Post-Combine mock draft

By Jamie Dukes
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(NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes offers up his mock draft following the NFL Scouting Combine).

1. Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU -- This is the franchise quarterback that will take the Raiders over time to the next level. Russel has an explosive arm and is accustomed to playing outside in the elements. The big question is do the Raiders have the pallet to pay a quarterback at the first pick?

2. Detroit: Joe Thomas, T, Wisconsin -- The Lions like Brady Quinn but not enough to select him at No. 2. Thomas is an athletic franchise tackle that is not the traditional road-grader type the Badgers are known for and he still makes sense. He has a nasty temperament but may be better served as a right tackle due to the length of his arms.

3. Cleveland: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma -- The Browns will probably pass on Brady Quinn because my sources say, "We need someone who can help us win now." Cleveland needs a franchise back and Adrian Peterson is the man for the job.

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4. Tampa Bay: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech -- Defensive ends Simeon Rice and Greg Spires are getting older and Gaines Adams should be the guy, but Calvin Johnson is too tempting to pass up for Jon Gruden, who has and effective but aging Joey Galloway and an inconsistent Mark Clayton as his receiver. My source tells me "it will cost a lot to get the rights to this kid" if someone wanted to trade for the draft rights to Johnson.

5. Arizona: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson -- The Cards are moving on without mammoth tackle Leonard Davis, so they could draft Joe Thomas if he is available or trade down to position for Penn State tackle Levi Brown. It is vital for the Cards grab Thomas or Brown to replace Davis. Trading up to Cleveland could be an option for Thomas. Should Arizona hold pat, Adams is perfect for the young, talented team.

6. Washington: Alan Branch, DT, Michigan -- The Redskins are in desperate need of a pass rusher. They could draft Gaines Adams if he is available or trade down for additional picks and select a pass rusher later in the first round. If not, they take the highest guy on the board, which happens to be Branch.

7. Minnesota: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan -- The Vikings were among the worst teams against the pass last season. They should draft the best all-around corner because, tackling will also be a requirement since the Vikes were No. 1 against the run. Fred Smoot was a disappointment and has been released and Hall is a physical corner who fits the bill. Arkansas corner Chris Houston is also a possibility.

8. Houston: Levi Brown, T, Penn State -- There are numerous holes on the Texans and they have cap issues. Quarterback David Carr is on the market and the Texans realize they must continue to fortify the offensive line. Levi Brown is an unpolished, mean, athletic tackle who will be a cornerstone of the offensive line.

9. Miami: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville -- Cornerback is also a pressing need and should Levi Brown fall to this position the Dolphins would be compelled to take the cornerstone tackle. But Miami also has to get younger on the defensive line and the 19-year-old Okoye makes sense. After his stellar Combine workout, cornerback Chris Houston may have played himself into the top 10 or Brady Quinn makes sense at this position.

10. Atlanta: LaRon Landry, S, LSU -- President and general manager Rich McKay believes in fortifying the Falcons defense. Defensive end Patrick Kerney has opted out of his contract and is now a free agent, but with so much depth at the defensive end position in this draft, McKay may be compelled to draft the playmaking safety who clocked an impressive 4.35 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine.

After drafting Vernon Davis last year, the 49ers could add another big weapon with Ted Ginn Jr.
11. San Francisco: Ted Ginn Jr ., WR, Ohio State -- Niners quarterback Alex Smith showed signs of life and all he needs is a big-play, go-to wide receiver. Due to his game-breaking abilities in the return game, Ginn Jr. is the top candidate at receiver behind Calvin Johnson.

12. Buffalo: Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas -- Nate Clements left Buffalo to sign an $80 million contract with the Niners and he's not looking back. Houston is an aggressive corner who is being mentored by Deion Sanders.

13. St. Louis: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska -- The Rams were the 31st-ranked run defense and Carriker is the most flexible of all the defensive linemen. He can play rush end, two-gap end and the three technique.

14. Carolina: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame –The Panthers could not run the ball last year and are in desperate need of an offensive tackle, but there are no tackle's rated high enough to be taken in this position. Drafting a safety would make sense since Shaun Williams (nine years) and Mike Minter (10 years) both have a lot of mileage, but the Panthers may be compelled to take the best player on the board and that is Quinn.

