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The last of the mock drafts

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Our friend Casey Pearce from Chargers.com called the other day seeking input for his third annual mock draft.

He tracks down someone in each town to make the draft picks.

Given a choice between Branden Albert, Jeff Otah and Chris Williams with the 14th pick ... I gave the Bears Albert. Most mocks have him off the board by then. I was also surprised to see Rashard Mendenhall lasting all the way to No. 22.

Here's a look at the whole thing:

1. Miami Dolphins – Jake Long, OT Michigan – Harvey Fialkov, South Florida Sun Sentinel – “Long is the perfect fit. First-year head coach Tony Sparano’s background is in the offensive line and Bill Parcels believes in building teams inside out. This move allows former first-round pick Vernon Carey to move back to right tackle where he’s much better suited.”

2. St. Louis Rams – Chris Long, DE Virginia – Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange – “I think it’s pretty much a flip of the coin between Long and Glenn Dorsey, but I think they’re going to go with the position that’s of greater need, which is defensive end.”

3. Atlanta Falcons – Glenn Dorsey, DT LSU – Steve Wyche, Atlanta Journal-Constitution - “The Falcons need help on the defensive interior and want to build from the inside first. Head Coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff come from programs that have built the defensive line first. Their three second-round picks give them the flexibility to trade up to get a quarterback such as Chad Henne or Brian Brohm later.”

4. Oakland Raiders – Darren McFadden, RB Arkansas – Nancy Gay, San Francisco Chronicle – “Owner Al Davis just can’t resist combo of speed and game breaking ability that McFadden presents.”

5. Kansas City Chiefs – Vernon Gholston, DE Ohio State, Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star – “The Chiefs suddenly find themselves needing to replace Jared Allen after completing the trade with Minnesota. They take Gholston here and address the offensive line later.”

6. New York Jets – Matt Ryan, QB Boston College – Dave Hutchinson, Newark Star Ledger – “If McFadden and Gholston are both off the board, I think the Jets would love to trade down but for the sake of this argument, we’ll give them the franchise quarterback.”

7. New England Patriots – Sedrick Ellis, DT USC - Mike Reiss, Boston Globe – “Richard Seymour, Jarvis Green and Vince Wilfork - three of New England’s top four defensive lineman – have contracts that expire after the 2009 season. Ellis projects at nose tackle in the Pats’ scheme and will also give them versatility to play four-man fronts, which Bill Belichick loves having the flexibility to do if it presents the best matchup.”

8. Baltimore Ravens – Leodis McKelvin, CB Troy – Aaron Wilson, Carroll County Times – “The Ravens are a bit disappointed they didn’t get a shot at Ryan, but they address a pressing need at cornerback and are happy with the pick. Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister are advancing in age and both coming off injuries. There is little depth behind them. Baltimore loves McKelvin’s speed and character. His return abilities are an added bonus.”

9. Cincinnati Bengals – Keith Rivers, LB USC - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com – “It’s anything defense. The Bengals don’t have much experience at linebacker and lost Landon Johnson in free agency so Rivers fills that need. They’d love to have Ellis or McKelvin but are happy with Rivers.”

10. New Orleans Saints – Jerod Mayo, LB Tennessee - Sheldon Mickles, The Baton Rouge Advocate ­– “The Saints are in a bit of a tough spot because they’d love to have Dorsey, Ellis, Rivers or McKelvin, who are all off the board. I think they’d love to trade down if they can find a suitor, but if not they’ll address the need at linebacker.”

11. Buffalo Bills – Devin Thomas, WR Michigan State – Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News – “Thomas fills a desperate need on the outside for a points-challenged offense. He’ll take some pressure off of Lee Evans, who can be a good #1 receiver with a solid #2 on board.”

12. Denver Broncos – Ryan Clady, OT Boise State – Mike Klis, Denver Post – “With the retirement of Matt Lepsis, left tackle is Denver’s most pressing need and Clady is the next best after Jake Long.

13. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Harvey, DE Florida – Charles Chandler, Charlotte Observer – “The Panthers have options because they like Jeff Otah, Reshard Mendenhall and Jonathan Stewart as well. They could go in all of those directions, but they’ve got to restore what was just a few years ago considered one of the top defensive lines in the NFL.”

