NFL Senior Mock Draft

1. Glenn Dorsey-DT LSU- Perfect fit in Miami as the Dolphins have needed some meat in the middle of their defense. An exceptional blend of speed and strength, the mere addition to the defense would up both stop the run and put tremendous pressure on the opposing quarterback with the best player in the draft. Dorsey alone makes Miami a top five defense next year if they retain their current core of players. 

2. Brian Brohm-QB Louisville- Tremendous quarterback prospect that the NFL hasn't seen in a few years, could be the next great quarterback. With an outstanding arm and legitimate NFL size, Brohm should go to the Falcons whenever they pick. Joey Harrington will still be a good fit in Atlanta only holding a clipboard from this day out. A can't miss prospect at number two with Brian Brohm. 

3. Jake Long-OT Michigan- Great prospect that would fit the big hole opening in St. Louis with Orlando Pace, a top pick in his own right. Exactly what NFL teams look for these days in terms of size and strength. Would have gone in the top five last year in my eyes ahead of Levi Brown. Went back to school to win a national championship instead lost to the Buckeyes again and Appalachian St.  

4. Chris Long-DE Virginia- Son of Howie Long maybe better than his old man in the long run. Perfect fit in a 4-3 defense, think of what Patrick Kerney did in Seattle this year and expect that every year out of Chris Long. Quick, Strong and Big.  

5. Mike Hart-HB Michigan- Fits his name well as he was the heart and soul of Big Blue this past season. An incredibly strong undersized runner, Hart is without a doubt the best senior back in the draft. Could drop come April depending on teams willing to draft high on backs this year.  

6. Craig Steltz-S LSU- Absolute ballhawk who led a talented secondary on the nations most talented defense. Strange how the rich get richer as Steltz could go to the Patriots by way of San Francisco's pick. An absolute gem who will star at the next level. 

7. Chris Ellis-DE Virginia Tech- An interesting prospect to fit in a 3-4 defense at outside linbacker. Loads of talent in this athletic pass rusher and one of my overall favorite players in the draft. A risk I'd be willing to take, New England goes this route if Steltz is off the board in my opinion.  

8. Dan Connor-OLB Penn State- Most easily put on paper as simply a solid football player. Connor makes few mistakes and played a great career at Beaver Stadium. If he is avaiable to Cincinnati you'd think they'll snatch him up.  

9. Sam Baker-OT USC- The top prospect on a team that features up to five or six first round picks. Plays for perhaps the most talented team in college football and fits into most rankings as a the concensus number two tackle in this years senior crop.  

10. Limas Sweed-WR Texas- Large and fast with the ability to create separation, sounds like a winner to me and should be the first senior reciever taken. Although he missed most of the season injured, Sweed has been a big time prospect since he was hauling passes in from Vince Young. 

11. Antoine Cason-DB Arizona- Great size for a solid cover corner. Best corner prospect in the draft. Had biggest game this year scoring two touchdowns and helping upset number two Oregon. Has been a legitimate prospect for years and now teams shall be in envy of aquiring his skills covering recievers as well as on special teams returning kicks. 

12. Matt Ryan-QB Boston College-Prototypical pocket passing quarterback with outstanding awareness and a seemingly endless supply of ice water in his veins. If Carolina looks to replace Delhomme they could make a move to go this direction. Plays on a team with no viable NFL reciever prospects to a team with Steve Smith and we could see great things in the near future.   

13.J Leman-ILB Illinois- Absolutely solid linebacker from Big Ten country, a land that offers countless prospects each and every year. seems to be everywhere all the time, from stuffing the run to defending the pass, Leman simply gets it done. Reminds me alot of Dan Morgan in Carolina. 

14. Early Doucet-WR LSU- Aside from having this years best name, Early Doucet brings a bag full of tricks to the reciever position. Blessed with exceptional speed, agility and quick feet, this kid could be catching bubble screens in the NFL for a long while. If your Tennessee you cross your toes that he drops to you as he could be electric with Vince Young. 

15. Keith Rivers-OLB USC- Another player coming from the talent pool referred to as USC. Rivers maybe a little undersized but a lock to go early come April. Could settle in to the league as a good pass rusher from the weakside. Great speed allows sideline to sideline capabilities. 

16. Laurence Jackson-DE USC- Could be the best pass rusher with a hand on the ground in the entire draft and to think hes on the top of the depth chart in front of future all-americans at USC should say enough. Overwhelming strength makes Jackson effective. Overall very productive at USC. 

