This is how I see 2007 NFL Mock Draft Playing out for Round 1 1. Detroit Lions- Brady Quinn | QB | | Notre Dame| After years of weak scouting and incompetent management, the Detroit Lions enter yet another rebuilding period. With that said, the Lions will not succeed long term with 34 year old John Kitna and his 1+ interceptions per game. Enter Brady Quinn: a poised leader with all of the intangibles you look for in a franchise quarterback. Quinn is the most polished quarterback in the Draft and his big game experience will help him fit in and succeed with the Detroit Lions. 2. Oakland Raiders- Calvin Johnson | WR | | Georgia Tech | The Raiders are a team with many holes and most of those holes lie on the offensive side of the ball. With that said the offense will get even more depleted come 2007 when Randy Moss will more than likely get cut, and Joey Porter traded. Therefore the Raiders take Calvin Johnson to help restore their receiving corps and fulfill Al Davis desire for a vertical passing game. Calvin Johnson is the most talented player in the draft as he combines Mike Williams size with Randy Moss ball skills. Johnson gets the nod here over AD with ADs injury history. 3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Joe Thomas | OT | | Wisconsin | The game is won or lost in the trenches, and the Bucs need help on both lines. Gaines Adams would be the pick here, but with the Bucs having to much invested in offensive players (Cadillac, Clayton) to let them suffer behind a mediocre O-line. Thus Joe Thomas is the pick because he will protect Simms/Gradkowski, open holes for Cadillac, and be the LT of the Franchise for many years to come. 4. Arizona Cardinals- Gaines Adams | DE | | Clemson | Unfortunately for the Arizona Cardinals, Joe Thomas is gone by the time they pick, so they go for the next best player in Gaines Adams. The Cards are the worst team in the league in terms of sacks, and if there is ever a player who can get after the QB, it is Gaines Adams. Adams will help give their defense a consistent pass rush and replace Chike Okeafor and his 5.5 sacks in 13 games. With a steady pass rush, the Cards will not have to put so much pressure on their DBs and will not have to blitz as much. 5. Washington Redskins- Alan Brach | DT | | Michigan | If theres anything Gregg Williams likes in his defense, it is a mammoth DT who can get after the QB. In Buffalo he had Pat Williams, and now in Washington he will have Alan Branch. At 66 331lbs, Alan Branch is a mammoth of a DT, but whats more impressive is his athleticism for his size. Branch will give the Redskins a Pat Williams-like presence in the middle and just ask Minnesota how much of a good thing that can be. 6. Houston Texans- Adrian Peterson | RB | | Oklahoma | Oh those woeful Texans. Passing on Reggie Bush did not bode so well for the Texans. With the talent level of Adrian Peterson, as well as the fact that Domanick Davis has missed just under 40% of his career NFL games due to injuries, the Texans decide to take Adrian Peterson and instantly improve the dynamic of their Offense. Peterson is a unique bruising running back with high end top speed and a powerful vertical running style. The only knock on him is his injury history and it causes him to fall out of the Top5. 7. Cleveland Browns- Leon Hall | CB | | Michigan | If anyone knows how to build a defense, it is Romeo Crennel. Crennel would like to get his very own version of Ty Law so that he can shut down half of the field. The Browns already have Leigh Bodden, but adding Leon Hall will strengthen the Browns secondary and allow Romeo Crennel to get creative with his Blitzes. With Alan Branch and Adrian Peterson off the board, the Browns go ahead and fill a glaring need at CB with the best cover corner in the Draft. 8. St. Louis Rams- Patrick Willis | OLB | | Ole Miss | It is quite evident that the Rams need defensive help at all three levels. This is where they go BPA for defense and take the stud LB out of Ole Miss. Patrick Willis is a talented, high energy linebacker who can lay the lumber as well as anyone. Whats more impressive is the person that he is off the field as he is an asset to any community. Willis will either play SLB with Witherspoon on the inside, or Willis inside and Witherspoon out. All in all, the Rams end up with a solid linebacking corps after this pick. 9. San Francisco 49ers- Darrelle Revis | CB | |Pittsburgh | Unfortunately for the 49ers, Vernon Davis did not play for most of the season due to an injury. With that said, the offensive stats for the 49ers have been less that what they should be. So the 49ers will thus look towards rebuilding the defense with this pick as they choose Derrelle Revis. Revis is as talented as any corner in this draft, and he doubles as an electrifying return man. Look for him to be a staple in the 49ers secondary with Shawntee Spencer. 