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.
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Dec 13, 2007

Steuber's 2008 NFL Mock Draft

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.


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December 13th

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.

When you take a look at my fourth installment, you’ll notice the wealth of potential underclassmen that may make themselves available to the NFL. Only one junior has declared for the draft thus far, Miami safety Kenny Phillips. The rest of the underclassmen have until January 15th to declare.

Conducting a mock draft this early is challenging, because you have a lot of talented prospects that may or may not enter the draft. The prospects I have listed in the first round are players that I feel will enter the draft. If you refer back to my three previous mock drafts, you’ll notice that some names have been left out of the first round. This is because I feel that a player won’t declare, or that the player has been surpassed by a prospect I feel will enter the draft.

With that being said, let’s have some fun as I try to predict the future. 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 linemen to enter the draft in awhile 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


from 49ers

MLB

James Laurinaitis

Ohio State

Jr.

6-3

240

The Patriots don't have many flaws on their football team, and selecting third overall doesn't make many teams in the NFL very happy. With an aging core of linebackers, the Patriots look to add youth. Ohio State's James Laurinaitis gives New England more than youth; he's a future star.

4

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.

5

QB

Brian Brohm

Louisville

Sr.

6-4

225

So much for a reunion in Atlanta between recently resigned Falcons coach Bobby Petrino and his former quarterback at Louisville Brian Brohm. Petrino left the Falcons, after one season, for the Arkansas head coach position, leaving Atlanta searching for a new coach and a franchise QB. Even without Petrino, Brohm is still the choice for the Falcons.

6

OT

Jake Long

Michigan

Sr.

6-7

320

The Raiders have a bright future, but still have some holes they need to fill. With JaMarcus Russell tagged as the franchise quarterback, and former first round pick (2nd overall) Robert Gallery moving from tackle to guard, a spot is left open on the outside. Michigan's Jake Long fills the void to protect Russell's blind side.

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

QB

Matt Ryan

Boston College

Sr.

6-5

220

The Ravens have had a disappointing season, and a lot of their problems stem from the instability of the quarterback situation. Steve McNair is past his prime, and Kyle Boller hasn't worked out since being a first round pick in 2003. The Ravens drafted Troy Smith last year, but adding a QB with leadership qualities is a must, and BC's Matt Ryan is a welcomed addition.

9

CB

Malcolm Jenkins

Ohio State

Jr.

6-1

208

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 seven interceptions, and drafting Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins gives Philly a big corner with playmaking ability.

10

DE

Calais Campbell

Miami

Jr.

6-8

285

The Bengals sorely need a stud defensive tackle, but with Sedrick Ellis off the board there isn't another DT worthy of this selection. So, Cincy is forced to draft the next best defender on the board, and at least it's a defensive lineman with huge upside, Miami's Calais Campbell.

11

QB

Andre Woodson

Kentucky

Sr.

6-5

230

The Bears have a serious decision to make with this selection. Do they draft a QB of the future, trade the pick for an established QB, or sign a QB as a free agent? Trading the pick for an established player is a possibility, but in the end they decide to draft Woodson.

12

DE

Derrick Harvey

Florida

Jr.

6-4

262

Disappointed that the top three quarterbacks are off the board, the Panthers look to upgrade their defense that's ranked last in the NFL in sacks, with just 16. Florida's Derrick Harvey has the potential to be an outstanding sack artist at the next level and will take pressure off of Julius Peppers.

13

FS

Kenny Phillips

Miami

Jr.

6-2

210

The death of Sean Taylor sent shockwaves through the NFL last month and has left the Redskins reeling for help at the safety position. The plan was to pair last year's first round pick LaRon Landry with Taylor to give the Redskins the best safety tandem in the league, but the plan is no longer valid. From one plan to the next, the Skins decide to draft another former Hurricane to replace Taylor, FS Kenny Phillips.

14

CB

Mike Jenkins

South Florida

Jr.

6-0

197

The Saints secondary has struggled all season long and has been woeful for the last few years. They're currently fourth worst in passing yards allowed (252 YPG) and need a quality DB to stop the bleeding. USF's Mike Jenkins is an excellent cover corner that will help immediately.

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

CB

Aqib Talib

Kansas

Jr.

6-2

205

The Lions are another team that has struggled in the secondary this season. They're ranked 31st in the league in passing yards allowed (267 YPG) and need a playmaker that can challenge the opposition. Kansas' Aqib Talib is as talented as any other DB in the country and is the ultimate ballhawk.

17


OT

Ryan Clady

Boise State

Jr.

6-6

317

Any time a team is grooming a young quarterback, it's important to give him the best possible protection to be successful. The Broncos have done a good job with Jay Cutler, but giving him a quality tackle to grow with makes sense. Ryan Clady, a junior from the Boise State Broncos, is a solid pick if he enters the draft.

18

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.

19

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.

20

WR

Malcolm Kelly

Oklahoma

Jr.

6-4

219

The Vikings have shown a lot of improvement over the last month thanks to their rushing attack that ranks No. 1 in the NFL, averaging 172 YPG. But it's the 31st ranked passing attack that has to improve. Tarvaris Jackson has played better in his last few games, but for him to become a better player in the long run he needs a reliable receiver with big play potential. Enter Malcolm Kelly.

21

CB

Antoine Cason

Arizona

Sr.

6-0

185

The Bills are a much-improved team this season, but they haven't defended the pass very well this season. Adding a proven playmaker at cornerback in Arizona's Antoine Cason provides Buffalo with their biggest need.

22

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.

23

OLB

Keith Rivers

USC

Sr.

6-3

220

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

24


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.

25

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.

26

OT

Jeff 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 Jeff Otah, who played at Pitt, gives the Steelers much needed depth and versatility.

27

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.

28

WR

Early Doucet

LSU

Sr.

6-1

210

The Jaguars have seen former first round picks Reggie Williams and Matt Jones show improvement the last few weeks, but with Ernest Wilford a free agent next year, adding another receiver isn't a bad idea. LSU's Early Doucet gives QB David Garrard a reliable receiver in the slot.

29


from Colts

WR

James Hardy

Indiana

Jr.

6-7

220

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. Indiana's James Hardy is a monstrous receiver with a huge upside that is a mismatch any secondary.

30

RB

Kevin Smith

Central Florida

Jr.

6-1

211

Green Bay has received a huge surprise with the play of Ryan Grant over the last month, but is it a fluke? Last year's second round pick, Brandon Jackson, has been a disappointment. Drafting a UCF's Kevin Smith gives the Packers a player with a world of potential that has game breaking ability.

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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