14. Chicago Bears – Branden Albert, G/T Virginia – Brad Biggs, Chicago Sun-Times – “The Bears had the oldest offensive line in the league at the beginning of last season and Albert could be a fixture for a revamped group for years to come. They think he has the skills to project to an elite left tackle. They love his intelligence and athleticism.”

15. Detroit Lions – Jonathan Stewart, RB Oregon – Nicholas Cotsonika, Detroit Free Press – “The Lions want to run the ball more now that Mike Martz is out as offensive coordinator. Stewart compares to Jamal Lewis, and new Lions OC Jim Colletto was the offensive line coach in Baltimore when the Ravens won a Super Bowl with Lewis.”

16. Arizona Cardinals – Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, CB Tennessee State – Darren Urban, AZCardinals.com – “Rogers-Cromartie has huge potential and comes into a great situation because the Cardinals have two starting cornerbacks. That means he could have the luxury of playing the nickel for a year as he learns. With Antrel Rolle moving to safety, they need to add depth as well.”

17. Kansas City Chiefs (From Minnesota) – Jeff Otah, OT Pittsburgh – Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star - “With defensive end already addressed at number five, the Chiefs fill their second biggest need by taking the big tackle.”

18. Houston Texans - Chris Williams, OT Vanderbilt – Megan Manfull, Houston Chronicle – “The Texans hope to finally solve their woes at left tackle which have hindered the franchise since its inception in 2002.”

19. Philadelphia Eagles – Mike Jenkins, CB South Florida – Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News – “The Eagles would like to move up to get one of the offensive tackles. If they can’t, Jenkins makes a lot of sense. They’re going to trade cornerback Lito Sheppard this weekend and also need a returner. Jenkins meets both of those needs.”

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Aqib Talib, CB Kansas – Chris Harry, Orlando Sentinel – “The Bucs are surprised that a corner with Talib’s credentials is still available. Wide receiver is a need, but this team was built on defense and they need to replenish what made them great all those years. Plus there’s probably not a receiver worth taking there.”

21. Washington Redskins – Malcolm Kelly, WR Oklahoma – Jason LaCanfora, Washington Post – “If this case presents itself, the Redskins will try hard to move down. If they can’t, we’ll give them the receiver.”

22. Dallas Cowboys – Rashard Mendenhall, RB Illinois – Todd Archer, Dallas Morning News – “The Cowboys have Marion Barber, but he’s never been a full-time back. Mendenhall can provide the big plays and eventually move into that number-one role.”

23. Pittsburgh Steelers – James Hardy, WR Indiana – Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - “Big Ben gets his big target. Hardy caught 36 touchdown passes in three seasons at Indiana and is a big-play guy.”

24. Tennessee Titans – Felix Jones, RB Arkansas - Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean – “The Titans need a playmaker on offense and speedy Jones fits the bill.”

25. Seattle Seahawks – Phillip Merling, DE Clemson – Clare Farnsworth, Seattle Post-Intelligencer – “With Kentwan Balmer still available, the Seahawks face a tough decision because the tackle fills the bigger need. However, Tim Ruskell has said they’ll take highest rated player on the board and not reach. At this point, Merling is the best available.”

26. Jacksonville Jaguars - Kentwan Balmer, DT North Carolina – Michael Wright, Florida Times-Union – “It's a well-known fact the Jags enter the draft needing a defensive end but the club refuses to reach on a player that it hasn't assigned a first-round grade. So in this scenario, with Merling going a pick ahead to Seattle, the Jaguars take Balmer. Having recently traded Marcus Stroud to Buffalo, the Jags need depth up front and Balmer provides that.”

27. San Diego Chargers – Gosder Cherilus, OT Boston College – Kevin Acee and Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune and the North County Times’ Mike Sullivan all agree that the Bolts will add depth to the offensive line by taking the big tackle if this scenario presents itself.

28. Dallas Cowboys – Antonie Cason, CB Arizona – Charean Williams, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram – “Pacman Jones’ status is still up in the air for next season. The Cowboys lost Jacques Reeves and Nate Jones in free agency, leaving two openings for them at the backup cornerback spots. Brandon Flowers is still available, but they like Cason more.”

29. San Francisco 49ers – Quentin Groves, LB/DE Auburn – Matt Maiocco, Santa Rosa Press Democrat – “The 49ers need another pass rusher and Groves looks to be one that fits the 3-4 defense.”

30. Green Bay Packers – Joe Flacco, QB Deleware – Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – “As we speak, there’s no backup for Aaron Rodgers. Mike McCarthy is a heck of a quarterbacks coach and he can develop Flacco.”

