Three-Round Mock Draft
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Lead NFL Analyst, Scout.com
Posted Apr 25, 2008


Former pro scout Tom Marino provides his take on how the first three rounds of this weekend's NFL Draft could unfold. Take a look at his picks in this Scout.com feature.

1. Miami Jake Long OT Michigan
Dolphins offensive Line coach Mike Maser has assured management that Jake Long is the second coming of former Jaguar great Tony Boselli, a player he coached and helped develop in Jacksonville.  And to the naysayers, yes, he can and will play left tackle at a championship level.
2. St. Louis Glenn Dorsey DT LSU
The Rams defensive staff really likes Chris Long, but they love LSU tackle Glenn Dorsey.  Look for the Saints to try and move up to the two spot. But the Rams are undersized inside and can not stop the run.  If medically cleared, Dorsey is their man
3. Atlanta Chris Long DE Virginia
The Falcons will entertain offers, and obviously have needs in many areas on both sides of the ball. But in the end, look for them to resist the temptation, selecting Chris Long — both a great football player and person.  New GM Tom Dimitroff gives the Falcons a strong presence in the personnel area.
4. Oakland Darren McFadden RB Arkansas
Al Davis sees McFadden as an Eric Dickerson-type back who will not only generate instant offense for the Silver and Black, but who will also take some of the pressure off developing signal-caller JaMarcus Russell.
5. Kansas City Branden Albert OG Virginia
This is the person who the Chiefs believe can be their left offensive tackle for the next dozen years. But look for the Chiefs to make it make it at the No. 10 spot with the Saints moving up and selecting their second option, Sedrick Ellis, to fill their critical need at the nose tackle position
6. NY Jets Keith Rivers LB USC
A very logical selection given the fact that ILB starter Jonathan Vilma has taken his game to the "Big Easy" and  Bryan Thomas slumped badly in 2007 on the outside. QB is a distinct possibility, but the future is now for Tannenbaum and Mangini.
7. New England Vernon Gholston DE Ohio St.
Danger Will Robinson! Absolutely the most overrated player in this year's first round.  He put up some numbers, is strong and can run in a straight line. But he's as big as he's going to get, doesn't dance every dance and is very tight in the hips.
8. Baltimore Matt Ryan QB Boston  College
I don't believe he is a franchise QB in the Bradshaw, Elway or Manning mold, but I believe he is far more equipped then Alex Smith, David Carr, Joey Harrington or Tim Couch at a similar stage of development. 
9. Cincinnati Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt
With Willie Anderson entering his 13th season and the underrated Levi Brown his seventh, the Bengals select Chris Williams. He's a player some professional scouts compare to the Seahawks' Walter Jones.  I love his feet and playing smarts.
10. New Orleans Sedrick Ellis DT USC
After failing in their attempt to trade up and select Glenn Dorsey, the Saints give up a second selection in the 2009 draft and move up to the fifth spot to select the disruptive Ellis to take over for 13-year vet Hollis Thomas.
11. Buffalo Derrick Harvey DE Florida
Dick Jauron's Bills can certainly use some help at the wide receiver position, but with Derrick Harvey still on the board at 11, Buffalo simply changed gears and added a potential superstar to the Bills lineup.
12. Denver Jerod Mayo LB Tennessee
Not many people have  mentioned the name Mayo in their early prognostications, but this player is an absolute beast.  Once he matures physically, he will give the Broncos' beleaguered defense a much-needed boost.
13. Carolina Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh
With Jordan Gross expected to test the free agent market next season and their top three ranked DE prospects already off the board, the Panthers need to take this opportunity to fill the potential huge void at the left offensive tackle position.
14. Chicago Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois
Listen up Jerry, Cedric Benson, the fourth player selected in the 2005 draft is just a guy!  Mendenhall would give the Bears a multi-talented back that would give the Bears offense a much-needed shot in the arm.
15. Detroit Ryan Clady OT Boise St.
Jon Kitna was sacked far too many times in both the '06 and '07 seasons. I believe Ryan Clady is going to need to improve his core body strength some, but in the end I believe he has a chance to become the anchor of this offensive front for many years to come.
