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JAY's MOCK DRAFT with COMMENTS

updated: 04/23/08 - now 3 rounds

Pick Team

Player

Comment
1 MIA Long
OT
MIchigan
A done deal.  I can't argue with the selection, altough I truly believe Gholston will be a beast if drafted into a 3-4 defense and allowed to regularly rush opposing quaterbacks.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Gholston DE/OLB (Long signed)
2 STL Dorsey
DT/DE
LSU
It looks like the Rams have no lingering questions regarding Dorsey's health, which should result in him being the pick.  Last year I said Carricker is best served at end.  Now he'll get a chance to slim back down and prove me right.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Long DE (Dorsey is the word on the street)
3 ATL Ryan
QB
Boston Col
Now with Dorsey gone in my mock, I feel even better about my choice of Ryan for the Falcons.  I refuse to believe that Atlanta will pass on Ryan, however, even if Dorsey is still on the board.  The Falcons need a quarterback and they should (will?) jump at the chance to get the best one in the 2008 draft.  If he ends up above average, Atlanta will take it.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Ryan QB (same)
4 OAK Long
DE
Virginia
While McFadden will be tempting, the Raiders resigned Fargas and he is plenty fast and is an Al Davis favorite.  They also re-worked Rhodes contract and have Bush from last year's draft, a player they are high on.  While many will have Gholston as an alternative to McFadden, his best position is as an outside linebacker in a 3-4, and it doesn't make sense to pick him here as a 4-3 end (however, Al Davis has been know to act irrationally).  Long makes the most sense here, and I'll predict sanity in Oakland this year.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Long OT (now off the board)
5 KC Albert
OG/OT
Virginia
All the buzz around Ryan for K.C. is just that, buzz.  If Jake Long is off the board, K.C. will look to move down a bit and their interest in Ryan could entice Baltimore, or a team a team looking to leap frog the Ravens to trade with them if Atlanta passes on the talented quarterback.   I do not expect K.C. to select Ryan here if he is available.  They will give Croyle a chance to show something this year, with a rebuilt offensive line.  If he fails the Chiefs will not do well and will be in position to get a top quarterback next year, with the new line in place.  After the trade with Minnesota I now expect the Chiefs to select Albert over Clady.  Why?  Because I expect them to take another offensive lineman at #17, not a defensive end.  With needs all along the line, if Albert does not cut it at left tackle, he can kick inside to guard. 
PREVIOUS MOCK: Clady OT (trade with MIN makes Albert moe likely than Clady)
6 NYJ Gholston
DE/OLB
Ohio State
The moves the Jets have made in free agency appears to be to set up their board for selecting McFadden if both Long and Gholston are gone.  Hpwever, with Gholston available, he will be the pick over McFadden.  The Jets desperately need a pass-rushing linebacker.  If the Pats swap with K.C., and take Gholston at #5, the Jets will happily "settle" for McFadden.  If that happens, it's "deja vu all over again" (a Yogi-ism for a New York team) for Thomas Jones.  It's Chicago again, only this time McFadden is much more skilled than was Benson.  Also, if they select McFadden, their signing of Chatman will allow the Jets to shop Jones for a draft pick.  However, with the depth at running back in this draft, it could be a difficult to get anything more than a late second day pick for Jones.
PREVIOUS MOCK: McFadden (Gholston now available)
7 NE Ellis
DT
USC
This is a though spot to predict.  The Pats were hoping Gholston or Long were available to play outside in their 3-4, allowing them to kick Thomas back inside.  They're not.  Based on need and the board you would think New England would pick a corner.  They won't.  The Pats will get corners later in the draft.  They believe, and justifiable so, that they do not need great corners.  Good ones work fine in their system.  In the past, when talented defensive tackles were available in round one, the Pats jumped at the chance to select them.  All three of their starters on the defensive line were tackles in college and Warren and Seymour became excellent 3-4 ends.  Look for the Pats to select Ellis and rotate him at both tackle and end this year to find his future starting role in their 3-4 defense.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Dorsey (now off the board)
8 BAL Clady
OT
Vanderbilt
With Clady now available, I would expect them to draft him as their future left tackle over a corner.  Clady is an athletic tackle who will develop into a top left tackle oin the league.
