By Jeffri Chadiha
April 24, 2007
Mock Draft
Pick Team Pos. Player College Class Ht. Wt.
21 DE Jarvis Moss Florida Jr. 6-6 250
Moss will give a lift to a Denver pass rush that was mediocre last year. He's an impact player off the edge, something the Broncos lacked after dumping Trevor Pryce before the '06 season. If Moss is gone, the Broncos could move down.
22 WR Robert Meachem Tennessee Jr. 6-3 210
Set at quarterback with Tony Romo, Dallas must address its aging wideout corps -- Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn will both be 33 at the start of the season. At 6'3", 211 pounds, Meachem is a big target who could play a major role in the Cowboys' future.
23 WR Dwayne Bowe LSU Sr. 6-3 220
Kansas City has been getting by with mediocre receivers for most of the past two decades. It's time for the Chiefs to draft a player who can stretch the field. Tight end Tony Gonzalez and running back Larry Johnson would appreciate the help.
24 LB Jon Beason Miami Jr. 6-0 225
With the pick it got from Seattle in the Deion Branch trade, New England will get younger at linebacker. Though Beason played primarily on the outside in college, scouts believe he can handle an inside position in a Patriots-style 3-4.
25 CB Aaron Ross Texas Jr. 6-1 192
While the Jets need more front-seven players for Eric Mangini's 3-4 scheme, all the first-round talent at linebacker and D-line has been snapped up. The next best option is to upgrade the secondary with Ross, who excels in man coverage.
26 S Reggie Nelson Florida Jr. 6-1 195
Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia's perennial Pro Bowler, turns 34 this season, and the Eagles chose not to re-sign Michael Lewis. That means they need a playmaker in the secondary. Enter Nelson, who's athletic enough to play cornerback.
27 CB Chris Houston Arkansas Jr. 5-10 185
New Orleans could use linebacking help, but the bigger need is consistency from a secondary that gave up far too many deep balls last year. Houston brings fresh legs and impressive coverage skills to an otherwise aging group of cornerbacks.
28 S Michael Griffin Texas Sr. 6-0 195
With its second pick of the round, New England adds depth at strong safety, where incumbent Rodney Harrison is entering his 14th season. Bill Belichick loves players who give him options, and Griffin can play both safety spots and possibly corner.
29 OT Joe Staley Central Michigan Sr. 6-6 306
Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden is entering his 12th season, and right tackle Tony Pashos bolted in free agency. That means BALTIMORE must think about its O-line, and Staley, an athletic drive-blocker, is a good place to start.
30 WR Dwayne Jarrett USC Jr. 6-5 210
Critics point to his suspect speed, but for San Diego, Jarrett is a risk worth taking. The Chargers need a playmaking wideout to complement Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates. The 6'4" Jarrett will pair up well with 6'5" receiver Vincent Jackson.
31 OL Justin Blalock Texas Sr. 6-3 320
An underappreciated factor in Chicago's recent success has been the continuity on the O-line. But age is creeping in, especially at guard. (Ruben Brown is 35.) The Bears need to think about depth, and the 6'3", 320-pound Blalock is a value pick.
32 DT Justin Harrell Tennessee Sr. 6-5 300
Harrell might be gone by the time Indianapolis's turn comes, but if he's not, the Colts should grab him. At 6'4", 300 pounds, he can give the defense the wide-body presence it thought it was getting with Corey Simon, who missed all of last season.

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