2008 NFL Mock Draft: Rounds 1-2

by KFFL Staff on March 19, 2008 @ 17:58:48 PDT

 


KFFL presents its two-round mock draft. Our mock drafts are updated as the nature of the season adjusts the value or needs of a team.

Round 1

Pk
Team Player
Pos
School Notes
1
Miami Dolphins Chris Long
DE
Virginia Fits the system and is the type of player Parcells crave; could trade down
2
St. Louis Rams Glenn Dorsey
DT
Louisiana State Allows DT Adam Carriker back to DE; shores up interior and run defense; may consider OT Jake Long
3
Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan
QB
Boston College Rebuilding mode; need a new face of the franchise
4
Oakland Raiders Darren McFadden
RB
Arkansas Al Davis loves offense and defense is relatively solid; McFadden pairs well with QB JaMarcus Russell
5
Kansas City Chiefs Jake Long
OT
Michigan Franchise LT for a decade; mauler in the running game - excellent fit to help get Larry Johnson (foot) back on track
6
New York Jets Vernon Gholston
OLB
Ohio State Fills a huge need as a standup rush OLB; premier talent and could help transform defense
7
New England Patriots (from San Francisco 49ers) Leodis McKelvin
CB
Troy CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could be the pick, but McKelvin's special teams ability is the deciding factor; trading down is possible
8
Baltimore Ravens Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
CB
Tennessee State Probably too high to draft him and isn't likely worth this high of a pick; gives size and youth to secondary; OT is a possibility
9
Cincinnati Bengals Sedrick Ellis
DT
Southern California Better suited for NT in a 3-4; DE not such a big concern after signing Odom; shoring up run D is a priority
10
New Orleans Saints Mike Jenkins
CB
South Florida CB a top need still for the Saints; Jenkins considered No. 1 on some boards; adds size to a smurfy secondary
11
Buffalo Bills Malcolm Kelly
WR
Oklahoma A playmaker with size needed opposite Lee Evans; pick contingent upon the health of Kelly
12
Denver Broncos Keith Rivers
OLB
Southern California WLB is wide-open after release of Ian Gold; safety not as big a concern; OT could be addressed here with Ryan Clady
13
Carolina Panthers Phillip Merling
DE
Clemson Has the size and ability to excel opposite Julius Peppers; could look at OT or RB
14
Chicago Bears Ryan Clady
OT
Boise State Projects as a LT but could either play at RT to learn from John Tait or could have Tait moved to RT and start at LT
15
Detroit Lions Jonathan Stewart
RB
Oregon Injury not enough to scare off Matt Millen; could consider OT or LB here.
16
Arizona Cardinals Aqib Talib
CB
Kansas Consolation prize after three CBs drafted in the top-15 picks. Could address RB or LB, too
17
Minnesota Vikings Derrick Harvey
DE
Florida MIN desperately needs a pass-rushing end
18
Houston Texans Rashard Mendenhall
RB
Illinois Viewed as the top back by some; a big need at the position; could look OL or secondary here
19
Philadelphia Eagles Calais Campbell
DE
Miami (Fla.) OT deserves consideration, so does WR; DE needed for Jim Johnson's rotation
20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DeSean Jackson
WR
California WR Joey Galloway long in the tooth and a successor needs to be groomed; HC Jon Gruden loves offense
21
Washington Redskins Limas Sweed
WR
Texas DE a huge need; Phillip Daniels not getting younger; Andre Carter needs someone opposite; S Kenny Phillips considered; fans get their wish with a big WR
22
Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland Browns) Chris Williams
OT
Vanderbilt A bit of a project, but Dallas has a lot of time with Flozell Adams and Marc Colombo entrenched. However, youth is needed; CB/RB/WR a consideration
23
Pittsburgh Steelers Branden Albert
OG
Virginia Easily the best OG in the draft class; helps fill huge loss of OG Alan Faneca (Jets)
24
Tennessee Titans Devin Thomas
WR
Michigan State Flying up draft boards, Thomas' combine showing was excellent. He fills a huge need for TEN and is one of the most NFL-ready receivers in the class
25
Seattle Seahawks Mario Manningham
WR
Michigan 40 times hurt his stock; fits the offense well; dangerous with ball in hands; plays faster than he times; Deion Branch (ACL) a concern; D.J. Hackett (Panthers) is gone; Bobby Engram aging (35)
26
Jacksonville Jaguars Kentwan Balmer
DT
North Carolina The trade of Marcus Stroud to Buffalo leaves an open hole. With no SS worthy of drafting here, look for DE to be a possibility should one fall.
27
San Diego Chargers Kenny Phillips
FS
Miami (Fla.) SD needs a starting FS, unless they can move either Clinton Hart or Eric Weddle to that position. Neither player seems rangy enough; CB Paul Oliver to FS is a possibility, too. OL depth considered
28
Dallas Cowboys Felix Jones
RB
Arkansas Probably too high to draft him, but he has speed to burn. Texas' Jamaal Charles a possibility, too. WR could be considered if someone fell. RB Marion Barber III needs someone to be paired with; CB considered
29
San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts) Jeff Otah
OT
Pittsburgh Adam Snyder would shift to guard and allow Otah to start at RT to open the year. Joe Staley likely will man the starting LT position; trading out of this pick is a possibility
30
Green Bay Packers Brandon Flowers
CB
Virginia Tech Al Harris and Charles Woodson not getting younger; Flowers slipping on some boards but is a physical press-coverage corner that fits GB's scheme
31
New England Patriots - Pick Forfeited N/A
N/A
N/A N/A
32
New York Giants Quentin Groves
OLB
Auburn Converting to OLB in either alignment is in store for Groves. The G-Men are without both of last year's starting OLBs, and Mathias Kiwanuka (leg) is expected to return to DE; RB, WR and S all possibilities