31. New York Giants – Kenny Phillips, S Miami – Mike Garafolo, Newark Star Ledger – “Safety wasn’t a position of strength last year, and that was before Gibril Wilson left for the Raiders.”

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Biggsy, I absolutely hate this pick. Albert is a guard who has played one game at LT. This means he is a project at LT. The Bears do not have time to develop a project if they are looking for 3-4 starters in their first four picks as Jerry Angelo has said.

If the draft falls this way, the Bears should take Mendenhall then look to trade up from 44 to land either Gosder Cherilus, Sam Baker, or Nick Collins.

For those who want to take Williams, all of the RB's available at 44 would be a reach so you would have to look at wid receivers like James Hardy or Early Doucet. Also QB's Joe Flacco and Chad Henne could be looked at if no other value is there.

Hey, I like this pick. Albert's a solid athlete.

P.S. - From the Houston Chronicle, it's Megan Manfull. Tee-hee.

What? Albert? WE NEED A TACKLE!!! not a guard that might play tackle. We need someone who can take on the best, but he's taken. But Chris Williams is the guy who can(besides Jake long).

My Mock draft for the Bears:

1. Williams-OT-Vander-lost stock for no nasty attitude??

2. C. Rachel-OG-USC- R. Brown is gone and metcalf should be a backup

3. M. Forte- RB-Tulane- best senior RB in draft and need a two back system
3. E. Ainge-QB-Tenn- good backup and won the senior bowl with a game winning TD.
4.J. Lehman-OLB-Illinois-nothing is wrong with him no off field issues and maybe a new special teamer since anjbadayo lefted(sorry if I can't spell). Or just maybe a replacement for urlacher (MAYBE)

5.Douglas-WR-UL- why not a WR? we have a new moose and ron turner's homie from the very bad Illinois teams
6.Dykes-DT-WV-a good backup
7.Bishop-TE-NEV- no gilmore
7.Dragosarich-P-ND st- hometown Punter who wants to play for bears
7.luke Swan-WR-WIS-his injuries had stopped him from delvopping
7.LS-any-Manelly getting old

If you have a better draft then this then e-mail me or just comment here.

Rob- Are you kidding me? Ainge in the 3rd? That would be a complete wasted pick and would be better served picking a QB with some potential. Woodson or Johnson have a much better chance to succeed. LB in the 4th is another wasted pick. Special teamers will be picked in the 6th-7th rounds.

Chicago will probably go with one of the tackles, be it Chris Williams or Jeff Otah in the first. In the second I look for the Bears to take a QB if either Henne,Flacco,or Brohm is available. If not I think the Bears will go running back selecting Tulanes Matt Forte or maybe Rutgers Ray Rice. Angelo has shown in the past that if he is in position to take a player of need, which would be running back this draft, Angelo will reach for a particular player of need. For example in the 2006 draft Angelo was targeting safety Donte Whitner but the Bills took him at #8, so instead of staying in the first and takeing the best player available Angelo chose to drop down in the second at #42 and took Danieal Manning because Angelo and the Bears needed a safety at the time. Angelo could have probably waited till the 3rd round to get Manning, but he chose to get him in the 2nd to make sure he got his man. I see the same thing happening in this draft in the 2nd with Matt Forte. Angelo has made it clear that he wants to bring in a running back to compete with Benson. So I see the Bears either takeing a 1st round runner or waiting till the second and going with Forte. Who like Manning Angelo might be able to get in the 3rd but will instead pull the trigger in the second to again be safe and get his particular player of need. This is what I see happening if the Bears stick with the #14 and #44 picks and go tackle at #14 then runner at #44 but if they trade your guess is as good as mine, can't wait till saturday at around 4:00 pm to find out GO BEARS!!

Rob Williams lost stock because he played at a small school his combine was so so, and he got beat up by a third string DT named Red Bryant. Yes he got beat up and didn't even fight back.

Williams has good talent but not great talent, he also lacks the "EYE OF THE TIGER" The Bears will need Apollo Creed as there line coach if they want anything out of this guy after payday.

