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Alternative Version

This is the Alternative Version of my 2008 NFL Mock Draft.

E-mailer Craig Pawlychyn recently gave me a great idea. He suggested that I create an alternate version of my 2008 NFL Mock Draft where none of my picks would be the same as my regular mock, while still keeping it realistic. Forum poster Bluto then suggested that I should factor in a few trades that I think could happen.

So, here's the alternate version of my mock. I've included my regular selection below each pick. Hope you like it.

Next regular update: 2009 Mock Draft later this week.

  1. Miami Dolphins: Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): OT Carl Nicks.

    I have Charles Godfrey drafted a bit earlier than most mocks, but Godfrey's stock has risen since his stellar Pro Day (4.38 40, 37.5-inch vertical). The Dolphins really need a cornerback, so they might look at drafting the best one available atop Round 2.

  2. St. Louis Rams: Dan Connor, ILB/OLB, Penn State
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): OT Anthony Collins.

    The Rams' linebacking corps is a mess; Brandon Chillar's gone, Pisa Tinoisamoa is always hurt and there are serious depth issues. With that in mind, why not draft one of the best players available, who, coincidentally, can play multiple positions at linebacker?

  3. Atlanta Falcons: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): DT Pat Sims.

    Brian Brohm had an outstanding combine, so I'd be a bit surprised to see him last this long. Then again, as I mentioned at pick No. 20, we have seen quarterbacks slip before. Unless Chris Redman becomes the next Derek Anderson, or Joey Harrington makes vast improvements (yeah, right), Brohm would be guaranteed to start by the middle of October.



  4. Kansas City Chiefs: Carl Nicks, OT, Nebraska
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): OT Sam Baker.

    The Chiefs allowed 55 sacks in 2007 because Carl Peterson failed to address the offensive line despite seeing two future Hall of Famers retire. If Peterson doesn't fix the front this year, he never will.

    Humorous e-mail from Guy Wilkes:

    "This is what [the Chiefs] will do, regardless if [Jake] Long is available or not (which I don't think he will be)

    Round 1: Glenn Dorsey

    Round 2: Chad Henne

    Round 3: Chris Ellis

    Round 4: John Carlson

    And when that happens, I will cease to be a Cheifs fan. LOL.

    Does that sound like a typical Carl Peterson draft or what? Can you please explain to me how he still has a job in the NFL?!?

    Great e-mail; I can totally see that happening. And I can't explain how in the world Peterson still has a job. For the sake of Chiefs fans everywhere, I hope he either changes his draft strategy or resigns sometime soon.

  5. New York Jets: Jerod Mayo, ILB, Tennessee
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): WR James Hardy.

    The Jets need an inside linebacker to play next to David Harris, especially after losing Jonathan Vilma this offseason.

  6. Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Collins, OT, Kansas
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): ILB Dan Connor.

    If they Falcons can't get Jake Long with the third pick in the draft, you can bet that they're taking an offensive tackle with one of their initial two second-round picks. Joey Harrington, Chris Redman and Byron Leftwich never even had a chance last year, as they were sacked a combined 47 times.

  7. Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): CB Charles Godfrey.

    Brian Billick is gone, so Ravens fans don't have to worry about the Kyle Boller experiment continuing much longer. If Baltimore doesn't draft Matt Ryan with the eighth overall pick, it'll most likely address the quarterback position here.

  8. San Francisco 49ers: Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Auburn
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): WR Early Doucet.

    The 49ers will be lucky if they pass on Quentin Groves at the bottom of Round 1 and still find him available here; they surrendered 22.8 points per game, and were ranked 22nd against both the run and the pass in 2007. Their defensive front seven was pathetic, as no one on the roster had more than six sacks. Groves will definitely change that.

  9. New Orleans Saints: Pat Sims, DT, Auburn
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): CB Patrick Lee.

    The Saints desperately need to fill their void at nose tackle; Hollis Thomas, who recently turned 34, cannot be relied upon any longer.



  10. Buffalo Bills: Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): TE Fred Davis.

    If the Bills weren't thin at the defensive end position already, Chris Kelsay and Ryan Denney are both coming off injury. Not that it matters that much anyway; both guys aren't worth getting excited over.

  11. Denver Broncos: Dre Moore, DT, Maryland
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): WR Earl Bennett.

    The Broncos must address a plethora of needs on their defense, starting at defensive tackle; they were 30th against the run in 2007 and desperately need a force inside.

  12. Carolina Panthers: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): DT Dre Moore.

    The Panthers acquired an extra selection in the third round by trading away Kris Jenkins, so it only makes sense that they replace him with another talented defensive tackle relatively early.

  13. Chicago Bears: Duane Brown, OT, Virginia Tech
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): RB Jamaal Charles.

    The Bears really need help up front in the worst way possible; they couldn't pass protect (43 sacks) or run block (3.1 yards per carry) last year. Left tackle John Tait just turned 33. Fred Miller was just cut. Chicago grabs the top tackle remaining on the board.

  14. Detroit Lions: Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): ILB Jerod Mayo.

    Defensive tackle (Trevor Laws) and inside linebacker (Curtis Lofton) are both options here, but there's also a possibility that the Lions will address their morbid rushing attack. Mike Martz refused to run the ball last year, but I can't really blame him, considering the lackluster backs he had to work with.

