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Writers' 2008 Mock Draft

Since we can't get into the draft rooms to see every team's board, we checked with those who have a strong knowledge of each NFL team, the writers assigned to cover them.

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Pk. Team Player Pos School Writer Comments Other needs
1. Miami Dolphins Chris Long DE Virginia Jeff Darlington,
Miami Herald
Dolphins will go Long, but will it be Chris or Jake? Athleticism and work ethic overshadow the concerns about his switch to OLB. T, QB, DL
2. St. Louis Rams Jake Long T Michigan Nick Wagoner, Tough call between Long and DT Glenn Dorsey but O-line is an even greater need with Orlando Pace aging. DE, WR, CB
3. Atlanta Falcons Glenn Dorsey DT LSU Steve Wyche, Atlanta Journal-Constitution New GM Thomas Dimitroff will use the model he learned in NE and build through the middle up front. QB, OL, CB
4. Oakland Raiders Sedrick Ellis DT USC David White, San Francisco Chronicle Raiders were last in the league in yards per rush allowed and will need to fill the void left by Warren Sapp DE, T
5. Kansas City Chiefs Ryan Clady T Boise State Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star Too early to take any CBs or WRs and Chiefs need to fill several spots along offensive line. CB, WR
6. New York Jets Darren McFadden RB Arkansas Rich Cimini, New York Daily News Fills glaring need for speed and a playmaker on offense and McFadden would provide solid 1-2 punch with Thomas Jones. CB, DE/LB, QB
7. New England Patriots Vernon Gholston DE/LB Ohio State Patriots Football Weekly staff Perfect fit for the system and has the most upside of any player at the top of the draft. CB, T, TE
8. Baltimore Ravens Matt Ryan QB Boston College Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun It's the one position the Ravens desperately need to address for the future, and it makes sense with a new regime starting. CB, T, RB
9. Cincinnati Bengals Derrick Harvey DE Florida Geoff Hobson, With the top DTs gone Bengals would probably do whatever they could to trade down, but a pass rusher would make sense. WR, RB
10. New Orleans Saints Keith Rivers LB USC Sheldon Mickies, The Baton Rouge Advocate Need long-term answer and youth at linebacker but could go corner with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Leodis McKelvin. CB, OL, DT
11. Buffalo Bills Leodis McKelvin CB Troy Chris Brown, Bills Digest Need receivers badly but the value just isn't there and McKelvin is the most pro-ready player on the board. WR, TE
12. Denver Broncos Chris Williams T Vanderbilt Frank Schwab, Colorado Springs Gazette With Matt Lepsis retiring the Broncos need help up front and Williams comes highly recommended from Jay Cutler. DL, RB, WR
13. Carolina Panthers Rashard Mendenhall RB Illinois Stan Olson, Charlotte Observer Panthers usually stick with the best athlete available mantra and Mendenhall will be just too good to pass up. T, DE, FS
14. Chicago Bears Jeff Otah T Pittsburgh Brad Biggs, Chicago Sun-Times If board is this thin at tackle Bears will likely do whatever they can to trade down, but RB and WR value just aren't there. RB, WR, QB
15. Detroit Lions Jonathan Stewart RB Oregon Nicholas Cotsonika, Detroit Free Press Lions have several directions they could go but Stewart might be the best player available. T, LB, DE
16. Arizona Cardinals Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Tennessee State Darren Urban, Corner is one of the team's biggest needs and with three running backs off the board Rodgers-Cromartie makes sense. RB, DE/OLB
17. Minnesota Vikings Phillip Merling DE Clemson Kevin Seifert, Minneapolis Star Tribune Merling would fill a huge need at DE with Erasmus James (knee) and Kenechi Udeze (illness) unavailable. WR, T
18. Houston Texans Aqib Talib CB Kansas John McClain, Houston Chronicle Texans are desperate for a corner with Dunta Robinson out indefinitely and the run on tackles makes Talib the pick. T, DE
19. Philadelphia Eagles Mike Jenkins CB South Florida Les Brown, Philadelphia Daily News Will need to find secondary help to go with Asante Samuel when the Eagles trade Lito Sheppard. T, WR, RB
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Malcolm Kelly WR Oklahoma Roy Cummings, Tampa Tribune With no receivers taken the Bucs could look to trade down, but with the pick of the litter Kelly would be tough to pass up. CB, RB
21. Washington Redskins Limas Sweed WR Texas David Elfin, Washington Times After four straight years of defensive players with the first pick new 'Skins coach Jim Zorn will likely go offense with WR. DE, S, OL, LB
22. Dallas Cowboys Justin King CB Penn State Todd Archer, Dallas Morning News Even if the Cowboys get Pacman Jones they'll still need more help at corner and King is the best available at this point. RB, WR, S
23. Pittsburgh Steelers Branden Albert G Virginia Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Steelers need to get younger along offensive line and Albert would replace Alan Faneca, who departed via free agency. DL, WR
24. Tennessee Titans DeSean Jackson WR California Jim Wyatt, The Tennesseean Jackson would fill two needs with one pick — as a return man and as a play-making wide receiver DE, DT, WR
25. Seattle Seahawks Devin Thomas WR Michigan State Scott M. Johnson, Everett Herald Seahawks need depth at receiver after losing D.J. Hackett via free agency and Deion Branch for September with a torn ACL. RB, TE
26. Jacksonville Jaguars Calais Campbell DE Miami Patriots Football Weekly staff Jags need to add to depth along defensive line and Campbell or North Carolina's Kentwan Balmer would make sense. WR, T, TE
27. San Diego Chargers Antoine Cason CB Arizona Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune Fills Chargers most glaring need and should step in immediately as the third corner. T, RB
28. Dallas Cowboys Felix Jones RB Arkansas Todd Archer, Dallas Morning News Cowboys eventually wind up with a former Razorbacks running back but settle for McFadden's teammate. WR, S, OL
29. San Francisco 49rs Quentin Groves DE/LB Auburn Matt Maiocco, Santa Rosa Press Democrat Pass rush has been a major trouble spot for the Niners defense for quite some time and Groves would be ideal. OL, DL, LB
30. Green Bay Packers Dustin Keller TE Purdue Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette Pack could really use a corner but the value isn't there. Keller has intriguing skills and would add a weapon to passing game. CB, QB
31. New York Giants Kenny Phillips S Miami Mike Garafolo, Newark Star-Ledger Giants added Sammy Knight but lost Gibril Wilson and will need a long-term fix at safety. CB, OLB

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