By Don Banks
March 09, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 3
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
11 DT Amobi Okoye Louisville Sr. 6-1 315
The 49ers signed ex-Raven nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin in free agency, but Okoye would upgrade the 49ers other tackle slot, and his potential is too great to pass on. Only 19, his stock continued to rise at the combine. Mississippi middle linebacker Patrick Willis is another intriguing option for San Francisco.
12 CB Patrick Willis Mississippi Sr. 6-2 240
Willis ran an impressive 4.5 at the combine, which pushed him up on some teams' draft boards. With the Bills having lost middle linebacker London Fletcher to Washington in free agency, Willis would be a quality need pick. But so too would Michigan cornerback Leon Hall, who'd fit nicely in the slot vacated by Nate Clements.
13 CB Leon Hall Michigan Sr. 5-11 195
The Rams traded for defensive end James Hall, so that seems to point away from Nebraska DE Adam Carriker. They signed receiver Drew Bennett, so Ted Ginn Jr. might be out as an option. But their right cornerback slot can stand an upgrade, and Leon Hall ran a 4.4 at the combine, making him the consensus top cover man.
14 TE Greg Olsen Miami Sr. 6-5 250
Olsen is one guy who's glad he ran at the combine in Indy. His 4.5 time in the 40 opened some eyes, and his workout was graded as excellent as well, with him catching everything in sight. With Kris Mangum finally retired, Olsen fills a need. Florida safety Reggie Nelson would do the same on the defense.
15 DE Adam Carriker Nebraska Sr. 6-6 295
The Steelers could be tempted to fill the Joey Porter vacancy at outside linebacker with Penn State's Paul Posluszny, but Carriker's grade is much more likely to fit the top half of the first round. Carriker is versatile along the defensive line, so whether it's the 4-3 or the 3-4 under Mike Tomlin, it won't disqualify him.
16 RB Marshawn Lynch California Jr. 5-11 216
The Packers could opt to take the highest ranked receiver here (Ted Ginn Jr. or Dwayne Bowe), but having lost Ahman Green to Houston in free agency, Green Bay still has to consider Cal's Lynch a slam-dunk option. Somebody ask Brett Favre what he thinks.
17 DE Jarvis Moss Florida Jr. 6-6 250
The Jaguars need help at safety and in the pass rush, and they have good options to choose from in their slot. Moss has been compared to a young Jevon Kearse, while fellow Gator Reggie Nelson is one of the top-rated safeties. Texas safety Michael Griffin is another name to keep track of for Jacksonville.
18 S Reggie Nelson Florida Jr. 6-1 195
Pass defense continues to be among the weakest of Cincy's links, so the Bengals figure to either address cornerback or safety. Nelson or Texas' Griffin could give Marvin Lewis the latitude to move safety Madieu Williams to cornerback. If the Bengals go corner in the draft, Pitt's Darrelle Revis could be the choice here.
19 WR Ted Ginn, Jr. Ohio State Jr. 6-0 180
Having lost Drew Bennett in free agency to St. Louis, the Titans virtually have to pick a pass-catcher. Ginn might not wind up falling this far, but if he does, the Titans can't pass on his speed. Plus, his return skills would offset the loss of Pacman Jones if Tennessee winds up parting ways with its controversial cornerback.
20 CB Chris Houston Arkansas Jr. 5-10 185
We know the Giants need a running back, but I think they'll get a veteran to go with Brandon Jacobs. We know they need an OT, but Levi Brown is gone. New York also could use a corner. Houston had a great combine, and his cover skills are well-developed. He's a name on the rise.

Mock Draft Continued

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