Posted on: February 24, 2008 4:40 pm

New NFL 3 Round Mock Draft

1. Dolphins - (DE) - Chris Long (Virginia) over Jake Long * Parcell will have a very tough choice between the two Long’s. In the end it’s Chris Long who will play OLB in Miami’s new 3-4 defensive scheme thanks to the depth at OT in this years class.

2. Rams - (DT) - Glenn Dorsey (LSU) over Jake Long * This pick will come down to the final seconds. Dorsey would be a huge impact for the Rams poor defense allowing Adam Carrick to move back to end giving St. Louis a very talented young D-line. Good fit for both Dorsey and the Rams.

3. Falcons - (OT) Jake Long (Michigan) over Matt Ryan & Darren McFadden * After Jake’s performance at the NFL combine he has provide you can build a NFL franchise around him. A great character and future All Pro OT Atlanta will go the safe way and pick Long.

4. Raiders - (RB) Darren McFadden (Arkansas) over Sedrick Ellis * This pick is all Al Davis. Run DMC is the most explosive player in the draft and Davis will not let him get bye. Forming a nice tandem of McFadden and Fargas to go with young QB JaMarcus Russell. Watch out AFC West???

5. Chiefs - (CB) Leodias McKelvin (Troy) over Ryan Clady * McKelvin is a pure shut down corner and has tremendous return skills. With KC’s corners being at the end of their careers do to age this would be a great pick up for KC. Some may say this is a little high but McKelvin is going to be a future NFL star.

6. Jets - (DT) Sedrick Ellis (USC) over Vernon Gholston * Ellis is what the Jets defense needs a perfect fit for their 3-4 defense at NT. Gholston will be tempting but Ellis is what Mangini has been looking for.

7. Patriots - (LB) Keith Rivers (USC) over Vernon Gholston * Rivers is a very athletic LB that will learn from future Hall of Fame LB’s before taking over full time for the Pats. Just what new England needs on defense young fast athletic ILB to replace their aging stars.

8. Ravens - (QB) Matt Ryan (Boston College) over Ryan Clady * A dream come true for Baltimore as Ryan falls in their lap. A no brainier for Baltimore as they found their QB of the future and can sit back and learn for a year before taking over if needed.

9. Bengals - (DE) Vernon Gholston (Ohio State) over Phillip Merling * Some how Vernon slips in the drafft and Cincinnati couldn’t be happier as they pick up a talented DE who puts very good pressure on the QB and supports the run well.

10. Saints - (CB) - Aqai Talib (Kansas) over Reggie Smith * New Orleans needs a starting impact corner in a huge way. Talib is big and athletic and fits the Saints defensive scheme. Reggie Smith will be tempting for his versatility but Talib is more of a pure NFL corner.

11. Bills - (WR) - Malcolm Kelly (Oklahoma) over Ryan Clady * Buffalo has long a big WR to go along with it’s quick smaller WR’s. Kelly has the tools to be a serious red zone threat and #1 WR for the Bills for the next 10 years.

12. Broncos - (OT) Ryan Clady (Boise State) over Kentwan Balmer * Clady stock is high and with his athletic ability he should have no problem fitting into the Broncos zone blocking scheme. Great pick for Denver if Clady is still on the board.

13. Panthers - (S) Kenny Phillips (Miami) over Jonathan Stewart * Carolina lacks a play making safety and Phillips has the talent to have a big impact as a rookie. Did not have a great year coming out of Miami but the kid has skills. Stewart will make it difficult but Carolina makes the right pick.

14. Bears - (OT) Jeff Otah (Pitt) over Kentwan Balmer * Chicago needs to fix up their OT position and Otah stock has soared a big athletic OT that is not close to his potential and should develop into a very good LT or RT over the Bears within two seasons.

15. Lions - (CB) Justin King (Penn State) over Mike Jenkins * Detroit shocks all and goes after King with it’s first pick. A very talented shut down corner that did not have a All-American college career as many expected but I expect King to have success similar to Antonio Cromartie had for the Chargers this past season who also underachieved in college.

16. Cardinals - (CB) Mike Jenkins (USF) over Rashard Mendenhall * Arizona is a corner away from having a solid defense. Jenkins fits what the Cards are looking for allowing them to move Rolle to safety. Mendenhall will get a serious look since James is now entering his 30's and has tons of mileage on his body.

17. Vikings - (DE) Derrick Harvey (Florida) over DeSean Jackson * Minnesota needs a impact DE that can put pressure on the QB and that is what Harvey does best. Vikings may also go after a play making WR to help out Tavaris Jackson and Adrain Peterson on the offensive side of the ball.

