JagNation.com Staff Mock Draft

Trevor Laws, Notre Dame (AP/Michael Conroy)

Some of the JagNation staff writers sat down and completed a two-round mock draft just in time for the real thing on Saturday. This is how we had the first day playing out, assuming there will be no trades.

  1. Miami Dolphins- Jake Long, OT, Michigan- Long will eventually take Miami's semi-lowball offer and they won't have to worry about the tackle position for 10-12 years.

  2. St. Louis Rams- Chris Long, DE, Virginia- "The other Long" may be the safest pick in this entire draft, and the Rams can't pass on a player with his motor.

  3. Atlanta Falcons- Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU- New head coach Mike Smith will try to build his new defense in Atlanta as he did the defense in Jacksonville, from the middle out.  Dorsey will be an excellent fit.

  4. Oakland Raiders- Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas- Although the Raiders don't need any more help at running back, they can't pass on a player of McFadden's talent and upside.

  5. Kansas City Chiefs- Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College- The Chiefs were sold on former third-round pick Brodie Croyle right up until the Falcons passed on Ryan.  They can start their rebuilding with a true franchise quarterback now.

  6. N.Y. Jets- Vernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State- Gholston should be a great pass rusher in the Jets 3-4 scheme, and if they don't take him, New England will.

  7. New England Patriots- Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida- Although the Pats have a need at corner, Harvey can be a great pass rusher off the edge and could take their defense back to elite status.

  8. Baltimore Ravens- Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St.- With no quarterback fitting the value of the pick, the Ravens find their replacement for Jonathan Ogden.

  9. Cincinnati Bengals- Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC- Cincinnati has been soft in the middle for years, and Ellis is an impact player who can quickly change that.

  10. New Orleans Saints- Keith Rivers, LB, USC- The Saints linebackers have looked slow over the past few years, and Rivers could be a playmaker and elevate that defense.

  11. Buffalo Bills- Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy St.- The Bills have spent significant money in the offseason trying to rebuild their defense, and McKelvin is the best cornerback on the board.

  12. Denver Broncos- Branden Albert, OG/OT, Virginia- Denver needs help on both of their lines, and Albert will help protect Jay Cutler.

  13. Carolina Panthers- Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt- The Panthers offensive line was much like a leaky roof last season, and Williams should be a day one starter.

  14. Chicago Bears- Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh- Otah checked out fine medically, and he will help the Bears offense immediately.

  15. Detroit Lions- Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois- Detroit is in desperate need of a star running back, and Mendenhall's speed and power certainly fit the bill.

  16. Arizona Cardinals- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Tennessee St.- Rodgers-Cromartie is both a great value and addresses a need in Arizona.  His return ability will help the Cards as well.

  17. Minnesota Vikings- Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson- Assuming the Vikes don't land Kansas City DE Jared Allen in a trade, Merling will help a near desperate defensive end situation in Minnesota.

  18. Houston Texans- Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon- Stewart was a large part of the Ducks success last season, and the Texans can't depend on Ahman Green staying healthy.

  19. Philadelphia Eagles- Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College- The Eagles love selecting big guys early, and Cherilus will help rebuild their offensive line.

  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mike Jenkins, CB, USF- The Bucs will need a successor for Ronde Barber as he's getting on in years, and Jenkins is a talented local guy that could start opposite Barber almost immediately.

  21. Washington Redskins- Kentwan Balmer, DT, UNC-  Washington needs beef in the middle, and Balmer fits that need specifically.

  22. Dallas Cowboys- Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is a Razorback alum., and Jones will be a very speedy compliment to Marion Barber.

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers- Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, Auburn- The Steelers need to fix both lines, and nobody fits the value of the pick on the offensive line.  Groves will fit in well in the Steelers 3-4.

  24. Tennessee Titans- James Hardy, WR, Indiana- The Titans need a wide receiver desperately, and Hardy is the most physically gifted wideout on the board.

  25. Seattle Seahawks- Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State- Now that D.J. Hackett escaped the Pacific Northwest, the Seahawks need a compliment to Deion Branch.  Thomas fits the bill.

  26. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Laws, DT, Notre Dame- Laws may be somewhat of a reach at #26, but he's a high-motor player who could make an immediate impact.

  27. San Diego Chargers- DeSean Jackson, WR, California- The speedy Jackson will be a nice compliment to Vincent Jackson and offers some return help to Darren Sproles.

  28. Dallas Cowboys- Aquib Talib, CB, Kansas- Dallas needs corners desperately, and Talib is a top 10 talent with a few off the field issues.

  29. S.F. 49ers- Jerrod Mayo, LB, Tennessee- Jerrod Mayo will be a great compliment to Patrick Willis and the Niners will have one of the most athletic linebacking corps in the NFL.

  30. Green Bay Packers- Kenny Phillips, S, Miami- Kenny Phillips can play right away at safety, as his presence will likely move Atari Bigby to the bench.

  31. N.Y. Giants- Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona- The Super Bowl champs are aging in their secondary, and Cason will give them great cover ability with his long arms, as well as explosive special teams return abilities.

