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NFL Mock Draft
Rounds 1 & 2

Round 2

32. Dolphins – Curtis Lofton, LB, Oklahoma

The Dolphins need somebody to fill the gaping hole left by Zach Thomas, and Lofton is the best available MLB. The other option would be a QB, but I have a feeling Parcells wants some time with John Beck before he jumps ship. Beck wasn’t terrible, and there will be some QBs Parcells will assuredly take an interest in during the later rounds.

33. Rams – Anthony Collins, OT, Kansas

Collins might be another second-round steal – and since they didn’t get Jake Long with the #2 pick, they need to shore up their O-line here. There other options, but Collins had a great 2007 season and has almost unlimited potential. He’s played both left and right tackle, and might be a better fit at RT, and will be placed there at least until Orlando Pace retires.

34. Falcons (from Raiders) – Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

At this point, the Falcons probably just need to bite the bullet and take a quarterback, but they don’t necessarily have to do it in round one. Brohm – who could be the real deal and might even go in round one– should still be available at this point. He’s one of the top three quarterbacks on most lists.

35. Chiefs – Justin King, CB, Penn State

King will make a nice addition to the Chief’s depleted secondary. He’s got oodles of raw talent and could excel at the next level. He may not help right away, and his draft value has fluctuated a lot lately, but I don’t think he can escape the top 40. They could also go with Flowers, who rates similarly to King.

36. Jets – Brandon Flowers, CB, Virginia Tech

Flowers is a quick, tough corner who has good coverage skills and is still considered by some to be a possible first-rounder. He has the technique and playmaking ability to match up with the best receivers. While had a poor showing at the combine, he could see his stock rise if he impresses during Pro Day. The Jets need someone to pair with last year’s standout rookie, Darrelle Revis, and fill out the secondary.

37. Falcons – Sam Baker, OT, USC

Baker is another solid tackle out of USC who’s got a shot to be a stalwart lineman for years in the NFL. He’s not a prototype left-side guy, but he’ll definitely fit in at right tackle for the Falcons – and he’s already played in plenty of big games in college. See Also: Duane Brown, OT, Virginia Tech – A strong, raw player with unquestionable drive and a valuable mean streak. Brown could also be a first or second round selection, surpassing Collins and several other OT prospects with more developed techniques at the position.

38. Ravens – Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan

I’m still not convinced – even with the retirement of Steve McNair – that the Ravens need a QB. They didn’t draft Troy Smith to ride the bench, and he’ll definitely be an improvement over McNair and Kyle Boller given the opportunity to get some reps. Manningham’s a rare talent, although NFL Combine results showed less-than stellar speed and he, like Talib, admitted to smoking marijuana in college. He’s got great hands and will be a nice possession receiver; Mario could even end up being a Derrick Mason-like receiver if he reaches his lofty potential.

39. 49ers – Kentwaan Balmer, DT, North Carolina

Balmer probably should’ve been a first rounder, but he’s not quite one of the premier defensive lineman in the draft. He also doesn’t quite fit in with the teams’ needs at his current draft value and has been inconsistent at times – not something war rooms reward. The 49ers will be lucky to grab him at #39 overall, however, and he’s truly a steal for a Round 2 pick.

40. Saints – Erin Henderson, LB, Maryland

The Saints need a linebacker badly, and Henderson is one of the best out there. Based on his versatility (he started out as a QB) and his pedigree (his brother is Vikings LB E.J. Henderson – who’s a beast), Henderson could be a standout LB within a couple years.

41. Bills – Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma

Many projected the Bills taking Kelly with their first-round selection a couple months back, but he’s plummeted down mock drafts since then. The Oklahoma product is a pretty complete receiver with size, speed and hands to make the tough catch. So why could he fall this far? He’s had some horrendous workouts, he’s already had knee surgery to repair cartilage damage, and he’s had some other minor injuries. The Sooners aren’t quite known for their stellar wide receivers, either. Can you tell me the last WR out of Oklahoma to live up to his hype and flourish in the NFL? Mark Clayton? Travis Wilson? Mark Bradley? I don’t think so, football fans.