15. Pittsburgh: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas -- New Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will want to sure up the secondary. Ross is a playmaking corner who has played on the big stage. Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss will be a tempting choice as Thomlin subtly makes the transition from a 3-4 scheme to the 4-3.

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16. Green Bay: Greg Olsen, TE, Green Bay -- Brett Favre has vowed to return for one more season and the Pack could use another weapon, so it's out with the old University of Miami player (Bubba Franks) and in with the new in Olsen. Favre needs a receiving threat down the seam and the gifted tight end with soft hands and 4.5 speed makes sense.

17. Jacksonville: Patrick Willis, DE, Mississippi -- Jack Del Rio is getting great play out of defensive tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson. The Jags need more playmakers at linebacker -- when Mike Peterson went down last year, there was a drop off in production at the position -- so Penn State's Paul Posluszny or Florida State's Lawrence Timmons also make sense here as outside linebackers.

18. Cincinnati: Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State -- Chances are David Pollack will not return and chances are Odell Thurman may do something stupid again. In addition to being a great football player, Posluszny is a high-character guy.

19. Tennessee: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State -- The Titans were 30th against the run last year and Timmons is a tackling machine that has the versatility to play in the slot and as a rush outside linebacker.

20. N.Y. Giants: Marshawn Lynch, RB, California -- The first thing the Giants must draft or sign is a scat back to replace Tiki Barber as a complement to Brandon Jacobs. With Luke Petitgout and Bob Whitfield gone, I could also see a tackle fall here.

The Giants may look to Marshawn Lynch to fill the void left by Tiki Barber's retirement.
21. Denver: Joe Staley, T, Central Michigan -- The Broncos enjoy wheeling and dealing so I would not be surprised to see the Broncos jump the Giants to get Marshawn Lynch. With the trading of Tatum Bell and George Foster, two voids have been created. I believe the Broncos will fill the void on the offensive line first and the athletic Staley makes sense. Arkansas offensive lineman Tony Ugoh could also go in this position.

22. Dallas: Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami -- Should the Cowboys decide not to pursue Mike Doss or Deon Grant in free agency, they must address the safety position. The former 'Cane has great instincts for the football and has played on the biggest stages and excelled.

23. Kansas City: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU -- The Achilles heel of the Chiefs offense is the lack of a big-time playmaker at wide receiver. Bowe has the speed and size that is perfect for the Chiefs.

24. New England: Jon Beason, LB, Miami -- Bill Belichick and Andy Ried have done the best job in the league of stockpiling depth. Linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel are getting older and Beason is a tackling machine.

25. N.Y. Jets: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh -- The Jets need to bring in a feature running back with fresh legs. Leon Washington was a nice acquisition but he is not an every down back in the eyes of the franchise. Penn State's Tony Hunt is a reach at the position but will he be gone by this time in the second round. It's just a short journey across Pennsylvania for a young corner with good speed.

26. Philadelphia: Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC -- It looks like Donte' Stallworth may be with another team, so providing a large target for Donovan McNabb makes sense.

27. New Orleans: Zach Miller, TE, Arizona State -- Miller is a huge target who comes from a passing conference and understands the game. Saints quarterback Drew Brees put tight end Antonio Gates on the map in San Diego. North Carolina State defensive tackle Tank Tyler is also a possibility.

28. New England: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee -- Tom Brady needs more help. Troy Brown was still listed as a starter at the end of the year -- that's not good. Meacham is a quality receiver that will grow as the season goes on.

29. Baltimore: Tony Ugoh, T, Arkansas -- Jonathan Ogden is talking about calling it quits in the next year of so and it makes perfect sense to get his replacement at the position right now. Ozzie Newsome is known for grabbing athletic guys and Ugoh is an athletic tackle that could add 15 to 20 pounds to his frame.

30. San Diego: Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina -- Rice has the moves, size and deceptive speed to be a real force.

31. Chicago: Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn -- Roberto Garza was a liability during the Super Bowl in the passing game and Grubbs has an understanding of the passing game protection requirements.

32. Indianapolis: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida -- The Colts are in desperate need of run stuffers, and with the uncertainty of Corey Simon, it make perfect sense to draft a defensive tackle. But Moss' speed makes it too temping to pass up the athletic defensive end.