2008 NFL Mock Draft

Now, I know that the Browns don’t have a first-round pick, but Phil Savage, as diligent as ever, is looking to get back into the first round.

In the upcoming days and weeks, I will look at possible trade opportunities, including players that would fit all warm and snuggly into the Browns’ plans.

What do you think? What kind of trade possibilities are out there for the Browns? Who would you like to see them go after?

Team 1st Round

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1. Miami Dolphins – DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU

The Dolphins certainly have problems in all facets of the game, so this simply becomes the pick of the best player out there. Dorsey is being touted as one of the best defensive prospects in a long time, so it becomes an obvious choice.

St. Louis Rams Draft Logo 2. St. Louis Rams – OT Jake Long, Michigan

To keep the high-powered offense at full steam, the Rams will need an eventual replacement for Orlando Pace. While he may not project to have as great an impact as Joe Thomas right away, he may come close to that.

Atlanta Falcons Draft Logo 3. Atlanta Falcons – QB Matt Ryan, Boston College

The position is a glaring need for the Falcons, and there isn’t much to choose from beyond Ryan, André Woodson, and Brian Brohm.

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4. Oakland Raiders – DE Chris Long, Virginia

Al Davis loves high-profiled players, and Darren McFadden certainly fits that bill, but Oakland was the second-worst team in the league against the run. RB Justin Fargas also rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2007 and the team is looking to bring him back.

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5. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Ryan Clady, Boise State

Simply put, the Chiefs gave up 55 sacks in 2007, the worst in the AFC. Some solid offensive line help will make Brodie Croyle seem just a little bit better to some.

NY Jets Draft Logo 6. New York Jets – RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas

There is a big emphasis being put on “character” nowadays, and McFadden seems to be proving his is less-than-ideal. He’s got a tremendous amount of talent and upside, and I do think he can drop this far. As the best player available, there is simply no other option for the Jets.

New England Patriots Draft Logo 7. New England Patriots (From 49ers) – CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida

Many assume the Pats to upgrade at this position, and it would be worth a top-10 pick in doing so. Other mocks have New England going with a linebacker, but with James Laurinaitis staying at Ohio State, I think they go with a corner.

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8. Baltimore Ravens – QB Brian Brohm, Louisville

The Kyle Boller experiment should be at a merciful end and Troy Smith is definitely not the answer. They need a fresh look at quarterback and Brohm brings plenty of experience.

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9. Cincinnati Bengals – DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State

How foolish it would be to waste this pick on a player who doesn’t play defense. Gholston would make an immediate impact (just about anyone would) – the option of trading Chad Johnson for more defensive help sits there as well.

New Orleans Saints Draft Logo 10. New Orleans Saints – S Kenny Phillips, Miami (FL)

A team terrible against the pass could use more secondary help. With Phillips, the Saints will get just that.

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11. Buffalo Bills – WR Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma

The Bills are building a prolific offense with Trent Edwards and Marshawn Lynch, but need a solid #2 receiver behind Lee Evans.

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12. Denver Broncos – DT Sedrick Ellis, USC

They could use a wide receiver, but could benefit more from some defensive help as teams were imposing their will on the Broncos this season. Ellis will make an immediate impact as a strong pass rusher.

Carolina Panthers Draft Logo 13. Carolina Panthers – DE Derrick Harvey, Florida

There are many, many holes on this team, and the quarterback position will remain a glaring need. However, the focus should be on defense first, at least for the Panthers.

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14. Chicago Bears – QB André Woodson, Kentucky

They need one in the worst way, and Woodson arguably has the biggest upside of any quarterback in the draft.

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15. Detroit Lions – OT Michael Oher, Ole Miss

Giving up 54 sacks is unacceptable; after this pick, Kitna can probably make his “10 win” prediction with a little more confidence. Just a little. Very little.

Arizona Cardinals Draft Logo 16. Arizona Cardinals – OLB Keith Rivers, USC

Without Malcolm Jenkins in the draft, the Cardinals can address their need at linebacker.

