By Don Banks
April 12, 2007
Mock NFL Draft No. 5
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
21 DE Jarvis Moss Florida Jr. 6-6 250
The Broncos won't be hesitant to move out of this slot and trade down if they don't like their choices. If they stay put, Moss gives them some potential pass rush help, which became a top priority after they couldn't land Patrick Kerney in free agency.
22 WR Ted Ginn, Jr. Ohio State Jr. 6-0 180
With safety Ken Hamlin added recently as at least a temporary option alongside Roy Williams in the secondary, we've moved away from the Cowboys addressing that position in the first round. Though he won't run on his injured foot until later this week, Ginn's game-breaking speed will be too enticing for Jerry Jones to pass on.
23 DT Justin Harrell Tennessee Sr. 6-5 314
It may not be a popular pick with the fans, given that LSU receiver Dwayne Bowe remains on the board, but Harrell is the kind of big (314 pounds) and athletic talent that you won't find after the first round. The Chiefs will stay true to their board and get themselves a target for Damon Huard or Brodie Croyle in the second round.
24 CB Chris Houston Arkansas Jr. 5-10 185
With Asante Samuel squawking about the franchise tag and going all Lance Briggs on them, the Patriots have to focus on the cornerback market with this pick. Fortunately there are attractive options. Most mocks have Texas CB Aaron Ross just ahead of Houston, but my hunch is that Houston's one-on-one cover skills give him the nod.
25 TE Greg Olsen Miami Sr. 6-5 250
If the Saints don't try and trade above them (No. 22 Dallas, No. 24 New England?) to nab Olsen, the Jets will gladly add him to their offense. If Olsen is off the board, New York could go cornerback and take Texas's Aaron Ross.
26 CB Aaron Ross Texas Jr. 6-1 192
While the Takeo Spikes trade doesn't rule out the Eagles taking a linebacker here (Lawrence Timmons, Jon Beason?), it's not a position Andy Reid prefers to spend first-round picks on. Ross has great value in this slot, and it's also a position of need.
27 LB Lawrence Timmons Florida State Jr. 6-3 230
The Saints crave a cornerback or a tight end, but if they stay put, they could finish just out of the money on both fronts. We'll give them Timmons, who would supplement their linebacking corps with a burst of athleticism and pass rush ability.
28 LB Jon Beason Miami Sr. 6-0 230
The Patriots could opt to find the eventual replacement for middle linebacker Tedy Bruschi or safety Rodney Harrison with this pick. If it's the former, Beason is a prospect who played outside in college, but is considered capable of handling an inside role in the 3-4. At safety, Texas star Michael Griffin's versatility fits the Patriots modus operandi.
29 OL Justin Blalock Texas Sr. 6-3 320
The Ravens are hoping Staley falls this far, but that's a long shot. DE-LB Anthony Spence of Purdue could be tempting, but we're guessing the depleted offensive line will get the attention. Blalock is a smart (his score of 41 on the Wonderlic was the combine high) and versatile talent who is ready to play right away.
30 WR Dwayne Bowe LSU Sr. 6-3 220
The Chargers could use some receiving help and will be ecstatic if Bowe lingers on the board about 10 slots later than expected. Texas safety Michael Griffin would be another suitable selection at a need position.
31 G Ben Grubbs Auburn Sr. 6-3 311
The Bears need an outside linebacker as insurance for the Lance Briggs situation, but Timmons and Beason are gone. They need a receiver, but all five first-rounders are off the board. Unless Chicago's tempted by safeties Griffin or Brandon Meriweather, the best available offensive lineman figures to be the pick. That's Grubbs on my board.
32 S Michael Griffin Texas Sr. 6-0 195
The Colts lost Mike Doss in free agency, and Griffin would fill that vacancy. Running back Marshawn Lynch would replace the departed Dominic Rhodes, but something tells me Tony Dungy isn't going to take anyone with off-field issues this offseason. And you can make that ditto for the other highly rated safety, Meriweather.

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