First we had the Positional Rankings. Then we had the Impact Underclassmen. Following that was the Sleeper Picks. Finally, we culminate with the 2008 NFL Mock Draft (2 rounds). While free agency might blow this apart as soon as today, this mock is current as of this morning. Enjoy, and be on the lookout for version 2.0.
1. Miami: Jake Long, T - Michigan
While Parcells loves the other Long, Jake long is worthy of this pick and fills a huge hole on this team. Vernon Carey can move back to right tackle. Let's also not forget that Sparano is a former offensive line coach
2. St. Louis: Chris Long, DE - Virginia
The Rams will take whichever Long the Fins don't take. In this case, Chris Long fills a more immediate need. He shouldn't have a problem starting opposite Leonard Little.
3. Atlanta: Matt Ryan, QB - Boston College
They were players for McFadden, until they signed Michael Turner. Instead, land a signal caller to replace the carousel at QB they had last season. Ryan has the poise to be thrown into the mix early.
4. Oakland: Vernon Gholston, DE - Ohio State
With Gholston's dominant performance at the Combines, the Raiders couldn't pass on filling their open DE spot (with Tommy Kelly moving inside). Gholston and Burgess should be a nice pass-rushing combo.
5. Kansas City: Ryan Clady, T - Boise State
With the offensive line in shambles, the Chiefs need to address their need at this position. Clady follows in a recent line of athletic tackles that are moving their way up the charts in recent drafts.
6. New York Jets: Darren McFadden, RB - Arkansas
Jets fans all dance an Irish Jig at the same time. McFadden is just what the doctor ordered for this team. Jones and Washington proved not to be the answer. McFadden should have no problem making fans forget them.
7 New England (from San Francisco): Leodis McKelvin, CB - Troy
With the departure of Samuel and Gay, the Pats are in dire need of a CB. There is still no need to have McKelvin start right away, but he'll eventually have to allow Brandon Merriweather to move over to his natural safety spot.
8. Baltimore: Mike Jenkins, CB - South Florida
Baltimore surprises and chooses not to go QB (Brohm). They instead choose to address a position that's aging quickly. Expect Baltimore fans to boo this one
9. Cincinnati: Keith Rivers, LB - Southern Cal
With DE addressed with the Odom signing, the Bengals turn to a position where they are extremely thin, and add one of the biggest playmakers in the draft.
10. New Orleans: Sedrick Ellis, DT - Southern Cal
The Saints have their pick of Ellis and Dorsey. They have had their issues with injury-riddled players, so they choose to go with Ellis, who is no consolation. He should make a decent rotation with Young and Thomas.
11. Buffalo: Malcolm Kelly, WR - Oklahoma
There is a reason Kelly didn't work out at the Combine, and he's still atop the receiver charts. He has the size and athletic ability for success in the league. He is the big target that the Bills are lacking
12. Denver: Glenn Dorsey, DT - LSU
Dorsey drops in their laps, amid reports of various injuries he suffered in the past. Following the news of Marcus Thomas and his arrest, the Broncos need to address the DT position in a bad way.
13. Carolina: Phillip Merling, DE - Clemson
Merling needs to make up for his poor strength showing at the combines. However, he is known as a high-motor player. He fills in for the departed Mike Rucker
14. Chicago: Jeff Otah, T - Pittsburgh
With their offensive line aging, especially at tackle, the bears pass on a QB or a RB and select a monster of a man who should fit right in at the right tackle spot
15. Detroit: Rashard Mendelhall, RB - Illinois
Message to Kevin Jones, "We see you continuing your trend of under 200 carries a season". Jonathan Stewart could be the pick here too.
16. Arizona: Jonathan Stewart, RB - Oregon
The Cards could go a number of directions, however it should be clear that Edgerrin James is no longer the answer at RB. Stewart is a physical phenom, who could be the starter in Arizona for years
17. Minnesota: Derrick Harvey, DE - Florida
A position that should have been addressed last season will be addressed this season. While Harvey had a sub-par combine, he still has one of the best first steps among DEs.
18. Houston: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DB - Tennessee St.
The Texans are in desperate need of help in the defensive backfield. A RB could go here too, however with Robinson out the first half of next season (and possibly his career), they have to address the CB position.
19. Philadelphia: Limas Sweed, WR - Texas
Has to prove he's over the wrist injury, but he impressed at the combines with good times. A huge big-play receiver who will line up beside a bunch of speedsters in Philly.
