Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I Just Might Be Crazy But,

By Jason Jones

Here Is My 2008 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0.

I know most sports fans believe the time to get ready for the draft is about 60-90 days prior to the draft (approximately middle of February or early March). I can understand that line of thinking, but do not agree with it. Last year, I began preparing for the NFL draft in November, and that still was not early enough. Besides, like playing fantasy sports, this gives us all players to watch for during the college season we might otherwise not care about. Keep in mind this is only a preliminary version. A great deal can and will change. For instance, in a year most analysts believe will prove to be one of the greatest RB drafts in some time-I only have 3 in the first round. Likewise with QB's. This mock draft is very front seven heavy. There are more D-Lineman and Linebackers than there will be come April of '08. These things tend to work themselves out more naturally once players have accrued more stats, attended the combine, and conducted interviews. Like I said, a very preliminary look at 32 college div 1 football players for you to pay attention to throughout the duration of this NCAA football season.

2008 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0
1-OAK-Darren McFadden-RB-Arkansas-6-2/215-4.4--best RB in almost a decade
2-ATL-Brian Brohm-QB-Louisville-6-4/224-4.8-------after the Vick things this seems perfect
3-NYG-Calais Campbell-DE-Miami-6-8/280-4.5-------best DE in the draft to help Strahan
4-HOU-Kenny Phillips-S-Miami-6-2/210-4.4----------Best S in the draft to help secondary
5-MIN-Early Doucet-WR-LSU-6-0/207-4.5-----------Complete WR, MIN doesnt have one
6-KC-Jake Long-OT-Michigan-6-7/313-5.05----------Best OT, keep LJ happy
7-TB-Sam Baker-OT-USC-6-5/305-5.15--------------TB missed out on Long, Baker is next
8-BUF-Limus Sweed-WR-Texas-6-5/219-4.6---------Lynch, Lee, and Sweed=SWEET
9-DAL (from CLE)-Terrell Thomas-CB-USC-6-1/195-4.4-Need a shut down CB
10-MIA-DeSean Jackson-WR-Cal-6-0/172-4.45-------Cam wants a sexy offense, this helps
11-DET-Steve Slaton-RB-WVU-5-10/190-4.4---------Martz has his Marshall Faulk
12-WAS-Dan Connor-OLB-Penn St-6-3/233-4.65-----WAS needs fundamental players
13-GB-Derrick Harvey-DE-Florida-6-2/262-4.75-----Not perfect but an improvement
14-JAX-Antione Cason-CB-Arizona-6-0/185-4.55-----JAX has needed a CB for years
15-TEN-Mario Manningham-WR-Michigan-6-0/180-4.4-Passed on Meachum, Mario will do
16-NYJ-James Laurinaitis-ILB-Ohio St-6-3/245-4.6--Animal jr next to Vilma is SOLID
17-PIT-Tom Zbikowski-S-Notre Dame-6-0/210-4.5---A hard hitting FS next to Polamalu
18-BAL-Adarius Bowman-WR-Oklahoma St-6-4/220-4.55-BAL always need protype WR's
19-ARI-Chris Long-DE-Virginia-6-4/284-4.8----------Off is set, stud DE cant hurt the Def
20-SEA-Sedrick Ellis-DT-USC-6-1/285-4.95----------Best DT for their system
21-SF-Mario Urrutia-WR-Louisville-6-6/220-4.6------6-6/220! your welcome Alex Smith
22-CAR-Chad Henne-QB-Michigan-6-2/224-5.15-----Jake, I hope you enjoyed your stay
23-STL-Glenn Dorsey-DT-LSU-6-2/300-5.05--------Dorsey/Carriker is DAMN sexy
24-DEN-Keith Rivers-OLB-USC-6-3/220-4.6---------DEN needs to improve the CLE front 7
25-NO-Terrence Taylor-DT-Michigan-6-0/310-4.85--A couple pieces and NO's front 7 is great
26-PHI-Xavier Adibi-OLB-Virginia Tech-6-2/219-4.55-LB's are old and Adibi is a playmaker
27-CIN-Lawrence Jackson-DE-USC-6-5/265-4.9------Legal trouble has thinned d-line depth
28-DAL-Frank Okam-DT-Texas-6-5/325-5.1---------A steal for DAL's new def
29-IND-Felix Jones-RB-Arkansas-6-0/200-4.5-------A steal. IND how has thunder/lightening
30-SD-Jasper Brinkley-ILB-S. Carolina-6-2/262-4.65-Need more DEF, signed New England
31-CHI-Andre Caldwell-WR-Florida-6-0/200-4.4-----Need off, Caldwell is a steal for Rex
32-NE-Quentin Groves-DE-Auburn-6-3/254-4.6------This one oozes of New England

Notable Omissions of the first round:

Andre Woodson-Kentucy
Matt Ryan-Boston College
John David Booty-USC
Erik Ainge-Tennessee
Colt Brennan-Hawaii
Tashard Choice-Georgia Tech
Mike Hart-Michigan
Ray Rice-Rutgers
Jonathan Stewart-Oregon
Jamaal Charles-Texas
Marcus Monk-Arkansas
Brian Robiskie-Ohio St
Greg Carr-Florida St
no first round TE's
Gosder Cherilus-Boston College
Barry Richardson-Clemson
Ryan Clady-Boise St
Michael Oher-Ole Miss
Alex Boone-Ohio St
Jordan Grimes-Purdue
Shannan Tevaga-UCLA
Kirk Elder-Texas A&M
Roy Scheuning-Oregon St
Adam Kraus-Michigan
Alex Mack-Cal
Adam Spieker-Missouri
John Sullivan-Notre Dame
Steve Justice-Wake Forest
Doug Legursky-Marshall
Tyson Jackson-LSU
Vernon Gholston-Ohio St
Tommy Blake-TCU
Titus Brown-Mississippi St
Kenny Iwebema-Iowa
Red Bryant-Texas A&M
Dre Moore-Maryland
Fili Moala-USC
Demonte Bolden-Tennessee
DeMario Pressley-N.C. State
Brian Cushing-USC
Ezra Butler-Nevada
Philip Wheeler-Georgia Tech
Malik Jackson-Louisville
Erin Henderson-Maryland
Rex Maualuga-USC
Jerod Mayo-Tennessee
Vince Hall-Virginia Tech
Jonathan Goff-Vanderbilt
Beau Bell-UNLV
Josh Barrett-Arizona St
Jonathan Hefney-Tennessee
Michael Hamlin-Clemson
Kevin Ellison-USC
Quentin Demps-UTEP
Justin King-Penn St
Aqib Talib-Kansas
DeJuan Tribble-Boston College
Dwight Lowery-San Jose St
Chevis Jackson-LSU

I hope this helps as we all enjoy the college football season. Some of your favorites might not have been mentioned, give it time that may very well chance. I know there are no less than 3 missing from my favorite college team, but we try to stay objective. If you pay attention to these names as the season progresses, then by April, you will not feel confused and in the dark. We will post a newer version to this mock draft as soon as enough player movement dictated an update. Happy viewing.

-Jason Jones
Senior Editor

No comments: