The Saints Are On The Clock!

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With the Saints at 0-4 it’s never too early to start thinking about next April’s NFL draft!

If the draft were today, the Saints would have the 3rd overall selection!

1. Miami Dolphins: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
I had Darren McFadden here in my previous edition, but now that Ronnie Brown has broken out of his slump and Ricky Williams is applying for reinstatement, Miami will look elsewhere. Glenn Dorsey has domainted the line of scrimmage every game this year. The Dolphins’ old defense needs help everywhere, starting up front. Dorsey can help a five-sack stop unit ranked 26th against the run.

St. Louis Rams: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
Orlando Pace is one of the top offensive tackles in the game, but he has missed significant time the past two seasons. Without Pace on the line, the Rams simply cannot score consistently. They need to do something about this, because as far as I’m concerned, Pace is unreliable at this stage of his career. St. Louis cannot allow Marc Bulger to be sacked six times per week. He’s too good a quarterback for that to happen.

New Orleans Saints: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
New Orleans’ secondary is garbage, but part of the reason the team is currently 0-3 is the fact that the defensive line has zero sacks. Zero sacks! The Saints desperately need a stud defensive end to put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Minnesota Vikings: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville Is there any doubt that the Vikings have the worst corps of quarterbacks in the NFL? Tarvaris Jackson has been a complete bust, Kelly Holcomb is nothing more than a career backup, while Brooks Bollinger probably wouldn’t make any other roster at this point of his career. I’ll go as far to say that Minnesota could really hurt itself by winning enough to place itself out of contention for Brian Brohm and Andre’ Woodson. Will it be Brohm or Woodson? The former, in my opinion, has a slight edge over the Kentucky gun-slinger. That could change over the next few months, but right now, I have Brohm one and Woodson 1a.

Atlanta Falcons: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas I really feel sorry for Atlanta fans. They go from having their best quarterback traded to Houston, to watching their current signal caller get thrown in prison for slaughtering dogs. Then, they have to decide between the piano-playing Joey Harrington and the cheeseburger-eating Byron Leftwich. Is there any doubt the Falcons won’t be drafting a quarterback? Well, there is a chance the Falcons could pass up on the two signal callers if someone special like Darren McFadden is available. Warrick Dunn is close to retirement, and I’m not convinced that Jerious Norwood can carry the load on his own. Atlanta could maintain one of the league’s most potent rushing attacks and still acquire a franchise quarterback at the top of Round 2.

Buffalo Bills: Kenny Phillips, FS/SS, Miami Safety wasn’t Buffalo’s greatest need at the beginning of the year, but in the wake of Ko Simpson’s season-ending injury, Marv Levy could opt for the top defensive back eligible for this draft. Even before Simpson hurt himself, I felt the Bills could have used an upgrade at free safety. Kenny Phillips is more than just an upgrade; he’s a play-maker who will instantly take Buffalo’s defense out of the league’s cellar.

Philadelphia Eagles: Sam Baker, OT, USC An image Eagles fans will always have in their minds is Winston Justice looking helpless as Osi Umenyiora beat him for a Giants record six sacks. This is the future of Philadelphia’s offensive line. With William Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan nearing retirement, the Eagles will need a new tackle to protect Kevin Kolb’s blind side for the next decade.

Chicago Bears: Andre’ Woodson, QB, Kentucky Rex Grossman has finally been benched, and as I’ve predicted, Brian Griese is even worse. The Bears will need to spend one of their first two picks in the 2008 Draft on a quarterback. I don’t know if Chicago will be in position to select Andre’ Woodson by season’s end, but things aren’t looking too promising right now.

San Diego Chargers: DeSean Jackson, WR, California The Chargers need a new coach more than anything, but they won’t be able to obtain one via the draft. I know James Laurinaitis is a need, but San Diego simply cannot pass up on an enormous talent like DeSean Jackson, who is already better than any receiver the team currently has on its roster. Jackson would stretch the field for the Chargers’ offense, and open up even more opportunities for LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates.

New York Jets: Derrick Harvey, DE/OLB, Florida The Jets are 1-3 because they have only three sacks through four contests this season. They need someone to get to the quarterback in their 3-4 defense. Derrick Harvey collected 11 sacks in 2007, including two against Troy Smith in the BCS Championship. Harvey’s regarded as a better prospect than Jarvis Moss, who went No. 17 in April’s draft.

Cincinnati Bengals: Dan Connor, OLB, Penn State Defensive tackle is an option because the Bengals are ranked dead last against the run, but linebacker seems like a more pressing need. The situation is so bleak, rumor has it Marvin Lewis tried out Tony Kornheiser at outside linebacker during halftime of the Patriots-Bengals game.