17. Tashard Choice-HB Georgia Tech- Very productive between the tackles runner with the ability to break big runs. Back to Back thousand yard seasons in the ACC should find him playing quite a bit on Sundays. Could go to a team like Arizona if they go offense. More than likely he will drop to one of the playoff teams, perhaps Seattle if Alexander is done. 

18. Vince Hall-ILB Virginia Tech- Another player I really like as I was a fan of the Hokies defense this season. Hall along with Chris Ellis easily highlighted the starting eleven. Missed a good portion of the season with a broken arm but that didn't keep him out to long and he came back to avenge a prior defeat to Boston College and take his team to the BCS. Vince Hall can surely play and could be a sufficient fill for teams picking in the mid to late first round. Could be a good fit in New Orleans if they ever decide to address the defensive side of the ball.  

19. Terrell Thomas-CB USC- Yet Another gem from Southern Cal. Exceptional cover corner with outstanding athleticism. Could Drop to a team like Tampa but look for him to be gone by then, most likely in the Motor City of Detroit. 

20. Eric Young-OG Tennessee- Interior force on a good SEC team finally losing to LSU in their League Championship. Best Interior lineman after the regular season and should be a first round draft pick. Every team knows to build from the inside out and if your looking to the inside for help, go Eric Young. 

21. Tom Zbikowski-S Notre Dame- Hard Hitting safety who played on a horribly young and overmatched Irish team. Although in Notre Dame fashion they put out a heck of a safety in Zbikowski. Team leader who played solid football at Notre Dame for a few years, also a boxer adds that tough guy mentality to any secondary unit. 

22. Fred Davis-TE USC- Big time play maker from the middle out. Has the speed to create mismatches on any linebacker and should be a pro bowl caliber player. My top overall tight end in the draft, Davis could go to a team like Minnesota late in the first round.  

23. Colt Brennan-QB Hawaii- Thought of by some as a system quarterback who thrived in a pass first offense, I think otherwise. Brennan stands tall in a relatively deep class at quarterback and if he is a system quarterback he may revolutionalize the NFL into a spread offense league. With his rubber arm and uncanny ability to put the ball where only his man can get it, there is no doubt in my mind he'll be the first spread quarterback to make a big splash in the NFL. 

24. Frank Okam-DT Texas- A fabulous blend of strength and a great motor manning a dominate front four at Texas. As a forty-niners fan I hope this beast drops to the niners late in the first round as they own Indianapolis' first round pick. Mike Nolan has wanted this kid for over a year and may make a move up the draft board to secure him. 

25. Sedrick Ellis-DT USC- Yet another fantastic talent in a draft stacked on the defensive line. A steady force on the defensive line and has the skillset to play the end in the 3-4 defense, a tough position for coaches to fill.  

26. Shawn Crable-OLB Michigan- Fantastic speed from the outside creating havoc for opposing quarterbacks and known more as a cover linebacker instead of a run stopper. Has the ability given his speed to make up for mistakes. Would be a great fit covering the slot and tight ends for the Giants, unless they go defensive tackle. 

27. John Sullivan-C Notre Dame-The best center prospect in the draft could go late in the first round to a team looking to make a quick fit change at the position. My best guess is he could go to Dallas with Clevelands pick.  

28. Jonathan Hefney-S Tennessee- A truly great athlete from the SEC, go figure. He'd look fantastic next to Reggie Nelson in Jacksonville.  

29. Ali Highsmith-OLB LSU- A true speedster at OLB, could play the strong side in the NFL covering tight ends. Missed some time this year due to injury so it will be fun to see what pro scouts think of Ali. 

30. John David Booty-QB USC- A big time prospect since high school you need only look to see that USC's only losses came when Booty missed two games to injury. A big tall prospect with a picture perfect release would fit great in Chicago if they trade back into the first round. 

31. Joseph Bryant-DT Texas A&M- A great fit for the nose on a 3-4 defense as Bryant is simply enormous. would be an excellent rotation player on a team like San Diego. Great at stuffing the run and could even be an eventual replacement for a guy like Casey Hampton, supposing he excedes the spending limit for the bargain basement Steelers. 

32. Jordan Dizon-OLB Colorado-Only saw Dizon play a couple of times during his career but he showed me enough to sneak into the back end of my first round. A somewhat undersized player could be a steal for whomever picks here. Every time theres a big play in Colorado it seems Dizon is in on it, a player that finds the ball simply put.

By T. Lewis,
December 31, 2007