By Don Banks
January 29, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 1
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
21 CB Daymeion Hughes California Sr. 6-2 188
With the death of Darrent Williams, the Broncos are in need of a replacement in their secondary. Hughes needs to run well at the Combine to climb this high, but he has been very consistent and productive in college.
22 OT Levi Brown Penn State Sr. 6-5 328
Brown would represent great value for the Cowboys, because some draft-niks have him cracking the top 10. Though Dallas would ideally like to address its secondary issues, Brown offers them help at tackle should Marc Colombo escape in free agency.
23 WR Sidney Rice South Carolina So. 6-4 202
The Chiefs appear to be in luck in that their need for a receiving threat jives nicely with what should be available at this point in the first round. Another year with just Eddie Kennison and Sammy Parker won't cut it.
24 WR Dwayne Bowe LSU Sr. 6-3 220
With Tedy Bruschi mulling retirement, the Pats desperately need help at inside linebacker. But they have two first-rounders to work with. For now, we're giving them Bowe, who addresses their deficiency at receiver. He had a great Senior Bowl week.
25 DT Tank Tyler North Carolina State Sr. 6-2 310
The Jets may decide to move current nose tackle Dewayne Robertson to end, so Tyler could fill the spot in the middle.
26 OLB Lawrence Timmons Florida State Jr. 6- 230
The Eagles need to upgrade at linebacker and Timmons is a great athlete who could step right into the outside spot that Dhani Jones manned in 2006.
27 CB Darrelle Revis Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 205
After the rocky postseason turned in by cornerback Fred Thomas, the Saints know where they need to focus on draft day. Texas CB Aaron Ross or Arkansas CB Chris Houston are other cover men the Saints might be looking at.
28 ILB Patrick Willis Mississippi Sr. 6-2 240
If the Patriots go receiver with their first No. 1, they're almost certain to spend their second on an inside linebacker who can replace either Bruschi or Junior Seau, allowing Mike Vrabel to shift back outside.
29 LB Stewart Bradley Nebraska Sr. 6-4 250
Bradley had a great week in Mobile, and really elevated himself into contention for the bottom of the first round. The Ravens could lose Adalius Thomas in free agency, and find themselves looking for someone who can handle himself in coverage.
30 S Michael Griffin Texas Sr. 6-0 205
Griffin got a bump from his Senior Bowl week as well, and gets high marks for his work in both coverage and against the run. The Chargers need help at receiver, too, so if Bowe should tumble they'd have a choice to make.
31 * OLB Paul Posluszny Penn State Sr. 6-2 238
If the Colts lose weakside linebacker Cato June in free agency as expected, finding his replacement becomes job one. Posluszny is an active, play-making presence who fits best on the weak side in the Colts' "Tampa 2" defensive scheme.
(* -- Depends on Super Bowl)
32 * TE Greg Olsen Miami Jr. 6-5 250
The thought is that despite Desmond Clark's fine season, the Bears still need to broaden their offensive options by giving Rex Grossman a Jeremy Shockey-type to play pitch-and-catch with. Olsen is the top-rated tight end in this year's class.
(* -- Depends on Super Bowl)

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