Steuber's 2008 NFL Mock Draft
RB Darren McFadden (D. Benc/Getty Images)
RB Darren McFadden (D. Benc/Getty Images)
NFL Draft Analyst, Scout.com
Posted Nov 29, 2007


NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber has updated his 2008 NFL mock draft. Take a look at projections of who teams will select next April. And then watch for more updates through draft day.

The biggest offseason spectacle, the NFL Draft, is still a long way away, but it's always fun to look ahead and try to predict the future. The 2008 draft class has the potential to be one of the better classes in some time, but a lot depends on the underclassmen that decide to forego their final year of eligibility.

With that being said, enjoy my third installment, and let me know your thoughts. If you have any questions about my mock draft, feel free to email me.

Pick

Team

Pos.

Player

College

Class

Ht.

Wt.

1

RB

Darren McFadden

Arkansas

Jr.

6-2

205

The Dolphins will look to add to their aging D-Line in the draft, but their inability to score points has been the team’s biggest concern this season. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are out for the year with injuries. So, adding Arkansas' Darren McFadden and pairing him with Brown when he's healthy gives the Dolphins one of the best one-two RB situations in the league and a better opportunity to score points.

2

DT

Glenn Dorsey

LSU

Sr.

6-2

300

The Rams luck out and have one of the better interior defensive lineman to enter the draft in a while fall into their lap. With the Dolphins taking McFadden, the Rams select Glenn Dorsey. Along with Dorsey, the Rams line up last year's first round pick Adam Carriker, giving St. Louis a potentially dominant D-Line.

3

DE

Chris Long

Virginia

Sr.

6-5

285

The Jets defense has struggled getting to the quarterback this season and have only collected 19 sacks thus far. Adding Virginia's Chris Long, a player who defends the run well and has an ACC leading 13.5 sacks, gives the Jets exactly what they need.

4


from 49ers

OT

Jake Long

Michigan

Sr.

6-7

320

This is a tough call for the Patriots. There are a few different ways they could go with this pick. They could add youth to their linebacking core with James Laurinaitis, select a tremendous sack artist in Calais Campbell, or upgrade their offensive line with a potential franchise bookend in Jake Long. Protecting Tom Brady for the long-term wins out, and Long is the pick.

5

DE

Calais Campbell

Miami

Jr.

6-8

285

The Raiders sack production this season is down, and they have to find a way to get more pressure on the opposing quarterback. Drafting Miami's Calais Campbell gives Derrick Burgess some relief and a better opportunity to make more plays in the backfield.

6

QB

Brian Brohm

Louisville

Sr.

6-4

225

The need for a quarterback is obvious, and Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino has a history with Louisville's Brian Brohm. Petrino's relationship and familiarity with Brohm support this selection.

7

DT

Sedrick Ellis

USC

Sr.

6-1

285

It's never a good sign when your top three linebackers are your leading tacklers on defense. Adding a defensive tackle that can take pressure off of the linebackers will make them even more effective. The last time the Chiefs used a high first round pick on a DT (Ryan Sims), it didn't work out too well, but USC's Sedrick Ellis is a special player.

8

MLB

James Laurinaitis

Ohio State

Jr.

6-3

240

The Bengals need to add some help at linebacker. The 2005 draft was supposed to redefine their linebacking core for the next 10 - 12 years with the selections of David Pollack and Odell Thurman. But with Pollack suffering a career-ending neck injury and Thurman's legal problems, it's necessary for Cincy to try again. They get it right this time with Ohio State's James Laurinaitis.

9

QB

Matt Ryan

Boston College

Sr.

6-5

220

The Panthers have gone through a quarterback merry-go-round this season and have to install a plan for the future. Starter Jake Delhomme isn't getting any younger and David Carr is at best a journeyman at this point in his career. Drafting Boston College's Matt Ryan gives the Panthers a leader on offense that they desperately need.

10

CB

Malcolm Jenkins

Ohio State

Jr.

6-1

208

The Ravens defense has always featured a top secondary in the NFL. Injuries and father time have finally caught up with this once dominant unit. Adding a promising, star quality DB is pressing and Malcolm Jenkins adds an immediate starter next season.

11

DE

Derrick Harvey

Florida

Jr.

6-4

262

The Redskins got a huge year out of DE Andre Carter this season and could use some help on the interior of the line. But with Sedrick Ellis off the board, there isn't another DT worthy of this high of a selection. So, the Redskins go with the best pass rusher available, Florida's Derrick Harvey.

12

CB

Aqib Talib

Kansas

Jr.

6-2

205

The Eagles could draft a safety like Kenny Phillips, but adding size at cornerback is a must. Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown are very good corners, but Sheppard has been injured the last few seasons, and Brown doesn't have elite speed. The Eagles are currently last in the NFL with just six interceptions, and drafting Kansas' Aqib Talib provides Philly with a legitimate ballhawk.

13

FS

Kenny Phillips

Miami

Jr.

