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February 18, 2008

NFL Draft: Updated first-round mock draft

Rivals.com asked its NFL Draft partner - Frank Coyle of draftinsiders.com - to put together a pre-NFL Scouting Combine first-round mock draft with comments.

Enjoy.

Last updated: Feb. 18.

1. Miami (1-15)
The Pick: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
The buzz: The Dolphins need many things, and Bill Parcells may opt for Long who may be the safest pick in this draft. We still like Matt Ryan at No. 1, so don't be surprised if Miami goes that direction.
2. St. Louis (3-13)
The Pick: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
The buzz: The Rams will focus on the defensive line early. Dorsey would give them an impact defender for a flexible front line.
x - 3. Atlanta (4-12)
The Pick: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
The buzz: The Falcons are hoping this fine leader is still on the board when they select. Ryan would allow the franchise to turn the page on the Michael Vick disaster.
x - 4. Oakland (4-12)
The Pick: Sedrick Ellis, DT, Southern Cal
The buzz: Veteran tackle Warren Sapp has joined the retirement list, and Ellis is flying up the charts.
x - 5. Kansas City (4-12)
The Pick: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
The buzz: The Chiefs' offensive line has struggled in recent seasons, and Long would be a great fit here.
6. N.Y. Jets (4-12)
The Pick: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas*
The buzz: The Jets may find this talented feature back available at No. 6, and they would probably jump at the chance to select him.
7. New England (From San Francisco) (5-11)
The Pick: Vernon Gholston, DE/LB, Ohio St.*
The buzz: The Patriots are looking for a young impact defender for their aging linebacker unit.
8. Baltimore (5-11)
The Pick: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
The buzz: The Ravens are looking for their future leader, and Brohm would be a fine start for a new offense.
9. Cincinnati (7-9)
The Pick: Keith Rivers, LB, Southern Cal
The buzz: The Bengals defense has struggled with young linebackers, and Rivers is a proven playmaker.
10. New Orleans (7-9)
The Pick: Kenny Phillips, FS, Miami*
The buzz: The Saints defense has not been performing at a playoff level, and Phillips could be a difference-maker in this secondary.
11. Buffalo (7-9)
The Pick: DeSean Jackson, WR, California*
The buzz: The Bills are looking for playmakers at wideout and in the return game, and Jackson can help in both areas.
12. Denver (7-9)
The Pick: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
The buzz: The Broncos must improve their pass protection to be real playoff contenders. Time to throw may help Jay Cutler as much as another offensive playmaker.
13. Carolina (7-9)
The Pick: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami*
The buzz: The Panthers are looking for help on both lines, though free agency moves will dictate their early draft selections.
14. Chicago (7-9)
The Pick: Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
The buzz: The Bears will likely lose Bernard Berrian in free agency, and Kelly would be a welcome addition.
15. Detroit (7-9)
The Pick: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St.*
The buzz: The Lions offensive line would benefit from a top flight tackle, especially on the left side.
16. Arizona (8-8)
The Pick: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
The buzz: The Cardinals defense needs another player on this young, developing unit. McKelvin is a top-flight return man who can cover.
17. Minnesota (8-8)
The Pick: Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma*
The buzz: The Vikings secondary lacks talent and depth. Minnesota needs to address this unit early this April.
18. Houston (8-8)
The Pick: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon*
The buzz: The Texans are looking to add a young standout feature back to balance their offense.
19. Philadelphia (8-8)
The Pick: Lawrence Jackson, DE, Southern Cal
The buzz: A pass rusher like Jackson would allow the Eagles to solidify their front seven on defense.
20. Tampa Bay (9-7)
The Pick: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
The buzz: The Bucs are looking to rebuild a playoff-caliber defense, especially at cornerback. The USF standout would be a fan favorite.
21. Washington (9-7)
The Pick: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida*
The buzz: The Redskins will address the defensive line early. An impact pass rusher should be a top priority.
22. Dallas (from Cleveland (10-6))
The Pick: Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas*
The buzz: The Cowboys have big problems at cornerback, which they will likely address with one of their two first-round picks.
23. Pittsburgh (10-6)
The Pick: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
The buzz: The Steelers hope to address their offensive line early in the draft. Williams is a quality player who would help them fill a need at tackle.
24. Tennessee (10-6)
The Pick: Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn
The buzz: The Titans could face big losses on defense in free agency. That would makes this position a top priority in the Draft.
25. Seattle (10-6)
The Pick: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois*
The buzz: The Seahawks' are looking to the future here because Shaun Alexander has slipped over recent seasons.
26. Jacksonville (11-5)
The Pick: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
The buzz: The Jaguars could surprise here with a fast-rising prospect that would fit well in their front four.
27. San Diego (11-5)
The Pick: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas*
The buzz: The Chargers may look to add this all purpose back with veteran Michael Turner expected to leave in free agency. Keep in mind, LaDainian Tomlinson is entering his eighth season.
28. Dallas (13-3)
The Pick: Early Doucet, WR, LSU
The buzz: The Cowboys' aging receiving corps needs an influx of talent. Dallas will most likely address this position with one of their first-round picks.
29. San Francisco (From Indianapolis (13-3))
The Pick: Earl Bennett, WR, Vanderbilt*
The buzz: The 49ers have the league's weakest receiving corps and will look to address this area early and often. Alex Smith needs more options if he is to realize his pro potential.
30. Green Bay (13-3)
The Pick: Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
The buzz: The Packers are looking to improve their playoff-caliber defense. In the NFL, you can never have too many quality cover men.
31. New England (16-0)
The Pick: Pick forfeited.
The Buzz: No first-round pick because of NFL sanctions following "Spygate" controversy.
32. NY Giants (10-6)
The Pick: Curtis Lofton, LB, Oklahoma*
The buzz: The Big Blue may lose two linebackers in free agency, and Lofton or Dan Connor could be the pick here.

x - Coin flip at NFL Combine in February will decide exact order
* - Underclassman

Previous Mock Drafts: Feb. 4 | Jan. 18

Frank Coyle is a nationally known NFL scout who publishes Draft Insiders' Digest and www.draftinsiders.com. In it's 16th season, Draft Insiders' Digest is dedicated to year-round coverage of NFL and NCAA Football. He covers the NFL Draft and free agency extensively with a veteran scouting staff that provides insightful and unique information on players and team potential in the coming seasons. Draft Insiders' Digest is an extensive publication that produces 15 issues throughout the year and a Draft Yearbook with over 450 in-depth scouting reports.



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