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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.TeamPlayerPosSchoolWriterCommentsOther needs
1.Miami DolphinsChris LongDEVirginiaJeff 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 RamsJake LongTMichiganNick Wagoner, stlouisrams.comTough call between Long and DT Glenn Dorsey but O-line is an even greater need with Orlando Pace aging.DE, WR, CB
3.Atlanta FalconsGlenn DorseyDTLSUSteve Wyche, Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionNew GM Thomas Dimitroff will use the model he learned in NE and build through the middle up front.QB, OL, CB
4.Oakland RaidersSedrick EllisDTUSCDavid White, San Francisco ChronicleRaiders were last in the league in yards per rush allowed and will need to fill the void left by Warren SappDE, T
5.Kansas City ChiefsRyan CladyTBoise StateAdam Teicher, Kansas City StarToo early to take any CBs or WRs and Chiefs need to fill several spots along offensive line.CB, WR
6.New York JetsDarren McFaddenRBArkansasRich Cimini, New York Daily NewsFills 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 PatriotsVernon GholstonDE/LBOhio StatePatriots Football Weekly staffPerfect fit for the system and has the most upside of any player at the top of the draft.CB, T, TE
8.Baltimore RavensMatt RyanQBBoston CollegeJamison Hensley, Baltimore SunIt'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 BengalsDerrick HarveyDEFloridaGeoff Hobson, bengals.comWith 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 SaintsKeith RiversLBUSCSheldon Mickies, The Baton Rouge AdvocateNeed long-term answer and youth at linebacker but could go corner with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Leodis McKelvin.CB, OL, DT
11.Buffalo BillsLeodis McKelvinCBTroyChris Brown, Bills DigestNeed receivers badly but the value just isn't there and McKelvin is the most pro-ready player on the board.WR, TE
12.Denver BroncosChris WilliamsTVanderbiltFrank Schwab, Colorado Springs GazetteWith Matt Lepsis retiring the Broncos need help up front and Williams comes highly recommended from Jay Cutler.DL, RB, WR
13.Carolina PanthersRashard MendenhallRBIllinoisStan Olson, Charlotte ObserverPanthers usually stick with the best athlete available mantra and Mendenhall will be just too good to pass up.T, DE, FS
14.Chicago BearsJeff OtahTPittsburghBrad Biggs, Chicago Sun-TimesIf 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 LionsJonathan StewartRBOregonNicholas Cotsonika, Detroit Free PressLions have several directions they could go but Stewart might be the best player available.T, LB, DE
16.Arizona CardinalsDominique Rodgers-CromartieCBTennessee StateDarren Urban, Azcardinals.comCorner 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 VikingsPhillip MerlingDEClemsonKevin Seifert, Minneapolis Star TribuneMerling would fill a huge need at DE with Erasmus James (knee) and Kenechi Udeze (illness) unavailable.WR, T
18.Houston TexansAqib TalibCBKansasJohn McClain, Houston ChronicleTexans are desperate for a corner with Dunta Robinson out indefinitely and the run on tackles makes Talib the pick.T, DE
19.Philadelphia EaglesMike JenkinsCBSouth FloridaLes Brown, Philadelphia Daily NewsWill need to find secondary help to go with Asante Samuel when the Eagles trade Lito Sheppard.T, WR, RB
20.Tampa Bay BuccaneersMalcolm KellyWROklahomaRoy Cummings, Tampa TribuneWith 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 RedskinsLimas SweedWRTexasDavid Elfin, Washington TimesAfter 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 CowboysJustin KingCBPenn StateTodd Archer, Dallas Morning NewsEven 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 SteelersBranden AlbertGVirginiaScott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewSteelers need to get younger along offensive line and Albert would replace Alan Faneca, who departed via free agency.DL, WR
24.Tennessee TitansDeSean JacksonWRCaliforniaJim Wyatt, The TennesseeanJackson would fill two needs with one pick — as a return man and as a play-making wide receiverDE, DT, WR
25.Seattle SeahawksDevin ThomasWRMichigan StateScott M. Johnson, Everett HeraldSeahawks 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 JaguarsCalais CampbellDEMiamiPatriots Football Weekly staffJags 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 ChargersAntoine CasonCBArizonaKevin Acee, San Diego Union-TribuneFills Chargers most glaring need and should step in immediately as the third corner.T, RB
28.Dallas CowboysFelix JonesRBArkansasTodd Archer, Dallas Morning NewsCowboys eventually wind up with a former Razorbacks running back but settle for McFadden's teammate.WR, S, OL
29.San Francisco 49rsQuentin GrovesDE/LBAuburnMatt Maiocco, Santa Rosa Press DemocratPass 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 PackersDustin KellerTEPurduePete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-GazettePack 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 GiantsKenny PhillipsSMiamiMike Garafolo, Newark Star-LedgerGiants added Sammy Knight but lost Gibril Wilson and will need a long-term fix at safety.CB, OLB

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