Well, after all the heavy stuff we've talked about the last couple of days with the stadium and the potential move and things of that nature, let's lighten things up a little bit by looking at a newly-updated version of the Mock Draft.
|1||Miami Dolphins||Chris Long, DE, Virginia||Jake Long, OT, Michigan|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Glenn Dorsey, DT, Louisiana State||Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State|
|3||Atlanta Falcons||Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College||Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas||Chris Long, DE, Virginia|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||Jake Long, OT, Michigan||Glenn Dorsey, DT, Louisiana State|
|6||New York Jets||Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State||Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas|
|7||New England Patriots (from San Francisco)||Keith Rivers, LB, Southern California||Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State|
|8||Baltimore Ravens||Branden Albert, OL, Virginia||Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State|
|9||Cincinnati Bengals||Sedric Ellis, DT, Southern Cal||Sedric Ellis, DT, Southern Cal|
|10||New Orleans Saints||Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State||Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy|
|11||Buffalo Bills||Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy||Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida|
|12||Denver Broncos||Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State||Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh|
|13||Carolina Panthers||Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida||Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois|
|14||Chicago Bears||Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt||Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt|
|15||Detroit Lions||Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh||Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon|
|16||Arizona Cardinals||Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida||Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida|
|17||Minnesota Vikings||Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson||Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson|
|18||Houston Texans||Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois||Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas|
|19||Philadelphia Eagles||Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State||Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma|
|20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas||DeSean Jackson, WR, California|
|21||Washington Redskins||Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma||Limas Sweed, WR, Texas|
|22||Dallas Cowboys (from Cleveland)||Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas||Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas|
|23||Pittsburgh Steelers||Kentwan Balmer, DL, North Carolina||Branden Albert, OG, Virginia|
|24||Tennessee Titans||DeSean Jackson, WR, California||James Hardy, WR, Indiana|
|25||Seattle Seahawks||Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon||Fred Davis, TE, Southern Cal|
|26||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jerrod Mayo, LB, Tennessee||Jerrod Mayo, LB, Tennessee|
|27||San Diego Chargers||Limas Sweed, WR, Texas||Kenny Phillips, S, Miami (FL)|
|28||Dallas Cowboys||Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona||Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona|
|29||San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis)||Kenny Phillips, S, Miami (FL)||Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Fred Davis, TE, Southern Cal||Keith Rivers, LB, Southern Cal|
|32||New York Giants||Dan Connor, LB, Penn State||Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma|
A couple of comments here. . .
-I've changed the top pick from Jake Long to Chris Long. Now, if I were the Dolphins, Jake Long would still be MY pick. But since I don't think Parcells is big on taking O-linemen that high, I think he's going to go for the big-time DE instead.
-The Vikings need to get a WR in this year's draft. As you can see from the draft above, I view this year's wide receiver class as not being very "top heavy," but it is fairly deep. If the Vikings want to get their hands on a wide receiver, they'd be better served waiting until Round 2 or 3. The next time I do one of these, hopefully I can find the time to add a second round.
-My pick for Minnesota hasn't changed. In my opinion, with the way I have the mock falling, Merling is the best choice for the Vikings at that spot. All the notable OTs are gone, there isn't a WR worth #17, in my opinion, and Merling is the last DE worthy of a first-round grade. I'll have more on Merling in a future posting.
There you have it, folks. . .discuss!