Mountain Viking's 2008 Mock First Round
Well, here it is my first full first round Mock Draft 2008, complete with surprise picks, trades, and nearly completed trades
These are work.
I'm going to say about 3.5 hours of checking depth charts,
draft trade charts, rankings and other mocks,
and stats from last year's teams...to further determine needs,
1 Dolphins Vernon Gholston-I think heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the biggest, baddest fastest, all out athlete in the draft that could play DE if they stay 4-3, or move to OLB if they decide to go to the 3-4.
22.5 sacks and over 30 TFL over the past two years is enough production to solidify his incredible workout numbers.
2 Rams Jake Long-Their Oline injuries killed them last year.
TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got too much talent on offense to let that happen again.
3 Falcons Sedrick Ellis-a cornerstone DT to build their Defense around is the value.
They go QB in rd2, or trade their two 2nds to get a guy at the end of the first.
4 Raiders Dorsey-A big bad mofo to take SappÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s place, and improve the entire defense.
5 Chiefs Jeff Otah-The Chiefs simply have to improve their Oline
Word is that Otah is the mauler/run blocker type they like.
6 Jets trade w MN Chris Long for Bryant McKinnie and No.17
The Vikings finally get the DE theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been searching for.
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s athletic enough to play either side and may get reps at both, and best of all fits their need for Ã¢â‚¬Å“high character players.Ã¢â‚¬Â
7 Patriots Quentin Groves (OLB) Vrabel takes SeauÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s place in the middle and Groves gives them a dangerous weapon to play opposite Adalius Thomas.
He has plenty of speed to rush and the experience at both positions to play some OLB coverage too.
I know, I know, they need a CB, but, they could still plug Troy Brown in that position if push came to shoveÃ¢â‚¬Â¦what I really mean, is that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll probably get lucky on a late aging vet FAÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ty Law is available.
8 Ravens trade w CAR McFadden is a playmaker and the starter.
DeAngello stays as third down back.
9 Bengals Keith Rivers-the Bengals couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t keep a healthy LB last year.
Top end depth.
10 Saints Derrick Harvey-They signed some secondary depth, now they need pass rush.
11 Bills Dominic Rogers Cromartie-They got Stroud at DT and Kawika at LB.
DRC gives them a tall fast playmaker that improves their defenseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦even though somebody might have to move to S.
12 Broncos Dan Connor-To some extent, injuries and bad luck (choices?) have kept DT their biggest need, but the top two are gone, and Balmer is another Boom or Bust player they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to gamble on.
They signed two cast off LBs, but the value fits the need here, and moving DJ back to OLB is a great idea.
13 Panthers Trade BAL-Matt Ryan-a team that needs a QB more than the Vikes? Teams 9 thru 12 donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need a QB, Allowing BAL to get their QB and CARÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s third and fourth round picks, leaving CAR a 2nd to address their OL
14 Bears Chris Williams improves their Oline more than another RB would.
He has experience at OG and can start there till one of their old OTs retires.
(Going for versatility)
15 Lions Jon Stewert-Tatum Bell is not the answer for a team that says it wants to run and the Lions like to reach for playmakers in the first round.
I think Stewert is the best all around (pound it) back, and will make Bell a good third down and change of pace guy.
16 Cardinals Ryan Clady is too good to pass up here.
And, these guys know from their time in PIT, that it takes an Oline to run the ball.
Might consider Mendenhall, but there will be good RBs later.
17 Vikings Trade Cliff AvrilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 40 time gets him to the first round, and a starting spot at OLB in the Jets 3-4.
He upgrades their pass rush and overall athleticism up front.
The Jets also get a first round upgrade to their running game with McKinnie at LT.
Former first Dbrick moves to RT or maybe Guard depending on who theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re big on.
18 Texans Leodis McKelvin-They want to go RB, but they know talent drops off a lot more at CB in the later rounds.
19 Eagles Limas Sweed-Just the big, fast WR the doctor (McNabb) ordered.
With Curtis, Reggie, and Basket, their core looks solid, and Andy Reid really likes to passÃ¢â‚¬Â¦a lot.
20 Buccaneers Philip Merling gives their aging defense some more youth and provides an upgrade to Chukwurah at LDE.
Gruden wants to go WR or OT, but canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite justify the next best guy.
I know, they signed Marques Douglas, and he can hold down the fort if Merling misses time, and together, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a nice rotation there.
21 Redskins Kenny Philips-Yeah, they go there.
They like their first round S tandem and once again, the guy from the U is the best available.
22 Cowboys Rashad Mendenhall-TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re so stoked he fell this farÃ¢â‚¬Â¦now theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not nearly as worried about signing Barber next year.
23 Steelers Branden Albert-They need some Ã¢â‚¬Å“nasty with a killer instinctÃ¢â‚¬Â in their running game.
And, Faneca got overpaid in New York, so he fills a hole.
24 Titans Desean Jackson-fills a need at WR and makes problem child PacMan more expendable.
Last year without Jones, they ended up being 6th worst in KR and not much better on PR.
25 Seahawks Kentwan Balmer-They got some OG and RB help in FA.
Now they upgrade their inside pressure and DT rotation.
26 Jaguars Erin Henderson-Tice has Del Rio by the ear and insists on the boy from his alma mater, since he also knows the older brother
Seriously though, a playmaker at OLB could make this defense even more dangerous.
My other choice is Trevor Laws as he could play DE in their 3-4 since he had his 112 tackles in a similar situation last yearÃ¢â‚¬Â¦yeah, I might switch this one.
27 Chargers Reggie Smith provides depth at two places of need for the Chargers, CB and S.
28 Cowboys Devin ThomasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 4.40 speed fits in nicely between TO and Patrick CraytonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s size.
And, he can help with returnsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦the boys were near the bottom third of the league in return yds.
29 49ers James Hardy has the size and reach to make a QB look better than he really is.
However, If somebody, for example, ATL was looking at Brian Brohm they may be willing to trade their two second round picks to the 49ers for this pick, and the 49ers could still get the DT (Okam is a BIG strong DT fit for a 3-4, but rated later) that they need, and a good WR prospect too (possibly, still Hardy.)
Cause, Parcells might be looking QB in the 2nd round too, and he has the first pick.
But, the QB situation is sticky here, with Brohm falling kind of even with Flacco and Henne as the next best guy.
My guess is the top 4 QBs are gone by mid way through the 2nd round, maybe even more given the depth/injury issues there last season, but that teams will be willing to gamble a guy they like will still be there in the 2nd at this point in the firstÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
30 Packers Mike Jenkins provides some youthful talent at CB and/or SÃ¢â‚¬Â¦probably starts the season as the nickel and may push the starters by late season.
Maybe he can cover Plaxico BurressÃ¢â‚¬Â¦?
31 Giants Jerod Meyo-adds a smart fast athletic presence at OLB that could go a long way toward helping cover the middle.
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a great pass rusher, but they already have that covered with the talent up front as they led the league in sacks last yearÃ¢â‚¬Â¦the stat that
likely won them the Superbowl.
Hope you like it...let me know what ya;all think
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
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