's 2007 First Round NFL Mock Draft 

1. Oakland Raiders – QB JaMarcus Russell (LSU)
Tackle Joe Thomas will be tempting as Oakland’s pass protection was terrible last year, but new Raiders coach Lane Kiffin needs a capable arm and identity on offense, which Russell can potentially deliver.

2. Detroit Lions – T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin)
There appears to be a power struggle in Detroit. Everyone believes the Lions will take Thomas as an eventual successor for Jeff Backus, but you can’t rule out a quarterback, either.

3. Cleveland Browns – RB Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma)
Cleveland has a lot of needs, and running back is one of them. Peterson is easily the best back in this draft and will be too good for the Browns to pass up.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech)
Despite some reports, the Bucs will not take a quarterback here. A few defensive linemen will get serious consideration, but Johnson is the best available player and can fill a need for the Bucs offense, which is in desperate need of playmaking ability and touchdowns.

5. Arizona Cardinals – DE Gaines Adams (Clemson)
The Cardinals need a pass rusher on the right side to replace Antonio Smith, who recorded just 2.5 sacks in 2006. Adams gives Arizona that player and fills a need.

6. Washington Redskins – DT Alan Branch (Michigan)
The Redskins must go defense, where they ranked 30th overall last season. The interior line is suspect, but Branch can help if he’s still there.

7. Minnesota Vikings – WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Ohio State)
The Vikings finally have a defense, but now their offense is struggling. Ginn Jr. gives their offense instant playmaking ability, and he’s a dangerous return man, too.

8. Houston Texans – LT Levi Brown (Penn State)
The Texans will be tempted to take Adrian Peterson if he falls to them, but their quarterback needs protection. Brown is a franchise left tackle and can improve pass protection and the running game.

9. Miami Dolphins – QB Brady Quinn (Notre Dame)
Neither Joey Harrington nor Daunte Culpepper appears to be the answer in Miami, but Quinn could be given the chance to give the Dolphins a signal caller they haven’t had since Dan Marino.

10. Atlanta Falcons – S Reggie Nelson (Florida)
Atlanta’s safety play was suspect to say the least. The Falcons will be tempted to take a defensive end here, but safety is the pressing need, and Nelson can instantly address it.

11. San Francisco 49ers – DE Jamaal Anderson (Arkansas)
The 49ers need defensive help, especially at left end, where Bryant Young is a free agent and get away. The 49ers would be thrilled if Anderson falls to them at No. 11 overall.

12. Buffalo Bills – DT Amobi Okoye (Louisville)  
Buffalo’s run defense was inconsistent in 2006. Buffalo has other needs, too, but the Bills need help at defensive tackle, and Okoye can provide it.

13. St. Louis Rams – DE Charles Johnson (Georgia)
Leonard Little produced 13 sacks from the left side in 2006, but the Rams need an upgrade at right end. Johnson appears to be that player, although Okoye could be the pick if he falls past the Bills.

14. Carolina Panthers – S LaRon Landry (LSU)
The Panthers have some other needs to address, but neither Shaun Williams nor Mike Minter are getting any younger, which makes drafting a safety like Landry a real possibility.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – DE Adam Carriker (Nebraska)
New head coach Mike Tomlin likely will implement the Tampa 2 defensive scheme in Pittsburgh, and a defensive lineman like Carriker would get his unit off to a nice start.

16. Green Bay Packers – RB Marshawn Lynch (California)
Brett Favre and the Packers could use a receiver, but their ground game ranked 28th in the NFL in 2006, and Ahman Green is an aging free agent. Lynch is capable of starting right away.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Aaron Ross (Texas)
Jacksonville’s defense is one of the league’s best, but it can get even better with the addition of Ross, who could be dangerous if paired with Jags cornerback Rashean Mathis.

18. Cincinnati Bengals – CB Leon Hall (Michigan)
The Bengals could release cornerback Deltha O’Neal in a cap maneuver, which will immediately create a need for a cornerback. Cincinnati’s pass defense ranked 31st last year, and Hall would be a good value pick at No. 18 overall.

19. Tennessee Titans – WR Dwayne Jarrett (USC)
The Titans offense needs an infusion of young talent, particularly in the passing game, which ranked 30th last year. Adding Vince Young was a great start. Now Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who previously worked at USC, has the opportunity to give Young a reliable target in the passing game.

20. New York Giants – LB Lawrence Timmons (Florida State)
With LaVar Arrington out in New York and the Giants’ defense struggling with injuries last year, the team can address a need at linebacker by drafting Timmons.

21. Denver Broncos – DE Jarvis Moss (Florida)
The Broncos could go in a number of different directions here, but Kernard Lang and Ebenezer Ekuban aren’t getting any younger, and Moss could be the perfect successor for either one of them.

22. Dallas Cowboys – OL Justin Blaylock (Texas)
Tony Romo’s mobility helped make Dallas’ pass protection look better than it actually was last season. The Cowboys are a strong running team, but pass protection is a major issue, and the versatile Blaylock can step in and immediately help in that regard.

23. Kansas City Chiefs – WR Dwayne Bowe (LSU)
While he could go much earlier in the draft, some believe Bowe could slip. He would be an absolute steal for the Chiefs, who are in desperate need a playmaking wide receiver like Bowe.

24. New England Patriots – LB Patrick Willis (Mississippi)
The Patriots need to plan for life without Teddy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel, both of whom are in the twilight of their careers. Willis would be a good fit for New England’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

25. New York Jets – DT DeMarcus “Tank” Tyler (North Carolina State)
The Jets need to improve their play at the defensive tackle position, which was lacking and contributed to the team’s inconsistent outing vs. the run last year. Tyler is a player that fits Eric Mangini’s system and would make an immediate impact.

26. Philadelphia Eagles – LB Paul Posluszny (Penn State)
Philadelphia’s run defense struggled mightily last year, and it had a lot to do with the play of its linebackers. Posluszny could go much higher than No. 26, but if he falls to Philly the Eagles could fill a need and land a solid player by taking him.

27. New Orleans Saints – CB Daymeion Hughes (California)
The Saints could go in another direction here, but they need a cornerback. Fred Thomas isn’t the same player, and Hughes could be the perfect successor for him in New Orleans.
28. New England Patriots – S Aaron Rouse (Virginia Tech)
Rodney Harrison has had trouble staying healthy, and he’s close to retirement. The Patriots have the opportunity to get even younger on defense by drafting Rouse, who had an outstanding Senior Bowl.

29. Baltimore Ravens – DE Anthony Spencer (Purdue)
The Ravens will let LB Adalius Thomas test free agency, and LE Trevor Pryce is past his prime. Although he might not be projected to go this high, the Ravens could have tremendous value in taking Spencer, who would fit nicely into their 3-4 scheme.

30. San Diego Chargers – WR Sidney Rice (South Carolina)
The Chargers need to find Keenan McCardell’s successor. He’s 37 and not as productive as he once was. Rice would be a good value pick here and he’d fill a pressing need for San Diego.

31. Chicago Bears – TE Greg Olson (Miami)
Desmond Clark was quite productive for the Bears last year, but Chicago could get even more production, particularly in the passing game, by drafting Olson, who is considered the best tight end in this draft.

32. Indianapolis Colts – LB Rufus Alexander (Oklahoma)
The Colts are in danger of losing Cato June, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and likely will draw a big contract. Alexander would fill a need for the Super Bowl champion Colts.

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