The Football Jabber Three Round NFL Mock Draft has been updated. There has been quite a bit of movement with all of the Free Agency activity. Sink your choppers in as the wait for the 2008 NFL Draft enters it’s final month!
#1 Miami – QB Matt Ryan
Do I think this is the best choice for the rebuilding Dolphins? No. But the fact of the matter is that Ryan is the most NFL-ready QB available for the Dolphins who are desperate for playmakers on the both sides of the ball. Parcells isn’t a stranger to drafting a QB 1.01 and I think the hype gets to him. I still believe that the Dolphins best course of action is to trade down.
#2 St. Louis – DE Chris Long
It isn’t a well kept secret that St. Louis is enamoured with Chris Long. Drating a defensive end would allow Adam Carriker to have a home position and would also take some pressure off of Leonard Little.
#3 Atlanta – OT Jake Long
Atlanta has signed a whole schwack of defensive tackles through free agency. I doubt they waste time to bring in these guys if Dorsey or Ellis is the pick. Gandy and Weiner aren’t getting any younger and both experienced injury-problems last year. Head Coach Mike Smith is a power running guy; offensive tackle serves his purposes.
#4 Oakland – RB Darren McFadden
Crazy Al Davis strikes again! Hurry, hurry, hurry; all cap space for the next four years must go! No guaranteed money deals refused! Despite having Echemandu, Justin Fargas, Mike Bush, LaMont Jordan and Dominic Rhodes on the roster, I fully expect Oakland to draft McFadden. Davis loves offensive playmakers with speed and DMac fits the bill perfectly. Look for LaMont Jordan and Dominic Rhodes to be given their walking papers if this happens.
#5 Kansas City – DT Sedrick Ellis
The Chiefs get put in a tough spot at 1.05. Do you reach for Clady or Otah? Or do you draft one of the falling blue chip tackle prospects? The Chiefs can’t resist pulling the trigger on Ellis; the lesser talented but much more durable tackle prospect. A trade down would better suit the Chiefs in this situation so they could draft a Chris Williams or Jeff Otah, but I don’t think they find a buyer.
#6 New York Jets – DE/OLB Vernon Gholston
The Jets remain thrilled that Gholston slips to them at 6. Despite signing Calvin Pace, Gholston is still a huge upgrade for the team as their pass rush was abyssmal last year. Gholston would most definitely play with his hand up for the Jets.
#7 New England (from San Francisco) – CB Leodis McKelvin
Despite what Dallas’ leaked cornerback draft board would have you believe, I think Leodis McKelvin leaves the board first to the Patriots who need to replace two cornerbacks lost in free agency. McKelvin adds return skills to the mix as well as good coverage abilities.
#8 Baltimore – OT Ryan Clady
Baltimore has been advised to treat this year as if Pro Bowl tackle Johnathan Ogden will not be returning. Heeding that advice Head Coach Harbaugh drafts his replacement in Ryan Clady. Clady is a fluid tackle who always seems to be in position. The Ravens will continue to lean on their running game this year and Clady is a solid choice to ensure it keeps rolling.
#9 Cincinnati – DT Glenn Dorsey
Dorsey slips to 9 amongst injury concerns swirling around him. Even with the phantom injuries appearing out of nowhere, Dorsey at 9 is too much to pass up. The Bengals failed to pick up a defensive tackle via trade this offseason so Dorsey fill sin nicely here.
#10 New Orleans – OLB Keith Rivers
New Orleans complete sits reconstruction of the linebacking corps with the drafting of Rivers. Rivers would likely take the job of current strong side linebacker Scott Fujita. Alongside newly acquired MLB Johnathan Vilma, the Saints instantly gain some credibility on defense.