This is a 2007 NFL Draft Re-Mock, just in case you missed the big blue letters up top. I'm going back to 2007 and re-distributing all of the 2007 NFL Draft prospects to all of the teams in the 2007 NFL Draft order. This 2007 NFL Draft Re-Mock is based on how these players have performed in their careers, as well as the needs each team had back in 2007.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Reggie Nelson, S My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Ted Ginn, WR
The Jaguars were going into the 2007 season with one of the most immobile quarterbacks in NFL history (Byron Leftwich) protected by two tackles named Khalif Barnes and Tony Pashos. How the hell did this team make it to the second round of the playoffs?
Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Weddle, S, Utah Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Leon Hall, CB My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Leon Hall, CB
The Bengals spent fourth- and seventh-round picks on safeties because their two starters were Madieu Williams and Dexter Jackson. Too bad someone else named Dexter didn't get rid of them, amirite?
Tennessee Titans: Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Michael Griffin, S My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Robert Meachem, WR
I mocked Robert Meachem to the Titans because their top receivers at the time were David Givens, Brandon Jones, Justin Gage, Roydell Williams and Courtney Roby.
Sidney Rice is way too injury-prone, but he's worth the risk here at No. 19, especially considering how quickly the talent is about to run out. It's going to get ugly starting in six or so picks.
New York Giants: Michael Griffin, S, Texas Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Aaron Ross, CB My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Aaron Ross, CB
When Will Demps and Gibril Wilson are your starting safeties, you defnitely need an upgrade at the position. Michael Griffin ideally wouldn't be in a first-round of any sort of draft or re-draft, but this class is really thin.
Denver Broncos: Paul Soliai, NT, Utah Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Jarvis Moss, DE My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Alan Branch, DT
I apparently thought the Broncos needed a fat defensive tackle, so let's re-mock them an even better fat defensive tackle.
Dallas Cowboys: Doug Free, OT, Northern Illinois Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Anthony Spencer, DE/OLB My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Dwayne Jarrett, WR
Doug Free just had a down year, but he's the best available player who makes sense for the 2007 Cowboys at this juncture. I told you that it's about to get bleak. You haven't seen anything yet. The 2007 NFL Draft class was very top-heavy, but horribly thin.
Kansas City Chiefs: Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Dwayne Bowe, WR My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Joe Staley, OT
I've wanted to slot Ben Grubbs in over the past few selections, but none of those teams had a need at guard. The Chiefs did because Will Shields was turning 36, and their only other option was John Welbourn.
Speaking of needs, my No. 5 need for Kansas City back in 2007 was "re-sign Damon Huard." Yeah, I must have smoked some crack when I compiled that page.
New England Patriots: LaRon Landry, S, LSU Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Brandon Meriweather, S My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: David Harris, ILB
LaRon Landry is another player I wanted to mock a bit earlier, but it just didn't work out. It does here though, as New England clearly had a need (and still does) at safety.
New York Jets: Ray McDonald, DE/DT, Florida Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Darrelle Revis, CB My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Greg Olsen, TE
New coaches who come in and stubbornly run their own system despite mismatching personnel never last very long. Case in point: Eric Mangini, whose 3-4 didn't mesh well with several defenders on the roster. Now, the Mangina is working for ESPN. Poor Erin Andrews.
Philadelphia Eagles: Laurent Robinson, WR, Illinois State Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Kevin Kolb, QB My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Michael Griffin, S
Philadelphia's starting receivers in the post-Terrell Owens area were Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis. No wonder Donovan McNabb always had sand in his vag.
Believe it or not, the best player available who makes sense for Philadelphia is Laurent Robinson. I told you that this would get ugly.
New Orleans Saints: Justin Blalock, G, Texas Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Robert Meachem, WR My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Justin Harrell, DT
The Saints spent a third-round pick on someone named Andy Alleman because they wanted an upgrade over Jamar Nesbit at left guard. I wanted to mock Justin Blalock a bit earlier, but it just didn't work out.
San Francisco 49ers: Steve Smith, WR, USC Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Joe Staley, OT My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Brandon Meriweather, S
Steve Smith was a really good slot receiver for the Giants before suffering a severe knee injury. The 49ers could have used help at receiver; you're not going to win many games when Darrell Jackson and Arnaz Battle are your starting wideouts.
Baltimore Ravens: Lyle Sendlein, C, Texas Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Ben Grubbs, G My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jarvis Moss, DE/OLB
This is before the Ravens signed Matt Birk, so they really needed a center. Lyle Sendlein should be about 8-10 picks higher than this, but there wasn't a team that needed help at center in that range.
San Diego Chargers: James Jones, WR, San Jose State Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Buster Davis, WR My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Dwayne Bowe, WR
And this re-draft just keeps getting weaker. I mocked Dwayne Bowe to the Chargers because "Keenan McCardell was cut in March." Wow, it seems like it's been 10 years since we've seen him play. Time flies when you're eating Cheetos and working on a football Web site.
Chicago Bears: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Marshall Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Greg Olsen, TE My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jon Beason, OLB
Ahmad Bradshaw would be higher in this re-mock if he weren't injured heading into the 2007 season. Still, the Bears would have considered him under these circumstances because Cedric Benson showed them absolutely nothing in two seasons.
Tough call between Bradshaw and Michael Bush, by the way, but I couldn't put the latter in my first round because he wasn't going to be ready to play in 2007 coming off a serious injury.
Indianapolis Colts: Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State Actual 2007 NFL Draft Pick: Anthony Gonzalez, WR My 2007 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Lawrence Timmons, OLB
Paul Posluszny has enjoyed a more lucrative career than Anthony Gonzalez, proving once and for all that Penn State is better than Ohio State. Besides, we don't employ pervy assistant football coaches like the Buckeyes do.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my 2007 NFL Re-Draft. I want to do a 2008 version, but I don't feel like the verdict is out yet on many players, namely the quarterbacks (Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco).
My criteria for this mock is what I would do at each pick, not what I think will actually happen. I still try to tie the picks to reality as much as possible, but this far out, it just isn't realistic to try and make predictions. When the rumor mill really starts plugging away, I'll make some real guesses.