NFLDraftScout: Updated Mock Drafts

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  1. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    NFL Draft Scout - Rob Rang's Mock Draft

    1. JaMarcus Russell QB LSU - With a dominating Pro Day performance, Russell solidified his spot among the elite of the draft. The Raiders continue to scout the top prospects, and one has to wonder if the team would consider Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson here or a trade down if Oakland lands a veteran quarterback.

    2. Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame - The two players deserving of this pick -- Johnson and Quinn -- don't fill key areas of need for the Lions. Detroit would rather move down a bit and pick up an impact defender. For now, Quinn makes the most sense as he fits in well in Mike Martz's offense and presents the club with a talent to develop behind the soon-to-be 35-year-old Jon Kitna. The odds appear at least 50-50, according to sources, that the Lions will trade this pick.

    3. Joe Thomas OT Wisconsin - The Browns might have newly-signed RB Jamal Lewis under contract for just one year, but his addition clears the way for the team to add Thomas instead of looking hard at Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson. With free-agent addition Eric Steinbach at guard, the Browns have an opportunity to create a formidable left side.

    4. Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech - If Johnson, arguably the draft's top prospect, is available, offensive-minded Bucs coach Jon Gruden won't hesitate to make him the pick.

    5. Levi Brown OT Penn St - New coach Ken Whisenhunt will bring more of a smash mouth philosophy to the desert. The Cardinals elected to let starting left tackle Leonard Davis leave as a free agent and haven't addressed the position since. Brown is one of the more vastly underrated players in this draft. He is ranked by some as an even better prospect than Thomas, and certainly is a more physical presence in the run game than the Wisconsin star.

    6. Gaines Adams DE Clemson - The lack of a pass rush contributed heavily in the Redskins plummeting from ninth to 31st in overall defense last season, when they registered only 19 sacks compared to 35 in 2005. Only a late-season surge by Andre Carter gave the team a defender with more than three sacks for the year -- and Carter was hardly a stud. He only finished with six on the season. Adams would fill a clear hole, but with this pick being the Redskins' only one in the top four rounds, they will certainly be entertaining trade offers.

    7. Robert Meachem WR Tennessee - With only four receivers currently on the roster -- and journeyman Bobby Wade the most successful of them -- Minnesota will address this position through the draft. The 6-2, 214-pound Meachem is one of the draft's fastest rising prospects after posting a sparkling 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and leading the SEC with 1,298 receiving yards in his first season as the full-time starter.

    8. LaRon Landry FS LSU - In switching picks with the Texas in the Matt Schaub trade, the Falcons put themselves in position to nab Landry. Second-year cornerback Jimmy Williams might be able to make the transition to safety, but when arguably the safest defensive prospect in the entire draft is available -- and would fill a clear need -- he should be the pick.

    9. Amobi Okoye DT Louisville - Cam Cameron was hired to improve the offense. With the top receivers and offensive linemen off the board, the Dolphins may instead be forced to restock their defensive line. Questions about Alan Branch's conditioning could allow Okoye, the 19-year-old wunderkind, to leapfrog to the top of the defensive tackle class.

    10. Leon Hall CB Michigan - Fans will be clamoring for the falling Adrian Peterson, and with the 10th pick, this is about where the oft-injured superstar may go. The wiser move would be to add Hall, a steady presence to play opposite Dunta Robinson.

    11. Patrick Willis ILB Ole Miss - Linebacker remains an area of need for the 49ers, and with Willis running a pair of eye-popping sub 4.40-second 40-yard dashes at 238 pounds, he is once again proving to be well worth a pick in the top half of the first round.

    12. Adrian Peterson RB Okla - Do I think Peterson drops this far come April? No, but the running back roulette during free agency could cause Peterson to take a tumble down the board even though his stock remains strong. Teams simply have other needs to address. Should Peterson begin to fall, expect someone to trade up to get him, but slipping as far as No. 12 is a much likelier scenario than one might think. Steven Jackson, considered a top 10-15 pick by most, slipped all the way to 24th in 2004 in much the same way.

    13. Alan Branch DT Michigan - With the prospect of facing Shaun Alexander, Frank Gore and Edgerrin James a combined six times per year, coach Scott Linehan cannot afford to have his defense allow 145.4 rushing yards per game against, second-worst in the league. Branch is slipping, but remains the draft's top run stuffing presence.