PREVIOUS MOCK: McKelvin CB (Clady now available)
9 CIN McFadden
RB
Arkansas
While the Bengals need defense they will not be able to pass up McFadden.  Johnson had a disappoint year and it's possible he is in decline.  The selection of McFadden could also allow the Bengals to trade Johnson, since they will be replacing a wide-receiver home-run hitter with a running-back home-run hitter.  If they get a first round pick from Philly for Johnson, they can go defense with that pick. 
PREVIOUS MOCK: Ellis DT (now off the board)
10 NO Rivers
OLB
USC
This pick is now officially a yo-yo pick.  I'm back to Rivers.  After the Saints signed Vilma and Morgan I came off Rivers.  However, it was brain-freeze time.  How can I assume the Saints can rely on Morgan, a player who just cannot stay on the field.  I guess it took Rivers on-campus workout to remind me he is a special athlete as well as player and the Saints just will not be able to pass him at this spot. There is lots of depth at corner in this draft so New Orleans will be able to get a good corner later to compete with Randall Gay to start.   
PREVIOUS MOCK: Rivers
11 BUF Harvey
DE
Florida
Buffalo desperately needs a big target to play opposite Evans.  None are worthy of this spot in the draft even when you add in the free-agent/salary cap based draft strategy where drafting for need is now a necessity in the draft.  Harvey has added some bulk and now definitely fits in as a 4-3 end not a 3-4 linebacker.  The Bills need a pass rushing force opposite Schobel.  Kelsay has proved not to be that guy.  However, he will be a good third end.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Harvey DE (same)
12 DEN Stewart
RB
Oregon
With the recent drugs in my car (but not they're not mine) issues of Marcus Thomas, a player who fell in the draft last year because of off-field concerns, the Broncos desperately need a defensive tackle.  With Walker moving on and Marshall following the advice of Alphaville  and staying "Forever Young" (and immature), they also need a receiver.  However, this is a little high for Balmer and there is good depth at this position so they will not, and do not, have reach to draft him; and like Buffalo before them, they will not find a receiver worthy of this spot.  However, the "talking-head" chat regarding Denver is that they love Stewart.  So with no receiver and no defensive tackle worthy of this spot, I have them throwing a curve ball and drafting Stewart.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Williams (Psycho Killer - e.g. Talking Heads influenced)
13 CAR Williams
OT
Vanderbilt
Carolina needs help in a number of spots, most significantly at defensive end.  However, with Williams now available, he becomes the selection for the Panthers.  Merling is also a possibility, although, he is a bit of a reach in my opion at this spot.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Merling (Clady now available)
14 CHI Otah
OT
Pittsburgh
While Mendenhall is a possibility, there is tremendous depth at that position in this draft and the Bears can get a very good runner later in the draft.  Tackle, however, is a different story.  With Albert now gone, my initial gut of Otah over Albert here becomes a moot point. 
PREVIOUS MOCK: Albert (now off the board)
15 DET Mayo
ILB
Tennessee
With the run at tackle gone, I look for the Lions to select Mayo over Mendenhall.  There are a couple of running backs they could target in round two.  Mayo and Sims will be a terrific combo at linebacker for the Lions.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Otah (now off the board)
16 ARZ McKelvin
CB
Troy
This is a deep draft at both running back and corner so the Cards will be able to get a quality player at whatever position they do not select here.  With Mendenhall and now, McKelvin falling to them, they can choose either and be very happy.  In this case, I see them going for McKelvin, because corner is a more immediate need, and, once again, they can get a quality running back later in the draft.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Rodgers-Cromarte (McKelvin now available)
17 KC Cherilus
OT
Boston Col
With Allen traded to Minnesota, Kansas City needs a defensive end and also more starters on their offensive line.   I predict that teh Chiefs will continue to buiold their offensive line.  Coach Edwards likes to run and he now has added to road graters in Albert and the extremely physical Cherilus.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Jackson (for MIN)
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Albert (OT/OG)
18 HOU Mendenhall
RB
Illinois
Originally, I thought with Robinson likely to start on the PUP, corner would become the Texans top priority and the position they would concentrate on here.  However, with Mendenall still on the board, they will change up and go for the talented running back.  Corner is also a deep position in the draft and the Texans will be able to get a good one later. 
