- Detroit Lions: Kraig Urbik, G, Wisconsin
It all starts up front. The Lions really need to build up their offensive line, which is something Matt Millen simply neglected to do.
Pick change; previously Darius Butler, CB
- St. Louis Rams: Nate Davis, QB, Ball State
Look for the Rams to take a quarterback early on Day 2. Marc Bulger has been sacked so much, I really wouldn’t be surprised if he has a nervous breakdown sometime soon.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama
More than half of Kansas City’s roster needs to be upgraded. You can include the center position, currently occupied by Rudy Niswanger.
Pick change; previously Jonathan Luigs, C
- Seattle Seahawks: Derek Pegues, FS, Mississippi State
I’ve joked around about Brian Russell being banished from the city of Seattle long enough. The Seahawks really need an upgrade at free safety.
Pick change; previously Louis Delmas, FS
- Dallas Cowboys: Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma
I considered a guard here, but if Terrell Owens is released, Tony Romo may put in a special request to Jerry Jones for a talented receiver early in the draft.
Pick change; previously Louis Murphy, WR
- Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Wood, C, Louisville
A major reason why the Bengals haven’t been able to run the ball effectively is the mess they have at the center position. They should be able to find an upgrade there in a center-heavy draft.
Pick change; previously Antoine Caldwell, C
- Oakland Raiders: Domonique Johnson, CB, Jackson State
Easy pick for Al Davis. He needs cornerback depth in the wake of cutting DeAngelo Hall, and Domonique Johnson runs the fastest 40 (mid 4.3) out of all the top players remaining at his position. Hey, don’t question the scouting methods of the undead!
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State
More help for David Garrard – this time in the wideout variety. Jacksonville’s receiving corps is a running joke. I can’t remember the last time the team had a deep threat. Matt “Coke Zero” Jones has emerged as a nice possession receiver, but Jacksonville needs someone to stretch the defense.
- Green Bay Packers: Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina
With Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher turning 33 and 32 in June, respectively, it’s time for the Packers to start looking for some young blood at offensive tackle.
Pick change; previously Matt Shaughnessy, DE
- San Francisco 49ers: Alex Boone, OT, Ohio State
Shaun Hill played excellent football this season, owning a 5-3 record since the bye. The 49ers could be in playoff contention if they went with him all year. Let’s not forget that Mike Martz called J.T. O’Sullivan the “best quarterback” he’s ever coached.
Hill desperately needs some help up front; his offensive line surrendered 55 sacks this year.
- Buffalo Bills: Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina
The Bills have needed a quality pass-catching tight end for a very long time. Perhaps this is the year they finally address that need.
- New York Jets: Darry Beckwith, ILB, LSU
The Jets have collapsed defensively late in the year, so they could be looking for someone to form a lethal combination with David Harris at inside linebacker.
- Houston Texans: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
The Texans really could use a defensive end to complement Mario Williams. Robert Ayers can man the left side, allowing Williams to stick to the right side exclusively.
Pick change; previously Andy Levitre, G
- San Diego Chargers: Anthony Parker, G, Tennessee
Sure, LaDainian Tomlinson was hurt all year, but another reason why the Chargers couldn’t really run the ball was pedestrian offensive line play. Mike Goff, a free agent to be, needs to be replaced.
Pick change; previously Fili Moala, DE/DT
- Denver Broncos: Sherrod Martin, FS, Troy
With Marlon McCree headed for free agency, the Broncos will need a new free safety in the mix.
- Washington Redskins: Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
It looks like Marcus Washington is going to be let go for cap reasons. The Redskins will need help at strongside linebacker.
Pick change; previously Anthony Parker, G
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
Wide receiver will once again be a need next offseason. Dexter Jackson was acquired in the second round, but he’s more of a kick returner than anything. Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard aren’t going to be around much longer, while Antonio Bryant will undoubtedly revert to Sloth Mode once he signs a long-term deal with the team.