6-2

210

The Saints desperately need help in the secondary. The best defensive back on the board is Miami's Kenny Phillips. Phillips has the skill to play corner or safety and gives the Saints versatility in their secondary.

14

QB

Andre Woodson

Kentucky

Sr.

6-5

230

The patience in Minnesota is beginning to run out on the Tarvaris Jackson experiment, and identifying a franchise QB is a must. Kentucky's Andre Woodson has the potential to be a star and will be given his chance with the Vikings.

15

RB

Jonathan Stewart

Oregon

Jr.

5-11

230

The Texans have to find an effective running game to have a chance to win in the AFC South. The defenses in the division are fast and aggressive. Adding a running back like Jonathan Stewart, who can pound the ball and be elusive in the open field, gives the Texans the game breaker they need.

16

DE

Vernon Gholston

Ohio State

Jr.

6-4

264

The Broncos have struggled this season against the run, and improving that area is vital to their success. Adding a top-line DT is ideal, but with the talent at the position a bit thin, Denver opts for a strong DE, and OSU's Vernon Gholston is the pick.

17


WR

Early Doucet

LSU

Sr.

6-1

210

The Bears have to find a quarterback of the future, but with the top-three QB's off the board, they'll wait until the second round. With that said, the Bears will address another area of need, adding a playmaker on offense. LSU's Early Doucet fits in nicely.

18

CB

Mike Jenkins

South Florida

Sr.

6-0

197

It’s been an adventure this season for the Bills secondary, and drafting an upgrade at cornerback is necessary. South Florida's Mike Jenkins is a great start in solving the pass defense woes.

19

DE

Quentin Groves

Auburn

Sr.

6-3

254

The Cardinals have a young, aggressive defense with a bright future, but adding a pass rusher to the mix gives them another element. The Cardinals select Auburn's sack artist Quentin Groves.

20

WR

DeSean Jackson

California

Jr.

6-0

172

The Titans have to give Vince Young a weapon on offense. The uncertainty of Pac Man Jones' future remains, which leaves a need for a return man. The Titans solve two problems with one selection when they draft DeSean Jackson.

21

OLB

Keith Rivers

USC

Sr.

6-3

220

When you play a 3 - 4 defense, you can never have too many linebackers. Adding Rivers to the Chargers’ defense makes things more difficult for the opposition.

22

CB

Antoine Cason

Arizona

Sr.

6-0

185

The Lions have a horrendous pass defense, and a lot of that has to do with the players they have in the secondary. Selecting Arizona's Antoine Cason is the first step in correcting the problem.

23

OT

Gosder Cherilus

Boston College

Sr.

6-7

319

The Bucs could use a playmaker on offense, but with Boston College offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus on the board, Tampa decides to add some quality on their O-Line.

24

OT

Sam Baker

USC

Sr.

6-5

305

Walter Jones is still one of the best offensive tackles in the game, but how much longer will he play? The Seahawks luck out and grab one of the best OTs in the draft, USC's Sam Baker.

25

OLB

Dan Connor

Penn State

Sr.

6-3

233

The Giants defense is playing very well this season, but there are some areas that they need to address for the future. The biggest concern is at linebacker. Penn State's Dan Connor is an excellent choice at this pick.

26


from Browns

DT

Kentwan Balmer

North Carolina

Sr.

6-5

295

The Cowboys have to address their need for depth in the secondary, but with two picks in the first round they have some room to be creative. With their first selection in the first round, they decide to add some bulk on the D-Line, and UNC's Kentwan Balmer is rising up draft boards.

27

WR

Malcolm Kelly

Oklahoma

Jr.

6-4

219

The Jaguars have had inconsistent play from their receivers and have been disappointed with a couple of their former first round selections (Reggie Williams and Matt   Jones). Oklahoma's Malcolm Kelly gives the Jaguars a deep threat that has the potential to score six-points any time the ball is in his hands.

28

OT

Jeffrey Otah

Pittsburgh

Sr.

6-6

340

The Steelers are solid all around, but giving Ben Roethlisberger more protection up front is key to their success. Adding a player they're familiar with in Jeffrey Otah, who played at Pitt, gives the Steelers much needed depth and versatility.

29


from Colts

WR

Mario Manningham

Michigan

Jr.

6-0

178

The Niners need serious help. Their offense is horrendous. Their defense is disappointing. And it looks like there's no hope. The one thing San Francisco can do is give Alex Smith a deep threat who can make plays down field. Michigan's Mario Manningham provides Smith with a playmaker.

30

RB

Steve Slaton

West Virginia

Jr.

5-10

190

Imagine how good the Packers would be with a consistent running game. Selecting a player like Steve Slaton, who can take it to the house on any given play, gives the Green Bay offense a dynamic element.

31

CB

Reggie Smith

Oklahoma

Jr.

6-0

196

The Cowboys get their defensive back with this pick, selecting Oklahoma's versatile defender Reggie Smith. Smith can play at corner or safety for Dallas and provides much needed depth.

32

PATRIOTS SELECTION FORFEITED



A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.



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