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17. Minnesota Vikings – DE Calais Campbell, Miami (FL)

Sure, the Vikings could use a wide receiver, but Campbell could help propel the Vikings defense to the next level.

Houston Texans Draft Logo 18. Houston Texans – OT Sam Baker, USC

He can fulfill the glaring need for a left tackle, helping to build a blossoming Texans offense.

Eagles Logo 19. Philadelphia Eagles – OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh

The offensive line is aging and Jon Runyan appears to be retiring. The offense still needs its playmakers, but shoring up the line is important.

Tampa Bay Bucanneers Draft Logo 20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Limas Sweed, Texas

A solid defense now needs cornerstones for its counterpart. The Bucs boast an older corps of receivers and can afford to go younger in this department. His size gives him big play ability, something Tampa has been lacking.

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21. Washington Redskins – WR DeSean Jackson, California

An all-around great athlete that cannot be passed up. At this point in the draft he would be a steal and can also help the Redskins as a return man.

Dallas Cowboys Draft Logo 22. Dallas Cowboys (from Browns) – CB Aqib Talib, Kansas

The Cowboys can afford to take the risk with an extra pick and while flashier players are still available at this point, this would be one of the few upgrades Dallas needs to make.

Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Logo 23. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College

He’s a work-in-progress, but after potentially losing Alan Faneca and Max Starks to free agency, the offensive line will become a concern.

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24. Tennessee Titans – WR Mario Manningham, Michigan

As Vince Young matures, he will desperately need weapons to throw to.

Seattle Seahawks Draft Logo 25. Seattle Seahawks- RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon

This would be a steal if he actually fell this far, but with Shaun Alexander getting older and frequently injured, a two-back system in Seattle would definitely pay off. It takes the pressure off Alexander and, hopefully, keeps him healthy with less carries.

New York Giants Draft Logo 26. New York Giants – OLB Dan Connor, Penn State

The Giants need secondary help, but Connor is possibly a better prospect than Paul Posluszny was at this point.

Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Logo 27. Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Early Doucet, LSU

He’s not the best prospect, but the current receivers for the Jags haven’t necessarily turned out as planned. It would be wise to bite the bullet and go with a receiver – again.

San Diego Chargers Draft Logo 28. San Diego Chargers – DE Phillip Merling, Clemson

Not many needs for the Chargers, but can definitely upgrade on the D-line, especially with Luis Castillo and his injury troubles.
Dallas Cowboys Draft Logo 29. Dallas Cowboys – RB Felix Jones, Arkansas

The two-back system works, and the Cowboys are likely to be without Julius Jones next season.

San Francisco 49ers Draft Logo 30. San Francisco 49ers (from Colts) – S Reggie Smith, Oklahoma

The 49ers are in need of a #1 receiver, but could also use a defensive back as versatile as Smith.

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31. Green Bay Packers – CB Leodis McKelvin, Troy

The corners are aging in Green Bay; now is the time to start ushering in the youth.

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  • http://hailredskins.com John Buckley

    The Bills will NOT, in my opinion, pass a talent like Sedrick Ellis in round 1. They gave up 291 yards rushing to the Giants in week 16, proving yet again, that they need interior defenders!!

  • Rob

    I’d probably have Rashard Mendenhall @ 29 rather than Felix Jones.  I just feel he’s the better back.

  • stevedimatteo

    That’s valid, but Jerry Jones likes those Arkansas backs.  If they draft a running back and can’t trade up to get Darren McFadden, I’d be surprised if he didn’t go with Jones.

  • stevedimatteo

    John – the thing is, the Bills do not have any receivers beyond Lee Evans.  When teams start focusing on Marshawn Lynch next season, who is Trent Edwards going to throw to?  His development and connection with receivers is as important as anything.

  • mike

    i think the browns should trade derek anderson to atlanta for the 3rd pick if darren mcfadden is there.  quinn is a pimp and darren mcfadden is as good as adrian peterson.  with quinn, dmac, edwards, and winslow, they will have one of the best, if not the best, young offensive skill players in the nfl.  with, finally, a good oline, they can then concentrate on defense and maybe actually have a small chance at their first ever superbowl!  DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET DMAC!!!

