Mock, mock 'til you drop

With the NFL draft now just a couple of weeks away, it's time to start figuring out who is going to go where.

Here's one stab at who could – or at least in my opinion, should – go where.

1. Miami Dolphins, Chris Long, DE. Virginia. Long is everything you'd want in a player, though the Dolphins would certainly like to trade down to acquire more picks.

2. St. Louis, Jake Long, OT, Michigan. St. Louis' offensive line was awful last season because of injuries and ineffectiveness.

3. Atlanta, Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU. Dorsey's workouts eased a lot of minds about his injuries.

4. Oakland, Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC. The Raiders have been spending like crazy this offseason, but there is still a need at defensive tackle. Former USC assistant Lane Kiffin knows all about Ellis.

5. Kansas City, Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College. When your quarterbacks are Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard, that position is an obvious need. Offfensive line is as well, but the Chiefs have to grab the QB.

6. N.Y. Jets, Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas. Thomas Jones isn't getting any younger and underwhelmed in his first season in the Big Apple last season.

7. New England, Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State. Bill Belichick loves players with position flexibility. Gholston fits the bill.

8. Baltimore Ravens, Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State. Jonathan Ogden is likely done. Clady will help fill the void.

9. Cincinnati, Keith Rivers, LB, USC. The Bengals would have loved Ellis to fall to them, but settle for a stud linebacker.

10. New Orleans, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State. The Saints added Randall Gay and still have Mike McKenzie, but McKenzie is 32.

11. Buffalo, Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida. Buffalo had just 26 sacks last season. Harvey will help the pass rush.

12. Denver, Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt. Matt Lepsis retired, leaving a big hole on the Broncos' offensive line. Denver is really looking to move down, though.

13. Carolina, Branden Albert, G/OT, Virginia. The Panthers snap up the player the Steelers would really love to have.

14. Chicago, Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh The Bears need to upgrade the offensive line and Otah could be plugged in at right tackle as a road grader.

15. Detroit, Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois. The Lions failed in their efforts to sign Julius Jones and released Kevin Jones.

16. Arizona, Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy. It looks like Antrelle Rolle is moving to free safety full time.

17. Minnesota, Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson. Kenechi Udeze's diagnosis with cancer makes this a big need.

18. Houston, Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami (Fla.). The Texans had an NFL-worst 11 interceptions last season. He didn't run well at the combine, but he's a playmaker.

19. Philadelphia, Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida. Even with the signing of Asante Samuel, the Eagles are looking to get rid of Lito Sheppard.

20. Tampa Bay, Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma. Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard are older than Mozes.

21. Washington, Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State. New head coach Jim Zorn will be looking for a big receiver to match with Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El once the top defensive ends are off the board.

22. Dallas, Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon. There is some concern that Marion Barber won't be able to hold up getting 300 carries with his physical running style.

23. Pittsburgh, Quentin Groves, OLB, Auburn. Groves will play immediately as a situational pass rusher even though the Steelers took linebackers with their first two picks last year. Gosder Cherlius is a possibility, but the Steelers stay true to their board and take the best player available.

24. Tennessee, Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina. The Titans lost a lot on their defensive front this offseason and Jeff Fisher's teams are always strong up front.

25. Seattle, Martellus Bennett, TE, Texas A&M. Fred Davis is a possibility, but Bennett is a better all-around player, particularly as a blocker.

26. Jacksonville, Calais Campbell, DE, Miami (Fla.). It's hard to believe considering how the Jags' defense played against the Steelers, but they need help on the defensive line.

27. San Diego, Gosder Cherlius, OT, Boston College. Cherlius will be expected to step into the lineup in place of Shane Olivea.

28. Dallas, Aquib Talib, CB, Kansas. Dallas could have gone corner with its first pick, but the value is here now.

29. San Francisco, Pat Sims, DT, Auburn.Sims will help keep blockers off of last year's top pick and NFL defensive rookie of the year Patrick Willis.

30. Green Bay, Dan Connor, LB, Penn State. Will challenge Brady Poppinga right out of the gate.

31. N.Y. Giants, Reggie Smith, DB, Oklahoma. Smith could play corner or safety and the Giants need help at both spots.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.


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