  15. Cincinnati Bengals: Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): RB Felix Jones.

    The Bengals almost have to address the defensive tackle position with one of their first two selections. If they can't get Glenn Dorsey or Sedrick Ellis at No. 9, they must go after someone like Trevor Laws in Round 2. Cincinnati ranked 24th versus the run and mustered only 22 sacks in 2007 - numbers they'll likely have again this season if they can't find an upgrade at defensive tackle.

  16. Minnesota Vikings: Cliff Avril, DE, Purdue
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): OT Duane Brown.

    The Vikings needed a pass rusher even before Kenechi Udeze's bout with Leukemia; no one on their roster had more than five sacks in 2007.



  17. Atlanta Falcons: Curtis Lofton, ILB, Oklahoma
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): QB Joe Flacco.

    I would say it's almost a guarantee that the Falcons address the inside linebacker position at some point during the second round; Keith Brooking is moving to the weakside position, which will open up a huge void in the middle of Atlanta's defense.

  18. Philadelphia Eagles: Early Doucet, WR, LSU
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): CB/KR Justin King.

    Cornerback is an option, especially if the Eagles trade Lito Sheppard in an attempt to move up. However, Andy Reid will also be digging for options at wide out here. It's not exactly a secret that he's desperate for a receiver; Philadelphia attempted to sign Randy Moss and trade for Larry Fitzgerald this offseason.

  19. Arizona Cardinals: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): CB/S Reggie Smith.

    I'm pretty confident that the Cardinals will address the running back and cornerback positions in the first two rounds of the draft. Edgerrin James turns 30 in August. Even though he had a 1,200-yard season, Arizona needs to find a long-term replacement for him.

  20. Washington Redskins: Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): CB Antwaun Molden.

    There aren't any defensive ends worth taking here, so it's likely Washington will snag the top cornerback off the board.

    It appears as though Carlos Rogers won't be available until the middle of the 2008 season. Shawn Springs, meanwhile, just celebrated his 33rd birthday. Major depth is needed here.

  21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Keenan Burton, WR, Kentucky
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): CB Brandon Flowers.

    Whoops - I accidentally gave the Buccaneers two quarterbacks when I first posted this. Hey, I wouldn't put it beyond Jon Gruden, but the Buccaneers have other needs, including receiver and cornerback.

  22. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chilo Rachal, G, USC
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): CB Terrell Thomas.

    The Steelers need offensive line help more than anything, but all of the top guys were off the board in the first round of this mock. With that in mind, Pittsburgh needs to pursue a guard like Chilo Rachal in the second round.

    The Steelers' front surrendered 47 sacks in 2007. The unit couldn't even keep the Rams out of the backfield. It got worse against the Jaguars, as Ben Roethlisberger was sacked four times in the first 20 minutes. Now, Alan Faneca is gone. Major help is needed here.

  23. Tennessee Titans: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): DT Trevor Laws.

    OK, I doubt Tennessee goes receiver back to back, but it's what I would do if I were the general manager. Good thing I'm not their GM because then I'd hate Vince Young with a passion. Ah crap, I just insulted the Titans again. My bad.



  24. Seattle Seahawks: Fred Davis, TE, USC
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): TE Dustin Keller.

    Marcus Pollard and Jeb Putzier leave much to be desired at the tight end position. I'm not sure Fred Davis makes it down this far, but I'm not going to ignore the possibility.

  25. Green Bay Packers: Justin King, CB/KR, Penn State
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): OLB Xavier Adibi.

    If the Packers don't go cornerback in the first round, they'll address the position here. Charles Woodson and Al Harris will be 32 and 34, respectively, by December. Youth is desperately needed at this position.

  26. Miami Dolphins: Earl Bennett, WR, Vanderbilt
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): QB Chad Henne.

    The Dolphins really need a possession receiver to start across from Ted Ginn. They lacked someone like that when they traded Chris Chambers away, and the best they could do this offseason was Ernest Wilford.

  27. Jacksonville Jaguars: Roy Schuening, G, Oregon State
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): DE Lawrence Jackson.

    Chris Naeole, who just turned 33 in December, is coming off a torn quad injury and was consequently cut. His backup, Maurice Williams, is a free agent.

  28. Indianapolis Colts: Xavier Adibi, OLB, Virginia Tech
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): DE Cliff Avril.

    With Rob Morris gone, the Colts don't have much in terms of depth at linebacker. If they can't get a solid backup for Dwight Freeney down here, they'll likely grab an outside linebacker, guard or receiver.

  29. Green Bay Packers: John Greco, OT, Toledo
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): TE Martellus Bennett.

    The Packers have a great offensive line, but tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher will be 32 and 31, respectively, prior to the start of the 2008 season. Without any major needs, Green Bay can afford to add depth to the position.



  30. Dallas Cowboys: Reggie Smith, CB/S, Oklahoma
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): RB Chris Johnson.

    Two cornerbacks in two rounds, I know, but the Cowboys need serious depth at the position, especially if Anthony Henry moves to safety. Besides, unlike the real version of my mock, there are tons of quality corners available at this juncture.

  31. New England Patriots: Antwaun Molden, CB, Eastern Kentucky
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): ILB Curtis Lofton.

    The Patriots are another team with depth issues at cornerback. They'll definitely go that route if they snag Darren McFadden in Round 1.

  32. New York Giants: DaJuan Morgan, FS, N.C. State
    2008 NFL Mock Draft (Real Version) Pick: (as of 4/7): DE Jason Jones.

    Gibril Wilson was a major reason the Giants were able to win that Super Bowl. Wilson stepped it up and was rewarded with a big contract with the Raiders. New York needs to find a replacement.

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