Round 2

Pk
Team Player
Pos
School Notes
1
Miami Dolphins Dan Connor
LB
Penn State Connor is a first-round grade that fills a huge need of ILB for the Dolphins; 3-4 experience at Linebacker U only helps his cause
2
St. Louis Rams James Hardy
WR
Indiana Hardy is a little raw but has awesome size; team getting old at the position and needs young upside
3
Oakland Raiders Trevor Laws
DT
Notre Dame Laws fills a need and is climbing boards; team could look at DE or WR here, too
4
Kansas City Chiefs Antoine Cason
CB
Arizona Ty Law gone and youth is needed big time; Cason a first-round grade; WR a possibility
5
New York Jets Reggie Smith
CB
Oklahoma Has enough size to slide to FS if necessary; fits either need for the team; WR/OT considered
6
Atlanta Falcons (from Houston Texans) Anthony Collins
OT
Kansas Potential roadgrader - fits the type of lineman new HC Mike Smith is looking for
7
Baltimore Ravens Brian Brohm
QB
Louisville First-round grade by some; will battle QB Kyle Boller to be the top backup and/or the future of the franchise; QB Steve McNair likely to tough out one more year
8
San Francisco 49ers Cliff Avril
OLB
Purdue Avril is a 3-4 OLB and could battle for a starting job in his rookie year. At the very worst, he adds depth to a suspect group of outside 'backers
9
New Orleans Saints Mike Pollak
C
Arizona State The loss of C Jeff Faine opens a big hole in the center of the line; Pollak is a solid second-round grade and could anchor the interior of the line for years
10
Buffalo Bills Fred Davis
TE
Southern California Davis may be a little more polished than TE Martellus Bennett, who could be the pick here, too. CB is considered as well.
11
Denver Broncos Sam Baker
OT
Southern California Agile, quick-footed blocker that best fits a zone-blocking scheme; fills a huge need for Denver
12
Carolina Panthers Matt Forte
RB
Tulane Forte brings a toughness that RB DeAngelo Williams doesn't; HC John Fox wants to return to his power-running ways.
13
Chicago Bears Jamaal Charles
RB
Texas Charles could be the back Chicago needs to spell and complement RB Cedric Benson; East Carolina's RB Chris Johnson could be considered
14
Detroit Lions Lawrence Jackson
DE
Southern California Could play as a situational pass-rusher and work his way into the starting lineup in time; DT considered here, too
15
Cincinnati Bengals Xavier Adibi
OLB
Virginia Tech Adibi could split time with the rather average Dhani Jones on the weak side
16
Minnesota Vikings Martellus Bennett
TE
Texas A&M The Vikings need more weapons on offense and need a pass-catching tight end to pair with blocker Visanthe Shiancoe
17
Atlanta Falcons Gosder Cherilus
OT
Boston College Cherilus could be a fixture along a weak offensive line; he is probably best at his natural right tackle position
18
Philadelphia Eagles Andre Caldwell
WR
Florida Linebacker is a bit of a concern, but adding a playmaker at WR is a huge need
19
Arizona Cardinals Pat Sims
DT
Auburn Sims would help alleviate the loss of DT Shaun Rogers; he could split time with DT Chuck Darby while learning the ropes; DE considered, too
20
Washington Redskins Erin Henderson
ILB
Maryland With a first-round WR secure, the Redskins look to add depth to the linebacking corps with a solid pick to eventually replace the soon-to-be 33-year-old London Fletcher
21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Justin King
CB
Penn State OT is a big need here, but there isn't a player worthy of the selection
22
Pittsburgh Steelers Jerod Mayo
ILB
Tennessee Inside linebacker is needed in the Steel City, and Mayo offers a lot of upside
23
Tennessee Titans Tracy Porter
CB
Indiana Porter may be a bit of a reach but could help ease the pain of the eventual dismissal of CB Pacman Jones; DE remains a big concern
24
Seattle Seahawks Dustin Keller
TE
Purdue A pass-catching TE in Seattle is a huge need and could be filled nicely with the talented Keller's soft hands
25
Green Bay Packers (from Cleveland Browns) Duane Brown
OT
Virginia Tech GM Ted Thompson reaches for players that he feels comfortable with; Brown, a converted TE, could fit the zone-blocking scheme nicely and adds depth behind two aging vets
26
Miami Dolphins (from San Diego Chargers) Roy Schuening
OG
Oregon State The team has to see what they have in John Beck and Josh McCown in what will be another lost season. OT help a high priority, but Parcells is good at finding serviceable bodies. The line is where it all starts, and the Tuna knows it.
27
Jacksonville Jaguars Terrell Thomas
CB
Southern California A bit of a stretch, Thomas is a better third-round pick. The team needs top depth at the position, and no defefensive ends are worthy of this pick
28
Indianapolis Colts Earl Bennett
WR
Vanderbilt The Colts need WR depth desperately, especially with the knee problems facing WR Marvin Harrison; OG help could be an option, too
29
Green Bay Packers Ray Rice
RB
Rutgers Drafting another second-round RB seems silly, especially with the way Ryan Grant played last year, but uncertainty remains at the position. Rice could be a nice change-of-pace for the slower Grant. QB a consideration
30
Dallas Cowboys Eddie Royal
WR
Virginia Tech Royal is a better third-rounder than a second, but the Cowboys need to get younger in a hurry at the position; CB is a big need, too, but little is left worth reaching for at this point
31
New England Patriots Curtis Lofton
ILB
Oklahoma Lofton could be the eventual replacement for ILB Tedy Bruschi and could spell during his rookie season
32
New York Giants Tom Zbikowski
SS
Notre Dame A bit of a reach for Zbikowski, but the team can let him learn behind SS Sammy Knight

 

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