Detroit Lions: Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
The Lions just can’t get rid of Paris Lenon. They drafted Jordon Dizon last year, but he was just yet another of Matt Millen’s epic failures. Getting a linebacker who’s not 190 pounds could be a good move.
Kansas City Chiefs: Clint Sintim, DE/OLB, Virginia
With the Chiefs likely to make the jump to the 3-4, Scott Pioli will be busy hunting for players who can fit that scheme this April. Why not begin with Clint Sintim to help an anemic pass rush that managed a grand total of 10 sacks in 2008?
St. Louis Rams: Patrick Chung, SS, Oregon
Corey Chavous was benched in 2008… in favor of Todd Johnson. Ouch. Chavous will never live that day down for the rest of his life. In fact, his grandkids will get beaten up at school because of what happened. As you can clearly see, the Rams need tons of help at the strong safety position.
Cleveland Browns: Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
I seriously think Jamal Lewis could be the slowest person on the planet right now. If he ran the 40 in 13 seconds or more, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. The Browns desperately need a better rushing attack for Brady Quinn.
Pick change; previously Donald Brown, RB
Seattle Seahawks: Troy Kropog, OT, Tulane
With Walter Jones turning 35 soon, it’s time for the Seahawks to draft their left tackle of the future. That could be Troy Kropog, whose stock has soared late in the year.
Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Barwin, DE, Cincinnati
The Giants have shown us that it’s all about getting pressure on the quarterback. The Bengals finished the year strong, but they still had major problems pressuring opposing signal callers.
The Bengals signed defensive end Antwan Odom to a $25 million deal this offseason, but he can’t even get on to the field. In 12 games, Odom had 26 tackles and three sacks. Guess all of his production in Tennessee was the result of the opposition focusing on Albert Haynesworth and Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
Jacksonville has major issues at corner. The team brought in the overrated Drayton Florence and paid him a ton of money, which had many people scratching their head in confusion. Lo and behold, Florence has been benched; the Jaguars have been forced to move Brian Williams back from safety to corner. Consequently, they were ranked an embarrassing 31st against the pass.
Pick change; previously Alphonso Smith, CB
Oakland Raiders: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
I’m cutting out the Al Davis joke I’ve used here in the past few updates. If you want more of Undead Al, however, you can check out the Emmitt on the Brink, where, as of this writing, Undead Al has unleashed Glandor, the ultimate football player. Glandor is 14’10” and 1,750 pounds, and runs an 0.8 40.
Speaking of 40s, you have to believe that Oakland’s new receiver will be proficient in that category. Darrius Heyward-Bey will run a low 4.3, so he’ll definitely be on Undead Al’s radar.
Green Bay Packers: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois
The Packers need another 3-4 rush linebacker to complement Aaron Kampman. The team, already in need of someone else who can get to the quarterback, will love English, who had 14.5 TFL and eight sacks as a senior.
Pick change; previously Jamon Meredith, OT
Buffalo Bills: Max Unger, C, Oregon
The center position is a huge liability and needs to be upgraded if Buffalo wants to improve its interior blocking. Duke Preston didn’t exactly make a great case for himself when he got into a fight at the end of the first half of the New England game, costing his team a field goal opportunity.
San Francisco 49ers: Rashad Johnson, FS, Alabama
Mark Roman, whose contract expires after the 2009 season, has been awful this year at free safety. Perhaps more disappointing is that second-year Dashon Goldson hasn’t been able to leapfrog him on the depth chart.
Miami Dolphins: Sean Smith, CB/S, Utah
The Dolphins really need help at cornerback and free safety. Coincidentally, Sean Smith can play both positions. Smith, a talented defensive back who helped Utah win the national championship this year, will give Miami a lot of flexibility in their defensive backfield.
New York Giants: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
Well, at least that stupid brown dog didn’t laugh at Plaxico Burress when he shot himself in the foot… It’s clear that the Giants really missed Burress’ massive presence in their 23-11 loss to the Eagles. At 6-4, 215, Kenny Britt is the closest thing to Burress available to the Giants at this juncture.
Houston Texans: Herman Johnson, G, LSU
Houston needs some help up front, particularly at right guard. Mike Brisiel shouldn’t be starting at this level. Imagine how many wide-open running lanes Steve Slaton will have with the 382-pound Herman Johnson blocking for him.
Pick change; previously Evander Hood, DT
New England Patriots: Victor Harris, CB, Virginia Tech
The Patriots need help at corner, and Victor Harris is a steal if they can get him down here.