18. Texans - (RB) Rashard Mendenhall (Illinois) over Jonathan Stewart * Houston has needed a starting RB since joining the NFL. Mendenhall has the potential to be a big time NFL RB has the size , speed and toughness to succeed which gets him the nod of Stewart.

19. Eagles - (WR) Limas Sweed (Texas) over Chris Williams * Donovan McNabb may finally got his WR he has longed for. Sweed is a very talented WR and if fully recovered from his wrist injury could develop into a Pro Bowl WR in no time for the Eagles.

20. Buccaneers - (QB) Brian Brohm (Louisville) over Kentwan Balmer * Gruden loves his QB’s and Brohm fits what Gruden likes in his QB’s. Will get a year or two to develop under Garcia before taking over as the starter. Balmer makes sense also because the Buccs need youth in the defensive interior line.

21. Redskins - (DE) Phillip Merling (Clemson) over Calasis Campbell * DE is a major weakness for the Skins and Merling would be a great addition being the #1 DE against the run in this years draft with huge upside and solid frame to be a successful in the NFL.

22. Cowboys - (WR) Mario Manningham (Michigan) over Felix Jones * T.O. will be a free agent next year and Terry Glenn is just about done for his career it would be smart for the Cowboys to start adding depth and talent at the WR position. Manningham would be a great fit with his ability to stretch the field.

23. Steelers - (OT) Chris Williams (Vanderbilt) over Branden Albert * If the Steelers plan to keep Big Ben healthy then they have to protect him. Williams is a true talent the fits in great with the Steeler tradition.

24. Titans - (DE) Calasis Campbell (Miami) over DeSean Jackson * Tennessee needs to fill the void at the DE thanks to free agency and Campbell is a monster of a man that will allow the Jags D-Line to continue to be one of the best in the NFL. I project Calasis to be in 5 to 6 time Pro Bowl’s during his career.

25. Seahawks - (RB) Jonathan Stewart (Oregon) over Branden Albert * With Shaun Alexander appearing to slow down this would be a smart selection for Seattle. A steal at #25. Stewart has the tools to be successful in the NFL as long as he can stay healthy.

26. Jaguars - (CB) Brandon Flowers (Va Tech) over Lawrence Jackson * Playing in the AFC the jags need to improve their secondary and Flowers stock has been rising. A physical corner that fits what the jags like to do on defense.

27. Chargers - (CB/S) Reggie Smith (Oklahoma) over Branden Albert * San Diego needs depth in their secondary and Smith can play both corner and safety which makes him a better option then OG B. Albert. Expect Smith to be a nickel back as a rookie before taking over at FS.

28. Cowboys - (CB) Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Tenn. State) over Felix Jones * A pressing need for the Cowboys is a corner and it showed in the playoffs. DRC comes from a small school but can easily develop into a solid nickel back for the first year or two before locking down a starting corner position.

29. 49ers - (WR) DeSean Jackson (Cal) over Gosder Cherilus * Jackson is loaded with talent and Mike Martz will find a way to get him the ball receiving and on special teams. Shocker he slips this far in the draft.

30. Packers - (OG) Branden Albert (Virginia) over Dan Connor * Albert is a great talent and Packers understand that NFL games are won at the line Albert will be a beast for the Packers. Connor will get some serious consideration as will Cason.

31. Patriots - FOREFIT

32. Giants - (LB) Dan Connor (Penn State) over Antoine Cason * Giants need help at OLB and Connor is a perfect fit and great selection this late in round one and instant starter for the defending Super Champs.



33. Miami - (OT) Sam Baker (USC) - Dolphins fill another pressing need OT

34. Rams - (WR) Devin Thomas (MSU) - Time for St. Louis to add quality depth at WR Holt career is near the end.

35. Raiders - (DT) Trevor Laws (Notre Dame) - Raiders new NT for their 3-4 defense.

36. Jets - (DE/OLB) Quentin Groves (Auburn) - Jets hoping Groves can play standing up as their OLB

37. Falcons - (QB) Joe Flacco (Delware) - Flacco has the live arm can he handle the expectations?

38. Ravens - (OT) Gosder Cherilus (Boston College) - Ravens add a talented starting OT which they needed for some time on their offense.

39. 49ers - (DT) Pat Sims (Auburn) - San Fran lands their starting NT for next year.

40. Saints - (LB) Curtis Lofton (Oklahoma) After landing their starting corner in round 1 the Saints land their starting MLB in round 2 with Lofton a tackling machine.

41. Bills - (TE) John Carlson (Notre Dame ) - The best overall package at Te in this years class

42. Broncos - (S) DaJuan Morgan (NC State) - Morgan is arguably the most polished safety in this years class and what Denver needs.

43. Panthers (RB) Jamaal Charles (Texas) - With DeShaun Foster out the door in Carolina they need to find their new starting RB and Charles has the speed and size to be the man.

