By Don Banks
April 26, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 7
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 town in 2005. Carriker is versatile along the defensive line and can play in the 4-3 or the 3-4. The 49ers would love it if Willis makes it to No. 11, but I'm told the 49ers aren't as high on Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch as some believe.
12 CB Leon Hall Michigan Sr. 5-11 195
If the Bills don't make a move upward for Peterson, and lose out on Willis as well, Hall fills another glaring need: the cornerback slot vacated by Nate Clements. Cal running back Marshawn Lynch is an option here, but I'm told Buffalo thinks No. 12 might be a bit high for him. Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis would be another consideration alongside Hall.
13 DE Jamaal Anderson Arkansas Jr. 6-6 280
The Rams could use more pass rush and more run stuffing. Given the questions concerning Alan Branch's inconsistent effort and durability, Anderson seems the safer pick. A cornerback is another possibility, and this is close to where Revis is projected to go. A potential trade with Carolina for defensive tackle Kris Jenkins could alter the Rams' approach to the first round.
14 S Reggie Nelson Florida Jr. 6-1 195
The Panthers, on my board, are going to just miss out on Anderson, and that makes their situation tricky to decipher because their other top options seem slight reaches at No. 14. That group includes the rangy and athletic Nelson, in addition to Miami tight end Greg Olsen, linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Paul Posluszny, and Texas safety Michael Griffin.
15 CB Darrelle Revis Pittsburgh Jr. 6-0 205
The Steelers have good options on the defensive line with end/linebacker Jarvis Moss or tackles Branch and Justin Harrell. Outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons would help Mike Tomlin's team transition to a 4-3. But Revis is the draft's second-rated corner, and some have him No. 1, ahead of Hall. That he played at Pitt doesn't hurt.
16 RB Marshawn Lynch California Jr. 5-11 215
Lynch has been slotted to go to the Packers in most mocks for months now, and it still seems the logical confluence of need, value and availability. Receiver is another option that makes sense, with the likes of Ted Ginn Jr., Dwayne Bowe and Robert Meachem still on the board.
17 DE Jarvis Moss Florida Jr. 6-6 250
The Jaguars could also use a safety such as Griffin or Miami's Brandon Meriweather, but with Nelson coming off the board at No. 14, Moss's potential as an impact pass rusher makes him the most valuable commodity available. Nothing wrong with trying to get a little of that Gators magic to rub off on you these days.
18 DT Alan Branch Michigan Jr. 6-6 330
The Bengals stop Branch's free-fall, adding the type of potential run-stuffing presence they've been seeking forever. While some have questioned Branch's motor, he's not a character-issue prospect, and that makes him eligible to play in Cincinnati this year. If Revis lasts until this slot, he'd be another tempting selection.
19 WR Ted Ginn, Jr. Ohio State Jr. 6-0 180
The Titans should have their choice of the top three receivers who aren't named Calvin Johnson: Ginn, ex-Vol Robert Meachem and LSU's Dwayne Bowe. But the threat Ginn poses in the return game should be the deciding factor in his favor, now that Tennessee has lost the services of cornerback/return man Pacman Jones for at least 10 games in 2007.
20 OT Joe Staley Central Michigan Sr. 6-6 306
The Giants could continue the run on receivers with Bowe or Meachem, and outside linebacker is another need that either Timmons or Pusluszny would address. But guys who can play offensive left tackle and protect your multi-million dollar quarterback's backside carry a premium and don't grow on trees.

Mock Draft Continued

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