    14. Reggie Nelson FS Florida - The Panthers didn't get much in return on their free agent investment in Shaun Williams, and 33-year-old Mike Minter also struggled to make plays last year. Nelson developed a penchant for the big play and was a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (outstanding defensive player) and Thorpe Award (top defensive back) last year.

    15. Lawrence Timmons OLB Florida St - Regardless of which scheme the Steelers use in 2007, outside linebacker is an area of key need. In ignoring the position through free agency, the team appears poised to address the need here. Timmons may lack Paul Posluszny's big name, but his size, explosiveness and ability as a pass rusher may make him a better fit for Pittsburgh.

    16. Marshawn Lynch RB Cal - This is clearly a position of need for the Packers after losing Ahman Green to Houston in free agency. However, while Lynch's versatility as a runner and receiver makes him a perfect fit for the West Coast Offense, the Packers may be able to trade down to secure extra picks and still find Lynch available with so few teams in need of a running back.

    17. Jamaal Anderson DE Ark - As stout as the Jaguars' defensive line is on the interior, they lack depth on the outside. While the Jaguars may not enter the draft planning to take an end with this pick, the team may be hard pressed to let a talent like Anderson slip further should he fall into their lap.

    18. Adam Carriker DE Nebraska - The Bengals are hoping to land a defensive playmaker and team leader with this selection. The 6-6, 296-pound Carriker was arguably the most impressive defensive player at the Senior Bowl and is being considered by some teams as a defensive tackle, an area lacking in both talent and depth for Cincinnati.

    19 Darrelle Revis CB Pitt - The Titans added Nick Harper in free agency, but the uncertain future of Pacman Jones means the team could still use some added depth. After answering questions about his downfield speed with a pair of sub 4.40 40s at his Pro Day, Revis may not make it to the Titans.

    20. Paul Posluszny OLB Penn St - Even if the Giants are able to complete a deal for Broncos MLB Al Wilson, New York lacks talent and depth at linebacker and will have to consider a prospect of Posluszny's ability should he remain on the board. The Giants are certainly considering him -- coach Tom Coughlin scouted Posluszny personally at Penn State's Pro Day.

    21. Justin Harrell DT Tennessee - Even with the recent addition of yet another ex-Brown, Alvin McKinley, depth at defensive tackle remains a concern for the Broncos. Harrell could push incumbent starter Gerard Warren, whose play slipped in 2006, and provide insurance in case free agent Michael Myers leaves and former Dolphin Dan Wilkinson elects to retire rather than relocate to Denver.

    22. Ted Ginn Jr. WR Ohio St - Ginn is the type of luxury pick the talented Cowboys can afford. The team is high on third receiver Patrick Crayton, but with starters Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn in their mid-30s and injury prone, Ginn would provide another big-play threat in three- and four-receiver sets and bring an immediate impact as a return man.

    23. Dwayne Bowe WR LSU - The Chiefs' once-potent offense has steadily declined in production each of the past two years. The Chiefs could look at a variety of prospects here, including help for their aging offensive line, but Bowe possesses the size coach Herm Edwards prefers at the position. With a strong performance at the Senior Bowl, Bowe is considered a surer thing than some of the more hyped junior receivers still on the board.

    24. Joe Staley OT Cen Michigan - The only team with two first-round picks, the Patriots can afford to take a gamble on greatness. In Staley, it is a gamble that could pay off big. At 6-6, 306 pounds, he is a legitimate 4.7 runner and isn't just a workout warrior, holding his own at the Senior Bowl. Patriots LT Matt Light is solid, but remains susceptible against quicker pass rushers. Staley is a bit raw, but has the footwork to emerge as a standout left tackle.

    25. Greg Olsen TE Miami - Despite cornerback appearing to be a clear need, it is noteworthy that while defensive backs under Eric Mangini have consistently produced, no Mangini-coached club has used a first-round pick on the position during his 12-year career with the Jets or Patriots. Perhaps a better fit might be Olsen, the speedy tight end with the soft hands to further open up the passing attack in 2007.

    26. Aaron Ross CB Texas - The loss of nickelback Rod Hood is a considerable hole in the Philadelphia defense. Should Ross, the Thorpe Award winner, be available here, the Eagles would certainly consider him.

    27. Jon Beason OLB Miami - Even with the addition of Brian Simmons, speed and playmaking ability remains a concern at linebacker for the Saints. Beason's best attributes might be these two characteristics. Whether as a starter or backup, Beason can provide an immediate impact for the New Orleans' defense.