10. Green Bay Packers- Marshawn Lynch | RB | | Cal | After this season, the Packers will begin to enter a rebuilding phase. Thus, they look to get some fresh legs into the running game and add Marshawn Lynch. Lynch is a dynamic running back with perfect size for the position, as well as great vision and hands. Lynch will provide Rogers with an outlet in the flat as well as a replacement for Ahman Green. Look for a younger, more explosive offense in Green Bay next season. 11. Minnesota Vikings- Dwayne Jarrett | WR | | USC | The lucky Vikings stay put and have Dwayne Jarrett fall right into their laps. Although Dwayne Jarrett is no Calvin Johnson, he is not that far off. Jarrett is a tall, athletic playmaker who knows how to attack the ball. He is also adept at using his size well in going up for the ball. Jarrett is a winner and will hopefully bring that winning attitude to Minnesota. There are rumors that Brad Childress will not take a WR this high, but as you can see in Philadelphia, the emergence of Reggie Brown and Donte Stallworth mixed in with the lack of success of Thrash and Pinkston will cause Childress to think twice about not taking a WR in the first. 12. Carolina Panthers- JaMarcus Russell | QB | | LSU | Those poor Panthers, they went from Superbowl favorites to picking in the top half of the draft. There is plenty to blame, however the Panthers see that Jake Delhomme just isnt getting it done. And to top if off, he is 31 years old. The time has come for the Panthers to draft a top rated QB and Jamarcus Russell will be a top 15 pick come draft time. Russell has the physical tools to make any scout drool, but whats most impressive is his leadership and big game experience. Look for Russell and DeAngelo Williams to lead the Panthers into a new era. 13. Miami Dolphins- Jake Long | OT | | Michigan | The Dolphins, Bills, and Cardinals have been battling for the Worst OL award. Although it is a toss up as to which team has the worst OL, it is clearly evident that all three of those teams need help. That is why the Dolphins go Jake Long with the 13th pick. Long will more than likely declare this year when he sees that he is the 2nd best OT with Sam Baker going back to USC. Long has the typical size you look for in an OT, and he is a mauler in the running game. Not to mention, it also helps that he is a Michigan O-lineman. Look for Long to open holes for Ronnie Brown and protect Harringtons blindside in 07. 14. Pittsburgh Steelers- LaMarr Woodley | OLB | | Michigan | The Steelers look to keep their great LB tradition alive with this pick here. With Branch and Revis off the board, the Steelers pick comes down to LaMarr Woodley and Justin Blalock. With their great defensive tradition and defense first attitude, they go with Woodley here to provide them with a linebacking corps that averages 30 years of age. Woodley is the best DE/OLB tweener in the draft and his experience as well as the role that he played in the #1 defense in the nation will allow him to fit in perfectly with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 15. Buffalo Bills- Justin Blalock | OG | | Texas | Its no surprise that the Buffalo Bills are a run-the-football, defensive team. And in order to be a power running team, they need an actual offensive line. With the recent O-line shuffle, it has become clear that the left side of the line (Peters, Gandy) is being run towards almost every time, and it has been working well. However, once teams figure this out and stack the left side, the Bills will have to run towards the Preston/Pennington side. If they get Blalock to play RG, it will be a tremendous upgrade in terms of pass protection and run blocking, and McGahee will finally start to see holes when he runs. Blalock is an excellent pass blocker who is one of the best at pulling and blocking out in the run game. 16. Tennessee Titans- Ted Ginn Jr. | WR | | Ohio St. | What more can you say about what