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ESPN.com's 2007 mock draft

4/23/2008 - NFL

ESPN.com's 11th annual interactive mock draft is over.

For a more in-depth look at the entire draft, check out the latest mock from Todd McShay, which starts at pick No. 1 and goes all the way to No. 255. For more from McShay, Mel Kiper, Pasquarelli, Clayton and others, check out our complete draft coverage.

Moderator: The first pick will be coming up. Lets start with a question from Steve in New York ... Is the top of the draft sort of muddled this year because it's the Raiders at No. 1? Or is it just that type of year?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Over the last several years, the top part of the draft has been uncertain, but clearly that is magnified this year by the presence of the Raiders at the top of the order. Anyone who suggests they know precisely what Oakland is going to do is either lying or is named Al Davis. The one clear-cut thing seems to be that the top 4-5 players, barring trades, figure to be on the offensive side of the ball.

Moderator: OK, one more Raiders question. Hey, they have the first pick, the deserve two questions. We'll take one from Bill in New Haven before we get to their pick ... Hey John, assuming the Raiders do take Russell, what are the odds that he'll actually be in training camp on time?

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: That's the best question right now. It would help if they could work out a pre-draft signing, but that doesn't appear likely right now. There is a good chance of a holdout. Mario Williams received a six-year, $54 million contract with $26.5 million of guarantees and he's not a quarterback, a position that comes with a premium. The Raiders may have to give Russell $30 million in guarantees to get this done.

Moderator: Tons of interest in the No. 2 pick and what the Lions are going to do, so we'll take a couple of questions. Brandon in Omaha asks ... I am a huge Lions fan, and have seen the Lions struggles at QB for the past 20 years. Why on earth would they not take Brady Quinn with the No. 2 pick?

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: I think they might be making a mistake passing on Quinn. Last year, they passed on a quarterback and now they are picking No. 2 in the draft. But they don't like Quinn. They like JaMarcus Russell or the prospect of taking Trent Edwards, John Beck or another quarterback later. Expect them to get Edwards or Beck in the later rounds.

Moderator: This one isn't just a Lions question, but it is focused on the No. 2 and Calvin Johnson. Rich in Atlanta asks ... Len, starting to hear some buzz about Falcons and Calvin Johnson. What do you think the chances are they can move up to the Lions' spot at No. 2 and grab him? Also, if Johnson is this good, why wouldn't Detroit just stay at No. 2 and take him?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: All the buzz about Johnson and the Falcons is just, buzz, with very little substance. According to the points chart most teams use, Atlanta would have to give up its first-round pick, both second-rounders and something else to move up to the No. 2 slot. Johnson is a special player, but this is a team, even though Falcons fans don't want to believe it, with a lot of needs. With three of the top 44 choices, Atlanta should, if it chooses wisely, get three guys who can contribute quickly. Take a look at their roster, they need it. As for why the Lions wouldn't take Johnson themselves, just look at their track record. No explaining what they do.

Moderator: We'll take a question on the Browns, where Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage are both under pressure to win. Kurt from Maria Stein, Ohio asks ... What are the possibilities the Browns can trade down a few spots (possibly down to No. 5 or No. 7) and still grab either Quinn or Peterson?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: They could, especially in light of reports that there are medical concerns about Adrian Peterson's collarbone, but I doubt they will. It takes two to tango, and I don't know if any team wants to move up badly enough to the No. 3 slot.

Moderator: Bucs are on the clock in another spot that is the focus of a lot of speculation. Don in Tampa asks ... Would you agree that it would be better for the Bucs to trade out of their pick at No. 4 if Johnson is off the board ?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Yeah, makes sense. The Bucs seem to have deluded themselves into thinking they're still a playoff-caliber team and just a player or two shy. Not so. They need bodies and dealing back for more picks would be one way to collect some more young talent.

Moderator: The Cardinals are up next and we're going to get right to their pick.

Moderator: The Redskins are up and James from Alexandria asks ... How badly do the Redskins want to trade out of the No. 6 spot? What would they be looking for?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: They've talked to teams about moving up and moving back. Hard to see how they can move up, since, as usual, they don't have enough ammunition, having traded away draft picks. They could move back, and if Quinn starts slipping down the board, they might get some action for the No. 6 slot.