PREVIOUS MOCK: Mendenhall (same)
19 PHI Thomas
WR
Michigan St
While I like the Eagles' receivers more than most, especially Curtis, Thomas adds another weapon for McNabb and he is currently the top rated receiver in the draft.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Stewart (now off the board)
20 TB Rodgers-
Cromartie
CB
Tenn St
After Kelly's poor workout, I no longer have the Bucs selecting him here.  While Sweed is a possibility, R-C has the ball skills the Bucs like in cornerbacks and has dynamic return skills, something the team needs.  R-C made a believer of me at the Senior Bowl with some big hits, a quality that teams needed to see to warrant a first round selection.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Kelly WR (poor workout)
21 WAS Merling
DE
Clemson
While I have had Washington selecting Campbell for the longest time, and cringed every time a David Byrne ("Talking Head") on TV or radio listed Campbell as a player falling in the draft.  Now with Merling, available I feel better about my pick for the Skins at this spot.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Campbell DE (Merling now available)
22 DAL Jackson
WR
California
I just have a feeling Jerry Jones won't be able to resist drafting Jackson at this spot.  He will be their third receiver and give them a game-breaker in the return game.  Besides, between the depth at cornerback and the possibility of the Cowboys adding Pacman Jones, I look for Dallas to pass on a corner in round one.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Jackson WR (same)
23 PIT Campbell
DE
Miami
Camplbell has the size to play defensive end in the 3-4 and the Steelers badly need a big body to play that position in their defense.  Smith is aging and Keisel is a try-hard guy who really doesn't have the size needed to be an every-down force in their 3-4 defense.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Cherilus (no longer available)
24 TEN Talib
CB
Kansas
The Titans are disappointed that there was a run on defensive ends.  They lost Odom and LaBoy in free agency and signed Kearse.  However, Kearse is no sure thing.  If the Titans' believe Groves has the bulk to play end, he could be the pick.  But I see Groves as an outside linebacker in the 3-4.  While a receiver makes sense, with Talib available, look for Tennessee to grab him here to provide depth at corner. 
PREVIOUS MOCK: Talib (same)
25 SEA Sweed
WR
Texas
This pick could come down to Sweed or tight end Fred Davis.  However, Davis' value is slipping after a less than impressive Pro Day, and I believe there will be good value at tight end in round two.   Sweed has excellent size, good hands and is perfect for the West Coast Offense.  He will be part of the Seahawks' offense immediately.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Thomas WR (no longer available)
26 JAC Balmer
DT
North Car
What was once a major strength, was not as solid last year.  Stroud sat out four games for steroid, and did not have a good year and was traded.  Publically, the jags say they like Meier and Landri.  Privately, I bet they would like an upgrade.  Balmer is one of the best values on the board at this spot and makes sense for the Jags.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Balmer DT (same)
27 SD Jenkins
CB
South FL
The Chargers are in a good spot.  They can draft the best player on their board in round one.  However, with Florence leaving in free agency, a third corner is needed.  The Chargers are thrilled Jenkins is available.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Jenkins CB (same)
28 DAL Johnson
RB
E Carolina
If you want a speed back to pair with Barber, who better than Johnson who ran an eye-opening 4.24 at the Combine.  He was a late one to mid two before that showing (when a 4.3 was expected).  He won't run inside much, but with Barber, the Cowboys have that covered.  He is also the best down-the-field receiver of the running backs and will cause major match-up problems when he is on the field.  Most corners will not be able to keep up with him let alone safeties or linebackers.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Johnson RB (same)
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Jackson WR
29 SF Groves
DE/OLB
Auburn
The 49ers are disappointed that all the top tackles are off the board.  However, a feared pass rushing outside linebacker is needed in a 3-4 defense.  I know Lawson is coming back off injury, but he wasn't a difference-maker as a pass rushing force prior to his injury.  He is young and could develop, but he also could not.  Groves gives the 49ers another option as a pass rushing OLB.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Otah OT (Otah off the board)
30 GB Laws
DT
Notre Dame
Laws has a non-stop motor and looked great during Senior Bowl practices.  Williams was traded and Jolly is coming back from injury so Laws makes sense.  Laws next to Kampman will be fun to watch.  They both chase down plays and are in on a lot of tackles for defensive linemen.
