Out of Bounds: 2008 NFL Mock Draft

Every year, in the last weekend of April, hundreds of young men travel to New York City with the hopes of becoming the next Walter Payton or John Elway. Many are called, but few are chosen. 

 

It is a time when NFL fans experience their second Christmas. Some make the pilgrimage to New York, while others stay at home in front of their television sets with friends and neighbors with the hope of their favorite franchise drafting the next superstar that will improve their team.

 

The NFL Draft has become as much of a grand display of talent similar to the likes of the Super Bowl and Pro-Bowl. NFL fans take the draft as seriously as the regular season. In one day, the wrong draft pick can make or break a team’s entire season or legacy. 

 

Those of us who follow the NFL Draft have seen teams fall from grace (San Francisco 49ers) or rise from the ashes like the phoenix (New England Patriots) just through key selections in the draft.

 

Take the San Diego Chargers who, in 1998, traded up in the draft to get the 2nd pick overall.  They had a choice, Ryan Leaf or Peyton Manning. The Chargers chose Leaf instead of Manning and in the immortal words of the Grail Knight, “They chose poorly.”  It took the Chargers five years to recover from that pick, and if the Chargers could find a 1982 Black Delorean with a Flux Compacitor, would they have been the 2006-07 Super Bowl Champs instead of the Indianapolis Colts?  The world will never know.

 

Then you have a situation like the Miami Dolphins. In the 2007 NFL Draft, The Miami Dolphins needed a QB. Cleveland Browns backup QB, Brady Quinn, was a lock going into the draft as the Dolphins first round pick.  Instead, this happened:

What!? 

 

One of the biggest draft surprises came in the 2000 NFL Draft.  The New England Patriots already had Drew Bledsoe as the starter, but wanted to add some depth at the QB position. So with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, Bill Belichick drafted Tom Brady and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

In our continued commitment to bring you the best from the world of Hip-Hop and Sports, we present to you our 2008 AllHipHop.com NFL Mock Draft. Platinum Greg, moderator of the Ill Community’s Cheap Seats, and one of our very own posters, Rewind2, have put together a mock draft for football fans.

 

You can also go to the Cheap Seats, see the predictions for the later rounds and discuss with other football fans about this year’s draft, or you could just discuss other topics from the world of professional sports. There’s plenty to talk about nowadays. 

 

So, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would say, “With the first pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins are now on the clock.”

 

 

   1.  Miami Dolphins

2007-08 NFL Record: 1-15

Needs: OT, CB, WR, QB, G

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Jake Long, OT, Michigan

Rewind2’s Pick: Jake Long, OT, Michigan

 

Thanks to Bill Parcells and the Miami Dolphins organization, Jake Long has already signed a 5 year, $57 million contract and taken away all of the suspense from figuring out who would be the 1st pick overall.  At least we won’t have to wait for the Phins to use their entire 10 minutes to make a pick.  We move on.

 

    2. St. Louis Rams

2007-08 NFL Record: 3-13

Team Needs: DE, DT, WR, C, OLB, OT

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Chris Long, DE, Virginia

Rewind2’s Pick: Glen Dorsey, DT, LSU

 

   3. Atlanta Falcons

2007-08 NFL Record: 4-12

Team Needs: QB, OT, CB, DT, TE

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Glen Dorsey, DT, LSU

Rewind2’s Pick: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College

 

   4. Oakland Raiders

2007-08 NFL Record: 4-12

Team Needs: DE/DT, OT/G, SLB, WR, RB

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

Rewind2’s Pick: Chris Long, DE, Virginia

 

   5. Kansas City Chiefs

2007-08 NFL Record: 4-12

Team Needs: OT, CB, DT, G, C, WR, QB

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St.

Rewind2’s Pick: Sederick Ellis, DT, USC

 

   6. New York Jets

2007-08 NFL Record: 4-12

Team Needs: DE, WR, CB, FS, ILB, RB

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon

Rewind2’s Pick: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

 

   7. New England Patriots (From San Francisco)

2007-08 NFL Record: 16-0

Team Needs: ILB, OLB, CB, ROT, TE

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy

Rewind2’s Pick: Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State

 

   8. Baltimore Ravens

2007-08 NFL Record: 5-11

Team Needs: QB, CB, LOT, OLB/DE, ILB

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College

Rewind2’s Pick: Leoids McKelvin, CB, Troy

 

   9. Cincinnati Bengals

2007-08 NFL Record: 7-9

Team Needs: NT, OT, DE, LB, WR, C

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State

Rewind2’s Pick: Keith Rivers, OLB, USC

 

   10. New Orleans Saints

2007-08 NFL Record: 6-9

Team Needs: CB, DT, LB, TE, ROT, S

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas

Rewind2’s Pick: Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, CB, Tennessee State

 

   11. Buffalo Bills

2007 NFL Record: 7-9

Team Needs: WR, TE, CB, DE, FS

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Malcom Kelly, WR, Oklahoma

Rewind2’s Pick: Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State

 

