Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ridiculously Premature NFL Mock Draft, Take 1

I know It's an exercise in futility and, like, 80% less useful to most of you than reading more angry Maverick rants. But I like the draft. I love the draft. So there.
This draft stands apart for a number of things; and the first, and most clearly apparent, is the lack of truly elite talent at the top of the board. The consensus best player (Arkansas' Darren McFadden) would barely have squeezed onto a list of ten from last year's crop. That doesn't reflect badly on the overall strength of the draft, however. There is a great deal of depth at a number of positions, most of them of interest to the Cowboys. Defensive Backs are a dime a dozen near the top, although none merit a top 15 selection. There could be as many as five runners selected in the first round. Wide Receivers are similarly deep, with DeSean Jackson headlining a group of three or four who could easily fit into the first 31.
Disclaimer: This is not a player ranking, although I may do one of those soon. This is my prediction of which team will select what player at a particular spot. And no, I am not going to be predicting trades.
On with the useless bit of fluff!
1. Miami: Sedrick Ellis
2. St. Louis: Jake Long
3. Oakland: Glenn Dorsey
4. Atlanta: Matt Ryan
5. Kansas City: Chris Long
6. J-E-T-S!: Darren McFadden
7. New England: Kenny Phillips
8. Baltimore: Leodis McKelvin
9. Cincinatti: Vernon Gholston
10.New Orleans: Mike Jenkins
11. Buffalo: Keith Rivers
12. Denver: Ryan Clady
13. Carolina: DeSean Jackson
14. Chicago: Brian Brohm
15. Detroit: Jeff Otah
16. Arizona: Aqib Talib
17. Minnesota: Phillip Merling
18. Houston: Rashard Mendenhall
19. Philadelphia: Gosder Cherilus
20. Tampa Bay: Malcolm Kelly
21. Washington: Mario Manningham
22. Dallas: Felix Jones
23. Pittsburgh: Chris Williams
24. Tennessee: Limas Sweed
25. Seattle: Jonathan Stewart
26. Jacksonville: Derrick Harvey
27. San Diego: Kentwan Balmer
28. Dallas: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
29. San Fransisco: Brandon Albert
30. Green Bay: Antoine Cason
31. New York: Dan Connor

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