By Don Banks
April 12, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 5
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
11 DE Adam Carriker Nebraska Sr. 6-6 295
The 49ers are looking for talent to help them fully transition to the 3-4 defense that Mike Nolan wanted to install -- but couldn't -- upon arriving in 2005. Carriker is versatile along the defensive line, so whether it's the 4-3 or the 3-4 formation that San Francisco has on the field, he'll fit in regardless.
12 LB Patrick Willis Mississippi Sr. 6-2 240
The Bills can't acquire their much needed starting running back in the first round unless they consider a trade up to Houston's No. 10 slot for Peterson. But they'll still have their choice between taking the highly regarded Willis as a replacement for London Fletcher, or Michigan cornerback Leon Hall as the successor to Nate Clements.
13 CB Leon Hall Michigan Sr. 5-11 195
The Rams need another cornerback, and they figure to have their pick among the draft's top two: Hall or Pitt's Darrelle Revis. Hall is the more proven, less risky option, but Revis has more upside, and his sub-4.4 run at his pro day vaulted him into top 15 consideration.
14 LB Paul Posluszny Penn State Sr. 6-2 239
The Panthers could use a tight end, and that's why Miami's Greg Olsen has been linked to them in the first round. But they also need a linebacker given Dan Morgan's health issues, and even though Willis is off the board, it wouldn't be a stretch to target Posluszny. The former Nittany Lion has played both inside and outside.
15 CB Darrelle Revis Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 205
The Steelers are in the market for an outside linebacker, but this may be a bit high for FSU's Lawrence Timmons, the best of the remaining bunch with Posluszny gone. Pittsburgh could turn its attention to the defensive line, but another cornerback wouldn't hurt either. Revis played collegiately at Heinz Field, and you know how Pittsburgh loves its local sons.
16 WR Robert Meachem Tennessee Jr. 6-3 210
With the stock of Cal running back Marshawn Lynch slipping on some boards due to off-field question marks, we think the Packers could kick start the run of first-round receivers. But defensive ends like Arkansas' Jamaal Anderson and Florida's Jarvis Moss also factor into the equation.
17 DE Jamaal Anderson Arkansas Jr. 6-6 280
The Jags love Florida safety Reggie Nelson, who had an exceptional pro day workout. But Anderson is a pass-rushing talent who has some how slipped into the second half of the first round.
18 S Reggie Nelson Florida Jr. 6-1 195
The Bengals need options in their secondary, and they'd be pleasantly surprised if the athletic and rangy Nelson gets past Jacksonville. OLBs Lawrence Timmons of Florida State or the fast-rising Jon Beason of Miami are also tempting, given the release of Brian Simmons, the uncertainty of David Pollack's status, and the demise of Odell Thurman's career in Cincy.
19 WR Dwayne Jarrett USC Jr. 6-5 210
I'm sticking with Jarrett for the Titans because of the Norn Chow connection, and Tennessee's crying need for receiving options. Also, I expect the Titans to be the team that makes a move for San Diego running back Michael Turner at some point this month. If they don't, Cal's Marshawn Lynch is an option. Lynch, however, has some off-field baggage, and that might not play well in Tennessee these days.
20 OT Joe Staley Central Michigan Sr. 6-6 306
The needs at outside linebacker and cornerback are obvious, and the Giants have plenty of options to address either of those holes here. But with left tackle being such a money position, why not go for the fast-rising Staley, who has steadily gained value this spring? Miami linebacker Jon Beason or Texas cornerback Aaron Ross make sense too.

Mock Draft Continued

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