By Don Banks
January 24, 2008
Mock NFL Draft No. 1
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
11 WR/PR DeSean Jackson Cal Jr. 6-0 179
The Bills need more offensive weapons, and taking a first-rounder out of Cal worked out pretty well for Buffalo last year. Jackson has speed to burn, and while he's not a finished product by any means, his upside is higher than any other receiver in this year's draft.
12 OT Ryan Clady Boise State Jr. 6-6 317
With the retirement of Matt Lepsis, finding a replacement at offensive tackle rises to the top of the Broncos' need list. Clady has tremendous size, but is still nimble enough in pass coverage thanks to his quick feet.
13 DE Vernon Gholston Ohio State Jr. 6-4 255
The Panthers didn't get much of a pass rush this season thanks to Julius Peppers' disappearing act, and they could use some youth at the position with Mike Rucker likely headed for retirement. Gholston is one of the draft's best edge-rush prospects, and could wind up as an outside linebacker for a team that plays the 3-4.
14 QB Andre Woodson Kentucky Sr. 6-4 219
Like the Falcons and Ravens above them, the Bears lack a long-term answer at quarterback. This is about as high as Woodson could possibly go, but the Bears' need might make him a fit. He needs to improve his decision-making, but he has a solid arm and good NFL quarterback size.
15 OT Jeff Otah Pittsburgh Sr. 6-6 339
The Lions could be targeting one of the highest-rated cornerbacks with this pick, but their need at offensive tackle might fit better with the available value at No. 15. Otah has size and impressive athleticism for a big man. He'd upgrade the right tackle slot (George Foster) or allow the Lions to consider moving LT Jeff Backus to guard.
16 S Kenny Phillips Miami (Fla.) Jr. 6-2 203
There's a good argument for targeting Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart with this pick, and that speaks to Edgerrin James' diminished status in Arizona. But Phillips has great tools and is very attractive as an upgrade over free safety Terrence Holt. The tandem of Phillips and Adrian Wilson in the secondary would make safety a Cardinals strength.
17 DE Calais Campbell Miami (Fla.) Jr. 6-8 279
The Vikings' run defense remains superb, but Minnesota's defensive line still needs to generate some pass rush. Campbell is a 6-foot-8 defensive end with some burst off the edge. This could be a steal at this juncture in the draft, as the junior has the potential to go in the top half of the first round.
18 CB Leodis McKelvin Troy Sr. 5-11 186
The Texans' defensive front seven is suddenly studded with playmakers in Mario Williams, Amobi Okoye and DeMeco Ryans, but Houston's secondary is the weak link. McKelvin has shut-down cornerback potential and played well against tough competition. With No. 1 cover man Dunta Robinson rehabbing a season-ending knee injury, the Texans need pass defense help now.
19 WR Malcolm Kelly Oklahoma Jr. 6-4 217
Quarterback Donovan McNabb has made it known that he needs more playmakers at receiver, and selecting Kelly would be a clear-cut indication that his request was heard and heeded by Andy Reid. Kelly has the size that NFL scouts prefer and is known for his quality route-running.
20 OT Sam Baker USC Sr. 6-5 312
The Bucs' offensive line needs an infusion of talent at left tackle, where Luke Petitgout isn't considered a long-term option. Baker struggled with injuries as a senior, but he's the best available athlete who could step into Tampa Bay's lineup in 2008.

Mock Draft Continued

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