Daily Norseman Mock Draft, v3.0

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.

Pick Team Selection Previous
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
31 New England Patriots    
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!

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