PREVIOUS MOCK: Laws DT (same)
NE Forfeited
31 NYG Baker
OT
USC
With Wilson a free agent and unlikely to return, the Giants might consider Phillips, but good options at safety will be available later in the draft.  Baker is an athletic tackle.  He could develop into a stud left tackle allowing the Giants to move Diehl back inside.  Worst case he will be a top guard. 
PREVIOUS MOCK: Baker OT (same)

ROUND TWO

Pick Team

Player

Comment
32 MIA Flacco
QB
Delaware
If I had to guess I would think that Flacco is the quarterback that has Big Bill's eye.  He has a gun of an arm, can move better than most think, and is more athletic than many thought.  I thought Beck was a reach last year, and he is not a Parcells' type of quarterback anyway.  Flacco is the Dolphins' quarterback of the future.  Now all they need to do is to identify their quarterback of the present.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Long OT
33 STL Connor
ILB/OLB
Penn State
Connor ois a good for for the Rams.  Between Witherspoon and Connor, the Rams can decide whose best inside, and who will play WILL.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Dorsey DT
34 ATL Cason
CB
Arizona
Cason comes and and gives the Falcons a pair of young promising corners (Cason and Houston).
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Ryan QB
35 KC Jackson
DE
USC
The Chiefs use this pick to try to replace Allen.  Jackson is good value and has the potential to be a very good NFL palyer (but not another Allen).
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Albert OT/OG, Cherlus OT
36 NYJ Porter
CB
Indiana
The Jets need a corner to groom to play opposite Revis.  Porter is a fast, quick corner with good cover skills. 
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Gholston DE/OLB
37 ATL Collins
OT
Kansas
The new young quarterback (Ryan) is going to need an upgrade along the offensive line.  Collins has the potential to grow into a starting left tackle down the line.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Ryan QB, Cason CB
38 BAL Brohm
QB
Louisville
Between McNair, Boller, and Smith does anyone feel comfortable that the Ravens will have an above average starting quarterback in two years?  I don't.  If the draft falls as I have it, the Ravens will have their choice between Brohm and Henne.  
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Clady OT
39 SF Brown
OT
Virginia Tech
After getting their pass rushing linebacker in round one, the 49ers draft Brown to challenge to start at right tackle.  Brwon is an ascending player in the draft.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Groves OLB
40 NO Pollak
C
Arizona St
Jeff Faine left in free agency and Pollak is my top rated center in the draft.  He will start from day one for New Orleans.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Rivers OLB
41 BUF Hardy
WR
Indiana
Doucet and Kelly could also be options at this spot, but Hardy has the size/speed combo the Bills crave to play opposite Evans.  If he is on the board I can't see the Bills passing him up at this spot.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Harvey DE
42 DEN Zuttah
OG/OT
Rutgers
Zuttah is the athletic, quick lineman favored by the Broncos.  He could play either right tackle or guard in Denver's scheme.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Stewart DE
43 CAR Ellis
DE
Clemson
The Panthers need a defensive end to play opposite Peppers.  Ellis is a good pass rusher and has enough size to play end in a 4-3 defense.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Williams OT 
44 CHI Henne
QB
Michigan
Henne becomes the Bears' quarterback of the future.  He has more potential and a higher upside than any quarterback currently on the Bears' roster.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Otah OT
45 DET Forte
RB
Tulane
Forte, the MVP of the Senior Bowl Game, followed that up with a great Combine.  He is a strong, tough runner, who has better speed than you'd think, and catches the ball very well.  He is going to be a top NFL back and is a steal here for the Lions, a team that got rid of Coach Martz and wants to run more. 