Pick change; previously Juaquin Iglesias, WR
- Detroit Lions: Terrance Taylor, DT, Michigan
More defense for a team that desperately needs it. It’s no coincidence that the Lions gave up 5.4 yards per carry (good for dead last in the NFL) after trading away Shaun Rogers.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty
The Eagles probably have a better shot at converting fourth-and-11 than they do fourth-and-one. That’s because Andy Reid is a moronic play-caller, and always decides to go with a run toward the right guard or right tackle with his small running backs. Or sometimes he mixes it up and calls for a Hail Mary. Big Red needs a big back. At 6-1, 232, Rashad Jennings qualifies.
- Green Bay Packers: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
Charles Woodson’s days at corner are numbered. He turns 33 in October, so he’ll have to make the full-time move to safety eventually. The Packers, who need depth at corner right now, will have to find a starter across from Tramon Williams sometime soon.
Pick change; previously Louis Murphy, WR
- Chicago Bears: Trevor Canfield, G, Cincinnati
Lovie Smith is an ultra-conservative coach, and I truly believe that he thinks his team can win the Super Bowl by running the football behind a great offensive line and playing outstanding defense, despite the fact that he has Kyle Orton throwing to a bunch of bums. If I’m right, he’ll make sure he solidifies his front before improving his aerial attack, though it wouldn’t shock me if he goes wideout here to find a complement for Devin Hester.
- Minnesota Vikings: Chris Baker, DT, Hampton
Pat Williams won’t be around forever. The Vikings need to secure a solid defensive tackle. Chris Baker had 16.5 TFL and 8.5 sacks at Hampton in 2008.
- Miami Dolphins: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
Ted Ginn and Davone Bess both have their strengths, but neither wideout is a massive target. At 6-3, 207, Brian Robiskie could be the solid split end Miami was looking for when it signed Ernest Wilford.
Pick change; previously Mohamed Massaquoi, WR
- Baltimore Ravens: Mitch King, DE, Iowa
Some defensive line help/depth for the Ravens. I had an offensive tackle here in one of my previous updates, but there aren’t any available here who wouldn’t be reaches.
- New England Patriots: Nic Harris, SS, Oklahoma
Nic Harris seems like the strong safety-linebacker tweener the Patriots love to have on their roster. With retirement knocking down Rodney Harrison’s door, the Patriots would love to add someone like Harris to their roster.
- Atlanta Falcons: Dorell Scott, DT, Clemson
Atlanta’s inability to stop Edgerrin James wasn’t a fluke; the team had problems containing the run all year. The Falcons need an upgrade at nose tackle.
Pick change; previously Michael Hamlin, SS
- New York Giants: Javon Ringer, RB, Michigan State
Giants fans have to be loving this Earth, Wind and Fire thing, but the reality is that Derrick Ward will likely sign with another team this offseason. Javon Ringer, a steal here, should be able to replace Ward as the team’s pass-catching running back.
Pick change; previously Gerald McRath, OLB
- Indianapolis Colts: Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
We saw the Patriots draft a quarterback in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and we could see something similar from the Colts here. In the wake of Peyton Manning’s knee surgery and Tom Brady’s ACL-MCL tears, I think Bill Polian will recognize that he needs to develop an insurance policy for Manning. Plus, I’m sure he doesn’t want to watch Large and Larger compete in the preseason again.
- Carolina Panthers: Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati
There’s a good chance Richard Marshall and Ken Lucas could both be gone soon, as neither has played particularly well this season. Carolina needs an upgrade at corner.
Pick change; previously Asher Allen, CB
- Tennessee Titans: Mark Parson, CB, Ohio
Next season will be Nick Harper’s final year on the Titans. Harper is currently 34 years old, so Tennessee will need to find another corner to take his place pretty soon.
Pick change; previously Derrick Williams, WR
- Arizona Cardinals: Asher Allen, CB, Georgia
It never hurts to have enough talented cornerbacks, and Asher Allen is one of the top players available at this juncture.
Pick change; previously Eric Wood, C
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Jason Watkins, OT, Florida
More offensive line help for Pittsburgh. I think Steelers fans would riot if Willie Colon were given another year at right tackle.
Pick change; previously Augustus Parrish, OT