42. Broncos – Dre Moore, DT, Maryland

Moore is big, strong and effective getting into the backfield and wreaking havoc. He’s also versatile and could be effective in different schemes, making him a useful tool in the Broncos arsenal. He’s not the best DT on the board, but he might be the best after Balmer. Also – the Broncos could draft Pat Sims here – another explosive defensive lineman out of Auburn.

43. Panthers – Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware

The Panthers need to start thinking about the future – and Flacco could be the future. His combine performance showed excellent speed, footwork and agility for a 6-6, 238-pound QB, and he’s got an arm that can make all the NFL throws. Maybe Parcells will go after him at some point, so don’t rule out him trading for a spot like this if Carolina believes former Oregon State Beaver Matt Moore has promise.

44. Bears – James Hardy, WR, Indiana

Hardy is tall (almost 6-6), fast and has all the tools to be a quality receiver in the NFL. He’s got some character issues, but Lovie’s not the kind of guy who backs away from a challenge. The Bears need receivers now that Muhsin Muhammad and Bernard Berrian are gone, and they can’t do much better than Hardy at this point. Andre Caldwell and Early Doucet are possible alternatives.

45. Lions – Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas

This is where the Lions need to grab a running back, and Charles might be the best available. He decided to join the pro ranks after a big finish to the 2007 season, but the deep running back class will undoubtedly push him into the middle of the second round. With a little work and a full camp, he’d be ready to start in September. And he’s faaaaassst.

46. Bengals – Quentin Groves, LB, Auburn

Did you know Quentin Groves recently had heart surgery? That seems it would drop him down a bit in value, but the talent-hungry Bengals war room will not pass up a guy like Groves if he drops this far. If the Bengals add Sedrick Ellis and Groves in the same draft, they’ll finally have a defensive foundation they can be proud of. Groves is a beast who’s an amazing, almost preternatural edge rusher, but injuries took away much of his senior glory. He’s got a huge upside, but the Bengals need him to be on the field.

47. Vikings – Early Doucet, WR, LSU

He’s a proven winner with a national championship under his belt, and he stood out among his peers during Senior Bowl week, but he skipped the NFL Combine. We’ll know more on March 26 after Pro Day, but I think the Vikes – who need a possession receiver to complement the tall, young, athletic Sidney Rice--might be able to get him here.

48. Falcons (from Texans) – Reggie Smith, S, Oklahoma

Smith has the size and speed to play safety in the NFL and could develop into a top pro defender. His only downside is a foot injury that’s plagued him, but the Falcons – with so many draft choices in Round 2 – can afford to take a shot.

49. Eagles – Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC

Jackson is an athletic player who had a strong finish to his collegiate career. He turned some heads at the Senior Bowl and at the combine. He has proven to be a legitimate threat off the edge as a pass rusher, but also has shown that he can contain the run as well – a focus of the Eagles defense.

51. Cardinals – Terrell Thomas, CB, USC

The Cards need to address their depth at CB, and this strong corner impressed against top receivers at the Senior Bowl. He elevated his rating after an inconsistent final season with an excellent overall workout at the Combine, making him a distinct possibility for a second-round selection. See also: Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn.

50. Redskins – Darrell Robertson, DE, Georgia Tech

Robertson has been labeled a tweener, which can be a gift or a curse, depending on the system. He displayed big-play ability off the edge during his college career, and will help the Redskins develop a more potent pass rush. See also: DE/OLB Cliff Avril of Purdue – another athletic pass rusher who’ll most likely go to a team that runs the 3-4.

51. Buccaneers – Xavier Adibi, LB, Virginia Tech

Adibi is a mobile, slightly undersized OLB who has drawn comparisons to Michael Boley. He’s fast, quick and has excellent instincts, as he displayed during a very productive college career. The Bucs seems to gravitate toward these guys, so I’d expect him to catch their eye.

