By Don Banks
January 24, 2008
Mock NFL Draft No. 1
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
21 WR Limas Sweed Texas Sr. 6-4 219
The Redskins have tried to go the small-receiver route without much success. Sweed is 6-4, 215 pounds and this week at the Senior Bowl had started to put to rest the concerns about the wrist injury that curtailed his 2007 season. However, Sweed slightly reinjured his wrist Wednesday and will sit out the all-star game. If the Redskins don't take him, No. 22 Dallas would love to have him.
22 WR Mario Manningham Michigan Jr. 6-0 188
The Cowboys want to get younger at receiver, where both Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn are 30-somethings who entered the NFL in the celebrated class of '96. Manningham has deep speed and could supply the vertical threat opposite T.O.'s strong intermediate routes.
*From Cleveland.
23 DE Derrick Harvey Florida Jr. 6-4 250
The Steelers offensive line could use help at guard, tackle and center, but there's nothing left with first-round value at those positions on my board. Harvey gives them a solid pass-rusher who is expected to mature into a dependable pro.
24 WR Early Doucet LSU Sr. 6-0 210
The Titans have to prioritize finding another couple receiving targets in order to aid quarterback Vince Young's development as a passer. Doucet continues the round's second-half run on receivers, and also continues the Tigers' impressive first-round representation the past two drafts.
25 RB Jonathan Stewart Oregon Jr. 5-11 233
Due to the ability of so many teams to find running backs in the later rounds, we have Stewart lingering all the way to the Seahawks, who clearly need to be thinking about their post-Shaun Alexander era. Stewart was a big-play threat in the Ducks' spread offense, but he can gain the tough yards too.
26 WR James Hardy Indiana Jr. 6-6 218
The Jaguars could use an upgrade in their pass rush, where they're not getting enough pressure from the likes of Bobby McCray and Reggie Hayward at right defensive end. But with no first-round pass rusher left to pick from, Jacksonville should once again try to find a true No. 1 receiver with the ability to stretch the field. Hardy is the best option at the bottom of the round.
27 LB Dan Connor Penn State Sr. 6-3 228
There aren't many glaring holes to fill in San Diego, but the Chargers could use an upgrade for Matt Wilhelm at inside linebacker. Connor shifted inside this season for the Nittany Lions, where he took over for Paul Posluszny, who went in last year's second round to Buffalo. Connor plays tough and finds the ball.
28 RB Felix Jones Arkansas Jr. 6-0 205
If the Cowboys don't package their two No. 1's in an effort to move up and take Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, maybe they'll sit tight and settle for the Hogs' other playmaking rusher. Jones has speed, good size (200 pounds) and he's a threat both as a receiver and in the return game.
29 OLB Keith Rivers USC Sr. 6-3 236
The 49ers would love to land a first-round receiver, an offensive tackle or a pass rusher, but they're all gone down this far in the round. Rivers isn't a bad consolation prize. He's athletic, has a great motor, and had a leading role in playing for an ultra-successful program.
* from Indianapolis
30 TE Fred Davis USC Sr. 6-4 245
As pleasant a surprise as tight end Donald Lee was as a pass-catcher this season, the Packers won't be able to pass on Davis if he's still on the board. He would give Brett Favre the go-to option down the seam that he never had with Bubba Franks.
31 OLB Ali Highsmith LSU Sr. 6-0 221
The Giants would love to see either Connor or Rivers linger to their spot, but if neither of those options remain, Highsmith is one of the most complete linebackers in this year's draft, and would upgrade New York at outside linebacker.
32 Pick forfeited
The Patriots lost this pick as their penalty for the Week 1 Spygate episode.

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