    28. Chris Houston CB Ark - In franchising Asante Samuel, the Patriots assured that the playmaking cornerback would return for the 2007 season, but acquiring depth for the future would still be wise. Houston has legitimate man-to-man skills and, with some more fine-tuning, could one day prove to be among the better defensive backs from this draft.

    29. Ben Grubbs OG Auburn - With starters Tony Pashos and Edwin Mulitalo moving on and future Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden contemplating retirement, the Ravens will be looking to address the offensive line throughout the draft. In a draft lauded for the talent and depth throughout the offensive line interior, Grubbs is the year's best.

    30. Michael Griffin SS Texas - The legal questions surrounding former starting strong safety Terrence Kiel forces the Chargers to look to the draft for help. The club may have unearthed a rising star in cornerback Antonio Cromartie in last year's first round. Another athletic defensive back could be on the way in 2007.

    31. Dwayne Jarrett WR USC - Muhsin Muhammed is on the downside of a strong career, and while Bernard Berrian flashed, he also has a tendency to disappear. Jarrett has the size, strength and secure hands to be a successful possession receiver in the mud and grime of Soldier Field.

    32. Steve Smith WR USC - The Colts feature the game's top receiving duo in Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, but the club is extremely thin at the position beyond those two. Smith isn't flashy, but catches the ball well and runs crisp routes, which would allow him to fit in perfectly here.
  2. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    NFL Draft Scout - Derek Harper's Mock Draft

    1. JaMarcus Russell QB LSU - The Raiders' signing of Josh Booty last week hardly raised red flags in the Russell camp about being the No. 1 overall pick. And even if rumors about Oakland's interest in Daunte Culpepper prove to be true, Russell is a raw talent who could stand to spend a year being groomed behind a veteran.

    2. Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame - Expect plenty of action around this pick as the draft approaches. The Lions won't draft another receiver with a high first-round pick, and aren't in great need of a franchise left tackle. If the Browns or another team don't step up with a small ransom to move into this slot, Quinn could be the pick as the successor to 11th-year veteran Jon Kitna.

    3. Joe Thomas OT Wisconsin - With RB Jamal Lewis and LG Eric Steinbach already added via free agency, the Browns can create a formidable power running game with Thomas. And with QB Charlie Frye an unknown commodity and TE Kellen Winslow recovering from knee surgery, the offense needs a strong ground game to rely on.

    4. Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech - In most drafts, a talent like Johnson would never make it this far. His combination of size and strength would have an immediate impact, and his big-play ability will be coveted with Joey Galloway entering his 13th season.

    5. Gaines Adams DE Clemson - The Cardinals need help at cornerback, but will be hard-pressed to justify selecting one out of this class with the fifth overall pick. The next best thing is to improve the pass rush to cut down on the time the cover men have to stick with their receivers. And with DE Bertrand Berry's recent injury history, the Cardinals need a long-term answer here.

    6. Amobi Okoye DT Louisville - Whether the Redskins view Omar Stoutmire as a starter or not, his signing last week gives the team more flexibility with this pick. This would be considered a bit of a reach for Okoye, but the 19-year-old with immense upside would provide another young talent alongside Kedric Golston to eventually supplant veterans Cornelius Griffin and Joe Salave'a.

    7. Leon Hall CB Michigan - Fred Smoot is gone, and the Vikings need a reliable third corner behind starters Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin. Hall could fill that role immediately, and offers Pro Bowl talent down the road.

    8. LaRon Landry FS LSU - Chris Crocker was terrible in coverage last season, and even if Jimmy Williams makes the conversion to safety this year, the Falcons will eventually need to replace 12th-year veteran Lawyer Milloy. Landry is in the mold of the new breed of safeties who can play either the free or strong side.

    9. Alan Branch DT Michigan - Branch is slipping down most draft boards after a poor Combine and Pro Day. But he is still an imposing run stuffer who fills a massive need for the Dolphins. DT Keith Traylor is entering his 15th season, and Branch has far more potential than any other tackle on the roster.

    10. Adrian Peterson RB Okla - Even with Ahman Green and Ron Dayne on the roster, the Texans will be hard pressed to pass on Peterson should he fall this far. Green and Dayne aren't game-breakers at this point in their careers, and the Texans still need a big-play back for the long term. There is legitimate concern about Peterson's upright running style, but sharing the backfield for a year or two would allow Houston to test his durability.

