Posted by: Opey | April 25, 2008

Opey’s Mini Mock Draft

Do you feel that rumbling?  That, my friends, is the sounds of people rushing to the nearest Walmart or grocery store to stock up on chips, dip, and beer.  No, this has nothing to do with soaring food prices (that’s a post for another time, though).  Those people are the die-hard fans and fanatics of the NFL.  For that group, tonight is the football equivalent to Christmas Eve, the night before the NFL draft.  It really is amazing how much the NFL draft has grown in popularity over the past 5 years.  They have had nearly wall-to-wall pre-draft coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN8 (The Ocho) for more than a week now.  There have been more mock drafts released, revised, and then re-released in the past month that it makes a person’s head spin.  Well, I thought I would throw in my two cents regarding the first 5 picks of the draft, as well as the Packer’s pick.  Now, I may not have a tremendous hairstyle like Kiper, Jr. or a bevy of inside sources like Glazer, but I think that I can make some fairly accurate picks.  Here they are:

1st pick (Dolphins): Jake Long, T, University of Michigan.   I think I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the ‘fins will pick Jake Long, T, Michigan.  Long is a solid LT and should be able to protect whomever the fish send out to throw the ball.  Long is good, but he’s no Joe Thomas.

2nd pick (Rams): Glen Dorsey, DT, LSU.  Now, here’s where the predictions begin.  A lot of people think it will be a back-to-back Longfest at the top two picks, but I’m not one of them.  Watching Dorsey last year and seeing some of his workouts, I have to say that Dorsey is the best defensive player available with the most upside.  The Rams need defensive help and will go with Dorsey.

3rd pick (Falcons): Chris Long, DE, Virginia.  The Falcons have more needs than they can handle right now, but they have to take the best player available.  A month or so ago, I would have said that this would have been Ryan, but things are pointing to the defensive side of the ball for the Falcons.  Chris Long reminds me a lot of Aaron Kampman, a guy who will just plain out work the other players on the field.

4th pick (Raiders): Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas.  Al Davis is known the world over for being the crazy, old guy, but his team will do the right thing and take the best player available.  The Raider’s backfield last year was mediocre at best and McFadden could be nice addition to give Russel some options.

5th pick (Chiefs): Brandon Albert, T/G, Virginia.  This is the pick where something interesting will happen one way or another.  There have been talk of trades and experts can’t seem to settle on who will go here if Kansas City keeps the pick.  I think the Chiefs will hold on to this pick and pick someone to protect Brody Croyle.  Another possible player to go here could be Ryan Clady, T, Boise State.

30th Pick (Packers): Gosder Cherilus, T, Boston College.  Most experts have the Packers taking Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona.  Though the defensive secondary could always use help, especially with Harris and Woodson aging, I think the offensive line is the more immediate need.  This is especially the case with Aaron Rogers taking over under center.  Cherilus has a tremendous upside with great size, a big frame, and long arms.

There you have it, my selections.  Make sure to check out the blog tomorrow for my post-Packer pick posts.  Until then, enjoy NFL Draft Eve and make sure to leave out a plate full of hair care products for old St. Kiper Jr..

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