  32. Miami Dolphins- Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma- The Dolphins envision a speedy wide receiving corps of last year's number one pick, Ted Ginn, and Malcolm Kelly.

  33. St. Louis Rams- Dan Conner, LB, Penn State- Conner is a very solid linebacker who will help rebuild the Rams defense.

  34. Atlanta Falcons- Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville- The Falcons can close the book on the Michael Vick era with a productive collegiate quarterback, and they don't have to pay top five money.

  35. Kansas City Chiefs- Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech- Kansas City's secondary let them down quite a bit last season, and Flowers is as talented as nearly any corner in the draft.

  36. N.Y. Jets- Limus Sweed, WR, Texas- The Jets need more speed on the outside to go along with Laverneus Coles and Jerrico Cotchery.  Sweed will provide that.

  37. Atlanta Falcons- Curtis Lofton, LB, Oklahoma- The Falcons have a wealth of early draft picks, and they should rebuild their defense fairly quickly with a speedy linebacker like Lofton.

  38. Baltimore Ravens- Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware- Baltimore couldn't get their quarterback in round one, so they grabbed the guy with the strongest arm in the draft in round two.

  39. S.F. 49ers- Cliff Avril, DE/OLB, Purdue- Mike Nolan will get his defense back to respectability quickly with this OLB/DE that fits in the 3-4 or the 4-3.

  40. New Orleans Saints- Justin King, CB, Penn State- The Saints need more speed in the secondary, and King and his 4.3 speed will certainly help.

  41. Buffalo Bills- Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue- The Bills will give Trent Edwards another weapon with the sure-handed Keller, who many have as a first-round grade.

  42. Denver Broncos- Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC- The defensive end position has been a weakness in Denver for several seasons, and with Jackson they get an accomplished collegiate player.

  43. Carolina Panthers- Pat Sims, DT, UNC- The Panthers need beef in the middle to replace the recently traded Kris Jenkins, and Sims is a local guy that will fit right in.

  44. Chicago Bears- Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan- Manningham is used to playing in the cold of Michigan, and he will help replace the production of Bernard Berrian.

  45. Detroit Lions- Dre Moore, DT, Maryland- The Lions will hope that Moore can be a solid replacement for the recently traded Shaun Rogers.

  46. Cincinnati Bengals- Tyrell Johnson, S, Arkansas St.- The Bengals have needs all over their defense, and Johnson is a solid value in round two.

  47. Minnesota Vikings- DaJuan Morgan, S, N.C. State- With Darren Sharper getting up in years, Morgan can be groomed to be his replacement.

  48. Atlanta Falcons- Sam Baker, OT, USC- The Falcons are desperate for help on the offensive line, and Baker is a very accomplished All-American.

  49. Philadelphia Eagles- Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida- Caldwell impressed many scouts since the end of his season, and he would add some more speed to the Eagles receiving corps.

  50. Arizona Cardinals- Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers- Edgerrin James doesn't seem to be working out well for Arizona, and Rice will give him an explosive compliment.

  51. Washington Redskins- Calais Campbell, DE, Miami- Many have Campbell as a first-round pick, and the Skins would be elated to get this 6'8", 290 lb. monster in round two.

  52. Tampa Bay- Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas St.- The Bucs need a compliment for Joey Galloway on the outside, and Nelson is a solid second-round value.

  53. Pittsburgh Steelers- Anthony Collins, OT, Kansas- The Steelers must rebuild their offensive line, and Collins value fits the pick well.

  54. Tennessee Titans- Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana- Tennessee can close the book on the Pacman Jones era with this potential day one starter.

  55. Seattle Seahawks- Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas- The Seahawks can get their replacement for Shaun Alexander in the speedy Charles, who could rejuvenate their offense.

  56. Green Bay Packers- Fred Davis, TE, USC- Aaron Rodgers needs a tight end to throw to and Davis will afford him a big, sure-handed target in the middle of the field.

  57. Miami Dolphins- Chad Henne, QB, Michigan- Henne is a prototype pocket passer and he will give last year's second-round pick, John Beck plenty of competition.

  58. Jacksonville Jaguars- Darrell Robertson, DE, Georgia Tech- The Jaguars are reaching a bit with this pick, but they need defensive line help, and Robertson can get to the quarterback.

  59. Indianapolis Colts- Chris Johnson, RB, ECU- The speedy Johnson will flourish behind the Colts offensive line, especially playing on the fast track in Indy.  Johnson will be a nice compliment to Joseph Addai.

  60. Green Bay Packers- Xavier Adibi, LB, Virginia Tech- The Packers defense can get even better as Adibi can team up with A.J. Hawk to be one of the most active linebacker groups in the league.

  61. Dallas Cowboys- Early Doucet, WR, LSU- The Cowboys can groom a Terry Glenn replacement in Early Doucet, who is a nice value at the end of round two.

  62. New England Patriots- Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma- The Pats can begin to move on to life without Asante Samuel with this talented corner, and they don't have to pay first-round money.

  63. New York Giants- Marcus Harrison, DT, Arkansas- The Giants gain more depth on their defensive line as Harrison can challenge Fred Robbins for a starting job.


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