Sporting News 2007 NFL Mock Draft 1/5/07Posted: January 5, 2007
MOCK DRAFT: ROUND 1
PICK TEAM PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 (1) Raiders Brian Brohm* QB Louisville
Owner/GM Al Davis loves wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.’s electrifying speed but should realize that his team is in desperate need of a quarterback for the future.
2 (2) Lions Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame
Coach Rod Marinelli might stick with quarterback Jon Kitna in ’07, but we all know Kitna is not the Lions’ long-term answer. The Lions will debate long and hard between Quinn and LSU’s JaMarcus Russell, but Quinn would be better suited for coordinator Mike Martz’s offense.
3 (3) Browns Adrian Peterson* RB Oklahoma
(pick subject to coin flip) Browns officials will debate long and hard between Peterson, Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas, and Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch but should go with Peterson in the hope his great talent can be harnessed.
4 (4) Buccaneers Joe Thomas T Wis.
(pick subject to coin flip) Thomas is the man the Bucs are certainly targeting and would be quite grateful if he falls this far. He would secure the left side of their line. After using two high picks on good offensive linemen last year, the Bucs’ offensive line could become a team strength in ’07.
5 (5) Cardinals Justin Blalock G Texas
No matter the Cardinals’ new coach, he surely will make improving the offensive line the No. 1 priority. The Cardinals must better protect Matt Leinart and open more holes for Edgerrin James. Taking Blalock here would be a bit of a reach, so the Cardinals could become a candidate to trade down a bit.
6 (6) Redskins Gaines Adams DE Clemson
The Redskins have talent on defense but lack an explosive edge rusher who consistently can threaten the corner.
7 (7) Vikings Calvin Johnson* WR Georgia Tech
The Vikings need firepower, and Johnson is a big receiver who could be a downfield threat and make big plays all over the field.
8 (8) Texans Alan Branch* DT Michigan
The Texans should continue to rebuild their defense. Branch is versatile and could line up in a variety of spots along the line.
9 (9) Dolphins JaMarcus Russell* QB LSU
No matter the Dolphins’ new coach, he will not know if Daunte Culpepper ever will be the quarterback he was before tearing up his knee. Joey Harrington and Cleo Lemon aren’t long-term answers, though, and it’d be tough to pass up a super talented quarterback such as Russell.
10 (10) Falcons Ted Ginn Jr.* WR Ohio St.
The Falcons again are in the market for a wide receiver to catch the ball and solve quarterback Michael Vick’s problems. Ginn is raw but ultra explosive.
11 (11) 49ers Frank Okam* DT Texas
The 49ers need a ton of help along the defensive line. Okam could become a dominant and disruptive interior force.
12 (12) Bills Zach Miller* TE Arizona St.
The Bills have great young talent at running back (Willis McGahee) and wide receiver (Lee Evans). Miller would give J.P. Losman yet another big-play option.
13 (13) Rams Paul Posluszny OLB Penn State
Rams officials would prefer to draft a speed/edge pass rusher, but none figure to be available at this spot. Instead, the team should take the top linebacker on the board.
14 (14) Panthers Greg Olsen* TE Miami (FL)
The Panthers have some concerns at safety and would consider LSU’s LaRon Landry if available, but the chance to finally add an explosive tight end to the offense makes too much sense.
15 (15) Steelers Daymeion Hughes CB Cal
The Steelers’ secondary was inconsistent and riddled by injuries in ’06, and the team would be wise to add the physical and productive Hughes.
16 (16) Packers Kenny Irons RB Auburn
Packers officials want a running back and will debate long and hard about whether to take Irons, Ohio State’s Antonio Pittman or Cal’s Marshawn Lynch. Irons is the safest option and also has the most big-play speed.
17 (17) Jaguars Quentin Moses DE Georgia
The Jaguars should gamble on Moses, who played like a high first-round prospect in ’05 but performed like a fourth-rounder as a senior and thus has slid way down some teams’ draft boards.
18 (18) Bengals Glenn Dorsey* DT LSU
The Bengals’ defense struggled greatly in ’06 and need an active and disruptive force inside. Dorsey would be ideal if he enters the ’07 draft.
19 (19) Titans Dwayne Jarrett* WR USC
The Titans improved greatly down the stretch of the ’06 season with rookie Vince Young at the helm despite mediocre wide receivers. Jarrett would give Young a major weapon outside as he continues to develop.
20 (20) Giants Marshawn Lynch* RB Cal
The Giants have a surprising number of needs, but Tiki Barber is retiring and the coaches are not sold on backup Brandon Jacobs becoming the featured back. Lynch would be a fine complement to Jacobs.
21 (21) Broncos Leon Hall CB Michigan
In the wake of the tragic death of cornerback Darrent Williams, a second-round pick in ’05, the position becomes the team’s No. 1 need. Hall is a tall and physical and would be a fine complement to All-Pro Champ Bailey.
22 (22) Patriots LaRon Landry S LSU
(from Seattle) Safety probably isn’t the Patriots’ No. 1 priority, but coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t let a talent like Landry slide past him at this spot.
23 (23) Cowboys Reggie Nelson* S Florida
Cowboys officials will debate whether to take Nelson and Miami’s Brandon Meriweather here but should go with the more explosive and safer choice.
24 (24) Chiefs DeMarcus Tyler DT NC State
The Chiefs must improve their interior defensive line, and drafting Tyler at this spot probably would signal the end of the line for 2002 first-round pick Ryan Sims.
25 (25) Saints Tanard Jackson CB Syracuse
The Saints’ secondary has had its ups and downs and certainly could use a talent such as Jackson.
26 (26) Jets Marcus McCauley CB Fresno St.
The Jets should take a chance on McCauley even though he struggled through a bad senior season. As a junior, he showed the talent to be a star cornerback. Jets coach Eric Mangini will need to believe he can get McCauley back to that elite level.
27 (27) Eagles Brandon Meriweather S Miami (FL)
The Eagles have a gaping hole alongside All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins. Eagles officials will debate between Meriweather and Virginia Tech’s Aaron Rouse and could gamble on Meriweather because of his on-field impact in all aspects of defense.
28 (28) Patriots Zackary Bowman CB Nebraska
The Patriots can afford to gamble on Bowman, who blew out his knee last August, because they would not need him to start in ’07 and could give him a full season to work his way back to 100 percent.
29 (29) Colts Baraka Atkins DT Miami (FL)
It’s an understatement to say the Colts’ run defense needs a lot of help. Atkins is versatile and could help the team at defensive tackle or defensive end. He could play outside on run downs and move inside on pass downs.
30 (30) Ravens Ryan Harris T Notre Dame
The Ravens should take the top-rated offensive lineman on the board. Harris would add athleticism to the offensive line and could become the replacement for Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden, 32, down the road.
31 (31) Bears Levi Brown T Penn State
The Bears should take a chance on the inconsistent Brown. If they can get him to play with intensity, he has the talent to be an excellent NFL tackle.
32 (32) Chargers Aaron Rouse S Va. Tech
With Rouse, San Diego could address its only weakness on defense — a super athletic safety to pair with Marlon McCree.