we have, and will continue to put into TNew, Roy and Henry, i just don't buy we will spend another 13 million on a FS. Carp got 12.5 last year so i would guess our #22 will get 13+ million. It's not just the money, it's the #1 pick as well. You only get 10 per decade.
  11. AbeBeta

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    I agree that it is unlikely that we will draft a safety. But that is because Nelson and Landry will be gone by the time we pick
  12. Achozen

    Achozen Sounds From The Lair

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    5 WR set with Meachem, T.O, Glenn, Witten, and Crayton.

  13. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    Whatever...he says he gives Chris Houston "the nod" because his workout time and reps...that's a good thing but his production is what teams are going to go for. Kiper does little actual evaluation of players and a lot of guessing what teams are doing.
  14. Bob Sacamano

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    I love it
  15. J-DOG

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    Your right about that but sometimes his top prospects are not the same as what the NFL thinks.
    The top prospects are no-brainers but Kiper puts the college production over the pro potential in a lot of cases and sometimes these college players do not translate to the NFL. No matter how much production they had at the college level the scouts in the NFL will lean more heavily on size and speed.
    Just look at last year for example...Mario Williams was taken #1 overall.
  16. LatinMind

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    owens, glenn and meacham? wow thats firepower. add witten, this team will be unstoppable.
  17. smarta5150

    smarta5150 Mr. Wright

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    Anything is better than Nelson.

    Its gonna be real hard to screw up our pick with WRs like this around along with the DEs/OLBs.
  18. Teague31

    Teague31 Defender of the Star

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  19. dwmyers

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    Too bad Carolina's needs are S and LB ;)

  20. Chuck 54

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    I would be totally thrilled if we took a WR in round 1...that's my #1 desire in this draft, CB is #2.

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