Vince Young has done. He has made a living out of proving people wrong. With that, the Titans compliment Vince Young with a playmaker at WR. Ginn is as explosive as any player in college football, and his speed will stretch defenses, allowing Vince Young with even bigger gaps to scramble. All in all, the Young and Ginn connection should turn out to be one of the more exciting ones in the NFL. 17. Atlanta Falcons- Reggie Nelson | S | | Florida | The Falcons get the best NCAA safety here and fill a big need. Nelson is a hard hitting, big-play safety who can team up with DeAngelo hall to create a stingy secondary for the Falcons. With Patrick Kerney, John Abraham, Rod Coleman, DeAngelo Hall, and now Reggie Nelson, opposing teams will have a very tough time throwing the ball against the Falcons. 18. New York Jets- Frank Okam | DE | | Texas | With Woodley, Lynch, and Branch off the board, the Jets take Frank Okam here hoping that he can play the role of Richard Seymour in their defense. If the Buffalo Bills offensive line can continuously run the ball down your defenses throat, you need serious help. Thus, the Jets go Okam and look to fill their pass rushing needs in round 2. 19. Philadelphia Eagles- LaRon Landry | S | | LSU | Going into the season, Landry was a Top5 pick. He hasnt exactly played himself out of that position, rather other players have played much better and have overtaken Landry. Thus he falls to pick 19 where the Eagles will happily snag him. Landry is an intelligent safety who excels in pass coverage, but can also stuff the run efficiently. What more could you want out of a safety? Landry will replace Michael Lewis in the short run and then take over for Brian Dawkins when he retires. 20. New York Giants- Quinn Pitcock | DT | | Ohio St. | The Giants go BPA and grab Pitcock to provide some talent to their D-line. Pitcock is an excellent run stuffer who has stepped up in the pass rushing department. The Giants will look to the later rounds for a cover corner and safety with this draft being loaded with good DBs. 21. Kansas City Chiefs- Robert Meachem | WR | | Tennessee | The Chiefs bring in a #1 receiver in order to help out their passing game. With a great running attack, teams will soon start to focus on stuffing the running game of the Chiefs. Thus, they go with Meacham here as he can stretch the field, and pick up consistent first downs. Meachem is an underrated WR prospect whose stock will skyrocket come draft time. 22. Denver Broncos- Quentin Moses | DE | | Georgia | The Broncos biggest need is a pass rusher, and when a DE of Moses potential comes along, Shanahan will make the pick in a split second. Moses was supposed to be one of the best prospects this season, but poor play has dropped him from that position, nevertheless the talent remains there and it will be up to Shanahan to get Quentin Moses back up to his Top 10 talent level. 23. New England (f/ SEA) - Michael Griffin | S | | Texas | The biggest area that the Pats need to address is the secondary. With Rodney Harrison on his last legs, the Pats bring in the Texas S to play for Belichek. Michael Griffin will give them a solid S back there who should team up well with Eugene Wilson in order to stop teams from throwing against the Pats. 24. Dallas Cowboys- Levi Brown | OT | | Penn St. | The Cowboys upgrade the O-line in an attempt to be able to bring Bledsoe back. (I kid, I kid) But realistically, the Cowboys biggest need is at RG. Therefore they take Levi Brown who could play both RT and RG, and slot him in to the RG position. Brown has the footwork to be an efficient pass blocker, but he also excels at being a mauler in the running game. Does that not sound like the perfect OG prospect? In all likelihood Brown could have went higher had it not been for an injury filled season. 25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Paul Posluszny | OLB | | Penn St. | The Jags pick up a player who can just flat out play football. Posluszny is the type of player who doesnt have the best measurables, but still gets it done on the field. To add to that, he was a junior captain at Penn St. When he plays for the Jags, he will have Stroud and Henderson up the middle taking on blockers, allowing him to do what he does best: make tackles. Posluszny could go anywhere in the first round, but his recent knee injury will scare many teams away, allowing the Jags to pick him up late.