Mock Draft

Here's how TGI's resident draft expert sees the first round unfolding…

1) Raiders – JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU – It is difficult to predict what Al Davis will do, but he should take Russell. He has a chance to become a great NFL QB.

2) Lions – Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame – The Lions have a lot of holes, especially on the OL, but Quinn is an NFL-ready QB. He will be their QB of the future.

3) Browns – Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma – They need to address both lines, but Peterson is a rare RB talent that single-handedly improves their anemic running game.

4) Buccaneers – Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech – They have a huge need for a big-play WR and Calvin Johnson is a no-brainer here. He is most likely the best player in this draft.

5) Cardinals – Joe Thomas, OT, WisconsinDennis Green never got it right. He never addressed their offensive line and the result was a poor offense even though they boast several stars. Joe Thomas is a start toward rebuilding the line.

6) Redskins – Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson – The Skins need help on their DL and Adams gives them a premier pass rusher.

7) Vikings – Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas – The Vikes continue to build their defense. They were strong against the run, but weak against the pass. Anderson provides a badly needed pass rush.

8) Falcons (from Texans) – LaRon Landry, S, LSU – Atlanta's weakness at safety disappears after this draft. Landry is the best available and a future impact player.

9) Dolphins – Levi Brown, OT, Penn StateNick Saban left their O-line in shambles. They can plug Brown in at left tackle and begin the rebuilding process.

10) Texans (from Falcons) – Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville – The Texans played with journeymen at DT. Okoye is young, strong and has great potential. He will provide an immediate upgrade.

11) 49ers – Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska – The Niners have had a very busy offseason. Carriker is a rising player. He impressed greatly at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

12) Bills – Marshawn Lynch, RB, California – They need to replace Willis McGahee after trading him to the Ravens. In Lynch, who has a chance to be very good, they get that replacement.

13) Rams – Alan Branch, DT, Michigan – The Rams D-line is in trouble, especially at DT. Branch has great ability, but he lacks a little in the consistency department. A poor personal workout dropped him to the second DT spot, but he has great upside.

14) Panthers – Greg Olsen, TE, Miami – The Panthers have lacked a big-play TE for their offense. Olsen has the speed to get into the deep seam.

15) Steelers – Anthony Spencer, DE/LB, Purdue – After losing Joey Porter, Pittsburgh looks to replace him with Spencer, who projects as a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker.

16) Packers – Tony Hunt, RB, Penn State – The Pack has a bunch of journeyman RBs and the best gift they can give Brett Favre is a running game. Hunt is a big back that should help.

17) Jaguars – Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi – The Jags could use help at a couple of positions and Willis is just too good to pass up. We knew he was a hitter and a player, but he shocked everyone by showing great speed in his workouts.

18) Bengals – Leon Hall, CB, Michigan – The Bengals pass defense was a problem for them all year. They had trouble stopping anyone. Hall is the top corner and a natural fit here.

19) Titans – Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh – With much concern surrounding Pac Man Jones' availability, the Titans are wise to bring in a corner to pair with newly-signed Nick Harper.

20) GIANTS – Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas – The Giants' two biggest needs are LB and CB. Patrick Willis from Mississippi should be off the board, but we believe there is a good chance that LBs Paul Posluszny from Penn State, Lawrence Timmons from Florida State and Jon Beason from Miami will all be available to them. Any of those guys would be an excellent pick. They also have a strong need for a corner and we think Chris Houston from Arkansas will also be there. We would go with Houston, a polished man coverage corner with great speed. His upside is unlimited.

21) Broncos – Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida – The Broncos DL has been a weak point, showing very little pass rush. Moss brings much-needed pass-rush ability.

22) Cowboys – Reggie Nelson, S, Florida – The biggest problem the Cowboys had on defense was at safety, where they were burned for several big plays down the middle. Nelson gives them speed and athleticism.

23) Chiefs – Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee – The Chiefs got a lot out of very little at WR. Meachem gives them a bona fide receiver with size and speed.

24) Patriots (from Seahawks) – Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State – Even though they had a major LB signing in Adalius Thomas, age is still a concern at LB. Timmons is athletic enough to make a contribution at LB for them.

25) Jets – Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC – The Jets appear to be a team on the upswing. They are looking to add players. Jarrett could be a steal at this spot. He doesn't have great speed, but he has great hands.

26) Eagles – Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State – The Eagles need help at LB. He could be a huge upgrade over former Giant Dhani Jones.

27) Saints – Aaron Ross, CB, Texas – If you saw the Saints' playoff loss to the Bears it was obvious they need to address the CB position. They had difficulty covering anyone. Ross is a legitimate cover corner that should step in immediately.

28) Patriots – Brandon Merriweather, S, Miami – Rodney Harrison won't last much longer and the Pats have been susceptible to injuries in the secondary. Merriweather brings athletic ability as a playmaker.

29) Ravens – Marcus McCauley, CB, Fresno State – The Ravens could use help at corner next to Chris McAlister. Samari Rolle was average and McCauley is a great athlete that should contribute as a nickel back before eventually becoming a starter.

30) Chargers – Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio State – With a great RB and a great TE, they need to upgrade their WR targets for Philip Rivers. Ginn brings game-breaking speed and kick-return ability.

31) Bears – Arron Sears, G, Tennessee – The Bears need to get better at guard. Sears can play both guard and tackle, but we project him as a guard with the Bears.

32) Colts – Jon Beason, LB, Miami – The loss of Cato June makes weakside LB a must for the Super Bowl champs. Beason should be an immediate starter.

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