   12. Denver Broncos

2007-08 NFL Record: 7-9

Team Needs: OT, WR, DT, MLB, S

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh

Rewind2’s Pick: Ryan Clady OT Boise State

 

   13. Carolina Panthers

2007-08 NFL Record: 7-9

Team Needs: ROT, FS, DE, RB, TE

Platinum Greg’s Picks: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida

Rewind2’s Pick: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt

 

   14. Chicago Bears

2007-08 NFL Record: 7-9

Team Needs: OT, QB, RB, WR, G, S

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois

Rewind2’s Pick: Branden Albert, OL, Virginia

 

   15. Detroit Lions

2007-08 NFL Record: 7-9

Team Needs: RB, DE, OT, LB, DT

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas

Rewind2’s Pick: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida

 

   16. Arizona Cardinals

2007-08 NFL Record: 8-8

Team Needs: CB, FS, RB, LOT, WR, S

<!–[if !supportLists]–>c.      <!–[endif]–>Platinum Greg’s Pick: Mike Jenkins, CB, Ohio State

<!–[if !supportLists]–>d.     <!–[endif]–>Rewind2’s Pick: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois

   17. Kansas City Chiefs (From Minnesota)

2007-08 NFL Record: 8-8

Team Needs: DE, QB, OT, CB, WR

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan St.

Rewind2’s Pick: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittburgh

 

   18. Houston Texans

2007-08 NFL Record: 8-8

Team Needs: CB, LOT, DE, G/C, S

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt

Rewind2’s Pick: Mike Jenkins, CB, USF

 

   19. Philadelphia Eagles

2007-08 NFL Record: 8-8

Team Needs: S, WR, LB, OT/G, DE

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

Rewind2’s Pick: John Stewert, RB, Oregon

 

   20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2007-08 NFL Record: 9-7

Team Needs: WR, LOT, CB, QB, DT

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

Rewind2’s: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

 

   21. Washington Redskins

2007-08 NFL Record: 9-7

Team Needs: WR, S, DE, OL, CB

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Desean Jackson, WR, Cal.

Rewind2’s Pick: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

 

   22. Dallas Cowboys (From Cleveland)

2007-08 NFL Record: 13-3

Team Needs: CB, WR, RB, OT, S

Platinum Greg’s Picks: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan

Rewind2’s: Aquib Talib, CB, Kansas

 

   23. Pittsburgh Steelers

2007-08 NFL Record: 10-6

Team Needs: DE, OT, WR, G, FS

Platinum Greg’s Picks: Sam Baker, OT, USC

Rewind2’s: Gosder Cherlius, OT, Boston College

 

   24. Tennessee Titans

2007-08 NFL Record: 10-6

Team Needs: WR, DE, DT, CB, OLB

Platinum Greg’s Picks: James Hardy, WR, Indiana

Rewind2’s: Desean Jackson, WR, Cal

 

   25. Seattle Seahawks

2007-08 NFL Record: 10-6

Team Needs: TE, WR, DT, S, OL

Platinum Greg’s Picks: Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas

Rewind2’s Pick: Chris Johnson, RB, ECU

 

   26. Jacksonville Jaguars

2007-08 NFL Record: 11-5

Team Needs: DE, DT, SS, OT, WR

<!–[if !supportLists]–>c.      <!–[endif]–>Platinum Greg’s Picks: Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson

<!–[if !supportLists]–>d.     <!–[endif]–>Rewind2’s Pick: Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson

 

   27. San Diego Chargers

2007-08 NFL Record: 11-5

Team Needs: ROT, S, RB, NT, CB

Platinum Greg’s Picks: Brandon Albert, OT, Virginia

Rewind2’s Pick: Kenny Phillips, S, Miami (Fl)

 

   28. Dallas Cowboys

2007-08 NFL Record: 13-3

Team Needs: WR, CB, RB, G/C, QB, NT

Platinum Greg’s Picks: Matt Forte, RB, Tulane

Rewind2’s Pick: Jammal Charles, RB, Texas

 

   29. San Francisco 49ers (From Indianapolis)

2007-08 NFL Record: 5-11

Team Needs: ROT, OLB, WR, G/C, QB

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Early Doucet, WR, LSU

Rewind2’s Pick: Quentin Groves, OLB, Auburn

 

   30. Green Bay Packers

2007-08 NFL Record: 13-3

Team Needs: CB, S, OT, TE, QB, RB

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue

Rewind2’s Pick: Antone Cason, CB, Arizona

 

   31. New England Patriots

2007-08 NFL Record: 16-0

Team Needs: ILB, OLB, CB, ROT, TE

Our Pick: Draft Pick forfeited due to Spygate.  Sorry Pats Fans.

 

They say “cheaters never prosper” and this is what happens when you cheat in the NFL, they take away your Draft pick.  The problem with that, many fans and analyst argue that the wrong pick was taken away.  For references, look at the 7th overall pick.

 

   32. New York Giants

2007-08 NFL Record: 10-6

Team Needs: S, OLB, CB, WR, G/T, DT

Platinum Greg’s Pick: Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee

Rewind2’s Pick: Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee   

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