Insider Mock Draft Version 2.0

The final mock draft with the latest inside info added.

Final Mock Draft

 1) Oakland Raiders:
JaMarcus Russell/QB/LSU
 
 Analysis
: Owner Al Davis wants a strong-armed passer and Russell is about as good as it gets in that area.
 
 Other possibilities: If they passed on him, it would be to draft Calvin Johnson. If they do select Johnson, look for them to possibly select QB Trent Edwards in the second round.

 
 2) Detroit Lions:
Calvin Johnson/WR/Georgia Tech
 
 Analysis
: His addition would give OC Mike Martz the other starting receiver he's been looking for. That way they can move WR Mike Furrey back to a slot role.

 Other possibilities
: They could trade with the Buccaneers. If they do, the Lions could select Gaines Adams. In the second round, they could take their quarterback of the future, John Beck.

 
 3) Cleveland Browns:
Joe Thomas/OLT/Wisconsin
 
 Analysis
: Our friends at theobr.com know we've been saying for several weeks that Thomas was the highest player on their board after JaMarcus Russell and Calvin Johnson. The Browns haven't had a good offensive line since the Reagan administration. With Thomas in the fold, they could move Kevin Shaffer to RT.
 
 Other possibilities
: They would take Calvin Johnson over Thomas. Brady Quinn has an outside shot to be the selection here.
 
 
 4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Gaines Adams/DE/Clemson
 
 Analysis
: They badly need a pass rusher and Adams will be a starter for years to come.
 
 Other possibilities
: They want Calvin Johnson badly and still could trade up to get him. Amobi Okoye would be a possibility if they traded down.

 
 5) Arizona Cardinals:
Adrian Peterson/RB/Oklahoma
 
 Analysis
: They wanted Joe Thomas here so they will go for the best value on the board and that's Peterson who will give them a great one-two punch at RB.
 
 Other possibilities
: They also could trade down for Levi Brown who offensive line coach Russ Grimm is said to really like.
 
 
 6) Washington Redskins:
LaRon Landry/S/LSU
 
 Analysis
: He'll help their secondary which struggled last season and he'll achieve what former Redskin S Adam Archuleta couldn't.
 
 Other possibilities
: We expect them to deal this pick where they could select Jamaal Anderson a few selections down. A trade for Chicago Bear LB Lance Briggs is still a possibility for this selection.
 
 
 7) Minnesota Vikings:
Leon Hall/CB/Michigan
 
 Analysis
: They wanted Adrian Peterson or LaRon Landry here so they will for help in their secondary. Hall is the next highest player on their board.
 
 Other possibilities
: If Peterson and  Landry are gone, they could trade down to take Hall, Jamaal Anderson, or Amobi Okoye. They showed interest late this week in USC WR Dwayne Jarrett but for their second round pick.
 
 
 8) Atlanta Falcons (from Houston):
Amobi Okoye/DT/Louisville
 
 Analysis
: He fills a big need and would play for his former college coach Bobby Petrino.
 
 Other possibilities
: If Leon Hall falls to them he could be another option as would be Levi Brown.
 
 
 9) Miami Dolphins:
Brady Quinn/QB/Notre Dame
 
 Analysis
: They could finally solve their issue at quarterback with this selection. 
 
 Other possibilities
: Leon Hall, Amobi Okoye if he drops. Another option could be Adam Carriker who fits their scheme well.
 
 
 10) Houston Texans (from Atlanta):
Darrelle Revis/CB/Pittsburgh
 
 Analysis
: They badly need a cornerback to start opposite Dunta Robinson.
 
 Other possibilities
: Leon Hall, Aaron Ross, and Joe Staley if they traded down.
 
 
 11) San Francisco 49ers:
Patrick Willis/LB/Mississippi
 
 Analysis
: They need a young inside linebacker badly.
 
 Other possibilities
: Ted Ginn who would give them badly needed speed at receiver plus he adds return ability. Jamaal Anderson who would fit their scheme well. Levi Brown also would be a strong possibility here.
 
 
 12) Buffalo Bills:
Levi Brown/OT/Penn St.
 
 Analysis
: Brown would be an upgrade over LT Jason Peters and they could move RT Langston Walker inside to guard.
 
 Other possibilities
: They really wanted Patrick Willis here or Darrelle Revis. They'll address the running back job in round two or three.
 
 
 13) St. Louis Rams:
Adam Carriker/DE/Nebraska
 
 Analysis
: They need a pass rusher badly.
 
 Other possibilities
: A trade down for Branch or the best remaining CB on the board.
 
 
 14) Carolina Panthers:
Reggie Nelson/S/Florida
 
 Analysis
: They're looking for veteran S Mike Minter's replacement.
 
