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Chris Brown's 2008 Mock Draft

Below is my fourth annual mock draft on As always I will emphatically state that I don't claim to know any more than the collection of other media types who put a mock draft together. This is just how I think, and to a certain degree hope, things could pan out in round one. My intent here, as always, is to be informative and entertaining. After all, no one gets more than half of them right anyway!

TeamTop 3 NeedsPossible Selections
1. MiamiOT, DE, TETop choice:OT Jake Long - Michigan

Well I know I've got this one right, though I don't agree with it. I like Glenn Dorsey best in this draft.

2. St. LouisDL, WR, LBTop choice:DE Chris Long - Virginia
DT Glenn Dorsey
Though Dorsey would shore up an average run defense, the Long-Little combo off the edge is too tempting.
3. AtlantaQB, DL, OTTop choice:DT Glenn Dorsey - LSU
QB Matt Ryan
The LSU manchild should immediately help Mike Smith's rebuilding project on defense.
4. OaklandOL, LB, CBTop choice:RB Darren McFadden - Arkansas
DE Vernon Gholston
Lamont who? Al Davis gets JaMarcus Russell some dynamic run support to keep defenses honest.
5. Kansas CityDL, OL, CBTop choice:DE Vernon Gholston - Ohio State
DT Sedrick Ellis
KC replaces Allen with Gholston and now holding the 17th pick may be able to get a top 5 tackle.
6. New York JetsWR, CB, OLB

Top choice:OLB Keith Rivers - USC
CB Leodis McKelvin

If McFadden and Gholston are gone Jets will look to trade down with a suitor for Matt Ryan's services.
7. New EnglandCB, ILB, OT

Top choice:CB Leodis McKelvin - Troy
DT Sedrick Ellis

If the Jets don't trade down with a Matt Ryan pursuer, the Pats will do so to help someone leapfrog Baltimore.
8. BaltimoreQB, OT, CBTop choice: QB Matt Ryan - Boston College
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
If Ryan is still on the board coach Harbaugh won't be able to resist.
9. CincinnatiDL, CB, C/GTop choice:DT Sedrick Ellis - USC
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Some team could jump ahead of the Bengals to snatch Ellis is he slips this far.
10. New OrleansDL, OL, CBTop choice:CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - Tenn. St.
OT Ryan Clady - Boise St.
Saints improve 30th ranked pass defense and add kick returner with DRC.
11. DetroitDE, LB, RBTop choice:DE Derrick Harvey - Florida
G/OT Branden Albert
Defensive-minded Rod Marinelli swaps spots with Buffalo to land top 3 pass rushing prospect. Bills pick up 3rd.
12. DenverOL, WR, DLTop choice:G/OT Branden Albert - Virginia
OT Jeff Otah
Broncos begin to re-fortify their aging offensive line.
13. CarolinaOT, DL, LBTop choice:OT Jeff Otah - Pitt
OT Chris Williams
After being beaten to the punch on Harvey, Panthers turn to best offensive tackle option.
14. ChicagoOL, RB, QBTop choice:OT Ryan Clady - Boise State
RB Rashard Mendenhall
The run on offensive tackles is officially on.
15. BuffaloWR, CB, TE

Top choice:WR Devin Thomas - Michigan State
CB Mike Jenkins

Bills move down to get a better value in Thomas and pick up an extra third in the process.
16. ArizonaCB, RB, DETop choice:RB Rashard Mendenhall - Illinois
CB Mike Jenkins
Cardinals grab heir apparent to Edgerrin James and wait to address cornerback need.
17. Kansas CityOL, CBTop choice:OT Chris Williams - Vanderbilt
CB Mike Jenkins - South Florida

Chiefs get a technician for the quarterback's blind side whoever that will be.

18. HoustonCB, OT, RB

Top choice:CB Mike Jenkins - South Florida
RB Jonathan Stewart

With Dunta Robinson recovering from injury Texans fortify their secondary with a playmaker.
19. PhiladelphiaWR, DE, CBTop choice:WR Limas Sweed - Texas
DE Phillip Merling
Unable to unload Sheppard before they're on the clock, Eagles address big wideout need.
20. Tampa BayWR, CB, OLTop choice:WR Malcolm Kelly - Oklahoma
LB Jerod Mayo
Jon Gruden can't resist another offensive weapon.
21. WashingtonWR, S, DETop choice:DE Phillip Merling - Clemson
S Kenny Phillips
With the run on receivers in full swing Skins avoid reaching and bolster their pass rush.
22. DallasCB, WR, OTTop choice:CB Aqib Talib - Kansas
OT Gosder Cherilus
Cowboys add playmaking corner to a secondary in need of one.
23. PittsburghOL, DE, RBTop choice:OT Gosder Cherilus - Boston College
LB Jerod Mayo
Steelers make proactive move in anticipation of possible loss of Marvel Smith to free agency in 2009.
24. TennesseeWR, DT, CBTop choice:DT Kentwan Balmer - North Carolina
LB Jerod Mayo
Balmer lined up next to Haynesworth will make for some long Sunday for AFC South backs.
25. SeattleOT, DT, TETop choice:TE Dustin Keller - Purdue
ILB Dan Connor
Holmgren is too desperate for a pass catching threat at tight end to wait until the later rounds.
26. JacksonvilleDE, OL, LBTop choice:LB Jerod Mayo
DE Lawrence Jackson
Jack Del Rio can't say no to a tough linebacker like Mayo after seeing Mike Peterson go down last year.
27. New York JetsWR, CB, OLB

Top choice:WR James Hardy - Indiana
RB Felix Jones

Jets move back into first round to grab last of big wideouts while Chargers get pick #36, a 4th and a 6th.
28. DallasCB, WR, OTTop choice:WR DeSean Jackson - Cal
S Tyrell Johnson
Jerry Jones grabs Terry Glenn successor and dynamic return man.
29. San FranciscoILB, S, DETop choice:ILB Dan Connor - Penn State
S Kenny Phillips
49ers add more youth to front seven.
30. Green BayCB, TE, OLTop choice:CB Brandon Flowers - Virginia Tech
S Tyrell Johnson
Packers address a position that's getting a bit long in the tooth.
31. New EnglandCB, ILB, OTPick Forfeited
32. New York GiantsLB, S, OTTop choice:S Kenny Phillips - Miami
S Tyrell Johnson
Giants grab best replacement option for free agent depature Gibril Wilson.

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