Friday April 27th, 2007

Mock Draft
PickTeamPos.PlayerCollegeClassHt.Wt.
21LBJon BeasonMiamiSr.6-0230
Mike Shanahan loves athleticism at the linebacker position -- what coach doesn't these days? -- and Beason is the kind of rush 'backer the Broncos think they can use from sideline to sideline.
22CBChris HoustonArkansasJr.5-10185
Not the clinging cover corner you'd like to see for a first-rounder, but Houston's the kind of physical corner Wade Phillips likes in his secondary. Fast, too -- consistently in the 4.4-speed range.
23RBMarshawn LynchCaliforniaJr.5-11215
Remember when Chiefs picked Larry Johnson with Priest Holmes still apparently in his prime? Lynch is insurance for a Johnson trade -- or in the event he demands so much money that the Chiefs let him walk after 2007.
24DEJarvis MossFloridaJr.6-6250
TRADE: Dan Snyder can't resist, and the Patriots are perfect partners. Washington deals a first-round pick in 2008 to move into the late first-round area to get a guy they really need -- a defensive end for the future, which they don't have.
25TEGreg OlsenMiamiSr.6-5250
Olsen's definitely the Jets' man, if he lasts this long. Maybe he'll be the anti-Shockey and Winslow. Maybe he'll be able to stay on the field for 16 games.
26SBrandon MeriweatherMiamiSr.5-11195
Eagles are pretty good at sniffing out the bad apples, and Andy Reid thinks Meriweather, whose well-replayed infamous stomping of the Florida International player last fall scared some teams off, is worth the risk.
27SReggie NelsonFloridaJr.6-1195
Good value pick for a team that wants to shore up the back end of the defense. Nelson will give the secondary a shot of adrenalin and aggression that was sorely lacking in the NFC title game loss to Chicago.
28SMichael GriffinTexasSr.6-0202
The Patriots could go cornerback, linebacker or safety with this pick. They'll get one of each in this draft, for sure. Some playmaker, this guy. Had 23 tackles and a blocked punt his junior year in a game against Texas A&M.
29OLTony UgohArkansasSr.6-5301
This is the heir to Jon Ogden, either in 2008 or 2009, depending how much longer the great Ogden plays. He's the kind of athletic, long-armed guy that has become prototype for left tackles.
30WRDwayne BoweLSUSr.6-3220
A.J. Smith does it again. Picks a guy who should never have been there and fortifies the weakest position on his team. In Bowe, the chargers get a 220-pound target who played big last fall, catching 12 touchdowns for the Tigers.
31DTJustin HarrellTennesseeSr.6-5314
The Bears can wait to fortify the receiver spot, because they've got to grab a tackle from the perilously thin defensive tackle crop. Harrell missed most of 2006 with a torn biceps, but he should be fine to join the Chicago DT rotation.
32OTJoe StaleyCentral MichiganSr.6-6306
Meat-and-potatoes pick by the Colts, who figure they can get defensive tackle or receiver help with their two third-round picks. Staley is the number three tackle on many NFL boards.

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