By Don Banks
February 16, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 1
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
11 DT Amobi Okoye Louisville Sr. 6-1 315
49ers head coach Mike Nolan -- the former Ravens defensive coordinator -- knows the importance of an impact defensive tackle. Okoye's blend of speed, athleticism and youth (he's only 19) make him one of the intriguing prospects in this year's draft.
12 CB Leon Hall Michigan Sr. 5-11 195
We'll go straight need pick here, giving the Bills the draft's top-rated cornerback in anticipation of them losing Nate Clements in free agency. Hall is a proven performer who played in a big-time collegiate program.
13 DE Adam Carriker Nebraska Sr. 6-6 295
Job No. 1 for the Rams is to upgrade their defensive line, and they've got several nice options in this slot. If Okoye lingers, he could be the pick. So too could Georgia DE Charles Johnson. But Carriker's stock is expected to rise after a strong Combine workout.
14 S Reggie Nelson Florida Jr. 6-1 195
Nelson can handle both skill sets that are required of top-flight safeties in the NFL. He can hit, and he can cover. The Panthers choice will come down to Nelson or LSU safety LaRon Landry, but we'll give Nelson the nod based on the Gators being better than the Tigers.
15 DE Jarvis Moss Florida Jr. 6-6 250
Still no word on whether new Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will switch to the 4-3 defense that he knows best. But if Pittsburgh stays with the 3-4, some believe Moss would eventually make an excellent rush linebacker in that system.
16 RB Marshawn Lynch California Jr. 5-11 216
Lynch would give the Packers offense the big-play dimension it has lacked in the running game since Ahman Green's last great season, in 2003. Lynch can carry the mail on those days when Brett Favre isn't the best bet for a winning game plan.
17 DE Charles Johnson Georgia Jr. 6-2 272
The Jaguars need to generate some pass rush and are hoping Moss -- what is it about that last name populating the NFL ranks in the past 10 years? -- falls to them. But Johnson or LSU's Landry would be solid second choices.
18 S LaRon Landry LSU Sr. 6-2 202
As always, the Bengals seek defensive help, and in particular more play-making in the secondary. Landry is a good value in this slot, and he would allow Cincy to be more versatile in its pass coverage schemes.
19 WR Dwayne Bowe LSU Sr. 6-3 220
Make it two in a row for the Tigers of LSU. Bowe had a strong week at the Senior Bowl, and even if the Titans don't lose receiver Drew Bennett in free agency, finding another pass-catcher for Vince Young to connect with is a top priority.
20 OT Levi Brown Penn State Sr. 6-5 328
Brown may not last this long, but that's how our board broke. With the Giants releasing starting tackle Luke Petitgout and backup Bob Whitfield retiring, Brown would walk right into a starting role on New York's offensive line.

Mock Draft Continued

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