16. Arizona Leodis McKelvin CB Troy
The Cardinals have a critical need at the position (Rod Hood / Eric Green) and hope McKelvin can contribute early as a nickel back and returner before earning a starting role at some point during the 2008 season.
17. Kansas City Dominique Cromartie-Rodgers DB Tennessee St.
Cromartie is a huge talent with outstanding cover potential who the Chiefs believe will quickly assimilate himself into the starting line up.  The Chiefs simply do not believe that any of the remaining QBs on the board have first-round playing potential.
18. Houston Felix Jones RB Arkansas
Look for Jones, an exciting zone back with the speed to get the corner, to step out of McFadden's shadow and put up some big numbers. A perfect fit for this beleaguered running game.
19. Philadelphia Dan Connor LB Penn St.
Considered by many to be the most complete LB produced by the Lions over the last few decades, by midseason Connor should replace Omar Gaither at the Will backer position
20. Tampa Bay Mike Jenkins CB South Florida
In terms of playing talent, Mike Jenkins is among the top ten players in the country, but falls to Tampa Bay at twenty amid concerns regarding his practice habits and dedication to the game. The only chink in his armor appear to be his marginal ball skills.
21. Washington Kenny Phillips S Miami
A big, physical safety, the Redskins believe in time he will team with LaRon Landry to form the top safety tandem in the league.  I like his movement (pedal, turns and range), size stature and playing instincts.
22. Dallas Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon
Jerry Jones would have loved to have moved up and selected what many experts believe to be the final piece of the puzzle — Darren McFadden — but instead selects a physical, downhill runner with both speed and power.
23. Pittsburgh Quentin Groves LB Auburn
The Steelers waited nearly five and a half hours to make their first selection, and wasted little time in selecting Auburn's Quentin Groves, a near perfect fit for their 3-4 defensive scheme. 
24. Tennessee Devin Thomas WR Michigan St.
The Titans had hoped that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would have still been on the board at twenty-four, but believe the selection of Devin Thomas will go a long way to improving a receiving unit that scares nobody within the NFL.
25. Seattle Tyrell Johnson S Arkansas St.
The name Tyrell Johnson might not be familiar to even the most sophisticated draft fans, but I, along with many personnel people throughout  the league, believe that he may be the most talented safety prospect in the country. 
26. Jacksonville Calais Campbell DE Miami
The acquisition of veterans Troy Williamson and Jerry Porter allows the Jaguars to now direct their focus to upgrading both offensive and defensive fronts.  Although Calais Campbell did not have a particularly good '07 season, I see him as a player with a big upside.
27. San Diego Sam Baker OT USC
Although not physically 100 percent for virtually the entire '07 season due to a hamstring injury, I really liked his approach to the game, his versatility and playing intelligence. Better suited physically (short arms) to play down inside.
28. Dallas Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma
With both of the top-rated safeties no longer available, the Cowboys hope Michael Irvin (ran a 4.7 40-time in his pro workout) clone Malcolm Kelly can be their receiver of the not-to-distant future.
29. S.F. 49ers Aqib Talib CB Kansas
Walt Harris begins his 13th season of play and a quality replacement must be found quickly.  Aqib Talib has that kind of athletic ability with his ball skills and zone awareness, but lingering off-the-field indiscretions must be factored in before making this critical decision.
30. Green Bay Chris Johnson RB E. Carolina
Ryan Grant literally came out of nowhere to become one of the top rookie performers in the league, but time has proven that you can't have enough players at the running back position.  Head coach Mike McCarthy also likes the speed and versatility that Chris Johnson possesses.
31. New England Forfeited pick
32. NY Giants Kentwan Balmer DT N. Carolina
The term "best player available" has often applied to talented players selected in the later stages of the first round, and in Kentwan Balmer the Giants have that type of player.  Although he today offers little in terms of rushing the passer, the G-men love his ability to restrict the inside run.