  • stevedimatteo

    I think that’s all depending on what the Browns do in free agency.  If Savage and Friends are able to get some D-line help, you might see a trade like that pulled off.  However, he gave Anderson a vote of confidence and I’m not sure Anderson will actually be put on the market.  Otherwise, there are a number of teams with high picks that would be willing to trade for him.

  • Juice

    If the Jets let Mcfadden slide to the Pats uggggg i mean if Mcfadden is there at 6 the Jets gotta take ma man, but if hes at the Pats at 7 omg!

  • Juice

    Why is Troy Smith not the answer can i be given a few reasons…….? Ik another short QB who has been pretty successful id say, idk if you ever heard of him, name is Drew Brees,

  • stevedimatteo

    Honestly, if McFadden actually did fall to the Pats, I really believe they would not take him.  Their main concern lies with the defense, and with such a high pick, I’ve got to believe they would use it on a defensive player.

    As far as Troy Smith goes, I’m not willing to just hand over the torch to him.  He’s played one game and I’d be scared out of my mind to just hand over the reins to him.  At the very least, if they were to draft a QB they could set themselves up for a competition, bettering their chances of finding a potential QB of the future.

  • Chris

    No way the Rams pick Jake Long with the number 2 pick.  Although he was hurt last year, Pace will be back starting on the left side and Barron will start at RT.  The Rams won’t spend the #2 overall pick on someone who will not start next season.  It will either be Dorsey or Chris Long–whoever the Dolphins don’t take #1.

  • stevedimatteo

    But Orlando Pace will be entering his 12th season (he’s 32-years-old), and he’s only played nine games over the last two seasons.  I will agree with you that Chris Long is a huge possibility; I just don’t know how much longer Pace will last.  And Barron hasn’t exactly been lights-out to the point where Long couldn’t challenge him for his job.

  • DixieDawg

    Atlanta would be smart to take McFadden at 3 if he is there. Warrick Dunn is old and McFadden will sell tickets. Getting any of these college QB’s is a mistake. What Vick did deserves to ban him from the NFL but it won’t. He will be back and the Dirty Birds have too much money tied up in him to not want him back. They can’t trade him so a QB is a wasted pick. I’m sure they would listen to trade offers for 3 if McFadden is there.

  • DixieDawg

    Wasn’t Quinn a steal for our 22nd pick?? I know he is yet to be proven, but he’d be gone if he were in this year’s draft by 22. Way to go Phil, let’s see some more gambling in that hand this year.

  • stevedimatteo

    See, when Vick comes back, I don’t think he is going to get the chance to play again as a quarterback.  He will have been gone for too long.  McFadden will definitely sell tickets, but without a quarterback, the team is going to lose its fair share of games, which will slow the flow of tickets.  The QB is the cornerstone of the team – the success of a team hinges on a quarterback’s play more than anything else.

    Quinn definitely was a steal.  Whether he pans out remains to be seen, but having two legitimate quarterbacks (for the time being) is encouraging.  I definitely have a great deal of faith in Phil.

    In Phil We Trust.

    With Phil, All Things Are Possible.

    Too much?

  • http://arrowheadaddict.com Adam Best

    The Clady pick is one we are hearing a lot around our neck of the woods. Probably nailed that one.

  • Corey

    This is how it should go:1. Miami Dolphins – DT Glenn Dorsey, LSUBecause the dolphins need a better defence,they have no play makers except for jason taylor, and they say defence win games, so this will be a good pick for the defencive line2. St. Louis Rams – DE Chris Long, VirginiaThey need to step up their defencive line3. Atlanta Falcons – QB André Woodson, Kentucky  They need one in the worst way, and Woodson arguably has the biggest upside of any quarterback in the draft. 4. Oakland Raiders -OT Jake Long, MichiganThey have no protection on the QB, i mean the QB does not have time to think and step up5. Kansas City Chiefs - OT Ryan Clady, Boise StateThe Chiefs gave up 55 sacks in 2007, the worst in the AFC, and they are going to need to get another Qb in the 2nd round

  • EJ

    Jake Long is good but he WILL NOT be as good as Joe Thomas. MARK MY WORDS. GO BROWNS!!!