44. Bears (QB) Chad Henne (Michigan) - Henne will get a year to develop before be called on to take over in Chicago.

45. Lions - (OT) Anthony Collins (Kansas) - Detroit addresses their need of a starting RT with Collins in round 2.

46. Bengals - (LB) Erin Henderson (Maryland) - Cincinnati continues to rebuild it’s defense by adding a talent Henderson to their LB core.

47. Vikings - (QB) Andre Woodson (Kentucky ) - Tavaris Jackson is not the answer at QB Woodson offers huge upside.

48. Falcons - (CB) Tracy Porter (Indiana) - Atlanta goes for a corner in case DeAngelo Hall is traded away which is expected.

49. Eagles - (DE) Lawrence Jackson (USC) - Jackson adds quality depth at the DE position for the Eagles

50. Cardinals - (RB) Felix Jones (Arkansas) - Surprised he slips this far Arizona jumps on the blazing Jones who will be used on special teams also for Arizona.

51. Redskins - (WR) James Hardy (Indiana) - The big WR the Skins have longed for with huge upside.

52. Buccs- (DT) Marcus Harrison (Arkansas) - Tampa finds a talented DT to add to their D-Line rotation.

53. Steelers - (OT/OG) Carl Nicks (Nebraska) - Nicks will play guard for Pittsburgh and will be one tough S.O.B. in their interior line.

54. Titans - (WR) Earl Doucett (LSU) - A quality WR for Vince Young to throw too in Doucett.

55. Seahawks - (TE) Fred Davis (USC) - What Seattle lacks in their offense a quality receiving TE

56. Browns (RB) Ray Rice (Rutgers) - Rice will be the Browns RB of the future but will be a understudy for the next year or two.

57. Dolphins (CB) Patrick Lee (Auburn) - Miami secondary was garbage last year and Lee stock is moving up fast.

58. Jaguars ((DE) Chris Ellis (Va Tech) - Jacksonville fills a void at DE the needed after free agency

59. Cowboys (RB) Chris Johnson (East Carolina) - A speed burner to go along the workhorse Barber gives the Boys a solid 1-2 punch if Johnson fully develops like scouts expect.

60. Colts - (LB) Ali Highsmith (LSU) - A perfect fit to the Colts Cover 2 scheme at WLB

61. Packers - (CB) Charles Godfrey (Iowa) - Green Bay needs depth at corner and Godfrey is a physical corner what the Pack seem to favor.

62.Patriots - (CB) Antoine Cason (Arizona) - A talented football player that may be moved to safety early in his career because the concern over his speed.

63. Giants - (OG) Chilio Rachal (USC) - Rachal is a stud and Giants have no problem improving their O-Line depth and talent.

Round 3

64. Miami - (DT) Dre Moore (Maryland)

65. Rams - (OT) Barry Richardson (Clemson)

66. Chiefs - (WR) Lavelle Hawkins (Cal)

67. Jets - (TE) Dustin Keller (Purdue)

68. Falcons - (LB) Phillip Wheeler (Georgia Tech)

69. Patriots - (RB) Steve Slaton (West Virginia)

70. 49ers - (OT) Oniel Cousins (UTEP)

71. Bills - (LB) Beau Bell (UNLV)

72. Bills - (CB) Dwight Lowery (San Jose State)

73. Vikings - (S) Thomas DeCoud (Cal)

74. Panthers - (QB) David John Booty (USC)

75. Bears - (DT) DeMario Pressley (NC State)

76. Lions - (LB) Jerod Mayo (Tennessee)

77. Bengals - (TE) Martellus Bennett (Texas A& M)

78. Saints - (OG) Roy Schuening (Oregon State)

79. Texans - (CB) Terrelle Thomas (USC)

80. Eagles - (OT) Heath Benedict

81. Cardinals - (DE) Jason Jones (Eastern Michigan)

82. Vikings - (LB) Xavier Adibi (Va Tech)

83. Buccs - (CB) DeJuan Tribble (Boston College)

84. Redskins - (Center) Mike Pollack (Arizona State)

85. Titans - (TE) Jermichael Finley (Texas)

86. Seahawks - (OG) Drew Radovich (USC)

87. Browns - (LB) Shawn Crable (Michigan)

88. Steelers - (RB) Matt Forte (Tulsa)

89. Jaguars - (WR) Earl Bennett (Vanderbilt)

90. Bears - (WR) Adarius Bowmen (Oklahoma State)

91. Packers - (LB) Tavares Goden (Miami)

92. Cowboys - (OG) Eric Young (Tennessee)

93. Colts - (DE) Tommy Blake (TCU)

94. Patriots - (DE) Darrell Robertson (Georgia Tech)

95. Giants - (CB) Terrence Wheatly (Colorado)

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