20. Tampa Bay: DeSean Jackson, WR - California
Joey Galloway is old, and the other WRs on the roster are of the possession variety. Jackson brings his game-breaking athletic ability to the Bucs.
21. Washington: Kentwan Balmer, DT - North Carolina
While the Skins could us a DE, they cannot pass on a talent like Balmer. He could make Cornelius Griffen expendable
22. Dallas (from Cleveland): Aqib Talib, CB - Kansas
Talib gets the nod over Porter due to his return skills. He should eventually unseat Anthony Henry as the starting CB.
23. Pittsburgh: Branden Albert, G - Virginia
The Steelers need to address an offensive line that is suddenly weak. Albert can either replace Faneca, or he can swing outside and play right tackle.
24. Tennessee: Tracy Porter, CB - Indiana
Porter should help out the dire situation at CB for the Titans. He could push to be a starter.
25. Seattle: Chris Williams, T - Vanderbilt
The Seahawks have the luxury of being set at most positions. A RB would be tempting, however rumors have TJ Duckett going to Seattle. Williams can play several positions on the O-line, making him valuable. He could eventually replace Chris Gray…or move Locklear inside and play tackle.
26. Jacksonville: Calais Campbell, DE - Miami
The Jags take a chance on the talented DE that didn't do well at the combines. Campbell would battle Paul Spicer for the starting spot
27. San Diego: Kenny Phillips, FS - Miami
The Chargers land one of the top playmakers in the draft. Phillips is a steal at this point in the draft, and should have no problem making the Chargers a better team
28. Dallas: Felix Jones, RB - Arkansas
Jones joins the Cowboys and Marion Barber. This Jones should be more productive than the last Jones they had
29. San Francisco (from Indianapolis): Quentin Groves, DE/LB - Auburn
A nice fit for the 9ers who now have competition for Tully Banta-Cain. Groves timed very well, giving the 9ers some lighting fast OLBs
30. Green Bay: Reggie Smith, S - Oklahoma
Another young safety in Green Bay? Actually, in this defense he projects as a CB, and brings a very similar game to Woodson.
31. New York Giants: Dan Connor, LB - Penn State
With Mitchell and Torbor gone, the Giants will probably draft a LB here. Connor is the best on the board.
(New England Selection Forfeited)
32. Miami: Cliff Avril, OLB - Purdue
33. St. Louis: Brian Brohm, QB - Louisville
34. Oakland: Mario Manningham, WR - Michigan
35. Kansas City: Patrick Lee, CB - Auburn
36. New York Jets: Ghosder Cherilus, T - Boston College
37. Atlanta: Sam Baker, T - Southern Cal
38. Baltimore: Joe Flacco, QB - Delaware
39. San Francisco: Devin Thomas, WR - Michigan State
40. New Orleans: Tyvon Branch, CB - UConn
41. Buffalo: Antoine Cason, CB - Arizona
42. Denver: Josh Barrett, S - Arizona State
43. Carolina: Andre Woodson, QB - Kentucky
44. Chicago: James Hardy, WR - Indiana
45. Detroit: Pat Sims, DT - Auburn
46. Cincinnati: Fred Davis, TE - Southern Cal
47. Minnesota: Andre Caldwell, WR - Florida
48. Atlanta (from Houston): Red Bryant, DT - Texas A&M
49. Philadelphia: Jerod Mayo, LB - Tennessee
50. Arizona: Justin King, CB - Penn State
51. Washington: Lawrence Jackson, DE - Southern Cal
52. Tampa Bay: Charles Godfrey, CB - Iowa
53. Pittsburgh: Earl Bennett, WR - Vanderbilt
54. Tennessee: Dre Moore, DT - Maryland
55. Seattle: Martellus Bennett, TE - Texas A&M
56. Green Bay (from Cleveland): Ahtyba Rubin, DT - Iowa State
57. Miami (from San Diego): Chilo Rachal, G - Southern Cal
58. Jacksonville: Trevor Laws, DT - Notre Dame
59. Indianapolis: Gary Guyton, LB - Georgia Tech
60. Green Bay: Craig Stevens, TE - California
61. Dallas: Frank Okam, DT - Texas
62. New England: Chris Ellis, DE - Virginia Tech
63. New York Giants: DaJuan Morgan, S - NC State
Looking forward to your comments.