By Don Banks
February 16, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 1
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
21 CB Darrelle Revis Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 205
With the death of cornerback Darrent Williams, the Broncos are in need of a replacement in their secondary. Revis or Cal's Dameyion Hughes would be solid choices, but we're giving Revis the edge here because he also has return specialist skills.
22 CB Dameyion Hughes California Sr. 6-2 188
The Cowboys secondary was torched in December, and with the abundance of first-round talent at cornerback, Wade Phillips won't overlook his top need. Hughes, a strong cover man, would give Dallas the option of shifting Anthony Henry to free safety.
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 Samie Parker won't cut it.
24 LB Lawrence Timmons Florida State Jr. 6-3 230
Timmons is a gifted athlete whose stock is expected to rise if he turns in some glitzy numbers at the Combine. He's an outside linebacker and the Pats' need is more on the inside, but with Mike Vrabel's versatility, Timmons could fit the bill.
25 TE Greg Olsen Miami Sr. 6-5 250
This way, both New York teams will have an ex-Miami Hurricanes tight end to throw to, and it also gives the Giants' Jeremy Shockey someone to pal around with in the Big Apple. But not during the offseason. We all know Shockey stays in South Florida for that.
26 DE Anthony Spencer Purdue Sr. 6-3 266
The Eagles need a receiver and an outside linebacker, so Robert Meachem and Paul Posluszny are two good names to know. But Philly usually doesn't invest first-round money at those positions. In Andy Reid's world, the lines always get priority.
27 CB Aaron Ross Texas Jr. 6-1 192
The Saints are targeting an upgrade at the cornerback slot currently held by veteran Fred Thomas. Ross or Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston figure to be the choices when their turn comes around. Having been in Dallas, Saints head coach Sean Payton may have seen more of Ross.
28 WR Robert Meachem Tennessee Jr. 6-3 210
If the Patriots address linebacker with the No. 24 pick, they'd be hard-pressed not to throw Tom Brady a bone with their second first-rounder. Meachem could join fellow SEC alums Reche Caldwell, Jabar Gaffney and Chad Jackson on the receiving depth chart.
29 LB Stewart Bradley Nebraska Sr. 6-4 256
This pick assumes the Ravens won't franchise Adalius Thomas and will lose him in free agency. Bradley turned some heads at the Senior Bowl and could build on that momentum at the Combine. The Ravens also could go with Arkansas cornerback Chris Houston or offensive line help.
30 S Michael Griffin Texas Sr. 6-0 195
Griffin got a bump from his Senior Bowl week as well, and he'd replace strong safety Terrence Kiel, who the Chargers can't wait to part ways with. San Diego needs help at receiver, too, so if Meachem should tumble, it would have a choice to make.
31 TE Zach Miller Arizona State Jr. 6-5 259
I don't think Lance Briggs is going to get away from Chicago, so that makes me turn my draft concentration to offense, where the Bears could use either a play-making tight end or an injection of youth on the offensive line. Tennessee's versatile tackle-guard Arron Sears is a name to file away.
32 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 a first-round priority. Posluszny is an active, play-making presence who fits best on the weak side in the Colts' "Tampa 2'' defensive scheme. Florida's Brandon Siler is another possibility.

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