    11. Robert Meachem WR Tennessee - Antonio Bryant is gone, replaced by another enigma in Ashley Lelie. QB Alex Smith needs more weapons to provide a balanced offense, and Meachem fits the bill. He has great hands and his workouts prove he has the potential to emerge as a No. 1 wideout.

    12. Patrick Willis ILB Ole Miss - With London Fletcher-Baker and Takeo Spikes sent packing this offseason, the Bills need linebacking help across the board. Willis has been one of the draft's most impressive work out warriors, and has the potential to step in right away in place of Fletcher-Baker as a run-stuffer on the inside.

    13. Darrelle Revis CB Pitt - Tye Hill was a good first-round pickup last year, but he needs a long-term complement on the other side of the field. Revis literally ran himself back into the top half of the first round with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at his March 17 Pro Day. He could step in as a nickel back immediately, with Fakhir Brown solid as a starter opposite Hill.

    14. Levi Brown OT Penn St - LT Travelle Wharton is expected to return from ACL surgery in time for training camp, but that hardly means he has a lock on the starting job. The Panthers' entire offense suffered due to spotty line play last season, and Brown would finally give Carolina the athletic left tackle it has sought for years.

    15. Adam Carriker DE Nebraska - Coach Mike Tomlin hasn't said whether he will use a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive scheme, but Carriker would be a fit for either. He's big enough to slide inside in a 4-3, and plays with the physicality outside ends need to maintain the edge in a 3-4.

    16. Marshawn Lynch RB Cal - Lynch played in a Pro Style offense at Cal, and could step in early in the season and make an impact in a backfield that currently features Vernand Morency and Noah Herron. And Lynch's versatility as a runner and receiver makes him an excellent fit for a West

    17. Reggie Nelson FS Florida - Talk about a perfect mid-first-round fit. The Jaguars watched FS Deon Grant go to Seattle in free agency, but could find an immediate replacement with an excellent playmaker in Nelson. And it would be a public relations coup for a team that needs one, with Nelson coming playing his collegiate ball 70 miles away in Gainesville.

    18. Greg Olsen TE Miami - Yes, the Bengals' main focus in this draft is defense -- particularly defenders with strong character. But Olsen presents an enticing opportunity to fill one of the few holes on the team's high-powered offense -- a receiving tight end who can work the middle. He is fast, runs solid routes and will only make the receivers that much more potent.

    19. Jamaal Anderson DE Ark - Wide receiver is another key area of need, but the Titans can still address that on the first day of the draft in a deep receiving class. If Anderson falls this far, the Titans can't afford to pass on a raw but very physically gifted pass rusher to team opposite Kyle Vanden Bosch for the next several years.

    20. Dwayne Jarrett WR USC - Amani Toomer is said to be progressing well, but the fact remains he's entering his 12th season coming off knee surgery. Jarrett would provide a similar sure-handed big target for QB Eli Manning to look to in the red zone and on third down.

    21. Paul Posluszny OLB Penn St - With MLB Al Wilson being shopped, the Broncos will likely be in the market for another run-stuffing linebacker. Posluszny spent the majority of his time with the Nittany Lions on the outside, but proved in the second half of 2006 that he is capable of sliding inside -- and might even be more effective there in the NFL.

    22. Ben Grubbs OG Auburn - RG Marco Rivera has back problems and has never lived up to the $9 million signing. LG Kyle Kosier is solid but will never be an All-Pro. Grubbs is the draft's best pure guard prospect and would upgrade the interior of the Cowboys' line for years to come.

    23. Dwayne Bowe WR LSU - The depth at receiver could actually hurt some of the position's top prospects, with teams knowing there will be plenty of value later on. Bowe is a top 15 talent who could drop to the Chiefs, who certainly need to upgrade their receiving corps to help make life easier on RB Larry Johnson.

    24. Chris Houston CB Ark - Asante Samuel is happy for now, but his pending one-year tender as the team's franchise player means the story will be the same next offseason without a multi-year deal. There is some depth with Ellis Hobbs, Randall Gay and Chad Scott, but Houston is a raw talent who could emerge into a top-notch starter in a few years.

    25. Aaron Ross CB Texas - Coach Eric Mangini is determined to keep improving the personnel needed for the 3-4 to work at its best. But the Jets have a far more glaring hole in the secondary, where the current starters are injury-plagued veteran Andre Dyson and journeyman Hank Poteat. Ross comes from a powerhouse program and should be able to provide help at least as a nickel back early on.

