OK, so my other Mock Draft just got screwed over by the Dolphins, so I thought to myself...Why not make another one....?
#1 Miami Dolphins-OL Jake Long, Michigan: He got signed today...
#2 St. Louis Rams-DE Chris Long, Virginia: With Jake Long going #1, the Rams lost their coveted offensive lineman, but that was probably their second biggest need in the draft. The Rams need a defensive lineman, and the only other option is Vernon Gholston. I've heard rumors that the Rams don't like him, which probably means that they'll take Gholston, but of the two, Long is probably the better fit for the Rams.
#3 Atlanta Falcons-QB Matt Ryan, Boston College: I had Ryan slipping in my other draft, and I still don't think this is the right pick, as Chris Redman showed some talent last season, and I don't like Ryan, but I can't deny the absolute man-crush that most scouts, and Todd McShay, have on Ryan. Granted, he is a solid QB, but I would liken him to a Jon Kitna. He's got the talent, but he's never gonna be the Peyton Manning-type QB everyone thinks he will be. Still, the Falcons are going to address the QB position. I'd just rather see them do it with an Erik Ainge in the 3rd round.
#4 Oakland Raiders-DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU: Al Davis might be the only person who can publicly admit liking a player, then actually follow through on it, but that isn't what will happen here. McFadden would be a great pick for the Raiders, but unless he has an o-line, he won't do anything. The Raiders won't take an o-lineman here, but they will take Dorsey to help shore up that defense. Sedrick Ellis is probably the better player, but the Raiders will take Dorsey.
#5 Kansas City Chiefs-OG Brandon Albert, Virginia: I had a really tough time with this pick. The Chiefs do not want to be in this situation, because they can't have Long, they can't get Ryan for trade bait, and there are no offensive linemen left who merit top 5 consideration, but Albert is the best left. I think the Chiefs would probably trade out of here, possibly to a team that wants McFadden, but I can't figure out who, besides the Cowboys, that would be...Albert himself is the best lineman remaining, and the Chiefs have needs at both tackle and guard, giving them several options with Albert.
#6 New York Jets-RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas: This, as well, was a very tough pick. Gholston would be a great pick here as well, and the Jets probably need a DE more than a RB, but the Jets also need someone who will help to make a splash with the fans, and that is what McFadden brings, plus himself being a dynamite runner.
#7 New England Patriots-DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State: The Patriots, obviously, have very few holes so to speak, but the biggest need for them is a 3-4 type linebacker. Yes, Gholston is a defensive end, but at 6'3", 266, Gholston has the size to play linebacker or end, and the linebacker position would probably be a better fit for him in the pros.
#8 (Potential trade, Chiefs trade #17, #82, Fifth rounder, future #2 for #8, 4th rounder) Kansas City Chiefs-DE Derrick Harvey, Florida: The Chiefs just got rid of Jared Allen, have expendable draft picks now, and they need a dynamic pass rusher to replace Allen. The Ravens want to trade down, and Harvey fits the bill for the dynamic pass rusher.
#9 Cincinnati Bengals-DT Sedrick Ellis, USC: Ellis is a very good defensive tackle, and is the best player remaining. With Ellis still available, the Bengals are in a great position to take the best player remaining and fill a major hole at defensive tackle.
#10 New Orleans Saints-CB Leodis McKelvin, Troy: McKelvin is probably the best of a very deep class of first round corners, one of whom the Saints are in dire need of. The Saints had a terrible pass defense last season, and Leodis will be able to come in and shore that up a little.
#11 Buffalo Bills-CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State: Yes, the Bills need a Wide Receiver, but they can get a very good one in the 2nd or 3rd round, and honestly, who do they have to start alongside Terrence McGee? After McKelvin, the One-Kidney Wonder is probably the best corner left in the draft, and a very good pick for the Bills here.
#12 Denver Broncos-OT Ryan Clady, Boise State: Matt Lepsis retired, the Broncos need a tackle, Clady fits in well, enough said.
#13 Carolina Panthers-OT Chris Williams, Vandy: The Panthers are going to move Terrelle Wharton inside, and desperately need someone to protect Jake Delhomme/Matt Moore's backside, and Williams is by far the best tackle remaining in the draft.
#14 Chicago Bears-RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois: As often as I hear that this is gonna be Otah, I can't help but think the Bears are about ready to give up on Ced Benson, and even if they aren't, this is a good pick. Mendenhall brings an all-around game to the Bears, and a definite 1-2 punch with either him and Benson or him and Adrian Peterson (The OTHER Adrian Peterson...).
