Ken Murray's Mock Draft

April 28, 2007|By KEN MURRAY

1. Raiders

What they need -- A quarterback for the worst offense in the NFL, along with a tackle who can block for him.

What they might do -- It's unlikely anyone will bowl them over with a trade offer, so the Raiders have to decide which quarterback they like better - LSU's JaMarcus Russell or Notre Dame's Brady Quinn.

Sun's pick -- QB JaMarcus Russell, LSU

2. Lions

What they need -- Lots of defense and a quarterback for the future.

What they might do -- Trade down for extra picks and a defensive impact player. They also might draft WR Calvin Johnson and deal him to the team that takes the defensive player of their choice.

Sun's pick -- DE Gaines Adams, Clemson

3. Browns

What they need -- An offensive tackle, a pass-rushing end and a quarterback.

What they might do -- There's a slight chance they'll trade up for Russell. More likely, they'll stay put and take the best offensive tackle in the draft.

Sun's pick -- OT Joe Thomas, Wisconsin

4. Buccaneers

What they need -- Offensive and defensive tackles and a safety.

What they might do -- If they don't trade up for Johnson, he still might fall to them. Jon Gruden can't resist adding a playmaker for his anemic offense.

Sun's pick -- WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech

5. Cardinals

What they need -- They lost both offensive tackles in the offseason, so that's a major need.

What they might do -- Reaching for the second-best tackle in the draft here is a mistake. They'll go with a playmaker who can make a difference.

Sun's pick -- RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma

6. Redskins

What they need -- A pass-rushing end and a run-stuffing tackle.

What they might do -- Unless they are in love with a specific player, they should trade out. They have no picks in the second, third and fourth rounds.

Sun's pick -- S LaRon Landry, LSU

7. Vikings

What they need -- Receivers and secondary help.

What they might do -- They could take Quinn here. But their secondary is so bad - it allowed 238.6 passing yards a game last season - they have to go for coverage help.

Sun's pick -- CB Darrelle Revis, Pittsburgh

8. Falcons

What they need -- A defensive end is a high priority after losing Patrick Kerney in free agency.

What they might do -- They could package a bunch of picks to get Johnson. They could use Landry to help defend Johnson twice a year. Or they go for a pass rusher.

Sun's pick -- DE Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas

9. Dolphins

What they need -- A left tackle to stabilize their sieve-like line, a wide receiver and a quarterback to groom.

What they might do -- If, in fact, a franchise quarterback falls to them at this spot, they won't think twice.

Sun's pick -- QB Brady Quinn, Notre Dame

10. Texans

What they need -- Help across the board, especially on the offensive line.

What they might do -- Because they have only six picks in the draft, they should trade down. They're not hot on OT Levi Brown, so they may go for defense.

Sun's pick -- FS Reggie Nelson, Florida

11. 49ers

What they need -- Wide receivers and a nose tackle for the 3-4.

What they might do -- They should go defense here, choosing between DT Alan Branch and DE Adam Carriker.

Sun's pick -- DE Adam Carriker, Nebraska

12. Bills

What they need -- A starting running back and a middle linebacker.

What they might do -- Shore up the defense first and get the running back later.

Sun's pick -- MLB Patrick Willis, Mississippi

13. Rams

What they need -- The defense was vulnerable last year, especially up front.

What they might do -- They may trade for Carolina DT Kris Jenkins (Maryland) or draft a nose tackle.

Sun's pick -- DT Alan Branch, Michigan

14. Panthers

What they need -- The defense needs to be overhauled, and they must find a receiver.

What they might do -- They may be tempted to go for Miami TE Greg Olsen or Ohio State WR Ted Ginn Jr., but there are better options on defense.

Sun's pick -- DE Jarvis Moss, Florida

15. Steelers

What they need -- After sending Joey Porter on his way, they need a playmaking outside linebacker.

What they might do -- They could opt for DE Anthony Spencer and project him at OLB.

Sun's pick -- OLB Lawrence Timmons, Florida State

16. Packers

What they need -- Ahman Green has moved to Houston, so they need a running back.

What they might do -- They can get a decent runner with the 47th or 78th picks. A solid defensive prospect might drop to them here, too.

Sun's pick -- DE Amobi Okoye, Louisville

17. Jaguars

What they need -- An outside linebacker and secondary help are a must.

What they might do -- They could go for speed at WR in Ginn, or an offensive tackle.

Sun's pick -- OT Levi Brown, Penn State

18. Bengals

What they need -- Defense, defense, defense. Everywhere.

What they might do -- They can take one of two first-round cornerbacks left, or Spencer as a pass rusher.

Sun's pick -- CB Leon Hall, Michigan

19. Titans

What they need -- Reinforcements for the worst defense in the league and some receivers.

What they might do -- They could grab CB Aaron Ross, but Ginn's speed will be too tantalizing.

Sun's pick -- WR Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State

20. Giants

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