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Miami Dolphins: Dan Connor, ILB, Penn State
Dan Connor is the kind of big, lunchpail type linebacker Bill Parcells loves, and he'll set the tone in the middle of this
defense. "Linebacker U" strikes again.
St. Louis Rams: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan
In the draft, some teams gamble on the troubled players, but Mario Manningham's game isn't toubled - just his mental stability and
40 time. I think the Rams could here desperate to add a play-maker at receiver.
Atlanta Falcons: Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware
Joe Flacco has the biggest arm in the draft and the most upside, but it will take time for him to be developed. Not on the same
level of Tavaris Jackson, but don't expect much from Flacco in his first two seasons.
Kansas City Chiefs: Justin King, CB, Penn State
Huge need at corner for the Chiefs, it's a no-brainer that they will address this position with one of their first
New York Jets: Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana
Justin Miller simply hasn't lived up to expectations, and I think another athletic cover corner could definately be drafted
by the Jets to be teamed up with Darrelle Revis. After all, to beat the Patriots you need very good pass coverage (Tracy Porter) and a pass
rush (Vernon Gholston).
Atlanta Falcons: Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College
Gosder Cherilus can be an outstaning right tackle in the NFL, but don't buy into the first-round hype (other than San Diego who
is looking to trade out of that pick). The Falcons get an anchor on the right side, and add a very good football player to
Baltimore Ravens: Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina
Willis McGahee is a workhorse back, but there is no depth behind him. How about an elite scat back with a legit 4.24 40?
Matt Ryan and Chris Johnson give this offense a lot of firepower (about time).
San Francisco 49ers: Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Auburn
Quentin Groves opposite Manny Lawson makes a lot of sense to bring more speed to the outside of this defense.
New Orleans Saints: Erin Henderson, OLB, Maryland
The Saints committed highway robbery by trading for Jonathan Vilma, who will revive his career in the 4-3 base defense
that he fits. Erin Henderson is a solid weakside linebacker and brings the attitude this defense has been lacking for so long.
Buffalo Bills: Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State
Jordy Nelson is the tall, athletic No. 2 receiver that Lee Evans needs to take away the double teams in the passing game.
Denver Broncos: Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
Jamaal Charles is the one-cut back that Mike Shanahan loves in his offense, and Charles' athleticism gets him noticed. The Broncos
need a stud back here.
I love the trade for DeWayne Robertson. Both he and Jonathan Vilma were really solid players in the 4-3 defense, and they just didn't
fit the scheme. I think both the Saints and Broncos made highway robbery, and the Jets missed out on a lot of value. Their
fault for not trading these players last season when they could have used the picks!
Carolina Panthers: Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami
Kenny Phillips is arguably the best safety in this draft, and he falls to perhaps the Panthers, whose biggest need is at free safety.
Chicago Bears: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
I don't think Rex Grossman could have started for the Louisville Cardinals last season. That makes this pick pretty
Detroit Lions: Fred Davis, TE, USC
Not much here to love for the Lions at tight end, but Fred Davis is the great athlete and pass catcher they lack from this position.
Cincinnati Bengals: Tyrell Johnson, S, Arkansas State
Tyrell Johnson has been making a huge push up draft boards lately, as teams are keying in on what could be the next small0school sleeper. I haven't
been able to see him on any game film for obvious reasons, but I hear he is versatile at free and strong safety.
Minnesota Vikings: Andre' Woodson, QB, Kentucky
The Vikings need a quarterback, and Andre' Woodson's arm strength and deep ball equate to being a great for this offense.
With Jared Allen in the fold, the Vikings will likely be a hot team for many people to predict as the winner of the NFC
Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn
DeAngelo Hall and his baggage (aka mouth and overratedness) were traded to the Black Hole, and this position needs
to be addressed by the Falcons in the first three rounds. Chris Houston had a fairly solid rookie season, and much is
expected in his sophomore year as the No. 1 corner. He needs to mentor Patrick Lee and bring this defense back to respectability.