#15 (Trade-Titans send #24, #85, future #1 to Lions for #15) Tennessee Titans-WR Limas Sweed, Texas: I think the Titans desperately need Sweed, even if they don't want to admit it. I have Limas as the #1 WR in this draft, and I do not think that he would fall to the Titans at #24, as several teams would be willing to nab him out of the Titans hands, particularily the Redskins at 21. This is totally a need-based trade, for both teams.
#16 Arizona Cardinals-CB Aqib Talib, Kansas: With Antrel Rolle moving to Safety, the Cards need a CB. Simple as that. Talib may not be the best cornerback in the draft RIGHT NOW, but he sure as hell has as much upside as any of the other remaining corners. If Mendenhall slips here, that becomes a no-brainer pick, but seeing that he went 14, the Cards take that CB they need so badly.
#17 Baltimore Ravens (From Minnesota through Kansas City)-QB Chad Henne, Michigan: By trading down to 17, the Ravens can get Henne, who is the most polished QB with the most talent remaining, for a much cheaper price than if they were to try to snag him at 8. The Ravens need a QB, as Kyle Boller hasn't worked out and Troy Smith still needs to prove himself. Henne will be able to step in and make a difference in Baltimore.
#18 Houston Texans-LB Keith Rivers, USC: The Texans will take their time on this, decidin between Rivers or Jeff Otah, but in the end, I think that the need for defense for the Texans will outweigh the offensive tackle position that they can pick up later on.
#19 Philadephia Eagles-CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida: With the rumors about a possible Lito Sheppard trade, the Eagles need a CB to start opposite Asante Samuel. Jenkins is a very good coverage CB who can make a hit, making him a very attractive option with Rodgers-Cromartie gone.
#20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State: The Bucs want Jenkins. They need a CB, and they want Jenkins, but they will settle for Thomas, who greatly improves their aging receivng corps. With Joey Galloway at something like 36 years old and Ike Hilliard around there, Thomas provides a young spark who is able to take any ball to the house.
#21 Washington Redskins-DE Phillip Merling, Clemson: With Philip Daniels being 35, the Skins need a solid end to replace him, and Merling does the trick.
#22 (Trade-Bears trade 2009 #1, 2008 pick #44 for #22) Chicago Bears-QB Joe Flacco, Delaware: Flacco is coveted by many teams, and I think that Jerry Jones would be more than happy to get the Bears' #1 for next season. Flacco is the best QB left, and even if he may take a year to get acquainted with the big stage, he's still an improvement over Rex Grossman...
#23 Pittsburgh Steelers-OT Jeff Otah, Pitt: How convienient for Otah, he gets to stay in Pittsburgh. The Steelers need a guard, but both Baker and Rachal are stretches at 23. Otah fills a huge need at tackle however, and any more protection that the Steelers can get for Big Ben helps...
#24 Detroit Lions (From Tennessee)-LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee: This trade worked out great for the Lions, who want Mayo badly, but at 15, he is a stretch. At 24, this pick is very reasonable. Mayo comes in and instantly gives the Lions one of the best LB corps in the NFC North.
#25 Seattle Seahawks-RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon: They are taking a RB, that's a no-brainer, especially after releasing Shaun Alexander, but it's down to Felix Jones or Stewart, and I think that Stewart is 1. the better back and 2. fits in the system better.
#26 Jacksonville Jaguars-DE Calais Campbell, Miami: The Jags are taking a d-lineman with this pick, and Campbell, despite all the negatives, is probably the best lineman remaining.
#27 San Diego Chargers-OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College: The Chargers need a right tackle. BOOM.
#28 Dallas Cowboys-CB Antoine Cason, Arizona: Everyone knows that Jerry Jones wants Felix Jones, but they need a cornerback way more than they need a running back, and having picked up the #44 pick, they can grab either Jones or Chris Johnson there. Cason provides a physical force opposite the smaller Terence Newman, and improves that secondary greatly.
#29 San Francisco 49ers-WR DeSean Jackson: If you read my earlier blog, you'll know just how much I don't like Jackson, but he fills a great need for the 49ers, who have absolutely no WR corps. Darrell Jackson and Ashley Lelie? Come on...they take Jackson here.
#30 Green Bay Packers-OL Sam Baker, USC: The Pack fills another hole in the trenches, where they are aging, and Baker is the best remaining lineman in this draft.
#31 New England Patriots-Barney Stinson: Barney has a reputation for not leaving a trail, being able to impersonate others, and he can infiltrate the most secretive of places. The perfect pick for the Pats.
#31 New York Giants-S Kenny Phillips: The Giants really don't have a safety as Gibril Wilson isn't the greatest player to ever walk onto the field, and they will grab Phillips when they still have a shot at him.