52. Steelers – Andre Caldwell, WR, Florida

Caldwell is a sure-handed, agile receiver who the Steelers could definitely groom to eventually replace Hines Ward – another guy who does all the little things right without the football. He’d make an excellent addition to a team that might just need one more healthy, offensive weapon to put them over the top.

53. Titans – Pat Sims, DT, Auburn

Sims is a big boy who can plug the gaps in the middle. He can collapse the pocket and has the explosiveness to make plays along the line. See also: Dre Moore (above – #42), and Notre Dame DT Trevor Laws, an undersized nose tackle who could end up as a better complement to the massive Albert Haynesworth on the inside of the line. The Titans could also trade up in round two to snag a WR like Hardy or Caldwell.

54. Seahawks – Chilo Rachel, G, USC

Rachel is a big, agile junior who had an impressive 2007 season and combine, but he’s only had 21 college starts. He has moved up draft boards over the past couple months, and could even be a first round pick. But I think most teams will stand pat at guard until round two. See also: Roy Schuening, OG, Oregon State – a more plodding guard who’ll probably end up going in round three or four.

55. Packers (from Browns) – Chad Henne, QB, Michigan

Henne is a classic pocket passer with decent size (6-3, 235) and solid arm strength. He’s fought through injuries but seemed okay at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. He may or may not be the right choice for the Packers, but they should probably grab somebody respectable before round three – just in case Aaron Rodgers doesn’t work out.

56. Dolphins (from Chargers) – Charles Godfrey, CB/S, Iowa

Again – they could take a QB, although they’d probably draft up or down to get the most value out of that type of selection. Bill Parcells likes big, physical corners, and Godfrey certainly fits the bill. It’s also possible Tuna tries to fill some other serious offensive line gaps – but he usually likes to square away his defense before getting to that side of the ball. This veteran corner had a solid career against NFL-caliber receivers, and displayed that again at the Senior Bowl.

57. Jaguars – Earl Bennett, WR, Vanderbilt

He had a marvelous career in the SEC but after a marginal performance at the combine, his stock went down. He’s not a gamebreaker, but the Jags need to find the right receiver for their system, and Bennett could be the guy. See Also: Virginia WR Eddie Royal,a playmaker who showed tremendous speed (4.39 in the 40) and strength (a position-leading 24 bench reps of 225 pounds) at the NFL Combine; and Donnie Avery, WR, Houston – an ultra-speedy receiver with great moves, amazing separation and serviceable hands and body control who could be either an early reach or a second-round steal.

58. Colts – Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina

The Colts should probably look for replacement for Kenton Keith, whose struggles holding onto the football last season and recent legal trouble could effectively end his NFL career. Johnson has got impressive speed and versatility as big-play runner, receiver and return specialist. He also performed well at the NFL Combine, and the Colts could always use an extra back with breakaway speed in its offense. See also: Tulsa RB Matt Forte - a back with lots of raw skills and potential.

59. Packers – DaJuan Morgan, S, North Carolina State

Morgan’s strong and fast – nice attributes for an NFL safety-but he’s still a work in progress. He’s been effective in run support and pass coverage, and he could end up being a standout pro.

61. Cowboys – Tracey Porter, CB, Indiana

The Cowboys need a corner and Porter’s another guy that’s getting great reviews from scouts. He’s an athletic performer who worked out well at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. See also: Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn.

62. Patriots – Ray Rice, RB, Rutgers

Rice is a strong, compact RB with plenty of raw talent who showed promise at the combine. It may be a stretch to have him in round two, but the Pats might want to add a back of his caliber before he disappears in round three.

63. Giants – Carl Nicks, OT, Nebraska

Nicks has some character question marks, including his drive, attitude and consistency, but he’s got the tools to be a solid tackle in the NFL. Nicks has a massive frame (estimated at 6-5, 340), good quickness and surprising athleticism. He’s more effective as a run-blocker, is a versatile player and has a big upside – although he’s not had a ton of college starts to evaluate.

Next: Round 1