By Don Banks
March 09, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 3
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
21 DE Anthony Spencer Purdue Sr. 6-3 266
The Dre' Bly trade addressed the Broncos' cornerback needs. And Denver believes it has enough young receiving talent on hand, even though Dwayne Bowe and Dwayne Jarrett are still on the board. But the Broncos didn't get Patrick Kerney, and Spencer, although a 3-4 linebacker to some, would boost the defensive line.
22 CB Aaron Ross Texas Jr. 6-1 192
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 Dwayne Bowe LSU Sr. 6-3 220
The Chiefs are in dire need of pass-catchers, and in this scenario they will have their choice of the best available receiver named Dwayne: Either Bowe, or USC's Jarrett. Bowe seems to receive the consensus higher grade from the personnel guys I talk to, but the Chiefs could fall in love with Jarrett's winning pedigree.
24 WR Robert Meachem Tennessee Jr. 6-3 210
With the Adalius Thomas signing having supplied big help at linebacker, the Patriots are in position to address their offense with the first of their two first-rounders. Jarrett is another option, but Meachem would join fellow SEC alums Reche Caldwell, Jabar Gaffney and Chad Jackson on the receiving depth chart.
25 OLB Paul Posluszny Penn State Sr. 6-2 238
The Jets don't have a lot of glaring needs and could afford to take their highest rated player in this spot, with the exception of a few positions. Outside linebacker or cornerback are the most likely areas to be addressed, and Posluszny is a proven play-making presence who would fit whether New York plays a 4-3 or a 3-4.
26 WR Dwayne Jarrett USC Jr. 6-5 210
This isn't really an Eagles type of pick, but given the expected loss of Donte' Stallworth in free agency, Philly might not be able to pass on Jarrett's track record of production. Florida State OLB Lawrence Timmons is another possibility, and the secondary could get first-round attention as well.
27 CB Darrelle Revis Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 205
The Saints need an upgrade at cornerback and are just hoping that the first-round pickings aren't exhausted when their turn comes. Revis didn't run at the combine and he's a bit of a project as a junior, but either he or Fresno State's Marcus McCauley figure to be the most attractive coverage men remaining.
28 S Michael Griffin Texas Sr. 6-0 195
Having spent their initial first-round pick on a receiver, the Patriots can go shopping for Rodney Harrison's eventual replacement. Griffin and Miami's Brandon Meriweather are the safeties who should be available, although the Patriots are probably dreaming about Reggie Nelson falling to them.
29 OL Justin Blalock Texas Sr. 6-3 320
Having acquired Willis McGahee to replace Jamal Lewis, the Ravens might want to target their offensive line. Right tackle Tony Pashos signed with Jacksonville and there are rumblings that left tackle Jonathan Ogden is contemplating retirement. Most think Blalock is a guard in the NFL, but he's a smart, versatile talent.
30 S Brandon Meriweather Miami Sr. 5-11 198
If there's a receiver the Chargers are in love with (South Carolina's Sidney Rice?), they could go in that direction. But Meriweather would make a nice replacement for Terrence Kiel, who was released last week. Meriweather has some off-field issues, however, and that could discourage the Chargers, given Kiel's troubles.
31 G Ben Grubbs Auburn Sr. 6-3 311
The Bears could use a play-making tight end, but Arizona State's Zach Miller doesn't carry a first-round grade. Chicago's offensive line is showing signs of age, so Grubbs, Tennessee tackle-guard Arron Sears, or someone who is currently flying under the radar would be a good fit for the first round's penultimate selection.
32 LB Lawrence Timmons Florida State Jr. 6-3 230
The Colts haven't lost outside linebacker Cato June in free agency yet, but they're still expecting to at some point. Timmons didn't help himself much at the combine, where his measurables were less than expected in terms of speed and height, but he's a great athlete who can play the Colts' up-tempo style.

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