Philadelphia Eagles: Phillip Wheeler, LB, Georgia Tech
Phillip Wheeler is a versatile linebacker who brings speed, athleticism and play-making to a defense with not many needs.
Arizona Cardinals: Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers
Edgerrin James isn't getting any younger and this offense needs some firepower in the backfield. James provides
some good leadership and will show Ray Rice how to be a complete back with catching the football and pass protection.
Washington Redskins: Antwaun Molden, CB, Eastern Kentucky
Antwaun Molden follows fellow small-schoolers Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Tyrell Johnson as Day 1 draft picks, but how will he elevate to the level of
competition? I didn't feel like I saw him dominate on the film Mike Mayock put up on NFL Network like he should have
against poor competition. Same for DRC, but they have the upside to become better pros like many a prospect.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eddie Royal, WR, Virginia Tech
Tampa Bay's only glaring need is at return specialist, and I think Eddie Royal can definitely be the guy for the Buccaneers on special teams.
He also can play slot and be a deep threat for this offense. He displayed excellent acceleration and shiftiness at the Senior
Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech
Brandon Flowers is the physical corner that Mike Tomlin would love to have on his defense, as he fits the traditional Steeler
mentality that we all know.
Tennessee Titans: Earl Bennett, WR, Vanderbilt
Earl Bennett is one of the better possession receivers in this draft class and goes very much under the radar because
of the team he played for.
Do you think he'd go under the radar by the pro team in his backyard? You don't think Jeff Fisher heard he broke the SEC
record for receptions with Chris Nickson as his quarterback?
Seattle Seahawks: Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
Malcolm Kelly does a great job on slants and out routes, which will make him a very good No. 2 receiver in Mike Holmgren's offense.
Green Bay Packers: Jeremy Zuttah, G/C, Rutgers
There isn't a huge need for Green Bay at offensive line, but there isnt' much of a need anywhere to be perfectly honest.
Jeremy Zuttah displays great toughness and athleticism, and he projects to both guard and center in a zone-blocking scheme.
Miami Dolphins: Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa
Miami simply needs a press-man corner and they have to make a slight reach for Charles Godfrey, and just hope he isn't the
next Jamar Fletcher.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
The Jaguars are desperate for some help on the defensive line. Like the Panthers, they love big defensive linemen.
Pat Sims and Calais Campbell certainly look the part, but will they play like it?
Indianapolis Colts: Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue
Dustin Keller has a higher upside than Dallas Clark did, and this offense is getting scarier as Peyton Manning gets older. Not a good
thing for the Texans, Jaguars and Titans.
Green Bay Packers: Dre Moore, DT, Maryland
Dre Moore has a ton of upside as a three-technique and will benefit greatly with Aaron Kampman, Justin Harrell, and potentially Lawrence
Jackson (first-round pick in my mock) around him. He has great explosiveness -
why aren't people talking about his 4.88 40? They certainly love to talk about Vernon Gholston's 4.58, but Moore's was one of
the most impressive at the Combine.
Dallas Cowboys: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
The Cowboys (and the Cowboy-Pig Suey fans out there) would love this pick as a complement to Marion Barber
in the backfield for years to come. Felix Jones brings the great receiving skills and outside threat
which will provide great chemistry for the workhorse, Marion Barber.
New England Patriots: Sam Baker, G/OT, USC
The Patriots love smart, athletic offensive linemen. Stephen Neal is the weak link at right guard and I think he needs
to be upgraded.
New York Giants: Tavares Gooden, OLB, Miami
Tavares Gooden brings the speed and versatility (WILL or MIKE) that Steve Spagnuolo values in his linebacking corps. Miami is a linebacker machine (Ray Lewis, Dan Morgan, D.J. Williams, Jonathan Vilma, Leon Williams, Rocky McIntosh and Jon Beason.)
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