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2007 NFL Mock Draft Round 1 (Picks 21-32)

Posted by Condo on April 20, 2007

The past few days have been a bit hectic, but the final part of this three part series is ready to roll. Let’s get to it!

Pick 21: Denver Broncos — Jarvis Moss (DE- Florida)
The Broncos are like many teams picking this far down in the draft as they have few holes to fill. However, they could use a good pass rushing defensive end after releasing Courtney Brown and missing out on signing Patrick Kearney. Moss may be a bit undersized for defensive end at 6’6″ 250 lbs. but could wreak havoc with his speed coming off the edge. If Staley doesn’t go to the Giants, the Broncos would probably grab him since he would fit their zone blocking scheme perfectly, but Moss makes the most sense in this draft.

Pick 22: Dallas Cowboys — Aaron Ross (CB- Texas)
Dallas has not drafted an offensive player in the first round of the draft since 1997 and I don’t expect this year to be any different. They made two key signings this off-season in offensive tackle Leonard Davis and safety Ken Hamlin, and would definitely like to upgrade at corner for someone to play opposite Terrance Newman. Ross finally got to start this past season for Texas and won the Thorpe award as the nation’s best cornerback, so I think this is a great pick at #22 for Dallas. They also could go with a wide receiver here such as Dwayne Jarrett, Robert Meachem, or Dwayne Bowe.

Pick 23: Kansas City Chiefs — Robert Meachem (WR- Tennessee)
Somehow, after all these years, Kansas City has been able to get by on mediocre talent at the wide receiver position mainly because of Tony Gonzalez. Now that Tony Gonzalez is aging, however, it’s time to upgrade at the receiver position. Meachem is a talented receiver who is fast (4.39 40 time) and bigger at 6’2″ 214 lbs. This would definitely give Trent Green or Damon Huard (whoever the QB will be) a good target outside of Gonzalez to throw to.

Pick 24: New England Patriots (via SEA) — Brandon Meriweather (Miami)
Brandon Meriweather has some character issues stemming from swinging his helmet at a player during the horrible brawl between Miami and Florida International earlier this season. If not for that though, talent wise he would have been LONG GONE by now. New England has such strong character in their organization, however, that this pick could work. He could play immediately in nickel coverage and eventually be the heir apparent to Rodney Harrison at safety. New England can afford to make a pick like this seeing as how they don’t have many other needs throughout the organization.

Pick 25: New York Jets — Greg Olsen (TE- Miami)
Olsen may not be around at this point because of the great combine that he had running a 4.51 40 at 6’6″ 254 lbs. Olsen would be a great addition to the passing game for the Jets and Chad Pennington. They had a great draft last year filling the holes on the offensive line with Manigold and Ferguson and I’d expect to see the same from them this season. If Olsen is gone, the Jets could go many different ways, and would probably take a corner like Chris Houston.

Pick 26: Philadelphia Eagles — Michael Griffin (S- Texas)
After replacing Donte’ Stallworth by signing Kevin Curtis the Eagles are now free to address another position in the first round and based on both value as well as need. Michael Griffin would appear to be a nice fit due to the play of Michael Lewis really declining throughout the year and the team let Lewis leave as a free agent. The Eagles are always unpredictable on draft day so you never know what to expect but safety is their biggest hole in my opinion.

Pick 27: New Orleans Saints — Chris Houston (CB- Arkansas)
Pros have had their eye on Houston for a while now after he basically shut down Dwayne Jarrett, Dwayne Bowe and Robert Meachem in 2006. The Saints were able to get by with just Mike McKenzie at corner last season but the other side of the field usually left something to be desired. A terrific man cover guy with outstanding speed, the only thing Houston lacks is ideal height at just 5’10” but he plays much bigger. The Saints would be lucky to grab him here at pick 27.

Pick 28: New England Patriots — Dwayne Bowe (WR- LSU)
The Patriots may not have been thinking about taking a receiver, but after watching Reche Caldwell’s bug eyes bulge out of his head after dropping 2 key passes in the AFC Championship game, New England really needs to take another receiver that Brady can count on to catch passes in the clutch. Bowe at 6’2″ 221 lbs. is a big target for Brady to throw to and he had a great Senior Bowl, which made him one of the top receivers on the board. He is probably the most NFL ready behind Calvin Johnson and would be a steal for the Patriots at this pick.

Pick 29: Baltimore Ravens — Lawrence Timmons (LB- Florida St.)
Timmons is definitely raw, but he’s only been a starter for one season. All he really lacks is experience and has more upside in many people’s opinion than Ernie Sims, who went in the top 10 last season to Detroit. The Ravens do need to add some depth on the offensive line as well and could go with a few different lineman here, but Ozzie Newsome is a great evaluator of talent and I think he will realize that Timmons is just too good to pass up here at #29, especially after losing Adalius Thomas to free agency this off-season.

Pick 30: San Diego Chargers — Anthony Gonzalez (WR- Ohio St.)
The Chargers let Keenan McCardell go this off-season and Eric Parker isn’t exactly great. Vincent Jackson has come along strong over the past season but they need a speed receiver to compliment Jackson’s big target for Rivers. Gonzalez is that guy with a 40 time of 4.4 seconds. Gonzalez was obviously overshadowed by Ginn Jr. but may be the more developed receiver at this point as far as route running goes and would be a great compliment as a #2 receiver to any solid #1 target. This addition would also free up some space for Antonio Gates to make some more catches at the tight end position.

Pick 31: Chicago Bears — Ben Grubbs (OG- Auburn)
The Bears need to start replacing some aging veterans on the offensive line such as Ruben Brown. Grubbs is a big guard at 6’3″ 315 lbs. and would be a solid pick for the Bears if still available. If the Ravens were to take him at #29 which is a possibility, I would expect the Bears to still try and improve on the offensive side of the ball with a pick such as Dwayne Jarrett.

Pick 32: Indianapolis Colts — Justin Harrell (DT- Tennessee)
Considering the Colts ranked dead last in the run game last season giving up almost 180 rushing yards per game, a defensive tackle is a MUST for the Colts. Linebacker is another need but since all of the linebackers the Colts would be interested in are gone, that just leaves Harrell from Tennessee as the best pick for them.  Although he missed the majority of his senior season with a ruptured biceps tendon, he put off surgery for a week so he could help his team in a big game against Florida. That shows character and toughness that the Colts need on this defense if they expect to win another Super Bowl.

And that’s it for the First Round mock draft. As always if you have any comments, questions, feedback, feel free to shoot us an e-mail at The_Nasty_Boys@yahoo.com.

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