Carolina Panthers: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU It’s really hard to believe that the Panthers have only two sacks after four games. Mike Rucker is pretty much obsolete at this stage of his career. Carolina needs a new defensive end to play across from Julius Peppers.

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College Brodie Croyle? You’ve gotta be kidding me. Granted, he has nothing to work with except for an aging Tony Gonzalez and Larry Johnson, who will probably get hurt this year, but if the Chiefs have the chance to draft Brian Brohm, Andre’ Woodson or Matt Ryan, they need to take it.

Oakland Raiders: Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma Al Davis loves speed, and if Malcolm Kelly runs a mid 4.4 as expected, which is remarkable for his frame (6-4, 217), Davis won’t be able to contain himself. If Kelly’s available when the Raiders are on the clock, I could see Davis tossing his walker aside and running on stage to submit his selection as quickly as possible. How sick would the combination of Kelly’s size and speed, and JaMarcus Russell’s arm strength be?

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Slaton, RB, West Virginia Ken Whisenhunt is doing a great job thus far; Edgerrin James seems revitalized, the offensive line is blocking well and the defense has been better than expected. However, James will be 30 next year, and I think Whisenhunt would like to have a runner with tremendous speed to give Matt Leinart another weapon to work with.

New England Patriots: James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State New England was foolishly stripped of its No. 1 pick, but it still has San Francisco’s. The Patriots don’t really have any needs right now, but they will in a few years once Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel and Junior Seau move on. An inside linebacker for the future is a luxury.

Dallas Cowboys: Early Doucet, WR, LSU This pick is from Cleveland. It was rumored that Dallas was interested in Dwayne Jarrett in April, but Jerry Jones apparently liked Anthony Spencer a bit more. With Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn close to the end of their careers, the Cowboys would love to secure a top-notch wide out.

Houston Texans: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon Ron Dayne is too slow and fat to be Houston’s long-term solution at running back. Ahman Green is a temporary fix. Jonathan Stewart, a massive runner with great speed, could be the final piece of Houston’s offense.

Denver Broncos: Frank Okam, DT, Texas How bad does Denver’s defense look? Mike Shanahan needs serious help with his front four. When you have guys like Sam Adams and Amon Gordon starting at defensive tackle, you know it’s time for an upgrade.

New York Giants: Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas The Giants can’t cover anyone. In four games, their secondary has surrendered 875 passing yards. As a junior at Kansas, Aqib Talib could be better than anyone New York has at corner.

Washington Redskins: Michael Oher, G/OT, Ole Miss The Redskins suffered two key injuries to the right side of their offensive front, so in case either Jon Jansen or Randy Thomas can’t make it back healthy, they should draft a player who can fill in at both positions.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan Does anyone find it hilarious that Dennis Northcutt, who couldn’t even get on the field in Cleveland, is Jacksonville’s top receiver, despite all the No. 1 picks the team used on players at that position?

Tennessee Titans: Adarius Bowman, WR, Oklahoma State Vince Young’s drive to set up a potential game-winning field goal against the Colts was thwarted by his own teammate. Brandon Jones, Tennessee’s No. 1 wide out, dropped an easy first down in field-goal territory. It’s a shame Young’s talent is going to waste with the garbage the Titans surrounded him with.

Detroit Lions: DeJuan Tribble, CB, Boston College When the Lions traded Dre Bly away, I thought they’d acquire another reliable corner to take his place. Guess I was wrong. The Eagles completely abused Detroit’s secondary.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC The Buccaneers need to get younger on defense, so what better way to start that trend than to draft a quick defensive tackle who fits Monte Kiffin’s Cover-2 perfectly?

Seattle Seahawks: Tashard Choice, RB, Georgia Tech Shaun Alexander will be 31 by the start of the 2008 season, and he has already shown signs of declining; his 3.9 yards-per-carry average this year is concerning.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ray Maualuga, ILB, USC James Farrior will be 33 by the start of the 2007 season. It’s for the Steelers to find his heir apparent.

Green Bay Packers: Terrell Thomas, CB, USC Charles Woodson and Al Harris will be 32 and 34 at some point during the 2008 campaign, respectively. Terrell Thomas could be the future of Green Bay’s secondary, and immediate insurance should either Woodson or Harris begin to regress rapidly.

San Francisco 49ers: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas When the 49ers traded a fourth-round pick for Darrell Jackson, I don’t think they anticipated that their new receiver would drop about 10 passes per week. Limas Sweed could be talented enough to start as a rookie for San Francisco.

Dallas Cowboys: Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona Terence Newman and Anthony Henry aren’t exactly young. Newman will be 30 in September 2008, while Henry doesn’t have many productive seasons remaining in the NFL.


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