1. Oakland Raiders- JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU- Assuming the Raiders don't pick up a quarterback before the draft, Russell has to be the pick. He has a freakishly strong arm, stands tall in the pocket, and possesses enough mobility to make an opposing defense game-plan for it.
2. Detroit Lions- Brady Quinn, QB Notre Dame- We don't believe the Lions will pass on a franchise quarterback to take an offensive lineman. It's simply not Matt Millen's style. The Lions will try to build around the quarterback (again) and hope it works out.
3. Cleveland Browns- Joe Thomas, OT Wisconsin- Joe Thomas could be the safest pick in this years draft. All they physical skills any offensive line coach could hope for, Thomas, along with free agent signees Eric Steinbach (2007) and LeCharles Bentley (2006) could add instant credibility to an offensive line than has been just plain offensive.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Calvin Johnson, WR Georgia Tech- Calvin Johnson is the top rated player on many draft boards, and he's a guy that Jon Gruden has been targeting since the Senior Bowl. The Bucs are looking for a deep threat to pair up with Joey Galloway and Johnson is the best wide receiver prospect in 15 years.
5. Arizona Cardinals- Gaines Adams, DE Clemson- The Cardinals have needs on both lines, and Adams will give them an instant pass rush. Need meets value at pick five.
6. Washington Redskins- Jamaal Anderson, DE Arkansas- The Redskins had a poor excuse for a pass rush in 2006, and if they are smart enough to hold onto this pick, Anderson could be a fixture on that defensive line for years to come.
7. Minnesota Vikings- Laron Landry, S LSU- The Vikings had a great run defense in 2006, but couldn't stop anyone through the air. Landry is a punishing hitter, who can also make plays on the ball.
8. Atlanta Falcons- Levi Brown, OT, Penn State- With Levi Brown on the offensive line, Michael Vick won't have to scramble quite as much, and maybe this will be the year Vick will reach his potential. Brown should make the Falcons top-ranked rushing attack that much better, as well as adding much needed pocket protection.
9. Miami Dolphins- Leon Hall, CB Michigan- With the addition of Joey Porter to an already effective defensive line/linebacker corps, the Dolphins only defensive weak spot is in the secondary. Hall should fit in great in South Florida.
10. Houston Texans- Amobi Okoye, DT Lousiville- We think that the Texans are finally committed to their defense, and Okoye is a great value pick. With Okoye anchoring the middle and last years' #1 pick Mario Williams on the outside, the Texans should improve on a defense ranked 24th overall in 2006.
11. San Francisco 49ers- Alan Branch, DT Michigan- The 49ers defensive improved in 2006, but they still need a big body to plug up the middle. Branch stands 6'6", 324 lbs, and he should be an immediate impact to a team ranked 25th in overall defense in 2006.
12. Buffalo Bills- Adrian Peterson, RB Oklahoma- Buffalo gets extremely lucky as the top rated running back in the draft falls all the way to #12. Peterson will be the best running back to play in Buffalo since O.J. Simpson, and Bills fans are rejoicing for the first time since 1994.
13. St. Louis Rams- Adam Carriker, DE Nebraska- Carriker is a very smart defensive end, that could play tackle in some schemes. The Rams are light up front, and their only other pass rusher is Leonard Little.
14. Carolina Panthers- Patrick Willis, LB Mississippi- The Panthers have a pretty desperate need at linebacker, with the uncertain health of Dan Morgan and Patrick Willis fits their need and value well. Willis should be able to make a lot of plays behind that great Panther defensive line.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers- Darrelle Revis, CB Pittsburgh- Revis fits a need as he is a very fast, talented, play-making corner. Revis has a local connection, as he's already played many games at Heinz Field, and the value fits the pick.
16. Green Bay Packers- Marshawn Lynch, RB California- With the loss of free agent running back Ahman Green, the Packers take advantage of Lynch's availability at the 16th pick. Lynch is a fast guy who should be able to make an immediate impact in Green Bay.
17. Jacksonville Jaguars- Reggie Nelson, S Florida- Need certainly meets value in this pick as the Jaguars get the guy they've been targeting ever since the end of the season in Reggie Nelson. Nelson has Ed Reed type of play-making ability, and may be the opening day starter in the Jaguars secondary.
