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2007 NFL Mock Draft Round 1 (Picks 11-20)

Posted by Condo on April 13, 2007

Welcome back, now for Part 2 of the 3 part series of the 2007 NFL mock draft First Round and today we will go through picks 11-20 . The top tier talents of Calvin Johnson and JaMarcus Russell may be gone at this point, but there’s still many extremely talented players left in this draft, so let’s get to it.

Pick 11: San Francisco 49ers — Adam Carriker (DE- Nebraska)
Adam Carriker was a three years starter at defensive end for Nebraska and was one of the Big 12’s most dominant defensive players during that period. Carriker brings an impressive frame at 6’6″ 295 lbs. His strength and long arms allow him to gain separation from the blocker and pursue the ball carrier or quarterback. Although his strength is against the run, Carriker established himself as pass rusher with 16.5 sacks over the last two seasons at Nebraska. He is the biggest defensive end in the draft and not quite the pure pass rusher that Anderson and Adams before him are. He would be a great fit to play at defensive end in Nolan’s 3-4 system and the ‘Niners need all the defensive line help they can get, so this pick makes sense at 11.

Pick 12: Buffalo Bills — Patrick Willis (LB- Ole Miss)
This may be the simplest pick in the draft to explain. The Bills traded away their linebacker Takeo Spikes and have a HUGE need at the linebacker position. Patrick Willis is the best linebacker available in this draft and reminds me a lot of A.J. Hawk at Ohio State. The guy is EVERYWHERE on the field and will be a smart, solid choice for the Bills at #12.

Pick 13: St. Louis Rams — Leon Hall (CB- Michigan)
It seems as though every year the Rams get into the draft and need help on the defensive side of the ball, and this year is no exception. What the Rams really need is help on the defensive line, unfortunately for them several teams ahead of them needed the same thing and the better defensive line players are gone. So the Rams shift their focus to improving a weak secondary and take Leon Hall. Hall is the most polished corner in the draft and could step in immediately in the secondary and help St. Louis. Hall does lack the elite speed to stay with top flight receivers on deep, down field routes but should hold his own nicely and be a solid corner for many years to come.

Pick 14: Carolina Panthers — Levi Brown (OT- Penn St.)
Carolina has some holes at linebacker they need to fill, but they also could use a left tackle as well. Levi Brown may very well be a franchise left tackle who would be the best tackle in the draft if not for Joe Thomas. Giving Delhomme time in the pocket and watching his blind side is something Brown could do very well and would be a big pickup for Carolina. Levi Brown may not be exactly who they had in mind, but it makes a lot of sense for Carolina at this spot.

Pick 15: Pittsburgh Steelers — Paul Posluszny (LB- Penn St.)
The Steelers may soon begin to fade out the 3-4 scheme and move into a Cover-2, thanks to new coach Mike Tomlin, which means that Pittsburgh needs to get more athletic linebackers who can cover tight ends and slot receivers down the middle of the field in zone coverage. With Joey Porter leaving for Miami, getting Posluszny would be a great choice, especially being a local boy. He has great instincts and, like Willis, is always flying around the ball. He did come off a serious knee injury in the 2006 Orange Bowl but recovered quite well for his senior season and should be a middle of the first round pick.

Pick 16: Green Bay Packers — Marshawn Lynch (RB- Cal)
The Packers certainly need a running back with the departure of Ahman Green via free agency and Lynch would be a good fit. Lynch has some off-the-field issues that have him slipping on some draft boards, but my feeling is that it’s really pretty hard to get in trouble in Green Bay where there is NOTHING to do. Lynch should be fine and would be a good back to take with this pick.

Pick 17: Jacksonville Jaguars — Reggie Nelson (S- Florida)
Jacksonville has had some departures at safety over the past couple of seasons and are really hurting for a replacement. Reggie Nelson is a very talented safety. Although undersized for a safety at 6’0″ 200 lbs, he is very quick and takes great routes to the football to make plays. He also is a very good tackler for a safety of his size and is not afraid to come up and help in run support. His size has made him fall further than he really should have and Nelson will be an excellent pick here for Jacksonville.

Pick 18: Cincinnati Bengals — Darrelle Revis (CB- Pittsburgh)
I know our other 2 writers here at “The Nasty Boys” are interested to see who I selected for the Bengals at this pick. I know they are going to be a little unhappy to hear that Revis has no off-the-field issues such as DUIs or operating boats while under the influence, but he is a physical corner with good cover skills that will be excellent to put opposite of Jonathan Joseph to make one of the best corner tandems in the league in the upcoming years. The Bengals could look at someone like Lawrence Timmons or Jon Beason at linebacker, but I think right now, with Tory James gone and Deltha O’Neal struggling, that Revis is the smart pick for Cincinnati at this point.

Pick 19: Tennessee Titans — Ted Ginn Jr. (WR- Ohio State)
Ginn is the most explosive player in this draft, and given the fact that the Titans need someone for Vince Young to actually throw the ball to, this pick makes since for Tennessee at 19. If not for his injury in the National Championship game, I think Ginn is a top 10 pick, but Tennessee lucks out in the sense that he falls to them here. He will also immediately improve the return game for the Titans on both kicks and punts. Dwayne Jarrett is also a possibility considering his connection to Titan offensive coordinator Norm Chow, but I think Ginn wins out over the other receivers at this point based on his athletic ability.

Pick 20: New York Giants — Joe Staley (OT- Central Michigan)
A former tight end when coming into college, Staley has been climbing tremendously up teams draft boards with a low 4.8 40 time at the NFL combine. That doesn’t sound impressive, at first, until you look up and realize that Staley is 6’6″ 306 lbs. Staley has outstanding agility and lateral movement to go along with that speed and is an outstanding pass blocker. Staley also makes getting around him very tough for defensive ends. Staley’s weakness is that he is pretty lean for an OT and is not able to deliver an authoritative initial punch off the line, he will need to bulk up but is definitely the hidden gem of this first round.

Part 3 of this series will be coming shortly so make sure to stop back and check that out. As always, any questions, comments, and/or feedback are welcome at The_Nasty_Boys@yahoo.com.

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