The 2007 NFL Draft is April 28-29, but the experts at Scout.com are ready to give you a sneak peek into what might happen at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. We continue with the second half of Round 1, and Brady Quinn is incredibly still on the board. Does Chris Houston rise? Will Greg Olsen fall? Who'll be left for last year's Super Bowl teams, the Bears and Colts?
The behind the scenes "Live mock" continues from Part 1 of the first round. There are no trades allowed in the mock, so some publishers have opted to take a best player available approach (BPA) while others target their position needs.
Round 1 (Picks 17-32)
17. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
JARVIS MOSS (DE, Florida)
Moss addresses a potential need at defensive end with pass-rusher Reggie Hayward trying to recover from a ruptured Achilles, Paul Spicer being 32 years old, and Bobby McCray entering the final year of his contract. Moss is an athletic guy who has played his best in big games. The drafting of Moss will allow Hayward to not rush his recovery, as well as give the Jaguars some leverage with McCray after the `07 season.
18. CINCINNATI BENGALS
CHRIS HOUSTON (CB, Arkansas)
A prospect with great speed who possesses both man and zone cover skills. Starter Tory James slipped badly in 2006 and was subsequently lost to the Patriots via free agency. Houston brings experience, speed, and outstanding football instincts to the position. The hope is that he will team with second-year veteran Johnathan Joseph – assuming he is not in jail – and bring stability to the position.
19. TENNESSEE TITANS
TED GINN JR. (WR, Ohio State)
A track-and-field sprinter who translates his natural speed onto the football field, Ginn is a vertical receiver who loosens up the defense. Effortlessly makes the difficult reception downfield running full-tilt. Vince Young needs targets on the outside in order to take the Titans to the next level, and the suspension of Adam 'Pacman' Jones means there's also a hole to fill in the return game.
20. NEW YORK GIANTS
AARON ROSS (CB, Texas)
Defensive back is a desperate need for this team, as the G-Men finished 28th against the pass in 2006. Ross is the best player available in the secondary, and his ability as a return specialist brings added value since every team is looking for the next Devin Hester. Outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons of Florida State was also a consideration after saying goodbye to both LaVar Arrington and Carlos Emmons.
21. DENVER BRONCOS
ROBERT MEACHEM (WR, Tennessee)
A defensive end is what Denver really wants and will be actively trying to move up and acquire Jarvis Moss if he falls into the middle of Round 1. Paul Posluszny was also given consideration after cutting veteran Al Wilson. Meachem is a terrific prospect, and depth is needed at receiver. He will pair nicely with Javon Walker and be a viable weapon for Jay Cutler in the passing game for years to come.
22. DALLAS COWBOYS
DWAYNE JARRETT (WR, Southern California)
After using their first pick in the draft on the defensive side of the ball every year since 1998, the Cowboys will finally look to improve the offense with their first-round selection in 2007. The addition of Jarrett gives Dallas – maybe only a player or two away from a deep run in the playoffs – a young target among aging stars Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn. Dwayne Bowe is also considered in this spot.
23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
BRADY QUINN (QB, Notre Dame)
On the verge of trading Trent Green to the Dolphins, the Chiefs are looking to get younger at the QB position. Quinn won't have an opportunity to start this season because of second-year man Brodie Croyle, but in the event he falters, Kansas City will view him as a potential starting candidate for 2008. If Croyle has success, Quinn would become an attractive bargaining chip in trade talks.
24. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
MICHAEL GRIFFIN (S, Texas)
The Patriots opt to take Griffin at safety over their needs at other positions. Asante Samuel's current level of dissatisfaction with contract negotiations leaves open the possibility that New England may need to shuffle it's secondary once again. With the top corners off the board, the Pats opt to take Griffin so Eugene Wilson can slide back to CB if the Samuel situation doesn't end amicably.
25. NEW YORK JETS
ANTHONY SPENCER (DE, Purdue)
Coming off a sensational senior campaign, Spencer has significantly elevated his draft stock. He could be used as a conventional defensive end or a rush linebacker in a 3-4 system. In order to make their 3-4 work, the Jets need a dynamic pass-rushing
outside linebacker like Jason Taylor or Shawne Merriman. The 6-2, 262-pound Spencer could potentially give them this type of player.
26. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
BRANDON MERIWEATHER (S, Miami-FL)
Safety is a primary concern for the Eagles since Brian Dawkins isn't
getting any younger and Sean Considine has shown that he could use some work.
On top of that, Michael Lewis left in free agency to sign a big-money deal with San Francisco. Meriweather can come in and play immediately plus also contribute at
cornerback, which is another area where Philadelphia needs some help.
27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
GREG OLSEN (TE, Miami-FL)
A really athletic prospect and potentially another weapon for Drew Brees, who had such a great rapport with Antonio Gates in San Diego. Olsen looks to be next in a long line of great Miami tight ends, but he's not there yet. He will hopefully develop behind newly acquired Eric Johnson. The Saints would consider a highly-rated corner if one were available here, and another receiver is also a possibility.
28. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
JON BEASON (LB, Miami-FL)
After acquiring journeyman Barry Gardner and luring 37-year-old Junior Seau out of retirement last year, the Patriots needed a better plan for the 2007 season. Beason offers a rare combination of size, speed and instincts necessary to play New England's defense. Drafting Beason combined with the offseason acquisition of Adalius Thomas, the unit went from a position of concern to one of strength.
29. BALTIMORE RAVENS
LAWRENCE TIMMONS (LB, Florida State)
The Ravens, while surprised that so many cornerbacks are off the board, pounce on a versatile linebacker capable of excelling in the 3-4, 4-3 and 46 schemes that defensive coordinator Rex Ryan covets. Director of college scouting Eric DeCosta prizes athleticism, and Timmons has plenty of mobility, strength and all-around skills. His addition makes losing All-Pro Adalius Thomas a little less painful.
30. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
ERIC WEDDLE (S, Utah)
Given that the top four safeties are already off the board and there is
still a plethora of receiving talent to be had, the Bolts spend a
fourth-consecutive first-round pick on defense and bring in Weddle. The
multitalented Ute would join Marlon McCree in the starting lineup, giving
new coordinator Ted Cottrell plenty of play-calling versatility. Weddle has the skills and work ethic to be very effective at the pro level.
31. CHICAGO BEARS
ALAN BRANCH (DT, Michigan)
GM Jerry Angelo can't get this card to the podium fast enough since Branch was a potential top-10 pick not too long ago. With Tommie Harris still rehabbing from a torn hamstring and Tank Johnson currently behind bars, the Bears need another body in the trenches. Branch has a questionable motor but unquestionable talent, and getting pressure on the QB from the front four is the key to Lovie Smith's Cover 2 defense.
32. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
DWAYNE BOWE (WR, Louisiana State)
The Colts understand that balance doesn't make teams great – playing to their strengths does. Since Indianapolis employs a slot receiver on most offensive snaps, a third wideout is virtually a starter. Bowe has blue-chip potential and the size, strength and courage needed to succeed in the slot. If it's even possible, Peyton Manning just got more dangerous.
Be on the lookout for Part III as Scout.com moves to Round 2 with picks 33-48, and you can revisit Part I
to see who went where in Round 1 with picks 1-16.
Patriots Insider Take: The first round took an usual turn as Brady Quinn fell, then kept falling and falling. While the real Draft will undoubtedly differ because of trades, each team that passed on Quinn in this mock felt that there were other needs which prevented them from taking arguably one of the best players available. His freefall brought back memories of Aaron Rogers, although Quinn should be ready to play much sooner than Rogers. When the Patriots were on the clock, most of the priority list had already gone off the board. We took what we felt was the best player available at the position, or a player the team has had the most contact with, and in all likelihood would select if the Draft actually happened the way the Mock went.
For more insider analysis, be sure to check the INSIDER'S LOUNGE where the PI staff explain what has been going on in real life behind the scenes as the Patriots prepare for the Draft. Some of the same strategy that was used in the 7-round Scout.com Intersite Mock Draft was utilized here.
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