TBR’s First Annual 2008 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 17-20)

                                                                                                          

Day 5 of the 2008 NFL Mock Draft is where things get interesting; the four teams selecting today could all use help in the secondary or at wide receiver. It will be interesting to see how this stanza plays out for Minnesota, Houston, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.

The Minnesota Vikings are on the clock…

17.

What do the Vikings need?

  • Defensive End
  • Cornerback
  • Safety
  • Wide Receiver
  • Linebacker

What will they do?

The Vikings were one of the more exciting teams to watch in 2007, thanks largely to rookie phenom Adrian Peterson. First year head coach Brad Childress has some nice pieces in place on offense. Quarterback Tavaris Jackson gave us some flashes but he still needs another season under his belt. Receivers Bobby Wade and Sidney Rice emerged as playmakers on offense, both are excellent after the catch and are deep ball threats.

Defensively, the Vikes are solid but they could use and injection of youth at the corner position. Six of  Minnesota’s nine picks are in the first five rounds, expect the Vikings to pluck a receiver in the second round — for now the corners are too good to pass up.

The Pick: Troy’s Leodis McKelvin will learn under the tuteledge of Antoine Winfield and provide an instant upgrade to the Vikings pass defense.

18.

What do the Texans need?

  • Cornerback
  • Left Tackle
  • Defensive End
  • Running Back

What will they do?

The Texans need help across the board, but with only five  picks in this year’s draft (no second or sixth round picks) they will be looking into the free agent pool unless they can package a deal and move into the middle rounds.

It’s about time that the Texans get a franchise Offensive Tackle, they didn’t get one for David Carr and he’s a hit away from the Arena League. They have too much money invested in Matt Shaub to allow him to suffer the same fate. They have depth issues at cornerback now that Dunta Robinson may not be back until mid-season. A defensive end opposite the emerging Mario Williams would be great. The have to make some serious moves if they want to improve on last season’s 8-8 mark.

The Pick: Jeff Otah from the University of Pittsburgh is the answer to the Texans pass protection woes. Probably more suited to be a right tackle, Otah has the agility and athleticism to make the switch. Ephram Salaam did an admirable job protecting Shaub. But the Texans see Otah as the long-term solution.

19.

What do the Eagles need?

  • Wide Receiver
  • Safety
  • Offensive Tackle
  • Defensive End

What will they do?

With an NFL-leading 11 draft picks, the Eagles are in the position to address their four main needs make a trade or two and come out of this draft as the Super Bowl favorite — at least until the games are played.

The Eagles brass moved swiftly in the opening hours of free agency, snatching up cornerback Asante Samuel from the New England Patriots –leaving cornerback/bargaining chip Lito Sheppard as the odd man out. All but one of the Birds free agent signings have been on defense, so I expect this first pick to benefit the offense but where? The Birds are going to try and swing a deal for either Chad Johnson, Roy Williams or Anquan Boldin by offering Sheppard and either a third or fourth round pick. Brian Dawkins is back for what may be his last season, now is the time to get his replacement accustomed to Defensive Coordinator Jim Johnson’s packages. Miami’s Kenny Phillips is the player that comes to mind or NC State’s DaJuan Morgan. Ditto the situation at the offensive tackle position with the aging Jon Runyan and William Thomas.

The Pick:  The Eagles select the electric DeSean Jackson out of Cal, at #19 Jackson is a steal and will give Donovan McNabb a playmaker that reminds many of Carolina’s Steve Smith. Jackson will double as a return man to help an anemic return game. If the Birds pull of a trade for any of the aforementioned recievers, McNabb will have more than his share of weapons needed to get the Eagles back to the Super Bowl.

20.

What do the Bucs need?

  • Running Back
  • Cornerback
  • Running Back
  • Tight End
  • Defensive End

What will they do?

The Tampa Bay Bucs have two positions that need immediate attention; one is at wide reciever where Joey Galloway(36) and Ike Hilliard (32) have aged gracefully in Tampa but youth is needed at this position in a hurry. The devastating injury last season to Cadillac Williams’ knee is potentially career-threatening. If and when Williams returns, his workload will be significantly lighter. At this point Felix Jones is still on the board and could be an option.

The Pick: The Bucs are going to hope that Rutgers’ Ray Rice is around in the second round and draft Devin Thomas out of Michigan State. Thomas would be a great addition to the Bucs offense and push #3 receiver Michael Clayton for time. Thomas runs a 4.5 40, and at 6’2″ is a  mismatch for most corners in the league. If they can utilize the free agent market the Bucs may be able to improve on last season 9-7 mark.

4 Responses to “TBR’s First Annual 2008 NFL Mock Draft (Picks 17-20)”

  1. Tom says:

    Hey guys Ronnie Brown has never played for the Bucs… You have the wrong former Auburn back listed in your mock draft comments…

  2. ronglov72 says:

    My bad Tom Cadillac Wiliams, I’ve been mixing those 2 up since Auburn

  3. [...] passing game. The second round pick out of California (I had Jackson going to the Eagles with the 19th selection in April’s NFL Draft) is being looked upon to singlehandedly restore the Eagles return game [...]

  4. thenflchat says:

    Yo what was he thinking, that’s crazy

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