Moderator: The Vikings are up and we have a question from Brian ... Do you see the Vikings possibly trading up to one of the top spots to be in the mix of getting Calvin Johnson? If so, how much will they have to give up in order to get that pick?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: There's no scenario I've heard in which the Vikings move up for Calvin Johnson, even though they have a crying need for a big-time wide receiver. According to the points chart used by most teams, Minnesota would have to put together a package of picks totaling 1,100 points to jump from No. 7 to No. 2, and that's just too pricey.

Moderator: The Falcons are now up.

Moderator: The Dolphins are up and we have a question from Scott in New York ... In your opinion what is the best case scenario for Miami in this years draft? As a fan I would love to see them land Quinn, but am not optimistic about it. Thanks for your time, and I enjoy both of your work.

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Ideally they could trade from No. 9 to No. 6 for a third-round choice and a throw-in pick to get Quinn. They then can get Trent Green as the starter sometime in June without having to give up a draft choice. If they don't do that, they need some luck to get Levi Brown past the Falcons. They are looking for two new starters along the offensive line and Brown would be the ideal left tackle. After that, they might look at a cornerback, which wouldn't be great at this stage of the draft.

Moderator: The Texans, who won't have as many eyes on them this year without the No. 1 pick, are up.

Moderator: The 49ers, who finished last strong, are up and we have a question from Eric in Saratoga, Calif. ... What would the Niners have to give up in order to trade up to the second pick and get Calvin Johnson?

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: In addition to this year's No. 1, they'd have to give up next year's No. 1, this year's No. 2 and maybe this year's No. 3 and another pick next year. That's not happening.

Moderator: the Bills are up and we have a question from Katelyn in Syracuse, N.Y. on one of the hot pre-draft rumors ... Larry Johnson in a Bills uniform would be a pretty sight. He will cost a ton of money, but since the Bills won't have to give too much up to get him (probobly a swap of firsts and a second) wouldn't it be worth it?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: LJ is a terrific player, but we're not buying too much into the reports that the Chiefs are trying to trade him. They've floated his name, but that's about it. If they were really serious, they'd give his agent permission to seek a deal, because then he could negotiate a new contract, which any team dealing for him is going to demand. You're right, it's gong to take a lot of money to sign him to a contract extension. I don't see the Bills doing it.

Moderator: The Rams are up next.

Moderator: The Panthers are on the clock.

Moderator: The Steelers, who stumbled to an 8-8 record after winning the Super Bowl, are on the clock. Here's a question from John in State College, Pa. ... The Steelers have been successful drafting 3-4 OLBs in the later rounds. Why do so many analysts suggest that they now all of the sudden need to reach for one in the first round?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Simple. Everyone believes they need one. Problem is, there doesn't seem to be a good 3-4 type of guy where their slot falls. Too high for most of the projected 3-4 guys. I won't be surprised if they fall back. Their interest in Revis is legitimate, and they like Carriker, too. Don't rule out Auburn OG Ben Grubbs. Alan Faneca could be traded and Kendall Simmons is in the final year of his contract.

Moderator: The Packers are up. Help at running back is an obvious need, but Jeff for Des Plaines, Ill. wants to know about Greg Olsen ... Guys, If Greg Olsen does not fall to Green Bay at 16, should they try and move up to the 13th spot just in front of Carolina to get him? If they stay at 16 and Olsen isn't there, I think they should grab Kenny Irons over Marshawn Lynch, what do you guys think?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: I do hear that Green Bay likes Olsen, in part because the Packers have soured some on Bubba Franks, and because Olsen fits their offense well. A lot of people have him going to Carolina, and there are some rumors flying about that, but that's not what I'm hearing. The Packers might not have to move at all to get Olsen. As for Kenny Irons in the first round, no way.

Moderator: The Jaguars are on the clock.

Moderator: The Bengals are on the clock.

Moderator: The Titans are on the clock and we have a question from Zack in Bowling Green, Ken. ... Thanks for taking my question. This offseason, the Titans lost of a lot people, including Pacman. Where should they start in the first round, and where will they go after that?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Lots of needs, starting at cornerback. But it also seems like they've got to get a wideout, too, Someone to provide Vince Young a deep threat. They've used a lot of non-first-round picks lately on wideouts and signed David Givens as a free agent last year. Maybe it's time to get a big-time guy.

