1. Oakland Raiders – JaMarcus Russell QB, L.S.U.
– Oakland’s quarterback situation was more than lackluster last season. Russell is a big, athletic quarterback who can give Oakland an edge under center from his first day on the job.
2. Detroit Lions – Gaines Adams DE, Clemson
– A Lions fan poll says that Calvin Johnson should be the number two pick, but I hope Matt Millen will not make the same mistake four times. Adams is a speed rusher that shores up the Lions needs on defense.
3. Cleveland Browns – Brady Quinn QB, Notre Dame
– Charlie “captain interception” Frye did not get the job done this year. By signing Jamal Lewis, the Browns addressed their need for a running back. Quinn gives the Browns a way to get the ball to their play makers.
4. Tampa Bay – Calvin Johnson WR, Georgia Tech
– Arguably the best player available, there is a chance Johnson can go first. Tampa may trade up to Detroit to assure they get Johnson who provides Tampa with a solid threat for an offense that lacked a deep threat in 2006.
5. Arizona Cardinals – Joe Thomas OT, Wisconsin
– Joe Thomas could be gone at the second pick. But if he lasts, the Cardinals will not let him go. They lost Leonard Davis to the Cowboys, and they need a new bookend tackle to fill his spot.
6. Washington Redskins – Amobi Okoye DT, Lousiville
– The Redskins have done a good job in shoring up their defense this offseason. Okoye is a prodigy-like talent that will anchor for the Washington line.
7. Minnesota Vikings – Adrian Peterson RB, Oklahoma
– Peterson is a better talent than the seventh pick and he may go higher, but I think he will hang around for the Vikings, who will definitely snatch him up.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Laron Landry S, L.S.U.
– Atlanta’s defensive backfield was rather pedestrian this season. While Lawyer Milloy is an excellent presence as a safety, Chris Crocker is not. Landry provides an immediate upgrade from Crocker in the first round.
9. Miami Dolphins – Levi Brown OT, Penn State
– Miami needs a force at tackle, trading up for Joe Thomas doesn’t make sense, and Levi Brown provides a similar value for a smaller price tag.
10. Houston Texans – Alan Branch DT, Michigan
– Branch provides talent at a position that the Texans need help at. Branch will create attention that will help free up Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans.
11. San Francisco 49ers – Jamaal Anderson DE, Arkansas
– The 49ers need a pass rushing end and that is what Anderson brings to the table. Another DE would be an option, but Anderson’s talent is too good to pass up.
12. Buffalo Bills – Patrick Willis LB, Ole Miss
– Buffalo let Andrew Rafferty’s buddy and JCU alum London Fletcher go via free agency. Willis’ 4.5 40 yard dash will make losing Fletcher a little easier.
13. St. Louis Rams – Adam Carriker DE, Nebraska
– The Rams need a defensive lineman and Carriker can be placed at either end or tackle, giving the Rams a flexible option to shore up their defensive problems.
14. Carolina Panthers – Greg Olsen TE, Miami
– Carolina could use a weapon like Olsen, although this may be a little high to take him he provides an excellent weapon for the Carolina offense.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Leon Hall CB, Michigan
– While linebacker is another direction for the Steelers, I feel that their secondary needs an upgrade. Any one of the corners available would provide an upgrade, particularly Hall who is an awesome cover corner.
16. Green Bay – Marshawn Lynch RB, California
– Green Bay lost Ahman Green in the offseason, and they need to replace him in the draft. Lynch gives the Packers this replacement, a great mix of size and speed that will be a great addition to the Green Bay offense.
17. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jarvis Moss DE, Florida
– The Jaguars need a pass rushing end. Jarvis Moss is the solution that they are looking for in the draft. Drafting either Moss or the other two top defensive end prospects would boost the Jaguars defense.
18. Cincinnati Bengals – Darrelle Revis CB, Pitt
– Hopefully Revis won’t get arrested this season. With that said, the Bengals need another corner to complement Deltha O’Neal and Revis provides that.
19. Tennessee Titans – Robert Meachem WR, Tennessee
– Vince Young could use a target to relieve some pressure, especially since he will be gracing the cover of Madden ‘08. Meachem is the target Young needs.
20. New York Giants – Lawrence Timmons LB, F.S.U.
– Timmons has an unbelievable amount of speed. That speed will be a huge asset to the Giants defense this season. Paul Posluszny would be a good fit here too.
21. Denver Broncos – Joe Staley OT, Central Michigan
– The Broncos zone blocking scheme can turn any running back into an All-Pro. Staley will be a great addition to a line that could use some rebuilding.
22. Dallas Cowboys – Chris Houston CB, Arkansas
– The Cowboys need a lock down corner to replace Aaron Glenn before he starts playing with a walker. Houston has shut down the likes of Dwayne Jarrett and Robert Meachem, making him a great fit for Dallas.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Ted Ginn Jr. WR, Ohio State
– Kansas City made due with two secondary receivers as starters. Ginn is a deep threat that will create more space for the Chiefs already deadly running game.
24. New England Patriots – Paul Posluszny LB, Penn State
– This pick could end up being Lawrence Timmons or Jon Beason. Posluszny provides a solution to the Patriots need for another solid linebacker.
25. New York Jets – Aaron Ross CB, Texas
– If Greg Olsen is still around expect to see him go here. But Ross will provide the Jets with an great athlete at a position where they could use depth and talent.
26. Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Griffin S, Texas
– Michael Lewis was let go and Michael Griffin would leave no hole at safety. Teamed with Brian Dawkins, Griffin would immediately help the Eagles secondary.
27. New Orleans Saints – Justin Harrell DT, Tennessee
– The Saints defense needs help. Harrell is a good addition to the interior of a porous defensive line.
28. New England Patriots – Brandon Meriweather S, Miami
– The Patriots can use a helmet wielding maniac in the secondary. Meriweather also is a playmaker who will immediately improve the Patriots secondary.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Ryan Kalil C, U.S.C.
– Kalil is the best interior lineman available in the draft. The Ravens could use help in the middle of their line and Kalil provides that solution they are seeking.
30. San Deigo Chargers – Dwayne Bowe WR, L.S.U.
– San Deigo is lacking a top receiving target. Bowe gives Phillip Rivers another weapon to throw to.
31. Chicago Bears – Jon Beason LB, Miami
– Lance Briggs most likely won’t play in Chicago this season. Beason is a great talent that will fill the hole left by Briggs.
32. Indianapolis Colts – David Harris LB, Michigan
– The Colts lost Cato June and Harris is a viable replacement that will bolster their run defense.