By Jamie Dukes
Special to NFL.com
Dukes' post-Combine mock draft
(March 22, 2007) -- NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes offers up an updated mock draft following the trade between the Falcons and Texans in which the teams traded spots in the first round and quarterback Matt Schaub was sent to Houston.
1. Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU -- The big question is do the Raiders have the pallet to pay a quarterback at the first pick? There is a lot of Randy Moss trade talk, but regardless of whether he stays or goes, Russell is the man for the job as he solidified his potential with a great Pro Day performance.
2. Detroit: Joe Thomas, T, Wisconsin -- The Lions like Brady Quinn but not enough to select him at No. 2. The Lions are trying to trade down but the price may be too high.Thomas is an athletic franchise tackle that is not the traditional road-grader type the Badgers are known for and he still makes sense. He has a nasty temperament but may be better served as a right tackle due to the length of his arms.
3. Cleveland: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame -- There is a philosophical disagreement between the coaching staff and management. Ownership wants a player who can yield big dividends in the future, while the coaches recognize they are on a shorter leash and want to bring in a player that can help them win now. The signing of running back Jamal Lewis seems to indicate management will win this conversation.
4. Tampa Bay: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech -- Defensive ends Simeon Rice and Greg Spires are getting older and Gaines Adams should be the guy, but Calvin Johnson is too tempting to pass up for Jon Gruden, who has and effective but aging Joey Galloway and an inconsistent Mark Clayton as his receiver. My source tells me "it will cost a lot to get the rights to this kid" if someone wanted to trade for the draft rights to Johnson.
5. Arizona: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson -- The Cards are moving on without mammoth tackle Leonard Davis, so they could draft Joe Thomas if he is available or trade down to position for Penn State tackle Levi Brown. It is vital for the Cards to grab Thomas or Brown to replace Davis and trading up to Cleveland's spot at No. 3 could be an option to get Thomas. Should Arizona hold pat, Adams is perfect for the young, talented team.
6. Washington: Alan Branch, DT, Michigan -- The Redskins are in desperate need of a pass rusher. They could draft Gaines Adams if he is available or trade down for additional picks and select a pass rusher later in the first round. If not, they take the highest guy on the board, which happens to be Branch.
7. Minnesota: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan -- The Vikings were among the worst teams against the pass last season. They should draft the best all-around corner because, tackling will also be a requirement since the Vikes were No. 1 against the run. Fred Smoot was a disappointment and has been released and Hall is a physical corner who fits the bill. Arkansas corner Chris Houston is also a possibility.
8. Atlanta: Levi Brown, T, Penn State -- The Falcons have several holes and did not have the luxury of keeping Matt Schaub. By moving up to the No. 8 position, the Falcons will draft the cornerstone tackle they need in Levi Brown. Current Atlanta left tackle Wayne Gandy still has something left in the tank, so if I am the Falcons, I put Brown at left guard, an area that has been a week spot for years. The when Gandy is done, Atlanta can move Brown to tackle. With the Schaub trade, the Falcons have three of the first 44 picks (8th, 39th and 44th) this year and a pair of second-round picks in 2008. They got a lot for a guy who has never won an NFL game and is slightly over a 50 percent passer -- hats off to Rich McKay.
9. Miami: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville -- Cornerback is also a pressing need and should Levi Brown fall to this position the Dolphins would be compelled to take the cornerstone tackle. But Miami also has to get younger on the defensive line and the 19-year-old Okoye makes sense. After his stellar Combine workout, cornerback Chris Houston may have played himself into the top 10.
10. Houston: LaRon Landry, S, LSU -- With the loss of a second-round pick, the best thing to do is trade down with a team that is offering a minimum of swapping positions in the first round and a third-round or better choice. But should the Texans stay here, they have to take the best guy on the board. Safeties C.C. Brown and Glenn Earl had two interceptions between them for Houston last season.
11. San Francisco: Ted Ginn Jr ., WR, Ohio State -- Niners quarterback Alex Smith showed signs of life and all he needs is a big-play, go-to wide receiver. Due to his game-breaking abilities in the return game, Ginn Jr. is the top candidate at receiver behind Calvin Johnson.
12. Buffalo: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma -- With Willis McGahee traded to Baltimore, if Peterson is here, expect the Bills to jump all over him. At No. 12, there is no doubt Peterson would be the steal of the draft.
13. St. Louis: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska -- The Rams were the 31st-ranked run defense and Carriker is the most flexible of all the defensive linemen. He can play rush end, two-gap end and the three technique.
14. Carolina: Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami -- The Panthers could not run the ball last year and are in desperate need of an offensive tackle, but there are no tackle's rated high enough to be taken in this position. Drafting a safety makes sense since Shaun Williams (nine years) and Mike Minter (10 years) both have a lot of mileage, but trading down could yield more draft choices and the safety of their choice.
