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Updated April 22
1. Oakland Raiders- WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
Johnson going number one would flip everyone’s mock draft upside down. While JaMarcus Russell could still be the pick, the whole organization is not on board with him- not a good sign for a number one pick.
2. Detroit Lions- DE Gaines Adams, Clemson
This pick will be traded if Johnson is still available with the Redskins, Bucs, and Falcons being the most likely trade partners for Matt Millen. Adams appears to be the Lions guy wherever they’re picking and would be a good fit for their rebuilt defense.
3. Cleveland Browns- QB Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
This will come down to Brady Quinn vs Adrian Peterson. The Romeo Crennel/Chaz Weiss connections gives BQ the edge.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- OT Joe Thomas, Wisconsin
The Bucs would love if Johnson were available, but Thomas would be great pick at four. Other options are Brady Quinn and Amobi Okoye.
5. Arizona Cardinals- S LaRon Landry, LSU
They’re said to love Peterson but can’t possibly take a running back in the first round after giving Edge James over $30 million last offseason. They would take Joe Thomas if he’s available but will settle for Landry, one of the draft’s best players.
6. Washington Redskins- DT Amobi Okoye, Louisville
The Skins’ would be wise to trade down considering they don’t have another day 1 pick. If they can’t, Okoye would immediately bolster a defense that underachieved in 2006.
7. Minnesota Vikings- RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
It’s tough to see Peterson fall further then seven as a team will probably trade up to get him if he’s still around in this part of the first round. The Vikings need a receiver but Peterson is too good to pass up.
8. Atlanta Falcons- DE Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas
Falcons would love to land Calvin Johnson but could also use a pass rusher like Arkansas’ Anderson.
9. Miami Dolphins- QB JaMarcus Russell, LSU
Russell may go number one but could free fall if he doesn’t. The Dolphins don’t have a quarterback unless they finish a deal for KC’s Trent Green.
10. Houston Texans- MLB Patrick Willis, Ole Miss
The Texans would have a tough choice here between Willis and Levi Brown. They devoted their top picks to defense last year and could do it again this time around.
11. San Francisco 49ers- DT Alan Branch, Michigan
Branch is said to be falling but would be an ideal fit in San Francisco for a team that likes monsters at defensive tackle.
12. Buffalo Bills- CB Leon Hall, Michigan
Dick Jauron’s crew needs a cornerback after losing Nate Clements and a running back after losing Willis McGahee. Hall should be the pick because it’s easier to find a running back in later rounds.
13. St. Louis Rams- WR Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State
The Rams are said to covet Ginn, a dynamic playmaker that could replace an aging Isaac Bruce.
14. Carolina Panthers- TE Greg Olsen, Miami
The Panters could use a linebacker but will for a franchise tight end like G-Reg.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers- DE Adam Carriker, Nebraska
They could use a cornerback like Leon Hall or Darrell Revis, but Carriker would be a good fit for their 3-4 defense (assuming they still run a 3-4).
16. Green Bay Packers- RB Marshawn Lynch, California
The Packers medical staff cleared Lynch after minor injuries concerns. Running back is clearly their biggest need.
17. Jacksonville Jaguars- S Reggie Nelson, Miami
They could take a receiver or linebacker, but safety is also a big need and Nelson is a playmaker.
18. Cincinnati Bengals- LB Jon Beason, Miami
Big Beast should have stayed in school, but will still find himself in the first round. Cincinnati may be wary of drafting a player from Miami after all their legal problems.
19. Tennessee Titans- WR Dwayne Jarrett, USC
After losing Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade (As a Bears fan, I can’t believe I just implied losing Bobby Wade would weaken their passing attack), the Titans need a receiver. Jarrett is more accomplished then either Robert Meachem or Dwyane Bowe.
20. New York Giants- OT Joe Staley, Central Michigan
Offensive line has long been a problem for the G-Men who may take a chance on a raw prospect like Staley.
21. Broncos- DE Jarvis Moss, Florida
Denver needs a pass rushing d-end and Moss dominated Ohio State in the National Championship.
22. Cowboys- CB Darelle Revis, Pitt
Revis would be a good fit for a Cowboys defense that struggles some in pass coverage. A safety like Nelson or Brandon Meriweather or an o-lineman could also be an option.
23. Chiefs- CB Chris Houston, Arkansas
The Chiefs may take a receiver but Houston is quickly rising up draft boards.
24. Patriots- S Brandon Meriweather, Miami
The Pats don’t like to take defensive backs early in drafts, but the area has been a weakness for some time.
25. Jets- LB Paul Posluszny, Penn State
New York fans would love a player like Puz who would immediately start in the Jets’ 3-4. Greg Olsen would also be an option if available.
26. Eagles- WR Robert Meachem, Tennesee
The Eagles could use a defensive back but Meachem is too good to pass up. My dad thinks he’ll be better then Calvin Johnson. Worth noting.
27. Saints- S Michael Griffin, Texas
The Saints D overachieved last season but still needs help in the secondary.
28. Patriots- LB Lawrence Timmons, Florida State
Timmons has the type of versatility the Pats covet.
29. Ravens- DE Anthony Spencer, Purdue
Spencer could fill the hole left by Adalius Thomas.
30. Chargers- WR Dwayne Bowe, LSU
Bowe is a great value at this pick and would be a great target for Phillip Rivers.
31. Bears- DT Justin Harrell, Tennessee
The Bears could take an o-lineman but Tank Johnson’s legal problems and Dusty Dvoracek’s injury history makes DT a need. They really don’t need a receiver but may be tempted if one slipped.
32. Colts- CB Aaron Ross, Texas
The reigning champs need a cornerback after losing Nick Harper and Jason David.