Denver Broncos: Fili Moala, DE/DT, USC
Another cog for Denver’s new 3-4 defense. The Broncos need help up front, and Fili Moala would be solid value here.
Pick change; previously Tyson Jackson, DE
Chicago Bears: Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma
I know the Bears just drafted Chris Williams in the first round last year, but they need a bookend tackle. John Tait turns 34 soon. The fact that Chicago brought back Fred Miller shows how desperate they are for some talent at this position.
Pick change; previously Fenuki Tupou, OT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sen’Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn
Tampa Bay’s defense rotted away in the final four weeks of the season, and it looked like most of the players quit after Monte Kiffin mentally resigned. The Buccaneers need help at under tackle, among a few places on defense.
Dallas Cowboys: Emanuel Cook, SS, South Carolina
The Cowboys have to be desperate for help at both safety positions at this point. Roy Williams (both) suck and Ken Hamlin was mainly responsible for those two long runs by the Baltimore running backs.
Philadelphia Eagles: Fenuki Tupou, OT, Oregon
Andy Reid loves large offensive linemen. Whatever the reason may be – some argue that he’s insecure about being the only massive man in the room – you have to believe that Reid will draft at least two mammoth linemen in the first three rounds.
The Eagles really need an upgrade over Jon Runyan, whose career looks like it’s pretty much over.
Pick change; previously Herman Johnson, G
New York Jets: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
With Brett Favre coming to town, Laveranues Coles and/or Jerricho Cotchery were expected to step up. That didn’t happen, and it’s become apparent that the Jets need a No. 1 receiver, especially with Coles, 31, set to hit free agency after the 2009 season.
Minnesota Vikings: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
I had a pretty large wager on the Eagles, so I have to say that it was a blast watching Tarvaris Jackson screw up in the playoffs. As I said in my recap, it’s safe to say that I won’t be getting any pro-Tarvaris e-mails this summer. I got about a couple dozen a day last year when I said Minnesota would be one-and-done in the postseason because Jackson is just not a playoff quarterback.
The Vikings need to start over at the signal-caller position. Having a competition between Tarvaris and Gus Frerotte going into the 2009 season cannot be an option.
Atlanta Falcons: Michael Hamlin, SS, Clemson
Lawyer Milloy was beaten like a mule on Arizona’s two long touchdown plays. Strong safety is in dire need of an upgrade.
Miami Dolphins: Ron Brace, NT, Boston College
Jason Ferguson just turned 34, and his contract expires after the 2009 season. The Dolphins will need to acquire a new nose tackle in the near future.
Baltimore Ravens: Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
Baltimore is pretty old at cornerback and could use some fresh legs at the position. The defense’s only weakness is getting beat on the deep ball. Hopefully the addition of Alphonso Smith can change that.
Pick change; previously Mike Mickens, CB
New England Patriots: Devin Moore, RB, Wyoming
The Patriots need running back help; Laurence Maroney is always hurt, Kevin Faulk is nothing more than a fossil right now, while LaMont Jordan and Sammy Morris are pretty mediocre. Devin Moore, whose stock could explode at the Combine with a low 4.3 40, could be a home-run threat at running back that New England really needs.
Carolina Panthers: Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
It’ll be interesting to see what the Panthers get for Julius Peppers. They’ll need a defensive end if they deal him, but I imagine they’ll be able to get one with their new first-round pick.
At this selection, Carolina needs to address the under tackle or corner position. The team really needs a penetrating defensive tackle right next to Maake Keoeatu.
Pick change; previously Dorell Scott, DT
New York Giants: Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri
Unless I’m missing something, Chase Coffman is the best player available at this juncture. Kevin Boss played OK this season, but he was hardly the dynamic force that Jeremy Shockey was.
Pick change; previously Javon Ringer, RB
Indianapolis Colts: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut
Joseph Addai gets hurt every year, and even when he has been in the lineup, he hasn’t been too effective. If Donald Brown is available this late, the Colts may not be able to resist.
Pick change; previously Shonn Green, RB
Tennessee Titans: Tyrone McKenzie, OLB, South Florida
Keith Bulluck, who turns 32 next April, will hit free agency after the 2009 season. I don’t see the Titans giving Bulluck a huge contract with his age being a factor.
Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Luigs, C, Arkansas
Arizona’s current center, Lyle Sendlein, is known for botching a snap or two each game. This just in – that’s not good.
Pick change; previously Larry English, DE/OLB
Pittsburgh Steelers: Andy Levitre, G, Oregon State
Despite the fact that the Steelers surrendered just one sack to the Chargers, they still need all the help they can get up front.