15. Pittsburgh: Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas -- New Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will want to shore up the secondary and Houston is a playmaking corner who has played on the big stage. Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss will be a tempting choice as Thomlin subtly makes the transition from a 3-4 scheme to the 4-3.
16. Green Bay: Marshawn Lynch, RB, California-- Brett Favre has vowed to return for one more season and the Pack could use another weapon. The "checkdown man" Ahman Green is gone and Lynch is a good young back with a burst and good hands.
17. Jacksonville: Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi -- Jack Del Rio is getting great play out of defensive tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson. The Jags need more playmakers at linebacker -- when Mike Peterson went down last year, there was a dropoff in production at the position -- so Penn State's Paul Posluszny or Florida State's Lawrence Timmons also make sense here as outside linebackers.
18. Cincinnati: Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State -- Chances are David Pollack will not return and chances are Odell Thurman may do something stupid again. In addition to being a great football player, Posluszny is a high-character guy. Florida State's Lawrence Timmons also make sense here
19. Tennessee: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State -- The Titans were 30th against the run last year and Timmons is a tackling machine that has the versatility to play in the slot and as a rush outside linebacker.
20. N.Y. Giants: Tony Ugoh, T, Arkansas -- With the acquisition of Rueben Droughns, the Giants will move to the thunder-and-thunder offense with Brandon Jacobs. Tackles Luke Petitgout and Bob Whitfield are gone and the Giants need protection. Central Michigan tackle Joe Staley could also go here.
21. Denver: Joe Staley, T, Central Michigan -- The Broncos enjoy wheeling and dealing so I would not be surprised to see the Broncos jump up to get Marshawn Lynch. With the trading of Tatum Bell and George Foster, two voids have been created. I believe the Broncos will fill the void on the offensive line first and the athletic Staley makes sense. Arkansas offensive lineman Tony Ugoh could also go in this position.
22. Dallas: Michael Griffin, S, Texas -- Should the Cowboys decide not to pursue Mike Doss in free agency, they must address the safety position. The former Longhorn has great instincts for the football and has played on the biggest stages and excelled. As for the Dallas' current safety, Roy Williams, it's Ocean's 13 time -- he needs to drop 13 pounds by way of a seafood diet. If not, put 13 pounds on and make him a linebacker.
23. Kansas City: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU -- The Achilles heel of the Chiefs offense is the lack of a big-time playmaker at wide receiver. Bowe has the speed and size that is perfect for the Chiefs.
24. New England: Jon Beason, LB, Miami -- Bill Belichick and Andy Ried have done the best job in the league of stockpiling depth. Linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel are getting older and Beason is a tackling machine. With the addition of Adalius Thomas in free agency, Beason would make the Patriots linebacker crew beastly.
25. N.Y. Jets: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida -- The J -E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets defense was as average as grits, grits, grits last year. The Jets did a great job of fortifying the offense with the drafting of D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Leon Washington last year. Now it's time to take care of the defense. New York had to blitz last season to get pressure on the quarterback and Moss will create heat in a hurry. He has John Abraham's first step.
26. Philadelphia: Reggie Nelson, S, Florida -- Replacing receiver Donte' Stallworth with Kevin Curtis allows Andy Reid to bring another reptile to the secondary. Nelson has the natural instincts of Ed Reed. Eagles safety Michael Lewis fell out of favor last season as Sean Considine took his job. Nelson could be a replacement for Considine and ultimate replacement for Brian Dawkins.
27. New Orleans: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas -- Highway 22 known as Saints cornerback Fred Thomas must be fixed and Ross can plug the hole. Based on his workout, Pittsburgh corner Darrelle Revis could go in this spot.
28. New England: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh -- Like the Eagles, the Patriots are the best at stockpiling players. Backup corners Chad Scott and free-agent Ray Mickens have 22 years experience between them and there are still too many Troy Brown sightings on defense for my liking. New England should trade down or draft Revis. Bill Belichick also mentors Florida coach Urban Meyer, so defensive end Jarvis Moss could go here.
29. Baltimore: Justin Blalock, G/T, Texas -- Jonathan Ogden is talking about calling it quits in the next year of so and it makes perfect sense to get his replacement at the position right now. Ozzie Newsome is known for grabbing athletic guys and Blalock has the flexibility to play guard or tackle. Expect the Ravens to draft a guard big guard like Arron Sears or Joshua Beekman in the second and/or third round.
30. San Diego: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee -- Meacham is a polished receiver who flourished with the return of David Cutcliff back to the Tennesee Vols offense. He's a strong and athletic wideout with good speed.
31. Chicago: Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn -- Roberto Garza was a liability during the Super Bowl in the passing game and Grubbs has an understanding of the passing game protection requirements.
32. Indianapolis: Anthony Spencer, DE, Purdue -- The success of Dwight Freeney may make passing up Anthony Spencer difficult. Gator Ray McDonald would be a nice fit as well as the Colts continue to play Rent-A-Defender.