 Other possibilities
: Greg Olsen who would finally give them their first solid tight end since Wesley Walls.

 
 15) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jamaal Anderson/DE/Arkansas
 
 Analysis
: They need another end to compliment Aaron Smith.
 
 Other possibilities
: Adam Carriker if he drops. A surprise selection would be Ginn here who would handle special teams returns and give new offensive coordinator Bruce Arian an explosive playmaker. Also DE/OLB Anthony Spencer.


16) Green Bay:
Robert Meachem/WR/Tennessee
 
 Analysis
: As noted earlier this week, Meachem is high on their draft board and the Packers are looking for depth at the position. He could take over in the starting lineup in a few years for veteran WR Donald Driver.
 
 Other possibilities
: Ted Ginn who would give them badly needed speed at receiver. Marshawn Lynch or Darrelle Revis if he falls.
 
 
 17) Jacksonville Jaguars:
Jarvis Moss/DE/Florida
 
Analysis
: They badly need pass rush help.
 
 Other possibilities
: Reggie Nelson if he makes it here or Ted Ginn who would finally give them a receiver with true football speed.
 
 
 18) Cincinnati Bengals:
Lawrence Timmons/LB/Florida St.
 
 Analysis
: They badly need a physical linebacker.
 
 Other possibilities
: Alan Branch who would fill a need.
 
 
 19) Tennessee Titans:
Ted Ginn/WR/Ohio St.
 
 Analysis
: He would fill a major need for the team and would fill a special teams return need.
 
 Other possibilities
: Dwayne Jarrett or Dwayne Bowe.
 
 
 20) New York Giants:
Joe Staley/OT/Central Michigan
 
 Analysis
: After releasing veteran LT Luke Petitgout, Staley will be his replacement.
 
 Other possibilities
: Alan Branch or a big surprise in Marshawn Lynch.
 
 
 21) Denver Broncos:
Alan Branch/DT/Michigan
 
 Analysis
: They're looking for defensive line help.
 
 Other possibilities
: Michael Griffin who would fill another need. They'll likely trade up for defensive help and that player who they could target would be Amobi Okoye.
 
 
 22) Dallas Cowboys:
Dwayne Bowe/WR/LSU
 
 Analysis
: He'll give them immediate depth plus he could be the eventual replacement for veteran WR Terrell Owens.
 
 Other possibilities
: Robert Meachem or Anthony Spencer who would fill a need.
 
 
 23) Kansas City Chiefs:
Justin Harrell/DT/Tennessee
 
 Analysis
: They badly need help on the interior of their defensive line.
 
 Other possibilities
: Any receiver that drops or Joe Staley.
 
 
 24) New England Patriots (from Seattle):
David Harris/LB/Michigan
 
 Analysis
: They have a big need for a young inside linebacker.
 
 Other possibilities
: Chris Houston who also would fill another need.
 
 
 25) New York Jets:
Paul Posluzny/LB/Penn St.
 
 Analysis
: He's an intense and intelligent player who head coach Eric Mangini likes.
 
 Other possibilities
: Greg Olsen, Aaron Ross, or Anthony Spencer who would help their need for a outside pass rusher.
 
 
 26) Philadelphia Eagles:
Brandon Meriweather/S/Miami-Fla.
 
Analysis
: Here's the eventual replacement for veteran S Brian Dawkins.
 
 Other possibilities
: One of the top remaining CBs who could challenge CB Sheldon Brown.
 
 
 27) New Orleans Saints:
Greg Olsen/TE/Miami-Fla.
 
 Analysis
: He's a younger and more athletic Eric Johnson.
 
 Other possibilities
: Justin Harrell if he drops would go before Olsen.
 
 
 28) New England Patriots: Aaron Ross/CB/Texas
 
 Analysis
: He would fill a need for a young cornerback.
 
 Other possibilities
: Marcus McCauley or Jon Beason.
 
 
 29) Baltimore Ravens:
Ben Grubbs/G/Auburn
 
 Analysis
: They're looking for interior help for the offensive line.
 
 Other possibilities
: If they trade down you could see them take Trent Edwards.
 
 
 30) San Diego Chargers:
Michael Griffin/S/Texas
 
 Analysis
: They need a young athletic safety.
 
 Other possibilities
: Anthony Gonzalez or Dwayne Jarrett.
 
 
 31) Chicago Bears:
Justin Blalock/OL/Texas
 
 Analysis
: He fills a major need for a young offensive lineman.
 
 Other possibilities
: Best remaining cornerback or Dwayne Jarrett who they showed strong interest in late this week.
 
 
 32) Indianapolis Colts:
Anthony Gonzalez/WR/Ohio St.
 
 Analysis
: They're looking for a slot receiver.
 
 Other possibilities
: Dwayne Jarrett.


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