Round 2

33. Miami Philip Merling DE Clemson
34. St. Louis Tavares Gooden LB Miami
35. Atlanta Joe Flacco QB Delaware
36. Kansas City O'Niel Cousins OT UTEP
37. NY Jets Dustin Keller TE Purdue
38. Atlanta Gosder Cherilus OT Boston College
39. Baltimore Jamaal Charles RB Texas
40. SF 49ers Andre Caldwell WR Florida
41. New Orleans Marcus Harrison DT Arkansas
42. Buffalo Fred Davis TE USC
43. Denver Curtis Lofton LB Oklahoma
44. Carolina Chad Henne QB Michigan
45. Chicago John Greco OG Toledo
46. Detroit Antoine Cason CB Arizona
47. Cincinnati Early Doucet WR LSU
48. Minnesota Chilo Rachal OG USC
49. Atlanta Geno Hayes LB Florida St.
50. Philadelphia Donnie Avery WR Houston
51. Arizona Matt Forte RB Tulane
52. Washington Tyvon Branch CB Connecticut
53. Tampa Bay Limas Sweed WR Texas
54. Pittsburgh Terrence Wheatley CB Colorado
55. Tennessee Chris Ellis DE Virginia Tech
56. Seattle Brian Brohm QB Louisville
57. Green Bay Reggie Smith S Oklahoma
58. Miami Beau Bell LB UNLV
59. Jacksonville Mario Manningham WR Michigan
60. Indianapolis Lawrence Jackson DE USC
61. Green Bay Martellus Bennett TE Texas A&M
62. Dallas Patrick Lee CB Auburn
63. New England Justin King CB Penn St.
64. NY Giants Kevin Smith RB Central Florida

Round 3

65. Miami Trevor Laws DT Notre Dame
66. St. Louis Ezra Butler LB Nevada (Reno)
67. Kansas City Jordy Nelson WR Kansas St.
68. Carolina Harry Douglas WR Louisville
69. Atlanta Jordon Dizon LB Colorado
70. New England Antwaun Molden CB E. Kentucky
71. Chicago Quintin Demps S UTEP
72. Jacksonville DeSean Jackson WR California
73. Buffalo Terrell Thomas CB USC
74. Kansas City Cliff Avril DE Purdue
75. Carolina John David Booty QB USC
76. SF 49ers Eddie Royal WR Virginia Tech
77. Detroit Shawn Crable DE Michigan
78. Cincinnati Bryan Kehl LB BYU
79. New Orleans Dre Moore DT Maryland
80. Houston Thomas Decoud S California
81. Philadelphia DaJuan Morgan S N. Carolina St.
82. Arizona Darrell Robertson DE Georgia Tech
83. Kansas City Tracy Porter CB Indiana
84. Tampa Bay James Hardy WR Indiana
85. Washington Phil Wheeler LB Georgia Tech
86. Tennessee Brandon Flowers CB Virginia Tech
87. Seattle Drew Radovich OG USC
88. Detroit Orlando Scandrick CB Boise St.
89. Pittsburgh Mike McGlynn OG Pittsburgh
90. Jacksonville DeMario Presley DT N. Carolina St.
91. Chicago Carl Nicks OT Nebraska
92. Green Bay John Carlson TE Notre Dame
93. Dallas Peyton Hillis FB Arkansas
94. Indianapolis Ray Rice RB Rutgers
95. New England Jerome Felton FB Furman
96. NY Giants Vince Redd DE Liberty
97. Washington (Comp) Erin Henderson LB Maryland
98. Cincinnati (Comp) Brandon Keith OT N. Iowa
99. Atlanta
(Comp)
Mike Pollak C Arizona St.
100. Baltimore (Comp) Tim Hightower RB Richmond


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