18. Cincinnati Bengals- Paul Posluszny, LB Penn State- Posluszny was a very productive player at Penn State, as he earned All-American honors as a sophomore. The Bengals have a major need at linebacker, considering the uncertain legal status of A.J. Nicholson and Odell Thurman. Posluszny is a good character guy, which is something they need more of in Cincinnati.
19. Tennessee Titans- Robert Meachem, WR Tennessee- With the loss of Drew Bennett in free agency, the Titans have virtually no proven talent at wide receiver. Robert Meachem is a local, talented play-maker, and should give Vince Young a viable option to throw to.
20. New York Giants- Jon Beason, LB Miami- Even though the Giants just signed Kevika Mitchell, they still have a glaring hole at linebacker. Jon Beason is a great athlete from "the U", and should fit in well in New York (East Rutherford, NJ).
21. Denver Broncos- Lawrence Timmons, LB Florida State- For whatever reason, the Broncos have been looking to deal Pro-Bowler Al Wilson, and Lawrence Timmons from FSU would be a viable replacement. Timmons was ultra-productive, and although he ran poorly at the combine, should fit in well in the Broncos system.
22. Dallas Cowboys- Michael Griffin, S Texas- Michael Griffin is ranked just below Nelson and Landry, and would be a great addition to anyone with a need at the position. Although the Cowboys just signed Ken Hamlin, we think Griffin is more of a long-term answer, and the ‘Boys can bring him along slowly.
23. Kansas City Chiefs- Ted Ginn, WR Ohio State- Although Ginn is still nursing an ankle injury, he was a very productive collegiate player, and has super punt/kickoff return skills. Ginn should open up the outside for Damon Huard or whomever plays quarterback in Kansas City.
24. New England Patriots- Chris Houston, CB Arkansas- The Patriots have a need for a corner to play opposite Asante Samuel and Houston has the physical tools to be that guy. Houston turns his hips well and has explosive 4.36 speed that is perfect for Belichick's defensive schemes.
25. New York Jets- Jarvis Moss, DE Florida- The Jets have needs all over their defense, and they can start filling them with a great pass rusher like Moss. Moss played his best in the Gators biggest games, and the Jets can use someone that opponents will have to account for on defense.
26. Philadelphia Eagles- Brandon Meriweather, S Miami- Meriweather is a big time athlete that could eventually take the place of Brian Dawkins. We feel that Meriweather could compete for a starting job right away with Shawn Considine.
27. New Orleans Saints- Aaron Ross, CB Texas- The Saints couldn't have a much greater need at the corner position as Fred Thomas was burned repeatedly all season and post-season long. Ross is an athletic corner with great ball skills, and doesn't give up many big plays.
28. New England Patriots- Dwayne Bowe, WR LSU- We are aware that the Pats drafted a wide receiver last year (Chad Jackson), and they signed a trio of receivers (Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth, and Kelley Washington), but we think Washington and Stallworth are probably just one-year band-aids. Bowe is a big guy (6'2", 221) with speed and makes big plays. Bowe can make one of their other receivers expendable.
29. Baltimore Ravens- Justin Blalock, OG Texas- The Ravens have a need on the offensive line, and Justin Blalock should be a road-grater for years to come. Blalock is 6'3", 320 lbs., and was an Outland Trophy finalist in 2006.
30. San Diego Chargers- Dwayne Jarrett, WR USC- The Chargers starting receivers currently consist of Vincent Jackson and Eric Parker, enough said. Jarrett is a big guy with great hands, and was very productive at USC. He should be able to start immediately.
31. Chicago Bears- Greg Olsen, TE Miami- The Bears are more than thankful that Olsen fell this far, as they give an inexperienced Rex Grossman another target in the passing game. Olsen's 6'6", 254 lb frame, along with his 4.45 speed make him a vertical threat with enough size to box-out smaller defenders.
32. Indianapolis Colts- Justin Harrell, DT Tennessee- It's rare that a Super Bowl champion has a pressing need, but the Colts desperately need size up front. Harrell will supply that size and help a team that finished dead last in the NFL against the run.
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