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Mayo ILB
46 CIN Moore
DT
Maryland
After going offense in round one, I do not expect the Bengals to go receiver in round two.  Moore is a big, strong, fast defensive tackle wit a big upside.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: McFadden RB
47 MIN Bennett
TE
Texas A&M
Big money for Shiancoe was a mistake.  He is an okay tight end, but not a top tier guy.  Bennett could be top tier.
48 ATL Sims
DT
Auburn
Moore has size, speed, quickness and strength,  He will need to become more consistent, but has tremendous upside.  He iis a building block type of player for Atlanta's defensive line, a line without a proven starter at tackle.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Ryan QB, Cason CB, Collins OT
49 PHI Lofton
ILB
Oklahoma
Bradley in the middle with Gaither kicking back outside?  Sure.  How about Lofton in the middle with Gaither kicking back outside.  That makes a lot more sense.  Bradley is an ideal backup.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Thomas WR
50 ARZ Jones
RB
Arkansas
Jones starts off as a change-of-pace back for James, and gets to audition for the starting role in a year or two.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: McKelvin CB
51 WAS Kelly
WR
Oklahoma
Washington needs a receiver with size, Kelly has size.  His poor workout allows the Redskis to get him in round two. 
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Merling DE
52 TB
Avery
WR
Houston
I think Gruden will jump at the chance to draft a receiver with tremendous speed, great quickness, and top drawer change-of-direction skills.  Down-the-line it wouldn't surprise me if Avery is the best receiver to come out of this draft.  He has Joey Galloway in his prime athletic skills.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Rodgers-Cromartie
53 PIT Rachal
OG
USC
Rachal comes in to give the Steelers a player to vie for a starting job at guard.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Campbell DE
54 TEN Avril
DE/OLB
Purdue
The Titans need defensive ends badly.  Avril has skills similar to LaBoy who left in free agency.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Talib CB
55 SEA Keller
TE
Purdue
Keller is a player on the rise.  He had a very good Combine.  He will provide the Seahawks with their best pass catching tight end in years.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Sweed WR
56 GB King
CB
Penn State
The Packers' corners have better reps than production.  KIng is then pick because he has the skills to play man-to-man more than some of the others who could have been selected at this spot.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Laws DT
57 MIA
Langford
DE
Hampton
Langford has the size to play end in a 3-4 defense.  He could be a player who could even gets 5 to 8 sacks from the end position in the 3-4.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Long OT, Flacco QB
58 JAC Jones
DE
E Michigan
Jones is a big kid who played out of position at defensive tackle his senior year.  He showed good ability at end during the All Star games.  Jones can become a solid starting end with good pass rush ability who can also kick inside to tackle in the nickel like the Giants' Justin Tuck to get pressure on quarterbacks. 
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Balmer DT
59 IND Schuening
OG
Oregon State
The Colts top two guards are free agents.  Schuening gets it done on the field not in the gym.  He is a solid player who would help the Colts. 
60 GB Nicks
OT/OG
Nebraska
The Pack rolls the dice with hit or miss prospect Nicks who will provide depth and challenge to start at right guard.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Laws DT, King CB
61 DAL Lee
CB
Auburn
A bold pick would be Barrett, He could be what Roy Williams is not, a strong safety who can hit, but also has the speed to be a plus in pass defense.  Barrett is almost 6'2", weighs 223 pounds, is strong and ran in the 4.3's at the Combine. However, as it stands now Dallas needs a corner and Lee is too good to pass over at this spot.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Des Jackson WR, Johnson RB
62 NE Godfrey
CB
Iowa
With Samuels and Gay leaving in free agency, this is the spot where New England grabs a corner.  Godfrey is an underrated prospect who will fit perfectly into the Pats scheme.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Ellis DT
63 NYG Phillips
FS
Miami
Phillips is another player who dropped in my draft.  The Giants need a safety and grab him at the end of round two.