    26. Lawrence Timmons OLB Florida St - Acquiring Takeo Spikes doesn't mean the Eagles are done upgrading the unit. He and MLB Jeremiah Trotter will be entering their 10th seasons. Spikes, who can start at any of the three positions, wasn't quite the same player after recovering from 2005 Achilles' tendon surgery, and defensive coordinator Jim Johnson wants to limit Trotter's snaps. It makes for a good situation to give time for the very talented but very raw Timmons to learn the system from a pair of savvy veterans on the downside.

    27. Justin Harrell DT Tennessee - The Saints have a mediocre linebacker corps, but any linebacker looks better with strong interior line play clearing the way. Harrell's stock dropped due to a ruptured biceps tendon in 2006, but he's an underrated warrior who played against Florida before undergoing season-ending surgery.

    28. Jarvis Moss DE Florida - Patriots coach Bill Belichick loves versatility, and a 3-4 defense might be a good fit for Moss. He's undersized for a traditional end, but hasn't displayed the agility to move permanently to linebacker at the next level. One thing is for certain -- he has immense natural gifts, and Belichick is the man to figure out how best to utilize them.

    29. Justin Blalock OG - Texas The Ravens' line is on the verge of a meltdown with RT Tony Pashos (free agency) and LG Edwin Mulitalo (released) gone, and LT Jonathan Ogden contemplating retirement. The Ravens are going to need several linemen in the near future, making Blaylock's versatility -- he started at guard and tackle for the Longhorns -- an inviting commodity.

    30. Brandon Meriweather FS Miami - Replacing one free safety (Terrence Kiel) for another with some past off-field concerns, might raise some questions. But Meriweather is a versatile playmaker who was considered a team leader by former Hurricanes coach Larry Coker. If the Chargers can solidify their deep secondary, their already dominating defense could become downright suffocating.

    31. Sidney Rice WR S - Carolina The Bears already have a speed burner in Bernard Berrian, so Rice's pedestrian 4.51-second 40-yard dash time won't scare off the Bears. They're more concerned about adding weapons for QB Rex Grossman, and finding a long-term replacement for aging possession receiver Muhsin Muhammad.

    32. Ted Ginn Jr. WR Ohio St - Cornerback and linebacker are two other areas of need, but Ginn would serve several purposes. First, the Colts are frightfully thin beyond starting WRs Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, and coming from a major program Ginn should be able to make a quick impact as a slot receiver. He's also a big-time return threat who saves a roster space with his ability to pull double duty.
  3. DanTanna

    DanTanna Original Zone Member

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    Ted Ginn Jr. reminds me of a Desmond Howard/Skylar Green guy. But that is a luxury pick we can afford at this moment - so what the hay, lets do it. The OL pick, as described, would also be a good one. We are drafting too low to be *excited* about any of these picks IMHO!
  4. alancdc

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    What's the guy's name that is now supposed to be the draft guru on the NFL Network? Mayock? He showed clips of Ginn catching a 2 yard pass, and now being able to break any tackles. Basically, he was doggin' the guy. Now, he could probebly show a good many clips where he did break tackles, but he didn't. It was a bad reflection on Ginn, and made me very nervous about him at 22.
  5. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    The "lowlight" reel seems to be a common tool for Mayock, and it's pretty stupid in my opinion. Lowlight reels are about as useful as highlight reels in evaluating players. You can make Peyton Manning look like a scrub.
  6. DanTanna

    DanTanna Original Zone Member

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    Can you even imagine a "lowlight" film on Vince Young in college or in the Pro's or in a class room??? Everyone screws up sometimes and it is caught on tape. So I disregard any of those films most of the time.

  7. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    That's a Great Mock.
  8. alancdc

    alancdc Active Member

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    I agree. I would rather have Ginn, I think, than Jarrett who some have us taking. I personally think the "Trade Down King" will outsmart himself, and will have us out of the first round after we sit there for 4 hours anxiously awaiting our first round draft pick.
  9. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    That would be cool to pick of a speedster like Ginn
  10. BLT

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    i think ted ginn is the boom or bust type of player we can afford.. if he wasnt injured right now.. hed probably be the 2nd WR picked off the board... but theres a major bust factor with him... Ginn Bowe or Meacham would all be good picks..
  11. carphalen5150

    carphalen5150 New Member

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    Green? Not even close. He is a much better route runner than Howard, but he is similiar in return skills to Howard.
  12. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    OG in the 1st *insert puke emoticon*

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