I am going out on a limb, and making a crazy draft pick. If the Bears where picking number one through five I would know exactly who they would grab, but they are picking 14th so it is tough to tell who will be there. I think the Bears are going to do what they always do, what Lovie said they would do and what Angelo said they would. They will take the Best player available at 14 if they cannot trade down. I think at least 4 of the 5 top Offensive tackles will be gone by 14. It's been awhile sense we had a big OT first round and I predict at least 6 OT's get drafted in round 1. I think it will come down too Otah and Mendenhall and the Bears will go with Mendenhall. He is rated higher on there board by more than a little bit I am guessing and I think the Bears are affraid that Otah will need work. They will then go Oline in rounds 2 and 3. They will find some good tallent there. I personally feel they really like Mendenhall, he has everything they want and need in a player. Otah's motor and desire are both questionable, and he needs a lot of work and may not make an impact next year. Gosder is a possible at 14 but seems a bit of a stretch there. But I know the Bears like him a lot, so who knows. This is of course if the Bears cannot trade down. The trade down would also risk them loosing Gosder to the Eagles. It's a tough draft to call this year. The biggest reason I feel they will go this way is because I believe the Bears think they are better than they really are. I expect to see Collins, Nicks or Brown as a Bear in round two, no matter who they take. I really want to see Brown but I doubt he is there. I believe whatever OT they take will be starting at OG or RT.

So what does everyone else have for the first pick, let me guess Williams, Clady or Otah. I hope someone has a crazier pick then me. That way I won't look so bad when they take Otah or Albert. Williams is not getting past the Broncos.

Prophet are you nuts Woodson is NOT A NFL QUARTERBACK Johnson is a second day pick, and Booty is more ready than the both of them. You should have done some research before you write.I think Mendenhall and Stewart will be there at 14 the top offensive linemen will be gone Williams will be going to Denver he fits the mold of the Denver OL. Otah could be there but he is not ready to play LT and Tait no longer can. Baker could be there in the second or third depending on picks and his line mate (Rachal) could be there tommorrow as could Collins and Nicks.

Creighton - I must be the only guy who keeps saying DON'T TAKE Williams. The NFL is a man's leaque. He will get eaten alive because of his passive demeanor. The players who succeed either have a quiet confidence, or a vocal confidence. The players who succeed are tough because they have to be. They get challenged everyday. Williams is not big in the gym, 21 reps. He is not tough on the field, got his but kicked at SR. Bowl practice and he has short arms. What does all this mean? The Bears will probably take him.

I like Albert because of his flexibility and I like Otah because strength wise he compares to last years top prospects.

I think it is unlikely they will get an OLT that will start this year at 14. I say take Otah put him at RT and try to move him to OLT in a year or two. If they don't go with Otah, or Cherilus I say look at Mendenhall unless Derick Harvey drops. I know DE? However, the Bears need talent and at 14 he might be the best player on the board.

I agree with you about Nicks and Brown. I would grab either one if they trade down and take them in the bottom of the 1st, or top of the 2nd.

Windy City guy , no your not the only one, I think you can see I don't like soft guys by what I wrote and I know Williams will not slip past the Broncos who covet him. I think you can tell from what I wrote that I believe the Bears will take the best available player at 14. Most of the trades are going to happen above the Bears. I think the only guy that falls to the Bears may be Otah and I just dont see taking a RT at 14 to rebuild the offense when you can get a RT in round two that will be a little hungrier with almost as much ability. We both agree it will be hard for a LT to slip to the Bears. Word out of Halas hall is Benson is gone, so RB becomes a huge need Mendenhall fits there scheme perfectly and is someone to build around. I also agree if someone like Ellis falls to the Bears they will grab him. Anyway it's a big day for the Bears and I am going to go do what I always do on Draft day. Wait for it to start go work out and come back in time to see the Bears pick and then turn it off, cause the draft is one long dull show.

I just don`t see Mendenhall falling past the Broncos, I think they look at him and see Terrell Davis all over again, which is fine, because then we will get our LT, and RB, later in the draft. I also see Flacco, Henne, and Brohm, all gone before pick 44, so if we want one of them, it will time to deal. I don`t know much about Andre Woodson, but I do know he is built like Dante Culpepper, so to have him line up in the red-zone, and have the size to run the ball would be a nice option. I am with everyone else on drafting the LT position, and the need for another guard, but Mr. Angelo will not be able to resist another gift like Greg Olsen, if he falls to us at 14, be it whomever. Go Bears!!!

Chris Williams is the best Bears #1 pick in a very long time. Mendenhall in Pittsburgh will do some serious damge to the rest of the AFC...

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