GIANTS SELECTIONS: Baker OT

ROUND THREE

Pick Team

Player

Comment
64 MIA Howard
OLB
Georgia
If Taylor isn't traded this year, he could be gone after the season.  Porter, their other OLB, appears to be a player in decline.  Howard has the athletic ability and pass rush skills to be a good OLB in the Fins' 3-4 defense.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Long OT, Flacco QB, Langford DE
65 STL Caldwell
WR
Florida
The Rams need a young receiver and Caldwell is stael at this spot in the draft..
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Dorsey DT, Connor LB
66 KC Branch
CB
Connecticut
While bigger names are still on the board (Flowers, Jackson), Branch's size/speed ratio, athletic skill and on-field production will be too much for K.C. to pass up.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Albert OT/OG, Cherlus OT, Jackson DE
67 CAR Choice
RB
Georgia Tech
While Charles and Rice are higher rated, Choice is a better fit to play with DeAngelo Williams.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Williams OT, Ellis DE
68 ATL Cousins
OT/OG
UTEP
The Falcons get another building block for the offensive line for their new quarterback.  Cousins has good speed and athleticism.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Ryan QB, Cason CB, Collins OT, Sims DT
69 NE Keglar
OLB
Purdue
Keglar is strong, fast, quick and athletic.  He could wind up inside in the Pats' 3-4 and allow Thomas to stay outside.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Ellis DT, Godfrey CB
70 CHI Charles
RB
Texas
The Bears remained patient, and are rewarded with an excellent running back in round three.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Otah OT, Henne QB
71 JAC Manningham
WR
Michigan
The Jags take a chance on Manningham.  He could be great, or he could be a wash out.  They've had little luck drafting wideouts in round one, maybe they will hit gold in round three.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Balmer DT, Jones DE
72 BUF Flowers
CB
Virginia Tech
Flowers play on the field was better than his workout so he dropped in the draft.  This is a good spot to gamble on a player who will be in the mix for playing time in year one. 
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Harvey DE, Hardy WR
73 KC Doucet
WR
LSU
The Chiefs had good luck with a LSU receiver last year, so why not try it again.  There were times at LSU where Doucet looked better than Bowe.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Albert OT/OG, Cherlus OT, Jackson DE, Branch CB
74 CAR Morgan
FS
N Car State
Morgan could come in and immediately challenge to start at free safety for the Panthers.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Williams OT, Ellis DE, Choice RB
75 SF Bryant
DT/DE
Iowa State
Bryant is an extremely athletic defensive tackle who has the speed and athleticism to be an end in the 49ers 3-4 defense.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Groves OLB, Brown OT
76 DET Iwebema
DE
Iowa
The Lions need a defensive end and Iwebema has good size and good measureables.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Mayo ILB, Forte RB
77 CIN Barrett
SS
Arizona St
Barrett is a big hitter with terrific speed.  He will be a big-time NFL player and is a steal here for the Bengals.  He will replace Jackson as s starter sooner rather than later.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: McFadden RB, Moore DT
78 NO Rubin
DT
Iowa State
Rubin tore it up at the Senior Bowl and is a run-stuffing machine who is a load to block.  The Saints need a big run-stuffing tackle and now they'll have one.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Rivers OLB, Pollak C
79 HOU Jackson
CB
LSU
Jackson can start off at corner with Robinson out, and then either stay there or move to safety.  He offers the Texans a lot of flexibility.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Mendenhall RB
80 PHI Johnson
SS/FS
Ark State
Johnson is a young safety who can come in and comepte at strong safety early, and eventually replace Dawkins at free safety in a couple of years.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Thomas WR, Lofton ILB
81 ARZ Nelson
WR
Kansas State
