By Don Banks
April 24, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 4
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
11 DT Alan Branch Michigan Jr. 6-6 330
Branch is slipping down some draft boards due to less than impressive combine and pro day showings. But he's a run-stuffing presence who would be a load to move off the point of attack in the middle of the 49ers defense. Mississippi middle linebacker Patrick Willis and Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker are other good options.
12 RB Adrian Peterson Oklahoma Jr. 6-2 220
The Bills will be fortunate if Peterson lingers this long, but given the many different running back signings/trades this offseason, it's possible that Buffalo's replacement for Willis McGahee is sitting there waiting when its turn rolls around. The Bills could also move up a couple spots to go after Peterson if they sense Houston is shopping the pick.
13 CB Darrelle Revis Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 205
The Rams love Nebraska DE Adam Carriker, but they traded for Detroit defensive end James Hall, so we're presuming they will fill their right cornerback need in the first round. Revis didn't run at the combine, but posted a sub-4.4 time in his pro day, opening eyes around the league.
14 LB Patrick Willis Mississippi Sr. 6-2 240
With all of Dan Morgan's concussions, it's time the Panthers look for someone they can count on in the middle of their linebacking corps. Willis ran a 4.5 at the combine and is now seen as the top prospect at linebacker in the draft.
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 any of the highly-ranked receivers here (Robert Meachem, Ted Ginn Jr., Dwayne Bowe or Dwayne Jarrett), but having lost Ahman Green to Houston in free agency, Cal's Lynch still looks like a slam-dunk pick.
17 S Reggie Nelson Florida Jr. 6-1 195
The Jaguars lost safety Deon Grant to Seattle in free agency and need a replacement. Nelson had an exceptional pro day workout and now trails only LSU's LaRon Landry at the secondary position that has become so vital in so many ways in this era of passing game dominance in the NFL.
18 CB Chris Houston Arkansas Jr. 5-10 185
Pass defense continues to be among the weakest of Cincy's links, so the Bengals figure to either address cornerback or safety. Texas safety Michael Griffin could be an option, but Houston's stock is on the rise and his cover skills were good enough to completely shut down USC receiver Dwayne Jarrett last season.
19 WR Dwayne Jarrett USC Jr. 6-5 210
Another mock draft, another different receiver going to the Titans at No. 19. This time, I'll give them Jarrett, who played and produced at Southern Cal for current Tennessee offensive coordinator Norm Chow. Jarrett doesn't have breakaway speed, but his production and size can't be easily downgraded.
20 CB Aaron Ross Texas Jr. 6-1 192
The Giants got their running back in Reuben Droughns, so now it's time to turn their attention to defense. They could use a corner, and Ross is the last of the four who are considered almost certain to go in the first round.

Mock Draft Continued

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