Moderator: The Giants are on the clock.

Moderator: The Broncos are on the clock and we have a question from Matt in Orlando ... What are the chances of the Denver Broncos throwing a curve ball and either trading way up or way down and drafting an offensive lineman or linebacker? Shanahan has been known for doing the unexpected.

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Don't know about trading way down, but they've definitely made contact with teams in recent days about trying to move up. One guy they seem to have in their crosshairs is LB Patrick Willis, and that makes sense, with Al Wilson gone. You can usually count on the Broncos to be active on draft day.

Moderator: The Cowboys are on the clock and we're going to take a question from Martin in Middletown, Conn. ... Since Jerry Jones said the Cowboys can line up tomorrow to play, is the best move to either trade down or even out of the first and get picks for next year?

John Clayton, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: I'd stay right there. Moving down would be getting too cute. If they take a wide receiver, it's probably not going to make TO happy, so trading up for a receiver would cause too many problems. Trading down lessens what they will get at cornerback or safety. Sit there at No. 22 and either take Robert Meachem, Dwayne Bowe or Dwayne Jarrett or grab a safety.

Moderator: The Chiefs are on the clock.

Moderator: The Patriots are on the clock and we have a question from Ben in Roxbury, Mass. ... Will Patrick Willis be available for the Patriots at #24 and if so, is he the best fit for New England as a must needed young linebacker?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Willis would be a great fit for the Patriots, but no way is he still on the board when they pick, and I doubt New England will try to move up to get him. Willis is going to be off the board somewhere around 11-18.

Moderator: The Jets, coming off a surprising 10-6 finish last season, are on the clock and we have a question from Eric ... The Jets seem to be very in tune with character so why would then consider anybody other than Paul Posluszny?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Well, there are a lot of high-character guys besides Posluszny in the draft, but your point is an excellent one. Plus, doesn't he just seem like an Eric Mangini type of guy? And he definitely fits a need, particularly with the Jets shopping veteran LB Eric Barton in trade talks. There's some question as to where Posluszny fits best, inside or weakside, and the Jets have to consider that. They've already got one undersized inside 'backer in Jonathan Vilma, albeit a terrific player, and might need to bulk up a little.

Moderator: The Eagles are up and we have a question from Deron in New Brunswick, N.J. ... I don't understand why Brian Leonard is not considered a first-rounder. Do you agree that he will catch 60-plus balls and rush for 500-plus yards next year. That seems like a playmaker to me and someone who is different from other players late in the 1st. Wouldn't the Pats or Eagles really take a hard look at him?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Yeah, there aren't many guys who have produced like Leonard, and he's a special kid from a character and leadership standpoint, too. The problem is, most teams see him as a fullback, a position a lot of offenses don't even use anymore, or a single back in an "ace" formation. He might be a bit of a luxury in the first round, but he's got first-round talent, I agree.

Moderator: The Saints are on the clock.

Moderator: The Patriots are back on the clock with their second first-round pick.

Moderator: The Ravens are on the clock, but first we have a question from Pete in Iowa City ... Hey Len, just a general question. Overall, is this considered a strong draft, weak, somewhere in the middle?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: Pretty much in the middle, pete. There is some depth at certain positions, but it's not generally viewed as a great draft.

Moderator: The Chargers are on the clock.

Moderator: The Bears are on the clock and we have a question from Zach in Pittsburgh ... What do you think about the Bears trading up to 15 to draft a replacement for Briggs?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer: The price is too steep. I think they're better moving back into the second round, where the value is better.

Moderator: The Colts are on the clock with the final pick of our mock draft. We'll take one more question from Wilson in Indianapolis ... Despite the Colts woeful run defense, if a top-tier WR (Jarrett, Smith, Bowe) would be available, do you think they'd go offense over defense in the 1st round?

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com senior NFL writer:They could, with a guy like Ohio State slot wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, or a running back. But the guess is they go defense, either a lineman or a corner.

Moderator: Ok, that's it for another interactive mock draft. Thanks for all the question and sorry we couldn't get to more. Tune in Saturday starting at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN for complete coverage of the draft.