With Johnson now on San Fran, the Cards need a #3 receiver.  Nelson is perfect for the slot and if Fitz and Bolden become too expensive, he could start down the line.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: McKelvin CB, Jones RB
82 KC Young
OT
Tennessee
Young has good skills but needs to become more consistent.  He could end up as the third offensive line starter to come out of this draft.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Albert OT/OG, Cherlus OT, Jackson DE, Branch CB, Doucet WR
83 TB Justice
C
Wake Forest
Sims represents great value at a position the Bucs can use an upgrade at.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Rodgers-Cromartie, Avery WR
84 WAS Demps
FS
UTEP
Demps is a free safety with good cover skills.  He could push Doughty for a starting spot.  If he wins the job, Landry can stay at strong safety.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Merling DE, Kelly  WR
85 TEN Hawkins
WR
California
Hawkins is one of my favorite players in the draft.  Young will love him and if the Titans' grab him here he should become their go-to receiver.  He makes great catches.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Talib CB, Avril DE/OLB
86 SEA Okam
DT
Okam has something that's been missing from the Seahawk defense for awhile - tremendous size for a defensive tackle.  Okam is drafted as a two-down run-stuffer.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Sweed WR, Keller TE
87 DET Hills
OT
Texas
Hills is new to the tackle position and has a lot of potential.  He should develop into a quality starter down the line.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Mayo ILB, Forte RB, Iwebema DE
88 PIT Rice
RB
Rutgers
While Rice isn't the big back the Steelers wanted to back up Parker, he runs tough inside and is hard to tackle.  He also has good speed and can be a #1 back if Parker goes down.  Rice is too good for Pittsburgh to pass up at this spot.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Campbell DE, Rachal OG
89 JAC Johnson
QB
San Diego
Johnson is a great athlete and a very accurate thrower.  He will need time to develop, and will fit in as a perfect #3 to develop for the future.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Balmer DT, Jones DE, Manningham WR
90 CHI Zbikowski
SS
Notre Dame
The Bears used to have a feared defense.  Zbikowski, who is also a boxer, is a punishing hitter and could come in right away and start at strong safety.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Otah OT, Henne QB, Charles RB
91 GB Carlson
TE
Notre Dame
The Packers need a backup tight end.  Carlson blocks as well as catches the ball.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Laws DT, King CB, Nicks OT/OG
92 DAL Booty
QB
USC
The Cowboys draft Booty to be Romo's future backup.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Des Jackson WR, Johnson RB, Lee CB
93 IND Cottam
TE
Tennessee
The Colts lost Utecht in free agency and like to use multiple tight ends.  Cottam is a lot like Utetch.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Schuening OG
94 NE Davis
TE
USC
New England uses multiple tight ends and jump at the chance to draft the falling Davis. 
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Ellis DT, Godfrey CB, Keglar LB
95 NYG Molden
CB
East Kty
The Giants have options at corner opposite Ross, but none have the combination of speed and athleticism of MOlden.
GIANTS SELECTIONS: Baker OT, Phillips FS
96 WAS Adibi
OLB
Virginia Tech
McIntosh is coming off an injury so Adibi could either start or be a quality backup.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Merling DE, Kelly  WR, Demps FS
97 CIN Thompson
DE
Wake Forest
Thompson has good skills and could be better in the NFL than he was in college after tearing up his knee in his sophomore year.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: McFadden RB, Moore DT, Barrett SS
98 ATL Royal
WR
Virginia Tech
Royal will provide the Falcons with a top slot receiver and return man.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Ryan QB, Cason CB, Collins OT, Sims DT, Cousins OT/OG
99 BAL Slaton
RB
West Virginia
Slaton becomes the Ravens third down back, and a change-up for McGahee.
PREVIOUS SELECTIONS: Clady OT, Brohm QB