This is my 2008 NFL Mock Draft. The only thing I determine is the Super Bowl teams. The rest is in order as if the draft was today. I will use Point Differential as a tiebreaker.
1) St. Louis Rams-Jake Long/OT/Michigan: The Rams did well picking an offensive tackle from a Big Ten school number one overall before, why wouldn’t it work again? Orlando Pace is a definite Hall of Famer, but he is old and worn down. Jake Long is a viable option for the Rams to pick right here. Marc Bulger is getting sacked too often.
2) Miami Dolphins-Glenn Dorsey/DT/LSU: Dorsey is the number one player in this draft, but he will go number two overall. That doesn’t sound familiar at all (Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson). Dorsey is a phenomenal defensive tackle. He is the best player in college football right now, and he is leading the stellar LSU defense. The Dolphins defense is old and worn down. He will be expected to carry this line from the beginning.
3) Atlanta Falcons-Brian Brohm/QB/Louisville: Brohm is definitely not the best quarterback in this draft, but he knows the system in Atlanta right now better than Byron Leftwich and Joey Harrington. With Bobby Petrino as their head coach, why would they not want the QB he turned into a Heisman candidate?
4) New York Jets-Derrick Harvey/DE/Florida: Harvey is not the best player left on the board, but he fills the Jets’ biggest need and fits their system perfectly. He is suitable in the 3-4 defense, and the Jets can not get any pressure on the QB this year.
5) New Orleans Saints-Kenny Phillips/S/Miami (Fla.): Kenny Phillips is the best defensive back in this draft, and the Saints need all the help they can get in pass coverage. Sure, cornerback is a bigger need, but Roman Harper and Josh Bullocks aren’t exactly superstars. Phillips can make a huge impact right out of the gate.
6) Buffalo Bills-Dan Conner/OLB/Penn State: The Bills are in a quandary right here. They don’t need a running back since they drafted Marshawn Lynch last year, so that rules out Darren McFadden. They need a wide receiver, but not a punt returner. Cross out DeSean Jackson. If Paul Posluszny plays in the middle, his former teammate Dan Conner could provide his run stopping on the outside.
7) Chicago Bears-Matt Ryan/QB/Boston College: This was close between Ryan and Andre Woodson, but Ryan is perfect for the Bears. He doesn’t make very many mistakes, and he is a good game manager. The Bears need to cut down on their turnovers, and Ryan is the best at playing it safe and being smart. Brian Griese is definitely not the answer.
8) Cincinnati Bengals-Keith Rivers/OLB/USC: This may be a stretch, but the Bengals just need an outside linebacker. Right now, they are starting mostly no names. Sure, they have had legal problems of the defense, but they brought that upon themselves.
9) Denver Broncos-Chris Long/DE/Virginia: The Broncos have no defensive line. It’s too early to take Frank Okam or Sedrick Ellis, so taking the best defensive end left is good enough. Sure, they loaded up on defensive linemen last year, but it’s not enough. Long can also play in the middle, so he is dangerous all over the line.
10) New England Patriots (From San Francisco)-Justin King/CB/Penn State: The Patriots might lose Asante Samuel this off-season. They need a replacement. Why shouldn’t they go after the fastest player in the draft? A team with as little flaws as the Patriots is tough to pick, but this would be obvious if Samuel left.
11) Oakland Raiders-DeSean Jackson/WR/Cal: The Raiders passed on the next Randy Moss, and then they trade the actual Randy Moss! Al Davis might be going a bit crazy. He needs to make up for mistakes like that by picking the most explosive player to come out of the draft since Reggie Bush. Jackson is a great wide receiver, and he’s an even better returner. There’s no way the Raiders pass him up.
12) Minnesota Vikings-Andre Woodson/QB/Kentucky: Tavaris Jackson is not taking the Vikings anywhere. They have the players on offense. They have the defense. They are a good QB and maybe a decent wide receiver from being a Super Bowl contender. Andre Woodson might be the best wide receiver in this draft. They can’t pass him up here.
13) Philadelphia Eagles-Sam Baker/OT/USC: Winston Justice was not very successful against Osi Umenyiora to say the least. Sam Baker’s size makes him hard to pass up here. 12 picks in and no Darren McFadden. Surprising, huh?
14) Dallas Cowboys (From Cleveland)-Darren McFadden/RB/Arkansas: Ahhh. There he is. The stud of this draft. Everyone’s Heisman favorite at the beginning of the year falls down far to a traded pick between Dallas and Cleveland. That’s not familiar at all. Running backs are a dime a dozen. Just two weeks ago, Sammy Morris and Kenton Keith ran for the most yards in the NFL. Out of all of the teams who have a dominating back (San Diego, St. Louis, Kansas City); none of them are over .500. McFadden falls and with good reason.