  • stevedimatteo

    I second what EJ says.  It would be nearly impossible for Jake Long to accomplish everything Thomas did in his rookie year.

  • EJ

    If the Browns trade for a 1st round pick, who will they likely trade with and who/what will they give up? Im curious. Go Browns

  • http://arrowheadaddict.com Adam Best

    Jake Long might possess more of a mean streak than even Thomas. I think he could end up being as good. Taking nothing away from Thomas, of course. Great, great player. Took away our Dwayne Bowe ORoY votes, though.

  • stevedimatteo

    Yeah, I definitely don’t want to make it seem like I think Jake Long will never be as good as Thomas.  Plus, Long has tribal tattoos!  That’s got to account for something, alluding to that mean streak Adam mentioned.

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  • DixieDawg

    So when we have to sit back and wait at 53…what will the pick be ??? I say we pick D for 3-4 rounds and if Brandon Caotou, sp?? Kicker from GA. is there in 6-7 take him!! A compliment for Wimbley would be nice…the LB’s are getting old quickly.

  • EJ

    When I said Long wont be as good as Thomas, I went a little too far. Long is a great player, but I still think Thomas is slightly better.

  • stevedimatteo

    Dixie – I think picking defense for most, if not all, of the rounds is the best strategy as well.  It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to start grooming a kicker beyond Phil Dawson.  I wouldn’t say that’s a necessity as of right now, but it wouldn’t hurt.  As for the linebackers getting old, the D-line is even older.  They need to take a long, hard look at some good defensive ends to help make the LB’s jobs easier.

    EJ – Like Adam said, Long does possess a mean streak, which will probably carry him farther than we think.  I’d say there’s a good possibility he could make as strong an impact on the O-line for whatever team nabs him.

  • DixieDawg

    Can’t see the Ravens picking a QB with #8. Boller was a high pick like that and what has he done. He’s marginal and so is any QB in this year’s draft. Ozzie is smarter than that to waste a high pick on another project QB. The Ravens will likely add to the D that is aging as I write this or draft someone who is a playmaker on offense. A QB at #8 is a smokescreen. McNair is finished but Boller gave the Ravens enough to keep him, Troy Smith and probably a journeyman QB a shot this year. Don’t expect much from the Ravens in 08 with a new coach. Same attitude that Defense wins the ball game.

  • stevedimatteo

    I think Boller would benefit from a change in scenery, and who knows, maybe Troy Smith is the answer.  But they’re getting dangerously thin at the most important position – it wouldn’t be a bad decision to continue looking for their quarterback of the future.

  • kcrob69

    I like the idea of the Chiefs taking Ryan Clady, but i think they should trade the 5 th pick to dallas, for 2 first this year, and a second this year, as well as a 1 next year. if they do that then at 22 i see the chiefs taking Aquib Talib and at 22 i would have Mario Manningham. Then at 37 in teh second rd i think they get there OT.

  • stevedimatteo

    I would agree with you; the Chiefs have a number of holes and the more draft picks, the better.  However, Clady has the chance to make an impact similar to that of Joe Thomas.  A solid offensive line will go a long way to improving the Chiefs and I’m not sure that can happen in the second round.

  • kcrob69

    but if we do make that trade then w ecould easily have the picks avalliable to move up to maybe 12 or 13 and still take Clady, and possibly even save the 28 pick and our 2nd rd picks. The chiefs are 21 million under the cap so they can be a huge player in free agency as well.

  • DixieDawg

    Day One Draft Sign-Gone Fishing with Joe Thomas!!So who will we be after on Day 2?? More D for sure…

  • billy c bowden

    mendenhall will go in the top 15..if i was dallas , i’d pick stewart who will fall because of his turf toe surgery..he ran ran a 4.4 forty at 225..a perfect compliment to barber — he could be a stephen jackson if not better..

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