Friday March 23rd, 2007

Mock NFL Draft No. 4
21DEJarvis MossFloridaJr.6-6250
The Dre' Bly trade addressed the need the Broncos had at cornerback. And Denver believes it has enough young receiving talent on hand, even though some good ones remain on the board. But the Broncos didn't sign Patrick Kerney in free agency, and Moss softens the blow.
22SBrandon MeriweatherMiamiSr.5-11198
The consensus top two safeties are already selected, but the Cowboys know they need to get help for the coverage-challenged Roy Williams. Meriweather or Texas safety Michael Griffin could be the pick, as could one of the top receivers.
23WRDwayne BoweLSUSr.6-3220
The Chiefs are in dire need of pass-catchers, and in this scenario they will have their choice between Bowe, Robert Meachem and Ted Ginn Jr. Bowe is a big target who has a much more proven receiving track record to rely on than the other two.
24SMichael GriffinTexasSr.6-0195
Now that the Patriots have addressed their receiver needs in free agency, signing Donte' Stallworth and trading for Wes Welker, I can see them trading down out of this spot and using their No. 28 first-round pick. But Griffin would be a decent bet given Rodney Harrison's advancing years.
25TEGreg OlsenMiamiSr.6-5250
The Jets would be thrilled if Olsen lasted this long after running a 4.5 at the combine last month. The Saints, at No. 27, also covet a tight end, so keep an eye out for a first-round trade attempt by New Orleans.
26LBLawrence TimmonsFlorida StateJr.6-3230
Even with the addition of Kevin Curtis in free agency, the Eagles could use more receiving help. But it's just not Philly's style, and Andy Reid and Joe Banner still aren't over the Freddie Mitchell pick. Timmons is the best available value at a position the Eagles could use help at immediately.
27CBMarcus McCauleyFresno StateSr.6-1203
The Saints need an upgrade for Fred Thomas at cornerback, but the best four prospects are all gone. If no trade upwards for a cornerback materializes and they can't get Miami tight end Greg Olsen, McCauley will be the most attractive cover man remaining.
28OTJoe StaleyCentral MichiganSr.6-6306
If the Patriots keep both of their first-round picks, and take some secondary help at No. 24, they can afford to address their right-tackle position here. Staley's stock has him rapidly rising up the board. Texas guard-tackle Justin Blalock is another option to keep in mind.
29OLJustin BlalockTexasSr.6-3320
Having acquired Willis McGahee to replace Jamal Lewis, the Ravens might want to target their offensive line. Right tackle Tony Pashos signed with Jacksonville and there are rumblings that left tackle Jonathan Ogden is contemplating retirement. Most think Blalock is a guard in the NFL, but he's a smart, versatile talent.
30WRTed Ginn, Jr.Ohio StateJr.6-0180
Ginn's draft standing has been hurt by his lingering mid-foot sprain, and there's some buzz that he won't be able to run for NFL scouts at any point prior to the draft. The Chargers need receiving help and have the kind of draft position where they can take a late-round chance on his still healing right foot.
31WRRobert MeachemTennesseeJr.6-3210
The Bears need offensive line help at both guard and tackle, but they can't ignore Meachem's first-round grade. Another target for Rex Grossman isn't a bad idea, especially since Muhsin Muhammad will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2007.
32DTJustin HarrellTennesseeSr.6-5300
The Colts need an outside linebacker to replace Cato June, who signed with Tampa Bay in free agency. But Indy's more pressing concern is the run defense that looked so horrible late in the regular season. Harrell is a good value in this slot, and he or North Carolina State's Tank Tyler could squeak into the first round.

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