15) Kansas City Chiefs-Michael Oher/OG/Ole Miss: Brodie Croyle isn’t Len Dawson, but even Dawson couldn’t throw behind this pathetic line. Oher is a giant with quick feet. He’s a raw talent, but he can be great. This is the only person I can see the Chiefs picking here.
16) Arizona Cardinals-Tyson Jackson/DE/LSU: Jackson is a great defensive end. Sure, he has other players on his line, but how much of their success is credited with him? He’s the best at getting to the QB out of all of the players left in the draft. I can’t see the Cardinals, who let Vinny Testaverde burn them, pass up on a pass rusher.
17) Houston Texans-Steve Slaton/RB/West Virginia: They were just three picks away from Darren McFadden. I guess they have to settle for another speedy back with raw talent. Ron Dayne can not carry the full load all by himself. The Texans need a healthy speed back. Slaton is that guy.
18) Seattle Seahawks-Tashard Choice/RB/Georgia Tech: They were just four picks away from Darren McFadden and one from Steve Slaton. Even though they missed out on the big names, they may be getting the best running back in the draft. Choice breaks defenders’ ankles on almost every run, and he has power moves also. Why he isn’t higher on draft boards, I don’t know.
19) San Diego Chargers-James Laurinaitis/ILB/Ohio State: This was down to Malcolm Kelly and Laurinaitis, but they have Chris Chambers. They don’t need to spend their top two picks on a wide receiver. Without Donnie Edwards, the linebackers have not been the same. Laurinaitis can contribute right away.
20) Detroit Lions-Terrell Thomas/CB/USC: The image of Donovan McNabb and Kevin Curtis destroying the Lions’ secondary should be enough to make them draft a corner. Thomas is an amazing cornerback, and if he goes pro, he will be a definite first rounder.
21) Tennessee Titans-Malcolm Kelly/WR/Oklahoma: Kelly is a giant, but he has some speed too. Instead of Vince Young throwing to Brandon Jones and Lee Evans, he will a have real number one receiver.
22) Washington Redskins-Gosder Cherilus/OT/Boston College: The Redskins offensive line is all banged up. Snyder needs to build through the draft, instead of free agency. Cherilus towers over the defensive line he plays. If he can cut back on penalties, he will move up in the draft.
23) Baltimore Ravens-Aqib Talib/CB/Kansas: The Ravens need to cover their defense. It’s still great, but it isn’t getting any younger. Samari Rolle and Chris McAllister are both over 30. They need to get younger at the cornerback position.
24) Carolina Panthers-Antoine Cason/CB/Arizona: Another need very similar to the Ravens. The defense is intense, but they are old. The Panthers defense was one of the best a few years ago, but now they are just old. Jon Beason, a rookie, has energized this team. Let’s see if Cason could do the same.
25) New York Giants-DeJuan Tribble/CB/Boston College: Another cornerback? All of these teams need help in the secondary, and no safety is worthy of going in the first round, and Tribble is definitely a first round prospect. He shows up when his team needs him to show up. The Giants’ secondary is terrible, but Tribble can change that.
26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Early Doucet/WR/LSU: Sure, they have Joey Galloway, but do you trust any of the other wide receivers. Doucet hasn’t been lights out this year, but he is definitely a great pro prospect.
27) Jacksonville Jaguars-Mario Manningham/WR/Michigan: Even though Michigan got out to a slow start, Manningham’s performance has been great throughout the entirety of the season. The Jaguars have zero reliable wide receivers. An armless three year old would do better than these scrubs.
28) Pittsburgh Steelers-Frank Okam/DT/Texas: The Steelers are transitioning into a 4-3 defense that Mike Tomlin prefers. For that, they will need some more defensive tackles to stop the run. Okam is a big body who clogs up holes.
29) Green Bay Packers-Dwight Lowery/CB/San Jose State: And you thought I was done with corners. If any of you saw the Hawaii-San Jose State game, you would know why this guy is the first mid-major player being selected. He single-handedly took San Jose State back from a 14-0 deficit with a punt return and interception for a touchdown. This guy will be one of the best for years to come.
30) Dallas Cowboys-Chevis Jackson/CB/LSU: Okay, this has got to be the best draft for cornerbacks in history. This is the seventh corner to be taken. Jackson is a big play corner, much like Lowery. He has been leading the LSU defense alongside Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson. The Cowboys secondary is ancient, and they clearly need help as the Pats game showed.
31) San Francisco 49ers (From Indianapolis)-Adarius Bowman/WR/Oklahoma State: No, I am not saying the 49ers are winning the Super Bowl. The Niners are awful. The Colts traded this pick for Tony Ugoh, which was a fantastic deal, since the pick will be nowhere short of the 30th pick. The Niners best wide receiver might be Arnaz Battle. That’s not good.
Note that the Patriots forfeited their draft pick, which would have been the 30th pick.