Friday April 20th, 2007

Mock NFL Draft No. 6
21DTJustin HarrellTennesseeSr.6-5314
The Broncos could go a lot of different ways, taking either a pass-rusher like Moss, an outside linebacker like Timmons or Beason, or a receiver like Meachem or Bowe. But they have a need for an infusion of talent at defensive tackle too, and Harrell is a guy who has climbed into contention for a spot in the bottom third of the round.
22WRDwayne BoweLSUSr.6-3220
Even though the secondary was the big problem last season, and safeties Brandon Meriweather and Michael Griffin are still on the board, the Cowboys will justifiably scoop up a receiver who can help offset the 30-something status of veterans Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn.
23WRRobert MeachemTennesseeJr.6-3210
The Chiefs offensive line could use help in the wake of guard Will Shields' retirement, but this is probably a bit high for Auburn's Ben Grubbs or Texas's Justin Blalock. Meachem is the last of the sure-fire first-round receivers, and K.C. has to get somebody to catch either Damon Huard's or Brodie Croyle's passes this season.
24CBAaron RossTexasJr.6-1192
Even with the Patriots this week adding cornerback Tory James as insurance for the Asante Samuel situation, they wouldn't automatically overlook the draft's No. 3-rated cornerback. Finding safety Rodney Harrison's eventual replacement is another possibility. Miami's Brandon Meriweather and Texas's Michael Griffin are the obvious candidates.
25TEGreg OlsenMiamiSr.6-5250
If the Saints don't try to trade above them (No. 22 Dallas, No. 24 New England?) to nab Olsen, the Jets will take him and give themselves a play-making threat at tight end. He's not another Jeremy Shockey, but he's a reasonable facsimile. If Olsen is off the board, New York could go for Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston.
26DEJarvis MossFloridaJr.6-6250
The Eagles are in position to take their highest rated defensive player on the board, and having Moss land in their laps would be a coup. With Jevon Kearse's future clouded by his 2006 knee injury, and Darren Howard underachieving last season, an upgrade in the pass rush is necessary.
27CBChris HoustonArkansasJr.5-10185
There are varying opinions about Houston around the league, but he's got great cover skills and plenty of speed. Plus, we hear he's a talker. With the Saints losing the always loquacious Joe Horn, there's a void to fill in that department.
28LBJon BeasonMiamiSr.6-0230
If the Pats went cornerback or safety at No. 24, giving inside linebacker the attention here makes sense, because Tedy Bruschi is almost done. Beason is a prospect who played outside in college, but is considered capable of handling an inside role in the 3-4. A guard such as Blalock, Grubbs or Tennessee's Arron Sears wouldn't surprise us either.
29OLJustin BlalockTexasSr.6-3320
The Ravens are hoping Staley falls this far, but that's a long shot. The depleted offensive line is a critical need. Blalock is a smart (his 41 on the Wonderlic was the combine high) and versatile talent who is ready to play right away. Another option would be USC center Ryan Kalil, who could shift to guard until Mike Flynn retires.
30WRSteve SmithUSCSr.6-0198
It would be one of the biggest first-round stories of the year if Smith went ahead of Dwayne Jarrett, the more celebrated of the two ex-Trojans receivers. But the Chargers could use a burst of speed in their receiving game, and that's not Jarrett's strong suit. Texas safety Griffin would be another suitable selection at a need position.
31WRDwayne JarrettUSCJr.6-5210
The chance to nab one of the top five receivers trumps the Bears' needs at both outside linebacker (where Timmons is still available) and guard (where Grubbs and Sears linger). Jarrett's in the mold of Muhsin Muhammad, who's big but not fast, and the Bears have had a good experience with the soon-to-be 34-year-old and his style of game.
32LBLawrence TimmonsFlorida StateJr.6-3230
Timmons could go much higher than this, but if he's still hanging around, the Colts will jump all over him as the ideal replacement for departed weakside linebacker Cato June. He's a little green in spots, but Timmons is the kind of athletic, sideline-to-sideline pursuer the Colts defense thrives on.

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