|Team ||1st Round |
|15. Detroit Lions – DE Derrick Harvey, Florida |
- The Lions have running back issues as well but they too should wait to the later rounds to select one. Harvey would be a solid pick here and add some needed pass rushing abilities to the Lions defense.
| ||16. Arizona Cardinals – CB Aqib Talib, Kansas |
- With Antrel Rolle moving to safety, the Cardinals are in dire need of a corner. Talib, is clear the best available corner and should start immediately.
|17. Minnesota Vikings – OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh |
- Assuming that Jared Allen is to be acquired (seems pretty close), the Vikings add the mauling Otah to an already outstanding line. The Vikings figure to run a ton this season and the giant Otah is a perfect fit.
| ||18. Houston Texans – LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee |
- The Texans have other pressing needs but with the top corners and lineman in the draft already gone, the selection is Mayo. Mayo would be an instant upgrade on what they already have and should make a very formidable duo with the standout Demeco Ryans.
| ||19. Philadelphia Eagles – DE Phillip Merling, Clemson |
- The Eagles have struggled getting a pass rush from the opposite side of Trent Cole. Darren Howard has not been the player they expected him to be. In Jim Johnson’s blitzing scheme a rush is a necessity. Merling is a great fit here.
| ||20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR DeSean Jackson, California |
- There is no denying Jon Gruden loves speed from his wide receivers. The Bucs have lacked a true playmaker, outside of Joey Galloway, the past few seasons and Jackson would fill in that role.
|21. Washington Redskins – CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee St. |
- With Shawn Springs aging, the Redskins find a great talent to take his role. A season or two of learning would surely help the highly athletic Cromartie.
| ||22. Dallas Cowboys (From Browns) – RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois |
- Mendenhall might become a victim of the quality depth at the running back position in this year’s draft. He is surely a high talent and is a steal at the 22nd pick. Jerry Jones has vowed to put some “wow” into the offense this season and Mendenhall would surely provide that.
| ||23. Pittsburgh Steelers – S Kenny Phillips, Miami |
- The Steelers already have a great player at safety (Polamalu) and teaming him with Phillips should strike plenty fear into opposing teams.
| ||24. Tennessee Titans – WR James Hardy, Indiana |
- Hardy has great size and would become a nice target for Vince Young. The Titans needed to add more weapons for Vince Young and with the addition Alge Crumpler already the Titans continue to help Vince.
|25. Seattle Seahawks – DT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina |
- Balmer had been a notorious underachiever until his senior season at North Carolina. He is a great talent available this late and the Seahawks may pounce on him.
| ||26. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Calais Campbell, Miami |
- Campbell is an intriguing prospect with solid size and pass-rushing skills. The Jaguars lost Bobby McCray who was their third defensive end last season and can replace him with a similar player.
| ||27. San Diego Chargers – RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon |
- There is no denying the Chargers are going for it all. They have traded draft picks in the past few years to acquire the players they felt they needed. Stewart is a great talent available here and will fill in admirably for the departed Michael Turner.
| ||28. Dallas Cowboys – WR Limas Sweed, Texas |
- The Cowboys receiving corps is getting up there in age and the the local Sweed would add needed youth. Offense is clearly the focal point for the Cowboys draft and acquiring a running back and a receiver with their two first-round picks makes the most sense.
| ||29. San Francisco 49ers (From Colts) – DE/LB Quentin Groves, Auburn |
- The Niners have done a solid job of improving their offense this offseason. The defense could use another pass-rusher and adding Groves appears to be a good fit.
| ||30. Green Bay Packers – OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College |
- The Packers tackles are getting up there in age and the mammoth Cherilus would be a great replacement in the future.
|32. New York Giants – LB Dan Connnor, Penn St. |
- The Giants saw a pair of their linebackers depart during free agency and Connor would do well in filling in as a replacement. Connor would have to play on the outside with Antonio Pierce entrenched as the Giants middle linebacker but he did start a few seasons at that position with the Nittany Lions.